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Cy Ryan

Carson City Bureau Chief

Cy has been a reporter at the state capitol in Carson City for a half-century. He has reported on nine governors. He has worked for the Sun 21 years.

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Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments in water fight
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
Las Vegas and rural Nevada have been battling since 1989 over efforts to pump millions of gallons of water a year to Southern Nevada. Another chapter played out before ...
Court to decide if lawmaker can pursue defamation case over campaign ad
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
An attorney for state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer of Reno asked the Nevada Supreme Court today to allow him to pursue a defamation suit against a Republican rival in the 2014 election campaign. Attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner told ...
Court says prisoner can pursue lawsuit over false teeth
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
A prison inmate is going to get a chance to prove state correction officials were negligent in failing to supply him with proper fitting false teeth for two years. The Nevada Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled ...
Marco Rubio says nation doesn’t need U.S. Education Department
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval says Sen. Marco Rubio is an “impressive guy,” but the governor isn’t ready to endorse any Republican candidate for president. Sandoval met privately with Rubio for ...
Suit filed to stop Nevada tax repeal effort
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
A group that supports Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.3 billion tax increase filed a lawsuit today to block efforts to repeal the law ...
Nevada Supreme Court to hear lawmaker’s defamation lawsuit
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Can a politician make a false statement about his opponent in an election campaign and then claim freedom of speech when hit with a defamation suit? The Nevada Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday ...
Longtime lawmaker chosen to lead Nevada anti-bullying office
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
An Arizona state senator will lead a new Nevada Department of Education office focusing on preventing bullying and cyberbullying, officials announced ...
State schools superintendent will take job in Sandoval’s office
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Dale Erquiaga accepted a nomination by Gov. Brian Sandoval to become a chief strategy officer for the state, a news release said. His post will be filled in the interim by Steve Canavero ...
Sandoval says construction on veterans home could be delayed until 2017
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval said construction of the Northern Nevada Veterans Home could be delayed until 2017 unless Congress approves money for the project in this year’s budget bill ...
Number of businesses enrolled in state unemployment system hits a record high
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said the news combined with a drop in the number of initial jobless claims show that the economy is getting stronger ...
Environmental group says limit growth to save water
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
The president of an environmental group has suggested limits on growth to conserve the state’s limited water resources and preserve residents’ quality of life. Abby Johnson, president of the Great Basin Water Network, told ...
Funding for Nevada veterans home stymied in Congress
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval said today construction of a $28 million veterans home in Reno may be delayed because of inaction by the federal government. He said the state has done its share, and ...
Commission to consider NV Energy customer-satisfaction plan
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
More than a quarter of NV Energy’s residential customers in the Las Vegas area said they weren’t happy with the service they received last year.
A survey showed customers ...
Court: Fingerprints alone don’t prove possession of a firearm
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
Fingerprints found on a weapon should not have automatically led to the conviction of a felon for illegally being in possession of a firearm, a federal appeals court has ruled.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ...
Governor names 2 nonvoting members to state Board of Education
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named a Humboldt County school administrator and a Las Vegas student to the state Board of Education that sets policies for schools. Both are ...
Film tax credit recommended for Las Vegas company producing a game show
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Scientific Games Productions sought a $1.5 million tax credit from the state, but only $845,000 was left in the fund ...
Complaint filed against Henderson slot route operator
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has filed a 13-count complaint against the owner of a slot machine route company in Henderson, accusing him of failing to ...
Court rejects appeal of Nevada death row inmate
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
A federal appeals court has denied the petition of Nevada death row inmate Jimmy T. Kirksey. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on ...
$240,000 bill to clean up pigeon droppings ruffles feathers
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Members of the state Transportation Board aren’t happy $240,000 is being spent to clean up pigeon droppings at ...
Activists file petition seeking to repeal entire Nevada tax package
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Conservative activists have filed a petition seeking to repeal the entire $1.1 billion tax package that Nevada lawmakers passed ...
Sandoval won’t support Trump for GOP nomination
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval said Monday he would not support Donald Trump for the GOP nomination for president. “I think there are better qualified individuals ...
Retired judge Robison of Gardnerville dies
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Retired District Judge Norman Robison of Gardnerville died Sunday in the Carson Tahoe Hospital after a short illness. He was 78.
Assemblyman Pat Hickey says he won’t run again
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
Four-term Assemblyman Pat Hickey of Reno says he will not be seeking a fifth term. “There is life beyond politics,” said Hickey, who turns 65 this month. He was the Republican minority leader during ...
Court says group can challenge program that controls predatory animals
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
A court has ruled that an environmental group can challenge a federal program to shoot, trap and poison predatory animals such as coyotes and ravens in Nevada.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said ...
Forestry officials warn about flying drones over wildfires
Friday, July 31, 2015
The state Division of Forestry is cautioning owners of drones not to fly them over wildfires because of potential safety hazards. There have been recent incidents where ...
