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WNC heads for higher ground to produce clean energy

Since 2009, Western Nevada College has actively sought ways to be sustainable in the operation of its campuses. Through continuing efforts and a commitment to use green energy, that vision is rising to new heights.

Black Rock Solar, a nonprofit corporation in Reno that specializes in expanding the use of renewable energy, just completed installation of 666 panels atop the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus. At 180 kilowatts, the project is Black Rock’s largest roof array to date.

Young students learn computer programming and 3D design at UNR summer camp

The fourth graders worked at the computer screens for hours, fingers dancing over the keyboard and figures on the screen spinning, growing and changing colors. And, their parents were happy. The students weren’t playing games; they were designing and building things like a whistle, buildings, hot air balloon, cars, DNA models, bracelets, airplanes and more, using a 3-D modeling and CAD design program.

Sesquicentennial Fair in Carson City highlight Nevada 150 events throughout August

Many celebrations are scheduled statewide in the month of August. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Aug. 1 through Aug. 14.

Nevada Public Health launches websites to combat sexual violence

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health launched two new Nevada-specific websites Tuesday to help schools protect students from sexual assaults on college campuses.

The websites, www.preventsexualviolenceNV.org and www.stepupstopviolence.org, define sexual assault and consent and offer approaches for individuals, students, and community members to safely intervene when observing a potentially high-risk situation.

BEAR Logic Month: What to do if you encounter a bear

As July closes so does Nevada Department of Wildlife's month-long BEAR Logic campaign, designed to teach residents and visitors how to live and recreate in bear county. This week NDOW advice provides tips if people should have a bear encounter.

Keep in mind that bears exhibit stress behaviors that indicate their anxiety and preference to avoid conflict with you. These are not necessarily signs of an aggressive bear.

— Moaning and woofing while avoiding direct eye contact with you.
— Clacking of their teeth and smacking of their jaws.

Carson City Library, Salvation Army lead 'back to school supply drive'

The Carson City Library has joined the Salvation Army’s Carson City Corps Community Center in preparing students for the upcoming school year. The Back-To-School supply drive will run through August 11. A collection barrel and Apple Tree Poster is located at the library’s main Help Desk.

Statewide contest begins for final Nevada Sesquicentennial medallion

In honor of Nevada’s 150th birthday, the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invites all Nevadans to participate in choosing the design for the fourth Sesquicentennial commemorative medallion.

This medallion, the final in the series of four being produced throughout the year, will feature the winning design voted on by Nevadans. Voting begins today, Wednesday, July 23, which marks 100 days until Nevada Day, and ends Thursday, August 7, 2014.

BEAR Logic Month: When to contact Nevada Division of Wildlife with bear issues

July is BEAR Logic Month, a time to teach residents and visitors how to live and recreate in bear county. When a bear in its own habitat is exhibiting normal bear behavior, it’s unlikely to be a cause for concern. NDOW cautions people to never to approach or attempt an interaction with a bear. Of course the best option is to never have a bear encounter in the first place.

Enrollment underway for Nevada Performance Academy, fall opening in the works

The Nevada Performance Academy plans to open this fall despite the passing of founder and former Nevada state superintendent, Gene Paslov who died June 8, 2014 at the age of 80.

The academy currently has 70 applications and is seeking to enroll another 50 students grades 7 through 12 who want to be a part of an innovative school that will work towards a student’s academic success as well as cater to their talents and special interests. The school is located at 1600 Snyder Avenue in Carson City.

Locally produced fire safety children's book featured Thursday at Carson City Library

Carson City firefighters have a new tool to teach fire safety. "Fire Safety Day," an easy-to-read children's book, follows Owen as he comes home to tell his mom what he learned in school that day.

The book will be featured during two Storytime sessions at the Carson City Library beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on July 24.

Parents and children can simply show up at the library for Storytime and get a free copy of the new book in English or Spanish.

Youth Theatre Carson City presents Seussical The Musical, Jr. beginning July 25

Youth Theatre Carson City is thrilled to announce our upcoming production of SEUSSICAL, JR., an exciting adventure through the world of Dr. Seuss. The show will run two weekends, July 25 – August 3, 2014 in the Bob Boldrick Theatre at the Carson City Community Center. SEUSSICAL, JR. is great fun for the whole family. Over 70 young local performers portray all the characters from the popular Dr. Seuss books in this fantastical musical extravaganza.

Freedom Fest BBQ with Special Guest Speaker Jan Morgan

Jan Morgan, Freedom Fest BBQ, Last Ounce of Courage, CCRW, CCRCC
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July 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Freedom Fest BBQ will be held at Glen Eagles Restaurant in Carson City on July 24, 6 p.m. with MC Monica Jaye and nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate and Guest Speaker Jan Morgan.

