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Wednesday, September 30

Photo: Event Presence

People from all over the world can gather together on a Beam; here, they take a tour recently outside the capitol building in Carson City.

Gaming win down 22 percent in August as major Nevada markets struggle

While Nevada’s major gaming markets continue to struggle, smaller, primarily local markets are doing better and are at or above what they were a year ago before the pandemic shut down the economy. Still hardest hit is the Las Vegas Strip which finished August at 39.2 percent or $317.3 million below what it was a year ago. The problem is the half-dozen major Strip resorts still closed including Park MGM, Planet Hollywood, the Rio and Tropicana.

Sisolak lifts 50-person limit on gatherings in Nevada

The governor's newest directive opens the door for live sports, entertainment and events to begin, though with restricted capacity. It also sets a 1,000-person capacity limit on trade shows, business conventions and other conferences.

Photo: Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak responds to a question during a news conference at the Grant Sawyer State Building in Las Vegas Sept. 29, 2020. The governor provided updates on Nevada’s COVID-19 response efforts and adjustments to current capacity limits on gatherings. The face mask is themed after the Vegas Golden Knight's mascot Chance the Golden Gila Monster.

Northern Nevada consignment businesses seeing influx of inventory

Remington Rock of Consign Furniture feels consignment and thrift businesses in the region will continue to see steady business due to the economic uncertainty both the pandemic and the upcoming election brings.

Ronni Hannaman: Support local eateries, but don’t call a delivery service (Voices)

"Many of our local restaurants are just hanging on by a thread, and as this pandemic continues to prevail, the future does not look bright."

Sierra Nevada Corporation lands second $47M contract for federal border patrol aircraft

Sparks-based Sierra Nevada Corporation has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for U.S. Customs and Border Protection since 2009.

People: Robert M. Valli newest president of Sierra Nevada University

Robert M. Valli, an alumnus of UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Cambridge universities, replaces Ed Zschau, who served the past 15 months as interim president of the Incline Village college.

Tuesday, September 29

Courtesy Sierra Nevada Corporation

A look at the MEA aircraft — which is a fully certified version of the King Air 350 — that Sierra Nevada Corporation is providing for the federal government.

MGM Resorts outlines COVID-19 screening option for conferences

LAS VEGAS — Casino giant MGM Resorts International is teaming with a firm that provided COVID-19 screenings for the National Hockey League playoffs and a health care provider to high-volume events in an optional conference attendee safety plan at its U.S. hotels and casinos, the company announced Tuesday. A system dubbed "Convene with Confidence" could help conventions and meetings resume, using technology and expert advice collected since the coronavirus pandemic began, MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle said.

Two months in, Nevada strike force says it’s making progress on unemployment claim backlog

"We still have a lot of people who are desperate, who are waiting, and our commitment to them remains strong," Barbara Buckley told The Nevada Independent.

Developer: Park Lane site will now be known as ‘Reno Experience District’

“We knew Park Lane Mall was beloved by the people of Reno, so it was important to us to create something iconic and spectacular."

Courtesy The Abbi Agency

Rendering of the Reno Experience District upon completion.

Taking the suit from c-Suite: Formal wear sales in steep decline as COVID accelerates business casual trend

With Northern Nevada's growing influx of millennials in the workforce and more companies — especially in the tech industry — embracing the concept of modern workplace culture, trends suggest more and more, demand for dress clothes is hanging by a thread.

Photo: Adobe Stock

As sales of formal wear decline, has COVID created a new era of business casual?

Covering Your Assets: Assessing Nevada’s real property tax paradox (Voices)

Remember that with the current budget cuts, the assessor’s office is short-handed, so the sooner you contact them, the more likely they will have time to fully discuss the property with you.

People: Ann W. Nelson new CEO of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

Nelson, who has more than 25 years of organizational leadership and management experience, replaced interim CEO Heidi Howe this spring.

Bay Area-based tech company revolutionizing videoconferencing plugs into Northern Nevada

It’s a Friday morning in mid-September, and Steve Ernst has already been in offices in Vancouver, Atlanta, New York, London and Denmark. He’s met with people, popped into meetings, roamed offices. And he did it all from his house in the Carson Valley.

Monday, September 28

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Nevada OKs $20M for small business grants after commercial rent assistance program fell short of goal

The move Friday comes after the state's Commercial Rental Assistance Grant program, which was also allocated $20 million, was only able to award $8.5 million.

Kurt Stitser: Rising lumber prices threaten housing affordability (Voices)

"Lumber prices have increased more than 170 percent since mid-April, adding $16,000 to the price of an average single-family home."

Deadline Oct. 2 for minority, women-owned businesses to apply for $20,000 grants

The program was created due to the fact up to 90% of minority and women-owned businesses were denied relief funding from the Payroll Protection Program, per the city of Reno.

People: Brian Sandoval to become UNR's 17th president

The former Nevada governor from 2011-19 will become the first Hispanic and 17th president of the 146-year-old university.

Reno-Tahoe ski resorts prepping for most unique season ever in age of COVID

With the 2020-21 ski season less than two months away — and with the premature shut-down of last season in March still fresh on industry experts’ minds — resort officials are navigating how to manage lift lines, dining options, gondola rides, and crowds amid a pandemic.

Photo: Scott Sady / Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

A couple skis down groomers in late 2019 at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe near Reno.

Sunday, September 27

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

Sitting in class when she was younger, Hanna Masters took to styling other girls’ hair without realizing it. She developed such a knack for it, it became her dream. “I wanted to make other people feel good about themselves and be happy with how they look,” she said.

