News Briefs

Week of July 22

July 22, 2016 — 

Existing industry awards, noble studios, casinos and more

CCNN

Career College of Northern Nevada will receive $119,015, as part of a grant from the Nevada State STEM Workforce Challenge program. The grant program is funded through the Nevada State Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology.

The funding will allow CCNN to purchase and install training materials and robotic and hydraulic equipment for the school’s Industrial Electronics Technology (IET) program.

Plumas Bancorp.

Plumas Bancorp., the parent company of Plumas Bank announced record earnings for the three- and six-months ended June 30.

Earnings during the second quarter of 2016 totaled $1.8 million, an increase of $482 thousand, or 36% from $1.4 million during the three months ended June 30, 2015.

Earnings per diluted share increased to $0.36 during the three months ended June 30, 2016 up $0.09 from $0.27 during the second quarter of 2015. For the six months ended June 30, 2016,

Plumas Bancorp. reported net income of $3.4 million, an increase of $840 thousand, or 33%, from $2.6 million during the six months ended June 30, 2015. Earnings per diluted share increased to $0.67 during the six months ended June 30, 2016 up $0.16 from $0.51 during the first six months of 2015.

Station Casinos LLC

On July 11, 2016, Station Casinos LLC filed an application for a special use permit to build a casino and entertainment facility on the approximately 8-acre parcel it owns on South Virginia Street across from the Convention Center.

The company will also file an application with the Nevada Gaming Control Board to relocate the grandfathered non-restricted Reno Turf Club gaming license to that location.

Radial

Radial, formerly eBay Enterprise, plans to hire an additional 550 workers in its fulfillment center in Reno to support the 10-fold increase in demand during the upcoming holiday season.

To learn more about job openings, visit www.radial.com/jobs.

Atlantis

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa hosted a ribbon cutting on July 30 to officially open its new northeast parking lot, which also holds Reno’s only Tesla Supercharger stations.

Noble Studios

Noble Studios, a digital marketing agency specializing in web, mobile and social media, was awarded the Premier Google Partner badge in correlation with the program’s launch on Monday, June 27.

The Premier Google Partner badge recognizes Noble as a leading agency for developing and maintaining successful online advertising campaigns for its clients.

With this announcement, Noble Studios expands on its current status as the only Google Analytics Certified Partner in Nevada.

Existing industry awards

Nominations are now open for the fifth annual Existing Industry Awards. Nominations will be accepted for primary companies in Washoe County, the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center and the City of Fernley. Deadline for nominations is August 31, 2016.

A primary company is one that generates the majority of their revenue from outside Nevada. Category descriptions, Nomination Criteria, and the Nomination Form can be found at http://edawn.org/existing-business/existing-industry-awards/.

Roundabout

Chef Colin and MaryBeth Smith of Roundabout Catering & Party Rentals, along with their team, have officially opened Roundabout Grill in Whitney Peak Hotel.

The new restaurant brand and menus were rolled out on Friday, July 1, launching a new culinary vision for the hotel’s restaurant, room service delivery, and new banquet and event space.

Farr West Engineering

Lyon County is changing its business model as it deals with Community Development (Planning, Zoning & Building Safety). Lyon County has entered into a contract with Farr West Engineering to serve as the Community Development Director and Building Department.

NNDA

NNDA has assembled a panel to discuss what is being done to build real estate capacity. The NNDA breakfast is Wednesday, July 27 from 7 to 8:30am at the Carson Nugget.

Mark Turner, principal, Silver Oak Development Company, will provide an update on residential real estate projects. Commercial real estate development efforts will be addressed by Brad Bonkowski, Principal, NAI Alliance Carson City. An overview of the Certified Site Program, which helps to meet industrial real estate needs, will be presented by Aaron West, CEO, Nevada Builders Alliance.

Itronics

Itronics Inc., a growing and diversified fertilizer, silver, and minerals producer, announced that it has started a full scale silver refining campaign to produce commercially saleable silver bullion from a mixture of its internally generated silver concentrates and e-scrap (ground up computer circuit boards).

RTC

Complete Streets enhance safety and mobility for everyone.

Working closely with the community, the RTC has identified locations for Complete Street improvements outlined in the Complete Streets Master Plan, which was adopted unanimously by the RTC Board on July 15.

Eide Bailly LLP

Regional CPA and business advisory firm Eide Bailly LLP, with offices in northern Nevada, has been selected as one of Bob Scott’s Insights 2016 Top VARs, honoring 100 organizations for their accomplishments in the field of mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) and financial solutions.

Pacific States Communications

Pacific States Communications has been recognized as a Diamond Solution Integrator for NEC voice solutions including the NEC SV9100, SV8300 and SV 9500 systems. Pacific States Communications has been an authorized NEC Partner for more than 30 years.

Panasonic

Panasonic Energy of North America and Nevada JobConnect are collaborating on plans to hold a job fair, focused on full-time jobs and careers in advanced manufacturing at the Gigafactory that is now being built outside Reno, in Sparks.

The job fair will be held on August 10th, from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., at the Reno Convention Center.

IgniteSparks

Seven months of outreach to Sparks residents to secure input as the city develops its comprehensive plan has resulted in nearly a 3 percent response rate from the current population.

Two neighborhood workshops are scheduled to provide an overview of the comprehensive plan and land use map.

The #IgniteSparks community outreach effort is designed to guide the city through 2030 with a city-wide comprehensive plan.

For more information, visit online at IgniteSparksNV.com.

Tahoe Brew Tours

In the last few years, craft breweries have added to the list of adventure activities for Tahoe locals and tourists alike, in turn creating a niche opportunity to connect the brewery locations speckled along the shoreline.

Fulfilling that niche is Tahoe Brew Tours, LLC, a brand new company out of South Lake Tahoe, offering a service likened to the winery tours of the Napa Valley. This is the first of its kind in the Tahoe Basin.

To learn more visit www.tahoebrew tours.com.

Unemployment rate

Nevada’s unemployment rate rose slightly to a seasonally-adjusted 6.4 percent in June, but experienced strong job growth.

In June, the Silver State experienced the strongest over-the-month gain in employment in 11 years, adding a seasonally-adjusted 7,500 jobs.

Nevada Builders Alliance

The Nevada Builders Alliance, a professional organization representing the construction industry; and all affiliated sectors, has joined the Nevada Taxpayers Association.

New members of the Builders Alliance were: Hardscapes, Inc. of Reno; and Stateline Builders of Stateline.

Nugget Casino Resort

Nugget Casino Resort has added Catalytic PURE AIR purifiers to their Housekeeping Department.

Catalytic PURE AIR purifiers were already being utilized in the new bingo area on the main gaming floor. The housekeeping department has added five additional air purifiers to improve indoor air quality in the smoking hotel rooms, public spaces and for odor control.

Maplewood Training Stables, Inc.

Maplewood Training Stables, Inc., owned and operated by Julie Winkel, has received provisional licensing from the Commission on Postsecondary Education, the licensing authority for the oversight of private postsecondary educational institutions operating in Nevada.

Parks and rec.

Reno City Council unanimously approved a contract to Peek Brothers Construction for expansion of the parking lot at Damonte Ranch Park in an amount not to exceed $160,111.40 from Residential Construction Tax District 4 Fund.

The Council also unanimously approved a contract for repairs to four courts at the Reno Tennis Center to Advanced Asphalt, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $96,976 from Donations and Park Capital Maintenance Funds.

Sewer rehabilitation project

Council unanimously approved a contract to Q&D Construction for the 2016 Sewer Rehabilitation Project Phase 1B in an amount not to exceed $8,021,006.69 from the Sewer Enterprise Fund. This project includes the rehabilitation and/or replacement of approximately 9,200 feet of aging sewer pipe within the City of Reno. The scope of work is generally in the Fourth Street area.

Week of July 15

July 15, 2016 — 

Saint mary’s, reno fire department, stonegate and more

INCLINE AT TAHOE

Incline at Tahoe announced that it has officially rebranded its 20-year-old business to “Sun Bear Realty and Property Management”.

CONTRACTORS

Sealed bids for the Backflow Compliance Project at Westergard Elementary School will be received by the Washoe County School District’s Purchasing Department located at The Brown Center 14101 Old Virginia Road until 2:00 p.m., on August 5, 2016 and will be publicly opened and read beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Scope of Work: Installation of Domestic, Irrigation and Fire Backflow Devices

SNC

Sierra Nevada Construction is requesting sub quotes from certified DBE subcontractors and suppliers for NDOT’s contract No. 3648 SR 399 in Pershing County. The bid date is July 21. Scope of work is cold milling and placing plantmix chip seal. They seeking suppliers for construction Area Signs; Traffic Control System; Portable Changeable Message Signs; Cold Plane Asphalt Concrete; Remove Pavement Markings; Erosion Control; Place Screenings; Asphalt Paving; Thermoplastic Traffic Stripe & Marking; and Painted Traffic Stripe & Marking; Bottom Dump Trucking; Truck Rental/ Broker; Trucker; Water Truck Rental; Sweeping; Construction Equipment Rental; and Heavy Equipment Rental. All bid items are available and when practical, will be split apart to assist in bidding.

RNO

Southwest Airlines announced a new seasonal air service flying non-stop once a week from Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) to Dallas Love Field (DAL) from Jan. 7 to March 4, 2017. The new flight will depart Dallas Love Field at 11 a.m. and land in Reno at 12:30 in the afternoon. It will depart Reno at 11 a.m. and land in Dallas at 4:05 p.m.

The Love Feld service is the 11th new flight announcement by Reno-Tahoe International in the past 14 months.

DERMODY PROPERTIES

Dermody Properties recently broke ground on a 546,000-square-foot industrial facility in Shepherdsville, Ky. Known as LogistiCenter at 480, this new bulk warehouse and distribution center will feature e-commerce-compliant design, including 36 feet of clear height, 49 dock doors, expandable to 99 dock doors, 63 trailer stalls and 320 car parking stalls. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2016.

SAINT MARY’S

Saint Mary’s Medical Group has officially announced a new, full-service pharmacy at the Robb Drive Medical Campus, located at 6255 Sharlands Avenue. The pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saint Mary’s has also expanded their imaging services to offer mammography services at the Robb Drive Medical Campus location.

NNDA

On June 22nd, 2016 the Northern Nevada Development Authority and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada announced the formation of the Western Manufacturing Alliance (WMA), an alliance of manufacturers, for manufacturers, and led by manufacturers to support next generation manufacturing. On July 7, the second set of round tables was held at the NNDA office in Carson City to continue discussions aimed at identifying key issues facing all manufacturers in the state.

MEADOWOOD MALL

Meadowood Mall, a Simon property, announced that, through continued efforts to increase shopper safety in the face of severe weather, the centers were awarded the designations of being “StormReady®” and ”Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors™” by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service.

