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Reno Retro: The Mapes came down 15 years ago today — It's one of those "where were you, when" questions for Truckee Meadows residents. Where were you when the Mapes came down? I was standing on Center Street with my brother and his three young sons. They had come into town from Lovelock to see a building get blown up.
Jan 30, 2015

Reno Retro: The Mapes came down 15 years ago today via @rgj

Jan 30, 2015

15 years ago today the Mapes came down. I remember crowding onto Virginia St with half of Reno to watch the implosion…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Jenny_Kane: @rgj @GuyClifton I still have my brick too from the Mapes Hotel implosion in #Reno! Stood watching w a cup of cocoa.…

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Hagar: New AG Laxalt looks like young man in a hurry — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called it "embarrassing" when newly-elected Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt - in his first major action - announced Monday Nevada was joining a multistate coalition suing President Obama's deportation deferral program. We should have expected it, especially with the way Laxalt spoke out about Obama's federal overreach during the campaign.

Hagar: Titus wants to move Reno VA office to Las Vegas — Rep. Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, and Nevada's 1st U.S. House District representative, wants to move the under-preforming Reno Veterans Administration's Regional Office to Las Vegas. It seems to Titus -- whose district includes the Las Vegas Strip -- that VA employees don't want to move to Reno.
Jan 31, 2015

Hagar: Titus wants to move Reno VA office to Las Vegas via @rgj

Jan 30, 2015

.@repdinatitus wants to move under-performing Reno @DeptVetAffairs Regional Office to Las Vegas. Whoa Nellie!

Meager snowpack suggests longer drought — Jeff Anderson took measure Friday of a meager mountain snowpack that points to an increasing likelihood the Reno-Tahoe area faces a fourth year of drought. The hydrologist and snow surveyor with the U.S.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AnjeanetteDamon: "At Camp Richardson there was no snow- the first time that's ever happened since records started in 1951":…

Jan 30, 2015

"At Camp Richardson there was no snow- the first time that's ever happened since records started in 1951":…

El Cortez, former Nugget Courtyard eye Feb. 15 relaunch — A gray, plastic bin rolls through the lobby of the old El Cortez building in downtown Reno, its insides filled with pieces of broken tile taken from its many bathrooms. Just upstairs, floors are stripped of the faded, mucky carpet that has seen better days, exposing the wood panels beneath.

Half of Washoe elementary schools exceed class caps — Half of Washoe County's 62 elementary schools exceed the limit set in state law for students allowed per classroom. So, what are the repercussions for Washoe County School District and its 31 elementary schools?

ArrowCreek taking both golf courses private in May — The Club at ArrowCreek, formerly known as ArrowCreek Country Club, is going back to its origins, making both its 18-hole championship courses private, effective May 1. "That's the way the club started out years ago," said Gary Pestello, chairman of Friends of ArrowCreek, the group of 36 investors who bought the ArrowCreek Country Club from the Federal Bankruptcy Court in October 2014.

Reno shows support for man killed in LEX fight — A small memorial sits near the entrance of the Camie Cragg Fitness center for the "Stop the Violence" fundraiser Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 in Reno. The two-day event was to benefit the family of Jesus Castillo, 21, who died after he was punched on the face during a fight that broke out at a Lil Jon concert at LEX Nightclub in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

Week in 1,000 Words: Super Bowl of cheaters; Brady or Montana; dream halftime act — Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Chris Murray has been known to be a bit wordy, so we're giving him 1,000 words (no more than that) to share his thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports. Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports.
Jan 30, 2015

Week in 1,000 Words from @MurrayRGJ: Super Bowl of cheaters; Brady or Montana; dream halftime act

Jan 30, 2015

Week in 1,000 Words: Breaking down Super Bowl of Cheaters; Marshawn Lynch; Brady vs. Montana; and dream halftime act:

Real life: writers write what they know — Write what you know, writing coaches often advise their students. These Reno-area novelists did. Robert Owens fought in Vietnam. Businessman/consultant Frank Partlow holds a deep interest in downtown Reno. Bourne Morris spent 26 years teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mark Bacon covered the cop beat as a journalist, then wrote ad copy for a theme park.

How the Legislature could affect the way you drink — A bill for the upcoming Nevada Legislature would allow people to make wine and sell it in Washoe and Clark County. Current Nevada law bans the sale of wine made in counties with more than 100,000 residents, which means Washoe and Clark, the state's two urban centers, are currently barred for making and selling wine.

The Sierra snowpack is really depressing

Murray's Sunday List: 10 Wolf Pack figures most deserving of a statue — Every Sunday, Reno Gazette-Journal sports columnist Chris Murray will count down a top-10 list. This week's list counts down the 10 Wolf Pack figures most deserving of a statue on campus (because Jerry Tarkanian's statue at UNLV was ranked this week by as the top statue in college athletics).
Jan 30, 2015

The Sunday List: With UNLV's Tark statue ranked No. 1 in the nation, 10 Wolf Pack figures most deserving of a statue:

Owners announce sale of Bourbon Square Casino in Sparks — Owners of the Bourbon Square Casino in downtown Sparks announced Friday afternoon that they plan on selling the building to a local developer for new multifamily residential dwellings and offices. "I know a lot of people are sad to see the casino go especially because it's in the heart of Victorian Square," general manager Glenn Carns said.

Despite five-game skid, Carter confident Wolf Pack will keep fighting — There's really never a good time to play at Wyoming. The elevation (an NCAA-high 7,220 feet above sea level) plays with your head, the Cowboys' roster is as pesky a group as there is in college ball, the team is exquisitely coached (by Larry Shyatt and staff) and Wyoming plays at a grinding tempo meant to slow the game down and make 60 points a winning score.
Jan 30, 2015

Despite five-game skid, coach David Carter confident Wolf Pack will keep fighting as it plays at Wyoming on Saturday:

'Jungle' Jim puts Burner art on Fourth Street — Little had changed at the Morris Hotel on East Fourth Street in years. People lived in the 80-plus-year-old hotel tucked into tiny rooms with shared bathrooms down the hall. Old cigarette smoke clouded the walls, the paint and carpets were tired. Today, the Morris, has undergone a metamorphosis.

McGwire magnificent for Huskies — The reigning Nevada state player of the year in girls basketball might play golf in the fall. No, Mallory McGwire is not tired of basketball. Far from it. She's been even better this season than last, when Reno defended its state title. McGwire, a junior at Reno, played golf as a youngster, and did pretty well.

Morris Burner Hotel to auction art for Reno charity — Only Burners could make 200 identical swan prints interesting. Burners who were fixing up what is now the Morris Burner Hotel came across the collection of rather mundane prints while cleaning out the old Fitzgerald Hotel in Reno. The Morris Burner Hotel's founder, "Jungle" Jim Gibson, decided to give the swans some swag.

Sandoval defends tax plan as broad, fair, uncomplicated — Gov. Brian Sandoval laid out and defended his business-license fee proposal at a Carson City news conference Thursday, stressing that it is best new tax plan of any that have been proposed in the Nevada Legislature during the 21st century.
Jan 30, 2015

ICYMI: @GovSandoval defends business license tax as fair, broad-based and uncomplicated. Even I can understand it.

Jan 30, 2015

.@GovSandoval defends his business-license fee increase for education as fair, broad-based and uncomplicated. #nvleg