Packed Stadium Illustrates Ripe Reno Soccer Culture

May 26, 2016
Marcus Lavergne/Reno Public Radio

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.

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.

Julia Ritchey

Reno’s housing crunch doesn’t just affect the suburbs, but its urban core as well, with limited units available in a hot market. A new project proposed for a large swath of downtown could carve out some affordable options. In our ongoing series Squeezed Out, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey took a tour with the developer to learn more.

Developer Don Clark is giving a walking tour of his proposed billion-dollar project to convert 17 acres of downtown Reno into a sustainable, walkable community.

Rocio Hernandez

Gangs in Washoe County have multiplied, growing their ranks by 30 percent in a decade. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez explores what's being done to curb their influence.  

Instead of hanging out with friends after school, 15-year-old Julio travels from Sparks to northeast Reno to practice his boxing. He was introduced to the sport by a friend and has been hooked ever since. Julio says the sport not only keeps him out of trouble but gives him a goal in life. He thinks that might be what separates him from some of his peers.

American Association of Poison Control Centers

The Washoe County Health District held a series of community meetings recently to discuss what health care providers, public health workers and child care staff can do to help prevent poisonings. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

Shireen Banerji is with the Nevada Poison Center and was a presenter at the meetings. She says most calls to poison control centers affect young children.

“Over half of our calls, in general, for the Nevada Poison Center, are children five years and younger,” she says.

Tahoe Officials Crack Down On Invasive Species

May 25, 2016
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It’s officially boating season up at Lake Tahoe and some groups are boosting efforts to stop invasive species from wreaking havoc. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports:

The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association and researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are figuring out ways to fight off weeds and fish that don’t belong. 

“These invasive species are a constant threat that we face at Lake Tahoe that can really degrade our environment and our recreational experiences here,” Lotshaw said.

Julia Ritchey

Are tax incentives that lure companies to Nevada good for Nevadans? That was the question posed at the inaugural event of the newly formed Debate Society of Reno — a citizen-led group encouraging a return to civic debate on important state and regional issues. 

Arguing for tax abatements was Republican Assembleyman Pat Hickey and Steve Hill from the Governor's Office of Economic Development, who helped craft deals that have brought companies like Tesla and Faraday Future to the state.