Stories for May 2019


Friday, May 31

Dolan Auto Group purchases Don Weir dealerships in Reno, Fernley

The purchase adds Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM and Fiat to Dolan Auto Group's enterprises, which include Dolan Mazda, Dolan Kia, Dolan Lexus and Dolan Toyota, Northern Nevada's largest volume Toyota dealer. The transition is set to take place in early June.

Sierra Nevada Powerful Woman: Working with the next generation of professionals to succeed

“I actually love working with millennials, and what I love is they're very bold and fearless. They know what they want, they know the terms and conditions they want it on. But in my experience, they're super clear on what they want, and they're not afraid to ask for it or advocate for it, and I'm always delighted by how often they get it.

Thursday, May 30

Sisolak urges businesses to invest in work-based learning for area students

The event, hosted by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada and the Washoe K-12 Education Foundation, featured a keynote speech from Gov. Steve Sisolak and a brief address from state superintendent Jhone Ebert, speaking on the theme of “Hiring a Workforce.”

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Gov. Steve Sisolak stands with Washoe County School District Superintendent Traci Davis, Nevada Superintendent Jhone Ebert and students with WCSD's Academy for Career Education charter school at Thursday’s Business of Education Luncheon at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno.

Sierra Nevada Powerful Woman: For these women, finding their big break took on many different paths

Several Northern Nevada women took time recently to reflect not just on what launched them into success and continued professional and personal growth, but also on critical lessons and challenges that have molded them, guided them — and have proven useful for others coming behind them.


Fernley City Manager Daphne Hooper was appointed to the position in March 2015.

Sierra Nevada Powerful Woman: Six things to know before starting a business

For more than 26 years, Cheri S. Hill and her company CEO of Sage International, Inc. has helped people define and develop their dream of starting a business. While doing so, she found a title that describes what she does best: Wealth Protection Diva.

Northern NV business leads, bankruptcy filings for May 2019

Here are the most recent business leads from May 2019 across Northern Nevada, as compiled by the Northern Nevada Business View.

Wednesday, May 29

And the winners are: 2019 Top-20 Sierra Nevada Powerful Women revealed

Wednesday's luncheon served as the culmination of the NNBV's second annual Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Awards. Watch for announcements in January 2020 in the NNBV and on social media as to when the 2020 nomination period begins.

Lori Windfeldt

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Sierra Nevada Powerful Woman: Nevada's female-majority legislature didn't happen overnight'

In March of this year, Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Clark County, became the Nevada State Senate's first-ever female majority leader.

Sierra Nevada Powerful Woman: Want to be a better leader? Start with yourself

“All the research is showing that when companies have more women in leadership, they do better in terms of performance, productivity and profitability,” said Joelle Jay Ph.D., a nationally-recognized expert in personal leadership who is known for her success in the advancement of executive women.

Nevada Gov. Sisolak signs bill restoring prevailing wages for construction work

Sisolak said he was keeping his campaign promise to “return prevailing wage to public construction projects.” He said that will help guarantee public construction projects are built by highly qualified workers and increase competition among those contractors.

Nevada Assembly OKs raising minimum wage to $12 an hour; bills head to Senate

AB456 would raise the minimum wage by 75 cents per year until it reached $12 per hour for workers not offered health insurance, and $11 an hour for employees who are.

Tuesday, May 28

Henry Sotelo new city of Reno Hearing Officer – NNBV People briefs, May 2019

Truckee Meadows Community College Paralegal Coordinator and Legal Instructor Henry Sotelo was recently appointed to serve as a city of Reno Hearing Officer. Sotelo's duties will include appeals regarding parking infractions, privileged license permits, and franchises code; land development and annexation; and various city of Reno construction-related ordinances, among other appeals to city codes and ordinances.

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A major aspect when starting a business is hammering out vesting agreements between the founders to ensure there’s a proper legal documentation in place.

Starting up a Nevada business enterprise? Don't forget these legal dos and don'ts

Entrepreneurs who want to monetize a new idea or start a business should consider bringing in legal counsel before they even break ground to ensure they are building a house of stone that can withstand any challenges, Northern Nevada attorneys say.

