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Extremism experts say a fast-growing network of far-right activists could threaten the Mountain West and beyond. It’s called the People’s Rights network and, according to a new report, it includes anti-maskers, militia members and conspiracy theorists.


A tight shot of a crowd of about 100 people. Most are wearing red, white and blue and MAGA merch. Only one person is wearing a mask.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold an in-person rally in Carson City on Sunday. 

Urban traffic at night in downtown Boise, Idaho
Alden Skeie / Unsplash

Amid the economic downturn, Idaho and Utah have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

Headshot of Natha Anderson. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Natha Anderson

Three candidates in Sparks are looking to replace outgoing Democratic Assemblyman Greg Smith in the legislature next year. One of them is Natha Anderson, an educator and president of the Washoe Education Association. She spoke with KUNR’s Paul Boger to give her take on the challenges facing the state.

Headshot of Skip Daly. He is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Skip Daly

Skip Daly has represented residents living in eastern Sparks and the North Valleys for eight years, non-consecutively, in the Nevada Assembly. This year, he once again faces a challenge from Jill Dickman, the Republican who defeated him for a term in 2014. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with incumbent Democratic Assemblyman Skip Daly about his work in the legislature and his bid for reelection.

Headshot of Marie Baker. She is looking toward the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Marie Baker's website

Washoe County has seen explosive growth, especially in the North Valleys where developers have built hundreds of new homes in recent years, but some argue that expansion has not been done strategically. Marie Baker is the Democratic candidate for the District Four seat on the Washoe County Commission.

She spoke with KUNR’s Paul Boger to give her take on the challenges facing the county.

The Tri-County Health Department in Colorado is a marriage between three counties. But after 55 years together, the pandemic has them on the brink of divorce.

The relationship started with a devastating flood. Lora Thomas remembers it vividly.

“I remember sitting on Ruby Hill in Denver watching this wall of water coming down the Platte River,” said Thomas. “There were actually horses in that water that had come from a racetrack.”

Headshot of Alexis Hill. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Alexis Hill

Rapid population growth in Washoe County has led to a critical shortage of affordable housing and higher demands on services across the region. Alexis Hill is the Democratic candidate for the District 1 seat on the Washoe County Commission.

She spoke with KUNR's Paul Boger about how the county should respond to this issue.

Headshot of Marsha Berkbigler with three dogs. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Marsha Berkbigler

Washoe County’s population has exploded in recent years. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that roughly 420,000 people lived in the county. Now, that number is more than 471,000. That growth has led to a housing crunch and greater demands on services across the region.

KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Marsha Berkbigler, the incumbent Republican running for a third term representing District 1 on the Washoe County Commission. They spoke about the challenges currently facing the county.

5:28 p.m. | October 13, 2020

Nevada Reports 487 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 487 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 10 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide.

Headshot of Wendy Jauregui-Jackins. She is looking toward the camera and smiling.
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins via Facebook

Throughout this election season, a vast majority of the coverage has focused on the contentious presidential race, but in Nevada, voters will also be asked to decide the fate of several down-ballot contests.

That includes a relatively competitive race in western Washoe County where newcomer Democrat Wendy Jauregui-Jackins is looking to represent District 15 in the state Senate. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Jauregui-Jackins about what lawmakers should do to address the issues related to COVID-19.

Headshot of Heidi Gansert. She is looking toward the camera and smiling.
Heidi Gansert / University of Nevada, Reno

Throughout this election season, a vast majority of the coverage has focused on the contentious presidential race. But in Nevada, voters will also be asked to decide the fate of several down-ballot contests.

That includes a relatively competitive race in western Washoe County where incumbent Republican Heidi Gansert is looking to maintain her seat representing District 15 in the state Senate. KUNR’s Jayden Perez spoke with Gansert about her time in office and what lawmakers should do to address the issues related to COVID-19. 

A young woman with purple and pink curled hair sitting down outside and looking off screen. There are green leaves and grass behind her.
Avery Thunder / KUNR Youth Media

Washoe County Schools have had to switch to remote learning for all students for more than 10 days this semester due to poor air quality from fires in California. For many local high school students, including Avery Thunder, it's led to a sense of uncertainty. She shares her feelings in an audio diary for KUNR's Youth Media program.

A brick building with five large panels of windows. There are letters on the building that say “E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center.”
Isaac Hoops

Earlier in the week, the University of Nevada, Reno’s new president, former Gov. Brian Sandoval, announced that he would be closing the school’s fitness center. Sandoval defended his decision and said the gym was found to be a COVID-19 hotspot.

Headshot of Patricia Ackerman. She is looking toward the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Patricia Ackerman

Since its creation in the 1980's, Nevada's Second Congressional District has sent only four representatives to Congress, all of them Republicans, but demographics in the district are changing and Democrats are becoming a larger percentage of the electorate in Northern Nevada.

One of them is political newcomer Particia Ackerman, a retired high-altitude mountaineer who is challenging five-term incumbent Mark Amodei for the seat. KUNR's Paul Boger caught up with Ackerman at a recent campaign event to talk about the election and the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of Mark Amodei leaning on a red truck with a lake and forest behind him.
courtesy of Mark Amodei

Since its creation in the 1980's, Nevada's Second Congressional District has sent only four representatives to Congress, all of them Republicans, but demographics in the district are shifting and Democrats are becoming a larger percentage of the electorate in Northern Nevada. Despite that, five-term incumbent Mark Amodei has remained relatively popular among voters.

KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Amodei about his bid for a sixth term as well as the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

7:00 p.m. | October 6, 2020

Nevada Reports 479 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 479 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported six additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide.

Antigen testing is expected to become a more common way to test for COVID-19. It looks for the virus’ surface coating, rather than pieces of its genetic material. It’s faster and easier to administer than other tests.

A person in a mask sits against a tree and is looking at a laptop. The UNR “N” logo is out of focus in the background.
Isaac Hoops / Nevada Sagebrush

The University of Nevada, Reno has reported 330 cases of COVID-19 in September, as of its most recent online update posted on Sept. 30. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has the details on how the school's COVID-19 data is reported.

A man in a mask waves to someone off camera. There’s a sign in front of him that says, “Adopt a Polling Place.”
Trevor Bexon

Mail-in ballots will be sent to registered voters in Washoe County starting Monday, Oct. 5. KUNR's Lucia Starbuck has the latest updates from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office as this process gets underway.

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