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Local Climate Plans Tackle Fire, Floods, And Funding

Dec 16, 2015
Amy Westervelt


Nationally, climate change remains a highly politicized issue, with senators and some presidential candidates still arguing about whether the science is valid. But at the local level, adapting to climate change is more about pragmatism than politics. 


After four years of severe drought and diminished snow pack, this winter’s El Nino storms are a welcome sight. They’re also a potential hazard. 

Amid Grumbles, City Passes Digital Sign Ordinance

Dec 2, 2015

The Reno City Council approved a controversial digital sign ordinance Wednesday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

This was the final vote over the new regulations, which have sparked a lengthy debate.

Mayor Hillary Scheive says the rules aren’t perfect but are definitely an improvement.

The ordinance seeks to balance the interests of the business community and those who would prefer to keep corridors free from the bright electronic signs favored by the area's casinos, convenience stores and some strip clubs.

ThisIsReno, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

State officials are working to keep horses off roadways in Pleasant Valley, south of Reno.

Earlier this month, a driver was injured and two horses were killed after colliding at the intersection of old 395 and Rawhide Drive. 

"Feral horses have been coming down there fairly recently quite a bit," said Flint Wright with the state department of agriculture. " They're crossing the road there because they're looking for access to feed and water on the opposite side."

ICYMI: Relive Reno's Off Beat Music Festival

Nov 9, 2015
Gabriella Benavidez

Over the weekend, dozens of artists, both local and non-local, came to the Biggest Little City to perform in a crawl-style music extravaganza called the Off Beat Arts & Music Festival. Here are a few highlights from one of the busy venues: Cargo Concert Hall at Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno. 

Ladies and Gents, Ready Your Business Plans

Oct 23, 2015
The Cube

A national startup competition is coming to Reno next month. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt reports that its goal is to support businesses that benefit women and families.

Hundreds of companies throughout the country are pitching their businesses at dozens of local events next month for a new competition called InnovateHER.

Straight From The Playa To The Public

Oct 15, 2015
Marcus Lavergne

With its proximity to the Black Rock Desert, Reno is a conduit for creative expression among artists who make their annual trek to the Burning Man festival. Now, a group of art lovers is trying to bring more of that Burner art back to the city. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has the story.

Artist Gary Gunderson attended his fourth Burning Man this year. He built an 18-foot metal sculpture made from recycled bicycle parts that can be played like a musical instrument.

"La Gente: Latino Theater At RLT"

Oct 9, 2015

Reno Little Theater has a free Latin American cultural festival set for tomorrow with food, live music, theater, art and storytelling.  It’s an open house to kick off “La Gente: Latino Theater at RLT.”  

The Sparks Marina: Past, Present, Future

Oct 8, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

Businesses and real estate around the Sparks Marina took a hard hit after the recession and both have been slow to regain momentum. That, together with some high-profile ecological issues, has left many in the area with mixed perceptions about the health and vitality of this lake community. For our series, Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways, Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli reports.

Lisa G. is known as the Mayor of the Sparks Marina. She’s the owner of Marina Paddle Fit, one of the only businesses currently open there. Lisa takes great pride in this lake.

The Truckee River winds through the Riverwalk District, but a number of issues like urban blight prevents the area from reaching its fullest potential. That’s why public and private stakeholders are collaborating on a master plan to protect this waterway and the community around it. To learn more, Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray spent time along the Truckee.

Even though the Truckee River has dwindled from a roar to a trickle, the sound of flowing water—or what’s left of it— still beckons people to relax, play, or just be in the moment. 

