Stories for May 2020


Sunday, May 31

Jim Valentine: Remember the details

We find wearing a mask is much like life without your glasses on. Your brain just doesn’t get all the information it wants and/or is used to so we are a bit fuzzy in our thinking and actions. It starts by not being able to read the person you are with by their smile/frown, and goes from there.

April gaming win? Believe it or not, it wasn’t zero

With gaming floors completely dark, Nevada casinos reported just $3.65 million in win for the month of April. That is a 99.6 percent, $932.9 million decrease compared to April 2019 when the casinos raked in $936.5 million. That resulted in a nearly $51 million decrease in gaming tax collections to just $19,107 for the month.

Saturday, May 30

John Bullis: The rest of the annual gift tax exclusion

Most folks are aware of the basic annual gift exclusion of $15,000 total gifts in a calendar year to each of as many persons. That can be done and it is not a taxable gift. You do not have to file form 709 U.S. Gift Tax Return and there is no tax to pay to U.S. Treasury (IRS). The Annual Gift Tax Exclusion includes more than just cash (currency) gifts. Another feature of the exclusion is you can pay tuition for someone else and it is not a taxable gift. You need to pay the tuition directly to the educational organization (for the student).

Initial and continuing unemployment claims decline in Nevada

In a sign Nevada’s economy may be turning a corner, continuing claims for unemployment benefits decreased in the week ending May 23 for the first time since March. Continued claims are those individuals filing weekly because they are out of work. There were 343,030 continuing claims at week’s end, a decrease of 26,011 or 7 percent.

Friday, May 29

Tahoe casinos prep to lure visitors with June 4 opening

As one example, the Crystal Bay Casino plans to bring back all 120 laid-off employees next week. Casino manager Bill Wood he's confident that will work, despite 50% capacity and other restrictions that might suggest bringing back a smaller staff at first.

People: Stephanie Brooks hired as operations manager at KPS3

Stephanie Brooks earned her BS in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno and her MBA in finance from Western Governors University.

Courtesy KPS3

Stephanie Brooks

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: The Human Resources Connection (HRC, Ltd.)

The Human Resource Connection (HRC, Ltd.) assists local companies and businesses with implementing visionary projects to recruit, retain and develop efficient human resources departments.

Plumas Bancorp earns another Raymond James Bankers Cup award

Speaking about the COVID crisisn and PPP loans, Plumas Bancorp CEO/President Andrew J. Ryback said that," as of April 30, 2020, we had funded $60 million in PPP loan balances. In May, we expect to fund over $50 million in additional PPP loans, helping close to 1,000 different business clients in our communities."

People: Chelsea D. Bibb new attorney at Allison MacKenzie law firm

A fifth generation native Nevadan, Chelsea D. Bibb earned her JD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' William S. Boyd School of Law, as well as a bachelor's in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Carson company giving away sanitizer to local businesses this morning

Nevada Labs, located at 4610 Arrowhead Way, will give away 1-gallon jugs to 100 local business owners to help the effort to reopen under Phase 2 of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's plan, which launches today.

Thursday, May 28

Nevada Labs giving away hand sanitizer on Friday in Carson City

A Carson City company says it will give away 1-gallon containers of hand sanitizer on Friday. Nevada Labs, 4610 Arrowhead Way, will hand out 100 1-gallon jugs to local business owners to help the effort to reopen businesses under phase 2 of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s plan.

Nevada received fewest SBA PPP loans among similar-sized states

From The Nevada Independent: Nevada received $4.02 billion by way of 37,712 approved PPP loans through May 23. Arkansas, Mississippi, Connecticut, Utah, Iowa and Kansas — which have similar populations as Nevada — all received more loans.

Photo: Humberto Sanchez

U.S. Treasury Building Washington D.C.

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: Tiffany Novich of Full Tilt Logistics

"I think a lot of the influence on bringing some of these large manufacturers and distribution companies and Google and Switch — what EDAWN has done — to really bring these companies and attention to Northern Nevada has been a huge catalyst in our economy," says Tiffany Novich of Full Tilt Logistics.

People: Dominic Brunetti, Scott Shanks earn CoStar Power Broker Awards

Dickson Commercial Group in late April announced that founders Dominic Brunetti, CCIM, and Scott Shanks, SIOR, earned CoStar Power Broker Awards as top office-leasing brokers for the Northern Nevada marketplace in 2019.

Courtesy Dickson CommercialGroup

Scott Shanks, left, and Dominic Brunetti.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: CCMedia

CCMedia Agency provides dynamic clients with sound strategy fueled by data and empowered by relationships.

Regional jobless rates for April: Vegas at 33.5%, Reno at 19.6%, Carson City at 21.4%

The 33.5% mark in April for the Las Vegas area equates to 356,652 among a labor force of 1,063,731 out of work. In Reno-Sparks, the 19.6% tally equates to 44,689 out of work in a labor force of 227,600.

Courtesy DETR

This graph provided by DETR shows how jobless rates have increased over the past year, with exponential growth the past few weeks. Go to for full stats and updates.

People: Kerri Garcia Hendricks named Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at UNR

Kerri Garcia Hendricks — who was named Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Nevada, Reno, in April — is a 1992 graduate of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and is a former Wolf Pack student-athlete (tennis).

Courtesy UNR

Kerri Garcia Hendricks — who was named Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Nevada, Reno, in April — is a 1992 graduate of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and is a former Wolf Pack student-athlete (tennis).

Cashman Equipment inks deal to distribute Interstate Trailers equipment, products

The partnership Cashman Equipment distributorship rights throughout Nevada and the Eastern Sierra for Interstate Trailers' large-scale products like gooseneck, tag-along and tilt bed trailers.

Wednesday, May 27

Gaming Control Board releases updated policy guiding casino reopenings

Temperature checks, table game limits and 50% occupancy mandates are among requirements Nevada's casinos must adhere to upon reopening as soon as June 4, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Wednesday.

Nevada casinos start luring customers after opening date set

LAS VEGAS — Casinos from Lake Tahoe to Laughlin started announcing plans Wednesday to lure back customers beginning June 4, with one downtown Las Vegas hotel owner buying more than 1,000 one-way airline tickets to boost interest around the country.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Blind Onion Pizza & Pub

Blind Onion's specialty is craft pizza, with a hand-braided crust that customers often pair with honey. The pizza/pub also offers appetizers, salads, wings and a variety of craft beer (when open for dine-in).

