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Naming names Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. My heart breaks every time I see a photo of the sweet, smiling face of 6-year-old Stephen Romero. He was one of three people murdered by a shooter at the Gilroy Garlic Festival last weekend in Northern California. I’m so tired of gun violence. Especially gun violence perpetrated against children. All the guns in the world aren’t worth that kid’s smile, which his parents, his family, his community—no one will ever get to see again. Listen, I’ve shot guns. It can be a fun and cathartic experience. (Although not as fun or cathartic as, say, banging on an electric guitar or swishing a three-pointer.) But it’s just not worth it. I’m not calling for an all-out repeal of the Second Amendment, just more sensible gun control, like Senate Bill 143, which passed in Nevada this year, a bill that closed the so-called gun show loophole, which allowed buyers to purchase guns without a background check in certain contexts. Still, it was disheartening to learn that the semi-automatic rifle used in the Gilroy attack had been purchased at a gun store in Fallon. The owner of the store condemned the attack on social media. But it’s frustrating to have our region associated in any way with such a heinous crime. I don’t want any part of Nevada to ever become one of those places, like Columbine, Colorado, or Newtown, Connecticut, to become synonymous with these terrible crimes. Las Vegas suffered a horrible incident in 2017. Never again. We can’t let these shooters dictate how we see those places. I don’t want them to own the names of those places, just like I don’t want terrorists to own any dates in early autumn. September 11, 2001, is somebody’s birthday. It’s the day Jay-Z’s The Blueprint dropped. Let’s not give these killers the cheap immortality of getting their name in print. They have no power.

—Brad Bynum bradb@ ne ws r ev i ew . com






Trump All right, Mr. and Mrs. America, have you had just about enough? Enough with the orange-faced abomination in the Oval Office running amuck?! Enough with the whackjob in the bully pulpit not being called out by his cabinet, his staff, the House, the Senate?! Enough with his mind-numbing bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, divisiveness, fearmongering, hate-speak, utter disregard for the rule of law, sophomoric 3 a.m. tweeting, perpetual lying and his stunning overall ineptness?! Folks, has the rapid-fire frequency of the aforementioned dulled your sensibilities to exactly what is going on these days? Let’s hope not! Our president, while steadfastly pandering to his ever faithful neo-Nazi base, is incorrectly surmising that he has snookered the rest of us as well, and our do-nothing silence is somehow allowing him to presume that we are approving of his vile, reckless behavior. Well, Donald, you couldn’t be more wrong! You haven’t done squat since you’ve been in office other than spread fear and anger across the land! Our booming economy has zilch to do with anything you’ve done! It’s been humming along nicely for nearly a decade now! Fortuitous timing for you, though, huh? History will show that your biggest contributions were enhanced racism, mega-lying, getting cozy with dictators while alienating longtime allies, tweaking the tax code to make yourself and the other one-percenters even richer, and a gigantic southern border wall that was never built. Good job, prez! Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a guy in the private quarters of the White House tonight scarfing down his fourth Big Mac, and watching Fox News, whose single motivation is to drive us apart, and to some weird extent he’s succeeding! We, though, as the proud men and women of the greatest nation in the world must not allow this to happen! Our combined ethnicities is the sole reason why the United States is the wonderfully diverse success story that it

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is, and aside from the different hues of our skin, we are all exactly the same, all children of immigrants, and all with a pounding heart that yearns for love, acceptance and freedom! God bless the U.S.A.! Mark Murray Reno

Guatemala After reading the Wikipedia page on Guatemala and watching several historical clips on YouTube, and then seeing how the 6 o’clock news covered the pitiful conditions in migrant detention centers without mentioning even once the horrible things going on down there, it becomes clear that almost all news you see on TV is just tabloid sensationalism. In fact, the media bought in to the government’s story about fighting communism in Guatemala and broadcast it as such, enabling a U.S. sponsored-coup d’etat that was really about John Foster Dulles’ brother, Allen, who was on the board of United Fruit Company, which owned most of the arable land in Guatemala. Bananas. Not Communism. This is not journalism. It’s not even the reporting of news. It’s tabloidism at the least, and complicit propaganda at worst. Jon Obester Reno

Warren Re “Waters and Warren” (letters, July 25): However she got there, Elizabeth Warren wanted the standing and identification with one of the most oppressed and disenfranchised minorities in our country, the Native American Indian, although such identification was undeserved and unmerited. Trump has seen to it that she will forever carry that misguided attempt. “Pocahontas” will always be a reminder of that misrepresentation. Should Ms. Warren unexpectedly get the Democratic nomination, the ill-mannered

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and conscience-unencumbered Trump will see to it that the canard follows her long into the campaign. The lesson—just be yourself and who you are. Thom Waters Reno

Correction Re “The school district’s top 5 worst goofs, gaffes and lies” (cover story, July 25): We reported that both David Lasic and Byron Green reported to previous Deputy Superintendent Kristen McNeill. Only Green was supervised by McNeil.


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What was your first car? askeD at tHe national autoMobile MuseuM, 10 s. lake st. Del ane McGarve y Retiree

It was a 1956 Volkswagen. I saved my money as a senior in high school, and I bought it brand new. My dad had a ’57 Volkswagen, so I grew up with them as a child. It was a matter of what I could afford. … I went two years at the University of Utah with it.

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My first car was a 1973 Ford Maverick. I was trying to buy a used car, and my mother saw the availability of what I could afford, and so she generously bought me a brand new car.

Patrick Hobbs Mechanic

Everything is ready As Glinda said to Dorothy, “You’ve always had the power.” The Democrats have had the evidence they need for impeachment since April 18. If that is the road they want to take, they need to stop dithering and move on it. They seem to think that someone has to hand them a smoking gun, akin to the Nixon tapes, before they can act. In that case, Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski reached the end of his ability to bring Nixon to justice. He had told the grand jurors they could not indict an incumbent president, but that they could assist the impeachment process. Now, Mueller has completed his investigation and come to the end of his ability to deal with Donald Trump. He supplied the report, which was incredibly damning. Since then, Mueller has twice gone public—once in a news conference on May 29 and then in his congressional testimony last week—to remind the Judiciary Committee that a president can only be called to account by Congress. Mueller can do no more, but Congress can. Committee members seem to want Mueller to do their job for them. That’s not the way the system works. The House Judiciary Committee voted for impeachment of President Nixon before the smoking gun tape even became known. The committee conducted an investigation and acted. The Watergate grand jury gave the committee a suitcase of evidence on Nixon, but it was the committee that had to go to work and build the case. But then, in those days, Democrats were made of sterner stuff. So, for that matter, were Republicans—eight of whom on House Judiciary considered country above party and voted to impeach. Today, the GOP would call them RINOs.

Today’s House Democrats are too timid to move ahead. That’s not Mueller’s fault. Initially, without having read it, Trump claimed that the Mueller report “exonerated” him, and his disciples picked up his cue, as when Nevada conservative writer Stanley Paher argued, “The $30 million Mueller investigation involving interviewing 500 people by a seasoned staff of liberal lawyers came up empty.” But Trump promptly changed signals on them, relentlessly attacking both Mueller (“Trump hater”) and the Mueller report: “A hoax,” “total bullshit,” “The Greatest Presidential Harassment in history,” “the crazy Mueller report,” “fabricated and totally untrue,” “Corruption at the highest level. A disgrace. Spying, surveillance, trying for an overthrow.” Does that sound like Trump is describing a report that exonerated him? And if he thinks the report cleared him, why has he thrown “executive privilege” over it to keep parts of it secret? And why have the Democrats accepted his initial spin? The Mueller report cited instances when Trump was allegedly untruthful in answers given to the grand jury and provided a list of 10 Trump actions allegedly obstructing justice. Those are felonies and impeachable. Because an incumbent president cannot be indicted, Trump cannot be prosecuted for them until he leaves office. The Judiciary Committee has been sitting on this report now for 132 days, waiting for Mueller to do—what? He has done his part and reminded them twice that the ball is in their court. They never seem to get the message. Ω

1963 Nova. Two-door hardtop, straight six, 194 [horsepower], three-on-the-tree. I saw it at a local Wednesday night cruise night. It was for sale, and I ran home, grabbed my money—$600—came back, picked it up, drove it home. I got in trouble when I got home.

Mat t kircHer Military servicemember

I learned to drive in my parents 1993 Dodge Caravan. It was hard to park. It didn’t turn or accelerate particularly quickly, and it broke down a lot. So, it wasn’t great. This was many years after 1993, so we still had it.

Joanne HaDJes Teacher

It was a 1973 Ford Mustang. My mother paid, I think, $1,100 for it. It was used. It was a car, it wasn’t my dream car. It lasted for awhile. I traded it in for a— either ’81 or ’82—Toyota Supra.

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The opposition is in session Social media is full of posts referencing our country’s current political situation along the lines of “This is not who we are,” despite the growing evidence that this is exactly who a great many Americans truly are, a disgusting revelation. At a recent political rally in North Carolina, President Trump heaped scorn on Rep. IIhan Omar and smirked knowingly as his supporters responded with chants of “send her back.” When even some Republican officials reacted negatively to the rally, afraid that the offensive chant might catch on and affect their electoral chances in 2020, Trump pretended he had nothing to do with it, claiming he tried to stop the crowd despite video of the event showing him basking in the moment. This is who he is, and that’s never going to change despite the Republican talking point that the President wasn’t being racist, he was just frustrated. World leaders and Democrats

condemned the President’s remarks, but the silence from Nevada’s Republican officials was deafening. They either agree with him, or, more likely, they’re afraid of his supporters’ political rage should they object to his words. Cowards, every one of them. It’s 15 long months until election day. While national Democrats fight about whether impeaching Trump would hurt or help them in the next election, there are plenty of examples of people doing what they can to highlight one of the many crises of conscience our nation currently faces and create positive change. Instead of yelling at the TV or feeling heartsick about the young impressionable children at Trump rallies being taught to hate and fear a multi-cultural America, we can follow the lead of those who choose to denounce and resist Trump and the sycophantic Republican Party. Comedian Jon Stewart continues to lend his celebrity and time to getting heroic 9/11 first responders the health

care and support they deserve by passionately testifying in Congress and badgering elected officials into extending the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund. He’s had to do it repeatedly as the fund keeps running out of money, and he’s furious that Republican Senators keep blocking the legislation, claiming it’s too expensive, despite their willingness to enact expensive tax cuts for the rich. Seventy Catholics were arrested this summer in the Russell Senate Office Building rotunda as an act of civil disobedience against the detention of immigrant children. Sister Aine O’Connor said their faith compels them “to be people of compassion and mercy who welcome the strangers in our midst. We are at a pivotal moment of history that demands a faithful and moral response to stop this inhumanity once and for all.” We aren’t all in a position to be arrested for our beliefs, nor do we all have the courage to do so. But we all can do

something. Six hundred people showed up at the Sparks branch library in July to attend Drag Queen Story Hour after Sparks Mayor Ron Smith tried to stop the event, telling the Reno Gazette Journal “It is absolutely ridiculous. Why would you have transgender people talking to kids?” That same day, 25 member groups of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada met in Reno to recap their victories and losses in the last legislative session and start planning on more strategic alliances to affect state policy in 2021. And hundreds of Nevadans complete volunteer shifts every weekend for their presidential candidate of choice, with virtually all committed to voting for whomever Democrats end up selecting to run against Trump. In November 2020 we can purge our nation of our immoral president and show the world we are not who he is, hopefully in overwhelming numbers that can’t be ignored. Until then, there’s plenty of resisting to do. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

TiTus supporTs probe U.S. Rep. Dina Titus has become the 108th member of the U.S. House to support an impeachment inquiry. A statement posted on her website reads: “My decision isn’t based on my disagreements with the President’s policies or my disapproval of his temperament, though I have both. I’m calling for an impeachment inquiry because of the mounting evidence that Donald Trump has repeatedly broken the law to protect his own interests. To be clear, misleading the public and the press is not an impeachable offense. But lying to law enforcement officials who are investigating the Russian attack on our democracy—and ordering his staff to do the same—are serious crimes. … And on its own, greed is not an impeachable offense. But after his election, Donald Trump refused to divest from his businesses despite obvious conflicts of interests. So now he’s profiting from foreign government officials who are trying to curry favor by staying at his hotels—even though the emoluments clause of the Constitution prevents the President from accepting foreign payments. In the Constitution, those payments are called ‘emoluments,’ but today you can just call them ‘bribes.’ Either way, it’s unethical and illegal. The subcommittee I lead is going to recharge its investigation into those foreign payments when Congress returns to Washington in September. Rest assured I am going to demand answers.” There has been considerable debate over whether what the House Judiciary Committee launched following Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony constitutes an impeachment investigation, and House leaders have been unwilling to clarify things. Titus used the term inquiry. The administration tried to dismiss the Mueller testimony as falling flat. However, since congressmembers returned to their districts, they seem to have found it resonated with the public, resulting in momentum in the House for impeachment. As recently as July 17, the House voted 332 to 95 to block an impeachment effort by Texas Rep. Al Green. Titus then voted against the successful move to table Green’s resolution. Titus chairs the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management that has charge of the investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged breach of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, also known as the foreign emoluments clause (article I, section 9, paragraph 8) that generally prohibits federal officeholders from receiving anything of value from a foreign state or its officials. There is also a domestic emoluments clause in the Constitution. On April 30, a federal court rejected Trump’s attempt to block a lawsuit filed by 200 members of the House and Senate charging that Trump has violated the foreign emoluments clause. The emoluments issue has had a lower profile than other Trump scandals.

