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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Economic Boosting Ideas

The Reno Gazette-Journal is soliciting ideas to boost Reno's economy. I sent in a couple of ideas and since I sent them for anyone to look at, I figured I might as well publish them too. You can send your ideas to Mark Robinson at I hope you enjoy my ideas and if you decide to put them into action I would be happy to help.

IDEA 1: Buy Local App

We all know that “Buying local” is a big economic booster because money spent here stays here. But how do you find the locally-owned places that have what you want to buy? Well, a “Buy Local” application for smart phones that allows you to search for products seems like a no-brainer right? Believe it or not, I could only find one “buy local” app in Apples App Store. It is produced by tourist powerhouse The City of Orlando. Reno could partner with this prime tourist destination to expand the buy local app nation-wide, catering to locals in every city. The app would be exclusive to locally-owned businesses and provide discounts to customers that mention its name. Producing an app like that would also raise Reno’s image as a tech-savvy spot. The app should give some control to the businesses themselves so that they can automatically control their discounts and update information.

IDEA 2: Video News Releases Direct

Until recently, television has had a stranglehold on advertising. But increasingly the public is searching the net for detailed information about businesses and products they are considering buying. Small local businesses can now have longer-format, news-style advertisements posted on YouTube and other sites for these customers to view with unlimited access at a fraction of the cost of a television advertisement. On-line video news releases are tremendously valuable to customers. The numbers don’t lie. For instance, Plato’s Closet Reno has an advertisement posted on YouTube from Fox 11. It only has 145 views. However, a Plato’s Closet in Fort Collins has a lengthy YouTube video explaining what they will buy. In just 6 months, that video news release has more than 10,000 views. By producing a local video news release you can have nearly unlimited “air-time” and market direct to your customers with valuable information they need.

Ky Plaskon is owner of Video News Releases Direct (, a former web developer and news anchor with 20 years of award-winning media experience. He is author of Silent Heroes of the Cold War and a fluent Spanish Speaker. Find him on Twitter @kyplaskon.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Backcountry Snowboarding

The first time I ever went backcountry snowboarding it was in a snow storm in an avalanch shoot in a class four avalanch area outside of Las Vegas. There are avalanch dangers in the Lake Tahoe area too, but it is an incredible experience. The high mountains and viewes offer an unparalleled experience. Here is a short video of the second time I went boarding. I used my iPhone to make it.

If you are interested in backcountry skiing or boarding, start with the Backcountry Forum posted on the left hand side of this site:

Click on Backcountry Ski/Board Trip Reports and General Guide

And then Lake Tahoe Backcountry Ski Tours - FREE MAPS AND DETAILS!

It has logged more than 43,800 views. See you on the snow!

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Nation's First Cold War Memorial Groundbreaking & Book Signing

The Forest Service members of the CIA and workers from Area 51 were at Mt. Charleston outside Las Vegas for the groundbreaking of the nation's first Cold War Memorial on Saturday, November 17. This will enhance the regions international recognition for its role in America's victory in the Cold War. The Atomic Testing museum with its hands-on exhibits, the atomic test site with its bomb-ravaged structures and now the cold war memorial honoring America's heroes who lost their lives in America's longest war. Vistors can get a signed first-edition copy of Silent Heroes of the Cold War (Stephen's Press 2008) and learn more at this first public event on a multi-million dollar Forest Service project in the area.

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Tax Fraud Publisher Jailed (NPR)

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