Meet the Locals

Denise Jenkins Jewelry
All that Sparkles in Reno/Tahoe

By Annie Flanzraich

Nevada may be known as the Silver State. Still, along with all those precious minerals, there are also precious stones hiding in its austere earth.

“Most of the gemstones are agates and jaspers and turquoise,” says Webb Varnum of The Reno Gem and Mineral Society. “All of them can be found in Northern Nevada.” renorockhounds.com

Varnum, a geologist and a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno’s Mackay School of Mining, has spent his life rockhounding through the west coast, including California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. In addition to agates, jasper and turquoise, he also highlighted some less common stones, including dark red garnets from Ely, crystal beryl from Pershing County, and smooth dumortierite. Nevada’s state precious gemstone, the Black Fire Opal, comes from the Virgin Valley in Northern Nevada. It’s the only place in North America where the stone can be found in any significant quantity.

Courtney Meredith
Star Navigator Courtney Meredith

COMMUNITY LEADERS GUIDING OTHERS, BRINGING A SENSE OF HOPE DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES.
In the world of marketing and advertising, we demand to see the best highlights and positive representation of our favorite places, people and products.
It’s hard to remember what life was like before COVID-19 brought darkness to each corner of our lives. From health scares, to business shut downs, to financial distress and emotional turmoil, it seemed impossible to find hope. So, in a time of turmoil how do you shine light on the shadow?
I sat down with Courtney Meredith at Wild River Grille in the Riverwalk District, (a district she founded with a group of community members) and asked how she gave Reno the silver lining we were so desperate to find.

Jaclyn Coleman
STAR Navigator Jaclyn Coleman

Star Navigator Jaclyn Coleman
By Jen Peng
When the COVID-19 shutdown first hit in March, Jaclyn Coleman, founder and owner of Muse Group creative marketing agency, knew she had to do something to help. She got together with Courtney Meredith, co-owner of Design on Edge, to brainstorm ways to help the community. From that, Reno Resilient was born.

Drive-in Cinema Shirt
Lights! Camera! Drive-in Action!

Reno-Tahoe cinemas offer safe, socially distant option for entertainment.
By Mary Alice Haas
How about a nice movie from the comfort of your own vehicle? Here, we’ll explore three drive-in cinemas in the Reno-Tahoe area providing the perfect night out. If you’re yearning to get out of the house, grab some take out dinner or snacks, and watch a new film without leaving your car, we’ve got the perfect venues for you! Remember, most of the drive-ins operate through FM radio, so tune in on your car or bring a radio with you.

Debbie McCarthy
STAR Navigator Debbie McCarthy

By Heidi Bethel 

Have you spotted the inspiring #TogetherWeAreOneHeart blue bands around Reno/Tahoe? When we received a few in Virtual Wine Lock bags supporting the Riverwalk District, our four-year-old son quickly claimed them as his own and proudly sports his “super hero” bracelets nearly everywhere he goes … even to bed. As he naps with his favorite accessory, I’m reminded of the big impact Debbie McCarthy (aka “About Town Deb”) has made on the community with her #TogetherWeAreOneHeart initiative. She is a Star Navigator super hero bringing a simple statement with big impact during these unusual times.

Sample the Sierra
Sample the Sierra

SAMPLE THE SIERRA ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL LINEUP OF DEMOS, CHEF CHALLENGE & TASTING WEEK, SEPT. 10-20
Farm-to-fork festival will celebrate the area’s food and drink
scene with a number of online events and restaurant week.

STAR Navigator Britton Griffith

By Natasha Bourlin
She’s been to more countries than states.
She holds a degree in international business from the University of Nevada, Reno.
She’s the vice president of Reno Engineering Corporation, a civil design and development services company with a 23-year history.
She’s served and led more regional boards of directors that this writer can even list.
She funneled her community passion and desire to better her hometown by campaigning to become a member of the Reno City Council.
She’s up for sainthood next year …

Oliver X The Art of Protest
The Art of Protest

The Art of Protest
By Oliver X
Black Lives Matter. That strident, self-evident declaration that burst onto our consciousness after Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, has spawned a global justice movement to end racial discrimination, shining a torchlight on the inequities of a nation yearning to embody its creed: indivisible.

STAR Navigator Oliver X
STAR Navigator Oliver X

By Britton Griffith

The COVID-19 outbreak left us grieving for a life that once was. The buzzing, the vibrations, the electricity of July downtown. We craved sunshine on our faces and laughter in the park during this celebratory season. We were left yearning imagination, interaction, and feeling that summer warmth with our friends and our community.

Jude Wood Boys and Girls Club
STAR Navigator Jude Wood

By Rae Matthews, Elevation Eats
When times are tough, it is important that communities come together. Star Navigators are community leaders that shine a light on a better, kinder future.