City of Reno

Making History: Photos Of Virginia Street Bridge Opening

Apr 12, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Reno Tuesday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Virginia Street Bridge.

Julia Ritchey

The city is reopening the new Virginia Street Bridge on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and procession. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, the city hopes the bridge will usher in a new era for the downtown with a nod to its past.

Alexa Ard

The City of Reno has hired a revitalization manager to help create a better business environment downtown. 

Bill Dunne will officially begin next week. He comes from Troy, New York, where he served as director of economic development and planning.

Assistant City Manager Kate Thomas says the position is a new one.

"As we recover from the downturn, we need someone to take a lead role in our planning, business expansion and economic development efforts," she says.

Washoe Business License Applications Moving Online

Mar 9, 2016
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Business owners will be able to apply and pay for business licenses and permits in Washoe County online, for the first time ever this summer. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez has more.  

The regional business license and permits program is an effort by the cities of Reno and Sparks along with Washoe County and the health district that will connect them digitally to customers. Amber Drlik with the City of Reno says this change has been repeatedly asked for in customer surveys.

Alexa Ard

Reno's City Council seat for Ward 1 is up for grabs and, so far, three people are vying for it. 

Michelle Billman

Candidate filing got underway Monday morning in Nevada, including the City of Reno. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports.

Reno City Clerk Ashley Turney spent Monday morning walking several candidates through their paperwork.

"We have been very busy this morning. We've had back-to-back appointments," Turney said. "We have already had six or eight candidates this morning in the first hour."

Civic-Minded Kids Present Their Ideas To Reno City Council

Feb 29, 2016
Carla O'Day

Mt. Rose Elementary students recently presented their ideas to city council to solve some of Reno's more pressing problems. Our contributor Bob Conrad with ThisisReno has the story.

Fifth grade students took turns sharing their ideas with the mayor and council members on issues like increasing local food options and helping the homeless.

"They have to walk around the street and try to make a living with nothing, and we want to change that nothing to something."

The Basement: Touring Reno's New 'Hipster Mall'

Feb 28, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

An underground marketplace called The Basement has opened inside the historic 1933 post office in downtown Reno. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez took a tour of the renovated space and sends us this audio postcard. 

More than half a dozen shops are tucked between brick walls and under a maze of exposed pipes. I wander into Sugar Love Chocolates where store owner Krysta Bea Jackson is attending to new customers.

Jackson says her products are made from French and Belgium chocolate and natural ingredients such as fresh strawberries and pistachios. At least one customer is sold.

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Advocates for the homeless are looking for a new shelter to serve more than 120 people each night in Reno. As Steve Shadley reports, they must find another location because the original building was vandalized.

Authorities say that it appears copper theft is the reason the overflow shelter, operated by the Volunteers of America Northern Nevada, can no longer house the homeless.  

Reno Mayor Wants Tighter Security At City Hall

Feb 19, 2016
ThisisReno.com

Mayor Hillary Schieve says Reno needs to consider tighter security measures at city hall after some disturbing incidents. Our contributor, Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been covering this issue and has the story.

During public comment at last week’s city council meeting, a man played a song from a personal boombox after shouting obscenities during public comment.

Councilwoman Neoma Jardon says that when members of the public bring in these kinds of props to city hall, it make her nervous.

Idea Floated For Reno City Council In-House Reporter

Feb 16, 2016

A suggestion to have the Reno City Council hire its own reporter to cover itself was met with some resistance during last week's city council meeting.

Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Reno Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus said that staff reductions at the Reno Gazette-Journal have impacted city hall news coverage and she wanted what she called more objective, in-depth reporting.

Cost Of RSCVA's Strategic Plan Is Doubling

Feb 6, 2016
Alexa Ard

A new strategic plan is underway for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, but not without some big kinks that will more than double the price of the project. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

The RSCVA board voted recently to hire a local strategic planning firm to complete work that was started by an out-of-state company called CS&L.

ThisisReno.com

A Reno developer's donation to help improve the water quality of Virginia Lake was approved by the Reno City Council last week…but not unanimously. Our contributor from ThisisReno, Bob Conrad, has the story.

 

Last fall, Reno developer J. Carter Witt withdrew a donation that he had promised to the city in order to help clean up Virginia Lake. At the time, Witt said the city had defaulted on their agreement, but he also expressed dismay about a proposed city labor ordinance that he said would negatively affect his business.

Reno, Washoe Fire Divorce (Finally) Settled

Jan 28, 2016
Carla O'Day / ThisisReno.com

Washoe County and the City of Reno held a press conference Wednesday to announce that they’ve reached a settlement over the region’s so-called fire divorce to deconsolidate fire services. Bob Conrad from ThisisReno was there and has the latest update on this story.

Washoe County will pay the city nearly $450,000, and both say they’re ready to put the matter behind them. They also stress that this settlement will save taxpayers from the costly litigation.

Alexa Ard

The City of Reno is moving forward with the process to update its master plan. This week, city council members heard the latest update from the Reimagine Reno campaign which has been gathering community input on how the city should grow in the next twenty or so years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

After holding dozens of community workshops and offering surveys online, the Reimagine Reno team has heard from more than 5,800 residents.

City of Reno

Reno City Council unanimously approved an annexation request for a small chunk of Lemmon Valley, just north of the city, at its last meeting. That's despite complaints raised by several nearby residents.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the details.

The land is being eyed for development and its owner says the 730 acres would be ideal for new housing. 

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission is holding public open houses this week to get feedback on what transit services are most important to the community. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

The Washoe County transit system is running at a deficit of $1 million a year. RTC Spokesman Joe Harrington says that along with rider fares, sales tax revenues help pay for transit.

Reno's New Art Installation: The Light Chimes

Dec 31, 2015
ThisisReno

A new public art installation went up Thursday at Wingfield Park, as another effort to build the perception of Reno as an arts destination. Contributor Bob Conrad with our media partner ThisisReno has the story.

The sculpture is called The Light Chimes and is the brainchild of Nevada Artist Scott Morgan.

The Light Chimes uses photographic images to produce lights and colors,” Morgan explains. “If you can imagine wind chimes, only instead of metal rods that produce sound, imagine acrylic rods that produce light.” 

Reno Hires Sustainability Manager

Dec 21, 2015

To boost its efforts to go green, Reno has hired a new sustainability manager. To learn more, our reporter Julia Ritchey caught up with their new hire.

Lynne Barker started her gig at the end of October after moving from Seattle, where she worked for a nonprofit focused on sustainable development.

She says the title of "sustainability manager" is becoming a more common one, for both corporations and cities.

"Sustainability managers use a collaborative process to identify goals and priorities that address equity, environment and economy."

Reno Fire Department

The City of Reno will soon have a permanent fire chief in place. For the latest update on this week's city council meeting, we turn to Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick.

During the meeting, Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger recommended Acting Fire Chief Dave Cochran for the permanent post. Cochran started in August. Since then, he's modified labor contracts, hired new firefighters and negotiated an automatic aid agreement, which requires the nearest unit to respond to a report of a fire, regardless of jurisdiction.

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