View of the Reno Sparks night skyline from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
View of the Reno Sparks night skyline from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

:: Press Releases

Sep 19, 2014
Great May Center Pumpkin Walk coming Saturday, Oct. 18
Four week construction project on Eastlake Boulevard begins Monday, Sept. 22.
Sep 18, 2014
Increased patrol at County parks is improving safety.
Washoe County reminds residents to stay informed as part of National Preparedness Month.
Sep 17, 2014
Faster access to food, housing and other resources for those who are homeless or living in poverty.
Sep 15, 2014
The Estates at Mt. Rose completed the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
You can register to vote online or at the Washoe County Registrar's Office.
Sep 12, 2014
Enter your favorite fall photo of Nevada and the Sierra.
Compensation $100 per day for meetings held in January and February.
Sep 10, 2014
County Emergency Manager reminds residents how to prepare for an emergency.
Sep 9, 2014
Commissioners approved a $2.7 million grant to improve permanency placement for children in foster care.
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program will conduct its fifth and final mosquito abatement application beginning at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 10.
Sep 4, 2014
Tesla factory bringing thousands of jobs to northern Nevada.
TMFPD is not issuing any burn permits at this time.
Sep 3, 2014
Offices closed earlier today due to nearby shooting.
Great Reno Balloon Race launches this week at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Are you a 'Library Lover'? An 'Information Omnivore'? Or are you totally 'Off the Grid'? Take our library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population.
The Washoe County Health District confirms that mosquitos caught in nine traps set in the Gerlach area in northern Washoe County have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), the second positive identification of WNV in Washoe County in 2014.
Sep 2, 2014
Find out how Crossroads is helping those struggling with addiction and homelessness.
Have a plan to find family members when a disaster strikes.
Aug 29, 2014
An Interlocal agreement between the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District was approved Tuesday August 26. Approval of this Interlocal creates a Regional EMS Oversight Program administered by the Health District for the management, measurement, and improvement of emergency medical services throughout Washoe County.
Aug 28, 2014
County Clerk's Reno Office remains open.
TMFPD's paramedics carrying new drug that can reverse effects of smoke inhalation.
Aug 27, 2014
Woman and her four dogs rescued during Wednesday morning structure fire in Sun Valley.
The public is invited to a workshop to discuss animal code changes about retail sales and commercial breeding of animals.
Aug 26, 2014
Washoe County Commissioners take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Aug 25, 2014
The public is invited to a workshop to discuss animal code changes about dangerous dogs and exotic animals.
Aug 22, 2014
Crews will be testing groundwater in Sparks for high PCE levels.
Aug 21, 2014
Truckee Meadows Fire reminds citizens how to handle oil soaked rags.
Commissioners will take the challenge during Tuesday's board meeting.
Aug. 28 meeting focuses on proposed off-leash dog area at Hidden Valley Regional Park.
Aug 20, 2014
Local water consolidation workshops will be held beginning next week.
The public is invited to workshops to discuss animal ordinance changes about dangerous dogs and exotic animals.
A chance to learn what the Maker Movement is all about and how the Washoe County Library System is participating. Sunday, August 24 from 1 - 3 pm. at the Spanish Springs Library, 7100 A Pyramid Lake Highway in Sparks.
Aug 18, 2014
You are invited to an open house for Keystone Avenue Corridor Study this week.
Aug 15, 2014
Public forum gives residents a chance to provide feedback online.
Aug 13, 2014
You are invited to a free afternoon of information, education and a chance to interact with firefighting representatives.
Aug 12, 2014
Commissioners decide medical marijuana dispensary allocations.
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program will be conducting its fourth scheduled mosquito abatement operation beginning at approximately 6:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 13. Helicopter applications of Vectolex will be applied to 1000 acres of wetlands in Lemmon Valley, Kiley Ranch, Red Hawk, Rosewood Lakes, Butler Ranch, South Meadows, Damonte Ranch and Washoe Valley.
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 7, 2014
Fraudulent Check Diversion Program helps creditors and business operators.
Aug 6, 2014
The Washoe County Health District confirms that mosquitos in a small pool of water in the Spanish Springs/Kiley Ranch area has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), the first positive identification of WNV in Washoe County in 2014.
Aug 5, 2014
Head to the Sparks Farmer's Market this week to meet staff from the District Attorney's Office.
Aug 4, 2014
Clerk's Office also accepts payments after normal business hours.
Aug 1, 2014
Land purchase at Silver Lake will be used for bird habitat and recreation.
Tesla breaks ground in northern Nevada.
Jul 30, 2014
Join County Commissioners and other community leaders Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.
Jul 29, 2014
Veterans Services Officers are available throughout Washoe County.
Jul 28, 2014
Kids play 18 holes for free at Washoe Golf Course this Sunday.
Jul 23, 2014
Enjoy Nevada's birthday at Bowers Mansion with games, music and cowboy poetry Saturday.
Jul 22, 2014
County Commissioners honor Vietnam Veterans of America.
Washoe Golf hosts Bring your Kid to the Course Day this Sunday.
Jul 17, 2014
Over $20,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized as part of investigation.
Sentencing for attempted murder and other charges set for September.
Check out your drains, pipes, gutters and ditches to make sure they are clear of debris.
Jul 16, 2014
Truckee Meadows Fire offers tips for staying safe during thunderstorms.
Jul 14, 2014
WCSO provides tips for preventing vehicle burglaries this summer.
Check out RTC's new, free app that shows where local bike racks are available.
TMFPD warns about dangers of grilling and provides several safety tips.
Jul 10, 2014
WCSO makes arrest after discovering animal remains and drugs in local motel room
Opportunity to learn more about the process to update Washoe County animal ordinances.
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program will be conducting their third scheduled mosquito abatement operation beginning at 6:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 10.
Jul 8, 2014
Washoe County Commissioners initiate process for merger between STMGID and TMWA.
Jul 7, 2014
Learn about potential changes Tuesday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m.
Jul 2, 2014
Daughters play 18 holes free with paying adult Sunday, July 6.
Jul 1, 2014
Washoe County's budget fast facts now available.
County Clerk's Reno office remains open.
Jun 30, 2014
Keep pets inside, with windows and doors closed during the Fourth of July.

Jun 27, 2014
Enjoy free family entertainment and Bartley Ranch's official Nevada 150 Exhibit.
Keep Cool to Minimize Risk
Jun 25, 2014
Washoe County Commissioners proclaim July as Parks and Recreation Month.
Jun 24, 2014
Commissioners ask Washoe County citizens for input about single stream recycling.
Jun 23, 2014
The public is invited to free, summer concerts every Wednesday at Lazy 5.
Jun 20, 2014
Washoe County Senior Services joins the Alzheimer's Association to honor those living with Alzheimer's.
Jun 19, 2014
TMFPD receives more than $2,600 in pet oxygen masks.
Jun 17, 2014
Commissioners approve regional one stop shop permit process for businesses.
Jun 16, 2014
Donate a new fan and help a senior stay cool this summer.
Jun 13, 2014
Second Judicial District Court Administrator recognized for her hard work by local leaders.
Jun 11, 2014
Washoe County Child Advocacy Center unveiling this Friday, June 13
Washoe County Voter turnout exceeds 23 percent for Primary Election
Jun 10, 2014
Voting results will be posted online as they become available.
5.5 percent of registered voters in Washoe County have voted so far today.
2.3 percent of registered voters in Washoe County have cast a ballot this morning.
Washoe County polls are open and running smoothly.
Jun 9, 2014
Kids will learn about back country survival, firefighting, rescue techniques and more
Cast your vote in Washoe County between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday.
A small donation ensures that popular magazines are available in the library.
Jun 6, 2014
Commissioner Jung's passion for education recognized
Health District Mosquito Abatement Efforts Continue
Jun 5, 2014
The Glenn Duncan S.T.E.M. Academy is inviting the community to an open house career fair day
Jun 4, 2014
Watch out for work zones and take it slow when behind the wheel
Jun 3, 2014
The Maker Movement Comes to Town

The Washoe County Library invites you to the greatest show-and-tell on Earth where Makers Crafters and Performers collect for a day of innovation and ideas as we celebrate do-it-yourself creativity.
Free summer reading program keeps kids engaged and offers chance to earn books and prizes.
Jun 2, 2014
Deadline for applications is Monday, June 9.
Early voting for June 10 primary ends this Friday, June 6.
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May 29, 2014
Bowers Mansion hosts special concert series through June.
May 28, 2014
Health and Safety Fair offers fun activities and immunizations for kids
Topics included wildfire protection, land management, rural development and other issues important to the West.
May 27, 2014
Early voting is underway at 16 locations Countywide through Friday, June 6.
May 23, 2014
Get an Aces deal and help RTC Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors Friday, May 30.
May 22, 2014
Enter your favorite photo of what 'Home Means Nevada' means to you.
Today the Washoe County District Board of Health unanimously approved the revised Franchise Agreement for the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) that includes a number of measures improving the region's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system.
May 21, 2014
County Clerk's Reno office remains open.
May 20, 2014
Includes 14 additional positions for next fiscal year.
May 19, 2014
Sample ballots available online.
May 18, 2014
All Washoe County Libraries will be closed Monday, May 26, 2014 in observance of Memorial Day. Additionally, the following libraries will also be closed Tuesday, May 27: Duncan/Traner, Incline Village, North Valleys, Northwest, Senior Center, Sierra View, South Valleys & Sparks.
May 15, 2014
Free admission May 17 to new aviation-themed splash park.
May 13, 2014
Commissioners vote to offer automatic aid trial period to City of Reno.
May 12, 2014
From May 12-June 1 the Washoe County Library wants to know how people use the Library's technology.
Bike to Work, School and Fun Week
May 9, 2014
Art exhibit celebrates 25 years of Nevada Folklife this month at Rancho San Rafael.
Health District says Keep It Clean and Rack ‘Em Up during National Bike Month
May 7, 2014
May 6, 2014
Workshop for foster parents will be Saturday, May 17.
May 5, 2014
Moms play 18 holes free with cart May 11 at Washoe Golf Course.
With the mild winter and spring conditions, the Truckee Meadows Community may experience biting mosquitoes earlier than normal.
May 1, 2014
Washoe County public safety agencies host crime prevention and public safety fair May 10.
Apr 29, 2014
PREPARE WASHOE April 30 is national kickoff of America's PrepareAthon!
27th Annual James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial to be Friday, May 2, 10 a.m. at Idlewild Park.
Apr 28, 2014
Help celebrate older Americans in May with one of 60 scheduled events.
Apr 25, 2014
Highest recognition for governmental accounting and financial reporting goes to Washoe County.
Apr 24, 2014
National Air Quality Awareness Week, April 28 - May 2, is a good time for area residents to reflect upon the importance of a natural resource we all need and share - clean air.
Apr 22, 2014
Regional Animal Services to become County department July 1.
Apr 16, 2014
Reserve firefighters will work and train with TMFPD
Apr 14, 2014
Thank you for all your votes. Our Downtown Reno Library does bring the "Great Outdoors, Indoors".
Applications due April 28, 2014.
Apr 11, 2014
Joe Dini, Chairman David Humke, Assemblyman
Apr 8, 2014

Lives Change @ Your Library®

Come in to the Washoe County Library all month to check out how the library can help you connect to information, ideas and experiences.
Apr 7, 2014
Early Voting to continue on Sundays throughout Washoe County

Apr 4, 2014
Administration building, Downtown Library showcase Fair Housing posters.
Apr 3, 2014
County will celebrate Friday during spring break for students.

Apr 2, 2014
Open burning allowed Thursday April 3 through Sunday April 6.
Apr 1, 2014
Fraudulent Check Diversion Program helps creditors and business operators collect over $8 million.
AQMD receives award usually given to major corporations. “It’s a significant achievement for anyone to receive this award and it’s really something for a small County staff of 18 to be recognized,” says Washoe County Health District AQMD Director Charlene Albee.
Mar 28, 2014
Washoe County public safety agencies host crime prevention and public safety fair April 5.
Mar 25, 2014
County Manager says 'stay the course' and 'hold the line on expenditures' is theme for this year's State of the County.
Mar 24, 2014
Watch State of the County live tomorrow during the Board of Commissioners meeting.
Mar 21, 2014
Helping to feed the hungry while you help the library!
Mar 20, 2014
County Horticulturist and Duncan students will be digging in the dirt at school garden.
Mar 19, 2014
Community Services Department provides new online payment option for water utilities.
Mar 18, 2014
Online public forum gives residents additional option to communicate with County.
Mar 17, 2014
Event scheduled for March 19 at Arrowcreek Fire Station in Reno.
Mar 12, 2014
Speaker of University's Senate drafts resolution to recognize Child Advocacy Center.
Mar 11, 2014
Commissioners schedule completion of water merger for end of 2014
Latest AA bond rating for County shows stable outlook for future.

Mar 10, 2014
Washoe County's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park seeks volunteers for March 13 cleanup.
Mar 7, 2014
Commissioner joins more than 1,500 county officials at 2014 NACo Legislative Conference.
'Arrest Warrant Scam' targets innocent victims to obtain money.
Washoe residents encouraged to get ready, be prepared
Mar 6, 2014
Perpetrator's prior criminal history and brashness of offense contribute to sentencing decision.
Early Warning Systems vetted by Nevada contingent
Rebates up to $1,100 available on first come, first serve basis
Mar 5, 2014
Family entertainment winter music series concludes March 8 at Bartley Ranch.
Mar 4, 2014
Commissioners join other area elected officials as well as public and private organizations from Northwestern region for the first Nevada Shared Federal Framework in Washington, D.C.
Washoe Valley and North Valleys are both priority areas for annual weed abatement spraying program.

Feb 28, 2014
The annual residential wood burning color code season ends on February 28.
Feb 27, 2014
Washoe County Health District receives Fundamental Review
Feb 26, 2014
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its 2012 STD Surveillance Report indicate an increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis nationwide. Increases in the same STDs are also occurring in Washoe County, with a more remarkable increase taking place from 2012 to 2013.
Feb 25, 2014
Commissioners approve mutual aid agreement between Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and City of Reno.
Feb 24, 2014
Juvenile Services Intake Assessment Unit will relocate in March.
Library partners with Certified Volunteer Tax Preparers from AARP and VITA to serve low to moderate income taxpayers.
Feb 21, 2014
Washoe County Chief Medical Examiner statement.
Feb 19, 2014
Bolanos faces possibility of life in prison without parole.
Feb 12, 2014
County's OEC made up of business and community leaders from Northern Nevada.
Feb 11, 2014
Commissioners appoint Chris Wilson temporary Sparks Justice of the Peace.
Reno, Sparks and Washoe County TV channels changing Feb. 1.
Feb 10, 2014
A number of measures improving region's EMS system are announced.
Feb 6, 2014
More than a third of seniors say the County provides their only meal of the day.
Hungry to make a difference in our community?
Charlene Albee, REM, former Permitting & Enforcement Branch Chief for the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division has been promoted to Division Director.
Feb 5, 2014
Family entertainment winter music series continues Feb. 8 at Bartley Ranch.
Feb 4, 2014
Four week course covers all the basics of gardening and plant life in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Jan 31, 2014
Flu vaccines being offered at the Cold Springs Family Center
Jan 30, 2014
University of Nevada, Reno reports several magnitude-3.2 quakes, no damage reported

Family entertainment winter music series continues Feb. 1 at Bartley Ranch.
Jan 29, 2014
Washoe County has the only two doctors in Nevada with specialized child abuse certification.

Jan 28, 2014
Manager says County will 'stay the course' with budget.
Jan 24, 2014
Washoe County accepting applications for temporary appointment until November election.
Jan 23, 2014
Family entertainment winter music series continues Jan. 25 at Bartley Ranch.

Jan 21, 2014
Washoe County accepting applications for temporary appointment until Nov. election.
Jan 17, 2014
Washoe County Parks will replace memorial at Rancho San Rafael.
Firefighters warn of dangers from improper disposal of fireplace ashes in advance of the second anniversary of the Washoe Drive Fire.
Jan 16, 2014
Firefighters save dog from ice in Hidden Valley.
County Clerk's Reno office remains open on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Today the Surgeon General is releasing the 50th anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health. The report highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and details initiatives that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the U.S. Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made.
Jan 15, 2014
Family entertainment winter music series continues Jan. 18 at Bartley Ranch.
Jan 14, 2014
County Commissioners re-elect Humke as Board Chair and Weber as Vice Chair.
Jan 10, 2014
Gusty winds expected throughout Washoe County Saturday.
Jan 9, 2014
WUI Code discussion will be held in Incline Village Jan. 16.
Jan 7, 2014
At its January 15th meeting, the Library Board recognized the contributions of donors and grantors to the library system from July 1-December 31, 2013.
Jan 6, 2014
Health District maintains Green Burn Code.
Jan 3, 2014
County Commissioners to consider several other appointments Jan. 14.
Jan 2, 2014
Third installment due Monday for 2013/14 property taxes.
Vaccine Still Available as Season Nears Usual Peak
Dec 31, 2013
Driving Under the Influence results in many sanctions.
Dec 30, 2013
Reno-Stead Airport scheduled to be one of six test sites in NV.

Dec 28, 2013
Early morning fire burns garage but residents all safe.
Dec 26, 2013
Health District Changes Burn code to Yellow
Dec 23, 2013
Burn code is now red: Use of fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves prohibited until further notice.
County Clerk’s Reno office remains open.
County Clerk's Reno office remains open.
Dec 20, 2013
Washoe County to accept applications for a temporary appointment until the next election.
Dec 19, 2013
Health District changes burn code from Red to Green
Dec 18, 2013
Washoe County Sheriff's Office offers winter driving safety tips.
Dec 17, 2013
County considers new options to manage Regional Animal Services.
Dec 13, 2013
Local children's choir will have honorary Sheriff's escort to County Complex Tuesday morning.
Dec 11, 2013
Nutrition program provides healthy lunches for seniors.
For a snapshot of what has been happening at Washoe County libraries, check out the annual report which highlights events and achievements from July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. They will be available in library branches and online at www.washoecountylibrary.us.
Dec 4, 2013
Move offers increased service availability and accessibility.
Dec 3, 2013
Residents can help snowplows clear roads faster.
Nov 27, 2013
Smokey the Bear to help distribute trees and thank foster parents.
Nov 26, 2013
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District offers home cooking safety tips.
Nov 25, 2013
County Clerk’s Reno office remains open.
Nov 22, 2013
Reno City Lights event will be held Dec. 3 at Rancharrah. Reservations required.
Nov 20, 2013
Wilbur D. May Museum hosts holiday event with gingerbread contest and music.
Nov 19, 2013
Overview of the County's budget shows continued financial stability.
Nov 15, 2013
Master Plan will reflect needs of seniors and caregivers.
Nov 13, 2013
School district bill to fund capital improvements will not be revisited by County Commission.
Nov 12, 2013
Watch Washoe County TV online or Charter digital channel 217 to view the meeting live.
Nov 11, 2013
Washoe County groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m.
Nov 8, 2013
Washoe County's firefighters offer citizens another way to keep in touch.
Nov 6, 2013
Nevada bill proposes to increase sales tax for school capital funding needs.
County Clerk's Reno office remains open.
Nov 5, 2013
Crafts, scavenger hunt and turkeys highlight event Nov. 9 and Nov. 23 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Nov 4, 2013
Informal "drop-in" meetings Nov. 8 and 15

Nov 1, 2013
Washoe residents encouraged to get ready, be prepared
Oct 31, 2013
Keep it Clean - Know the Code - Burn Notifications Begin November 1
First known cemetery in the Truckee Meadows honors Nevada pioneers.
Oct 28, 2013
Spooky (and Not-So-Spooky) Story Times, Crafts, a Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treating are all in store for you this week at the Washoe County Library. Get those costumes out and check out the library.
Oct 23, 2013
County Clerk’s Reno office remains open.
It is that time of year again...for three weeks this November get rid of those overdue fines by helping those in need! From November 4-25, patrons can bring cans or boxes of food to the library in lieu of fines to help feed the hungry.
Oct 22, 2013
All Washoe County Libraries will be closed Friday, October 25, 2013 in observance of Nevada Day. Additionally, the Downtown Reno and Spanish Springs libraries will be closed on Thursday, October 24.
Board of County Commissioners selects John Slaughter to be new County Manager.
Oct 21, 2013
At its October 15th meeting, the Library Board acknowledged an award from the Friends of Washoe County Library (Friends) through their Second Century Endowment Council (Council) in the amount of $14,600.
County Vice Chair speaks of tragedy at Sparks Middle School shooting this morning.

Commissioners will reschedule the AB 46 discussion for a date to be announced.
Oct 18, 2013
Washoe County co-hosts discussion on trails Friday, Nov. 1.

Work to repair a water pipe and two electrical lines that were broken on Wednesday evening continues. As a result, the library will be closed Saturday, October 19, 2013. The building will remain closed until water service is restored to the building.
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
Seniors and caregivers encouraged to attend Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Oct 14, 2013
Submit feedback on AB 46 to Commissioners by visiting Open Washoe County, an online forum which allows citizens to weigh in on community issues.
Oct 11, 2013
A recent increase in reports of stomach illnesses and flu-like symptoms in several schools and day care facilities in Washoe County has health officials reminding everyone of the importance of hand washing, exclusion, and cleaning in halting the spread of diseases like norovirus and influenza.
Oct 10, 2013
View fall photo exhibit of Washoe County scenery through Oct. 31.
Oct 8, 2013
Board of County Commissioners will interview 11 candidates for County Manager.
Free health events at Senior Center Oct. 10 & 17.
Oct 4, 2013
Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12.
Oct 3, 2013
Interim County Manager says no significant impacts at this time.
Health District asks residents to be bear aware with garbage
Oct 2, 2013
Clerk’s Office also accepts payments after normal business hours.
Sep 30, 2013
Senior Services presents Veterans' program benefits Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Sep 27, 2013
Make a difference by participating in local forums with your elected officials.
Sep 26, 2013
Fire Marshal advises carbon monoxide detectors for all homes.

Sep 25, 2013
Senior Services presents Veteran's program benefits Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins on October 1st and you have questions. ACA Educators with Community Health Alliance will be on hand at local libraries to present information and give you answers.
Sep 24, 2013
Commissioners approve Interlocal Fire Agreement.
Sep 23, 2013
Emergency tip #4 from Washoe County.
Sep 20, 2013
County applications for new home construction up 457 percent compared to August 2012
Sep 18, 2013
Customers Vote Overwhelmingly to Direct $100,000 to Support Reading Programs
Sep 16, 2013
Tip #3 from County's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is to stay informed.
Enter your favorite fall photo of Washoe County.
Sep 13, 2013
Both schools evacuated all students.
Commissioners encourage local government partnerships at statewide conference in Tahoe.
Sep 12, 2013
Grandparents play 18 holes free with paying adult or child Sunday Sept. 15.
The Washoe County Health District and numerous community partners will celebrate Healthy Living Week, September 15-21, focusing on promoting physical activity and proper nutrition by hosting events open to the public. In our community, 35.2% of children and 60% of adults are overweight or obese.
Sep 11, 2013
Event features contests and a play day for dogs and owners 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sep 10, 2013
Commissioners updated on the search for a new County Manager.
Sep 9, 2013
Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security takes part in a nationwide effort to help citizens prepare
Sep 4, 2013
Model of historic plane will highlight air race theme at new splash park.
Sep 3, 2013
Washoe County's Rancho San Rafael Park is the site for world-renowned race.
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Control Program’s final seasonal aerial mosquito larvicide treatment for the Truckee Meadows area will take place on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
Aug 29, 2013
Emergency Manager says this week's earthquakes and smoke from wildfires are good reminders to stay prepared.
This is a precautionary action. Washoe County Facilities is currently onsite and inspecting for any gas leaks. Library Administration decided to delay opening the building to the public until Facilities and NV Energy could ensure that it was safe to enter. At this time, the library is tentatively scheduled to open at 11 a.m.

Washoe County Library update the public as more information becomes available.
2013 Washoe County Obesity Forum
The Spanish Springs Library opened at 11:30 a.m. which is one hour and a half later then its scheduled opening time. The delay was a precautionary action taken after staff encountered a strong odor of gas upon entering the building.

Washoe County Facilities and NV Energy cleared and tested all the gas lines in the building to find that there is no leak and that it is safe for the public and for employees. The Washoe County Library System apologizes for the inconvenience.

The Spanish Springs Library is open until 6 p.m.

For more information about the library, please visit us online at www.washoecountylibrary.us.
AQMD is notifying the public of continued possible changes in air quality conditions due to smoke primarily from the Rim Fire in California.
Aug 28, 2013
County Clerk's Reno office remains open.
Aug 27, 2013
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District begins Reserve Firefighter Program.
AQMD is notifying the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions through Friday, August 30, 2013 due to smoke primarily from the Rim Fire California.
Washoe Golf Course hosts Patriot Days Labor Day Weekend with special military rate through the end of October.
All Washoe County Libraries will be closed Monday, September 2, 2013 for Labor Day. Additionally, the following libraries will also be closed Tuesday, September 3: Duncan/Traner, Incline Village, North Valleys, Northwest, Senior Center, Sierra View, South Valleys and Sparks.
A Chicago Blackhawks jersey was donated to the Washoe County Commissioners by Wirtz Beverage Nevada. The jersey was signed by the team captain after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.
Aug 23, 2013
Poor air quality conditions expected to last through Tuesday, August 27.
Music by The Bystanders with Katy Simon Wednesday Aug. 28.
Aug 22, 2013
AQMD is notifying the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions through Sunday, August 25, 2013 due to smoke from the Rim Fire and American Fire in California. Widespread haze and smoky conditions will continue to affect Southern Washoe County especially valley locations including Reno and Sparks.
Aug 21, 2013
Multiple agencies assisting with nearly 80 acre fire.
Aug 20, 2013
Celtic, Bluegrass and Contemporary music by Contraband this Wednesday.
New Service Counter hours will be Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Aug 19, 2013
First of three special meetings on AB 46 can be seen live on the Washoe Channel.
Aug 15, 2013
AQMD is notifying the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions through Sunday, August 18, 2013 due to smoke from the American Fire in California. Widespread haze and smoky conditions will continue to affect Southern Washoe County especially valley locations including Reno and Sparks.
Aug 13, 2013
Three extra meetings scheduled to discuss school funding bill AB 46.
Aug 12, 2013
Americana, Blues and Boogie with Colin Ross Band August 14.
Design your own community and make a difference in Washoe County.
Aug 9, 2013
Partnering agencies continue to study the issue.
Aug 8, 2013
Clerk's Office also accepts payments after normal business hours.
The Washoe County Health District Vector-borne Disease Control Program will conduct insecticide fogging on August 9, 2013, to reduce mosquito activity.
Aug 6, 2013
Alternative country by The Refiners this Wednesday.
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Control Program's fourth seasonal aerial mosquito larvicide treatment for the Truckee Meadows area will take place on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
Aug 1, 2013
Two Washoe County Health District Community and Clinical Health Services staff members have been honored for their work in separate areas of service.
Jul 31, 2013
Golfers 17 and under play free with paying adult Sunday, August 4.
Jul 30, 2013
The Washoe County Health District Vector-borne Disease Control Program will conduct insecticide fogging on July 31, 2013, to reduce mosquito activity.
Jul 29, 2013
Bluegrass & folk music with The Mountain Girls July 31.
Jul 25, 2013
Consumer legal services and guardianship representation restored following budget cuts.
Jul 24, 2013
Bring Your Kids to the Course Day Sunday, July 28.
Jul 23, 2013
Watch the discussion about AB46 live on the Washoe Channel tonight at 7 p.m.
Business owners can participate online.
The Washoe County Library System offers three hands on, basic computer classes weekly at the Downtown Reno and Sparks libraries.
Jul 22, 2013
Design your own community and make a difference in Washoe County.
Rhythm & Blues by Guitar Woody & The Boilers July 24.
Jul 19, 2013
The Cold Springs Family Center’s Before-and-After School Program has included new wellness practices in their programming and as a result has been awarded $250 in play equipment through a grant from the Washoe County Health District and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
Jul 18, 2013
Park's electrical systems need additional equipment to operate.
Beginning September 4, 2013, Incline Village Library and North Valleys Library will be open 5 more hours per week.
Jul 17, 2013
Yogi Bear features voices of Aykroyd and Timberlake on big screen.
Jul 15, 2013
Western ragtime from CW & Mr. Spoons July 17.
Jul 11, 2013
Reno Rodeo artifacts and memorabilia on display through July 31 in the park's Western Heritage Interpretive Center.
Jul 10, 2013
Team answers questions on bullying, Internet safety, driving impaired and sexual assault.
Jul 9, 2013
Longtime County Clerk Amy Harvey retires; Nancy Parent appointed as interim.
The Washoe County Health District Vector-borne Disease Control Program’s third seasonal aerial mosquito larvicide treatment for the Truckee Meadows area will take place on July 10, 2013.
Jul 3, 2013
Online public forum gives residents additional option to communicate with County.
Design your own community and make a difference in Washoe County.
Jul 2, 2013
BLM fighting fire estimated at 5,400 acres so far.
Jul 1, 2013
County Clerk's Reno office remains open.
District finishes first year under budget.
Daughters play 18 holes free with paying adult.
Jun 29, 2013
Fire Marshal investigating possible cause from kitchen appliance.
Jun 28, 2013
Extreme heat, drought create dangerous conditions for holiday.
A third case of hepatitis A has been identified in Washoe County as part of the multistate outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold by Costco.
Jun 27, 2013
Bryan, Saitta, Humke to speak at Washoe County Courthouse July 1.
As temperatures rise over the next few days, Washoe County Health District officials are reminding residents and visitors that heat-related illnesses can be deadly and are urging people to take precautions to avoid them. There are simple steps people can take to keep risk at a minimum.
Forecast of extreme heat will be very dangerous for seniors
Jun 26, 2013
Bring your Kid to the Course Day Sunday, June 30.
Jun 25, 2013
Retiring County Manager Simon honored at her last Commission meeting.
Jun 24, 2013
Bowers Mansion hosts final 'Programs on the Porch' Friday.
Jun 21, 2013
Results will help identify potential service improvements.
Reduce your Risk of Being Bitten by Mosquitoes
Jun 20, 2013
Apply by June 28 to join a new Citizen Advisory Board.
Jun 19, 2013
Washoe County's Visiting Nurse Program to close June 30.
Jun 18, 2013
Lazy 5 and Bowers Mansion host special series.
State association names Baker as Executive of the Year.
Jun 17, 2013
Gusty winds expected throughout Washoe County through Tuesday night.
Jun 13, 2013
Washoe County hosts event this Friday at 11 a.m.
Jun 12, 2013
Dads play free with paying child or adult from noon to 6 p.m.
Helicopter applications to begin at 6 a.m. and continue through the morning.
Jun 11, 2013
Members appointed to Blue Ribbon Committee on Regional Fire.
Team answers questions on bullying, Internet safety, driving impaired and sexual assault.
Jun 10, 2013
Public invited to free Lazy 5 concerts on Wednesdays and Bowers Mansion event this Friday.
Route 447 closed north of Gerlach.
Jun 6, 2013
Donate a new fan today.
Free summer reading program keeps kids engaged and offers chance to earn books and prizes.
Jun 5, 2013
Mansion and swimming pool open for the first time since 2009.
Have a favorite hobby? Love to read about exotic destinations? Patrons can partner with the library by paying for a one-year subscription. The Adopt-a-Periodical drive starts on June 10 and runs through August 11, 2013.
Two additional western states have been added to the multi-state hepatitis A outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold by Costco. According to health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Utah and Hawaii are now being added to the previously identified states of Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. In Nevada as of Wednesday morning, a total of 6 cases of hepatitis A have been associated with the tainted berry mix. Two of the 6 cases are Washoe County residents. Nationally, over 60 cases have been identified.
Jun 3, 2013
Gaspari Water Play Park opens Thursday, June 6.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday June 8, join the North Valleys Library for special programs, raffles and cake.
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May 31, 2013
Recruitment begins June 1 for 9 new boards.
5 cases of hepatitis A have been identified in Nevada as part of a regional outbreak primarily focused in western states linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold by Costco.
May 30, 2013
Weekly themes keep kids entertained at Rancho San Rafael's summer program.
Includes Washoe Lake, Sand Harbor and several other locations.
Secretary of State honors Dan Burk with prestigious award.
May 28, 2013
Berkich named Interim County Manager when Simon retires July 1
May 24, 2013
Proceeds go directly to restoration efforts for Caughlin Ranch fire.
May 23, 2013
The 2013 Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 - August 31, 2013. Join the Washoe County Library this summer for great reads, great programs and great prizes!
May 22, 2013
County Clerk’s Reno office remains open.
May 20, 2013
No budget or service level reductions for the first time since 2007.
May 16, 2013
Family event May 18 features free fishing, crafts, and raffle prizes at Crystal Peak Park.
Prevention Education and Services are available for our community's youth
May 15, 2013
All five victims have been positively identified by the medical examiner.
May 14, 2013
New Citizen Survey results shows 59 percent of Washoe County citizens rate the County 'good' or higher overall.
Washoe County hosts weekend tours of renovated home starting Saturday.
Hungry to make a difference in our community?

