Michelle Matus

Is Reno Really the Next Silicon Valley?

Northern Nevada has garnered national attention as a major technology hub, particularly since Tesla began building its Gigafactory. But is that characterization accurate?

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María Toca fue la primera persona en la ciduad de Reno que recibió DACA.
Andrea Jimenez

La Casa Blanca ha manifestado que el martes el Presidente Trump anunciará su decisión sobre el futuro del programa de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, sus siglas en inglés) y la gente de Nevada está reaccionando. Natalie Van Hoozer, reportera de KUNR, informa.

Photo by the First U.S. Army Signal Corps from the U.S. Library of Congress.

The 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is this week. The events of that shocking day, when 2,400 Americans were killed, and more than a thousand were wounded, can seem pretty distant.  Historian Alicia Barber brings it home with the story of a Nevada native who witnessed it first hand in this episode of "Time and Place."

The House and Senate are working to reconcile their versions of a tax plan, but one thing is certain: Big changes are ahead for the nation's schools and colleges.

K-12

Let's start with K-12. There, Republicans from both sides of Congress generally agree on two big changes.

Saving for private school

Internet Pet Scams Hit Reno Airport

Dec 5, 2017
Bree Zender

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has received about a dozen reports over the past year of a pet adoption scam that’s claiming to operate in conjunction with the airport. Reno Public Radio's Bree Zender reports.

Updated at 10:55 p.m. ET

Multiple fires are burning in Southern California, claiming hundreds of structures and thousands of acres and closing many freeways and local roadways, according to state fire officials.

President Trump has dramatically scaled back two national land monuments in Utah. The administration and Republican leaders in Utah say taking the land out of the hands of the federal government will allow the state to decide what to do with it, including protecting some areas and possibly allowing development in others.

Waste Management

Some Reno business owners, like Mark McKinnon, are getting letters telling them that they are in violation of city ordinances because they are not using the company Waste Management to haul their trash and recycling. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been reporting on this situation and gave the latest update to our News Director Michelle Billman.

The actions mark an effort to solidify Waste Management’s exclusivity as the area’s waste hauler.

Homeless teens in Reno don’t have access to an overnight shelter specifically for them, and many don’t feel safe at an adult shelter. On Wednesday, two short documentaries exploring local youth homelessness will be screening in Reno. Our reporter Paul Boger spoke to the organizer to learn more.

According to a U-S Housing and Urban Development survey from 2014, nearly one and three homeless individuals were under the age of 24. Nico Colombant is with the street reporting outfit from Our Town Reno and he says the pervasive nature of youth homelessness is often overlooked.

Map image credit: G.E. Bullard, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/  Text and graphic design: Natalie Van Hoozer
Natalie Van Hoozer

The heated national debate on immigration often brings up the question of why undocumented immigrants didn’t enter the U.S. legally.

Our reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has been researching this topic, and she’s finding that it’s not that simple. She sat down with our News Director Michelle Billman to break down the visa process. 

Here are six things to know.

Two Democratic NV Lawmakers Bow Out Of 2018 Race

Dec 1, 2017
Nevada Legislative Building
Alexa Ard

Reno assemblywoman Amber Joiner, a Democrat, is choosing not to run for reelection in 2018. Joiner was appointed to her seat in Assembly District 24 in 2014, and since then has served for two regular sessions and two special sessions.

 

 

But in an email to The Nevada Independent, Joiner says the financial burden of campaigning and serving is unsustainable.

 

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