Some employers find it difficult to hire back workers on unemployment

While those laid-off due to the pandemic could get as much as $1,050 per week in unemployment benefits through July, if people decline to go back to work when their company reopens, they're potentially jeopardizing those benefits.

People: Alana Ridge elected to NCET board; Kyle Robertson, Wes McQuillen re-elected

Alana Ridge was recently elected as NCET's vice president of public relations, while Wes McQuillen and Kyle Robertson were both re-elected to the nonprofit's board.

Reno company completes $10,000 in-kind renovation for NNCCF office

The $10,000 flooring donation from SI Legacy Floor Finishing president Jim Farley will assist the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation “in keeping a clean and sterile environment for children and families served by the foundation."

Meadows Bank reports 18% total equity capital growth from Q1

As of March 31, Meadows Bank reported Total Loans of $813 million, a 4% YOY growth from $782 million. Total Deposits, meanwhile, were down to $806 million, a $2.5 million YOY decrease.

Sisolak: Bars, gyms, churches can reopen Friday – with restrictions – as Nevada moves into ‘Phase 2'

Sisolak touted a 31-day decline in the state's COVID-19 test positivity rate as one of the main reasons why churches, gyms and bars can reopen with restrictions this Friday.

Tuesday, May 26

Gaming Control Board refining rules for reopening casinos

LAS VEGAS — Nevada gambling regulators said Tuesday they may require the state's shuttered casinos to test all front-line resort workers for COVID-19, plan to isolate infected visitors and take other steps to slow the coronavirus spread before they can reopen.

Nevada business interests make case to Congress for COVID liability protection

As Nevada's businesses slowly reopen, they are looking to the federal government for protection from customer and worker lawsuits should they contract COVID-19.

Photo: Humberto Sanchez

Washington, D.C.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Assistance League Reno-Sparks

As one of the top three finalists for this year's Nevada Governor's Points of Light Awards in the Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program Category, Assistance League of Reno-Sparks supports 12 local philanthropic programs.


Assistance League Reno-Sparks.

Reno accelerator helps Tahoe-based blockchain startup lay foundation

BuildingBloc, a fintech startup developing a blockchain-based solution to payment issues in the construction industry, was one of four companies to complete the spring 2020 InNEVator.

Photo: UNR

BuildingBloc’s Gary Spitsen, left, and Dave Spitsen participate in a workshop this spring at the UNR Innevation Center.

Bank Of America donates $200,000 to Northern Nevada nonprofits

Among grant recipients is the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which has seen a 200% increase in food and meal demand since the outset of the COVID crisis, said Andrew Diedrichsen, Bank of America's Reno market president.

Firehouse Subs opens first Reno location

“Now more than ever, I'm honored to have the opportunity to feed and serve my new friends and neighbors,” said Northern Nevada Firehouse Subs franchisee Damon Kreizenbeck.

Monday, May 25

Nevada launches system to accept gig workers' weekly claims

Nevada has launched a system to accept weekly claims from non-traditional workers for unemployment benefits authorized by the federal government. The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation announced late Saturday morning that residents eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program could begin filing weekly claims.

Nevada State Bank helps process over 4,200 PPP loans worth nearly $600 million

“Through it all, there has been a constant flow of communication between colleagues and clients — just trying to keep everyone informed," says Rick Thomas, EVP/Northern Nevada executive of Nevada State Bank.

Michael Bosma: Don't give up – sell your business (Voices)

Due to the destructive nature the COVID-19 pandemic is having on small businesses, it's likely many owners are thinking of throwing in the towel and calling it quits, writes Mike Bosma.

Nevada, California renters, landlords concerned about owed money amid pandemic

One owner of 15 studio apartments said that while most of her tenants have paid their rent or worked out an agreement — taking on labor around the property or using their security deposit to make up the difference — she is facing some tenants who can't or won't pay.

NNBW Editor Column: We're No. 1! At unemployment...

"I find it hard to believe that as the weeks and months progress, we'll see a corresponding decline (in unemployment). There's just too much uncertainty with the virus and with how robust business operations can be this summer and beyond to be that confident in a commensurate rebound."

Troon selected to manage The Club at ArrowCreek

Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, will oversee golf and club operations, food & beverage operations, and golf course agronomy and club/membership marketing for The Club at ArrowCreek.

After losing everything in the catastrophic Camp Fire, business owner turns to Sparks to rebuild

“I could see how much economic activity was going on in Sparks," says Jim Flanagan, who, with help from Agate Construction and MBA Architecture + Interior Design, is rebuilding his gastropub/pizzeria with hopes of opening in August.

Are your passwords at risk?

In the tech business, we take password safety and security very seriously. Passwords protect private information, our finances, our files, our emails and even our identities. It’s why we celebrated World Password Day earlier this month and why we want you to be aware of common attacks people use to steal passwords, strong passwords tips to stop those attacks and how you can keep those passwords safe.

After COVID crisis drives sales off a cliff, auto dealers look to turn a corner

Ryan Dolan, CEO of Dolan Auto Group, says the month like it’s cursed. “April,” laments Dolan, sighing heavily, “is the worst month we’ve had on my watch. It literally cut our business — it cut everything — in half.” Pausing, he gives a more accurate snapshot: “Actually, I would say it cut our business by 60-75% across the board.”

Sunday, May 24

Restaurants, gyms discuss challenges, opportunities amid pandemic

Carson City resident and photographer Alejandra Rubio recently interviewed several area businesses to learn about challenges and opportunities stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how various closures and social distancing restrictions are impacting operations now and in the future. Below are highlights from the interviews. Note that some of the responses came prior to Gov. Sisolak’s Phase 1 reopening on May 9.

John Bullis: Why does Congress treat married folks unfairly?

The income tax law seems to discriminate against married folks. There are several examples of tax laws that cause married folk to pay more than twice what two unmarried single folks pay. The Standard Deduction (a choice instead of Itemized Deductions) gives married folk age 65 or older an additional exemption of $1,300. But a single person age 65 or older gets and additional exemption of $1,650 in 2020. Why the difference?

Saturday, May 23

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

LAS VEGAS — Free parking, but no valet service. Bartenders, blackjack dealers and waiters wearing masks. Hand sanitizer everywhere. Yes, dice will roll, cards will be dealt and slot machines will beckon. But poker rooms? Closed. Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March for the first time ever to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Jim Valentine: Predicting the market

Virus, virus, virus. All we’ve heard for a couple of months now is about the virus and adapting to it being in our midst, living and working (or wanting/trying to work) with it, and the changes it has been making to our lives. The question we are now getting most often is, “What is it doing to the market?” The answers among our peers are amazingly varied and each as correct as the other as nobody knows at this point. As with most such predications, one must assemble the information, establish perspectives, and draw one’s own conclusion. With that, here are some of the variables to put in your think tank.

