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Last week in review: what’s hot on This Is Reno Jan. 6-12


Last Week in Review is a new feature by our most recent addition to the team, Kendra Fleming. Kendra is reviewing the previous week’s news and identifying what you, our readers, found most interesting on the site. Enjoy!

By Kendra Fleming

b2w_poster-150x150-5105120-5873405Holland Project features photographic exhibit of Snowboarding

If the time never presented itself before, the time is now. Premiering January 14, the Holland Project Gallery is hosting Built to Weather, a group photography exhibit that will be showcasing photographs of snowboarding from the different eras, landscapes and anything else that is related to snowboarding. The exhibit opens January 14 with the opening reception scheduled on January 18 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. The Nevada Museum of art will be premiering the movie on February 2 at Basich’s film Open Space at 1:00 p.m. Built to Weather’s exhibit will feature photography from well-known photographers Bud Fawcett, Ian Rutcher, Jim Zellers, and several more. Admission to the film is $5.00 including a question and answer section after the film with Ian Rutcher and Jim Zellers. Rutcher will be speaking on his experience with snowboarding from both sides of the camera. https://thisisreno.com/2013/01/holland-project-features-national-snowboarding-photographers/

Wind Energy Project Wins International Award


The Spring Valley wind facility located in Ely, Nevada has won the Wind Project of the year award from POWER-GEN international. Announced recently as the winner of this award at POWER-GEN International’s Projects of the Year awards gala in Orlando, this is quite an honor considering the fact that Spring Valley wind facility is the first wind power on public land and the first wind power in the state of Nevada. Providing 240 new jobs and 13 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance they are not only helping with providing more people with jobs, but they have also helped provide clean and more affordable air to more than 45,000 homes in Nevada. Owned by Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern), being rewarded this award has been an honor.  With this boost of confidence and the help Pattern has provided to people in Nevada, they expect to continue building more wind sites across North America, Puerto Rico and Latin America. The cleaner the air is, the better it is for the environment. https://thisisreno.com/2013/01/wind-energy-project-wins-national-award/

Dept. of Ag. issues statements on Virginia Range horses

The Nevada Department of Agriculture has provided a statement regarding to clarify the minutes during the Nevada Board of Agriculture meeting held in December 2011. During this meeting, only three members from the department voiced their opinions on horse slaughter when this topic was discussed, but the board had still not taken a position regarding horse slaughter. Now, the Department of Agriculture has taken a stand, announcing through a letter that they won’t be bringing any harm to the horses, even the ones who have been abandoned and aren’t protected by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. In this letter is also the information that the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the State of Nevada have taken every precaution to make sure that these horses aren’t harmed. Also stated in their letter to the public, Nevada does not have any horse slaughter houses. The ultimate goal of the Department of Agriculture’s statement is to prove to the public that horses are going to be more protected than what is expected. https://thisisreno.com/2013/01/dept-of-ag-issues-statements-on-virginia-range-horses/

Did Thalattoarchon surophagis roam the Great Basin?

Known as the first predator that was able to feed on reptiles of its own size, Thalattoarchan surophagis, an original Great Basin resident, was a meta-predator roaming the sea 160 million years during the same time as the dinosaurs. Thalattoarchan translates to “lizard eating sovereign of the sea,” and 8 million years prior to the Thalattoarchan appearing, a severe extinction had wiped out 80 to 90 percent of the world’s species living in the sea. Scientists see the Thalattoarchan as an example of how the past sheds light on the future in regards to our evolving planet and the effect that humans have on this planet. https://thisisreno.com/2013/01/did-thalattoarchon-surophagis-roam-the-great-basin/

Douglas Peters, M.D., joins Saint Mary’s Health Plans as medical director

With more than thirty years of experience in the health field, Douglas Peters is now the medical director of Saint Mary’s Health Plans. He has experience in owning his own medical practice and working as the medical director of Saint Mary’s Health Plan Network from 1992-1997. He is believed to have the capabilities to make the health plan better, reaching out to the thousands of Nevadans with the Saint Mary’s Health Plan, making it more efficient and effective. Completing his residency in Los Angeles  in internal medicine at the Good Samaritan Hospital, and  having more experience than most in medicine, the team at Saint Mary’s is hopeful for what Peters has planned for the future of Saint Mary’s health Plan.


Food Co-op protests UNR farm land development, City to hear proposal Jan. 30

Many Reno locals of are against the University of Nevada, Reno’s proposed farm land developments. With many farm lands being turned into attractions such as shopping centers or just being completely done away with, the Great Basin Food Co-op and Nevada Farm Bureau stand firm in their attempts to get more residents to write Reno City Council members explaining why they are against UNR’s plans to have its research land developed. https://thisisreno.com/2013/01/food-co-op-protests-unr-farm-land-development-city-to-hear-proposal-jan-30/

Sheriff’s Office reports only one business cited for selling to a minor in collaborative operation

Out of all 270 places in Reno that sell alcohol, only one was cited for selling alcohol to minors. Royal Liquor and Smoke was that place. Twenty places were cited for failure of complying with proper alcohol training of their employees. By Washoe County Sheriff’s Department teaming up with the University of Nevada Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol and the Reno Police Department, fewer minors are buying alcohol illegally. https://thisisreno.com/2013/01/sheriffs-office-reports-only-one-business-cited-for-selling-to-a-minor-in-collaborative-operation/

Major events light up rural Nevada in January

Three events are scheduled to light up Nevada this very month. The White Pine Fire and Ice show is being held in Ely Nevada January 18 through January 20. Original snow sculptures will be  showcased on ice, and anyone looking for excitement may also participate in ice bowling and ice fishing. To top it off, a fireworks show will be put on at the end of each night.

The Mesquite Balloon ride is also happening this month. Riding in a hot air balloon above the Virginia Valley, this is sure to be a site to see.

Last but not least, the National Cowboy Poetry is being held from January 28 until February 2. This event honors Italian and Italian-American cowboys. This event goes into February, but the more activities to do in rural Nevada, the better. https://thisisreno.com/2013/01/major-events-light-up-rural-nevada-in-january/

Kendra Fleming
Kendra Fleming
My name is Kendra Fleming. I am 20 years old and currently a junior at University of Nevada, Reno with a major in English Literature and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. I love volleyball, soccer, hanging out with friends and warm weather. Born in California and raised in Las Vegas, I have always wanted to have a career that’s involved in the area of English, but I was never sure what until my sophomore year in college. I am an English literature major with the hopes of becoming an editor after college, but for now I am working on my writing. To be a great editor, I need to be a good writer as well. I can only get better with more practice outside of my scholarly studies.