Tahoe's Missing Middle

Tahoe communities have been grappling with a worsening housing crisis for several months. Although housing has always been an issue in the region, the situation has reached something of a tipping point in recent months, affecting both low-income communities and,increasingly, working class and middle class residents as well. As more and more landlords convert their properties to lucrative short-term vacation rentals, and developers continue to push for new neighborhoods filled with second...
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A grant awarded to the Nevada Department of Agriculture will help farmers prevent produce-related disease outbreaks.

Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne has more.

The $2 million award, dispersed over the next five years, will help Nevada farmers comply with guidelines set by the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. In addition, the department will offer various workshops and training to farmers around the state.

Ashley Jeppson is a state agriculturalist. She says if food makes consumers sick in one region, there could be national repercussions.

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The Red Rock Hounds is a group in northern Nevada that employs unique tactics in dealing with troublesome coyotes in rural areas. Our reporter Sarah Parks joined the group on an early Sunday morning to learn more about the hunt.

A horn blares out in the early morning and more than twenty black and brown spotted hounds bellow in response. Half a dozen horses and riders fall in with the howling dogs, weaving through the tall sagebrush in Rancho Haven, a small community 45 minutes north of Reno. It’s the beginning of what’s called a fox hunt.

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The closure of a Tonopah hospital last year, the only one in a 100-mile radius, has put a huge strain on local volunteer EMS crews.

That region’s struggle highlights pervasive health care challenges facing rural Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Two Washoe County Schools Avoid State Takeover

Nov 28, 2016
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Two low-performing Washoe County schools are no longer at risk of being taken over by the state next school year. Our reporter Sarah Parks explores why that won’t be happening anytime soon.

The State Board of Education identified Natchez and Desert Heights elementary as two schools in need of improvement, and recommended them as candidates for state takeover through the Achievement School District Program.

That program can only help six schools in any given year, and ASD leaders have determined that these two schools aren’t the most severe cases.

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October’s Little Valley Fire destroyed 23 homes and burned more than 2,200 twenty-two-hundred acres across Washoe Valley.

As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, local officials are now working to rehabilitate the charred landscape.

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The metamorphosis of a downtown Reno eyesore into classy urban apartments is nearly complete. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

Bentar Development and Basin Street Properties have been working feverishly to convert the long boarded-up Kings Inn into the 3rd Street Flats.

Business Profile: Good Chemistry Nurseries

Nov 25, 2016
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As Nevada’s approval of recreational cannabis has created more industry buzz, another medical marijuana company has entered the Nevada market. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

A man was fatally shot following a dispute in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Reno, Nevada, on Thanksgiving night, police say.

The incident began about 6 p.m. on Thursday. Local news station KOLO reported that "there was apparently a dispute over a parking spot" and said police characterized the shooting as a road rage incident.

Voters in California officially ended the era of English-only instruction in public schools and lifted restrictions on bilingual education that had been in place for 18 years. Proposition 58 passed by a 73-27 percent margin. What happens next though, could get complicated.

Classrooms won't change this school year because the measure doesn't kick in until July 2017. Until then, state and school district officials need to figure out three big things:

1. How many schools will actually begin to offer bilingual or dual language instruction?

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Renown Health is expanding its video health consultation network to four rural hospitals in Nevada.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The videoconferencing service, known as telehealth, allows doctors in Reno to connect with patients in rural areas who may not have access to specialty services, like neurology or pediatrics.

Kirk Gillis is the vice president for accountable care with Renown, and he says the need for specialty care in rural areas is critical.

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