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The Hot August Nights Foundation donates $100K to the Boys & Girls Club

The Hot August Nights Foundation is contributing $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows to help support a new youth center. The donation will assist with the $14 million William N. Pennington Facility that is opening next month.

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Biggest Little City movement gains momentum

You won't just find the Biggest Little City emblazoned only on the Reno Arch anymore. On Tuesday, major players in the Reno Tahoe area came together to throw their weight behind a growing grassroots movement to change Reno's image.

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Four all-electric buses will save Reno money

Four all-electric buses have joined the public transportation fleet in Reno. The new rides will save money while cutting emissions.

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Program helping low-income teens save money to launch in Reno

A program helping low-income, working teens learn how to save their paychecks and budget their finances is rolling out this summer in Reno.

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Sierra Nevada College opens poetry center

One of the largest collections of contemporary poetry in Nevada is now housed at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

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Climatologists say drought will be costly

On Thursday, a climate forum was held at the Desert Research Institute where scientists offered their summer forecast for snow pack runoff in the Tahoe area. Despite a recent string of winter storms, that outlook is less than ideal and could have numerous effects on the local economy.

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Tensions mount over possible new town at Squaw

Squaw Valley Ski Resort is opposing local efforts to create a new town there, known as Olympic Valley.

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TMCC opens Veterans Resource Center

Truckee Meadows Community College just opened a Veterans Resource Center Wednesday to provide support to its 450 enrolled student veterans.

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Regional fire service talks continue after Reno layoffs

Within hours of Tuesday's announcement that the City of Reno is laying off 35 firefighters, the Washoe County Commission took up the question of forming a single regional fire service, which the area did at one time have.

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Reno to lose 35 firefighters and 3 stations

It's the beginning of fire season, but all is not well for the City of Reno's fire department. Yesterday, Reno announced it will soon lose 35 firefighters and shut down 3 stations.

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School board wants WIFI in every classroom, will not pursue ballot question

School Board Trustees are hoping to bring WIFI to every school in the district, but will not pursue a ballot question for capital projects.

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Reno to lose 35 firefighters & 3 stations

The City of Reno will soon lose 35 firefighters and close down 3 stations. The news came Tuesday morning when the department announced it had not received a federal grant.

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TRPA wins land use suit

A federal court has ruled in favor of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's updates to a broad land use plan for the Tahoe Basin.

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New market brings more families to downtown Reno

If you happened to make it downtown on Sunday, you might have noticed more people out and about, especially near the ReTRAC plaza next to the Reno Arch. That's because it was the kickoff of a new weekly market called Rastro of Reno.

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Nevada children lag behind in indicators of success

A study released this week shows children in Nevada are yet again behind the rest of the nation in academics and other indicators of success.

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Fallon oil refining plant receives safety citations

Nevada safety officials cite an oil refining company in Northern Nevada for multiple violations that led to an explosion back in December.

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Nevada Health Link traffic rises, final numbers not yet known

The deadline to sign up for health insurance under Nevada Health Link has come and gone. While there was a rush on Monday, the final results will not be in until the end of May.

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Tahoe fireworks show a go

The South Lake Tahoe Fourth of July fireworks show will go on this year now that a lawsuit accusing tourism officials of polluting the lake was settled Monday.

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Snowpack improves in March, but still inadequate

Monday's storm dumped about 20 inches of snow in the higher elevations of the Tahoe area. While this and the other recent storms have not made for a "Miracle March," they have brought the snowpack up to a level that’s at least closer to the last couple years.

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UNR to go tobacco-free

The University of Nevada, Reno is joining nearly 1,200 other colleges across the country in becoming tobacco-free.

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Running for Reno Mayor: Robert Avery

Among the nineteen people running for Reno mayor, the candidate pool offers a wide array of professional experience. Robert Avery is the co-founder of multiple technology companies, experience he says he'll use to bring six-figure jobs to Reno if elected.

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Healing Across the Sierra: Horses calm adults with anxiety, depression

Traditionally, horse therapy has been used to help children with severe cognitive and emotional issues, but a new clientele is emerging in Reno--adults looking for alternative ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression.

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Running for Reno mayor: Tom Fitzgerald

The field of candidates for Reno mayor is in the double digits with people from all backgrounds. This month and next KUNR is profiling each one, including Tom Fitzgerald.

