Issue: August 25, 2011

The future of Reno is something we spend a lot of time thinking about here at the Reno News & Review. How's this city going to survive? Is the recession really going to last 10 years here? What can we do to revive Reno's flagging tourist economy? Local developer Fernando Leal's CommRow project in downtown Reno might be a beacon in the right direction. In this week's cover story, we talk to Leal about some of the specifics. Also in this week's issue we examine how the University of Nevada, Reno's Department of Theatre & Dance has coped

with its recent financial woes. And movie critic Bob Grimm reviews a horror movie that takes place somewhere even more desolate and dystopian than Reno---that's right, Las Vegas.

Whatever happens in Reno's future, it'll happen without Kat Kerlin. She has accepted a job in Davis, Calif., and this is her last complete issue with the RN&R. Kat has been an essential voice in the paper since 2005, first as the arts editor and then as the specials projects editor. In the latter job, Kat edited our periodic editorial inserts---the Family Guides, the Bars & Clubs Guides, the Artown Guides, the Bridal Guides, the Summer Guides, the Winter Guides, the Fall Guides and more---creating comprehensive coverage on a wide

variety of subjects. Every week, in our Green section, she reported on complex environmental issues and made them easily understood. And she wrote some of the best cover stories to ever grace these pages, like her March 2010 story about her own pregnancy,;

her July 2009 story about immigrants learning English,;

or her December 2008 story about the do-it-yourself movement, Kat's also an

impeccable copy editor, a creative coworker and a good friend. We're

going to miss her.

We're also saying goodbye to two members of our design team, Miles Harley and William Leung. Thanks for your hard work!

Thanks for reading.

Brad Bynum,

RN&R Arts Editor