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Conor Shine

Local Government Reporter

A Kansas native, Conor studied engineering at the University of Minnesota but switched to journalism because it was infinitely more fun. It was in his blood, too; he's a third-generation journalist. Conor worked for the Wichita Eagle and the St. Paul Pioneer Press before joining the Sun in 2011.

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Las Vegas city manager gets $38,500 raise
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell received her second raise in less than a year today. The City Council voted to increase her pay by ...
Henderson to consider 4-month moratorium on massage parlors
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Henderson City Council will vote tonight on a four-month ban to prevent new massage parlors from opening and give staff time to craft new rules to crack down on ...
Are public pensions too generous?
Nevada Legislature weighing whether savings created by reform would outweigh costs
Monday, May 18, 2015
In the view of many, Nevada’s pension system for public employees is in relatively good health, with a sound plan to pay off its $12.5 billion unfunded liability while still maintaining the benefits it currently provides. But to others ...
Jeb Bush, Ben Carson share distinct narratives in Las Vegas
Thursday, May 14, 2015
In another sign of Las Vegas' growing importance in the 2016 presidential election, Republican hopefuls Jeb Bush and Ben Carson both stopped by the city in overlapping events ...
County commission passes resolution supporting strict regulations for Uber
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
he resolution expressed support for allowing Uber to operate, but called for eight specific regulations, including mandatory drug testing, yearly driver training, and checks for ...
Growth industry: Nevada lawmakers get up-close view of Colorado’s pot business
Friday, May 1, 2015
Sen. Patricia Farley, R-Las Vegas, said a recent fact-finding trip to Colorado for a look at that state's marijuana industry "really opened my mind." What she discovered included ...
Death is new Clark County coroner’s business, but so is compassion
Thursday, April 30, 2015
In the 12 years since John Fudenberg joined the Clark County Coroner's Office, he's learned that the job involves a lot more than investigating deaths. It's also about ...
Survey: Most Southern Nevadans want Uber
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
About 75 percent of Southern Nevadans want Uber, according to a survey conducted by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. The finding was just one of several previewed by the LVGEA today from a survey that will be released in full on May 19 ...
Passenger rail route from Las Vegas to Los Angeles gaining momentum
Monday, April 27, 2015
A group of federal and local leaders gathered in downtown Las Vegas today to discuss something that hasn't been seen in the region for 18 years: a passenger rail service to ferry riders back and forth between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. "I think the market is there. The will is there. The potential partnership is there," said Rep. Dina Titus ...
What Nevada has done to conserve water may serve as example for California
Monday, April 27, 2015
In the face of a severe ongoing drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions to cut water use in his state by 25 percent. A month after the proclamation, local water agencies already have scaled back water deliveries, and ...
Lake Mead’s water expected to drop further into unseen levels
Friday, April 24, 2015
Lake Mead water levels are expected to continue to drop by as much as seven feet to 1,073 feet through July, taking it into a range that hasn't been seen since the reservoir was being filled 78 years ago ...
Traffic signals, crosswalks installed at Las Vegas welcome sign
Thursday, April 23, 2015
With the flip of a switch, two new traffic signals were activated along Las Vegas Boulevard today, making it safer for pedestrians crossing the street to get to the ...
County Commission probing ‘frightening’ abuses in guardianship system
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Many questions but few concrete answers emerged today as Clark County commissioners probed what they called "frightening" and "appalling" abuses in the private guardian system intended to ...
Breaking down Flamingo Road’s face-lift
Monday, April 20, 2015
Flamingo Road is going to get smoother and prettier. Transportation officials say when construction is done in 18 months on the 14-mile stretch, one of the most heavily trafficked in the valley, it will be safer and easier to navigate for motorists, pedestrians, bus riders and bicyclists. But until then, get ready for some pain in the form of ...
After Senate setback, what’s next for Uber?
