City of Sparks

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Taxable room revenues are up this spring in the Reno-Sparks area. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

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For the first time since the Great Recession, the City of Sparks is creating a strategic plan for arts and culture. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

The city is home to the Sparks Heritage Museum, a new venue called the Restless Artists Theatre, and The Generator, a maker-space where many Burning Man artworks are crafted.

Francine Burge, with the city, says this is not the first attempt to create a long-term vision.

A Look At The Race For Sparks Ward 1

Oct 20, 2016
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For the first time, there are two Millennials running for a seat on Sparks City Council. Our contributor Gabriella De Leon, with Noticiero Movil, reports on the race for Ward 1.

Donald Abbot and Denise Lopez have a lot in common. They both want to pass Washoe County Question 1, an initiative to raise sales tax to help fund public schools. Both candidates want stricter jay walking laws and to continue the expansion of Sparks’ congested roads. Where the two diverge is their vision for city’s future.

Vaughn Hartung Campaign

Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung has been re-elected to a second term. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The Republican incumbent beat out challenger and former Nevada State Senator Maurice Washington, winning 55 percent of the vote. Hartung says that one of his biggest priorities for his next term is managing growth, especially in residential areas.

In the next two decades, the City of Sparks is expected to grow from about 93,000 residents to 120,000, which makes it a really good time to update the city's master plan. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

The master plan will shape a uniform vision on maintaining and improving critical services like transportation, public safety, and utilities. Some components of the current plan haven't been updated in 25 years, and a lot's changed in that time