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The new president of Truckee Meadows Community College has been in office for two weeks now. Our News Director Michelle Billman has the details.

Karin Hilgersom wants to continue capitalizing on the things TMCC is doing well, like working with area employers to tailor classroom lessons to industry needs.

She also wants to expand the school's partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno to grow accelerated learning options for TMCC students.

Julia Ritchey

Market uncertainty following Great Britain's decision to exit the European Union has buoyed gold prices, and that's actually good news for Nevada. The state’s gold producers account for more than 70 percent of the U.S. total. As we wrap up our look at mining this week, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey takes us on a tour of one of Nevada's largest gold operations.

I'm standing on a platform overlooking Newmont's gold quarry pit in northeastern Nevada, just outside Elko, where 225,000 pounds of explosives just detonated about a mile away. A huge plume of dust drifts into the sky.

Sex Offender Law Halted By Nevada Supreme Court

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A last-gasp petition to the Nevada Supreme Court succeeded in blocking publication of the names of 5,200 registered sex offenders, at least for now.

The state high court issued an order early Friday preventing a notification law while it considers constitutional questions raised by lawyers representing 17 plaintiffs in Vegas.

Attorneys are appealing a district court judge's go-ahead to post names, photos and addresses of offenders.

They argue the law treats offenders unevenly and the state has no method to correct errors.

The owners of two blighted downtown motels have rejected an offer from a local developer to save the properties from demolition. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Developer Kelly Rae and her business partner offered the owners of the crumbling Heart o' Town and Golden West Motor Lodge motels $1.2 million dollars.

Rae says their offer was rebuffed without explanation and she wants to know why.

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The Washoe Board of County Commissioners has approved the first step in a plan to restrict shooting on certain areas of Peavine Mountain in north Reno. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Commissioners have approved the first reading of an ordinance that would expand the boundaries of congested areas. Under the proposed plan, the areas to the south and east of Peavine Road would be off limits to shooting. There will be exceptions for hunting.

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Nevada’s prehistoric lakebeds are more than just picturesque, they’re the site of a lithium rush taking place on public lands. This quest for alkali riches has been fueled by a surge in worldwide demand for batteries.

For more than a century, prospectors have searched for lucrative minerals across the American West under the Mining Act of 1872.

That law allows them to stake a claim on a piece of ground and whatever minerals may be hidden beneath. Lately, in Nevada at least, the area drawing the most interest are its salty, ancient lakebeds.

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Construction is getting started on a new law enforcement center in Churchill County.  As Reno Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports, it will replace the old jail in downtown Fallon late next year.

The existing Churchill County jail and courthouse is 43-years-old.  It was designed to hold only 54 inmates.  But, the new jail will house up to 120 people. County Commission Chairman Pete Olsen says the old jailhouse will be remodeled and later used as a courthouse.

Kirk Gillis (pictured) and other Renown and Stanford executives announced the partnership to a crowd of 100 people.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Renown Health and Stanford Medicine are teaming up to give patients in Northern Nevada critical access to specialty care.

Hospital executives announced at a press conference that Renown patients will now have an easier time seeking specialized medical services like pediatric healthcare.

“We have kids in this community that are diagnosed with tumors,” said Renown executive Kirk Gillis. “We don’t have the type of physician expertise in this community to manage specialized brain tumors or lung tumors in children.”

Alexa Ard

The National Rifle Association has launched its first TV ad of the election cycle, targeting several battleground states, including Nevada. The NRA is spending $100,000 in the Reno market to air the ad, featuring a former security contractor, Mark Geist, who was a member of the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

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The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is giving people with dementia, and their caretakers, the chance to safely enjoy the outdoors through their interpretive “Idlewild Health Walks”. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

Studies show that consistent routines like going to the park can help those suffering from dementia find a sense of independence.

Belen Figueroa is a volunteer with the program.

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