July letters

coyote killings, smart city, a new art gallery and voter suppression

Coyote-killing debated

It’s time for Nevada to ban wildlife killing contests! (RN&R, July 10)

While blood sports such as dogfighting and cockfighting are recognized as serious crimes, a little known but similar activity—the wildlife killing contest—is still legal in Nevada. Sponsors of the event reward contestants with cash and prizes for killing the most animals.

Killing in mass violates the hunter’s code of ethics.  These contests are giving Nevada’s hunting community and her residents a bad reputation.

As more states ban the contests, predator hunters are flocking to Nevada to enter killing contests because it’s illegal in their state and there’s big money to be made. One can win $20,000 just for killing the most native wildlife. Once the prizes are awarded, the bodies of the animals are often tossed away like trash. It gets worse, since Nevada doesn’t require a hunting license to hunt coyotes, not a dime is going to NDOW. Don’t be fooled, this is not conservation.

Research has shown that randomly killing wild carnivores will not prevent conflicts with farm animals and will not increase numbers of deer or turkeys for hunters.

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission has the chance to add Nevada to the growing list of states that have banned these cruel and unsporting events. If you agree the NBWC should end WKCs send an email asking them to support a ban: wildlifecommission@ndow.org

Come on Nevada! We can do this. #stopthekill

Fauna Tomlinson, Reno

PHOTO/NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE

The coyote-killing contests are disgusting and inhumane. The wholesale slaughter of wildlife is not conservation, but cruelty. Shame on those “hunters” and on those who organize the contests. Real hunters kill for food and observe the restrictions set by wildlife experts. Blasting away at animals who are simply following their instincts and then loading up pickup trucks with their bloody carcasses for “sport” is not a contest but mindless killing. It is long overdue that the barbaric contests be banned.

Marilyn Magnuson, Sparks

Defending the contests

Here we go again. Californians and other transplants to Nevada from other states want to change the traditional things they don’t like about our home, the latest being coyote-calling contests.

The contests have been a tradition in rural Nevada since the 1800s and serve as conservation measures and killing them saves countless fauns, house pets and other animals who are their prey. Coyotes have been shot on sight for hundreds of  years and still their populations have expanded and they are now found in areas where they were never seen decades ago.

They are classified as vermin and that’s what they are. They serve a purpose in nature, but should not be allowed to overrun our ranchlands and cities. Hunters kill them cleanly, with bullets to the head, and enjoy a social event while doing so.

Don’t Californiacate Nevada. If you don’t like the contests, don’t go, but don’t come here from elsewhere and tell us what you think is acceptable in your little world.

Barry Waldo, Fernley

The Reno Fiine Arts Collective’s new gallery is located at 200 S. Virginia St, Suite 100, in downtown Reno.

Reno Fine Arts Collective opens

My name is Briana Dolan and I am a founder of a new arts group in town, the Reno Fine Arts Collective. My partner (and father), Kevin O’Keefe, and I launched the Collective in February with the intention of celebrating and promoting local artists and luxury artisans. We started with an online gallery, which initially just included our own artwork, and grew it over the past five months to include over 30 artists and jewelers and over 300 pieces of available art. We established a ‘counter gallery’ and now have art of the collective hanging in over a dozen local establishments.

Having lived in the New York area and in Los Angeles, we started to explore the arts and culture scene after moving to Reno. This region is rich in creative talent, yet Reno is not even remotely a consideration when it comes to art centers in the US. We want to change that.

Our goals are focused internally and externally. We first want to change the culture around buying, owning, and collecting art locally. It is an investment in superior original art, not a pity party in supporting poor local artists. Then we want to change the perception of Reno from the outside. Reno is a thriving center for unique creative energy and talent, not a sad sister city to Vegas.

In July, we opened a gallery space in downtown Reno at 200 S. Virginia St, Suite 100, and the gallery features all of the artists’ members of the Reno Fine Arts Collective as well as collaborations with both Sierra Arts Foundation and The Lilley Museum at the University of Nevada, Reno. We host weekly events featuring artist and industry talks from fine artists, photographers and muralist to museum coordinators, curators, and educators.

The final piece of our vision will be executed as Reno’s first International Art Show at the Reno Sparks Convention Center next September, the same weekend as the Great Reno Balloon Race. We will feature all local artists first, along with work from Burning Man and then invite major galleries from around the states and Europe, as well as international group exchanges. Hosting an art show here will be our way of establishing the significance of Reno-Tahoe’s art community and culture to the outside.

