Natalie Van Hoozer

Student Reporter

Natalie Van Hoozer is a Reno native who grew up listening to KUNR. When she was young, she thought "radio" and "KUNR" were the same word.

She is currently a junior majoring in journalism and Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno. She loves languages and expanding her cultural awareness and will be studying in Madrid, Spain, during the spring of 2017.

One day she plans to be a bilingual journalist and travel the world. Before that time comes, she hopes to make a positive impact on the Reno community with original, accurate reporting.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, taking pictures, playing piano and writing poetry/short stories.

Argentinian Fulbright Scholar Melisa Prior
Natalie Van Hoozer

Despite the attention the presidential election has drawn, less than 60 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot.

Academics from Latin America living in Reno have a unique perspective on the issue of voting, as it is compulsory in many Latin American countries.  

Melisa Prior is a teacher at UNR visiting from Argentina, where those who don’t vote can be fined.

However, she does understand why some Americans aren’t interested in participating.

First year UNR student Evelyn Galvan.
Jennifer Gallagher

Senator Tim Kaine has been speaking both English and Spanish while campaigning as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate. When he recently stopped in Reno for a rally, attendees were surprised that he did not use those bilingual skills.

Kaine did discuss several issues important to the Latino community, including immigration and women’s healthcare, but attendees like Evelyn Galvan would have welcomed the use of Spanish as well. Galvan is a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a fluent Spanish speaker whose parents emigrated from Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Golden West Motor Lodge sign on Virginia Street in Reno.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council recently voted to demolish two downtown motels, leaving some residents wondering, “What will happen to their neon signs?” 

The Aqua Metals refining facility is located in Storey County’s Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.
Natalie Van Hoozer

The Tahoe Reno Industrial Center just welcomed a company in the battery industry, but it’s not Tesla.

Aqua Metals, a company which recycles lead batteries, held a grand opening to unveil the world’s first facility for a process company executives call “AquaRefining.”

More environmentally friendly than smelting, “AquaRefining” dissolves the lead acid from batteries in a water solution instead of heating it and causing emissions.

The neon sign for the Golden West Motor Lodge.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Earlier this month, the Reno City Council made a controversial vote to demolish two downtown motels.

Natalie Van Hoozer takes a look at this particular case and what might be in store for Reno’s vacant buildings as the city grows.

I’m standing on Virginia Street outside of the Golden West Motor Lodge with Britton Griffith-Douglass, the president of the Riverwalk Merchant’s Association. She says that to her, the property is an eyesore.

The Falconer

Jul 12, 2016
Natalie Van Hoozer

 

Marie Gaspari-Crawford stands in the doorway of her outdoor office, the breeze rustling her hair as she looks out at her ranch.  There are rows of leashes hanging from one wall and a freezer full of frozen animal food, but none of this equipment or food is for her dogs. It’s all for her nearly ten falcons and hawks.

Library staff and community members gather for the concluding class of the first session of Startup School at the Washoe County South Valleys Library.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Libraries across the country are taking on new roles in today’s digital age. In Washoe County, libraries are offering programs like Startup School.

When we think of libraries, we often imagine stacks of books and study desks.

“It’s not just a house of books, there’s a lot more opportunity and more and more hands on stuff,” said Morgan Tiar, a Washoe County librarian and instructor for Startup School.

She’s in a meeting room where students like Colleen Lennox are discussing their products.

Maker Craig Bergland uses solar ovens to cook items like potatoes, yams, and corn.
Natalie Van Hoozer

More than 70 inventors displayed their unique products over the weekend at Reno’s Mini Maker Faire. 

Solar-roasted coffee and a mechanical squid are just two of the products that were displayed in Idlewild Park. It’s the first year that the Mini Maker Faire has joined forces with Artown.  

“It’s part science fair, part county fair, part something entirely new,” said the fair’s executive producer, Chrissy Klenke. “It’s a unique event that celebrates the DIY culture. If you think about it, everyone is a maker in one way shape or form.”

The City Council voted for the demolition contract unanimously.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council has approved a contract to demolish two downtown motels, the Golden West Motor Lodge and the Heart o’ Town.

Photos: Artown 2016's Opening Night

Jul 1, 2016
Tracey Sibanda, a Mandela Washington Fellow, hangs out with Spider Man in Wingfield Park for the opening night of Artown 2016. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders is being held at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Musicians, street artists and community members kicked off Artown with the Opening Night Jubilee in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park.

Among the bunches of musicians and artists, you might have seen Jennifer Charboneau crouched over an easel, painting a bright yellow flower in a purple vase. While she enjoys doing street art, she would like to see the Reno art scene evolve.

“I think a lot of us are thinking bigger scale and a lot more public art, which is great.  Everybody loves to work bigger,” she said.

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