Stories for January 2022


Monday, January 31

Stateline's Fox and Hound still smoking after 30 years

Kingsbury restaurant celebrates 30 years

People: Deirdra Walsh joins nonprofit Tahoe Fund Board of Directors

The nonprofit Tahoe Fund announced Deirdra Walsh, general manager and vice president of Northstar California Resort, has joined its Board of Directors.

People: Dave Archer to retire from Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

Dave Archer, president and CEO of Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, has announced his retirement, effective mid-2022.

Nevatio Engineering opens in Reno

Nevatio Engineering an on-demand Machine Design and Automation Company has opened in Reno.

Maruho Medical signs lease at Mill @ McCarran bringing project to 100% occupancy

Maruho Medical has signed a lease at the Mill@McCarran flex office project, Basin Street Properties announced in a press release.

Nevada casinos report 10th straight month of $1 billion-plus winnings

Nevada casinos finished the calendar year with their 10th straight month of more than $1 billion in winnings.

Carson City consolidated taxes reach all-time high, mayor says in State of the City address

Continuing a tradition that began with the late Mayor Bob Crowell, Mayor Lori Bagwell gave her first State of the City address on Thursday. The Chamber of Commerce hosted the presentation and luncheon.

Friday, January 28

Affordable housing in Western Nevada is region's top challenge, EDAWN CEO says

The CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) told the annual economic update affordable housing is Western Nevada’s biggest challenge.

Retailers jockey for position as new submarkets emerge

The more than 330,000 square feet of retail construction and renovation underway in Reno is expected to create a “flight to quality” as Northern Nevada retailers jockey for position in emerging and gentrified retail submarkets.

People: Tomi Jo Lynch to serve as president of Certified Commercial Investment Members of Northern Nevada chapter

The Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) of Northern Nevada chapter this month announced its Board of Directors for 2022.

County officials give 2022 outlooks at annual Northern Nevada Development Authority event

The Northern Nevada Development Authority held its annual State of the Counties conference Wednesday in Carson City.

Thursday, January 27

Despite new multifamily projects, rents remain high

Las Vegas-based real estate development and management firm Kingsbarn Capital & Development plans to break ground in February on a multifamily apartment complex in Carson City.

People: Gary MacDonald earns the 2021 Realtor of the Year Award

The Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors recently hosted its annual awards and recognition banquet in November to celebrate yearly achievements from its members.

40-unit luxury condo development coming to Incline Village

Chase International announced this month a spring 2022 groundbreaking for “Nine 47 Tahoe,” a 40-unit luxury condo development planned on 2 acres at corner of Tahoe and Southwood boulevards in Incline Village.

Lyon County approves tiny houses code amendment

The Lyon County Commission approved a code amendment last week that directs staff to proceed with establishing its regulations and uses for tiny houses as accessory dwelling units.

Past Pages, Jan. 23, 2012: Long downturn grinds away on architects

The prolonged construction downturn has forced Northern Nevada architectural firms to become much leaner to survive, and a brighter future is nowhere on the horizon.

Wednesday, January 26

No signs of slowdown for Reno-Carson housing market

The winter months are typically the slowest in the home-selling cycle, but the housing market in Northern Nevada is showing no signs of a soft winter season.

Work begins on 203 home project in Carson City

Andersen Ranch Estates was approved in early 2020

The Andersen Ranch Estates project between Ormsby Boulevard and Mountain Street has begun grubbing.

Buzz Harris: Ask questions to help establish a broker’s credibility (Voices)

Once a business owner has decided to sell their business with the assistance of a business broker, they owe it to themselves to ask a lot of questions before choosing which broker to represent their interests. Since the most fundamental trait an experienced broker must have is credibility, the following questions need to be asked.

Nevada OSHA workplace penalties increase

Administrative penalties for workplace safety violations levied by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against employers who are not in compliance increased as of Jan. 15.

People: PNC names Denette Suddeth regional president and head of Commercial Banking for Nevada

PNC Bank this month announced the appointment of financial services veteran Denette Suddeth as regional president and head of Commercial Banking for Nevada, including Reno and Las Vegas, a move that gives the bank a presence in all 30 of the nation’s top metropolitan statistical areas.