Jim Valentine: Leaving a trail

The good old days of shaking hands on a deal and calling it good are long gone. In fact, they are so far gone that a simple written contract isn’t sufficient any more to keep you out of potential legal trouble. Not that you’ve done anything wrong, but there are people floating around these days that look for opportunities to glean unjust riches from accusing without merit. Because of this real estate agents like to have a trail of written documentation to support their understandings and memorialize their communication.

Reno-Tahoe ski resorts prepping for unique season ahead in age of COVID

Back on Aug. 24, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe posted to Instagram a photo of sunbeams breaking through the clouds and splashing its terrain that overlooks Lake Tahoe. The caption read: “We’re getting ready for clearer skies and cooler temps. It won’t be long before the snow’s falling again!”

Saturday, September 26

Kelly Bullis: Non-filers to get economic impact payment letters

Remember this number: 94,472. That is how many adults in Nevada did not file a tax return in either 2018 or 2019 with the IRS. They might be folks who only get Social Security and thus are not required to file. Perhaps their taxable income totals less than the Standard Deduction, and are thus not required to file.

Friday, September 25

Great Reno Balloon Race seeks donations to offset revenue losses

The cancelation of the 2020 event "severely affected operating revenue," according to the Great Reno Balloon Race.

Carson City offering $1 million worth of PPE to businesses

The program launched Thursday and is funded by $1 million of the city’s allotment of CARES Act funding, which must be spent by Dec. 30.

Video game sales, esports industry surging in age of coronavirus

In a state where the word “gaming” has for decades been synonymous with slot machines and craps tables, Nevada is seeing a more modern form of gaming take hold thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Caesars' Gary Carano talks merger, promises culture shift at Tahoe casinos

Speaking at Thursday's Critical Issues Conference, Caesars Entertainment's Gary Carano said the corporate structure of the newly merged company is far more focused on local management.

As court considers parameters of Nevada's eviction mediation program, debate continues over how widely to open door

The Guinn Center for Policy Priorities has estimated that more than 100,000 households could be struggling to make their rent payments this fall in Nevada.

Reno's new $50 million DMV facility to open Nov. 2

The new building took 15 months to build on a construction budget of approximately $50 million.

Thursday, September 24

Photo: Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

A row of homes as seen in Henderson on Sept. 3, 2020.

Photo: Andrew Wevers

Gamers compete during Nevada Esports’ Break The Internet tournament in February 2020. It was the last in-person event that the UNR esports club hosted before the coronavirus pandemic hit the state.

Commercial gold production expected by Q4 at Nevada's Relief Canyon

“If you’re going to produce roughly 80,000 ounces (of gold) a year at $800 an ounce ... and gold is at $1,900 or $2,000 per ounce, that’s going to create a tremendous amount of cash flow.”

Nevada bar owners relieved as final closure orders lift, fear more shake-ups

Revision Brewing Company in Sparks has experienced ups and downs since the pandemic hit, but one of the most challenging moments came when CEO and brewmaster Jeremy Warren stood on a picnic table and let his team know that layoffs and pay cuts were inevitable.

Anti-inflammatory product startup relocates from Truckee to Sparks

Earlier this month, ShopAIP, which sells approved foods for Paleo, AIP, gluten-free, low-carb and allergen-friendly lifestyles, settled into a new 1,800-square-foot facility in Sparks.

Rural Nevada Virtual Pitch Competition to award prizes up to $1,000

The “Nevada Virtual Pitch Competition” will take place Nov. 6; winning pitches will be awarded cash prizes up to $1,000.

Carson City panel: Thanks to California, Western Nevada’s economy rebounding well

“California is doing us a big favor right now. They’re pushing a lot of people our way.”

Wednesday, September 23

Photo: Trevor Bexon / The Nevada Independent

Signage at IMBIB Custom Brews on the third day of bars being allowed to reopen in Washoe County on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Photo: Trevor Bexon / The Nevada Independent

Revision Brewing Company on the third day of bars being allowed to reopen in Washoe County on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Photo: Trevor Bexon / The Nevada Independent

Matt Johnson and Jason Green of IMBIB Custom Brews on the third day of bars being allowed to reopen in Washoe County on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Photo: Trevor Bexon / The Nevada Independent

Will Truce of Black Rabbit Mead Co on the third day of bars being allowed to reopen in Washoe County on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Photo: Trevor Bexon / The Nevada Independent

Molly prepares beverages at Revision Brewing Company on the third day of bars being allowed to reopen in Washoe County on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Western Nevada economy rebounds despite pandemic, Carson City panel says

A panel of experts from real estate, banking and construction painted a positive economic outlook for western Nevada Wednesday saying the economy here is rebounding despite the pandemic. And a significant reason, they agreed, is the flight of California businesses to the region. “California is doing us a big favor right now,” said Northern Nevada Development Authority Director Rob Hooper. “They’re pushing lot of people our way.”

'Collaboration is key': Reno entrepreneurs find opportunities to team up while coworking

For Reno's Marc Magarin, finding opportunities to collaborate with fellow creative thinkers and passionate entrepreneurs is what drew him into a coworking space.

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel

From left, entrepreneurs Marc Magarin, Steven Bowen and Van Tucker stand inside Magarin’s office space at Reno Hive. Through meeting at the coworking space, the three have collaborated to improve their businesses.

Jobless rate dips to 4.7% in Elko; Northern Nevada again faring better than the south

As has been the case since businesses began slowly reopening this spring and summer, Northern Nevada is faring much better when it comes to jobless rates — to the tune of 4.7% in Elko County and 7.2% in Washoe County, compared to 15.5% in Clark County.

