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(Featured image courtesy Our Town Reno, taken by Jose Olivares.) Our Town Reno sprang up out of almost nothing in January of 2016 as a multimedia street reporting project. Months later, Our Town Reno is successfully giving a voice to the homeless and displaced populations of Reno as the city moves through its gentrification. We […]

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We were able to sit down with City of Reno’s Mayor Hillary Schieve and Councilmembers David Bobzien and Naomi Duerr to talk about the Truckee River and its social aspects. Below is that transcribed interview: One Truckee River: First question for all of you. Could I have each of you talk about what the Truckee River […]

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Having an idea is the first step when it comes to improving your local community. Building a team, coming up with an outline . . . all important parts to following through with a workable plan. But one of the largest obstacles in the world of ideas: funding. Luckily, the Truckee River has its own funding […]

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By Alex Hoeft It’s no secret the Reno-Sparks area receives a hefty amount (85 percent) of its drinking water from the Truckee River. Water treatment facilities like Chalk Bluff and Glendale in the Truckee Meadows area are in charge of making sure the drinking water is up to snuff. There’s another treatment facility, though, on the far […]

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By Alex Hoeft Sure, there’s trash on the Truckee River. Whether from passersby casually tossing aside a soda from McDonald’s; or old, tattered clothing left behind from the homeless encampments once there, the trash exists. Sometimes, though, the trash isn’t as simple or safe as paper or cloth. Biohazard materials like syringes (“sharps”) also find home on […]

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By Alex Hoeft The accompanying audio slideshow follows Kelsey Fitzgerald, author and developer of the Truckee River Guide, on a journey to the Truckee River in California. The Truckee River Guide is a user-friendly interactive field guide to the Truckee River’s ecosystem. Users are encouraged to submit their own findings of wildlife. For those who aren’t as familiar with […]

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By Alex Hoeft Janet Phillips has been in the biking business for a long time, and she’s got the resume to prove it. Phillips is the creator behind the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, an almost-completed bike and hiking path following the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. Watch the video below and discover what the Tahoe-Pyramid […]

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By Alex Hoeft The Truckee River is a lot of things to a lot of people. A place to go swimming or observe nature, a source of water, a subject of art, a route to work or school… To the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the Truckee River is life. “Water is life, water is important,” said […]

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By Alex Hoeft McCarran Ranch Preserve is a peaceful place. Twenty or so minutes from downtown Reno, the Truckee River flows alongside the preserve’s rippling trees and a slightly worn path. It’s a breezy Wednesday in mid-September, and at different points along that slightly worn path are three groups of about 15 fifth graders from […]

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