Tuesday, January 25

Panasonic’s Plumb plans a major office coup for Reno

The repositioning of the old AT&T and Nevada Bell building on East Plumb Lane is a huge win for the Northern Nevada office market.

Rocky Brands opens distribution center east of Reno

Rocky Brands, a footwear and apparel company headquartered in Nelsonville, Ohio, recently expanded operations to Northern Nevada by opening a distribution center on 425 E. Sydney Drive in McCarran, east of Reno-Sparks.

Nevada jobless numbers continue to improve

Overall, employment is up 94,700 jobs since December 2020.

People: Mike Murray and Chris Phillips join Reno Aces

The Reno Aces this month announced the additions of Mike Murray and Chris Phillips to serve as Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, respectively.

People: Chris Boline re-elected to the board of directors of NCET

Chris Boline has been re-elected to the board of directors of NCET, Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Utah company acquires Reno startup Rehearsal

Utah-based learning solutions company eLearning Brothers announced this month the acquisition of Rehearsal, a video-based practice and coaching platform that launched in Reno in 2015.

Monday, January 24

White hot demand: Industrial investor appetite strong across Northern Nevada, brokers say

The dearth of industrial space and developable land in Northern Nevada has brokers, tenants and landlords flexing their creative muscles in order to come up with viable ways to lease space and house new tenants.

Northern Nevada galleries, artists reflect on pandemic pivots

It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Northern Nevada businesses, especially those deemed “nonessential” and had to shut down for months on end last spring and summer.

IT Avalon owners donate $10,000 to STEP2

Carisa and John Zink, owners of Reno-based recruiting agency IT Avalon and founders of The Shirley Ann Foundation, Inc., recently donated $10,000 to local nonprofit STEP2 through their foundation.

People: Latonia Coleman named Deputy Director of Programs for Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation recently announced the appointment of Latonia Coleman as new Deputy Director of Programs. Coleman is based in Las Vegas.

People: Nicole Scott named partner at Lewis Roca

Lewis Roca recently selected Nicole Scott of Reno to join the firm’s partnership effective Jan. 1. In all, the firm welcomed 14 new lawyers as partners throughout its offices in Reno, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles.

Friday, January 21

Carson City health foods store expands to match pandemic growth

Lifestream Health Foods owner Rich Cancimilla says business has nearly quadrupled through the pandemic.

Sahara, Grand Sierra owner uses Spanish-language media to drive visitors

Alex Meruelo – son of Cuban immigrants and owner of Reno's Grand Sierra Resort and the Sahara Las Vegas – uses his media holdings to drive the increasingly lucrative LA Latino market to the Sahara.

$8M in grants available to businesses to upgrade fleets, equipment

Nevada businesses can apply for grants to help replace diesel-powered vehicles and equipment — including freight trucks and delivery trucks.

People: Cortney Arrington, Alex Muench new hires for PBS Reno

Arrington comes on as a development officer/grant writer, while Muench joins as a content creator.

People: Sarah Patton new librarian, archivist for Nevada Historical Society

Patton comes to Reno from the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University, where she was the research services manager.

Thursday, January 20

Trademark Jewelry and Repair opens at Village at Rancharrah

Owners Todd and Lindy Martini are Reno natives with 24 years of experience in the jewelry and repair industry.

People: Tony Karwowski hired as new CEO of NLTRA

A 20-year resident of the North Lake Tahoe region, for the past five years Karwowski has been part of Northstar California Resort’s senior leadership team.

As pandemic drags on, Nevada college students feel financial squeeze

The trope of the “broke college student” is not cliche, but rather a genuine struggle for thousands of Nevada students who have increasingly sought help from school-sponsored food pantries to help offset rising rents.

Clear Creek Tahoe Clubhouse opens

The golf course and luxury real estate project located on Highway 50 above Jacks Valley reported $99 million in sales during 2021.

People: EDAWN welcomes 5 new members to 2022 Board of Trustees

Kate Franko with Google LLC, Carli Kinne with Panasonic Energy of North America, Scott Pruneau with ITS Logistics, Value Quraishi with Value Venture Studio Inc, and Abbi Whitaker with The Abbi Agency join the EDAWN board this year.

