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Giant goldfish living in Lake Tahoe | Reno Memo

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a woman holding a stuffed animal: University researcher Christine Ngai holds one of the giant goldfish found in Lake Tahoe. © Courtesy University of Nevada, Reno University researcher Christine Ngai holds one of the giant goldfish found in Lake Tahoe.

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There are giant goldfish living in Lake Tahoe.

Over the years, pet owners have abandoned their fish in the lake as a more humane, extremely tedious and environmentally questionable alternative to flushing them down the toilet. (Fish owners may think the goldfish can't remember being abandoned, but they do. Oh, they do.) Aside from being an invasive species themselves, they arrived at the lake with their fins jam-packed with milfoil and pondweed. Oh, and they're pooping all over the lake's famous clarity. Scientists are zapping the lake with UV light in an attempt to kill off both plants and fish. 

OK, enough weirdness. Let's get to the regular news.

Nevada tops 1,000 COVID-19 deaths

Nevada's daily new caseload for COVID-19 topped 1,000 for the first time in nearly two weeks, with 1,099 new cases reported off 8,608 tests conducted. Fifteen new deaths were reported over the past day, and Nevada surpassed 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths earlier this week. So far, about one out of every 52 Nevadans have contracted the coronavirus since the outbreak began.

And with just days to go before the school year starts, two Washoe County high schools, Wooster and Hug, reported presumptive positive cases on site -- add that to the three elementary schools (Rollan Melton, Hunter Lake and Grace Warner) which already announced suspected cases. An email to staff from Hug's principal said the school had thoroughly cleaned the area of possible exposure, and that some employees would be excluded from the building until the case is confirmed. Meanwhile, WCSD is still looking for potentially hundreds of substitute teachers to step in as the district assesses its staffing levels for both on-campus and online learning..

We can endlessly circle for parking in both directions again

The Virginia Street Project is done with roadwork in Reno's Midtown District three months ahead of schedule, and normal traffic has returned on the neighborhood's main thoroughfare for the first time in two years. Pedestrians can expect wider sidewalks and drivers can expect fewer opportunities to take left turns, but the number of on-street parking opportunities should remain about the same.

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Brett McGinness is the engagement editor for the Reno Gazette Journal. He's also the writer of The Reno Memo — a free newsletter about news in the Biggest Little City. Subscribe to the newsletter right here. Consider supporting the Reno Gazette Journal, too.

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