Applications are currently being accepted for two positions on the Washoe County Food Policy Council, a volunteer public/private partnership bringing together representation from all sectors of the Food System for networking, collaboration, and promotion of access to healthy foods.
May 10, 2013
Gradex Construction installs features for Tahoe's first public rain gardens.
May 9, 2013
Boys and Girls Club and Lazy 5 Park host Social Services awards and adoption fair.
Family event features free fishing, crafts and raffle prizes at Crystal Peak Park May 18.
National Women’s Health Week 2013 is approaching, and the Washoe County Health District urges you to take part!
May 7, 2013
Moms play 18 holes free, with cart, this Sunday, May 12 at Washoe Golf Course.
May 3, 2013
National Bike to Work and School Week starts with 'Rack 'Em Up' Bicycle contest May 8.
May 1, 2013
Gammick first elected District Attorney in 1994 and began serving his term in January 1995.
Memorial takes place May 3 at Idlewild Park in Reno
Apr 30, 2013
Kevin Dick, former director of the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division (AQMD), assumed the position of Interim Health Officer on Friday, April 26, 2013. He replaces Dr. Joseph Iser, who resigned due to health issues. Iser served at the Health District since June, 2011.
Apr 29, 2013
Celebration begins 9 a.m. May 1 at Washoe County Senior Services.
2013 Air Quality Awareness Week
Apr 26, 2013
The Board of Washoe County Commissioners is currently seeking applications to fill one position on the Library Board of Trustees. Applications available on April 26 with a deadline of May 6.
Apr 25, 2013
Dr. Joseph Iser to leave the Health District after two years of service.
Apr 24, 2013
Katy Simon has held Washoe County's manager position since 1998.
Apr 23, 2013
County celebrates volunteers.
Apr 22, 2013
Over 100 programs scheduled for 'Unleash the Power of Age.'
Apr 19, 2013
Honors National Crime Victims' Rights Week Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Mills B. Lane Justice Center.
Apr 18, 2013
Annual April fundraiser dedicated to preventing family violence and raising awareness.
At their April 17th meeting, the Library Board recognized the contributions of donors and grantors to the library system for the third quarter of the 2013 fiscal year totaling $131,515.54.
At its April 17th meeting, the Library Board celebrated the 14,304 hours donated by 405 volunteers at a reception and award ceremony.
Apr 17, 2013
Citizen input needed May 1 on future park, recreation and open space opportunities.
Apr 10, 2013
Four openings available to help guide senior centers and programs
Apr 9, 2013
Communities Matter @ Your Library is the theme of this year’s National Library Week, April 14-20. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new position, a parent looking for free activities for the family, or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at your library.
Cutler appointed as new Registrar of Voters
Apr 8, 2013
County will celebrate Tuesday during spring break for students
Apr 5, 2013
Select budget priorities by providing comments through Open Washoe
Apr 4, 2013
Free prescription discount card available to county residents
Foster parent of nearly 60 children to receive honor from Social Services
Apr 3, 2013
Four openings available to help guide senior centers and programs
Apr 2, 2013
Openings available on Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees and Airport Noise Advisory Panel
Apr 1, 2013
Help shape the next Tahoe Area Plan by providing comments through Open Washoe
Help get Washoe County’s public garden ready for spring Saturday, April 6
Mar 29, 2013
Eight Northern Nevada fire departments certify new Hazardous Materials Technicians
The Nevada Public Health Association, in collaboration with the Washoe County Health District, will recognize National Public Health Week, April 1 – 7, 2013, by hosting a series of events that promote this year’s theme, "Public Health is Return On Investment: Save Lives, Save Money."
Mar 28, 2013
No burn permits are being issued at this time.
Main line is (775) 784-7260
Mar 27, 2013
Experience eBook downloads from your library on the Digital Bookmobile which is on a cross-country tour on Friday, March 29th.
The Downtown Reno and the Spanish Springs libraries will be open during regular business hours on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.
Mar 26, 2013
Board increases time limit for public comment.
Mar 23, 2013
Each year, the United States and other countries recognize World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to commemorate the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes TB.
Mar 22, 2013
Online public forum gives residents additional option to communicate with County Commissioners.
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District quickly puts out structure fire and rescues 2 family pets.
Mar 20, 2013
Beginning Tuesday, April 16th the Spanish Springs Library, 7100 A Pyramid Lake Highway in Sparks, will be open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Mar 19, 2013
Boil water order in a small neighborhood in southwest Reno
Mar 18, 2013
State of the County video available now online.
Mar 15, 2013
Renowned Bigfoot expert Dr. Jeff Meldrum visits May Museum Mar. 23-24.
Mar 12, 2013
County Commissioner Weber honored by Truckee Meadows Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.
Washoe County Health District staff will hold a public workshop on proposed revisions to the Fee Schedule on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop will be held at Builders Association of Northern Nevada offices, located at 5484 Reno Corporate Drive, Suite 100, in Reno.
Mar 11, 2013
North Valleys and Washoe Valley are priority areas for herbicide applications.
Mar 9, 2013
Regional input needed to review and analyze fire service.
Mar 8, 2013
Informal discussions focus on strengthening citizen involvement.
Mar 7, 2013
New hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family entertainment winter music series presents final show for this season.
Mar 6, 2013
Residents must obtain new burn permits.
Mar 5, 2013
Cashman award reflects work of Fundamental Review Project.
A long-awaited remodeling of the lobby area will temporarily limit access to the Washoe County Health District offices until further notice, according to health officials.
Mar 1, 2013
Safe & Healthy Homes Fair and 5K River Run/Walk
The annual residential wood burning color code season ended on February 28.
Feb 28, 2013
Family entertainment winter music series presents father and son duo.
Feb 27, 2013
Extra hours will make paying bills easier for customers.
Online public forum provides citizens with many options
Feb 26, 2013
County Commissioners approve goals and objectives for 2013-14.
Change allows for a paramedic on duty at every TMFPD station 24/7.
Informal discussions will focus on strengthening citizen involvement.
Feb 25, 2013
Free 4-week course covers basics of gardening and plant life at the May Arboretum.
Feb 22, 2013
Family entertainment winter music series presents Nevada-based musicians.
Feb 21, 2013
Recent visit included judges from eight countries.
Feb 19, 2013
Two opportunities to meet Washoe County Commissioner Berkbigler, Feb. 28 and Mar. 5.
Feb 14, 2013
Family entertainment winter music series presents Reno-based musicians.
County Clerk’s Reno office remains open.
All Washoe County Libraries will be closed Monday, February 18, 2013 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Additionally, the following libraries will also be closed Tuesday, February 19: Duncan/Traner, Incline Village, North Valleys, Northwest, Senior Center, Sierra View, South Valleys & Sparks.

The Downtown Reno library and the Spanish Springs library will be open on Tuesday.
Feb 11, 2013
Follow County tweets @WCCarsonLink
Feb 8, 2013
Family entertainment winter music series presents Reno-based musicians
Feb 7, 2013
Social Services seeks adoptive homes for 60 children.
Feb 5, 2013
Crafts, stories, scavenger hunt and live birds all part of the free activities.
It’s that time of year again – tax season! The Association of American Retired Persons (AARP) and The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE) Volunteer Preparers are partnering with the Washoe County Library System to offer free tax help.
Feb 1, 2013
Helps raise awareness for heart disease in women.
Family entertainment winter music series presents Reno-based musicians.
Jan 31, 2013
Eight free classes taught by certified master gardeners.
Health officials will explore how “cross-jurisdictional sharing” can lead to greater efficiency and impact across northern Nevada
Jan 25, 2013
Washoe County Parks staff and volunteers will re-seed areas devastated by Caughlin Fire.
Improper ash disposal presents huge danger to the community.
Jan 24, 2013
Family entertainment winter music series presents favorite old-time songs.
Nearly 800 foster kids in Washoe County need help.
Jan 23, 2013
Program provides excellent opportunities for mentoring and learning.
Jan 22, 2013
County Commissioners review possible impacts of upcoming State Legislative session.
Booksale Bonanza is now the Read Again Bookstore and has moved to a new location! The sale continues on Friday, January 25, 2013 and will be open through Sunday January 27 at our new location in the Reno Town Mall next to the Sierra View Library (4001 South Virginia Street). The event is organized by the Friends of Washoe County Library to benefit public libraries.
Jan 18, 2013
Family entertainment winter music series presents bluegrass trio.
Jan 17, 2013
Commissioners and department heads work side by side to set County objectives in the coming year.
County Clerk’s Reno office remains open.
Jan 16, 2013
At their January 16th meeting, the Library Board recognized the contributions of donors and grantors to the library system for the second quarter of the 2013 fiscal year.
Jan 14, 2013
Local businesses pitch in to help residents recover from fire damage.
Do you own or are you planning to buy an e-reader, smartphone, or tablet computer? Learn how to find and download free e-books and audiobooks from the library. Six libraries offer ongoing E-Book Cafés to help patrons take advantage of the over 7,000 e-books available for free at the library.
Jan 10, 2013
Family entertainment winter music series presents Larry Maurice.
Jan 8, 2013
County Commissioners receive appointments for 2013.
Jan 7, 2013
Board votes unanimously for Humke and Weber.
Jan 4, 2013
Ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers.
Jan 3, 2013
Family entertainment and music kick off Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
In order to combat increased numbers of norovirus cases in the community which have impacted many local elementary schools since the beginning of the school year, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) has conducted intensive cleaning during the winter break at all District schools. In a further effort to prevent the reintroduction of this virus into schools, the school district is reminding parents of elementary school children to keep their children at home if they have shown symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea within the 72- hour period before schools reopen on Monday, Jan. 7.
Jan 2, 2013
On December 14, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took important steps to protect the health of Americans from fine particle pollution by strengthening the annual health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particles (PM2.5) from 15.0 to 12.0 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3). The new standard will also affect calculations used for the Washoe County Air Quality Index (AQI) and the Keep it Clean, Know the Code Program.
Pay by mail, online, or in person at the Treasurer's Office or any Wal-Mart location.
Dec 28, 2012
Court will close at noon Dec. 28 and open in new location Jan. 7.
Compensation $100 per day for meetings held in January and February
Dec 27, 2012
Test of the Code Red reverse 911 dialing system will be conducted mid-day Friday.
Dec 26, 2012
Sentencing scheduled for Jan. 24, 2013.
Dec 21, 2012
Citizens and businesses encouraged to sign up for Code Red.
Dec 20, 2012
County Clerk’s Reno office remains open.
Dec 19, 2012
More than 2,100 cans of food collected so far.
Dec 18, 2012
Family entertainment winter concerts kick off Saturday, Jan. 5.
Dec 17, 2012
Move doubles court size and lowers costs.
Dec 12, 2012
Senior Law Project also offers workshops on living wills and landlord/tenant issues.
Beginning Wednesday, January 2, Incline Village Library at 845 Alder Avenue will increase its schedule from 25 hours to 30 hours per week. The new hours for the Incline Village Library will be Tuesday through Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m.
Dec 11, 2012
County Commissioners Larkin and Breternitz recognized at their last meeting.
Regional group votes to add County to further regional cooperation.
Dec 6, 2012
Take part in the 5th annual Holiday Gingerbread Festival Sat., Dec. 15 at the May Museum.
Residents are urged to sign up for reverse-911 system.
EnergyFit Nevada offers up to $3,000 in rebates to make your home happier, healthier, and more comfortable this holiday season.
Dec 5, 2012
Online public forum gives residents additional option to communicate with County Commissioners.
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Dedicates New Fire Station in Hidden Valley on Saturday, December 8th
Dec 4, 2012
Improved technology and residents help snow clearing process.
Dec 3, 2012
Six libraries have the Paws 2 Read program which is a reading program for children presented by Paws 4 Love. Each month therapy teams visit participating libraries where friendly dogs lend a loving, non-judgmental ear to beginning readers. After reading to a gentle dog; children receive a free book to keep. Join us for one of these ongoing programs.
Dec 2, 2012
Flooding threats are no longer a concern.
Regional and city emergency operations centers in full response to flood threats.
Dec 1, 2012
Regional and city emergency operations centers continue to coordinate flood response.
Nov 30, 2012
Authorities in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have declared a state of emergency due to expected local flooding and wind events in our area
TRUCKEE RIVER FORECAST CALLS FOR HIGH WINDS, FLOODING IN THE TRUCKEE MEADOWS. #nnvstorm
Nov 29, 2012
Sandbags will be available at several locations for residents to pick up.
Residents can help snowplows clear more than 1,000 miles of roads faster.
The number of children and adults stricken by the recent norovirus outbreak in Washoe County has risen to over 1,400 according to health officials. And, concern that more cases may appear has the Washoe County Health District stressing the importance of hand washing, exclusion, and environmental cleaning to halt the gastro-intestinal illness that has sickened hundreds of residents.
Nov 21, 2012
Donate 2 canned or boxed goods at the May Museum and receive free entry Nov. 28 - Dec. 1.
County Clerk’s Reno office will remain open.
Nov 20, 2012
Investigators say the source was an abandoned campfire
Nov 19, 2012
Secondhand Prose will hold its Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This unique bookstore and gift shop is located in the Northwest Reno Library, at 2325 Robb Drive. Secondhand Prose is operated by the Friends of Washoe County Library. Free holiday refreshments will be served. There will also be live performances by Reno-area harpists. Visas and Mastercards accepted
Nov 16, 2012
Improved reverse dialing system now available.
Nov 15, 2012
Fuel crews will be in the park November 16 & 17, 2012.
Improper and careless ash disposal presents huge danger to the community.
Nov 14, 2012
Fire Chief encourages citizens to report those who disregard warnings.
Nov 13, 2012
Commissioners continued discussion on Reno Aces baseball stadium.
Washoe County Health Officials to Proclaim November 15th as the Great American Smokeout
Nov 9, 2012
Most County offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12.
North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District will complete a planned burn of slash piles at Crystal Peak Park, Verdi this Saturday, November 10.
Nov 8, 2012
The event will be November 17 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Now with 50% containment, crews continue to control fire perimeter.
Nov 7, 2012
Fire Chief reminds citizens of Red Flag Warning.
Nov 6, 2012
Voting results will be posted on website as they become available.
Nearly 14 percent of registered voters have voted today.
More than 7 percent have voted as of noon Nov. 6
All 90 polling locations open now. Washoe County voters must cast ballots before 7 p.m.
Nov 5, 2012
Program will assist seniors and families with open enrollment.
Nov 3, 2012
Last chance to vote is Tuesday, November 6.
Nov 2, 2012
Snow and ice crews will be on the road the week of November 5th.
Free Rides for Everyone on RTC RIDE Transit Services.
Nov 1, 2012
Deadline for early voting is Friday, November 2.
Wood burning in fireplaces and woodstoves affects the air quality in Washoe County particularly in autumn and winter months. That's why every year beginning November 1, and continuing through February 28, the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) uses the Keep It Clean - Know the Code - Green, Yellow, Red Burn Code Program to inform area residents whether or not lighting stoves or fireplaces is allowed, or is advisable. County residents can go on line to www.ourcleanair.com or call (775) 785-4110 to get daily burn code status.
Oct 30, 2012
Nearly 32% of registered voters have already cast ballots.
Oct 29, 2012
Due to expected high winds in the area, open burning has been closed. Open burning after today may result in fines.
From November 5-26, patrons can bring cans or boxes of food to the library in lieu of fines to help feed the hungry. Food barrels will be placed at library locations throughout Washoe County and the food will be delivered to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Food brought to Incline Village Library will be donated to Project MANA.
Oct 27, 2012
Voters can avoid long lines on Election Day by taking advantage of the convenience of early voting at seven Washoe County libraries. Libraries will offer early voting for the General Election from October 20-November 2*
Oct 25, 2012
Updated Release: Nearly 40,000 vote in first five days. *Note: Spanish Springs Library will not be open Nevada Day as previously announced**
Crews will start burning piles of tree limbs and brush in Sun Valley Regional Park, adjacent to Esther Bennett Elementary School.
The cause of the gastro-intestinal illness that has sickened hundreds of local elementary school children has been identified as norovirus and sapovirus - both in the family of calicivirus, according to the Washoe County Health District. The viruses cause nausea, stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea, and they are highly contagious. While norovirus has been responsible for similar outbreaks in Washoe County before, this is the first time sapovirus has been identified as one of the contributing causes to a gastro-intestinal illness outbreak in our community. The control measures and requirements provided to the school district are expected to remain the same regardless of which virus is identified through additional laboratory findings.
Oct 24, 2012
Residents required to obtain permit to burn debris through Oct. 31.
Oct 23, 2012
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 23, and took action on multiple items.
Oct 22, 2012
Voters can choose from 22 early voting locations through Nov. 2.
Oct 20, 2012
Voters can choose from 22 early voting locations through Nov. 2.
Oct 19, 2012
Voters can choose from 22 early voting locations through Nov. 2.
A gastro-intestinal illness suspected of sickening hundreds of local elementary school children has the Washoe County Health District puzzled after eleven children with similar symptoms were seen in local emergency rooms in one day. The virus causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and it is highly contagious.
Oct 18, 2012
Report shows Emergency Medical Services throughout Washoe County are good and outlines three main areas of improvement.
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At their October 17th meeting, the Library Board recognized the contributions of donors and grantors to the library system for the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year.
Oct 17, 2012
Early voting begins Saturday, October 20.
Oct 15, 2012
Washoe County citizens have one more day to register in person to make Oct. 16 deadline.
Oct 12, 2012
Fire Chief says residents are first step in fire prevention.
Registrar Dan Burk is recovering after unexpected surgery earlier this week, and, according to a family spokesperson, is doing well.
Oct 11, 2012
More than 120 million Americans lack estate plans to protect themselves, families
Oct 9, 2012
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 9, and took action on multiple items.
Join 115,000 other Americans by taking the pledge to treat everyone with dignity and respect
Oct 8, 2012
County Clerk services moved from downtown Reno to Washoe County Administration Complex
Citizens can still register in person through Oct. 16
The Board of Washoe County Commissioners is currently seeking applications for two positions on the Library Board of Trustees. Application deadline is October 19.
Oct 3, 2012
Volunteers receive compensation for assisting fellow citizens Nov. 6 at the Polls.
Oct 1, 2012
Registered Democrats, Republicans show small gap
International Walk to School Day 2012 is Wednesday, October 3. The Washoe County Health District is celebrating by joining the Safe Routes to School Program and walking with local elementary school students to school on that day. Washoe County District Health Officer Dr. Joseph Iser will be walking with Echo Loder students from Yori Park to their school on Apple Street a half a mile away.
Sep 27, 2012
The Nevada Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease and Food Safety Laboratory has notified the Washoe county Health District that a 6-year-old feral horse in the south Reno area has tested positive for WNV.
Sep 26, 2012
The grant will help build housing for at risk families, saving money in foster care programs and helping keep families together
Monday, October 1st is the due date for the second installment of 2012/13 property taxes.

The first and most important step in protecting against influenza (flu) is to get a flu vaccination each season. This year the Washoe County Health District will begin providing flu immunizations on Monday, October 1, at 1001 East Ninth Street, Building B, in Reno.
Sep 25, 2012
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 25, and took action on multiple items.
Booksale Bonanza, Nevada’s largest communitywide event for book lovers, is here! The sale is scheduled through September 30 at 5205 Mill St., Reno (corner of Mill and Edison, old Excel Communications building.) The event is organized by the Friends of Washoe County Library, an all-volunteer organization, to benefit public libraries.
Sep 24, 2012
The Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security takes part in a nationwide effort to help citizens prepare for emergencies at a local level
The County Clerk has moved to the Washoe County Complex
Sep 20, 2012
Enter Your Favorite Fall Photo...
Sep 17, 2012
The Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security takes part in a nationwide effort to help citizens prepare for emergencies at a local level.
Sep 13, 2012
Local musicians and businesses join together to benefit Washoe County’s fire-damaged Bartley Ranch Park
Sep 12, 2012
The Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security takes part in a nationwide effort to help citizens prepare for emergencies at a local level.
Washoe County helps keep foster kids in their schools.

Sep 11, 2012
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 11, and they took action on several items.
Library Director Arnie Maurins will be out and about in September—starting tomorrow. Come share your ideas, show us your library card or sign-up for a library card and receive a free gift.
Sep 7, 2012
Washoe County District Attorney to present sizable check to local business
The Washoe County Health District and numerous community partners will host the fourth annual Obesity Forum on Wednesday, September 19, at the UNR Joe Crowley Student Union.
Sep 5, 2012
Grandparents play 18 holes free with paying adult or child on Sunday, September 9
September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when the American Library Association and the Washoe County Library System remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all—and it is free! Sign-up for a card this month and receive a free gift while supplies last.
The Washoe County Health District, the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition, and the Nevada Public Health Association are raising awareness of smoke free meeting and event options in Northern Nevada by promoting SmokefreeMeetings.org, a website developed after the three groups received requests from event organizers and participants looking for 100% smoke free venues in our region.
Food inspection scores for restaurants and food facilities in Reno, Sparks, Incline Village, and the rest of Washoe County, Nevada are now available on your mobile device.
Sep 4, 2012
Melio Gaspari Water Play Park goes to the dogs before closing for 2012 season
Friends of Washoe County Library wants the public to know that the book donation location will be moving on September 18, to the Reno Town Mall located at 4001 South Virginia Street.
Aug 31, 2012
In observance of Labor Day, most Washoe County offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd.
The Rush Fire has been contained. This final updated news release was prepared by the Type I Incident Management Team responding to the incident
Would you like to help the library offer the most popular books? Now there’s a way to do just that - through the Amazon Wish List!
Aug 30, 2012
Washoe County is launching an online tool which will give citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions.
The Rush Fire is nearly contained. This updated news release was prepared by the Type I Incident Management Team responding to the incident.
Aug 29, 2012
Rush fire held; takes place as second largest in California history. This updated news release was prepared by the Type I Incident Management Team responding to the incident.
In-depth workshops on estate planning and family financial planning offered at area libraries.
We need safe, stable licensed foster homes in your neighborhood. Learn what you can do at the Have a Heart Foster Care and Adoption Fair.

Aug 28, 2012
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 28th, and took action on several items.
Firefighters brace for red-flag day at Rush Fire. This updated news release was prepared by the Type I Incident Management Team responding to the incident.
Aug 24, 2012
The Rush Fire is burning southeast of Ravendale, California affecting land in northern Washoe County, Nevada. This updated news release was prepared by the Type I Incident Management Team responding to the incident.
Aug 23, 2012
Brush Fire near 395 at the North End of Washoe Lake

Aug 22, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
Fire agencies contained a 48-acre blaze in the Palomino area today at 1:45 p.m. Ignited by discharge of a firearm, the fire started around 10 a.m. this morning and consumed 38 acres of private land and 11 acres of public land. 


Aug 16, 2012
Washoe County Library locations will be open at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, due to a staff development day.
The Library Board of Trustees approved the recommendation to rescind the Library’s Proctoring Policy effective September 1, 2012.
Aug 15, 2012
Staff members from the District Attorney’s office have attended several evenings this summer reaching out to community members during this special event. This is the third year that the DA’s staff has been at the Farmer’s Market.
Aug 14, 2012
Washoe County Treasurer, Tammi Davis, would like to remind property owners that Monday, August 20th is the due date for the first installment of 2012/13 property taxes.

Payment can be made by mail, online, in person at the Treasurer’s Office or you can take your payment stub to any Walmart location to pay by cash or debit card. There is a fee associated for credit card and Walmart payments. However, there is no fee charged for online e-check payments. For additional information please visit us online at www.washoecounty.us/treas or call (775) 328-2510.

The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 14, and took action on multiple items.
Following recommendations from the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division (AQMD), the District Board of Health assessed $35,250 in penalties for violations of air quality regulations during the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The Washoe County Health District does not keep the fines that are collected for air quality violations. The money collected through air quality penalties is provided to the Washoe County School District.
The Washoe County Health District will join Immunize Nevada for a back-to-school immunization clinic to provide free shots for all children 0-18 years of age at the Legends Mall on Saturday, August 18, from 12 noon to 5 pm. Vaccinations will be administered on a first come first serve basis while vaccine supply lasts and time allows. Although parents are asked to bring their children’s shots records with them, State of Nevada WebIZ staff will be on hand to assist in determining which vaccinations are required before students can be admitted to classes.
Aug 10, 2012
Washoe County Reminds OHV Owners That New State Law Requires Registration
Aug 6, 2012
Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service, the country’s premier bond rating firms, have affirmed Washoe County’s outstanding general obligation rating of AA and Aa2, respectively.
Aug 1, 2012
Effective August 27, 2012, a new fee of $1.00 will be charged for held items that are not picked up within the allotted time.
Jul 27, 2012
The library system receives monetary and in-kind donations throughout the year that assist in providing services and materials. These donations are greatly appreciated by Library staff and the public and are brought to the board on a quarterly basis. The list includes the names of donors and grantors from April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012 and totaled $134,558.65 plus in-kind support.
Jul 24, 2012
Since July 1, new Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has responded to 533 calls including responses to 40 fires in Northern Nevada. Standing up the new fire district involved 24 career and volunteer stations, selecting and equipping and 105 career and 180 volunteer fire fighters and support staff, and required a significant amount of effort and commitment by more than a dozen departments at Washoe County.
Washoe County Commissioners took action on important community issues including accepting two grants; one for Regional Animal Services and one for Regional Parks and Open Space trail system; took steps to continue to improve business license service in the region; and approved an ordinance to refinance bonds to capture lower interest rates and save taxpayers money.
The Board of Washoe County Commissioners and its largest employee bargaining unit, the Washoe County Employees Association (WCEA), approved a formal labor agreement Tuesday covering the current and previous fiscal years, providing more than $2.5 million in wage and benefit savings to taxpayers between July 1, of 2011 and June 30, of 2013.
Jul 23, 2012
Young golfers 17 and under are invited to play 18 holes free at Washoe Golf Course when accompanied by a paying adult during the course’s Family Golf Day on Sunday, August 5, 2012.
Jul 19, 2012
Washoe County District Attorney’s Office Community Outreach at the Whole Foods Sparks Farmer’s Market
Jul 17, 2012
Truckee Meadows Community College Instructor, and avid local artist and gardener, Suzanne Cody Adams will demonstrate how to draw realistic representations of living plants in their natural habitat during this special Artown Art workshop on Saturday, July 21, at the Wilbur May Arboretum.

Jul 16, 2012
At a Special Meeting today, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners voted to place two advisory questions on the ballot for the upcoming General Election on November 6, 2012.
Jul 10, 2012
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Board of Fire Commissioners unanimously approved a mutual aid agreement with City of Reno and will forward the agreement to the City for their consideration.
Discussion of possible ballot questions for the November 6 General Election approval of grants, approval of a five-year Capital Improvements Program, funding for the Homeless Community Assistance Center, and appointment of EDAWN to manage applying for economic development funds for projects in the County-all addressed at the Tuesday, July 10, Washoe County Board of County Commissioners Meeting.

As deadly record-temperatures bake the east coast and thermometers in the Silver State hover near and into triple digits, Washoe County Health District officials remind residents and visitors that heat-related illnesses can be deadly, and to take precautions to avoid them.
Washoe County seek public input on the draft plan for future uses and preservation of this popular outdoor recreation area
Jul 3, 2012
TMFPD Fire Fighters joined by others in region to fight blaze in Palomino Valley
Help out our community seniors by donating fans this summer!
Washoe Golf Course is offering a special day for the girls in our lives. Bring your daughter to the course from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. this Sunday, July 8, 2012, and she’ll get to play 18 holes free with a paying adult. Every daughter of any age is welcome.

Jul 2, 2012
Cowgirl Tricks Come to Washoe County Libraries-Karen Quest is mighty pleased to be in the Reno Tahoe Area for a tour of seven Washoe County Libraries from July 7-11, 2012.
Jun 27, 2012
The "If Parks Could Talk" exhibit will be on display in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park from July 2 through August 1, 2012. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and admission is free. Special programs include the Northern Nevada Bluegrass performance on July 5, and an evening with Cowboy Poet Tony Argento at 7:00 p.m. on July 19.
NV Energy has begun changing over to the use of “smart meters”. Their staff welcomes the chance to go over the ins and outs of smart meters, talk about the myths versus the facts about these meters, while also providing information on how they will help power usage for customers. Following the presentation there will be time for Q&A.
All Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District firefighters will be honored in a badge ceremony, Friday July 29, 2012

Jun 26, 2012
A proposed automatic aid agreement between the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) and the City of Reno on behalf of the Reno Fire Department (RFD) will be submitted to the Reno City Council for approval.
items include National Parks and Rec Month, grants and donations, appointments to Wildlife Board, CAB and Flood Project discussions, and more.
Jun 21, 2012
Every Wednesday evening from July 11 through August 29, 2012, the park offers free outdoor concerts showcasing local bands and a variety of musical styles.
The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) recently reported by the California Department of Public Health serves as a reminder that mosquito activity can lead to serious illness.
Jun 20, 2012
The Washoe County Human Resources Department has a new leader as of this week. John Listinsky is the new Human Resources/Labor Relations Director at Washoe County.
Jun 18, 2012
Due to dangerous fire conditions in the forests along the eastern slope of the Sierra, fire safety restrictions are in effect at Galena Creek Regional Park and will remain until further notice.
The Washoe County Health District reports that pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has been confirmed in three Truckee Meadows residents in the same household. These are the first confirmed cases in Washoe County since August of 2011.
Jun 15, 2012
As part of Nevada Humanities Chautauqua 2012 “Saints and Sinners”, Washoe County libraries will present free programs between June 25-28. Visit the library and enjoy an informative and entertaining workshop. Please note: These workshops are not Chautauqua performances in costume or in character.
Jun 14, 2012
Washoe County Library System presents four different, free, hands-on, computer classes. Each class consists of 1.5 hours of instruction and 1.5 hours of lab/practice time.

All classes are held at the Downtown Reno Library located at 301 South Center Street every other Wednesday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Seats are limited. To reserve your space, please call 327-8300.
Jun 13, 2012
The public is invited to the grand opening of the Arrowcreek Fire Station on Friday from 3pm - 5pm.
Jun 12, 2012
Highlights from BCC meeting include resolutions, grants and donations, appointments, surcharges and CAB discussion.
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) has established automatic aid and mutual aid agreements with many area Fire Departments to help ensure that a seamless transition of fire services can occur on July 1.
Jun 11, 2012
The Washoe County Health District (Health District) Vector-Borne Disease Program staff has begun mosquito abatement by conducting localized fogging treatments and planning aerial abatement applications to small bodies of water in the Truckee Meadows.
Washoe County voters can submit ballots at 85 polling locations on Primary Election Day - June 12, 2012. On Tuesday, voters can go to their assigned polling location, identified on the back of their sample ballot, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Jun 8, 2012
Fire District hires final employees, preps offices, and opens new stations in preparation of July 1 service date
The National Safety Council has designated June as National Safety Month, and local health officials encourage everyone to get involved.
Jun 7, 2012
Bring the family to the Galena Creek Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, and pick up your scavenger hunt guide. Find as many of the items on the list by noon and meet back at the Visitor Center. Advance registration required to (775) 849-4948.
Jun 6, 2012
Dads play 18 holes free, with cart, on Sunday, June 17
Jun 5, 2012
Volunteers open Kids Discovery Room for summer fun at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Jun 4, 2012
Jun 1, 2012
Seventeen locations available for registered voters in Washoe County
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May 31, 2012
See highlighted children looking for Forever Families on the County's homepage
June marks the beginning of “ozone season.” Warm summer weather and emissions from auto mobiles and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) create conditions that can lead to elevated levels of ozone, a major ingredient of smog. High levels of ozone may occur throughout the summer months.
May 29, 2012
With a dangerous fire season upon us, contractors and homeowners are asked to do their part to prevent wildfires.
ADOPT A PERIODICAL AT YOUR FAVORITE LIBRARY

One great way in which the public can help the library is by “adopting” a periodical – paying for a one-year subscription. These donations will allow the library to purchase popular magazines that would otherwise be eliminated due to the reduced budget for purchasing materials.
Public workshop planned for Wednesday, June 6. Online survey goes live on June 7 at www.washoecountyparks.com
May 24, 2012
As summer quickly approaches, the Washoe County Health District has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Park Service (NPS) to emphasize the dangers of skin cancer and has provided simple steps you can take to protect yourself. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, “Don’t Fry Day,” as a way to highlight sun safety.
May 23, 2012
As part of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month activities in May, the Washoe County Health District has released Teen Birth Rate data for our area. According to local health officials, Washoe County teen birth rates have been declining since 2006. Over the past five years, Washoe County’s teen birth rates among the 15-19 year old females, continued to be approximately 3 points lower than Nevada’s teen birth rate for this same population.
May 22, 2012
Items include resolution of appreciation for Gene Sullivan, National Public Works Week and Reunification Month, acceptance of grants, and more...
Tabletop Exercise from 9am - 3pm on May 23rd. Media Opportunity from 9am - 10am
New series of Ranger talks debuts May 31 at Galena Creek Regional Park
Vote early at your Washoe County Library!
May 21, 2012
Earlier today the Washoe County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Fire Commissioners for the Districts, approved the final consolidated Fire Districts’ budget.
The Washoe County Board of County Commissioners approved the final Fiscal Year 2012/13 budget this morning during a public hearing in the Chambers. The final approved County balanced budget requires no lay-offs through 6/30/13, eliminates 51 vacant Full Time Employee (FTE) positions and calls for $6.3 million in departmental operating reductions, while providing a budgeted ending fund balance that is, at 8 percent, twice what is required by statute, and no tax rate increase.
May 18, 2012
The popular Water Play Park will be open weekends only for the three-day Memorial Day weekend and the first week of June. The park will begin regular summer hours on Saturday, June 9, 2012.
Due to record levels of dryness and extreme fire conditions which maximize the potential for catastrophic fire, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is restricting any and all open burning in Washoe County for the summer season.
May 17, 2012
Pedaling her way to work this week, County Manager, Katy Simon is hoping to encourage others to do the same this Friday, for a fantastic closing day of Bike to Work Week 2012.
May 15, 2012
The Washoe County budget is one step closer to becoming final for the next fiscal year (FY 12/13) after a recommended final budget was presented to the Board of County Commissioners today during the scheduled Board meeting earlier today.

