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Hug a Vet Today

By Jennifer Burton

If you get a chance, take the time to thank someone who has served or is serving in the military.  They give up an awful lot to make sure we can live our lives the way we want to. Chances are, they've probably spent some time away from home.  In our case it was usually [...]

Foreign Journalists Visit Northern Nevada to Discuss Media and Democracy

By Jennifer Burton

Thirteen  journalists from the Middle East and North Africa are spending a week in Northern Nevada, getting to know their American counterparts and learning about how media works in a democracy, thanks to the prestigious Edward R. Murrow program which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and hosted at the University of  Nevada, Reno.
The [...]

Mummified Rat's Nest Piques Kids' Interest at Desert Research Institute Open House

By Jennifer Burton

There's nothing like 22-thousand year old rat droppings to help get kids interested in science.  A sample of petrified poop was a big draw for young science enthusiasts as they toured the Desert Research Institute during an open house in Reno on Saturday.  The sample came from an old pack rat den in a cave [...]

PNN Meets Blue Angel Number One

By Jennifer Burton

What does it take to be the Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels, the Navy's premier Flight Demonstration team?  For Commander Greg McWherter, it takes guts, incredible focus and a sense of humor.
I caught up with Blue Angel Number One recently at the Officers' Club at NAS Fallon.  Even surrounded by some of the best [...]

New Washoe County Schools Superintendent Pulls Gs with the Blue Angels

By Jennifer Burton

"Thrilled, honored and absolutely glad I went."  Those are the words Washoe County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Heath Morrison, used as he stood on the tarmac following a 20 minute, once-in-a-lifetime ride with the Blue Angels Tuesday.
I interviewed Dr. Morrison after he landed, and having been in the backseat of an FA-18 a few years ago, [...]

Forty Felines in One Home; Need to Find New Digs

By Jennifer Burton

The Nevada Humane Society is trying to place 40 (yes 40!) cats and kittens that were living in one home.  The family asked for help when the cats had kittens, which then had more kittens, and so on, and so on.  "Kittens start breeding when they reach only five months of age," said Denise Stevens [...]

25 Algerian Students to Visit Northern Nevada, Will Stay with Local Families

By Jennifer Burton

If you could tell 25 students from North Africa something about the America, what would it be?  Ten local high school students and about a dozen host families will have that chance when 25 Algerian high school students arrive in Reno for a three week conference on leadership and media later this month.
Algeria is 99 [...]

Reno Mayor Opens Artown Despite Raccoon Bite

By Jennifer Burton

 
Reno Mayor Bob Cashell was sporting a rather large bandage on his hand as he officially opened the 2009 Artown season at Wingfield Park Wednesday.   When asked, Cahshell said he had been bitten by a raccoon.  Apparently he was trying to protect his granddaughter's dog from the masked mammal.
The Mayor said he also got [...]

Reno Renaissance Lunch to Highlight the Positive

By Jennifer Burton

There's no question we've been through some tough times here in Northern Nevada, but Thursday Reno Mayor Bob Cashell will talk about what's been going right.  All is not doom and gloom, and some say the upturn is just around the corner.  We'll see about that.  But companies are still hiring.  Houses are starting to [...]