Issue: July 12, 2012

Hi everybody,

In many ways, Nevada and Utah are very similar states. They're both

Western, with lots of desert, and populations just shy of 3 million.

But our neighbor to the east is kicking our collective butt in one

important regard: It's the economy, stupid. The reason, in a

nutshell, is that they invested in education, and we did not. In this

week's feature story, news editor Dennis Myers gets down to the nitty

gritty. Elsewhere in the issue, Ashley Hennefer looks at a program

aimed to help Burning Man attendees better dispose of their trash,

movie critic Bob Grimm reviews the new Spider-Man flick, and I chat

with DJ Spooky about his upcoming collaboration with members of the

Reno Philharmonic at the Nevada Museum of Art.

As always, be sure to pick up a newsprint copy of the paper for

exclusive columns, cartoons and tactile sensations.

Thanks for reading! If it weren't for you, we'd move to Utah.

Brad Bynum

RN&R arts editor.