New Memoir Explores Living In Great Basin Desert

Oct 21, 2016

A new book called Raising Wild: Dispatches From A Home In The Wilderness explores what it's like to live and survive in the Great Basin Desert.

It's a memoir by UNR English professor Mike Branch who lives with his wife and two daughters, well, in the middle of nowhere.

"We live together out in this remote area on a wildland interface where we've got lots of big crittters and big weather," Branch says. "We're at about 6,000 feet, so we've got high elevation conditions as well."

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Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee Mike Pence held a rally in Reno Thursday and says his running mate, Donald Trump, will accept the results of the election.

But while addressing a crowd of hundreds at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, he didn't rule out a legal challenge.

"Of course we will accept a clear election result, but we also reserve the right to contest or file a legal challenge in the face of questionable results," he said to the crowd.

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Starting this weekend, some Washoe County voters will be heading to the polls to cast their ballots. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has the details.

Luanne Cutler is with Washoe’s Registrar of Voters. She’s expecting most people to turn out during early voting.

“The past few election cycles," Cutler explains, "we’ve had well more than half of the voters who show up, vote early.”

Based on past elections, it gets even busier in the last few days of early voting, so Cutler has this advice:

A Look At The Race For Sparks Ward 1

Oct 20, 2016
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For the first time, there are two Millennials running for a seat on Sparks City Council. Our contributor Gabriella De Leon, with Noticiero Movil, reports on the race for Ward 1.

Donald Abbot and Denise Lopez have a lot in common. They both want to pass Washoe County Question 1, an initiative to raise sales tax to help fund public schools. Both candidates want stricter jay walking laws and to continue the expansion of Sparks’ congested roads. Where the two diverge is their vision for city’s future.

Anh Gray


Note: This story orginally aired on May 24, 2016.


This November, Washoe County voters are being asked whether or not to approve a sales tax increase to pay for school capital improvements. School officials say the money will help alleviate overcrowded classrooms.

For quite some time now, many area business leaders have been hammering the message that school overcrowding could hurt the region’s economic growth. About four hundred gathered this past spring to rally support for the measure. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has this report. 

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump square off in the third presidential debate Wednesday night.

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Local Writer Draws On Landmarks To Highlight Reno History

Oct 18, 2016
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In tracing the City of Reno back to its beginnings, some, like local biographer Jack Harpster, would say it all began with an inn by the Truckee River and a bridge.

In his newest book, The Genesis of Reno: The History of the Riverside Hotel and the Virginia Street Bridge, he dissects the influence the two landmarks have had on Reno throughout the past and present.

A political action committee (PAC) has raised about a million dollars to support a ballot measure that would raise the sales tax in Washoe County by half-a-percent. Money from the tax hike will fund school capital projects. As Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports a pending lawsuit threatens to strike the measure off the ballot.


MedMen, a marijuana management and capital firm based in Los Angeles, broke ground on a new production and cultivation facility this month in Washoe County. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the details. 

The 45,000-square-foot operation east of Sparks is opening next year and will cost $15 million. It's the firm’s first project in Nevada and is expected to produce 10,000 pounds of cannabis each year.

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The City of Reno has removed 68 benches from downtown using money from its blight fund. Officials say the project is in response to complaints of panhandling. 

Our reporter Bob Conrad has been covering this story for ThisisReno and says the reaction he's received from local advocates for the homeless has been overwhelmingly negative. It's also created some real questions.