Author: Kayla Anderson

New Road That Connects Sparks and Reno Opens Friday

Thousands of people came out Saturday to celebrate the pre-grand opening of the SouthEast Connector, a safer and more efficient way to get to and from South Reno and Sparks. This is a project that has been in the works for more than 50 years and has now come to life. The new roadway, formally known as Veterans Parkway, stretches 5.5 miles from the Greg Street/Sparks Boulevard intersection and ends at the South Meadows Parkway in Reno. The road is three lanes in each direction with a multi-use path for pedestrians and bikers that also runs the length of...

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December Was Dry and Warmer for Much of Northern Nevada

  The Reno-Sparks area went without measurable rain in December for only the fourth time since 1988, though weather officials say the current dry spell is not all that unusual. Snow enthusiasts may be a bit dismayed at the dry weather pattern in the area, especially considering last winter was the wettest ever. However, National Weather Service Reno Meteorologist Edan Weishahn says we are not too far off the average temperatures for the region. “We’re just going through a dry period, right now in terms of a water year (October 1-September 30) we are just under average at this point,” Weishahn says While the temperatures were above normal in from October through December, the amount of precipitation Reno/Sparks receives at this time of the year is near the average and we still have through April and May to get snow in the Sierras. According to the 8-station precipitation index for the Northern Sierras, the Reno-Sparks area has received 12.6” of rainfall, which is just a little off from an average year. Western Regional Climate Center Regional Climatologist Dan McEvoy says that the reading from the weather station near Baring and McCarran Boulevards in Sparks shows no measurable precipitation in December, marking the fourth time there hasn’t been any precipitation since the station went up in 1988. The precipitation around the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is showing 0.11” of precipitation in...

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Wreaths Across America Honors Veterans During the Holiday Season

  Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and not only celebrate the people in our lives but also recognize the inherent freedoms that we enjoy thanks to those who’ve risked their lives to give us a better future. Which is partly the reason why 20-year veteran Morrill Worcester founded Wreaths Across America. There is a lot of symbolism in a WAA wreath, each made with care and support for our nation’s fallen heroes. In the “What is a Veteran Wreath?” video, Worcester explains that each wreath is made up of 10 balsam bouquets each...

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Officials break ground on new State Veterans Home in Sparks

“This is a day that I’ve been looking forward to for many, many years,” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval stated at the July 17 groundbreaking ceremony of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home. More than 450 excited people gathered in a tent to laugh, honor, and celebrate the start of construction of the highly anticipated 102,000 square foot veterans’ center. To be built upon an old baseball field near Galletti Way and Kietzke Lane intersection, the 102,000 square foot town center is set to host: a physical therapy center, space for nursing administration and operations, a chapel, coffee shop, general store, beauty and barber shop, dining hall, conservatory, activity center, 96 beds and parade grounds. Joined by Governor Brian Sandoval, Senator Dean Heller, Sparks City Council, several legislators, Secretary of State/Attorney General, numerous Cabinet members and more, Nevada Department of Veterans Services Director Kat Miller named off dozens of veterans organizations and auxiliaries throughout the State of Nevada that have supported the project as well as recognized the veterans that served in major wars. “Regardless of where you served or what role you served in, we owe each and every one of our veterans some profound things. We have been in dire need of a new Northern Nevada veterans’ home for years. Many of our veterans are unable to find affordable, quality nursing home care and must seek this care...

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Cannabis Agriculture Company Makes $40k Donation to Support Measure 2

As Nevada gets closer to the November general election, there is one measure that will draw a lot of attention — the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative. Question No. 2 on the ballot, if passed, would legalize marijuana for recreational use up to an ounce for people who are at least 21 years of age. Marijuana sales would be taxed like they currently are in Colorado and Oregon, with revenue put into education. Although the general election is a few months away, Terra Tech Corp, a cannabis-focused agriculture company, has made a $40,000 donation to the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol”...

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