PRO GROUP

Pro Group Captive Management Services, Inc. has been named the top winner as the Best of the Best in Finance at the Acquisition International’s annual “America’s Most Outstanding Firms” Awards. The prestigious Business Excellence Awards highlight and celebrate the outstanding performance and results achieved for their clients by the leading firms across the corporate world, despite working within increasingly competitive markets and challenging economic times.

ORANGETHEORY

Orangetheory Fitness announced the opening of their Reno studio located at 8056 S. Virginia Street, Suite 1.

STONEGATE

StoneGate, a 10-year build-out, multi-phased master planned community located within the City of Reno, submitted plans on July 11 for a Master Plan Amendment and Planned Unit Development Handbook. This newly proposed community is located in northwest Reno near Peavine Mountain.

ROTARY CLUB

The Rotary Club of Reno (Downtown) celebrates its 100th birthday Monday, Aug. 1 with a special dinner event at the Atlantis Casino & Resort. Rotary International President John Germ will be the special guest speaker for the event, which is open to the public. Reservations are available through the club’s website at www.renorotary.org.

RENO FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Reno Fire Department recognized the successful completion of its 12-week Recruit Academy by 16 recruits who will transition into probationary firefighters. This is the second graduating class of 2016. The Reno Fire Department received about 750 firefighter applications for this recruitment period. 31 new firefighters have joined the Reno Fire Department this year after graduating from the recruit academy. They are the first new hires for the department in nearly eight years.

NUI

In early 2016, Nevada Urban Indians, Inc. opened its doors in northern Nevada, not only to the Native American community, but to the general public as well. NUI is a non-profit organization that provides healthcare and community services. These include primary care, immunizations, a victim services program (domestic violence), substance abuse and mental health counseling, family support social services, and an educational program.

WIN

Laura Zander of Jimmy Beans Wool is the keynote speaker at the July 29th WIN breakfast meeting. The sponsor of the July breakfast is Adlington Eye Center on behalf of Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary. For more information, please visit www.winevada.com.

RENOWN

For the sixth year in a row, Renown Regional Medical Center was honored by the American Heart Association (AHA) for high quality heart care.

ATLANTIS

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa’s Atlantis Steakhouse and Bistro Napa have both received the prestigious Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

A&K EARTH MOVERS

A&K Earth Movers, Inc. is requesting for Sub Quotes from certified DBE Sub’s and Suppliers for the following project: Contract #3648 SR 399, Pershing County Nevada Department of Transportation Bid Date: July 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

All sub bids are required 48 prior to bid date. Seeking Subs & Suppliers for the following: Cold Milling, Asphalt, Striping, Trucking, Erosion Control and Traffic Control. Email: cgable@akearthmovers.com

NDOT

The Nevada Department of Transportation began heavy construction to improve and extend the Parkway to connect Interstate 80 and U.S. 50. The $75.9 million project by design-build contractor Ames Construction is expected to complete in late 2017, opening the new USA Parkway extension to traffic. Project information is available at www.usaparkway.com or by dialing (775) 888-7000.

GBS ENTERPRISES

GBS Enterprises is holding a hiring event on Tuesday, July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at Reno JobConnect located at 4001 South Virginia St., Suite H. Positions include administrative assistant, customer service, junior accountant, shipping clerks, industrial sewer, procurement specialist and customer service manger.

NOBLE STUDIOS

Noble Studios’ community outreach program, Noble Deeds, which annually donates hundreds of hours of pro bono digital services to one northern Nevada nonprofit in need, has selected Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary as its 2016 recipient. Learn more about Noble Deeds at www.noblestudios.com/company/noble-deeds/.

DETR

Small businesses, those firms with fewer than 100 employees, added 19,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2015, totaling 596,000 in employment. This represents the second consecutive quarter in which small business employment stands at a record-high. During the final three months of 2014, small business employment registered at 577,000. Prior to the recession, small business employment peaked at just over 585,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007. As the downturn unfolded, jobs fell to 510,000. NEVADA HOUSING DIVISION

The Nevada Housing Division has launched a new website, www.homeispossi blenv.org, to showcase Home Is Possible (HIP) programs that offer homebuyer grants to low and middle-income Nevadans.

ELDORADO

Eldorado Resorts, Inc. will report its 2016 second quarter financial results after the market closes on Thursday, August 4, 2016. The company will host a conference call and webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 4, 2016 to review the results.

To access the conference call, dial 719-325-2361, conference ID 4541657. Participants can also access a live webcast of the call through the “Events & Presentations” section of Eldorado’s website at http://www.eldoradoresorts.com/.

SONOCINE

SonoCiné, based in Reno, released 3D multiplanar reconstruction software to improve breast cancer detection. This new software package augments the high-resolution transverse imaging SonoCiné is known for. Once an area of suspicion has been identified using SonoCiné AWBUS, users of the new 3D software will be able to apply whole breast multiplanar reconstruction to further investigate the region. The 3D view shows the area being interrogated from all three planes — coronal, transverse and sagittal.

Week of July 8

July 8, 2016 — 

REAL ESTATE, DEMOLITION, TAX AND MORE

WIN REVENUE SUMMARY

Nevada’s nonrestricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $958,055,897 for the month of May 2016. This amounts to a 4.53 percent decrease compared to May 2015, when licensees reported a gaming win of $1,003,479,007. For the fiscal year (July 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016), gaming win has increased 0.16 percent.

Percentage Fee Collections for the Month of June 2016: The State collected $51,517,373 in percentage fees during the month of June 2016, based upon the taxable revenues generated in May 2016. This represents a 17.13 percent (or $10,648,829) decrease compared to the prior year’s June, when percentage fee collections were $62,166,202.

Motel demolition approved

In a 4-to-0 vote, the Reno City Council unanimously approved to award a contract to demolish two long vacant motels (Golden West and Heart o Town) located in the 500 block of North Virginia Street. The contract was awarded to Q&D Construction in an amount not to exceed $216,463.69 from the Blight Mitigation Capital Projects Fund.

The demo is expected to begin some time between the Hot August Nights and Street Vibrations special events. The decision supports the Council’s priority of a Thriving Downtown and University District, an important initiative of the recently adopted City of Reno Strategic Plan, according to a written statement from the City of Reno.

WNC

WNC has partnered with Nevada State High School. High school juniors and seniors living in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Story and Washoe counties can earn college credits at no cost through Nevada State High School, while they finish high school. They may also receive support with textbooks, transportation, and class expenses. Applications and additional information are available online at www.earlycollegenv.com

RENT CAFÉ

RENTCafe released a study regarding apartment sizes in the US. Reno ranked 16 on their list of cities with the smallest apartment sizes. For the full report visit http://www.rentcafe.com/blog/rental-market/us-average-apartment-size-trends-downward/.

CONTROLLER’S OFFICE

For the 17th consecutive year, the Nevada State Controller’s Office has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, Controller Ron Knecht announced.

TESLA

TESLA in partnership with Nevada JobConnect will host information sessions in Las Vegas and Reno for those interested in working at the Gigafactory in Sparks. Jobseekers interested in learning about the various careers must be pre-screened at a Nevada JobConnect location to receive an invitation to one of the information sessions to be held in mid-July. Available jobs include material handler, product excellence inspector, skilled technicians and production associate. The invitation-only session is scheduled for July 23rd in Reno. Interested jobseekers may visit any of the Nevada JobConnect offices between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to be considered.

TAXABLE SALES

Taxable Sales statewide for April 2016 of $4,358,636,583 represent a 5.9% increase over April 2015. The largest increases were realized by Food Services and Drinking Places, up 6.7%; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, up 82.9%; Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers, up 10.3%; Electronics and Appliance Stores, up 30.7%; and Rental and Leasing Services, up 10.9%.

ZULILY

Zulily is holding a hiring event on Wednesday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be at zulily Fulfillment Center, 3200 USA Parkway, McCarran, NV 89434. They are looking for 40 part-time direct hires.

CONTRACTS FOR BIDS

Contract #3648: Contract Cost Range: R17 ($1,050,000.01 to $1,300,000.00). Sealed proposals will be received by the Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, Carson City Headquarters, located at 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89712, until and opened at 1:30 PM, PDT on July 21, 2016, for Project No. SPSR-0399(001), SR 399, Pershing County. Description of work: Cold milling, placing plantmix bituminous surface with chip seal.

TERRA TECH

Terra Tech CEO Derek Peterson announced the company made a $40,000 donation to support the legalization of marijuana coalition in Nevada.

SKY TAVERN

The Barracuda Championship announced Sky Tavern as the winner of their $25,000 Charity Facebook Contest.

CHASE

Nearly six hundred prospective purchasers and real estate professionals from across the West made their way to Lake Tahoe in late June when Chase International held their 20th annual luxury Tahoe estates tour.

The tour included 21 Chase property listings that ranged in price from $1,799,000 to a $27.5 million home on nine acres on the East Shore. Also featured was a $23.9 million home on the West Shore.

ART PAWS

Art Paws is accepting donations for their silent auction. They will accept donations until the July 17. For more information visit ArtPawsReno.com or call Michelle at 775-722-9914.

EDAWN

EDAWN will open nominations for the 5th Annual Existing Industry Awards on Tuesday, July 12. There are nine award categories. Descriptions, nomination criteria, and the nomination form can be found on the EDAWN website at http://edawn.org/existing-business/existing-industry-awards/.

GSR

The Grand Sierra Resort will host a job fair from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 in the Silver State Pavilion.

CAMPUS COMMONS

Senior Advisor Ian Cochran, CCIM and Advisor Greg Ruzzine, the retail team with SVN Gold Dust Commercial Associates, represented the seller in the sale of Campus Commons, a 26,869 SF retail center with a 15,000 SF pad site located along Wedge Parkway, in early May of 2016. The center was at 90% occupancy selling for $5,500,000 to an out-of-state 1031 exchange buyer from southern California. There was high interest in this Class A center with four offers placed within 30 days of each other and selling within 180 days of original listing.

WGU

WGU Nevada celebrates first anniversary with $250,000 in scholarships for Nevada residents. Applications are now being accepted for the New You, New Nevada Scholarship, which will provide each recipient up to $2,500 ($625 per six-month term, up to four terms). In addition, the $65 university application fee will be waived. Apply for the scholarship at nevada.wgu.edu/newnevada by Oct. 16, 2016.

WOMEN’S FUND

Nevada Women’s Fund awarded $179,658 in educational scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year to 79 northern Nevada women benefiting 30 children.

WINE WALK

“Vinegogh” Wine Walk on Saturday, July 16, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m supports Arts for All. A portion of the proceeds benefit Arts for All of Nevada at the Lake Mansion.

NV STATE BANK

Nevada State Bank debit and credit cards can now be enrolled in Samsung Pay and Android Pay. Nevada State Bank is one of fewer than 200 banks nationally to offer all three mobile wallets to their clients.