Only 200 tickets will be sold for the Gun Raffle. Enjoy music and the Movie: "Last Once of Courage." Glen Eagles Restaurant, 3700 N. Carson St. Carson City, NV. The cost is $10 per person. (cash only please). The event is hosted by the Carson City Republican Women and Carson City Republican Central Committee. Family and Friends welcome. Go to www.janmorganmedia.com.

UNR's new Earthquake Engineering Lab hosts multiple shake-table experiments

A 70-foot-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of 10 earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the world-renowned earthquake/seismic engineering facility.

Nevada 150 celebrates statehood with events through July

Many celebrations are scheduled statewide in the month of July. These Nevada 150 celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held July 18 through July 31.

Carson City School District offers online updates for students, enrollment for new students

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August 11, 2014 (All day)

The Carson City School District offers online updates for existing students an online enrollment for new students August 11-29.

Through InfoSnap, our secure and green online enrollment system, parents are able to verify all student demographic, emergency and medical information for their child prior to the start of the new school year.

Returning Students: An instructional mailer will be sent home to all existing students in August. This mailer will contain instructions on how to access online enrollment to update their student’s information.

'Ghost of Mark Twain' arrives at BAC Saturday as part of Nevada's Sesquicentennial celebration

The Brewery Arts Center in Carson City continues its July lineup of entertainment venues as part of its celebration of summer and Nevada's 150th year statehood with a visit from Mark Twain this Saturday.

What would Nevada's Sesquicentennial be without the musings of the legendary Mark Twain? Hear the Ghost of Mark Twain through the modern-day transporter McAvoy Layne on Saturday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. with special guests Shiloh.

Nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate Jan Morgan to hold training for gun owners

Jan Morgan Nevada class, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor,r
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July 26, 2014 - 9:00am

Jan Morgan is a Nationally Recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate/Speaker, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, State Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, founder of Armed American Woman, (a national firearms training program for women). Her Armed American Woman Firearms training program has a 100 percent accident free gun safety record and proven record of success with students across the country.

Children's Museum offers Kids Clay Camp

Clay is a wonderful, tactile medium that many kids have never experienced before. Its three dimensional nature forces them to think about structure, shapes and forms.

At Kids Clay Camp they can experiment with a variety of building techniques while they learn to think about their ideas and adapt to change along the way.

There is something very magical about children when they are thinking and working creatively. Once children learn to express and execute their personal visions in clay, they can become empowered in ways that go far beyond the walls of the ceramic studio or classroom.

What Works: Labels, categories, and how they hold you back

Education and learning is in my blood. I just love it. So, it should be no surprise as soon as I got my certificate from the HarvardX course “Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Development” that I jumped into a new course on EdX.org called “Tangible Things.” Also taught by Harvard professors, this course challenges students to look beyond face value and dig deeper to find new truths about the objects in the world.

BAC celebrates Nevada's sesquicentennial with July concert lineup

The Brewery Arts Center in Carson City has three entertainment venues lined up for July, including folk artists, pianists and Mark Twain as part of its celebration of summer and Nevada's 150th year statehood.

World renowned pianist Louis Landon with special guest Dallas Smith, direct from the Reno Jazz Orchestra, will appear in a one-night-only performance Wednesday, July 16.

Lawmakers back more funding for poor students, English language learners

CARSON CITY – A panel of lawmakers and educators on Monday recommended that Nevada’s public education funding formula include more money for students in poverty or with limited English proficiency.

Nevada 150 events planned throughout July

Many celebrations are scheduled statewide in the month of July. These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held July 1 through July 12.

Carson City Symphony's 'Strings in the Summer' concert July 31

Picture of "Strings in the Summer" students performing last July at Sierra Place
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July 31, 2014 - 10:00am

The Carson City Symphony's "Strings in the Summer" orchestra and beginning fiddle class, directed by Sue Jesch, will present its Summer String Concert of traditional American fiddle tunes on Thursday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at Sierra Place Senior Living, 1111 West College Parkway, Carson City. The concert is free and is open to the public.

ESL 10th Year Award Ceremony

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June 28, 2014 (All day)

June 28, 2014 was a gala day for many of our most disadvantaged families, as 42 adults from the ESL in-home Program of Northern Nevada, a no-cost-to-student program, were presented with certificates of achievement in English language and literacy. The program also tutors GED preparation and Citizenship Study at no cost.

WNC Baseball Team Continues Academic Success

At one of the top junior college programs in the country, baseball comes second to academics. Western Nevada College in Carson City once again made the National Junior College Athletic Association’s list of All-Academic Teams for the 2013-14 school year.

