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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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Cosmetology training center coming to North Las Vegas
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
A local cosmetology school is planning to build a new training facility in North Las Vegas with the help of a $1.25 million federal grant announced today. Expertise Cosmetology Institute, the region’s first ...
Clark County Commission passes More Cops sales tax hike
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
The Clark County Commission has approved increasing the sales tax rate from 8.1 percent to 8.15 percent starting in January to pay for more than 100 new officers at ...
Marilyn Kirkpatrick sworn in as newest Clark County commissioner
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
Former Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick was sworn in as a Clark County commissioner today, replacing Tom Collins, who recently resigned. Kirkpatrick was ...
Tight Nevada testing rules constrict supply of medical marijuana
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
With Southern Nevada's first dispensary now open after months of red tape, medical marijuana cultivators are facing growing pains as they grapple with the state's strict testing standards. Laboratory tests, required before medical marijuana can be sold, that growers have failed have led to pounds of marijuana being destroyed, constricting supply and ...
Metro finally may get More Cops
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
It has taken 10 years, three sheriffs and four failed proposals to get to this point, but starting next year, Clark County sales tax likely will rise, with the proceeds used to pay for more police officers. The Clark County Commission will vote Sept. 1 on a revised ...
Who really has rights to Nevada land?
Public vs. private issues continue to plague landscape as pastor fights government for rerouting stream away from his property
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Standoffs between private landowners and the federal government, which owns most of Nevada’s land, have been well-publicized. The latest has a religious twist, with ...
Accidental zoo holds out hope that it can remain open
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
When veterinarians Valerie and Jay Holt moved in 2006 to a rural neighborhood in Moapa with a pack of 15 kangaroos and wallabies, they had no intention of starting a zoo. But after adding lemurs, a monitor lizard, an alligator, snakes, birds and other exotic species to a menagerie that grew to more than 200 animals, that’s exactly what they ended up with. In 2009, they started ...
BLM to try to save hundreds of imperiled wild horses near Las Vegas
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
The Bureau of Land Management will be rounding up as many as 200 wild horses near Las Vegas starting Saturday to provide the animals veterinary care and food and water to protect them from ...
Sandoval hails court injunction on EPA water rules
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Nevada lawmakers are hailing a North Dakota district court's ruling that temporarily blocks a Environmental Protection Agency rule that would have given the federal government more control over Nevada's ...
Conservative group attacks Reid over Iran deal
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
A conservative nonprofit foreign policy group is targeting Sen. Harry Reid with online ads over his support for ...
Titus hoping to provide relief for vets enduring child care difficulties
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
When Dannia Ramos enrolled to study marketing at UNLV after eight years serving in the Air Force, her GI benefits helped cover the cost of tuition and books. But they didn't ...
Medical marijuana dispensary open to the card-carrying masses
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
After two days of selling only to pre-registered patients ...
Local governments win arbitration ruling eliminating longevity pay for some union employees
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
Local governments across the valley scored a major victory in the ongoing controversy over employee pay when an arbitrator sided with ...
Solar energy is Obama’s central issue on whirlwind day in Southern Nevada
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
President Barack Obama took a busy tour through Las Vegas on Monday, making stops at the Strip and in Henderson before settling in for the night at ...
In Las Vegas speech, Obama touts continued clean energy investment
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
President Barack Obama told a crowd in Las Vegas today that now "is not the time to pull back" on federal investment in renewable energy projects. The president's remark came during a speech at the National Clean Energy Summit, organized by ...
New era: Las Vegas area’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
Standing outside Euphoria Wellness in the southwest valley, Joe LaMarca beamed as he recounted all the work it took to hang a banner above his medical marijuana dispensary ...
First marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas area opening Monday
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Fifteen years after medical marijuana was legalized in Nevada, Clark County’s first retail dispensary plans to open to the public Monday. Euphoria Wellness ...
