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Tim Lenard

Tim Lenard is a former student reporter at KUNR Public Radio.

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Tim Lenard

In recent years, companies around the country have complained that many American workers lack the skills needed to operate in manufacturing. As KUNR’s Tim Lenard reports, battery-maker Panasonic is bringing over specialists from their factories in Japan in order to train new workers at the Gigafactory outside Reno.

Inside A Makerspace

Aug 17, 2018
Makerspace Entryway
Tim Lenard

The Innevation Center in downtown Reno opened its doors in 2015. Designed to be an incubator for tech startups, the upper floors are filled with the kinds of things you would expect in an office space. However, the basement was set aside for something more unique, a "makerspace." Our reporter Tim Lenard has the story.

VICE Correspondent Gianna Toboni interviewed death row inmate Scott Dozier on Monday. His execution was scheduled for 8 pm on Wednesday, but a judge has halted that.
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Death row inmate Scott Dozier was scheduled to be the first person executed in Nevada in more than a decade. Just hours before Wednesday night's execution, however, multiple drug companies intervened in court, and a Las Vegas judge has halted the procedure. KUNR has updates here.

A view of Lake Tahoe during the day.
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The housing crunch is being felt across Northern Nevada, but up in Tahoe, the community faces a unique set of challenges. Seventy-eight percent of the homes in the Tahoe area are either vacation rentals or second homes. Meanwhile, many of the people who work in Tahoe can’t afford to live there. Heidi Hill Drum is the CEO of the Tahoe Prosperity Center; she spoke with our reporter Tim Lenard.

Sierra Nevada Journeys at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California is a unique summer camp that welcomes children with disabilities to do activities that they would otherwise not be able to do. The camp is ADA accessible, and hosts groups like the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which recently brought 51 campers. 

"Nothing here they have to say 'no' to. They don't have to think about whether or not they have the abilities to," says Peyton Avarrette, the care specialist for the Sacramento Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Tim Lenard

A cycling group called Project Hero encourages rehabilitation for veterans by helping them get out and ride. Our contributor Tim Lenard attended a rally to learn more about what they do.

Tim Lenard

Reno is one of 47 sites nationwide now designated for refugee resettlement, so the Reno Gazette-Journal hosted a town hall to delve into that process. Our contributor Tim Lenard reports.

 

Retired Brigadier General Pamela Milligan sponsored the Kubuya family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She even hosted them for a week when their apartment wasn’t ready. 

Tim Lenard

The Witt family has been farming in Northern Nevada since 1870. For over a hundred years they ran the Milky Way Dairy farm in Minden, Nevada. Spurred by rising corn prices in the 1980s Craig Witt started looking into methods of growing his own feed. His biggest obstacle was the sandy Nevada soil. So Craig enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno, got a degree in agriculture and started making his own compost.