Nevada Today: Researchers work to preserve neon signs in Northern Nevada. “As Northern Nevada cities grow, a loss of affordable housing is not the only impact the region faces. The area is losing its neon signs. ‘Many neon signs are at risk of demolition,’ Dr. Katherine Hepworth, associate professor of visual journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism, said. ‘Others are being converted to LED lighting (most notably, the Reno arch), irreparably removing key elements of their historical significance.'”
KVVU: Nevada Health Response adds COVID-19 testing locator map to site. “Nevada Health Response, the healthcare team assembled by the governor’s office, has added a new COVID-19 testing locator map to its website, according to a release sent Friday.”
USA Today: DOJ warns Nevada its plan to reopen discriminates against religious groups. “The Justice Department on Tuesday warned Nevada that its plan allowing certain businesses to gradually reopen amid coronavirus threats discriminates against religious organizations and places of worship. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who heads the department’s Civil Rights Division, told Gov. Steve Sisolak that his plan to let businesses, such as restaurants and hair and nail salons, to reopen, while banning religious gatherings of 10 or more people may violate constitutional rights for free expression.”
Jay Inslee, Washington Governor: Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact. “Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak are joining Washington, Oregon and California in the Western States Pact — a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.”
Huffington Post: Pawning During A Pandemic. “Many businesses in Nevada are shut down. But the state deemed pawn shops essential during the pandemic, like several other states across the country, because they are federally regulated financial institutions. And business is booming, according to some pawnshop owners in Nevada.”
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada’s total of COVID-19 cases climbs to 95. “New data shows that Nevadans age 30 to 39 have tested positive for the new coronavirus more than any other age group in the state, followed by those age 60 to 69, according to a new website launched by state government.”
Nevada Today: New Library Digital Collection: City Directories. “The University Libraries has recently digitized early city directories of Reno, Sparks, and the surrounding areas, which date from 1900. These directories provide information on residents and businesses, such as names, addresses, and occupations. Some directories also include the cities’ government structure, as well as indices of clubs, churches, schools, cemeteries, and hospitals.”
Motherboard: Shadow’s Cancelled Nevada Caucus App Had Errors, Too. “As the app used to report caucus results in Iowa failed, volunteers for the Nevada State Democratic Party encountered errors while testing their own version of the app made by the same company, Motherboard has learned. Once a test version of the app was distributed, volunteers were quickly met with an error when trying to submit caucus results, according to a source and a review of the app by Motherboard. Volunteers encountered the error when they received the app earlier this month and up until this week, according to the source. The Nevada caucus is scheduled for February 22.” The app will not be used, but this is concerning.
Techdirt: Nevada’s Top Court Says The State’s Journalist Shield Law Also Applies To Bloggers. “Some good news for journalists in Nevada, via FourthAmendment.com. A decision made earlier this year by a state court has been reversed, resulting in an expansion of the protections offered by the state’s journalist shield law.”
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Bringing Stories of Southern Nevada’s Latinx Communities to Life. “The Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada team has collected more than 100 oral histories from the region’s Latinx population. Now those deeply personal stories will be shared with a wider audience as part of a novel approach to oral histories: a student-led podcast. The effort, which debuts in fall, is the result of a recent collaboration between KUNV radio and the University Libraries’ Oral History Research Center. The inaugural season, Latinx Voices Unveiled, features the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project.”
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada Hits 100-Interview Milestone. “The Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project is celebrating an important milestone: the collection of 100 oral histories from Latinx residents in Southern Nevada in just under a year.”
KUNR: What’s Happening To Northern Nevada’s Neon? . “Will Durham, Executive Director of The Nevada Neon Project, has some 100 signs from Elko to Vegas, Wells to Reno. He watches properties doomed for destruction, and then works with sign companies to safely remove the signs and nabs them before they’re lost. His nonprofit is planning a modern neon museum in Reno, which would bring the signs back to their full brilliance and show them off.” There’s also information in here about a project to preserve the typography of Reno, Nevada.
KTVN: New Nevada Job Website Goes Online . “For workers, it’s a job resource like no other. Set your preferences and it drills down to the jobs you want, and it’s free to use. 1-stop shopping for finding and researching a new local position, and there are plenty of those. [Scott] Morrison says, ‘What struck me is, I explored the website. Right at the very front, 52,000-plus fast-growing jobs in a wide range of different areas.'”
Business Insider Australia: For 8 years, Google’s satellites wouldn’t map an obscure area in Nevada where an experimental military site exists — and there’s still no explanation about why. “The area in question is a series of dry lake beds in the Tonopah Test Range where extensive military weapons testing has reportedly taken place. Between 2008 and 2016, Google did not update the satellite imagery of this area, which is the longest period a stretch of the continental US has gone without an update, according to Motherboard. Updates, according to a Google Earth blog, typically take place every 30 days.”
Nevada Today: University Community Invited to Experience Reno’s Street Art Like Never Before . “Because murals are ephemeral, the Digital Initiatives Department within University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno decided in the spring of 2017 to design a project to digitally preserve and catalog the influx of street art being created in Reno. The Reno Street Art Project is comprised of a digital archive and multimedia virtual reality (VR) time capsule highlighting street art on display in Reno between July 2017 – December 2017.”