Archives for May 2017

WCSD reverses decision on eagle feathers

You may notice eagle feathers in some students’ graduation caps this year at high schools in the Washoe County School District. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the district has sent a memo to schools allowing the feathers. Initially, the district said Native American students could not wear the feathers because it was a violation of guidelines. Now in an about-face they’re saying the right to wear the feathers is protected under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Police: Reno man rammed stolen truck into brothel

A Reno man ended up in handcuffs after sheriffs’ deputies say he stole an 18-wheeler and used it to ram an infamous brothel. Deputies say Brian Brandt stole a truck from Central Transport in Sparks, where he used to work, and drove into the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Mound House yesterday morning. Brandy faces charges of battery, assault with a deadly weapon and malicious destruction of property. No one inside or outside the brothel was injured.

Brush fire destroys sheds in Silver Springs

A brush fire breaks out in Silver Springs. Firefighters were called to Citrus Road yesterday afternoon, for reports of a 5-acre fire. Two sheds were destroyed.

Shots fired outside downtown Reno bar

Two people are arrested after gunfire rang out outside a Reno bar. It happened outside the Imperial Bar and Lounge downtown Wednesday night. Police say two people got into a fight when one took out a gun and fired off shots. No one was hurt.

Wildcreek High School proposal causing public outcry

The site of a proposed new high school in Sparks is sparking a public outcry. Residents who live near the public Wildcreek Golf Course where Wildcreek high school is slated to go say traffic will be an absolute nightmare. They’re also concerned about the loss of green space. They don’t dispute the school is needed to prevent overcrowding, but basically say they don’t want it in their backyard; they would prefer the district expand Hug High School, which would become a tech school once the new school opens. Supporters say a new high school is long overdue; they also say finding another agreeable open space is a tall task.

Historic fire season could still be ahead

It may’ve been a historic snow and rain year-but it could also be a historic fire season too. The National Weather Service is predicting extreme fire risk from July through September in northern Nevada and the Sierra. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that last year, more than a quarter-million acres burned in Nevada. But that’s small potatoes compared to in 1996 when nearly 2 million acres burned. And despite the record rain, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority says conservation rules will still apply this summer. News 4 reports the reserves will keep the region well-watered for up to three years-but the so-called water cops aren’t letting up-and usage will be restricted.

Sandoval considers minimum wage hike

Nevada’s minimum wage earners could soon see a hike in pay. Governor Brian Sandoval says he’s considering raising minimum wage-but if he does, he needs state lawmakers to rethink overtime laws. Democrats want minimum wage to be hiked to $12 an hour over the course of several years.

Bestiality to become a crime in NV

Animal cruelty is already a crime-but now sexually abusing animals will officially be illegal in Nevada. Governor Brian Sandoval signed the anti-bestiality bill that goes into effect in October. Nevada joins 42 states banning bestiality.

Sparks man charged in child sex assault

A Sparks man is arrested on child sex assault charges. Police say 25-year-old Taylor Gruey sexually assaulted a child under the age of 14 earlier this month. He also faces charges of lewdness with a minor.

Small brush fire breaks out in Wadsworth

A small brush fire was quickly put down in Wadsworth. The fire broke out amid three acres at the Conestoga Mobile Home Park Wednesday afternoon. One outbuilding was damaged-but no one was hurt.