Nevada Day showdown: Wolf Pack vs. UNLV

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Happy Nevada Day Week! If you’re keeping up with your NevAdvent calendar, today’s treat was a chocolate shaped like a telegraph of the Nevada Constitution, which was sent in Morse code to President Lincoln on this date in 1864.

It’s shaping up to be a significant week for the state. On Monday afternoon, Gov. Sisolak will announce details of Nevada’s coronavirus vaccine rollout plan; and this Saturday, Nevada takes on UNLV in the first college football game to take place at the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium — played on the Nevada Day holiday weekend, as it should be every year. Let’s get to the details.

Nevada’s COVID-19 game plan

Gov. Sisolak will reveal the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan on Monday at 3 p.m. — check out this page for the latest updates. Expect to see frontline health-care workers and first responders to get first dibs, followed by those with underlying health conditions. Of course, we still don’t have an actual FDA-approved vaccine just yet, but we’ll have the plan in place.

Speaking of health: During last year’s ACA and Medicare open enrollment period, you may not have realized that bats were plotting to end human civilization. Jason Hidalgo has a quick primer on how to enroll, and what’s changed from last year to this year. Get it while it lasts!

More coronavirus headlines:

► COVID-19 cases more than double among children 9 and younger in Washoe County

► Washoe County hit an all-time high in active cases for the fourth straight day on Sunday

Caught between dark skies and green energy

Northern Washoe County has some of the world’s best dark-sky areas for stargazing. If you haven’t witnessed what a starry sky without light pollution looks like, might we recommend heading up to Gerlach or Massacre Rim on a moonless night in mid-November? Even without a telescope, you’ll be able to tell your friends “I can see Uranus,” and be both scientifically accurate and immature.

Gerlach, though, is worried that its dark sky will get slightly brighter with the opening of two nearby geothermal plants by Reno-based Ormat Technologies. The plants will produce a combined 48 megawatts of electricity per hour, but locals are concerned the plants will impact dark skies, ruin the vistas and generate a persistent hum. Amy Alonzo has the story.

Your Pack has arrived

To celebrate the state’s entry into the Union during the Civil War, the Nevada Wolf Pack will travel to Las Vegas to play the UNLV Rebels — a team named by Confederacy enthusiasts to honor an uprising which (we can’t stress this enough) Nevada was actively fighting against. How do the two teams match up? It’s a bit early to tell after just one weekend of play, but Nevada started the season with an overtime upset of Wyoming, 37-34. Meanwhile, UNLV fell to a well-regarded San Diego State team, 34-6.

The Fremont Cannon has been red for two years now, but Nevada is favored by 14.5 points to win the game and repaint the cannon blue on Saturday night. There are at least 2,000 tickets floating around for the game — the first-ever opportunity for fans to see the inside of Allegiant Stadium. Duke Ritenhouse has the details.

The rundown

► We’re No. 2! Both VP candidates will make stops in Reno this week

► National Weather Service extends fire warning for Tahoe area through midday Tuesday

► NIAA approves non-contact high school sports starting in January. No luck for football, wrestling and basketball

► NASA announced the discovery of water on the sunlit part of the moon on Monday, raising the possibility of whalers on the moon

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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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