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South Lake Tahoe July Fourth fireworks could be canceled

A decades-long tradition bringing millions of tourism dollars to South Lake Tahoe could be canceled this year and beyond.

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Washoe County manager predicting flat revenues

During Tuesday's State of Washoe County address, County Manager John Slaughter told his department heads to brace for flat revenues by continuing to rein in spending.

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IGT cutting its global workforce by seven percent

International Game Technology has announced it's reducing its global workforce by seven percent.

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Washoe School Police request officers at middle schools

In light of the Sparks Middle School shooting last fall, Washoe County School Police officials are requesting that every middle school be staffed with an officer.

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Running for Reno mayor: Marsha Berkbigler

The race for Reno mayor is heating up in anticipation of the June primary when the field will be narrowed to two candidates. KUNR is profiling each one, including Marsha Berkbigler, who is willing to give up her current office in order to become mayor.

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Future of Kings Beach topic of town hall meeting

As management switches hands for the Kings Beach State Recreation Area along Tahoe's North Shore, there's been concern about the possibility of seasonal closures to the popular site.

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Running for Reno mayor: DeLores Aiazzi

There are twenty people running for Reno mayor, including microbiologist Delores Aiazzi, whose top priority if elected would be to increase citizen involvement in local government.

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Running for Reno mayor: Michael Bertrand

KUNR is providing a look at each of the twenty Reno mayoral candidates, offering insight into who they are and what they stand for, including Michael Bertrand.

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NV lawyers look to Supreme Court for guidance on medical marijuana

On Friday, Nevada's department of public health approved regulations for medical marijuana. But the path toward implementing the law on a local level is still not entirely clear.

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Lake Tahoe clarity has stabilized over past decade

Despite a dip last year, Lake Tahoe's clarity level has flattened out over the past decade, which is actually good news.

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Expert on school violence to speak in Reno

At the end of last year, Northern Nevada faced the reality of school shootings. A 12-year-old boy came to Sparks Middle School with a handgun and killed himself and teacher Michael Landsberry, as well as injuring two other students.

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Running for Reno mayor: Sean Burke

With the number of Reno mayoral candidates in the double digits, KUNR is providing a look at each one to offer insight into who they are and what they stand for. We begin with Sean Burke.

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Washoe County seeks more money from medical marijuana

On Friday, the state will consider regulations for medical marijuana, but Washoe County Commissioners are now concerned it wont bring in the money they'd anticipated. That was the topic of discussion at Tuesday's board meeting.

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NV ranchers move to block NDOW from coming on private lands

The Nevada Cattlemen's Association has voted to ban state wildlife officials from coming onto their private lands. The move is in response to the department's recent comments on sage grouse, which ranchers call anti-grazing.

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UNR opens natural history museum

The University of Nevada, Reno has opened a museum of natural history with Great Basin plant life dating back more than a century.

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Sparks slowly climbing out of fiscal hardships

The City of Sparks is not completely over the financial hardships of recent years, but there are some promising signs. That was one of the themes when Sparks Mayor Genoa Martini gave his State of the City Address on Monday.

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Substance use higher among Washoe teens vs. Clark

A new state study on risky teen behaviors in Nevada has found higher rates of substance use in Washoe versus Clark County, including everything from cigarettes and alcohol to illicit drugs and painkillers without a prescription.

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UNR student entrepreneur awarded $50,000

A University of Nevada, Reno student has received $50,000 to grow his business, which will automate farm irrigation systems to save time and water.

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Reno mayoral candidate filing kicks off

The race for Reno mayor kicked off Monday with six candidates filing for the office.

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DMV hopes to shorten lines with new queuing system

Many Nevadans dread heading to the DMV for routine business because the wait times can be excruciating. Department officials are hoping to alleviate that frustration with a new system that will allow customers to put themselves in a virtual line.

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Startup Row taking shape in Reno

In the past two years, about a dozen startup companies have popped up along First Street in downtown Reno in an area dubbed Startup Row. Entrepreneurs and community leaders gathered there Thursday to talk about how to make Nevada known as the Startup State.

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Filmmaker Interview: Race to Nowhere's Vicki Abeles

The documentary Race to Nowhere is screening in Reno on Friday. The film examines the physical and emotional consequences of the immense pressure put on young students in America.

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RTC responds to Southeast Connector public comments

The Regional Transportation Commission has responded to public comments on its wetlands permit application for the Southeast Connector project, including the EPA's recommendation that the permit be denied unless the RTC can address mercury contamination concerns.

