Stories for October 2020


Friday, October 30

Washoe County to reduce limit on gatherings from 250 to 50 amid COVID surge

Public gatherings in Washoe County will once again be limited to 50 people starting next week

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

A look at the Washoe County Administration Complex.

‘Very exclusive, very high end’: Firm unveils vision for $50 million property in South Reno

Bryan Drakulich remembers a time when he felt lucky to get one viable prospect for a commercial real estate listing in Northern Nevada.

People: KPS3 hires Ravyn Smith, Kimberly Wade as account managers

Smith joins KPS3 from D4 Advanced Media, while Wade joins KPS3 from Humane Network.

Shoe Tree Brewing earns medals in 2020 Great American Beer Festival

Shoe Tree was recognized in the Specialty Beer Category for its Coco Burrito and in the Imperial Stout Category for Stoutacus.

Thursday, October 29

Courtesy: Drakulich Commercial Partners

This illustration shows the property’s location in relation to Carson City and Reno.

As home sales thrive across Reno-Sparks, land supply continues dive

Land sales stalled out the first half of the year when the pandemic hit. Builders reigned in development plans since they didn’t know what the future would bring, and deals were either scuttled or extended. Rob Sabo reports.

Washoe County, Reno casinos post increases in September gambling win

Statewide gambling win came in at $821.1 million in September, down 22.4% from last year mainly due to continued poor performance in Vegas.

Dissecting key elements of Reno’s zoning code update, which would alter development, land use

Addressing the region’s housing issues is an ongoing, multi-step effort, says Arlo Stockham of the city of Reno; considering that, a number of new provisions were added to the revamped zoning code to help developers erect more affordable housing units.

Digital marketers adapt due to pandemic-fueled demand

This month, the NNBW's Kaleb M. Roedel spoke with a trio of local digital marketing companies to discuss pandemic impacts and opportunities for the ever-changing business sector in the months to come.

McCormack Plastic Surgery expands to new state-of-the-art building

Miles Construction recently wrapped construction on a new facility for McCormack Plastic Surgery and M spa in Reno.

People: Dr. Adam Porath new vice president of pharmacy at Renown

Dr. Porath has worked in various roles within Renown’s pharmacy department since 2006 and has served as Interim Director of Pharmacy since June.

Wednesday, October 28

Photo: Krueger Land Team

Overhead view of Ladera Ranch in Sun Valley, which has existing homes for sale through DR Horton, surrounded by vacant land opportunities offered through ArchCrest Commercial Partners.

Photo: Rob Sabo

Campbell Construction has begun mass grading for a new housing development in Somersett in Northwest Reno, as seen here the afternoon of Oct. 20.

Reno-Sparks multifamily housing demand remains strong heading into winter

Sustained demand for multifamily housing units, even during the COVID-19 economic downturn, has buoyed Northern Nevada’s apartment industry over the past few months, officials say.

Thought Leaders: Recovering Your Losses – Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

"Businesses that were forced to close may want to consider recourse to business interruption insurance as a potential source of recovery for those losses."

Buzz Harris: Credibility in business sales works both ways (Voices)

"As simple as it sounds, when a buyer is coming out to see a business for the first time, it’s important to make a good first impression."

People: Reno attorneys Kristen Martini, David McElhinney honored by Benchmark Litigation

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys Kristen Martini and David McElhinney were named “Labor & Employment Stars."

Manpower of Northern Nevada relocates main office to 4th Street in Reno

The new Manpower of Northern Nevada location is one of nine offices serving the Reno, Sparks, Stead, Fernley, Fallon, Carson City, Winnemucca, and Elko areas.

Tuesday, October 27

Photo: LOGIC Commercial Real Estate

The Kirman Garden Apartments multifamily complex, located at 444 Kirman Ave. in Reno, is listed at $15,500,000.

'Time will tell': Reno-area developers, contractors prep for uncertain winter as pandemic impacts continue

As October draws to a close in Northern Nevada, and cold and flu season draws nigh, regional developers and contractors are girding for an uncertain winter, including some project delays and some forward momentum on others.

Photo: Adobe Stock

A national lumber shortage has created huge ripples across the construction industry in Northern Nevada and beyond.

UNR College of Business dean: MBA enrollment ‘busting at the seams’

The UNR School of Business MBA programs have seen an influx of applications amid the pandemic (16% YOY increase) — a trend that is happening across the country.

As Nevada’s legal brothels remain closed, sex workers think bias is at play

Nevada’s legal sex industry is still controversial, often condemned by anti-sex trafficking organizations that say brothels are part of a culture that encourages sexual exploitation, but a lawsuit that sought to ban them was dismissed last year.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

The Chicken Ranch brothel in Pahrump is seen on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Images from a forum opposing Lyon County Question 1 featuring legal sex workers Alice Little, Ruby Rae and Chuck Much, campaign advisor to Dennis How at the Bunny Ranch Restaurant in Mound House, Nev., east of Carson City on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

The Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Mound House, Nev., east of Carson City on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

Photo: Andrea Laue

A look inside the World Famous Mustang Ranch in Storey County on Aug. 22, 2019.

