City of Reno

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.

What's New For Artown 2018

Jul 2, 2018
Artown

Artown is in its 23rd year. The month-long festival is something many look forward to. There are nearly 500 total workshops, exhibits, events and activities, and over 70 percent of them are free to the public.  Our listeners might be wondering what’s happening this year. Our arts & culture reporter Holly Hutchings sat down with news director Michelle Billman to break it down for us.

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Taxable room revenues are up this spring in the Reno-Sparks area. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

A black and white image of Reno's original railroad depot in 1868, where some figures stand by three sets of tracks.
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May 9th was a big day for Reno.  It marked the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding back in 1868.  Historian Alicia Barber gives us the scoop on how it all began in this episode of Time & Place.

It’s entirely  possible to stand in the heart of downtown Reno today and not even realize that a railroad runs straight through it. The tracks were lowered below ground in 2006. Until then, waiting at a crossing for a train to pass by was a Reno ritual dating back to the very beginning.

Nevada DHHS Director Mike Willden, left, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital CEO Steve Shell, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, and VOA Northern Nevada Regional Director Pat Cashell participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

A new mental health and addiction treatment hospital has opened in south Reno. This news comes as Northern Nevada continues to grapple with the opioid crisis. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Community Foundation of Western Nevada

A new affordable housing project is set to begin near downtown Reno.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

See Reno's New Flag

Apr 26, 2018

The city of Reno officially has a new flag. The Reno City Council Wednesday unanimously approved the new design created by Reno native Tucker Stosic. The Reno Arts and Culture Commission had asked residents this year to submit and vote on potential new flags online. The website received dozens of submissions and more than 1,000 comments and 1,500 votes. The new flag will officially be unveiled at the Reno Aces game on May 9, in honor of Reno's 150th birthday.

Our Town Reno: Thirty-three And Homeless

Dec 17, 2017
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We hear a lot about the problem of homelessness in downtown Reno, but we don’t always hear from the actual people who are living on the streets. Today, we join Derek Rivera to learn what a typical day is like for him. Rivera is 33, and he was homeless in a handful of other cities before landing in Reno.

This story was reported by Prince Nesta for Our Town Reno, a multimedia street reporting project run by the Reynolds School of Journalism.

Newly Homeless Again

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The homeless shelters in Reno are full, with lines out the door, and temperatures are dropping. Our contributor Bob Conrad has been covering this issue for a ThisisReno podcast called Solutions. In the latest episode, he spoke with Reno Councilwoman Neoma Jardon about her efforts to build a tiny home village to help some of the city's chronically homeless residents. This is an excerpt of their conversation.

Waste Management

Some Reno business owners, like Mark McKinnon, are getting letters telling them that they are in violation of city ordinances because they are not using the company Waste Management to haul their trash and recycling. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been reporting on this situation and gave the latest update to our News Director Michelle Billman.

The actions mark an effort to solidify Waste Management’s exclusivity as the area’s waste hauler.

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