Friday, May 22

Nevada's Phase Two press conference set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Carson City

Pending evaluation of trends in COVID-19 data over the Memorial Day weekend, gov. Sisolak said he has set a target date of June 4 to reopen the gaming industry.

Nevada's 28.2% jobless rate worst in state's history – also worst in America

"Nevada is facing record high unemployment and the sheer numbers are difficult to comprehend," Gov. Sisolak said in a statement Friday.

Using face masks and sanitizer, couples say 'I do' in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The bride wore a white beaded dress and a white cloth face mask that said "Mrs." in curly black letters. Her new husband, dressed in black, wore one that said "Mr." Vaughan Chambers and Alicia Funk put the face coverings on shortly after they exchanged vows and kissed in front of a neon-lit sign in a Las Vegas wedding chapel and posed for photos with an Elvis impersonator who officiated at their wedding.

After COVID crisis drives car sales off a cliff in April, Northern Nevada auto dealers look to turn a corner

U.S. auto sales hit a 30-year low in April — the industry sold an estimated 633,000 new vehicles, a 53% drop compared to 2019. We spoke with Dolan Auto Group, Carson City Toyota and Rackley Auto Group to talk about impacts to Northern Nevada.

Courtesy Carson City Toyota

A salesperson at Carson City Toyota, wearing a face covering and gloves, shows a vehicle to a prospective customer on May 15 at the dealer’s lot at 2590 S. Carson St.

Artwork by 'Believe' artist planned for former Adele's site in Carson City

The sculpture from famed Reno artist Jeff Schomberg to be erected at the former Cafe at Adele's site in Carson City will be an outline of the state of Nevada and stand 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

Courtesy Renown Health

In April, Reno artist Jeff Schomberg's Love sculpture was installed near the entrance of Renown Regional Medical Center as an homage to Reno's healthcare workers.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Wild River Grille

Wild River Grille is a full-service bar and restaurant located on the River Walk in Downtown Reno, serving upscale food, fine wine, and unique cocktails in a casual and relaxed setting.

People: Benjamin Kennedy of Dickinson Wright named to board of The Eddy House

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board and the staff to continue to build on the initiatives and resources that The Eddy House has gathered for at-risk youth in the Northern Nevada region,” says Benjamin W. Kennedy, a member of Dickinson Wright's Reno office.

'Not now': Tahoe officials ask visitors to stay away for Memorial Weekend

Carol Chaplin, president of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, whose job it is to bring people to the lake to bolster the local economy, is asking tourists to stay away for now.

Photo: CJ Varela / Divided Line Photography

Lake Tahoe looks mighty inviting, but officials are asking tourists to stay away a little longer and not visit this Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday, May 21

Artwork planned for former Adele’s site in Carson City

Work by the artist of Reno’s Believe sculpture is planned for the former Cafe at Adele’s site. The Cultural Commission on Tuesday approved a plan for the art installation presented by Frank Lepori Construction Inc., the contractor for the Jacksons Food Stores and gas station expansion into that now vacant property.

Gaming regulators plan health, safety workshop with casinos

LAS VEGAS — Nevada gambling regulators are calling casino companies to a workshop next week with health and safety officials aimed at sharpening rules for reopening the state's shuttered gambling establishments. With no opening date currently set, the session scheduled for Tuesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board could help show when Gov. Steve Sisolak will lift his mid-March order that stopped gambling in Nevada and closed casinos to prevent groups from gathering and spreading coronavirus.

Northern Nevada restaurants, gyms discuss challenges and opportunities for a post-pandemic life

Officials with Fuentes Restaurant and Cantina, Axle Crossfit, Gather, Loved Momma Fitness, Rowdy Bar and Silver Strike Crossfit discuss challenges — and opportunities — due to the pandemic.

Photo: Alejandra Rubio

Claudia Fuentes, co-owner of Fuentes Restaurant and Cantina, wipes down the bar inside the Minden restaurant earlier this month.

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: Nevada Association of Employers' Thoran Towler

"I think we're going to keep growing. I think we will be a trendy, tech hub," says Nevada Association of Employers' Thoran Towler about where he sees Reno-Sparks in 5 years.

People: Makenna Backstrom promoted to Director of Marketing at SVN Gold Dust

Makenna Backstrom has been with SVN Gold Dust Commercial Associates for the past year and a half and is an alum of the University of Nevada, Reno.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Steamboat Hot Springs Healing Center & Spa

Steamboat Hot Springs Healing Center & Spa is Reno's only mineral hot springs. A registered state historic landmark, Steamboat features geothermal water for soaking combined with the relaxation of a spa.

Reno web design business uses Facebook group to connect helpers, people in need amid pandemic

Bobby Stiehler, a co-owner of Mabble Media, didn't want to lay off his 10 staff members due to the pandemic — so he looked for an alternative. The Nevada Independent reports:

Courtesy: Mabble Media

Wash-oe Hands graphic used on Facebook, displaying a person washing their hands over the outline of Reno's cityscape.

City National Bank donates $10,000 to Nevada's COVID-19 fund

“City National is proud to join with many other Nevada companies in supporting our state's recovery efforts from COVID-19,” said Paul Stowell, Nevada regional executive for City National.

Wednesday, May 20

People: Heather Ashbridge promoted to VP at Nevada State Development Corporation

Heather Ashbridge, who started with Nevada State Development Corporation in 2008, previously served in several roles with the organization, including assistant vice president and loan officer. She is based in NSDC's Reno office.

Photo: Jeramie Lu Photography

Heather Ashbridge

Buzz Harris: Picking an exit strategy that's best for business (Voices)

Sometimes, succession isn't the best solution when it comes to a family run business. An exaggerated example is the humorous commercial on TV where Chip is a newly appointed CEO of a large company simply because he is the outgoing CEO's son. The results are disastrous.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Design on Edge

Design on Edge is a full-service boutique creative studio and integrated digital marketing agency specializing in design, logo development, brand strategy, advertising, campaigns, and website design.

KPS3 lands $1M contract for voter education marketing campaign in Nevada

According to the contract approved May 12, KPS3 will develop and implement a marketing plan, including creation and maintenance of a website, creation of marketing materials and media access.

