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An official with the Nevada System of Higher Education says differences between the newly named interim chancellor and Dan Klaich, who's retiring next week, will lead to success. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

John Valery White will step in as NSHE’s chancellor until June 2017.

The Board of Regents vote to hire White was unanimous. Chairman Rick Trachok says White will be a different kind of leader due to his experience as a former Provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a former dean of its law school.

Nevada Ranks 43rd For Military Retirees

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A new study shows that Nevada ranks 43rd nationwide as a favorable place for military retirees. Jill Gonzalez is with Wallet Hub, which conducted the study.

She told our media partner KNPR in Las Vegas that access to healthcare is a glaring problem with the state's profound doctor shortage. She also points to limited job opportunities for people when they return to civilian life.

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The Washoe County Commission has two seats up for grabs this election season. One race is between two Republicans, meaning the winner of the June 14 primary wins the seat. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

District 4 includes Sparks, Spanish Springs and Wadsworth. Small-business owner and incumbent Vaughn Hartung is running against former State Senator Maurice Washington, who is a local pastor.

Hartung was elected in 2012 and says during his first term, he helped push forward a variety of initiatives.

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Always Lost: A Meditation On War is a traveling exhibit honoring veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. It has been displayed at more than 50 venues across the country since it was created back in 2008 by students at Western Nevada College. One of those students is Amy Roby, who says the goal was to personalize the wars by highlighting the individuals who have given their lives.

Washoe Golf Course Owes $1 Million Says County

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Bob Conrad

A local golf course's future is in question because its managers owe Washoe County a hefty bundle of fees. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

The Washoe Golf Course, operated by Bell-Men Golf, Inc. since 1982, owes the county about $1 million in unpaid and late fees. 

“We’ve been working with the operator trying to get payments going," says Dave Solaro with the county. "That obviously has not happened."

Packed Stadium Illustrates Ripe Reno Soccer Culture

May 26, 2016
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The Greater Nevada Field is a unique shared space that houses the Reno Aces baseball team and Reno’s forthcoming soccer team.

During last night’s test run, international clubs squared off in a friendly match. Standing among 1000’s of fans Aces President, Eric Edelstein (ed-uhl-steen), says the turnout shows how much local interest there is in the sport.

“By looking at the crowd and seeing how many folks are here tonight, there is a soccer culture already in Reno and we’re just gonna give them a place to unite.”

Iconic 'Believe' Sculpture Finally Finds a Home

May 26, 2016
The “Believe” art sculpture will be permanently housed at Art Plaza.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council has designated a new space for public art. Downtown’s Art Plaza, formerly known as City Plaza, will permanently house several works, including the popular “Believe” sculpture created by Jeff Schomberg. 

“I think it’s a really good spot for it,” Schomberg said. “Public art creates a community gathering space and a great photo op for people, and just a good reason for people to come downtown and enjoy the large-scale art.”

"Mountain Picassos" Exhibit Features Basque Art

May 26, 2016
Steve Shadley

A traveling exhibit of Basque Art opens in Reno next week.  It features elaborate carvings by local sheepherders who used Aspen trees as their canvases decades ago.  Reno Public Radio’s Steve Shadley introduces us to a married couple that’s been collecting these unique carvings for nearly 50 years.

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Sample ballots are in the mail and early voting for the primary election begins Saturday, May 28. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the details.

Washoe County employees will be manning the polls this year to help with both early voting and the general election in November. Luanne Cutler is Washoe County's registrar of voters and says the county begins preparing for each election six months in advance.

"We've got the most county employees participating in the election this time than we've ever had, almost 100," Cutler explains.

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Longtime Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston published an essay this week called The Child I Love that shares the intimate story of raising his transgender son. Born as Maddy two decades ago, Ralston's child is transitioning from female to male and now goes by Jake. 

Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Ralston about the story, which appeared in his regular Ralston Reports column in the Reno Gazette-Journal, to learn what the response has been like so far.

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