Sandoval issues statement on suspension of BLM cattle round up

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Governor Sandoval official portrait Feb. 2011Governor Brian Sandoval today released the following statement on the BLM’s determination to conclude their round up:

“The safety of all individuals involved in this matter has been my highest priority.  Given the circumstances, today’s outcome is the best we could have hoped for.  I appreciate that the Department of the Interior and the BLM were willing to listen to the concerns of the people of Nevada.”

Corps’ chief of engineers signs off on Truckee River flood plan

Steamboat Creek flooding over Mira Loma Drive after the 1997 flood


Steamboat Creek flooding over Mira Loma Drive after the 1997 flood

Steamboat Creek flooding over Mira Loma Drive after the 1997 flood

SACRAMENTOThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Truckee River Flood Management Authority are closer to moving forward with a $280.8 million plan to reduce flood risk along the Truckee River after Corps Commanding General Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick signed off on the project April 11 at Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The approved plan includes flood risk management and recreation features along approximately six miles of the Truckee River from U.S. Route 395 to the town of Vista.

“We’re absolutely pleased to reach this major project milestone and are proud to present a quality  project to be considered for authorization,” said Glen Reed, project manager for the Corps.

The plan will now go before the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works and the Office of Management and Budget for their final review. Following that, the plan would be eligible to be authorized and funded by Congress for construction.

The Truckee River Flood Management Authority, the project’s local cost-share partner, would provide at least 35 percent of the project’s funding for construction, with the Corps providing the remaining funds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.

Bubinga Lounge security officer charged with second degree murder

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Reno police badgeReno Police have arrested a security officer in the December death of a man in the casino. Stefen Johnson, 24, has been charged with second degree murder.

Reno Police detectives investigated the death in conjunction with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office. Several witnesses were interviewed, some of which were out of state and unavailable for an extensive amount of time, and all of the evidence had to be reviewed prior to submitting the case to the District Attorney’s Office for final review.

Reno Police officers had responded to the Eldorado Hotel Dec. 15 in regard to a subject in custody for trespassing. They spoke to the male who was being detained and called for medical assistance due to an apparent medical problem. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Upon review of the incident, it was determined that the victim had posted negative comments about the Bubinga Lounge security on social media and he was denied entry into the club based on these comments. A verbal altercation ensued and Johnson, a Bubinga security officer, used an excessive amount of bodily force against the victim which caused injuries that resulted in his death. An arrest warrant was obtained for Johnson today, and he was arrested without incident.

Waterton Global Mining Company receives Patriot Award


ELKO – Waterton Global Mining Company, LLC announced today that Jack McMahon, head of mining operations, was presented with the Patriot Award by Gov. Brian Sandoval at the inaugural Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve executive event last week.

Established in 1972 as an office of the Department of Defense, ESGR promotes cooperation and understanding between military reserve members and their civilian employers. The Patriot Award celebrates the efforts made by employers to support reserve military members through a variety of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting necessary leaves of absence.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by an organization that represents the men and women who serve and protect this great country,” said McMahon. “I would like to thank ESGR and Governor Sandoval for their ongoing support of active military members, veterans and their families.”

“This award speaks volumes to Jack’s character and his commitment to the community in Northern Nevada,” said Isser Elishis, managing partner and chief investment Officer of Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc.  “On behalf of Waterton Global, I would like to congratulate Jack on receiving this great recognition of his leadership in supporting military reserve members and their families.”

This marks the second consecutive year that Waterton Mining has been recognized with an award from ESGR. Its rescue team was bestowed with the Seven Seals Award last year for significantly advancing ESGR’s mission of facilitating and promoting a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service.

About Waterton Global Mining Company

Waterton Global Mining Company, LLC is an emerging precious metals mining company with assets in northern and southern Nevada. It is advised by Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc.

About Waterton Global Resource Management

Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc. is an investment adviser that specializes in the metals and mining sector. Waterton Global has a proven track record of creating and building value by combining extensive technical expertise with a disciplined approach to investment management. Its integrated approach to managing risk provides effective stewardship of capital for investors while focusing on long-term value creation. For more information, please visit

Sandoval urges restraint in BLM cattle roundup




Governor Brian Sandoval today issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s roundup and reports of organized protests against it:

“Earlier this week, I advised the BLM not to limit or hinder the constitutional rights of Nevadans and be mindful of its conduct. The ability to speak out against government actions is one of the freedoms we all cherish as Americans. Today I am asking all individuals who are near the situation to act with restraint. Although tensions remain high, escalation of current events could have negative, long lasting consequences that can be avoided.”