Mediterranean food chain Gyro Shack eyes Carson City, Reno for 3-6 franchises

Boise-based Gyro Shack is targeting medium-sized cities in the mountain west for its first franchises, including 3 to 6 in the Reno-Carson City market.

Covering Your Assets: COVID guidance from CFOs who did it right (Voices)

"For a small- to mid-market company to survive and grow during the COVID-19 crisis, it must have strong financial leadership."

People: Leslie Baker named first president of Nevada Pharmacy Alliance

The newly formed Nevada Pharmacy Alliance will provide advocacy, communication, continuing education and events for members throughout the state.

Monday, October 26

USDA accepting applications for grants to provide rural broadband service

USDA accepting applications for grants to provide rural broadband service

Forecast fuzzy for 2020 holiday shopping; retailers hope for spending wave

In Northern Nevada, brick-and-mortar malls and shopping districts are cautiously optimistic the holiday season will bring tidings of great spending despite the pandemic.

Photo: Kaleb N. Roedel

Jane Keys of Sparks browses coats inside a department store at The Summit Reno mall on Oct. 21.

Reno-Sparks jobless rate down to 6.7% in September

Amid a state-wide jobless mark of 12.6% in September, Northern Nevada continues to fare much better than the south when it comes to unemployment.

COVID, safe sex and Nevada’s legal brothel industry (Voices)

"While re-opening Nevada’s legal brothels may not be on the governor’s radar, it’s certainly on the radar of over 600 employees and women who have lost their jobs and income."

Courtesy Logo

The Nevada Brothel Association PAC is a coalition of legal brothel owners, brothel workers, brothel clients and brothel supporters "dedicated to defending a woman’s right to choose professional sex work as a career, protecting the public’s health and safety, and preserving Nevada’s rich live-and-let-live heritage," according to the group's website.

Newest downtown Las Vegas casino set to open, pandemic or not

LAS VEGAS — If the 1,000-seat sports betting auditorium at the Circa Resort & Casino doesn't get you, maybe the six rooftop swimming pools will.

Firehouse Subs donates more than $79K to Northern NV first responders

The donations are part of the company foundation’s inaugural First Responders Month fundraiser, leading up to First Responders Day on Oct. 28.

People: Jon Ralston to preview election as next WIN Nevada speaker

“There is no doubt that the outcome of the 2020 election will affect all of us in some way,” WIN Nevada Board President Alexis Jobson said.

Amid Northern Nevada retail struggles, innovative projects push ahead

From big box brick-and-mortar retailers to smaller, locally owned businesses, it’s been hard times for many retailers since the economic shutdown shuttered businesses in late March. Rob Sabo reports.

Courtesy: Frame Architecture

Flex-tech offices, small shops and restaurants, and work-love studios are planned for the Oddie District at the old Lowe’s building at 2450 Oddie Blvd., the main tenant of which will be The Generator.

Sunday, October 25

Regular Nevada jobless claims decrease, PUA claims still on the rise

Regular Nevada jobless claims decrease, PUA claims still on the rise

Saturday, October 24

Kelly Bullis: Shelter home from estate tax

Kelly Bullis: Shelter home from estate tax

Gyro Shack chain looks to expand in Carson City

Gyro Shack chain looks to expand in Carson City

Friday, October 23

Renown, UNR Med working to finalize new ‘destination health’ partnership

“This is what new businesses want to see when they move into the community, and this is what employees want to see when they are recruited to the community," says UNR Med Dean Dr. Thomas Schwenk.

Biz & Books review: Unforeseen pandemic lends new authenticity to ‘2030’

“2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything” is an intriguing book for anyone who plans on living, doing business or relaxing in the next decade.

Renown opens new medical group clinic in Spanish Springs

“We are proud to invest in expanding access to primary care services in the growing Sparks community," says Renown Health CEO Anthony Slonim.

Thought Leaders: Leaning on collaboration to navigate unprecedented times and the path forward

"As we look to the end of 2020, and the start of 2021, we must recognize and celebrate the areas in which we were able to grow and come together in these unprecedented times."

People: Liz Heiman launches new company, Regarding Sales LLC

“I’m thrilled to bring my own dream to reality,” said Reno's Liz Heiman.

SilverSummit Healthplan donates $100K to Hope Springs project

SilverSummit Healthplan is donating $100,000 to support Northern Nevada HOPES’ Hope Springs project.

Thursday, October 22

Private practice perspective: 4 Reno-Sparks medical businesses discuss impacts, trends during pandemic

Healthcare is one of Nevada's largest industries, and there are hundreds of private practices dotted throughout the Silver State affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with a quartet of those businesses in Reno-Sparks to get a look at how they’ve been impacted and what trends they see being brought on or accelerated by COVID-19.