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Election 2020

Facing lack of protective gear, dental hygienists want more guidance from local, Nevada government before returning to work

“We have received 212 messages from hygienists who have been fired, who have been threatened, who say they have to reuse PPE because the guiding documents we have are vague and they contradict each other,” Lancette VanGuilder, legislative chair for the Nevada Dental Hygienists' Association, told The Nevada Independent.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Dental Assistant Pam Spottedwolf at the Pyramid Lake Tribal Clinic, on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Nixon, Nev.

People: Snell & Wilmer's Stephanie Casteel named to ACTEC board

Snell & Wilmer announced recently that The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) elected partner Stephanie Casteel to its Board of Regents for a three-year term.

7 strategies for businesses to survive a COVID-related cash flow crisis

“Cash flow management should not only be important in times like these, but constant in any business operation,” says Monica Coburn, CEO of Nevada Business Advisors.

Tuesday, May 19

Vegas Strip casino owner waiving parking fees when reopening

LAS VEGAS — Casino giant MGM Resorts International isn't going to charge parking fees at its Las Vegas Strip resorts when they are allowed to reopen after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company said. No reopening date has been set. But a spokesman for the owner of properties including Bellagio, MGM Grand, New York-New York and Mandalay Bay said in a statement Tuesday that free parking will be a way to welcome guests back.

Michael Bosma: Successfully re-opening your business (Voices)

"While I cannot say with certainty what the business landscape will look like after the dust settles, I do believe it will never get back to the way it was before the shutdown," advises Mike Bosma.

In 2 days, roughly 38,000 Nevadans apply for new jobless program for independent workers

The long-awaited new program, called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, launched Saturday and allows workers who have historically been ineligible to apply for benefits.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

A pawn shop in downtown Reno on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: BluePeak Technology Solutions

BluePeak Technology Solutions designs, deploys and manages complex IT infrastructure systems for companies that depend on technology for growth and efficiency across the U.S.

In party-line vote, Nevada lawmakers transfer $401M ‘Rainy Day' fund to offset economic shutdown

Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, was among Republican lawmakers opposed to the full transfer, saying Monday he can support moving a portion of the $401.2 million but not all of it until he sees some of the proposed budget reductions.

First Independent Bank to donate $415,000 in local COVID-19 support

"First Independent Bank is pleased to help our neighbors and friends through the work of several outstanding initiatives and nonprofits that are addressing immediate needs and longer-term support for community resilience,” said Jim DeVolld, Managing Director of First Independent Bank in Reno.

People: Kathleen Knight new Senior Civil Engineer at Reno's CFA, Inc.

Kathleen Knight received her B.S. from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and is currently licensed in Nevada, California and Texas.

Reno hotels increase safety, lower expectations for revenue rebound

“At least at the start, it's going to cost a little more to do business, and our revenue will probably be down for some time. But, hopefully it pays off," says Eric Olson, GM of the Whitney Peak in downtown Reno.

Monday, May 18

Tourism-driven Virginia City tries to support merchants, keep crowds at bay

Every year, Virginia City sees up to 1.4 million people — from near and far — funnel into its historic mining town tucked in the hillside of the Sierra Nevada. That won’t be the case this year.

'Dumbfounding' drop in flights, passenger counts puts future of Reno-Tahoe travel up in air

Reno-Tahoe International Airport's traffic flow is down 95%. To put another way, on a normal day, the airport averages 140 commercial flights — that number is now down to around 20, says Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs. Brian Kulpin

Photo: Gary Schenauer

A view of the Lake Tahoe Basin from a Southwest plane.

NNBW Editor Column: What a quick, strange trip it's been

Three months ago, we made the transition back to a weekly publication. Obviously, a lot has happened since (thanks, COVID-19), but like any business, three months is is a great benchmark to measure successes, identify challenges and opportunities, reevaluate operations, and, if necessary, institute changes for the better.

Truckee-Tahoe 'construction industry has been really lucky' amid COVID-19

Projects expected to finish in the coming weeks include construction of two new grocery stores in Truckee — a 40,000-square-foot Raley's off Highway 267, and a 16,147-square-foot Grocery Outlet in the Gateway Area of Donner Pass Road.

Photo: Justin Scacco

Workers labor to complete the Grocery Outlet on Donner Pass Road. The store is scheduled to open in late June or early July.

Photo: Courtney McKimmey

Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall speaks at a May 4 press conference announcing the launch of Delivering with Dignity Reno-Sparks, while United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra CEO Michael Brazier looks on.

Restaurants, nonprofits partner to expand Delivering with Dignity to Reno-Sparks

“Serving those in need during these unprecedented times with fresh, hot food from locally-owned restaurants is undoubtedly a win-win situation,” Chef Mark Estee said about the program.

Photo: Courtney McKimmey

Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall speaks at a May 4 press conference announcing the launch of Delivering with Dignity Reno-Sparks, while United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra CEO Michael Brazier looks on.

Sisolak: Nevadans doing well in first week of Phase 1; no timeline yet on Phase 2

Gov. Sisolak said Friday that while a majority of businesses are in compliance, state regulators have made it clear companies that flout the rules could face fines, restrictions and even the loss of their business licenses.

Damage already done? Amid major revenue decreases, some small businesses left hoping to break even

The Glass Die, one of many struggling small businesses in Reno, saw an 81% drop in gross sales in April 2020 ($6,696) compared to April 2019 ($34,972). Looking ahead at a best-case scenario, owner Jeff Carter says if he reopens in July (at 50% capacity) and sales are cut in half ($27,000 in 2019 turns into $13,500) — and 100% of his sales are in the 300%-margin category — his business would still post a negative-$2,640 profit margin.

Photo: Jeff Carter

The Glass Die, a board game bar in Reno’s Midtown District, sits empty on May 12. The business, like countless others across Northern Nevada, faces a long road to recovery amid the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, May 17

Saturday, May 16

Jim Valentine: Thoughts for the pondering mind

I’ve written extensively over the past couple of months about the changes in the real estate industry caused by the COVID-19 virus. Times they’ve sure been a changing and the adaptations have been accepted and applied in the field. So what does it all mean to the consumer? Is everyone protected equally? It seems as if changes have been made that protect consumers from recognizable consequences, but what about some of the not so visible unintended ones?

Initial claims for unemployment fall for second week in a row

The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reports that initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by almost 7,000 to 21,635 last week. That is the second consecutive decrease in initial claims but officials point out that 440,744 people have filed in just the last nine weeks following the governor’s order to close most businesses in the state.

