Issue: May 17, 2018

Welcome to this week's issue of the Reno News & Review. Our feature story this week is about the Washoe County Health District. The department is under fire—accused of retaliation, misuse of resources and delaying development projects. The story was written by Bob Conrad—proprietor and co-founder of the news website—who spoke with small business owners, contractors, former employees and local government officials to learn more.

In news this week, Dennis Myers took a look at a letter Harry Reid wrote when he was still the Senate Democratic leader. The letter, which Reid wrote to the FBI after he and other congressional "gang of eight" leaders were briefed on intelligence matters in August 2016, is back in the news . It may be the first document in which a Democrat suggested there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

In the arts section this week, you'll find stories from Arts Editor Kris Vagner and RN&R contributor Rachel Spacek. Rachel spoke with cannabis advocates who want the industry to do more for medical marijuana patients. And Kris sat down with the founders of the Sierra School of Performing Arts, which was recently selected from a pool of groups to be the new owner of the Lear Theater on Reno's Riverwalk.

For this week's Musicbeat column, I spoke with Oakland rapper Keak da Sneak, who's known for his gritty vocals and the role he played in the emergence of a brand of Bay Area hip hop called "hyphy." The Drink column was contributed by RN&R regular Matt Bieker and takes a closer look at beer flights. If you don't know what those are, he's not talking about some sort of airline gimmick. Beer flights are an assortment of beer styles, served in smaller portions—and they're a good way to try out new beers without drinking full pints.

Don't forget to grab a copy of the paper from your favorite bar or coffee shop. It contains comics and columns you won't find online, including Streetalk. This week, I asked people, "If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?" For me, it would have to be a great white shark. Why? Just for one day, I'd like to be the biggest, scariest thing for miles around.

Happy reading!

Jeri Chadwell

RN&R Special Projects Editor.