Issue: February 15, 2018

Hi, and welcome to the first edition of a new volume for the Reno News & Review, our 24th, in fact! I find that very exciting. I remember reading the RN&R when I first arrived in Reno for college in 2004. It's been a bit more than two years since i joined the RN&R team. Now, my colleagues feel to me like extended family.

Speaking of family, I'm pleased to tell you that it's the focus of this week's issue. Our feature story is actually four feature stories rolled into one, all of them focused on the roles food plays in our lives. Jessica Santina took a look at what toddlers are being fed these days and how you can set your kids up for healthy eating from a young age. Kelsey Fitzgerald spoke with the founders of On Common Ground, a local non-profit that's looking to help food-insecure people in the heart of Reno. Matt Bieker talked with a woman who maintained her vegan diet throughout her pregnancy about how people reacted and how she feels about the decision today. And I spoke with Dr. Lydia DeFlorio, a professor of human development and family studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, about all of the things kids can learn from getting in the kitchen, from fine motor skills to math skills.

In the news section this week, Dennis Myers discusses the status of the Wheeler Peak Glacier, a rock glacier in Great Basin National Park. Arts Editor Kris Vagner took over our Drink column this week to discuss the upcoming Freeze Your Pints Off event at Under the Rose Brewery and what she learned by accidentally drinking an abundance of the kinds of strong beer they'll be serving up there.

As always, you can grab a copy of the paper at your favorite bar or coffee shop to get columns and cartoons we don't run online. And you can send your letters to the editor to


Jeri Chadwell

RN&R Special Projects Editor