CHECKERS & RALLY’S

Checkers & Rally’s is focusing on expanding into Reno. They believe there is room for 10 locations in the area in the coming years. Checkers & Rally’s, a drive-thru restaurant, has seven locations in Nevada, and has earmarked Reno as a key growth market due to its business-friendly atmosphere and the growth that Washoe County has experienced.

REAL ESTATE

The following Chase International Real Estate report compares all MLS sales from January 1, 2016 through June 30 to the same timeframe of 2015.

The Reno-Sparks housing market saw a 9 percent increase in median home price from this time last year, boosting it to $299,897. Sales stayed relatively flat with a five percent rise in sales volume and units sold staying relatively unchanged.

Homes selling for more than $1 million dropped 23 percent while homes selling for less than a million rose just one percent.

The average home price rose five percent to $338,196.

There were significant increases in condo sales, with a 27 percent jump in volume sold and 37 percent increase in median price ($164,900).

Carson Valley saw little change in both sales and prices, with a two percent drop in units sold and less than one percent drop in volume. The median home price rose one percent to $318,000 and the average price was up two percent to $352,334.

Tahoe home prices remain essentially unchanged for the first half of the year, while lake-wide sales rose slightly. The sale of homes over $1 million was up significantly (30 percent), primarily a result of strong sales in Incline Village.

Sales volume around the lake rose an impressive 13 percent while units sold was up 12 percent. The average price of a home is $779,128 while the median is $525,000, a one and two percent rise, respectively.

Incline Village and South Shore saw the bulk of the movement, with South Shore seeing a 22 percent increase in units sold across the board. Total volume sold in the South Shore was up 33 percent. The average price of a home in South Lake Tahoe is $499,877 and the median is $414,000 (up nine and seven percent, respectively).

Sales volume in Incline was up 34 percent and units sold up 26 percent. Homes selling for more than a million leapt 59 percent. The average price of a home in Incline is $1.37 million (a six percent increase) and the median is $995,000 (up 17 percent).

Tahoe City saw declines in both volume and units sold (14 and 12 percent) with median home price rising two percent to $570,000. The average home price dropped two percent to $886,938.

Regional sales have remained primarily on par with national trends, with the buyers taking advantage of low mortgage rates.

The East Shore, saw a ten percent jump in units sold, with the average home price dropping 11 percent to $1.13 million. The median price rose two percent to $784,000.

Condo sales around the lake saw 14 percent spikes in both volume and units sold. Prices remained relatively flat, with a five percent uptick in median price ($342,00) while the average price dropped less than one percent to $420,839. Incline Village saw more sales of condos than any other area on the lake. It also had the highest average price for a condo.

Truckee saw huge increases across the board, with a 68 percent increase in volume sold, primarily due to a 158 percent rise in homes selling for more than $1 million. The average price of a home in Truckee is $1.05 million (up 31 percent) and the median price is $629,500 (up 15 percent).

Week of July 1

July 1, 2016 — 

TRAVEL, CONTRACTS, DRONES AND MORE

ArchCrest

ArchCrest Commercial Partners relocated their office to accommodate plans for growth and expansion in 2016-2017. The commercial real estate company has moved to 5560 Longley Lane, Suite 100, in the Longley Professional Campus.

TRAVELNEVADA

TravelNevada was awarded a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America for its “Don’t Fence Me In” millennial marketing campaign.

TravelNevada also was recognized with two national Bronze Anvil Awards and an honorable mention for its New York City media event launching JetBlue’s service into RNO. Both programs were executed in partnership with Agency of Record Fahlgren Mortine and Nevada-based partner, The Abbi Agency.

SMARTASSET

A SmartAsset study found Reno to be the second most affordable U.S. travel destination. According to their study, on average, two hotel rooms for a family of four would cost only $176 per night and round-trip airfare would cost about $1,360 ($340 per person).

SmartAsset also found the best places to live on Social Security in Nevada. Washoe County ranked seventh. Douglas and Storey ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, and Pershing ranked first. The study found the cost of living in Pershing to be $17,250 and annual Social Security to be $18,370.

Finally, SmartAsset looked at the most affordable places to live in Nevada. Spring Creek topped the list with a 93.55 on their affordability index. Sun Valley second with 93.17 followed by Winnemucca at 91.35 For the full report visit https://smartasset.com/mortgage/how-much-house-can-i-afford?year=2016#nevada.

HGTV

A Glenbrook estate, listed by Chase International’s Mike Dunn, is part of HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt. The contest takes place online through July 8.

The property is noted for its private lake access and outdoor entertaining potential. The two-story home has wrap-around balconies, 30-foot pier, two deeded-buoys and a spacious deck. It is listed for $10,525,000.

DRONE AMERICA

Unmanned aerial cloud-seeding reached a new milestone through the successful integration and deployment of 14 ejectable cloud-seeding flares at low altitude.

In several test passes, Drone America’s Savant™ sUAS aircraft deployed its silver-iodide cloud-seeding payload 75 feet over the Hawthorne Industrial Airport’s runway.

D & D ROOFING AND SHEET METAL

President Ken Dillon announced that the company has contracts for $4.9 million.

Projects include the following in Reno: Barnes & Noble, CBRE Maintenance, Big Valley Honda, Lenz Elementary, Wooster High, Parr Detention Center and McQueen High. In Carson City: Surf Thru Car Wash. In Sparks: Petco, Anixter, John Dermody Ventures, State of Nevada Sierra Regional Center and Greg Street Park. In Winnemucca: Creek Casino and Ridley’s Market and Fernley/Jeep/Dodge in Fernley.

ATLANTIS

The Reno Chalk Art Festival (July 9-10, 2016) presented by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in conjunction with Artown announces its Call for Entries for juried artists, both amateur and professional. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, July 6. For more information, visit www.atlantiscasino.com/chalk.

UAS

Microsoft teamed up with NIAS, a FAA-designated Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) Test Site, to achieve flight with their newest glider UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) last month.

The objective of the Microsoft flight was to meet the rigorous testing and training requirements of the Nevada FAA-designated Test Site and to build crew experience in flying the glider and their other quad-copter models in the NAS. The other objective was to certify the Microsoft UAS team in flight planning, risk assessment, communications, decision-making, teamwork, and crew coordination.

The Microsoft team was certified to conduct flight operations under the Nevada UAS Test Site COA.

BLM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, has issued the Decision for the New Pass Peak Distribution Line Project, proposed by Sierra Pacific Power Company (NV Energy). The project area is in Churchill and Lander Counties, approximately 25 miles northwest of Austin, Nev.

The Decision will allow Sierra Pacific Power Company to construct, operate and maintain a permanent right-of-way for a new 30,563 feet (5.77 mile) long, 40-foot wide distribution line ROW. The permanent ROW would occupy approximately 27 acres of federal land primarily administered by the BLM Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office with segments of the line also crossing into lands administered by the Battle Mountain BLM District, Mount Lewis Field Office, along the crest of New Pass Peak.

The BLM Ely District, Egan Field Office, has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Bald Mountain Mine North and South Operations Area Projects (Project) that would expand an existing open-pit gold mine in White Pine County, Nevada, approximately 65 miles northwest of Ely, Nev. The Project was originally proposed by Barrick Gold US Inc., but has recently been purchased by Kinross Mining Inc. The agency preferred alternative is the Western Redbird Modification Alternative. The Final EIS is posted online at http://on.doi.gov/14R9rZ8 and additional information is available at http://on.doi.gov/14vXckC.

LIBERTY FOOD AND WINE

Chef Mark Estee opened Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, an artisan eatery and wine bar, June 27 at 100 N. Sierra Street. Their hours will be Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

CHURCHILL COUNTY

Churchill County began construction on a new $17 million Law Enforcement and Detention Center. The county’s current facility, constructed in 1973, has an official bed capacity of 53 and severely limits inmate segregation capabilities. The new 39,000- square-foot facility has six different housing pods and more than doubles the number of available beds to 120. A seventh pod with space for an additional 20 beds may be converted in the future if needed.

AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

The National Automobile Museum is up for a “Best Transportation Museum” in a 10Best national poll via USA Today. Voting is open through July 18 at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-transportation-museum/.

ACE AWARDS

The Reno-Tahoe American Marketing Association announced the winners of this year’s Ace Awards during a ceremony on June 23. The winners are as follows: Best Brand/Re-Brand Truckee Base Camp for a Big Life (Truckee Chamber of Commerce), Best in Cause-Related Marketing Diaper Duty – a Community-Wide Diaper Drive (Estipona Group), Best in Direct Marketing The Weekly Yelp (Yelp.com), Best Event Promotion TedxUniversityofNevada (University of Nevada, Reno), Best Integrated Marketing Strategy Toucan Charlie’s Buffet Grand Re-opening (Atlantis Casino Resort Spa), Best in Print Reno Lens Book (The City of Reno), Best in Public Relations Flirtey Public Relations Campaign (The Abbi Agency), Best in Social Media TravelNevada Leverages User-Generated Content to Increase Awareness & Inspire Millennial Travel to Rural Nevada (TravelNevada), Best in Web and Digital Design TravelNevada.com (TravelNevada), Best Video/Commercial Wild Nights Commercial (TravelNevada), People’s Choice The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges – Ending Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling (KPS3), Influencer of the Year Mike Higdon (RGJ).

CSLB

Contractors State License Board cited 10 suspects for alleged illegal contracting violations during an undercover sting operation in El Dorado County. Suspects are scheduled to appear in court August 5. Four of the individuals caught are Nevada residents. Justin Charles Fields of Wellington was cited for contracting without a license, illegal advertising and fraudulent use of an incorrect license number. Raymond Dorsey Jr. of Carson City was cited for contracting without a license. Eduardo Antonio Sandoval-Martinez of Carson City was cited for contracting without a license. Jose Eduardo Valverde of Sparks was cited for contracting without a license.


AIR RACES

The 19th annual National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) was held June 15-18 at the Reno Stead Airport. PRS is a qualifying and safety seminar for pilots new to the National Championship Air Races. This year’s event, which was not open to the public, hosted a record 79 airplanes and 130 participants, including students, instructors and certified pilots.

UNR

The Center for Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the Office on Violence Against Women “Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program.” Of 150 universities and colleges that applied, 27 were awarded.

SPARKS COUNCIL

Sewer Rehabilitation Project - Council approved an agreement with Spanish Springs Construction in the amount of $512,444 for a sewer rehabilitation project for the A Street Alley. The project includes the removal and replacement of an aged sanitary sewer main along with the replacement of the asphalt alley structural section with a reinforced concrete section. Original installation of this sewer main dates back to the 1920s.

FREE CLINIC DATES

The University of Nevada School of Medicine announced its free Student Outreach Clinics for July. General clinics, available to both children and adults, will be held on July 9 and July 30 from 8 a.m. to noon.

CAMPO

Campo opened a Sparks location on July 1. Campo’s new location at 137 Los Altos Parkway will serve brunch, lunch and dinner.

PBTK

Basin Street Properties has signed a lease with Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern Certified Public Accountants & Business Advisors (PBTK) in its 200 South Virginia building in downtown Reno.