Nonprofit Spotlight: High Sierra Area Health Education Center

"Now more than ever, our communities need qualified healthcare professionals and effective programs for recruiting and training the next generation."

People: Jenny Casselman new deputy director of Nevada DETR

Prior to joining DETR, Casselman worked as Vice President of Commercial Operations for Greater Commercial Lending.

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse to reopen inside the Eldorado

The same Reno-based owners, management, chefs and staff will run the restaurant, formerly housed in the now-closed Harrah’s casino in downtown.

People: Dena VanBlaricom to lead Sierra Sotheby’s Reno's operations

Sierra Sotheby’s opened its first Reno office in 2015 and is actively searching for a second Reno location, both of which would be headed by Dena VanBlaricom.

Wednesday, October 21

Nevada OKs extra $20 million for small business grants; one day to apply

The state announced Wednesday it is pumping an extra $20 million in grants into its new "PETS" program for small businesses and nonprofits — but the clock is ticking to apply.

Photo: Dreampilot Films

Dr. Elizabeth Hutson of My Women’s Center inside her practice on Pullman Drive in Sparks.

Nevada adds $20 million to grants for small business; application deadline Thursday

The state is pumping an additional $20 million into the grants program for small businesses like bars, arts groups and nonprofits. The Pandemic Emergency Technical Support program was funded with $20 million and opened to applicants on Monday. It offered businesses grants up to $10,000 they don’t have to pay back.

Women of color bear brunt of pandemic’s economic impacts; online training, state resources aim to help

The pandemic has prompted public entities and private companies to take a hard look at how they can help female business owners and their employees overcome the barriers posed by COVID-19 crisis, The Nevada Independent reports.

Thought Leaders: D’Ascoli Orthodontics – keeping up with an evolving profession

“The recent crisis showed me the importance of having a relationship with a local banker who knows you and is familiar with your financial situation."

Commerce Matters: See the big picture at Innovations High School (Voices)

"When school is the best place to be, the best place to move forward and where a teen can find compassion and acceptance, attendance is not a requirement but a pleasure."

Nevada Dental Association moving offices to Carson City

"We’re looking forward to continuing to advocate for oral healthcare in Nevada from our new location in our state capital," says Michele Reeder, of the Nevada Dental Association.

Senior living company wades through COVID cost impacts as new Reno location opens

As of August, 55% of assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the U.S. are operating at a loss, and 89% are operating a profit margin of 3% or less. One business that's seeking to avoid profit compression is Mission Senior Living, which operates four communities in Northern Nevada, including the newest location that opened this week in South Reno.

The doctor will Zoom you now: Telehealth visits surging in Carson-Reno

In the COVID age of quarantining, social distancing and face coverings, telemedicine in America is no longer a nice-to-have — but rather a must-have for patients and healthcare professionals alike, and Northern Nevada is no different.

State: Carson City within 700 jobs of pre-virus employment levels

Carson City has added 600 jobs since August, bringing the capital to within 700 jobs of pre-COVID employment levels. According to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, 500 of those jobs were in the government sector.

Tuesday, October 20

Photo: Jeramie Lu Photography / Renown Health

Deb Baker, an APRN with Renown Health, checks the vitals of a patient at Renown Regional Medical Center in July. In the COVID era, these types of in-person visits may not be as frequent, especially for those living in rural Nevada.

Photo: Mission Senior Living

A resident at Mission Senior Living’s Summit Estates Senior Living and Memory Care facility at 222 E. Patriot Blvd. in Reno gets a socially distanced window visit from a member of Paws 4 Love, a nonprofit therapy dog organization, this summer.

People: Bob Whitefield named partner with KPS3

Upon acquisition of The Whitefield Group by KPS3 in 2014, Bob Whitefield spent the last six years directing search engine optimization and digital marketing initiatives.

Experts: COVID fueling stress among Nevada’s already-small physician pool

The American Psychiatry Association estimates 300 to 400 doctors die by suicide each year, something the Nevada Physician Wellness Coalition is working to spotlight amid a pandemic that's exacerbating burnout in the healthcare industry.

Photo: Adobe Stock

According to the American Psychiatry Association, 300 to 400 doctors die by suicide each year — a rate of 28 to 40 per 100,000 or more than double that of the general population. All told, it’s the highest suicide rate among any profession.

Douglas County home prices soaring in seller’s market

“I don’t know that we’ve seen anything like this before," says Douglas County Assessor Trent Tholen.

Photo: Tara Addeo / The Record-Courier

Work is proceeding on a roundabout at Buckeye Road and Heybourne that will serve the project south of Buckeye.

Covering Your Assets: Selling your business just got more complicated (Voices)

It's not easy to navigate the ever-changing PPP forgiveness landscape and any ownership changes involving entities with PPP loans, writes Mike Bosma.