Judge sides with Nevada Senate Republicans in business tax lawsuit

Republican Senate Minority Leader James Settelmeyer who's been at the forefront of the GOP-led lawsuit since last summer, said the ruling was a “slam dunk” victory for affected businesses and Nevada taxpayers.

Photo: David Calvert / Nevada Independent

An overhead view of the Nevada Senate chambers on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.

Buzz Harris: How cash flow drives business sales (Voices)

"One of the most contentious issues business owners must confront when deciding to sell their business is establishing a fair price."

USDA investing $1 million for rural Nevada business loans

The $1 million Intermediary Relending Program loan is for 30 years at a 1% interest rate and will be used to recapitalize the Rural Nevada Development Corporation's loan authority.

Nevada unemployment continues to drop; only Clark in double digits

Unemployment rates continued to fall across Nevada in August. Only Clark County remained in double digits with a 15.5 percent jobless rate. Nye County was second highest at 9.6 percent. Western Nevada statistical areas were faring much better ranging from 7.2 percent in Washoe County and 7.3 percent in Douglas and Carson City. The outlier was Lyon County at 8 percent unemployment.

Tuesday, September 22

Rural counties move to sue Nevada Legislature over proposed mining tax constitutional changes

It’s the first legal action brought against the mining tax proposals, each of which were voted on mostly party-line votes during this summer's special legislative session in Carson City.

Photo: David Calvert / Nevada Independent

Overhead view of the Nevada Assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 during the fifth day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.

Continued claims for unemployment in Nevada fall for 5th straight week

While the 8,332 initial claims for unemployment reported for the week ending Sept. 12 was 381 more than the week prior, continued claims decreased for the fifth straight week.

Courtesy Nevada DETR

This graphic shows the trend of weekly jobless claims in Nevada for all of 2020.

Covering Your Assets: I bought the company … now what? (Voices)

Every acquisition is different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach for a successful post-merger transition," writes Mike Bosma.

From phone to table: Reno startup connects chefs with folks hungry for in-home dining

While Uber is synonymous with ridesharing, Homebite, co-founded by Reno entrepreneur Benjamin Griffith, hopes to carve out its own niche in “foodsharing” for chefs.

Newtron Group donates $30K to Education Alliance of Washoe County for laptops

The donation will support the nonprofit’s ongoing effort to obtain laptop computers for students who need them for remote learning.

Monday, September 21

Six months into pandemic, hospital workers recover from ‘hopelessness’ of the COVID's summer surge, set sights on fall

A handful of Nevada hospital workers shared recently with The Nevada Independent what life was like this summer as hospitals battled a wave of COVID-19 "coupled with a crush of patients who had delayed seeking medical care this spring and could wait no longer."

NNBW Editor: Best In Business voting wraps Oct. 6 (Voices)

We've received hundreds of nominations of the best and brightest business leaders and companies throughout the greater Reno-Sparks region. Come Sept. 23, its time to vote for who's best.

Michael Vallante: Supporting U.S. entrepreneurs’ resiliency (Voices)

"Now more than ever, there is widespread consumer awareness of how small businesses are the heartbeat of local economies."

‘A weird market … a weird year’: COVID driving used car sales in Reno-Carson and beyond

Consumers have been snatching up pre-owned vehicles at a historic rate during the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo: Carson City Hyundai

A Carson City Hyundai sales person shows a customer a new car at the dealer’s lot at 3659 S. Carson St.

Reno business owner to host first-ever mini golf fundraiser for 2 nonprofits

Proceeds from the Sept. 26 fundraiser hosted by The Library Tap House will go to local nonprofits For The Kids Foundation and The Dean’s Future Scholars Program.

Sunday, September 20

Jim Valentine: Real Estate tid bits

One never knows what you will encounter in the world of real estate. We often say that it is a people business, and that the changes and challenges come from the people involved, but that isn’t always the case. The real property can present surprises as well.

Saturday, September 19

Initial unemployment claims rise slightly as continued claims fall for fifth straight week

Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly this past week, up 381 to 8,332. But continued claims decreased for the fifth straight week. The 189,007 continued claims is the lowest that number has been since the week ending April 11.

Kelly Bullis: Is it a hobby or a business?

Let’s get one thing straight, there is no such thing as making money and it not being subject to tax. Perhaps you rebuild motorcycles and then sell them to friends, etc. Taxable income. Maybe you do wood-working projects and build things for friends and they pay you for it. Taxable income.

Friday, September 18

Vegas Chamber presses delegation for business liability protection

Concerned that a spate of COVID-19-related lawsuits could bankrupt businesses, members of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce implored the state’s congressional delegation during the chamber's annual D.C. retreat to pass a federal liability protection measure.

Photo: Mikayla Whitmore / The Nevada Independent

A statue is adorned with a gold face mask in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Backed by $1.1 million grant, UNR Med researcher studying root of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases

Dr. Robert Renden, assistant professor in the department of physiology and cell biology at UNR Med and the UNR Neuroscience Institute, this summer was awarded a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Broadbent & Associates expanding to open new office in Elko

The office at 845 Railroad St. will provide on-site workplaces for staff members relocating from the firm’s Reno office to better serve clients in the Elko area.

Carson City's Miles Construction donates $5,000 to local Boys & Girls club

Miles Construction has donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada for the last 16 years, $38,000 over the last decade.

All Nevada bars to reopen next week as Clark, Elko counties granted permission to open

The decision comes more than two months after state officials shuttered bars in seven counties statewide as the number of coronavirus cases spiked this summer.

Thursday, September 17

Photo: Trosper PR

Broadbent & Associates is expanding to Elko — the company will move into this new office location at 845 Railroad St. on Sept. 28.

