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Longtime Henderson employee Murnane tabbed for city manager job
Monday, July 13, 2015
Henderson spent several months and $30,000 scouring the country to find the best city manager possible. But after two days of interviews ...
Las Vegas economy lags behind neighboring metros in first quarter
Monday, July 13, 2015
Southern Nevada's economic recovery progressed "relatively meekly" in the first quarter of 2015, according to a report released today by Brookings Mountain West.
Clark County union impasse nearing end; sticking point is money
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Over the past two years, the union and county management have worked to find common ground on almost every issue but money. While the size of annual pay raises and the length of a new contract were major points of ...
Campaigning in Las Vegas, Trump doubles down on immigration stance
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Donald Trump brought his controversial presidential campaign to Las Vegas today, doubling down on inflammatory immigration rhetoric that has generated headlines since ...
Marco Rubio touches on his Las Vegas roots, why American Dream increasingly elusive
Friday, July 10, 2015
Decades ago, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's father would spend his nights tending bar in the back of Las Vegas casino banquet halls, similar to the one his son stood at the front of ...
Basin and Range monument encompasses more than political controversy
Friday, July 10, 2015
Nine hours after President Barack Obama designated 700,000 acres in central Nevada for protection as a national monument under the Antiquities Act, Rep. Cresent Hardy ...
Henderson council to mull city manager pick over weekend
Thursday, July 9, 2015
The Henderson City Council is taking the weekend to digest two days worth of presentations and interviews with six candidates vying to be the next city manager. It will ...
EPA plan to relocate Las Vegas radiation detection lab draws concerns
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Nuclear safety advocates are sounding the alarm about the risks of a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle a mobile radiation detection laboratory stationed in Las Vegas and move it to ...
City attorney seeks NLV Municipal Court judgeship in recall election
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
North Las Vegas City Attorney Sandra Douglass Morgan is jumping into the race to unseat embattled North Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Catherine Ramsey in a recall election.
The news initially ...
Vetting of Henderson city manager finalists gets underway
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The Henderson City Council has named the six candidates who are vying to be its next city manager. The vetting process starts today at 1:15 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 240 S. Water St., when each candidate will have a half-hour to present their respective vision for the city and plans for the first 100 days in office. That will ...
Sammy Davis Jr. reunites with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin — or at least their roads do
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The Rat Pack is getting back together. In a reunion that harkens back to the early days of the Las Vegas Strip, Clark County Commissioners today approved changing the street name on ...
Ride-hailing companies recruiting drivers in Las Vegas
Monday, July 6, 2015
Disruptors, start your engines: Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are recruiting drivers in Las Vegas in anticipation of their launch later this summer. Lyft has blanketed social media and ...
Culinary Union comes out swinging against planned fountain at UFC headquarters
Friday, July 3, 2015
A long-running and bitter feud between two of the valley's most politically powerful entities has resurfaced in efforts to halt a proposed water fountain at ...
Las Vegas still wrestling with rules for tavern gaming
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council decided today to tackle a technically complicated and politically charged issue that has vexed state and local officials in Nevada for years — how to regulate slot machine gaming in bars. The decision arose ...
Six finalists named for Henderson city manager
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Henderson announced six finalists today in its search for a new city manager, including two city employees, two Las Vegas municipal employees and two candidates from ...
Holy smokes: Cigarette tax about to go up $1 a pack
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em, because starting Wednesday the tax on a pack of cigarettes in Nevada will be going up by $1. The price bump comes by way of a tax increase passed by the Legislature that will take the excise tariff on each pack of cigarettes from 80 cents to $1.80. The cigarette tax is expected to generate an additional $192 million in revenue over two years as part of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s recently approved $1.1 billion tax package to increase K-12 education funding. The tax hike ...
As ‘green pools’ decrease, officials urge vigilance against mosquito breeding grounds
Monday, June 29, 2015
In an unlikely indicator of the valley's continued economic rebound, the number of stagnant, mosquito-infested green pools around Clark County has dropped significantly for the second year in a row, according to numbers released today ...
Piecemeal approach to flood control leaves parts of the valley vulnerable
Monday, June 29, 2015
During intense storms, there still are parts of town where floods submerge streets. Clark County Regional Flood Control District has spent $1.7 billion building a ...
