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Repair Cafés- Where You Can Get a Quick Fix

The Repair Café logo from repaircafe.nl

The Repair Café logo from repaircafe.nl

I can think of a dozen times when I’ve had something break on me that wasn’t worth fixing. Most things nowadays are made to break and not be fixed, just replaced with a new one. This creates so much trash and waste of not just computers and other electronic items, but clothes, household items, hardware, even sporting goods, that could all be fixed and used for a while longer instead of making more landfill. The void left by repair shops that have closed up over the last few years is about to be filled.

Some people in Amsterdam (I guess it’s Dutch Week here at BC) came together and created the idea of Repair Cafés. Here’s a NY Times article about Repair Cafés. And, the original website for the Repair Cafés– it’s in Dutch, so use Google or have Ken translate for you since he could use the practice. There, people have the tools and expertise available to fix all manner of things from clothes, to computers, to bikes, and everything else. The idea might have started in Amsterdam, but it’s spreading throughout the Netherlands and going international.

Since we already have a Maker Group and several other interesting collectives doing DIY stuff here in Reno, why not a Repair Café? I’m sure many people locally would be into it- I know I would be.

Hamlet, in the Original Version

Reno will host a unique cultural event- so unique it’s only been done four times in the last 500 years! The Nevada Repertory Company will have performances of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in the original pronunciation. Hamlet has been performed in the original pronunciation only four times since the 1600s in its original form, twice at the new Globe Theater in London, once in Kansas and at Cambridge in England. David Crystal, a Shakespearean scholar, linguist, and the dialogue coach for new Globe Theater in London has worked with actors of the Nevada Rep to say the dialogue of Hamlet the way Shakespeare would have. Ben Crystal, David Crystal’s son, will play the lead role of Hamlet in the play.

You might ask, what’s the difference? There is a big difference, actually. Although we can read what Shakespeare wrote, the way we say it is totally different. Vowels used to be pronounced more like they are in Spanish today. So, all those silent e’s would be pronounced (say the following sentence out loud pronouncing all the vowels that way). I’m really curious to see how the actors say their lines- are they going to try to say them with an accent, or just simply use the actor’s natural accent. I plan on going and I will find out and report it back to you all. This production of Hamlet should be a very interesting one as well as an historic one.

If you’re interested to get tickets for this unique event either go to the Lawlor Event Center Box Office (where you don’t have to pay the wonderful “convenience fee”) or get them online here. The official premiere of the show is November 4th, with previews November 1, 2, and 3rd. The show plays through November 20th.

To be there, or not to be there? Arnold as Hamlet might encourage you to be there in this clip from Last Action Hero!

Classic Skate Shop – The Biggest Little Skate Shop in Reno

It’s no secret, really, I love MidTown Reno.   What is MidTown, you ask?  Roughly between California Ave to Plumb Lane, between Forest Street and Wells Avenue.   There’s places to eat, drink, shop, and hang out.   It’s a real neighborhood, and has everything from trashy to quasi-upscale.  With a little help, even more great tenants moving in, some sidewalk re-doing and some lights, it’s Reno’s most bustling place for local, new business.   I can’t wait to see what happens to it in the next few years—-it is going to be a model of what Reno can be.

So what makes MidTown?  MidTown, like most places, is uniquely the sum of its parts.

One of its parts, is the Classic Skate Shop, tucked neatly in the back of the Never Ender boutique on Cheney Street.   Situated just doors down from The Hub Coffee Company, I had never gone into the Never Ender because I heard it was a “chick store.”  No sooner did I enter in there and discover I was wrong, I eventually explored further and found Eric Lantto sitting in his skate shop.  Introductions and appreciation from my end turned into a long conversation, and lo, what went from a little exploration on my part turned into a great appreciation for a laid-back, business-savvy and cool guy.

Open since December of last year, on the wall are tiled pictures of skaters old and new inside this tiny shop, and when I say tiny, I mean it.  Use of space is remarkable.   It has no shortage of products, mind you, if you’re an active skateboarder, everything is there that you need:  decks, trucks, bearings, wheels, stickers, shirts, hats and more.   No bigger than a bedroom, Eric’s approach to his skate shop is to not be a “fashion shop” for skater lifestyle (hence, he doesn’t want to deal with bulky inventory such as shoes), but to be a shop where a skateboarder can come and buy gear to…skateboard.

