All Things Artown

As Artown turns twenty, Reno Public Radio is highlighting this year's unique events and profiling innovative artists with in-depth interviews and features.

Julia Ritchey

Nevada's First Medical Marijuana Shop Opens

Nevada's first medical marijuana dispensary opens today in Sparks. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.
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Julia Oversloot-Berg

UNR Exhibit Honors Holocaust Heroes: Hear From Rescuers, Survivors

During the Holocaust, people often turned a blind eye to the horrific fate of their Jewish neighbors and acquaintances. But there were also many who took it upon themselves to save Jewish men, women, and children, despite the grave danger it placed upon them and their families. Yad Vashem in Jerusalem--the world's center for researching and documenting the Holocaust--has deemed these heroes as the Righteous Among The Nations. A traveling exhibit to honor them has landed at the University of...
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Taking Back History

KUNR explores how the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is reclaiming its roots by revitalizing native languages, capturing oral histories, and preserving the Stewart Indian School in Carson City.

Amy Westervelt


A controversial proposal to use herbicides on invasive plants in the Tahoe Keys, in South Tahoe, is expected to win EPA approval this week.


EPA officials say the agency is still evaluating potential water quality issues, but even critics of the Tahoe Keys plan say they've been told approval is imminent. 

Congress is considering a bill to help the children of homeless veterans.  Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports Senator Dean Heller of Nevada is pushing to get this legislation passed.   

Julia Ritchey

  Earlier this week, Reno Public Radio investigated the city's shrinking tree canopy, which has dwindled by as much as 20 percent over the last two years. Councilwoman Naomi Duerr, a member of the tree commission and geologist, says she wants to do something about that. She sat down with reporter Julia Ritchey to tell us how Reno can better protect its trees. 

Doors To Recovery

Artown is drawing to a close this week, but Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that the community impacts of one project, the Doors To Recovery exhibit, will extend far beyond the month-long festival.  

A Conversation: Nevada's Lifelines To Nepal

Jul 27, 2015

Brent Boynton, from our public television partner KNPB, sat down recently with two local women whose nonprofit experience in Nepal allowed them to offer immediate assistance when earthquakes rocked the country back in April.  


  A report detailing the state of Lake Tahoe was released on Thursday, raising concerns about the continued impact of low water levels. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

A packed conference room listened raptly as Geoff Schladow went over a few of the most salient points in this year’s report at the Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

Schladow directs the the University of California-Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center. He says some of their main concerns are increasing amounts of microscopic algae and the rate of evaporation.

Kids And Chores

Jul 24, 2015

The delegation of chores can cause lots of family conflict.

Kim Shiflett / NASA

Two federal agencies are teaming up in effort to help farmers in Nevada and other parts of the county better predict and prepare for an increasingly dry future.

Farm industry officials in Nevada say a more innovative and accurate drought response system can help production efforts going forward. That's where a new partnership between the US Department of Agriculture and NASA comes in. The agencies are expanding the use of satellite technology to gather data on soil moisture and create space-borne maps showing drought effects in specific regions.

Nevada Department of Transportation

Fatal road accidents in Nevada have increased in the last year. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic related deaths in Nevada have increased 10 percent over the same time a year ago. This overturns data that actually showed a twelve percent decrease in the state's road fatality rate in the last decade. 

Officials with the Nevada Department of Public Safety blame excessive speed for this increase. According to the agency's Zero Fatalities website, a total of 163 traffic related deaths have occurred since January of this year.

Transformative. Meditative. Healing. These words are often used to describe the Artown exhibit Combat Papers: Service Through Art.  It’s on display now at Northwest Reno Library.  Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray visited the library to see how artists have turned recycled military uniforms into their canvas.


Announcing a Special KUNR MemberCard Benefit

All card carrying KUNR Members are eligible to receive discounted tickets to the Sierra Nevada Ballet's Romeo & Juliet performance on 8/1.

You did it! KUNR applauds our contributors who helped us meet our $15,000 goal to "Boost the Signal" via our 91.7 Peavine Peak transmitter. KUNR will better serve the Reno-Sparks area by Sept. 1.

Our sincere appreciation for all our contributors and for the support of The Nightingale Family Foundation

University Spotlight on Beyond the Headlines

John Sagebiel, Ph.D.

Sustainability at the University: More than "green" buildings

Sustainability is an essential aspect of today’s buildings and systems -- along with being an important way of operating and living today -- and the University of Nevada, Reno is no exception. The university’s innovative systems, designs and practices -- and the people leading the sustainability efforts on campus -- are the topic of conversation on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines. University President Marc Johnson visits with John Sagebiel, Ph.D., the university's assistant director of...
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