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Along with its new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to our region. But, there is some confusion on the specifics.

App profile for the Nevada SafePack app. The app has a large navy blue N and the words Safe pack underneath in blue and gold.
Screenshot taken by Andrew Mendez. Rights to the application are owned by the University of Nevada, Reno.

The campus community at the University of Nevada, Reno has been rattled by multiple white supremacist and anti-LGBTQ actions since the fall semester started up. KUNR's Andrew Mendez reports. 

Eloisa Gordon-Mora, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer, sent an email to students and faculty on Friday addressing the events that have taken place. 

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

In his latest campaign swing through Northern Nevada, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders defended his plans to expand Medicare and forgive college loan debt.

A team of horseriders carries the U.S. and Nevada flags ahead of the 5th annual Basque Fry.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Republican leaders in Nevada say they are all in on re-electing President Donald Trump to a second term. Party officials threw their full support behind Trump during the annual Basque Fry Republican fundraiser in Gardnerville over the weekend. The conservatives argued that re-electing the president is the only way to divert the rise of socialism in the United States.

A Carson City School District Bus
CCSD

With nearly 8,000 students, Carson City has one of the larger school districts in the state, but nearly half of the students there live below the federal poverty line. That can present a real challenge for educators in Nevada's capital city. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Carson City School Superintendent Richard Stokes about the challenges and opportunities facing the district.

Meet One Of Reno's Buskers

Sep 13, 2019
A man in sunglasses holds up sheet music.
Wyatt Daane

Every day, Reno's busking community is out on the sidewalks using a menagerie of musical instruments to provide a soundtrack for the city. KUNR's Wyatt Daane shares the story of one local street musician.

Courtesy Special Collections, University of Nevada Reno Libraries.

Our media landscape is constantly changing with the introduction of new technologies and formats, but it all began with words printed on a page. Historian Alicia Barber traces the evolution of Reno’s daily newspapers in this installment of Time & Place.

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Public health officials in Nevada are urging people to stop using e-cigarettes as the country grapples with an epidemic of vaping-related severe lung illness. KUNR’s Anh Gray reports.

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has approved an added lesson on sexual orientation and gender identity to the recently revised sexual education curriculum. KUNR’s Stephanie serrano has this report.

Noah Glick

As the University of Nevada, Reno kicked off its third week of classes, students were greeted by more than just homework. There were also fliers from a white supremacy group scattered throughout campus.

Reno native and award-winning author and musician Willy Vlautin is taking his talents on tour across Northern Nevada this month. He’s one of three featured writers in this year's Nevada Reads, a book club from Nevada Humanities. Vlautin will give readings and even play a little music at various statewide events in September. KUNR’s Holly Hutchings sat down with him to talk about his latest novel Don’t Skip Out on Me, which is set in the Silver State.

Bree Zender

I’m at one of the few places in Nevada where you’re not likely to find a local: The Las Vegas Strip. And I’ve got a quiz for the tourists here. 

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

In June, the Board of Trustees for the Washoe County School District approved five updated lessons, but a lesson on sexual orientation and gender identity was sent back to the committee to be revised. Rochelle Proctor is the district’s sexual education coordinator. She’s been working with a team of advisors for over a year redefining the district’s sex ed. high school curriculum. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to Proctor about the reasoning behind the curriculum changes and edits made to lesson 1.

#HungryFire: 100% Contained

Sep 9, 2019
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District via Twitter

09/11/2019 10:45 PM:

The Hungry Fire in Spanish Springs is fully contained at 305 acres, according to the Bureau of Land Management. 

09/10/2019 5:05 PM:

The Nevada Bureau of Land Management is reporting the Hungry Fire, burning near Spanish Springs, has burned 300 acres and is at 30% containment.  Both ground crews and air support fought the fire Tuesday afternoon.

 

09/10/2019 12:30 PM:

Malachi Brooks / Unsplash

Immigrants make up more than ten percent of the population in our region. And according to a report, that can provide big economic benefits.

Hemp plants growing out of dirt.
Nevada Department of Agriculture

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, can be found in the cannabis plant. Products containing CBD are easily accessible, but regulations remain unclear on selling these products in Washoe County. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad about this issue.

Bree Zender

Note: Fire officials say mandatory evacuations for Milford area have been lifted, but area residents should be prepared to evacuate if needed. Other mandatory evacuation orders remain intact.

The Walker Fire continues to burn south of Susanville.

It’s charred nearly 44,000 acres and has been 7 percent contained, making it the biggest wildfire in California so far this year.

KUNR’s Bree Zender visited some of those who have been displaced by the evacuation orders to find out how they are adjusting. 

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09/12/2019 at 10:00 PM:

The burn area for the Walker Fire has grown to 49,272 acres, with 32 percent containment.

09/11/2019 at 10:45 PM:

A large pile of rubbish sits only a stone's throw away from a sign that says "No Dumping Allowed."
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Love it or hate it, Burning Man has become an institution in Northern Nevada. The annual counter-culture festival in the Black Rock Desert draws tens of thousands of tourists every year, bolstering the area's economy and arts scene. However, critics are concerned about the amount of trash and refuse left behind. KUNR's Paul Boger took a look around town to see the trash post-burn.

Colorado is the only state in our region that ranked in the top half.
Oxfam America

A recent report looking at the best states to work in doesn't show the Mountain West in a particularly good light. Only one state in our region ranked in the top half.

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