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Derek Stevens, center, owner of The D, sits at the Long Bar on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Nevada casinos have been shut down for nearly three month because of COVID-19.

Photo: Brin Reynolds / UNR Med

Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UNR researcher Dr. Robert Renden is exploring the causes behind diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Photo: RAD Media

Bill Miles of Miles Construction (back right) and Katie Leao (back left) of The Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada, along with Club Members, hold the $5,000 check.

Wynn Resorts tallies 548 positive COVID-19 tests in workers

LAS VEGAS — One Las Vegas Strip resort said Thursday that it tallied 548 positive tests for COVID-19 among its 12,000 employees since May. Wynn Resorts reported that testing found 51 positive cases of the new coronavirus among returning workers before the hotel and casino reopened June 4, and 497 since then.

Google receives $25M tax break from Nevada to build facility

RENO — Google will receive more than $25 million in tax breaks after pledging an additional $600 million for a new data center in Southern Nevada, state officials said. The company previously committed $600 million to the data center in Henderson.

Nevada OKs $33 million in tax incentives for Google, lithium mining company

The unanimous approvals Wednesday came despite state leaders promising to tighten up requirements for Nevada's tax abatements and incentives for future companies.

Properly addressing digital assets in your estate plan (Voices)

Failing to address digital assets in your estate plan may result in family members, beneficiaries or heirs-at-law being denied legal access and/or control of our digital assets during our incapacity or after death, writes Danielle L. Christenson, Esq.

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Failing to address digital assets in your estate plan may result in family members or beneficiaries being denied legal access and/or control.

$305,271 in federal grants OK’d for rural Nevada economic projects

Among the grants, Churchill and Douglas counties each received $20,000 to conduct business attraction activities (Churchill) and to complete a regional market analysis and marketing strategy (Douglas).

From ‘dead’ to ‘nonstop’ – RV sales accelerated by COVID

The number of RV shipments nationwide in July was 43,035, a 54% increase compared to July 2019, according to the RV Industry Association — the most July shipments in four decades.

Nevada's jobless rate improves to 13.2% in August as economy slowly reopens

August's rate of 13.2% is an improvement of 2 percentage points from July — and a massive upgrade from the doldrums of the pandemic in April, when Nevada led the nation with a 28.2% jobless rate.

Wednesday, September 16

Nevada unemployment numbers continue to improve but slowly

August saw another 6,500 Nevadans get back to work, but the jobless rate is still double-digit at 13.2 percent. Total employment in the state finished the month at 1.29 million, 133,600 below what it was in August 2019. In addition, the number of unemployed Nevadans seeking benefits decreased by 17,103 in Aug

Settlement will help ITT Tech students

Nevada ITT Tech students will get $6.19 million in debt relief under a settlement with 48 attorneys general. Nationwide, the settlement will result in debt relief totaling $330 million for 35,000 borrowers. The settlement is with PEAKS Trust, a private loan program run by the for-profit college and affiliated with Deutsche Bank. ITT filed for bankruptcy in 2016.

Amid California's worst wildfire season, this Reno startup is aiding the fight

The innovative software from Reno-based Lulius Innovation focuses on automating workflows, giving organizations such as Cal Guard a real-time view of everything from aircraft readiness to flight crew status to budget management.

Commerce Matters: Do the right thing and vote – once and with vigor (Voices)

“If we can’t rely on our fellow citizens to pursue voting with honesty and the best of intentions, we have no reason to believe in our democracy or what we consider to be the greatest country on earth," opines Ann Silver of the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce.

People: Chase International adds 4 new agents to Reno, Tahoe offices

Rachelle Faedi and Linda Nordblad recently joined Chase International's Reno office, while Shane McGraw and Tatiana Avakumov joined the Incline Village and South Lake Tahoe offices, respectively.

Realtors say ‘thank you,’ spruce up Carson City wall in annual effort

About 20 real estate agents and Realtors refreshed a portion of Carson City the morning of Sept. 10 as part of Sierra Nevada Realtors' annual “Realtors Give Back” event.

Carson City company earns ‘U.S. Company of the Year’ honor

The recognition of Pro Group "as an outstanding and exemplary firm in the alternative risk transfer industry is appreciated and humbling," says company Vice President Renea Louie.

Tuesday, September 15

Rural Development agency awarded another $1 million

The USDA has awarded the Rural Nevada Development Corp., another $1 million to loan to businesses in the state.

Reno, Bay Area teens launch company to help children with special needs

“The thing that I like most about entrepreneurship is I can work toward something that I’m passionate about and be at the forefront of the change that I want to see happen," said Priyanka Senthil, a senior at Davidson Academy in Reno and co-founder of startup company AUesome.

Northwind multifamily property in Reno sells for $40 million

Per Berkadia, the 185-unit Northwind property at 1680 Sky Mountain Drive in Reno sold for $40 million to Oregon-based Kinsel Ameri Properties; the seller was Washington-based American Capital Group.

Work begins this week on Carson City’s Lompa Ranch housing development

The development, when complete, will consist of 189 houses with five single- and two-story floor plans ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,900 square feet, and 360 new apartment units.

Covering Your Assets: Random thoughts on recent IRS updates (Voices)

In IR-2020-202, issued Sept. 3, 2020, the IRS announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Oct. 1, 2020, writes Mike Bosma.

People: Gary Baragona joins Kidder Mathews as director of research

Based out of Kidder Mathews' San Francisco office, Baragona will be responsible for research operations and staffing company-wide.

JOIN, Douglas County to aid businesses via 'train and get reimbursed' program

“JOIN Inc. is excited to partner with Douglas County to assist both career seekers and businesses in order to help our community recover from the impact of COVID-19,” added Denise Castle, CEO of JOIN Inc.

