Issue: August 01, 2013

Dear Friends,

Everyone's a critic, but some performance artists

say the city of Sparks is going too far.

Controlled Burn, a group that uses fire art,

seems to be able to perform almost anywhere in

northern Nevada except the Rail City, whose

cautious fire chief was less than informative

about his reasons for stopping the show. Kyril

Plaskon reports in our cover story.

Ashley Hennefer will have a rundown of museum

summer shows in Reno that direct you to some

informative air-conditioned programs.

In Green, Sage Leehey reports on a documentary

about NV Energy's installation of new and, some

claim, menacing-meters in this service area.

Brad Bynum tells us about an exhibit of Penelope

Bisiaux paintings in the Holland Project's new

Micro Gallery. The exhibit originated in

Bisiaux's effort to develop the skill to draw hands.

In news, we report on a letter from three

national labor unions sent to congressional

leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It expresses

growing concerns about the Democratic health care

program, which union leaders say is damaging

union medical benefits and undercutting the 40-hour week.

There's a novel letters page this week. After

editor Brian Burghart asked for allergy remedies,

he got so many responses that he filled up the page with them.

Amy Harvey retired this week after three and a

half terms as county clerk. We have an interview

with her, and Bruce Van Dyke will have another

postcard from the road, this time describing the only business in Belmont.

Don't forget to pick up the newprint copy for

exclusive columns, cartoons and event picks.

Thanks for reading us.

Take care,

Dennis Myers

News editor