Anh Gray

Local Food Bank Distributing Millions Of Meals As Hunger Persists

About one in seven Nevadans struggle with hunger. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada—or FBNN—distributes millions of pounds of food each year. The organization’s President and CEO Al Brislain says about 70 percent of the families they’re serving live in poverty. “I mean we’re seeing some really good jobs coming into Reno, and that’s great, but people who don’t have a skill, if they’re on the working end of a shovel, they’re not making that much,” Brislain explains. “And so if they’ve got a couple of kids or a single mom that’s working part-time in a retail shop or something like that, the money that they have, often times the ends don’t meet.”

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Small Business Resource Guide Releases In Spanish

Sep 18, 2017
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto introduces a small business resource guide at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has released a small business resource guide in both English and Spanish. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has more.

Cortez Masto introduced the business guide to about 40 people at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce last week.

The booklet has information about topics that are confusing for many people, like federal grants and what advising agencies business owners can utilize.

Woodchuck Fire Updates

Sep 18, 2017
Washoe County

9:30 p.m. Monday update:

Here's the latest information from a City of Reno press release sent at 8:57 p.m.:

The Reno Fire Department (RFD) responded today at 1:30 p.m. to a fire in west Reno on the west side of Plateau Road. Forward progress on the 62-acre Woodchuck Fire (#WoodchuckFire) was stopped at approximately 5:30 p.m. No residential structures were lost, and no damage to residential structures occurred. There were no injuries to people or to any animals.

Alexa Ard

The University of Nevada, Reno has been dealing with the aftermath of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia where one of its students was photographed participating in a white supremacist rally. 

The events have sparked broader conversations about diversity on campus -- and vocal criticism of the school's efforts, including the recent appointment of its chief diversity officer.   It was a decision made by university president Marc Johnson, who spoke Thursday with our reporter Jacob Solis. 

Noah Glick

Ever since a University of Nevada, Reno student was pictured at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, the university has been putting extra effort into touting its diversity. But behind the scenes, concerns are brewing that the administration’s diversity efforts are not as robust as they may seem.

And, as Jacob Solis reports, a very public resignation is shining a spotlight on internal divisions. 

Paul Boger

Over the past several years, Burning Man as an event has faced criticism. Some believe that the festival has moved too far beyond its roots as a place for artists to display their work.  Or where members of the “counterculture” can find support. They argue that it’s become too corporate, a playground for the rich. Others, though, feel like the event is moving in a more sustainable direction.

A look at some of the paintings done by people with disabilities at High Sierra Industries' iChoose program
Jennie Stokes / High Sierra Industries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 percent of Americans live with a disability.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick introduces us to Jennie Stokes, an activities specialist at High Sierra Industries in Reno. Stokes helps people with special needs get out into the community.

Noah Glick

More than one in five adults in Nevada live with a disability. Yet, most of them looking for work are unable to find a job.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick explores the barriers to employment for people with special needs and what’s being done to help.

ThisisReno.com

The City of Reno is considering controversial vagrancy ordinances that prohibit specific behaviors. Critic argue that the new rules would target the homeless. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

ThisisReno.com

The City of Reno has given tentative approval to a project that would create a pipeline of treated effluent to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center which houses companies like Tesla and Switch. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to our contributor Bob Conrad if ThisisReno to learn more.

The water is needed for Switch, Tesla and other businesses at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC).

Switch brought heavy-hitter “water czar” Pat Mulroy, formerly of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, to testify for the agreement, which mostly met with favor among council members.

For the first time in Northern Nevada, thousands of employees at three Reno casinos have access to an onsite clinic. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray checks out what this type of healthcare looks like.

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