City of Reno

A building that says, 'Reno Events Center.' There is a man walking in front of the building and a line of people near the entrance.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 300 houseless individuals have been sleeping at the Reno Events Center, but the makeshift shelter is slated to close at the end of June. Washoe County and City of Reno officials are working on securing a place for those staying at the facility to sleep next.

On the right is a tractor being operated in focus. On the left is a man who is blurry, standing next to three shopping carts filled with stuff.
Isaac Hoops / This Is Reno

Houseless individuals are more at risk of contracting COVID-19, and this week, authorities in Reno and Sparks swept through and cleared out two different campsites, dispersing unsheltered individuals into the community.

The Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick checked in with KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck, who covered these cleanup activities for our media partner This Is Reno, to learn what impacts these actions may have.

Civil Unrest In Reno: May 30 Through June 3

May 30, 2020
The exterior of Reno City Hall. Police tape and a dumpster are surrounding the entrance. Broken windows are boarded.
Bree Zender / KUNR

4:55 p.m. | June 3, 2020

Acting City of Reno Manager Jason Soto is directing the Reno Police Department to craft a new formal policy where officers must intervene when they see other officers use excessive force.

The Nevada Legislative building
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada is facing a budget crisis. According to estimates, sales and gaming taxes fell drastically during the state’s COVID-19 related shutdown in March and April, leaving a gaping budget hole for the current fiscal year ending June 30. So, how are lawmakers and others addressing the issue?

An image of the Truckee River at sunset.
Travel Nevada

The city of Reno is getting some help from the federal government in redeveloping its downtown core and riverwalk districts.

A row of different shaped and colored tents along a fence with tall casinos in the background.
Lucia Starbuck / Our Town Reno

Friday, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board will decide if ex-military barracks in Stead can be used as emergency housing for the houseless during the COVID-19 pandemic. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano and Lucia Starbuck discussed how people without stable shelter are feeling, and what's being done to protect this vulnerable population.

Exterior del Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de Las Vegas.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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Las ciudades de Las Vegas, Henderson y Reno han confirmado en semanas recientes que continuarán aceptando y reinstalando a refugiados, luego de un anuncio del Gobernador Steve Sisolak de que Nevada accede a darles la bienvenida.

Exterior of Las Vegas City Hall.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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The cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and Reno have confirmed in recent weeks that they will continue to accept and resettle refugees, following an announcement made by Gov. Steve Sisolak that Nevada consents to welcoming refugees.

Bree Zender / KUNR Public Radio

Reno is celebrating its first Indigenous Peoples' Day today, after the City Council unanimously voted to drop Columbus Day in favor of a holiday that celebrates Native American peoples, rather than honor a figure that for many represents a violent history of colonization in North America. 

A body of water with a pipe in the forefront and street signs with water surrounding them.
Bob Conrad / ThisisReno

Different solutions have been proposed to reduce water levels from the flooded Swan Lake in Lemmon Valley, a battle that has been affecting nearby residents since 2017. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck spoke with ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad about what’s been done, what can be expected, and how some residents are feeling.

First Days In America: Casino Exec. Karen Goforth

Jul 11, 2019
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

Wanting to explore and see the world in her early twenties, Karen Goforth came to the United States from Melbourne, Australia about 40 years ago. When she arrived, she discovered more opportunities for women in the states. Today, she tells us her story for our series, “First Days in America.”

147-Year-Old Time Capsule's Contents Revealed

Apr 17, 2019
People in line looking at artifacts on table.
Jana Sayson

The City of Reno unveiled contents of a time capsule discovered within the Reno Masonic Lodge cornerstone, which developers unearthed in the historic building’s recent demolition.

 

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

With high housing prices in Northern Nevada, Reno is seeing community members choosing to stay in motels as long-term residents. The city created a motel inspection program late last year and the team recently conducted its first inspection. KUNR’s Michelle Billman sat down with our reporters Stephanie Serrano and Krysta Scripter to learn more.

Reno City Flag
ThisisReno

The lawsuit against the City of Reno for the alleged harassment and retaliation against two former employees is continuing, and new revelations are still emerging. Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been following this story and gave an update to KUNR News Director Michelle Billman.

A man rides a bike on a street.
NNBV File Photo

The City of Reno has extended its pilot project with Lime, the dockless bike and electric scooter company. KUNR Contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has more.

A jar of marijuana sits on a counter next to a scale.
Unsplash

Reno City Council has decided to keep its limit on marijuana dispensaries to eight licenses. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.

Cannabis Plant
Michelle Matus

Nevada could gather more than $1 billion from the marijuana industry by 2024, according to an industry group's recent economic analysis. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has more. 

People sit on lawn
Karina Gonzalez

The City of Reno held its second annual Fiesta event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Wingfield Park on Saturday. The park was filled music from all of Latin America and included performances by dancers and artists. People danced to the music or relaxed on the lawn, taking in the Latin experience.

Take a look at our photo gallery highlighting the event:

Preserving Olympic Memories Before Evidence Is Erased

Sep 14, 2018
Holly Hutchings

An exhibit paying homage to the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics is on display at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Everything from vintage uniforms and rarely seen photography to illustrations by Walt Disney --a huge fan of skiing--are also showcased. The memorabilia are some of the last remaining vestiges of a games that changed winter sports and the Tahoe-Truckee region. Our arts reporter Holly Hutchings visited the exhibit and talked with one avid Olympic collector and author to learn more.

A close-up of a green t-shirt with a logo reading "RENO DISPATCH" in gold and white letters. Below the lettering, are two circular gold embloms, one with a flame inside and the other with a shield.
Karina Gonzalez

Have you ever wondered about the voice on the other end of a 911 call? Melissa Beltron is a public safety dispatcher in Washoe County trained to keep calm under pressure, but there are certain phone calls she says she can never forget. Students at the Reynolds School of Journalism joined Beltron for her overnight shift in order to share her story.

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