Ride-hailing services revving up again in Nevada
Uber has regulatory hurdles to clear before it can go full throttle in Las Vegas
Sunday, June 28, 2015
After a thwarted launch last year and four months of intense lobbying at the Nevada Legislature, Uber now can legally operate its ride-hailing service in Nevada, thanks to a pair of laws signed last month ...
Stay out of floodwaters or risk life, big fine
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
With monsoon season starting next week, local leaders have a simple message for residents: If you see floodwaters, stay away. “Each one of us and you, too, need to think and act responsibly,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. “It’s up to each one of us that ...
Two years after getting green light, why hasn’t marijuana industry sparked to life?
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Not a single gram of marijuana has been sold by any Nevada dispensary, despite it being two years since the Legislature approved a system of growing facilities and ...
North Las Vegas to taggers: Clean up your act
Monday, June 22, 2015
A new $6 annual fee approved by the North Las Vegas City Council and added to residents’ water bills aims to raise nearly half a million dollars a year to pay for four new graffiti abatement staffers and upgraded equipment. The investment is worth it, Blackburn said, as the estimated 18,000 graffiti reports the city receives each year cause more than $2 million in property damage ...
Exclusive: Mayor John Lee says child porn allegations are ‘hack job’
Thursday, June 18, 2015
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee emphatically denied viewing child pornography on his iPad and said he was trying to catch a "bad person" when he turned the device over to police for investigation last fall. "I just want to ...
Commissioners eye tougher rules on neighborhood soliciting, dumpsters
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Clark County commissioners are considering new rules meant to curb a pair of neighborhood nuisances — door-to-door solicitors and garbage dumpsters in streets ...
A wet May brings rare good news for Lake Mead water projections
Monday, June 15, 2015
An exceptionally rainy month in Colorado that's been hailed by some as a "Miracle May" is providing a much-needed boost to the drought-stricken ...
5 bills that passed in the Legislature that will affect local governments
Monday, June 15, 2015
With the 2015 Legislature in the books, local governments and agencies are beginning to take stock of how they’ll be affected by new laws. Here’s a look at several issues local governments say ...
New rules aim to stimulate Nevada’s nascent medical marijuana market
Thursday, June 11, 2015
It's been two years since the Legislature approved a new law establishing a system of dispensaries and growing facilities to make medical marijuana more ...
Region in jeopardy: How we might beat Western drought
Monday, June 8, 2015
The history of the western United States during the 20th century was written with an abundance of water, as torrential flows poured down ...
Las Vegas puts moratorium on new package liquor stores
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council is temporarily putting a hold on new package liquor licenses while it studies whether parts of the city are oversaturated with alcohol retailers. The number of licenses for package stores has been ...
Clinton to address Latino leaders at Las Vegas conference
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Las Vegas later this month to discuss Latino issues at a national conference for elected and ...
Third straw at plunging Lake Mead nearly complete
Monday, June 1, 2015
Six hundred feet down an elevator shaft near the shore of Lake Mead, the weight of Las Vegas’ future rests on a 19,000-pound plug at the mouth of a three-mile tunnel. The plug ...
City officials considering ‘performance zones’ to corral street entertainers on Fremont Street
Monday, June 1, 2015
As part of a continued effort to clean up Fremont Street that already has included a ban on glass containers and restrictions on package liquor sales, Las Vegas now is turning ...
Taxis on Strip go idle in protest of Uber
Friday, May 29, 2015
Dozens of taxi drivers parked their cabs and instead took to the Las Vegas Strip sidewalk today to protest the arrival of Uber and the disastrous effect drivers said it would have on their livelihoods. The demonstration ...
Rubio picks up valuable endorsement at famous Las Vegas pawn shop
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio didn't come away with any birthday presents during a visit today to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in downtown Las Vegas, but he did get an endorsement from ...
Education advocate joins field challenging Rep. Cresent Hardy
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The field of Democratic candidates running to take back Nevada’s 4th Congressional District next year continues to grow. Las Vegas education advocate Susie Lee announced today ...
Another duel for Dotty: Slot parlor chain facing scrutiny in city of Las Vegas
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Less than six months after Clark County commissioners passed sweeping new rules targeting so-called slot parlors, popular tavern chain Dotty's is under scrutiny again over ...
Report: Future of Las Vegas transportation includes light rail under Strip, monorail extension
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Today's report gives a first glimpse of some of the proposed ideas to relieve congestion and modernize Las Vegas's transportation system. The recommendations range from massive projects such as ...
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 ...

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