Archives for September 2017

SouthEast Connector work to close busy intersection Saturday

This Saturday, South Meadows will be closed at Veterans Parkway for roadwork. The RTC says the closure will last from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. as crews reconstruct the intersection as part of the SouthEast Connector.

6 NV Nat’l Guardsmen deploying to Puerto Rico

No food, no water, no power-that’s the reality of the situation in Puerto Rico, one week after Hurricane Maria hit. Now Nevada National Guardsmen are deploying to the Caribbean island to help. KOLO-TV reports six guardsmen are taking bringing a giant wifi hotspot with them to help re-establish communications for Puerto Ricans who’ve been out of touch with family. It will also help first responder communications. The guardsman will deploy Friday; it’s unclear how long they’ve been there, but they’ve been told to stay for weeks.

Council Votes To Upgrade Homeless Shelter

The Reno City Council voted Wednesday to spend more than 300-thousand dollars to fix up the overflow homeless shelter that has been in use for a year. The overflow shelter has no indoor restrooms. Construction of a permanent homeless shelter on Sage Street won’t be finished for two years.

Titus Won’t Challenge Heller

Congresswoman Dina Titus has announced that she will not challenge GOP Senator Dean Heller next year. Titus, a third term U.S. Representative from Nevada, says she will run for re-election instead.

Public Invited To Name New School

You get a chance to help name a new school in Washoe County. The school district is asking the public to make suggestions for a name for a new middle school in Spanish Springs. The school is located just south of Lazy 5 Park. Ground is expected to be broken soon, and it will be open in August of 2019.

Troopers Urge Caution During Motorcycle Rallu

The Street Vibrations motorcycle rally continues through Sunday in Reno, and the Nevada Highway Patrol is urging drivers to be extra careful. About 50 thousand motorcycles are in town for the 23rd annual event. The Highway Patrol has extra troopers on the job throughout the event.

UNR president calls for more diversity, less division in campus speech

More diversity and less white nationalists-that’s what UNR’s president called for in his 7th State of the University speech Tuesday. The Reno gazette-Journal reports President Marc Johnson confronted the school’s ties to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. In his speech, he says they rallied campus to re-affirm values of inclusion and end white supremacy. He also touted the school’s energy and creativity, promoting construction projects on campus. He added 37 percent of the student body are students of color and says they’ve got a long way to go to meet diversity goals.

Simpson’s parole grant inspires legislation

O.J. Simpson’s parole allowance inspires a state lawmaker to push for a new law. Nevada’s parole board says it didn’t consider Simpson’s 1989 conviction for spousal abuse when he granted him parole in July. The board says the crime wasn’t listed in the federal FBI crime database. Now, Nevada Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner of Reno wants to pass legislation that would require the parole board to consider an inmate’s domestic violence history before granting parole. She says public safety is at the heart of the matter. Simpson could be a free man next week after serving nine years of a 33-year-sentence or the armed robbery of sports memorabilia.

Douglas Co. Sherriff’s Office adds 3 deputies

The Douglas County sheriff’s department is growing. They’ve sworn in three new deputies to the force. Jeremy Cunningham hails from Reno and is a member of the Nevada National Guard. 2 News reports Conner Michitarian joins the force from the Nevada Highway Patrol and is a graduate of Douglas High School. Joshua Hodges comes from southern California-though he grew up in Douglas County.

man charged in Carson City toddler’s death pleads guilty

A man charged with killing a toddler in Carson City pleads guilty to charges of first-degree murder. Eric Buhl will now avoid the death penalty after admitting to the little girl’s death, which was caused by blunt force trauma from internal injuries from CPR he tried to administer while the child was choking. Buhl faces life in prison with our without parole.