—Dennis Myers






Average child care costs in Nevada are approaching the average rents.

Child care unaffordable?

Some parents who would like to be in the job market never get there because of child care costs. The depth of the problem in the state can be seen in the lives led by child care workers themselves: “A median child care worker in Nevada would have to spend 50.7 percent of her earnings to put her own child in infant care.” That does not create much of an incentive to go into child care work. “My granddaughter did that kind of work for awhile while she was where infant care is more expensive going to college, but it’s usually like than college. In Nevada, infant care that—temporary—to support yourself costs just 8.7 percent less than averuntil you get through school,” said age rent.” Marlene Lockard. And given Nevada’s heavy Lockard is a professional reliance on low income lobbyist and represented workers: “A minimum the Nevada Women’s wage worker in Lobby in the 2019 Nevada would need legislative session. to work full-time She said there were for 35 weeks, or a number of pieces from January to of legislation August, just to dealing with other pay for child care kinds of family for one infant.” issues, and that The report adds dealt with adminEconomic Policy Institute flatly, “Child care is istrative child care unaffordable for typimatters, but not much cal families in Nevada.” on availability. And the That might be shocking reason always came down except that the same thing is to money. often said of the United States. At least “There were bills, but they didn’t one survey has shown some parents make it,” she said. “There were a holding down the size of their families couple of bills at the 2017 legislature because of the cost of child care. that touched on higher salaries for

State cost through the roof Most child care legislation considered this year by Nevada’s new woman-majority legislature dealt with regulation or licensure, not access to care. Legislators went into the 2019 legislature with no expectation of many gains, to the point that in February the Nevada Current ran the headline, “Child care reform: Baby steps expected at Legislature.” Now, the Economic Policy Institute in D.C. has issued a new survey on child care in the state. It reported that in Nevada average child care for a 4-year-old costs $9,050 a year, or $754 monthly. That’s 72 percent of the average cost of housing in the state. Infant care is even higher—$11,408 annually. The Institute reported, “Infant care in Nevada costs $5,488 (92.7 percent) more per year than in-state tuition for four-year public college. That makes Nevada one of 33 states and D.C.

“Child care for two children—an infant and a 4-yearold—costs $20,459.”

child care workers, but they didn’t make it, either.” The state receives some federal money to help low income families with child care, but it serves only the neediest and poorest— basically, those on public assistance.

Other Institute findings:


• Annual rent: $12,501

The Institute supports a program of government subsidies that effectively caps child care at 7 percent of a family’s income. In Nevada, that would free up $7,143 of the average family’s money for other purposes and would, the Institute argues, increase economic activity in the state by almost a percentage point, or $1.4 billion. The 7 percent figure comes from the federal government, which defines that as child care affordability. But there is nothing on the political horizon even close to such a program. In the Democratic presidential race, child care is being emphasized by many of the candidates. In February, candidate Elizabeth Warren unveiled an extensive $700 billion proposal for universal child care, which also pegged a cap to the 7 percent figure. Nevada hosts one of the nation’s first presidential nominating events in February.

• Nevada median family income: $57,057 • Full-time minimum wage salary: $17,160 • Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 20.0 percent • Infant care as a share of rent: 91.3 percent • Share of families able to afford infant care (i.e., costs are 7 percent or less of income): 6.8 percent • Infant care costs as a share of minimum wage earnings: 66.5 percent • Share of (post–child care) median income freed up by capping infant care expenditures at 7 percent of income: 15.6 percent • Median child care worker salary: $22,510 • Infant care costs as a share of child care worker earnings: 50.7 percent • Infant care costs as a share of public college tuition: 192.7 percent □

right as rain

July was dry for the region, but rain and thunderstorms rolled through the Truckee Meadows late last week. The thunderstorms were the cause of several fires in the region. Thankfully, the rain cleared up on the afternoon of July 26 in time for the RN&R’s final concert in our annual Rollin’ on the River series, and produced a rainbow in Plumas Park . Photo/Jeri Davis

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Lake tails Tahoe Tessie Tahoe Tessie, our beloved glacier-lake’s monstrous inhabitant, has long been an interest for both locals and visitors. Some say she is a cousin of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, others say she is the last remaining creature of an otherwise extinct species. The Washoe have their own legends of an ancient creature in the lake that feasts on those who get too close to shore. Regardless of Tessie’s beginnings, however, one thing remains clear: the mystery surrounding her scaly being is not soon to be forgotten. Tales of lake monsters in Northern Nevada are many and surprisingly similar. Cecil the Serpent is Walker Lake’s resident creature-of-the-deep, and Pyramid Lake has a shape-changing serpent of Paiute legend that is said to prowl the depths—along with mermaids—and kill unsuspecting fisherman every spring. These stories were first written down in the mid-1800s. Settlers were beginning to move into the unclaimed West. Stories of the massive serpents began to surface in Northern Nevada. Newspapers began printing the tales, leading to an almost (possibly delighted) panic throughout the territories. In 1868, a man named Reuben Strathers wrote the Esmerelda Union in Aurora claiming he and a friend had killed one of the lake monsters. He told the paper the creature had a head of a crocodile, front feet near the neck, and a “monstrously long” tail. It was covered in scales that glistened in the morning sun. In 1907, the Washington Herald reported two men, Don Cornelison and John McCorry had been fishing a mile from the shore when they spotted the serpent. “Cornelison says that at first sight he took the serpent for a man in a skiff,

by Kelsey PenRose

French painter and illustrator Édouard Riou created this rendering of an Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaur, ancient creatures which many believe inspire stories of lake monsters, in 1863.

and when it disappeared for a moment he thought the boat had capsized, and rowed toward the spot, when it suddenly reappeared, giving them a good view of its proportions, which they estimated to be about thirty feet in length and six feet across the back,” wrote the Herald. In 1934, the Mineral County Independent claimed that there were underground springs feeding into the lakes that joined them together in an underground passage, allowing the monsters to travel freely from lake to lake, wreaking havoc. A bizarre report in the Goldfield Tribune circulated the story that on the shores of Walker Lake, two of the serpents fought in the waters so savagely that spectators gathered on the shores to watch. The serpents then moved onto the shore, and one was killed. The champion then sunned itself on the shore before returning to the water. It was reported that eyewitnesses claimed the serpent’s body was around 70 feet long. Monster descriptions varied with some specific similarities between them. What is decidedly up for question is the length. Some people who have claimed seeing the monster describe it as being 15-feet-long, others say several hundred feet. What is similar throughout the majority of supposed-sightings, however, is that the monsters don’t move from side to side, but rather up and down like water mammals, and they have smooth skin despite having reptilian features. Tessie’s black humps or snout-nosed face have allegedly been seen, and a few extremely blurry, grainy photos have surfaced as “proof.” She is said to reside in an underwater cave beneath Cave Rock and hunts for trout and every once in awhile, an unlucky swimmer or fisherman. In the ’80s, Tessie was also brought into the spotlight as a happy green dragonlike creature in a series of children’s books, where all mysterious monsters eventually end up. Ω

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e f i L ories t s a new program documents the lives of local veterans

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Dorris Howard, 99, being interviewed by Christina Burr.

by Luka Starmer


he Veterans Affairs (VA) Sierra Nevada Health Care System, 975 Kirman Ave., is a bustling facility. On any day of the week, men and women from every branch of the military stream in and out of the hospital doors. Their military service has earned them medical treatment from primary care to surgery and specialized health care. Starting in 2015, Reno’s VA added a new health care service only supported by 40 other VA clinics in the United States. This service is known as “My Life, My Story.” It’s an opportunity for veterans to include their life’s story as part of their medical records. It’s a document that sits among medical diagnoses, test results and medication histories, and it can be accessed by any care provider in the entire VA health system.

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“It just gives care providers a better picture of the human being they’re treating,” said Christina Burr, editor of the My Life, My Story program in Reno. “They get to know that person on another level rather than simply asking, ‘What’s wrong? What are we trying to fix today?’” Burr said the program is designed for care providers to learn about where each veteran patient came from, beyond their time in the service. She said it helps care providers understand what’s important for each patient and what they have to look forward to when they recover. As editor for the program, Burr is a fulltime employee of the VA. She and a team of volunteers conduct interviews with veterans asking them about their lives, starting from their place of birth. Interviews usually last about an hour, but sometimes multiple sessions are scheduled to allow veterans to tell more of their personal stories. The first-person transcripts are edited to include the exact diction of the veteran in order to maintain their way of speaking. After the narrative is added to the medical record, additional copies are given to the veteran and his/her families, aptly styled as a keepsake with a coversheet and meaningful old photos. “My kids have always been after me to sit down and write a story,” said Edward Smith, 88, an Army veteran who served from 1948 to 1969. “[My story] never would have come around if it hadn’t been for this program.” Smith was a POW in the Korean War for three years, and continued to serve for decades afterward. He finished his career as an ROTC instructor at Reno High School. He and his family still live in the area. Dorris Howard is a 99-year-old veteran who participated in the My Life, My Story program in Reno. She was part of the Army Nurse Corps from 1941 to 1945. She was a nurse on the USS Comfort when it was attacked by a Japanese kamikaze plane during the battle of Okinawa. Many of the doctors and nurses were killed in the attack. Despite her own injuries, she remained on duty that day. She held the hand of an injured man, expecting to go down with the ship. Eventually the Comfort limped back to Guam for emergency repairs. Howard’s son, Bill, is her primary caretaker. He’s the one to push her wheelchair to appointments at the VA, including her sessions for My Life, My Story. “Mom had always told me bits and pieces of her story over the years but telling it in sequence to Christina was a first for her,” said Bill Howard. “Having My Life, My Story in her life has led to a wonderful catharsis for her.” Howard says the program has helped release some of his mother’s PTSD burden that she’s carried for 74 years since World War II. My Life, My Story was developed as a pilot program in 2013 at William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. The first editor was Thor Ringler,

