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Reno's Street Art Becomes Virtual Reality

Jul 27, 2018
A women wears a black headset in front of a large TV.
Krysta Scripter

Over the last several years, artists in Reno have created many colorful murals around town. The University of Nevada, Reno is archiving that street art digitally, some of which can be experienced in virtual reality. KUNR’s Krysta Scripter stopped by a demo to check it out.

 

A photo at night of a lit-up sign reading "Dragon Lights Festival" with brightly colored, lit-up fish and flowers surrounding it.
Alli Warner

Through the first week of August, Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Reno will be illuminated by nearly forty larger-than-life Chinese lanterns. The touring festival Dragon Lights displays crafted designs in an effort to share their centuries-old tradition and their culture. Our reporter Holly Hutchings checked it out.

Reno's Mini Playa

Jul 26, 2018
A smiling man wearing a black cut-off shirt sitting comfortably in a dimly lit roo. A lamp is on behind him and poofy skirts hang from the wall.
Taylor Burner

For a select few, Burning Man doesn’t end after the burning of the wooden effigy. At the Morris Burner Hostel in Reno, people live the Burning Man lifestyle 365 days a year. The hostel hosts up to 18 full-time residents in art-themed rooms. Students at the Reynolds School of Journalism profiled one those tenants, a formerly homeless man who is now employed as a carpenter for Burning Man’s most iconic artwork, the Man.

A close-up of a green t-shirt with a logo reading "RENO DISPATCH" in gold and white letters. Below the lettering, are two circular gold embloms, one with a flame inside and the other with a shield.
Karina Gonzalez

Have you ever wondered about the voice on the other end of a 911 call? Melissa Beltron is a public safety dispatcher in Washoe County trained to keep calm under pressure, but there are certain phone calls she says she can never forget. Students at the Reynolds School of Journalism joined Beltron for her overnight shift in order to share her story.

A bird's eye view of a large, white factory, surrounded by brown land and dirt roads.
Wikipedia Commons

Seven education programs are receiving funding from Tesla, which is giving $1.5 million to promote STEM learning in Nevada. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View reports.

The Modern Milkmaid

Jul 25, 2018
Woman wearing jeans, a jacket and pants unloading a truck full of milk crates.
Jana Sayson

Some people in Reno still get fresh milk and other breakfast foods delivered to their door in the wee hours of the morning. Debbie Parks works for Morning Star Distributing and is a modern-day milkmaid. Students at the Reynolds School of Journalism took a ride with Debbie on one of her early morning runs. Here’s that story.

What's A Doggy Slumber Party?

Jul 24, 2018
A man and a woman wearing red shirts, kneeling down on grass. Both people are smiling down at a medium-sized brown dog, eating treats out of the woman's hand.
Lauren Bain

 

The Pet Play House in Reno is a luxury boarding facility that offers services like bedtime stories, blueberry facials, and cage-free slumber parties. Students at the Reynolds School of Journalism attended one of those slumber parties with co-owner Addie Goings. Here’s that story:

A black and white photo of a man sitting at a desk turned to his left, shaking the hand of a man standing. Seven other people stand behind the two men shaking hands, all formally dressed.
Courtesy of Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno

The federal Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, but for years before that, activists across the country were campaigning for equal rights in their own communities. Historian Alicia Barber takes us back to one important Reno campaign in this episode of “Time & Place.”

Holly Hutchings

Dickerson Road is a one-mile, dead end street in an industrial area of Reno. It has a gritty history, including crime, motorcycle clubs and even a hippie commune at one point. Now, it’s experiencing a revitalization and becoming a haven for artists.

A woman with short blond hair in a pink shirt stands near a window.
Krysta Scripter

As part of our Priced Out series, KUNR has been speaking with everyday people impacted by rising housing costs in the area. One of those people is Rachel Young, a state employee who has been struggling to find housing since she left her wife in 2017. Young sat down with KUNR to talk about her experiences and how the housing crunch has affected her personally.

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