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City hangs flower baskets to ready for spring
RENO —  Members of The Chamber’s Leadership Reno Sparks (LRS) program gathered at the City of Reno’s greenhouse to plant 40 hanging flower baskets on Saturday. Baskets will spend the next several weeks growing in the city’s greenhouse and are scheduled to line the streets of downtown Reno, near the Truckee River, by late May. The project, an Adopt-a-Spot organized by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, involved the LRS class learning how to proper...
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Go Red For Women luncheon $201,000-plus
RENO — More than 500 guests in red attire gathered on March 2 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa for the eighth annual Go Red for Women Luncheon. This year, the American Heart Association’s Go Red luncheon raised more than $201,000 in efforts to support women’s heart health. The distinguished annual purse auction and the Open Your Heart fundraiser portion of the luncheon, led by the personal stories of five local heart disease survivors led to ...
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Sparks company to demo innovative airbag at Virginia City Gr...
SPARKS — SaferMoto, distributor of one of the most innovative safety products for riders, will be demonstrating its line of lightweight inflatable vests and jackets using protective airbag technology at the Virginia City Grand Prix, April 28-29 in Virginia City. The annual motorcycle racing event is presented by the Virginia City Motorcycle Club. It attracts 3,000 spectators and close to 1,000 competitors from 13 Western states racing in 23 di...
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Free bus rides on St. Patrick’s Day
RENO — Plan a safe St. Patrick’s Day celebration and take RTC Ride for free after 4 p.m. Saturday. The fully funded free service is made possible by donations from Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, Ceol Irish Pub, KOLO 8, SWAG 97.3, Alice 96.5 and Zero Fatalities. Saturday transit schedules are in effect for RTC Ride, Rapid and Connect, and all service will be free from 4 p.m. until the end of regularly scheduled service that day. RTC Sierra Spi...
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Speaker series to prepare for summer on Tahoe Rim Trail
RENO — Outdoor outfitter store REI is pleased to partner with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the return of the April speakers series. This year’s presentations will include information for everyone but will give special attention to hikers and mountain bikers. Speakers will provide information on where to go, what to bring with you and how to have fun while respecting others and the environment. Admission to each presentation in the serie...
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Teams prepare for 9th annual CANstruction
RENO ­— For the ninth year, CANstruction is back with sculptures made of edibles, competing as well as feeding. The fundraising event for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada will be held March 28 through April 1 at Meadowood Mall. There will be a total of 11 professional and student teams creating large art structures out of canned and packaged food. The event is organized by the American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada (AIANN) and spo...
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Train to hike to Half Dome summit with ACHIEVE Fitness
RENO — ACHIEVE Fitness has obtained permits for hiking to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park the week of July 22. Assignment of permits is by lottery and only 400 people are allowed to climb to the summit each day. To get conditioned for the climb to the top of Half Dome or tackling some of the country’s other most challenging hiking trails, ACHIEVE Fitness is offering its fifth annual Train to Hike to Half Dome Summit program. ...
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Sage-grouse habitat map now available
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has completed a greater sage-grouse habitat categorization map that will be used as a planning tool for the management of the bird and its habitat. This map can be viewed at NDOW.org. The habitat categorization map incorporates lek observations, telemetry locations, survey and inventory reports, vegetation cover, soils information and aerial photography. “This mapping project strictly prov...
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Restaurant with a cause to open Friday at West Street Market
RENO — Mayor Bob Cashell and members of the City Council will be on hand at 11 a.m. Friday for the opening of Z Pie, a new restaurant at 138 West St., in the West Street Market. This newest addition to the city-owned West Street Market is comfort food with a twist. Z Pie owner Lynette Eddy opened the gourmet pot pie restaurant to help teen boys who are transitioning out of foster care. Attend the grand opening and learn more about the program ...
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Nominate your favorite Nevada spot by Friday
CARSON CITY — Time is ticking to nominate a Nevada treasure. Midnight Friday is the deadline to share your favorite spot in the Silver State. Visit www.discoveryournevada.com to nominate your Nevada treasure as part of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” campaign. A treasure can be anything from a favorite hiking spot, natural attraction, hotel, watering hole — things that make Nevada a diverse, surprising and amazing sta...
