Energy and Environment

Zeb Hogan / University of Nevada, Reno

 

Across the globe, over 60 million people in Southeast Asia are depending on the resources from the Mekong River to survive. But rapid development is threatening a portion of the river basin. Reno-based scientists will be studying the eco-system there.

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A federal water bill that includes $415 million for Lake Tahoe restoration passed Congress late last week, and is now on President Barack Obama’s desk.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

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The Little Valley Fire destroyed 23 homes in October, leaving affected residents to consider whether to rebuild or relocate.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Driver’s licenses, birth certificates and prescription medications are just some of the tangible items people lost while escaping October’s Little Valley Fire, along with a sense of safety.

“We still get periodic phone calls about somebody that’s just experienced some post-traumatic stress, and so we have some clinicians that we will have deploy to the area just to talk with people and process it.”

Alex Mosher

The Red Rock Hounds is a group in northern Nevada that employs unique tactics in dealing with troublesome coyotes in rural areas. Our reporter Sarah Parks joined the group on an early Sunday morning to learn more about the hunt.

A horn blares out in the early morning and more than twenty black and brown spotted hounds bellow in response. Half a dozen horses and riders fall in with the howling dogs, weaving through the tall sagebrush in Rancho Haven, a small community 45 minutes north of Reno. It’s the beginning of what’s called a fox hunt.

Washoe County

October’s Little Valley Fire destroyed 23 homes and burned more than 2,200 twenty-two-hundred acres across Washoe Valley.

As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, local officials are now working to rehabilitate the charred landscape.

Julie Stanley / Moonshine Ink

Squaw Valley has finally received the green light to undergo a major expansion project despite vocal opposition. To learn more, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to Melissa Siig. She’s a reporter for Moonshine Ink, an independent newspaper in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

University of Nevada, Reno Seismological Laboratory

More than 100 fires burned through the Tahoe basin and Truckee Meadows this year, including the recent Little Valley Fire.

But as Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, a network of cameras is helping to reduce the impact and damage caused by these blazes.

As the Hot Pot Fire near Battle Mountain and Winnemucca gained momentum over the summer, crews were able to get much needed air resources because of video evidence showing a rapid growth of the blaze.

C.K. Benkman / University of Wyoming

Biologists at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Wyoming are uncovering what could be a new bird species—one that is evolving in a unique way.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The South Hills crossbill is a type of finch that does not migrate but instead lives permanently in southern Idaho. Now the bird is in what biologists are calling an evolutionary arms race between itself and its food source, the Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine.

Amy Westervelt

The recent approval of the Martis Valley West development near Lake Tahoe has brought up concerns about how these types of construction projects are getting the green light from local jurisdictions.

In this specific case, the Placer County Planning Commission voted to deny the proposal while the county board of supervisors eventually sealed the deal by voting in favor.

Bear Sightings Down In Nevada

Sep 21, 2016
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Nevada wildlife officials say fewer bears are roaming around the state's urban areas this year, likely because of weather conditions from El Nino. Our reporter Sarah Parks has more.

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