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  • Gardening in Nevada class discusses training in two new classes
    Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:00 AM
    University of Nevada, Reno Extension and their certified Master Gardeners offer “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series.” 
    The series, online this year via Zoom, is for anyone who wants to garden – those with big yards, small yards, or just patio or balcony space.
    These classes, offered in partnership with Bartley Ranch and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, are free and run 6-8 p.m., every Tuesday, March 2-30.
  • Sorghum discussed as low-water alternative crop for Nevada at virtual workshop
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 1:00 AM
    With Nevada’s harsh weather and low precipitation, producers are considering crop and irrigation options that use less water than traditional crops such as alfalfa, that maintain a high yield and profitability. Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have been exploring sorghum as an alternative crop for Nevada, and are offering a free virtual workshop on their findings.
  • Now is the time for pruning mature apples and pears
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 AM
    If you haven’t pruned your fruit trees, time is running out. The optimum time for pruning is during the dormant season (December thru the middle of March). Remember, a good fruit tree should not make a good shade tree. However, when pruning is neglected, many apples and pears become better shade producers than fruit producers. Standard-sized trees often outgrow the reach of ladders or pruning hooks. Backyard and commercial growers have come to prefer dwarf or semi-dwarf trees, which are not as tall and are easier to prune, spray, and harvest without the use of ladders.
  • Senior center needs lunchtime volunteers
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 AM
    Lovelock is taking its first tentative steps toward normalcy. High school football is back, along with soccer and volleyball. On the other side of the life spectrum, scores of people are eager to eat lunch at the senior center again.
    With luck, the center will reopen to congregate dining on Monday, Mar. 15. For that to happen, they need volunteers.
    The Pershing County Senior Center is located on 630 Western Avenue in a house the color of daffodils. They closed to the lunch crowd about a year ago. However, drivers still brought hot meals to anyone too sick to leave home. They also shuttled people to the grocery store, pharmacy and other stops.
  • Climate change and suppression tactics are critical factors increasing fires
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:00 AM
    The millions of people affected by 2020’s record-breaking and deadly fires can attest to the fact that wildfire hazards are increasing across western North America.
    Both climate change and forest management have been blamed, but the relative influence of these drivers is still heavily debated. The results of a recent study show that in some ecosystems, human-caused climate change is the predominant factor; in other places, the trend can also be attributed to a century of fire suppression that has produced dense, unhealthy forests.
  • City of Winnemucca explores electric scooter sharing
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:00 AM
    Electric stand-up scooters might soon be able to be rented on the go and driven around Winnemucca as part of a scooter-sharing pilot program being explored by the city. 
    Council members unanimously approved a proposal to move forward with considering a maximum 24-month pilot program agreement presented by Bird Rides Inc.
  • Gold Bull Resources to begin Phase 1 drilling
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:00 AM
    Representatives for Sandman Resources, Inc., a subsidiary of Gold Bull Resources, presented to the commission a summary of developments at its Sandman Property. The company will conduct Phase 1 of a drilling program beginning in the first quarter of 2021 with approximately 17 holes ranging in depth from 230 to 820 feet. The project is located south of the Slumbering Hills and west of the Tenmile Hills, about 14 miles northwest of Winnemucca. 
  • New medical trailer for COVID-19 testing
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:00 AM
    A new tool that could help defeat the coronavirus arrived in Pershing County last week. The Health Incident Trailer will mobilize COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics and could serve the entire county now and after the pandemic according to County Commissioner Carol Shank.
    “As you are aware, Pershing County has several populated areas: Lovelock, Rye Patch/Oreana, Imlay/Unionville and Grass Valley,” she told a reporter last week. “Utilizing the CARES funds to purchase the medical trailer allowed the county to not only have it available for use during the COVID Pandemic but also for medical clinic outreach throughout the entire county.”
  • Great Basin National Park launches a new Great Basin regional artist-in-residence program
    Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:00 AM
    Great Basin National Park is pleased to announce that a new partnership between the Great Basin National Park Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno art department is facilitating the launch of a new regional Artist-in-Residence program at the Park.
    For over a century, artists have played an important role in the formation, preservation, and interpretation of our national parks by producing art inspired by national park landscapes, stories, and histories. The interpretation of the landscape through various forms of artistic media helps to connect people far and wide to our national park landscapes.
  • Titanium and ultraviolet light powerful combination against SARS-CoV-2 virus
    Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:00 AM
    Research to control and mitigate SARS-CoV-2 particles that linger on surfaces has shown that titanium oxide coated materials subjected to ultraviolent light can be highly effective in killing the virus, according to a study at the University of Nevada, Reno.
    “Our work indicates that surfaces protected with a well-known photoresponsive oxide coating serve as effective deterrent to the proliferation of COVID-19 surrogates,” Ravi Subramanian, a chemical and material science engineering associate professor developing the new technology at the University, said. “We use a relatively common material called titanium dioxide (found in some toothpastes for example), but prepared in the form of nanotubes, along with UV light as the key agents to destroy the viral particles.”
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