A riverfront park provides access, where there once was none, to the Yahara River.
Years ago, in the small city of Monona, Wis., the citizens wondered if they could develop a waterfront attraction—given that most of the city’s water access already had been developed. And the city’s neighboring, much larger state capital, Madison, had laid claim to other potential waterfront sites. There was one spot, along the Yahara River, that in Monona connects Lake Monona to Lake Waubesa. But it was an ugly-duckling location, where charming homes looked upon an opposite shore filled with dilapidated buildings, environmental contamination, and nothing to play up the beauty of the river on whose banks the houses perched.
Carol Cizauskas is a former public radio reporter who has written for the RN&R since 1999.
I will miss the great good of Northern Nevada—the loved ones who changed my life for the better, the incomparable beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Sierra, and Reno itself, the vibrant and growing art scene, characterized by Artown and the Nevada Museum of Art. I wish for Reno a turn to social justice marked by economic fairness for all, not just the powerful elite of old and the new power brokers, the owners of high-tech moving to Reno and their workers imported from other states. I wish for Reno to grow its social structure to match the beauty of its natural surroundings.
A Bernie Sanders supporter describes her frustrating experiences at the Democratic National Convention.
I began to believe for the first time in the sacredness of my power as an American citizen and voter. I began to learn that standing for social justice was not only morally right, but was to be fought for. I began to understand that I would never again chip away at my soul by voting for a lesser evil. I knew from here forward, I would vote only for moral candidates who would fight for justice.
The view from the Nevada delegates’ seats during Bernie Sanders’s speech the first night of the convention. PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS
2014 election results bring volunteers to Legislature.
“Just because we might not be able to win on a bill,” Democratic Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson said, “doesn’t mean … that we aren’t the smartest in our strategy, the smartest in our reason, and the most well organized.”
Madeleine Poore, left, met with Assemblymember Jill Dickman, who represents her in the Nevada Legislature. PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS
Election 2010: The RN&R looks at selected local races, ballot questions, and begs for mercy.
But it’s not all baseball, hot dogs and apple pie in the eyes of concerned residents, who question the city’s use of multiple subsidies to entice the Aces to build a stadium and to play downtown. “For our entire infrastructure to just [be] sold,” Anderson said, “it’s just crazy. Somebody’s got to do something about it.”
Geno Martini, center, with his opponent in this year’s election, Ron Schmitt, right. PHOTO BY DENNIS MYERS
By calling her opponents terrorists, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo got the United States to enlist.
“Men took turns interrogating me while beating my head with their fists and blunt objects. Layers of plastic bags were put on my head. My torturers would tighten the bags until I could no longer breathe. I passed out twice. … After about 12 hours, they put me back in the van, still hands tied and blindfolded. They threatened to kill me.”
from Philippine pastor Berlin Guerrero’s testimony to the Philippine commission on human rights
Bishop Eliezer Pascua speaks about violence and human rights issues in the philippines during chapel service at Jim Elliot Christian High School Wednesday morning. PHOTO BY BRIAN FEULNER/NEWS-SENTINEL
Activists fight sprawl into areas remote from the Truckee Meadows.
“Once they develop that Winnemucca Ranch, it’s gone forever. Once they cut down the old growth, it’s gone forever,” Bob Fulkerson said. “We can stop them right now on those issues, but next year, yeah, they could be back. But, you know what? It’s our watch that matters. … The next generation—it’ll be up to them. They’d better freakin’ be up to the challenge.”
At a demonstration last week, protestor Susan McNeall displayed a regional planning map showing the distance between the remote Winnemucca Ranch land west of Pyramid Lake and the Reno metro area. PHOTO BY DENNIS MYERS
Citizens go one-on-one with their state legislators on family issues.
For Sandy Akins, who came to learn about her legislature, Grassroots Lobby Days showed her the strength of each voice in this state. “It led me to find out what I could do on my own,” she said. “This isn’t something just for a privileged few. This is for citizens of Nevada”
Sandy Akins of Reno, left, met Kathleen Harney of Henderson when both traveled to the state capital to be volunteer lobbyists. PHOTO BY DAVID ROBERT