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Rural Housing Authority renews assistance program
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Rural Housing Authority announced Tuesday that it is again making available the Home At Last program to help veterans and first-time homebuyers with low-interest loans and down payment assistance. “With falling home prices and NRHA’s exciting financing program, this may be the best time ever for first-time homebuyers and veterans to purchase a home,” said Gary Longaker, NRHA executive director. “Without a doubt, these ...
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BLM offers mustang training for youths
RENO — The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program, in partnership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation, is offering a unique 12-week employment opportunity to 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth ages 15 to 18 to train a yearling wild horse, while earning up to $750 and preparing the horse to be showcased at an adoption event during Reno Rodeo week in June. The Nevada 4-H and FFA Trained Youth and Yearling Adoption a...
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Breakfast fundraiser for Make-A-Wish is back
RENO — Make-A-Wish Northern Nevada will host the annual Waffles & Wishes event from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on March 27 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. All funds raised at the breakfast event helps the chapter to grant wishes in northern Nevada. The event will include a silent auction, as well as an appearance by honorary wish granter and Nevada first lady Kathleen Sandoval, as she helps grant a “movie-star makeover” wish for an 8-year-old girl w...
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Home sales in Sparks down in February
SPARKS — The Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors (RSAR) on Tuesday reported that Sparks (including Spanish Springs) saw 129 sales of existing single-family homes in February, a 2 percent decrease from February 2011 and a 13 percent decrease from the previous month. The Sparks median sales price for an existing single-family residence in February was $145,00, no change from February 2011 and a 15 percent increase from January. All sales numbers...
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Bartley bridge destroyed by Caughlin Fire to be replaced in ...
RENO — Washoe County District Ranger Colleen Wallace-Barnum reported Monday she expects the trail bridge that was destroyed when the Caughlin Fire burned through Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Nov. 18 will be ready for use by the end of March or early April. Once repairs on the bridge are complete, parks staff will re-open the portion of the Ranch Loop Trail that connects Bartley Ranch with Anderson Park. “Restoring the bridge is truly a major...
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Coroner in Vegas ID’s body as missing hiker
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Clark County coroner says a body found in Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside Las Vegas was a 46-year-old hiker reported missing in mid-January. Coroner Michael Murphy said Tuesday that Ronald Kirk was identified using dental records and the help of family members. The body was found Saturday in rugged terrain at the popular hiking area several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. A cause and manner of death are p...
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DRI receives grant for road improvements
RENO — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced a $2.8 million Economic Development Administration grant award to the Desert Research Institute for critical roadway infrastructure to serve the Dandini Research Park. The 328-acre Dandini Research Park, which encircles DRI and the Truckee Meadows Community College campuses, is designed to attract private sector companies seeking collaboration with the faculty, laboratories and research at D...
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Resident hurt in mobile home fire
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a mobile home resident is hospitalized after being overcome as firefighters doused a blaze that destroyed his home east of downtown Las Vegas. A Clark County spokeswoman says county firefighters found the mobile home ablaze when they arrived shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday off Vegas Valley Drive and Lamb Boulevard. Spokeswoman Stacey Welling says no one was home when the fire started, but one of the two people was...
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Berkley, Heller, trade jabs over gas prices
CARSON CITY (AP) — Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley are pointing fingers at each other for rising gasoline prices and trying to tie consumers’ pain at the pumps to each other’s votes on the Keystone pipeline. Berkley on Tuesday criticized Heller for voting against a bill stipulating that no crude oil from the transcontinental pipeline could be exported. Berkley says Heller would rather send oil overseas then use ...
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Fitzgeralds in Vegas to become the D
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Fitzgeralds hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas is planning to rename itself the D Las Vegas and spend $15 million to renovate while it remains open. Casino owner Derek Stevens said Tuesday that he bought the casino last year with the intention of changing its name and sprucing things up to make it a hotter spot. “I really didn’t want to buy the hotel to maintain the (current) hotel,” Stevens told The Associated Press. Stev...
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