Friday, May 15

As revenues tumble, tourism-driven Virginia City tries to balance supporting merchants while keeping visitor crowds at bay

The top tourism official for Virginia City says the town's revenue is projected to be down 25% for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Zooming out, a 40% drop is already being forecast for the 2020-21 fiscal year — and 'that's provided we still have a decent summer.”

Photo: RAD Strategies

Revenues in Virginia City are down 25% for the fiscal year due the COVID crisis, said Deny Dotson, tourism director of the Virginia City Tourism Commission.

Unemployment program for Nevada's independent contractors begins Saturday

After weeks of waiting, independent contractors and gig workers in Nevada can apply for unemployment starting Saturday. Benefit amounts range from $181 to $469 a week, and claims will be backdated to as early as Jan. 27.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Total Home Experience

Total Home Experience is a home concierge business, offering home cleanings, organizational projects, lawn trimming and maintenance services, moving assistance and more.

People: Nicole Watson named president of Quest Counseling board

Nicole Watson was born and raised in Reno and attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she graduated with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. She joined the Quest board in 2018.

Layoffs, furloughs and more: weathering the COVID storm in Northern Nevada

“Any sense of urgency that you place on a buyer is really not fair," offers Jacob Warwick, CEO of Reno-based Discover Podium. "While your temporary financial gain may help you today, it's going to cause a lot of problems downhill."

Northern NV business leaders asked to donate to AHA's 2020 Executive Challenge

Regional business leaders and CEOs are encouraged to set a personal fundraising goal of at least $3,000 and raise money between May 14 and July 1. Funds will go toward the 2020 Northern Nevada Heart & Stroke Walk campaign.

People: Taylor Allison to chair Behavioral Health Policy Board

Taylor Allison, who's also executive director of Partnership Douglas County, was initially appointed to the Northern Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board in 2017 by former Governor Brian Sandoval.

Photo: Jim Grant

Taylor Allison

Thursday, May 14

Reno-Sparks median home price sets new record; units sold down 40% in April

According to RSAR, the median price for a single-family set another record at $416,500 in April, an increase of 10.5% from last year. This comes despite a 39.8% decrease in number of homes sold compared to April 2019.

Courtesy RSAR

This graph from RSAR's April 2020 report shows the trend of median prices for single-family homes across greater Reno-Sparks the past three years. Go to for the full report.

Close contact: Spa and salon experiences to be vastly different upon reopening

Not only will the health of the planet suffer from the massive quantities of single-use containers Blue Water Day Spat and other businesses will switch to using due to COVID-19 precautions — so will the company's bottom line.

Photo: Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

The owner of Blue Water Day Spa in Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe says many things are going change.

Reno massage therapist sues to speed up unemployment pay: ‘We can't just sit around and wait'

Amethyst Payne, owner of Therapeutic Massage by Amethyst, told The Nevada Independent she hopes that unlocking unemployment benefits will help replenish her depleted savings and allow her to stay current on rent at her home and at her massage studio.

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: Communities In Schools of Nevada's Auburn Harrison

"A more open, honest discussion about mental health and access to mental health services. I think that's the most important thing that people should focus on," says Auburn Harrison of Communities In Schools of Western Nevada, regarding the biggest opportunity for improvement across Reno-Sparks.

People: Alec West joins Miles Construction as project manager

Alec West is a Reno native and graduate of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School. His appointment comes after working as a Miles Construction intern for the last two years.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Rounds Bakery

Rounds Bakery opened in 2015 in Reno, with the understanding that the best moments of any day are the ones shared with friends, community and sometimes even strangers, and often around food.

Ira M. Gostin: Embracing the new normal in Northern Nevada (Voices)

“Remember, nothing replaces the boss picking up the phone and asking, ‘How can I help you?' … it has to fall on your shoulders to be the boss, regardless of your own fears and insecurities," writes Ira Gostin.

United Way donates $410,120 from Northern NV business-backed COVID-19 fund

Since launching the emergency fund on March 19, with the backing of several local businesses, UWNNS has dispersed over a half-million dollars in COVID-19 aid to regional groups and nonprofits.

People: Michael Whittaker named president of United Construction

As president of United Construction, Mike Whittaker will continue overseeing day-to-day activities with a focus on enhancing operations and company culture, which he has done as chief operating officer since returning to the company last year.

Wednesday, May 13

Nonprofit Spotlight: Reno Rodeo Foundation safely serves children

Just because the 2020 Reno Rodeo was canceled due to COVID-19 doesn't mean the Reno Rodeo Foundation continues to be hard at work safely serving area children.

Courtesy Reno Rodeo Foundation

Reno Rodeo Foundation providing comfort to children with extraordinary needs.

Working Together: Time for companies to think about upskilling (Voices)

As the current crisis accelerates workforce trends that began to emerge toward the end of 2019, we can expect to see companies fast-track the move to a leaner workforce, advises Amy Fleming of EDAWN.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Quick Space

Quick Space provides site services and storage solutions to all the Sierra region, including Northern Nevada and parts of Northern California.

Photo: Jeramie Lu Photography

Ty Rogers is Director of Business Development at Quick Space in Sparks.

Carson businesses report good support as they reopen with restrictions

Reopening with restrictions doesn't come without challenges. For example, on Sunday, staff at Fox Brewpub in Carson City was spraying sanitizer on a table and a gust of wind carried it to the next table. “The patron was upset. We offered to pay for her lunch,” said owner Jim Phalan, but she wrote a bad online review instead.

Courtesy Fox Brewpub Facebook

A look at the outdoor dining area at the Fox Brewpub in Carson City. The business reported that its patio would open May 9 at 50% capacity — meaning 11 tables set at least 6 feet apart to maintain social distancing.

People: Meredith Montoya hired at Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada

Prior to joining CCNN, Meredith Montoya worked for 14 years at Wolf Pack Athletics at the University of Nevada, Reno, serving in donor services and sales positions, as well as with the Reno Bighorns and Sacramento Kings.

As Nevada slowly reopens, casino comeback could be a long road, officials warn

Employment in Nevada's casino industry has been upended twice in the last two decades — after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and in the years surrounding the Great Recession. But nothing can match the closure of every casino in Nevada during the ongoing pandemic.

NV Energy introduces long-awaited, renewable-based pricing plan for large businesses, customers

NV Energy's longstanding plan to woo back large businesses and other major electric customers from leaving utility service has a promise by the utility that the program won't cost residential and other ratepayers.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

NV Energy corporate headquarters in Las Vegas is seen on Nov. 22, 2017.