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Ride-sharing company Uber hit an unexpected roadblock in its bid to launch in Nevada when the Senate failed to pass a bill Wednesday that would allow the company to ...
Anthony replaced as Las Vegas mayor’s No. 2 after failed challenge
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony lost his campaign for mayor against incumbent Carolyn Goodman last week, and today he lost his post as her second-in-command on the council.
After briefly thanking Anthony for ...
Las Vegas land swap would pave way for spacious new library in underserved area
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
After years of waiting, an east Las Vegas neighborhood is finally getting a library branch to call its own as part of a complicated land swap being voted on by the City Council that will also open up ...
Presidential candidate Rand Paul brings his message to Sun City Summerlin
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Speaking before a standing-room-only crowd at the Desert Vista Community Center, the Kentucky senator laid out a vision for the country focused on individual freedoms and liberty that has won him a fervent base of support among libertarians while also ...
Congressmen get up-close look at controversial Yucca dumpsite
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Six congressmen, including two from Nevada, made the long trek 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas today to visit Yucca Mountain for a fact-finding trip, in the process stirring up ...
Exuberant mayor succeeds in quest to stay at the helm
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Las Vegas will have four more years of Goodman after Mayor Carolyn Goodman cruised to re-election Tuesday night over challenger Stavros Anthony, stretching her family's hold on the office to a fifth term ...
Primary results: Incumbents avoid general election face-offs with convincing wins
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Incumbents throughout the Las Vegas Valley coasted to re-election in today's municipal primary elections, beating out challengers thanks to low turnout and name recognition ...
Glass-bottle ban on Strip results in handful of arrests, cleaner sidewalks
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Clark County commissioners got a look today at the early results of a decision in September to ban glass bottles and containers from Las Vegas Strip sidewalks. So far ...
Election Day: Las Vegas mayoral clash gets top billing
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Election day has arrived and all eyes are on the race for Las Vegas mayor, where incumbent Carolyn Goodman is looking to win a second term while fending off ...
Construction begins on key link of future interstate
Monday, April 6, 2015
Federal, state and local officials gathered in Boulder City today to celebrate the groundbreaking of a highway bypass project that one day will form a key part of Interstate 11, linking Las Vegas and Phoenix. Officials hailed the start of construction ...
Money talks in mayoral, city council races
Monday, April 6, 2015
A big campaign war chest helps candidates in many ways, one of the most important being the ability to reach voters. Goodman and her main opponent, City Councilman Stavros Anthony, both have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on television ads, signs, billboards and mailers to blanket Las Vegas with their names and faces ...
Las Vegas headed into new fiscal year with balanced budget
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
For the first time since 2007, Las Vegas’s budget will be in the black heading into the next fiscal year, city staff told the council today. “Our outlook has improved greatly,” City Manager Betsy Fretwell said. “Things are recovering and ...
Medical marijuana dispensary ready to be Southern Nevada’s first
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Euphoria Wellness hosted an open house tonight to provide community leaders and potential customers a sneak peek at what its owners hope will be the first dispensary in Southern Nevada to begin selling medical marijuana ...
Lawsuit alleges Water District hid cost of failed water meter project
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Las Vegas Valley Water District covered up the true cost of a failed high-tech water meter installation project that “never worked” and led to errors in customers’ bills, according to a lawsuit filed ...
Mayoral candidates square off over failed stadium deal
Monday, March 30, 2015
"It's not about today, it's about the next four years," said Anthony, who boasted of "killing" the stadium project through his involvement in to put the issue on the ballot. "I'm not the one who's going to jam things down your throat."
Early voting turnout light for municipal elections
Monday, March 30, 2015
In more than a week of early voting, just more than 17,500 people have cast ballots in municipal elections in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, a paltry turnout of just 4.2 percent of active registered voters. That’s not unusual for ...
