The Sierra Nevada Ally

Round Mountain mine in Nye County, Nevada.
Uncle Kick-Kick, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Any one of three joint resolutions passed during the recent special session of the Nevada Legislature could ultimately change the way and rate at which mines are taxed in Nevada, and rural counties and mining companies are worried. As a warning, this story contains language that some readers may find offensive.

A sunset at Whale Beach.
Bob Tregilus / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (7/10/2020)

Researchers at the Desert Research Institute in Reno are teaming up with League to Save Lake Tahoe citizen scientists to find the source of microplastics in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Sierra Nevada Ally reporter Brian Bahouth has the story.

A Little League baseball field in Reno.
Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally

While many communal activities are on hold during the pandemic, for some, none is more important than Little League Baseball. Contributor Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally has the story.

A casino in Reno.
Brian Bahouth of the Sierra Nevada Ally

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is making final regulatory preparations to reopen casinos as soon as June 4. Our contributor Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally reports. 

The Nevada Indian Commission

On Thursday, Governor Sisolak will meet with the Intertribal Council of Nevada to discuss issues related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Our contributor Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally reports.

Reno Aces Unsure When, How 2020 Season Will Unfold

May 14, 2020
The ticket stations at the Greater Nevada Field in Reno, NV.
Brian Bahouth of the Sierra Nevada Ally

The Reno Aces are sizing up what a 2020 season might look like. Sierra Nevada Ally reporter Brian Bahouth has the story.

Virginia City Reopens, A 'Calculated Risk'

May 11, 2020
Liza McIlwee standing behind a bar counter with a face mask and holding sanitizer spray bottles.
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

On Saturday, many retail businesses across the state reopened for the first time in 51 days, after having been shuttered due to nonessential business closures in mid-March. Brian Bahouth of The Sierra Nevada Ally visited Virginia City as several shops opened their doors.

The Plight Of Nevada’s Cannabis Businesses

May 4, 2020
Hundreds of cannabis plants in a grow room
Courtesy of NuLeaf

Even though Nevada cannabis companies have been deemed essential businesses and continue limited operations, due to the federal prohibition on marijuana, none of the companies are eligible for federal small business relief. Our contributor Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally reports that some companies may not make it without a lifeline, even with the recent allowance of curbside pickup.

Glass shattered on the floor
The Sierra Nevada Ally

The Domestic Violence Resource Center in Reno saw an unprecedented increase in the number of domestic violence hotline calls in March, and as Sierra Nevada Ally reporter Brian Bahouth reports, the trend continues in April.

A woman sitting at a table
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

A brothel owner in Wells, Nevada has been awarded a federal emergency loan to keep her brothel alive during the mandated shutdown of nonessential businesses to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. But contributor Brian Bahouth of The Sierra Nevada Ally says that funding is not currently available.

Several trailers lined up in a parking lot
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

Washoe County is prepared for a surge of COVID-19 patients who cannot self-isolate.

If a homeless person living in the Downtown Reno Events Center develops COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis, they lack the ability to self-isolate. Likewise, an infected individual living with an elderly or immune compromised person may struggle to find a safe place to wait out the sickness.

A sign in front of a house
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

Real estate agents in Northern Nevada have long relied on virtual technology to sell houses, and under the restrictions of safe social distancing, the industry continues to churn. Brian Bahouth of The Sierra Nevada Ally spoke with the president of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors about what’s next for her members and industry.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport Hobbled By COVID-19

Apr 4, 2020
An airport passenger drop-off terminal with no people and minimal cars.
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

Since the first of March, airline passenger volume in the United States has dropped by more than 80 percent. People are still allowed to fly, and freight terminals are busy, but the passenger numbers at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport are down to a trickle and the airport reaches deep into the regional economy.

Exterior of the main entrance to the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno, Nevada.
The Sierra Nevada Ally

Reno’s homeless shelters closed on March 21 because social distancing protocols could not be safely maintained. The City of Reno opened the downtown Reno Events Center to provide safer housing for approximately 400 people, but the increased complexity and cost of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic is driving an anticipated budget deficit for shelter operators, that may well surpass $1 million.

A man speaks at a podium.
Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal

During an online press conference Sunday afternoon, Governor Steve Sisolak announced a statewide residential and commercial eviction moratorium. 

 

People lining up along the outside of the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

Over the weekend, the Reno area’s largest homeless shelters closed in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The City of Reno opened the downtown Reno Events Center for more spacious, emergency housing. While many took advantage of the new lodging, some are afraid of the close confines of mass shelters, no matter the size.

MidTown Reno Pubs, Employees Grapple With Closures

Mar 19, 2020
A bicycle rack in MidTown Reno shaped like a standing zig-zag.
Alexa Ard

Bars and restaurants are a central part of Reno’s Midtown District, which is now grappling with the 30-day, statewide shutdown of all non-essential businesses ordered by Governor Steve Sisolak.

High Demand For Dry Goods Is Taxing Supply Chains

Mar 16, 2020
The shelving along a supermarket aisle is completely empty of products.
Brian Bahouth / The Sierra Nevada Ally

On Thursday and Friday, Nevada stores saw a 20% surge in demand for dry goods. Panic buying is testing the nation’s system of freight transport, but according to a Nevada trucking industry spokesperson, the supply chain will soon catch up with demand.

A nearly full moon rising over Nevada desert mountains.
WSA - CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Bob Tregilus Photography

The US Navy wants to expand the training area for its fighter pilot school at the Naval Air Station in Fallon to four times its current size. KUNR Contributor Brian Bahouth with The Sierra Nevada Ally has the latest update on this controversial proposal.