Wednesday, January 19

Past Pages, Jan. 16, 2012: ​Economic, employment outlook brightens

From the archives: Employers in Northern Nevada see signs of improvement in 2012, including modest increases in sales, the likelihood of some additional hiring and even the possibility of raises for some employees.

Two years into pandemic, Tahoe real estate market holds strong

Current buyers are in their early '30s to late '40s, working remotely and moving to the Nevada side from California for its tax breaks and lifestyle.

Jan-Pro Cleaning & Disinfecting seeks Reno franchisees

The Reno market presents "an incredible opportunity for brand expansion,” said Gary Bauer, Brand President of Jan-Pro Systems International.

Reed Electric & Field Service acquired in 3-company deal

Reed Electric is a fourth-generation family-owned company founded in 1929, with locations in Los Angeles and Reno.

People: Monica Heintzman, Kallie Phillips join J.A. Solari & Partners

Heintzman graduated from UNR with a Master of Accountancy in 2021, while Phillips earned her Master of Accountancy at Mississippi State University.

Tuesday, January 18

Reno fintech firm Azibo secures $19 million Series A funding round

The funding will enable Azibo, which launched in spring 2020 and moved its headquarters to Reno that fall, to hire additional staff in Reno and San Francisco and accelerate product innovation, said Chris Hsu, CEO and co-founder.

Commerce Matters: Let’s emerge from pandemic with collective resolve (Voices)

"We want what we want when we want it, but we carelessly invoke individual liberties when those working to serve us must abandon them and do what’s right for our collective safety."

Mining Association asks for revisions, name change on new gold and silver tax

The Nevada Mining Association is asking state officials to tweak proposed regulations implementing a new tax on gold and silver mining, including changing the title and ensuring it won’t be applied retroactively.

REMSA Health announces partnership with Truckee Meadows Fire

The partnership comes as a response to Washoe County’s “rapid expansion and growth and the need to provide innovative solutions to emergency medical response."

People: Dave Archer to retire as president of NCET

Archer joined NCET in 2006 as executive director and was promoted to President/CEO in 2011.

Monday, January 17

Reno's travel, tourism industry bounced back big in 2021

Reno-Tahoe International Airport saw 3.6 million passenger visits in 2021, up notably from 2020's total of just 2 million — though still a significant drop from 2019, when the airport served 4.5 million people.

Gravity Haus purchases Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee

“In just two years we have grown our membership to more than 2,000 strong as we now expand our community beyond Colorado and into the Truckee-Tahoe region, Reno and the Bay Area,” said Gravity Haus CEO Jim Deters.

Renown Children’s Hospital joins Children’s Oncology Group

"Pediatric oncology patients of Renown Children’s Hospital now have access to the latest and most cutting-edge treatment options in addition to commonly prescribed treatments," said Dr. Tony Slonim, president and CEO of Renown Health.

Saint Mary’s named Nevada's lone ‘HeartCARE Center’

It's the only hospital in Nevada to receive the designation from the American College of Cardiology.

People: Steve Cooper joins LP Insurance Services, LLC

Cooper is an industry veteran with nearly 20 years of experience in financial services and insurance.

Friday, January 14

Median home price in Sparks jumps to record $521,750

The previous record median home price for Sparks/Spanish Springs was $505,000 in September 2021.

Carson Manufacturing keeps the city’s gears turning

Carson Manufacturing’s gearheads are used in robotic arms, medical equipment, conveyor belts, AstroTurf-laying machines, top-secret military equipment and more.

Nevada off track to meet ‘aggressive’ net-zero carbon emission goals

A new report from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection projects the state is in line to fall about 5.5 percent short of its 2025 emission reduction goal, and 21.1 percent short of the 2030 goal.

Inaugural Hugh Henne Investment Competition winners announced

The competition creates experiential learning opportunities for UNR business students to find out more about the stock market, trading strategies, career prospects and networking with other investment-minded students.

People: ReNon George, Amanga Figoni new Realtors at Chase International

George joins Chase International's Carson Valley office, while Figoni is the newest agent in the Sparks office.

