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

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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.


About four hundred people are expected in downtown Reno at an event focusing on how Washoe County schools impact economic growth. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has more.


Mike Kazmierski is with the the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, or EDAWN. He says companies considering to invest in the region are expecting a high quality education.


Many area business leaders are hammering this message: severe overcrowding at Washoe County schools could hurt the region’s economic growth. That's why about four hundred gathered at an event in downtown Reno aimed at rallying support for a school funding initiative. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray was there.

A grainy video of a recent arrest in Reno, and a lot of commentary on social media, have raised questions about the role that citizen videos should play when local law enforcement agencies are investigated for possible misconduct.

To learn more, we turn to our contributor Bob Conrad. And just a quick warning: This report does contain some graphic language. 

We started our series “Squeezed Out” by looking at how everyday people are being affected by the housing shortages in Reno and Tahoe, but today Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt brings us this story about the impact on local businesses.

"Hi, good morning. Today I'm going to talk as an employer of about 17 people in Truckee, about how the housing issue has been affecting us as a company."


Kelly McEvers is best known as the West Coast host of NPR's All Things Considered. But she's also just launched a podcast, called Embedded, to take listeners even deeper into the stories they hear each day on NPR. Our reporter Julia Ritchey talked with McEvers on her latest endeavor. Below are some excerpts of their conversation.

Julia Ritchey

More than 45 years after the Supreme Court established First Amendment protections for students, free speech remains a hot-button issue across high school and college campuses — from controversial prom dress codes to widely publicized protests at the University of Missouri this year. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with the plaintiff in that landmark case on student rights in the 21st century.