Tuesday, May 12

Elon Musk becomes champion of defying virus stay-home orders

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has emerged as a champion of defying stay-home orders intended to stop the coronavirus from spreading, picking up support — as well as critics — on social media. Among the supporters was President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday morning tweeted that Tesla's San Francisco Bay Area factory should be allowed to open despite local health department orders that it stay closed except for minimum basic operations.

UPDATED — Michael Bosma: So, you received your PPP loan; should you return it? (Voices)

"Unfortunately, nowhere does the current guidance contain the level of detail necessary to address these issues with any degree of certainty. This is incredibly frustrating, as borrowers hear threats of SBA audits, fraud charges and bad publicity, but they lack clear rules to guide decisions."

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Noble Pie Parlor

Noble Pie Parlor is a full-service pizza restaurant and bar serving oven-fired pizza, wings, craft beers, hand-selected wine and cocktails.

Courtesy: Noble Pie Parlor Facebook

Noble Pie is a full-service pizza restaurant and bar serving oven-fired pizza, wings, craft beers, hand-selected wine and cocktails.

People: Tagore Evans new VP at The Whittier Trust Company of Nevada

The Whittier Trust Company of Nevada, Inc. recently announced the hiring of Tagore Evans as Vice President, Client Advisor at the firm's Reno location.

From marijuana to coffee shops, Nevada businesses cautiously open doors after COVID-19 shutdown

Local governments say they have taken a gentle approach to enforcement, focusing on educating businesses and residents rather than bringing down the hammer on crowds. Meanwhile, businesses that reopened Saturday across Reno and the Silver State say they're navigating a world of broader safety precautions and lower volumes — but grateful to break out of cumbersome delivery-only models.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

A Vape Shop in Sparks displays a "COVID COMPLIANT" sign on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Village Barber Shop in Reno, Nev. opens with COVID-19 procedures on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Hand To Paws dog groomer in Reno, Nev. with a sign explaining COVID-19 procedures on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Wingfield Park in Dowtown Reno, Nev. along the Truckee River on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Village Barber Shop in Reno, Nev. opens with COVID-19 procedures on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

NNBW Editor Column: The summer of economic discontent in Northern Nevada

"Thursday's announcements represented the imperfect dichotomy of our current reality: even as the economy begins to reopen, the road to recovery will be a long and painful one."

Sparks company producing 'ear savers' for healthcare workers; donates initial $200K for COVID efforts

In addition to having staff work to produce "ear savers" for area healthcare workers, SNC owners Eren and Fatih Ozmen launched a campaign to support COVID relief efforts and veterans impacted by the pandemic, personally committing to personally match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $200,000.

Courtesy Sierra Nevada Corporation

A Sierra Nevada Corporation engineer wears a facemask with an “ear saver,” a device the advanced manufacturing company started producing to donate to healthcare workers in Reno-Sparks.

Nevada fast-tracking hiring to fill jobs for overwhelmed unemployment office

The directive allows the state flexibility to hire temp staff and contractors, as well as to rehire retirees or former employees to process claims alongside regular state workers through the end of this year.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak.

Monday, May 11

With up to $911M shortfall looming, Sisolak declares fiscal state of emergency

Due to COVID-related business closures — especially the casinos — Nevada finance officials project a shortfall between $741 million and $911 million this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

ITS Logistics, Reno Cigar Lions Club aid regional efforts to collect hundreds of laptops for area youth

With nearly 16,000 students in the Washoe County School District not having access to a computer at home, ITS Logistics is spearheading a project to collect hundreds of laptops from area businesses and individuals.

Courtesy ITS Logistics

From left, Cris Claudio, of ITS Logistics; Adam Hopkins, of the Reno Cigar Lions Club; and Brett Drumwright, of ITS Logistics, stand with a pallet of donated laptops to be distributed to Washoe County students without access to computers.

As pandemic's economic pain persists, food banks, farmers adjust to new normal of shifted demand

“We're probably not as bad off as other segments of the agriculture industry around the country, but we may also be looking at having our day of reckoning ahead of us,” Doug Busselman, EVP for the Nevada Farm Bureau, told The Nevada Independent.

Courtesy Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Volunteers fill bags of food at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada mobile harvest site at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino on May 6.

'Scouting' the next generation of Northern Nevada's female entrepreneurs

According to a recent survey by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) called “Today's Girls, Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs,” 92% of girls that are ages 8-17 say they are smart enough to be an entrepreneur, and 89% are already engaged in entrepreneurial activities.

Community Foundation's COVID-19 Relief Fund doles out $50K in first round

“As the crisis continues, it becomes clear who needs help,” Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Askin said in a statement. “Those who don't qualify for government support or unemployment are showing up in desperation at nonprofit organizations that offer health care, food, and other basic critical assistance.”

Tahoe restaurants adapting but struggling with supplies, lack of tourism

Despite declining revenue, Rick Boyd, owner of Brewforia in Incline Village, has major concerns about reopening restaurants even with social distancing guidelines still in place as the virus continues to impact processing plants and factories, creating shortages.

Photo: Claire McArthur

After closing for six weeks, Black Cabin Coffee in South Lake Tahoe reopened on May 1 with a walk-up window to serve customers.

Reno-Sparks performing arts industry reckoning with 'devastating' impacts of COVID crisis

Concert venues, opera houses, dance halls — all have been shuttered amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As people have stopped gathering in groups of any significant size and adopted social distancing, any business activity that relies on assembly has been crushed. We spoke with the Pioneer Center, Reno Little Theater and Reno Phil to talk about short- and long-term impacts.

Photo: Pioneer Center

Since mid-March, the Reno-based Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts has been “in complete hibernation” due to the coronavirus pandemic, said executive director Dennyse Sewell.

Sunday, May 10

Initial jobless claims fall in Nevada but continuing claims rise

Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by a third in the week ending May 2. The total 28,550 claims is the lowest since the COVID-19 business closures. But that is still the seventh highest number of initial claims in state history. That is almost exactly the same number as the week’s increase in continuing claims — 28,723 for a total of 303,573.

Saturday, May 9

Carson City businesses gear up for walk-in customers

The Purple Avocado owner Sue Jones usually sets out one or two chairs before Mother’s Day each year for last-minute shoppers looking for that something special. For 2020, with COVID-19 taking its toll, today might be unusual if it makes the staff spread some chairs more than 6 feet apart for an even longer line and more extended waits. Jones and her husband Stan on Friday scurried quickly with their preparations after Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday he would ease restrictions for Phase 1 and allow certain retailers to reopen as of midnight today.