a marriage and family therapist with a master’s degree in poetry. He was given the opportunity to begin writing these stories as an innovative approach to patient-centered care. The successful pilot grew into a national program. In addition to curating these veterans’ narratives, Ringler and his team generate trainings and toolkits that allow the program to spread into individual VA health systems across the country, including in Reno. Christina Burr attended a training seminar at the Madison facility in February this year. Over the life span of this national project, Ringler’s team conducts ongoing, self-reported surveys to medical professionals to better understand the quality of My Life, My Story from the standpoint of the health care providers. “Based on the feedback we’re getting from providers, they definitely view it as a very helpful program,” said Ringler. “And it’s definitely appreciated by veterans not only for the potential of connecting more with health care, but obviously giving them a story they can share with family and friends.” Dr. Helena Russell is a geriatrician at the Reno VA. Her job includes visiting many of the elderly veterans at their homes to conduct primary care. She said having My Life, My Story as part of a patient’s chart helps her know who a person is, first and foremost, before she starts looking at types of medical conditions she needs to address. “I still have a number of World War II veterans that I go out and see,” she said. “I feel like in some cases it can be very therapeutic for people to share their stories and make sure it’s part of who their identity is.” She says a secondary result of My Life, My Story is that it works against physician burnout in the career field. “There are tools in place to help you connect and feel like you know why you’re doing your job,” she said. “Human connection is what gives [physicians] that sense of purpose and sense of joy for choosing the practice of medicine.” Physicians like Dr. Russell can recommend a patient participates in the My Life, My Story program, just as they can recommend having blood work done or other medical tests. If the patient opts in, they head to Christina Burr’s office for an interview. Sometimes Burr will travel to a veteran’s home for interviews as far away as Fallon, Susanville, Lake Almanor or Carson Valley. Burr is a veteran of the Marine Corps and worked in the Washoe County School District for eight years. She started working at the Reno VA in the Community Living Center when her predecessor, Colonel Kim LaBrie started the local My Life, My Story program. Burr signed on as his volunteer learning to interview and transcribe. She took over the position in October 2017. Her team has since grown to five volunteers. They said so far they’ve interviewed primarily veterans of World War II and the

Korean War first because those veterans might not be able to tell their stories for much longer. However, Burr has interviewed veterans as young as 25. One volunteer, Mary Luzier said, “You get a lot of cool stories, and I like stories. You get the whole history of the country besides the wars.” Mary’s four brothers and her father were all in the service. “I just want to give back to people who basically wrote a blank check for their country.” In total, the My Life, My Story program has collected the life stories of over 130 veterans in our area. The following are two of those stories.

Isabel’s story I was born in New Mexico in March 1918. I am a full-blood Pueblo Indian. My dad farmed corn, wheat, vegetables, fruits and had some cattle, too. My mom worked in the health clinic at the day school there in the pueblo. Day school went from 1st grade to 5th grade. I have two brothers and three sisters. When I was young, both grandmas were sick. I helped mother take care of them. My mother’s mother put nursing in my mind. I was fixing her bed, fixing her pillow and stuff like that. She said, you will make a good little nurse. That did it. I went to day school there in the pueblo up to fourth grade. Then I went to a Catholic boarding school in Santa Fe called Saint Catherine’s Indian School. When I was in day school, we spoke Indian and Spanish. Just before I finished my day school, teachers started having classes to learn English words, and how to use them when speaking English. At Saint Catherine’s we spoke Indian, Spanish and English. I finished high school, and I thought about it again. Grandma put that in my head, that I would make a good little nurse, and that’s what happened. I worked at the Indian hospital till August. Then I registered at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe and Saint Joseph’s Hospital in

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Albuquerque where they were training nurses. It took three years to get my diploma. I took the state boards and became an RN, and I did some private nursing. Shortly after that, I went to work at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Gallup, New Mexico and later, at the Navajo Agency Hospital on the Navajo reservation. My two brothers went in the Army. There was an Army nurse that knew my brothers. She would tell me a lot of things about the Army. So, I decided, “Well I’m going to go to the Army and become a nurse.” In 1942, I decided to join the service, the Army Nurse Corps. I joined the Army because they didn’t wear black stockings and the Navy nurses did. Everybody laughed and teased me about the stockings. I liked the pretty white caps, dresses, stockings and shoes. My cape was navy with a red lining. I went to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, to the station hospital. I was a 2nd lieutenant. There were four wards. We worked hard, like no one’s business. Four wards full of those poor guys. I got the guys out of surgery and then did everything—IVs, bandaging, shots. I also taught some of the young enlisted men to be medics. They had to learn how to take care of the wounded in the field because after their training they were sent overseas. They did a good job. They were good boys, very dependable. Clark Gable would come to Fort Bliss to visit the wounded. He would also visit with the nurses. Oh, he was yummy. One day, we were sitting, drinking our cokes, and he was smoking. I said, “How come you haven’t asked us to smoke a little bit?” So, he taught me to smoke. Oh, God, my parents, my parents, oh 12   |   RN&R   |   08.01.19

my goodness, it was a sin. He was also a good dancer. The nurses danced with most of those movie stars. They would have parties for the troops, and we were all invited. We would get all excited. Oh, look at the new dresses, but once in awhile we wore our uniforms. We were so proud to dance with all the guys. The one I had a hard time dancing with was John Wayne. He was so big and tall, but I danced with him, and I had a nice time. He was a very nice man, so nice to the nurses. We were so proud, and I love to dance. There was a time, when I had to take one trip overseas, to France to pick up casualties. First, we flew to New York and did some training. We were shown what to do, what to say, and what not to say. We had to take Italian and German language to understand them and them to understand us. They didn’t speak English. That was hard. We flew at night, so they told us it was France. It was dark, so I don’t know for sure. We had to get there and get back, lickity split. We were busy giving IVs, medications and bandaging. I didn’t like it. It was hard to give the IVs and medications on the plane. They would say, Tiny, get over here. My nickname was Tiny. In boot camp, I was pulled aside a couple of times a day to drink milkshakes. There were three of us that just couldn’t gain weight. Working on those poor guys was hard. Most of them were in bad shape. Sometimes it would make you cry. They were in so much pain. I did a lot of hand holding, very much so. Some of those hands were heavy, but I did it, regardless of how big or heavy they were. Those poor guys, I felt so sorry for them. How much more could we do for them? We just couldn’t

do enough. They were in so much pain. We tried hard to comfort them. People just don’t know what those guys went through. You’d have tears in your eyes, seeing them suffer. These flights went back and forth, but I only did one trip. I flew back to Fort Bliss and brought back some of the casualties to the hospital. I met Ernest when I was working at the Navajo Agency Hospital. He was a baker at that time. He was a very good baker. We kept in contact by writing each other. We saw each other once or twice a year. I married Ernest in July 1943. He was a pharmacist in the Army. I was relieved from active duty in October 1944 due to a physical disability, temporarily. I was pregnant. At that time, I was the only woman, and only woman officer serving from the pueblo. My husband stayed in the Army Air Corps and retired from the Air Force after 20 years as a pharmacist. He had a friend here in Reno. So, we came to Reno. We bought this house in Sparks. We have stayed here and made this our home. We have five children, three girls and two boys. I have three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. My family is just great. I’m so proud of them. When we moved to Reno, I worked at Saint Mary’s Hospital. I worked in the surgery and orthopedic department. I was just the IV nurse, and I was pretty good at hitting the veins. I worked there about three years, I guess. After that, I was a mother at home, and I did some private nursing. I still had three kids at home. Two were off at college. The age difference between my kids happened because I contracted polio in 1950. My husband and I were told no more kids. So, we waited a bit. I was also very busy working at my church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church here in Sparks. My faith is very important to me. We were raising money to build the new church. There were three of us nurses helping raise the money. At night, we got together at the hall to make tamales. We were cracker jack, making them pretty fast. I haven’t made any since the church got built. I’d had enough of that. Oh, golly, I tell ya. We did that for three or four years. I lost my sight in my left eye in the 1970s. I could do more now if I could see. One of the worst things that happen as you get older, is that things get taken away from you. I used to sew the kid’s clothes and costumes. I was a good seamstress. In 1985, I joined the American Legion, Dat So La Lee Post 12. I enjoyed the meetings and dinners. I liked helping wherever I could. I am a lifetime member. In the late 1990, I visited Cambodia, Thailand and Australia with my daughters. I also went to Rome to see the Pope. At age 75, I went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a church group. I don’t nurse anymore. I’m too old for that now. I might still be able to stick a vein, though. I’m 101. Isn’t that nice. I surprised myself. I never realized I would be this old, really. I’m so proud. I’m still on foot, walking and dancing. I had my fun. I did mostly anything and everything. I try to be a positive person.

Ron’s stoRy I was born in Florida in 1952. I have four brothers and two sisters. We moved to Carson City, Nevada, in 1961, and my mom still lives there. I went to elementary school and high school in Carson City. I found high school boring, but I enjoyed my many after-school jobs: school bus driver, gas station attendant, and a bus boy at the A-frame restaurant in Washoe Valley, called Hagel’s Midway Inn. I joined the Air Force in 1969, and I did really well— guess I liked what I was learning. I joined the Air Force because it takes brains. The rest take brawn. I went to Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and my first tech school at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. I was trained as an aircraft maintenance specialist, reciprocating engine aircraft. I was then sent to Mather Air Force Base in 1972. There I trained and received a certificate as an aircraft maintenance technician on the T-29. I earned and was awarded the Honor Graduate in recognition of superior academic achievement. Mather Air Force Base was my first duty station. There I worked on the T-29s, a training aircraft. As a crew chief, my job was to keep the planes flying. I was engine run and taxi qualified, and that was a big deal. My next duty assignment was overseas. Thailand, NKP [Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Navy Base], which sits along the Mekong River across from Laos. The Air Force flew combat missions, and my job was to keep the planes—A1 Skyraiders—in the air. We had eight inspectors/crew chiefs, of which I was one. We were each assigned three to four planes. I would go through the pilots log, and then call the mechanics shop, and they would come and fix the problem. The work had to be done that day. The planes were rotated constantly as they flew secret combat missions. I spent six months in NKP, and then on to Cambodia for three months, and finally Vietnam for the last three months. There, I worked on the C-47s, A-1s and QU-22s. These were recon/ monitoring and attack aircraft. It was a dirty, dirty job. The opportunity came up for me to go to computer repair school and get crosstrained in a different field. I jumped at it. So, off I went to Biloxi, Mississippi, to electronic computer systems repairman school. I loved it. It was a lot cleaner, no dust or dirt with computers. I enjoyed learning about the computer systems because it took a lot more thinking. I graduated in June 1974. After graduation, I was stationed in Duluth, Minnesota, at the International Airport. This is where the National Defense Computer was located. I worked with some very sharp people, and I held a top secret clearance. In September of 1974, I reenlisted. Everything was going my way till

… one morning in July, 1975, I was on my way to base riding my new motorcycle. I was hit by an old drunk driver who ran a stop sign. This happened over 40 years ago. I wasn’t expected to live. I was in a coma and suffered three heart attacks before waking up two months to the day. I just woke up. I was really confused, and I didn’t recognize anyone. I remembered dying and flying through space, then sitting in a room. I could see Earth. God walked in with a big book and looked in the book and said, “Nope, not your time, go back.” I was flying through space again. I came back down to Earth and

landed by my hospital bed, and my spirit hovered over my body. I remember looking at myself. I looked like I was sleeping, and then my spirit was sucked back in. I was told I woke up two months later. I think God sent me back to help take care of my mom. I just knew it wasn’t my time, and I really wanted to help my mom. I was glad that I went up there; there is a God. I was sent to Travis Air Force Base for a diagnosis and discharge from the Air Force. I was a staff sergeant—E5. Once diagnosed, I was sent to Palo Alto Veterans Hospital for rehabilitation. While there, I was in several activities, including the San Jose Special Olympics, in which I won three blue ribbons, and the Veteran’s Day parade. I started community college at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. I was taking life skill classes. I lived at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital till 1979.

