If you are new to Reno, you may have yet to experience the full range of weather conditions we can get in the Truckee Meadows and nearby areas. It can literally go from mild to wild in a short period of time, and it varies quite a bit from year to year.

The City of Reno has plans in place to deal with rainy and snowy weather, as does Washoe County and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). While these precautions aren’t always needed, it is important for residents to know what to expect when the snow flies and roads get wet and slick from stormy weather.

It is worth noting that the City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County have in place an interlocal agreement to assist each other as needed when there is a declared snow emergency. When it really gets bad, everyone will work together in the interest of public safety throughout the Truckee Meadows.

Get further information and links from “Reno Area Winter Driving and Snow Removal.”

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Reno area dog parks

August 8, 2018

Every public park, sidewalk, and open space is not there for dog owners to let their pets run wild and poop all over the place. We have six nice dog parks between Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County where dog owners can let their animals run off-leash and socialize, without being a nusiance and hazard to the general public.

These formal dog parks are spread around the Truckee Meadows. Here’s the list…

  • Virginia Lake Park in Reno
  • Whitaker Park in Reno
  • Biggest Little Dog Park in downtown Reno
  • Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno
  • Hidden Valley Regional Park in Washoe County
  • Sparks Dog Park at Sparks Marina

This is really a public safety issue I’ve talked about in the past. Refer to “It’s the law – leash your dog and scoop its poop” for more about misbehaving dog owners in Washoe County.

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.