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Reno, Washoe Fire Divorce (Finally) Settled

Jan 28, 2016
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Washoe County and the City of Reno held a press conference Wednesday to announce that they’ve reached a settlement over the region’s so-called fire divorce to deconsolidate fire services. Bob Conrad from ThisisReno was there and has the latest update on this story.

Washoe County will pay the city nearly $450,000, and both say they’re ready to put the matter behind them. They also stress that this settlement will save taxpayers from the costly litigation.

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The City of Reno is moving forward with the process to update its master plan. This week, city council members heard the latest update from the Reimagine Reno campaign which has been gathering community input on how the city should grow in the next twenty or so years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

After holding dozens of community workshops and offering surveys online, the Reimagine Reno team has heard from more than 5,800 residents.

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Reno City Council unanimously approved an annexation request for a small chunk of Lemmon Valley, just north of the city, at its last meeting. That's despite complaints raised by several nearby residents.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the details.

The land is being eyed for development and its owner says the 730 acres would be ideal for new housing. 

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The Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission is holding public open houses this week to get feedback on what transit services are most important to the community. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

The Washoe County transit system is running at a deficit of $1 million a year. RTC Spokesman Joe Harrington says that along with rider fares, sales tax revenues help pay for transit.

Reno's New Art Installation: The Light Chimes

Dec 31, 2015
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A new public art installation went up Thursday at Wingfield Park, as another effort to build the perception of Reno as an arts destination. Contributor Bob Conrad with our media partner ThisisReno has the story.

The sculpture is called The Light Chimes and is the brainchild of Nevada Artist Scott Morgan.

The Light Chimes uses photographic images to produce lights and colors,” Morgan explains. “If you can imagine wind chimes, only instead of metal rods that produce sound, imagine acrylic rods that produce light.” 

Reno Hires Sustainability Manager

Dec 21, 2015

To boost its efforts to go green, Reno has hired a new sustainability manager. To learn more, our reporter Julia Ritchey caught up with their new hire.

Lynne Barker started her gig at the end of October after moving from Seattle, where she worked for a nonprofit focused on sustainable development.

She says the title of "sustainability manager" is becoming a more common one, for both corporations and cities.

"Sustainability managers use a collaborative process to identify goals and priorities that address equity, environment and economy."

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The City of Reno will soon have a permanent fire chief in place. For the latest update on this week's city council meeting, we turn to Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick.

During the meeting, Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger recommended Acting Fire Chief Dave Cochran for the permanent post. Cochran started in August. Since then, he's modified labor contracts, hired new firefighters and negotiated an automatic aid agreement, which requires the nearest unit to respond to a report of a fire, regardless of jurisdiction.

The Reno Police Department doesn’t have a permanent police chief yet, but is one step closer after yesterday’s City Council meeting. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

When Jason Soto assumed the acting police chief role in April, he leapfrogged higher ranking officers for the position. Since then, he’s garnered a great deal of support from the community, the city council and within the department. Sergeant Paul Sifre and is one member of Soto’s staff who voiced his support.

“I have not seen morale at a higher point in my 15 years than it has been recently.”

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Reno City Council is considering outside legal review on its franchise agreement with Waste Management. It's a messy situation right now with council members criticizing the company on multiple fronts.

There's also a lawsuit, filed by a competing company, that's in litigation now.

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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.

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