Sandoval statement on Joe Dini’s passing


Governor Brian SandovalLAS VEGAS Governor Brian Sandoval released the following statement today after learning of the death of former Nevada Assemblyman Joseph “Joe” Dini, Jr.:

“Nevada has lost another legend today with the news of the passing of Speaker Joe Dini, Jr. One of Nevada’s greatest statesmen, Speaker Dini holds the remarkable distinction of being the longest serving Nevada speaker in state history.  A native of Yerington, Speaker Dini was a staunch supporter of rural Nevada and the essence of leadership in our state. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve with him in the Assembly. Kathleen and I send our deepest condolences to Joe’s family and friends.”

Moana Nursery to host organic vegetable seminar


MoanaNurserySeminarPhotoApril 12: Organic Vegetable Gardening Made Simple

Join Craig Frezzette, urban farmer and owner of City Green Gardens, to learn the basic steps of creating and tending an organic garden – from living soil and seed starting to providing weather and critter protection. Based on years of experience with his own high desert organic market garden, Craig has figured out how to successfully grow in our climate. Craig sells his produce to local restaurants, the public and the Reno food coop and is passionate about the local food movement.

All seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane, in our Landscape and Design Center unless otherwise stated. Seminars begin promptly at 10 a.m. and last one hour unless otherwise noted. Please arrive 15 minutes early as seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit or call (775) 825-0602 for more information.

City of Reno asks for public input on Sierra Vista Park


Header-LogoThe cty of Reno is seeking public input on possible design and operations options related to converting the former Northgate Golf Course property into a community park called Sierra Vista Park.

Interested area residents are invited to complete a short survey by 5 p.m. Pacific on Friday, April 18, to assist with the site plan. The survey can be accessed here:

Tentative plans for Sierra Vista Park in northwest Reno include a network of non­-motorized trails around the property; however, there are opportunities for other outdoor recreation opportunities and potential reuse of the former clubhouse and adjacent property.

In addition, two open houses will take place later this month. City of Reno staff will be available on site to present design options and answer questions. The public will also be able to take self-guided tours of the Sierra Vista Park property.

The dates and times for the open houses are:

  • Thursday, April 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The site will remain open until 7 p.m. for self-guided tours.
  • Tuesday, April 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The site will remain open until 7 p.m. for self-guided tours.

Conceptual plans will be further developed at an upcoming two-day community design workshop on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center. The survey, open houses and workshop support one of Reno City Council’s top priorities to enhance communication and community engagement.

For more information, visit or call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 334-­2270.

Police identify pedestrian but not driver in hit and run


Reno police badgeA woman who died after being hit by a hit-and-run driver on Mae Anne Avenue March 27 has been identified as Dianne Lane.

The Reno Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team, which has been investigating this incident, has learned that Lane was crossing Mae Anne Avenue between Coit Plaza and Sierra Highlands Drive. She was not in a marked crosswalk, which is believed to be a contributing factor to the accident.
Lane was struck by a dark pickup truck that was last seen driving northbound on Sierra Highlands Drive.

Anyone having information relating to this accident should contact the Reno Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team at 775-745-0069, Secret Witness at 322-4900 or, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

NASA Space Apps Challenge takes off in The Biggest Little City


Header-LogoIn March, Reno was selected by NASA as one of 80 host cities around the world for the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge. Starting tomorrow, area software developers and programmers will begin their “attack” on five areas — human space flight, technology in space, robotics, asteroids and Earth watch — as part of the Biggest Little Space Apps Challenge hackathon.

The city of Reno is a sponsor of the event, which launches on Wednesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Reno Collective in downtown Reno. There will be a kickoff happy hour, challenge review, team formation and discussion of the plan for the two-day main event.

The main event will take place at the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. On Saturday, April 12, there will be hacking from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. This will resume from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, projects will be presented and judged.

Biggest Little Space Apps Challenge schedule:

April 9 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Reno Collective – Kickoff happy hour, challenge review, team formation and planning session
April 12 – 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  – UNR – Hack on a challenge
April 13 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m – UNR – Resume hacking
April 13 – 4-6 p.m. – UNR – Present challenge project and judging