Every month, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss catches up with author Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl, to talk about the intricacies and quirks of the English language.
For Halloween, the two had several spooky topics to explore, including why Halloween sometimes has an apostrophe in it, where the word "brouhaha" comes from, and what in the world a ghost word is. Listen if you dare!
Nevada celebrates 150 years of statehood at the end of October. There have been many events this year celebrating it’s history and culture. At a recent event, thousands of people across Nevada belted out the state song to set a world record, including more than 400 boisterous elementary school students in Reno.
The kids were dressed in an array of storybook and superhero costumes for Halloween and they gathered in the school cafeteria, so that at 10 a.m. sharp, they could break out into song. A special guest who was helping them set the record became unexpectedly emotional.
As Nevada continues to celebrate the Silver State's Sesquicentennial in hundreds of ways statewide, a special ceremony was held Oct. 22 marking the University of Nevada, Reno's 140th birthday in the place it all started -- Elko.
Most people probably don't realize the University Preparatory School -- precursor to the University of Nevada -- first opened its doors in Elko to seven students on Oct. 12, 1874. The Nevada State Legislature approved the relocation of the University of Nevada to Reno in 1885, and students were welcomed to classes in Morrill Hall in 1886.
Hear Lauren Scott campaign and she sounds like most Republicans—keep taxes low, promote economic development, support the governor. But, unlike the typical GOP candidate, she spent years fighting for LGBT rights in Nevada.
“In the North, it’s a little bit of an oxymoron—a gay Republican—but, down South, it does seem to be a growing group. Nationally, they are very well-known. I do have their endorsement.”
Since 2009, Scott has lobbied for bills that prevent discrimination in housing and employment based on someone’s sexual orientation and gender expression.
A traveling exhibit honoring veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars is making its way across the Silver State. The Nevada 150 Commission selected the display as an official sesquicentennial event. The exhibit's next stop is at Great Basin College in Elko, where visitors will see the faces of nearly 7,000 service members lost in battle.
One of four electric buses introduced into the RTC's fleet earlier this year. With this new project better connecting downtown Reno to downtown Sparks, an additional four new electric buses will be making runs.
Transportation officials are celebrating a $16 million federal grant that they'll use to better connect bus lines from downtown Reno to downtown Sparks. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended Tuesday's press conference at Reno's 4th Street bus station where discussion of the project spurred a larger conversation about the compounding transportation needs in Washoe County and nationwide.
It may seem odd that the most expensive and watched race of this election is for attorney general, but a quick look at the last names of the two candidates clears up why that is.
On the Democratic ticket is second-term Secretary of State Ross Miller—the son of former Nevada Governor Bob Miller. He’s facing off against Republican Adam Laxalt, the grandson of former Senator and Governor Paul Laxalt.
Funding for Nevada's Millennium Scholarships is slated to run out in the next several years. The program is overseen by the state treasurer, a post that's up for grabs this election, and both major party candidates agree these scholarships are critical to maintain for Nevada families. But Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports they offer different ideas for keeping the program alive.
In this health watch from Beyond the Headlines, Richelle O'Driscoll talks about the Student Outreach Clinics that are available to the community provided by medical students at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
School districts across the state are beginning to implement the new k-12 academic standards. State education officials say they'll challenge students with a more rigorous curriculum that better prepares them for college. However, some teachers and education experts also criticize the standards as poorly designed and driven by corporate interests.
Nevada's Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga responds to these concerns and explains what this new chapter in education reform means for public schools here.