Esther Ciammachilli

In this installment of the UNSOM health watch, we’re talking about new research being done to treat breast cancer and a recent breakthrough discovery made by doctors and scientists at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Joining us to talk about this new finding is Dr. Iain Buxton, a research scientist and professor of Pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and he serves as chairman of the Department of Pharmacology. Leading this discussion is Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

WINDS Of Change: Next Generation Of Weather Intelligence

Sep 30, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

A team of scientists and business leaders from the Desert Research Institute in Reno is trying to change the way businesses make decisions that may be impacted by extreme weather. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

On a rainbow-colored map of the Las Vegas Strip, scientist Andrew Joros explains the focus of the new WINDS platform, which stands for Weather Intelligence and Numerical Decision Support

“Let’s say I want a time series of any kind of meteorological variable over the MGM. You can pull it up like this.”

City Invites Public To 'Reimagine Reno'

Sep 24, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  Members of the Latino community in Reno gathered earlier this week to tell the city what they do and don't like about their hometown. The effort is part of a much larger citywide initiative called Reimagine Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and has more.

About two dozen people are sitting at tables in the Neil Road Community Center, hashing out their ideas for Reno's future. From job training to public safety to affordable housing, no topic is off limits. 

City Launches Pilot Program For Micro Parks

Sep 9, 2015

  Reno's City Council is launching a six-month pilot program to study micro public parks known as parklets. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports. 

A parklet is a tiny urban environment usually contained within a single parking space. They act as an extenstion of a public sidewalk,  and allow people more places to sit or socialize. 

The idea has gained popularity in cities including San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Ty Martin built the first parklet next to his Craft wine and beer shop in MidTown. He says now there's more outdoor space for his customers.

Reno Artists Build Buddhist Temple For Burning Man

Sep 5, 2015

The Black Rock Desert arts festival better known as Burning Man wraps up this weekend with the ritual torching of several major art pieces. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey takes us behind the scenes of one of these soon-to-be incinerated exhibits.

In the weeks leading up to Burning Man, a busy crew of 25 people worked around the clock, sanding wooden lotus-shaped petals and putting the finishing touches on a piece of artwork called the Mazu Temple.

Mazu is a deity, and she is a goddess of sea farers and travelers."

Second Human West Nile Virus Case In Washoe County

Sep 2, 2015


Another person in Washoe County is infected with West Nile Virus. That makes two confirmed in the last week, as well as one horse in Washoe Valley. 

The Washoe County Health District reports the latest individual lives near Hidden Valley in east Reno and was hospitalized for several days with the neuroinvasive form of the virus. This form can access and infect the nervous system and cause symptoms such as fever, muscle and joint pain and headache.  

Julia Ritchey

  Reno's Mayor Hillary Schieve delivered her first State of the City address Tuesday night to a packed crowd at the University of Nevada Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and says along with outlining economic development initiatives, Schieve urged local fire departments to work out their differences.

Schieve's speech focused on Reno's comeback since the Recession and new citywide initiatives to revive its downtown.

Record Number Of UNR Students Move Onto Campus

Aug 20, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

A record number of students descended upon the University of Nevada, Reno Thursday as another exciting year of higher education begins. 

Vietnam Vet Runs To Fend Off Ghosts Of War

Aug 14, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

Seventy-one year-old Frank Bozanich began his long-distance running career in 1969 when he came home from Vietnam. He says running helps him cope with the residual traumas of war. Today, he lives in Reno and will be competing in the 2015 Senior Summer Games. He stopped by to talk to Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli about his decades-long running career and why the upcoming Olympic style competition is a critical tool for promoting senior health.

Reno-Tahoe Shelters Battle Surge In Unwanted Pets

Aug 13, 2015
Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

The humane societies in Reno and Truckee have some of the highest adoption rates in the country, but recently they’ve seen a spike in the number of people giving their pets up for adoption.  


Can Telehealth Cure Nevada's Healthcare Ailments?

Aug 6, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

A new law in Nevada is expanding the use of telemedicine, which relies on virtual technology to connect doctors and patients. This makes Nevada the most advanced state in the country for telehealth implementation. But as Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli explains, there's debate over whether this will help some of Nevada’s biggest healthcare issues, like its severe doctor shortage.