Eric started skating in roughly 1984, and growing up in Fallon, his hobby wasn’t always an easy thing to do.  With no skate parks, friends would build ramps, word would get out, and soon skaters from farther away (even Gardnerville and Lake Tahoe) would stop by.   As Eric grew, he realized he’d always be intrinsically involved with skateboarding, and eventually landed in the business side of it.   He’d do everything from punk-style fliers for local skate contests for sponsorships to reviewing videos and working for outfits like Fish Lips, Gold Wing/Entity Skateboards, DC Shoes, and currently, Street League, where he helps as a stage director when his skaters need to be involved with events covered by ESPN.

The uniqueness and vibe from Eric’s shop is evident, even for non-skaters like myself.   A lot of it has to do with Eric’s cool approach, but his knowledge and clean shop, filled with only the brands and lines he backs 100%, speak for themselves.   He’ll size up and match parts to beginners, building their first skateboard from scratch, or just sell the parts more experienced skaters need to keep them rolling forward.   As Eric says, “There are no rules to skateboarding.”

Eric loves what he does, and does what he loves involving skateboarding.  When I stopped in to talk to him the other day for this article, one thing he said hit me:  “This has never been a job for me.”   No wonder he loves it, and hence, is very good at it.  With a second store in his hometown of Fallon first open in May of 2009, he makes the commute quite frequently between here and Reno, and really enjoys having the smaller stores.  With a quickly growing clientele as word gets around, local skaters have a rock-solid local choice of where to go for the stuff they need.

I enjoyed talking with Eric, and am growing to be friends with a great guy, yet another reason why I can’t speak enough about MidTown Reno.  These shops, restaurants, coffee places and bars are owned by some of the best of Reno, what makes Reno….Reno.   Fun, quirky, different, and totally different than downtown proper or whatever strip mall might be in the area.   Next time, I’ll be talking about the Never Ender where Classic Skate Shop is located, because you really can’t have one without the other!

Classic Skate Shop is located…

In Reno:

26 Cheney St, inside Never Ender, south of Maytan Music, west of The Hub
775-348-9440    Facebook: Classic Skate Shop

In Fallon:

Their new location will be:  270 S. Main Street, inside Hazel’s Fashion

The Salvagery Community Art Project

The Salvagery Community Art Project in action in the Hobson Gallery!

The Salvagery Community Art Project in action in the Hobson Gallery!

The latest show by The Salvagery at the Hobson Gallery is an interactive experience that the entire community is invited to and can participate in. The Salvagery Community Art Project will go through the whole month of July and it should be a very engaging month of art.
I went to the Hobson Gallery a little after 7 and found the front area mostly empty. There is a sculpture show that is going on there and is very much worth looking at. The main action is going on in the back room of the Hobson; in there, were several dozen people sitting at tables, painting on little pieces of wood. Immediately after you enter, there is a table with pieces of wood of various sizes, some with lines and some without and next to that is another table with paint, plates for palates, brushes, and water to clean your brushes. The wood to paint on comes from two large paintings that have been cut into hundreds of small pieces for this show. You can do anything you want on your piece, but if there is a letter on one side of it, you can’t do anything on that. After all the pieces will are painted, they will be reassembled and then finally displayed on July 27. There is a small group of people who know what the paintings are, and no one is talking.

Pieces of the Art Puzzle, painted by you!

Pieces of the Art Puzzle, painted by you!

After some hemming and hawing, I ended up getting some paint and a piece of the puzzle. I ended up painting three pieces, talking and chatting with my fellow artists and seeing many familiar faces. Jerry Snyder acted as MC for the show, reminding all those attending what to do and how to do it. Then, Christy Lynn got up and sang some of her songs as we painted and chatted. It was a great addition to the atmosphere and feeling of the show. After Christy finished, James Wilsey came up to sing and play for us. The live music is a great addition to the show and would be another reason to come out for it.

If you missed the first Wednesday of July, you have two more chances to come out and contribute to the painting on July 13th and 20th. The show runs from 7 pm to 10 pm and there will be refreshments and live music. On the 27th, the completed and two reassembled paintings will be unveiled to the world. Come out to the Hobson Gallery on 315 Spokane (Spo-can) Street and create some art during this month of “art”, you won’t be sorry that you did.

My NadaDADA Motel 2011

2011 was the first year that I participated in NadaDADA Motel as an artist. For the last five years, I have gone to see NadaDADA and what made it up and how it was. I wanted to participate in the event for the last several years, but it was only this year that I was able to get my concepts together with money and time to be able to do NadaDADA.