A summary of the May 15, Washoe County Board of County
Residents in Washoe County will have their emergency fire calls answered in one of two ways after the fire services restructure between the County and the City of Reno becomes official on July 1.
May 14, 2012
Clouds permitting, Washoe County residents and visitors should get one of the better looks at the May 20 annular solar eclipse as it crosses the western sky beginning at 5:15 pm. Health officials remind everyone to be safe when watching the solar spectacle, and never look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye, through telescopes, or through binoculars, without the proper filters. Doing so could result in permanent and serious eye damage, including blindness.
The Wilbur D. May Museum’s King Tut exhibit has been extended by a week and will now be open to the public throughout the Memorial Day Weekend, including Monday, May 28, 2012. The museum store will offer a special sale with 25 percent off all King Tut souvenirs during the final week.
May 11, 2012
The 13th annual observance of National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012, and is celebrated through May 19. With the theme, "It’s Your Time," National Women’s Health Week 2012 encourages women to make their health a top priority, and take simple steps for longer, healthier, and happier lives.
May 10, 2012
Food Bank Partnership Helps Washoe County Social Services Cut Costs
The May Arboretum’s Annual Plant Sale a local gardener’s paradise. this year's sale will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Come early for best selection.
May 7, 2012
Not yet registered for the June 12 Primary Election? There's still time!
Come down and meet the candidates running in this year's election!
May Arboretum Society presents an enjoyable and informative Party in the Garden fundraiser on June 1
May 4, 2012
Give the County your opinion on the FY12/13 budget!
May 1, 2012
Free admission for Moms to see the May Museum’s KING TUT exhibit during Mummy’s Day Weekend, May 12 and 13, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
A guided tour of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 in honor of National Public Gardens Day.
Apr 26, 2012
Moms play 18 holes free, with cart, on Sunday, May 13
National Air Quality Awareness Week, April 30 - May 4, is a good time for area residents to reflect upon the importance of one of the natural resources we all depend upon and share: clean air.
Apr 25, 2012
Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized, or inappropriately immunized. This year, during the week of April 21-28, 2012, the Washoe County Health District will join with Immunize Nevada and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to raise awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations, by observing National Infant Immunization Week.
Apr 24, 2012
Highlights of BCC meeting include proclamations for Volunteer Month, Older Americans Month, Wildfire Awareness week, plus grants, donations, equipment purchases, and more.
County Commission receives report on preliminary budget recommendations for fiscal year 2012/2013.
The Summer Reading Program runs from May 1-August 1 at Washoe County libraries. Reading programs bolster skills and are free, convenient and fun. While kids think they are having a great time, educators know that informal reading increases children’s reading skills. Studies abound that show the direct relationship between reading and academic gains.
Apr 23, 2012
Give us your input on the 2012 / 2013 Washoe County Budget!
The Wilbur D. May Museum will stay open late on Friday, May 4 with a special $6 exhibit admission and activities from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Apr 19, 2012
During a Joint meeting today the Washoe County Commission, acting as the Board of Fire Commissioners for both Truckee Meadows and Sierra Fire Protection Districts discussed with the Reno City Council various options relating to regionalization of fire services.
Learn how container gardening can create colorful gardens on patios and other small areas of a home, condominium or apartment during a special spring workshop offered by the May Arboretum Society from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in the Ranch House adjacent to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum.
Beginning Monday May 7, Incline Village Library at 845 Alder Avenue and Spanish Springs Library at 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway will change public hours in response to reduced staffing levels.
Apr 18, 2012
With the introduction of a new case management system, the Reno and Sparks Justice Courts can now offer a variety of online services for the convenience of Washoe County residents
Apr 17, 2012
Washoe County is looking for volunteers to serve on one of 14 Citizen Advisory Boards (CABs) throughout the County. For electronic applications, visit our website at www.washoecounty.us/comdev/cab_apps.htm or call 328.2720 to receive an application by mail.
Apr 11, 2012
The annual Spring Clean Up at the Swan Lake Nature Study Area will be held on May 5, 2012. For details and information, please contact the Nevada Land Conservancy at (775) 851-5180.
The dog park will now re-open on Monday, April 23, 2012.
Apr 10, 2012
Commissioners discuss options for regional fire services; direct Chief Moore to continue talk of Join Powers Authority
Highlights include resolutions for County Government Month, Library Week, Public Health Week, and appreciation for RAVEN crew; also HOME Consortium report, receipt of donations and grants, and more.
Apr 9, 2012
About 50 volunteers are needed to help replant fire-damaged areas of Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Saturday, April 21. Volunteers are asked to contact the Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Department in advance by calling (775) 823-6525, or email devans@washoecounty.us
Apr 6, 2012
“You belong @ Your Library®” is the theme of this year’s National Library Week, April 8-14. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new position, a parent looking for free activities for the family, or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at your library.
Apr 5, 2012
Agreement will provide for the continuation of flexible staffing and maintaining overall labor costs at a sustainable level for the next two years.
Apr 4, 2012
Paid election workers are needed to serve at the 85 Washoe County polling sites for the upcoming June 12 Primary Election and for the 100 polling places that will be staffed for the November 6 General Election.
It may sound like common sense that good hygiene, properly washing hands, and getting appropriate immunizations are all ways to help prevent communicable diseases; but, every year, 1 million Americans die from illnesses that could have been prevented.
Ten members of the new Washoe County Food Policy Council have been selected in efforts to improve networking, collaboration, and promotion of access to healthy foods in Washoe County.
Routine screenings and education can go a long way toward helping Americans improve reproductive and sexual health. As part of National Public Health Week, April 2-8, the Washoe County Health District and the American Public Health Association (APHA) remind everyone that these measures will lower the risk of disease and deaths.
Apr 3, 2012
Adventure Day takes place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The event is a partnership between KNPB and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space inspired by PBS KIDS’ “Explore the Outdoors” campaign, encouraging parents and children to “revel in their childhood” by exploring the everyday wonders of the world around them and because you never know what you’ll find at you local park.
Apr 2, 2012
Commissioners direct staff to pursue efforts towards a Joint Powers Authority and continue to move forward with the transition of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.
"Archaeological Mysteries of the Near East" is a guided tour through the King Tut Exhibit at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Mmuseum volunteer James Bennett Marks will offer similar tours every other Saturday through the remainder of the King Tut exhibit.
As part of our country’s observance of National Public Health Week, April 2 -8, the Washoe County Health District and the American Public Health Association (APHA) remind everyone that tobacco, drugs, and alcohol kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, and that death and disease from tobacco, drug, and alcohol use is preventable.
Mar 30, 2012
Biomass collection sites open for County residents beginning April 1st. Protect your home from fire danger!
Joint meeting between the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County School District and Washoe County Commissioners, also sitting as the Board of Fire Commissioners for Truckee Meadows and Sierra Fire Protection Districts
A rare strain of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) has made its way to the Truckee Meadows. According to local public health officials, 30 cases of HFMD, identified as Coxsackievirus A6, have been identified here; cases have appeared in only three other places in the United States – Alabama (38), California (seven), and Connecticut (one).
A Healthier America Begins Today is the theme for National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 2-8, 2012. Local health officials are supporting the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) efforts in drawing attention to the numerous small steps Americans can take to make big changes in their health and well being.
Eating healthier and exercising regularly can go a long way toward helping Americans lessen their risk of preventable death from causes such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Mar 29, 2012
Foster Care and Adoption Fair scheduled Saturday, March 31 from 11am - 1pm at the North Valleys Regional Park Community Building
Mar 27, 2012
An alternative plan was presented today to show how the Sierra Fire Protection District (SFPD) and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) will provide coverage to all areas of the two fire districts if the City of Reno does not approve the proposal for a mutually beneficial automatic aid agreement that was sent to the City earlier this month.
Highlights include grants and donations, resolutions, the stadium authority, and an interlocal agreement with the school district
Spring Sprinkler Turn-on and Tune-up Workshop Saturday, April 14, at Washoe County’s May Arboretum
Citing traffic congestion, parking issues and staff resource/enforcement capability as rationale, Washoe County Board of County Commissioners deny an agreement for an August car auction at Bartley Ranch
Mar 26, 2012
Portion of Regional Park's fire-damaged trail system re-opens!
Mar 21, 2012
Each year, the United States and other countries recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB). It also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions, and to support worldwide TB-control efforts.
Mar 20, 2012
KNPB Channel 5 and the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, along with other non-profit sponsors, present a series of free, in-depth workshops on estate planning and family financial planning. For more information please visit the library's website at www.washoecountylibrary.us
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
The Plants for High Desert Gardening workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in the Ranch House adjacent to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum.
Mar 14, 2012
The Wilbur D. May Museum will stay open late on Friday, March 30 with a special $6 exhibit admission and activities from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will launch a new national education campaign next week that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage real people suffer as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. The ads show the toll smoking-related illnesses take on real people and their loved ones. Viewers in Reno, Sparks, Washoe County, and northern Nevada will see the ads from March 19 to June 4, 2012.
Mar 13, 2012
Actions include acceptance of grants, appointments to Law Library Board of Trustees and TMFPD Fire Chief and more...
County Commission sends proposal to Reno for automatic aid.
What: Washoe County Library System (WCLS) is unveiling four innovative technology projects that are efficient, cost effective and user friendly. When: Thursday March 15, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks

Who: Washoe County Library System along with Washoe County Technology Services
Mar 12, 2012
Link Piazzo Dog Park will close from March 26 through April 16 for spring turf maintenance
Mar 9, 2012
District Court to weigh in on questions surrounding interest calculations
Mar 8, 2012
Help get Washoe County’s public garden ready for spring on Saturday, March 31
Mar 7, 2012
Learn all about what is coming up this spring and summer at the Galena Creek Visitor Center by joining their Spring Fling Mixer on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Mar 6, 2012
Welcome spring with a guided walk in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum’s Labyrinth Garden at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
Of the 64 communicable diseases reported by the Washoe County Health District to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every week, chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) leads the list.
Mar 5, 2012
BRAIN AWARENESS AT THE LIBRARY: See real human brains, mouse brains, fly brains at your local library during Brain Awareness Week, March 13-March 18!
Mar 1, 2012
Museum volunteer James Bennett Marks shares his experiences with heat, sand and history while working on an archaeological dig in Egypt during a special Egypt and Archaeology Tour at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 as part of the museum’s King Tut: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb exhibit.
Feb 29, 2012
Your Washoe County Treasurer would like to remind property owners that Monday, March 5th is the due date for the fourth installment of 2011/12 property taxes.
Feb 28, 2012
Charles Moore selected as Chief for TMFPD after final interviews
Actions include the recognition of former Finance Director John Sherman and Assistant County Manager David Childs, the appointment of the new director for the Community Services Department and an acting director for Community Development, the acceptance of several grants and donations, and the re-allocation of the County’s share of HOME Consortium grant funding back to the regional pool of HOME funds.
Registrar of Voters gets approval to go out to bid for essential election services such as printing and mailing.
Feb 27, 2012
Fire Commissioners to receive update on declining revenues at Feb. 28 meeting
Feb 24, 2012
Chairman Robert Larkin recognizes the late Bill Raggio on his service to Nevada
Feb 23, 2012
Food inspection scores for thousands of Washoe County restaurants and food facilities are now available to the public at http://washoeeats.washoecounty.us . Now not only will county residents have access to how local eateries fared during inspections, but they, and anyone else who wishes to visit the site, should gain a greater understanding of the work the Health District conducts during food inspections.
Feb 22, 2012
Victims of November’s Caughlin Fire can stop by select Starbucks this weekend to receive free native grass seed for their yards.
Even as the Caughlin and Washoe Fires raged, emergency crews and local Burn Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) teams were at the scene, working to provide vital erosion control and protection of the community’s water resources. The flames have since been extinguished, but the combined agency efforts of recovery professionals still continue.
Feb 21, 2012
Bring a grandparent to see King Tut: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb on March 2, 3 or 4 and the whole family enters the exhibit at the group rate of $6 per person
Feb 17, 2012
In observance of Presidents’ Day, most Washoe County offices will be closed on Monday, February 20.
Feb 16, 2012
Beginning Monday March 5, Sierra View Library at 4001 S. Virginia Street (Reno Town Mall) will change its public hours. The library will no longer be open on Mondays but will be open on Saturdays.
Guided tours of King Tut Exhibit offered every Friday at 2pm. Discover more about the "Boy Pharaoh!"
Feb 15, 2012
Topics at the regular meeting of the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners included honoring Washoe County employees for their generous contributions to United Way, 149 jobs created in our community using American Resource and Recovery Act stimulus funds, and expanded programs for juvenile offenders and community members in need.
Discussions on the Washoe County budget continued to take center stage during the County Board of Commissioners’ first meeting in February. Initial projections of sources and uses of funds that will be used to build the fiscal year 2012/13 budget were explained for policy discussion and direction. Finance Director, Sheri Mendez, presented several budget scenarios to the Commissioners that showed the proposed recommendations to close the projected deficit of $16.8 million.
Feb 14, 2012
Washoe County will soon be able to register and make changes to their current voter registration online.
Feb 10, 2012
Eagle Ridge Fire Management works on Caughlin Fire restoration February 10 - 12
Prescribed burn scheduled in Davis Creek Park on February 13
Feb 7, 2012
Disaster relief volunteers available for cleanup and debris removal for Washoe Fire Victims
Feb 6, 2012
Free four week course provides the skills needed to become an Arboretum volunteer and a better gardener at home
Feb 2, 2012
The May Arboretum Society's new website, mayarboretumsociety.org, has information on the Society, pictures of the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, garden tips, and information about upcoming events and workshops.
Feb 1, 2012
If you are interested in the well-being of elders in the community, the Washoe County Companion Volunteer program could be a perfect fit for you.
A free lunch time workshop on HUD Properties for First-time Homebuyers will be presented at Downtown Reno Library.
Jan 31, 2012
Lane closures on Wednesday, Februay 1, 2012 to bring delays to motorists traveling on Lakeside near Windy Hill.
Jan 30, 2012
Master Gardeners offer 8-weeks of gardening classes on Tuesday nights in February and March at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Jan 27, 2012
Baer Team to begin rehabilitation work begining Monday, January 30 at 9:30am
Jan 25, 2012
At their January 24 meeting, County Commissioners made several changes to board appointments the Commissioners hold as representatives of Washoe County.
Jan 24, 2012
Appreciation for Washoe Fire Responders, grants, donations, CARES / SART agreement, ReCHARGE Nevada, Comptroller, Animal Control Board all among actions taken
the Washoe County Board of Commissioners approved expanding a hiring freeze to help close the County's remaining $6.8 million dollar budget gap for the 2011-2012 budget year.
During a joint meeting of the Washoe County Board of Commissioners and the Washoe County Library Board of Trustees, the Friends of Washoe County Library (FWCL) presented a check for $100,000 to the Washoe County Library System, representing the organization’s donation for year ending 2011.
A $96,868 federal grant was awarded to Washoe County through the Nevada Division of State Parks to support projects along 17 trails located within 13 county parks. These projects are necessary to increase the life of existing trails, help prevent damage from erosion, and provide a number of new information and directional signs for the benefit of all users.
Jan 21, 2012
Recovery efforts are continuing today after the devastation left behind from the 3,177 acre Washoe Fire that destroyed 29 structures since Thursday afternoon.
The Washoe Fire is 100% contained at 3177 acres as of 6 a.m. All evacuations were lifted as of 8 a.m. this morning.
Jan 20, 2012
During a news conference late this afternoon emergency personnel reported the Washoe Fire containment is at 65 percent this evening. Officials have updated the total acreage burned to 3,177 acres.
An escorted transportation service into the evacuated areas will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Galena High School.
Firefighters and emergency personal are making progress on the Washoe Fire with the primary focus this morning of securing the perimeter of the blaze and extinguishing hot spots prior to winds picking back up today in advance of an oncoming winter storm.
The Washoe Fire is 50-percent contained as of 4 a.m. this morning. Fire and emergency personal will be holding a 9 a.m. press conference this morning with an update on the Washoe Fire at Depoali Middle School in South Reno
To accommodate the many firefighters involved in the Washoe Drive fire, the recruitment deadline for the TMFPD fire positions has been extended from Friday, January 20, 2012 to Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Please visit the Job Opportunities page to apply.
It’s that time of year again – tax season! AARP and VITA/TCE Volunteer Preparers are partnering with the Washoe County Library System to offer free tax help at Washoe County libraries.
Jan 19, 2012
Emergency personnel have lifted the evacuation order in additional areas affected by the Washoe Fire.
Boil Water Notice for Sunrise Estates until further notice
Fire and law enforcement officials held a press conference at 9:30pm on Thursday, September 19, to update the public on the status of the Washoe Fire burning in the north Washoe Valley / Galena area.
Emergency personnel are allowing residents in select areas to return to their homes beginning at 8pm on Thursday, January 19
395 remains closed and may affect commute; area hotels offer special rates for evacuees
Local emergency agencies will hold a press conference at 9pm in the multipurpose room at Depoali Middle School at 9300 Wilbur May Parkway in Reno to update the community on the status of the Washoe Drive Fire.
Washoe County Manager Katy Simon has declared an official emergency for Washoe County as a wildfire burns in the northern Washoe Valley area.
Jan 18, 2012
Have you resolved to be healthier in 2012? We all make resolutions for the New Year - lose weight, read more, learn a new skill… But while statistics show that most people abandon their New Year resolutions within a few short weeks, here are some health-related goals that will keep you healthy this year and for years to come. Even though we’re past New Year’s Eve, it’s not too late to make a few.
Jan 13, 2012
Washoe County is seeking individuals in Commission District 5 interested in serving on the Washoe County Animal Control Board to fill a four year term through March, 2016.
Jan 11, 2012
“Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb features over 100 hand-crafted replicas of the greatest treasure ever found to take you back to the majesty and wonder of Ancient Egypt
Jan 10, 2012
The new year brings a new Chairman of the Washoe County Commission. At their first regularly scheduled meeting of 2012, Washoe County Commissioners unanimously elected their chairman and vice-chairman for the 2012 year.
Read the highlights of the January 10 County Commission Meeting
A new Community Relations Manager has been appointed to represent Washoe County. Nancy Leuenhagen will be working with the County Commissioners, County department heads, and County Manager Katy Simon and her staff at the County Manager’s Office.
Jan 9, 2012
A federally-funded, graphic, realistic, and hard-hitting anti-smoking multi-media campaign coordinated by the Washoe County Health District begins today in efforts to increase awareness of the health risks of smoking and increase the number of people trying to stop. According to health officials and anti-tobacco advocates, the campaign targets tobacco use because it is the leading cause of preventable death in Washoe County and is a primary risk factor for most chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke. The campaign, which coincides with many people’s New Year Resolutions, will run on television, print, and billboards.
Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space has re-opened playgrounds at South Valleys and Lazy 5 Regional Parks and Arrowcreek Community Park after installation of upgraded surface materials.
Jan 4, 2012
Applications Open for New County Food Policy Council
Dec 30, 2011
AT&T will donate new trees to area parks when they are recycled at select Reno, Sparks and Washoe County park locations.
Dec 28, 2011
Test drive the new library catalog powered by Koha.
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
Tuberculosis is one the world’s deadliest diseases. The World Health Organization estimates 2 billion people are infected with the tuberculosis bacterium. And, while TB cases in the United States have been declining since 1993, more than 11 million people living in the United States have latent TB infection.
January is National Radon Action Month and the Nevada Radon Education Program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) will offer several radon presentations at various locations throughout January. Radon test kits will also be offered free throughout the month.
Dec 15, 2011
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful needs volunteers for the 21st annual Christmas Tree Recycling program that runs from Sunday, December 26th through Monday, January 17th at three locations: Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks.
Dec 14, 2011
Commissioners approve lease agreement for Sparks Justice Court. New location doubles size and increases security.
In less than 90 minutes after Jimmy Leeward’s P-51 crashed into the Reno Air Race box seats, fifty-six injury victims had been transported to three Reno hospitals. In less than 120 minutes after the crash, preparations to establish a Family Assistance Center for friends and relatives of those killed, injured, and missing had begun. And even before NTSB investigators had deployed to the Stead airfield to begin their investigation of the tragedy that left 11 people dead and nearly 70 injured, hundreds of emergency responders, public health officials, and volunteers were actively engaged in community aid.
Dec 13, 2011
Washoe County’s Saturday night Come in from the Cold series opens 16th Season with Nevada Bluegrass on January 7
In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, the Washoe County Health District 2011 Extra Mile Awards (EMAs) will be awarded to two Northern Nevada organizations for voluntarily expanding the smoking ban.
Below are highlights of actions taken by the Board of County Commission during its December 13, 2011 meeting:
Dec 12, 2011
The library will be a warm, friendly place during Winter/Spring Reading Program. The 2012 event will run from January 1-April 30.
Dec 9, 2011
Do you own or are you planning to buy an eReader, smartphone, or tablet computer? Did you know the library has free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for your device?
Dec 8, 2011
While still restricted by state law from disclosing specific information about animal abuse cases, officials at Washoe County Regional Animal Services want to give the public some additional information about a recent animal abuse report by a contractor at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Dec 5, 2011
Washoe County Library System is pleased to launch the Brainfuse HelpNow services, effective December 1. Brainfuse HelpNow provides students with live, on-demand homework help and state-aligned skills building lessons from a dedicated group of expert tutors.
Dec 1, 2011
Washoe County Library System announced today that seven libraries will be closed on Tuesday, December 27 and Tuesday, January 3. The libraries are Duncan/Traner, Incline Village, North Valleys, Northwest Reno, Senior Center, South Valleys and Sparks.
Nov 30, 2011
Much of fire-damaged Bartley Ranch Regional Park is scheduled to re-open on Thursday, December 1, 2011. The park’s western and southern ridges were the most heavily damaged when the Caughlin fire swept through the park on the morning of Friday, November 18 and these areas will remain closed during rehabilitation for the safety of the public.
Nov 29, 2011
The NorthStar Chamber Players will present a “Woodwind Quintet Holiday Concert” at four Washoe County libraries in December. Take a break from shopping, relax and enjoy selections from “The Nutcracker,” Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, and other seasonal music.
Nov 28, 2011
Santa is taking time from his busy schedule to stop by the library! Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, your children won’t want to miss this opportunity to visit with Mr. Claus himself.
Nov 23, 2011
Properly preparing and handling foods can assure us all safe meals every day of the year, but especially during the holidays. Here are some simple, easy-to-remember food safety tips:
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water before and after food preparation, and especially after handling raw foods; 
  • Clean all work surfaces, utensils, and dishes with hot soapy water, and rinse with hot water after each use;
  • Be sure to cook foods thoroughly. For a turkey, that means cooking the bird to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F or above to ensure safety; and,
  • When dealing with leftovers, turkey should be refrigerated one of two ways:  within two hours after it is cooked; or right after cooking, the turkey should be de-boned, sliced, or pulled into pieces no more than 2 1/2 inches thick and refrigerated in shallow containers. 
Agencies to address potential immediate erosion control and flooding concerns and prepare for the long term restoration effort of the area affected by the Caughlin Fire.
Nov 22, 2011
Sierra Watercolor Society hosts a free children’s art class Saturday, December 10 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Nov 21, 2011
Wilbur May Museum hosts Holiday Art reception and Tuba Christmas on Saturday, December 3
The Washoe County Health District has received its first laboratory-confirmed report of influenza in the Truckee Meadows. Tests indicate type A H3. “Influenza is highly contagious, and persons who have not had a flu shot may be at risk of catching the disease,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Dr. Joseph Iser. “Common signs and symptoms of the flu include: fever over 100°F, aching muscles, chill and sweats, headaches, dry cough, fatigue and weakness, and nasal congestion. If you have flu symptoms and at are at risk of complications, see your doctor right away.” Persons at risk for complications include: children aged 6 months- 4 years (59 months); people 50 years and older; pregnant women; and, persons with chronic illness.
Nov 19, 2011
Morning Update on the Caughlin Fire
Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park in south Reno has been closed until further notice due to damage sustained during the Caughlin Fire. This closure includes Audrey Harris Park located on the top of Windy Hill.
Nov 18, 2011
The levels of particulate pollution measured at Washoe County Health District’s network of air quality monitoring stations has declined this afternoon from the high levels experienced during the morning. High levels of particulate pollution due to blowing dust or from wildfire smoke may continue to occur in localized areas due to wind gusts or immediately downwind of the wildfire and in the path of the smoke plume.
Downtown Reno Library, 301 South Center St., will be closed Sunday, November 20 and Monday, November 21 due to the heating system construction.
A combination of strong winds and wildfire smoke has elevated particulate matter pollution levels in the Truckee Meadows. Particulate matter concentrations have increased significantly in association with the strong winds. The majority of particulate matter in the air is from windblown dust, but smoke is also affecting localized neighborhoods immediately downwind of the wildfire and in the path of the smoke plume.
Nov 17, 2011
Here is a rundown of holiday events and closures scheduled for Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Nov 16, 2011
County Clarifies 2002 Ballot Question and the 2003 Interlocal Agreement for Regional Animal Services between Local Jurisdictions
Secondhand Prose will hold its Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This unique bookstore and gift shop is located in the Northwest Reno Library, at 2325 Robb Drive.
Nov 14, 2011
One in eight babies was born too early in the United States according to a recent National Institute of Medicine Report. That represents more than half a million infants who incur more than $26.2 billion in medical care, special intervention, education services, and lost productivity. Because everyone shares in the burden of caring for premature infants, the March of Dimes has declared November 17, 2011 as Prematurity Awareness Day - when attention is called to this public health problem.
Nov 10, 2011
Highlights from the Commission's November 8 Commission Meeting: CAFR, redistricting, snow and ice plan, open space purchase, and more.
Nov 9, 2011
Celebrate the season of the turkey by bringing the family to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park’s “Meet the Turkeys” Open House from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011.
Nov 8, 2011
The contest is sponsored by the May Arboretum Society in conjunction with Washoe County Parks and Open Space.All entries will be displayed and judged during a Gingerbread House Festival at the May Museum on December 10, 2011.
Nov 4, 2011
County Clerk Amy Harvey expects this Veteran’s Day, Friday, 11-11-11 to be one of the busiest days of the year for Marriage License sales. Not only is 11-11-11 a numerically lucky day, it is also a Federal holiday and the kick off to a three day weekend.
Nov 3, 2011
Trailhead will provide non-motorized access to public open space in northwest Spanish Springs Valley
Nov 2, 2011
Washoe County’s Regional Shooting Facility will begin operating under shorter winter hours on Monday, November 7, 2011.
At its October 19 meeting, the Washoe County Library System Board of Trustees approved changes to library fines and fees, effective December 1.
Nov 1, 2011
Washoe County Library's Community Resource Centers are now centrally located at Downtown Reno and Sparks libraries. The center at Sierra View Library has been closed.
Wild Women Artists’ three-day Regeneration exhibition November 4 through 6 at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Oct 31, 2011
11am to 1pm at Vaughn Middle School
Colder autumn temperatures and impending winter weather signal the start of wood burning in fireplaces and woodstoves. Because this affects the air quality in Washoe County, beginning November 1, the Washoe County Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) uses the Green, Yellow, Red Burn Code Program to inform area residents whether or not lighting stoves or fireplaces is allowed, or is advisable.
Oct 25, 2011
The Washoe County Purchasing Office has received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute.
Below are highlights of some of the actions taken by the Board of Washoe County Commissioners at its October 25th meeting.
Three Washoe County agencies who now share the same roof in downtown Reno invite residents to learn about the public services they provide when the Washoe County Sheriff’s Alternatives to Incarceration Unit, County Clerk’s Office and Public Defender’s Office host an open house at noon on Thursday, October 27, in their offices at 350 S. Center Street.
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Sierra Fire Protection District voted to administratively and operationally consolidate two fire agencies services under an Interlocal agreement to keep nine fire stations open, maximize resources and progress towards regionalization of fire services in our community.
Oct 19, 2011
Children will hear all about Underwood when Reno artist Kathleen Durham presents this menagerie of handcrafted characters and homespun stories at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, as part of the Wild Women Artist exhibit in the Wilbur D. May Museum.
Oct 18, 2011
On October 14, 2011, the Washoe County Treasurer received an opinion from the Washoe County District Attorney’s office regarding the allocation of property taxes to redevelopment agencies.
Oct 17, 2011
Six members of the Wild Women Artists group will be working at the Wilbur D. May Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 to give local art lovers an opportunity to see live a demonstration of their different art forms while sharing ideas about techniques and inspirations.
Oct 14, 2011
From November 7-28, patrons can bring cans or boxes of food to the library in lieu of fines to help feed the hungry. Food barrels will be placed at library locations throughout Washoe County and the food will be delivered to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Food brought to Incline Village Library will be donated to Project MANA.
The process of issuing refunds to Incline Village/Crystal Bay taxpayers will have a temporary delay, as the Washoe County Treasurer’s Office reviews the process.
Please join Friends of Washoe County Library October 28 through November 6 for our spectacular Booksale Bonanza! Thousands of used, nearly-new and collectible books, along with videos, CDs, DVDs, audio books, library surplus materials and more starting at 50 cents.
Oct 13, 2011
Sierra Fire Protection District Chief Mike Greene, who recently underwent emergency surgery for a cardiac pacemaker, has announced his resignation effective November 10, 2011, on the advice of his physician.
Oct 11, 2011
Wild Women Artists 2011 show and sale November 4 - 6 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Below are highlights of some of the actions taken by the Board of Washoe County Commissioners at its October 11th meeting.
Oct 10, 2011
KNPB Channel 5 and the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, along with other non-profit sponsors, present a series of free, in-depth workshops on estate planning and family financial planning.
Washoe County Library patrons will be able to enjoy special free performances by the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet.
Washoe County libraries will celebrate Teen Read Week, October 16-22. In keeping with this year's theme, Picture It! at your library, a photo contest for teens will be held throughout October.
Week 40 of the calendar year, the first week in October, is usually the first week that local health officials begin tracking influenza activity. This year Week 40 also coincided with the first week that flu vaccine was made available at the Washoe County Health District offices, located at 1001 East Ninth Street in Reno. Health officials here and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind everyone that persons 6 months of age and older should get an annual flu shot.
Workshops scheduled in October to encourage public input about future uses and preservation of this popular open space area
Washoe County Library System is pleased to announce that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world's bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle. Patrons
Oct 6, 2011
At its September meeting, the Washoe County Library System Board of Trustees approved adjustments to library hours and days of operation, effective October 31. The modifications result in nine fewer public hours and other changes to open days and hours based on library usage data and patron feedback.
Oct 5, 2011
Bartley Ranch Regional Park’s Sierra Autumn exhibit is on display during the month of October in the park’s Western Heritage Interpretive Center.
Oct 4, 2011
Sheriff’s Office provides daily cyber safety tips on Twitter during October as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month
What library services are important to you? What should the library of the future look like? You can express your opinions on these and other topics by completing a simple survey.
Come face-to-face with the wild animals of North America Saturday October 15th at 2pm
Oct 3, 2011
The Board of Washoe County Commissioners is currently seeking applications for a position on the Library Board of Trustees. Application deadline is October 17.
As part of the Nevada Reads project, Washoe County libraries will host a panel discussion, Nevada's Explosive Past, at Sparks and South Valleys libraries. The panel will discuss issues raised in "Friendly Fallout 1953" by Ann Ronald, the book selected for the 2011 statewide community read.
Sep 30, 2011
The Board of Fire Commissioners for Sierra Fire Protection District reached a labor agreement with the Sierra Fire Protection District Firefighters Association.
At its 2011 annual conference in Churchill County last week, the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) announced the recipients of its Legislator of the Year Award, Participatory Democracy Award and inductee into NACO’s Honor Roll.
The future direction of several public health programs overseen by the Washoe County District Board of Health is one of the many agenda items to be discussed at the upcoming Strategic Retreat scheduled for 9 a.m., on Thursday, October 6, at Health District offices located at 1001 East Ninth Street, in Reno. A complete meeting agenda can be found at http://www.washoecounty.us/health. The meeting is open to the public.
Sep 28, 2011
Link Piazzo Dog Park will close from October 10 through October 28 for seasonal turf maintenance
Sep 27, 2011
County makes reductions to staff and operating budgets to achieve long-term sustainability
In just under a week after the tragic accident at the National Championship Air Races, the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office completed positive scientific identifications and examinations of eleven victims dying as a result of the incident.
Washoe County Treasurer Tammi Davis reminds property owners that Monday, October 3rd is the due date for the second installment of 2011/12 property taxes.
Below are highlights of some of the actions taken by the Board of Washoe County Commissioners at its September 27th meeting:
Sep 26, 2011
It’s that time again! Waste Management’s quarterly Residential Dump Days will be Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, 2011.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is asking for volunteers to help turn the tide on graffiti vandalism by taking part in a graffiti cleanup event at the Sun Valley Community Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011, weather permitting. The Sheriff is also looking for concerned citizens to donate paint, brushes or gloves to the effort.
Sep 22, 2011
Share your favorite fall photographs with thousands of Washoe County park visitors by entering Bartley Ranch Regional Park’s Sierra Autumn photography exhibit.
On Wednesday, September 28, the community is invited to an exciting event exploring censorship and the importance of artistic freedom. The celebration will be an opportunity for community leaders to share a dynamic excerpt from their favorite banned or challenged book.
Sep 21, 2011
The trailhead closure begins on Monday, September 26 and is expected to last around a month. Improvements include paving of the parking lot, new directional and educational signs, increased drainage and a new enclosed trash container.
Sep 20, 2011
Experience the wonders of one of the region’s most spectacular wildlife areas and help Mother Nature take care of her own during the Swan Lake Open House on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Swan Lake Nature Study Area in Stead.
At their regular meeting today, the Washoe County Commission canvassed the 2011 Special Election results based the independent Election Certification Board report that validated the election process and its results.
At their regular meeting today, the Washoe County Commission commended staff and volunteers for their efforts during the air race emergency on Friday, September 16, 2011 and expressed their sorrow and support for the victims, witnesses and their families.
Sep 19, 2011
Reno and Washoe County want to remind those affected by Friday’s air race tragedy that Nevada 211 is available to assist in connecting people with support services both locally and nationally.
Community Bulb Planting Day is an all-age volunteer event to plant thousands of spring flowering bulbs on Saturday, October 1
The Family Assistance Center established at the Hyatt Place Hotel to assist families of victims following Friday's Reno Air Race incident will be transitioning to the Washoe County Regional Emergency Operations Center. Assistance Center activities will continue indefinitely through call center support to link families to available resources.
Sep 17, 2011
A Family Assistance Center to aid in the identification and location of victims of yesterday’s incident at the Reno Championship Air Races has been established at the Hyatt Place Hotel at 1790 East Plumb Lane in Reno – directly across the street from the Reno Tahoe International Airport.
The Family Assistance Center established to aid in the identification and location of victims of yesterday’s incident at the Reno Championship Air Races will close this evening at 8 p.m. It will be reopened tomorrow, Sunday, September 18, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Center is located at the Hyatt Place Hotel at 1790 East Plumb Lane - directly across the street from the Reno Tahoe International Airport.
Sep 16, 2011
Playgrounds at South Valleys and Lazy 5 Regional Parks, and Arrowcreek Park will close through the end of the year for improvements
Witness the magic and beauty of basket making Saturday, September 17 at the May Arboretum
Sep 15, 2011
Join Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for the Truckee River Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 24th from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There nine sites along the river to choose from. A volunteer appreciation BBQ will take place at Rock Park after the event.
Sep 14, 2011
Libraries throughout the nation will observe "Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read" from September 24 - October 1. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind everyone not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.
Sep 13, 2011
All 69 Washoe County polling places opened on time at 7:00 a.m. this morning according to the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office.
The polls have been open in Washoe County for over five hours and “everything is running smoothly,” according to Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk.
Washoe County received word this week that Standard and Poor’s, one of the country’s premier bond rating firms, has affirmed the County’s outstanding general obligation rating of AA.
Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk expects today’s last two hours of voting to be steady as voters stop on their way home from work to cast their ballot.
Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk issued the unofficial final results of the 2011 Special Election at 10:20 p.m. today citing a 32.55 percent voter turnout.
Below are highlights of some of the actions taken by the Board of County Commissioners at its September 13, 2011 meeting:
“Graffiti vandalism is a costly burden to our residents; causing extensive damage to both public and private property and the image of our community” reported Washoe County Undersheriff Todd Vinger in his presentation before the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners this morning.
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners proclaimed September 2011 National Preparedness Month at their September 13th board meeting.
Sep 9, 2011
Washoe County Registrar of Voters reminds all registered voters to check their sample ballots for polling locations, as many locations have changed for the 2011 Special Election on Tuesday, September 13th.
Sep 8, 2011
Grandparents play free with paying adult or child on Sunday, September 18
May Arboretum Society hosts hands-on Hypertufa Container Class on Sunday, September 18 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Sep 7, 2011
Off-leash use of the area scheduled to resume operation at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Washoe County Registrar of Voters reminds all registered voters that Early Voting for the 2011 Special Election ends Friday, September 9th.
The Washoe County Health District Community and Clinical Health Services Division (CCHS) Family Planning Program will reopen the Night Clinic starting September 7, 2011, according to health officials. The clinic will be open for business on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Health District offices located in Building B at the Washoe County Administrative Complex at 1001 East Ninth Street in Reno.
Sep 6, 2011
Flags at half-staff until Friday the 6th in honor of IHOP shooting victims
Washoe County Registrar of Voters is looking for individuals who are willing to serve as PAID On-Call Poll Workers for the upcoming Special Election on Tuesday, September 13th.
Sep 5, 2011
Exhibits include all 30 years of balloon race posters
Sep 2, 2011
Washoe County’s Building and Safety Department Director Don Jeppson is pleased to report that building permit activity in the unincorporated areas of the County have been increasing, a positive economic sign for our community.
What did you read last summer? The answer to that question forms the basis for the 2011 Fall Reading Program at Washoe County libraries. This year’s event runs from September 1-December 31, 2011.
The Washoe County Health District and numerous community partners will host the third annual Obesity Forum from 8am - 4:30pm, on Thursday, September 8, at the UNR Joe Crowley Student Union. The forum’s goal is to inspire individuals and organizations to support efforts to prevent and reduce obesity in Washoe County through education and collaboration across all sectors.
Aug 30, 2011
The Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 5th from 9:00am to 5:00pm for Early Voting. However, early voting on that day only be reduced to one location—the Registrar of Voters Office located at 1001 East Ninth Street in Reno.
Aug 29, 2011
As most Washoe County students head back to school, Washoe County Library System wants to make sure that all children have the most important school supply of all – a library card.