Reno sisters re-open Damonte Ranch toy shop

The store, previously owned by Wade and Suzanne Peterson, re-opened Oct. 1 with a new look, new inventory and new COVID procedures in place.

People: Bob Hastings, Don Vetter join WNDD as economic recovery coordinators

The duo will serve as liaison and coordinator for the businesses, government, tribal, educational and nonprofit communities served by the Carson City-based development district.

Monday, October 19

Jim Valentine: The third-party influence

People make decisions in real estate for many reasons. Buyers and sellers have a lot to consider when they contemplate buying or selling and even more as they proceed with making or receiving offers to buy or sell. Their agent will help them gather information and gain perspective, but that is but a part of the decision making process that they will experience.

Reno companies discuss: How does one land a job in the COVID economy?

High unemployment, shifting industry hiring patterns and fundamental changes to the way we work are harsh realities Americans face when looking for jobs.

Photo: Adobe Stock

The era of virtual interviewing for jobs is in full swing.

Hiring challenge: Ski resorts trying to fill workforce amid pandemic, student visa ban

Many seasonal jobs don’t offer benefits such as health insurance or retirement plans, Byrd said, and it’s even harder to recruit domestic workers because ski resorts are often in rural areas with expensive housing.

300-unit Silver Ridge Apartments in Reno sold for $64 million

The $64 million sale represents one of the largest multifamily opportunities to trade in the Reno-Sparks market in the past decade.

Courtesy Colliers International

An overview of Silver Ridge Apartments located at 1555 Sky Valley Drive in West Reno.

NNBW Editor: Take it from a toddler-aged voter – please vote this year (Voices)

"This country is truly at a crossroads, and regardless of who wins the election this November, those potholes and cracks in America’s soul won’t heal overnight."

With patient volumes and revenues plummeting, hospital CEOs talk state of Northern Nevada's healthcare industry

For years, America’s healthcare industry had a clear roadmap for turning a profit: provide surgeries, scans and other specialty services to privately insured patients, whose plans pay higher prices than public programs like Medicare and Medicaid. The pandemic, however, has revealed vulnerabilities in that business model.

Photo: Carson Tahoe Health

Frontline workers for Carson Tahoe Health stand at the health network’s drive-thru clinic for COVID-19 testing earlier this spring.

People: Doug Thornley sworn in as new Reno city manager

The former assistant city manager for the city of Sparks also has two years of experience, Of Counsel, with Holland & Hart LLP and Fennemore Craig PC.

Sunday, October 18

Nearly 217,500 not eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits, Nevada officials say

Officials at the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation say nearly 217,500 people who applied for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program will be notified over the next three weeks that they are ineligible for those benefits.

Kelly J. Bullis: COVID-19 scams

Are there evil people actively trying to hurt you? YES! Most do not even live in the USA. They work in what is called the “dark web.” They reach out to entrap innocent folks like you and me with very convincing trickery. Here are some to be on the lookout for.

Saturday, October 17

Shoe Tree Brewing Co. earns gold & bronze medal at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival

COCO BURRITO (GOLD) & STOUTACUS (BRONZE) RECOGNIZED AT WORLD’S LARGEST PROFESSIONAL BEER COMPETITION Shoe Tree Brewing Co. was awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, presented by the Brewers Association. The best beers in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony Friday, October 16, hosted on The Brewing Network.

Nevada's unemployment continued to decrease in September, but more slowly

The number of Nevadans back at work increased by 3,400 in September but that is a much slower increase than August. “I’m encouraged to see that employment continues to pick up and that unemployment has gone down,” said DETR Economist Dave Schmidt. “Employment gains slowed sharply for the second month in a row as the labor market continues to shift from a rapid policy-driven rebound to a more traditional recovery.”

Ask Dirk: How can I stay comfortable while staying at home?

Thanks to a mix of current events including working or schooling from home and our recent levels of smokey haze, many of us are spending more time inside our homes than ever before. If you are spending more time indoors, you may be noticing the nuances of your HVAC system and your at-home comfort levels. Does your system seem loud or disruptive? Is it turning on frequently throughout the day or heating and cooling your home irregularly? Are you concerned about air quality and your health? We are breaking down some comfort problems you may be facing with your HVAC system and how to address them. Comfort Problem 1: Keeping the Smoke Out

Friday, October 16

Nevada's jobless rate ticks up slightly to 12.6% for September

All told, Nevada has regained roughly half of the more than 287,300 jobs lost from February to April due to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-induced economic shutdown.

Planning through a pandemic: Economic Forum begins difficult task of projecting Nevada's tax revenue

Economists and nonpartisan legislative fiscal analysts agree: Nevada's Economic Forum is facing a difficult road ahead for 2021 and beyond in trying to accurately guess tax numbers in the midst of a global health crisis.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

A nearly empty sports book at Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Applications open Monday for Nevada's $20 million small business 'PETS' grant program

"This new program will streamline the process to get relief funding out to (small businesses) who need it very quickly,” says Gov. Steve Sisolak.