Mobile businesses in Northern Nevada trying to navigate roadblocks during coronavirus pandemic

In early 2018, Carson City native Laura Burns, a disabled Navy veteran, was waiting to get her blood drawn at the VA hospital in Reno when she was struck with a business idea. The “aha” moment came as Burns watched an elderly veteran in a wheelchair, who was driven to the lab by a friend, get pushed into the waiting room.

Monday, September 14

Jim Valentine: Interest rate payment comparisons

We’ve talked a lot recently about interest rates, how they’ve remained low, or lower, and how they are helping to drive the current dynamic market. For someone sitting on the fence about buying a home, or renting and not giving it serious thought, we thought it might help if we illustrated the point in dollars. That is, after all, what it really is all about when it comes to interest rates and their benefit to a buyer.

Courtesy Ryder Homes

One of several single-family home models included in the application for the Lompa Ranch East planned unit development.

Photo: Jessica Garcia

From left, Cathie Collier with Charles Kitchen Realty, Claudia Saavedra, president of Sierra Nevada Realtors, and Jason Bruch of Ticor Title Nevada, paint a wall along College Parkway between Diamond Avenue and Imperial Way as part of Sierra Nevada Realtors’ annual “Realtors Give Back” event on Sept. 10.

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The recognition of Pro Group "as an outstanding and exemplary firm in the alternative risk transfer industry is appreciated and humbling," says company Vice President Renea Louie.

A Solution to Workforce Housing in Reno: Flexible Short Term Rentals with PKL Homes

When corporations relocate to Reno and need to find luxury temporary housing for C-suite executives and project managers who are in the area to lead change management and enterprise relocation, PKL Homes can cater to their needs. #ad

GOED: Economic recovery plan to focus on tech, advanced manufacturing, logistics, healthcare

After COVID hit this spring, the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development shelved its five-year strategic plan and began working on a new 18-to-24 month recovery plan. We spoke last week with GOED's Bob Potts to discuss the “Nevada: Action Plan for Recovery and Resilience" and what it means for the Silver State's future.

FEMA approves Nevada for Lost Wages Assistance unemployment

Nevada is also parting ways early with the contract vendor that staffed an unemployment call center and has also been accused of unprofessional service and an inability to resolve many issues.

Grant helps retrain laid-off Nevada manufacturing workers for free

The Manufacturing Technician (MT1) Express Online Certification Prep is a new program offered through Western Nevada College, in partnership with Empower America; Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno; and Nevada Industry Excellence.

People: Josh Wood, Carrie Yamamoto join Northern Nevada Medical Group

Family medicine physician Josh Wood, MD, and pulmonary and sleep medicine nurse practitioner Carrie Yamamoto, MSN, RN, ACNP, CCRN, will see patients at clinics in Reno and Sparks.

Sunday, September 13

Photo: Adobe Stock

RV sales in Nevada and across America are on the rise due to the pandemic, industry expert say.

Saturday, September 12

Kelly Bullis: Work Opportunity tax credit

One of my favorite quotes is from Judge Learned Hand. “There is nothing evil, sinister, or wrong about arranging one’s affairs to pay taxes as low as possible; taxes are enforced extractions, not voluntary contribution.” Well here is an opportunity for employers to “arrange their affairs” to “pay taxes as low as possible” and lending a helping hand to somebody who is trying to climb out of a financial hole at the same time.

Friday, September 11

Nevada's jobless numbers continue decline; 7,951 initial claims filed last week

Initial claims for unemployment insurance in Nevada totaled 7,951 for the week ending Sept. 5, the fewest initial claims filed since the week ending March 14.

Courtesy Nevada DETR

A look at the state of Nevada's dashboard for weekly initial jobless claims for all of 2020.

EDAWN: ‘Work Live Play’ site seeing rise in resumés

“It’s not just about attraction from the outside. It’s really about connecting employers and seekers wherever they may be; enticing them to come here or connecting them if they’re already here," says Nancy McCormick of EDAWN.

EDAWN Foundation donates $5,000 to 10 schools for winning taxi-top designs

One winning artist (as well as 7 runners-up) was selected from each school range, high school, middle and elementary: Damonte High School’s Haven Flores, Sparks Middle School’s Shahriya Jhomo and Huffaker Elementary School’s Reese Hansen.

Courtesy EDAWN

The first-place award in the elementary school division went to Reese Hansen of Huffaker Elementary, whose image full of dynamic colors is a representation of the annual balloon races.

Frey Ranch wins 2 golds, Best in Class honors in Whiskies of the World awards

The company’s newly released Straight Rye Whiskey and Straight Bourbon Whiskey both were awarded gold medals, with the Straight Rye also winning Best in Class in its category.

Courtesy Frey Ranch Distillery

Frey Ranch's newly released Straight Rye Whiskey and Straight Bourbon Whiskey both were awarded gold medals.

Matt Johnson: Idea that all bars are created equal is a fallacy (Voices)

"This barrier to conducting business has created a situation where some businesses are reaping the benefits of the rest of our industry being closed and the decreased competition," writes Matt Johnson, owner of IMBĪB Custom Brews, in this Voices column.

Bars to open in Washoe County, Pahrump; still dark in Clark, Elko counties

In Washoe County, bars, taverns, wineries, distilleries and breweries will be allowed to reopen no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday and potentially sooner, with restricted capacity, Nevada's COVID-19 Task Force announced yesterday.

6 professionals added to Community Foundation Advisory Board

Vic Bucher, Allison Gorelick, Cindy Carano, Dan Lofrese, Edwin Pereyra and Joel Muller recently joined the Community Foundation of Western Nevada's Advisory Board.