Aug 25, 2011
The Washoe County Health District is reporting the first lab-confirmed human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in an adult resident of Washoe County. According to health officials this case of WNV is non-neuroinvasive – a milder form of the disease – and the subject is now recovering.
Aug 23, 2011
Highlights include Hunger Action Month resolution, employee wage concessions, and redistricting.
At today’s meeting, the Board of County Commissioners awarded two bids for infrastructure projects to local companies and approved the installation of a solar photovoltaic array at the Regional Animal Services Center.
The Sierra Fire Protection District Board announced that the staff negotiating team had reached a tentative labor agreement with the Sierra Firefighter’s Association Local 3895.

At their meeting today, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners provided for the reimbursement of approximately $43.3 million in overpaid property taxes to taxpayers in the Tahoe Basin.
Aug 22, 2011
Early voting for the special election begins Saturday, August 27th and ends on Friday, September 9th, visit www.washoecounty.us/voters for hours and locations (or call 328-2670).
Aug 19, 2011
The last day to register to vote in the Special Election is August 23rd by 7 P.M., just three days prior to the beginning of Early Voting, August 27th. Registrar of Voters reminds Washoe County residents to check their registration status, call if you have received your sample ballot and to request your absentee ballot if needed (call: 328-3760).
Aug 18, 2011
Military personnel play 9 holes free with paying partner. Golfers asked to bring donations to the Folds of Honor Foundation
Beginning Tuesday, September 6, Sierra View Library at 4001 S. Virginia St. (Reno Town Mall) will change its public hours. The library will no longer be open on Saturdays but will be open three additional hours on Mondays.
Aug 17, 2011
The last day to register to vote is August 23rd for the September 13th Special Election.
Aug 15, 2011
An impasse in labor negotiations between Sierra Fire and firefighters result in five layoff notices being issued.
Melio Gaspari Water Play Park goes to the dogs before closing for the season
Would you like to save money on back-to-school shopping and help Washoe County libraries at the same time? Here's a way to do just that! Once Upon A Child is holding a Library Benefit Day on Friday, August 26, from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. On that day, 25 percent of all proceeds will be donated to Friends of Washoe County Library.
Aug 12, 2011
Back-to-school immunization requirements for Washoe County School District students include being current with Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) if entering 7th grade. For those students who are not current with the Tdap requirement, special Walk-in Clinics at the Washoe County Health District will be held from 1- 4:30 p.m., on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning August 15 through August 26. A special Saturday Walk-in Clinic is set for 9-1 p.m., on August 27.
Aug 9, 2011
Washoe Golf is helping to keep kids active and on the course during the summer months by offering another two-for-one Family Day Special from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2011.
September 13 Special Election: New Polling Locations, Last day to Register to Vote by Mail is August 13, Sample Ballots Start Arriving August 15
At their meeting today, Washoe County Commissioners received a report from Fire Services Coordinator Kurt Latipow outlining a Strategic Transition Plan to return full authority for the administration and operations of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to the County Commission by July 2012.
At today’s regularly scheduled Board meeting, County Commissioners took action on several items designed to help Washoe County meet its current fiscal challenges. The County has reduced its budget by $154 million over the past four years resulting in a 20% workforce reduction but still needs to identify and achieve savings for 2011-12 through negotiated employee wage and benefit concessions of $11.6 million and $5 million of permanent savings.
Aug 8, 2011
All the world loves a clown, and Washoe County libraries are happy to welcome two special guests to upcoming storytimes. The program, called “Reading with Ringling,” features clowns from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Zing Zang Zoom, Gold Edition.
Aug 5, 2011
Nevada Reads, Nevada's first statewide community group read, is proud to announce that ''Friendly Fallout 1953'' by Ann Ronald is the 2011 selection. From August through November, groups and organizations throughout the state will meet to enjoy lively discussions of this thought-provoking book.
The Washoe County Registrar of Voters, Dan Burk, reminds all Washoe County registered votes that they are eligible to vote in the 2011 Special Election to fill a congressional vacancy in the Second Congressional District.
While new HIV surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates the overall number of new HIV infections has remained fairly stable from 2006–2009, there continues to be local concern about increasing numbers of new infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) according to health officials.
Aug 4, 2011
Ground turkey contaminated with the Salmonella Heidelberg bacteria has sickened 78 people, hospitalized 22, and killed at least one person according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak, which has been detected in 26 states including Nevada, has prompted local health officials to remind people that proper food handling, preparation, and storage can prevent many health concerns.
Jul 28, 2011
The Galena Creek Visitors Center is looking for volunteers to help give visitors a taste of life circa the 1860s by helping with "Living History Day" on Sunday, August 14 at Galena Creek Regional Park.
Jul 27, 2011
New from “The Shoe:” Bring your kids out to Washoe Golf on August 7 for the 2-for-1 Family Day Special
The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators has announced that Washoe County will receive a 2011 Leadership Recognition Award. This award recognizes defined contribution plans for their outstanding achievements in plan design & administration.
Jul 26, 2011
Washoe County Library System is proud to be part of Renovation - a major convention that draws science fiction fans from around the world. An “Authors in the Library” event will be held at Sierra View Library, 4001 South Virginia St., on Wednesday, August 17, starting at 11 a.m. “Authors in the Library” will include author readings, question and answer sessions and autographs from some of the greatest science fiction authors of our time.
Washoe County Commissioners voted today (with Commissioner Larkin voting via phone) to direct staff to prepare documents allowing for the use of up to $17 million from the county’s risk management fund to finance court-ordered property tax refunds on 8,700 parcels in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area.
Jul 22, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners will hear options for possible ways to meet a projected $17 million obligation to pay refunds to approximately 8,700 Incline Village property owners at their meeting next week.
Traffic control to be in effect on Sullivan Lane on Wednesday, July 27th
Morrisville, N.C. - The Linda S. Carter Award for Excellence in Government was presented to Washoe County, Nev., Recorder Kathy Burke, at the Annual Conference of the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) on July 16 in Portland, Ore.
Sparks Justice Court was previously closed on Mondays beginning Monday, August 15, to meet their targeted budget reductions. Sparks Justice Court is now open on Mondays from 8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. through May 21, 2012; we will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.
Jul 21, 2011
Back-to-school sales should remind parents that it's also time to think about back-to-school immunizations. And, as always, new regulations may require another shot or two before your student is allowed admittance to classes. The Washoe County Health District encourages parents to review their children's immunization records and to make an appointment now for needed shots to avoid the back-to-school rush.
Jul 20, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Join us July 28th and find out about volunteering for Washoe County!
County receives recommendations on operational efficiencies totaling nearly $30 million
Washoe County was recently notified that it won first place in the category of populations between 250,000 and 499,999 in the 2011 Digital Counties Survey, a national program aimed at highlighting innovation and achievement in technology implemented by county governments.
Jul 18, 2011
Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society hosts Dyeing Workshop on Saturday, August 6 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Jul 14, 2011
Between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, County CIP projects will support or retain 403 jobs in our community. At the July 12, 2011 meeting of the Washoe County Commissioners the Capitol Improvement Project (CIP) Five Year Project plan was approved including $56.8 million in capital expenditures for this fiscal year (FY 2011-2012).
Jul 13, 2011
Commissioners to hear options on refunds for Incline Village property taxes at their July 26 meeting
Jul 12, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners approved interim wage reductions or health benefit program cost sharing for all confidential and non-represented employees. The Board also proclaimed July 2011 as Recreation and Parks Month and accepted a donation to the Washoe County Volunteer Program.
Jul 11, 2011
Sunday, July 24 at Washoe Golf Course
Jul 7, 2011
Washoe County received notification today from the Nevada Supreme Court that it denied the County’s appeal of the October 6, 2009 decision by District Court Judge Brent Adams ordering the Washoe County Treasurer to issue refunds to 8,700 north shore property owners located in the Washoe County portion of the Lake Tahoe basin.
Jul 6, 2011
The museum's summer hours will be 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. An exhibit by the Sierra Watercolor Society will be displayed in the museum's May Gallery from July 21, 2011 through August 24, 2011. Titled “The Power of Plants,” the exhibit features painting of florals, plants, still lifes, garden scenes and landscapes by area artists.
A series of free summer evening concerts starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Washoe County’s Lazy 5 Regional Park in Spanish Springs. Every Wednesday evening from July 6 through August 31, the park offers free concerts showcasing local bands and a variety of musical styles.
Jul 1, 2011
At the unanimous direction of the Washoe County Commission, Chairman John Breternitz sent a hand-delivered letter to Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall yesterday demanding a refund of $21,497,617.44 from the State of Nevada.
The Sierra Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners and Sierra Fire Chief Michael Greene will break ground for a new fire station on the corner of Arrowcreek and Thomas Creek Parkways, Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 11 a.m. The station, to be known as Sierra Fire Station 36-Arrowcreek, will provide additional fire service to the residents in southwest Truckee Meadows.
Jun 30, 2011
For the fourth consecutive year, Washoe County employees have voluntarily agreed to wage and benefit concessions that will help the county address a $33.8 million deficit faced in the 2011-12 fiscal year beginning July 1st.
Washoe County Registrar of Voters is looking for individuals who are willing to serve as PAID Poll Workers for the upcoming September 13 Special Election.
New program that will provide public funding for private property owners whose wells have been adversely affected by municipal pumping supported by Commission.
Jun 29, 2011
Join Washoe County Senior Services and KOLO-TV and help provide fans to seniors in need!
News from "The Shoe:" Two-for-one green fees and carts when you bring you daughter out for a round of golf at Washoe Golf Course on Sunday July 10, 2011.
Jun 28, 2011
Board passes amended budget in response to legislative impact
County Commissioners save $1.7 million by refinancing existing bonds at lower interest rates
Vote on Contract for operation and management of the Community Assistance Center delayed until August 9th.
In a vote of four to one (Commissioner Kitty Jung dissenting), Washoe County Commissioners acting as the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District today voted to give notice of its termination of the Interlocal Agreement for Fire Services with the Reno Fire Department effective June 30, 2012.
No shortage of ways to celebrate in Washoe County
Warm summer weather has arrived in the Truckee Meadows and with it unhealthful levels of ozone, a major ingredient of smog.
At its regular meeting on June 28th, 2011, the Board of Washoe County Commissioners heard a presentation on proposed administrative changes from Registrar of Voters, Dan Burk, as he prepares for the 2011 Special Election. The administrative changes will save Washoe County $136,000.
At its regular meeting, the Board of Washoe County Commissioners voted unanimously to award $1,113,691 in construction contracts to build pedestrian and bike paths in Lemmon Valley and Incline Village.
Jun 27, 2011
Local cartographer, historian and photographer Jack Hursh presents the slide show Discover Nevada at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Hursh will tell stories and show photos of the many fascinating rocks, plants, animals, and historical places he’s discovered while exploring Nevada.
Jun 25, 2011
Two Friday evening campfire programs will be held at the Galena Creek Visitor Center n July. On Friday, July 1, enjoy an evening with Cowboy Poet, storyteller and entertainer Tony Argento. Learn more about the life of a park ranger on July 15.
Jun 24, 2011
Four members of the Washoe County Health District's Epidemiology and Public Health Preparedness Division have been published in the June 22, 2011 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Jun 23, 2011
The Keysone Avenue on-ramp to I-80 eastbound will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, June 24th, until 5 p.m. Friday, July 1st , according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Jun 21, 2011
The Washoe County Health District and Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) have made it easier than ever to reduce the number of plastic bottles that go into landfill by launching a new interactive website – www.iRefill.org.
Jun 20, 2011
Free concerts offered every Wednesday evening from July 6 through the end of August.
Jun 15, 2011
At its regular meeting, the Board of Washoe County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve amendments to the boundary and fee ordinances of the Central Truckee Meadows Remediation District (CTMRD), which was created in 1995 to address tetrachloroethene (PCE) contamination in groundwater that is used to meet municipal water demand.
At their meeting yesterday, Washoe County Commissioners accepted a $400,000 grant from the State of Nevada Housing Division to support a $1.7 million federal grant accepted by the Board on May 24th. These funds will be used to help at-risk families in the County’s Social Services program by providing affordable, stable housing and, as a result, reunite families.
Jun 14, 2011
Two BCC agenda items were continued for discussion and possible action until the Board’s June 28th meeting.

Something New from “The Shoe”
As recommended by the County Manager, Washoe County Commissioners approved an overall wage and benefit reduction of 7% for the County Manager, Assistant County Managers, appointed Department Heads, and non-represented Division Managers effective July 4, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
Jun 13, 2011
Community Planning Workshop scheduled for June 23 at the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center. Online survey available at www.washoecountyparks.com
The multi-use pasture that is used as a popular off-leash area in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park will be closed from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. this Thursday, June 16 to allow for weed abatement by Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space.
Jun 10, 2011
Make a difference in the life of someone in need, become a Companionship Volunteer!
Jun 8, 2011
Washoe County’s Discovery Room Volunteers will open the park’s Discovery Room from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning June 15 through the end of August. Volunteers plan to pick different themes, ranging from dinosaurs to pioneers, for each week. Activities include “Crafts on the Porch” every Wednesday, and a story time at 11:00 a.m. on Fridays.
Traffic control to be in effect on South Sierra Street on June 11, 2011
Jun 7, 2011
Bring Dad out to Washoe Golf Course on Father’s Day and he can play nine holes of free golf when accompanied by a paying child or adult. The annual Dad’s Day Family Golf Special takes place at Washoe Golf from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011.
Washoe County’s Spanish Springs Citizen Advisory Board will host a Community Forum on Wednesday, June 8th in the community building at the Lazy 5 Regional Park, located at 7100 Pyramid Lake Road, in Spanish Springs.
Jun 6, 2011
The Dragons and Dinos exhibit at the Wilbur D. May Museum has been extended through July 3 due to popular demand
Joseph P. Iser, MD, DrPH, MSc, a former Director of Public Health and Public Health Officer for Nevada County and Yolo County, California, assumes the position of Washoe County District Health Officer today.
Jun 3, 2011
The recent resignation of Dr. Amy J. Kahn from the Washoe County District Board of Health has left a vacancy on the board for a physician licensed to practice in Nevada with experience in public health. Interested and qualified persons wishing to be considered for this appointment should call Janet Smith at (775) 328-2427 or apply online at http://www.washoecounty.us/citizens/vacancies.html. Application deadline is Sunday, June 19, 2011.
Five public health staff members were recognized for outstanding service recently by the Washoe County District Board of Health.
Jun 2, 2011
Washoe County staff has reviewed the proposed State budget agreed to this week by the Legislature and the Governor, and are estimating the impact to Washoe County will be approximately $11-$12 million per year over the next biennium.
Nevada Art Council’s traveling exhibit Stop the Car, Dad! on display from June 13 to August 5 in the park’s Western Heritage Interpretive Center
Jun 1, 2011
Learn how native plants help create healthy, water efficient gardens and landscapes when Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space presents a native plant tour through the Wilbur D. May Arboretum at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
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May 31, 2011
Splash around and have some summer fun at the Melio Gaspari Water Play Park located at Lazy 5 Regional Park! The drenching begins June 9th!
The Washoe County Assessor's Office has begun its mandated mailing of various notices to taxpayers including exemption and partial abatement forms.
May 29, 2011
Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space will present the draft Master Plans for the Phillip and Annie Callahan Park, and historic Galena Schoolhouse during a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in the Galena Creek Fish Hatchery at Galena Creek Regional Park.
May 27, 2011
Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk has begun preparations for the Special Election on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, as directed by Nevada’s Secretary of State.
May 24, 2011
Sitting as the Board of Fire Commissioners for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD), County Commissioners approved their 2011-12 budget of $20,377,780 effective on July 1st.
May 25th is National Missing Children's Day- Take 25 minutes to talk to your kids about their safety!
Washoe County Commissioners appointed Mark Crawford to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) Board of Trustees today at their regular meeting.
Treat your little ladies and lords to a day of historical reenactments, medieval costumes, stories and crafts on Saturday, June 4
May 23, 2011
A Board comprised of elected officials from the Washoe County Commission and the Reno City Council met today as the Joint Fire Advisory Board (JFAB) to receive a status report on the progress of modifications to the interlocal agreement between the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) and the City of Reno’s Fire Department to continue merged services of the two entities.
Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society’s 20th Annual plant sale is Saturday, June 4 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum
May 19, 2011
Get 2-for-1 buckets of balls when you bring the kids to driving range on Sunday, May 29
Sparks Justice Court will be closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., effective Friday, July 1, 2011.
Washoe County is inviting citizens to participate in a virtual community forum to answer the question, “How can Washoe County absorb an additional $24 million impact to its 2011-12 budget, if the Governor's proposed budget is passed by the Legislature?”
May 18, 2011
Washoe County offers eight guided park tours between June 2 and September 8
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and prevention advocates are promoting an interactive on-line quiz available for teens to help them recognize sexually high risk situations that may arise.
May 17, 2011
Washoe County Commissioner and District Health Board Member Kitty Jung will ride her bike to work with members of the Truckee Meadows Alliance and Washoe Green Team in recognition of Bike to Work Week.
May 16, 2011
Enjly free crafts, guided nature hikes and environmental education for the entire family from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, as the Galena Creek Visitor Center on Mt. Rose Highway kicks off its summer season.
Washoe County Commissioners approved a $311 million general fund budget today for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
May 13, 2011
Join us May 22nd for a day of kite flying fun and great safety and preparedness information!
Washoe County Commissioners are scheduled to hold the final public hearing on the recommended 2011-12 general fund budget on Monday, May 16th at 10 a.m. in the Commission Chambers
May 12, 2011
Opening Day Ceremony and Tournament on Saturday, May 21 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
May 11, 2011
“Leave no trace” is a popular concept among those who enjoy the great outdoors. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reminds hikers and other park users that “leave no trace” is also good advice for the vehicle left behind.

May 10, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners today received and accepted County Manager Katy Simon’s recommended budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
May 9, 2011
At their regularly scheduled meeting May 10, Washoe County Commissioners will receive the County Manager’s recommendation of a nearly $311 million general fund budget for FY 2011-12
May 4, 2011
Warm weather, melting snow, and increased water in wetlands areas provide perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes according to local health officials, so the Washoe County Health District plans to start aerial mosquito abatement applications beginning Thursday, May 19.
May 3, 2011
Application deadline for the Spring 2011 Leadership Academy is May 6th- get your application in today!
May 2, 2011
Mom plays nine holes free this Sunday, May 8
Apr 28, 2011
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is coordinating the 6th annual Great Truckee Meadows Community Cleanup.
Apr 26, 2011
Sitting as the Fire Board for both the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) and the Sierra Fire Protection District (SFPD), Washoe County Commissioners today gave direction to staff to pursue the following with regards to fire service
Washoe County Commissioners took official action today to unanimously oppose any legislative action that would divert local revenues to the state and/or push down state-provided services to the county without funding resources.
Washoe County Commissioners today approved two contracts totaling more than $1.2 million with local firms that will benefit our local economy by either retaining or creating local jobs
A tree planting ceremony celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Nevada’s first public arboretum, Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011 as part of this year’s National Public Gardens Day observance.
Apr 22, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners approved an employee health benefit program for 2011-12 that holds employee health care costs at virtually no increase compared to the previous year.
Washoe County Commissioners will receive a report at their meeting next week letting them know the various ways that Washoe County has benefitted from more than $16 million worth of federal stimulus funding in the past two years.
Apr 21, 2011
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Bankruptcy Law” on Thursday, April 28th.
Apr 19, 2011
People and groups who frequent Rancho San Rafael, Bartley Ranch, Hidden Valley or Galena Creek Regional Parks can now help support those facilities by donating to the park’s “Iron Rangers.”
Apr 18, 2011
Get a behind-the-scenes look at County government! Be part of the Washoe County Engaged Leadership Academy!
Apr 15, 2011
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space is seeking public input about future palanning for Phillip & Annie Callahan Park, and the historic Galena Schoolhouse through an online public input survey and two public workshops. The online public survey available from Tuesday, April 19 until May 3, 2011 at: www.washoecountyparks.com. The the first workshop will be held on April 27 at South Valleys Library, the second on May 4 at the Galena Fish Hatchery in Galena Creek Regional Park
Washoe Golf Course wants to help get the season off to a good start by offering free lessons with course professionals from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2011, as part of the PGA’s Play Golf American Day.
Apr 14, 2011
Celebrate Arbor Day with a guided Tree Walk and Tree Planting on Arbor Day, April 29, at Washoe County’s May Arboretum
Apr 12, 2011
Future of Washoe County’s North Valleys Regional Park topic of public input survey and meeting
Apr 8, 2011
Give us your opinion on the domestic well mitigation program for the Mt. Rose/Callahan-Galena Fan area.
Next week the Washoe County Commissioners will meet to discuss and receive public comment regarding important pending fire service issues including the Regional SOC and the Arrowcreek Fire Station.
Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections occur every year in the United States with almost half of these cases among young people according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dragon Crafts offered during spring break at the Wilbur May Museum's Dragons and Dinos exhibit
Apr 5, 2011
The exhibit’s spring break schedule is: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 through Saturday, April 16, and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2011. At 1:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, local storyteller and artist Kathleen Durham hosts “Every Dragon has a Tale” story times outside the magicians hut in the exhibit’s “enchanted forest.”
Apr 4, 2011
Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space received several awards this year from the Nevada Recreation and Park Society, recognizing parks, park staff, park programs and one very special volunteer.
Apr 1, 2011
Just like the opening day of baseball signaling that Spring is around the corner, so too is the start of departmental budget presentations by Washoe County Department Heads and Elected Officials.
Mar 31, 2011
Adopt-a-Park volunteers range from organizations to families and individuals who share a common desire to help keep county parks open, clean and available to future generations. The County’s Adopt-a-Park program is extremely flexible to meet the needs and wishes of participants.
After lengthy discussion at the March 24, 2011, meeting of the Washoe County District Board of Health, board members voted 6 - 1 for no fee schedule increases through September, 2011.
Mar 30, 2011
Washoe County Social Services Have a Heart and One Church, One Child have teamed up to host an important community event on foster parenting and adopting foster children.
The Great Basin Intistute offers ten weeks of adventure, learning and fun in Galena Creek Regional Park through their Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Science Camp & Scholarships for Discovery program for youth ages 8 – 12. Camps held weekly from June 13 – August 19, 2011.
The Washoe County Health District is celebrating National Public Health Week 2011 by hosting a free seminar on Agro-Terrorism and Community Preparedness, Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m. in the Washoe County Commission Chambers located at 1001 East Ninth Street.
Mar 22, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners accepted an internal audit report presented to them today by Internal Auditor Alison Gordon and heard from Sierra Fire Protection Chief Michael Greene that he agreed with the findings and will immediately begin to implement its recommendations.
Washoe County Commissioners proclaimed March as Professional Social Work Month in recognition of professional social workers and their commitment and dedication to individuals and families in our community.
At their regularly scheduled meeting today, Washoe County Commissioners awarded more than $2.6 million worth of public works construction contracts to Nevada contractors.
Washoe County Commissioners today accepted nearly $122,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding to supplement the existing home preservation program administered through the Senior Services Senior Law Project (SLP) since the first grant was accepted in 1999.
Link Piazzo Dog Park will close from April 4 through April 22 for spring turf maintenance
Mar 21, 2011
Help get Washoe County’s public garden ready for spring by joining Rail City Garden Center and News Talk 780 KKOH for the annual Volunteer Spring Cleanup Day at Washoe County’s Wilbur May Arboretum on Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Mar 18, 2011
Temporary lane closures on Monday, March 21st in the El Rancho Drive and Sullivan Lane Area
Mar 17, 2011
As the result of numerous media inquiries Washoe County has received about the reporting relationship between Washoe County government and the District Court, the County has issued a release to clarify several issues.
Learn the proper techniques for turning-on, tuning-up and trouble shooting home sprinkler systems when May Arboretum’s Assistant Horticulturist Phil Brazier presents a free Spring Sprinkler System Tune-up Workshop starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 in the Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Mar 15, 2011
Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space is seeking public feedback about the future development of the Regional Shooting Facility. Department staff will receive input and answer questions about the facility’s master plan update during a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, in the Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Mar 14, 2011
Local singer songwriter Richard Elloyan performs his beautiful ballads about life in the Silver State at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday, March 19 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
Mar 11, 2011
Washoe County Health District authorities are warning that someone has been calling restaurants to set up inspections.
Mar 10, 2011
Beginning Monday, March 14, Washoe County’s Regional Shooting Facility will expand its hours to 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday through Monday.
Mar 9, 2011
Washoe County Comptroller’s Office implemented a new paperless process for its accounts payable function which will save taxpayers $53,000 this year and $97,000 annually after that.
Fire services officials directed to explore all possible options to achieve the goal of efficient, effective fire services given the budget situation all fire departments are facing
Mar 8, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners unanimously opposed SB 192 at their meeting today. As currently proposed by the Nevada Legislature, SB 192 would divert two cents of local property tax intended for Washoe County operations to the Regional Transportation Commission for infrastructure improvements. The bill would apply equally to Clark County, Nevada.
At today’s regularly scheduled meeting, Washoe County Commissioners directed staff to pursue the recommended contingency plans of developing two budgets for 2011-12.
The walk begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society volunteer and county librarian Susan Stewart will be on hand to explain the development, use and benefits of labyrinth gardens throughout history.
Mar 7, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners will receive a presentation at their regularly scheduled Board meeting tomorrow that outlines recommendations on how the County should plan a potential budget deficit of up to $58.5 million in fiscal year 2011-12, should the proposed State budget impacts occur.
Park will be closed to through traffic after 5:30 p.m.
Mar 4, 2011
How do you participate in your community? Tell us about it!
Tuberculosis elimination: "Together We Can!"
Mar 1, 2011
The Galena Creek Visitor Center presents special guest lecture about the Basque Peoples in the Sierra at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, March 5. Advance registration is required. For more information, please contact the visitor center at: (775) 849-4948 or by email at: visitorcenter@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Suggested donation $5/person.

