Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

I’m pretty pumped on this week’s issue. To commemorate Reno’s 150th birthday, Dennis Myers wrote a great piece about some of the worst moments in Reno history. Great arts and news coverage throughout—but I’d like to take a moment to draw your attention to two promotional pieces in the paper.

The first is on page 4. It’s almost time to vote for in our Best of Northern Nevada readers’ poll. It’s the biggest, strangest, most accurate popularity contest in the region. It’s a chance to salute your favorite local butchers, bakers and candlestick makers by voting for them, so they can get a nice free plaque to stick on their walls. (And this year’s plaques are going to look—to use the parlance of our times—tiiiiiiiiiiiiight.)

And in reaction to some of the complaints we’ve heard about some of the results the last couple of years, we’re disrupting the system by changing the rules. There are now going to be two rounds of voting—a primary and a final round. Yeah, get your grumbling done now. You’re gonna have to vote twice and rally your friends to vote for you twice. But it’ll be worth it.

Voting begins May 3.

The second promo I’d like to mention is on page 28. We’re partnering with arts nonprofit Holland Project, the Washoe County Library System, community radio station KWNK, and news website This is Reno to present a series of candidate forums to discuss local issues. The first one—for candidates in the Washoe County Commission is also on May 3.

So, mark your calenders. May 3—vote in one contest and start forming your opinions about another contest.

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