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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.
  • Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:00 AM
    In Texas last week, a massive winter storm froze the state’s electrical grid and left millions without access to reliable electricity, natural gas or even clean drinking water for days.
    In California and across the southwest, a scorching heat wave six months ago contributed to an overstressed grid that knocked out the power supply for millions, leaving them without air conditioning as temperatures soared into the triple digits.
  • Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:00 AM
    Class action lawsuits were filed in Nevada against 10 major auto insurance companies on Tuesday, contending that the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic by failing to account for a drop in driving and crashes.
    The lawsuits acknowledge that some insurers provided discounts over the emptier roads and drop in accidents and claims, but the discounts did not offer ``any meaningful relief that actually reflects the reduction in cars on the road and reduced driving during the pandemic,'' according to the court filings. The rates that were charged violate state law against excessive premiums, the lawsuits contend.
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 1:00 AM
    A coalition that includes teachers, school administrators and faith leaders is hoping to put pressure on lawmakers to increase taxes this session, saying that moving to a new education funding formula without additional revenue will do more harm than good to many students.
    The Empower Nevada’s Future campaign is kicking off with a petition to lawmakers and a billboard installed along the freeway from Reno to Carson City, within sight of legislators heading to the capital from the airport or their homes in Reno. The group also released an analysis in tandem with a virtual news conference Tuesday showing how the governor’s plan to redistribute funds earmarked for students with higher needs — part of a long-awaited transition to a new funding formula — will dilute their impact.
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 1:00 AM
    Lawmakers are considering a bill brought forward by Attorney General Aaron Ford that would limit but not ban no-knock arrest and search warrants, though a proposed amendment with further restrictions has complicated support for the legislation.
    “We know that in certain circumstances, no-knock warrants can be problematic,” Ford said in a legislative hearing on Wednesday. “One of the most recent examples of such a tragedy is the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky… Her death gave rise to me bringing this bill forward.”
    After Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot and killed by a police officer during a late-night raid at her apartment in March, calls for police reforms grew across the nation, including a push against no-knock warrants. 
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 1:00 AM
    A resolution that proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to guarantee equal rights could make its way into the 2022 general election ballot if approved this session, although it faced criticism from conservative opponents that it’s not “pro-women.” 
    The resolution, SJR8, sponsored by all 12 Democratic senators, was approved in the 2019 legislative session with broad, bipartisan support in both chambers and is back for its second consideration. If approved, voters can weigh in on the issue during the 2022 general election. 
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 1:00 AM
    Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) will help direct policy over public lands and other issues relevant to the Silver State as chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee during the current two-year legislative session, The Nevada Independent has learned.
  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 AM
    What makes a car classic? It sounds like fodder for bar trivia, but in Nevada it's a question almost certain to come up in the state Legislature.
    Classic vehicle license plates issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles allow vehicle owners to bypass annual smog checks required in Clark and Washoe counties, including in and around Las Vegas and Reno.
    While many people think of classics as perhaps a 1950s muscle car or a vintage roadster, Nevada cars can qualify for ``Classic Rod'' plates when they are just 20 years old.
  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 AM
    The Elko County Sheriff's Office has identified the snowmobiler who was killed in an avalanche in the Ruby Mountains over the weekend as a 19-year-old Spring Creek man.
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