Julia Ritchey

Tesla co-founder and Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel addressed security concerns at the company's gigafactory site outside of Reno after a trespassing incident late last week. 

Speaking at a lecture at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Sunday, Straubel said drones, small planes and even photographers with zoom lenses have been spotted around the area where they are building a $5 billion battery manufacturing plant. 

Alexa Ard

  Reno City Council has postponed a decision on whether to switch its health care provider exclusively from St. Mary's to Renown Health. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Members of city council expressed concern this week that switching hospitals could create a monopoly for Renown, which recently gained contracts with the Washoe County School District and the city of Sparks.

All three are members of the Nevada Health Partners, a coalition of the area’s largest employers that negotiates hospital contracts for their insurance policies.

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is reminding recreational shooters to obey local rules after two hunting seasons recently opened. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports:

Sheriff's officials say they've received several complaints in the last few years from bicyclists, hikers and homeowners about shots heard close to residential areas.

It's against the law to fire most types of guns within 5,000 feet of a home. Bob Harmon is with the sheriff's office.

Reno Little Theater has a free Latin American cultural festival set for tomorrow with food, live music, theater, art and storytelling.  It’s an open house to kick off “La Gente: Latino Theater at RLT.”  

Esther Ciammachilli

Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we’re talking about geriatric medicine and dementia. Our guests are Dr. Alia Tuqan. She’s a practicing geriatrician and assistant professor of internal medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine and Richelle O’Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

The Nature Conservancy

Independence Lake is just north of Truckee but is perhaps one of the last hidden gems of the Sierra. It’s pristine, quiet, and it serves as Reno’s last resort water supply—all reasons why more than twenty agencies are partnering to preserve it. For our series Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways, KUNR News Director Michelle Bliss heads to this small, relatively unknown, lake to learn more.

In order to set foot on the rocky, seemingly untouched shore of Independence Lake, it’s recommended that you have 4-wheel drive. 

Michelle Bliss

The CDC has been sounding the alarm about the link between antibiotics in meat and antibiotic resistance in humans, but a new report finds that antibiotic-free options are still relatively scarce. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt talked to one Nevada rancher in Fallon who's made the switch.

"See how there's so much less fiber in this year's cow pie?"

Esther Ciammachilli

Businesses and real estate around the Sparks Marina took a hard hit after the recession and both have been slow to regain momentum. That, together with some high-profile ecological issues, has left many in the area with mixed perceptions about the health and vitality of this lake community. For our series, Beyond Tahoe: Exploring Our Waterways, Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli reports.

Lisa G. is known as the Mayor of the Sparks Marina. She’s the owner of Marina Paddle Fit, one of the only businesses currently open there. Lisa takes great pride in this lake.

Julia Ritchey

After four years of drought, the state wants to restrict the amount of groundwater being pumped for agriculture in the Smith and Mason valleys.  Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

Farmers have already voluntarily cut back on their use of these supplemental wells, which they've relied more heavily on due to lack of surface water from the parched Walker River.

But Jason King, the state engineer, says it isn't enough in these dry conditions.

US Forest Service / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Last week, Congress set aside emergency disaster aid for fighting wildfires, but it's only a temporary fix.

In August, the U.S. Forest Service released an alarming statistic: For the first time in history, more than half the agency’s annual budget is going to fight wildfires, compared to 16 percent in 1995. Tom Blush, with the U.S. Forest Service, explains.

“The fires are sucking our funding from just about everything else we do. ”