Briana Dolan, Reno Fine Arts Collective, Reno

IMAGE/ DESIGN BY EHRLICH YANAI RHEE, CHANEY ARCHITECTS AND TOM WISCOMBE ARCHITECTURE: Renderings of the smart city concept, which are not actual plans, illustrate futuristic buildings of metal and glass. The city, which developers want to build 20 miles east of Reno, would be supported by a cryptocurrency known as stablecoin and be self-governing. The water for the project would have to be imported from 100 miles away.

Smart City: history repeats itself

Over 150 years ago, probably 10,000 or more persons tramped across Nevada territory, doing some irreparable ecological damage and, of course, altering traditional lifestyles of existing residents forever.

Some had visions of empire building; some were adventure seekers exploring new worlds and realities.  Others were wanting to reinvent themselves with unknown opportunities.  And there were the gold seekers.

Later came those sent by the Church; those sent by Eastern capital to create a human support system to Pacific markets and ports; and then the railroads tying together the edges of the emerging empire.

Out of this chaotic parade of disparate goals and objectives, with assistance from Washington, D.C., a group (of men) created a territory and then State of Nevada in 1864.  Over the next few years, the land base expanded and counties were created.

The 17-county state prospered, starved, prospered and starved in varying epochs.  Government institutions were kept at a minimum for a small population. “Leaders” spent 100 years decrying (and attacking) the devastated tribal communities as they developed a system of self-governance, home rule and emergent economies.

History is repeating itself: enter the Innovation City (RN&R, May 29).

Here come more visions of empire building. Here come adventure seekers exploring new worlds and realities. Here come others were wanting to reinvent themselves with unknown opportunities. And now, instead of gold, it is data, information and emergent technologies and electronic finance systems that spark imagination for some.

And this concept arrives with the proposal of its own governmental system, one that is oblivious to current form and constituency.

Now it is “old” Nevadans who are experiencing what happened to the indigenous populations in the 1800s.

Storey County, the first site proposed for this “pioneer” effort, is unhappy that its economic base will be destroyed. Rural Nevada fears its bucolic serenity will be upset. The culture of Nevada will be dramatically changed if/when this new generation of “techie” entrepreneurs who’s world view and interests are vastly different than those of the current residents.

Did the transition of lifestyle from living off the land to being in the bottom sectors of most USA statistics benefit Nevadans?

Probably no one wants to spend their time grubbing the land for something to eat.  We love shopping and revel in the creature comforts of the times. The pandemic has caused many to reexamine values and goals. Emergent 21st technologies are prevalent throughout our lives and lifestyles. We have definitely arrived in the Age of Information from the Era of Agriculture and the Industrial Age. 

Are our institutions and government systems able to deal with this in their present form? These academic, administrative, and often surreal topics are now the subject of hot debate (in some circles).

Where there is hot air, there is smoke.  Where there is smoke, there is fire. To suppress fire, one needs chemical suppressant or water. With a nod to beef, where is the water?

The final historic irony is that, at present, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe holds the key to the first proposed Innovation Center in that water is to be transported by pipeline from CA/NW Nevada through the res to the new city.

Karma is such a bitch!

Shayne Del Cohen, Reno

PHOTO/DREAMSTIME

GOP suppresses voting

The Republican national push to enact hundreds of new election restrictions could strain every available method of voting for tens of millions of Americans, potentially amounting to the most sweeping disenfranchising  of ballot access in the United States since the end of Reconstruction, when Southern states curtailed the voting rights of formerly enslaved Black people .

Republicans have proposed at least 250 laws in 43 states across the country that would limit mail, early in-person and Election Day voting with such constraints as stricter ID requirements, limited hours or narrower eligibility to vote absentee, according to data compiled as of Feb. 19 by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice.

This is a blatant attempt to prevent the poor and Black citizens from voting, plain and simple! It is an attack on OUR DEMOCRACY!

This cannot stand and we must do something about it, meaning to vote these autocratic seeking Republicans out of office!

Joe DeMarco, Jay, N.Y.

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1 Comment

  1. To respond to Mr. Waldo’s support of wolf killing, did you know that the more they die, the more they multiply? You are not saving fauns, you are giving them more vulnerability each time you kill a coyote. And, Waldo, it’s not only Californians who oppose your coyote slaughter, it’s Nevadans like NDOW. Like me.

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