Court rejects Las Vegas robbery convict’s claim of improper ID
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Nevada Court of Appeals has ruled police in Las Vegas acted properly when they allowed two victims of a robbery to identify the suspect who was handcuffed ...
Court allows appeal in case of overturned murder conviction
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court Thursday allowed Clark County prosecutors to continue their appeal of a murder conviction that was overturned by ...
Nevada taxable sales up 2.1 percent in May
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Strong business in a number of rural counties helped Nevada report a 2.1 percent increase in taxable sales in May. Clark County sales were ...
Assemblyman Richard Carrillo appealing misdemeanor DUI conviction
Thursday, July 30, 2015
State Assemblyman Richard Carrillo of Las Vegas is appealing his misdemeanor convictions on charges of drunk driving and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Carrillo’s attorney Larry Dunn said a notice of appeal has been ...
Nevada attorney general fighting federal water regulations
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Attorney General Adam Laxalt has joined with 29 other state attorneys general in asking federal agencies to delay enforcing water regulations he says will ...
Nevada Supreme Court stays recall election for NLV judge
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of North Las Vegas City Judge Catherine Ramsey, who is fighting to stop a recall election. The court on Monday issued a temporary stay of ...
Exchange program focuses on skilled manufacturing interns
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a letter of intent with a German city for an exchange of skilled interns in advanced manufacturing. The agreement is between Nevada and ...
Attorney appointed to fight Yucca Mountain repository
Friday, July 24, 2015
A deputy attorney general who has represented many agencies in state government has been named to lead Nevada’s legal fight against locating a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
Wayne Howle will replace ...
Appellate court orders more hearings on Fremont Street liquor ordinance
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the city must explain why the restrictions apply only to packaged liquor stores. It said other ordinances by Las Vegas encourage the consumption of alcohol ...
Senate’s assistant majority leader says tax increase unlikely in 2017
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Also, the president of an economic consulting firm in Reno told the Northern Nevada Development Authority that only 8.2 percent of business entities would be hit by the new commerce tax based on a firm’s gross income ...
Unemployment rate ticks up slightly in Las Vegas, elsewhere
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The unemployment rate rose in the Las Vegas area in June, but so did the number of people working.
Property owners displaced by Project Neon hold out for more compensation
Monday, July 20, 2015
An industrially zoned dirt lot next to the noisy I-15 may not seem like prime real estate, but in the context of Project Neon, a multibillion-dollar overhaul of 3.7 miles of ...
Court overturns death penalty for Pershing County killer
Friday, July 17, 2015
The appeals court said the U.S. Supreme Court ruled one year before the Pershing County trial that the depravity of mind instruction was vague and should not be given to the jury ...
Ride-hailing companies balk at $500,000 application fee
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Representatives of ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft complained today that they could have to pay an up-front fee of $500,000 to operate in Nevada.
The three-member Nevada Transportation Authority held ...
Transportation Authority taking comments on ride-hailing regulations
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Supporters and critics will have the chance to speak out Thursday about proposed regulations governing ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The Nevada Transportation Authority ...
Nevada unemployment rate falls below 7 percent in June
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The unemployment rate in Nevada fell to 6.9 percent in June, the first time in seven years it has been below 7 percent. The state marked its 54th consecutive month of ...
Nevada unemployment trust fund still not solvent
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Nevada’s unemployment trust fund that pays weekly benefits to the jobless won’t be solvent until 2018-2019, a state advisory council was told today. The Nevada Employment Security Council was briefed ...
Attorney who led Nevada’s Yucca Mountain fight retiring
Monday, July 13, 2015
The attorney who has led Nevada’s legal battle against the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository is retiring. For 18 years, Senior Deputy Attorney General Marta Adams has overseen hundreds of ...
Why new national monument could derail plans for nuke dump at Yucca
Friday, July 10, 2015
President Barack Obama’s designation this week of a portion of rural Nevada as a national monument creates a roadblock for a nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain because ...
Court says pot dispensaries can’t deduct business expenses
Friday, July 10, 2015
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in a California case that medical marijuana dispensaries cannot deduct business expenses in calculating their federal income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service has held that ...
DMV ramping up workforce to reduce wait times
Thursday, July 9, 2015
The state Department of Motor Vehicles has hired nearly 100 employees to help reduce sometimes hours-long waits at its offices in Las Vegas and Reno. The new workers ...
Crews clear homeless encampments from drainage culverts
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The Nevada Department of Transportation has spent about $117,000 clearing makeshift homeless encampments from storm drainage culverts in Southern Nevada, officials said. There is a danger people could ...
Guidelines being developed for private school subsidies
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
State Treasurer Dan Schwartz said he is taking an “expansive” approach to allow as many parents as possible to receive state aid to send their children to private or religious schools. Initial guidelines were released today for ...
Audit: Dentist overbills Nevada Medicaid $285,000
Monday, June 29, 2015
An unidentified dentist overbilled Nevada’s Medicaid program by more than $285,000 in fiscal 2012 and 2013, according to an audit reviewed last week by the Legislative Commission. Laurie Squartsoff, administrator of Medicaid for Nevada, said the dentist has ...
More than 230 new laws take effect Wednesday
Monday, June 29, 2015
Part of the so-called “New Nevada” will be born Wednesday when laws affecting education and veterans — as well as provisions that will pump an estimated $18 billion into state agencies during the next two fiscal years — become effective.

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