NV ENERGY

As of July 1, NV Energy northern Nevada residential, commercial and industrial electric customers will experience an overall electric price decrease of 1.97 percent. Natural gas residential, commercial and industrial customers experienced an overall gas decrease of 9.17 percent.

TRAVEL NEVADA

The Nevada Commission on Tourism has awarded $895,770 in grants to entities promoting rural Nevada tourism. Projects range from a campaign aimed at highlighting the Great Basin National Heritage Area to the promotion of the new Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route, a south-to-north route on backcountry roads that will pass through rural towns.

WCSD

For the 15th consecutive year, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) has been recognized for responsible fiscal practices by the Government Finance Officers Association. The group awarded its Certification of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the WCSD Office of Business & Financial Services in recognition of its award-winning Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015.

Week of June 24

June 27, 2016 — 

REAL ESTATE, STARTUPS, AWARDS AND MORE

RESOURCE CONCEPTS, INC.

Resource Concepts, Inc. (RCI), a Carson City based civil engineering, environmental resources and materials testing firm, now offers an AASHTO accredited materials testing laboratory to serve its public and private sector clients. The accreditation includes both ASTM and AASHTO methods for soils, aggregates and asphalt. RCI laboratory personnel also are certified in the National Alliance for Quality Testing in Construction. RCI offers a full range of civil and environmental engineering design, permitting, surveying and testing services. For information, visit www.rci-nv.com, or contact RCI at 775-883-1600 or joe@rci-nv.com.

CAREERLINK

CareerLink is a comprehensive job search-and-find software for TMCC students and alumni. Employers can post jobs and internships, and search résumés based on key words. Mid June showed 151 active jobs and 673 registered employers. CareerLink clears the jobs every 90 days if the company hasn’t already pulled their filled position. For more information, please contact Kelley Wong in the TMCC Career Center at 775-674-7645.

CHAMPAGNE FAMILY DENTISTRY

Champagne Family Dentistry launches a sub-brand and second location for Champagne Pediatric Dentistry, summer 2016, sharing an office with Welmerink Orthodontics on the corner of Mae Anne Avenue and Ambassador Drive. For more information, visit www.champagnepediatricdentistry.com.

SAINT MARY’S

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes the Medical Center’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Silver Quality Achievement award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

REMSA

REMSA was honored Monday, June 20 during a reception and award presentation at its headquarters in Reno. The American Heart Association awarded the emergency medical services company the Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience heart attacks. The requirements to achieve the Silver Award were 75 percent compliance in the following core measures.

REMSA’s compliance exceeded that standard in both core measures: 94.7 percent of patients with non-traumatic chest pain, 35 years of age or older, received a pre-hospital 12-Lead ECG and 92.2 percent of STEMI patients treated and transported to a STEMI receiving facility had a total time from first medical contact to device of less than or equal to 90 minutes.

STARTUP COMPETITION

The Governor’s Conference on Business 2016 will include a business pitch competition as part of the conference. A two minute pitch in front of a panel of judges will net two entrepreneurs cash and prizes totaling $22,500.

To apply, a business must submit a $50 application fee and a completed application packet to the Department of Business and Industry by 5 p.m. on August 19. Additional information can be found at http://business.nv.gov/GCB/Home or by calling Karen Schnog at 702-486-3755.

ELECTRATHERM

ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation, commissioned two Power+ Generators in the United Kingdom. Both sites are located on farms in Bolton and Welshpool.

In addition, ElectraTherm sold Power+ Generators to two new customers in the UK, both farms focused on utilizing biomass power generation. ElectraTherm’s distributor, Scott Heating Co., will be showcasing the Power+ Generator at the Royal Highlands Show, June 23-26 in Edinburgh.

ULTA BEAUTY

Ulta Beauty opened its doors at their new location Friday, June 24. The new location is at Firecreek Crossing. They also have plans to open a location in Elko this year.

CWALLA BUILDING MATERIALS CO.

CWallA Building Materials Co., a Spokane-based distributor of construction materials, has opened its newest location at 1260 Glendale Avenue in Sparks.

It is CWallA’s 20th location, offering steel studs, drywall, acoustical ceilings, accessories and tools. For more information, call 775-440-6380.

APEX EDUCATION, LLC

Apex Education, LLC, a digital marketing engagement agency in Reno owned by Tanner Wideriksen, has a mutual partnership with Vivian Favors U.S. navy Petty Officer, to launch a military crowdfunding site, HelpFundAVet.com.

UNEMPLOYMENT

In May, 10,650 initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed in Nevada, which is a 1.8 percent decrease from April and a 2.9 percent decline from May 2015. The 12-month average, which captures the overall trend in claims, declined to 12,091, the lowest it’s been since mid-2007.

Looking forward to the next couple of months, expected seasonal increases are likely to push up the level of initial claims, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

ONSTREAM

Reno-based startup Onstream received global recognition by being named a silver winner in Connect What Matters, an IoT contest hosted by Dell an Intel to recognize data-driven ideas and technology.

Onstream provides building intelligence solutions to commercial, office and industrial spaces, and was awarded by Dell and Intel for its huge success in making nonresidential buildings as safe and secure as possible.

MILES CONSTRUCTION

Miles Construction was awarded the Best Public Use Development Award at the Summit Awards for the Carson City Multi-Purpose Athletic Center.

Miles received three awards from American Buildings Company, a Nucor Company. In 2015 Miles Construction earned top 10 West Division for outstanding sales and achievement; top 25 nationally for outstanding sales and achievement; and, top volume West Division. This is the first time Miles Construction has achieved all three in the same year.

DATARAM CORPORATION

Dataram Corporation, a leading independent manufacturer of memory products and provider of performance solutions has completed its acquisition of certain mining claims related to a gold development project known as the “Keystone Project.”

REMSA

Care Flight, a program of REMSA, is expanding its emergency medical helicopter service into Plumas County with the opening of its Beckwourth, Calif., base at the Nervino Airport.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

A 32,630-square-foot office building at 9480 Double Diamond Parkway in South Meadows that sold for $4,575,000 to a local buyer.

A multi-tenant building located at 9855 Double R. This 12,661-square-foot building sold for $2,090,000 and was also located in the South Meadows Submarket.

Another sale in South Meadows was the 3,544-square-foot office condo at 9444 Double R Blvd that sold to an investor for $716,683. DCG represented the buyer in this transaction.

A medical office building at 3701 Baker Lane in Central Reno. The 7,000-square-foot building was occupied by two dental practices and sold for $975,000.

A 66,599-square-foot building at 795 Trademark. The building was situated on 4.782 acres of land and also sold with an additional 2.762 acres of land to Prothera Inc for $9,150,000.

A 56,200-square-foot building at 350 Parr Circle that sold for $2,650,000 and a 84,523 square foot building at 980 Packer that sold to Brennan Investment Group for $6,930,000.

The flex building at 8565 Double R sold for $1,230,000 and the 10,732-square-foot building at 901 Meredith in Sparks sold for $1,250,000.

An eight-property portfolio at Legends in Sparks sold to an investment group out of Southern California for $29,800,000. It included seven buildings totaling 97,000 square feet, and a 1.460 acre land parcel. Building tenants included Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Jimmy Johns.

Two SNTL buildings sold. One that was leased to Concentra sold for $2,100,000 and was located at 6410 S. Virginia. And the second was a Dollar General Store at 10695 Stead Blvd that sold for $2,225,000.

The Campus Commons shopping center on Wedge Parkway and Mount Rose Highway sold for $5,500,000.

A commercial land sale of 117.760 acres of Industrial land just past Lockwood sold for $7,980,000 and is slated for the new Fedex distribution center.

A small parcel was purchased by Patagonia Inc for $6.89 per square-foot. The 1.75 acre parcel was located adjacent to their facility on Sugarpine Court in West Reno.

A 26 acre parcel in Caughlin Ranch sold for $3,000,000. The site is being developed by HomeCrafters and will feature 43 modern, semi-custom homes on lots approximately one-third of an acre and above.

Rolling Wheel mobile home park at 2945 Kietzke Lane, sold for $3,600,000 and a reported 8.3% cap rate. The park has 66 units.

A 12-unit building at 275 C Street in Sparks sold for $620,000 and a six unit building at 1001 N. Sierra sold for $575,000.

MAY ROOM TAX AND OCCUPANCY

Taxable room revenues for the month total $25,019,110, are above prior year by $827,189 (3.4%). Cash occupied room nights of 307,979 are below prior year by 5,368 (-1.7%). Comp occupied room nights of 85,238 are below prior year by 6,072 (-6.6%), and 28-day occupied room nights of 102,697are above prior year by 206 (0.2%). Total occupied rooms for the month (Cash,Comp, 28-day) of 495,914 are 11,234 (-2.2%) below the prior year.

Overall, Washoe County occupancy percentages of 69.0% for the month are 1.4% below the 70.0% level of the prior year. There were 5,608 (-0.8%) less available rooms for the month compared to the prior year.

Overall cash average rates for the month of $81.24 increased $4.04 (5.2%), compared to $77.20 for the prior year.

Year-to-date cash occupied room nights of 3,344,257 are 106,249 (3.3%) above prior year. Cash average rates year-to-date of $81.33 are $2.45 (3.1%) above the prior year. Year-to-date, total taxable room revenues of $271,997,599 are $16,569,234 (6.5%) above prior year.

Week of June 17

June 20, 2016 — 

AIRPORT, SCHOLARSHIPS, EMPLOYMENT AND MORE

ALLEGIANT AIR

Reno-Tahoe International Airport will now have non-stop service to Los Angeles on Allegiant Air. The Los Angeles flight will operate two times a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, with the following schedule: Flight #307 will depart Reno at 9:29 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 10:53 a.m. Allegiant flight #306 will depart Los Angeles, at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in Reno at 8:49 a.m.

OSHA

Cintas Corporation’s Reno location will receive the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification from the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration on June 24. VPP Star is their highest recognition for the practice of and commitment to exemplary occupational safety and health.

JUNE RURAL HOUSING MONTH

In a proclamation by Governor Brian Sandoval, June is Nevada Rural Housing Month in the state, and the Nevada Rural Housing Authority celebrated a record-breaking number of mortgages through its Home At Last program, a groundbreaking event at Richards Crossing, a 39-unit apartment complex and life skills assistance program for veterans and homeless of Carson City, and other groundbreaking and grand opening events throughout rural Nevada.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada will celebrate the grand opening of its William N. Pennington Teen Center Thursday, June 23, at 9 a.m. The 6,500- square-foot center replaces the Club’s current 1,200-square-foot office space.

