Washoe County Commission


A federal lands bill could mean Washoe County will acquire some public land. Our reporter Bob Conrad is finding that some who could be impacted by the proposed changes have got questions.

The legislation is called the “Economic Development and Conservation Act." A draft of the bill is not yet public, but Washoe County has held two open houses to gather questions and feedback.

County planning director Bill Whitney says the bill is 15 years in the making.


The Washoe County Board of Commissioners has removed a planning commission member over questions about his impartiality. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the details.

Planning Commission Member Thomas Daly lost his seat after a 3-2 vote from the board.

At issue was an opinion article Daly wrote last spring for the Reno Gazette-Journal in which he expressed opposition to a development near Mt. Rose highway.


The Washoe Board of County Commissioners has approved the first step in a plan to restrict shooting on certain areas of Peavine Mountain in north Reno. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Commissioners have approved the first reading of an ordinance that would expand the boundaries of congested areas. Under the proposed plan, the areas to the south and east of Peavine Road would be off limits to shooting. There will be exceptions for hunting.

Vaughn Hartung Campaign

Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung has been re-elected to a second term. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The Republican incumbent beat out challenger and former Nevada State Senator Maurice Washington, winning 55 percent of the vote. Hartung says that one of his biggest priorities for his next term is managing growth, especially in residential areas.

Washoe County Commission, Maurice Washington Campaign Website

The Washoe County Commission has two seats up for grabs this election season. One race is between two Republicans, meaning the winner of the June 14 primary wins the seat. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

District 4 includes Sparks, Spanish Springs and Wadsworth. Small-business owner and incumbent Vaughn Hartung is running against former State Senator Maurice Washington, who is a local pastor.

Hartung was elected in 2012 and says during his first term, he helped push forward a variety of initiatives.

Washoe County commissioners voted unanimously today to ban vaping inside county properties. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

A policy was implemented 13 years ago, which prohibited smoking cigarettes on county property.  But with the popularity of vaping products like e-cigarettes, the county is updating that policy.

Kevin Dick with Washoe’s health district says there are no federal or state regulations right now.

Washoe County Mulls Hoop House Rules

Mar 9, 2016
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The Washoe County Board of Commissioners is mulling how gardening hoop houses should be regulated, if at all. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.