As with any large scale art show with many participants, it’s hard to get an idea of what NadaDADA is unless you take at least a full day to see the whole thing. I think that the best way to describe NadaDADA is that it is Reno’s answer to Art Basel in Miami, The Biennale in Venice, or even in a way, Burning Man (there is a large crossover between NadaDADA artists and those who make art at Burning Man) or some of the more avant-garde shows that happen in London, New York, or LA. Each participating artist does their own thing and it is a unique and amazing experience to behold. I can speak of the hours and days of thought, preparation, networking, and effort that NadaDADA requires. In the end, it took me a month to get totally ready and open my room to the world.

My room was at Wildflower Village and I called it The Iris Room as it has a great reproduction of Van Gogh’s painting of Irises on it. The primary idea of my show was improvisational writing. As I sat behind one of my manual typewriters, I would get requests from my visitors to write a poem, essay, rant, or story and as they waited and looked around my room, I would write on their topic. I also had many collages and fake advertisements that I put up all around my room. After I would finish the piece, I would give it to my visitor and they would read it. Not a single person left The Iris Room without a smile on their face, or with a new or different perspective from what I wrote them.

I didn’t just spend all my time at The Iris Room as I ventured out to see what else was out there. The variety and scope of the entire show is beyond the scope of the few words I can write here, so I will focus on the NadaDADA artists out at Wildflower Village. Carole Ann Rickett‘s room was based on the Fukushima Nuclear disaster and her reaction to it in prints, paintings, and a media collage, which was very moving and breathtaking for many people, including me. There was Margie Enlow’s room with black light paintings made into altars and in the same room Adrian Kershaw‘s paintings and sculpture and baskets made from VCR tapes. There was Chris Atcheson who had the Portrait Bar, where you could have a drink and get portrait done (I have one of me, hunched behind a typewriter as I wrote something for him), that was frequented by many of the Wildflower artists after hours. Kathy D’Onofrio had statues of aliens that she built and put in her room, as well as all over Wildflower. The photographer Vincent Cascio showed his photographs of people and events from Reno and Sparks. James and Sean LeSage set up a room with all their video equipment and made a documentary of NadaDADA and talked to many of the artists who participated. Wildflower Village also has several artists who have permanent studios that showed during NadaDADA: Patty Atcheson-Melton who has beautiful watercolors as well as ink drawings of the many motels of Reno from their heyday that you can color; Jacqui Isensee‘s oil paintings; and Pam Sutton‘s work in glass. Shiva del Carlo and her “ReincarnArt” which was a combination of collage and adornment of everyday objects, especially hubcaps as well as the photographs of her daughter, Tempest. And this was just what went on at Wildflower Village!

My original piece on NadaDADA was over six pages long and that still wasn’t enough to really cover it. NadaDADA is a unique event that could only spring up in Reno: as it is not a juried art show and the artist has total control and artistic freedom to present whatever they want to the world. I can only suggest that you go to next year’s event to see what’s all about and be sure to make it to all of the rooms and totally experience what NadaDADA has to offer. Or even better- go get your own room and participate in NadaDADA yourself and really see what it’s about!


Mining Tax Cap Elimination Gains Support and Another “Claim Tax” Deemed Unconstitutional

The Nevada mining and minerals industry is really on a roller coaster these days.

Those in Nevada opposed to the elimination of the tax cap put on state net proceeds of mines (Constitutionally at 5% currently) are likely none too happy with state Senators Ben Kieckhefer (R) of Reno and Michael Roberson of Las Vegas (R) as they cross party lines and join the Democrats in support to amend the Nevada State Constitution.  The movement partially-known as the “Fair Mining Tax,” soon, it will be going to the State Assembly for a vote: we’ll just have to wait and see what turns out. If voted in-favor, it would be required to be approved by State Legislature in 2013, and then put on the election ballot in 2014. Incidentally, the two main groups behind changing the constitution to eliminate caps on mining taxation are the Nevada Teachers’ Association and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. It’s another polarized political push in the name of perceived “good.”

Why is this happening in such a fiery manner? The unthinkable has perhaps happened: Casinos are failing, and we’re going broke. We got too used to one industry padding our system here in Nevada, and with few to choose from, we’re asking old ideas to work with a different industry rather than fixing the problem.