WGU

WGU Nevada is accepting applications for a new online bachelor’s degree program aimed at preparing IT professionals for roles in the growing field of data management and analytics. The Bachelor of Science in Data Management/Data Analytics is designed for experienced IT professionals seeking a bachelor’s degree and industry certifications to advance their careers. The B.S. in Data Management/Data Analytics program is online and competency-based.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The Health Sciences Committee of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents accepted the School of Medicine’s request to formally change its name to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, effective July 1.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES

The Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents on June 10 approved the School of Medicine’s request for a new Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

The Board’s decision allows the School of Medicine’s PA program to move on to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University’s regional accreditation agency, for final degree approval.

The PA program application deadline is Sept. 1, 2016.

The School of Medicine’s PA program, created in partnership with Renown Health.

SQUAW ALPINE

The International Ski Federation and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced that Squaw Valley will host an Audi FIS World Cup in March 2017, consisting of a women’s giant slalom on Friday, March 10 and a women’s slalom on Saturday, March 11. The event will mark the return of World Cup ski racing to California for the first time in 19 years.

RENOWN

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will receive a $250,000 grant from Renown Health to apply towards capital improvements to their Bresson Avenue Youth Facility located at 1090 Bresson Avenue in Reno.

RENO AIRPORT

Reno-Tahoe International Airport will host major airline and aircraft manufacturing executives from around the world at the prestigious Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit Sept. 18-20 in Squaw Valley.

HARD ROCK

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe is hosting a hiring event for all positions on June 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the revolution ballroom at Hard Rock. They will have onsite interviews and hires.

UNEMPLOYMENT

May’s statewide unemployment rate rose slightly to a seasonally-adjusted 6.1 percent, however the rate decreased relative to May last year by 0.8 of a percentage point, the 63rd consecutive month the unemployment rate in the Silver State decreased on a year-over-year basis.

ITRONICS INC.

Itronics Inc., a creative green technology company headquartered in Reno, has installed and started up two grinders that are being used to reduce the size of shredded pc circuit boards (e-waste) so that they can be used as feed for its’ silver refining operation.

This installation was completed as part of the e-waste recycling study being conducted by the company.

BOOTROXX

BootRoxx, a boot cover company founded in Reno, has added a ‘Nevada Proud’ design to its collection of over 50 BootRoxx styles.

The new design comes in black or navy blue and features the State of Nevada and the words ‘Nevada Proud’ in blue and silver rhinestones. The Nevada Proud boot cover will be available for purchase at the Reno Rodeo BootRoxx booth from June 16-25.

RENO DIAGNOSTIC CENTERS

RDC hosted Free Mammo Mondays during the month of May with great success. RDC was able to provide 93 women with free screening mammograms through the event.

BRAVADA GOLD

Bravada Gold Corp. has received assays for recent drilling at the Company’s Baxter Low-sulfidation gold property in the Walker Lane Gold trend in western Nevada. Kinross Gold U.S.A., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corp. completed 16 reverse-circulation drill holes for a total of 4,439 meters at the Baxter property.

LIFELINE BIOTECHNOLOGIES

Lifeline Biotechnologies, a corporation, based in Reno, has entered into an option agreement with its affiliate, Cyrcadia, Inc. which grants certain rights to potentially acquire Lifeline’s patents.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Reno City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Reno and Humboldt General Hospital EMS that adds two more MRUs to RFD’s fleet. Council also accepted the donation of a Ford F350 medical response vehicle from the Mason Valley Fire Protection District.

SCHOLARSHIPS

WGU is offering a scholarship program for new students enrolling in any of its undergraduate degree programs in its College of Business. Applications are now being accepted for the Excellence in Business Scholarship, which provides up to $3,000 ($600 per six-month term, up to five terms). In addition, the $65 university application fee will be waived for those applying for the scholarship at www.wgu.edu/excellenceinbusiness by Aug. 31.

PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH

Through 2015, data shows Nevada has the third fastest growing private sector employment in the nation, with a 3.8 percent growth rate. Utah and Florida had slightly higher growth rates, at 4.3 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively.

FLIRTEY

Independent drone delivery service Flirtey, based in Reno, and Dr. Timothy Amukele, assistant professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will conduct the first ship-to-shore drone delivery in the U.S. on June 23 on the New Jersey coastline.

The purpose of the joint mission is to demonstrate how unmanned aircraft can provide life-saving aid to victims of a disaster, such as a hurricane or system-wide failure of electrical or communications infrastructure.

ROAD PROJECT BIDS

Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc., is accepting subquotes from subcontractors and suppliers for pedestrian safety, lightining, and ADA improvement projects at Sun Valley Boulevard. The bid date for the project is Thursday, June, 23 at 2 p.m.

For details, contact Mike Rooley at mrooley@snc.biz or call SNC at 775-355-0420.

A&K Earth Movers, Inc. is also is accepting subquotes from subcontractors and suppliers for the road project on State Route 443 from Sun Valley Boulevard, 6th Street, Gepford Parkway and Skaggs Circle. For details, email cgable@akearthmovers.com or call 775-423-6085.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

Here are this week’s real estate transactions submitted to NNBW:

An undisclosed tenant renewed its lease of 2,104 square feet of office space at 5422 Longley Lane in Reno. The landlord is EVMAR Investors, LLC. Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the landlord in the transaction.

Employers Business Solutions, LLC leased 1,200 square feet of office space at 1575 Delucchi Lane in Reno. Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the tenant in the transaction.

An undisclosed tenant leased 3,812 square feet of office space at 10587 Double R Boulevard in Reno. The landlord is Doolittle Investors, LLC. Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the landlord in the transaction.

An undisclosed tenant renewed its lease of 12,000 square feet of industrial space at 1950 Zinc Street in Reno. The landlord is Casazza SLV, LLC. Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the landlord in the transaction.

Hilltop Refrigeration, Inc., leased 2,743 square feet of industrial space at 1215 Kleppe Lane in Sparks. Chris Shanks of Dickson Commercial Group represented the tenant in the transaction.

AU Salon leased 650 square feet of retail space at 120 Thoma Street in Reno. Kimberly Clark of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties represented the landlord, Goff Living Trust.

Cooper Metal & Wood leased 909 square feet of industrial space at 380 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. Kimberly Clark of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties represented the landlord, 380/390 Freeport LLC.

Sectran Security leased 1,818 square feet of industrial space at 380 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. Kimberly Clark of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties represented the landlord, 380/390 Freeport LLC.

An undisclosed buyer purchased 6,667 square feet of medical office space at 6410 S. Virginia Street in Reno. Ken Mattison of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties represented the seller, The Diefenderfer Trust.

Week of June 10

June 13, 2016 — 

JOB BOARD, TMCC, REMSA AND MORE

OZMEN CENTER

University of Nevada, Reno student and community leaders gathered to celebrate and promote women in entrepreneurship at the launch of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship Women’s Initiative, May 26 at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Innevation Center Powered by Switch. The launch included a mayoral proclamation from Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, a screening of the first video in a series designed to promote female achievements in local entrepreneurial activity, and a brainstorming exercise to address women’s issues in entrepreneurship.

The Women’s Initiative is aimed toward connecting innovative female entrepreneurs with leaders and established professionals and business owners in the community. It will also highlight female business achievements in and around the community.

E. L. CORD FOUNDATION CHILD CARE CENTER

The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) awarded in May the Eco-Healthy Child Care® certification to E.L. Cord Foundation Child Care Center at Truckee Meadows Community College. TMCC’s Center is the only Eco-Healthy Child Care-certified facility currently listed in northern Nevada, and just one of two in the state. The CCLC Venetian Child Development Center, in Las Vegas is the other CEHN-endorsed facility.

The Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program endorses child care providers who successfully complete 24 or more of the 30 criteria required on its checklist.

NCET JOB BOARD

NCET has launched a new job board designed to connect Nevada professionals with companies seeking assistance.

The NCET job board can be utilized for any Nevada job - part-time or full-time, and from any sector.

The job board will be promoted through NCET’s social media network, via email and through NCET’s bi-weekly newsletter. The newsletter alone has an audience of 10,000 Nevada business and community leaders - 7,000 in the north, 3,000 in the south.

To submit a job listing or review job postings on the new NCET job board, visit www.NCETjobs.org.

CERTIFICATION FOR MEAT SLAUGHTER AND PROCESSING

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Herds and Harvest Program is offering certification classes this June and July for those who want to learn about meat harvesting and processing. Basics 1 and Basics 2 are hands-on classes, taught in partnership with the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, that teach skills in food safety and the slaughter and processing of livestock, and that provide insight into the processing and retail sales of meat in Nevada.

The first Basics 1 session is on July 7 and covers the basics of meat harvest (slaughter). The second Basics 1 session is on July 19 and covers processing (cutting). Participants will learn how to keep meat safe and sanitary for consumers, while maximizing the meat’s use and profit. Register for Basics 1 Slaughter at http://slaughter-july07-2016.eventbrite.com/, and for Basics 1 Processing at https://processing-july19-2016.eventbrite.com/.

Basics 2 will cover how packers make their money. Topics include the USDA Grade & Yield System; livestock evaluation; grade and yield; a live evaluation of cattle and ultrasound evaluation of cattle; business planning; enterprise budgets for Farm-to-Fork operation; marketing; and what restaurant owners, wholesalers and retail sellers are looking for in their meat. Register for Basics 2 online at https://basics2-june30andjuly1-2016.eventbrite.com/.

TEDXUNIVERSITY

TEDxUniversityofNevada organizers have announced their fifth annual event will be Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. The call for speakers is open from now until June 24.

Local speakers interested in participating in the event are encouraged to submit proposals to share their “big idea worth spreading.”

The call for speakers can be found at www.tedxuniversityofnevada.org and is open from now until June 24. Those interested in applying are encouraged to do so early. The event’s programming committee is hoping to have the majority of the speaker line-up selected and announced by Sept. 1.

NV ENERGY

NV Energy filed its required General Rate Case with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) for its northern utility, Sierra Pacific Power Company. The filing requests no change to the company’s core electric operations revenue requirement, which are costs associated with management of the utility and delivering electricity to customers. If the filing is approved, customers will continue to experience the lowest overall electric rates in nearly a decade. The filing also seeks a decrease in the costs needed to fund delivery of natural gas to Sierra Pacific Power Company’s customers.

NV Energy’s two utilities, Sierra Pacific Power Company and Nevada Power Company, are required by law to make General Rate Case filings every three years. Sierra Pacific Power Company’s filing in 2013 resulted in a $39 million dollar decrease in annual core operations revenue which provided significant bill savings for customers over a three-year period. The company is requesting through today’s filing to provide price stability through 2020.

While the company seeks no increase in its core operations revenue requirement, legal mandates require NV Energy to adjust rates for most customer classes. If approved as filed, this reallocation of costs for the average northern Nevada single-family residential electric monthly bill, based on a monthly use of 739 kWh, will result in an increase of $1.46, or 1.87 percent, from $78.10 to $79.56. Multi-family residential customers and small business customers would experience a decrease. Even with these changes, the residential customer bill will be around $80, lower than it was in the summer of 2007 at $100.

