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.

Anne McMillin APR

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.

After nearly a year of gathering community input, Reno City Council has given the initial OK on new regulations for digital signs. A final vote is needed for approval and implementation.

To learn more about the proposed rules, KUNR's Michelle Bliss talked to Bob Conrad with our local media partner ThisisReno, who has been covering the story.

The bid to incorporate Tahoe's Olympic Valley into its own town was dealt a potentially fatal blow last week. 

After months of back and forth, the Placer County commission charged with overseeing Olympic Valley’s bid to become a town made a big decision last week. Finding that the town would face too many financial challenges, the commission proposed to vote on terminating the incorporation application as soon as it legally can.

"It's actually the only incorporation proposal in the state at the moment."

Julia Ritchey

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton wrapped up her second visit to Reno last night with a large organizing rally where she focused on several issues important to northern Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has more.

The Nevada Gay Men's Chorus sang show tunes at the outset of the rally at Pine Middle School, where Clinton spoke to about 500 people packed into the hot gymnasium.

The former Secretary of State talked education, equal pay and the economy — but lingered on the issue of gun control.

Faraday Future Would Be "Bigger Deal Than Tesla"

Nov 23, 2015

Nevada state officials are working on a deal to bring the electric car startup Faraday Future to North Las Vegas. Some say that deal could potentially bring in more money than northern Nevada’s Tesla. Marcus Lavergne reports.

Officials with the Governor's Office of Economic Development have been tight-lipped for months, while the department has been trying to attract the company's proposed $1 billion plant and 4,500 jobs.

Alexa Ard

Community activists held a pro-immigration rally on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of President Obama's executive order that would keep 5 million immigrants from being deported. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there.

About 30 people with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada held up signs and chanted at a protest primary targeting Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Laxalt joined 25 other states in suing the Obama administration to block his executive action to protect families from deportation.

As part of our look this month at female entrepreneurship in the Reno-Tahoe area, Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt sat down with Lauren Klein, CEO of Girlmade. Girlmade hosts various events and workshops around the area aimed at creating a network of support for female entrepreneurs. The company also hosts the annual Girl Empire event, which brings together local middle and high school girls with successful female entrepreneurs for a day of mentorship and skills building.