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The Hidden Valley south of Las Vegas is an open, dry stretch of desert scrub and craggy, beige mountains. It’s public land. For some, it might look like a landscape from the movie Dune. But Kyle Roerink, executive director of the Great Basin Water Network, sees it as part of an iconic, and fragile, ecosystem.

“We are looking out at a beautiful tract of the Mojave Desert,” he says.

Roerink says it's vital that this swath of land is protected. It's adjacent to the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area and home to threatened species.

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Noah Glick / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

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Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.


Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, July 8.

Piles of trash stacked up next to a railroad.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

The City of Reno dismantled an encampment that was home to nearly 175 people after a health violation was issued by the Washoe County Health District. Many people were removed with only their most valuable possessions. Today we hear from the man who leads the River Cleanup Crew, which had to organize a clean-up of 400 yards of leftover belongings and trash in three days. 

Several tents are being dismantled.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR Public Radio

137 tents that were turned into homes by people living on the streets of Reno were removed by law enforcement on Wednesday, March 4.

Editor's note: this story contains adult language. 

Anh Gray

Tech companies moving in and creating a housing crunch is a familiar story in California. But it’s happening in Nevada too. With companies like Tesla operating near Reno now, locals say they’re getting priced out, and homeless youth are bearing the brunt. KUNR's Anh Gray has more.

The overall average rent for apartments in the Reno/Sparks area now sits above $1,300. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View reports.

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The median home price in California has topped 600-thousand dollars for the first time ever. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View breaks down the numbers.

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Paul Boger

Nearly a third of the households in the Truckee Meadows are considered either very low or extremely low income. That’s according to a report created by the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency in 2016. With housing prices continuing to climb, many of those residents are being pushed out of the area. Part of the problem is the lack of publicly subsidized, affordable housing. Reno Public Radio's Paul Boger reports.

Anh Gray

More than a third of Washoe County residents are 50 years or older. Across the country, the aging population is experiencing unprecedented growth. A recent report from the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies found the nation is unprepared to meet the housing needs for seniors. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores how the lack of affordable housing in Northern Nevada is impacting low-income seniors in particular.


Where you live impacts your health. That’s according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that ranks the overall health of counties across the nation. The Washoe County Health District unveiled the findings for the region this week. Our reporter Anh Gray was there and talks with Nevada health care policy expert John Packham to learn more.