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This month’s Partner Spotlight shines bright on Lacey Dremann, owner and principal designer of First Impression, a luxury home staging company here in Reno, Nevada. We have collaborated with her on projects in the past and have seen first-hand how a professionally-staged home can make a huge difference in both the selling price and days on the market.

Whether it’s staging a completely empty home or complementing existing furnishings, it’s all about creating an emotional connection. Buyers will ask themselves, “Could I live here?”

We had a chance to sit down with Lacey and she shared some great insight about herself, her business, and the industry in general. Read on to learn more in this enlightening interview.

Tell us a little bit about your

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A new middle school is coming to South Reno in 2020!

A project in the making since last fall, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to aware the final construction contract for the new school in Arrowcreek to Clark/Sullivan Construction. This means that building could begin as early as this week!

WCSD has recently restructured their middle school model to include sixth through eighth graders in an effort to alleviate crowding for young learners. The elementary model will include kindergarten through fifth graders which would mean that sixth graders will be moving into middle schools starting next school year. Letters went out from the principals of schools to the children who will be moving up to middle

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The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is the place to be this weekend to see the kokanee salmon make their way upstream for spawning.

The Fall Fish Festival returns on October 6 – 7 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and all of the salmon have turned bright red just in time. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located on California Route 89 about 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit hosts the event in collaboration with Great Basin Institute and the festival offers opportunities to learn about native fish species in Tahoe and its tributaries. The Lahontan cutthroat trout is considered “threatened” as a species by the federal government.

On Saturday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a giant

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In just two weeks, one of Lake Tahoe’s greatest secrets will be unveiled.

At the bottom of Emerald Bay are the sites of more than a dozen sunken vessels. California State Parks will open an underwater trail to four sites in Emerald Bay leading visitors through a boat graveyard. Take a boat and peer down into the wreckage dating back from the 1920s and ‘30s. State park divers found two large barges and a dozen recreational boats, including a vintage 27-foot launch. Denise Jaffe is the associate state archaeologist who headed up the project and a scuba diver who helped develop it.

This is the largest and most diverse group of sunken small watercraft of their type in their original location. The trail will be called the “Emerald Bay Maritime

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All women, all entrepreneurs, all inspired.

Inspire Reno is changing up the business game for women in Reno. Susan Ackerman was struck with a vision when she attended an all-women entrepreneur event. After seeing folks listening attentively to a workshop leader, huddled around tables networking over coffee, a room full of like-minded people who are chock-full of ideas, she knew. She went to the owner and asked to lease the building housing the event, a historic mansion disguised as an office building along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.

From that, Inspire Reno, a women’s entrepreneurial development center, was born. Ackerman is an author, speaker, motivator and entrepreneur in her own right. When she got the go-ahead to lease the 3,900

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For the sixth year in a row, TEDxUniversityofNevada presents an impressive lineup of inspiring and though-provoking speakers.

Image courtesy of UNR

The one-day event is coming up at the end of next month and will take place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The event runs a full day, with doors opening at 8 a.m. and speakers presenting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can buy tickets now at

The theme this year is “sides”. TEDxUNR is aiming to present new ideas from many sides, in order to enhance knowledge and even change lives. Those in attendance will find themselves surrounded by other curious people excited to be inspired. The environment is pumped full of optimistic energy and the event also presents

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Find the adventure that suits your soul in Lake Tahoe.

Image courtesy of Tahoe Mountain Lodging

Divided between California and Nevada is Lake Tahoe, or as the indigenous Washoe Indians called it “The Lake of the Sky”. Whatever activities you’re into, the area holds adventure every day of the year. With the dozens of world-class resorts, terrain parks and backcountry for skiing, snowboarding and other snow bunny fun, winter is just a starting point for adventure-seekers. There’s also countless hiking trails for trekkers, mountain bikers and more – and we haven’t even gotten to the actual lake yet. Boat, sail, wakeboard, SUP, waterski and even surf on Tahoe’s crystal-clear waters.

Snow lovers rejoice! At the north end of Lake Tahoe,

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On August 21, eighty-five percent of the sun in the Reno area will be covered in darkness by the Great American Eclipse.

The last time an American total eclipse bathed the continent was in 1979, however it didn’t reach coast to coast. On the morning of the 21, the sky will look gray and overcast in prediction of the upcoming eclipse. The sun will go completely dark for about 2-3 minutes in other parts of the United States, from parts of Oregon all the way to Charleston, South Carolina.

“It stretches coast to coast and the United States is the only place in the world that gets to see this,” said Dan Ruby from the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center in Reno.

One of the perks of being in Reno is that residents can see the partial eclipse

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The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival returns for the 45th time to Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe.

There are many Shakespeare festivals throughout the United States, however none is quite like the LTSF. The backdrop alone is unrivaled – a packed sand amphitheater surrounded by picture-perfect Ponderosa Pine Trees stretching to the sky and the clear, deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Locals fondly call the festival “Shakespeare in the sand”. One could argue that the seats furthest from the stage provide the best views; the higher you are, the better you can see the lake and surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The actual experience is far more sophisticated than “Shakespeare in the sand” might suggest. You won’t find folks lounging around in après-swim

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The University of Nevada, founded in 1874, is updating about a dozen of its buildings.

Located in Reno, NV, UNR offers dozens of undergraduate degrees and master’s programs, including business, education, medicine and engineering. The university also specializes in earthquake research and is home to hone of the largest earthquake-simulation laboratories in the country. Just this week, the new E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center opened – a $47.5 million project that includes a gym with three basketball courts, an indoor running track and state-of-the-art equipment. The Wiegand Fitness Center is the first of many new updates that the University has planned, or completed. Learn more below!

E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center, opened February 2017

For students,

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