Jim Valentine: Ready, set, go

We’ve all been working through the pandemonium of COVID-19 together and are now being given hope that we can soon have a sense of normalcy return to our lives. Operative word, “sense” of normalcy. Things won’t be as they were for some time as scientists, doctors, politicians and leaders get a sense of what it is we are truly facing and its current and predictable status. What does all that mean to real estate? We must assume that many of our current “virus practices” will continue. We might see a different practice for local buyers versus out-of-state buyers.

Friday, May 8

Amid dire signs, idled performers hope gigs restart in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Andrea Bensmiller and three bandmates were onstage at the Planet Hollywood resort on the Las Vegas Strip, performing for conventioneers during a big mid-March construction trade show when word came that she and thousands of other musicians, acrobats and entertainers were out of work.

Nevada jobless rate nearly 20%; U.S. economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April

The number of jobless workers filing for benefits in Nevada equates to almost 30% of the 1.4 million workers who had jobs in Nevada in February, when the Nevada unemployment figure was a record-low 3.6%.

RV Country in Sparks donates motorhome for NNMC frontline workers

RV Country in Sparks is donating the use of a 2015 Holiday Rambler Vacationer motorhome, offering nurses, doctors and assistants at Northern Nevada Health System a place to rest or meet.

Biz & Books review: ‘The Fix' takes on barriers holding women back

In "The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That are Holding Women Back at Work," author Michelle P. King points out that alterations in the workplace that benefit women also benefit their male co-workers in ways they may not have realized they need.

Courtesy Atria

"The Fix"

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Reno Engineering Corp.

Reno Engineering provides consulting engineering services for commercial and industrial projects. This includes hotels, shopping centers and logistic centers.

Gaming commission approves safety guidelines for casino reopenings

State officials have not set a date for when casinos might reopen. Gov. Steve Sisolak has they won't reopen at the beginning of “Phase 1” — a stage that was originally expected to start before May 15, but now has been bumped up to May 9.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

The marquee at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno includes a message telling people to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, March 19.

Increase in tests propels California into Stage 2; more businesses to reopen

Based on the state's progress in handling the outbreak of COVID-19, businesses like bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores, in addition to manufacturing and logistics operations, will be allowed to reopen with modifications.

Photo: Justin Scacco

A COVID-19 testing site opened in Kings Beach this week, on Lake Tahoe's North Shore.

Thursday, May 7

Restaurants, barbers among NV businesses that can open with restrictions Saturday

“The beginning of opening our economy is not the end of coronavirus," Gov. Sisolak said Thursday.

Nevada gambling regulators OK rules for casino reopenings

LAS VEGAS — Nevada gambling officials approved rules Thursday to limit customers, keep gamblers spaced apart from each other and disinfect dice and cards when the state's casinos are allowed to reopen. The Nevada Gaming Commission, which is considered the final authority on regulations and licensing, unanimously approved the guidelines that were released last week by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which sets rules and regulations.

Resilience Fund-Sierra goal: raise $5 million to help 400 Tahoe-Truckee businesses

Per the Sierra Business Council, the fund aggregates donated and invested money into a revolving fund for small businesses to access as low-interest micro loans, most ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, for use as operating capital.

Free meal program for hospitality workers expands to Carson City

In the first two weeks of the program, the Nevada HIP team served over 630 meals, feeding approximately 1,900 people. Starting today, the program expands to Carson City.

Photo: Nevada HIP

Nevada HIP volunteers pose during the first round of the program at Liberty Food & Wine Exchange in downtown Reno.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Petroni Law Group

Petroni Law Group has more than 30 years of experience in various areas of law including estate planning, probate, business, bankruptcy, custody, real estate and divorce.

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: Alphonse Polito of Three Sticks Productions

"This community is super inviting and super open to helping and I think that's what's awesome. And I think the younger generation continues to have that spirit here, and I hope that never goes away," says Alphonse Polito of Three Sticks Productions.

A moooving experience: Fallon dairy hands out hundreds of gallons of milk

Last week, Sand Hill Dairy in Fallon gave away 1,400 gallons of milk. The owner says the handouts had nothing to do with the COVID-related challenges dairy producers are facing across the country — instead, the business wanted to help the community.

Photo: Steve Ranson

Sand Hill Dairy, which is home to roughly 500 cows, is located on Trento Lane in Fallon.

Q-and-A: New DETR director Heather Korbulic on working through huge backlog of unemployment claims

In an interview this week with The Nevada Independent, new Nevada DETR leader Heather Korbulic — who was appointed to the role after Tiffany Tyler-Garner's May 1 resignation — discussed what her agency is doing to bring help to those stuck in jobless limbo.

Southwest Gas submits rate hike application in Nevada

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada has scheduled a June 24 consumer session to receive comment on Southwest Gas Corporation’s application to raise natural gas rates. The total proposed increase would raise about $38.3 million statewide but the vast majority of that, $35.2 million, would come from Southern Nevada customers.

Wednesday, May 6

Sparks screen printing company donating to local businesses in need

The first round of the campaign from Stitches Clothing Co. will feature donations to 20 local businesses, including The Holland Project, Süp, Coffee N' Comics, Pitch Black Printing, Craft Wine and Beer, and State 36 Clothing, among others.

Courtesy Facebook

A look inside Stitches Clothing Co. at 990 Spice Islands Drive in Sparks.

What's Up Downtown: Now best time to innovate, pivot your business model (Voices)

As businesses in Northern Nevada slowly begin to consider a new normal, now is a good time to experiment, suggests Alex Stettinski of the Downtown Reno Partnership.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: Jeramie Lu Photography

Jeramie Lu, owner of Jeramie Lu Photography, is a professional commercial, wedding and portrait photographer whose job is to tell stories with images and in turn show others what they see in themselves.

No buffets, masks for guests among union's requests for Nevada casino reopening

Among other recommendations, UNITE HERE wants casinos to not compel employees to come to work if COVID-19 has been detected within 14 days in the state — and not to challenge claim to unemployment benefits if they stay home in “involuntary layoff” status.

Aaron's, Inc. donates 500 mattress to several Nevada shelters impacted by COVID

By late April, the company had donated nearly 500 mattresses and mattress sets to shelters across the Silver State, including Our Place Families and Youth in Reno and the Samaritan House Emergency Shelter in Elko.

Reno book, record stores turn to curbside pickup; hard to replicate in-store browsing experience

In Recycled Records' 42 years of existence, owner Kyle Howell said the store endured road construction, location changes and a variety of owners. But the pandemic created the worst economic situation for the business to navigate.

