The Reno Arch is known worldwide as a symbol of our city. The structure is, however, getting a bit tired and is in need of maintenance, repair and updating.

Enhancement and preservation efforts will include painting, electrical maintenance and replacement of the metal skin on the legs of the Arch. It could also include color-changeable display options. Citizens can have a say in just how this plays out by taking a survey to express their preferences about proposed changes to the Arch’s look and functionality. You will be helping to decide how over $200,000 of your tax money will be spent.

There are several ways to participate in the survey, which will run through December 7, 2017.

  • Online at
  • In person on the first floor of Reno City Hall, starting on November 3, 2017. City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on City-observed holidays.
  • In person at one of the November Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) meetings, starting on November 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at McKinley Arts and Culture Center. The other NAB meetings this month are on November 7, 14, 16 and 30.

Reno Arch, Nevada, NV

Reno Arch in downtown Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Source: City of Reno press release.


Residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are encouraged to register now for the 2017 session of the Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program provided by the City of Reno. The registration deadline is July 28, 2017. Sign up ASAP as enrollment is limited to the first 40 participants.

Participants meet with elected officials, department directors and city staff to gain an understanding of city government, processes, and services through hands on exercises and presentations.

The free ten week RCI program is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various City facilities and venues. The first class will be on August 10 and they will continue through graduation day on October 12.

Here are the 2017 RCI class sessions…

  • August 10 – City Manager’s Office
  • August 17 – Community Development #1 – Housing and Code Enforcement
  • August 24 – Community Development #2 – Business License, Buiilding Division, Planning and Engineering
  • August 31 – Reno Fire Department
  • September 7 – Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • September 14 – Finance, Human Resources and City Clerk’s Office
  • September 21 – Public Works
  • September 28 – City Attorney’s Office and Municipal Court
  • October 5 – Reno Police Department
  • October 12 – Graduation

Starting on Saturday, July 1, 2017, those 21 and over can legally purchase pot for recreational use from existing medical marijuana dispensaries with licenses to sell to the general public. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, this includes four stores in Reno and up to 40 establishments throughout Nevada by the opening bell on July 1.

There are some product distribution glitches due to the way the law is written (“Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana” passed by voters in the 2016 general election), but dispensaries anticipate having plenty of pot on hand for recreational sales during the initial few weeks, after which the distribution issue should be resolved. (According to the way the law is written, only licensed liquor wholesalers can distribute recreational marijuana to retailers. At this writing, no alcohol wholesalers have been licensed. This issue is expected to be resolved with the licensing of at least some distributors by August, 2017).

Note that legal recreational marijuana sales are not a license to light up wherever and whenever you please. For a summary list of the rules, licensed dispensaries and more information, refer to “Recreational Marijuana in Reno, Sparks and Nevada.”

Use and possession are still violations of federal law. People are not permitted to smoke or consume marijuana in federally subsidized housing or on any federally owned land in the State of Nevada.

For a list of marijuana dispensaries in northern Nevada, refer to “Medical Marijuana in Reno and Sparks.”

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal, City of Reno press release.