Danger of drying out again sparks water project
A new surcharge will appear on your bill next year to pay for pumping station
Monday, March 30, 2015
In fall 2013, as a tunnel-boring machine drilled underneath Lake Mead’s floor toward a third intake straw, Southern Nevada Water Authority officials said they were confident the $815 million project would be the last needed to protect the valley’s water supply for the foreseeable future. “Once we have our third intake in, then the issue solely becomes one of ...
How pets end up at the Lied Animal Shelter and what happens to them
Sunday, March 22, 2015
For more than a decade, the nonprofit Animal Foundation has operated the Lied Animal Shelter near downtown Las Vegas through a contract with Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County. But the Animal Foundation took criticism over the number of animals euthanized each year ...
Early voting kicks off Saturday for municipal primaries
Friday, March 20, 2015
Residents in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson will get a chance to cast their ballots in the upcoming municipal primary election beginning Saturday with the start of early voting. Each city will have a mix of permanent and mobile polling locations for ...
Failed stadium project looms large for Las Vegas municipal election
Friday, March 20, 2015
This year's municipal election in Las Vegas will largely come down to how voters feel about a single issue — failed plans for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium ...
Henderson’s economic rebound plays crucial role in city council races
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The three city council members running for re-election this year — Debra March, Gerri Schroder and Sam Bateman — see the city on the upswing after several lean years ...
Council OKs change to Las Vegas charter barring stadium funding
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council voted today to add language to the city charter barring public funding for a soccer stadium at Symphony Park, preempting ...
Incumbents steamrolling challengers in campaign donations
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
When it comes to raising campaign cash, it’s good to be the incumbent. The eight city council members in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson running for re-election outraised ...
County extends contract to shelter stray animals
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
After nearly a year of debate, the Clark County Commission voted today to extend its contract with the Animal Foundation to shelter stray animals for five years. The approval came despite ...
Election 2015: Which North Las Vegas candidates can keep resurrection rolling?
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Candidates running for two North Las Vegas City Council seats in the upcoming municipal election are looking to tap into that hope for renewed economic growth in the recession-beleaguered city. All sing a similar tune about attracting new businesses and ...
Metro, jail costs eat into Clark County’s $54 million budget surplus
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Clark County commissioners got a first look today at next year’s projected budget, which shows signs of growth in the region’s economy and a ...
Sinking of stadium proposal drags down development in downtown Las Vegas
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Land near Symphony Park may be stuck in limbo until economy fully recovers ...
City won’t fight ballot initiative to nix stadium funding
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council voted today not to challenge a petition initiative blocking public funding for a downtown stadium, meaning voters will decide ...
Officials slam proposed ads on Strip pedestrian bridges
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Las Vegas Strip is already saturated with advertisements, so what harm could be done by adding a few more to the pedestrian bridges that span ...
Water rate hike OK’d for valley homes, businesses
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Water rates are going up for valley homes and businesses to help pay for a new $650 million pumping station that will keep ...
Jeb Bush speaks in Las Vegas, distances himself from family
Monday, March 2, 2015
Jeb Bush hasn't officially announced he's running for president in 2016, but the former Florida governor's appearance at a Las Vegas retirement community today had all the trappings of a campaign event. But his lack of candidate status didn't stop him from talking about ...
What to do with all this empty land?
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comment from Nevada residents about plans for hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land.
From turmoil to turnaround? UMC’s new CEO discusses hospital’s status
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Amid turmoil, turnover and changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, UMC turned a corner last year, new CEO Mason VanHouweling said. "I think the community is going to be pleasantly surprised with ...
Mayor Goodman, Anthony wrangle over stadium issue in radio debate
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman launched her first attack against challenger City Councilman Stavros Anthony this morning when she accused the former Metro Police officer of ...
Southern Nevada’s fight against blight only intensifying
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Code-enforcement officials struggle to keep up with with homes that have fallen into disrepair ...
City Council vote brings soccer stadium deal to a close
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Las Vegas’ soccer stadium plans are officially dead after a City Council vote today, but a potential legal challenge to a June ballot question on the issue is still in play. The council’s decision today comes ...

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