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We hope you enjoy this site that celebrates all things Washoe Valley- a great community. The layout is blog-style so feel free to scroll down the page to discover recent and old posts. If you are looking for a particular topic, click on a Category or a tag under Popular Topics found in the right column. Older, archived articles are in the Archives. Sections are separate pages for special topics like our Events List. We welcome your input on in the comments for each article and your articles, questions and concerns. Let us know about community events! Happy browsing!

Washoe Valley Alliance

Established in 2013 by local citizens, WVA is a member supported organization working with other organizations and individuals to educate and preserve the unique qualities of Washoe Valley. Join us in keeping Washoe Valley a haven in an urbanized northern Nevada. Memberships are only $20 a year.

For information on how you can participate, email us at washoevalleyalliance@gmail.com or visit our website at:




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Citizen Alert! Meeting Thursday.

Washoe Valley Citizen Alert

Verizon Wireless Cellular Communications Tower Update – 02/08/15

Verizon Wireless has applied for a Special Use Permit to build a 100 ft. Cellular Communications Tower in North Washoe Valley. The original application (application # SB14-002) has been denied twice by the Citizens Advisory Board and once by the Washoe County Board of Adjustment.

Verizon Wireless has chosen to modify the original application and appeal the Board of Adjustment decision to the Board of County Commissioners (Appeal # AX14-003). We will need continued extensive citizen involvement to convince the County Commissioners to deny this application.

The modified application will be heard again by the South Truckee Meadows/Washoe Valley Citizens Advisory Board on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The meeting is held at the South Valleys Library which is located at 15650A Wedge Parkway, Reno, NV. The meeting starts at 6:00 P.M.

The Washoe County Board of County Commissioners is tentatively scheduled to hear the appeal of the revised application at their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The meeting will be held in the County Commission Chambers at 1001 E. Ninth St, Building A, Reno NV. A time for this agenda item has not been posted yet.

For additional information on this project, the application and appeal can be found online at www.washoecounty.us/comdev/da/da_index.htm You may also contact Washoe County Planner Grace Sannazzaro at (775) 328-3600. Information may also be found on the website washoevalley.org

Free Printer Ink Cartridges

My HP printer conked out so I have some new ink cartridges to get rid of. They are HP 02 type. Send me an email if you live in Washoe Valley or Pleasant Valley and I can drop them off.

Be Fire Aware!

This year from now on is going to be very scary as far as protecting our precious views and property. Please be careful. The fire pictured was in 2008 on

Slide Mt. and thankfully our fire crews got it out quickly.

Slide fire

Citizen Alert!

A 71 foot, blinking digital sign is being proposed for the Summit Sierra shopping center in south Reno that would have a drastic impact on the character of the area.

Attend the Reno City Council Meeting, February 11
Make Your Voice Heard
What: Reno City Council Public Hearing
When: Wednesday, February 11, starting at 6 p.m.
Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 East First St.

Let the Reno City Council know you’re opposed to the big digital sign proposed for scenic south Reno at the Summit Sierra shopping center. Sign our petition now and come to the public hearing February 11.

At the appeal hearing in February Scenic Nevada will ask the city council to overturn the decision made in December by the city’s planning commission in a 3-2 vote, narrowly approving the mall’s sign
Scenic Nevada maintains the mall sign is incompatible with the scenic character of the area surrounding South Virginia Street and the Mt. Rose highway, a gateway to the Sierras and Lake Tahoe. The views include scenic mountain vistas to the west and the natural opens spaces of sage with the Virginia Foothills in the distance.

You don’t have to live within the Reno city limits to speak or to be counted.
Take a stand against digital signs that ruin our scenic views, dim the dark skies and distract drivers. Sign our petition and come to the city council meeting February 11. Free parking next door to city hall at the Cal-Neva parking garage near the corner of First and Center Streets.

Celebrate Washoe Valley!

January 30, 2015

Dear Friends:

Washoe Valley Alliance was pleased with the success of our first Celebrate Washoe Valley event May 17, 2014. We estimate some 300 people were in attendance.  Washoe Valley Alliance was organized in March of 2013 as a Nevada non-profit corporation.  Our goal is to protect the unique qualities of Washoe Valley through education and stewardship.  In order to meet these goals, we partner with service organizations, government agencies and individuals who live, work and recreate in this beautiful valley.

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Celebrate Washoe Valley on Saturday, May 16, 10 AM to 2 PM, at Washoe Lake State Park.  This event will be an opportunity to introduce your group to the citizens of Washoe County.  You will be joining representatives from Washoe Lake State Park, Washoe County Parks, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, Scenic Nevada, the Washoe Valley Garden Group and other organizations.

We have made arrangements with Washoe Lake State Park to allow all participants to enter the park at no cost for this event.  We have reserved the group day area which provides a covered pavilion, restrooms and lots of parking.  Each group will be assigned a picnic table.  You might choose to display photos, maps, artifacts, brochures, literature…be creative!  There will be an hour before the event and an hour after the event in which to set-up and take-down your displays.
We hope your organization will join us for this event in which we celebrate the history, culture and scenic wonders of Washoe Valley.

If your organization is interested in participating in the 2nd Annual Celebrate Washoe Valley, please contact Karen Critor at 849-2375 or karenandchris@charter.net.

Washoe Valley Alliance Board Members:
Gary Houk, President                Marilyn Naylor, Board Member
Bill Naylor, Secretary                Pam Wilcox, Board Member
Carol Christensen, Treasurer            Karen Critor, Board Member

Missing the Snow and the Dog

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From 2005.

Washoe City and Slide Mt From The Air


Garden Club Meeting

The Washoe Valley Garden Group is hosting a Pot Luck and meeting on January 20th at the Community Church at 145 Esmeralda in New Washoe City. The club will discuss gardening related topics and may have a presentation on well maintenance. The festivities commence at 6:30 pm and they encourage non-member, Washoe Valley residents to attend and meet their neighbors.

Call Donna Murphy-Sharp at 775-772-4953 for more information if necessary. See you there!