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The Summit Series #2: Wired For Success - Nevada In Action

By Jeremy Thacker

The Summit Series - #2: Daphne DeLeon on The Turning Point to Empowerment Nevada’s first-ever broadband summit is being called a turning point for the state by Broadband Task Force Chairperson and State Librarian Daphne DeLeon. In this second installment of our 6-week blog series, Wired For Success: Nevada In Action, DeLeon points to the importance of the Summit’s attendees and other interested parties in propelling the state in the direction of new opportunities that will help empower every Nevadan. “The Broadband Task Force is committed to ensuring that all of the opportunities that we have here in Nevada to enhance access to broadband...

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Your Computer Skills Help Lighten the Tax Load

By Jeremy Thacker

You have the power to help make the IRS experience a lot less taxing this year. The Internal Revenue Service is looking for volunteers to assist in preparing tax returns for 2011 at various sponsored sites throughout the state. It’s called the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Individuals with good computer skills are especially needed to assist in preparing and transmitting returns electronically through the IRS E-file program. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. All volunteers receive tax training in cooperation with community partners and the IRS. Volunteers are needed as Return Preparers, Site Coordinators,...

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The Summit Series #1: Wired For Success - Nevada In Action

By Jeremy Thacker

The Summit Series - #1: Michael Skaggs on Broadband and Economic Development Nevada’s history-making broadband summit is helping state leaders leap into action. The mission: Spreading high-speed Internet access, adoption, and use to all corners of Nevada and bringing every business sector up to speed. In this first installment of our 6-week blog series, Wired For Success: Nevada In Action, Mike Skaggs from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development defines the purpose and importance of economic development. Skaggs makes it clear that broadband access, adoption, and use is critical to Nevada’s economic recovery. Broadband also is key...

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In the Pines: Folklore Woes Come to Modern Life

By Jeremy Thacker

How ETS crews are overcoming Nevada's Pine Tree problem  American folk and rock singers from Dolly Parton to Nirvana have been telling of troubles “In The Pines” for more than a century. The song is haunting, and now, new research is making it clear that the woeful tale of the pine trees will continue to haunt us into realms that old mountain singers could never have imagined. It turns out, “In the Pines, where the sun never shines” is also the perfect place to end up in a wireless service “dead zone.” According to Wireless Crash Course, by Paul Bedell, pine needles are organic material made up mostly of water. That means they are...

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