People: Gardnerville's Brad Spires named 2021 president of Nevada Realtors

Brad Spires, a longtime Realtor based in Gardnerville, will chair the Nevada Realtors board in 2021; additionally, Northern Nevadans Doug McIntyre and Trevor Smith will also be on the board.

GOED OKs $3.2 million in grants for 16 rural Nevada projects

The grants will go to various projects, including a large-scale economic development project in Lyon County, among 15 others.

Thursday, October 15

Browsers Corner Book Store in Carson City to reopen Saturday

Browsers Corner Book Store, operated by the Friends of the Carson City Library, is having its grand reopening starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 with new hours being from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

With Nevada's eviction order lifting, what protections do tenants have and how can they use them?

In an interview Wednesday with The Nevada Independent, attorney Jim Berchtold answered questions about the implications of the end of the state moratorium and the remaining CDC federal eviction ban.

Photo: Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

Moving trucks as seen on a U-Haul lot in Henderson on Sept. 3, 2020.

Five years, 370 jobs and $88 million in investor capital at UNR Innevation Center

The University of Nevada, Reno's downtown hub of entrepreneurialism, venture capital, collaboration celebrates its 5th anniversary this fall.

Wisconsin hardware distributor picks Sparks for western expansion

On Oct. 1, Jeske Hardware Distributors announced the opening of its 32,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Sparks.

People: Emily Meibert joins Allison MacKenzie law firm

Meibert was born and raised in Northern Nevada. She earned her J.D. from UNLV and a bachelor's degree from University of Nevada, Reno.

2020 NCET Tech Awards set for Oct. 21 virtual/hybrid celebration

NCET initially announced the winners and finalists in February with the intention of an in-person awards ceremony in March; that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor rolls out grants program for small businesses, nonprofits

Gov. Steve Sisolak and Treasurer Zach Conine say Nevada small businesses can start applying Monday for grants to help them survive the financial damage caused by the pandemic. The funding is through the Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) program contained in the CARES Act. Nevada was awarded $20 million to issue to businesses

Wednesday, October 14

Elon Musk firm proposing ‘Vegas Loop' tunnel people mover

LAS VEGAS — A company nearing completion of a short underground motorway for electric cars at the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center wants to widen its scope and build a people mover tunnel system beneath the Las Vegas Strip. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's tunneling operator, called The Boring Co., dubs the project the "Vegas Loop."

Reno startup sees strong thirst for innovative 'adventure flask'

On Sept. 8, Reno startup Hibear launched a Kickstarter with a funding goal of $10,000. Within 45 minutes, the company surpassed it. Now, it's up to almost $100,000 and more than 1,250 financial backers.

Nevada expects PUA appeal scheduling, Lost Wages Assistance payments to begin by month’s end

DETR Nevada "is on track to be able to make the payments mid- to late-October," agency spokeswoman Rosa Mendez told The Nevada Independent.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Veterans Guest House – serving veterans and their families

"Like everyone, the Veterans Guest House has been impacted by the unprecedented changes in our world this past year. We had projected 2020 to be a record, providing over 6,500 nights of lodging, but alas, COVID-19."

NNBW Editor: Amid the bad, there’s always good (Voices)

As the days get shorter and colder heading toward winter, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the negative things going on in the world right now.

Dolan Auto Group, Ridgeline among NNHRA's 2020 Best Places to Work

The Northern Nevada Human Resources Association's annual awards program began in 2008; the 2020 winners were honored Sept. 30.

People: Karyn Jensen elected to WIN Nevada board

In addition to the WIN Nevada board, Jensen serves on board for Crisis Support Services of Nevada and is a past president of the Nevada Human Resource Association board.

Tuesday, October 13


The Northern Nevada Human Resources Association's 2020 Best Places to Work logo.

$2.55 million available in second round of Reno COVID grants program

According to the city, the first round amounted to $1.4 million in grants to 137 businesses; the next round, which opens today, will total up to $2.55 million.

Switching gears: Reno startup rolls out ultra-light camping trailer trailer

For decades, Jon Whipple and Darrel Weaver spent their professional lives climbing the corporate ladder into executive roles. These days, however, you won't find the Reno duo in any office or wearing any business attire.

Photo: Sunnyside OffRoad

The Boony Stomper, a lightweight camping trailer created by Reno-based startup Sunnyside OffRoad, is pulled over rocky terrain by a UTV.

Nevada retailers: Fewer trick-or-treaters, more spending expected for Halloween

The Nevada Association of Retailers projects Nevadans will spend $128.7 million on decorations, costumes and candy this October.

Working Together: Be part of Nevada’s STEM ecosystem (Voices)

"Our region is fortunate to have a plethora of passionate and engaged partners working to support the 'STEM Ecosystem,'" writes EDAWN's Amy Fleming.