It’s true, I’m one of those none too happy, as someone who makes a living doing geotechnical assistance for minerals exploration in this state, it means one of two things to me. The first being that these tax-cap percentages are now unhindered, and mining opponents, the kind of people who apparently dislike working Nevadans, have access to push through taxation on Nevada’s best job opportunities and state growth potentials. Taxes are almost never lowered, they’re re-named (as I’ll go into on another subject below) and raised, often without representation, but usually they just get higher, usually due to increased spending, thus, more hands get held out. The second being what those taxes actually mean to the producing mines (who they are intended to penalize—-and I choose that word carefully) and what that means on down the chain of economics in Nevada. Workers get thinned out, hours cut, benefits reconsidered, less possibility of mine (and then job) expansion, etc. That’s just at the surface. Likely, the workers will then blame the company (they’re not accountants, nor would they want to be), possibly form unions because they’re “being treated badly,” and force what they once had, further buckle the company…okay, that’s extreme. It’s also how these things can happen.

Back on my side of the fence, if larger companies can’t invest in us little guys because they’re paying taxes, well, we don’t get the clients, we don’t get hired, and then we don’t pay our taxes, and then we go out of business and collect unemployment. Again, extreme, but that’s a timeline of possibility. Even half of those in my fine hyperbole might be a bad thing, and certainly isn’t good for a shaky economy, statewide or even nationally. This is just my opinion.

On the other hand, wouldn’t more taxes for Nevada be good? It’s my argument and understanding that a tax dollar is a tax dollar. It can come from anywhere if we put our minds to it. Usually, our simple minds look at simple numbers, say, the price of gold, and immediately (and seemingly sensibly) put two and two together: Our state mines, gold is at an all-time high. Sure, the big production companies are doing well. Will they in 10 years? Gold has a bad habit of not staying the same in price: that’s why the Mining Law of 1872 and helpful things like 5% caps on mining taxes in Nevada are there. If gold goes back down to $200/oz, Nevada will be stuck paying 8%, 10%, 25% taxes on production: which means, we’d be broke either way, if we’re as broke as we are now AND suddenly gold takes a dump. It won’t support us, and it will punish our industry. What a wonderful thing if you just happen be anti-mining ala Bob Fulkerson.  Masquerading as solutions equates fanatical success–don’t let spun, misleading pie charts fool you.  What mines pay in other taxes and fees outside production is WHY the taxes are what they are.

In good news, in an emergency session last year, not known much by the public, known to the chagrin of mining claims holders, a “fee” on all mining claims in the State of Nevada.  This has recently been deemed unconstitutional by a Carson City judge. What is this “fee” you ask? It happened to be a fee of as low as $70 and as high as $195 per mining claim filed with the BLM, handled by the county, and piped right into the state’s “general fund.” That’s right, it was a tax that was dodged by use of wording (aka, “fee”), was not voted on whatsoever, and blew right past everyone to become law. The only repercussion of not paying this fee was…yep, more fees. It was really causing havoc with the counties (as they were responsible for collecting the money and doing the paperwork…the state just sat back and watched the unconstitutional tax money roll in) and the smaller mining companies.  They had no idea who was in charge of what, or what would happen if they were late, or didn’t file. Ah, but finally enough protest and uproar from the counties and claim owners went to court, and now these taxes are on hold until further notice. My question is now, what about the money they collected unconstitutionally? When will we be seeing that returned?

Mines are expensive to run. It is not the same as oil producing, log cutting or any of the other industries that produce raw materials that come from the earth. Profit gained based upon money spent by said company is usually not in favor of the industry, with exception to rare times like we’re in currently. It’s a bust or boom industry, it always has been: fat or famine. Mining, as an industry, are among the most environmentally-scrutinized, safety-necessary and harrowing jobs out there. They indeed can be clean, profitable and beneficial, especially to our state.  It’s the only industry that actually cleans up other old mines, sets aside wildlife sanctuaries and wetlands, and makes an attempt to give back (…casinos don’t even do that!). This is why we have to be very careful about what are “fees” and “taxes,” and why they are there.

I believe we as Nevadans owe it to mining to scrutinize our politicians and the obstructionists that would like nothing more than for mining to just pack up shop and head to China, make sure we know what their real angles are, look beyond the words “Fair!”  “It’s for Nevada!”   “It’s for the people!”   “It’s for the earth!”    Mantras that have been used as leverage for years.  We need Nevada MAKING something again—-something besides tax laws: we all know how great California’s doing. Traveling this truly vast state,  I know there is plenty of Nevada for all of us, as citizens, nature-lovers and industry folk alike (which to my reckoning is all of us), and we can, in fact, get state revenue without punishing someone else.

