How The Housing Crunch Affects Nevada Teachers

The recent rise in housing costs is lucrative for those who rent or sell homes in Northern Nevada. But for other residents, the threads of stability are breaking. KUNR's Bree Zender spoke with a math teacher who says she won't be able to afford to live here comfortably any longer.

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Our Town Reno: Former Addict Now Inspires Others

Jul 6, 2018
A man sitting in front of a desk looking up with papers in front of him.
Jordan Gearey

Grant Denton is a peer recovery specialist and program developer at the Life Change Center non-profit organization in Reno. Before devoting himself to helping others; however, Denton had to first help himself.

Reno's Chinatown

Jul 5, 2018
A black and white photo from 1900 in Reno's Chinatown.
Courtesy of the Nevada Historical Society

When someone mentions Chinatown, the cities of San Francisco, New York, or Los Angeles might come to mind, but Chinatowns were once common throughout the American West. Historian Alicia Barber takes a closer look at one of them in this episode of Time & Place.

Manifestantes sientan en el medio de la calle.
Karina Gonzalez

Listen in English here.

El Fiscal General Jeff Sessions visitó Reno el 25 de Junio para dar un discurso en la conferencia para la Asociación Nacional de Oficiales de Recursos Escolares en el casino Peppermill. Aproximadamente 200 personas protestaron las políticas de Sessions y el Presidente Donald Trump afuera de la conferencia. Nuestra reportera, Karina Gonzalez, tiene la historia.

A generic paper based proposal/design that has been stamped "Approved" in large diagonal red text.
Getty Images/iStockphoto

Douglas County is increasing its building permit fee for the first time in a decade. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.


The Sage Street site.
Jacob Solis

Among the people hit hardest by Reno's affordable housing crunch are the city's lowest income residents. Rising rents are often pushing people out of apartments or motels and onto to the street. But now, in downtown Reno, there's a project to create a new safety net.  

What's New For Artown 2018

Jul 2, 2018

Artown is in its 23rd year. The month-long festival is something many look forward to. There are nearly 500 total workshops, exhibits, events and activities, and over 70 percent of them are free to the public.  Our listeners might be wondering what’s happening this year. Our arts & culture reporter Holly Hutchings sat down with news director Michelle Billman to break it down for us.

Francine Burge

The city of Sparks was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and they hope residents will have a say in how to spend it. The city’s Special Event Supervisor Francine Burge sat down with our reporter, Holly Hutchings, to talk about building the city’s art programs.

Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California is a common destination for 5th and 6th graders from Washoe County. They study STEAM education and team building with Sierra Nevada Journeys, which owns the camp. But come June, the ranch is summer camp central, hosting groups like the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which recently brought 51 campers.

A worker stands on the side of the road above Emerald Bay holding machinery.

Environmental damage caused by an engineering company has delayed a multimillion-dollar project in the Emerald Bay area. It has also prompted an investigation by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, or TRPA. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.



A view of Lake Tahoe during the day.
Josh Clemence,

The housing crunch is being felt across Northern Nevada, but up in Tahoe, the community faces a unique set of challenges. Seventy-eight percent of the homes in the Tahoe area are either vacation rentals or second homes. Meanwhile, many of the people who work in Tahoe can’t afford to live there. Heidi Hill Drum is the CEO of the Tahoe Prosperity Center; she spoke with our reporter Tim Lenard.


Join KUNR at Artown

Enjoy the free activities, performances, and community spirit all month. Listen to KUNR, your official NPR station of Artown, for event details each week.

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