Nevada Builders

New members of the Nevada Builders Alliance were:

Reno: Finch Construction Company, Desert Hills Landscape, Michael Rohrer Construction, Sierra Mountain Mortgage, and Howard Financial Group.

Carson City: Outdoor Impressions.

RENO-SPARKS INDIAN COLONY

Fitch upgraded the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony to a ‘BBB’ from a ‘BB+’ giving it investment grade status.

The key rating drivers reflect expansion and diversification of the Colony’s tax base over the past eight years which has contributed to a healthy financial cushion in 2014 with reserves equal to 96 percent of spending.

‘BBB’ ratings indicate that capacity for payment of financial commitments is considered adequate. Investment grade refers to the quality of a company’s credit. In order to be considered an investment grade issue, the company must be rated at ‘BBB’ or higher.

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.

Reno Bighorns

The Reno Bighorns were recently the recipients of the NBA Development League Top 3 Community Appearances Award for their outstanding efforts in the Reno/Sparks community during the 2016 NBA D-League League Meetings. The Bighorns placed in the top three out of 19 NBA Development League Teams. The award recognizes the top NBA D-League teams who reflect the passion the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.

REMSA

The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) earned reaccreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) last month from the Board of Accreditation of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED).

REMSA retained the distinction as the 54th Emergency Medical Dispatch Accredited Center of Excellence in the world.

TMCC

The newly renovated William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center (ATC) has increased its capacity to train employees for companies that represent an increasingly technologically-based workforce.

The ATC, one of the campus sites of Truckee Meadows Community College, has undergone a two-year remodel and expansion project that will be completed by Fall 2016. Construction costs alone for the two phases of renovation have totaled $6.8 million. For more information, visit www.tmcc.edu/appliedtech

NEVADA EMPLOYERS AT ALL TIME HIGH

Nevada has set records for six consecutive quarters for the total number of employers, increasing by 1,240 or 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. This brings the total to 66,900 as of the first quarter of 2016. Additionally, the state has experienced year-over-year growth in employer totals for 19 consecutive quarters.

Year-over-year, the sum of businesses in the Silver State increased by 5,040 or 8.2 percent. From the recessionary low of 56,000 employers, Nevada has seen the numbers grow by 10,900 or 19.5 percent. Visit www.nevadaworkforce.com for the full report.

Commercial real estate transactions

The Pit Shop LLC leased 4,956 square feet of industrial space at 2205 Glendale Avenue in Sparks. The landlord is Coulter Properties. Randy Walker with Dickson Commercial Group represented the tenant in the transaction.

Ortho Implant Co. leased 3,600 square feet at 770 Smithridge Drive in Reno. The landlord is American Capital Properties LLC. Joel Fountain of Dickson Commercial Group represented the tenant in the transaction.

The Bendetti Company, a Southern California commercial real estate investment company, purchased Southern Way, a three-building portfolio consisting of 631,115 square feet located in Sparks, and Spice Island, a 165,000-square-foot building also in Sparks.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION

This year, Renown Health has come on board as the AHA/ASA’s first ever northern Nevada “Life is Why” sponsor, committing to a three-year, year-round partnership in an effort to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

TRIUMPHANT MARKETING

Triumphant Marketing pulled out a victory against fellow marketing firms on the West coast during a regional contest spanning across Sacramento, Calif. and companies in the Bay area. Holding true to the company name, Triumphant Marketing proved triumphant over a three-week period, clinching their multi-million dollar clients’ attention as locations across the nation become available for expansion.

As Triumphant Marketing gears up for the third quarter, the hiring team opens the doors as they seek the future leaders of the company. Providing a fully paid training program, Triumphant Marketing associates do not need any previous experience in the field of marketing, sales, business or event promotions to grow within the company. For more information regarding career opportunities offered in Reno, visit http://www.TriumphantMarketing.com.

Week of June 3

June 3, 2016 — 

Veterans, awards, budget and more

HOMEOWNERS AWARDED FUNDS

In May, the Nevada State Contractors Board awarded nearly $160,000 in Residential Recovery Fund monies to homeowners damaged by licensed contractors. Appearing before the Residential Recovery Fund Subcommittee on May 18, 2016, 12 homeowners sought financial recourse after licensed contractors they hired abandoned their construction projects or performed substandard workmanship. The average claim awarded was approximately $13,300.

Nearly $100,000 of the awarded funds were granted to five homeowners whose projects were abandoned by Reno Sunrooms, Inc., license number 49308. In every case, Reno Sunrooms, Inc. failed to perform any work on the project after receiving anywhere from 40-100 percent of the contract funds up front. The license of Reno Sunrooms, Inc. was revoked on Feb. 2, 2016, by the Board, at which time the damaged homeowners filed claims for the Residential Recovery Fund.

HUMBOLDT GENERAL HOSPITAL

Northern Nevada Medical Center announced that Humboldt General Hospital (HGH) in Winnemucca, has joined Northern Nevada Medical Center’s TeleStroke Network. HGH can now provide a higher level of care to patients experiencing a stroke as part of NNMC’s robotic telemedicine program. The program gives HGH the resources of NNMC’s Primary Stroke Center and allows HGH physicians access to neurologists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. HGH joins South Lyon Medical Center, Battle Mountain General Hospital and Plumas District, all in partnership with NNMC’s TeleStroke Network.

CITY NATIONAL DONATES TO STEP2

City National has provided STEP2 in Reno with a $2,500 donation for an expansion project. The funds from City National’s donation will help fund the needed $3 million to build a 20 bed residential housing facility.

STEP2 is a comprehensive residential and out-patient treatment program that provides women struggling to overcome substance abuse disorders, poverty and family violence the opportunity to rebuild their lives. STEP2 is the only program in northern Nevada that allows women to maintain custody of their children while participating in treatment.

ATLANTIS RACE & SPORTS BOOK

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa announced its Race & Sports Book to be the first and only non-smoking Race and Sports book in northern Nevada. Being the first casino to have a designated specialty gaming area is not new to Atlantis, as it was the first poker room in Reno to go non-smoking.

Also, reel and video slot players have two non-smoking areas, totaling the highest concentration of non-smoking slot machines in the region. Atlantis also offers 10 permanent non-smoking table games and two non-smoking bars.

NUGGET RIB COOK-OFF RECOGNIZED

USA Today recognized the Sparks event as one of the best barbecue festivals in the nation. The Nugget Rib Cook-Off was one of the top 20 events nominated by BBQ experts in a quest to find USA Today’s “10 Best BBQ Festivals”. To vote, go to http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-bbq-festival/. You can cast your ballot once a day until Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. PT.

The 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort from August 31 – September 5.

RENOWN RECOGNIZED FOR LACTATION CARE

Renown Regional Medical Center, The Lactation Connection and The Pregnancy Center were recognized for excellence in lactation care with the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC) Care Award.

Renown has eight IBCLC certified care members on its team.

The IBCLC Care Award is jointly sponsored by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).

WETLAB EARNS WBE CERTIFiCATION

Western Environmental Testing Laboratory (WETLAB), a Sparks-based environmental testing laboratory, has been recognized for being a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). The certification was awarded in February 2016 by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process, including an in-depth review of the business and a site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm that the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM

Nearly $8.7 million in federal transportation funds for projects that improve non-motorized mobility, historic preservation for transportation-related projects, scenic accessibility, safe routes to school and more are available as the Nevada Department of Transportation accepts applications for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects through July 8.

Under the program, there are two broad types of eligible activities: transportation infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. TAP projects may be part of an existing planned project or a “stand alone” project and must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Maximum infrastructure funding will be limited to $750,000 per project. It is estimated that nearly $8.7 million will be available for these projects statewide over the next three years.

For detailed information and applications, visit www.nevadadot.com/tap.

GREATER NEVADA CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIPS

This year 88 students applied for scholarships from Greater Nevada Credit Union, and 20 were selected to each receive $2,000 for the 2016-2017 school year. Nearly $300,000 has been awarded to students since Greater Nevada began its academic scholarship program 17 years ago.

The scholarship program, sponsored and administered annually by the credit union, is available to Greater Nevada members and their families. Scholarships are awarded based on each applicant’s financial need, academic performance, community involvement, and educational and career goals. The scholarships can be used for tuition, course registration, special classes or laboratory fees, room and board, textbooks and class materials.

MOUNTAINS & MEADOWS

JoAnn Moore, wedding planner and event coordinator, is making her way to Reno and Lake Tahoe. She is bringing her company, Mountains & Meadows, to the Silver State where she can plan weddings and events throughout The Sierras.

Specializing in high-profile happenings for celebrities and esteemed clients, Moore was recently awarded Wedding Wire’s 2015 Bride’s Choice Award and inducted into TheKnot.com Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. The Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from their network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

CITY OF RENO FY 16/17 BUDGET

The Reno City Council and Redevelopment Agency Board approved to adopt a $532.2 million City of Reno budget for Fiscal Year 2016/2017 (FY 16/17), which includes tax levies and the adoption of the Fee Schedule. The FY 16/17 General Fund budget, or expenditures, is $178.8 million, an increase of more than $10 million compared to the FY 15/16 adopted figure of $168.4 million.

The formal budget adoption comes after two Budget Workshops held earlier this month. For “Budget Highlights” visit http://www.reno.gov/home/showdocument?id=59846.

IGT FIRST QUARTER

IGT reported first quarter results. Adjusted EBITDA of $460 million; pro forma operating income up across all segments. Strong global lottery growth, especially in North America and Italy; resilient global gaming revenues. Adjusted EPS of $0.57; reported EPS of ($0.46) reflects non-cash foreign exchange impact. Cash dividend declared of $0.20 per ordinary share. Investor Day to be held on June 21-22, 2016. For the full report visit http://ir.igt.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=119000&p=irol-newsArticle &ID=2172650

NEVADA VETERANS

The U.S. Small Business Administration has recently launched the Boots to Business REBOOT program throughout the country. REBOOTS is designed for Veterans of all eras, and Service members, that include National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses. The Nevada Small Business Development Center is providing this program throughout the state of Nevada in 2016. The program is entirely free.

Boots to Business REBOOT is a 2-step program: Step One is a full-day training event that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources. Step Two provides the opportunity to enroll into a free, eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

To register and find out more information and full details of the REBOOTS program in all Nevada locations please visit the Nevada SBDC’s training calendar at http://nsbdc.org/education-training/business-training-calen dar/ .

DESIGN ON EDGE

Design on Edge announced its new marketing, design and communications partnership with The Regional Alliance for Downtown (RAD).

The service areas in which Design on Edge will further assist the organization are the development of integrated media campaign conceptualization and execution, graphic design, digital illustration, art direction, digital design and website development. The firm will also further develop the website, provide enhanced email marketing services, social media maintenance, marketing assistance and membership. The role of Design on Edge is to share the key messages of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and it’s members and help to expand the brand recognition of the organization as a whole to build grass-roots support, including the local business sector, and educate the community about the organization and the revitalization of the downtown corridor.