(info from mineweb.com — a great resource for all news Nevada mining)

(image WSJ)

All Reno Radio Takes a New Spin

David Hadel, the man behind All Reno Radio, at Earth Day 2011. Courtesy David Hadel

David Hadel, the man behind All Reno Radio, at Earth Day 2011. Courtesy David Hadel

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saw: “Give something to a busy man and he’ll finish it?”

A couple days ago, David sat down with Kyle and me over at The Hub and we talked about All Reno Radio and a few other things.  David is a very busy man, doing a lot of things, but now he’s primarily the man behind All Reno Radio.

Initially All Reno Radio was started by local raconteur and entrepreneur Clint Jolly with some help from David Hadel and a mutual friend of theirs named Chris. The idea was that they interviewed local bands and promoted local shows. If you’ve been following the site, there’s not been an update since March and the excellent post about Discology. Why? “Clint’s transferred everything to me since I was going a 1000 miles a minute.  Clint is out of it now.  Originally, I just started contacting bands and started doing it because I liked doing it.  I grew up in this scene and I like it.” So now, David has been running the site completely on his own- a one-man band doing the entire thing. He’s taken some time to get things back on track, and now he’s going to start doing All Reno Radio on a consistent basis.

The focus with All Reno Radio is like it was: to put a spotlight on bands in Reno and give them a chance to promote their shows.  David has done all kinds of guerrilla marketing for the site  from stickers to t-shirts and he’s getting all kinds of people interested in the site and his podcast.  “I’m trying to make everything incredibly local….It’s been something fun to do for me.”  And that’s just the least of his plans- he wants to open a record store, and he wants to record local artists, and even press vinyl.  He’s writing novels and screenplays, playing music in various bands, and doing All Reno Radio.  And, he wants people to go out and check out local bands live: “I try to drag out my friends to go to shows.  There’s a lot of great local bands and people need to go out and see them.”

Being a one man band has slowed him down, but not too much. Dave is in the process of updating and interviewing local bands, so look for him! If you want to know more about All Reno Radio, check out the website at: http://allrenoradio.com/ and his Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/allrenoradio “There’s so much great music that can be discovered here and I want to help it.  People just don’t know about it, but I want to let them know about it.”

Lithium Mining – Nevada’s New Green

Western Lithium Reno

Yep, did that one on purpose…I love catchy double-meaning titles, don’t you?

Well, Nevada needs the money kind of green, as in taxes, revenue and jobs, and there’s likely room for there being some of the movement known as “green,” too. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could find a way to establish another actual industry for Nevada? While at the same time supporting one of the existing ones?

Lithium has long been a source for battery production. In fact, the chances of you yourself using some lithium in a battery is almost assured. Have an iPod? A cell phone? A laptop?  Thinking larger, how about hybrid or electric vehicles that are becoming so popular and important?   That’s just the beginning.  There’s already some interest in making Nevada a lithium mining hub, which would beg for new, green sources of power gathering (such as solar), which then would naturally need a way to hold such power… batteries?  Gold and silver production are already one of Nevada’s great products and active industries, perhaps lithium mining would fit right in.

According to this article in the New York Times, some developers would like to bill Nevada as the next place to really consider for some lithium mining, all while using new techniques to extract lithium from the earth.   Western Lithium,  which has an office here in Reno, is already drumming up some business interest and capital for the project.  Named King’s Valley (at the extreme middle-north end of the state), years of lithium mining and production there could open Nevada up to an entirely new industry.   One hurdle, the capital to be raised is quite lofty ($250M), because this new process to extract the lithium, which as to do with heating clay and making the lithium water-leachable,  is quite expensive–hopefully not too expensive in the current economic climate.   More locally though, perhaps more importantly to those here, this project’s location will mean even more to Northern Nevada for jobs and other potential.

The other issue they’re going to face is  on Capitol Hill.  Like most new mining operations, there are miles of red tape, permits, and process one must go through in order to get something like this going.   There’s a lot of people out there that don’t like mining or view it as solely destructive, that could hinder an already arduous task to get to production with all the politics, people, ideals, and other speed bumps.   Hopefully they find a few friends over there in Washington D.C.