Feb 28, 2011
Temporary lane closures this week in the El Rancho Drive and Sullivan Lane area
Feb 25, 2011
Washoe County’s roads crews began clearing roads in the unincorporated areas of the county at 3 a.m. this morning and plan on working through the early evening to ensure as smooth a commute for motorists as possible.
Tammi Davis, Washoe County Treasurer, reminds property owners that Monday, March 7th is the due date for the fourth installment of 2010/11 property taxes.
Feb 23, 2011
Reno artist Kathleen Durham has some interesting stories to tell at the May Museum’s Dragons and Dinos exhibit
Washoe County’s roads crews are once again gearing up for a series of winter storms predicted to hit late tonight or tomorrow.
Feb 22, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners today awarded a roads contract for $2,518,147 with ability to add two additional alternatives for a total not to exceed $2.9 million.
The report documents that for every $1 that Washoe County spends, $1.62 is invested in the community.
Feb 18, 2011
Saturday’s Come in from the Cold program has been CANCELLED due to the ongoing winter storm conditions. Nevada balladeer Richard Elloyan, who was to perform this weekend, has been re-scheduled for March 19, 2011.
Feb 17, 2011
With a series of storms expected to continue over the next couple days, crews are gearing up for continuous snow plowing efforts through the weekend.
Citizens can view videos about the fiscal challenges Washoe County faces in the coming year at their convenience by going to the County’s website at www.washoecounty.us
Feb 15, 2011
Washoe County Library System offers students of all ages live, one-to-one help from certified tutors online. Any community member with a library card can access the new online services from the library or right from home.
Feb 14, 2011
Four week course covering all the basics of gardening and plant life in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Feb 10, 2011
Washoe County Park Ranger John Keesee will give his hilarious and popular presentation about the secretive society of Galena snow peoples at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday in the Galena Creek Visitor Center.
Want to be better prepared for an emergency...
Feb 8, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners renewed SFPD’s Chief Michael Greene’s contract for another year.
Washoe County Commissioners today approved two separate agreements totaling nearly $1.5 million worth of infrastructure work with local contractors in support of the local economy’s recovery.
Feb 7, 2011
New Dragons and Dinos exhibit opens this Saturday, February 12 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Feb 1, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners meet to discuss employee compensation, financial and operational sustainability, and planning for the future
In honor of Groundhog Day, Galena Creek Visitor Center will be hosting a guided hike, walking through a day in the life of a typical rodent at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2011.
Jan 25, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners today received a presentation stating that although the current fiscal year budget is on track with no need to reduce it further, there will be a budget deficit in the 2011-12 budget year projected to be $33.5 million.
Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space has received a $91,100 grant from the Nevada Division of State Parks Recreation Trails Grant Program for improvements to the County’s Huffaker Hills Trailhead. The grant will be used to provide the public with paved parking, new directional and interpretive signs and a restroom at the trailhead.
Washoe County Maintains Overall Satisfaction Ranking...
Jan 24, 2011
In response to numerous requests from the public to have the introduction and first reading of a proposed animal services ordinance made at a designated time, Washoe County Commissioners have scheduled 5:30 p.m. at tomorrow’s meeting as “time certain” for agenda item # 20.
Watch three video workshops on the future of government on the Washoe Channel
County officials continue to look for ways to restructure governments to be responsive to citizens’ needs with less resources.

Jan 21, 2011
Washoe County Regional Animal Services has added a third public forum where citizens can provide their thoughts about proposed changes to the County’s ordinances that govern how public safety and animal protection in our community is enforced.
Jan 20, 2011
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Ranger John Keesee hosts workshop at the Galena Creek Visitor Center this Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 2 to 4pm
Jan 19, 2011
Washoe County Regional Animal Services Manager Mitch Schneider was awarded the national Henry Bergh Leadership Award from the No Kill Advocacy Center. The award, named after the founder of the first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in the United States, recognizes outstanding leadership in the quest to end the killing of healthy and treatable shelter animals.
Jan 18, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners will interview 12 candidates who have applied to fill the vacancy left by long-time State Senator Bill Raggio in District 3 upon his resignation effective January 15th.
Washoe County Commissioners unanimously selected Greg Brower to fill the District 3 State Senate vacancy left by retired Senator Bill Raggio.
Jan 14, 2011
The PGA of America announced this week that Washoe Golf Course and the course’s Head Golf Professional Darin Menante have been named to the list of Play Golf America’s Top 100 Performers for 2010.
Looking to serve your community? Join the Medical Reserve Corps!
Washoe County Animal Services officers are inviting the public to comment on proposed changes to existing county ordinances that govern how they ensure public safety and animal protection in our community.
Jan 13, 2011
grading standards, workshop,
Jan 12, 2011
Utility Work “Cone Zones” for Reno in the Kietzke Lane and Mill Street Area
Jan 11, 2011
At today’s Washoe County Commission meeting, the Commissioners accepted two awards that recognized the County’s commitment to conservation and sustainability.
Washoe County Commissioners unanimously elected their chairman and vice-chairman for the 2011 year.
To express your interest in appointment to State Senate District 3, currently vacant, we must receive your letter of interest by 5pm on Friday, January 14th, in the County Manager's Office.
Learn about local ecology and history this Saturday, January 15th, from 2 to 4pm

Jan 5, 2011
Washoe County Commissioners received a letter from Nevada State Senator Bill Raggio submitting his resignation as State Senator representing Washoe District 3 effective 5 p.m. on January 15, 2011.
Jan 4, 2011
Bartley Ranch Regional Park’s Saturday night family entertainment series opens this Saturday, January 8, with Nevada Bluegrass
Jan 3, 2011
Learn about birds and take home your own pine cone bird feeder on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 2-4pm

Residential Dump Days Offers Reduced Rates and Free Select Dumping on January 8 and 9
Dec 30, 2010
Are you prepared in the event of an emergency? Don't drop the ball- Resolve to be ready!
Dec 29, 2010
Washoe County’s Regional Shooting Facility will have a new fee schedule for public use of the range in the new year.
Free nicotine patches available to help quit tobacco use
Dec 27, 2010
Tree collection will begin Sunday, December 26th and run through Monday, January 17th at three community drop-off sites including Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks.
Dec 22, 2010
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department wants everyone in the Truckee Meadows to have a wonderful holiday. That is why we are asking that residents refrain from burning wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and Christmas trees.
Dec 20, 2010
Washoe County’s Saturday night Come in from the Cold series opens on January 8 with Nevada Bluegrass
Dec 15, 2010
Even though flooding is not predicted for the weekend of December 18th and 19th, County staff are prepared for high water.
Dec 14, 2010
The Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park will be closed from Sunday, December 19, 2010 through Tuesday, January 4, 2011 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Dec 13, 2010
Board of Health to Honor Businesses at December Meeting
Dec 10, 2010
Cold weather and winter are here- and so are additional challenges for the elderly and those with disabilities. Take care of those special people in your life...
Dec 6, 2010
Children of all ages will enjoy hearing holiday stories in an enchanted forest, making Christmas crafts, singing carols, visiting with one of Santa’s elves, taking a winter walk in the garden and checking out home made gingerbread houses during the Wilbur D. May Center’s Holiday Open House from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2010.
Dec 3, 2010
Unique, original, and affordable handcrafted collectibles, holiday items and gifts created by local crafters are featured during Washoe County’s 10th annual It’s a Wonderful Christmas Craft Fair, December 10 – 12, 2010 at Lazy 5 Regional Park in Spanish Springs.
Dec 1, 2010
Mary-Ann Brown, RN, MSN, former Division Director of the Community and Clinical Health Services Division at the Washoe County Health District, assumes the position of Interim Health Officer today. She replaces the retiring health officer, Dr. Mary Anderson, MD, MPH, who served at the health district for five years. Brown is expected to direct health district activities for a minimum of five months as the District Board of Health conducts a search for a new health officer.
Nov 30, 2010
Making sure your family and friends are safe when disaster strikes is a double gift. It gives both parties peace-of-mind by insuring everyone is prepared for an emergency. That is why you should consider gifting an emergency supply kit this holiday season.
Sierra Watercolor Art Angels’ annual children’s art class Saturday, December 11 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Nov 24, 2010
Here is a rundown of holiday events and closures scheduled for Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Nov 23, 2010
When you recycle your old phone books at select Reno, Sparks and Washoe County locations, AT&T and the Arbor Day Foundation will donate trees to local parks.
New winter “Smart Card” gets golfer around the course for a dollar a hole
Nov 22, 2010
Washoe County’s roads crews are ready for the series of winter storms forecast to hit our area this week, and are asking for the public’s help to help them keep roads in the unincorporated areas open.
The Washoe County District Health Department, Environmental Health Services (EHS) office will be closing every day at 4:30 pm, beginning December 1st. The requirements of a new accounting system have made it necessary for front counter staff to stop receiving payments by 4:30 pm, in order to close out the daily books by 5:00 pm.
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Washoe County District Health Department reminds consumers about the importance of safe food handling to prevent food-borne illness.
Couples seeking to be married on Saturday January 1st, 2011 (1-1-11) will have more opportunities to purchase a marriage license that day thanks to extended operating hours.
Nov 12, 2010
Washoe County's biannual citizen phone survey starts the week of Nov. 15th. Answer the call and make your voice heard!
Nov 10, 2010
Nevada’s Native Americans bring culture exhibit to the Wilbur May Museum on Saturday, November 20
Nov 9, 2010
The Washoe County Commission today approved the expenditure of several funds that will create investment in our community as well as employ local citizens.
The Washoe County Health District, Office of Vital Statistics, charges fees in accordance with Nevada Revised Statute and the State of Nevada Office of Vital Statistics. On October 15, 2010, the State of Nevada authorized an increase in fees to go into effect beginning December 1, 2010.
At their regular meeting today, the Washoe County Commission canvassed the 2010 General Election results based the independent Election Certification Board report that validated the election process and its results.

Nov 8, 2010
Get together with family and friends, create a gingerbread house and enter the Wilbur D. May Center’s Holiday Gingerbread House Contest for fun, prizes and to benefit Washoe County’s May Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Nov 3, 2010
Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk issued the unofficial final results of the 2010 General Election at 12:12 a.m. today citing a 63.93% voter turnout.
Nov 2, 2010
All 95 polling places located throughout Washoe County opened on time at 7:00 a.m. this morning according to the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office.
All 95 polling places open and only having relatively minor challenges.
In recognition of National Adoption Month, Washoe County Social Services has partnered with One Church One Child to host a Have a Heart Adoption and Foster Care Fair on November 6, 2010 from 11am until 1pm. at Hug High School, 2880 Sutro Street in Reno.

Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk expects today’s last hour of voting to be especially busy as voters stop on their way home from work to vote.
Oct 27, 2010
On November 1st, the 24th year of the Green, Yellow, Red Wood Burning and Better Air Guide will begin. For those residents using wood stoves, pellet stoves, and fireplaces this winter, paying attention to the daily color code will be crucial.
In observance of Veteran’s Day, the County Clerk’s Office invites you to share their pride as they remember and honor the veteran heroes in their own families.
Oct 26, 2010
At its October 26 meeting, the County Commission received $594,686 in rebates from NV Energy for the County’s installation of four solar units at Washoe County facilities.
Oct 22, 2010
Have safe and enjoyable Halloween this year.
Oct 21, 2010
A day full of family-oriented outdoor activities, including guided hikes, children’s crafts, displays of wildfire fighting equipment, and a chance to meet Smokey Bear takes place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 to celebrate the completion of the new Galena Creek Recreation Area on Mount Rose Highway. The Open House is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to learn more about this wonderful new resource for visitors to the Mount Rose corridor.

A year-long series of workshops designed to educate and inform the public about the planning process in Washoe County.
Oct 20, 2010
You should have received your sample ballot by today. If not, contact the Registrar of Voters' Office at 775.328.3670.
Oct 19, 2010
The Galena Creek Visitor Center presents "Birds of Galena Creek" with local Lahontan Audubon Society birder Steve Ting on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
Oct 14, 2010
Please attend the awards ceremony for the winners of the Clean Hands Month Coloring Contest tomorrow, October 15th at the Central Conference Room of the Washoe County Complex, located at 1001 E. 9th Street, in Reno. Presentations will begin at 4 pm.
Oct 13, 2010
Volunteers are needed to help plant trees in area parks during Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 23rd from 9am to noon. Trees were donated by AT&T Real Yellow Pages with the assistance of the National Arbor Day Foundation through the annual “Project ReDirectory,” Phone Books for Trees, recycling campaign.
Oct 12, 2010
County Commissioners addresses several items pertaining to the 2011 Legislative session at their October 12th meeting
Oct 11, 2010
Get the latest information about the 2010 General Election
The spirit of Halloween comes alive at the Galena Creek Visitor Center on Sunday October 24th with a family scanvengar hunt and ranger-led ghost walk
Oct 7, 2010
A free, hands-on workshop presented by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum on Saturday, October 23, 2010.
Oct 6, 2010
The Wild Women Artists have returned to the Wilbur D. May Museum. These extraordinary local artists are planning a big weekend at the museum when they host their annual Reno exhibit and sale October 22 through 24, 2010. Weekend highlights include the popular Meet the Artist Opening Night Reception from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22 and Underwood Children’s Story Hour with Kathleen Durham at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 23.
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “A Guide to Debt Collection Law for the Consumer” on Thursday, October 21, 2010
After the recent decision of a Reno Justice Court judge in a dangerous dog case, Washoe County Animal Services officers would like to remind the public to be responsible pet owners and the consequences of not doing so.
Oct 5, 2010
Construction of the long-awaited Rim to Reno Trail System gets underway at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16 at the Mt. Rose Trailhead near the summit of the Mt. Rose Highway.
On Wednesday, October 13, the Sierra Fire and Truckee Meadows Fire will host the third in a series of community meetings to solicit citizen input for the long ter staffing of the new Arrowcreek Fire Station.
Oct 4, 2010
Over thirty photographs by local photographers that capture the many colors of fall are now on display in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. The exhibit is open through the month of October and free to the public.
“Nevada Legal Resources”, will differentiate the three branches of government and their law as well as other legal resources available in the Law Library and on the web.
Registration and wristband distribution begins Wednesday, October 6, for 2,500 vaccinations
Oct 1, 2010
2,500 people to be immunized against influenza in four-hour drive-thru exercise *UPDATE* Wristbands to participate in this drill are NO LONGER AVAILABLE. *UPDATE*
The world's largest earthquake drill - "The Great Shakeout" - building awareness for earthquake safety.
Sep 28, 2010
The Board of County Commissioners took action on the following: Helping Youth Become Independent Caring for Abused and Neglected Children Street Sweepers Improve Air Quality Support of Emergency Services
Sep 22, 2010
Washoe County Treasurer Tammi Davis would like to remind property owners that Monday, October 4th is the due date for the second installment of 2010/11 property taxes.
Sep 21, 2010
The Wilbur D. May Arboretum offers a series of free guided fall color walks during October. Horticulturist Bill Carlos and Arboretum volunteers lead two Friday evening and two Saturday morning tours showing how the Arboretum is home to a dynamic array of color during the changing of the season thanks to the garden’s large variety of trees and shrubs.
Washoe County Senior Services is hosting three Meet the Candidates forums at the Washoe County Senior Centers in Reno and Sparks. The open house format will provide citizens the opportunity to talk one on one with candidates running for public office in the upcoming November general election.
Four guided walks offered in October.
Sep 20, 2010
Link Piazzo Dog Park will close from September 27 through October 10 for seasonal turf maintenance
Sep 16, 2010
Learn about some of the changes and enhancements with Washoe County's new website, launched this week.
Couples seeking to be married on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 (10-10-10) will have more opportunities to purchase a marriage license that day thanks to extended operating hours.
This is an all-age volunteer event to plant thousands of spring flowering bulbs on Saturday, October 2
The Washoe County Health District has received notification of the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in a Washoe County resident, according to Scott Monsen, Program Manager for the Vector Borne Disease and Prevention Program.
Sep 15, 2010
Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space announced this morning that the Huffaker Hills Trailhead located on Alexander Lake Road near Rattlesnake Mountain will be closed for public use until 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2010. The closure is for the safety of the public, and to allow fire crews the opportunity for clean up and investigation in the aftermath of the Alexander Fire that burned through the area on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Sep 14, 2010
Celebrate the changing of the seasons with a reflective walk through Wilbur D. May Arboretum’s Labyrinth Garden on the eve of the Fall Equinox. Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space hosts an equinox walk in the Labyrinth Garden at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.
At today's meeting, the Board of County Commissioners took action on the following: Accepted nearly $171,000 of grants to benefit community’s troubled youth

Awarded an energy-efficiency contract

Approved Playground Improvement Projects

Volunteer Program Update

Adopted a New Development Fee Schedule
Sep 13, 2010
Local experts and community members gather to work towards a solution.
Sep 12, 2010
Enter your favorite fall photos in Bartley Ranch Regional Park’s Sierra Autumn Exhibit. The exhibit open to all local photographers; entry deadline is September 26.
Sep 9, 2010
Learn how to turn your garden’s dead flowers into colorful fiber dyes when the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society offers a Dead Head Dyeing Workshop at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum on Saturday, September 18
Sep 8, 2010
Families may continue to visit and play at the Kids Discovery Room in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park on Fridays in September and October thanks to the Washoe County volunteers who have been operating the room all summer. The volunteers have decided that they will continue to open the Discovery Room from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. every Friday through October 29, 2010.
Sep 7, 2010
The Washoe County Health District is challenging YOU to a hand washing competition! That’s right! Test your skills and learn the proper way to wash your hands and keep yourself healthy throughout the Great Reno Balloon Races, September 10 through the 12th.
Resources to help people avoid and quit tobacco are more important now than ever before
Sep 2, 2010
Grandparents plays nine holes free with paying adult or child on Sunday, September 12
Museum will open at 7:00 a.m. Friday through Sunday during the Great Reno Balloon Race – special admission price and two art exhibits featured
Sep 1, 2010
The Washoe County Law Library will offer a class to familiarize citizens with legal resources available for Nevada.
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Child Custody and Visitation in Nevada”on Thursday, September 30, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
Clean hands to save lives! The Washoe County Health District will be celebrating Clean Hands Month all of September.
Aug 26, 2010
The Truckee Meadows and Sierra Fire Protection Districts’ Board of Commissioners are requesting feedback from all residents in Washoe County. On Wednesday, September 1, the two agencies will host the second in a series of community meetings that will conclude in December 2010. The purpose of the Fire District Community Forum series is to solicit citizen input for long-term staffing of a new fire station on the corner of Thomas Creek and Arrowcreek Parkway.
Aug 24, 2010
Military personnel play 9 holes free with paying partner from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6, 2010. The course will also be hosting a fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation throughout the Labor Day weekend.
Washoe County Commissioners met today and took the following action on these selected items: Approved Additional Labor Concessions Sun Valley Community Center Continues Senior Operations Fire Restoration Contracts Awarded and Planned National Preparedness Month State Award Accepted Support of Illegal Dumping Task Force National Procurement Award
Aug 20, 2010
Having problems paying your mortgage or facing foreclosure?...
Aug 19, 2010
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space hosts Bark at the Water Park every year on the last day the water park is open for the season.
Aug 18, 2010
Between June and August the Washoe County Health District identified 16 cases of the specific type of Salmonella Enteritidis which has made recent national news, according to District Health Officer Dr. Mary Anderson. This is more than six times the number of cases normally reported during these months in previous years.
Aug 13, 2010
Washoe County Treasurer Tammi Davis would like to remind property owners that Monday, August 16th is the due date for the first installment of 2010/11 property taxes.
Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) has been detected in the Lemmon Valley sentinel chicken flocks kept by the Washoe County Health District. It is one of several mosquito-borne virus diseases that can affect the central nervous system, causing severe complications, including death.
Aug 12, 2010
Join Park Ranger John Keesee for coffee or cocoa and conversations about the Great Outdoors on Saturday morning in August and September at the new Galena Creek Visitors Center
Aug 11, 2010
The recently restored wetlands of Rancho San Rafael Regional Park (August 19) guand the newly opened Galena Creek Recreation Area (September 2) are highlighted in the last two “Discover Your Parklands” hikes led by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Rangers. Explorers of all ages are welcome. Bring sturdy shoes, water, and an extra layer of clothing for the cooler evenings. All hikes are free.
Aug 10, 2010
May Center’s “Forest Journey” exhibit ends on August 21
Reno, Nevada. August 10, 2010. At today’s meeting, the Washoe County Commission took the following action:

Approved more than $250,000 of funding to community organizations. Accepted a lease concession for North Valleys Library. Approved agreement with Burning Man LLC for law enforcement services. County Manager’s annual contract renewed.
Aug 9, 2010
Washoe County Commissioner Bonnie Weber will lead other dignitaries as well as school children in officially opening the new Leon Drive sidewalk extension near the Sun Valley Elementary School today.
Aug 3, 2010
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “The Discovery Process in Civil Cases”, on Thursday, August 19, 2010, Hon. Wesley M. Ayers will present the seminar.
Testing of mosquitoes trapped at Damonte Ranch, has shown that West Nile Virus (WNV) has found its way to Washoe County this summer. Starting tonight, Health District Vector Borne Disease and Prevention staff will begin spraying for adult mosquitoes in that area.
Jul 29, 2010
The Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area is located at 18250 Mt. Rose Highway and is an important new resource for travelers along the Mt. Rose Highway as well visitors to the Galena Creek Recreation Area. It is also the new north entrance to Galena Creek Regional Park.
Jul 28, 2010
New Regional Shooting Range hours effective July 30, 2010 are Friday through Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CLOSED 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Jul 27, 2010
At its July 27 County Commission meeting, County Commissioners approved a contract with a private firm to provide medical services to inmates at the Washoe County Jail.
In order to help balance the budget while avoiding layoffs, Washoe County employee bargaining units have agreed to nearly $4 million in wage concessions for the 2010/2011 fiscal year.
After approving wording for two ballot questions at its July 13 meeting, the Washoe County Commission today appointed nine citizens to committees designed to create information for and against each of the ballot questions.
Jul 26, 2010
Key stakeholders who are involved in job creation within the Washoe County region met again on July 22 to continue coordinating their efforts to strengthen Nevada’s ability to create job growth in our region.
Jul 23, 2010
The Truckee Meadows and Sierra Fire Protection Districts` Board of Commissioners are requesting feedback from all residents in Washoe County.
Jul 22, 2010
Washoe County Commission Chair, David Humke remembers Governor Kenny Guinn and sends his regards.
Jul 19, 2010
On July 13, the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners accepted a solar trash and recycling compactor from Waste Management and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. The compactor, called the “BigBelly,” encourages recycling while reducing gas emissions and trash collection expenses.
Jul 16, 2010
Sierra Street entrance to Rancho San Rafael Park closed from Tuesday, July 20 through Friday, July 23
The 75th annual National Association of Counties (NACo) conference begins today and is being hosted by Washoe County, Nevada.
Jul 15, 2010
As temperatures rise over the next few days, Washoe County Health District officials are reminding residents and visitors that heat-related illnesses can be deadly and are urging people to take precautions to avoid them.
KOLO TV’s “Fan Club” helps local Seniors survive the summer heat
Jul 14, 2010
Reno, Nevada. July 14, 2010. Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (WCEMHS) partner with local businesses to improve preparedness efforts. PREPARE – Washoe meets quarterly and covers various topics important to emergency preparedness.
Jul 13, 2010
Reno, Nevada. July 13, 2010. Washoe County Commissioners approved new, long-term strategic objectives for 2010-12 and new goals for 2010-11 in alignment with the County’s mission and vision.
Washoe County Commissioners approved placing two advisory questions on the November 2010 General Election ballot at their meeting today:
Jul 12, 2010
The Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society will donate $10,000 to Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden thanks to the success of this year’s plant sale. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support general operations, capital improvements, maintenance, supplies and seasonal employment at the arboretum.
Jul 8, 2010
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Small Claims Court 101: How to Present Your Case or Defend It” on Thursday, July 29. Hon. Kevin G. Higgins, Esq. will present this seminar.
These tours are offered as part of the Evolution of Farming in the Great Basin exhibit, on display through July 31, 2010 in the park’s Western Heritage Interpretive Center. The tours and exhibit are free.
Jul 7, 2010
Daughters play 9 holes free with paying adult this Saturday
Guided tours of Bartley Ranch Park’s Historic Ranch Preserve offered on Saturday July 10 and July 24
Jul 6, 2010
Free Wednesday evening concerts are being held at Lazy 5 Regional Park in Spanish Springs through September 1, 2010
Central resource desk part of department’s effort to create efficiencies in face of budget reductions
Reno, Nevada. July 6, 2010. Washoe County Commission Chairman David Humke and County Manager Katy Simon made a presentation before approximately 200 members of the Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce last week highlighting some of the challenges faced by Washoe County. That presentation can now be viewed by the general public by visiting the County’s website.
Jul 2, 2010
Saturday, July 10 at Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Reno, Nevada. July, 2, 2010. Washoe County and the City of Reno want to remind citizens that it is illegal to possess or use fireworks in the City of Reno and the unincorporated areas of Washoe County.
Reno, Nevada. July, 2, 2010. Effective immediately, three previously, county-maintained roads in rural northern Washoe County will no longer be serviced due to budget reductions that were necessary to meet the County’s $25 million deficit faced in the 2010-11 budget which took effective on July 1, 2010.
Jul 1, 2010
Iron rangers are secure metal tubes that serve as stand alone donation collection sites. Four iron rangers have been placed at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, and one each installed at Bartley Ranch, Hidden Valley and Galena Creek Regional Parks. Every dollar makes as difference. Donations will remain within the park where the donations were made.
The park will close at its regular time of 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4
Jun 28, 2010
Reno, Nevada. June 28, 2010. Key stakeholders who are involved in job creation within the Washoe County region met last week to begin coordination of their efforts to strengthen Nevada’s ability to create job growth in our region.
Jun 25, 2010
On June 28th the Washoe County Clerk’s Office will be reducing their hours of operation for the issuance of Marriage Licenses
Reno, Nevada. June 25, 2010. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Washoe County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
Reno, Nevada. June 25, 2010. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has selected Washoe County Public Works Director, Dan St. John, as an ASCE Fellow.
Jun 22, 2010
Washoe County Commissioner John Breternitz, who represents District 1 which includes west Reno and the north shore of Lake Tahoe, holds monthly meetings in Incline Village to discuss various community issues.
Washoe County Commissioners took the following action on selected items listed below
At today’s meeting, the Washoe County Commission voted to initiate the transfer to the City of Reno of an option agreement to purchase the former Northgate Golf Course property in northwest Reno.
Washoe County Commissioners approved placing an advisory question on the 2010 ballot in the general election that asks citizens their preference with regards to Legislative action upon local governments.
Jun 15, 2010
Reno, Nevada. June 15, 2010. Washoe County Commissions officially approved the 2010 Primary Election results at a special meeting today to “canvass” the votes.
Evolution of Farming exhibit takes a close look at life on the farm, then and now
Jun 14, 2010
The 2010 "Discovery Your Parklands" series continues with a ranger led hike at the Lockwood Trailhead on Thursday, June 24, 2010.
Dads plays nine holes free on Sunday, June 20
Jun 12, 2010
Firday night campfire programs will be held at Galena Creek Regional Park through July
Jun 11, 2010
Washoe County Librarian and Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society volunteer Susan Stewart leads the walk and explains the development and use of labyrinth gardens throughout history. Starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2010.
Reno, Nevada. June 11, 2010. Citizens can now go to the Washoe County website and see a graphic representation of geographic areas with corresponding color-coded votes for all 2010 primary election candidates in Washoe County.
Jun 10, 2010
Thursday, June 24, Hon. Harold G. Albright, Esq. will present landlord tenant law and questions regarding the law.
Health District Report Encourages Landlords and Property Managers to Consider Voluntary Smoke-Free Policies
New “Forest Journey” exhibit features museum and arboretum tours: The Power of Plants: A Forest Journey is on display from June 19 through August 21. Guided tours will be offered starting at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or take the self-guided journey between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Jun 9, 2010
Reno, Nevada. June 9, 2010. Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk is delighted that nearly 34% of Washoe County’s registered voters came out to vote in the 2010 primary election. Of the total 72,142 primary election voters, about 18% voted yesterday, 3% voted via absentee ballot and 12% voted during the 14-day early voting period.
Jun 8, 2010
Reno, Nevada. June 8, 2010. All 94 polling locations throughout Washoe County opened at 7 a.m. this morning thanks to poll workers arriving on time as well as all the major setup occurring the night before. At this time, there have been no significant problems reported. 33 employees from the County’s Technology Services Department are strategically positioned in cars throughout the county to respond immediately to any calls for help they may receive from a polling manager.
The Discovery Room will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from June 16 through the end of August. The volunteers plan to pick a different theme, from dinosaurs to cowboys, for each week. Activities include “Crafts on the Porch” every Wednesday, and a story time at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Reno, Nevada. June 8, 2010. Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk believes that the final 2010 primary election voter turnout will top 25% when the final results are tallied this evening.
Jun 7, 2010
Photos will be centerpiece of Bartley Ranch Regional Park’s “Evolution of Farming in the Great Basin” exhibit
Reno, Nevada. June 7, 2010. Voters continued to show they enjoy early voting opportunities by increasing the total number of early voters in the 2010 primary by 119% compared with the early voting period in the 2008 primary.
Jun 4, 2010
Reno, Nevada. June 4, 2010. Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk today said that Washoe County is ready for next week’s Tuesday, June 8th primary election.