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One of the biggest changes with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that affected business clients was the qualified business income (QBI) deduction.

How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacted businesses in Northern Nevada

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December 2017 was the largest overhaul to the tax code in decades. While large businesses hailed the new reduced 21 percent corporate tax rate, smaller businesses and pass-through entities such as S-corporations and sole proprietorships were left swimming in murky waters as their accountants navigated the ramifications of the code changes.

Monday, May 27

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Bill Brewer began his career in housing at the Farmers Home Administration 30 years ago.

NV Republicans say they have $250 million for schools without business tax

Senate Republicans on Friday, May 24, released a plan to increase school funding by a quarter billion dollars. And Minority Leader James Settelmeyer, R-Gardnerville, says they can do it without the $100 million plus from canceling the sunset scheduled to lower the Modified Business Tax.

Sunday, May 26

Saturday, May 25

Friday, May 24

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The Carousel Estate in Tahoe City is was recently purchased by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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The Carousel Estate in Tahoe City is was recently purchased by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Mark Zuckerberg's compound on Lake Tahoe's West Shore shown from above.

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The Brushwood Estate on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore is on the market for $45 million.

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The Brushwood Estate boasts 400 feet of lake frontage, a private pier and two buoys. The estate was recently purchased my Mark Zuckerberg.

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The Brushwood Estate is located at 2360 Sunnyside Lane, about 3 miles south of Tahoe City.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spends $59 million on Lake Tahoe properties

The 35-year-old purchased two of the West Shore's most iconic properties during the past several months, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal, striking deals for the Carousel Estate and adjoining Brushwood Estate for a reported price tag of $59 million.

Truckee Jobs Collective formed to assist businesses seeking year-round staff

Finding employees to stay year round is often a challenge for businesses in the North Lake Tahoe area, and an issue that the Truckee Chamber of Commerce has set out to tackle this year.

Report: Lake Tahoe clarity improves by over 10 feet in 2018

Clarity can swing dramatically from day to day and year to year based on a multitude of factors including heavy precipitation, which increases streamflow and leads to more sediment flowing into the lake.

Thursday, May 23

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United Construction is building Berkley International’s new 82,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at TRIC.

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Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of EDAWN, says the annual event is an opportunity for the community to show their appreciation for the arts and the businesses who support them.

Dermody breaks ground on 14-acre distribution center at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The center will be located at 6565 Nascar Street on a 14-acre site and will be called "LogistiCenter at Speedway." It is estimated that construction will be completed by first quarter of 2020.


LogistiCenter at Speedway will be located at 6565 Nascar St. in North Las Vegas.

Spending bills worth millions working way through Nevada Legislature

The largest of the bills is $130 million in SB532 Medicaid needs to cover costs in the current fiscal biennium. More than $115 million of that is federal money. Just more than $15 million comes from the General Fund.

Wednesday, May 22

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The North Valleys Library is located at 1075 North Hills Blvd, Suite 340 in Reno.

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The NV Energy Foundation announced May 22 it has awarded $49,000 in scholarships to local students.

Marijuana oversight board wins broad support at Nevada Legislature

The new agency would take over regulatory issues ranging from licensing to operation of dispensaries, growers, production of cannabis products and testing. The actual tax collections from medical and retail cannabis products would remain the responsibility of the Department of Taxation.

Tuesday, May 21

Nevada jobless rate down to 4 percent, lowest since April 2006

The state's unemployment rate in April declined over the month by 0.2 percentage points to 4 percent and is down half a percentage point when compared to last April, according to the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

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The Silver State has added 49,600 jobs since the same month last year, a gain of 3.6 percent.

Nevada geothermal industry gets boost with discoveries of ‘blind' systems

Geologists at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno, used a number of other surface and subsurface clues in their methodology developed as part of their Department of Energy funded Play Fairway project that has been underway since 2014.

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Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, a public service unit in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, has had two successful discoveries of geothermal systems in the Great Basin using a previously untried method for finding unknown, hidden geothermal resources.