Tuesday, May 5

Workers want virus protections before casinos reopen

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Casino workers across the country want their employers to provide them with protective equipment and adopt tough new cleaning and social distancing policies before the gambling halls reopen during the coronavirus outbreak. Union leaders and workers from casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi, held a video press conference Tuesday to call for all workers to be tested at the casinos' expense before returning back to their jobs.

Michael Bosma: What second round of PPP funding means to entrepreneurs (Voices)

"Loan forgiveness remains a significant issue, as both current and future participants in the PPP are dealing with the lack of guidance related to the forgivable amount of loans under the program. This issue is frustrating lenders and borrowers alike," writes Mike Bosma.

Cortez Masto's WORKER Act focuses on STEM, automation workforce growth

"These are jobs of the 21st century and if there are going to be displaced workers due to automation, then there are going to be new jobs for the future," Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto told the NNBW.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: The Brewer's Cabinet

The Brewer's Cabinet in Reno is a small batch brewery designed with the idea of creating fresh, exciting and unique beers.

Photo: Chris Holloman

From left, Chris Kahl, Zachary Cage and Michael Connolly are longtime friends and owners of five local food and drink establishments, including The Brewer’s Cabinet in Reno.

Reno-based mining company donates 2,500 gallons of hand sanitizer, $250,000 to pandemic efforts

Elko Mining Group — a subsidiary of Toronto-based Waterton Global — is contributing $250,000 to several causes in Nevada dealing with the pandemic , in addition to distributing 2,500 gallons of hand sanitizer.

Extension offers free guidance for farmers, ranchers during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is posing unprecedented challenges for many of today's producers. Each week, free online sessions will focus on the following industries and topics: meat packing and pricing; backyard poultry production; pork industry; and dairy farms and milk dumping.

Photo: Lindsay Chichester

University of Nevada, Reno Extension is offering online sessions, “Agriculture: Living Beyond a Pandemic,” to assist producers. Pictured: Ranchland in Gardnerville, with storm clouds rolling over Job’s Peak.

Reno's Breadware sold to Colorado company; owners focused on spin-off Ioterra

In mid-April, Reno-based Breadware officially announced it was acquired by StoneAge Inc., a manufacturer of industrial water-blast tools and automated equipment headquartered in Durango, Colorado.

Monday, May 4

Sanitized cards, chips: Nevada wants casinos' plans to open

LAS VEGAS — When Nevada casinos eventually reopen, customer numbers will be cut in half, nightclubs will remain closed, convention groups will be limited and gamblers will have to keep safe distances apart, according to new rules from state gambling regulators. "Plans should ... address how licensees will disinfect cards and chips," the Nevada Gaming Control Board guidelines said.

Nevada takes $10.7M from feds to help unemployment processing as claims surpass 400,000

Heather Korbulic, the newly-appointed director of DETR, told lawmakers last week the department is receiving 10,000 new claims for benefits every day amid the pandemic.

Kaleb M. Roedel: Nothing normal about working during the new normal

"That's what I miss the most about working in an office: face-to-face interactions — truly connecting — with colleagues, peers and sources, whether we're talking shop or bonding over the highs and lows of parenting," writes NNBW Reporter Kaleb M. Roedel.

Photo: Rachel Roedel

Surrounded by his new "co-workers," NNBW Reporter Kaleb M. Roedel holds his nearly 6-month-old son, River.

Reno Ice holds virtual groundbreaking for $9.5 million arena project

"This has been five years of hard work. It'll be the first in the country for this ice. … The entire package is what was used in the last Olympics," says Joel Grace of Reno Ice.


An overview of the plans

Sisolak: Nevada will transition to limited business reopening over next 2 weeks

Per the governor's plan, when the state moves to "Phase 1" — expected by May 15 or sooner — bars and nightclubs, malls, large sporting events, large in-person worship services and concerts will remain prohibited. Casinos would also not open during Phase 1.

Nevada small businesses get more aid in second round of SBA emergency loan funding

Between April 27 and May 1, Nevada had 21,963 loans approved under round two, totaling $1.9 billion as of Sunday. Between April 3 and April 16, Nevada had 8,674 loans approved totaling $2.01 billion.

Photo: Humberto Sanchez / The Nevada Independent)

East front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as seen July 16, 2018.

'We cry and we laugh' – Reno's locally-owned grocers adapting in time of need

“They're actually the heroes of this. Without Northern Nevada farmers, we would've been up s--t creek like every other grocery store. I think that's actually why we got a ton of business, because we were able to stay stocked," says Amber Sallaberry of the Great Basin Community Food Co-op.

Sunday, May 3

Jim Valentine: Miscellaneous real estate musings

Many things happen along the way when buying or selling real estate. No matter how simple or solid a situation may appear to be, things can come up that disrupt the harmony. Handling problems is the essence of a real estate agent’s job. Problems can be big or small, but if they impede the sale or closing of an escrow they are equally important until they are resolved.

Saturday, May 2

Kelly Bullis: COVID-19 stimulus check: Is it taxable?

Well greetings! As we languish in continuous lockdown, many of us have now received our stimulus checks. There are many rumors running around about whether they are an advance on our 2020 tax refund, or that we have to report them as taxable income in 2020, etc.

Friday, May 1

Northern Nevada CCIM chapter honored with 2 awards of distinction

“This is the first time our chapter has won the coveted President's Cup Award, and we couldn't be more honored that our efforts have been recognized on an international level," said Carole Brill, Chapter President 2018-19.

NNBW Support Your Local Business Sweepstakes profile: The Liberty Group of Nevada

The commitment and dedication to clients, coupled with broad experience, makes The Liberty Group of Nevada Northern Nevada's most professional Business Brokerage firm.

Plumas Bank sees decreased earnings, increased assets in first quarter

Plumas Bank announced April 15 first quarter 2020 earnings of $3.3 million, or $0.64 per share, a decrease of $502,000 from $3.8 million, or $0.74 per share, during the first quarter of 2019.

Coronavirus crisis: How CPAs are adjusting business operations

Researchers at the UNR College of Business recently examined how public accountants, their employees and their clients are navigating the pandemic and its economic and social consequences.

OnTrac Reno's $35 million automation warehouse project ‘a game-changer'

Rob Abel, director of OnTrac, told the NNBW as of mid-April there were 281 employees working at the hew $35 million facility, and the company was hiring for 25 positions due to increase in volume thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.