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Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013: the Barbwire's Silver Anniversary Year
Barbwire by Barbano moved to the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

César Chávez's fight continues Friday
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-4-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

   Everybody knows the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
   Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
   Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
   That's how it goes. Everybody knows.

Everybody knows the scene is dead
   But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
   What everybody knows.

— Leonard Cohen

HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award



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The shows appeared on both commercial and community stations. The non-corporate entity produced the events, commercial TV greatly expanded distribution.

Thus began an ongoing series of sane public interest programs which generate both entertaining heat and more than a little light.

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Be well. Raise hell.


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HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award


Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chàvez came from humble upbringing to impact many lives.

Neither should be made into something larger than life.

The King monument in Washington, DC, demonstrates the danger.

The National Park Service is correcting two erroneous quotes carved into the pale granite monolith produced in China.


"They've finally turned Dr. King white," growled comedian Chris Rock.

King is depicted with arms folded defensively across his chest.

At least the new statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the capitol rotunda is a welcoming caramel color.

THE HEAVY HITTERS. A record crowd attended Nevada César Chàvez Celebration XI at Circus Circus last week.

Two were inducted into the César Chàvez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame.

United Auto Workers boxing impresario George "Battling" Nelson installed Fred Ross, Sr., who mentored César Chàvez in the fine art of organizing workers.

Fred Ross, Jr., made an impassioned case on behalf of the national campaign to convince President Obama to award Ross Sr. a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, as Chàvez himself was honored.

We surprised Nelson by also installing the seven-decade labor warrior.

He stood with legendary UAW President Walter Reuther at the 1969 groundbreaking of the United Farm Workers HQ which the auto union funded.

Another Hall of Famer, former Assemblyman Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas, won the evening's most rousing ovation.

Despite undergoing surgery the day before, he came directly from the hospital to the Chàvez event.

A member of the electrical workers union for more than half a century, Price was a champion of workers rights throughout his long tenure.

The 28-year legislative stalwart resides a few blocks from the Tribune with his wife, former University Regent Nancy Price.

César Chàvez Celebration XII happens March 31, 2014, same time, same place.

Reserve your table now.

THE GUEST LIST. We were honored by the presence of Washoe Family Court Judge Frances Doherty and Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado.

The Nevada State Senate was represented by Majority Leader Moises Denis and Revenue Committee Chair Ruben Kihuen, both D-Las Vegas. Former Sen. Stephanie Tyler-Jackson, R-Reno, attended in her capacity as president of AT&T Nevada.

Assemblymembers included Skip Daly, D-Sparks, and Irene Bustamante-Adams, Dina Neal, Olivia Diaz and Dr. Andy Eisen, all southern Nevada Democrats.

Yolanda Garcia, Carson City aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Searchlight, presented certificates of commendation from her boss.

Granite Construction took home the Project of the Year Award for the I-580/Moana Lane Diverging Diamond Interchange.

Miss Washoe County Chelsea Ann Mihaylo sang with Chris Reyes and Cesar Perez.

The latest attack on wages happens in Carson City on Friday as SB 146 from Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, gets a hearing and a Chàvez-style blasting. See [UPDATE: The bill was pulled at the last minute and is now dead. Bueno!]

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER. Half a century ago, Helen Tyler Stewart White involved a youthful Dolores Feemster in the Reno-Sparks NAACP.


Feemster is now matriarch of the branch.

Mrs. White, 91, passed away March 4.

Read about her in Portraits of Change, newly available at Sundance Books.

Her daughter, UNR Prof. Mary White Stewart, follows four generations of women in her family as the torrents of the 20th Century impact them.

Details at


HONOR YOUR DON. Keep sending comments supporting legendary Nevada photographer Don Dondero (1920-2003) for the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame.

His life's work appeared worldwide, including this newspaper.

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Please send me your memories and endorsements via e-mail or to P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510.

The Barbwire got the late RGJ columnist Guy Richardson elected last year.

Let's go for a repeat.

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I broke a bushel of major stories last year which the above lead item will very probably top.

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)


Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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We Don't Need No Education
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The Post-Dated Recession: Pay me now or pay me later
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-6-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

The Post-dated Recession
By Joshua H. Silavent / Daily Sparks Tribune / 5-3-2011

Union decline and rising inequality in two charts
by Colin Gordon
Economic Policy Institute / 6-5-2012

Used in
journalist Mark Robison's extensive Hard Labor: Nevada unions tout role in helping workers, firms, economy (Sunday 2 Sept. 2012 Reno Gazette-Journal, page one, Reno Rebirth section of the print edition). Union men Jim Burrell, Paul McKenzie and Guy Louis Rocha did the movement proud. Not included in the RGJ online edition.

The Barbwire Labor Day column
Reno Gazette-Journal / 9-3-2012

Nevada Press Assn. Better Newspaper Contest
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.

The winning entries
Suing for Schools: The 20-year shuck

Expanded from the 2-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
Expanded from the 1-10-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

The wrath of self-righteous racism
Expanded from the 11-8-2009 Daily Sparks Tribune

The campaign against forcibly-paid newspaper obituaries
And they wonder why the newspaper business is dying?


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Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee, He is producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and serves as first vice-president, political action chair and webmaster of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

Barbwire by Barbano moved to the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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