Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the ground. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer. Radon kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning and house fires combined. This type of lung cancer is preventable. The only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

Free radon test kits are available through February 28, 2019, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices around the state. Nevadans are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer to test their homes for this dangerous gas. The tests are easy to conduct. If radon is detected, there are fairly inexpensive ways to reduce the radon exposure to safe levels.

January is National Radon Action Month, and to help communities comprehend the dangers of radon, the Nevada Radon Education Program will offer presentations at various locations. Free test kits will be available at the presentations.

  • Jan. 9 at Genoa Town Hall, Main Street, Minden, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 12 at Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., Reno, at 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 12, Smart Strategies Workshop for Homeownership, Repairs & Radon, at Adams Hub Studio, 111 W. Proctor St., Carson City, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Jan. 15 at Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Hwy., Sparks, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 17 at CVIC, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden, at 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 22 at Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline, at 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 2 at Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 at North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd., Reno, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 7 at Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, at 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 9 at South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, Reno, at 3 p.m.

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.

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“Grow Your Own, Nevada! – Gardening classes in Reno” is where you can learn how to grow vegetables and other plants in northern Nevada. It is a series of presentations sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

The classes are for home gardeners and small scale growers. They impart basic horticultural information and also provide information about new and alternative growing methods. If you are interested in food safety, self – sufficiency, and have a desire to eat locally grown food, these classes are for you.

The first class in the fall series is on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. This one is about saving seeds from your garden. All classes (4 in total) will be held on Tuesdays in September and October, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Reno UNCE office, 4955 Energy Way. If you live elsewhere in Nevada, your local UNCE office may be offering this series as well.

The cost is $15 per class or $30 for the entire series. Refer to my Grow Your Own, Nevada! article for information about registering and the topics of all classes in the series.

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team kicks off its 2018 season schedule of games at Mackay Stadium on Friday, August 31. This season opener against Portland State kicks off at 6 p.m.

A couple of upcoming games feature big name opponents – Vanderbilt on Sepember 8 at Nashville, TN, and Oregon State on September 15 in Reno. The first Mountain West Conference game is vs. the Air Force Falcons. It will be played at the USAF Academy in Colorado on September 29.

Nevada Wolf Pack football team schedule, Reno
The biggest and most important Nevada Wolf Pack football game of every season is the intrastate Battle for the Fremont Cannon against the UNLV Rebels. This year, the game will be in Las Vegas, kickoff at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2018. The Pack beat UNLV last year (23 – 16) in Reno and will be seeking to retain their trophy. No matter how each team is doing, this game is almost always exciting due to the rivalry.