RENO SUB-SYSTEMS

Reno Sub-Systems, a developer of high-performance radio frequency (RF) matching networks, RF power generators and gas flow management systems for semiconductor manufacturing, has closed its Series B funding round of $14 million led by MKS Instruments.

Plasma processing is a critical technology in the fabrication of advanced microelectronic circuits. To create the next generation of advanced devices (sub-14nm), highly repeatable, precisely controlled, short-time cycle plasma etching and deposition are essential. Plasma processing environments are characterized by precise gas flows, rapid RF matching and vacuum control.

Reno Sub-Systems’ enabling technologies open the plasma processing door to deep submicron feature sizes and the very short process times necessary for both planar and 3D device architectures. In addition to new process regimes, Reno Sub-Systems’ technologies facilitate “always on” plasma management, fast gas transitions and extremely low-flow management, reducing on-wafer particles, improving film properties and reducing cost per transistor, according to Moore’s law.

Real estate transactions

June 3, 2016 — 

Below are recently completed commercial real estate transactions:

Dr. Ryan Zeller

Dr. Ryan Zeller purchased a 3,238-square-foot office building at 518 Pyramid Way from American Property Exchange. Dr. Zeller was represented by Tom Fennell and Lindy Deller of QDickson Commercial Group.

Home Advantage, LLC

Home Advantage, LLC, a marketing technologies and strategy company, leased 2,275 square feet of office space at 225 S. Arlington Avenue. House Advantage was represented by Dominic Brunetti and Scott Shanks of Dickson Commercial Group.

Rini Insurance Agency

Rini Insurance Agency leased 900 square feet of retail space at 2838 Vista Boulevard. The landlord is D’Andrea Marketplace SC, LP. Rini was represented by Joel Fountain of Dickson Commercial Group in the transaction.

PSG Resources LLC

PSG Resources LLC purchased 3,890 square feet of office space at 9444 Double R Boulevard. Double R Professional Building, LLC is the landlord. Don Welsh of Dickson Commercial Group represented PSG in the transaction.

This week's briefs

May 26, 2016 — 

Expansion, housing, grand opening and more

Contractors cited

The following northern Nevada contractors were cited by the Nevada State Contractors Board:

Eric Louis Holman, DBA: Building Innovation, a carpentry and repair contractor based in Reno, had his license revoked for contracting on an inactive license, contracting beyond the scope of the license, failure to provide a homeowner information regarding the board’s Residential Recovery Fund, failure to include the license number or monetary limit on a bid or contract, and failure to establish financial responsibility. Licensee also was fined $2,700, ordered to pay restitution, and assessed investigative costs.

Armor Building Corp., a carpentry contractor based in Carson City, was found in violation for failure to obtain a building permit and contracting beyond the scope of the license. Licensee was fined $500, ordered to pay restitution, and assessed investigative costs. If fines and costs are paid within 120 days, the license will be voluntarily surrendered. If the deadline is not met, the license will be revoked.

Northshore Construction and Roofing, Inc., a roofing) and residential and small commercial contractor based in Incline Village, was found in violation for diversion of funds, failure to pay for materials or services, failure to establish financial responsibility, failure to keep in force a bond or cash deposit, failure to include the license number or monetary limit on a bid or contract, failure to provide a homeowner information regarding the Board’s Residential Recovery Fund, constructing or repairing a mobile home without proper licensure, and failure to respond to a written request by the board. Northshore’s licenses were revoked. Licensee was fined $3,450 and assessed investigative costs.

NNMC certification

Northern Nevada Medical Center was awarded recertification by The Joint Commission in Spine Surgery and Orthopedics: Hip Replacement.

NNMC is the only local hospital to have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval in both spine surgery and in hip replacement.

Certification requirements address three core areas including: Compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

New tenant at 777 Center

Eyelash Connection & Mystique Boutique, a personal care service provider, has signed a lease to move into the 777 Center Building in Reno’s Midtown district.

Tenant improvements will begin in June and Eyelash owners plan to be open for the upcoming Midtown Art Walk in late July.

SVN Gold Dust Commercial Associates, the commercial real estate brokerage that handling negotiations with potential tenants interested in 777 Center, indicated only four retail and/or office units remain open, with one of those currently in lease negotiations.

Innotrac renews, expands

Innotrac Corporation, an omnichannel commerce technologies and operations company, renewed their lease of 224,778 square feet of industrial space at 4910 Longley Lane in Reno, and expanded an additional 52,500 square foot at the same location. The space is owned and managed by Bond Commercial Properties.

Michael Hoeck, Dave Simonsen, Michael Nevis, Steve Kucera of Kidder Mathews commercial real estate represented Innotrac in the transaction.

Dickson housing report

Dickson Realty released it March 2016 housing report. Among the findings were:

There were 1,543 available listings at the end of March 2016, which is an all-time record-low. Our market has hovered just above the 1,500 active listing mark since December 2015, which set the previous record number of 1,547. As buyers outpace sellers, the need for new construction will become increasingly necessary.

The six-month trend of sold properties has fluctuated more than the total number of available listings. There were 559 sold properties for March; an astounding 52.7 percent increase from February. The increase in sold properties is one of the largest monthly increases in recent memory.

March recorded an average of 93 days on market, which was a 19 percent decrease compared to February. While the average for days on market routinely fluctuates throughout the year, the market has stayed around the 100 day mark since about mid-2013.

Shuttleworth moves into Reno Aircenter

Shuttleworth, a company that designs and manufactures exhaust systems, has leased a 24,900 square foot industrial building at Reno Aircenter, located at 4945 Aircenter Circle. The landlord of the building is Global Logistic Properties. Michael Hoeck, Dave Simonsen, Michael Nevis, and Steve Kucera of Kidder Mathews represented the tenant and landlord in this transaction.

Yoga Pod at The Summit

Yoga Pod, a health and wellness studio, will open early this Fall at The Summit shopping mall,

John Reynolds and Joanna O’Neal are the franchise owners of the Reno location, which will be located between Starbucks and DeVons Jewelers.

Yoga Pod will offer its 200-hour, Yoga Alliance certified Seva Teacher Training program for aspiring yoga instructors in the Reno area, through Yoga Pod University.

Early signups for memberships will receive a discounted rate at $99 a month. This membership includes unlimited classes each month, discounted retail and priority check-in.

For hiring opportunities or for more information, please visit http://reno.yogapodcommunity.com/, thesummitonline.com/reno or call 775-853-7800.

Miles celebrates 30 years

Miles Construction, a diversified general contractor, design build, design assist and construction management firm based outside of Carson City, is celebrating 30 years in business.

The company was founded in 1986 by two brothers to now employing more than 29 employees.

Miles has completed projects such as Bently World Headquarters in 1999 at 285,000-square-feet, the pre-engineered steel building.

It also completed award-winning projects including Schluter Systems Nevada a 95,000-square-foot training and distribution center, a 200,000 square-foot distribution center for Battery Systems at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and the extensive structural upgrade and renovation of the historic Farmer’s Bank building in Minden. Remaining true to the company’s roots, Miles completed the Carson City Multi-Athletic Center.

Nevada unemployment

Nevada’s unemployment rates in April varied on a month-over-month basis, but decreased year over-year with the statewide unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent in April.

The rate in the Reno/Sparks area decreased 1.2 percentage points, to 5.4 percent, and is down 0.1 percentage point over-the-month. The Carson City MSA rate is down 0.1 percentage point relative to last month, and declined 0.8 percentage point over-the-year, with an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

In April, 10,842 initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed in Nevada, a slight decline from March, and the fewest seen in a month since 2006.

IGT releases 2015 report

International Game Technology PLC will release of its Notice of 2016 Annual General Meeting and Annual Reports and Accounts for the period from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 on June 20, at 12:00 noon British Summer Time.

The Notice of the 2016 AGM, Annual Reports and Accounts, and instructions to participate at the AGM are available at www.igt.com, along with IGT’s Annual Report on Form 20-F. These materials can be viewed directly online and are also available for download in PDF format.

Avison Young transactions

Meadows Partners purchased 1.76 acres of land at 2757 Beck Street, parcel B1, in Reno. John Pinjuv and Bram Buckley of Avison Young | Western Alliance Commercial represented Meadows in the transaction.

Garrett Group, LLC purchased a 4,451-square-foot medical office building at 900 Ryland Street in Reno. Pinjuv represented Garrett Group in the transaction.

An undisclosed buyer purchased an 11,641-square-foot retail investment property at 1090 Kietzke Lane in Reno. Tad Loren of Avison Young represented the seller, Sterling Living Trust.

Papa G’s leased 3,542 square feet at 1560 S. Stanford Way in Sparks. Tad Loren of Avison Young represented the landlord, Acterra LLC in the transaction.

Eden Home Health leased 6,600 square feet of office space at 907 Mountain Street in Carson City. John Pinjuv, Reed Simmons and Bram Buckley of Avison Young represented the landlord, Leviculus in the transaction.

Greater Nevada Mortgage Services leased 7,900 square feet of office space at 10385 Double R Boulevard. Reed Simmons and Bram Buckley of Avison Young represented the landlord, Lakeside CM, LLC in the transaction.

The State of Nevada-Aging & Disability Services leased 12,622 square feet at 9670 Gateway Drive in Reno. Reed Simmons and Bram Buckley of Avison Young represented the landlord, FNT Corp., in the transaction.

Plante DJ, Inc., leased 1,896 square feet of flex space at 1360 Greg Street in Sparks. Matt Harris, Ron Sheehan and Tim Gunsten of Avison Young represented Planet DJ in the transaction.

Military job site

Work For Warriors-Nevada, launched a new Web site, www.workforwarriorsNV.org.

The Web site provides pages that explain services to job candidates and employers, allows candidates to register for the program and National job board, and also provides a page called Hot Jobs, that matches candidates and employees.

Dickson deal

House Advantage, a Nevada LLC leased 2,275 square feet at 225 S. Arlington Avenue in Reno. Zichichi Family Trust is the landlord. Dominic Brunetti and Scott Shanks of Dickson Commercial Group, represented the tenant in the transaction.

CBC transactions

The Reno office of Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties completed the following transactions:

An undisclosed buyer purchased 11 acres of land on Moya Boulevard in Reno. The seller, Lear Family Trust, was represented by Kyle Eigenman of Coldwell Banker.

Brandt leased 909 square feet of industrial space at 380 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. The landlord, 380/390 Freeport LLC, was represented by Kimberly Clark of Coldwell Banker.

Pup and Friends LLC leased 1,233 square feet of retail space at 314 Broadway Boulevard in Reno. Pup and Friends was represented in the transaction by Tim Dayner of Coldwell Banker.

Seyferth leased 2,50 square feet of industrial space at 340 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. The landlord, The Ribeiro Company, was represented by Kyle Eigenman of Coldwell Banker.

