Julia Ritchey

The Washoe County committee charged with crafting a ballot question to raise $781 million for school infrastructure will make its final recommendation next Friday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

The Public Schools Overcrowding and Repair Needs committee is considering two options to put to voters this fall.

The first would raise sales tax from 7.7 percent to about 8.3 percent, which would make it the highest in the state.

The second option would raise sales tax a little less along with a boost in property taxes.

Julia Ritchey

Earlier this week we talked to a young cowboy poet on keeping traditional folk songs and stories alive. As we wrap up our coverage of the Western Folklife Center's annual gathering, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with author and cattlewoman Amy Hale Auker of Prescott, Ariz., on defying the gender norms of cowboy culture.

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As the presidential candidate pool starts to thin after the Iowa caucuses, the nation is now looking to New Hampshire. And in just a few weeks, all eyes will be on Nevada.

Our News Director Michelle Billman talked with two local political scientists to hear their thoughts on which candidates will resonate in the Silver State.  They include Eric Herzik from the University of Nevada, Reno and Fred Lokken from Truckee Meadows Community College.

Nevada Treasurer Talks Faraday Finances In China

Feb 5, 2016
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Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz is in China to discuss finances with the owners of Faraday Future. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

On a personal trip to China, Treasurer Schwartz will meet with Faraday Future’s parent company, Leshi.

Late last year state officials approved the construction of Faraday Future’s car factory in North Las Vegas with the promise of a $1 billion investment from Leshi’s owner, Jia Yueting. Schwartz was prepared to sign off on $175 million in bonds to finance the factory.

More than 18,000 kids and young adults in Nevada suffer from serious mental illness. A new outpatient program launched in Reno this week will treat young people who have just experienced their first episode of psychosis, without having to institutionalize them. The goal is to eventually offer the service statewide.

To learn more, let's turn to our News Director Michelle Billman who interviewed Nevada's First Lady Kathleen Sandoval and Tracey Green, chief medical officer for the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Noah Glick

This Sunday, the NFL hosts Super Bowl 50. And with more money being wagered on the game than ever before, there’s a lot at stake for Nevada casinos. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

This year, an estimated $4.2 billion will be bet on the Super Bowl. However, 97 percent of that, or 4.1 billion, will be done illegally. That’s because of one important distinction.

“There are casinos everywhere, but the only place you can bet on sports is in Nevada.”

Julia Ritchey

The Oregon standoff at a national wildlife refuge enters Day 33 with only a few holdouts remaining. So far 11 people have been arrested, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, many ranchers say the issues involving public lands are too complex to be minimized to just one group’s actions.  

Ever since Ammon Bundy and a band of anti-government protestors took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, attention has turned to the role the federal government plays in land-use policy.

Theodore Kuchar conducts the Reno Chamber Orchestra
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As KUNR has done for several years, it rebroadcasts performances of the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

Coming up on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.: A rebroadcast of the Reno Chamber Orchestra's live performance from its Jan. 23/24 concert, recorded at Nightingale Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno. This broadcast features violinist Francesca Daygo and the music of Mendelssohn. 

And coming up Feb. 15, 22 and 29: Rebroadcasts of highlights from the RCO's recent Nevada Chamber Music Festival will be featured on KUNR each  of the remaining Mondays in February at 7 p.m.

A Reno developer's donation to help improve the water quality of Virginia Lake was approved by the Reno City Council last week…but not unanimously. Our contributor from ThisisReno, Bob Conrad, has the story.


Last fall, Reno developer J. Carter Witt withdrew a donation that he had promised to the city in order to help clean up Virginia Lake. At the time, Witt said the city had defaulted on their agreement, but he also expressed dismay about a proposed city labor ordinance that he said would negatively affect his business.

According to the Children’s Literacy Foundation, nearly 70 percent of America’s fourth graders aren’t reading at a proficient level. A digital company with ties to Reno is giving away a billion ebooks to get more kids reading. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has more.