Burk cited that 600 poll workers, 60 of them Washoe County employees, have been trained and are ready to open the 94 polling locations by 7 a.m. next Tuesday. Polls will remain open until 7:00 p.m.
Jun 2, 2010
Guided native plant walk of Washoe County’s May Arboretum on Wednesday, June 16
Jun 1, 2010
Eight "Discover Your Parklands" hikes planned for the summer of 2010
Thursday, June 10 at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Sponsored by the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation.
Native American storyteller Tom McCormack presents an evening of stories, poetry and music for all ages during a summer campfire program at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2010 in the outdoor amphitheater of Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park.
Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at Lazy 5 Regional Park opens for season on June 10, 2010
June 1, 2010. Reno, Nevada. With just four days left to vote early in this year’s primary election, voters have surpassed 2008 primary early voters for the same time period by 100%.
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May 28, 2010
Due to budget constraints, the Justices of the Peace at Reno Justice Court have authorized the Court Administrator to close the filing office doors to the general public one hour early on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Beginning on June 4, 2010, the Washoe County Department of Juvenile Services’ Charles M. McGee Center located at 2097 Longley Lane in Reno will cease its overnight operation of youth residential services. The suspension is the direct result of departmental reductions needed to meet the County’s budget shortfall.
May 27, 2010
Kids get 2-for-1 buckets on Sunday, May 30
The period for open burning of vegetative materials within areas protected by the Sierra Fire Protection District will conclude at midnight Monday May 31, 2010. As the open burning period winds down, fire officials are reminding those with burn permits that open burning is not allowed on windy days, and is subject to local air quality controls by the Washoe County Health Department.
May 25, 2010
At their regularly-scheduled meeting today, the Washoe County Commissioners approved an offer by Washoe County’s District Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk, Assessor, Recorder, Public Administrator and Treasurer to make a voluntary financial contribution of 3.7% of their respective salaries plus an additional $25 per pay period, all toward the cost of their health care insurance effective in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Washoe County Commissioners today spent nearly three hours hearing a presentation and receiving comments from many citizens in attendance about potential staffing and construction of a proposed new fire station in the Arrowcreek neighborhood.
May 24, 2010
Reno, Nevada. May 24, 2010. Washoe County has begun installing solar photovoltaic panels at the 9th and Wells County Administration Complex. The installation at the Complex is one of three solar photovoltaic projects currently underway at County facilities. The other two projects are located at the Northwest Library and Washoe County Senior Center.
May 24, 2010. Reno, Nevada. The first weekend of this year’s early voting for the June 8th primary saw a record number of 3,100 people come out to vote.
May 21, 2010
“Water Ways” program will now be held on Saturday, May 29 at Galena Creek Regional Park
Reno, Nevada. May 21, 2010. Early voting for the primary election begins Saturday, May 22nd and ends on Friday, June 4th.
Free concert at Galena Creek Regional Park will now take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28
May 21, 2010 Reno, NV. In a coordinated effort to reduce hazardous fuel levels throughout the HIGH and EXTREME rated communities in Washoe County, the Nevada Fire Safe Council (NVFSC) has established four Biomass collections sites.
May 20, 2010
Free local history program offered on May 26 at the Neil Road Recreation Center as part of Older Americans Month
The Washoe County Health District has confirmed a case of the food borne illness Campylobacter, in a small child who ate homemade cheese that was sold door-to-door in the Truckee Meadows.
May 19, 2010
Thanks to the generosity of Galena Creek program participants and local donors, the Great Basin Institute is now able to offer 20 partial ($50) scholarships for some of this year`s ummer camp sessions.
May 18, 2010
Tuesday, May 25 at RTC Centennial Plaza in Sparks
Listen to the sounds of birds and animals that come out at night during a Full Moon Stroll through Galena Creek Regional Park at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.
Washoe County Health District is beginning aerial mosquito abatement applications this Thursday, May 20. Due to budget reductions there will be 40 percent fewer aerial larvicide applications this mosquito season, and the Washoe County Health District is stressing that residents must become more aware of protecting themselves from biting mosquitoes this summer.
May 17, 2010
Saturday, June 5 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum; Free guided preview on Wednesday, May 26
May 17, 2010. Reno, Nevada. At a special meeting today, the Washoe County Commission approved the 2010-11 Fiscal Year general fund budget of $307,739,893. The budget reflects an overall 9.7% reduction from the 2009-10 adopted budget, and has been rolled back to 2004-05 funding levels.
May 14, 2010
Sunday, May 23 at Galena Creek Regional Park
May 14, 2010. Reno, Nevada. The Washoe County Commission will meet on Monday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers to conduct a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2010-11 tentative budget, as well as possible adoption of the final budget.
May 12, 2010
Free local history programs offered on May 19 and May 26 at the Neil Road Recreation Center
Great Truckee Meadows Community Cleanup volunteer make a huge effort to clean up valuable open spaces.
Saturday, May 22 at Galena Creek Regional Park
May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010. Reno, Nevada. At its May 11 meeting, the Washoe County Commission approved the reallocation of County staff and property tax to contribute $1.86 million towards services to homeless individuals and families at the Community Assistance Center (CAC). The Community Assistance Center is a campus of facilities that includes a family shelter, a men’s shelter, a women’s shelter and the Tom Vetica Resource Center.
May 10, 2010
Galena High Band performs outdoor concert on Friday evening, May 21 at Galena Creek Regional Park
The Washoe County Law Library will offer two classes to familiarize citizens with the law library and online resources.
New legal databases offered to public: Legal Information Reference Center (LIRC) and Legal Collection. These databases are available within the law library and can be accessed anywhere through the internet by law library cardholders.
Sara Barry, CM, CMCA, PCAM and Gayle Kern, Esq. will present a general overview of the recent changes in the law that occurred during the 2009 legislative session for homeowners associations.
May 7, 2010
The whole family will enjoy getting outside and learning about wildlife, history and the coming of spring in the Galena Creek area during a naturalist led hike along the Galena Creek Trail at noon on Sunday, May 16, 2010.
Residents in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County will be receiving notices this week, informing them of a public hearing about the separating of zoning and master planning maps, creating a two-map system instead of the current one-map system.
May 6, 2010
The National Month to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy takes place in May. The purpose of this month is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding early pregnancy and parenthood through an interactive online quiz. Hundreds of thousands of teens nationally are expected to participate.
Washoe County Social Services and the Legends Outlets at the Sparks Marina are hosting a display of “Hearts” at the Tower Court area of the Outlets through May 31st. The Hearts represent each one of the 618 children in Washoe County foster care. The hearts were created by Washoe County Youth Advisory Board for Foster Care Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, Troop 141.
May 5, 2010
Free workshop on Resiliency and Aging Tuesday, May 18 at the Washoe County Senior Center
Star Party with Galena Naturalists and Nevada Astronomical Society May 14 at Galena Creek Regional Park
May 4, 2010
Mom plays nine holes free on Sunday, May 9
Washoe County Senior Services Director Grady Tarbutton discusses the importance of Older Americans Month
May 3, 2010
Volunteers are needed to help cleanup open space areas and pull invasive weeds during the 5th annual Great Truckee Meadows Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 8 from 8:30am-noon. Volunteers may sign-up and choose a location by visiting the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful website at www.ktmb.org.
Take a guided tour of the County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum on Friday, May 7, in honor of the second National Public Gardens Day. Tours begin every hour from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (last tour starts at noon)
May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 8 at Galena Creek Regional Park
Hands-on fun and games bring Nevada’s Ranching Heritage to life May 8 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
May 1, 2010
A Galena Naturalist and Astronomical Society of Nevada member show how sailors and early explorers used stars and constellations to find their way through uncharted territories at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Enjoy an afternoon walk through the forests on the west side of Washoe Valley while learning about the area’s wildlife and history by joining a naturalist-led hike on the Nature Trail at Davis Creek Regional Park at noon on Friday, May 7, 2010.
Apr 28, 2010
At its April 27 meeting, County Commissioners accepted recommendations from the County Manager to balance Washoe County’s budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, including more than $7 million in operating budget reductions and $1.1 million new revenues.
Washoe County Commissioners heard the first reading of a proposed ordinance to establish a financial assistance program to property owners in selected areas to make those properties resistant to flood damage.
Apr 27, 2010
Below are summaries from selected items at the April 27 County Commission Meeting
Apr 26, 2010
It’s a dance, raffle and an ice cream social this Sunday, May 2 at the California Building in Idlewild Park
Beginning June 28, 2010 the Washoe County Clerk`s Office will be reducing their hours of operation for the issuance of Marriage Licenses.
Reno, Nevada. April 26, 2010 The Washoe County Board of Commissioners will accept a $5,000 National Association of Counties Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR award, courtesy of Walmart, at their meeting on April 27th.
Apr 21, 2010
RENO, NEVADA, April 21, 2010— Sierra Fire Protection District is holding their annual evacuation drill on May 8th. This year’s evacuation drill involves a simulated hazardous materials spill of chlorine on the Mt. Rose Highway at Paris Court (near Fawn Lane). Homes located on the south side of the highway; specifically, the areas of Galena Forest Estates, St. James Village, Monteux, Callahan and Fawn Lane are designated to participate in this evacuation drill. This drill will impact 2,800 residents in the Mt. Rose area. This year the evacuation center will be Fire Station #39, located at 4000 Joy Lake Road. The evacuation procedures will remain similar to those of a wildfire evacuation; therefore, through this drill we will also be preparing for the onset of fire season.
Apr 20, 2010
Movie Night returns to Washoe County’s Wilbur May Museum on Friday April 30, 2010
Horticulturist leads a lunchtime walk among the trees April 30 at Washoe County’s May Arboretum
Apr 19, 2010
Dog Park scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, April 27, 2010
8:00 – 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
John Breternitz, Washoe County Commissioner for District One and the Washoe County Community Development team is hosting a community forum to gather citizen input on the Incline Village Workforce Housing Needs Assessment from the area’s diverse cultural, economic and social communities.
Apr 16, 2010
Truckee Meadows Trails Association meeting April 28 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Listed below are summaries of several of the high profile items discussed at the April 13 Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Apr 15, 2010
Animal Grossology’s last day is this Sunday, April 18
Apr 14, 2010
April 23 at the Neil Road Recreation Center
Thursday, April 22, at Galena Creek Regional Park
April 14, 2010. Reno, Nevada. At the April 13th Board of County Commissioners` meeting, County Commissioners voted unanimously to defer a legislatively approved 4% pay increase for fiscal year 2010/2011 and take an additional 3.7% pay cut.
Reno, Nevada. April 14, 2010. Don’t miss your opportunity to get rid of your unwanted items.
Apr 12, 2010
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Several government and community child welfare agencies and organizations have partnered to host events throughout Nevada designed to bring greater attention to the plight of abused and neglected children.
Great Basin Naturalists bring Summer Day Camps to Galena Creek Regional Park. Registrations are due by May 15
Apr 8, 2010
Kids play nine holes free on Sunday, April 18
Apr 7, 2010
Saturday, April 17 at Galena Creek Regional Park
Apr 6, 2010
Exhibit offers more days and more fun things to do from April 6 through April 18
Apr 5, 2010
Cleanups planned for every Monday evening from April through October
Star Party with Galena Naturalists and Nevada Astronomical Society April 16 at Galena Creek Regional Park
Apr 3, 2010
Winter rates will remain in effect at Washoe Golf Course through April 15, 2010.
Apr 2, 2010
Link Piazzo Dog Park in Hidden Valley Regional Park will close from April 5 through 19 for turf maintenance
Apr 1, 2010
Saturday, April 10, at Washoe County’s May Arboretum
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Guardianship Law in Nevada” on Thursday, April 29. Ryan J. Earl, Esq. will present a general overview of adult and minor guardianship law.
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Guardianship Law in Nevada” on Thursday, April 29. Ryan J. Earl, Esq. will present a general overview of adult and minor guardianship law.
Washoe County is seeking paid volunteers to serve as poll workers for the June 8, 2010 Primary Election. Poll workers play an active role in ensuring the ongoing success of our electoral process.
One of Only 40 Communities Selected Across the U.S. To Combat Obesity and Chronic Disease
Mar 29, 2010
The Washoe County Health District reports that gastrointestinal illness appears to once again be circulating in the community. Norovirus is just one common cause of gastrointestinal illness, and has caused several large epidemics in Washoe County in recent years.
Mar 26, 2010
The first wave of Washoe County’s annual presentations of department budgets will begin next week, Monday, March 29th at 9 a.m. in the Washoe County Commission Chambers located at 9th and Wells Avenue. Two additional presentation sessions will follow in coming weeks.
Mar 25, 2010
Galena Naturalists from the Great Basin Institute present Animal Adventures Kids Discovery Day from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2010.
Mar 23, 2010
Animal Grossology Storytime on Saturday, April 3 at the May Museum
Mar 22, 2010
Learn about winter wildlife along the Whites Creek Trail in south Reno by joining a naturalist guided hike on the Lower Whites Creek Trail at noon on Friday, March 26, 2010.
Mar 17, 2010
Rail City Nursery sponsors a volunteer spring cleanup day April 3 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Mar 16, 2010
The current boil water order in Sun Valley affects all restaurants, bars and other food establishments in that area.
LEARN ABOUT WASHOE COUNTY’S CONVERSION TO A 2-MAP SYSTEM FOR LAND USE PLANNING AT A COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE Reno, Nevada. March 16, 2010. The Washoe County Community Development team is hosting an open house to present Washoe County’s proposed conversion to a 2-Map system for land use planning, answer any questions you may have and give you the opportunity to provide input on the conversion to the new system. The open house is Tuesday, March 23 from 5:00-8:00 pm (drop-in anytime) at the Washoe County Senior Center, 1155 E. Ninth Street in Reno.
LEARN ABOUT WASHOE COUNTY’S CONVERSION TO A 2-MAP SYSTEM FOR LAND USE PLANNING AT A COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE Reno, Nevada. March 16, 2010. The Washoe County Community Development team is hosting an open house to present Washoe County’s proposed conversion to a 2-Map system for land use planning, answer any questions you may have and give you the opportunity to provide input on the conversion to the new system. The open house is Tuesday, March 23 from 5:00-8:00 pm (drop-in anytime) at the Washoe County Senior Center, 1155 E. Ninth Street in Reno.
Mar 12, 2010
Monday, March 15 at the Neil Road Recreation Center
Mar 11, 2010
Spend the first day of spring enjoying the great outdoors and exploring Galena Creek Regional Park when naturalists from the Great Basin Institute host a spring equinox celebration at the park from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2010.
Washoe County currently has openings on both the Airport Noise Advisory Panel and the Audit Committee, and is looking for community volunteers to serve on those boards.
Mar 10, 2010
Wear Green and get One Dollar off admission to the May Museum’s Animal Grossology exhibit between March 17 and 20, 2010
Mar 9, 2010
Take the Fear out of Pruning workshop 10:00 – noon on Saturday, March 20 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Mar 8, 2010
Washoe County`s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space hosts its annual Vernal Equinox Walk in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2010.
Mar 3, 2010
In keeping with State Legislation, Washoe County has taken additional measures to further protect the security of citizens, including the implementation of new software and hardware to encrypt data.
Mar 2, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, at Galena Creek Regional Park
Jeanne Yamamura, CPA and Mark Smallhouse, Esq. will present "Starting and Running A Small Business and Top 10 Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make” on Thursday, March 25.
Mar 1, 2010
Come in from the Cold series opens with Nevada Bluegrass January 9 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Animal Grossology exhibit on display through April 18 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Free tax preparation assistance is available at two Washoe County Senior Centers thanks to volunteers from the AARP and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
Senior Meal programs provide a nutritious meal and time to socialize, supporting seniors who choose independent living.
Feb 23, 2010
Reno, Nevada. February 23, 2010. Washoe County Commissioners have cancelled their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 9th and rescheduled it to Tuesday, March 2nd.
Feb 22, 2010
Washoe County Commissioners will hold a special meeting to review a draft fire master plan that has been developed over the past 12 months. The plan, called the Fire Services and Fire-based Emergency Services Master Plan, reviews current operating procedures in comparison to national standards and provides initial recommendations for improvement.
Feb 19, 2010
Kitty Jung, Washoe County Commissioner appointed as a representative of Nevada Association of Counties to the State and Local Government Panel on Renewable Energy.
Naturalist led snowshoe hike on Sunday, February 28 at Galena Creek Regional Park
Feb 18, 2010
Reno, Nevada. February 18, 2010. Here’s your chance to tell Washoe County officials what you think and help determine the future of your County.
Feb 17, 2010
Reno, Nevada. February 17, 2010. Josh Wilson, Washoe County Assessor, would like to remind residents who are 62 years of age or older by June 30, 2010, that the Senior Citizens Property Tax/Rent Assistance program is accepting applications until April 30, 2010.
Feb 16, 2010
Learn about winter wildlife along south Reno’s Thomas Creek during a naturalist guided hike on the Lower Thomas Creek Trail at noon on Friday, February 26, 2010.
Feb 11, 2010
Reno, Nevada. February 11, 2010. Washoe County was awarded $10.49 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding as part of the Recovery Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009.
Reno, Nevada. February 11, 2010. At the February 9th Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Washoe County Roads Division was awarded the prestigious Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award for implementing the Tahoe Street Sweeper program.
Reno, Nevada. February 11, 2010. Washoe County’s Department of Social Services finalized 158 adoptions in 2009 providing permanent, loving families to abused or neglected children who were unable to be reunified with their biological parents. This is the highest number ever recorded since Washoe County’s Department of Social Services took over adoptions from the State of Nevada in 2002.
Feb 10, 2010
Due to this week’s cloudy skies, the Dark Moon Astronomy Program at Galena Creek Regional Park has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 17.
Feb 4, 2010
Monday, February 15, Holiday Nature Program and Scavenger Hunt teaches map and compass skills to all ages
Feb 3, 2010
February 14 at Bartley Ranch Park’s Historic Huffaker Schoolhouse
Feb 2, 2010
Feb 1, 2010
Junior Snow Rangers is a self-guided winter nature program for families with children ages 6 - 14.
“Gardening in Nevada” programs will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in February and March to provide information and answer general horticulture questions for northern Nevada gardeners.
Wednesday, February 10, at Galena Creek Regional Park
Jan 26, 2010
Reno, Nevada. January 26, 2010. Washoe County Commissioners were told today that the 2010-11 fiscal year budget which begins on July 1st will need to be reduced by $25 million, representing an overall 9% cut.
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Reno, Nevada. January 19, 2010. Washoe County snow plows were out in force early this morning during the first wave of what is predicted to be a multi-wave storm system.
Jan 15, 2010
Reno, Nevada. January 15, 2010. Carey Stewart has been appointed Washoe County Juvenile Service Director. As the Juvenile Services Director, Mr. Stewart oversees the McGee Center and the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center, providing a continuum of services and sanctions to juveniles between the ages of 8 and 18 and their families.
Jan 12, 2010
Be part of the Show: Seniors of all ages welcome to participate in Valentine’s Day performance at the Washoe County Senior Center.
First in a series of nature hikes offered by the Great Basin Institute in the Galena Creek Area
Reno, Nevada. January 12, 2009. Washoe County Commissioners reluctantly accepted long-time Washoe County Treasurer Bill Berrum’s resignation this morning, and appointed Chief Deputy Treasurer Tammi Davis as Treasurer as allowed by state statute.
Reno, Nevada. January 12, 2009. At their regularly scheduled meeting today, the Washoe County Commission unanimously re-elected Commissioners David Humke and Bonnie Weber to serve as the Commission’s 2010 Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.
Jan 11, 2010
Animal Grossology exhibit opens January 30 at the May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Jan 6, 2010
The whole family will have fun in the snow during Galena Creek Regional Park’s Snowman Building contest at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2010.
Jan 5, 2010
Monthly Star Parties hosted by Galena Naturalists and Nevada Astronomical Society members
Jan 1, 2010
Starting January 4, Parks Administration Office hours will be 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the office will be closed on Fridays.
Hundreds of local seniors were touched by the “Spirit of Christmas” this year thanks to the generosity of their fellow residents.
Dec 28, 2009
Reno, Nevada. December 28, 2009. Washoe County officials are urging residents to take advantage of our local solid waste disposal provider’s “Residential Dump Days” event scheduled for Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, 2010.
Dec 19, 2009
Free public legal seminar “What Can You Do About Your Conviction? A Quick Journey through the Land of Appeals, Sealing of Records, Writs & Pardons Board”, on Thursday, January 28, 2010, Richard Cornell, Esq. will present the seminar.
Dec 18, 2009
Museum will be closed from Sunday, December 20 through Tuesday, January 5, 2010. "Animal Grossology" exhibit scheduled to open January 30.
Reno, Nevada. December 18, 2009. The National Association of Counties (NACo) announced this week that Washoe County was a winner of the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR Campaign. Washoe County won in the large county category and will receive a $5,000 grant, courtesy of Wal-Mart, to enhance current energy conservation measures of the County.
Reno, Nevada. December 18, 2009. The Washoe County Assessor`s Office has mailed the 2010/2011 property assessment notices. These notices are for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2010.
Dec 14, 2009
Reno, Nevada. December 12, 2009. At their strategic planning retreat this afternoon, Washoe County Commissioners began identifying their goals for next year. They also agreed to meet again within the coming months to refine and/or add to the list.
Dec 10, 2009
For the first time since 1994, Air Quality Management staff from the Washoe County Health District will be out on patrol, looking for smoking fireplace chimneys. Mary Anderson, MD, MPH, issued a RED Burn Ban this morning at 9:30, when fine particulate matter (smaller than 2.5 microns in size) reached reach the unhealthful level.
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners and Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TWMA) Board of Directors met in a joint meeting yesterday and unanimously approved an Interlocal Agreement which will govern the merger of Washoe County Department of Water Resources Water Utility into TMWA.
Dec 9, 2009
At the December 8th meeting, Washoe County Commissioners received both an update on the County’s current financial status as well as a preliminary look at the coming year.
Dec 8, 2009
Washoe County road crews continue to work to clear roads in the unincorporated areas that were hit by one of the area’s worst snowstorms in years.
Reno, Nevada. December 8, 2009. Washoe County Commissioners voted at their meeting today to take action that will keep the possibility of purchasing the former Northgate Golf Course abandoned by the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority alive.
The Washoe County Clerk’s office is pleased to announce the arrival of an online searchable records system. The new program allows citizens to search databases for Marriage License Applications, Fictitious Firm Name Filings, and Ministers. In addition to being able to search records online, citizens may also pre-fill information for Marriage License Applications and Fictitious Firm Name filings to reduce their time at the customer service counter.
Dec 4, 2009
Reno, Nev - In honor of the second anniversary of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, the 2009 Extra Mile Awards (EMAs) will be awarded to the following Northern Nevada businesses for voluntarily expanding the smoking ban at their facilities:
Dec 3, 2009
Sierra Watercolor Art Angels’ annual children’s art class Saturday, December 12 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Dec 1, 2009
Be a Santa to a Senior project hosts a wrapping party December 12 at the Washoe County Senior Center
This year`s "It’s a Wonderful Christmas Craft Fair" will be held from December 11 through 13 at Lazy 5 Regional Park in Spanish Springs
Nov 25, 2009
The off-leash area in Rancho San Rafael will be closed on Sunday, November 29 and again on Saturday, December 12 for High School cross country championship.
Nov 24, 2009
The May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park will be closed from Sunday, November 22 through Tuesday, December 1, 2009.
The Washoe County Law Library will assist the community during these complicated economic times through the grant project: Specialized Financial Literacy: A Collection of Books; Web links; and Educational Seminars.

The community is encouraged to take advantage of the resources that are available. This project will address financial issues including: bankruptcy; consumer and investor protection; homeownership; taxes; credit; estate planning; identity theft; retirement; and foreclosure.
Nov 23, 2009
Museum’s Holiday Festival features Art, Gingerbread Houses and Tubas
Drop off goodies at the Sparks Senior Center between now and December 3.
Nov 20, 2009
November 20, 2009. Reno, Nevada. Extreme winds in the Truckee Meadows today are causing an extraordinary increase in calls to the Washoe County Regional Animal Services Facility reporting dogs running loose in the community.
November 20, 2009, Reno, NV. Washoe County Social Services officials are inviting citizens to the upcoming “Have a Heart” Foster Care Fair. The Fair will be held from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, December 5th at the Sparks Library, 1125 12th Street in Sparks.
Nov 19, 2009
Donations from a generous community help the Seniors purchase a brand new, state of the art Bingo Board for their players.
Nov 18, 2009
In celebration of Greek Week, fraternity and sorority members from University of Nevada, Reno have volunteered to clean up five parks within the City of Reno and Washoe County.
Nov 16, 2009
Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, right before the Wilbur May Museum’s Tuba Christmas concert.
Nov 10, 2009
November is Diabetes Awareness Month; an opportunity for all Washoe County residents to learn the signs of diabetes and take steps to lower their risk.
Nov 9, 2009
Nevada’s Native Americans bring culture exhibit to the Wilbur May Museum on Saturday, November 21.
Reno, NV, November 12, 2009. The Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure is spearheading a Running Shoe and Race Shirt Drive to benefit local kids being served through the Kids Kottage. The Running Shoe and Race Shirt Drive will be on November 21, 2009 at Eclipse Running at 6990 S. McCarran Blvd. in Reno from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov 5, 2009
Internationally-recognized expert on domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, Lundy Bancroft will speak in Reno at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada campus Tuesday, November 17, as part of the 9th Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Task Force Conference.
Nov 2, 2009
Help Washoe County recapture first place and win $5,000 by taking the National Association of Counties (NACO) ENERGY STAR Change a Light pledge. Visit www.greencounties.org/changetheworld to take the pledge.
Oct 29, 2009
On November 1st, the 23rd year of the Green, Yellow, Red Wood Burning and Better Air Guide will begin.
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County Health District has moved their office to the Washoe County Complex at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building A, Suite 115A.
Reno, Nevada. October 29, 2009. At their regularly scheduled meeting yesterday, Washoe County Commissioners directed planning staff to make specific revisions to a proposed nuisance ordinance and return on December 8th for a first reading of said ordinance with a second reading and possible adoption on January 12, 2010. Both readings would occur during the public hearing portion of the County Commission meeting, scheduled to begin no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on both days.
Oct 28, 2009
Reno, Nevada. October 28, 2009. Help Washoe County recapture first place and win $5,000 by taking the National Association of Counties (NACO) ENERGY STAR Change a Light pledge.
Local artist shares children’s stories from the magical world of Underwood November 7 at the Wilbur May Museum.
Oct 27, 2009
Reno, Nevada. October 27, 2009. Citizens can hear about how Washoe County’s Animal Services staff is working with local animal rescue groups to make our county one of the most “pet friendly” communities in the country.
Reno, Nevada. October 27, 2009. The Washoe County Commission today at their regularly scheduled meeting approved the following on-going agreements with other local government entities to enhance our community’s quality of life, specifically in the area of public safety.
Reno, Nevada. October 27, 2009. Washoe County Commissioners met today with members of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) Board of Directors to outline a process for near-term integration and long-term consolidation of Washoe County Department of Water Resources’ water utility function with TMWA, the area’s largest water purveyor.
Public ceremony planned for noon on Thursday, November 5.
Oct 26, 2009
Weekend highlights include the Artists Opening Night Reception on Friday, November 6 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and the Children’s Story Hour with Kathleen Durham on Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m.
Buddy Day Lunch on Wednesday, November 5 helps newcomers learn about Sparks Senior Center
Oct 21, 2009
Reno, Nevada. October 21, 2009. Washoe County has been recognized as a winner for its use of technology in the national Center for Digital Government’s 2009 Digital Counties Survey in the 250,000 to 499,000 population category.

Oct 20, 2009
The Washoe County Law Library will again host “Introduction to the Law, the Library and Legal Resources”. This introductory tour will familiarize you with the law and legal resources available in the Law Library and on the internet.
Oct 13, 2009
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Recent Changes to Nevada Foreclosure Law for the Homeowner” on Thursday, November 5, 2009, Doug Flowers. Esq., will present the seminar.
Oct 9, 2009
The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) is pleased to announce that Haws Corporation is the first company to become a partner in the “iRefill – There’s No Landfill in a Refill” campaign.
Oct 8, 2009
Save-Mart pharmacist will be at Sun Valley on October 14, Reno on October 16 and Sparks on October 23. These are season flu shots only, H1N1 vaccinations will not be available.
Reno, Nevada. October 8, 2009. Washoe County Social Services Foster Care and Adoption Recruitment program is providing opportunities for citizens of Washoe County to learn about foster care and adoption in our community.
Oct 7, 2009
Reno, Nevada Oct. 7, 2008. The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “A General Overview of Nevada Probate Law” on Thursday, October 22, 2009, Stanley Brown, Esq. will present the seminar.
Members of the Sparks Senior Center’s Crafters Club will hold a yard sale on Saturday, October 10, to help raise money for activities at the Senior Center.
Oct 6, 2009
Volunteers are needed to help plant trees in area parks, including Rancho San Rafael and Hidden Valley Regional Parks, during Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 24 from 9am to noon.
Reno, Nevada. October 6, 2009. In a decision handed down today by District Court Judge Brent Adams, Washoe County Treasurer Bill Berrum was ordered to refund 8,700 north shore property owners located in the Washoe County portion of the Lake Tahoe basin in support of the State Board of Equalization`s decision on July 20, 2009 to roll back 2006-07 property values for those residential parcels to 2002-03 levels.
Oct 5, 2009
October 17 event includes workshops, bulb/tree plantings and garden clean-up. All garden debris will be recycled.
Oct 2, 2009
Spectacular fall photographs by local photographers on display at Bartley Ranch Regional Park through October 29
Oct 1, 2009
Swing into fall with mid-week golf specials at Washoe County`s Sierra Sage and Washoe Golf Courses
Public Workshop October 14, 2009 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
See some of the artists at work during Demonstration Day on October 10, 2009
Reno, Nevada. October 1, 2009. Washoe County encourages all residents to take advantage of free dumping of selected items during this weekend`s event sponsored by the area`s privately-operated Waste Management company.
Sep 30, 2009
Reno, Nevada September 30, 2009. The Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office was recognized as a finalist for the prestigious International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT) Eagle Award for the voter passport system at the organization’s conference this summer in San Francisco.
The public will get a chance to hear from both public and private partners about ways that we’ve become a more pet friendly community since voters in 2002 decided that animal services should be regionalized under Washoe County and a new animal facility built and shared by Washoe County and the Nevada Humane Society.
Sep 28, 2009
Washoe County received notice of being selected for an award of $2,046,730 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to directly support fire services in the Sierra Fire Protection District (SFPD) area.
Washoe County is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Washoe County Animal Control Board (WCACB) to fill an unexpired term through December 31, 2011. All citizens living in Washoe County Commission District 1 are encouraged to apply for the vacated WCACB seat.
Sep 23, 2009
City of Reno and Washoe County celebrate new joint effort to increase services to seniors in need with a community celebration at 11:30 a.m. this Thursday, September 24
Washoe County is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Planning Commission. Citizens living in the unincorporated portion of Washoe County Commission District 2
Washoe County is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Planning Commission. Citizens living in the unincorporated portion of Washoe County Commission District 2 are encouraged to apply for the vacated Planning Commission seat. Commission District 2 is the area south of the Truckee River and is represented by Commission Chairman David Humke.
Sep 22, 2009
Reno, Nevada. September 21, 2009. Washoe County Commissioners at their meeting today accepted two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants that will directly benefit seniors and reduce the County’s energy costs.
Sep 17, 2009
Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society volunteer Susan Stewart leads a walk at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22 to explain the history and healing qualities of these ancient gardens.
Sep 14, 2009
Enter your favorite fall photos in Bartley Ranch Park’s Sierra Autumn exhibit. The exhibit open to all local photographers; entry deadline is September 26
Sep 11, 2009
Sparks Greenbrae Lions Club and Washoe County’s Sparks Senior Center are gathering goodies for crewmembers aboard the USS Nimitz.
Sep 9, 2009
The Washoe County Health District is challenging YOU to a hand washing competition! That’s right! Test your skills and learn the proper way to wash your hands and keep yourself healthy during the Boys & Girls Club "Day for Kids" event at Ardmore Park in Sparks, this Saturday Sept. 12th, from 11 AM to 2 PM.
Sep 8, 2009
Grandparents play 9 holes free with paying adult or child from 2 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13 at Washoe and Sierra Sage Golf Courses
Reno, Nevada September 8, 2009. The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Preparing Your Case for Trial” on Thursday, September 24, 2009, Judge Jerome Polaha, will present the seminar.
Sep 3, 2009
From Friday, September 11, through Sunday, September 13, the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Sep 2, 2009
The adventure Park will be open all three days of the holiday weekend, then closes for the season
Got some extra time on your hands? Looking for a way that you can make a difference in your community? Interested in volunteering but not really sure how to find the best match for you? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you need to attend the first-ever Washoe County Volunteer Opportunity Fair!
Sep 1, 2009
Public Planning Workshop September 9 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Military personnel play 9 holes free with paying partner from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7
The next time you step up to wash your hands, start singing the Alphabet song (to yourself, if you are shy) and wait until the end of the song to rinse the soap from your hands. Sounds easy and correctly washing hands can help keep everyone from getting exposed to colds, the flu and other viruses like norovirus, which causes stomach upset and diarrhea.
Aug 26, 2009
In an effort to help ensure that all students beginning seventh grade this year can do so on time, the Washoe County Health District is holding special walk-in clinics at which Tdap vaccinations will be provided.
Aug 25, 2009
Washoe County Commissioners today acknowledged receipt of the 14th annual Achievement in Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute on behalf of the County’s Purchasing Department.
Washoe County Commissioners unanimously approved an unprecedented three-year employment agreement with current Washoe County Manager Katy Simon citing the need for the stable and visionary leadership she provides to the entire region.
The Washoe County Commission was told today that RJG Development, Inc., the land developer who originally donated land to Washoe County to be operated as an 18-hole golf course, has agreed to sell the now-closed Northgate Golf Course for the appraised value of $2,850,000. RJB had previously set a selling price of $4.5 million.
Aug 23, 2009
Morality and the Founding of Our Nation: a free Chautauqua performance featuring Bill Chrystal as John Adams and Alexander Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, August 29.
Aug 21, 2009
Citizens who are interested in the future of the Northgate Golf Course will be happy to know that the Washoe County Commission has set their discussion of this on August 25th for time-certain at 5:15 p.m., meaning it will be heard as close to that time as possible but definitely not before.
In a newly-released 14-minute video available for viewing on the County’s website, Washoe County Assessor Josh Wilson explains why 40% of all property owners in Washoe County actually saw an increase in their property taxes for 2009-10 even though their property value may have gone down.
Aug 20, 2009
Melio Gaspari Water Play Park open to dogs on Sunday, August 30
Aug 12, 2009
The Wilbur D. May Museum and Great Basin Adventure will be closed on Saturday, August 15, and Sunday, August 16, 2009 during the annual Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest. There will also be no vehicle access to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park on the Saturday and Sunday of the Blues Fest.
Aug 11, 2009
Reno Nevada, August 11, 2009. Join Central City Church, Washoe County Department of Social Services, and the “One Church, One Child” program in a celebration of the positive accomplishments of our community’s children. The “Learn to Affirm” event will feature live music, a free picnic, and booths from local family agencies.
The Children’s Services Division of Washoe County Social Services would like the public to know that from 5:30 p.m. today through 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, August 12th, their phone lines will be down due to scheduled maintenance.
After hearing from several local golfers pledging their support for the County’s Sierra Sage Golf Course located in the North Valleys area, the Washoe County Commission voted unanimously to authorize the Director of Regional Parks and Open Space to negotiate an agreement to operate the golf course with Performance Golf. The Board also directed that if such an agreement cannot be successfully negotiated or if the contractor cannot fulfill the contractual obligations anytime during the term of the agreement, staff will return to the Commission for reconsideration of the issue before any closure of the golf course could be implemented.
At today’s Washoe County Commission meeting, Board members received the Phase I Preliminary Assessment Reports for integration of the County’s Department of Water Resources and Truckee Meadows Water Authority for System Planning and Engineering, Water Operations, and Water Resources which is the result of State legislative direction to evaluate such a consolidation.
Aug 6, 2009
Reno, Nevada. August 6, 2009. Washoe County officials are warning citizens about an apparent scam promising property owners that their property taxes can be reduced for a fee of $189.00.
Aug 4, 2009
At the request of the Sierra Front Bear Working Group, Governor Jim Gibbons will declare August “Bear Awareness” month in Northern Nevada. The event will be held on Thursday, August 6th at 11 a.m. at the Caughlin Ranch Village Green Park.
Citizens can greatly reduce risk to themselves and to the bears by doing simple things like stashing their trash until the day of pickup and not leaving their pets or their pets’ food outside.
Aug 2, 2009
Wilbur May Museum programs tie Victorian era history to Sherlock Holmes mystery with Victorian era history programs offered on Friday nights in August as part of the Museum’s Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery exhibit.
Aug 1, 2009
Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery, a new interactive exhibit full of mystery, history and “whodunit” on display July 26 – September 20 at the Wilbur D. May Museum .
Washoe County’s Great Basin Adventure hosts Family Movie Nights in August, 2009.
Jul 30, 2009
Everyone who wants to help seniors survive the summer heat is encouraged to join the KOLO “Fan Club” by dropping off new fans at the station or at the Washoe County Senior Services Center on 9th Street.
Jul 27, 2009
The Sparks Senior Center presents a free screening of the 2007 film August Rush after lunch on Thursday, August 6.
Jul 23, 2009
Kids play 9-holes of golf free during Washoe County’s Family Golf Day, this Sunday, July 26 at Sierra Sage and Washoe Golf Courses.
Soroptimist International of Reno`s press release about this year`s Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Summer has truly arrived in Northern Nevada in the form of temperatures over 100 degrees. "Nevadans enjoy some of the sunniest weather in the nation,” said Mary Anderson, MD, Washoe County District Health Officer, “but we should be aware of sun and heat exposure risks and be prepared. When temperatures rise quickly there are numerous health issues that can arise. “The best way to stay safe during the summer is to be aware of potential harmful situations, and take steps to protect oneself and one’s family.”
Jul 20, 2009
Shakespeare comes to Wilbur May`s Great Basin Adventure this Sunday, July 26.
In a unanimous vote today, the State Board of Equalization ruled that nearly 9,000 Incline Village/Crystal Bay property owners are entitled to have their 2006-07 property values rolled back to 2002-03 property values but stopped short of applying the same equalization principle to property values outside of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area.
Jul 17, 2009
From 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, the pool will be open to allow adults 18 and over time for lap swimming.
Jul 16, 2009
Latest donation includes funding for a special mid-summer exhibit at the May Museum, Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery, which is scheduled to open on July 26.
Jul 14, 2009
Washoe County Commissioners today accepted nearly half a million dollars of private donations to support various county programs and services, many of which have been affected by recent budget cuts necessitated by falling property and sales tax revenues.
Washoe County Commissioners awarded nearly $261,000 today to support special community needs.
Jul 10, 2009
The Washoe County Department of Regional Parks & Open Space is looking for an interested member of the public to serve as a citizen representative on the Regional Shooting Facility Advisory Committee. Letters of Interest due by July 22, 2009.
Jul 8, 2009
Two public meetings will be held in July so that members of the public may comment on the proposed 30-mile Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway along the east shore of Lake Tahoe.
Jul 7, 2009
Washoe County`s Department of Senior Services is partnering with community agencies that serve Sun Valley residents of all generations by moving the Sun Valley Senior Center to the Community Building located in Sun Valley Community Park. Services will be better coordinated for seniors, their families and caregivers and the public will have greater access to community services so that more people may be served.
Community celebration planned for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16
Jul 6, 2009
With the start of the new fiscal year, many Washoe County offices have moved as well as some of the County`s operations.
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space presents three more free Summer Family Entertainment programs at the adventure park located within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
Jul 4, 2009
The park will close at its regular time of 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 (original release date 6/26/2009)
Jul 2, 2009
Free concerts will be held at the park on Wednesday evenings through August 26.
Lifestyle Homes Foundation is sponsoring a Free Swim Day for all ages this Saturday, July 4, at the Sun Valley Pool located at 115 West 6th Avenue in Sun Valley. Pool hours are 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. A second Community Free Swim Day, this one sponsored by Sun Valley General Improvement District Trustee Bob Fink and his wife Norma, will be held at the Sun Valley Pool on Saturday, July 18.
Jul 1, 2009
Paula Morin`s “Honest Horses: A Portrait of the Mustang in the Great Basin” June 27 – August 9 at Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
Anyone interested in keeping these beautiful public gardens beautiful is encouraged to join Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society for a Community Clean-up Day from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Saturday, July 11.
Jun 29, 2009
Have you lost your pet but can’t visit the Regional Animal Services Center everyday to view the strays? Have you found an animal that you’d like to report missing, but don’t know how to go about it? No worries! Now you can conduct all this business and other animal-related services on-line at the Regional Animal Service Center`s website.
Jun 26, 2009
FREE MONTHLY LEGAL SEMINAR: “LANDLORD TENANT MATTERS IN RENO JUSTICE COURT, INCLUDING NEW NEVADA LAWS” AT THE WASHOE COUNTY LAW LIBRARY