In 1979, I moved home to Carson City and lived in several assisted care facilities. I lived with a lady named Wilma for a while. She was member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). She’s the one who got me involved with the DAV along with my mom. Through the DAV, I was in parades, helped with fundraisers, and I was the junior vice commander of the DAV, Chapter 7, 1980-1982. I am a lifetime member. I moved to Reno in 1985. I became a volunteer here at Reno VA hospital. I was a runner. I would roll in my wheelchair all over the hospital, delivering files to the file rooms and wards and specimens to the labs. I rolled all over the place. I had 3,485 volunteer hours in three years, and I received my Voluntary Service Award in April 1988. I moved back to Carson City and lived at Sierra Place. I was there nine years. I had some health problems, so my sister, Linda, brought me here to the Reno VA to the emergency room. After some time upstairs they moved me into the Community Living Center (CLC). I have been living here since March 2014. From the time I was hit by the drunk driver, I have been in a wheelchair, but that hasn’t stopped me from doing the things I enjoy. I love watching game shows on TV and playing board games. We were a big board game family. Scrabble was on one my favorites. I play dominos with DJ, a volunteer here in the CLC. I go bowling on Tuesdays at the Grand Sierra Resort. My score is in the 100s. In 2010, I bowled a perfect game of 300. I also play Bingo on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and am always ready to win. In 2015, I became a member of the Sparks Elks club. I stay busy. After everything that’s happened, the war was the safest place to be. Ω

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ver the last five years, the Reno Gazette Journal has reported a decline in farmers’ markets across Northern Nevada. The number of markets has fallen from 20 for some years prior to 2016, to only 12 markets for the 2019 growing season. Given this decline, I visited five markets in Minden, Fernley, Truckee and Reno in order to better understand the state of local agriculture.



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Truckee Community Farmers’ Market

12047 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Sept. 29

I found that of the sites I visited, each proved a valuable community resource in its own way, and each farmers’ market had been able to increase its number of vendors in the 2019 growing season—perhaps indi indicating that, although there are fewer markets, there are more local farmers able to supply fruits, meats, honey and vegetables to what appears to be a rising demand. For example, the Sparks United Methodist Church Farmers’ Market—in its 20th season—added four vendors and two food trucks this year in response to heightened community interest in 2018. Here, I’ve profiled the three farmers’ markets I found to offer the most comprehensive and diverse group of people, produce and activities.

Hosted by Slow Foods Lake Tahoe, the Truckee Community Farmers’ Market welcomes close to 15 vendors and live music from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday. I spoke with the Truckee Community Farmers’ Market’s Coordinator, McKenna Bean, who filled me in on her organization’s mission. “Slow Food promotes localism,” Bean said. “All of our vendors are [from within] 100 miles or less of here, so it’s a very personal foodshed.” It’s worth noting that the market’s website puts that radius at 125 miles—not 100. Nonetheless, the mileage is still impressive considering Truckee and the Donner Pass are 6000 feet above sea level. My first takeaway was the absence of craft vendors and artisans, which gave me a stronger appreciation for the available produce. Given the high altitude and few vendors, I was worried that the market wouldn’t have a great deal of variety. But, despite a lack of booths, there was fresh fish, wine, a wide variety of mushrooms, red meat and the expected cast of fruits and vegetables (salad greens, peaches, carrots, etc.). The Little Roots Farm stand highlighted the market’s diversity, boasting more than 15 varieties of mushrooms, along with an assortment of edible flowers and microgreens, which are shoots of vegetables that are harvested just after the seed has germinated and the first leaves have developed. “It’s more or less a labor of love when you’re growing food, especially in a harsh envi environment like this,” said Todd Karol, a farmer with Little Roots.

Esmeralda Farmers’ Market

1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden Tuesdays, 4 to 8 p.m, through Sept. 24 Even before making my way toward the farmers’ market I had come to explore, I found that Minden’s proud, American Craftsman-like homes, tidy streets and beautiful views of the Carson Valley make the 45-minute drive from Reno well worthwhile.


A portion of Esmeralda Avenue is closed for the market each Tuesday, and the street, just one block off 395, takes on a “Main Street” vibe. The market is adjacent to Minden Park—where I watched a couple of families spread out underneath the gazebo and shade trees to picnic—and sits directly in front of Minden’s historic Carson Valley Improvement Club, or CVIC Hall, which today serves as a multipurpose social center.

I arrived at 4:30 in the afternoon, and despite the heat of the day the sidewalks were already crowded with Mindenites eating an early dinner in the shade of the CVIC. At the market, fruit stands were abundant—but I noticed a lack of fresh vegetables, fish, red meat and eggs, although one stand did offer pork by request. Even though the Esmeralda Farmers’ Market does not offer a diverse enough selection of produce to be effective for a grocery run, its lively atmosphere provides a great chance to interact with Minden’s friendly community. Because of the long drive, I would look for further occasion to explore Minden, like a tour of the newly completed Bently Heritage Estate Distillery, for instance (see “Kindred Spirits,” Arts&Culture, June 23). Rick Frost of Reno Chile at Esmeralda's Farmers' Market.

Riverside Farmers’ Market

vendors through the winter. Additionally, the lawn in front of the McKinley Arts Center, with the Truckee River as a backdrop, is one of Reno’s most enjoyable outdoor spaces. The market’s 16 vendors, food trucks, live music and artisans are curated by local agriculturalists at Prema Farms. Prema is Sanskrit for “supreme love.” Prema Farms manages a 1.5 acre plot of land 12 miles north of Reno. Its goal is to not only provide locally-sourced, organic vegetables to Reno and its surrounding communities, but also to redefine what we value about the food we eat. “I think that the Riverside Farmers’ Market, working with primarily local, small vendors is a great opportunity for consumers to come in and have wonderful realizations,” said Zach Cannady, Prema Farm’s lead farmer. “You taste a bite of a cherry tomato that’s grown by somebody in your neighborhood, or by somebody within 10 miles of where you live, and they vine ripen it, and they get it just right, and you have this food experience that’s like, ‘Oh my Gosh, I may have never eaten a tomato before.’ It may not be the prettiest thing that you’ve ever eaten, but it actually completely changes your biology and the way that you’re perceiving food and the expectations that you have of food when you have good food experiences around food that isn’t exactly perfect.” Cannady also told me that in addition to requiring that everything sold at the market be locally grown and USDA certified organic, he examines each food truck to ensure that they meet Prema’s ambitious standards at each step of their production process, from sewing their seeds to preparing your order. Speaking with Cannady about the Riverside Farmers’ Market helped me realize that immense, 1,000-plus acre industrial farms are not entirely necessary to feed a community— and that by shifting consumer expectations, it might just be possible to reduce our reliance on wasteful agricultural giants.

925 Riverside Drive Thursdays, 4 to 8 p.m., through Sept. 27 and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, between October and May Of the five farmers’ markets I visited for this piece, the Riverside Farmers’ Market was the most recently organized, held for the first time in October 2018. Nonetheless, it offered the most comprehensive selection of produce, was the most family-friendly and mandated the highest standards of sustainability and regenerative farm practice. It’s important to note that the Riverside Farmers’ Market runs year-round, too, and provides fresh produce from four or five

Reflecting back, all but one of the markets I visited did not give me confidence I could eat a diet primarily comprised of local produce, but they helped me realize we all could do more. In every case, I found that with brief effort from the consumer, these spaces made it easy to support Northern Nevada’s agriculturalists, contribute to the local economy and lead a healthier lifestyle. Ω






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“Tahoe is kind of amazing because the conditions vary so much,” said photographer Dylan Silver.

Clarity of vision Dylan Silver Dylan Silver’s interest in underwater photography began on a trip to Indonesia in 2010 when he was 24 years old. While swimming around the island of Sulawesi, Silver spent hours photographing the vibrant coral reefs with a camera he bought specifically for the trip. Upon returning home to the United States, Silver unfortunately put his camera away and didn’t use it much after that. It wasn’t until 2014, when he decided to upgrade his camera and underwater housing to a Canon 5D Mark II, that he began documenting Lake Tahoe below the surface. Silver spent the next three years photographing Lake Tahoe nonstop. He developed a massive archive of underwater photos, but at the time none of them were posted on social media, online or were sold anywhere. According to Silver, he had always envisioned making a book with the photos, but he never really had a clear vision of what he wanted to do with them until he had to complete a course requirement at the University of Nevada, Reno, for his graduate degree. “The opportunity at UNR presented itself, and through the graduate program I ended up making [the photos] into a project that satisfied the graduate program requirements,” said Silver. In June 2016, he created tahoeclarity. com and his Instagram @tahoeclarity that showcase his stunning work of Tahoe’s waves, beaches, rocks and life under the surface. Silver also applied for The InNEVenture Fund, a source of funding established to help students determine 16   |   RN&R   |   08.01.19

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if their technologies and business ideas have commercialization potential. He won money to invest into his photography project. According to Silver, he took advantage of opportunities created by the fund like joining professional organizations and attending events for underwater photographers that helped him advance his career to the next level. When it comes to shooting the photos themselves, Silver puts on a thick wetsuit and jumps in the water year-round, no matter the conditions. “Tahoe is kind of amazing because the conditions vary so much,” said Silver, “You can have massive storms that dump snow, and shooting in that type of weather is going to be much different than shooting on a glassy summer day.” Silver noted that windy days make photographing the clarity of the water extremely difficult, so instead of trying to capture the shallows of Tahoe with debris and silt floating around, he decided to start photographing waves that form from the wind. “That’s been a huge part of Tahoe Clarity, too, is photographing these intricate shapes that the waves make as they break over the shoreline,” he said. According to Silver, there’s so much history to photograph below the water as well. He noted that one of his favorite areas to take pictures of is just south of Emerald Bay where Cascade Falls runs into the lake. Here is where he said he’s found old logging equipment and train tracks on a deserted shoreline making for mysterious photos. “It’s Tahoe at its purest with a neat amount of history,” said Silver. Silver has also donated his work from Tahoe Clarity to The League to Save Lake Tahoe that they’ve used in promotional materials to help advance their mission of combating pollution. Ω

For more information, vist www.tahoeclarity.com.

by BoB Grimm

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Cult fiction The ninth movie from Quentin Tarantino is a dreamy doozy, his most unapologetically Tarantinian film yet. History and conventionality be damned, for QT is behind the camera, and he favors mayhem and a little thing called artistic license. Set in 1969, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood captures the ’60s film scene and culture as they are dying, and they most certainly die hard. Through the Tarantino storytelling lens, they also die in mysterious and hallucinogenic ways. Making a run at Newman and Redford, we get Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as insecure, hasbeen actor Rick Dalton and his trusty stuntman, Cliff Booth, respectively. Dalton’s career has devolved into playing the bad guys on TV’s The F.B.I. while past-his-prime and blackballed Booth is relegated to driving him around and being his confidante. The setup allows Tarantino to go hog wild with the ’60s visuals and soundtrack. Hollywood is a monumental achievement on the art and sound direction fronts. Some of Tarantino’s soon-to-be most famous shots are in this movie, including a crane shot over a drive-in screen that dropped my jaw. The soundtrack pops with the likes of Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel, Jose Feliciano and Paul Revere & the Raiders. The looks and sounds are so authentic that you might wonder if Dalton and Booth were real people. They were not, but they’re based on folks like Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood and Hal Needham. The most notable “real person” character is Manson Family murder victim Sharon Tate, played beautifully by Margot Robbie. She’s the luminous center of the movie, with Tarantino and Robbie taking this opportunity to show Tate as the beautiful, promising person and star Tate was rather than the footnote she’s become in the annals of Charles Manson’s crazed bloody history. The Manson Family plays a big part in Tarantino’s twisted fairy tale. The fictional Dalton happens to live

“i know we’ve gotta shoot the movie, but i figured i could kill two birds and pose for my Calvin Klein ad.”