City Council OKs plans for new downtown Las Vegas courthouse
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court will be packing up its offices at the Regional Justice Center and moving down the street next year, after the Las Vegas City Council today approved ...
After rowdy Fourth, county eyes curbs on neighborhood fireworks
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
Clark County commissioners are looking for ways to curb the use of illegal fireworks after a Fourth of July holiday that saw some noisy neighborhood displays carrying on ...
Clinton gets warm North Las Vegas welcome before server questions arise
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton received a warm welcome at a town hall in North Las Vegas on Tuesday from an audience that peppered her with questions. But a media session following ...
Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick replacing Tom Collins on Clark County Commission
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval today appointed Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick to serve out the remainder of Tom Collins’ term on the Clark County Commission. “Throughout her tenure ...
Wild ride over for ‘cowboy commissioner’ Tom Collins
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
From the earliest days of his political career, former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins has been outrageously quotable — and sometimes just outrageous. “There are political offices held all over this country by people who have convictions or violent tempers or other behaviors,” Collins said in 1992 as he was running for ...
Uber, Lyft could be on Nevada streets in a month
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
After nearly a year of waiting, Uber and Lyft are finally coming to Nevada. The ride-hailing giants have both filed permit applications with the Nevada Transportation ...
Nevada marijuana entrepreneur makes cameo in California indictment
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
The CEO of Nevada's largest medical marijuana operator had several interactions with a figure at the center of a growing corruption scandal in California's industry that led to ...
Lake Mead water level estimates due Monday
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
With Lake Mead's elevation hovering just three feet above a critical threshold that would trigger mandatory cuts in water supplies, Colorado River watchers are anxiously awaiting ...
County Commission revives More Cops tax proposal
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
The controversial More Cops sales tax increase is back on the Clark County Commission’s radar less than a week after the increase’s biggest supporter — Tom Collins — abruptly ...
In North Las Vegas, Jeb Bush challenged by Black Lives Matter activists
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush touched on education, immigration, Iran and the economy during an hourlong town hall at a North Las Vegas community center Wednesday night. But it wasn't until Jamie Hall got the microphone to ask the last question of the evening before the former Florida governor was forced to ...
Report: Tougher air standards could jeopardize transportation funding
County official says report paints a worst-case scenario
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Las Vegas’s smog problems could lead to a loss of federal funding for critical transportation projects like the 215 Beltway widening and Project Neon if new, stricter air quality standards are imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to ...
Hearing could shed new light on ambush slaying of Metro officers
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
A police fatality review scheduled for next month could reveal new details surrounding the ambush killing of two officers last year by a pair of anti-government extremists who later died in a shootout with Metro Police. The review is ...
‘Cowboy Commissioner’ Tom Collins steps down, cites family matters
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins, who increasingly belied his cowboy image with fits of bellicosity and vulgarity, abruptly resigned Monday afternoon. He announced his resignation on Twitter but did little to elaborate. Colleagues ...
Legislative commission greenlights ride-hailing regulations
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Some legislative leaders are cheering the news. "Many of us would like to see (ride-hailing) companies operating in Nevada by the end of August," Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson said ...
City decides parts of the past are worth preserving
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
Six Las Vegas neighborhoods are being considered for the National Register of Historic Places ...
Alcohol wholesalers pushing for recreational marijuana initiative
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Alcohol wholesalers play a crucial role in providing the Las Vegas economy with an important lubricant — and they have the political clout to match. Now, many ...
Marijuana dispensary says business going to pot amid opening delays
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Frustrated by months of delays, a medical marijuana dispensary is requesting internal Clark County records and threatening a lawsuit to get the store open. It passed state and ...
What Clinton’s renewable-energy proposal means for Nevada
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton wants to install more than half a billion solar panels across the nation. As Nevada has seen, solar panels generate more than just electricity ...
