Local Folklórico instructor Sarah Perez doesn’t have an age limit, she teaches children as young as three years old to adults.
Stephanie Serrano

Artown Offers Bilingual Programming For First Time

Artown has been operating for over two decades, but this is the first year it is offering Spanish programming. KUNR reporter Stephanie Serrano explores that content and some of the challenges the festival and local artists face reaching out to the Latino community.

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Political campaign paraphernalia is often seen as trash after an election, but for certain collectors, the memorabilia is a lifelong passion. Some believe political items like campaign buttons and bumper stickers are actually tangible pieces of both American history and culture. Our reporter Paul Boger, spoke with Adam Gottlieb from American Political Items Collectors about the hobby and why it's an important part of preserving the nation’s history.

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Reno's month-long Artown Festival is winding down. There are plenty of events this weekend and then on Monday evening, a huge celebration of Native American culture at Wingfield Park. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor has a preview. 

The event includes visual arts, music, vibrant pow wow dances, and crafting. Michon Eben is the cultural resources manager for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. She says the importance of this type of event extends far beyond any one performance or piece of art.

In a moment of unexpected high drama, Republicans were stymied once again in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — and they have John McCain to thank for it.

In the early morning hours Friday, the senator showed why he earned the nickname "Maverick" over his long tenure.

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After failing to pass a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders are working to garner support for a more scaled down version dubbed the 'skinny repeal.' 

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Nevada's Republican Senator, Dean Heller, is defending his vote to begin debate on the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

In a statement sent after Tuesday's vote, Heller told constituents that his decision to support the procedural motion is because the current law -- otherwise known as Obamacare -- is unworkable and that doing nothing was not the answer.

However, Heller went on to say that he would not vote in favor of the final health care bill if it "isn't improved for Nevada.” 

A vote on health care legislation is expected Tuesday, but the details are murky. Political scientist Fred Lokken says it's unclear how Republican Senator Dean Heller will vote.

“He is now in the classical ‘damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t’ situation,” Lokken explains, “because if he does not support the state that becomes a huge issue. Frankly, it could play very heavily moving forward in his reelection campaign. If he does stand by his state, he could be targeted by the Trump PAC. A candidate could be put in the primary race to try to beat him for the nomination.”

Creating An Inclusive Art Space In Sparks

Jul 24, 2017
Instructors Spencer Allen (left) and Connor Fogal (middle) work with camp participant Logan Mason (right).
Natalie Van Hoozer

Teens have been participating in an inclusive street art camp for Artown, where artists with disabilities and without disabilities work together to create sculptures for public spaces. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer stopped by to find out more.

Updates On Preacher Fire Near Gardnerville

Jul 24, 2017
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Wednesday, 7/26 5:00 p.m. update

Evacuations have been lifted for residents affected by the Preacher Fire in Douglas County. Pine Nut road 2 is still closed to the public.

The lightning-caused blaze began early Monday morning and has since burned 4,651 acres southeast of Gardnerville. The fire is 20 percent contained.

Officials estimate a full containment by Saturday.

FEMA has authorized a fire management grant to help fund fire fighting efforts.

Using Ultraviolet Light To Kill Invasive Species At Tahoe

Jul 21, 2017
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Engineers have been testing out a new method for killing off invasive aquatic plants in Lake Tahoe using ultraviolet light — and the results are promising. Our contributor Annie Conway of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

A Nevada parole board has granted O.J. Simpson parole from prison after he served nearly nine years following a conviction on armed robbery and other charges.

On Thursday, the four-person panel unanimously voted to grant parole. The parole board said that Oct. 1 is the earliest the former NFL star is eligible for release.

NPR's Ina Jaffe walked us through the incident that led to his conviction:

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