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Our best convention of the year

In a hallway at the Nugget, Cathleen Allison got this shot of the NPA gaggle watching Mark Carmonne demonstrate his drone. This screenshot is from her tweet back to Assemblyman Eliott Anderson.

For all his protestations, John Maher was a terrific emcee for the NPA awards banquet on Friday at the Nugget in Sparks.

The Reno Gazette-Journal publisher kept things moving, got off a few jokes and wry comments, and pronounced most of the names right.

Las Vegas Review-Journal Publisher Jason Taylor challenged the newspapers in Nevada to take a renewed joy in doing the things they love to do, and new NPA president Steve Ranson fumbled nary a plaque in handing out dozens to winners.

Our appreciation to Kathy Wiechers for kind words in accepting the Hall of Fame honor for her sister, the late Laura Myers, and to Laura’s mother, Monte, for attending our ceremony.

On Saturday, Caren Roblen packed a morning’s worthy of insights into social media into an hourlong presentation. Thanks, Caren.

Then Mark Hinueber, Richard Jost and Eliot Anderso clarified the hazy status of drone usage for journalists. The issues are as old as journalism and as new as drone technology, and the three panelists did a bang-up job of explaining the legal intricacies.

If you missed Mark Carmonne ‘s demonstration of his drone in the hallway of the Nugget, well, there was quite a buzz. Literally. See the gaggle in Cathleen Allison’s photo above.

A few of us diehards then enjoyed the pageantry and occasional obscenity of the UNR-UNLV football rivalry. What a great summary of Nevada, right down to the weather — sunny and broiling at game time, chilling and rainy by the end.

I’ll post some video of the banquet and seminars when I get around to it. For now, I’m taking a nap. Thanks, everybody, for the help –especially my wife, Jenny.

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