Titus bill would safeguard animals in natural disasters
Monday, July 27, 2015
When natural disaster strikes, schools, hospitals and businesses have emergency plans to protect people and prevent the loss of life. But what about animals caught in the path of a tornado or flood?
Congresswoman Dina Titus announced ...
Several federal agencies own, oversee large parts of Nevada
Monday, July 27, 2015
This month, President Barack Obama designated 700,000 acres in southeastern Nevada as the Basin and Range National Monument, fulfilling a longtime goal of ally Sen. Harry Reid. Basin and Range is the second national monument designated in Nevada in the past year, joining the Tule Springs Fossil Bed near Las Vegas. But often lost in the debate is that multiple federal agencies own the land, and do so for different reasons. Here’s a guide to who owns what and why ...
Michele Fiore trumpets ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car horn
Friday, July 24, 2015
Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore isn’t whistlin’ Dixie — she’s honking it. The conservative politician made good on a promise from earlier this month to ...
Mike Huckabee talks public lands, Yucca Mountain in Las Vegas visit
Friday, July 24, 2015
Proclaiming himself the only Republican presidential candidate to have taken on the Clinton political machine and lived to tell about it, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday night made the first of what he said will be many ...
Unfilled state regulatory jobs could delay medical marijuana openings in Las Vegas
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Dozens of medical marijuana businesses in Las Vegas could face delays in their opening dates. The state isn’t rethinking the law that legalized the growth and sale of cannabis for ...
Clark County Commission raises wedding fee to fund tourism campaign
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Coupled with a $3 technology surcharge effective July 27, the new cost of a marriage license will be a very lucky $77. The fee increase is expected to generate about $1.1 million per year to pay for advertisements promoting Las Vegas weddings ...
911 breakdown prompts county officials to examine proposed fix
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Over the course of an hour on the evening of Sunday, June 28, 409 people called 911 to report an emergency to Metro Police. When they did, each of the callers encountered ...
Effort afoot to remove NLV’s first female municipal judge from bench
Sunday, July 19, 2015
After four years on the bench, Catherine Ramsey could make history as the first judge in Nevada’s 150-year history to be voted out of office in a recall. Ramsey and her attorney call the recall effort a politically motivated attack on a judge who has defied city leaders ...
Las Vegas airport gets $16.3 million from feds for runway resurfacing
Friday, July 17, 2015
McCarran International Airport is getting a $16.3 million grant from the federal Department of Transportation to continue a runway resurfacing project. The money will be used to ...
Poll of Hispanic voters shows Hillary leading Jeb Bush among key demographic
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead among Hispanic registered voters in Nevada over her Republican rivals in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a poll released today by Univision. The survey ...
North Las Vegas in running for electric car factory
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The city of North Las Vegas may soon be home to an electric car manufacturing factory to rival Tesla's Gigafactory in Reno. The city is one of four finalists being considered for the factory being built by Faraday Future, an upstart ...
Las Vegas officials yank store owner’s business license after synthetic-drug arrest
Thursday, July 16, 2015
By the time Metro Police visited Thamer Jarjees's 702 Mart on East Charleston Boulevard in early February, Las Vegas business licensing officers had already ...
Las Vegas raising $26 million for parks, community centers
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council today started the process to issue $26 million in bonds to pay for construction and rehabilitation of parks and community centers. The money to pay off the bonds was initially earmarked for ...
County hopes to increase Japanese investment, involvement
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
A visit by the Japanese consul general today injected a bit of foreign diplomacy into the normal mix of business at the Clark County Government Center and opened the door for a possible ongoing relationship. Consul General of Japan Jun Yamada spent half an hour this morning ...
Weddings in Las Vegas have dropped 37 percent in last 10 years
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Wedding bells have been ringing less often in Las Vegas recently — nearly 47,000 fewer couples were married here in 2014 than were a decade ago, even though record numbers of tourists have flocked to the city. In 2004 the number of weddings performed in Clark County peaked at 128,000. Last year, only 81,000 took place ...

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