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A headshot of Senator Jacky Rosen, a Democrat from Nevada.
Courtesy / Senator Jacky Rosen

U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen was Nevada's sole Congressional representative during the recent COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The state's junior senator met with climate officials and world leaders to come up with ideas and solutions to solve climate challenges here at home.

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Unseasonable wildfires fueled by high winds over dry ground resulted in two deaths in the Mountain West this week.

An image of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Courtesy / Sen. Cortez Masto's office

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has been serving Nevada in the U.S. Senate since 2017, filling the seat left by the now-retired Harry Reid. She has worked to pass legislation to help address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and she has been pushing for a path to citizenship for children who were brought to the U.S. illegally.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is sitting at a desk and signing a bill. He is looking down at the bill and wearing a face mask. There is a name plaque in front of him on the desk, and the seal of Nevada is visible on the wall behind him.
Courtesy / Nevada Governor’s Office

In the early days of the pandemic and his first term as Nevada governor, Steve Sisolak closed casinos, which was the first time that’s happened since the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.

In this conversation with KUNR’s Noah Glick, Sisolak talks about COVID-19, vaccine mandates, economic recovery and his regrets related to the state’s unemployment system.

An image of an all-electric bus
Courtesy / RTC Washoe

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.

An image of a skier rushing down a snowy mountain.
Courtesy / Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

A mountain biker standing next to his bike in a grassy field. He is looking toward the horizon, which includes a cloudy sky and a setting sun behind trees.
Courtesy / Bureau of Land Management

Nevada celebrated its fifth annual public lands day over the weekend with events and free park admission, all designed to get more people outdoors. However, a new report in the journal Global Environmental Change estimates that as the planet warms up due to climate change, demand for outdoor recreation on public lands could go down.

Hydropower dips during western drought

Oct 1, 2021

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that there will be a 14% dip in hydropower in the U.S. this year. The vast majority of that decline is in the West.

Drought reduces water and reservoir levels, which means less water to flow through hydroelectric dams.

Six satellite images of Pyramid Lake are compiled to show the progression of an algal bloom, which changes the color of the water. The blue lake is surrounded by brown desert hills.
Courtesy / NOAA

Two separate times over the summer, the City of Reno in Nevada warned residents to avoid contact with local lakes and ponds where the explosive growth of cyanobacteria – also known as blue-green algae – had choked the water with green slime and released dangerous toxins.

KUNR Today: City Of Reno To Require COVID Vaccine For Employees, Elko Hospital Near Capacity

Sep 27, 2021
An image of a woman in military gear receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from a medical professional.
Courtesy / Department of Defense

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

A plane is flying over part of the Richard Spring Fire while dropping retardant. The sky is filled with smoke, casting a sepia tone over the image. There are several small structures surrounded by trees toward the bottom of the composition.
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A new report on wildfire risk uses demographic data to highlight counties around the West that may be especially vulnerable.

Higher elevations like mountain tops usually have more moisture, and fires historically hadn’t burned there very often. But that’s changing rapidly.

The Dixie and Caldor fires in California are the first and second wildfires ever recorded to cross the Sierra Nevada crest and burn down the other side, according to Boise State University researcher Moji Sadegh.

Sadegh said fire managers used to let fires moving up mountain sides burn because they’d eventually reach an area wet enough that they stop progressing.

A graphic of Washoe County’s COVID-19 risk meter. The dial is pointing to the “Very High” rating.
Courtesy / Washoe County

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.

Alex Hernandez is talking over Zoom about how hot her apartment in Denver is. But she's not there, because it's too hot. She's across the street at Finley's, where there's air conditioning - and cold beer.

"It's a pub, super teeny weeny, but it's super cute," she says.

This is Alex Hernandez's first summer living in Denver. She moved in the spring from Wyoming, and one of the biggest adjustments has been dealing with the heat.

"I feel like it's just, like, a matter of strategy," she says. "Like you're planning your whole life around these extreme temperatures."

Secretary Haaland is standing behind a podium in front of Lake Tahoe. It’s a hazy day, but the sky is blue. A placard that reads “Lake Tahoe Summit 2021” is posted to the podium. Several individuals are sitting in chairs around her.
Courtesy of The Tahoe Fund

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.

An image of a dog jumping over a hurdle during an agility exercise.
Courtesy / Zoom Room Reno

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

Hay stacks rolled and left throughout an open field. There is a tractor in the background, as well as several hills covered by foliage and trees.
Jürgen / Flickr Creative Commons

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

Two Western cities registered the poorest air quality in the world over the last week as smoke from wildfires in northern California turned the skies over the Rocky Mountains into a chalky white abyss. On July 7, Denver’s air was the worst among international cities, according to Salt Lake City was No. 1 the day prior.

University of Utah atmospheric scientist Derek Mallia says such pollution levels in these Mountain West cities is “unprecedented.”

An image of wildfire smoke amid the Tamarack Fire
Courtesy / Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

Two years ago, more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries declared a climate emergency. They did so in a report that said scientists have "a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to 'tell it like it is.'"

Now, they say things look even worse.

On Wednesday, an updated version of the report was published in the journal BioScience, and included an additional 2,800 scientists' signatures.