Jun 24, 2009
Reno, Nevada. June 24, 2009. At their meeting yesterday, Washoe County Commissioners reluctantly approved the use of dedicated savings to make up the loss of $25 million over the next two years that is the result of recent Legislative action. Commissioners noted that use of these dedicated funds is a one-time solution that protects the public from additional service cuts, but is not a sustainable way to fund County government and presents risks for the future.
Jun 22, 2009
Reno, Nevada. June 22, 2009. Washoe County is urging citizens who plan to attend tomorrow’s County Commission meeting to allow plenty of time to find a parking spot as traffic and parking will be very congested during the Reno Rodeo which is occurring at the Reno Livestock Events Center adjacent to the Washoe County Administrative Complex on East Ninth Street
From square dancing to Shakespeare, families are welcome to enjoy free entertainment and fun on Sunday evenings through June and July.
Jun 19, 2009
Washoe County Commissioner, John Breternitz hosts two, monthly community gatherings, one in Incline Village Crystal Bay and the second in the Truckee Meadows.
Jun 17, 2009
Reno, Nevada. June 17, 2009. Eagle Scout Candidate, Canaan Peterson will install a commemorative marker to recognize and honor the life and travels of James Pierson Beckwourth at 2:00 pm on Friday June 19th at 1370 North Hills Blvd.
Jun 16, 2009
The Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) presented its 2009 Project of the Year Award to Washoe County for its Crystal Bay Phase I Water Quality Improvement Project at today’s County Commission meeting. The project won in the environmental category for projects under $5 million.
Jun 12, 2009
Washoe County’s Great Basin Adventure offers free family entertainment programs Sunday evenings from June 21 through July 26
Opening of Bowers Mansion Pool delayed until Saturday, June 20
Jun 11, 2009
Dads play 9 holes free with paying child from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 at Washoe and Sierra Sage Golf Courses
Washoe County Parks program explores history of Labyrinth Gardens. June 20 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Jun 9, 2009
Guided native plant tour Washoe County’s May Arboretum offered on Wednesday, June 17
In an effort to reduce costs associated with their monthly meetings, Washoe County Commissioners today decided to meet twice a month instead of three times a month, effective July 2009.
Jun 8, 2009
This Saturday, June 13, there will be a special program about Prehistoric Predators at 1:00 p.m. as part of the exhibit.
Jun 2, 2009
Sun Valley Pool and Melio Gaspari Water Play Park open Saturday, June 6. Bowers Mansion Pool Opens Saturday, June 13

Jun 1, 2009
Citizens can go to Washoe County’s website and view the antics of three high-energy boys who are looking for forever families through Washoe County’s Social Services Adoption Program.
This year’s sale will take place at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday, June 6 at the May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
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May 27, 2009
Live falcon program offered at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday as part of May Museum’s “Predators” exhibit
May 26, 2009
Washoe County Commissioners tapproved a contract with the Truckee River Flood Project and the City of Reno for temporary shelter for the overflow homeless population that cannot be accommodated at the City of Reno’s Community Assistance Center on Record Street during cold weather months.
May 20, 2009
Kids have a chance to meet Curious George and earn a free log flume ride when Washoe County’s Great Basin Adventure and KNPB team up for the KNPB Kids Fun Hunt on Sunday, May 31.
May 19, 2009
Washoe County accepting applications for lifeguards to work at Sun Valley and Bowers Mansion Pools
Sections of Washoe County will be treated for mosquitoes every other Thursday, starting May 21st and continuing through September.
Reno, Nevada. May 19, 2009. The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Nevada’s Labor Laws – An Evening with the Labor Commissioner” on Thursday, May 28, 2009, Michael Tanchek, Labor Commissioner will present the seminar.
May 18, 2009
The annual plant sale at Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on June 6. A free guided walkthrough of the plants will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27.
The month of May is designated as National Foster Care Month, and Washoe County has planned activities in support of this designation.
At their special meeting today for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the budget, the Washoe County Commissioners adopted the 2009-10 budget that will begin July 1, 2009. The $334,908,310 general fund (operating) budget reflects a reduction in departmental overall spending by 11% in response to declining property tax and sales tax revenues over the past several years. The County’s 2009-10 total budget is $804,684,034, an 18% decrease compared to the 2008-09 total budget of $978,589,824.
May 15, 2009
Reno, Nevada. May 15, 2009. On May 11, 2009 the 2009 Session of the Nevada State Legislature passed and enrolled Senate Bill 14 which increases the fee for a Nevada Marriage License from $55.00 to $60.00.
May 14, 2009
Washoe County Parks workshop helps gardeners reduce fire risk by removing flammable plants
May 13, 2009
At their regularly scheduled meeting today, the Washoe County Commissioners heard a budget presentation that recommends the $47 million projected shortfall for the 2009-10 fiscal year be met by reducing staffing levels by 14% and general fund spending by 11%. Tapping into $2.9 million in risk management fund reserves and using $4 million in savings from voluntary wage reductions also help meet the a budget deficit that is the result of unprecedented decreases in property tax and sales tax revenues.
May 12, 2009
The family fun park will be open all three days and is offering one free log flume ride with each paid admission.
May 8, 2009
Reno, NV. May 8, 2009. May is Older Americans Month, a great time to bring attention to the issues that affect older adults and create community-wide opportunities to help older Americans improve their quality of life. This year’s theme is “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow,” and we, as a nation, must work together to give older adults the tools they need to make healthy decisions.
May 7, 2009
Two-for-one golf; two-for-one range balls and two-for-one draft beer on Tuesdays at Washoe Golf and Wendesdays at Sierra Sage. Limited time.
Reno, NV. May 7, 2009. Are you struggling or falling behind on your mortgage payments and in fear of losing your home? Are you worried about interest rate adjustments and your ability to afford a higher mortgage payment? If the answer is yes, then you will want to attend the foreclosure prevention workshop hosted by Washoe County Senior Services, Senior Law Project on Saturday May 9 and Wednesday, May 27 at the Reno Senior Center located at 1155 E. 9th Street.
May 6, 2009
Washoe County Regional Parks and Opens Space presents a series of nature programs about birds of prey on Saturday afternoons during the month of May as part of the Predators exhibit.
May 5, 2009
History program looks at Nevada from the prospector’s perspective; May 16 at Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Museum
Reno, Nevada. May 5, 2009. Beginning next Monday, May 11th, the Washoe County Building and Safety Department will be closed on Mondays. New hours will be Tuesday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed from 12 noon to 1 p.m. for lunch on those days. Inspections outside of normal business hours will be available by advance appointment only.
May 4, 2009
Teen Pregnancy Committee Promotes National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Sierra Watercolor Society presents free workshop May 16 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
May 1, 2009
Reno, Nevada. May, 2009. In a unanimous vote, the State Board of Equalization upheld the Washoe County Assessor’s 2008-09 property valuations in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay areas during a three-day evidentiary hearing this week.

Apr 30, 2009
Sunday, May 10 at Washoe and Sierra Sage Golf Courses
Apr 29, 2009
Tours begin every hour from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (last tour starts at noon) on Friday, May 8, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
The Washoe County Law Library website provides a webpage with basic information regarding some of the current laws concerning foreclosure, as well as some of the proposed bills in the legislature relating to renters whose landlord is facing foreclosure.
Apr 20, 2009
Saturday, May 2. Please RSVP to Becky Stock, Nevada Land Conservancy, at (775) 851-5180
Reno, Nevada. April 20, 2009. Washoe County Commissioners are interested in what you have to say about spending priorities as they put together the County’s 2009-10 budget. They encourage all citizens to attend.
Apr 16, 2009
Reno, Nevada. April 16, 2009. The Washoe County Law Library has provided foreclosure information for renters on the law library’s website www.washoecounty.us/lawlib. This information can be accessed directly at www.washoecounty.us/lawlib/foreclosure.htm.
Apr 12, 2009
April 24 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Apr 10, 2009
Snakes you can safely handle and hold are part of May Museum’s Predators exhibit during Spring Break week; April 15 - 19
Apr 9, 2009
Saturday, April 18 at Sierra Sage and Washoe Golf Courses
Reno, Nevada. April 9, 2009. The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Bankruptcy Law” on Thursday, April 30, 2009. Patricia Phair, Esq. will present the seminar.
Apr 8, 2009
Reno, Nevada. April 8, 2009. Washoe County Treasurer’s Office is now, conveniently, accepting property tax payment online by credit card and electronic check.
This Saturday, April 11, at Washoe County’s May Arboretum
Apr 7, 2009
Reno, NV. April 7, 2009. Are you struggling or falling behind on your mortgage payments and in fear of losing your home? Are you worried about interest rate adjustments and your ability to afford a higher mortgage payment? If the answer is yes, then you will want to attend the foreclosure prevention workshop hosted by Washoe County Senior Services, Senior Law Project on Saturday April 11 and Wednesday, April 22 at the Reno Senior Center located at 1155 E. 9th Street.
Apr 6, 2009
Reno, April 6, 2009. Washoe County residents would normally be receiving free dump vouchers in their water bills this month, but due to budget constraints, Washoe County cannot provide individual vouchers. Instead, Washoe County encourages residents to take advantage of Waste Management’s free dumping at the Lockwood Landfill April 20-25 and April 27-29. The landfill is open from 7am to 4 pm each of those days.
Apr 2, 2009
Washoe County Golf Courses offer Aeration Day Specials April 8 and 9 at Sierra Sage; April 14 and 15 at Washoe Golf
Events take place throughout the month of April
Reno, Nevada. April 2, 2009. Washoe County Commission Chairman David Humke and County Manager Katy Simon address current economic challenges and how the County plans to meet increased demand for public services in a just-released video version of the State of the County.
Apr 1, 2009
Wildlife art created by members of the Sierra Watercolor Society is now on display at Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Museum as part of the museum’s Predator exhibit.
Mar 31, 2009
Four illnesses in Northern Nevada linked to source of outbreak
Mar 27, 2009
Reno, Nevada. March 27, 2009. Due to ongoing budget restraints, hours of operation for the Washoe County Clerk’s Office at the Incline Village satellite office located at 855 Alder Ave will be reduced beginning April 1, 2009 with the office closing on July 1, 2009.
Mar 26, 2009
Reno, Nevada. March 26, 2009. Upon recommendation by Washoe County District One Commissioner, John Breternitz, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board appointed Chuck Greene, a fulltime Incline Village resident, to the TRPA Advisory Planning Commission (APC).
Reno, Nevada. March 26, 2009. The United States District Court dismissed a case against Washoe County brought by Incline Village property owners and taxpayers seeking a declaration that Washoe County improperly valued approximately 9,000 parcels of residential property in Lake Tahoe for the 2008/09 tax year.
Reno, Nevada. March 26, 2009. The State of Nevada’s Community Development Block Grant Advisory (CDBG) Board has recommended that Washoe County receive $408,214 for the Sun Valley Schools Sidewalks project.
Mar 25, 2009
Reno, Nevada. March 25, 2009. If there were a major disaster in our region, would your business survive? Would you be able to recover from a major earthquake, flood or fire? Attend a free business and local government partnership event to ensure your business will survive.
Mar 24, 2009
Rail City Nursery sponsors volunteer clean-up day April 4 at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Mar 19, 2009
On-Line Application Made Easy. To help citizens connect with volunteer opportunities of interest to them, the County has launched an online application system on its website at www.washoecounty.us.
The Washoe County Health District Celebrates “National Nutrition Month®”
Mar 18, 2009
“Smart Cards” may be purchased for 10 or 25 rounds of play from the pro shops at Sierra Sage and Washoe Golf Courses.
Reno, Nevada. March 18, 2009. As Washoe County continues to meet the challenges of a tough economic downturn, we’re asking interested citizens to volunteer their time to help continue to provide public services to the community.
Mar 17, 2009
Reno, Nevada. March 17, 2009. At today’s Washoe County Commission meeting, the Board accepted the final report from the County Budget Policy Committee which included 13 budget principles designed to guide the County as it prepares its 2009/10 budget with an anticipated $47 million shortfall. The projected shortfall is a result of the continuing weak economy which has resulted in $64 million worth of spending cuts already made over the past three years.
Reno, Nevada March 17, 2009. The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar, A General Overview of Nevada Foreclosure Law for the Homeowner, on Thursday, March 26, 2009. Doug Flowers, Esq., will present the seminar.

Mar 16, 2009
Take the Fear out of Pruning workshop 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21
Reno, Nevada. March 16, 2009. Foreclosure Prevention Seminar available to all citizens online and on Washoe Television.
Mar 13, 2009
Denis Humphreys, O.D., has been elected for a two-year term as chair of the Washoe County District Board of Health.
Reno, Nevada. March 13, 2009. At today`s special meeting, the Board of County Commissioners directed staff to plan for a 15% overall reduction in the 2009/10 fiscal year budget in recognition of continuing declines in sales tax and property tax revenues which account for about 80% of Washoe County`s total revenues. They also directed that individual departments develop their 2009/10 budgets with reductions ranging from 6% to 36% based on priority criteria.
Mar 11, 2009
Welcome spring with a reflective walk through the Labyrinth Garden at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20.
Mar 10, 2009
Reno, Nevada. March 10, 2009. The Nevada Legislature will hold concurrent town hall meetings both in Northern and Southern Nevada this weekend in order to get public input on the state budget. Washoe County will host the Northern Nevada meeting.
Reno, Nevada. March 10, 2009. The Washoe County Law Library will again host “Introduction to the Law, the Library and Legal Resources Tour”.
Reno, Nevada. March 10, 2009. Washoe County Senior Services has adopted new strategies to increase services and reduce costs, including sub-contracting some services. So far it is working, and despite the worsening economy, Washoe County Senior Services is confident that they will be able to help clients in need.
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space presents a pair of public programs this month that explore two fascinating moments in Nevada history.
Mar 9, 2009
Washoe County Senior Services has adopted new strategies to increase services and reduce costs, including sub-contracting some services
Mar 3, 2009
Reno, Nevada. March 3, 2009. Josh Wilson, Washoe County Assessor, would like to remind residents who are 62 years of age or older by June 30, 2009, that the Senior Citizens’ Property Tax/Rent Assistance program is accepting applications until April 30, 2009.
Mar 2, 2009
New exhibit at the Wilbur May Museum explores the fierce and fascinating world of the most dangerous animals on land, sea and in the sky
Reno, Nevada. March 3, 2009. The Washoe County Law Library has resources on a variety of tax topics. The Law Library has copies of all federal tax forms and materials ranging from personal taxes to sales tax and use.
Feb 27, 2009
Reno, Nevada. February 27, 2009. Washoe County received word this week that Standard and Poor’s, one of the country’s premier bond rating firms, has raised the County’s outstanding general obligation rating from AA- to AA.
Feb 26, 2009
Reno, Nevada. February 26, 2009. Washoe County is sponsoring proposed legislation to financially help owners of a private, on-site well and/or septic system convert over to a community water or sewer system when needed or desired.
Feb 25, 2009
Reno, Nevada. February 25, 2009. The Washoe County Roads Department will resurface the Rainshadow Lane bridge March 3-6 and the Juniper Hill Road bridge March 10-13, 2009. Both bridges are located in southwest Reno off of west Mayberry Drive.
The early March winds are helping clear out any smoke from wood burning stoves and fireplaces and the Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) has suspended the Green, Yellow, Red Wood Burning and Better Air Guide for this wood burning season.
Feb 24, 2009
This is an open competitive recruitment being conducted to fill positions that are funded through June 30, 2009.
Feb 12, 2009
Reno, Nevada. February 12, 2009. Are you struggling or falling behind on your mortgage payments and in fear of losing your home? Are you worried about interest rate adjustments and your ability to afford a higher mortgage payment? If the answer is yes, then you will want to attend the foreclosure prevention workshop hosted by Washoe County Senior Services’, Senior Law Project on Saturday, February 21st at the Reno Senior Center located at 1155 E. 9th Street.
Feb 10, 2009
Reno, Nevada. February 10, 2009. Washoe County officials have made property tax calculations on about 171,000 parcels in Washoe County, and the preliminary results indicate that property tax revenues for local governments will decrease an average of 3.5% in the next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009.
Feb 9, 2009
Mark Vollmer presents "Native Nevada" February 21 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Reno, Nevada. February 9, 2009 The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar "Kids Nowadays, Can You Believe the Things They Do? The Juvenile Justice System" on Thursday, February 26, 2009; Ryan Sullivan, Esq. from the Washoe County Public Defender’s office will present the seminar.
Feb 8, 2009
Input gathering workshop for an update to the master plan for parks, open space and trails in the southwest Truckee Meadows and west Washoe Valley scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
Feb 5, 2009
February 14 at Bartley Ranch Park’s Historic Huffaker Schoolhouse
Reno, Nevada. February 5, 2009. Washoe County is pleased to announce improvements to The Washoe Channel that will increase citizens’ opportunities to keep in touch with their county government.
Reno, Nevada. February 5, 2009. Washoe County Senior Services is accepting applications to fill six openings on the Senior Services Advisory Board.
Feb 3, 2009
From February 21 through March 15, books may be brought to the Park Offices of Lazy 5, North Valleys, Rancho San Rafael, Bartley Ranch, Galena Creek and Bowers Mansion Regional Parks and the Sun Valley Community Center.
Reno, Nevada. February 3, 2009. Washoe County’s Board of County Commissioners met today in closed session to consider the County’s largest employee association’s offer to reduce hours and wages of their members by 2.5% to help meet the challenge of a worsening economy.
Feb 2, 2009
Explore the heart of Nevada’s heritage through a monthly series of programs featuring video documentaries, photographic slide shows and informative guest speakers.
Feb 1, 2009
Kids Night Out programs are offered on the second Friday of the month from December through April inside the Historic Huffaker Schoolhouse at the County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
Starts January 10 with Nevada Bluegrass
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space offers Nevada Heritage programs at 2:00 p.m. every other Sunday afternoon from January 18 through March 15.
Jan 31, 2009
Reno, Nevada. January 31, 2009. Community free electronic recycling event closed three hours early on Saturday, January 31 due to high demand.
Jan 29, 2009
Reno, Nevada. January 29, 2009. Susan Deriso, Justice of the Peace at Sparks Justice Court, was honored as Judge of the Year at the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction’s winter conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 15, 2009. Past recipients come together at the annual conference to select a deserving colleague, who holds the title for the year. Judge Deriso was selected based on her judicial experience/contributions as well as her community involvement.
Jan 28, 2009
Reno, Nevada. January 28, 2009. Washoe County Facility Management Division was one of seven member counties in the California Counties Facilities Services Association (CCFSA) to achieve the 2008 Award of Excellence
Reno, Nevada. January 28, 2009. Washoe County will be out in force to support the annual Point in Time Count of the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County homeless population on Thursday, January 29, 2009.
Reno, Nevada. Janaury 28, 2009. On January 28, 2009 the Washoe County Board of Equalization approved the Assessor’s recommendation of a 15% reduction to all taxable land values established on the 2009/10 property tax roll, as published by the Assessor, with the exception of those properties whose values are otherwise set by statute or regulation.
Reno, Nevada. January 28, 2009. If there were a major disaster in our region, would your business survive? Would you be able to recover from a major earthquake, flood or fire?

Susan Deriso, Justice of the Peace at Sparks Justice Court, was honored as Judge of the Year at the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction’s winter conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 15, 2009.
Jan 27, 2009
Reno, Nevada. January 27, 2009. Washoe County Commissioners gave direction to the county staff today to reduce the current 2008-09 fiscal year budget by another $9.8 million in response to unprecedented declining sales tax and property tax revenues. Today’s reductions bring Washoe County’s cumulative budget cuts made over the past three years to $64 million.
Jan 26, 2009
Reno, Nevada. January 26, 2009. Washoe County Social Services officials are inviting citizens to the upcoming “Have a Heart” Foster Care Fair. The Fair will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 28th at the Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive.
Jan 20, 2009
Public Input Workshop for parks in southwest Reno and west Washoe Valley
Jan 16, 2009
Reno, Nevada. January 16, 2009. Washoe County has identified potential impacts of Governor Jim Gibbons’ proposal to take 4 cents of property tax rate from Washoe County taxpayers and give it to the State to address their shortfall as identified in the Governor’s State of the State address yesterday.
Jan 15, 2009
Washoe County’s Adopt-a-Park program is one way local residents, organizations and businesses can help to make a difference here in northern Nevada.
Jan 14, 2009
Reno, Nevada. January 14, 2009. The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar "DUI, the Legal System and You" on Thursday, January 29, 2009; Roger Whomes, Esq. from the Washoe County Alternate Public Defender’s office will present the seminar.
Jan 12, 2009
January 30 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Reno, Nevada. January 12, 2009. Washoe County Commissioners today discussed the County’s current and future budget situation as well as possible county projects that might be eligible for federal support from the proposed stimulus funding package expected to be passed under President-Elect Barack Obama’s administration.
Jan 5, 2009
Reno, Nevada. January 5, 2009. Three Washoe County Commissioners were sworn in this morning and began their four-year term on the Washoe County Board of Commissioners.
Jan 1, 2009
Self-guided winter nature program for families with children ages 6 - 14
Dec 29, 2008
Washoe County’s Emergency Management’s Ready Campaign is reminding citizens to Resolve to be Ready in 2009.
Dec 26, 2008
The City of Reno, City of Sparks, University of Nevada Reno, District Health, New2U Computers, and Washoe County are joining together to reduce hazardous waste in our waste stream. On January 31, 2009, just seventeen days before the national digital television conversion, the group will host a FREE electronic recycling program.
Dec 23, 2008
The Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) has received a report of the first culture-confirmed case of seasonal influenza in Washoe County.
Washoe County officials announced today that they are ready for the cold weather expected during Christmas week. We are ready for winter!
Winners of the 2008 Best of Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards have been announced by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. Cory Casazza, Washoe County’s Chief Information Management Officer, is pleased to announce that Washoe County has won the 2008 Best Government-to-Citizen award for our on-line recruitment product.
Washoe County Commissioner Bonnie Weber has completed required coursework and been awarded the Certified Public Official designation from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Wendy Pitts, Washoe County Property Program Manager, was recognized by the 2008 Northern Nevada Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Board of Directors as the Outstanding Board Member of the Year and inducted as Board Secretary for 2009.
The Nevada Quality Alliance, under the support of the Office of Governor Jim Gibbons, has announced that Washoe County was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence (APEX) for 2008.
Washoe County District Court, Family Division Judge David Hardy and the Washoe County Public Guardian have established an Adult Guardianship Training Program for family members.
Washoe County Manager Katy Simon has been recognized for her 20 years of public service by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
Dec 22, 2008
Family activities begin at 3:00 p.m. and the movie starts at 4:00 p.m. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Northern Nevada Food Bank.
The Wilbur D. May Museum will be closed for the holidays from December 22, 2008 through January 6, 2009.
Dec 15, 2008
Washoe County Department of Alternative Sentencing reminds everyone that driving under the influence has many lasting affects.
Dec 12, 2008
The economy is in recession. Home foreclosures are at an all-time high. The jobless rate is climbing steadily and…the holidays are here. It is no wonder that social services and health experts are predicting that Christmas 2008 will go down as one of the most stressful holidays on record. With that stress are increased numbers of child abuse incidents and reports.
The Washoe County Health District is announcing that the Vital Statistics Office will be closed from December 18th through December 26th, due to a staff shortage.
Dec 10, 2008
All local Tuba, Baritone, and Euphonium players are invited to take part in this year’s concert and all local music lovers are invited to make these joyful sounds of the season one of their holiday traditions.
Washoe County took fifth place in a national competition to reduce energy use.
Washoe County has received a check in the amount of $2 million from its insurance company in fulfillment of a claim regarding an employee’s embezzlement of county funds.
Washoe County Commissioners are once again offering to resolve the 2005-06 Incline property tax appeal cases that are represented by the Village League to Save Incline Assets, Inc.
Dec 8, 2008
Muppets Christmas Carol shown December 20
Dec 3, 2008
In honor of the second anniversary of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, the 2008 Extra Mile Awards (EMAs), which are the first of their kind in Nevada’s history, will be awarded to the following Northern Nevada businesses for voluntarily expanding the smoking ban at their facilities...
Dec 1, 2008
December 6 at the East Keystone Canyon Trailhead
Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Center announces a Holiday Gingerbread House contest aimed at the creative side of every member of the family.
December 6 at Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Museum
December 13 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Nov 24, 2008
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space announced today that the County’s Regional Shooting Facility will begin winter hours for the public range this Saturday, November 29. The range will be closed on Friday, November 28, in observance of Family Day.

New hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday through Monday.
Nov 21, 2008
Obtaining birth and death certificates for Washoe County residents will be restricted to a Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8 AM to 12:45 PM and 2 PM to 4:30 PM schedule until further notice.
Nov 19, 2008
Washoe County Commissioners heard a status report yesterday from Finance Director John Sherman that the County will need to make $9.8 million worth of additional reductions to its current budget in order to have sufficient resources to meet on-going obligations.
Nov 18, 2008
Childhood overweight and obesity is a national concern and, for the first time ever, local data has been collected on Washoe County kids and presented in the EPI Newsletter of the Washoe County Health District. Unfortunately, our children are considered overweight or obese in greater rates than the national average.
Nov 17, 2008
December 5 - 7 at Lazy 5 Regional Park
Nov 14, 2008
Washoe County celebrates the purchase of 121.26-acres of open space during a ceremony at the entrance to the newly acquired Persigehl portion of the Ballardini Ranch at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18. Angela Persigehl of the Ballardini family will join Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Larkin to dedicate a future public trailhead at the site.
Nov 12, 2008
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar ““How to Resolve a Dispute Using Mediation, November 2008”” on Thursday, November 20, 2008, Trip Barthel, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Mediation Center & Lance Allen, Program Director, will present the seminar.
. Paintings by more than 40 area artists reflecting a wide range of multi-cultural subjects deck the halls of Washoe County’s May Museum during the Sierra Watercolor Society’s Holiday Around the World in Art exhibit and sale from November 13 through December 27, 2008.
Nov 10, 2008
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space celebrates the grand opening of the new 343-acre Sun Valley Regional Park at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19.
Nov 7, 2008
Reno, Nevada. November 7, 2008. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider proclaiming November as National Family Caregiver Month at their meeting scheduled for Monday, November 10th which begins at 2:00 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers at 1001 E. 9th Street in Reno.
Nov 5, 2008
Local gardeners are invited to take advantage of free mulch provided through a new Green Waste program at Washoe County’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum.
Nov 4, 2008
After nearly eight hours since the polls opened, Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk reports that voting is going fairly smoothly.
Nov 3, 2008
Wild Women Artists host annual reception/show and sale November 7 – 9 at the Wilbur D. May Museum
Reno, Nevada. November 3, 2008. After setting a new record for early voters last week, Washoe County election officials are getting ready for what they expect may be another record-breaking voter turnout on Election Day, November 4th.
Nov 2, 2008
Children’s program introduces latest arrivals to the magical world of Underwood November 8 at the Wilbur May Museum
Nov 1, 2008
Living History Open House explores how ranchers hunker down for winter: November at the Historic Huffaker Schoolhouse in Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
Oct 31, 2008
Washoe County voters turned out in record number to vote early for the 2008 general election with a total of 101,604 casting their ballot by the end of the 14-day early voting period which ended today.
Oct 30, 2008
Early voting estimate increased to approximately 95,000 or more with two days left. Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk reminds voters of the state law that prohibits advocacy of a candidate or ballot question less than 100 feet from a polling place.
Oct 29, 2008
RENO, Nev. – It has been estimated that each student who drops out of school costs the nation approximately $260,000 over their lifetimes, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education. The dropout epidemic in Nevada has impacted not only the workforce but also is directly tied to the crime rate and our overall quality of life.