next to Sharon Tate and husband Roman Polanski, and Booth pays a visit to the Spahn Ranch. The Spahn Ranch is where the Manson Family squatted, and Booth has a sit down with Spahn himself (played by super craggy Bruce Dern). Unlike recent movies that almost provide the Manson family with some strange level of grace (Charlie Says), Tarantino shows them as bumbling, idiotic and pathetic. It’s a solid choice. DiCaprio, in his first role since taking home his much deserved Oscar for The Revenant—and his second teaming with Tarantino after Django Unchained—will probably find himself in the running again. He’s a nervous, hilarious mess as Dalton, a man prone to crying in public over his career, but still capable of blowing up a TV set with tremendous guest star acting fireworks. He has a trailer rant and a hostage-taking bad guy speech that now stand as two of his finest ever acting moments. In what is also his second teaming with Tarantino (after Inglourious Basterds), Pitt is forever funny as a man just coasting through life with little care in the world. He’ll face off with Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) just to shush his big mouth, or buy an acid-dipped cigarette for kicks. And when he smokes that cigarette, very strange things happen, and the wonderful Pitt laugh is put to its best use since he played Tyler Durden in Fight Club. The end of the ’60s was bona fide nutty times, and this is a nutty movie. It also manages to be quite heartfelt and moving. Tarantino says he might only have one more movie in him after this one. I’m curious to see if he can top himself one more time, or if he just does that rumored Star Trek movie and calls it a day. Ω

once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood


The Art of Self-Defense

Machismo and sanctioned violence of any kind get a sinister, satiric, roundhouse kick to the face in The Art of SelfDefense, the new dark comedy from writerdirector Riley Stearns. Meek accountant Casey (a totally on-point Jesse Eisenberg) is a nerdy wimp on all fronts. He runs out of dog food for his adorable dachshund and must take the long, lonely walk to the local grocer in the dark of night. A motorcyclist with a rider on back stops, asks if he has a gun, then rides away. On his way back from the store, that same motorcycle gang kicks the unholy shit out of him. Seeking help, Casey visits a dojo where he encounters Sensei, played by veteran actor Allessandro Nivola in a star turn that might perhaps get him the sort of outstanding notices he’s always deserved. Sensei is at times helpful in Casey’s quest to become more self-assured, but Sensei also has an evil side. Be wary of the night classes, where he has no problem breaking a man’s arm in two to demonstrate one of his twisted rules for the martial arts. The humor in Stearn’s script is drier than burnt toast left out in the middle of the desert with a magnifying glass perched over it. The actors don’t get laughs by telling jokes. They more or less get the laughs by being so hilariously awful you can’t believe it, especially Nivola. Teeth getting knocked out of somebody’s face have never been this funny.



Alligators get their due as nasty reptilian cinematic monsters with Crawl, the biggest surprise so far this summer when it comes to simply having a damn good time at the movies. It puts that other monster reptile movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, to shame. Southern Florida is getting walloped by a hurricane, and collegiate swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) hasn’t heard from her dad (Barry Pepper) as the situation grows into a Category 5. Against foreboding radio warnings, Haley drives to her old family home in an attempt to locate her wayward poppa and put other family members’ minds at ease. With the family dog tagging along (of course), Haley ventures into the basement/crawlspace, where dad is unconscious with a suspicious wound. We’re not too far into the movie when the alligator baddies are introduced, and these toothy demons are taking the rising waters as an excuse to swim around and party on human flesh. From the first gator introduction to the final frame, Crawl aims to kick your butt with all out horror thrills, with plenty of hurricane terror mixed in for good measure. The vast majority of the film takes place in the house, and huge credit goes to director Alexandre Aja and his production team for making the basement a fun place for people to get rolled by an alligator. The alligators, mostly CGI, are terrific movie beasties, entirely convincing whether above or below water. Unlike Jaws, Aja doesn’t hide his monsters for most of the movie. They show up early on, and these bastards aren’t going away.



Two films in, and it’s safe to declare writer-director Ari Aster a master of horror. His Midsommar, the sophomore effort following his masterpiece Hereditary, is two and a half hours of nerve-fraying terror staged mostly in broad daylight, and it is a thing of demented beauty. Dani (dynamite Florence Pugh) and Christian (excellent Jack Reynor) are having relationship issues. Dani is super dependent on Christian during a major time of need, as her sister is constantly bombarding her with dark mood swing modern correspondence (translation: toxic emails). Then, tragedy strikes Dani’s family, and it’s time for Christian to step up for his part of this committed relationship. His solution? Take Dani along on what was supposed to be a bro trip to Sweden for a traditional family summer festival. He sort of asks her to

go, she sort of says yes, and, before you know it, Dani is on a plane to Sweden with Christian and his friends. Shortly after arrival, Dani and friends ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms. The weirdness kicks in immediately, and the movie comes off as a really bad trip. Pugh, so good in this year’s Fighting with My Family, makes a grand statement with this movie. She’s an acting force that puts her in the upper echelon. She throws everything out on the table, and it all pays off in a performance that will surely be one of the year’s most memorable. One of the pleasures of Aster’s latest is that it’s obvious where things are going. It’s a mystery that puts a ton of clues right in front of your face in vividly visible fashion as the sun shines brightly. While the movie is a deliberately paced slow burn, it’s nearly two and a half hours pass by pretty quickly. Aster never loses the sense of dread, so while you could call his movie predictable in some ways, it’s not even close to being a letdown. It’s a movie that constantly delivers on the dread it promises in every frame.


Spider-Man: Far from Home

Tom Holland cements his status as best-ever Spider-Man with what amounts to the goofiest, but still major fun, Spider-Man movie yet. Jon Watts once again directs as Peter Parker looks to vacation with his friends after the events of Endgame, traveling to Europe and leaving his superhero responsibilities behind. When a strange breed of elemental monsters start striking the planet, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) interrupts Peter’s sojourn and gets him back into the swing of things. Jake Gyllenhaal gets into the shenanigans as Mysterio, a crime fighter from another dimension that slides right into the Tony Stark mentor role. Holland is good fun as Spidey, giving him a nice, youthful effervescence to go with his comic timing. Zendaya rules as MJ, Jon Favreau gets a lot more screen time—it’s a good thing!—as Happy, and the film doesn’t have nearly enough Marisa Tomei. It’s a bit lightheaded at times, but it’s the sort of breezy affair that the Marvel universe needed to get things revved up again. Hopefully, this is just the beginning for Holland and he has a bunch of these in his future, because he’s perfect for the role.



Danny Boyle (127 Hours, 28 Days Later) directs the straining saga of Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), a wannabe musician working part-time in a grocery store while also busking on street corners and playing small solo gigs with his trusty guitar. Jack’s burgeoning music career is managed by Ellie (Lily James), who is fostering a decades-old crush on Jack while getting him gigs at closing hotels and side tents at music festivals. Riding his bike home from a gig, the world suffers a solar flare and a worldwide power loss, and Jack gets hit by a bus, knocking out a couple of his teeth and sending him to the hospital. Post-accident, Ellie and some friends give Jack a new guitar and suggest he bust out a song for them. He goes with “Yesterday” by the Beatles, and the group is moved, as if hearing the song for the first time. That’s because they are hearing it for the first time. A quick Google check by Jack confirms the impossible: Somehow, someway, Jack now lives in a parallel world where John, Paul, George and Ringo never came together to make music. So what does Jack do? Why, he plagiarizes the entire Beatles catalog, of course. Rather than exploring the dark side of plagiarism in a comedic way, Boyle’s movie begs you to love Jack— and to sympathize with him while he tries to figure out his romantic interest in Ellie. Rather than crafting a film that seriously addresses a world without the Beatles, the movie becomes scared of itself and becomes nothing but a lame rom-com.






by TOdd SOuTh

vote # 1 best sandwich for 13 years best of first PLace ‘18

On its menu, Ohana Sushi notes which ingredients are inside versus piled on top of its sushi rolls.

3650 Lakeside dr. • (775)826.4466 open 5am-9pm • 7 days a week breakfast • Lunch • dinner • Party Platters

Family style

www.deLitowneUsa.coM As the Hawaiian phrase goes, “Ohana means family,” but the folks at Ohana Sushi really take it to heart. Every team server repeatedly asked, “How are we doing, family?” Though it’s barely been open a month, Saturday lunch service was packed. Service was very attentive, though there was a fair amount of wait between plates. Chalk it up to being a brand new, suddenly popular eatery. Poke bowls ($9.95-$13.95) and sushi burritos ($9.95) are available, although I didn’t see much of that being served. Most of my family group ordered all-you-can-eat (AYCE) sushi, with my carb-averse son choosing a seared ahi salad ($12.95) with spicy miso sauce and cilantro aioli. The slices of tuna were perfectly seared, the greens fresh, and the combination of dressings a powerfully good one. He was extremely happy with it. For included appetizers we ordered miso soup, chicken skewers, yakiton and baked mussels. The soup was hot with plenty of tofu. The chunks of chicken were doused in a sweet and spicy sauce, the meat surprisingly tender and juicy. The deep-fried wonton rolls were golden brown with a creamy, meaty filling. Best of all, the sizeable mollusks were tender and delicious. We ordered the AYCE limit of those beautiful morsels. As usual, I selected most of the nigiri menu to share. The cuts of fish were ample, the rice just right and tightly packed. The unagi was tender and lacked the “earthy” flavor I don’t care for. The octopus was unfortunately a bit overcooked and chewy. The scallops were perfectly seared, as ordered. Salmon was served with thin slices of lemon on the side rather than placed on the fish, making for an entertaining game of, “Who can pick up slippery citrus with chopsticks?” I won, but just barely. 18   |   RN&R   |   08.01.19


The photocopied order sheets imperfectly denote the difference between long and hand rolls. My daughter received four tekkamaki and said, “What’s with the cones?” Most engaging was the Tornado, with asparagus spear, kani, spicy tuna, unagi, sweet potato, goma miso and teriyaki—a pretty unique combination. All of her unintentional hand rolls were well made, with far more goodies than rice. The menu notes internal ingredients versus what’s piled on top of long rolls, an interesting attention to detail. As with the nigiri, the sushi-to-rice ratio was good and each piece was easily bite-sized. I don’t have room to describe the quantity of rolls ordered by my hungry crew. The Battle Born included spicy crab, salmon, lemon, hamachi, green tobiko, ponzu sauce and sriracha and a thin slice of fresh jalapeño. It was good, but I felt the more subtle flavors were overwhelmed by the heat. The Ohana roll’s mix of crystal shrimp, cooked scallop, spicy crab, avocado and togarashi spice blend was fantastic, the avocado a particularly welcome addition. A deep-fried Godzilla roll had a nicely crunchy exterior, although the interior was a bit chewy. The friend who ordered it—apparently a fan of these rolls—was disappointed. I surprisingly kind of liked it despite its flaws. Keeping with the island theme, there are several tropical “fruity rolls” that the kids enjoyed, though not really my thing. A round of ice cream and mochi ended our outing on a high note, and we were certainly made to feel like family throughout. Ω

Ohana Sushi

1560 S. Stanford Way, Sparks, 453-9722

Lunch is from 11 to 3 p.m., $17.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids. Dinner is from 3 to 9 p.m., and is $23.95 for adults, $17.95 for kids.

by Jeri Davis

j e ri d @ne w s re v i e w . c o m

Dave Masud, the creator of the Pass the Mic series, has been playing the drums since he was 7 years old.

