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.

Reno 150 sesquicentennial birthday celebration, Nevada, NV
Reno 150 is the city’s year-long effort to celebrate Reno’s 150th birthday. The community is invited to attend the official Reno 150 Kickoff Event on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at City Plaza, located at 30 North Virginia Street between City Hall and the Truckee River.

The free family-friendly Reno 150 Kickoff Event, part of the State of Nevada’s Historic Preservation and Archaeology Awareness Month in May 2017, will include:

  • Several speakers, including City of Reno elected officials, new Reno City Manager Sabra Newby and members of several local historical organizations and groups.
  • A 149th birthday cake.
  • A photo booth with the backdrop of a painting titled “Reno Twenty Years Ago” by C.B. McClellan. The 1882 painting depicts early Reno and includes Myron Lake and Chief Winnemucca standing together in front of the Lake House and a Truckee River toll bridge.
  • Entertainment by the Reno Municipal Band and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
  • Snapshots of Reno history, including the Reno Rodeo’s Chuck Wagon, a vehicle from Hot August Nights, a balloon from The Great Reno Balloon Race and showgirls wearing MGM Costumes.
  • Mascots from Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno Aces baseball, and Reno 1868 FC soccer.

There will be more Reno 150 themed events during 2017 and 2018, including the Reno Veterans Day Parade, Holiday Tree lighting, and the Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th birthday) in downtown Reno on May 9, 2018. Reno was officially established on May 9, 1868.

Source: City of Reno information and image.