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Last week in review: What’s hot on ThisIsReno.com May 19-25


05 23 13 Diaělogos_01UPDATED: Stabbing Leaves One Deceased
On Sunday, May 19, 2013 at approximately 0114 hours, Reno police were summoned to the parking lot in the 5000 block of S. McCarran Blvd. on the report of a fight. Upon their arrival, several people were seen leaving in several vehicles. Further investigation revealed that several people were involved in the fight. One juvenile subject, Moises Betancourt, was taken to Renown hospital by a friend and later died as a result of his stab wound to the chest. If anyone has further information, please contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900 or text TIP to 847411.

Two Arrested for Child Abuse
On May 16, 2013, officers responded to a local motel on the welfare of a seven year old male living with his mother and another male resident. The child had several, unexplained injuries on his body from the male resident and his mother. The child has since been taken into child protective services. Suspects Robert Downs and Allison Alamo were taken into custody with shared charges on Kidnapping 2nd Degree and Child Abuse/Neglect.

Summer Heralds Return of Popular Farmers Market to The Summit
The Summit is proud to announce the return of its summer Farmers Market at the lifestyle center. The market will be located between Starbucks and Dillard’s every Tuesday and Saturday starting Saturday, June 1, and ending Saturday, September 28. The Summit’s Tuesday and Saturday Farmers Markets will feature market favorites such as fresh seasonal produce and eggs, kettle corn, spiced nuts, fresh and frozen meats and many other greats foods. Participating vendors include Minton Family Farms, Zong Her Farm, Top Thai Trader and many other vendors that will vary depending on the day of the week. For more information please visit www.thesummitonline.com or call The Summit at 775-853-7800.

Crafter’s Fair Showcases Local Handmade Creations in June
The newly formed organization, the Northern Nevada Crafters Association, will be holding their first local, handmade craft fair June 8 and June 9 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in the West parking lot. This family friendly event will feature local artists from local Northern Nevada and California and will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please contact Northern Nevada Crafters Association’s founder, Dennis Hunter, at 775-354-6950.

1200103_soac-240x300-8439546-2188949Former BLM Nevada Director Receives 3 Life Sentences for Sexual Assault
Former director of the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada, Ronald Wenker was sentenced to serve three life terms in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of Sexual Assault and one count of Lewdness with a Minor under the Age of 14. On August 6, 2012, investigators from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wenker on multiple charges of Sexual Assault and Lewdness with a Child under the age of 14. They initiated the investigation on August 6, 2012 when the victim told the Detectives that she had been inappropriately touched by a relative over the course of 5 years. The victim revealed Wenker as the relative.

San Francisco 49ers Players and Reno Firefighters Compete to Raise Money in the Fight Against Violence
Past and present San Francisco 49ers players will be in Reno on June 8th at Damonte Ranch high school to play in a charity benefit basketball game against local Reno firefighters. Festivities start at 11:00 a.m. with food, a silent auction, live music, local vendors, a karaoke contest and more. Tickets range from $25.00 to $200.00 for VIP seating. This event is being held to help make our community safer, aid those victimized by violence and to support our local youth in their positive endeavors. For tickets, please visit www.saveprotect.org.

UNR Sophomore Ivon Padilla Received A $4,000 Award to Study Abroad in Costa Rica
University of Nevada, Reno sophomore Ivon Padilla received a $4,000 award to study abroad in Costa Rica for the summer of 2013 from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The Gilman Scholarship requires recipients of the award to complete a service project once they return home. Padilla has her plan mapped out. In the Fall of 2013, Padilla plans to offer unique bilingual improvisational theatre classes to low-income students in the Washoe County School District. A dual major in History and Philosophy with a minor in Latino Studies and elected President of the Latino Student Advisory Board for the next school year, Padilla is very deserving of this award.

Duality of Existence Explored by Nevada Arts Council’s Current Featured Artist – Reno’s Ricardo Olvera
Work by Reno artist Ricardo Olvera is featured at part of the Legislative eXhibition Series May 20 through June 7, 2013 at the LXS Gallery in the Nevada Legislature on the first floor across from the Caucus Deli. An interdisciplinary artist and writer from Mexico City, Olvera’s poetry has been featured in several anthologies and his artwork has been exhibited nationally and has appeared in publications. For more information, visit www.rolvera.com.

fff2013_1-300x224-1903257-3875660DRI’s Climate Center Launches New Weather and Climate Dashboard
Last month climatologists and scientists at the Desert Research Institute’s Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nevada, launched the Great Basin Weather and Climate Dashboard in an effort to better disseminate drought information and data resources. Although the dashboard is not a solution to drought conditions lessen the impact of droughts by providing needed information to stakeholders and “informing drought-related decision-making throughout the Great Basin,” says Nina Oakley, an assistant research scientist at DRI who manages the new web-based dashboard.

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.




Five events in Reno this week: UNR Wind Ensemble, Coco Montoya, improv

Comedy, education, sports and music comprise the many Reno events this week. All eyes will be on the Wolf Pack men’s basketball team as it takes on Colorado (Tuesday, away) and Fresno (home).