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Michelle Bliss

The Link Between Antibiotics In Livestock And Superbugs In Humans

The CDC has been sounding the alarm about the link between antibiotics in meat and antibiotic resistance in humans, but a new report finds that antibiotic-free options are still relatively scarce. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt talked to one Nevada rancher in Fallon who's made the switch. "See how there's so much less fiber in this year's cow pie?" Norris Albaugh is a fifth generation rancher, but he does things a little differently than his father and grandfather. About 13 years ago, he...
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Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways

We hear a lot about Lake Tahoe, and don't get us wrong, Tahoe's important. But let's get to know some of our region's other waterways, like Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River, among others.

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The Nature Conservancy

Independence Lake: Protecting Our Last Resort Water Reserve

Independence Lake is just north of Truckee but is perhaps one of the last hidden gems of the Sierra. It’s pristine, quiet, and it serves as Reno’s last resort water supply—all reasons why more than twenty agencies are partnering to preserve it. For our series Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways, KUNR News Director Michelle Bliss heads to this small, relatively unknown, lake to learn more.In order to set foot on the rocky, seemingly untouched shore of Independence Lake, it’s recommended that...
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Alexa Ard

  Reno City Council has postponed a decision on whether to switch its health care provider exclusively from St. Mary's to Renown Health. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Members of city council expressed concern this week that switching hospitals could create a monopoly for Renown, which recently gained contracts with the Washoe County School District and the city of Sparks.

All three are members of the Nevada Health Partners, a coalition of the area’s largest employers that negotiates hospital contracts for their insurance policies.

Reno Little Theater has a free Latin American cultural festival set for tomorrow with food, live music, theater, art and storytelling.  It’s an open house to kick off “La Gente: Latino Theater at RLT.”  

Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we’re talking about geriatric medicine and dementia. Our guests are Dr. Alia Tuqan. She’s a practicing geriatrician and assistant professor of internal medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

Esther Ciammachilli

Businesses and real estate around the Sparks Marina took a hard hit after the recession and both have been slow to regain momentum. That, together with some high-profile ecological issues, has left many in the area with mixed perceptions about the health and vitality of this lake community. For our series, Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways, Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli reports.

Lisa G. is known as the Mayor of the Sparks Marina. She’s the owner of Marina Paddle Fit, one of the only businesses currently open there. Lisa takes great pride in this lake.

Julia Ritchey

After four years of drought, the state wants to restrict the amount of groundwater being pumped for agriculture in the Smith and Mason valleys.  Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

Farmers have already voluntarily cut back on their use of these supplemental wells, which they've relied more heavily on due to lack of surface water from the parched Walker River.

But Jason King, the state engineer, says it isn't enough in these dry conditions.

US Forest Service / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Last week, Congress set aside emergency disaster aid for fighting wildfires, but it's only a temporary fix.

In August, the U.S. Forest Service released an alarming statistic: For the first time in history, more than half the agency’s annual budget is going to fight wildfires, compared to 16 percent in 1995. Tom Blush, with the U.S. Forest Service, explains.

“The fires are sucking our funding from just about everything else we do. ”

Andrea Booher / FEMA

The rain is helping to stamp out fires in the West, but wildfire season isn’t over yet. In fact, drought and high temperatures have expanded the fire season from a summertime concern to a year-round worry. Rachel Cleetus, with the Union of Concerned Scientists, says that's a health issue.

“That smoke endangers not just the immediate environment; it can be carried hundreds of miles away. So this year when there were these fires in California – the Valley Fire, the Butte Fire, and so forth -- we were seeing smoke carried to Reno, Nevada and other places.”

All throughout Nevada, historic markers provide important information of particular places in the state. But often times they’ve been historically inaccurate and riddled with insensitive language or grammar mistakes. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports a project to correct those signs has just wrapped up.

There are about 260 historic markers throughout Nevada and they were originally installed in the 1960s. About half needed replacement.

The scenic Truckee River, which winds through downtown Reno, is now considered a valuable asset, but it wasn’t always that way.  Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray takes a look back at how the river was once overlooked.

The Truckee River winds through the Riverwalk District, but a number of issues like urban blight prevents the area from reaching its fullest potential. That’s why public and private stakeholders are collaborating on a master plan to protect this waterway and the community around it. To learn more, Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray spent time along the Truckee.

Even though the Truckee River has dwindled from a roar to a trickle, the sound of flowing water—or what’s left of it— still beckons people to relax, play, or just be in the moment. 


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Nevada's Gamble On School Choice

Now that Nevada lawmakers have approved the most comprehensive school choice program in the country, KUNR explores questions about the law's equity, constitutionality, and potential effectiveness.

University Spotlight on Beyond the Headlines

New director, new direction for University of Nevada Press

The University of Nevada Press has a more-than-50-year history of publishing selected academic and regional-interest books from a wide range of authors from our area. The role, direction and vision of the University of Nevada Press are being reshaped amid recent changes including a new leader. University of Nevada, Reno provost Kevin Carman visited with the Press' new director, Justin Race, on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines. (Interviewed by David Stipech; air date 10-3-15.) More information...
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