On November 1st, the 22nd year of the Green, Yellow, Red Wood Burning and Better Air Guide will begin. For those residents trying to save on heating costs by using wood stoves and fireplaces this winter, paying attention to the daily color code will be crucial.
Oct 27, 2008
Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk wants to remind voters that they have until Friday, October 31st to vote early in the 2008 General Election. Recommends that voters try to get to an early voting location prior to Nevada Day, October 31st, as that day will probably be very busy given it is a state holiday.
Oct 15, 2008
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “The American Jury System: People Participating in Government from Selection to Verdict, October 2008” on Thursday, October 23, 2008.
Oct 14, 2008
November 8 at Mayberry and Dorostkar Parks
Oct 13, 2008
Saturday, October 18 at the Wilbur May Arboretum.
Oct 10, 2008
Ghost Walks at Bowers Mansion October 24
Oct 9, 2008
October 18 at the Link Piazzo Dog Park in Hidden Valley Regional Park
The public is invited to an open house of the newly remodeled Incline Justice Court:

Public Open House for Newly Remodeled Incline Justice Court Thursday, October 16th; 12 noon – 4 pm (ceremony to occur approx. 12:15 pm) 865 Tahoe Blvd. (Corporate Pointe Center)
Oct 8, 2008
Reno, Nevada. October 8, 2008. The recent alleged attempt by the Las Vegas-based Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to commit voter registration fraud has prompted Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk to assure Washoe County voters of the existing processes in place to preclude voter registration fraud
Oct 6, 2008
Nevada Civil War Volunteers will be at the mansion decked out in period dress, performing Civil War era music in the parlor, and talking with mansion visitors about the life and times of a Civil War Soldier and his family.
Oct 3, 2008
The Washoe County Health District announced this week that the number of cases of acute, or sudden, gastrointestinal illnesses in Washoe County recently has been on the rise. These are illnesses which affect the digestive system, last a relatively short period of time and can be transmitted easily from person to person.
Reno, Nevada. October 3, 2008. The Washoe County Law Library will again host an “Introduction to the Law, the Library and Legal Resources Tour”.
Oct 2, 2008
Autumn Outings will be held in a different County park every weekend day from Sunday, October 5 through Sunday, November 2.
The Wilbur D. May Museum will be closed on Sundays from October 5 through February 22 as a cost saving measure. During that time, regular museum hours will be 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday.
Oct 1, 2008
Members of the Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild are coming to Bartley Ranch Park’s Historic Huffaker Schoolhouse to share the beauty of their ancient and highly respected craft with the public from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11.
Reno, Nevada. October 1, 2008. Washoe County would like to invite the media to attend a briefing session on the 2008 General Election.
Sep 30, 2008
Photographs will be displayed in the park’s Western Heritage Interpretive Center throughout the month of October.
Sep 25, 2008
V Energy (formerly Sierra Pacific Power Company) and Washoe County are teaming up to celebrate October 1 as Washoe County Conservation Day.
Sep 24, 2008
Enjoy a great family movie under the stars as Lazy 5 Regional Park presents a series of three movies in the park on Washoe County’s large outdoor movie screen.
See the Wild Women artists of the Great Basin at work when members of this talented group host a free public demonstration day from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 at the Wilbur D. May Museum.
SIERRA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT FUEL REDUCTION PROJECT BEGINS FRIDAY AT 9:00AM IN THE ARROWCREEK/MT.ROSE HWY AREA.
Sep 19, 2008
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar "Bankruptcy Law" on Thursday, September 25, 2008.
Sep 18, 2008
Youth baseball players from the Spanish Springs Cal Ripkin League will join Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Larkin in a celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, to officially open three new youth baseball fields at Eagle Canyon Park in Spanish Springs.
Sep 17, 2008
Reno, Nevada. September 17, 2008. The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “Bankruptcy Law” on Thursday, September 25, 2008, Patricia Phair, Esq. will present the seminar.
Sep 16, 2008
From falling leaves to flying bats, children age 4 – 12 experience how nature changes with the seasons through a series of Ranger-led nature programs offered by Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
The Washoe County Commission approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Reno for the operation and provision of homeless services at the Community Assistance Center (CAC) located at 315 Record Street.
Washoe County Commission directed staff to move forward on their recommendation to develop a Comprehensive Fire Services Master Plan.
Washoe County Fire Services Coordinator Kurt Latipow has been busy this morning correcting an erroneous statement made in a Reno Gazette Journal article that appeared in today’s paper stating the Fire Services Master Plan approved by the Washoe County Commission at yesterday’s meeting, “would address whether Sierra Fire and Truckee Meadows Fire districts should be merged and whether Reno and Sparks departments should merge.”
Sep 15, 2008
Melio Gaspari Water Play Park goes to the dogs Sunday, September 28
Sep 11, 2008
Washoe County officials deposited $3 million into an escrow account this week in fulfillment of a settlement reached in 2006 with Evans Creek, LLC to preserve pristine open space adjacent to the Sierra Nevada mountain range immediately following the completion of an appraisal of the property by agreed-upon appraisers.
Sep 10, 2008
Be one of the first to experience Washoe County’s newest and best dog park when Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space officially opens the new Link Piazzo Dog Park in Hidden Valley Regional Park at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18.

Celebrate the fall equinox with a meditative walk through the Labyrinth Garden at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum. Arboretum volunteer Susan Stewart will lead the twilight walk and discuss the history and healing powers of labyrinth gardens at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22.
Reno, Nevada. September 10, 2008. The first ever e-newsletter for all Washoe County residents is available online at www.washoecounty.us. Washoe County’s Connections is a community newsletter designed to enhance communications with our citizens. This issue includes information from Washoe County Regional Parks, Water Resources, Public Works, Libraries and others, including upcoming county-sponsored programs and events.
Reno, Nevada. September 10, 2008. Washoe County is leading a community discussion on The Future of Wind Power Generation in Washoe County. The public is invited to attend an informational workshop, hosted by the Washoe County Planning Commission, on Tuesday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m.
Sep 9, 2008
Local Boy Scout plans to install bee habitats in County parks and host a Buzz About Bees Family Day at Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
Public Open House for Newly Remodeled Incline Justice Court.
Sep 8, 2008
Sit under the stars and enjoy a fun family film about life on the soccer field when Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space presents the Will Ferrell comedy Kicking and Screaming on a large outdoor screen at South Valleys Regional Park Saturday, September 20.
Stargazers of all ages are invited to explore the skies with members of the Astronomical Society of Nevada during a Star Party at Lazy 5 Regional Park on Saturday, September 20.
Reno, Nevada. September 5, 2008. The first ever Washoe County Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 13th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Great Basin Adventure in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. The park is located at 1595 North Sierra Street in Reno.
Sep 3, 2008
Since 2001, Washoe County has saved more than $1.2 million dollars through the replacement of bulbs with energy efficient models, updated energy hogging appliances with Energy Star models, instituted computer based energy management systems, similar in part to home programmable thermostats, and purchased high efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment.
The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the three victims of the air tanker crash that occurred at the Reno-Stead Airport on September 1, 2008.
Sep 2, 2008
Experience the many spectacular colors of fall by joining Horticulturist Bill Carlos for a series of guided walks exploring the diverse autumn foliage within the Wilbur D. May Arboretum.
Aug 29, 2008
The Washoe County Health District has received notification of the first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in a Washoe County resident, according to Bob Sack, Environmental Health Services (EHS) Division Director.
To help promote some midweek golf, the course will offer 2-for-1 rounds of golf and 2-for-1 buckets of balls all day on Tuesdays from September 2 through October 28. Cart rental is required for play and annual passes or discount tickets may not be used with this promotion.
Sierra Sage Golf Course will offer 2-for-1 rounds of golf and 2-for-1 buckets of balls all day on Wednesdays from September 3 through October 29. Cart rental is required for play and annual passes or discount tickets may not be used with this promotion.
Aug 27, 2008
Military personnel play 9 holes free with paying partner from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1
Aug 26, 2008
Grandparents play 9 holes free with paying adult or child from 2 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7 at Washoe and Sierra Sage Golf Courses
Aug 25, 2008
NV Energy (formerly Sierra Pacific Power Company) and Washoe County are teaming up to celebrate October 1 as Washoe County Conservation Day.
Aug 22, 2008
The deadline to apply to the Fall 2008 Leadership Academy is Monday, August 25th.
Aug 20, 2008
Exhibit open to all local photographers; entry deadline is September 25
At their meeting today, the County Commission unanimously voted to place the issue of identified and sustainable water resources for planning purposes on the 2008 Election Ballot. In making their decision, all Commissioners cited that an issue of this magnitude should be put before a vote of the people.
Aug 19, 2008
Board of County Commissioner`s Meeting Summary
Reno, Nevada. August 19, 2008. The County Commission took the following action regarding the 2008 Election at today’s regularly scheduled meeting:
Aug 18, 2008
Award-winning outdoor and travel photographer Susan Nielsen offers a series of four hands-on creative photography workshops at the May Museum on Saturday mornings from September 13 through October 4. The series is ideal for beginning photographers who will receive inspiration from a professional that no camera manual can ever give.
Aug 14, 2008
What: Sneak preview of the Wild Women…Bring It Home exhibit. Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno. When: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7 Cost: Entry into the exhibit area is free. Details: (775) 785-5961.
Aug 13, 2008
Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk released the final results this morning of yesterday’s 2008 primary election after a missing voting machine cartridge was located. The cartridge was found this morning in a voting machine in the warehouse; it had never been distributed to any of the polling place locations. It contained no voting data.
Aug 12, 2008
Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND DISABILITY CLAIMS
Washoe County Regional Animal Services would like to remind the community that it is unlawful to leave pets unattended in your vehicle during times of extreme heat or cold.
Aug 11, 2008
To assist parents in getting back-to-school shots for their children prior to the start of the new school year, three special immunization clinics have been added to the regular immunization schedule described in the July 11, 2008 press release.
Washoe County officials today are making the final arrangements for tomorrow’s primary election.
What: Groundbreaking Ceremony and Discover Your Parklands hike. Where: Site of the future Michael D. Thompson Trailhead at Hunter Creek. The site is located at the end of Woodchuck Circle west of Plateau Road in Juniper Ridge. When: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28. Cost: Free. Details: (775) 823-6519.
Testing of pools of mosquitoes trapped at Damonte Ranch, have shown that West Nile Virus (WNV) has found its way to Washoe County this summer.
Aug 8, 2008
Citing the need to continuously address the threat of wildland fire in the open space areas of Washoe County, officials from the Sierra Fire Protection District announced today that a fuel reduction project has begun for the Thomas Creek Drainage. The goal of this project is to reduce the hazardous brush that has grown in the Thomas Creek Drainage located west of the Arrow Creek Development. This reduction in hazardous fuels will provide a fuel break and better access for firefighting equipment and personnel to defend the public and structures from the threat of wildfires.
Washoe County officials expressed appreciation today for the work of both the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office in the resolution of an embezzlement case involving a county employee.
The Washoe County Law Library will again host an “Introduction to the Law, the Library and Legal Resources Tour”. This introductory tour will familiarize you with the law and legal resources available in the Law Library and on the internet.
Join Central City Church, Washoe County Department of Social Services, and the One Church, One Child program in a celebration of the positive accomplishments of our community’s children.
Aug 5, 2008
What: Children’s Story Time in the Garden Where: Wilbur May Arboretum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno When: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Friday, August 22, 2008 Cost: Free Details: (775) 785-4153
Aug 4, 2008
Kids play 9 holes free with paying adult from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17 at Washoe and Sierra Sage Golf Courses
Jul 29, 2008
Reno, Nevada. July 29, 2008. The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “PRESENTING YOUR SMALL CLAIMS CASE: JUSTICE COURT PROCEDURES, JULY 2008” on Thursday, July 31, 2008.
Jul 25, 2008
PRIMARY ELECTION EARLY VOTING BEGINS THIS SATURDAY, JULY 26TH AND ENDS FRIDAY, AUGUST 8TH
Jul 24, 2008
WASHOE COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS URGES CITIZENS TO BE POLL WORKERS DURING THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS; ALSO NOTES THAT SAMPLE BALLOTS SHOULD ARRIVE IN MAILBOXES BY NEXT WEEK
The County Commission has dissolved the Cold Springs Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) and appointed representatives of that area to the existing North Valleys CAB.
Jul 23, 2008
The Children’s Cabinet has set up a fund to accept donations to help the Bain family keep their home. The Bain family needs approximately $20,000 to catch up on back mortgage payments and penalties and avoid foreclosure.
Jul 22, 2008
Reno, Nevada. July 22, 2008. Many business owners have questions about the proper completion of the Personal Property Declaration form such as what assets or equipment should be reported and other more general questions about Nevada’s Personal Property Tax. To help answer these questions, the Washoe County Assessor’s Office has scheduled several training sessions.
What: Community Volunteer Trail Building Day Where: Galena Creek Regional Park, Mt. Rose Highway. Use the first entrance to the park and meet near the restrooms. When: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2.Lunch is provided. Contact: Kyle Isacksen, Youth Program Coordinator for the Great Basin Institute (775) 240-5967.
Jul 17, 2008
Great Basin Adventure shows Friday Night Family Films in August
Jul 11, 2008
Avoid long lines and waiting times by making appointments now
Jul 10, 2008
Sunday evenings through July 27 at the Great Basin Adventure
Jul 8, 2008
Kids play 9 holes free with paying adult from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Washoe and Sierra Sage Golf Courses

Washoe County Commissioners unanimously agreed to place a two advisory questions and one binding question on the November 4th general election ballot for voters to consider future funding for educational and transportation purposes.
Jul 7, 2008
Children’s story time in the May Arboretum July 18
Jul 3, 2008
Summer fun and the 4th of July are synonymous with time spent outdoors, barbeques and recreational water activities. In order to help ensure a healthy and happy holiday weekend the Washoe County Health District is offering a few simple safety tips.
Jul 2, 2008
The winds from the West and the huge number of fires that are continue to ravage Northern California are still causing air pollution problems for the Truckee Meadows. The Air Quality Index (AQI) for particulate matter (PM 2.5) has once again slowly climbed into the Unhealthful range, requiring a Stage I Air Quality Alert.
Washoe County would like to remind citizens of the road construction work being conducted in front of the County’s administrative complex located on Ninth Street between Sutro and Wells Avenues, and advise that they allow extra time if they need to conduct business at this County location.
Jul 1, 2008
Note: this press release was issued on July 1, 2008. For updated park hours, information and fees, please make sure you are reading the most current press release.

Jun 30, 2008
Kristen Harris of Lavender Ridge presents a free workshop on lavender harvesting and distilling for local gardeners at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16 at Lavender Ridge, 7450 W. 4th Street in west Reno.

What: Lavender Harvesting and Distilling Workshop Where: Lavender Ridge, 7450 W, 4th Street (at Mayberry, Reno. When: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. Cost: Free. Details: (775) 785-4153.
Jun 25, 2008
Enjoy a cup of coffee with some of the Great Basin’s most extraordinary Native American artists during a free artists reception for the Earth and Sky exhibit now on display at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

What: Coffee and reception for the Earth and Sky Native American Artists Exhibit. When: Saturday, July 5 from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno Cost: Free. Details: (775) 785-5961.
Any Washoe County resident with an interest in the future of the County’s open spaces, parks, natural resources, and recreational opportunities is encouraged to become a member of the Open Space and Regional Parks Commission. Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space is now accepting applications for one Commissioner to join the nine-member board. Application must be submitted to the Washoe County Manager`s Office by July 15.
The fires that are ravaging California continue to cause major air pollution problems for the Truckee Meadows. The Air Quality Index (AQI) for particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5) continued to slowly climb throughout the morning. This afternoon, staff at the Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe District Health Department was amazed to see the concentration of both PM 10 and PM 2.5 continue to build. “Even in the wintertime when we regularly see higher levels of particulate matter, we see it level or drop off by late morning,” explained Andy Goodrich, Division Director for Air Quality Management. “No matter how you look at it, this air pollution event is entirely out of the ordinary for the Truckee Meadows.”
Jun 24, 2008
The Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) has issued a Stage One air pollution alert due to the elevated concentration of fine particulate matter, otherwise known as PM2.5, currently in the air. This increase, which indicates that local air quality is in the unhealthful range, is the result of winds blowing smoke from the numerous wildfires currently burning in northern California into the Washoe County region.
Local youth literally hit the stage with a free percussion-based “Stomp” style performance called Edge, Elements and Seasons this Sunday, June 29, at the Great Basin Adventure in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Admission is free. Gates open at 5 p.m. so families may enjoy a picnic, some playtime, and one free log flume ride before the show begins at 6:00 p.m. Bring a blanket and low back lawn chairs but no glass containers, alcohol or pets.
Jun 19, 2008
WASHOE COUNTY REACTS TO SURRENDER BY FORMER EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

Reno, Nevada. June 19, 2008. Washoe County officials reacted with relief to reports that former Washoe County Department of Water Resources employee Paul Orphan had surrendered to the Washoe County Sheriff earlier today.

Jun 18, 2008
At their meeting yesterday, the Washoe County Commission received a report on the community’s homeless issue while noting significant future and past contributions made by the County on behalf of the community’s needy residents. The Board directed staff to expand work with the faith-based community and non-profits and to encourage private contributions that can address the needs of residents at risk.
Reno, Nevada. June 18, 2008. At their meeting yesterday, the Washoe County Commission received a report on the community’s homeless issue while noting significant future and past contributions made by the County on behalf of the community’s needy residents. The Board directed staff to expand work with the faith-based community and non-profits and to encourage private contributions that can address the needs of residents at risk.
Jun 17, 2008
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Crystal Bay Utilities Undergrounding Project will be held on Wednesday, June 18 at 10 a.m.. The project will beautify and create a functional and scenic Crystal Bay by placing utility poles underground.
Washoe County Commissioners took the following action at their meeting today:
Jun 13, 2008
Reno, Nevada. June 11, 2008. Washoe County Planning Commission invites citizens to a series of committee meetings and workshops to discuss proposed changes to the Forest Area Plan. The first workshop will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday June 14. Following meetings will be held on Monday June 16 at 6:30 p.m., and Monday June 23 at 5:30 p.m. All meetings will be held at the South Valleys Library in Southwest Reno. The library is located at 15650A Wedge Parkway, Reno.
Jun 12, 2008
What: Lazy 5 Summer Concert Series When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings from June 25 through August 13. Cost: Free. Contact: (775) 424-1801. Details: Families are invited to bring blankets, low-back beach chairs and a picnic dinner. For the safety and enjoyment of all, dogs and glass containers are not allowed.
Jun 9, 2008
Jun 6, 2008
Reno, Nevada. June 6, 2008. Washoe County officials pledged their continued cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office in an on-going criminal investigation of a Washoe County Water Resources Department employee regarding possible improper use of funds.
Note: this press release was issued on June 6, 2008. For updated park hours and fees, please make sure you are reading the most current press release.
Jun 5, 2008
Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Larkin and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini celebrate the start of construction for a new nature trail at Golden Eagle Regional Park with a groundbreaking ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19. County Park Ranger Rochelle Pope will lead a Discover Your Parklands hike immediately following the ceremony.
Jun 4, 2008
Dads play 9 holes free with paying child from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15 at Washoe and Sierra Sage Golf Courses
Jun 3, 2008
Learn how to attract butterflies to your garden by attending one of two design workshops presented by local gardening expert Lainie Vreeland at the May Arboretum.

Workshops are scheduled from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, and 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. Both workshops are free to the public.
Children ages 6-12 are invited to join other Junior Rangers at Galena Creek Regional Park for a series of weekly nature programs led by Washoe County Park Ranger Darrell Baldwin. Each program gives Junior Rangers a closer look at life in the forests and streams along the eastern slope of the Sierra and provides tips for exploring the wilderness.
Jun 2, 2008
Discover something new about your County Parks by joining Washoe County Park Rangers for Discover Your Parklands hikes at a different County park every Thursday evening from June 12 through August 28.

Explorers of all ages are welcome. Bring sturdy shoes, water, and an extra layer of clothing for the cooler evening.

All Discover Your Parklands hikes are free and begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Washoe County Parks administrative office at (775) 823-6500.
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May 29, 2008
Bruka Theater presents a free performance of the delightful and insightful children’s play Many Moons at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, to kick off this year’s Summer Family Entertainment Series at the Great Basin Adventure in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
May 28, 2008
Washoe County Assessor Josh Wilson would like to remind those taxpayers who are currently receiving the Surviving Spouse, Blind, Veteran, Disabled Veteran and/or Surviving Spouse of a Disabled Veteran exemptions that your renewal selection cards must be returned to the Washoe County Assessor’s office by June 15, 2008
Note: this press release was issued on May 28, 2008. For updated park hours, information and fees, please make sure you are reading the most current press release.

May 27, 2008
What: Grand Opening for the Swan Lake Nature Study Area’s new Outdoor Classroom featuring a Quacks and Tracks ranger-led children’s nature program. When: 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2008 Where: Swan Lake Nature Study Area in Lemmon Valley Directions from Reno: Travel north on 395 and exit at Lemmon Drive. Turn left on Military Road. Turn right on Lear Blvd (Overhead Door Co. on the corner). At the end of pavement turn left on gravel drive. From here it is 1/4 mile to gravel parking lot, the outdoor classroom is northeast of the parking area. Cost: Free. Details: Bob Harmon: (775) 823-6519.
May 26, 2008
The fascinating boom-to-bust story of one Nevada family is told amidst Victorian splendor for visitors to historic Bowers Mansion. Mansion tours are now available every day through Labor Day.

Guided tours are offered every half-hour between 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., starting from the mansion courtyard. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children age 3 - 17. Bower’s Mansion Regional Park is located at 4005 Old US 395 on the west side of Washoe Valley. For more information, call (775) 849-0201.
May 23, 2008
Celebrate National Trails Day by helping to build a new nature trail in Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park on Saturday, June 7.

Volunteers will work on an interpretive trail from the new Visitor’s Center construction area to the Jones-White’s Loop trail and the site of a historic stage coach stop. All ages are encouraged to attend and no prior experience is necessary, the Nevada Conservation Crops will provide on site trail-building instruction.

All volunteers receive a free lunch with beverages and a chance to win raffle prizes from National Trail Day 2008 sponsors.
May 22, 2008
In an effort to further reduce wildfire risks to natural resources and Carson City, Washoe and Douglas County communities, a multi-agency team has developed a “Multi-jurisdictional Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy.” This strategy combines all plans in a 223,000-acre area that includes nearly 100,000 homes, provides a framework for agencies to identify priority areas, and schedules work to collaboratively accomplish those priorities. Completing and maintaining the proposed strategy’s treatment projects will increase annual hazardous fuels reduction by 210 percent in and along the Carson Range in western Nevada.
May 20, 2008
Washoe County, Board of County Commissioners adopts 2008-2009 General Fund budget which begins July 1st.
Sections of Washoe County will be treated for mosquitoes every other Thursday, starting May 22nd and continuing through September.
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar “WILLS & TRUSTS: HOW TO SAFEGUARD YOUR ASSETS, MAY 2008” on Thursday, May 29, 2008.
Below is a summary of selected items from the May 20, 2008 Board of County Commissioners meeting:
May 19, 2008
For a great deal on plants that thrive in this area, don’t miss the annual May Arboretum Plant Sale. The sale features a large variety of native and ornamental plants, some started by members of the Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society. Society members will be on hand to offer advice for choosing the right plant. Proceeds benefit the May Arboretum.
What: KNPB Great Basin Adventure Fun Hunt. When: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2008. Where: Great Basin Adventure, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Cost: $5 for adults, $3.50 for children and seniors; children under three are admitted free. Details: (775) 785-4844.
May 16, 2008
Washoe County Commissioners have called a public hearing at 10:00am on Monday, May 19th at the Washoe County Commission Chambers. The purpose of the public hearing is to review the final 2008-09 County budget for possible adoption by the Commissioners.
May 15, 2008
At least one child per day enters the Washoe County foster care system. To help raise awareness of foster care and adoption programs, and encourage community involvement, Washoe County Department of Social Services (WCDSS) has kicked-off a marketing campaign to focus their efforts on educating the community about ways to help foster children in Washoe County. The campaign’s theme focuses on “Have a Heart” for foster kids and drives people to www.haveaheartnv.org for information on how to become involved.
Washoe County Social Services officials are inviting citizens to the upcoming “Have a Heart” Foster Care Fair. The Fair will be held from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday, May 28th at Spanish Springs Library at the Lazy 5 Regional Park at 925 at 7100A Pyramid Highway in Sparks.
May 14, 2008
Welcome summer fun by treating the kids to a free ride down the log flume at the Wilbur May Great Basin Adventure over Memorial Day Weekend. The family fun park will be open all three days and is offering one free log flume ride with each paid admission.
May 13, 2008
Below is a summary of selected items from the May 13, 2008 Board of County Commissioners meeting:
May 12, 2008
Officials from Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security invite citizens to a community forum on Emergency Preparedness next Wednesday, May 21.
What: Opening Ceremony for new Basque Camp cultural center at Wilbur May’s Great Basin Adventure. When: Saturday, May 24, 2008; 10:00 a.m. – noon. Ribbon Cutting at 11:00 a.m. Where: Great Basin Adventure, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno. Cost: Admission to the Great Basin Adventure is free until noon on May 24 in honor of the public opening of the Basque Camp.
May 8, 2008
The Washoe County Law Library announces their free community service program, “Lawyer in the Library” Family Law from 5:00pm to 7:00pm every Tuesday evening beginning on Tuesday, May 13th at the R. Z. Hawkins Conference Room at 75 Court Street, Room 101. Bob Cerceo, Esq. will provide free legal assistance and direct those in need of assistance to other resources.
May 7, 2008
Some of the sobering statistics about teen childbearing are as follows:
  • In the United States, one in three teenage girls becomes pregnant at least once before the age of 20.
  • More than 400,000 children are born to teen mothers in the United States each year.
  • Closer to home, there have been more than 48,000 births to teen mothers in Nevada between 1991 and 2004 (the most recent year for which statistics are available).
May 5, 2008
Celebrations of nurses who work in a variety of settings are occurring locally this week. Not widely known is that Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) employs more than 50 public health nurses...
Note: this press release was issued on May 5, 2008. For updated park hours and fees, please make sure you are reading the most current press release.
Apr 30, 2008
Sierra Fire Protection District is holding an evacuation drill on May 3rd and May 10th for the areas of the Galena Forest Estates and the St. James Village.
Reno, Nevada. April 30, 2008. Sixteen year old Leeann Wagner, who ran away on Saturday, April 26 while under the care of Washoe County Social Services, has been found. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Washoe County Social Services would like to thank the community for helping to find Leeann.

Starting May 1, 2008, the Washoe County District Health Department’s Immunization Program will give shots by appointment only.
Apr 29, 2008
Sixteen year old Leeann Wagner ran away on Saturday, April 26 while under the care of Washoe County Social Services. Leeann Wagner is in the final stages of renal failure and desperately needs life saving dialysis treatment.
Apr 28, 2008
Has the recent earthquake activity got you a little rattled? With seismologists telling us that we can expect minor quakes to rock our area over the next several days, Washoe County officials want to help you take control of this situation by being prepared.
Apr 24, 2008
Washoe County and Nevada Land Conservancy announced that dozens of volunteers will plant 300 Ponderosa and Jeffrey Pine trees and 75 shrubs along Alum Creek in the Hawken Fire burn area on Saturday, April 26. This is a continuation of collaborative efforts to restore the 2,700 acres burned in southwest Reno in July of 2007.
Apr 22, 2008
Below is a summary of selected items from the April 22, 2008 Board of County Commissioners meeting:
Apr 21, 2008
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 27-May 3, 2008, Washoe County will recognize over 50 citizens who have served their county as committed volunteers.
Apr 18, 2008
Enjoy a lunchtime walk among the trees with Horticulturist Bill Carlos during a free Arbor Day Tree Walk in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, April 25.

Apr 15, 2008
At their April 15th Board meeting, Washoe County Commissioners accepted a $150,000 cash donation from local philanthropist, Mr. Link Piazzo. This generous donation will fund the construction of a dog park facility within Hidden Valley Regional Park.
At their April 15th Board meeting, Washoe County Commissioners heard a presentation and update on the partnership between Washoe County Animal Services and the Nevada Humane Society.
Below is a summary of selected items from the April 15, 2008 Board of County Commissioners meeting:
$180,000 in citizen donations help fund hidden valley dog park and rancho san rafael botanical garden greenhouse
Apr 10, 2008
Over 2,000 area seniors have taken advantage of Washoe County Senior Services ongoing effort of assisting seniors in preparing their tax forms.
. Washoe County Assessor Josh Wilson would like to notify Washoe County residents that exemption renewal notices have been mailed for those taxpayers who are currently receiving a personal exemption for Blind Persons, Surviving Spouses, Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses of Disabled Veterans.

Apr 9, 2008
Saturday, April 26 at Sierra Sage and Washoe Golf Courses
The years of hard work on the part of both the citizens of Washoe County and the Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department have brought us even closer to having clean air year-round, every year. On April 4, 2008, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Washoe County attainment status for carbon monoxide.
Apr 8, 2008
Below is a summary of selected items from the April 8, 2008 Board of County Commissioners meeting:
. Washoe County Commissioners held their quarterly strategic planning retreat on Monday, April 7, and gave direction to staff regarding two important issues facing our community: alternative energy/green community initiatives and senior services.
At their April 8th Board meeting, Washoe County Commissioners continued the reorganization process for the Sierra Fire Protection District from their March 25 Board meeting. At today’s meeting, they approved a resolution to initiate the dissolving of the Sierra Fire Protection District as a Chapter 473 fire district and reorganize it as a new chapter 474 County Fire Protection District.
Apr 7, 2008
The Washoe County Law Library will host the free public legal seminar "A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF NEVADA FORECLOSURE LAW FOR THE HOMEOWNER, APRIL, 2008" on Thursday, April 24th, 2008.
Help clear tons of trash from the Great Outdoors on May 10
Apr 4, 2008
The Washoe County Law Library will host an "Introduction to the Law Library and Legal Resources Tour" on Thursday, April 10th from 5:30-6:45 pm and also, Saturday, April 12th from 10:15-11:30am in the Law Library, located at 75 Court Street.
This free program features a volunteer lawyer offering limited and general guidance from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Washoe County Law Library at 75 Court Street.
Reno, Nevada. The Alum Creek Trail above Caughlin Ranch will be closed from Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 10 while Sierra Fire Protection crews remove 30 hazardous trees as part of ongoing efforts to restore the area damaged by last year’s Hawken Fire.
Reno, Nevada. Award-winning outdoor and travel photographer Susan Nielsen offers a series of hands-on workshops to help budding photographers get the most from their cameras and have more fun with photography.
Mar 28, 2008
Seminar offered by national First Candle organization is part of local Child Abuse Prevention Month activities
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Several government and community child welfare agencies and organizations are collaborating to host events throughout Nevada designed to bring greater attention to the plight of abused and neglected children.
Mar 25, 2008
Below is a summary of selected items from the March 25, 2008 Board of County Commissioners meeting:
At their March 25 Board meeting, Washoe County Commissioners took the first step in improving the environment and quality of life for the Crystal Bay community by authorizing the bidding of the Crystal Bay Utilities Undergrounding Project.
At their March 25 Board meeting, Washoe County Commissioners adopted and executed a resolution for the County’s all-hazards evacuation plan. This plan addresses the provision of mass care, to include shelter, feeding and distribution of supplies and services to affected citizens, including special needs populations.