Culture + Society

Will Thacker Pass be another Keystone?

BY: - September 16, 2021

After tribes secured the death of the Keystone XL pipeline, Native organizers in Nevada are looking to get the same results for the planned Thacker Pass lithium mine. Excavation on sacred native lands was allowed to proceed at the Thacker Pass project earlier this month after a federal judge denied tribal leaders’ requests to temporarily […]


Political orientation predicts science denial

BY: - September 16, 2021

  Vaccine refusal is a major reason COVID-19 infections continue to surge in the U.S. Safe and effective vaccines have been available for months, but as of mid-September 2021, only 65% of eligible American adults are fully vaccinated. In many areas, a majority of eligible adults haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated. […]


There he goes, into the wild red yonder

BY: - September 10, 2021

A couple weeks ago conspiracy-monger and putative Republican U.S. Senate nominee Adam Laxalt all but promised he’ll file lawsuits to discredit the 2022 election before it happens, and then sue some more after he loses.  Just as his idol and endorser Donald Trump did for months prior to the 2020 election and continues to do […]

Call for end to killing contests spreads north to Reno City Council

BY: - September 8, 2021

Disgust with Nevada’s wildlife killing contests, which attract hunters from nearby states where the practice is illegal, is not drawn along the geographic lines that divide the state’s north and south, as the Reno City Council proved Wednesday when it voted six to one in favor of a resolution to stop the competitions.   “This is […]


Caring for animals doesn’t only mean adopting one

BY: - August 26, 2021

“Out of the mouths of babes” has special meaning for my family. My kids and I started volunteering at a shelter where my daughter Kendall created a special bond with a dog named Athens. While we couldn’t take him home because our house was already full, Kendall wanted to do everything in her power to […]

Census data shows communities of color are the new Nevada

BY: - August 16, 2021

Demographic changes in Nevada reflect larger national trends in the United States, newly released data from the Census Bureau shows. Chief among those trends is a diversifying of the population, including a surge in the number of people identifying as multiracial. Nationally, the percentage of the population that identifies as white dropped 8.6% between 2010 […]


The myth of the absent Black father

BY: - June 20, 2021

I am Black. I am a father. I love my children like nobody’s business. I will not be invisible. I make this simple declaration because, even though involved Black fathers are the norm in the lives of Black children, we are dogged by a defamatory narrative about our supposed absenteeism. Are there Black fathers not […]

Opposition to lithium mine grows among tribes, conservationists

BY: - June 11, 2021

A planned lithium mine on an ancient collapsed volcano is facing growing pushback from tribal nations, ranchers and conservationists. In January, the Bureau of Land Management approved the Thacker Pass lithium mine five days before the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. It was one of several projects fast-tracked in the last days of the Trump […]


What people need to know about critical race theory

BY: - June 10, 2021

The late historian John Henrik Clarke explained the dominant subculture’s preoccupation with manipulating history. Europeans “began manipulating history in the 15th century to justify the slave trade,” said Clarke, a pioneer in Pan-African studies, during an interview with Tony Brown on Brown’s eponymous show in the 1970s. Modern racism incubated during this period, Clarke said. Detractors of critical race […]

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Ford condemns Instagram for kids

BY: - May 11, 2021

Attorneys general from 44 states and territories are urging Facebook to abandon its plans to create a version of Instagram for children under 13. In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the National Association of Attorneys General cited mental health and privacy concerns of children “who are not equipped to navigate the challenges” of […]

Lost leases & missed milestones: Artists reflect on a ‘spotty at best’ year

BY: - March 31, 2021

The first mural Bracken Hermansen painted was at her children’s elementary school 10 years ago. Jellyfish, eels, and a narwhal still cover the walls of the school’s marine science lab but the children who enjoyed the colorful room in previous years are largely gone. “My son is a senior and went back to school today […]

Expert: Suicide is preventable

BY: - March 16, 2021

If just one person on Kevin Hines’ bus ride to the Golden Gate Bridge had bothered to see his pain, he says he may not have jumped off the bridge.   Hines, who survived the 225 foot fall in 2000, says he was a mess on the bus — crying and screaming at the voices in […]