New wave Pass the Mic Dave Masud has traveled the world playing drums with his band, Vampirates. He’s been in the band for more than 15 years, but he credits the opportunity to tour the globe to much earlier experiences when he was just a kid in grade school. In the early ’90s, Masud attended Veterans Memorial Elementary School and took private drum lessons. When he reached the fifth grade, he had the option to take band class and thought he’d play the drums—but he soon learned drums were reserved for seventh graders. This was when the school’s musical director, Amy Vorreyor, and Masud’s private instructor, Lee Warner, stepped in. “They worked together to transform the choir into a percussion ensemble, so we did that for fifth and sixth grade,” he said. The young vocalists in the choir didn’t mind the dramatic overhaul, he said. “I think everybody was pretty excited just to get to bang on stuff,” Masud said. “And Stomp was really big at the time, so the first semester we were doing non-conventional drum stuff. We had the brooms and all that. It was great, especially having both worlds there—my private teacher, who I really looked up to, working with my choir teacher, who I also looked up to.” Both have since passed. Now, Masud is hoping to take on the role of mentor himself and inspire a new generation of musicians with a series of youth music workshops he’s calling “Pass the Mic.” “It’s funny,” he said. “I’d had this idea for a while, and right when I was like, ‘All right, I’m going to announce this to see who’d be into it,’ that’s when the Girls Rock Reno thing came out. And I


was like, ‘All right, more people are on the same wavelength than I knew.’ That’s really cool.” (For more about Girls Rock Reno, see “Queens of noise,” cover story, June 27.) The first Pass the Mic workshop—on Aug. 3—will be the drummers’ edition, and Masud is hoping to pack the Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor showroom with kids and families and local drummers. “If you have eight drummers from different bands in town, and they all have their kits, and they’re able to give you pointers—I think it’s going to be something really cool,” he said. “And each of them will take a turn going on stage and focusing on [things like] tuning and basic beats, the rudiments. … Our main speaker will be Mike Young from Elephant Rifle. We’ll have Daniel Lee from Ozymandias, Bob Conrad from Basement Tapes ... I’ve got Kodeus [McKinley] from Donkey Jaw.” Custom Ink is providing T-shirts for all of the volunteer drumming instructors, Masud said, “so it’s not just random guys talking to your kids.” The event will also feature a raffle with prizes from local sponsors that include Recycled Records, Black Hole Body Piercing, the Reno Aces, Junkee Clothing Exchange and local cosmetologists and tattoo artists. “It might be a little chaotic, but it should be a lot of fun—all the drum sets going at once,” he said. In the future, Masud plans to hold a Pass the Mic workshop every few months and cover everything from guitar and vocals to keyboards and sound engineering. □

The drummers’ edition of Pass the Mic is from 1 to 4 p.m. in the showroom at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. General all ages admission is $5.

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5 Star Saloon

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

alIBI alE WorKS

Groove Foundry, 8:30pm, no cover

Barn Dance 2 with Everyday Outlaw, 8:30pm, $5

Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, 9pm, no cover

Bluegrass jam, 6:30pm, M no cover Latin Dance Night, 7:30pm, Tu, no cover

132 West St., (775) 329-2878 10069 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 536-5029

altUraS Bar

Bar oF aMErICa

10040 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2626

Aug. 5, 8 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 448-6500





D. Lynch, Lauren Torres, MKVL, Darth Tone, 7:30pm, $12


Cole Adams, 9pm, no cover

538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558



Burning Nylon, 9pm, no cover

555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549

10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711

Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Andrew Rivers, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Pete George, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Andrew Rivers, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: JR De Guzman, Fri, 6:30pm, $10 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 683-3308: Open Mic Comedy, Wed, 9:30pm, no cover Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: JR De Guzman, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15, Fri, 8pm, $15-$20, Sat, 8:30pm, $15-$20; Magic Matinee with Justin Rivera (all ages), Sat, 3pm, $12-$15

Live music, 5pm, no cover


CottonWooD rEStaUrant 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

Burning Nylon, 9pm, no cover

Aaron Hood, 9pm, no cover

Randy Cantor, 6pm, no cover Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover

DEaD rInGEr analoG Bar 432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431


Whiskey Preachers, Niño Santo, 9pm, no cover

Reverse the Cycle, 9pm, no cover

Weapons of Mass Creation, 8pm, $TBA

Ritual (goth, industrial, EBM) w/DJs David Draven, Rusty, Jon Potter, 9pm, $3-$5

239 W. Second St., (775) 470-8590

Queens of Karaoke with Gina G, Aspen Meadows, 9pm, no cover

Girls Night Out with DJ Nightress, 10pm, $5

Fat Cat Bar & GrIll

Karaoke Night, 9pm, no cover

The Moondawgs, 10pm, no cover

GrEat BaSIn BrEWInG Co.

Outlaw Kindred, 7pm, no cover

599 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City; (530) 583-3355 846 Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 355-7711

Post shows online by registerin g at www.newsr eview. com/reno. D eadline is the Frida y before public ation.


Serina Dawn Duo, 6pm, W, no cover

Karaoke, 9pm, Tu, no cover Drag Queen Bingo, 8pm, W, no cover Panda, 8:30pm, no cover

Trivia Night, 9pm, Tu, no cover

White Water Retooled, 7pm, no cover Sidney Gish, Julia Shapiro, Trash Rats, 8pm, M, $10-$12

140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500

71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652 1) Showroom 2) Bar Room

Traditional Irish session, 7pm, Tu, Wed. Night Showcase, 7pm, no cover

Sunday Jazz Church with Reno Jazz Syndicate, 1pm, no cover

tHE HollanD ProjECt jUB jUB’S tHIrSt Parlor

MON-WED 8/5-8/7

Sounds of the City with Martin Hruz, Romeo Sebastian, 5pm, no cover

1044 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-5050

Sidney Gish


1) Pass the Mic—Youth Music Workshop: Drummers Edition, 1pm, $5

2) Spotlights, Vampyre, 8pm, $8-$10


1021 Heavenly Village Way, S. L. Tahoe, (530) 523-8024



Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47

Magic Fusion, 7pm, $22-$47 Magic After Dark, 9pm, $32-$47

Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47 Magic After Dark, 11pm, $32-$47

Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47


Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, M, Tu, W, $22-$47 Motown on Mondays, 9pm, M, no cover

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480


DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960


Musicole, 8:30pm, no cover

Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Clemón Charles, 6pm, W, no cover

One Way Street, 8:30pm, no cover

Los Yonics, Los Tiranos del Norte, Los Jorge Medina, 10pm, $10 Bondadosos, Los Gamma, 9:30pm, $44.95 free for women before 11pm

2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 507-1626

PIGNIC PUB & PaTIO 235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

LAF: Birdwell Island, Michelle Pappas, Luke Kinney, 8pm, $5 donation

MagNicoSynth’s First Friday Funk Fest, 9pm, no cover


T-N-Keys, 8pm, no cover

’80s Night with DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover


Adam Springob, 6pm, no cover

1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 384-6526

DJ Trivia, M, 7:30pm, no cover

Lauren Morrow Aug. 7, 8 p.m. Virginia Street Brewhouse 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090

DG Kicks, 8pm, Tu, no cover Sweet & Lethal, 9pm, W, $5

DJ Bobby G, 8:30pm, no cover

DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover


DJ Bingo, 7pm, W, no cover Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward, 7pm, W, $20

761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451


Benefit for Robert Solorio with Tommy and the Tongues, 9pm, $10 donation

715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774


340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681

VIrGINIa STrEET BrEwHOUSE 211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090


MON-WED 8/5-8/7 Live music, 6pm, Tu, no cover Live jazz, 7:30pm, W, no cover

Mo’z Motley Blues, 6pm, no cover

1480 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 841-4663



2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3857

Poprockz ’90s Night with DJ Zive, 10pm, no cover

Fierce Fridays, 11pm, $10, no cover before 10pm

Blackhawk, Southern Cut, 8pm, $26

First Friday Funk with Margret’s Funk Band, 8pm, no cover

Trivia Night hosted by Aubrey Forston, 8pm, no cover

Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward Lauren Morrow, 8pm, W, $10

Aug. 7, 7 p.m. The Saint 761 S. Virginia St. 221-7451

Cash Only Band, 9pm, no cover

The 4Th AnnuAl

Reno Aloha Festival The BiggesT liTTle OhAnA in The WOrld

August 24th 2019 • 10am-6pm

ee n Fr ssio i m d Wingfield Park • 2 S. arlington ave, reno nv A

entertainment • food • vendors • live auction • Workshops • raffles


SPecial PerforManceS by: Mc: george da PluMMa

Faith Ako www.faithako.com Courtesy photo, EdAiona.com

ka Pā Hula o kawaiolanoelaniokāne Pomaika’i • Matasina • kanalu Halau Hula ‘o leilani • Ho’omana Polynui • aria 51 + More

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Carson Valley Inn 1627 HIGHWAY 395, MInden, (775) 782-9711 TJ’S CORRAL

SILVER: Fri, 8/2, 10pm, no cover

elDoraDo resorT CasIno

ROEM BAUR DUO: Mon, 8/5, Tue, 8/6, Wed, 8/7, 6pm, no cover

aTlanTIs CasIno resorT sPa

eL Jefe’S CAnTInA

3800 S. VIRGInIA ST., (775) 825-4700




RECKLESS ENVY: Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 10pm, Sun, 8/4, 8pm, no cover





10pm, no cover 8/3, 10pm, no cover

CAbAReT LIVE MUSIC: Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 9pm, no cover


Sat, 8/3, 8pm, $35-$40


500 n. SIeRRA ST., (775) 329-0711

no cover


8/4, 8pm, $69-$89

CIrCUs CIrCUs reno

JUST US: Thu, 8/1, 8pm, Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 4pm,



7pm, Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 8pm, Sun, 8/4, 6pm, no cover

Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

14 HIGHWAY 28, CRYSTAL bAY, (775) 833-6333



The Psychedelic Furs

CrysTal Bay CasIno

345 n. VIRGInIA ST., (775) 786-5700 SHOWROOM THE ILLUSIONISTS EXPERIENCE: Thu, 8/1, 7pm, Fri, 8/2, 8:30pm, Sat, 8/3, 5pm & 8:30pm, Sun, 8/4, 5pm, Tue, 8/6, Wed, 8/7, 7pm, $39.95-$59.95

GranD sIerra resorT 2500 e. SeCOnd ST., (775) 789-2000 GRAnd THeATRe THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS WITH JAMES AND DEAR BOY: Sat, 8/3, 7:30pm, $25-$65




The 33rd annual celebration of America’s love affair with classic cars and rock ’n’ roll features car cruises, show ’n’ shines, drag races and burnouts, car auctions, live music and more. The festivities kick off on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, in Virginia City with show ’n’ shines, car cruises and live music along C Street. The party moves down to Reno and Sparks on Monday, Aug. 3, with a full week of parties, contests, live music and automotive eye candy at various locations, including the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Baldini’s Casino, Grand Sierra Resort, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, among other venues. The area’s biggest special event culminates on Sunday, Aug. 11, with the official Hot August Nights Grand Finale Parade in downtown Reno. Admission is free to most events. Visit hotaugustnights.net for a schedule.

Post shows online by registering at www.newsreview.com/reno. Deadline is the Friday before publication.