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STDs rise in Washoe as funding falls

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Washoe County. Public health officials are asking providers to ramp up testing.

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Tesla Motors considering Nevada for gigafactory

Nevada is one of four states Tesla Motors is considering for the site of its future lithium ion battery factory.

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NV expands online gaming market to Delaware

Nevada and Delaware are bringing together their online gaming markets so players from both states can sit at the same virtual table

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Two winter storms bringing snow to Tahoe this week

Two winter storms this week are bringing some much-needed precipitation to the Reno-Tahoe area.

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Trout come early to Truckee Meadows due to drought

Anglers will need to start early this season due to ongoing drought conditions in the Truckee Meadows.

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Term-limited city council members can't run for Reno mayor

The Nevada Supreme Court says termed out members of the Reno City Council cannot run for mayor.

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Community reflects on Sparks Middle, hears from other survivors

The Reno/Sparks community came together Wednesday night to reflect upon the recent shooting at Sparks Middle School and to hear from those who have experienced similar tragedies.

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North Truckee Drain Project gets underway

A $35 million flood management project to protect businesses in Sparks got underway this week.

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Nevada's housing market earns "C" grade from state report card

Nevada's housing market earned a "C" grade from the state department of business and industry for its performance in the final quarter of last year.

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Eight Reno startups getting early stage capital

The City of Reno has launched the Reno Accelerator Fund for promising tech startups. Through the program, several entrepreneurs will get up to $20,000 each in early-stage capital.

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State wants to shorten wait time for abused foster kids placed out-of-state

Right now, transferring abused and neglected foster kids out-of-state takes about 60 days due to mounds of paperwork. State officials hope to cut that time in half.

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Washoe County expands senior food delivery program

In addition to delivering lunch to low income, homebound seniors, Washoe County is now offering breakfast. For more than a third of these clients, the county provides their only meal of the day.

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Tahoe ski resorts report about three feet of snowfall over the weekend

The National Weather Service reports many Lake Tahoe ski resorts received about three feet of snow over the weekend. The storm will taper off Monday with a few more inches.

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Senate bill removing military sexual assault cases from chain of command still short on votes

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a bill next week that would change how sexual assault cases are handled in the military by removing the decision of whether or not to prosecute those assaults from the chain of command. Right now, the act's supporters, including Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller, are short on votes.

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Series of storms could bring some relief to the Sierra

The Reno/Tahoe area is getting the first of several storms.

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800 gather in Reno for homeless outreach event

Nearly 800 homeless people gathered in Reno Tuesday to link up with vital services like housing opportunities and medical care at this year's Project Homeless Connect hosted by Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.

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State gives every kindergartner $50 college savings account

A state program offering a $50 college savings account to every Nevada kindergartner launched Tuesday.

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Cost of attending UNR could rise in 2015

Students across the Nevada System of Higher Education may soon see the cost of attending college and graduate school rise.

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Snowpack improves, but not by much

Recent snowfall has bolstered the snowpack in the Tahoe Basin and Truckee Meadows, but much more is needed to cover the growing deficit.

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Debate over proposed margins tax takes shape

In the lead up to this November's election, businesses across Nevada are launching their offensive against The Education Initiative, also known as the business margins tax.

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Snow comes to dry Sierra, encourages local ski resorts

The first significant winter storm in nearly two months brought much needed snow to the Sierra.

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Reno's economy shows growth, but progress is slow according to experts at chamber's Directions forum

The message at today's Directions Economic Forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce for Reno-Sparks and Northern Nevada was one of cautionary hope.

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Snow falling in the Sierra (at long last)

The Sierra is getting its first substantive snowfall in 2 months.

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John C. Fremont exhibit opens

An exhibit on Western explorer John C. Fremont opened Wednesday at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City as part of the state's sesquicentennial celebration this year.

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NV lands bill voted out of committee amid concerns

Federal legislation that will impact huge tracts of land in Northern Nevada made a critical step forward on Tuesday, but not without some controversy among conservationists and others.

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NV high school grad rates rise

High school graduation rates in Nevada rose more than seven percentage points last year.

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Healing Across the Sierra: Injured snowboarder returns to the slopes

Professional snowboarder Danny Toumarkine suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2011, leaving him with a ten percent chance of living. With help from the High Fives Foundation in Truckee, a group offering grants to snow sports athletes with life-altering injuries.

