Will Stone

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Will is thrilled to be reporting for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative newsweekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

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Energy and Environment
4:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Tahoe bugs are "canaries in the coal mine"

Tahoe Stonefly

You are probably familiar with the "Keep Tahoe Blue" stickers, which have brought public awareness to the decline in clarity of Lake Tahoe's signature blue waters. 

But here's a bumper sticker you haven't seen, yet: 'Save Tahoe's Smallest Critters.' Those invertebrates, some only native to Tahoe, are undergoing a massive extinction at the lake's bottom. A group of divers recently completed a first-of-its-kind tour of the entire lake in order to asses the ecological changes there. 

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Politics and Policy
9:59 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Sandoval proposes big tax increases for funding education

Credit Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval is calling for more than a billion dollars in revenue to fund Nevada's education system. That was among the many ambitious proposals the governor laid out in his State of the State address last night. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone has more.

From the very first minutes, Governor  Brian Sandoval wasn't just speaking to today's Nevada, but to a future one, where education and the economy no longer hold the state back.

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Business
3:02 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Tesla Battery Factory Could Be A Boon For Nevada

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 7:34 pm

Tesla Motors recently chose Nevada for its massive battery factory in exchange for one of the biggest incentives packages in recent history. The factory will be built in a rural area about an hour east of Reno with little infrastructure and years of high unemployment. Small communities are scrambling to prepare for a wave of speculators, businesses and people.

These story first aired on Morning Edition on Dec. 29, 2014.

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Business + Economy
9:24 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Nevada's Tesla Battery Factory Triggers Wave Of Follow-Up Business

Tesla's massive factory is being built at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center outside Reno.
Credit TahoeReno.com

Earlier this year, Tesla Motors chose Northern Nevada for its battery factory in exchange for a huge incentives package. It's a bounty for communities there that, until recently, have seen years of slow economic recovery. Will Stone of Reno Public Radio reported for NPR's Morning Edition on the impact of this factory.

When Lance Gilman talks Tesla, it can feel like a return to the days of the Gold Rush, silver mining and pioneers.

"The new Comstock Lode is sitting right in front of us right now. There is going to be tremendous financial growth."

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Energy and Environment
11:04 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Water fight takes shape in Northern Nevada

A drought stricken Humboldt River near Winnemucca, Nevada.
Credit Chuck Schlarb

 A battle over water is brewing on the parched earth of the Black Rock Desert. An effort to transport water from Humboldt County more than 100 miles south has residents and ranchers alarmed. 

Chuck Giordano grows alfalfa on the outskirts of the Black Rock Desert in a place appropriately known as Desert Valley. But don’t let the name fool you. When it comes to water, he’s lucky.

“We have a fairly good reserve of water underneath us because our water table, even with the drought, has hardly dropped any.”

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Local Stories
9:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

State audit reveals death penalty cases are costly, but how much?

Photo from deathpenaltynews.blogspot.

Nevada lawmakers and the public are learning more about the cost of the death penalty. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports the findings of an internal state audit were presented to a legislative committee.

Half a million dollars. That’s about how much more a death penalty case costs the state than one without capital punishment. Or, that’s our best estimate, as state auditor Dan Crossman explains:

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Politics and Policy
12:01 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Recount confirms Kirner's victory over Krasner

A recount has upheld Assemblyman Randy Kirner's 11-vote victory over fellow Republican Lisa Krasner.

County Registrar Luanne Cutler says the recount ended Friday when the Reno lawmaker's margin of victory held up after votes in seven precincts of Assembly District 26 were recounted.

A recount of all votes would have followed had officials found a discrepancy of 1 percent or five votes in any of the sample precincts.

The recount was requested by Krasner. Officials had estimated it would cost her campaign $2,000.

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Politics and Policy
3:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Krasner demands recount in tight Northern Nevada race

A candidate for a Northern Nevada assembly seat is asking for a recount. Republican Lisa Krasner lost to Randy Kirner in this election by only 11 votes.

Lisa Krasner continues to shake up the political landscape in Northern Nevada. First, she ran against fellow Republican and incumbent Randy Kirner in the general election to the dismay of some in her party. Now, she’s not stepping aside until she’s sure she lost.

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Politics and Policy
9:40 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Nevada could be next in line to legalize pot

An initiative to allow recreational marijuana in Nevada has gained enough signatures to go on the ballot next election. 

 

It was a good election year for supporters of legalizing pot. Voters in two states and Washington D.C. passed laws allowing recreational use of the drug. While it wasn't on the ballot in Nevada, plenty of people plan to vote for it here come 2016.  

"We turned in just over 200,000 signatures."  

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Politics and Policy
9:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

As GOP looks ahead to 2015, Dems get nervous

 

Republicans pulled off an unprecedented win this election, seizing control of both the state senate and assembly. Now, they’re starting to put together their wish list for the upcoming legislative session.

You know that feeling when you finally get to sit in the driver's seat after years of waiting?

That seems to be the mood of most Republicans these days, Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey (R-Reno) included.

“Sometimes I’m wondering if this is all a dream and I’m going to wake up back in a far distant reality where we were not in the majority.”

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