Julia Ritchey

  The chairman of the Washoe County School Board says he wants to set the record straight on a controversial contract for Superintendent Traci Davis. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Sixty-thousand parents and staff across the Washoe County School District got an email Monday night from School Board President John Mayer defending Davis' compensation package.

The note comes about a week after the board voted 5-2 to approve a $311,000 contract for Davis, which includes a longevity bonus, generous backpay and a car allowance, among other perks.

A local nonprofit's expects to hear back by Christmas on its application to become an official agency for resettling refugees — despite the reservations of some state and local officials. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The Northern Nevada International Center regularly plays hosts to hundreds of visitors from all over the world through it's partnership with the U.S. State Department.

Now the center wants to become the third agency in the state to help resettle refugees from about eight different countries, including Cuba, Iraq and Syria.

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State officials are working to keep horses off roadways in Pleasant Valley, south of Reno.

Earlier this month, a driver was injured and two horses were killed after colliding at the intersection of old 395 and Rawhide Drive. 

"Feral horses have been coming down there fairly recently quite a bit," said Flint Wright with the state department of agriculture. " They're crossing the road there because they're looking for access to feed and water on the opposite side."

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Doctors in Nevada must often rely on phone calls and faxes to get patient records, a spotty process that can take days. With help from a federal grant, the state's mental health system will soon be able to share that kind of information electronically among multiple providers. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has more.

Julia Ritchey

  Over the next year, Reno Public Radio news is bringing you profiles of local voters to find out what issues are important to them ahead of the 2016 election. Last week, we heard from a Sparks veteran who supports Donald Trump, and today, we hear from a soon-to-be first-time voter.

Kate Krolicki is a senior at George Whittel High School near South Lake Tahoe, but she has a much bigger title this election season.

Voter Profiles: Sparks Veteran Leans Toward Trump

Nov 27, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  With the general election less than a year away, Reno Public Radio news is bringing you portraits of the voters who make up our region. Over the year, we'll periodically introduce you to a handful of voters and what issues are most important to them. For our first profile, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey interviewed a veteran from Sparks.

I met Jay Malen standing in line at the Donald Trump rally last month at The Nugget Casino. He wore a ballcap that identified him as a Vietnam vet.

Every winter, a group of people venture into the back country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to measure the amount of water resting in the snow, so farmers and cities can make accurate water plans.

Patrick Armstrong has been doing these snow surveys since 1972. He recently wrote a book about it called The Log of a Snow Survey, and he sat down with Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick to talk about Reno’s historical impact on this practice.

The outdoor industry is increasingly bucking the Black Friday trend. We caught up with one local company to find out more.

On Black Friday, in 2011, outdoor retailer Patagonia took out a different sort of ad. Running a full page, with a photo of a Patagonia jacket, it read "Don't Buy This Jacket." The accompanying paragraph explained Patagonia's anti-consumption stance, but ironically the campaign sent the company's sales through the roof.

It also sparked something of a trend in the outdoor industry.

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 29.1 million people in the US have diabetes. This week Dr. Veronica Brady discusses causes, and treatments for diabetes.

Brady is an advanced practice nurse and certified in diabetes education in the Endocrinology Division of Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Leading the discussion is Richelle O'Driscoll, Director of Public Affairs at the School of Medicine and Division of Health Sciences.