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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering focuses on future of rural West

The thirtieth annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering kicked off Monday in Elko. This year's event will include live music, films, workshops, and, of course, poetry.

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Truckee voters may raise taxes for trails

The Town of Truckee may soon raise taxes for trails.

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Winter drought sets the stage for possible wildfires

As drought conditions persist, winter wildfires are increasingly a concern for those in Northern Nevada and Tahoe.

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Washoe Schools Sup. Martinez delivers annual address

An individualized, data-driven approach to teaching, more accountability to the community and a full embrace of reform policies--those were some of the hallmarks of Wednesday night's State of Education Address.

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Reno tourism dollars up for 2013

Last year was the most successful year for tourism in Washoe County since 2008.

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Nevada college grads carry lighter debt load

Nevada graduates owe less money after college than their peers in most other states.

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NV Supreme Court hears arguments on term limits for Reno mayoral race

The field of candidates for Reno's mayor is up in the air as the state's high court now weighs whether or not a term limited city council member can run for the office.

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NV small business owners more confident in local economy compared to U.S.

A new survey shows that Nevada small business owners are more confident in their local economies compared to the national economic picture.

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School trustee eyes other sources of revenue after AB46

As the Washoe County School District seeks new sources of money for capital projects, one trustee is broaching the idea of taking it from existing sources.

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Nine Nevada counties declared disaster areas for drought

As farmers and ranchers across Nevada continue hoping for rain and snow, federal officials have declared nine counties, including Washoe, as primary natural disaster areas because of the ongoing drought.

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No. NV home builders expect growth this year

Industry experts predict home building in Northern Nevada will continue to grow this year. But even if new home sales do rise, there aren't enough skilled workers across the region to man those construction projects.

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Up to 100,000 fish die at Sparks Marina

Nearly every fish at the Sparks Marina Park has mysteriously died. Wildlife experts are searching for what has caused this major fish kill, which has claimed as many as 100,000 fish.

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UNR will open cyber security center

The University of Nevada, Reno is planning to open a cyber security center for research and education.

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Couple sues Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority over fireworks shows

A Zephyr Cove couple has filed a lawsuit against the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and a fireworks provider challenging the authority's right to host fireworks shows on the south shore without a permit.

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Washoe school officials talk options post-AB46

Washoe County School District is searching for other alternatives of some source of revenue for its capital projects after the death of bill AB46.

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Five H1N1 flu deaths confirmed in Washoe Co.

Washoe County health officials are reporting that five residents have died in the first week of January from the H1N1 strain of influenza.

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Washoe Co. school intersession program grows

More than three dozen public schools in Washoe County were open for intersession classes and activities during the district's winter break. The program has grown from just ten participating schools back in October.

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Dry winter in the Sierra may continue, but water supplies are OK in Truckee Meadows

It's a week into 2014, and the bare peaks and rocky banks of the Sierra are harbingers of what could be an increasingly dry year.

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Nevada's film tax law will put businesses, jobs into action

Northern Nevada is now poised to welcome filmmakers and their dollars to the region.

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A new town in the Sierra?

A new town may pop up in the Sierra in 2014. A coalition of residents in Squaw Valley are moving forward with plans to become a formal town known as Olympic Valley.

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Traffic deaths fall 40 percent in Washoe County

Traffic deaths in Washoe County fell by 40% last year with 19 fatalities compared to 32 in 2012.

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DMV expects flood of driver authorization card applicants

The DMV is expecting a rush of applicants for driver authorization cards, which become available Thursday.

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Nevada prepares for march of drones

Nevada will house one of six test sites for drones. Now that the winners have been announced, state and education officials are rolling up their sleeves to get to work.

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Nevada chosen as drone test site

The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Nevada as one of six drone testing sites. Governor Brian Sandoval calls the selection an historic moment for Nevada.

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Transportation officials say Tahoe ferry service would reduce vehicle emissions

The public comment period ends January 3 for a proposed ferry service that would connect north and south Lake Tahoe for residential commuters and tourists alike.

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SnowGlobe expands safety measures after participant's death last year

Organizers for this year's SnowGlobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe are planning new safety precautions after the death of a participant last year.

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DRI installs solar panel system on Reno campus

The Desert Research Institute has installed a system of solar panels on rooftops and in the parking lot of its Reno campus.

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