If the hurdles can be cleared, we (as Nevada AND the USA) could be on the forefront of production, competing with China, Chile and Argentina–and doing something our country isn’t doing a lot of by comparison to other countries:  making something.  90% of the world’s lithium is supplied from outside North America, too.   Lithium demand and prices are both high, and this could be a gold rush without the gold.  Especially if those at Western Lithium and us Nevadans play our cards right.  I think the biggest selling point to naysayers and politically is the less environmentally-invasive mining techniques–this could keep the political, possibly pointless, obstructions to a minimum.   The Kings Valley project holds the fifth largest known lithium deposit in the world… no small potatoes.   This means good things for “green,”  job seekers, and tax revenue for the state.

For Nevada, this, again, could provide a HUGE opportunity.  California has Silicon Valley, Detroit has Motor City, Texas has oil– I can easily see Nevada being Battery Alley.   Or something to that degree.  They just need to get started with mining at Kings Valley in 2014, which isn’t far away.

A hopeful possibility, I wish the King’s Valley project, Western Lithium and all who are working towards it the best of luck:  you have my support!

(information courtesy Western Lithium and the New York Times – image courtesy WLC)


Glass or Window Issue? No Problemo.

Just a quick note to go visit the folks over at Chihuahua’s Glass & Car Accessories at 2255 Glendale, Suite 4, on the Sparks side.

Tucked between the small industrial buildings on the south side of the street, Chihuaua’s deals with auto (windshields, windows, tinting, restoration of yellowed headlight plastic), home (shower doors, screen doors and replacement), and commercial (chip/crack repair).

The Mexican family that runs it are super nice, extremely reasonably priced and are running a spotless, professional shop over there. Recently someone I know got a headlight restoration over there for $50 and was very pleased.

It’s another one to add to the list under category “…needs to get done for cheap, but also done right.”

(775) 351-9935

Is Reed High School One Big Statutory Orgy?

I’m not kidding.  It’s happening again.   This article in the RGJ has found yet another teacher apparently willing to satisfy her own urges as a perk of her job.   Here we have Bethyl “Beth” Shepherd, school district employee since 2001 and Reed High School special education teacher, accused of having sex with Reed students in her car off school property.  Felony counts of sexual misconduct between a teacher and pupil have been filed.  As of Monday, this is making the RGJ and hopefully other news outlets.

Why is this important?

A few weeks ago, my article on Marie Fisher, another female child rapist that was basically given no attention by media, parents, and practically treated like  a mischief maker, outlined many concerns I had.  Concerns that have obviously proven correct:  Washoe County School District apparently has more foxes in the hen house to take care of.

I’m speechless, honestly.  I’m also not going to repeat everything I said prior toward Marie Fisher, because it’d be wasted breath.  I am, however, going to say, once again, if this isn’t a big deal, parents, expect to see teachers coming to your boys when they’re 18 asking for Child Support.   Heck, they might not even wait that long, you may be paying for it YOURSELF if they aren’t 18 yet.

Our local expert WCSD Police Chief Mike Mieras is quoted in the RGJ:

“‘Well, there are two sides to a story,’ but after interviews with other sources, he added, enough information had      been gathered to suggest probable cause. ‘What her allegations are at this time are not quite matching up to the accounts of what was reported to us,’ Mieras said.”

Why is Chief Mieras the one cop who seems to be extremely understanding to a potential  criminal?  Or is it just me?  Considering there are underage kids involved, I’m curious as to what level of “story” is needed.  No, seriously, I would LOVE to hear these stories.

The RGJ is also quoted:

“Mieras said school district area superintendent Lynn Rauh, who oversees Reed, is going to meet with Principal Mary Vesco and do some training with the staff on appropriate behavior and personal relationships with students.”

The most important thing to note here is “to do some training with.”  The fact this is happening at all in such a cavalier way sucks.  Again, do we need to put signs up in the class reminding teachers to not screw students?  Should we have hall monitors for the teachers AND students?  I’m so glad I’m not a parent.  If I were, I’d have two sets of people to be upset at:  the school and district, and other parents for not holding higher standards.

Well done, Reed High, well done Washoe County School district, and well done society:  sexism goes both ways, and underage sex isn’t treated the same between female offenders and males, when it obviously should be.   I wonder where Chief Mieras was when this was happening.   Please, give us some kind of generic assurance everything is great at Reed High.

A community whistle-blower hot line, 877-874-8416 or school district Secret Witness at 775-329-6666 can be used to report the activities that can’t seem to be prevented by the school district or WCSD police.

Anyone has any additional information about the case can contact school district Detective Sgt. Michelle Burrell at 775-348-0285 — perhaps mention that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Hey, newsflash to the school administrators:  do your job now, or go find new ones–away from kids.

The end.

(photo courtesy RGJ/Washoe County)