Thursday, September 10

Washoe bars, taverns, can reopen at 50 percent at midnight on Wednesday

Washoe County bars, taverns, wineries and distilleries can reopen at midnight Wednesday. The governor’s COVID-19 task force voted to let Washoe bars reopen at 50 percent capacity provided the county implements promised enforcement and penalty enhancements by Wednesday. Those include mandating a 36-hour closure for a first offense violation, 14-day closure for a second offense and an indefinite, potentially permanent closure for a third violation.

Realtors say ‘thank you,’ spruce up Carson City wall in annual effort

About 20 local real estate agents refreshed a portion of Carson City on Thursday morning by taking to College Parkway between Diamond Avenue and Imperial Way in the annual Realtors@ Give Back event. The group gave about a half-mile of brick wall lining the heavily traveled avenue a scraping and a fresh coat of paint as part of an annual event the Realtors from Carson City, Lyon, Douglas and Churchill counties take part in in partnership with Sherwin Williams, which supplied the materials for the effort.

From manufacturers to staffing agencies, veterans working hard to bolster business in Northern Nevada

Amid a pandemic that’s deepened the pool of unemployed veterans, NNBW reporter Kaleb M. Roedel shares a few local stories of success via interviews with Sparks Metalcrafters, Alpha Roster and Operation: EMPLOY.

After 17 years, Fallon Chamber of Commerce moves to new office

The Fallon Chamber of Commerce now shares the same offices as the Churchill Economic Development Authority at 448 W. Williams Ave.

People: Ashley Young joins Stark Accelerators Commercial Real Estate

Ashley Young brings over 18 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage and development to Stark Accelerators.

Nevada facing 'care gap' as demand for personal care aides outpaces growth of the workforce, pay remains low

From 2010 to 2018, the number of personal care aides working in Nevada nearly tripled, and by 2026, the state is projected to need another 5,300 PCAs in the workforce. Among the problems? Their median salary in Nevada is $23,020, which comes out to $11.07 an hour.

NV Energy donates $10,000 to local Volunteers of America branch

“Funding like this is critical in meeting the urgent needs of more than 1,000 residents and clients in its housing, mental health, and shelter programs,” according to NV Energy.

People: Christopher Galli named chair of Advisory Board at UNR College of Liberal Arts

Christopher Galli, a Reno native and Broker / Vice President of Relocation at Dickson Realty, was recently named Chair of the Advisory Board of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Wednesday, September 9

Photo: Kaleb M. Roedel

Scott Stites, owner of Sparks Metalcrafters, stands inside his shop in Sparks, where he makes patriotic and veteran-themed metal art. Stites, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, says his company has seen 25-30% growth year-over-year since launching in 2015.

Photo: Steve Ranson

From left, Sara Beebe, Churchill Economic Development Authority’s operations director; Lisa Gonzales, CEDA’s administrative assistant; and Lucy Carnahan, executive director of the Fallon Chamber of Commerce, stand next to the new signage for their combined offices at 448 W. Williams Ave.

National Finals Rodeo moves from Las Vegas due to coronavirus

LAS VEGAS — The marquee National Finals Rodeo is moving this year from Las Vegas to Arlington, Texas, due to coronavirus restrictions, event officials announced Wednesday. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and Texas Rangers officials said the Western horse sports championship will be held Dec. 3-12 at Globe Life Field, a retractable-roof stadium that opened this year and seats more than 40,000 people.

Courtesy: Guinn Center for Policy Priorities

This graph included in the report shows the percentage of the roughly 13,000 personal care aides working in Nevada by geography, as of 2018.

Drive to survive: Mobile businesses try to navigate roadblocks during pandemic

From mobile blood donation businesses to food trucks to the Biggest Little Fashion Truck, mobile businesses across Northern Nevada are navigating varying challenges amid the COVID-19 world.

Photo: Biggest Little Fashion Truck

Brigitte Murdock, left, and Britton Murdock sit inside their Reno-based mobile business, the Biggest Little Fashion Truck.

People: Jennifer Jack joins Colliers International in Reno

Jennifer Jack joins Colliers International after completing an internship with the company in Reno earlier this year.

Working Together: Engaging business, education for new Nevada economy (Voices)

Amy Fleming, director of workforce development for EDAWN, and Josh Hartzog, director of career and technical education at the Washoe County School District, co-authored this month's column on why businesses should engage with career and technical education locally.

People: Bruce Breslow to lead Churchill Fallon Economic Development

The former Sparks mayor and director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry was hired for a contract role to recruit businesses to relocate to the Fallon/Churchill County region.

Tuesday, September 8

Reno’s median home price inching closer to $500,000

According to RSAR, the median home price in the Reno submarket (which includes North Valleys) was $469,000 in August, an increase of 14.4% from last year and up 2.5% from July’s record high of $459,900.

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The median price for an existing single-family home in the Reno submarket was $469,000, an increase of 14.4% from August 2019.

Las Vegas Monorail files for bankruptcy as part of sale

LAS VEGAS — The dormant Las Vegas Monorail has filed for bankruptcy. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported Monday that the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is part of a sales agreement with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Don’t forget: 2020 Best In Business nomination period ends midnight Sept. 9

The nomination period runs from Aug. 19 through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 9, during which readers can nominate any person or business in any of the 18 categories.

Covering Your Assets: Guidance for Employee Social Security Tax deferral (Voices)

Taxpayers are seeking recommendations whether they should implement the deferral. It's important to note that there are advantages and disadvantages of doing so, writes Mike Bosma.