Wildcats coach D.J. Whittemore said that players learn before they arrive at WNC that their academic success is more important than what they accomplish on the diamond.

Earthquake Engineering Lab at UNR celebrates grand opening

The move is complete and experiments are underway in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory. The College of Engineering hosted a grand opening today celebrating the new lab space in the world-renowned seismic engineering facility.

Carson City Classic Cinema Club presents Yankee Doodle Dandy

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July 1, 2014 - 6:00pm

Come enjoy Warner Brothers' 1942 classic patriotic musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy" depicting the life of George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney. Trivia and movie discussion precedes the film, which runs at 6:30 p.m. on July 1.

Come early to enjoy the menu of our gracious host at Plan:b / Sassafras - 318 N. Carson Street. General admission $5 at the door; $3 Seniors and Students. Admission can be deducted from new club memberships. Bring a friend for $1 discount, bring another friend for a free raffle ticket.

WNC College for Kids offers two weeks of youth day camps

Looking for summer activities for Carson City youth? Western Nevada College has added a College for Kids camp during the last two weeks of July.

Two weeklong sessions are available. Choose one class for one week at $56 per class; choose two morning or afternoon classes for one week for $90, or choose both daily sessions for $120 per week.

Change the World by Hosting an Exchange Student

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FACT: You can keep the spirit of foreign exchange alive! ISO- good-hearted people who are interested in making a global connection. World Heritage would love to match you with a foreign exchange student to spend the school year as a part of your family.

The students are aged 15-18, come from many countries in Europe and Asia, and have a strong desire to share their interests and culture with you! They come with their own money and insurance. The host family provides basic room and board.

Matthew Parmenter of Carson City makes University of Wyoming spring semester dean’s honor roll

The University of Wyoming lists Matthew R. Parmenter of Carson City among four students from Nevada on the 2014 spring semester academic Dean's and Dean’s freshman honor rolls.

The honor rolls consist of regularly enrolled undergraduates above freshman standing who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average, and freshmen who have earned a 3.25 or better grade point average.

The three other Nevada students are Haley Mahiah Cohn of Incline Village, Shane Matthew Bell of Winnemucca and Rachel Kathryn Brock of Las Vegas.

Nevada Arts Council names 2015 Nevada Heritage Award winners

Sheldeen Haleamau, Nevada Heritage Award winner

The Folklife Program of the Nevada Arts Council has named Las Vegas residents Gary and Sheldeen Haleamau as recipients of the 2015 Nevada Heritage Award. The Haleamaus are recognized for preserving, perpetuating and presenting their native Hawaiian culture throughout Nevada.

High school students attend hands-on multimedia training boot camp at UNR

A select group of northern Nevada high school students who will be seniors this fall have a unique two-week opportunity from June 16-26 to learn as much as they can about digital media technology at the Smallwood Multimedia Boot Camp at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

It's Your City with Carson City Greenhouse Project Manager Camille Jones

On this week's It's Your City, Camille Jones, manager of the Carson City Greenhouse Project discusses spring and summer activities at the facility, located behind Carson High School.

Man of La Mancha Opens Tonight, June 13

Lake Tahoe Community College's Theatre Arts Department presents the Broadway hit musical, “Man of La Mancha,” with the first performance Friday, June 13 at the campus theater.

This Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of Don Quixote, the mad knight who sets out on a noble journey to battle evil and win the heart of the Lady Dulcinea.

In addition to his usual responsibilities as music director for the musical,the school's own Dr. Mark D. Williams, plays the title role of “Don Quixote.” Audiences will be inspired by his performance of “The Impossible Dream.”

The Floyd at Brewery Arts Center

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If you're a fan of Pink Floyd, the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City sends a "hey you" shout out from above and beyond. The Reno-based tribute band known as "The Floyd" will launch a full array of stunning sight and sound glory in the capital city June 13-14.

The Floyd is well known throughout Northern Nevada for its uncanny musical stylings, spectacular laser light show and iconic Pink Floyd eye-popping videos.

'Greetings From Tintab' Reno Handbell Ensemble performs Saturday at Brewery Arts Center

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June 14, 2014 - 11:00am

Tintabulations, a community handbell ensemble from Reno, presents their spring concert series to raise money for their first national tour to North Carolina.

Tintabulations will be performing “Greetings From Tintab” on Saturday, June 14, 11 a.m. in the blackbox theater of the Brewery Arts Center. Their concert weaves stories from the group’s past with modern bell literature.

Carson City Library to host Spokes America 2014

Carson City Library will host the 2014 Spokes team Monday as they ride through town. The group of seven students and alumni from Harvard, MIT, and Columbia are biking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

Spokes America is a bike trip across the United States designed to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) accessible to students everywhere. The Spokes team will be at the Carson City Library with plans to run a “Learning Festival” during their June 16 visit.