Nevada’s latest jobless claims see slight uptick to 7,941 initial filings

The 7,941 initial claims filed for the week ending Oct. were up 416 from the previous week's 7,525 claims, which marked the lowest weekly claims since mid-March.

People: Jacquie Bernard joins UNR Med as senior associate dean of admin and finance

Bernard earned an MBA from the University of Utah; a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno; and an associate degree in nursing from Northern Nevada Community College.

Monday, October 12

Nevada retailers: Fewer trick-or-treaters but more spending

A survey by the Nevada Association of Retailers says there will be fewer people celebrating Halloween this year than last because of concerns about the coronavirus. That number fell from 68 percent last year to 58 percent this year.

Reno-Sparks median home price dips slightly to $444,900 in September

September's median home price across greater Reno-Sparks came in at $444,000, down slightly from the August mark of $444,900.

Courtesy RSAR

This graph shows the 3-year trend of median home prices across greater Reno-Sparks.

Nevada leaders: Eviction aid could evaporate before worst of housing crisis hits

Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty on Friday raised the specter of a “confluence of events” striking at once in the new year.

Photo: Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

A moving truck as seen outside a home in Henderson on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.

Covering Your Assets: Should you use estimates to file your tax return? (Voices)

Don't forget — late filing penalties are brutal! "Better to estimate and amend than file late, I always say. This is true even if you do not owe tax," advises Mike Bosma.

Q-and-A: NVMA president talks turbulent year for mining industry

Nevada's mining industry isn't opposed to tax increases, "but what it is opposed to is a tax increase that would, frankly, hurt the people that rely on this industry for their wellbeing," Nevada Mining Association boss Tyre Gray told the NNBW in a sit-down interview this month.

Photo: Nevada Mining Association

Tyre Gray took over as president of the Nevada Mining Association in February.

Downtown Reno Partnership earns award for re-housing 33 homeless people

The International Downtown Association last week recognized the Downtown Reno Partnership with an award of excellence for the group's One-at-a-Time Homeless Outreach program.

Photo: Mike Higdon

From left: Downtown Reno Partnership Ambassador Operations Manager Austin Pollard; board members Par Tolles and Cindy Carano; DRP Executive Director Alex Stettinski; and DRP Ambassador Donald Griffin.

People: Clay Hall joins Reno Type as vice president of sales

Hall, a Reno native, brings more than 22 years of experience helping international and national businesses grow market share and improve brand perceptions.

Sunday, October 11

Jim Valentine: What to look for in title report

One of the most important components in a real estate transaction is one that is usually given some of the least attention. That would be the title report. Historically, it was called a preliminary title report, but has for the past few years been renamed and repositioned as a title commitment. The inclusion of the word commitment reflects the fact that they are now making a commitment to insure title, not just providing preliminary information.

Saturday, October 10

Continuing benefit claims decrease for eighth straight week as initial claims tick up

The number of insured unemployed workers in Nevada decreased a bit last week for the eighth straight week. There are now 190,613 people receiving continued benefits, the lowest number since the week ending April 4. But officials at the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said the number of initial claims for benefits increased a bit to 7,941. That is an increase of 416 claims for the week ending Oct. 3.

Friday, October 9

Research: Northern Nevadans favor expanding smoke-free laws to include casinos and bars

“This is a highly relevant issue for Washoe County because casinos and bars are important establishments in the community,” says UNR's Eric Crosbie.

New economic report: 'Tahoe Basin faces a long road to recovery'

The report highlights a continued decline in the local population, employment that hasn’t recovered from the Great Recession, and an opportunity for economic growth through non-tourism sectors.

Courtesy Beacon Economics

"The Tahoe Basin faces a long road to recovery," according to the report. "If the region’s experience following the Great Recession hinted at the need to diversify its economy, the current public health and economic crisis has only amplified it."

NV Energy plan to issue $120 million bill credit, lower rates approved

The bill credit will equate to roughly $107 per single-family residential customer, $60 per multi-family unit customer and $53 for typical small business customers.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

NV Energy corporate headquarters is seen on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Nevada Mining Association donates $7,000 to Reno's Eddy House

NVMA President Tyre Gray presented the funds to Eddy House CEO Diaz Dixon, saying, “few causes are important as helping young people in crisis.”

SendCutSend purchases building in Reno for nearly $4 million

“It was time we took our company to the next level. Purchasing this building will do just that," says company co-owner James Belosic.

People: Andrew Kilduff joins Cushman & Wakefield as director

Kilduff was previously a vice president with Colliers International, where he also focused on office leasing for several years.

Thursday, October 8

Outdoorsy remote workers find new home at Lake Tahoe

Since the start of the pandemic, the Tahoe region has been swarming with Bay Area tech workers who may stay for the long term.

Photo: Bill Rozak

A look above at Lake Tahoe's South Shore, from the Stateline, Nevada side.

Relocating here: Why Northern Nevada is a top pick to live and play

Northern Nevada boasts one of the most favorable business and tax environments in the U.S. Highly skilled employees and commercial properties abound, and the state’s strategic location comes with countless opportunities.