NV lawmakers to Public Works: Get better handle on construction inflation

The subcommittee of Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means agreed to project 10 percent inflation in Southern Nevada and 7 percent for the rest of the state. They also directed the agency to develop a better method of predicting inflation that must be built into the cost of new and remodeled buildings.

Monday, May 20

Biz & Books review: ‘Spending Time: The Most Valuable Resource'

Reading this book is like giving yourself permission to goof off, knowing why doing so is beneficial, and knowing that it'll make you feel oh-so-much better when you finally do buckle down.

Bently Heritage distillery owners earn Preserve Nevada Legacy award

The award was presented by Honor Settelmeyer Jones, a Carson Valley native whose family first came to the area during the 1880s.

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Former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan, chair of Preserve Nevada, speaks at the group's recent meeting and awards ceremony at The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah.

Sunday, May 19

Saturday, May 18

Friday, May 17

Committee to conduct national search for new Nevada GOED leader

Kris Sanchez, the International Director at GOED, was named Interim Executive Director in April after former Director Paul Anderson resigned.

Nearly $1.5 million invested in local startups for Reno Venture Conference

The two-day conference's mission was to increase early-stage investment in the local economy while celebrating the successes seen in the region over the past few years.

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Reno-based startup Fox Optimization earned $500,000 at the conference; the company uses "cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to make better decisions..." according to its website.

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The inaugural Reno Venture Conference took place May 14-15 at the Nevada Museum of Art.

$8 billion Nevada K-12 education budget includes teacher raises

A joint session of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees on Thursday, May 16, approved total K-12 education funding of just more than $8 billion for the coming two-year budget cycle. That's a $741.8 million increase over the current K-12 budget.

Thursday, May 16

NV lawmakers delay creation of $4 million marijuana regulation board to 2020

The new agency would cost a minimum of $4 million to operate. The proposal would require two new unclassified positions and six classified positions, five board members and eight advisory board members.

Sisolak OKs laws to make 'healthcare more affordable and accessible in Nevada'

“With these new laws, we've just made healthcare more affordable and accessible in Nevada,” the governor told some 50 advocates and provider representatives in the Old Assembly Chambers of the Capitol.

New Nevada laws urge use of electric school buses, heavy-duty trucks

The Assembly gave final approval to SB299, which is designed to encourage school districts to buy and operate electric buses to transport students.

Wednesday, May 15

I-580 exit numbers between Spaghetti Bowl, Carson City to change by end of year

Drivers in Carson City will see the exit numbers change beginning this summer. I-580 exit numbers from Washoe Valley to the Reno Spaghetti Bowl are anticipated to change beginning in the fall.

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Small exit number sign panels at the top of overhead signs will be replaced, as well as roadside exit number signs at each exit, to reflect the new exit numbers.

$36.75 million in bonds issued for new South Reno DMV location

Ground broke on the new 54,000-square-foot DMV building this past September. The building is anticipated to open after Nevada Day weekend 2020 and greatly reduce wait times in the Reno area.

$20 million in capacity growth, workforce development funding cut from UNR, UNLV

Ways and Means Chairman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, called on members of the joint Senate Finance Ways and Means subcommittee to eliminate the $20.9 million of that amount that would have gone to UNR ($9.1 million) and UNLV ($11.8 million) in the coming biennium.

Tuesday, May 14

Last chance for tickets for 2nd annual Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Awards

The 20 winners will be announced and honored at the May 29 banquet, taking place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 29 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno.

Nevada ranked as a Top-10 'Best State for Business'

The Silver State remains an increasingly attractive place for businesses as shown by its No. 6 ranking on the new survey, up six spots from last year's ranking of No. 12.

Nevada jobs department updates website to better provide 'critical' services

The completely renovated site features a streamlined layout, improved functionality, and consistent site-wide navigation, allowing for a cross-functional experience for users.

Monday, May 13

NV gas prices drop slightly; $1.26 a gallon more expensive than 10 years ago

As of today, Nevada gas prices are at an average of $3.50 per gallon, compared to the U.S. average of $2.85/g. In 2009, those numbers were at $2.24/g and $2.27/g, respectively.

Popular ‘Outdoor Nevada' TV show axed after $832,000 funding cut

Also cut Friday was $250,000 for the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society to pay for projects necessary to allow public access to the historic prison. This puts the museum project on hold for another two years.