Year after Reno relocation, leak-detection equipment company thriving amid pandemic

Haug Quality Equipment — which relocated to a 17,000-sq. ft. facility in Reno in August 2019 — provides leak-detection equipment and leak testers for big-time clients such as Kraft, Nestle, Pepsi and Starbucks, among others.

People: Robert Bartshe voted 2021 president of Sierra Nevada Realtors

Robert Bartshe, of RE/MAX Professionals, was elected to the role of 2021 president for the Sierra Nevada Realtors.

Up to $20K in COVID grants available for small business in rural Nevada counties

Grants can range from as low as $1,500 to up to $20,000, per the Nevada Association of Counties, and vary by county, size of business and use of funds.

People: Taylor Harker joins CCMedia as a media buyer

Harker, a graduate from UNR, most recently was with Media Access Group in Reno, where she was responsible for developing and implementing media plans for clients.

Monday, September 7

Downtown Reno Partnership donating up to $180K to beautify ReTRAC Plaza

The first phase of improvements to upgrade the concrete and dirt plot between the Whitney Peak Hotel and Eldorado in downtown Reno will will include new trees, flowers, landscaping and irrigation.

Courtesy City of Reno

A look at the conceptual plan to enhance the ReTRAC Plaza in downtown Reno.

Are you a startup struggling to find funding? Try some alternative options

Sourcing enough money to start your new venture can be challenging — and this is especially true for companies run by female, minority and LBGTQ+ entrepreneurs.

Courtesy Zoom

Shavonnah Tièra Collins, founder of Las Vegas-based Urban Innovators, speaks during the UNR Innevation Center’s virtual panel discussion on alternative funding for startups on Sept. 2.

People: Joanne Miller new chief nursing officer at Carson Tahoe Health

Before joining Carson Tahoe Health, Joanne served as vice president and chief nursing officer of Patient Care for Johns Hopkins Medicine/Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Sal Khan to headline Reno's 5th annual Philanthropy Leaders Summit

The summit — which will be virtual this year — is a gathering for corporate funders and family foundations, along with local, statewide and national philanthropists to hear about the latest trends and best practices in giving.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, gives a TedX talk in 2011. He will keynote the 5th annual Philanthropy Leaders Summit in Reno on Sept. 18.

Great American Outdoors Act a win for the outdoors and the economy (Voices)

National parks are central to the economies of Western states. But communities surrounding these parks are now struggling and jobs related to tourism lost, writes columnist Jim Hartman.

People: Amy McFarland named director of Office for Community Faculty at UNR Med

As director of the Office for Community Faculty, Amy McFarland will oversee recruitment and support of community faculty members at UNR Med.

Sunday, September 6

Kelly Bullis: What’s new with the IRS?

Sometimes it is helpful to know what changes are being implemented and what are being discussed. Here are some key items right now. Charitable Contribution Deduction for folks who do NOT itemize. In 2020, there will be a new line item to deduct up to $300 as a direct line item on the Form 1040. Only allowed if the taxpayer does NOT itemize their deductions. This day and age, most folks are happy to just take the Standard Deduction rather than actually Itemizing their deductions.

Dairy Queen wants to add 8 franchises in Carson City, Reno

In the years to come, drought or not, Northern Nevada could see more Blizzards headed its way in more ways than one. Dairy Queen, the international purveyor of soft-serve ice cream and fast food, has its sights set on opening up to eight new restaurants in the Reno-Sparks and Carson City region.

Saturday, September 5

Jim Valentine: Timing is everything

Everything in real estate is about the timing. Normal times allow for predictable timing on the assorted components of the offer and acceptance, and escrow processes, that are easily established when planning the timing of the escrow. These are not normal times.

Nevada unemployment claims decrease for third straight week

Initial claims for unemployment benefits have now decreased for the third straight week in Nevada. For the week ending Aug. 29, just 8,032 new claims were filed, 826 fewer than the week before. This is the fewest initial claims number since March 14, the week before the pandemic shut down

Friday, September 4

Nevada sees lowest number of weekly jobless claims since March

The 8,032 initial claims filed for the week ending Aug. 29 is the lowest weekly total since March 14, according to Nevada DETR.

Nevada judge: Even smallest owners of cannabis companies should have been background checked

Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued a permanent injunction on Thursday, bringing a level of closure to many major issues in a drawn-out legal case so large it’s sometimes called “World War Weed.”

Photo: Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

An employee prepares cannabis for planting in the propagation room at Reef Dispensaries in 2017.

People: Karyn M. Taylor, Holly J. Stewart join Reno office of Littler

Karyn M. Taylor returns to the firm as a shareholder, having most recently served as Associate General Counsel for NV Energy; and Holly J. Stewart joins as an associate from Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite.

Filming begins in Carson City, Gardnerville for Lifetime holiday movie

"Promoting the Carson Valley area for film production leverages the region’s assets appealing to filmmakers to generate direct dollars and positive economic impact for Douglas County," says Rob Hooper of the Northern Nevada Development Authority.

Photo: Kurt Hildebrand

Lifetime will be filming a movie in Minden (seen here late August prepping for production), Gardnerville and Carson City this summer.

People: Chase International adds four agents to Reno, Tahoe offices

Chase International recently welcomed the four agents to its real estate offices in Zephyr Cove, InclineVillage and Eno.

Thursday, September 3

Bars in Clark, Washoe, Elko counties to remain closed at least 2 more weeks

Jeff Carter, owner of The Glass Die in Reno, said his business loses about $10,000 a month while being closed and that he expects to go bankrupt in January if bars continue to stay closed.

Photo: Michelle Rindels

Signage at a closed bar in the Western Village Casino in Sparks on Aug. 18, 2020.