People: Dr. Sean Fitzpatrick joins Great Basin Orthopaedics in Reno

Fitzpatrick, a former team physician for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ohio State University and various Olympic athletes, joined the Reno business in September.

DoughBoys Donuts wins PBS Reno Spotlight Award for best business

Decided via a community-voting process, DoughBoys Donuts won the PBS Reno 2020 Spotlight Award for Extraordinary Local Business.

$345,108 EPA grant to go toward pollution prevention at Nevada businesses

With the grant, Western Nevada College and Carson City nonprofit greenUP! to help food and beverage manufacturers and processors, as well as automobile repair and maintenance businesses, implement pollution prevention programs.

People: Chris Moran of Travel Nevada earns APR accreditation

Moran has been a public relations practitioner for nine years, working at Travel Nevada since 2011.

Gay, Lesbian chamber seeking to grow in Carson City area

The Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of Nevada still is setting its sights on growing membership in Northern Nevada’s Quad County region and surrounding areas where business opportunities are flourishing, according to Chamber President Tim Haughinberry. The Chamber announced its expansion to Northern Nevada in August, and Haughinberry is focused on generating diversified interest from corporations and smaller companies to support the GLCCNV in its mission to become fully integrated and connected with Nevada’s LGBTQ community.

Wednesday, October 7

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DoughBoys Donuts owner Jay Kenny, seen in the PBS Reno Spotlight Award video entry.

Ormat Technologies proposing geothermal plant near Gerlach

Should the project in remote Washoe County gain eventual approval, it would fill about 50 construction jobs, in addition to 15-20 full-time jobs once operational.

Former marijuana trade group leader, Reno doctor appointed to Nevada's Cannabis Compliance Board

Riana Durrett, the recently departed executive director of the Nevada Dispensary Association, and Reno Dr. Bryan Young are the final 2 appointments to the 5-person cannabis oversight panel.

New Reno airport CEO Daren Griffin talks ‘busy, hectic, challenging’ first 2 months

With passenger visits down 54% YOY at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, NNBW reporter Kaleb M. Roedel recently sat down with new CEO Daren Griffin to talk about COVID challenges, winter travel predictions and the biggest challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel

Daren Griffin, CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, began his new role July 25, replacing Marily Mora, who retired June 30.

What's Up Downtown: Bars rely on mindful patrons to survive (Voices)

“If you want bars to survive so you can enjoy them in the future, it’s an easy choice to simply wear a mask, not congregate at the bar and follow the directions of the employees.”

People: Chris Spross new public works director for Churchill County

Spross previously served as an engineering manager with A&K Earthmovers from 2002-2014 and was most recently president of Wulfenstein Construction in Pahrump.

In $1.2 million deal, Reno’s Premier Window Tinting buys new shop location

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to expand the services we offer as well as provide additional jobs," said owner Garrett Oakes.

Photo: Premier Window Tinting Facebook

Premier Window Tinting in Reno offers custom tint jobs, as seen on this Tesla from 2019.

Tuesday, October 6

Radial to again fill 1,000 seasonal jobs in Reno ahead of holiday rush

Radial hires seasonal workers in Reno-Sparks, as well as its other fulfillment centers, this time each year to support increased demand for the holiday season.

Photo: Hal Bergman

Employees are seen working at one of Radials 20 fulfillment centers in North America, which soon will be running full steam for the holiday season.

Northern Nevada gun sales surge amid pandemic, protests, looming election

As American anxieties rise over COVID-19, civil unrest and an increasingly prickly presidential race, gun sales have skyrocketed in Northern Nevada and beyond.

Photo: Maccabee Arms

Maccabee Arms, a gun shop located on Kietzke Lane in Reno, has seen its sales increase “500-to-600%” this year, says owner Sharon Oren.

People: Michele Reeder new executive director of Nevada Dental Association

Reeder joins NDA after serving most recently as vice president of client success for SBI Association Management in Seattle.

Covering Your Assets: Time is now to take hard look at your 2021 budget (Voices)

It’s important to have a plan in place, especially for construction and manufacturing organizations, to outline expectations for what you want to achieve as you budget during a pandemic, advises Mike Bosma.

Greater Nevada Credit Union opens 16th branch in Sparks

The new branch at 120 Salomon Court in Sparks marks Greater Nevada Credit Union's 16th in Northern Nevada.

Monday, October 5

Nevada Mining Association donates to Eddy House in Reno

Mining Association officials donated nearly $7,000 to Reno’s Eddy House on Thursday. Eddy House serves homeless and at-risk youth in western Nevada. The association’s “Hope for Heat” campaign donated $6,930, $90 for every day local temperatures topped 90 degrees in the Reno area.

