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The Barbwire's Silver Anniversary
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.

   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

All the news you wish you didn't need to know
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-16-2014 Sparks Tribune
Updated 1-18 and 1-23-2014

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


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If Reform Fails: Health Care, Jobs and Unions — new power to the people on the public airwaves

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.

Please spread the word and consider contributing to the cause online at ReSurge.TV.

You may also take the public option known as the U.S. Postal Service and send a check or money order to ReSurge.TV, P.O. Box 10034, Reno NV 89510.

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


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Not only has local Fox affiliate KRXI-11 been shucking us, they've spread the sickness to KRNV-4.

The NBC affiliate has been re-running Fox-11 news feeds.

Since corporate octopus Sinclair bought Channel 4 last month, they've merged news departments.

Sinclair announced cancellation of Fox-11's popular 10 O'Clock News from KTVU-Oakland and may soon kill their local 11:00 p.m. newscast.

Which isn't really local.

The show originates from Iowa with Nevada inserts.

Is a sin of omission a backdoor lie?

Insiders are betting that Jon Ralston's 6:30 p.m. political program Ralston Reports will be the first TV-4 show axed.

Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers at 12:30 p.m. will probably stay because daytime isn't a priority and Shad pays for the slot.

UPDATE 18 JAN. 2014: UNINTENTIONAL TRUTH DEPT. —> On KRNV's 5:00 p.m. PST newscast of Friday, 17 Jan. 2014, reporter Van Tieu referred to her department as "Fox 11 News."


LIPSTICK ON A PIG. (With apologies to those noble, clean and intelligent creatures.)

In a shuck worthy of Fox News, Washoe school boss Pedro Martinez tried to put positive spin on Nevada's latest disastrous report card.

He accused Education Week of using old(?) data from 2012 ranking us 51st among the 50 states and DC. (Education Week was formerly known as The Chronicle of Higher Education and remains the most prestigious journal in the field.)

In 2011-12, Pedro's predecessor, Heath Morrison, and the school board won national acclaim for a shocking spike in the graduation rate.

Pedro, who left Reno-Sparks for Gomorrah South, did ditto down there.

3-28-13 Barbwire proves prescient—>
Two major studies agree: Vacate the state
Reno News & Review 1-16-2014

School bosses should stop cheerleading
Reno News & Review editorial 1-16-2014

  Pedro now contradicts all of the above.

  He's right for once.

  The books were cooked and only the Barbwire printed the awful truth.

Read it for yourself and make your own judgments—> We Don't Need No Education continuing series

ADIÓS. This Saturday, Nevada says goodbye to two great public servants.

Sheila Leslie: They don't make 'em like Bernie Anderson anymore
— Reno News & Review 1-16-2014

  Educator and Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, died on Jan. 10.

  He will be laid to rest with a 10:00 a.m. funeral mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2900 N. McCarran in Sparks.

At 2:00 p.m., a memorial celebration for one of Bernie's longtime colleagues will take place at Washoe Democratic HQ, 1465 Terminal Way in Reno.

Registered nurse and Assemblymember Vivian Freeman, D-Reno, died on Dec. 5.

Requiescant in pace.

LONG TIME GONE: REMEMBERING MY DAUGHTERS—> January 16 marks the 55th birthday of Debra Donlevy (Carson High '77) and Donna Cline.

Both were severely injured in a rollover accident near Gabbs in 1978. Debbie, my late wife's daughter, died as a result of malpractice at Hawthorne's Mt. Grant Hospital.

Donna was left paraplegic and went on to become a major market news anchor, Miss Wheelchair Nevada and Miss Wheelchair America. She died in Texas in 1999.

The dangers of rural Nevada healthcare have not changed in 36 years.

Requiescant in pace.

NAGPAC RULES! This week, the U.S. Supreme Court left intact Nevada's "none of these candidates" ballot option. Ignore the inaccurate press reports about the law's history.

The 1975 measure sponsored by Assemblyman Don Mello, D-Sparks, resulted from Mello's personal dislike of Nevada Chief Justice Al Gunderson who was up for re-election in 1976.

Gunderson ran unopposed but still had to spend advertising money to avoid an embarrassingly high percentage for a ghost opponent. (In its first election, "None" scored 21.5 percent, far higher than in actually contested races between real people.)

Welcome to the wonderful world of unintended consequences.

Time for return of my 1982 None of the Above for Governor Political Action Committee aka NAGPAC?

Stay tuned.

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


RENDER UNTO CESAR: Northern Nevada César Chávez Celebration XII happens on the great labor leader's birthday, March 31, 2014.

Commit for tickets and tables now at

I'm planning a TV special about César Chávez's days in Nevada.

Stay tuned.

ANTE INTO THE GAME: Support the new season of Barbwire.TV by putting your money where my mouth is.

PayPal monthly subscription software is now operational at the website.

A thousand thanks to those who already responded.

Keep sending show suggestions.

Current frontrunners include (pardon the pun) wild mustangs as canned goods, educationi-Guns and gay Olympics with César Chávez in Nevada recently surging.

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

  Please forward additional ideas or vote on the above.

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The medium that shapes public opinion needs at least one refuge where it is not filtered through the distorted green eye shades of prissy corporate accountants for whom profit is the only priority; where self-censorship is the journalist's normal work environment and where all sins of omission are tacitly encouraged and forgiven with the wave of a balance sheet.

This is important.

We've got work to do.

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 the Tribune and most probably every newspaper in Nevada.

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 in 2012.

Let's double down.

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



Andrew Barbano is a 45-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...

We Don't Need No Education
The continuing Barbwire series

...and more ammo..

Nevada Day Required Reading
The Lady in the Red Dress
The Barbwire's classic Nevada Day column written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words

Sparks Tribune 10-31-2013 and previously

Barbano on the Barbwire plots new TV season
Barbwire Special Web Edition / 10-21-2013

Barbwire: Nevada not really a state
No, we were not Battle Born in Kenya
Top 10 reasons Nevada lives in the 19th Century

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-17-2013 Sparks Tribune

Low-income penalty: Nevada socks it to the working poor
BARBANO: Nevada is one big company town
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

State of Health
National health care comes up against a very sick state. WHAT'S IN IT FOR US?
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 10-10-2013

USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-10-2013 Sparks Tribune
UPDATE—>Bill Moyers: Shutdown is simply secession by other means

...and more ammo yet

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 | U-News | Bulletins + Almanac
Casinos Out of Politics (COP) | Sen. Joe Neal
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Andrew Barbano is a 45-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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