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Lawsuit accuses Reno of shady dealings with ordinance change

Jan. 20, 2020 12:36 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A church built in downtown Reno nearly a century ago is among those suing the city over a change in a shade ordinance they say is intended to benefit a luxury hotel development that could have been subject to more stringent height-related restrictions. The suit filed Jan. 6 in Washoe...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2019 photo, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe released about 20 bighorn sheep into the Pyramid Lake Range in western Nevada, in an effort to revive the sheep population in the area. The sheep are believed to be the first of their species in the area in nearly 100 years. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Bighorn sheep return to Nevada lake after nearly 100 years

Jan. 19, 2020 10:48 AM EST

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada state wildlife officials and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe teamed up this week to release 20 bighorn sheep into the hills above the desert lake on tribal land in an effort to reintroduce the species to part of its native habitat for the first time in nearly a century. One...

Nevada school police officers to wear body cameras in August

Jan. 18, 2020 3:53 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — School police officers will start wearing body cameras after the school board approved a contract to purchase the equipment, Nevada district officials said. Washoe County School District police officers are expected to start wearing the cameras in August after school board members...

‘Elvis’ plates in other states take toll on Nevada man

Jan. 18, 2020 12:39 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Elvis nearly cost a Nevada retiree a king’s ransom. Almost everyone has a horror story about the frustrations of government bureaucracy. James Mensinger, 82, lived through a nightmare that nearly needed an act of Congress, or at least the help of a U.S. senator, to resolve. It...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012, file photo, a snowboarder drops into a canyon at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say one person has died and one person is seriously injured, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, after an avalanche at the Northern California ski resort. (Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Avalanche at Lake Tahoe resort kills 1 skier, injures 1

Jan. 17, 2020 9:30 PM EST

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — A man killed in an avalanche at a Lake Tahoe ski resort on Friday was remembered as an avid skier familiar with the picturesque mountains along the northern California and Nevada border. Cole Comstock, 34, of Blairsden, California, was caught in the avalanche that seriously...

Chains required on I-80, 2 feet of snow above Lake Tahoe

Jan. 17, 2020 1:56 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Chain restrictions remain in effect on U.S. Interstate 80 after a winter storm dumped more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow on the top of some ski resorts around Lake Tahoe. Chains were required Friday on all but four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires on a 50-mile (80-kilometer)...

This Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, photo provided by Sabra Newby shows a pigeon wearing a tiny sombrero in Reno, Nev., and discovered following sightings of its cowboy hat-wearing cousins in Las Vegas, a city manager said. Reno City Manager Sabra Newby tweeted about the bird, saying it's quirky and fun but still inhumane, KOLO-TV reported. It is the first known sighting of hat-wearing birds in the region, Washoe County Regional Animal Services officials said. The sighting comes after a pigeon in Las Vegas with a miniature cowboy hat glued to its head died earlier this week, animal officials said. (Sabra Newby via AP)

Pigeon wearing tiny sombrero discovered in Reno

Jan. 17, 2020 9:13 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A pigeon wearing a tiny sombrero in Reno, Nevada, was discovered following sightings of its cowboy hat-wearing cousins in Las Vegas, a city manager said. Reno City Manager Sabra Newby tweeted about the bird Wednesday, saying it's quirky and fun but still inhumane, KOLO-TV reported. It is...

Burning Man tax documents show big expenses, hefty salaries

Jan. 17, 2020 2:59 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — While money may not be welcome in the economy of Black Rock City, money is necessary to create the city. It took more than $44 million to run the Burning Man Project and erect the arts metropolis in the Black Rock Desert in 2018, according to the Burning Man Project's most recent tax...

State offices close as heavy snow, 116 mph wind slams Sierra

Jan. 16, 2020 9:11 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Sierra storm packing heavy snow and winds gusting up to 116 mph (186 kph) prompted an avalanche warning Thursday in the mountains above Lake Tahoe, halted interstate traffic and closed schools and state offices in Nevada. Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the early closure of state government...

Harrah's Reno sold; plans for non-gambling mixed-use remodel

Jan. 16, 2020 5:34 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Harrah's Reno has been sold to an affiliate of a Las Vegas investment firm with plans to turn the long-time hotel-casino into a non-gambling property with apartments, office space and retail stores. Caesars Entertainment confirmed the sale of the iconic downtown hotel-casino dating to the...