Nevada

Nevada is shaping up to be a key battleground state that could determine the outcome of the Presidential race, as well as a key Senate seat.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick spoke with political analyst Precious Hall about where Nevada stands heading into this year’s election.

NG: Early voting have been released. Where do we stand on early voting? What have you seen so far?

Bob Conrad

The Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities hosted a public forum in Reno Tuesday evening. Candidates running for a number of state and local education boards had the opportunity to share their ideas. Our reporter Bob Conrad was at the event and debriefed Anh Gray about the issues.

KUNR’s Bob Conrad says a big concern for the candidates is how Northern Nevada’s changing economy is impacting education. Conrad says many of the candidates acknowledged that the region's economy is diversifying and transforming the state's future workforce demands.

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The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is giving people with dementia, and their caretakers, the chance to safely enjoy the outdoors through their interpretive “Idlewild Health Walks”. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

Studies show that consistent routines like going to the park can help those suffering from dementia find a sense of independence.

Belen Figueroa is a volunteer with the program.

Urban Sprawl Encroaching Nevada's Open Spaces

Jun 2, 2016
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A new study that looks at land loss across the American West shows urban sprawl encroaching on Nevada's wide open spaces. 

Public lands make up about 80 percent of Nevada, but a new map shows just how much we humans have been spreading out over the last decade.

The findings come from researchers at the nonprofit Conservation Science Partners and funded by the Center for American Progress to track the decline of natural landscapes.

Nicole Gentile helped direct the project, called "The Disappearing West."

People aged 60 years and over are one the fastest growing populations in Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports as seniors are living longer, many are relying on family as health needs arise, but those caregivers also need help.

Barry Gold is with Nevada’s American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP. He spoke with our public radio partner, KNPR in Las Vegas.

Eureka Set To Host Old Time Fiddler's Contest

May 13, 2016
KUNR's Steve Shadley

The hills around Eureka, Nevada will be alive with music this weekend.  The Old Time Fiddler's Contest is expected to attract hundreds of people...many of them competing for top prizes.  Reno Public Radio's Steve Shadley caught up with a couple of fiddlers and has this report:

NSHE Consolidation Efforts Trigger Demands For Change

Apr 19, 2016

The Nevada System of Higher Education turned heads when it said it would consolidate police services between the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports the decision has raised larger concerns regarding how NSHE oversees and funds community colleges.  As a point of disclosure, the Board of Regents holds the license to this station.

Former TMCC President John Gwaltney says for years community colleges have gotten the short end of the stick, and he wants a better deal.

Men In Nevada Make 15% More Than Women

Apr 15, 2016
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A new study from Congress's Joint Economic Committee says in Nevada, men make almost 15 percent more money than women. But that's actually somewhat good news considering the national pay gap is 21 percent.

Noreen Farrell is executive director of the nonprofit group Equal Rights Advocates. She suggests the Silver State follow the lead of neighboring California and pass a law protecting workers who compare salaries.

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Governor Brian Sandoval has cautiously agreed to put the Anaconda Copper Mine on the National Priority List, opening up federal funding for clean up efforts. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

The cost to clean up the site is estimated at $31 million. By getting it on the EPA’s National Priority List, Governor Sandoval hopes that federal dollars can provide a solution.

Douglas County Ranked Healthiest In Nevada

Mar 19, 2016
Alexa Ard

A recent report looking at the overall health of counties in Nevada, ranked Douglas County as the healthiest in state. Mineral County came in last and Washoe was third. 

The report is put out every year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. 

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