Thursday, January 13

Sparks company expands, rebrands as Pro Group Logistics

Greg Sanguinetti acquired JFC Logistics in December 2018 and has since expanded to operate four warehouse facilities in Sparks that span nearly 300,000 square feet; now, it sports a new name: Pro Group Logistics.

Nevada ranchers hopeful for future beef demand

Nevada ranchers this week said the new COVID variant is expected to affect packing house staffing in the first quarter of the year.

BSN Sports acquires Carson City’s Team Sports Ink, LLC

Team Sports Ink, a team sporting goods provider and decorator for the greater Reno-Carson youth athletic market, was founded in 1999.

UFCU announces $2,300 in Northern Nevada donations

United Federal Credit Union's Pay It Forward program was created in 2008.

People: Brooke Santina new executive director of Nevada Day

“Brooke brings experience and new energy to Nevada Day. We are certainly looking forward to having her on our team."

Wednesday, January 12

Past Pages, Jan. 9, 2012: Ormat’s retreat – geothermal no slam dunk

From the archives: Ormat Technologies pulled the plug on a power purchase agreement with NV Energy after delays in bringing online the proposed 30-megawatt Carson Lake geothermal plant in Churchill County.

Road to Recovery: Nevada leads in ‘economic momentum’ amid rapid labor turnover

With thousands of workers shifting to new industries, Nevada’s labor market has in recent months seen some of the highest rates of hires and job separations in the country.

People: Jim Feser named 2022 Nevada Builders Alliance board president

“I’m honored ... to lead alongside such distinguished members of the construction industry,” said Feser, project manager for Carson City-based Miles Construction.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Dixie Fire Fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada (sponsored)

When the Dixie Fire devastated five counties across Northeastern California, many of Plumas Bank’s clients, team members and branch locations were caught in the fire’s path.

People: Emily Cruz, Janine Vicente join aha! staff in Reno

Cruz and Vicente are part of aha!’s commercial team based at the Reno Tahoe International Airport.

Tuesday, January 11

Reno Rebuild Project kicks off 2022 with $28,000 loan

The loan will go to Sierra Mobile Storage, owned by Luke and Staci Stevenson, which offers storage solutions across greater Reno-Tahoe.

Nevada housing prices set records in 2021, slight market cooldown expected

Spurred by supply chain constraints, historically low interest rates, housing inventory shortages and migration changes influenced by the pandemic, Nevada's housing prices skyrocketed to record highs in 2021.

Carson Conversation: Ongoing COVID makes setting goals a challenge (Voices)

"The tried-and-true tradition of compiling New Year’s Resolutions or even setting business goals has become rather challenging in this very uncertain world dictated by the latest COVID variant."

People: Timothy Lukas named Administrative Partner at Holland & Hart in Reno

Timothy Lukas replaces James Newman, who had served as Administrative Partner in Northern Nevada since 2013.

EDAWN State of the Economy event set for Jan. 27

The annual event features presentations from EDAWN President/CEO Mike Kazmierski and Brian Gordon of economic research firm Applied Analysis.

Monday, January 10

Tahoe Biltmore demolition, redevelopment work to begin in March

Developer: Property to undergo full rebrand; project completion eyed for 2025

The Tahoe Biltmore will remain open through February until phased demolition work begins. The developer, EKN Development Group, is planning a full rebrand, with "Tahoe Luxury Resort and Residences" currently as the working title.

Amazon, Walmart again top list of employees on Nevada Medicaid

Amazon employs more than 22,000 workers in Nevada, while Walmart employs about 15,470 people in the Silver State.

IntelliSource gives away 2022 Tesla to Reno employee

IntelliSource recently celebrated its 10th year in the Reno market by giving away a 2022 Tesla Model Y to local employee Alisha Ellis.

NNDA’s State of the Counties event set for Jan. 26

Leaders from Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Mineral counties will share successes, challenges and future economic plans for the region, according to NNDA.

People: Casey Prostinak, Landon Gonzalez join LOGIC Commercial Real Estate

Prostinak was previously a Senior Advisor with SVN Gold Dust Commercial Associates in Reno, while Gonzalez was most recently with Colliers Reno.

