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Erin 411!

Hello everyone and welcome once again to the vBlog that’s taking you around Reno and showing you where the locals go and what the locals know: that the Reno-Tahoe area is America’s Adventure Place! We’ve made some exciting updates to ERIN 411! and here’s a glimpse at what you’ll see on upcoming episodes:

Weeeee!!!!! You should be feeling really pumped!Now, the cool new changes we made to the show also caused a few delays. I know you’re out of snow season and looking forward to summer, but you’ll still enjoy this episode on Reno’s fun little Rink on the River:


Hope you enjoyed! As always, please leave us a comment and let us what you thought!ERIN 411!
The Show You Need To Know(because it’s awesome)

Van Halen is Coming to Town

In case you have not already heard the great news, Van Halen will be doing a concert at the Reno Events Center on April 17th.

Reno was chosen as one of only a handful of West Coast locations for this reunion tour to play in.

Tickets will go on sale 3.30.08 at 10 am and can be purchased via Ticketmaster

View the Reunion Press Conference below.

Check us out on Flickr

We’ve recently added a bunch of pics to the Reno-Tahoe Flickr site, so check out this slide show or click through to view them online. We’re always looking for new photos that showcase the best of Reno-Tahoe, so if you have some good ones we’d love to have them as part of our photo stream.

- Jim Scripps

Legends announces new retailers



The fountain at the Legends at Sparks Marina


The Legends at Sparks Marina, a new destination shopping center located at the Sparks Marina in Northern Nevada announced the commitment of more A-list retailers and restaurants to the development, scheduled to open Fall, 2008.

Companies that have committed so far include: Scheel’s All Sports (240,000 square feet), T-Rex, Adidas, America’s Roadhouse, BCBGirls, Brooks Brothers, Forever 21, Harry and David, Hot Dog Hall of Fame, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Lane Bryant, Off Broadway Shoes, Saddle Ranch Chop House, Sunglass Station, Saks Off Fifth, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor, AT&T, Banana Republic, Gap, Patsy Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizza, Dickinson Theatres + IMAX, The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, Strasburg Children, Tuscanos Brazilian Grill, Blowfish Sushi, Hofbrauhaus, Olive Garden, Best Buy, Deegie’s Carma, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Easy Spirit, Nine West and Mountain Family RV.

The development also includes a 1,000-room upscale casino-resort-spa.

-Jim Scripps

Play ball!

baseball groundbreaking

The years-long struggle to bring a Triple A minor league baseball to Reno came one step closer to becoming reality this week with groundbreaking for a new baseball stadium and retail complex that will eventually be home to a development team for the Arizona Diamondbacks major league franchise. The team, formerly named the Tucson Sidewinders, will relocate to Reno with the first pitch slated to be thrown in April, 2009.

Developers, local officials and team executives rolled out the red carpet at the site, hosting a crowd of 300 future fans and setting up a faux ball field with the promise that when the real field is finished next year, baseball fans will come – as many as 500,000 attendees over the course of 72 home games, said Stuart Katzoff, owner of SK Baseball, the partnership behind the project.

Plans for a baseball franchise add to the excitement of the urban renewal that has brought downtown Reno a new Riverwalk district, a whitewater kayak park, luxury condominiums, and top-shelf bars and restaurants, to add to existing gaming attractions. As part of the 6.5-acre stadium development, plans include a shopping plaza, giving visitors another reason to make their way downtown.
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What others are saying:

To see another rendering of the proposed development, visit Reno’s Downtown Makeover site here

Reno’s downtown baseball stadium district (Reno and its Discontents)

Reno: baseball groundbreaking (The Urban Blog)

New Triple A team will be D-Backs affiliate, Big turnout for stadium groundbreaking (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Reno Baseball Website!!!

– Jim Scripps

Get ready for Kayak season!

Though there are some hart core paddlers who get out in the at night in the dead of winter storms, the good stuff is coming this spring. The above average snow pack and full reservoirs up-stream are going to make for an awesome Kayaking season. Maybe this will be the year I finally get into it.

This video from X-Terra Planet should get your blood moving as the days get longer and and the snow starts melting…

-MTB

Storm of the century still kicking!

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Reports of amazing winter weather are coming in from all over Reno-Tahoe. Our first hand investigators confirm EPIC powder everywhere you turn! And the powder on the ground is being rapidly covered by even more POWDER!!!!!

  • I can’t believe how hard it’s snowing right now,” said Alpine Meadows spokeswoman Rachael Woods. “This kind of snowfall definitely sets up the Sierra for great spring skiing conditions and really helps with our water situation.”
  • Everybody’s ready to ski,” Kauffman said. “They missed out last year, and this last Saturday and Sunday were excellent. The snow is very deep, powdery dry, like Colorado and Utah,” Kauffman added. “We don’t get that too often.”
  • We did get hammered up here,” said Greg Murtha, spokesman for the resort [Sugarbowl], which has 71 inches of snow at its base, 104 on top. “It was hard to tell when one storm stopped and the next one started.”

Passion and drive

Reno Tahoe is about adventure. And that’s not a name just drawn out of a hat to appeal to itchy mid-west executives in corner offices (although we hope it does…). Real people live here who love adventure and actively pursue it every day of their lives. Below is a video trailer made by SummitSide a group of Reno-Tahoe locals which shows some of that pursuit via skiing, snowboarding, kite-boarding and mountain biking.

Here’s the home of a team of downhill mountain bikers. These guys live and breathe bikes. The trail shown here is the start of the first real, legal and purpose-built competition downhill mountain biking course in all of Northern Nevada, right here in Reno. It’s called the Entrail, or the “N” Trail because is runs from the big white N on a hillside above town. The trail is conceived, built and maintained by dhReno.com, The Poedunks (the northern Nevada IMBA affiliate), and Washoe County Parks. If you love summer more than winter, hold tight, biking is going to be big in Reno this spring!

Just examples of the many Reno Tahoe locals with the passion and drive to make adventure their life and their life an adventure.

-MTB

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Winter Urban Survival

Harsh winter weather can take it’s toll, and it’s important to stay warm, happy and CAFFINATED. Richie Bednarski writes in with a couple good downtown winter weather respite options at cool local Reno businesses:

Dreamer's Coffee House
With many places to get coffee in Reno, there is one place that has a unique environment. Dreamer’s Coffee House, located right on the Truckee River and Virginia St, just off the beaten path of downtown is a sure hit. With customer appreciation days where you get half off drinks and great sandwiches, this is the perfect place to grab a hot cup of coffee and warm up during these cold winter days. Grab a friend and go check it out!Java Jungle

Another great spot to grab a cup of coffee and experience the local Reno culture is Java Jungle. Located on West and First Street, not too far from the heart of downtown Reno. Here you can enjoy fresh food and coffee. Every Monday they host an open mic night and every month they feature art from a different artist. This is the place to go for your Mexican Mocha! A friendly atmosphere coupled with great baristas makes this coffee house one of my favorites. And a great spot to experience the local culture of Reno.

-Richie

Snow Riding in Tahoe

snowridersHere in the Reno-Tahoe Region we pride ourselves on the fact that no matter the season or weather, our landscape ain’t no one trick pony!Case in point: These guys, who live a stone’s throw south in Carson City won’t let a little snow cut their mountain biking season short. Although the gentlemen in this picture seem to be gazing a bit lustfully over at Heavenly…Still, once the snow melts down on the valley floors it will be perfect for road and mountain biking, hiking and golf if you like to get more than one sport in for your holiday season vacation.All of the ski resorts are open now with a good and growing base, and the backcountry ski season is off and running!-MTB