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

A quarter century of Barbwire, part deux
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 8-15-2013 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 program premiers were available to every television set in the region because of a high-mileage media hybrid.

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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Your contribution will help fund the distribution as well as ongoing efforts at developing new media, including a regional, non-corporate community radio station and the return of community television to Reno-Sparks-Washoe.

You are present at the creation of what I hope can become a new media model where the programming accurately reflects what's happening on the ground and the media impact is powerful enough to forcefully pass the message upward.


Be well. Raise hell.


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15-year overnight success

Daily Sparks Tribune 2-10-2008

The Barbwire's Greatest Hits
Highlights from radio days
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HAT TRICK: Barbwire wins 3rd straight Nevada Press Association First-Place Award


Twenty-five years ago on August 12, this column moved from regional magazines to the newly-daily Tribune.

Last week, I told how I got here.

This week, highs and lows from over 1,300 Barbwires.

     1. THE UNIVERSITY SCANDALS OF 1996-97. Rambunctious UNR Prof. Howard Rosenberg was elected to the university board of regents. The establishment tried to negate his win, arguing that he should not serve because he was a system employee. The Nevada Ethics Commission ruled in his favor. He served with distinction for a dozen years and now sits on the Washoe County school board.

Writing about it opened the floodgates of discontent. The last quarter of 1996 and much of 1997 were taken up with university skulduggery and financial chicanery, like illegally charging donors for three separate research programs that were all the same thing. (They changed the name on the door depending on who was visiting.)

They also illegally shunted money to a new basketball floor.

People came to the Tribune to buy all extra copies of the paper.

Xerox stock went up after I made copies available at Sparks and Reno office supply stores.

The newspaper's publisher entered the series in the 1997 Pulitzer Prize competition. It's available at

     2. INJUDICIOUS CLARENCE. My 1991 column accurately predicting the conduct of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was picked up by the San Francisco and L.A. Daily Legal Journals.

     3. WE DON'T NEED NO EDUCATION, the current ongoing series about the Clark and Washoe County school districts and their phony graduation stats.

The guy who started the shell game, Dr. Heath Morrison, just announced amazing results in Charlotte, NC.

At least hiring him away got the modern-day Prof. Harold Hill out of Nevada.

But the Music Man cancer persists.

     4. TALLY HO. My 1996 obituary of local motorsports legend Merle Brennan was picked up by the world's best racing site based in Britain.

That's one reason that's monthly readership eclipses more than half of Nevada newspapers and even some network TV affiliate websites.

     5. DOA. A 2005 online edition, e-mailed to every lawmaker at dawn, by 9:00 a.m. killed the bill to subdivide the Ballardini Ranch wilderness area.

     6. WHAT I'M BEST AT: Obituaries of people I've known, from Paul Newman to average workers.

     7. THE HIGHEST COMPLIMENT: "You're a hoot!" from a reader. Thanks.

     8. THE LOW. There are a lot of public figures I've helped into early retirement, but a long-ago column got a good guy fired.

In 1990, a commercial client told me that First Federal Savings in Carson City had been robbed but the branch lacked surveillance cameras.

The feds didn't require them until after a place got hit.

I printed the story and the bank fired its chief of security who had advocated for years to install cameras.

A cover-her-ass exec made the retired Reno cop a scapegoat for her corporate cheapness.

I wanted to expose it, but the old officer asked me to let it go.

     9. LOWER THAN LOW —> TRUE HATE MAIL. The execution of Trayvon Martin continues to bring to the surface more hateful spew from freedom-loving racists than I have ever experienced in more than three decades.

     10 . WORK TO DO: Ratchet up support for my two proudest public policy achievements.

The Nevada Consumer Advocate's office needs a higher profile and more aggressive posture.

The local community television station needs rebirth. Go to Barbwire.TV and join the cause.

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno.





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

Enlist in the campaign to install Big Don.

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

The Barbwire got the late Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Guy Richardson elected last year.

Let's go for a repeat.

"Media is the plural of mediocre."
                              — Jimmy Breslin



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This is important.

Thank you.

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.

Smoking Guns...

...and more ammo...

We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

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?


The Dean's List

   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.
RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008

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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 Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
Whom to blame: How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in August of 1987
Tempus fugit.

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