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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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Fallen law enforcement officers honored in Carson City
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Despite thunder and rain, hundreds of people gathered outside today to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Flags were at half staff to honor 128 fallen officers ...
Court: Police can’t be included in airline arrest suit
Thursday, May 5, 2016
A federal appeals court has ruled Metro Police officers had immunity from a civil suit when they took a woman into custody who was accused of causing ...
More training sought for lawyers about substance abuse
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The State Bar of Nevada wants to increase the amount of education lawyers receive about substance abuse and mental health problems. The state bar, which regulates ...
Appeal rejected for Las Vegas man who killed neighbor after noise spat
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Las Vegas man who gunned down his neighbor after an argument over a slammed door ...
Nevada Supreme Court rejects appeal of death row inmate
Monday, April 25, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of death row inmate Rodney Emil, convicted in the killing of his stepfather in Las Vegas to ...
Sandoval isn’t certain he’ll attend Republican National Convention
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval he isn’t certain he’ll attend the Republican National Convention this summer in Cleveland, joining a line of Republican politicians ...
Summerlin casino will pay $25K fine to settle complaint
Saturday, April 23, 2016
A Summerlin casino will pay a $25,000 fine to help settle a complaint that an intoxicated customer was allowed to continue to gamble and receive complimentary alcoholic drinks ...
Court to hear arguments on commerce tax referendum
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court has set May 2 for oral arguments on a referendum to repeal a newly enacted commerce tax, which is estimated to impact some 300,000 businesses statewide.
All seven justices will ...
Survey: Most NV Energy customers satisfied with service
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
NV Energy says surveys show most customers are satisfied with their service. The company filed its annual quality of service report with ...
1 conviction upheld, 1 overturned over jury instructions
Monday, April 18, 2016
In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the Nevada Supreme Court rejected the petition of Barbara A. Pinkston, convicted in the fatal shooting of ...
Court rejects wrongful death lawsuit against Metro Police
Monday, April 18, 2016
A federal appeals court today rejected the petition of a Las Vegas mother seeking to sue Metro Police and two ...
UNLV professor named to Nevada Tax Commission
Monday, April 18, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval today announced that he appointed Francine Lipman, a professor of law at UNLV, to the Nevada Tax Commission. She replaces ...
AG says just being rude doesn’t violate open meeting law
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Nevada’s open meeting law is not violated if a public official on a governing board is rude to a person during testimony or during ...
Court rejects petition of Las Vegas man hit by train
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
A federal appeals court today rejected the petition of a Las Vegas man who lost his hand and suffered a stroke when ...
Nevada jobless rate dips to 5.8 percent in March
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Nevada’s jobless rate inched down to 5.8 percent in March. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today the rate fell by 0.1 percent from February.
Growth in employment rose by ...
Report will evaluate if education programs effective
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval and the 2015 Legislature have poured millions of dollars into low-achieving schools and programs to lift the proficiency of students.
Now it’s time to find out if ...
Board of Finance meeting canceled because notice not posted online
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
For a second time, the office of state Treasurer Dan Schwartz has failed to follow Nevada’s Open Meeting Law. The state Board of Finance cancelled its meeting Tuesday when ...
Commission adopts final regulations on commerce tax
Monday, April 11, 2016
The Nevada Tax Commission today adopted final regulations for a law that imposes a commerce tax on some businesses. The tax could raise $121 million in the next two years. The final, unanimous vote came after a four-hour hearing on ...
Attorney general issues opinion on Clark County retiree insurance
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
People who retire from Clark County government jobs may continue their group health insurance coverage, and the county cannot ...
Former law enforcement officer named chairman of Nevada Taxicab Authority
Friday, April 1, 2016
Stan Olsen, a retired law enforcement officer, has been named chairman of the Nevada Taxicab Authority, which regulates the industry in Clark County.
The appointment was announced Thursday ...
Court overturns murder convictions in slaying of prostitutes
Thursday, March 31, 2016
In a 4-3 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court today overturned the murder convictions and death sentence of a Las Vegas man in the slaying of two prostitutes in May 2006.
The majority said the prosecution showed ...
Regulators OK water pipeline for solar company
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The state Public Utilities Commission approved the application of Boulder Solar Power to build an 11.3-mile temporary water pipeline in Boulder City.
The water will be used ...
UNLV medical school on track to open next year, dean says
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The medical school at UNLV is on schedule to open to 60 students in fall 2017, and it expects thousands of applications, its chief said today. Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson said ...
Unemployment in Las Vegas area falls to 5.6 percent in February
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Unemployment in the Las Vegas area was 5.6 percent in February. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today ...
Court rules high roller must pay $500,000 casino marker
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
A federal appeals court has ruled that a high roller from Mexico must pay a $500,000 marker he signed for at the Aria in 2010. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ...