The Mizpah Club

The Mizpah Club, an entertainment center featuring live music, a full bar and cafe, conference facilities, and a video arcade locate in the central Nevada town of Tonopah, will had a grand opening the week of June 24-25.

Kimmie Candy honored

May 19, 2016 — 

Kimmie Candy Company, a candy maker with a factory in Reno, was presented with the “E” Award for the company’s significant contribution to increasing America’s overall exports into more than 200 global markets.

Kimmie Candy was one of 123 companies presented with the presidential level export award during a May 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

BLM seeks input

May 19, 2016 — 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is asking the public to provide input on potential issues associated with oil and gas leasing on 41 parcels of public land, totaling 82,121 acres, in White Pine County, Nevada. Leased parcels may later include exploration and development. The BLM is analyzing the parcels to identify potential impacts in an environmental assessment (EA), in accordance with the Oil & Gas Leasing Reform mandated in 2010. The deadline to provide input is Friday, June 3.

Abbi inspiring creativity

May 19, 2016 — 

The Abbi Agency, a public relations, creative and digital agency in Reno, has launched a new initiative to inspire the innovation and creativity of its staff.

“The Abbi Percolator” will provide $5,000 grants for staff members to pursue creative projects that are outside the scope of their regular workday responsibilities.

Twice a year, participating employees will pitch their ideas to Abbi Whitaker, the founder and president of the firm, and her husband, Ty Whitaker, the chief executive officer of the firm. Ideas are expected to range from development of new business units to creation of community outreach projects.

All employees of The Abbi Agency who aren’t directly involved in pitching an idea will be eligible to vote for the winner of each $5,000 grant. The first round of The Abbi Percolator is scheduled to begin in July.

Terrain leases space downtown

May 19, 2016 — 

Terrain Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturer, has leased 1,416 square feet of office space at 50 W. Liberty Street in Reno.

Seacoast offers dividend

May 19, 2016 — 

Seacost Commerce Banc Holdings, parent company of Seacoast Commerce Bank headquartered in San Diego with a producton office in Reno, has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per common share. It is payable to June 10 to shareholders of record on the end of business day June 2.

Lake Shore completes redemption of debentures

May 19, 2016 — 

Tahoe Resources Inc.’s subsidiary Lake Shore Gold Corp. has completed the redemption of its 6.25% senior unsecured convertible debentures due September 30, 2017. Lake Shore Gold elected to satisfy the redemption price for each debenture by issuing Tahoe common shares. All outstanding Debentures have either been redeemed by Lake Shore Gold or voluntarily converted into Tahoe Shares by holders of the debentures.

Business grows in Carson

May 19, 2016 — 

Nevada Business Connections announced Wednesday that one new business has plans to move into the Carson area and several others are expanding.

Past Time Signs is coming to the area.

Expanding businesses include: Top Notch Distributers, Ametherm, Nature’s Bakery, CGI, Ganesha Enterprises, Durabond Bearing Co., and Triangle Labs.

ImmunizeNevada honorees

May 19, 2016 — 

Immunize Nevada recently recognized healthcare providers that have protected Nevadans from vaccine-preventable diseases as a part of its Healthy People 2020 awards.

The healthcare providers honored were: Aspen Pediatrics Community Health Alliance - Neil Road, Community Health Alliance - Sun Valley, Family Medicine Associates, Gurjeet Wadia, MD, Medical Profession, LLC, Newe Medical Clinic, Northern Nevada Pediatrics, Pediatric Associates, Pinecone Pediatrics, Reno Center for Child and Adolescent Health, Renown Medical Group-Pediatrics, Sally Weare Edney, Children’s Health Center, Sierra Pediatrics, Saint Mary’s Medical Group - Bell, Summit Pediatrics - Mae Anne, Summit Pediatrics, Dr. Dinwiddie, University Health System Pediatric.

Sleep and lung experts join Renown

May 13, 2016 — 

The team of pulmonary and sleep experts from Pulmonary Medicine Associates have joined Renown Health.

The experts will form two new medical groups: Renown Medical Group - Pulmonary Medicine and Renown Medical Group - Sleep Medicine.

The pulmonary medicine clinic will be located at 236 W. 6th Street in Reno.

The sleep medicine clinic will be located at 990 Caughlin Crossing in Reno.

Physicians who joined Renown are: John Andrews, M.D., Stephen Baez, M.D., David de los Santos, M.D., Bruce Denney, M.D., Jeremy Gonda, M.D., Michael Jackson, M.D., Robert Richeson III, M.D., Leslie Smith, M.D., Christina Szot, M.D., Michelle Morrison, APRN, Deborah Baker, APRN, Carrie Yamamoto, APRN, Jennifer Bickford, APRN, and Jennifer Brown, APRN.

For details, call 775-982-5000 or go online at Renown.org/specialties.

Reel Construction featured

May 13, 2016 — 

Matt Caviglia, owner of Reel Construction, Inc., has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50.

The Big50 awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Oct 25-27 in Kansas City, Mo. The 2016 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 130,000 professional remodeling contractors, with longer profiles of the winners posted on the REMODELING website, remodelingmag.com.

Holland & Hart release podcast

May 13, 2016 — 

“The Brief,” a series of free podcasts offering legal commentary helpful to business owners and managers as well as consumers, has been launched by Holland & Hart.

The series will include 16 episodes as well as 10 bonus episodes that focus on marketing strategy. The first episodes includes a discussion on employment law featuring Dora Lane and Fritz Battcher, Holland & Hart partners in the firm’s Reno office. Subjects of the podcast include entrepreneurship, emerging companies, health care, employment, and more. Holland & Hart is one of the largest law firms in the nation and delivers integrated legal solutions to regional, national and international clients.

Episodes are available for free to download at: http://apple.co/1PFMwQ8.

Barnes represents MEH

May 13, 2016 — 

MEH Family Trust purchased a 6,000-square-foot light industrial building at 150 E. Grove Street in Reno. Scott T. Barnes, broker/owner of HG Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC represented MEH in the transaction.

ArchCrest transactions

May 13, 2016 — 

An undisclosed tenant leased 4,569 square feet of industrial space at 10 Greg Street in Sparks. Christopher Capurro of ArchCrest Commercial Partners represented the landlord, 10 Greg Street Investors, LLC, in the transaction.

An undisclosed buyer purchased 2,986 square feet of office space at 4854 Sparks Boulevard. The seller, TAG Vineyards, LLC, was represented by Mike Van Blaricom and Kevin Annis of ArchCrest.

Coldwell Banker transactions

May 10, 2016 — 

Coldwell Banker Commercial Business Properties released the following transactions:

An undisclosed tenant leased 1,520 square feet of retail space at 2303 S. Virginia Street. The landlord, Orchard Plaza, LLC, was represented by Tim Dayner of CBC.

Western States Intermodal leased 385 square feet of industrial space at 385 Freeport Boulevard in Sparks. The landlord, F & M Real Estate, LLC, was represented by Kimberly Clark of CBC.

Avalon Massage leased 650 square feet of retail space at 120 Thoma Street. The landlord, Goff Living Trust, was represented by Kimberly Clark of CBC.

Reno Tattoo Company leased 3,900 square feet of retail space at 818 S. Virginia Street. The landlord, Celadon Select Investments, LLC, was represented by Kent Whelan of CBC.

An undisclosed buyer purchased 3,056 square feet of industrial flex space at 5475 Reno Corporate Drive. The seller, Jetco Rentals, LLC, was represented by Kent Whelan and Michael J. McCabe of CBC.

Insurance partnership

May 10, 2016 — 

Builders Alliance, Clark partnership

The Nevada Builders Alliance has partnered with Clark & Associates and Solutions at Work to provide a full suite of cost-effective employee benefits and human-resources services to members of the Builders Alliance.

The employee-benefits package provided by Clark includes five health insurance options (including a Health Savings Account), dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) program and the supporting paperwork that employers require.

Solutions at Work, meanwhile, will provide payroll services, management of unemployment insurance claims, preparation of employee handbooks and job descriptions, compliance review and support for disciplinary actions.

Miles begins hotel renovation project

May 10, 2016 — 

Miles Construction, a general contractor based outside of Carson City, has begun renovation of the former Siena Hotel Casino located at 1 South Lake St. in Reno, into the non-gaming Renaissance Hotel.

Miles is remodeling the hotel’s 214 rooms, 15,500 square feet of convention space, lobby and public spaces. The renovation also includes the conversion of the former 17,000 square foot casino area into a restaurant and event center that featuring seven indoor bocce courts and a 9,000 square foot outdoor garden with two additional bocce courts, a dining area and private event area.

Expected completion for the Marriott Renaissance renovation is late 2016.

Wells Fargo introduces loan program

May 10, 2016 — 

Wells Fargo has launch of FastFlexSM Small Business Loan, an online, fast-decision loan that is funded as soon as the next business day and offers a competitive interest rate to small businesses with short-term credit needs. An innovation built in-house by Wells Fargo, the new loan product will be available in late May to existing customers, and joins the Wells Fargo family of small business products and comprehensive support offered through Wells Fargo Works for Small Business.

FastFlexSM Small Business Loan builds on Wells Fargo’s focus on small businesses, a market in which the company has set a five-year $100 billion lending goal. Since setting the goal in 2014, Wells Fargo has provided $40.7 billion in new loans to small businesses (Jan. 2014 – March 2016).

Gostin starts public relations firm

May 10, 2016 — 

Ira M. Gostin, a veteran marketing professional in northern Nevada has launch of 120 West Strategic Communications LLC.

120 West will provide investor relations, marketing and communications strategies to both private and publicly held companies.

Gostin previously was vice president investor relations and corporate communications with Tahoe Resources. 120 West is a member of EDAWN, NCET, the Public Relations Society of America and the National Investor Relations Institute.

AAA gas prices report

May 10, 2016 — 

Gasoline supplies remain well above levels commonplace for this time of year, which should keep prices relatively steady as more drivers take to the roads. Today’s gas prices registering on the AAA gas survey show the state pump price of unleaded regular is $2.48 per gallon, which is $0.04 higher than a month ago.

Today’s gas prices registered by AAA Fuel Gauge Report, shows Nevada pump prices are up $0.01 from a week ago. State gas prices are still cheaper than a year ago when the average price was $3.22 per gallon of unleaded regular.

Reno is registering the state’s highest pump price, with drivers paying an average price of $2.72 per gallon for unleaded regular gas. Carson City and N. Las Vegas are registering Nevada’s lowest price, at $2.40 a gallon.

Spiritual care comes to Reno

May 10, 2016 — 

The Nevada Clergy Association, a nonprofit interfaith network of religious and spiritual leaders, has partnered with Renown Health to bring a more comprehensive spiritual care program to northern Nevada.

The current Chapel at Renown Regional Medical Center opened 50 years ago and has received basic updates, but a renovation and expansion is needed to better suit the needs of our diverse, growing community.

Construction is already underway and the Center is expected to open this summer.

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