Crystal lounge LIVE MUSIC: Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 7pm, no cover

tHe Pool INFINITY SUNDAYS AT THE POOL: Sun, 8/4, 11am, $20, no cover for locals before noon

HARD ROCK LAKE TAHOE 50 HigHway 50, stateline, (844) 588-7625 Vinyl THE MATT GILMOUR BAND WITH THE CUCKOOS: Sat, 8/3, 9pm, no cover

Center bar DJ SET: Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 10pm, no cover

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE 15 HigHway 50, stateline, (800) 427-7247 soutH sHore rooM MASTERS OF ILLUSION: Thu, 8/1, Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3,

Kayper Aug. 3, 10 p.m. Peppermill 2707 S. Virginia St. 826-2121

Sun, 8/4, Mon, 8/5, 8pm, $24-$45

Casino Center stage TUESDAY NIGHT BLUES WITH THE BUDDY EMMER BAND: Tue, 8/6, 8pm, no cover



219 n. Center st., (775) 786-3232

DELTA CAT: Wed, 8/7, 5pm, no cover GREG GOLDEN BAND: Wed, 8/7, 8:15pm, no cover

saMMy’s sHowrooM THE GREAT AMERICAN VARIETY SHOW: Thu, 8/1, Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 7:30pm, $26-$37

tHe outDoor PlaZa CLEAN SLATE: Sat, 8/3, 8pm, no cover SCOTT MCREERY: Sun, 8/4, 7:30pm, $40.82 LIVE MUSIC: Wed, 8/7, 8pm, no cover

HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE 18 HigHway 50, stateline, (775) 588-6611 HarVeys Cabaret TOM RHODES: Thu, 8/1, Fri, 8/2, 9pm, $25, Sat, 8/3, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30, Sun, 8/4, 9pm, $25




8/3, 7pm, $30-$120


5 HigHway 28, stateline, (775) 833-6731 Casino Floor CHRIS COSTA: Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 8pm, no cover

2707 s. Virginia st., (775) 826-2121 eDge LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 8/2, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover before 8pm

KAYPER: Sat, 8/3, 10pm, $20


SANDS REGENCY 345 n. arlington aVe., (775) 348-2200 Pool NO COMPRENDE: Sun, 8/4, 6:30pm, no cover

SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO 407 n. Virginia st., (775) 325-7401

1100 nugget aVe., sParks, (775) 356-3300

granD exPosition Hall

Celebrity sHowrooM

ruM bullions

GARY HOEY: Sat, 8/3, 8:30pm, $22

DJ R3VOLVER: Fri, 8/2, Sat, 8/3, 9pm, no cover

nugget eVent Center

silVer baron lounge

NEC BLOCK PARTY: Sat, 8/3, 4pm, no cover

DJ MO FUNK: Thu, 8/1, Sun, 8/4, 9pm, no cover

98 DEGREES: Sat, 8/3, 8pm, $45-$73

Fat Cat Bar & Grill (Midtown District), 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223: Karaoke with Chapin, Tue, 9pm, no cover Pizza Baron, 1155 W. Fourth St., Ste. 113, (775) 329-4481: Wacky Wednesday Karaoke with Steve Starr & DJ Hustler, 9pm, no cover The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover






FOR THE WEEK OF augusT 1, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. HOME TOUR: North Tahoe Historical Society presents its 46th annual tour of unique and historic Tahoe homes. This year features houses in the Rubicon area of Lake Tahoe. Thu, 8/1, noon. $75-$85. Kehlet Mansion, Meeks Bay Resort, 7941 Emerald Bay Road, Tahoma, northtahoemuseums.org/hometour.




The fourth annual Levitt AMP Music Carson City Music Series continues with a performance by Flor de Toloache. The Grammy Award-winning, all-female mariachi group treats audiences to thrilling performances filled with soaring vocals, plush harmonies and genre-busting fusions of mariachi, jazz, salsa, pop and more. Formed in 2008, the New York-based ensemble has toured extensively throughout the United States, as a solo act and as a supporting act for groups such as La Santa Cecilia, Ozomatli and The Arcs, featuring Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. In May, the band released a bilingual album, Indestructible, featuring contributions from John Legend, Alex Cuba, Josh Baca of Los Texmaniacs, Las Migas, Sinuhé Padilla and R&B singer Miguel. Flor de Toloache and opening act Drinking with Clowns will perform starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, outside of the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City. Admission is free. Visit concerts.levittamp.org/carsoncity or www.facebook.com/Breweryartscenter.


FILL THE BUS: CIS of Western Nevada will collect school supplies, hygiene products and uniforms for over 4,300 Washoe County School District students. Fri, 8/2, 8am-5pm. Free. Sam’s Club, 4835 Kietzke Lane, www.cisnevada.org.

A NIGHT WITH NOTORIOUS NEVADANS—THE MINT EDITION: The Friends of the Nevada State Museum present this Chautauqua event that brings the history of the Carson City Mint and Nevada State Museum to life. Doors open at 4pm for dinner, raffle and no-host bar. The show begins at 5:15pm. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Nevada State Museum. Sat, 8/3, 4pm. $40. Governor’s Mansion, 606 N. Mountain St., Carson City, (775) 883-7647, nvculture.org/ nevadastatemuseumcarsoncity.

FIRST THURSDAY: Enjoy music by Hot Rod Rebellion, libations and art at the Nevada

Museum of Art’s monthly party. Thu, 8/1, 5pm. $10, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.

FLEA SPREE: The Holland Project will host vendors with the best vintage goods and the best vinyl in the region. Sat, 8/3, 10am. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., www.hollandreno.org.

AUGUST JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM: Learn all about weather and climate. There will be fun crafts, activities and games. Visit website to register. Sat, 8/3, 10am. Free. Pah Rah Park, 1750 Shadow Lane, Sparks, www.tmparksfoundation.org.


FAMILY SCIENCE DAY: This event will feature hands-on activities about science, the environment and stewardship presented by local Lake Tahoe and Truckee agencies and organizations. Sat, 8/3, 1pm. Free. Kings Beach State Recreation Area, 8398 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, tahoe.ucdavis.edu/events/familyscience-day.






series concludes with a “Fish in Nevada” presentation by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Arrive before the program at 8pm for an old-fashioned marshmallow roast. Fri 8/2, 8:30pm. Free, $4 donation requested. Galena Creek Regional Park, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-2511.

In 1870, the first Carson City minted Liberty Seated Half Dollars were produced on Coin Press No. 1 in the Carson City Mint. The Nevada State Museum will begin minting a first issue of a limited replica series of this coin on Aug. 1 from 5-8:30pm on the same coin press, in the same mint and using Nevada-mined, .999 fine silver. Replicas will be mounted into a numbered card. The full ticket price includes one silver planchet (one per person) to be minted on Coin Press No. 1 in the holder’s presence. The first 100 in the series will be determined by a “line place” raffle held during the event, which includes party refreshments, no-host bar, entertainment, 1870 interpreters and museum exhibits. Thu, 8/1, 5pm. $17$150. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, mint150.com.

ONEWHEEL’S RACE FOR THE RAIL: Northstar California presents a jam-packed weekend of racing, trick competitions, exclusive nightly parties, outdoor adventures, Onewheel clinics and more. Thu, 8/1-Sun 8/4. $0-$150. Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, onewheel.com/pages/race-forthe-rail-2019.

TYPE WALK 2019: Explore Reno’s unique typography by participating in AIGA Reno Tahoe’s ninth annual Type Walk. It’s an A-Z scavenger hunt for the most unique and creative typography you can find. This year’s walk will focus on Reno’s midtown district. $12 gets you an official 2019 Type Walk map, swag, a slice of pizza and a 2019 Type Walk poster featuring the photos taken by the participants. All proceeds from this event support AIGA Reno/Tahoe event programming. Thu, 8/1, 7pm. $12. Craft Wine & Beer, 22 Martin St., renotahoe.aiga.org.

WILL’S KIDS FOR THE ARTS: Tahoe Arts Alliance presents this free art fair for children featuring arts and crafts booths and a performance by Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. This event is free but reservations for the performance are requested. Fri, 8/2, 11am. Free. Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

aRT MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER GALLERY EAST: EMERGE. McKinley Gallery East presents works by Ricardo Rubalcaba, Kyle Brown, and Beck Neal, curated by The Holland Project. There will be a reception on Aug. 1, 5-7pm. Thu, 8/1-Fri, 8/2, Mon, 8/5-Wed, 8/7, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264.

RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball

team plays the Iowa Cubs. Thu, 8/1, 7:05pm; the team plays the Omaha Storm Chasers. Fri, 8/2-Sat, 8/3, 7:05pm; Sun, 8/4, 1:05pm; Mon, 8/5, 7:05pm. $10-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (800) 334-7000, www.milb.com/reno.

STATE OF THE LAKE 2019: Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe will talk about the most important factors that affected the health of Lake Tahoe last year. Learn about the most pressing issues for this year and the new programs that are designed to address them. Refreshments and no-host bar 5:30pm; presentation begins at 6pm. Register online. Thu, 8/1, 5:30pm. $5-$10. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 881-7560, tahoe.ucdavis.edu.

TAHOE STAR TOURS: Led by amateur astronomer and poet Tony Berendsen, each tour of the night sky includes a lively science-based talk about the cosmos and telescopic view of the constellations through high-powered, professional Celestron telescopes. Thu, 8/1, 8pm, Sat 8/3, 8pm. $25-$45. Northstar Cosmoarium, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.tahoestartours.com.

TODD BORG BOOK RELEASE: Todd Borg returns with the 17th book in the Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller series titled Tahoe Deep. Sat, 8/3, 11am. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

ONsTagE BLUESDAYS: Sugaray Rayford performs as part of the 10th annual music series at the Village at Squaw Valley featuring acclaimed blues musicians. Tue, 8/6, 6:30pm. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.

BLYTHE AWARDS: Reno Little Theater celebrates the performers, technicians and volunteers who brought its 84th mainstage season to the stage. Sat, 8/3, 6:30pm. Free. Reno Little Theater,147 E. Pueblo St., www.renolittletheater.org.

CLASSICAL TAHOE—A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: This performance will feature a full evening of popular opera repertoire with star soprano Jennifer Rowley. The program includes Puccini’s Vissi d’arte from Tosca, Verdi’s Cabaletta for Tacea la notte and the “mad scene” from Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Sat, 8/3, 7pm. $29-$89. Sierra Nevada College, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, classicaltahoe.org.

CLASSICAL TAHOE WITH SVETLANA SMOLINA: Program three includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor, Zoltán Kodály’s Summer Evening and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto performed by soloist Svetlana Smolina. Fri, 8/2, 7pm. $29-$89. Sierra Nevada College, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, classicaltahoe.org.

FAMILY ORCHESTRA CONCERT—ALL ABOUT THE PIANO AND MUSIC MAKER FAIRE: This year’s Family Orchestra Concert will explore how the versatility of the piano transcends musical genres, styles and periods. Sun, 8/4, noon. $1-$2. Classical Tahoe Concert Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College, 291 Country Club, Incline Village, classicaltahoe.org.

HOT BUTTERED RUM: The Concerts at Commons Beach series continues with a performance by the Americana/ bluegrass band. Mon, 8/5, 4pm. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, concertsatcommonsbeach.com.

THE LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The festival’s 47th season is headlined by productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s uproarious battle of the sexes, and Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony-winning rock ’n’ roll tribute The Showcase Series takes place on Monday evenings with two Saturday evening performances on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7. Thu, 8/1-Wed, 8/7, 7:30pm. $15-$99. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697, laketahoeshakespeare.com.


rock band Spur Crazy performs. Wed, 8/7, 6:30pm. Free. Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Spanish Springs, (775) 424-1866.

RENO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA—CLASSICAL BROADWAY: Enjoy your favorite showstopping hits performed by vocalists straight from the Broadway stage performed vocalists Ben Davis and Melissa Errico along with the symphony orchestra. Hear selections from Guys and Dolls, Evita, Mamma Mia and more. Sat, 8/3, 8pm. $33-$89. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 323-6393, www.renophil.com.

RENO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA—BROADWAY GOLD: The Reno Phil presents favorite show-stopping hits from the Broadway stage performed by featured vocalists Ben Davis and Melissa Errico. Mon, 8/5, 7:30pm. $60-$650. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, laketahoeshakespeare.com.

RHINESTONE—THE SONGS OF GLEN CAMPBELL: Andy Kahrs performs the songs of country music legend Glen Campbell. Wed, 8/7, 7:30pm. $22-$34. Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, valhallatahoe.com.

YOUNG SHAKESPEARE—THE TAMING OF THE SHREW: Join the cast of the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program as the cast of local professional actors team up with some of the area’s middle and high school students to present William Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Thu, 8/1, 10am; Fri, 8/2, noon. Free, but reservations are required. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 7474697, laketahoeshakespeare.com.


