Rural Nevada

Paul Boger

Area 51, the mysterious military installation on the edge of the Mojave desert in Nevada, has fascinated people for decades. But that fascination may come to a head as thousands of people are expected to descend upon the site to take part in a viral event called “Storm Area 51.” KUNR’s Paul Boger reports from Rachel, Nevada.

A sign for the "Extraterrestrial Highway" outside Rachel, Nevada.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Area 51, the infamously mysterious military installation in the Nevada desert, has fascinated people for decades. This week, that fascination may come to a head as thousands of people are expected to descend upon the site to take part in a viral event called “Storm Area 51.” KUNR’s News Director Michelle Billman sat down with Senior Reporter Paul Boger to breakdown the event and what it could mean for rural Nevada.

Hunting Neon In Rural And Urban Nevada

Apr 17, 2019
A pink neon sign in the shape of a woman resting in a large martini glass glows from the window of The Sandpiper in Elko.
Peter and Sheila Laufer

Nevada’s urban hubs and hidden rural pockets have long been dotted with neon signs. Authors Peter Laufer and Sheila Laufer used to live in Silver City and have crisscrossed Nevada three times over 40 years, hunting that neon. Their book, Neon Nevada, captures the changing story of neon across the region with colorful images and detailed narratives. Holly Hutchings caught up with them to learn about what they saw on their nocturnal quests.

Rural Nevada Aims To Expand Internet Access With Federal Grant

Sep 13, 2018
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The Federal Communications Commission is awarding rural Nevada $29 million to expand broadband Internet access. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has more.

Eureka County is among the few districts in the state that can boast a 100 percent graduation rate. It also has some of the highest reading and math scores as well as the state's highest average ACT score. With fewer than 300 students, the Eureka County School District is among the smallest and most remote in the state. Despite its size, students there out-perform their peers in larger districts. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Eureka’s Superintendent Dan Wold to learn more about the district’s success and challenges.

Enrollment in the Lander County School District accounts for less than one percent of the total student population in Nevada public schools, and like most districts in rural Nevada, it receives more state funding per pupil than Washoe or Clark Counties. 

Lander County Superintendent Dan Landis sat down with KUNR’s Paul Boger to talk about how financial constraints are challenging the district.

Paul Boger

In rural Nevada, two industries dominate local economies -- agriculture and mining. Nowhere in the state is that more true than in the city of Elko. As the largest municipality in Northeastern Nevada, Elko plays a special role in shaping the economy for the rest of rural Nevada.

Local officials and community members officially break ground on a new affordable housing development in Dayton, called Gold Canyon Estates.
Noah Glick

A new residential development has officially broken ground in Dayton, which developers say will add much-needed housing to the small town northeast of Carson City.

But rather than sell the homes at market value, builders say the price will come with a significant discount.

If Nevada can't secure health coverage for rural counties, thousands will be losing health insurance by next year.

Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sat down with the head of The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange program to find out what happened.

Rural Communities Banding Together For Development Help

Mar 24, 2017
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In a few short months, the Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority has grown from representing primarily Elko County to now covering more than 40 percent of the state. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the details.

Rural Nevada Tourism Gets Promotion Grants

Dec 19, 2016
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The Nevada Commission on Tourism has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to rural Nevada tourism organizations for marketing efforts. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

The commission awarded funding to almost 90 separate marketing projects. They're all geared toward increasing overnight stays, which in turn, increases room tax revenue for the state. Many will also boost brand awareness for communities in rural Nevada.

Alex Mosher

The Red Rock Hounds is a group in northern Nevada that employs unique tactics in dealing with troublesome coyotes in rural areas. Our reporter Sarah Parks joined the group on an early Sunday morning to learn more about the hunt.

A horn blares out in the early morning and more than twenty black and brown spotted hounds bellow in response. Half a dozen horses and riders fall in with the howling dogs, weaving through the tall sagebrush in Rancho Haven, a small community 45 minutes north of Reno. It’s the beginning of what’s called a fox hunt.

Getting broadband access to rural parts of the Silver State can take up to several years.  One big roadblock is government delays. Earlier this week, Nevada Senator Dean Heller asked Congress to speed things up. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

A Conversation: Keeping Rural Kids On Track To Graduate

Sep 25, 2015
Alexa Ard

Nevada's rural high schools face unique roadblocks when it comes to helping their students make it to graduation and beyond. To learn more, Brent Boynton from our public media partner KNPB reached out to Adam Young, the principal at White Pine High School in Ely. Here's their conversation.  

 

Young's district has a graduation rate higher than 90%. He says that one of the positives about rural education is making one-on-one connections with students. 

"With all the challenges of rural education," Young said, "that is the beauty of it." 

People living in poverty in rural Nevada will have more access to food and other social support this summer.   

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, which runs the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry in Reno, recently received a $2 million grant from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.  The money will help St. Vincent’s to expand their services to an additional 11 counties across the state by August.