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Three Democratic candidates are vying for Nevada's second Congressional seat, held by two-term Republican incumbent Mark Amodei. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman takes a look at who's running to represent that rural district, which has never gone blue.

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With Governor Sandoval’s reluctant approval, the EPA can now propose adding the Anaconda Copper Mine site to its National Priority List. The move would open up federal funding to help in cleanup efforts. But there’s ongoing concern that it could create a negative stigma for area farmers. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

David Peri, along with his wife Pam, are the owners of Peri and Sons Farms.

“Our big thing that we moved down here to do is fresh market onions,” says Peri. “We’re one of the larger grower/packer/shippers in the country.”

Noah Glick

Former University of Nevada, Reno President Joe Crowley is releasing a collection of poetry this week. The book, entitled Hats Off to the Cap, is published by local, independent Baobab Press. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick recently paid them a visit.

As I walk into Sundance Books and Music, a quiet, yet imposing century-old Victorian nestled within Midtown Reno, I first notice the high ceilings and corner desk typewriter.

“What does your poem read here?” I ask.

“I think I put them in the right order. It’s Be Silly, Be Kind, Be Honest.”

Rita Ayers, BLM Nevada

Three Nevada prisons are helping out the threatened greater sage-grouse bird through a new collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management.

Stanley Locus rakes soil inside a yard at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, where he's been for about a year.

He's part of a new program using inmates to restore sage-grouse habitat, which has been under threat from invasive grasses and wildfires. But before a couple of weeks ago, he had never even heard of the sage-grouse, just sagebrush.

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Truckee's first maker space is set to open this summer. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt has this progress report.

At a potluck for the Truckee Roundhouse, future members of the maker space mingle, eat chili and talk about what tools they still need.

"Fireside Pizza just signed on to buy us a table saw, Truckee Lumber is getting a CNC  and Marg's Taco Bistro is pitching in with a forge...," says Truckee town councilman and vice-mayor Morgan Goodwin.

Locals are being priced out of the Tahoe housing market, according to a regional study due out this summer.

Driving along Lakeshore Boulevard, with Lake Tahoe glimmering in the spaces between elaborate lakefront homes, it's hard to imagine that anyone struggles financially here.

"Respondents to our survey were mostly full-time, professional residents and the majority of them are overpaying for housing, they have multiple jobs in alarming numbers and are seemingly struggling to make ends meet here."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada

Nationally, 1 in 3 kids grow up without a mentor to help guide them socially and academically. In Northern Nevada several organizations have banned together to help get kids partnered up with one sooner. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

Nevada Mentors has pulled together nine agencies looking for volunteers who can help steer kids through the turbulent time of adolescence. 

TMCC

Four finalists vying for the top post at Truckee Meadows Community College are on campus this week. They include leaders of community colleges in Virginia, New York, and Illinois, along with one candidate currently working as the vice president of academic affairs at TMCC.

The four will be participating in public forums and interviews by the search committee over the next few days. That committee will make a recommendation to the board of regents, which will take a vote next week.

A new program is exposing Washoe County high school students to high-tech career training. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has more.

As Northern Nevada’s economy is diversifying, more technical jobs will become available at companies like Tesla and Switch. Dean Jim New is with TMCC's  Applied Technology Center.

KUNR's Julia Ritchey Earns Regional Murrow Award

Apr 23, 2016

KUNR Reporter Julia Ritchey has won a regional Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for her story Short On Water, Farmer Tries Desert Ducks. She won in the hard news category for small market radio stations. You can check out the other winners here.

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