Northern Nevada

Lucia Starbuck

It’s been a century since a new full-service hospital opened up in the Reno-Sparks area. KUNR’s Health Reporter Anh Gray talked with fellow reporter Lucia Starbuck about Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center, a facility that’s slated to open in a few years.

Bree Zender

Hundreds of researchers agree that climate change is going to alter the way we will live in the coming decades. Every few years, the U.S. Global Change Research Program releases a National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive look into how the country's climate has changed, and what could be ahead.

Clint for Congress

Democrats in Nevada’s Congressional District 2 hope to clinch a victory in the historically red district. The race is on between three-term Republican incumbent Mark Amodei and Democratic challenger Clint Koble. KUNR’s Holly Hutchings sat down with Koble to discuss issues he says affect all Nevadans, such as public lands and immigration, and what he will do if he wins.

A green chart depicting the new jobs and capital raised by the year, from 2013-2018, created by Northern Nevada's startup ecosystem.
Illustration by Lauren Solinger

New data suggests that Northern Nevada’s startup ecosystem is growing strong. Our Contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View reports.

Bob Conrad

The Tesla gigafactory has officially opened, but questions remain regarding how northern Nevada is preparing and responding to economic growth spurred by the company. To explore this issue for our series Behind the Battery Boom, we turn to our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno who recently toured the plant.

Northern Nevada Shelter Search Continues

May 17, 2016

A local charity is still searching for a location to establish a new homeless overflow shelter. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

After being vandalized earlier this year, the Volunteers of America Northern Nevada overflow shelter became uninhabitable. Spokeswoman Sandy Isham, told our partner, KNPR in Las Vegas, not handling the problem could be costly.

Northern Nevada Kids Are Waiting For Mentors

Apr 26, 2016
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada

Nationally, 1 in 3 kids grow up without a mentor to help guide them socially and academically. In Northern Nevada several organizations have banned together to help get kids partnered up with one sooner. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

Nevada Mentors has pulled together nine agencies looking for volunteers who can help steer kids through the turbulent time of adolescence. 

UNSOM Health Watch: New Surgical Training Lab

Aug 19, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

In this University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we’re talking about a new surgical training lab at the School of Medicine that allows local surgeons to practice new procedures and technology on donated cadavers. Joining us to talk about this are Dr. Carl Sievert, a professor of physiology and cell biology and head anatomy instructor for the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the division of health sciences and School of Medicine.


At a town hall event last week, one economic development expert in Reno said the region could see up to 50,000 new jobs in the next several years, largely thanks to Tesla. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details on that hefty projection.

For the past month, St. Vincent's Food Pantry has seen a surge of new families showing up at its doors each day. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss stopped by the organization's busy headquarters in downtown Reno this week to learn more about this growing local need.

Volunteers at the pantry's warehouse are always busy this time of year. While some are hauling pallets of canned and nonperishable food around on forklifts, others are assembling the hundreds of boxes given out to families in need each day.

This week, a hospital patient in Sacramento waited in isolation for the results of an ebola blood test. Late last night, the California Department of Public Health announced that the results are in, and they are negative.

Over the past few days, the situation has drawn national attention and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that it has raised questions about the level of threat, if any, ebola poses for the U.S. and here locally in Northern Nevada.

Senator Dean Heller says Nevada's goal of enticing Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant near Sparks could be thwarted if voters approve the ballot initiative for a 2 percent margins tax this November.

The Republican lawmaker says he'll voice his opposition to the margins tax strongly because of how it would raise the corporate income tax. He says the initiative would hinder one of Nevada's major advantages in the race among multiple states to reel in Tesla.

Nevada lags behind in number and variety of doctors

Jul 22, 2014

Nevada needs more than 2,800 new doctors if it wants to catch up with the national rate of physicians per capita. The state ranks 47th in the country for its physician-to-population ratio according to a new study from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Across the country, on average, there are 327 doctors for every 100,000 people. In Nevada, that number is just shy of 225.