Western Nevada Development District hires pandemic recovery coordinators

Western Nevada Development District has hired two economic recovery coordinators to help deal with the impacts of the pandemic. They are Bob Hastings and Don Vetter. Hastings has extensive experience in advanced manufacturing with an emphasis on medical devices and worked at Career Bound NV as a work-based learning administrator.

Jim Valentine: COVID – Business as unusual

Northern Nevada real estate was brisk with values increasing when the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly appeared. We’ve written extensively in this space about the adjustments to the real estate as things developed and we adapted our business practices. In the intervening months we’ve seen the market explode from out of state buyers looking to escape the leadership practices of the town, county and state in which they resided.

Reno+Sparks Chamber, RSCVA moving into same office building

The Reno+Sparks is entering into an eight-year lease that will enable the nonprofit to save roughly $500,000 in rent over that span, said chamber CEO Ann Silver.

Photo: Rob Rothe / Roter Investments of Nevada

The Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce will occupy 2,600 square feet of newly constructed space at 4065 S. Virginia St., adjacent to the RSCVA’s new location.

Dianda Construction changes company name to Plenium Builders

The longtime Sparks construction company announced the change week, with Toby Basta being named president and managing partner.

Nevada officials hope changes to rental assistance applications will ensure aid meets anticipated need

The COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project and the Aspen Institute published a report in August that shows 181,966 Nevada households, or 418,523 individuals, may be vulnerable to evictions by the end of December, per The Nevada Independent.

Nevada’s latest weekly jobless claims lowest since March

Nevada's 7,525 new claims for unemployment benefits the week ending Sept. 26 is the lowest since mid-March.

People: Visit Anaheim's Charles Harris to be new CEO of RSCVA

Harris is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Visit Anaheim.

Sunday, October 4

Carson City spa renovates, offers T-Shock anti-aging treatment

Firm Cryo Spa owner and Cryoskin professional Debbie Billings has been running her air purifiers 24 hours a day recently with all the smoke to keep her Breathe Room a little healthier. The plants and trees to provide an ample supply of oxygen, and her humidifier gives an extra boost, which has been especially appealing as of late with the lingering smoke from the recent fires from Northern California and its effects in the region.

Nevada's latest initial unemployment claims lowest since March

Nevada’s Employment Security officials say there were just 7,525 initial claims filed for unemployment benefits last week. That is down 673 claims or 8.2 percent compared with the previous week and the lowest number of new claims since mid-March.

Saturday, October 3

Navigating the challenge of buying a new computer

With many people working from home these days, there is an increased need for connection to the online workplace. Video conference programs like Zoom effectively allow companies to communicate right from their homes. But is your computer capable of video conferencing?

Friday, October 2

Carson City’s Sierra Academy of Style celebrates 100th graduate

“Carson City had such a need. You had the three great schools in Reno. We’re such a small community, it made sense to get Carson City on its feet. It’s been great.”

Photo: Jessica Garcia / Nevada Appeal

Sierra Academy of Style student Hanna Masters, right, styles fellow student Claire Owen’s hair as lead instructor Kelly Lauderbaugh, left, jokes with both of them. Masters graduated in September as the academy’s 100th student.

Biz & Books review: Harness good entrepreneurial buzz with ‘How I Built This’

Author Guy Raz does a great job of explaining the fundamental things you learn in Entrepreneur 101 in his book, “How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success From the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs.”

People: Michael Boreham hired as project manager at Agate Construction

Boreham is also a member of the Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network. In addition, he sits on the NAIOP Programs Committee.

Caesars to acquire William Hill for $3.7 billion

“The opportunity to combine our land based-casinos, sports betting and online gaming in the U.S. is a truly exciting prospect,” Caesars CEO Tom Reeg said.

People: Reno's Ted Stoever joins Kidder Mathews as executive vice president

Stoever has been in the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years. In 2018, he was recognized as Investment Broker of the Year by the Northern Nevada Summit Awards.

Thursday, October 1

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William Hill

Photo: Peter Prato

Author Guy Raz

Douglas County merchants see 37% YOY taxable sales increase in July

Washoe County also saw a strong month with $843 million in taxable sales, up 11% from the $759 million posted a year ago.

Bay Area tech company revolutionizing videoconferencing plugs into Northern Nevada

“I have no interest in going back to the Bay Area,” says Event Presence CEP Steve Ernst, citing the tax-friendly business environment and lack of congestion as reasons for relocating to Northern Nevada. “And with our product, I can be anywhere in the world.”

Despite big metro-area declines, rural Nevada casinos saw gains in August

Nevada casinos took home $743 million in august — overall, that's down 22% from $954 million last year, and a slight decline from July's statewide totals of $756.8 million.

City National donates $7,250 to four Northern Nevada nonprofits

Carson Tahoe Health Foundation, Eddy House, KNPB PBS Reno Writers Contest and Project Santa Claus each received a portion of the $7,250.

People: Steve Shell takes VP role at Renown's Stacie Mathewson institute

Shell comes to Renown after establishing and serving as CEO Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, which opened in 2018.