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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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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.
Las Vegas strip club fined $25,000, gives up gaming license
Saturday, June 27, 2015
An adult entertainment club in Las Vegas has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine and give up its state gaming licenses after a number of incidents including shootings and brawls.
Nevada taxable sales up again in April
Friday, June 26, 2015
Nevada’s taxable sales in April rose 5.5 percent, with strong sales of cars, furniture, food and beverages. It was the 57th straight month of increases in taxable sales, the state Department of Taxation reported today. Statewide sales ...
Court denies man’s appeal in Las Vegas slaying
Friday, June 26, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Jesus M. Jaramillo, convicted of the fatal shooting of a man in Las Vegas in December 2008. The court, in a decision Thursday, said the evidence against ...
Court rules against company in Project Neon condemnation case
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the claim of a company that wanted compensation from the state in connection with the construction of Project Neon, the widening of Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. The court said ...
Court rejects death row inmate’s petition
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In a split decision, the Nevada Supreme Court today rejected a petition by death row inmate Kevin James Lisle, who maintains he is innocent in the drive-by shooting of another man in 1994 in Clark County. Lisle, through his attorneys, said ...
Court upholds firing of North Las Vegas police officer
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld North Las Vegas' decision to fire police officer Lazario Ruiz for making false statements about his brother being involved in a robbery case ...
Man seeking to create political party in Nevada mispronounces state’s name
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
An Illinois man, who failed to correctly pronounce Nevada, wants to form a political party in this state and be its presidential candidate. Dennis Andrew Ball said ...
Southwest Gas plans work on aging natural gas lines
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Southwest Gas Co. is planned to replace more than 100 miles of underground natural gas lines and the average residential customer in Clark County would pay an initial cost of 20 cents a month to ...
Public hearing scheduled for Thursday on proposed Uber regulations
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
he Nevada Transportation Authority will hold a public hearing Thursday in Las Vegas and Reno to discuss the proposed rules that would allow ride-hailing companies such as ...
Clark County unemployment hits lowest level since 2008
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday that there were an estimated 68,862 jobless people compared with 73,600 in April, when the rate was 7.2 percent ...
Audit finds some insurance complaints linger in system
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Some consumer complaints with the state Division of Insurance are not being promptly addressed, with some cases more than five years old, an audit says. In a report issued Monday, the state Division of Internal Audits said ...
Hearing set for Thursday on ride-hailing regulations
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Nevada Transportation Authority has set a hearing for Thursday on emergency regulations to allow ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to submit applications to operate beginning July 1. The authority says ...
Laid-off NLV employees lose state Supreme Court case
Friday, June 19, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected Friday the appeal of 19 North Las Vegas city employees who were laid off when the city decided to ...
Court upholds death penalty for man in killing of ex-girlfriend
Friday, June 19, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty for James Chappell, who was mistakenly released from prison in Las Vegas and then raped and stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend, who was ...
Court denies new trial for man in fatal shooting
Thursday, June 18, 2015
A federal appeals court has denied the petition of a Las Vegas killer who maintains his attorney should have called him to testify at the District Court trial. Mark Pray was sentenced to ...
Slew of new Nevada taxes and fees to take effect July 1
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s record $1.1 billion tax increase takes effect July 1, but there are many other fees and taxes that will hit Nevadans on that date or later. They range from levies on taxi rides to divorce actions. And local governments are ...
Electric car charging stations to link Las Vegas and Reno
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
U.S. 95 will be called the “Electric Highway,” said Gov. Brian Sandoval in his announcement that Nevada will join NV Energy to install charging stations for electric cars between Las Vegas and Reno ...
Sandoval names domestic violence ombudsman
Monday, June 15, 2015
Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt has named Joelle Gutman of Reno as domestic violence ombudsman to work with and advocate in behalf of victims of ...
Nevada insurance commissioner announces resignation
Thursday, June 11, 2015
State Commissioner of Insurance Scott Kipper has resigned effective July 2. Kipper served as head of the Nevada Division of Insurance starting in 2008 and ...
Regulators give preliminary OK to solar plant
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The state Public Utilities Commission today gave preliminary approval to a company to build a 200-megawatt solar generating facility 15 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The approval was granted on the condition that ...
Board OKs $1.4 million to promote Nevada tourism abroad
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The state Board of Examiners today approved a contract to draw more international visitors to Nevada. The state Commission on Tourism plans to spend $1.4 million to employ firms in ...
Board OKs $20 million in bonds for low-income apartments
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The state Board of Finance today approved issuing $20 million in revenue bonds to build 168 apartment units for low-income families in Las Vegas.
David Paull, director of ...
Sandoval says he won’t run for U.S. Senate
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he will not run for the U.S. Senate next year. Sandoval issued a four-paragraph statement saying he loves his job as governor. “My heart ...
Court says Nevada 1973 wiretap law applies to cell phones
Monday, June 8, 2015
Nevada’s 1973 wiretap law allows the interception of cell phone calls and text messages, the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled. Congress in 1986 updated ...

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