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HOPES appoints new executive director
RENO — Northern Nevada HOPES is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sharon Chamberlain as its new executive director. Chamberlain has an impressive background spanning nearly 20 years in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Her previous work involved  being the executive director for an HIV organization in Los Angeles. She also sat on the county commission for HIV in LA. Sharon also worked for an agency in Eugene, Ore., where her hard work resulte...
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Best-selling author featured in Discover Science Lecture Series
RENO — Take an entertaining trip into the science of life in space with best-selling author Mary Roach in the first presentation of this year’s Discover Science Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The writer and humorist will focus on her latest book, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, in the free Sept. 13 lecture. Knowing that space is a world void of the things we humans need to live and thrive — air, g...
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Tennis Open coming soon
RENO — The Nevada Tennis Open #3 will be held Sept. 24 and 25 at the Reno Tennis Center on Plumas Street in Reno.  This year’s event has two formats, one open to juniors singles 10-18 years old and it is USTA sanctioned; also an adult doubles tournament is open for all skill levels for adults 18 years and older. Entry fee is $43.50 per player for juniors, and $60 per team for adults which includes T-shirts and a lunch provided by Port of Subs ...
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Mercedes-Benz presents annual charity golf tournament
RENO — The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Dealer Championships will take place Sept. 19 at Montreux Golf and Country Club. A portion of all event proceeds will go directly to The Children’s Cabinet. All participant registrations include 18 holes of golf with cart and range, as well as a tee gift courtesy of Nike golf, post-play dinner and libations and a silent auction. In addition, The Children’s Cabinet will receive $100 per registration. For more than ...
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Get Out The Vote program in congressional special election
RENO — The Reno-Sparks NAACP this week voted to immediately launch a major Get Out The Vote (GOTV) drive for the Congressional District 2 (CD2) special election. The local civic engagement effort is part of the National NAACP “This Is My Vote 2012” campaign which was launched at the July NAACP National Convention in Los Angeles. Seven adults and four youth council members from the Reno-Sparks branch attended. Early voting locations are availab...
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‘Try Eryn Tri’ Triathlon at Sparks Marina on Sept. 11
SPARKS — The first ever “Try Eryn Tri” Sprint Triathlon will take place at the Sparks Marina Park on Sept. 11 to benefit children with rare genetic disorders. The race begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee includes a technical T-shirt, barbecue catered lunch, and direct support to the Coffin-Lowry Syndrome Foundation.  Registration rates and details are available online at www.TryErynTri.com. Register online or on the morning of the event. “Try Eryn ...
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Inspiring Nevadans to volunteer
RENO — In honor of the spirit of service that followed the events on 9/11, Nevada Volunteers is asking Nevadans to pledge to make a difference for the coming year. So many Americans were inspired to volunteer in numerous ways immediately after 9/11. Ten years later, we want to re-ignite that spirit of service. Nevada Volunteers, the state commission on national and community service, is asking residents across the state to think of unique ways...
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Join the Great Tuna Challenge
RENO — Are you up for a challenge? The city of Reno, city of Sparks, Washoe County and Wolf Pack Athletics have joined together and issued a challenge to northern Nevadans to raise a boatload (or truckload) of tuna. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is part of a national movement to raise awareness and take action to help the 50 million Americans who experience hunger and September is Hunger Action Month. The official kick-off of the September ...
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Woman held in slaying at southeast Vegas apartment
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 23-year-old woman is jailed following the slaying of another woman during a predawn argument at an apartment complex in southeast Las Vegas. Records show Stephanie Kirby was being held Friday on a murder charge at the Clark County jail pending a court appearance Tuesday. Las Vegas police Lt. Lewis Roberts says Kirby was arrested Thursday after she called police about 3:30 a.m. from her home and directed officers to the slain...