Friday, January 7

Nevada winemaker hopes for business growth in 2022

Walker River Estates vintner Greg Ross wants to prove that you can grow something in Douglas County besides alfalfa.

‘Cautioned optimism:’ Historic snow, COVID surge impact Tahoe's lodging industry

Andy Chapman of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau believes the area’s hotels and lodges are better prepared than the past two winters.

State Infrastructure Bank’s priorities include housing, charter schools

The proposed allocations include up to $20 million for an affordable housing investment fund; projects would be required to use apprentices enrolled in state-registered apprenticeship programs for at least 10 percent of construction hours.

300-plus Nevada nonprofits apply for piece of $30 million in grants

In all, 337 organizations submitted applications with more than $445 million in funding requests.

Thursday, January 6

Reno-based lithium company acquires more mining claims near Tonopah

The recent acquisition of mining claims acres near Tonopah comes as Reno-based American Battery Technology Company continues construction of a $30 million lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Fernley.

Real estate and the new year in Northern Nevada (Voices)

"The real estate industry in Northern Nevada had an exceptional year in 2021, but it presented a year of frustration to buyers and sellers."

How a mega gold-mining merger tightened a company’s hold on Northern Nevada

Before Barrick and Newmont merged, workers at all levels of the Nevada gold-mining industry would shift between two major companies. Now, since the creation of Nevada Gold Mines, that choice is gone, and many current and former employees claim the workplace culture has changed for the worse.

Plumas Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco partner on Dixie Fire donations

Plumas Bank recently secured an extra $25,000 in matching funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

Wednesday, January 5

Child care a critical issue in getting Northern Nevada parents back to work

“The need for qualified staff and increased wages in addition to these other cost increases is pushing the industry to its breaking point.”

Past Pages, Jan. 2, 2012: Northern Nevada executives share lessons of the recession

From the archives: “One of the worst things that could happen is that we’d let a perfectly good recession go to waste and wouldn’t learn anything that we could apply in future years."

NNBW 2021 Best In Business contest winners announced

The Northern Nevada Business Weekly is pleased today to announce the winners of our 2021 Best In Business contest.

New for 2022: New year brings 55 new laws to Nevada

A total of 55 new laws took effect Jan. 1 in Nevada, impacting everything from business operations to healthcare to elections and beyond.

Powder coating company acquires Mound House headquarters

Nevada State Development Corporation assisted with financing for the $913,000 deal in conjunction with Plumas Bank.

Tuesday, January 4

EDAWN-led study laments looming land shortages in Northern Nevada

"The only solution to our affordable housing crisis is to build more houses. And the only way to do that is to have more land to do so."

1.67 million sq. ft. leased at North Valleys Commerce Center

Among the new tenants is Tempur Sealy, which recently leased 405,213 square feet of space at the center after announcing plans in August to expand to the Reno market.

Truckee to implement 'Below Market Rate Housing Program'

The end goal of this program will be to deed restrict 10% of available homes in Truckee — an estimated 1,500 homes — as market rate rental or for-sale homes by 2032.

COVID vaccine mandate for higher education employees to remain in place

The Board of Regents' 6-6 vote on Dec. 30 came amid mounting concerns that the delay or revocation of terminations the day before they were planned would create “operational chaos” across all eight NSHE institutions.

San Diego retirement advisory firm GuidedChoice relocates to Reno

Founded in 1999, GuidedChoice is a digital retirement advisory firm that leverages technology to improve retirement outcomes.

Monday, January 3

In $18 million deal, Tahoe Biltmore owners acquire lakefront property

The acquisition comes after the Newport Beach, California-based firm acquired the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge in Crystal Bay for $56.9 million in September.

Nevada casinos near all-time revenue mark after strong November

Mostly led by gambling totals in Las Vegas, statewide gaming revenue reached $1.32 billion in November. In Washoe County, meanwhile, revenue is up 19.6 percent over 2019 through November.

Panasonic planning new Reno campus on Plumb Lane

"Our new facility in Reno underscores our commitment to evolving and growing to stay at the forefront of the mobility market," said Allan Swan, president of Panasonic Energy of North America.