Biggest Little Best of

Welcome to this week's Reno News & Review.

There's always a huge amount of work that goes into our annual readers' poll, the Biggest Little Best of Northern Nevada. Editorial staffmembers work very hard to make it as accurate as possible. Designers and artists put in the hours to make it beautiful. Salespeople burn the midnight oil selling ads to make the issue as big as possible. Coders work to enable simpler voting. When all the systems work, it's like one of those enormous mining machines roaring. When they don't, it's like an oil-coated air filter on a gasoline lawnmower, choking and wheezing. We hardly had any lawnmower moments this year.

All that being said, I owe special thanks to the editorial team, Brad Bynum, Georgia Fisher, Dennis Myers and Kelley Lang. They'll tell you, some of the results may be surprising, but these are the accurate results.

Sculptor Anthony Arevalo and designer Hayley Doshay have made a terrific-looking issue. I also want to include a shout-out to our new printer, Sierra Nevada Media Group. They've been doing an awesome job printing our newspaper, and I'm betting on a beautiful reproduction. Designer Brian Breneman and others pitched in with the rest of the issue to keep everything looking good.

Special thanks, too, go to the sales team, especially my co-publisher John Murphy and Joey Davis, Gina Odegard and Bev Savage. I can't forget Kelly Miller, who coordinates the advertising and works with me to make sure everything flows nicely through the paper.

In addition to thanks, I probably owe Anthony Clarke and his delivery drivers an apology. I know it's a lot of extra work lugging these big issues around.

Finally, you readers are the people who really fuel this machine. The winners are great, and I really appreciate what they do for our community, but you readers are the ones who make this one of the largest readers' poll in the United States. You beat last year's record number of voters by 83 with 5,176 individual voters. You're awesome, and we couldn't do it without you. Thank you.