Best friends

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

Well, here it is—the results of our 2016 Best of Northern Nevada readers’ survey. Congratulations to all the winners!

Some seasoned veterans took home gold—as well as some deserving newcomers. And there were a few results that made us wonder if perhaps the oft-regarded brilliance of our readership might sometimes be overstated.

Nevertheless, we consider managing this contest important, and it’s an honor to serve as a conduit for Northern Nevadans to define the best of themselves.

I’m really happy with the artwork this year. Jeff “Metal Jeff” Rogers is a local artist who deserves more recognition. He’s already well known in local heavy music circles because he’s a music lover, and his work is well suited to the needs of bands. If you’re a rock band, he’s the guy you want designing your posters, pins, album covers, videos and T-shirts.

I’ve gotten to know Jeff well over the last couple of years because he’s done some work like that for my band, and I knew he would be creative and reliable. And he delivered.

This is a laborious undertaking, so thanks to the editorial team, Dennis Myers, Jeri Chadwell-Singley, Kris Vagner and Kelley Lang, for all their work this week and every week. Thanks also to photographer Eric Marks and designer Brian Breneman for their work on the project.

Thanks to all our regular contributors and support staff, and big thanks to the sales staff, who seemed busy down the hall at the west end of the office, working hard, keeping the lights on for all us sinners.

On a personal note, I’d like to offer up some thanks to my girlfriend, Margot Choltco, for her tremendous patience, love and support while we were putting this thing together.

And once again, the biggest thanks of all to all the readers who took the time to vote! You’re the best.

The winners are listed in this issue, but be sure to check our website,, to see the runners up as well.

Brad Bynum