Archive for July, 2009

In walk with Councilmembers Sharon Zadra and Jessica Sferrazza, Lauren Scott shares great idea

July 27, 2009

Several people braved the impossible heat at noon today to join Sharon Zadra and Jessica Sferrazza on yet another Monday noon walk, a regular event started about a couple of months ago.  This event gives constituents an opportunity to bring their concerns and issues directly to their representatives on the city council.  Except now, future Monday walks may not happen at noon until our heat wave ends (which doesn’t seem to be anytime soon).  So, plans are to find either an early morning or early evening time to do this on the weekly Monday walks.  Still, people did show up at noon, gathering at the foot bridge at West Street Plaza.  And, thanks to that Facebook site, no one (except this one couple, unknown to me anyway) were strangers. 

Lauren Scott had already posted an idea on the Wall at Facebook and it’s a good one.  It addresses the wasteful and polluting practice of restaurants, etc. discarding their used cooking oil; she pointed out that all that could be used (after a fairly inexpensive processing of it) as biodiesel fuel (for our city buses, for example).  Jessica already knew Lauren was going to bring this up, so it was an easy matter for Lauren to brief Sharon and Jessica on this.   Examples were given of other cities that had programs to use the oil.  Both council members clearly want to follow up with an examination of this as a possible practice in Reno also.  (In addition to city buses, Don Clark also suggested that school buses could also be fueled with biodiesel.  He also had some news in regards to the possible use of fuel cells in city buses.  Clark and his wife Susan are the folks at Cathexes, btw.  See the recent article on the event that was recently held there.)

(Lauren’s Facebook wall post reposted at bottom of this article as an “addendum”.  Note the useful links provided.)

We ended up walking all the way to the spot under the Wells Street bridge where the walk labrynith is and then retracing our steps back to downtown:

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In above photo: Sharon, Don, and Lauren

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In above photo, couple whose names I don’t know, Donna at rear (she found us late in the walk!) and Jessica on the right.

On another note:  Since I lived and worked in Napa for a little over 20 years, I was curious about the road trip the Mayor and the City Council recently took to Napa (and San Francisco) to check out their open aired market plazas.  So I asked Jessica about that.  She reported that Reno and Napa have similiar flood control plans for the rivers running through our respective cities.  She also noted, that unlike Reno, their river trail (I think she’s probably referring to the downtown area of Napa) didn’t run immediately adjacent to the river.  (At one point, she pointed across the river and told me about that tall building across from the ballpark and how it should have had a set back so people could now have easy walk access also on the north side of the river along that stretch, just east of the downtown center.)

Another note: when I told Jessica about Paula McDonough’s effort to open up an affordable grocery store at the 2nd and N. Sierra St site, she was very enthusiastic….saying such a store was clearly needed.

Addendum:  Here is Lauren’s wall post at the Facebook event page set up for today’s walk.  Note the useful links.

I would like to discuss starting a municipal waste cooking oil collection program (from schools, hotels and restaurants) with the intention of recycling this useful product into biodiesel for private use and for use in the city and county buses and municipal fleets. This program would reduce the amount of oil in the waste stream and sewers, reduce the cities dependence on foreign oil and reduce the pollution from traditional #2 diesel. It might even save some money. For more information —

Used Cooking Oil—Harvesting an Urban Crop from Casinos
http://www.epa.gov/region09/waste/biodiesel/nevada.html#casinos

Producing Biodiesel for Municipal Vehicle Fleets from Recycled Cooking Oil
http://www.alabamacleanfuels.org/docs/AUMuncipalBiodieselGuideFINAL.pdf

Life Cycle Inventory of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel for Use in an Urban Bus
http://www.epa.gov/region09/waste/biodiesel/resources/DOE_DOAG_lifecycle.pdf

Friday night in the Celtic Forest…

July 10, 2009

David Bobzien, an adept DJ with an intense focus and an offering of great sounds (ALBEIT NOT CELTIC!), provided music for the second Friday night celebrations in the Celtic Forest.

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And, I finally got it right in photographing the flaming trees and Raven Book (by not panning in and thus having blurred pics as a result).

 

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A night in the Celtic Forest….

July 7, 2009

Tonight I watched the whole set up process, which began around 7pm, and stayed to watch the firedancers celebrate in the Celtic Forest.

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A last look:

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And, walking into the quiet night:

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“Book Arts: Fusing Words and Visual Imagination”

July 6, 2009

Visiting artist and publisher Charles Hobson offered a demonstration of one of his creative, uniquely fashioned books at an exhibition today at UNR’s library where other works were also on display to demonstrate the many forms and shapes a book can take.

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Terence McKenna!

Terence McKenna!

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Richie Havens came to Reno to sing and all of Reno came to hear him…

July 1, 2009

Here’s the flickr photo set that I quickly organized of the amazing opening day and night of Artown in Reno:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28424275@N06/sets/72157620704065737/

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