Lewd awakening A guy I don’t know well sent me a creepy Facebook message with pervy language. Next, he messaged me a bunch of tantra memes—sex as a celebration, blah, blah, blah. It grossed me out. Why would a guy think he can be so blatantly sexual out of nowhere? What should you say to a guy who does this? It would be instructive for men who do this to consider sex differences in the appeal of unsolicited genital selfies—sent, for example, by strangers on dating sites. The Kinsey Institute’s Justin Garcia reports that only 5 percent of women are aroused by unsolicited penis selfies—the vast majority are just grossed out by them. As for the reception vagina selfies get, a Los Angeles woman sent 37 men on a dating site an unsolicited vagina pic (not hers, one she found on the internet). Three men replied with shirtless pix; seven sent messages about what they’d like to do to the pictured vagina; eight asked for more pix; nine sent penis selfies; and one sent a video that the woman told Metro UK included “a, um, happy ending.” The difference in men’s and women’s responses to “down there” selfies from strangers makes sense in light of how female emotions seem to have evolved to protect women from becoming single mothers—getting knocked up and then ditched. Research by anthropologist John Marshall Townsend suggests that female emotions push women to look for signs of commitment from a man, even when they know they want nothing more than casual sex with him. This, in turn, probably leads many or most women to be put off by overt sex talk from a man—before there seems to be an emotional connection. Yet, perhaps due to what anthropologist Donald Symons calls the human tendency “to imagine that other minds are much like our own,” many men whip out the sex talk and the zipperwurst pix for women they barely know. If a guy who does this is some Tinder rando, you can just block him. But when it’s a male friend or other guy you’d rather not cut off entirely, you need to be straight with him—like, “Dude,

from now on, you gotta keep any messages totally platonic”—and be straight with him again if he tries again.

Having a bawl My best friend just got dumped by her boyfriend, and she’s totally devastated. I always thought he was a jerk, but I know saying that won’t help her feel any better. I want to be there for her but don’t know how. What’s the best thing to say to somebody who’s heartbroken? The thing is, for many of us, watching somebody sob is uncomfortable along the lines of walking in on them having sex. We are clueless about what to say to the weeping person, and we often use that as reason to bolt or to not show up at all. To be a better friend than that—to stick around when the going gets sobby—it helps to understand that sadness isn’t some pointless emotional ailment. Like a tire jack, sadness has a function. In evolutionary terms, it’s “adaptive,” meaning that over evolutionary history, it helped solve some of humans’ recurring survival and mating problems. Psychiatrist and evolutionary researcher Randolph Nesse points out in Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry that sadness slows us down and often leads us to ponder our choices, which can help us avoid putting our mistakes on endless repeat. One way you might help your friend is by encouraging her to find meaning in what she went through—that is, to learn from the experience so she can make better romantic choices in the future. However, it may be too early for that. So your immediate job could be pretty simple: You’re an ear that hands her Kleenex and occasionally dispenses cheery thoughts, like the wish that a giant wandering reptile bites off his penis or a hit man dissolves him in lye in a motel bathtub. “Peace ’n’ love, gurl!” Ω


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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Let’s check in with our

psychic journalist, LoveMancer, who’s standing by with a live report from inside your imagination. What’s happening, LoveMancer? “Well, Rob, the enchanting creature on whose thoughts I’ve been eavesdropping has slipped into an intriguing frontier. This place seems to be a hot zone where love and healing interact intensely. My guess is that being here will lead our hero to breakthrough surges of love that result in deep healing, or deep healing that leads to breakthrough surges of love—probably both.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo figure skater Scott

Hamilton won an Olympic gold medal and four world championships. He was a star who got inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and made a lot of money after he turned professional. “I calculated once how many times I fell during my skating career—41,600 times,” he testified in his autobiography. “But here’s the funny thing: I also got up 41,600 times. That’s the muscle you have to build in your psyche—the one that reminds you to just get up.” In accordance with current astrological omens, I’ll be cheering you on as you strengthen that muscle in your psyche during the coming weeks.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What’s the story of your

life? Psychologist James Hillman said that in order to thrive, you need to develop a clear vision of that story. How do you do that? Hillman advised you to ask yourself this question: “How can I assemble the pieces of my life into a coherent

plot?” And why is this effort to decode your biography so important? Because your soul’s health requires you to cultivate curiosity and excitement about the big picture of your destiny. If you hope to respond with intelligence to the questions and challenges that each new day brings, you must be steadily nourished with an expansive understanding of why you are here on earth. I bring these ideas to your attention because the coming weeks will be an excellent time to illuminate and deepen and embellish your conception of your life story.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Artists are people driven

by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide,” wrote psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. I think that description fits many people born under the sign of the Scorpio, not just Scorpio artists. Knowing how important and necessary this dilemma can be for you, I would never glibly advise you to always favor candid, straightforward communication over protective, strategic hiding. But I recommend you do that in the coming weeks. Being candid and straightforward will serve you well.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian poet

Aracelis Girmay writes, “How ramshackle, how brilliant, how haphazardly & strangely rendered we are. Gloriously, fantastically mixed & monstered. We exist as phantom, monster, miracle, each a theme park all one’s own.” Of course that’s always true about every one of us. But it will be extraordinarily true about you in the coming weeks. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will be at the peak of your ability to express what’s most idiosyncratic and essential about your unique array of talents and specialties.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Sometime soon I

suspect you will arrive at a crossroads in your relationship with love and sex—as well as your fantasies about love and sex. In front of you: a hearty cosmic joke that would mutate your expectations and expand your savvy. Behind you: an alluring but perhaps confusing call toward an unknown future. To your left: the prospect of a dreamy adventure that might be only half-imaginary. To your right: the possibility of living out a slightly bent fairy tale version of romantic catharsis. I’m not here to tell you what you should do. My task is simply to help you identify the options.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): How many handcuffs

are there in the world? Millions. Yet there are far fewer different keys than that to open all those handcuffs. In fact, in many countries, there’s a standard universal key that works to open most handcuffs. In this spirit, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I’m designating August as Free Yourself from Your Metaphorical Handcuffs Month. It’s never as complicated or difficult as you might imagine to unlock your metaphorical handcuffs; and for the foreseeable future it will be even less complicated and difficult than usual for you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): People who sneak a

gaze into your laboratory might be unnerved by what they see. You know and I know that your daring experiments are in service to the ultimate good, but that may not be obvious to those who understand you incompletely. So perhaps you should post a sign outside your lab that reads, “Please don’t leap to premature conclusions! My in-progress projects may seem inexplicable to the uninitiated!” Or maybe you should just close all your curtains and lock the door until your future handiwork is more presentable. P.S. There may be allies who can provide useful feedback about your explorations. I call them the wounded healers.

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Brian Duggan is the executive editor of the Reno Gazette Journal.

When you got into the business, did you expect this to be the state of it now, the uncertainty?

Do you miss reporting? Well, I stopped being a reporter in 2013 and became the investigations editor at


I graduated from UNR in 2008, and I was among the last classes there to be a print major, and that no longer exists in journalism there. ... So when I graduated in 2008, the recession was happening at that point, and I was a fellow at the Arizona Republic that summer and so the apocalypse was happening across the country. I think 3,000 [journalism] jobs were lost that summer. And so I took a job at the Bismark Tribune in North Dakota because I needed to find work, and I covered the statehouse up there. And so in my time as a journalist professionally, I’ve only known crisis. I’ve never known a time when there was salad days like that. So since I got to the RGJ in 2011, and this was probably happening at the RN&R as well, it’s been a constant march of advertising decline industry-wide. The digital media future that we’ve all be striving for, I think Gannett’s primary strategy, as well as its digital footprint, is keeping print newspapers as steady as they can be in an ongoing effort to make it as efficient as possible to get out the print newspaper so we can focus our efforts internally on building a digital audience. That’s the strategy.

the RGJ. ... I was a reporter for about five years. Kelly Scott talked me into becoming an editor. ... I really enjoy, now, working with reporters and seeing big stories come to, you know, molding them and—once you get that big story published, that’s a really satisfying thing to see a reporter have something big go out. I worked really closely with Anjeanette [Damon] when she was investigating the jail deaths situation over at the the jail. You know, Jason Hidalgo has done amazing work with housing, and I’ve worked really closely with him over the years to develop those stories. And so there’s like a personal satisfaction in developing reporters and developing stories and thinking about the publication and how it’s going to be presented and how it’s going to be marketed. I guess you just find the creative outlet in a different way when you’re editor as opposed to reporter. It’s all working toward the same issue.

Well, I mean, obviously, print is in crisis, and that’s true across the entire industry. It doesn’t take a lot to see that the advertising declines are industry-wide. They’re not improving. And when that day comes, when it no longer makes sense to print the newspaper, they don’t pay me enough to know that, with what’s happening here in Reno. We are planning on having a newspaper for the foreseeable future. It is still a significant revenue driver that still funds our newsroom. The problem is, it’s doing less and less of that every year. And so, the million dollar question is, really, how do you transition to a digital future, a digital majority future? And we’re—as a company—Gannett is close to that, you know, becoming a majority digital company. ... There’s a lot of uncertainty, again, with our potential merger and things like that, but as far as what we’re doing here in Reno, we are committed to doing journalism for both our print audience, our digital audience. And our main mission right now in Reno is growing that digital audience. We believe there’s a future there, and if we grow it, and if we can find a way to make it sustainable, to get people to subscribe and pay for local journalism, we think it’s a valuable thing regardless of if it’s with us, or donations to other nonprofit news organizations or whatever. We think there’s a lot of value to local journalism and that could translate to a digital future. Ω


Game and Groom SPOILER ALERT. Game of Thrones spoiler. If you care, just bail right now, because it’s been stewing in me now for two months, metastasizing, growing, searching for its voice. It’s gotta come out. Goddammit, Dany should’ve killed Jon. She should have torched his ass, knowing that, in the end, he was nothing but trouble. Just lay a great speech of total madness on him right there when they were alone in front of The Throne, with Dany still in the throes of a violent and passionate super turn-on ignited by laying waste to King’s Landing. At the conclusion of her terrifying rap of mega death conquest, knowing that she’s totally and thoroughly blown Jon’s mind with the horrific self-revelation of her total Targaryen transformation, she says calmly, “And so, it’s time to say goodbye, my love” and then cooly

orders Drogon to “Dracarify” him. Then, cue The Who. “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Roger screams. “Meet the new boss! Same as the old boss!” We would have lost our everlovin’ minds! • So you want an Area 51 experience? I can give you one. This is the real deal. Do this. You need a trailer. That’s best for this assignment. At least a tent trailer. With your R.V., you go 20 miles south of crazy burg Rachel on Hwy 375. There, you find Groom Lake Road, a marked, good quality gravel road. Take that road, and a few miles down, you’ll see a place where a couple of trailer spaces have been carved out. Park in these perfect spots, set up shop, and enjoy the beauty of the dusk out there. It’ll be warm, clear and quiet. Do your happy hour scene, and then, dig

the sunset, the dusk and the darkening sky, with all the summer constellations that brilliantly twinkle into view. And finally, when it’s dark enough, observe the glow of the lights of Vegas to the south. An obvious pulse from an entity of considerable size. Then, look over to the ridge to the west, and notice—how light it is over there. You’re looking directly at Area 51, and sonuvagun, its glow is damn near as bright as that of Vegas. That’s all you’ll need to experience. You don’t need to see aliens. You don’t need to be hassled by government agents. You’ll see the lights of 51, the Great Glow of Groom Lake. You’ll wonder about those lights. You’ll talk about them, and then ... you’ll have a great night’s sleep in the beautiful quiet cool desert ... without one clue as to WTF is really going out there. Ω