Through the NV-ACE pilot program, WNC’s Adult Literacy & Language department has been able to offer skills in the in-demand profession of construction this spring.

WNC pilot program provides students with construction credential

The construction students are earning college credits toward a nationally recognized credential while improving their basic skills and achieving workforce training.

Sunday, May 12

Saturday, May 11

Friday, May 10

One Nevada Credit Union inducted into 'Best Places to Work' Hall of Fame

The Best Places to Work Hall of Fame honors companies who have repeatedly demonstrated being first-place in favorable ratings from employees and for workforce investment and employee engagement.

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The One Nevada Credit Union team celebrates at the 2019 awards ceremony.

Photo: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort, located half in California and half in Nevada, is owned by Vail Resorts.

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Guests load Chair 6 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

At nearly 60 million skier visits, U.S. ski industry sees 4th-best season ever

Visits were up every month of the season — October through March — and the average days a resort was open this year was 145, up from 129 last season, and is the highest since 2010-11.

Tahoe tourism tax revenue sees 183% increase past 10 years in April-June

Tax collected between October and December is up 138% from 10 years ago, while revenue collected between April and June has increased by 183% in the same time period.

Thursday, May 9

Power-Sonic leases 40,000 square feet to establish HQ at LogistiCenter at I-80

Power-Sonic's new presence at LogistiCenter at I-80 marks the company's first operations center in Nevada to support all western U.S., Mexico, South American and Canadian customers.

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Exterior view of the LogistiCenter at I-80 property at Boomtown.

After 14 years, Reno eNVy to officially rebrand to Home Means Nevada

Scott Dunseath, owner of Reno eNVy, decided to remodel his flagship Reno eNVy location in downtown and turn it into his second Home Means Nevada Co., with the goal being to target a larger audience beyond the local market.

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A look inside the Home Means Nevada store at South Creek Center, 55 Foothill Road, No. 2.

Barrick, Newmont mining merger nears completion; Barrick to hold 61.5 percent

Barrick will hold 61.5 percent and Newmont Goldcorp will hold 38.5 percent of the joint venture, with Barrick operating mines that combined produced more than 4 million ounces (113.4 million grams) of gold last year.

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A look at the new logo for Nevada Gold Mines, as well as a look at operations included within.

Lake Tahoe named top 100 tourism destination thanks to 'epic collaboration'

As part of the 2019 Top 100 awards, officials selected Lake Tahoe as a top destination and as second in the “Best in Nature” category, finishing behind the Dutch Quality Coast Delta in the Netherlands.

Wednesday, May 8

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Space for industrial business and medical offices is tight in Carson City.

Construction costs, labor woes limiting some business space in Carson City

“The major challenges continue to be the high costs of construction and an over-pressured labor force, which makes building any project very difficult,” said Andie Wilson, broker, owner of NAI Alliance.

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Top Gun Skate Center is located at 125 Garand Avenue in Fallon. For more information visit them online at or by calling 775-867-3535.

Roller Kingdom owner opens Top Gun Skate Center in Fallon

All in all, Brad Armstrong — who also owns Roller Kingdom Fun Center in Reno — has put in about $100,000 in upgrades and repairs with the ultimate goal of bringing smiles to kids' faces and giving families memories.

Tesla donates $95,000 to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for youth education

With the grant, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful plans to expand the capacity of its Warriors Youth Education Program, which educates students with STEM-based curriculum in the classroom, and provides teachers with resources to bring the curriculum into their daily lessons.

Tuesday, May 7

Biz & Books: 'Becoming a Veterinarian' reminder how tough the job can be

To find out what real veterinarians think of their jobs, Kachka visited with vets from around the country. The first thing he learned is that today's “typical” veterinarian is a woman who graduated with the same amount of debt as a “human doctor," but she'll make a fraction of an M.D.'s salary.

Photo: Mia Tran

Boris Kachka

Monday, May 6

EDITORIAL: Nevada bill vital to promoting government transparency

The principles guiding AB371's intent remain crucial for empowering Nevadans to determine the course of the public agencies that serve them.

