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Jim Rogers recently had a blog post that you can read here. In short it says that the southern Higher Education institutions should take 75 percent of the State tax revenue since, pretty much because of Las Vegas, southern Nevada generates 75 percent of the State tax revenue.

You know Mr. Rogers, I understand the higher education system has a lack of funding, I experienced it being a Nevada college student the past couple years. But, your thinking is idiotic beyond belief. First, one thing that’s always bothered me is why Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada are essentially seen as separate states. I understand in-state rivalries are great for college sports. But, it’s like the other half the state doesn’t matter. We are all part of Nevada. We ALL are.

I understand the need for splitting the revenue equally, but why should Southern Nevada institutions be entitled to so much more? Let me make a case here. It’s the University of Nevada, Reno that had global attention when it did the first original pronunciation performance of “Hamlet” in centuries after nearly being cut. It was the University of Nevada, Reno’s student newspaper that’s continually won national awards for the best college newspaper in the nation. It was the University of Nevada, Reno that, quite frankly, a majority of the people I know wanted to go to over Las Vegas.

My family lives in Las Vegas. You want to know why I chose the University of Nevada, Reno over Vegas? Because I wanted to leave home. Because I wanted to go to a university that had a very highly regarded journalism school. Both northern and southern universities should receive funding. Throwing one region under the bus does nothing.

Another reason why his philosophy is flawed? If every state took your “advice” then Portland State should receive more funding than the University of Oregon or Oregon State University. I can promise you the answer to university’s funding problems is not to throw the northern schools under the bus.

Grow up Rogers. And how bout trying to present a reasonable solution?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

In news that might be of interest to Reno residents, or fans of the Reno National Championship Air Races, a film about the races is headed to Imax Theaters. The first Imax 3D film will be narrated by actor Paul Walker.

“We are truly honored and delighted to have Paul Walker lend his storytelling talents to this action-packed 3D film, which will hit IMAX theatres in the US beginning this April,” said Francois Mantello, Chairman and CEO of 3D Entertainment Distribution in a press release. “His passion for racing and high-adrenaline sports makes him a perfect fit for this celebration of aviation.”

Walker, who has appeared in movies like “Takers” and the “Fast and Furious” franchise, said he has always had an interest in speed.

“I have always been fascinated by the sheer power, precision and skills of these tremendously talented pilots who race just 50 feet off the ground at twice the speed of a Nascar race,” Walker said. “I was further drawn to the film by its unique historical view of this legendary sport and for the educational insight into the science of flying that it provides.”

From the pits to the roaring sky,¬†Air Racers 3D¬†explores the highly competitive world of air racing through the eyes of rookie pilot Steve Hinton as he attempts to fly his P-51 Mustang fighter plane to victory in the most highly-anticipated and unpredictable race class. Audiences will discover today’s elite pilots in their World War II-era aircraft as they fight for position, wingtip to wingtip, and skim 50 feet (15 m) above the ground around an oval course at 500 mph (805 km/h). The film also features rare archival footage and performances by many of the world’s top aerobatic pilots, including the Royal Canadian Air Forces Snowbirds.

Filming took place during the 2009 and 2010 Reno Air Races.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena will be sold to Alex Meruelo, a pizza chain owner and California developer, according to the Associated Press. If that name sounds familiar it’s because Meruelo acquired the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.

As one message board that I saw on http://www.wolfpackchat.com pointed out, this does bring up a pretty good question. Why doesn’t the University of Nevada go after more donors like this? I mean, Meruelo obviously has money to spend, and this shows he’s willing to use it. Why not ask him to play a major role as a donor and sponsor? I know, I hear ads about the GSR during basketball games. But I’m talking about stepping it up. Getting the people more involved, making more of a connection. I did a story earlier this year where people said the problem is businesses didn’t know who to even talk to and the university needed to be able to offer the business something in return for their support.

It’s time the university stepped up its game.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and two others were injured when the limousine crashed through a wire fence south of Reno.

The cause of the accident is under investigation but police did say alcohol was not a factor.

Lukas Eggen

The Reno Gazette-Journal has an article about Reno-Tahoe’s chances at hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. You can read it here.

There have been rumors about a bid for the Winter Olympics for years now. But, it seems, this is gaining some serious traction. It would be very cool to me if Reno-Tahoe could become a serious contender. Of course, Squaw Valley played host to the 1960 Winter Olympics, but it’d be nice for a new generation of people to get to experience it.

Lukas Eggen