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Forum today to talk about mining industry
RENO — The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), a statewide organization with more than 30 member groups, will host a mining accountability forum today with a panel of distinguished Nevadans and mining experts. This forum is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to come to hear different perspectives on the industry, such as mining’s history, effects of the industry on water and on the sovereignty of indigenous people...
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Food bank asks community to ‘plant a row’
MCCARRAN — The Food Bank of Northern Nevada gained more than warehouse space when it moved to the Donald W. Reynolds Food Distribution Center about three-and-a-half years ago. The organization also gained an increase of refrigeration and freezer space that was 20 times larger than the previous Sparks location. This increase in refrigeration capacity has contributed to a major change in what can be distributed to the hungry in the region. The F...
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ReCharge Nevada economic summit set for Thursday
RENO — Leaders of all sectors of northern Nevada’s economy will convene for the second time at 9 a.m. Thursday for “ReCharge Nevada.” The summit is designed to address the challenges and opportunities facing the region. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Washoe County Commission Chambers located at 1001 E. Ninth St. The public is welcome to attend. ReCharge Nevada is a regional economic development group made up of key governme...
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One-act play ‘Get Ready to Go’ cancelled
ELKO — Due to a sudden illness, the one-act play “Get Ready to Go” scheduled for Wednesday at the California Trail Interpretive Center has been cancelled. The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located eight miles west of Elko, at Hunter exit 292. The center is currently closed in preparation for the grand opening that will take place on June 2 in conjunction with the ninth annual California Tra...
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Indian Hills celebrates new clean water systems
CARSON CITY — Jack’s Valley Elementary School students learned a lot about clean water for their Earth Day Celebration on Friday. After taking their annual Earth Day aerial photograph, the fifth and sixth grade students’ day was focused on learning about water and wastewater treatment systems with staff from the Nevada Rural Water Association and the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD). One thing they learned is...
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Volleyball association returns to area
The Northern California Volleyball Association is holding its Far Western National Qualifier at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center this weekend, marking the 12th year the organization is holding this event in northern Nevada.
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Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus elects new leadership
The Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus elected new leadership recently, while highlighting 2011 legislative accomplishments.
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Reno hires community development director
The city of Reno announced Wednesday that Fred Turnier has been hired as the director of community development.
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Children’s hospitals day at Aces Ballpark
As part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Day at the Aces Ballpark, Nevada’s 2012 CMNH Champion Child will formally be announced during the opening pitch ceremony today at 1:05 p.m.
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Local music today at Recycled Records
RENO — Today is national Record Store Day and a locally owned music store is joining in the festivities. Recycled Records, located at 3344 Kietzke Lane, will have live music today in honor of a national effort started in 2008 to recognize independent music retailers across America. “This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music,” according to www.recordstoreday.co...
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County parks hold events this weekend
Volunteer Planting Day at fire-damaged Bartley Ranch Regional Park today will have more than 45 volunteers help replant areas of Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are expected to help park staff replace 25 trees and 80 ornamental shrubs and grasses that were destroyed when the Caughlin Fire swept through the park. Bartley Ranch Regional Park is located at 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd. in Reno. Adventure Da...
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NV to receive $21M in grants
CARSON CITY —Nevada is one of seven states to be awarded a $21 million federal grant over seven years to help prepare high school students for college. Officials say the $3 million a year GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education will benefit more than 5,400 students in 19 targeted middles schools located in nine of Nevada’s 17 school districts. Counties were selected on economic need. The program will focus on providing students wit...
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Construction resumes on South McCarran
RENO — Construction resumes on a $16 million project to improve South McCarran from Virginia Street to Mira Loma Drive on Sunday at 7 p.m. Granite Construction is the contractor for the project designed by consultants Wood Rodgers. In 2011, Granite completed the work from Virginia Street to just west of Longley Lane. The work this year includes reconstruction and widening of South McCarran from the existing four lanes to six lanes between Long...
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Bus Roadeo competition Sunday
SPARKS — The 26th Annual Wild West Roadeo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Victorian Square. The competition and community safety fair is set for Earth Day and will include participants who will be timed navigating 38,000-pound vehicles between tennis balls aligned for parking, blue barrels for precision narrow spaces and other maneuvers that test drivers’ skills. This year’s event is hosted by MV Transportation and RTC’s contracto...
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Nevada “N” made of recycled water bottles
RENO — The atrium of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, which housed a 9.5-foot tree made entirely of old books during the holiday season, is now the site of another display using recycled goods. In celebration of Earth Day, Knowledge Center employees have erected a 7-feet-tall, 8-feet-wide “N,” constructed with 1,580 recycled water bottles collected in the center’s recycling receptacles. Alden Kamaunu, manag...
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UNR conference to promoting service learning
RENO — Following through with promises made by former University of Nevada, Reno President Milton Glick, the university’s Cooperative Extension program is hosting the first annual service-learning conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory on campus. The conference is being hosted by the Service Learning Council, a group of 12 university and state representatives from programs such as the Sanford Center for...
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International children’s festival bridges cultures
RENO­ — Coral Academy students will have an opportunity to taste the local food of Germany, see the Korean Shinee pop dance and will be thrilled with seeing Native American dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. today as 23 countries and cultures will be represented at the third International Children’s Festival. Each country will have a booth and it will have stage performances with singing and dancing. “It is great to learn about other cultures,” said Arl...
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BLM seeks input on proposed Pan Mine Project
ELY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed open-pit gold mine about 50 miles west of Ely in White Pine County. The notice opens a 30-day public scoping period that will end May 16. The BLM has scheduled three public scoping meetings in Nevada from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dates and locations are: • May 1, Bristlecone Convention Center, 150 Sixth Street, Ely • M...
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County seeks residents for planning commission
Washoe County is seeking applications from registered voters living in any part of the unincorporated county to serve on its planning commission.
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