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Street Vibrations coming soon
 RENO — It’s back to the ‘good old days’ as Street Vibrations 2011 rumbles back into downtown Reno with live music, vendors and an open beer garden. Kick off this year’s festivities with the hottest competition in town, the Miss Reno Harley-Davidson Contest at the Silver Legacy on Sept. 23. Watch as the judges find the perfect ladies to represent the title throughout Street Vibes 2011. The competition gets started at 8 p.m. in Rum Bullions Isl...
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Closures for Smoke Creek Desert
WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District will implement temporary closures and restrictions of certain activities on public lands within and adjacent to the Smoke Creek Desert within the Black Rock Field Office. The closures and restrictions are necessary to provide for public safety and to protect public resources. The temporary closures will be in effect between Aug. 29 and Sept. 6.   “Similar closures in past yea...
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Vegas schools go door-to-door looking for students
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas-area school administrators are enlisting volunteers for a push to find and encourage students to return to the classroom in a district where half never make it to graduation. Sign-ups are being accepted through Friday at the Clark County School District Partnership Office for the so-called “Reclaim Your Future” effort that starts Sept. 10. Schools chief Dwight Jones and a deputy superintendent say teams that include ...
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Nevada Ag board opposing Vegas water pipeline plan
CARSON CITY (AP) — The Nevada state Board of Agriculture is opposing a Southern Nevada Water Authority plan to pump millions of gallons of water from eastern Nevada and pipe it to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun reports the board agreed to send a letter of opposition to federal Bureau of Land Management officials considering allowing the pipeline to cross federal land on a 285-mile route from White Pine and Lincoln counties to Clark County. State...
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Newspaper carrier calls in Henderson house fire
HENDERSON (AP) — A newspaper carrier on an early morning route is credited with alerting Henderson firefighters to smoke and flames in the garage of a home in a Green Valley neighborhood. Everyone in the house escaped unhurt, but one Henderson firefighter was injured battling the 5 a.m. Friday fire at a home near Valley Verde Drive and Silver Springs Parkway. The firefighter was later able to return to work. A cause of the fire wasn’t immediat...
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Mini b-ball league for kids
SPARKS — Give your child the opportunity to learn the skills and fundamentals of basketball and play games with a team during the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department’s Mini Basketball League. The program, geared for boys and girls in kindergarten through 2nd grade, will be held Sept. 13 to Oct. 20 at the Alf Sorensen Community Center, 1400 Baring Blvd. One-hour games/practices will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and ...
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Sealed papers order at issue in Vegas Sands case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to unseal documents in a case filed by members of an elite security team that protects the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro gave the parties until next Thursday to agree which information should be made public. The judge says the presumption is that documents should not be sealed. Nine ...
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Rotary Club hosts charity golf tourney
SPARKS — The Sparks Centennial Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce its Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Red Hawk’s Lakes Golf Course in Sparks. This will be a fun, scramble-style tournament with lots of snacks, beverages, lunch, a buffet dinner and great prizes. Please call 775-560-2883 any time for more information.
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City Hall closed Monday
SPARKS — In observance of Labor Day, Sparks City Hall will be closed Monday, Sept. 5. This closure includes the Community Services Department. Also, the Parks & Recreation Department will be closed, including the Alf Sorensen Community Center and the Larry D. Johnson Community Center.  Labor Day weekend swim hours at Sparks Marina Park will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 3 – 5. Recreational swimming is permitted in the designated swim area at the ...
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Master Plan amendment open house
RENO — All interested residents, property owners, citizens and Washoe County Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) members are invited to review and provide comment on proposed amendments to the Washoe County Development Code and Master Plan. Washoe County staff will be available to answer questions and gather feedback on the proposed amendments. The open house will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Washoe County Administration Comple...
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Teens sought for advisory board for The Summit
RENO — The Summit mall located in south Reno is now accepting applications for its first SummitUP Teen Advisory Board. This gives students who have a passion for community service and the retail and fashion industry the chance to team up with other students to head The Summit’s teen initiatives. “We are excited to offer students this one-of-a-kind experience in fashion and community service,” said Alexia Bratiotis, area marketing manager for T...
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