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A local news stream from the KUNR Public Radio newsroom and regional partners.

A fire spreads rapidly across a roadway.
Tamarack Fire Information Facebook page / Tamarack Fire Incident Management Team

Here are online resources with information about the Tamarack Fire: Inciweb, the Facebook page set up by the fire's incident command team, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, the Great Basin Coordination Center on Twitter, and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office on Facebook. Residents can sign up for evacuation notifications on the homepage of the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, with Douglas County's reverse 911 system, and Lyon County's CodeRED system.

News Brief

Federal pandemic aid has helped a lot of industries recover from the pandemic, like airlines and live music venues. But now, loggers and timber haulers can get help, too.

An image taken outside the Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Courtesy / Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, July 26, 2021.

News Brief

The U.S. Energy and Employment Jobs report came out Tuesday, showing an overall decline in energy jobs around the nation.

Before the pandemic, job numbers in the energy sector were growing twice as fast as the economy, according to the report. But by the end of 2020, about 840,000 jobs were lost (about 10%).

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, July 23, 2021.

The day that Kate Sherrod got vaccinated against COVID-19 was an emotional one.

"It was my first time around strangers in like a year," she said.

Sherrod is immunocompromised, which limits her ability to fight off infections. So she had been stuck at home during the first year of the pandemic. It also meant she was in one of the early priority groups for the vaccine. And after the first shot in March, Sherrod let herself imagine some of the things she'd do once she hit full immunity.

A wildfire burning alongside the top of a forest land
Courtesy of National Interagency Fire Center

COVID-19 cases rose by an estimated 18% during a period when heavy wildfire smoke blanketed the Reno area. The findings suggest that the smoke from wildfires increase the rate of COVID-19 transmission.

KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with Daniel Kiser, an assistant research scientist with the Desert Research Institute and the co-lead author of the new study, to learn more.

An image of two hockey players competing in a game.
mark6mauno / Creative Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Smoky Skies Could Linger Until Snow Flies

Jul 22, 2021

Wildfire season began earlier than usual across the region this year, and with it came smoky skies. That's led to problems like unsafe air quality, and hundreds of delayed flights out of Denver on Monday. Now, meteorologists and air quality experts say hazy conditions will likely stick around until fall for many Mountain West communities.

News Brief

Experts largely agree that schools should open to in-person learning this fall, but there’s disagreement on masking policies.

The CDC recommends, “Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated.”

An image of a wildfire burning with large plumes of smoke
Courtesy / Oregon Department of Forestry

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

The Beckwourth Complex Fire burning with tall flames and smoke in the air.
Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue via Twitter

Please check the following sites for the most up-to-date information on the Beckwourth-Complex Fire: Washoe CountyPlumas CountyLassen County, and the Official Incident Page. You can also check out the latest information on air quality at airnow.govAs of 5:10 p.m. on July 23, 2021, KUNR is no longer actively updating this webpost.

A woman crouching down in the middle of a river and collecting samples.
Joanna Blaszczak / University of Nevada, Reno Freshwater Ecology & Biogeochemistry Department

The EPA has reported several dog and livestock deaths due to toxic algae blooms found in riverbeds. A researcher from UNR is examining what conditions cause these blooms.

An image of a wildfire burning with large plumes of smoke
Courtesy / National Interagency Fire Center

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

A coalition of elected officials, farmers, conservationists and tribal leaders gathered at the Hoover Dam Thursday and called on lawmakers to place a moratorium on “wasteful” new pipelines or dams that would divert water from the parched Colorado River. The announcement came as a severe drought deepens across the West and as a massive infrastructure bill is slowly moving through Congress.

A close-up image of a hemp plant
Courtesy of USDA

Here’s the latest business news from around Northern Nevada, with Business Beat from the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

An image of a firefighter walking along a fire line in the forest.
U.S. Navy / Creative Commons, CC BY 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, July 19, 2021.

A conceptual illustration of Jolie Varela hiking in the mountains.
Emily Whang / NPR Next Generation Radio

This story is part of a series by NPR’s Next Generation Radio program, which explored the theme: What Does It Mean To Be An American?

Jolie Varela is the founder of Indigenous Women Hike, which promotes healing through the inherent connection Indigenous peoples have to the land. She is a hiker, water protector and land defender based out of Payahuunadü, the place of flowing water, also known as Owens Valley, California.

Severe wildfires across the West have prompted the nation’s top fire agency to increase its preparedness level to the highest and most critical stage. This is the earliest the agency has done so in a decade.

“It’s an all hands on deck approach,” said Stanton Florea, a spokesperson with the National Interagency Fire Center. “We’re a full month ahead of where we were last year.”

Mountain West News Bureau Hires New Managing Editor

Jul 18, 2021

On Monday, July 26, Dave Rosenthal joins Boise State Public Radio as Managing Editor of the Mountain West News Bureau, which is a public media news collaboration across several Western states.

Launched in 2018, this collaboration serves the intermountain West, from sites in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico.