You can get a free radon test kit until February 28, 2018. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that seeps up from the ground and accumulates in homes and other buildings. Radon-caused lung cancer kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning and house fires combined. This type of lung cancer is preventable, but the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

Free radon test kits are available through February 28, 2018, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices statewide. The Reno office is at 4955 Energy Way.

The final Nevada Radon Education Program presentation of 2018 in the Reno area will be at the Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive in Reno. It’s on Saturday, February 24, starting at 2 p.m. Free test kits will be available at the presentations.

Learn more from “Radon Hazard in Reno Area Homes and Businesses.” Check this Nevada Statewide Radon Potential map and you’ll see that Reno and much of the surrounding area are among the highest risk zones. In fact, a home tested with the highest radon reading in Nevada was in the Reno area.

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Reno Arch getting a facelift

February 20, 2018

The Reno Arch is getting a facelift. The world famous downtown Reno structure will soon sport a more modern look, taking on the more Nevada-like colors of silver and blue. It will get silver (well, stainless steel) cladding on the supports holding the arch up across Virginia Street and updates to the electrical components.

While work is in progress, Virginia Street around the arch will have various closures and detours. Scheduled completion of the work is April 30, 2018. The city is planning an unveiling after the project is finished, though no details are available at this time.

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Workers giving the Reno Arch a facelift in February, 2018. Photo © Stan White

Reno Arch, Nevada, NV

Reno Arch before the 2018 update work started. Photo © Stan White

Sources: City of Reno, Reno Gazette-Journal.

If you are a senior living in the Reno area, there are quite a few services and activities designed with you in mind. The City of Reno has a number of programs for older citizens offered through the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services. In addition to ongoing programs, Reno publishes the Senior Connect Newsletter updated with activities and happenings during that month. The newsletter is available online and printed copies are available at senior activity locations around town. Starting in July, 2018, this will become a quarterly publication.

Sparks, Washoe County, and the University of Nevada, Reno also have programs and activities just for senior citizens. How about senior discounts? There are lots of those available if you know where to look. For more information and links to these resources (and many more), go to “Reno Area Senior Services, Resources & Programs.”