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Our Top-10 Shared Stories of 2017


We got an exclusive first look at Waste Management’s new recycling facility in 2017. Image: Bob Conrad.

By Kristen Power and Bob Conrad

The past year put our local reporting on the international stage, bringing with it record site traffic and social media engagement. Here are our top-10 shared stories of 2017.

10. Exclusive Video of Waste Management’s New Recycling Facility

Waste Management made a lot of news in 2017 with service delays and recycling controversies, but this exclusive video of the company’s Eco Center comes it at #10 on our list.

9. The Great Hemlock Scare That Wasn’t Really Scary

The county’s response to concerns over noxious weeds along the Truckee takes 9th place on the list. The weed’s presence along the river is fairly benign. Just don’t eat it.

8. The Greg Golden Band

Reno has enough Greg Golden Band fans to rank our article about the band’s EP release at #8 on the list of top shared ThisisReno stories for 2017.

reno-digital-sign-1-of-1-700x447-9117808-90125907. A Controversial Strip Club Ordinance

Melissa Holland of non-profit Awaken weighed in on the strip club rezoning issue with a different perspective, which was widely heard. Her column ranks #7 for most shared stories this year. Be sure to also read Wild Orchid’s rebuttal. And visit ThisisReno’s Facebook to see how readers are reacting.

6. The Space Whale

Love it or hate it, the Space Whale had a lot of people talking this year. ThisisReno’s  reporting on the City Council’s decision to lease the artwork ranks at #6 for our most shared stories of 2017. The city has a designated fund for public art that must be used for public art. No, that money is not from local taxes, but from room-tax revenue paid mostly by tourists and visitors.  The burning question is, have you visited the sculpture since its August installation? See what others are saying.

David Chavez-Macias and Reverend Neal Anderson
David Chavez-Macias and Reverend Neal Anderson. Image: Ty O’Neil

5. Reno Church Grants Sanctuary To Immigrant Facing Deportation

#5 is the first in a series of articles by photojournalist Ty O’Neil chronicling the experience of a Reno man granted support by a church congregation. Faith-based organizations significantly stepped up in 2017 to provide all kinds of relief to the impoverished, from helping the homeless to helping a local immigrant forced into a sanctuary to avoid deportation. Readers continue to react to this story on Facebook; join the conversation.

4. Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Life of Don Carano

Local businessman and philanthropist Don Carano was a beloved member of the northern Nevada community. It comes as no surprise that ThisisReno’s story on his celebration of life ranks #4 on our list of most shared stories for 2017.

Photo: Nick McCabe.

3. Styx Packs Silver Legacy for Evening of Rock

It’s not a grand illusion. We couldn’t have predicted with our crystal ball that this photo gallery from last January’s Styx concert would’ve been so popular, but a share from the band didn’t hurt. It comes in at #3 on our list of most shared stories for 2017.

2. Musical Rejuvenation at an Evening with Diana Krall

Does it surprise anyone that music articles have taken three of the top spots in our countdown of most shared ThisisReno articles for 2017? Nick McCabe’s review and photos from Diana Krall’s concert come in at #2 for most shared thanks to Krall’s sharing of McCabe’s review to her worldwide audience.

1. UNR Student Pictured at White Nationalist Rally in Virginia

Who could forget that photo? Coming in at #1 on our list of most shared stories on ThisisReno for 2017 is our article on the UNR student pictured at a white nationalist demonstration. After this photograph was taken, the student was identified on social media. His presence at the Charlottesville rally was first reported by us and KTVN Channel 2. The story drew international attention, prompted two local rallies, and opened a community dialogue on bigotry, hatred, and free speech.

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