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Max Garcia is a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who visited Reno this week from San Francisco to share his story of suffering starvation and torture while living in multiple Nazi concentration camps.

Garcia's late wife Pat chronicled his experiences in a book that they named after a haunting song that Garcia and other prisoners used to sing:

"Auschwitz, Auschwitz, I cannot forget you as long as I remain alive because when the time comes to die, I cannot die in as much as I've died here so many times."

Law Enforcement Grappling With Mental Health Calls

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City of Reno

Last year alone, Reno Police responded to roughly 2,100 suicide calls along with 730 calls for other mental health concerns. Reporter Rocio Hernandez examines how Northern Nevada is grappling with this issue.

Local law enforcement agencies agree one on thing:

"Putting people behind bars doesn't fix mental health," says Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen.

Over in Sparks, the police department is implementing crisis intervention training so that every officer can better understand how to deescalate situations without using force.

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Reno City Council got its first look at a proposed billion-dollar redevelopment project that would span several city blocks in downtown. 

The ambitious residential development, dubbed West Second District, would take 10 years to build and include the tallest building in the city, three acres of tree canopy and a park. 

Colin Robertson is the director of communications for the Don J. Clark Group, the principal architect and developer behind the project. He told council that the district will be focused on sustainability. 

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The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to send some schools on the path to double sessions. That means an affected school would have to split its student body into two groups, with one group attending classes from 5:55 am to 11:55 am and the other group going in from noon until six pm.

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Three Democratic candidates are vying for Nevada's second Congressional seat, held by two-term Republican incumbent Mark Amodei. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman takes a look at who's running to represent that rural district, which has never gone blue.

Julia Ritchey

Internal divisions and a leadership vacuum are complicating the Washoe County Republican Party's efforts ahead of the November election. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey went to a meeting of local Republicans this week that ended with shouting and a call to the police. 

The chaos began as 200 people convened for the quarterly meeting of the Washoe County Republican Central Committee, a fairly routine gathering.

The person you're hearing is vice-chair of the Washoe County GOP, Tom Dickman, attempting to bring the meeting to order.

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With Governor Sandoval’s reluctant approval, the EPA can now propose adding the Anaconda Copper Mine site to its National Priority List. The move would open up federal funding to help in cleanup efforts. But there’s ongoing concern that it could create a negative stigma for area farmers. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

David Peri, along with his wife Pam, are the owners of Peri and Sons Farms.

“Our big thing that we moved down here to do is fresh market onions,” says Peri. “We’re one of the larger grower/packer/shippers in the country.”

Noah Glick

Former University of Nevada, Reno President Joe Crowley is releasing a collection of poetry this week. The book, entitled Hats Off to the Cap, is published by local, independent Baobab Press. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick recently paid them a visit.

As I walk into Sundance Books and Music, a quiet, yet imposing century-old Victorian nestled within Midtown Reno, I first notice the high ceilings and corner desk typewriter.

“What does your poem read here?” I ask.

“I think I put them in the right order. It’s Be Silly, Be Kind, Be Honest.”

Rita Ayers, BLM Nevada

Three Nevada prisons are helping out the threatened greater sage-grouse bird through a new collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management.

Stanley Locus rakes soil inside a yard at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, where he's been for about a year.

He's part of a new program using inmates to restore sage-grouse habitat, which has been under threat from invasive grasses and wildfires. But before a couple of weeks ago, he had never even heard of the sage-grouse, just sagebrush.

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Truckee's first maker space is set to open this summer. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt has this progress report.

At a potluck for the Truckee Roundhouse, future members of the maker space mingle, eat chili and talk about what tools they still need.

"Fireside Pizza just signed on to buy us a table saw, Truckee Lumber is getting a CNC  and Marg's Taco Bistro is pitching in with a forge...," says Truckee town councilman and vice-mayor Morgan Goodwin.

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