Court rejects petition by NLV to dismiss lawsuit over police pay
Monday, March 28, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court has denied a petition by the city of North Las Vegas to dismiss a lawsuit by the city’s Police Supervisors Association over sick leave and holiday pay.
The court sent the case ...
Court rejects fourth appeal by 76-year-old death row inmate
Monday, March 28, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court has denied the fourth petition by death row inmate Thomas Crump, convicted of killing a Las Vegas prostitute in October 1980.
During his arrest, Crump admitted ...
Henderson slot machine route operator to pay $20,000 fine
Thursday, March 24, 2016
A slot machine route operator in Henderson has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for alleged violations of state gaming regulations, including ...
Nevadans’ Easter spending expected to break record
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Nevadans are expected to spend a record $261 million on Easter items this year, the most in 13 years …
First-time unemployment claims down in February
Monday, March 21, 2016
The number of Nevadans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell nearly 17 percent in February from the previous month, according to ...
Lawsuit seeks to overturn ruling on rooftop solar rates
Monday, March 21, 2016
A group promoting solar energy has filed a lawsuit to overturn a decision by the state Public Utilities Commission that effectively raised ...
Court upholds murder conviction in drowning death
Friday, March 18, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Norman K. Flowers, who drowned an 18-year-old woman in her bathtub in March 2005.
The court said Flowers missed ...
Clark County trails much of state in average hourly wage
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The average hourly wage in Clark County was $18.99 in 2015, which was among the lowest averages in the state. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation issued …
Independent American Party trying to round up candidates
Friday, March 11, 2016
The Independent American Party, on the ballot since the 1970s in Nevada, is worried about rounding up candidates to run for office this upcoming election.
John Wagner, immediate past chairman of ...
Governor marks 100th anniversary of battleship USS Nevada
Friday, March 11, 2016
Nearly 200 people, including veterans and politicians, showed up in Carson City today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the commissioning of the battleship USS Nevada in 1916.
The ship served during the last few months ...
Court rejects parent intervention lawsuit over private school subsidies
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court today rejected the petition of six parents who support a private school subsidy program to intervene in an appeal on the constitutionality of the law. They asked a District Court judge ...
U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei files for re-election
Thursday, March 10, 2016
U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei filed for re-election today, saying he doesn’t like the culture in Washington, D.C., but the work is important. “I don’t want to spend the rest of my life ...
Sandoval sees flat budget in next biennium
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
State agencies were briefed today on preparing their budgets for the next two fiscal years. Mike Willden, chief of staff for ...
State approves $125,000 to defend school choice program
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
There’s no shortage of lawyers defending Nevada’s law to give subsidies to families who send their children to private schools. Five deputies in the Attorney General’s Office and four lawyers from ...
Three GOP assemblymen in Northern Nevada file for re-election
Monday, March 7, 2016
Three Northern Nevada Republican assemblymen who filed for re-election today see education and community colleges as a major issue in the 2017 Legislature. Assemblyman John Ellison of Elko is seeking his fourth term, while Phillip “P.K.” O’Neill of Carson City and James Wheeler of Minden are going ...
Sparks businessman first to file for election
Monday, March 7, 2016
A Sparks businessman filed for election today to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, saying his run “will be by the bootstraps.” Richard Shepherd, a Democrat, was the first person to ...
Escapes prompt security review at juvenile detention centers
Friday, March 4, 2016
The state Division of Child and Family Services is reviewing security at the Nevada Youth Training Center in Elko and the Caliente Youth Center after ...
Nevada Gaming Policy Committee to meet in Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The recently revived Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, headed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, will meet next week in Las Vegas to discuss new forms of gambling and ways to keep ahead of other states. The committee will consider ...
First-time unemployment claims lowest since 2006
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The number of unemployed Nevadans who filed first-time claims for benefits in January stood at 13,742, down 5.4 percent from December. It is the lowest monthly number since ...
Former judge barred from ever sitting on Nevada bench
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline has banned former Clark County Family Court Judge Steven Jones from ever again serving as a judge in the state. Jones, who pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, was ...
Cost of workers comp insurance going down
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Starting today, Nevada companies will pay less for insurance to cover workers injured on the job. Acting Insurance Commissioner Amy L. Parks said ...
Las Vegas woman named to state Board of Education
Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
A Las Vegas woman was named to the state Board of Education today by Gov. Brian Sandoval. Felicia Ortiz will replace ...
Court overrules conviction of man in toddler’s death
Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court today overturned the second-degree murder conviction of a man on grounds police detectives questioned him for more than two hours without ...
Court upholds death penalty in double slaying
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court today denied a petition for a new trial and to overturn the death sentence for double-killer Michael Rippo. Rippo in 1992 strangled Denise Lizzi, 25, and Laurie Jacobsen, 27, in an apartment and stuffed ...
State Department of Transportation loses appeal in flooding case
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a lawsuit may proceed in Clark County District Court the accuses the state Department of Transportation of conducting road work that resulted in flooding twice on ...

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