Q-and-A: Reno ready to support LGBTQ+ businesses, says GLCCNV president

We spoke recently with Tim Haughinberry, president of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of Nevada, to talk discuss how the group's recent expansion to Reno-Sparks can impact the business community here.

People: Dr. Arielle Bauer joins Reno Diagnostic Centers as radiologist

Dr. Bauer received her medical degree from Tulane University. She most recently completed her fellowship in abdominal imaging at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.

Harder-hit by virus, Nevada’s communities of color expected to take greater economic hit

A new Guinn Center report identifies health disparities, higher unemployment rates, higher representation among essential workers and education attainment as factors to the economic disparity.

In $3 million deal, Office Plus of Nevada buys new Reno showroom

The $3 million transaction included a 2.41% interest SBA 504 loan facilitated by Nevada State Development Corporation. Heritage Bank of Nevada partnered in the financing package.

People: Dan Upton relocates to Agate Construction's Northern Nevada office

Agate Construction's Dan Upton has played a key role several notable projects over the course of his career, including the Reno Tahoe International Airport Parking Garage; University of Nevada, Reno Student Union.

Wednesday, September 2

Tourism authority to buy idled Las Vegas Monorail for $24M

LAS VEGAS — The idled Las Vegas Monorail is being bought by the local tourism authority with plans to arrange the system's second Chapter 11 bankruptcy after 16 years of operation by a not-for-profit corporation. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Tuesday approved spending $24.26 million to acquire the 3.9-mile elevated train system from Las Vegas Monorail Co. a series of 12-1 votes by the authority board, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman voted no.

Carson Tahoe has new vice president and chief nursing officer

Carson Tahoe Health recently welcomed Joanne Miller as vice president and chief nursing officer. She has more than 30 years of hospital operations and nursing experience. Before joining CTH, she served as VP & CNO of Patient Care for Johns Hopkins Medicine/Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

4 local businesses land on newest Inc. list of top 5,000 fastest-growing companies

KP Aviation Holdings in Reno; New Law Business Model in Minden; Have Lights Will Travel in Sparks; and Davidson’s Organic Teas in Sparks made the Inc. 5000 list for 2020.

What's Up Downtown: Building a gateway to the future of our community (Voices)

“The university and city of Reno have shared a vision that will further enhance downtown Reno’s revitalization efforts and permanently embed an ecosystem of knowledge-based innovation and industry in our community," writes Sen. Heidi Gansert, a board member with the Downtown Reno Partnership.

Photo: Downtown Reno Partnership

Sen. Heidi Gansert, a Downtown Reno Partnership board member, is executive director of external relations at University of Nevada, Reno.

Slew of Northern Nevada attorneys make 2021 ‘Best Lawyers’ list

Since it was first published in 1983, the annual Best Lawyers list has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Chase opens first downtown Reno branch, 11th in Northern Nevada

The new downtown Reno branch, on the ground floor of 200 S. Virginia St., opened a month after Chase unveiled its 10th Northern Nevada location July 28 in Sparks.

People: Krista Wahnefried earns 2020 PRISM Developing Leaders award

Krista Wahnefried, project manager/environmental scientist with McGinley & Associates in Reno, was recently awarded the 2020 PRISM Developing Leaders award.

Nevada company planning 60,000 sq. ft. lithium-ion battery plant for Fernley

With escrow expected to close Sept. 15 on a 12.5-acre land sale in Fernley, American Battery Technology Company held a ceremony Aug. 27 about the project, which still needs various permits and approvals.

Tuesday, September 1

Photo: Robert Perea

Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei “breaks ground” with American Battery Technology Company’s Doug Cole on the company's planned 60,000-square-foot lithium-ion battery recycling facility on Aug. 27 in Fernley. American Battery is among the 11 companies approved for nearly $30 million in tax abatements Dec. 2 by Nevada GOED.

Photo: Robert Perea

American Battery Technology Company Chairman and CEO Doug Cole speaks during the Aug. 27 ceremony in Fernley.

Gov. Sisolak extends Nevada's eviction moratorium another 45 days

The governor's decision drew criticism from the Nevada Realtors, who said they sympathized with tenants facing eviction, but the extension hurts small-time landlords who are owed thousands of dollars in rent.

Photo: David Calvert / Nevada Independent

Gov. Steve Sisolak signs Assembly Bill 1 into law on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, inside his office in the Capital on the third day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City.

Chris Bishop: Liability protections could save Nevada's small businesses (Voices)

"Trial lawyers could exploit the uncertain legal environment by going after businesses with lawsuits that would blame them for the spread of COVID-19," writes Chris Bishop pf Nevada Realtors.

GK Wealth Management buys Reno headquarters in $507,780 deal

The $507,780 deal included a 2.761% interest SBA 504 loan, with only 10% down, facilitated by Nevada State Development Corporation. Meadows Bank partnered in the financing package.

Covering Your Assets: SBA forgiveness rule addresses owner-employee comp, rent-related costs (Voices)

We recommend that borrowers recalculate the payroll required to be able to be eligible for full loan forgiveness," says Mike Bosma.

Dairy Queen wants to add 8 franchises in Reno-Carson in next 5-7 years

Currently, there are six Dairy Queen locations throughout Northern Nevada, none in Reno. DQ had a longstanding presence in Northwest Reno before it closed two years ago in July 2018.

Courtesy: Dairy Queen

A rendering of a Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant, the concept the fast-food company plans to significantly increase in the Reno-Carson market.

People: Sierra Davies, Pierce Baker, Elizabeth Pearson join In Plain Sight Marketing

In Plain Sight Marketing recently announced the addition of the trio as an account manager, public relations specialist and public relations coordinator.