Richardson meets the locals

Five days after announcing his candidacy for president, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson addressed a core group of Democrats in Reno.

“I’m a Westerner, like you,” Richardson said on why he was stumping Nevada so early in the campaign (besides Nevada’s second place in the national caucus lineup). “I want to be able, when I campaign in the West, to wear blue jeans.”
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Democratic presidential contender Bill Richardson, here addressing a group of Nevadans at the Gold-N-Silver Restaurant, is cultivating support around the state.
PHOTO BY CAROL CIZAUSKAS


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New package for an old war

Reno AntiWar Coalition members protested for peace following President Bush’s announcement to send an additional 21,500 soldiers to the war in Iraq.

“[Bush] is terribly optimistic about his so-called new plan achieving the desired results, but I think that’s all speculation,” Emerson said of the President’s speech. “And frankly, I have learned not to trust his judgment.”
John Emerson was the Democratic candidate for state senator in Washoe District 2 in November.

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Turning point?

Local activists hope the Iraq Study Group’s report is the way out.

“Absolutely, I think we have to use all diplomatic measures to get to a solution,” she said. “Why would we not do that? I mean, people are dying—not just our soldiers, but thousands of civilians in Iraq are being killed.”
Assemblymember Sheila Leslie supported withdrawing from the war in Iraq.
Ellen Pillard

Former social worker Ellen Pillard has marched against the war and now sees some hope of a disengagement.
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Second thoughts

People with murder experiences try to get others to take another look at the ultimate punishment.

“I’m not advocating forgiving violent people and putting them back out on the street again. I know the cost of that violence, and I don’t want that for anyone. But we don’t have to kill people in order to keep society safe. Every time we take on the same mindset as the killer did to solve their problems, we demean and degrade ourselves, we dehumanize ourselves. We demean our own worth and dignity by becoming people who kill people.”
Marietta Jaeger-Lane, who forgave her daughter’s molester and murderer and now advocates against the death penalty.
Nancy Hart of Reno wants people to think about the death penalty instead of recycling rote arguments on each side.  PHOTO BY DAVID ROBERT

Nancy Hart of Reno wants people to think about the death penalty instead of recycling rote arguments on each side.
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David and Harpo

Here’s a problem. How do you report a balanced profile of two opponents when one of them doesn’t show up?

When asked what he thought of Holcomb’s former party affiliation, Bobzien said, “I think it speaks for itself,” and then paused with a chuckle. “You can be certain that the candidates that choose to run as Independent Americans know darned well what it is that they’re signing up for.”
David Bobzien is running against incumbent Brooks Holcomb in the Nevada Assembly District 24 race.

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Silent night

Nevadans speak against George Bush’s war while his prestige and polls decline.

One man said, “This is the first time since the end of the Vietnam War that I’ve been embarrassed to be an American because we … have already engaged in preemptive war to countries that were no threat to us, and also the fact that now we’re debating torture, and we’re becoming as low as the people that we’re fighting. … I can’t believe it.”
Silent night

Paula McDonough (left), Lisa Stiller (center) and Ellen Pillard held candles at the Brick Park protest against the war.
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Left at home

Long a bastion of conservatives, Reno homeschooling now has an organization of liberal parents.

Several people were discussing their 14-year-olds beginning high school. When asked where she was going to attend high school, Mayorga’s daughter said she is homeschooled. The group grew silent. “One of the ladies that was in the group [whispered to me], ‘She looks so normal,” Mayorga recounted, “without even thinking that she’d said anything wrong.”
Heather Mayorga, a member of Liberal Home Schoolers in Northern Nevada
Parent Jenna Hathaway Ewart teaches her children Arran, 8, and Alana, 6, at their home. Aladdin the cat looks on.  PHOTO BY DAVID ROBERT

Parent Jenna Hathaway Ewart teaches her children Arran, 8, and Alana, 6, at their home. Aladdin the cat looks on.
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The new red menace?

If openness is sacrificed in the battle against terrorism, have the terrorists won?

“The more I see of this homeland security/PATRIOT Act/anti-terrorism movement, the more I see it as creeping fascism. … If we change the way we live and become more fearful and become less free, they’ve won already—and they’re already winning because we’re defeating ourselves.”
Frank Mullen, panelist and longtime investigative reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal
panel discussion on cyber-security from terrorism

At an auditorium in Sierra Pacific’s headquarters, advocates argued the pros and cons of openness in government.
PHOTO BY DENNIS MYERS


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Caring facility

A growing Reno-Sparks Indian Colony prepares for a larger health clinic.

“Over the years, they’ve added on and added on and added on,” Dressler said. She’s watched the overcrowding grow during her 12 years working at the clinic. “And now we’re patching. Our roof is not good. Our electrical systems are patched together. And so we constantly go in and fix what we can to keep things right. By having a new clinic, it’s just going to be wonderful for the patients and the staff that work here.”
Marge Dressler, nurse supervisor for the health center
Indian clinic

Nurse Francis Shaw examines patient Nettie Velasquez at the Reno Indian Colony’s health clinic, which will soon be moving to new quarters.
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