More events added to Nevada's 150th statehood celebration

Many events are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of June. These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th statehood anniversary. The following are events held June 16 through June 28.

Western Nevada College Peace Officer Academy honors 19 cadets

The Western Nevada State Peace Officer Academy at Western Nevada College honored 19 students Tuesday, preparing them for careers in law enforcement and other criminal justice fields.

Graduating cadets represent seven cities in Northern Nevada. They completed a 30-credit program that includes 756 hours of Category I training, according to Academy Coordinator Katie Durbin.

What Is Common Core, and Who Cares?

What is Common Core (CC) and why should you care?

Its proponents say CC is merely a set of standards for kindergarten through twelfth-grade education developed by disinterested and public-spirited experts at the request of the nation’s governors and state school superintendents.

Former Nevada schools superintendent Eugene 'Gene' Paslov dies at age 80

Former Nevada State Superintendent of Schools Eugene "Gene" Paslov died Sunday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 80.

Paslov was married to wife Susan and the couple have three children. He died peacefully at Renown Medical Center in Reno. Services will be held Saturday, 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Carson City.

Dayton Residents, Officials Meet to Discuss Traffic and Safety Concerns

As Dayton transitions from a rural to a more urban community, traffic concerns need to be resolved, but must be done prudently and in the right time.

This was the underlying message at a meeting at Sutro Elementary School Thursday night where more than 70 citizens, county officials, law enforcement and first responders heard from Nevada Department of Transportation officials.

But for a community that has seen countless accidents in past years this was not quite what most had hoped to hear.

Carson City students win scholarships from Greater Nevada Credit Union

Carson City residents Ryan Doherty, Marcella Rico, and Maddison Saarem are three of 19 students recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship certificate from Greater Nevada Credit Union.

Ninety-three students throughout northern Nevada applied for the scholarship program, which GNCU has offered for the past 15 years. Doherty will be attending University of Redlands in California, Rico will be attending Western Nevada College, and Sareem will be attending University of Nevada, Reno.

Pink Floyd tribute band 'The Floyd' goes full throttle at Brewery Arts Center

If you're a fan of Pink Floyd, the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City sends a "hey you" shout out from above and beyond. The Reno-based tribute band known as "The Floyd" will launch a full array of stunning sight and sound glory in the capital city June 13-14.

The Floyd is well known throughout Northern Nevada for its uncanny musical stylings, spectacular laser light show and iconic Pink Floyd eye-popping videos.

Nell J. Redfield Foundation pledges $2 million to UNR Pennington student center

The Nell J. Redfield Foundation has pledged $2 million in support of the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, a 78,000 square-foot building that will unite a myriad of student services now scattered across campus. It will connect students to dedicated and convenient services to support their academic success and timely graduation, as well as foster diversity, student engagement and student success.

NRA Firearms Training (Personal Protection Outside the Home Course) 14 hour course

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June 8, 2014 (All day)

The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality strong side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation.

WNC hosts social gathering Friday for Journey of Hope cyclists

Western Nevada College and the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will host a Journey of Hope Celebration on Friday in Carson City for 35 cyclists who are riding from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to support those with disabilities.

Friday’s free social gathering, which promotes disability awareness and community education, is open to the public and runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in front of the Dini Student Center at WNC.

Agriculture Renaissance: Students Grow Through The Greenhouse Project

Make time to visit The Greenhouse Project and a few things come clear: Agriculture is, after nearly 15 years defunct, alive and well on Carson High School’s campus, and the student population whose class time is integrated here, are developing life skills that will serve them in future, while currently realizing they have a hand in making a difference in their community.

WNC summer term begins June 9

Many college students seek to enroll in summer classes to stay on track for graduation, or learn a new skill. At Western Nevada College students can choose from a variety of classes in the upcoming eight-week summer term. Classes begin June 9 and continue through August 2, unless otherwise noted.

More than 40 courses are scheduled for the summer, including writing, communications, art, music, theater, accounting math, and more. Over a dozen online classes are also available, providing students the flexibility of earning college credit while enjoying their summer activities.

Carson High Says Goodbye To the Class of 2014

There were just over 450 students who made their way to Carson High School’s football field for one last time Saturday in Carson City. The academic limelight shined on valedictorian Tony Xi, and the two salutatorians: Zoey Gray and Greta Strum, but the rest of the class of 2014 was sure they would not to be forgotten either.

The academics were outstanding with in the rest of the class as well, including over 30 academic presidential level recipients, and more than $2.5 million in scholarships.

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