Photo: Patrick Connolly Las Vegas Review-Journal

Clark County Medical Coroner autopsy reports shot in the Las Vegas Review-Journal studio in 2018.

Nevada's problem gambling program gets less funding than originally sought by Sisolak

The program handles not only treatment for problem gamblers, but research into the problem officials say have grown exponentially.

Social Buzz: 3 reasons why businesses should focus on 1 social media platform first

It takes a great deal of expertise to juggle multiple messages and campaigns across several social media platforms.

Sunday, May 5

NV gaming win dips slightly in March; at $1.022 billion total

Among the high points for the month was Roulette which brought in $41.7 million. That's an increase of more than 43 percent and the second highest win total ever for Roulette.

Saturday, May 4

Friday, May 3

Wall Street Journal: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spends $59 million on Lake Tahoe properties

The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has quietly acquired $59 million worth of real estate at Lake Tahoe. That is according to exclusive reporting by The Wall Street Journal published Thursday. Per The Journal, the Facebook founder used a limited-liability company, wealth manager and nondisclosure agreements in an attempt to shield the transactions from public view.

Tahoe housing crisis: Higher density key, officials say

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Combating the housing crisis with higher-density developments was a primary talking point at the Mountain Housing Council's annual update last weekend.

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Achieve Tahoe, named Nonprofit of the Year, has been building health, confidence and independence for children and adults with disabilities since 1967. Over the past 52 years, the organization has grown into a year-round adaptive sports center, conducting over 180 days of activities and serving over 600 children, adults and veterans with a wide range of disabilities annually. For more photos from the Community Awards see page B12.

Thursday, May 2

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Sturn Designs, winner of the 2019 Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition, designs outdoor campers like this one.


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Local sponsors presented the Nevada Dairy and Livestock Summit which looked at the overall industry, which included dry milk that is produced in Fallon.


A look at grants doled out by category by the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation since forming in 2008.

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Panattoni already has broken ground on the first building in the second phase of the North Valleys Commerce Center.

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Dermody Properties’ Logisticenter I-80 at Boomtown, Building 2.

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Dermody Properties' Logisticenter at 395, Building A.

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Opportunity zones established in Reno-Sparks extend from the university area to Gentry Way and Keystone Avenue to the Grand Sierra in Reno, and the industrial region of Sparks surrounding Spice Island Drive, Greg Street and Glendale Avenue.

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Artist rendering of the Park Lane project.

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Artist rendering of the Park Lane project.

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Crews work on the Park Lane 1A parking structure this spring.


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Reno’s Alice Heiman, Founder and Chief Sales Officer of Alice Heiman, LLC, was emcee of the April 1-2 Sales 3.0 Conference in San Francisco.

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The Nevada Chapter of Associated General Contractors’ Construction Access Program provides hands-on training with excavators and loaders through two Caterpillar Simformation heavy equipment simulators.

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It’s important in the construction industry for seasoned veterans to pass down knowledge to younger workers, officials say.

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Bibo is well-known for its locally sourced coffee.

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This is what Virginia Street will look like in Midtown (seen here between Mary and Vassar streets) once the project is complete.

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Sierra Nevada Construction crews work on Virginia Street in Midtown, near the California Street intersection, as part of the project's first phase in October 2018.

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Beto O'Rourke in Madison, Wis., on Feb. 15. The Democratic candidate for president will visit Northern Nevada on Thursday.


The MOBE company logo.

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PINNACLE and People's Choice winner Silver State Masonry: UNR Great Basin Hall.

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Filament and the University of Nevada, Reno’s Center for Applied Research are partnering on a smart city mobility initiative using blockchain technology to attest autonomous vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and improve safety.

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Sen. Jacky Rosen, right, speaks with Heather Simola, Nevada Rural Housing Authority, in the food pantry at Richards Crossing.

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Sen. Jacky Rosen, right, speaks with Heather Simola, Nevada Rural Housing Authority, in the library of Richards Crossing.

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LimeBike is bringing electric scooters to South Lake Tahoe this spring as part of its dockless sharing program.

Wednesday, May 1