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Hippies owner shows it’s never too late to give peace a chance
Joe Miller is all about counterculture. If it’s mainstream, it’s not for him.
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St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser helps provide scholarships
The smell of corned beef and scraps of paper with lunch orders drifted through the Sparks Elks Lodge Tuesday as a crew of cooks prepared for the Lodge’s annual St. Patrick’s Day fund raiser.
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Seattle native meant to be in a Coffee Box
After growing up in Seattle, it's not unusual for Heather Johnson to acquire a love for coffee. Between Seattle's Best Coffee and Starbucks, there is a coffeehouse on just about every block.
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Crunch time for Nevada basketball and Shirley Temple
When the University of Nevada men’s basketball team takes to the hardwood tonight in Fresno, Calif. against Fresno State the entire future of next week’s WAC tournament will be on the line. Since Utah State beat Boise State on Thursday, if Nevada can beat Fresno the Pack can share in the WAC title. Top seeding in the WAC tournament is important, since it usually guarantees a spot in the tourney final. Even the commissioner of WAC sports has sa...
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Artist boldy paints respect to Native Americans
Weather-worn faces and bright colors intricately painted on canvas adorn the walls of the Spanish Springs Library. Sparks artist Mike Hess has infused life into the century-old black and white photographs of who he believes are influential Native Americans.
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The girls in green 'know how to market these babies'
Decked out in green vests decorated with the various patches they have earned over the years, Girl Scouts Brandi Bruccato and Kess Hammond, both 11-years-old, manned their troop's cookie booth.
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Citizens Academy gives residents a peek at city’s workings
The city of Sparks youth academy has grown up. The program was previously an all-day learning tool for school children that the City of Sparks sponsored once a year. The city is now accepting applications for the adult Citizens Academy, scheduled for May 2 and May 16. From 8 in the morning until 5 in the evening, Sparks adults will be able to look through the sights of city planning and development and tour some of the more controversial proje...
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A frenzy of fourth-grade frontier fun
Fourth-graders in frontier garb wandered the antiquated auditorium last Friday at Robert Mitchell Elementary School. The children were learning about Nevada history and building confidence as they pranced through three short plays about pioneer life.
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Baseball to become Reno’s major sport?
In recent years the “Biggest Little City’s” major claim to fame from an athletic standpoint has been the emergence of the University of Nevada, Reno’s basketball team as a major power in the Far West.
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Massage Envy wants to soothe your stress away
Knotted necks and sore shoulders whittled away Wednesday night with the touch of a therapist’s hand.
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Pilates studio helps strengthen mental, physical core
Kellie Bedinger gazed intently as she pressed the weighted handles forward and slowly pulled them back. Her abdominal muscles tightened and a small dew formed on her forehead as she worked through her fifth pilates class at im=X pilates on Vista Boulevard. Bedinger had been coming to the studio since the day after it opened its doors and she said she is “absolutely addicted.”
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Women fall down to help others get back up
In an effort to help their fallen comrades, successful Reno women have also taken a fall – on canvas.
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School of rockers
What do a computer technician, an artist, a carpenter and a sixth grader have in common? They were born to rock.
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Senior citizens act up
The stage was small, the props were few but the Ageless Repertory Theatre performance was as good as any.
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Museum displays local ties to military history
With cases full of guns, hand grenades and other weaponry the Sparks Heritage Museum has recently added an unusual twist to its display floor.
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Local soccer stars seek funding for Brazil trip
Lisa Martino and Jacquelyn Harris have the charm of two high school girls, but according to their parents, they are intimidating with a ball at their feet.
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Scoutmaster raises up Eagles from fledglings
Robert Quirk is interested in producing "useful citizens" for society. Beyond raising his own son to be a responsible, servant-minded man, he's also invested his time and effort into the training of four other teens to think about and prepare for their futures.
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Five Spanish Springs scouts ready to soar with the Eagles
Scouting is in the Quirk family’s blood. This Sunday, 18-year-old Kenneth Quirk will join the five previous generations of men in his family to have learned how to camp, hike and think critically about American history.
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