An image of a firefighter with a chainsaw cutting down debris.
Joe Bradshaw / Bureau of Land Management

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

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Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the UNR Campus.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

An aerial image of the UNR campus. The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is in focus with the Joe Crowley Student Union visible in the background.
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Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.

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Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Monday marked the first day of classes for more than 20,000 students at the University of Nevada, Reno. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck went out at lunchtime to see how the students are doing.

A pharmacist prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

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Will Stone

The Nevada Board of Regents recently signed off on a plan that will fold Tahoe’s Sierra Nevada University into the University of Nevada, Reno. First announced in early July, the merger could be complete as early as fall 2022, but the schools have to get approval from a number of other educational regulatory agencies. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with UNR President Brian Sandoval to talk about the process.

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Wildfire Alert

Over the past two weeks, Nevada has averaged more than 900 new cases of COVID-19 a day. Health officials say the newest wave of infections is the result of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. And as if that wasn’t enough, one of the largest wildfires in California history is also dumping smoke and ash across Northern Nevada. KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick checked in with senior reporter Paul Boger to discuss the top stories from the week.

Empty board room of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents

In this upcoming election, Nevadans will also get to vote on several policies and positions that will impact higher education throughout the state. KUNR’s Olivia Ali and Natalie Van Hoozer discuss what to look out for in the upcoming election.

KUNR 2020 voter guide for NSHE Board Of Regents District 10. Illustration of a ballot being placed into a box. A pencil and a roll of stickers are in front of the box.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

This year, voters in Washoe County will determine who will win one of the four seats up for grabs on the Nevada Board of Regents. For the District 10 race, which encompasses all of Washoe County, Former Regent Kevin Melcher is facing off against businessman Joseph Arrascada. A Reno native, Melcher was a K-12 administrator for more than 20 years before serving as Elko County’s representative on the Board of Regents from 2011 until 2016. In 2019, Melcher was appointed to the Nevada State Board of Education. Joseph Arrascada is also a Reno native and the owner and community outreach director for Nevada Fiduciary Solutions.

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Screenshot / NSHE via BlueJeans

Conversations about police brutality and systemic racism are continuing after the killing of George Floyd. The Nevada System of Higher Education is responding by making modifications to its campus policing and having conversations about discrimination on university campuses. During a NSHE town hall on these matters, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said the time for action is now.

Empty board room of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents

Staff and students at Nevada's seven public colleges and universities would shoulder some of the costs of a reduced budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins in July, under two of the three proposals approved Friday by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents.

Exterior of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Alexa Ard

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents Chair Jason Geddes said the board will try to complete its searches for the next presidents of the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before the spring semester ends in mid-May.

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Andrew Mendez

KUNR's bilingual student reporter Andrew Mendez has been looking into the unique obstacles Latinx students may face when they enter college. Along with reporting on the hurdles, he's been researching potential solutions on the local level. He joined our news director Michelle Billman to share his findings.


The Nevada Public Works Board is reviewing roughly $1.2 billion in requests from agencies and the university system for construction projects and jobs in the state. Our Contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has more.

Meet The New Boss For UNR, TMCC

May 31, 2016
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An official with the Nevada System of Higher Education says differences between the newly named interim chancellor and Dan Klaich, who's retiring next week, will lead to success. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

John Valery White will step in as NSHE’s chancellor until June 2017.

The Board of Regents vote to hire White was unanimous. Chairman Rick Trachok says White will be a different kind of leader due to his experience as a former Provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a former dean of its law school.

NSHE Chancellor Dan Klaich Resigns After Email Fallout

May 12, 2016
NSHE website

Nevada higher education regents* have approved an early retirement deal for Chancellor Dan Klaich after he said his role in developing a college funding formula has become a distraction.

“The public hearing today, and particularly the kind comments by all of you, allow me to leave proud, with my head high, knowing that I have accomplished something that is appreciated, and for that I am profoundly grateful,” Klaich said before the vote.

Regents praised Klaich and approved a deal to let him leave in June but take pay, roughly $300,000, through his contract's expiration.


Four finalists vying for the top post at Truckee Meadows Community College are on campus this week. They include leaders of community colleges in Virginia, New York, and Illinois, along with one candidate currently working as the vice president of academic affairs at TMCC.

The four will be participating in public forums and interviews by the search committee over the next few days. That committee will make a recommendation to the board of regents, which will take a vote next week.

Nevada System of Higher Education

College students who take 15 credits or more a semester – which is considered full-time – have a better chance at graduating. That’s according to Nevada higher education officials. And their philosophy seems to be paying off. 

School campuses have become the latest testing ground for the debate over gun rights in Nevada. A bill that would allow those with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns on campus drew crowds to Carson City this week.

To hear both sides tell it, guns are either the panacea for some of the worst afflictions on campus—sexual assault and school shootings among them—or a toxic solution in search of a problem.