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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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Former constable loses another state Supreme Court appeal
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the latest appeal of John Bonaventura to reclaim his office as Las Vegas Township constable. The court upheld the right of the Clark County Commission to ...
Nevada taxable sales up 5.1 percent in September
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
Taxable sales, one indicator of the Nevada economy, rose by 5.1 percent in September, the 57th straight month of increases. Sales reached $4.4 billion, with seven of Nevada’s 17 counties reporting ...
Regulators propose $125 million fee for casino companies to leave NV Energy
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
A draft order of the state Public Utilities Commission says three Las Vegas Strip casino companies must pay a combined $125.6 million to ...
Committee named to examine public education spending
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named 12 members to a committee to find ways government spending can be reduced in public schools. The Spending and Government Efficiency Committee was created ...
Court rejects request for new trial in fatal shooting
Monday, Nov. 23, 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 trial.
Mark Pray was sentenced to consecutive life terms with ...
Drought committee finishing work on recommendations
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
A drought committee today put the final touches on recommendations that will be forwarded to Gov. Brian Sandoval next month. Committee Chairman Leo Drozdoff said some of the ... suggestions ...
Nevada unemployment rate drops to 6.6 percent in October
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in October, the lowest since June 2008. The rate in September was 6.7 percent. The national unemployment rate for October was ...
Lieutenant governor named to Commission on Homeland Security
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchinson to the Governor’s Commission on Homeland Security. The commission’s aim is to ...
Pardons denied to three Las Vegas killers
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
After an emotional hearing, the state Pardons Board Monday voted 6-3 to deny the release of a Las Vegas female killer who is running up $400,000 a year in drug costs to ...
Court suspends law license of former Nevada U.S. attorney
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has suspended for a year the law license of Lawrence J. Semenza, who once served as U.S. attorney for Nevada.
Semenza of Las Vegas was sentenced ...
Board OKs bond sale to fund Boulder Highway housing project
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
The state Board of Finance today approved the sale of $23 million in bonds to help pay for a low-cost-housing project on Boulder Highway.
Panel checks for bias in Nevada’s criminal bail system
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
A committee studying the criminal bail system in Nevada was told Thursday there is no validity to reports that the current system discriminates based on race ...
Court refuses to remove judge in Sands China case
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has refused to remove Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Goff Gonzales from handling a trial in which a former executive is suing Sands China for millions of dollars.
Sands China complained ...
Company recommended for $559.3 million Las Vegas freeway project
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. has been recommended for a $559.3 million contract to design and build Project Neon, a 3.7-mile freeway expansion of Interstate 15 in Clark County.
The state Transportation Department chose ...
Arguments in Wynn-Okada legal battle focus on release of records
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
Another chapter in the three-year legal battle between Wynn Resorts and Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada was played out before ...
Southwest Gas agrees to $195,000 fine over pipeline accident
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Southwest Gas has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $195,000 for a violation in which a natural gas pipeline was ruptured near Laughlin in November 2014. The utility has signed a stipulation ...
Governor finishes 101st in Nevada Day running race
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
In its 26 years, the 8K race that opens Nevada Day festivities has never had a governor as a participant. Gov. Brian Sandoval broke the trend, joining the race ...
Lawsuit seeks to block ballot question on repeal of commerce tax
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
State Controller Ron Knecht hopes for an early court ruling on a lawsuit to stop a referendum seeking repeal of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s commerce tax, which is expected to bring in more than ...
Parade, race to mark state’s 151st birthday in Carson City
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Nevada celebrates its 151st birthday Saturday, and in Carson City there will be a traditional parade with more than 180 entries, including politicians and marching bands. It’s the 75th year for the parade, and ...
Nevada taxable sales up 2.2 percent in August
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Taxable sales in Nevada rose 2.2 percent in August to $4.1 billion, according to the state Department of Taxation. Sales in Clark County increased 1 percent, while Washoe County was ...
Sandoval marks culmination of yearlong Nevada birthday celebration
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
With several deer lounging on the lawn in front of the Capitol, Gov. Brian Sandoval planted an incense cedar tree on the grounds to mark the end of Nevada’s 150th birthday celebration ...
Governor’s trade mission to China concentrates on government networking
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s trade mission to China was more focused on meeting with government officials than with ...
New committee will study Nevada water issues
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
The state Legislative Commission today agreed to appoint a special committee to study water issues and present recommendations ...
Nevada Supreme Court rules for couple in HOA dispute
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has decided a case that started in 2009 when a woman and her Chihuahua were not allowed at ...
Court denies appeal of death row inmate
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has denied the appeal of death row inmate William B. Leonard, convicted in the fatal stabbing of a fellow inmate at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City in 1987.
The court rejected ...
More employees cutting wait times at DMV offices
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
With the addition of 75 employees at the state Department of Motor Vehicles, customers are getting faster service. October wait times at the DMV’s metropolitan offices are down 65 percent compared to the month of June, officials said. The agency said today its four Las Vegas offices have ...
Committee releases $18.2 million for UNLV medical school
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
The Legislative Interim Finance Committee has released $18.2 million to start a medical school at UNLV beginning in August 2017. Barbara Atkinson, planning dean of the school, briefed lawmakers today on ...
Clark County unemployment down to 6.8 percent in September
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Unemployment in Clark County fell to 6.8 percent in September, with an estimated 70,800 people jobless, the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today.
That is down from ...
Parents of children with autism decry proposed therapist wages
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Parents are worried that the proposed reimbursement rate is too low to attract and retain skilled providers.
Judge stays ruling on Nevada minimum wage
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
District Court Judge James Wilson has stayed his ruling that found parts of Nevada’s minimum wage law unconstitutional. Wilson said there are “serious legal questions” to be decided by ...
Court won’t stop 2nd election over representation of School District workers
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has refused to block a second election to decide who will be the bargaining agent for classified employees of the Clark County School District. The Education Support Employees Association sought ...
Sandoval heads to China on trade mission
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval left Wednesday for a 10-day economic development trade mission to ...
Lawsuit challenges petition to repeal tax increase
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
The legal battle is continuing over whether to allow Nevadans to vote in 2016 to repeal Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.3 billion tax increase. Chuck Muth, a Las Vegas conservative, filed ...
Report recommends eliminating birdshot as prisoner-control tool
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
A study recommends state prison system employees stop firing birdshot into the ground during inmate fights and other disturbances. A report by the Association of State Correctional Administrators on …
State to spend $305,000 to defend private-school subsidies
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
The state plans to spend $305,000 to hire a lawyer to defend Nevada’s law to give subsidies to parents who send their children to private schools. The state Board of Examiners today ...
Sandoval appoints heads of DMV, Transportation Authority
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval announced two appointments to top state positions today. The governor selected former Deputy Chief of Staff Ann Wilkinson to ...
Chance of Nevada prison system getting $428,000 it is owed ‘is zero’
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
A defunct Las Vegas company that used prison inmates as employees in its steel business still owes the Nevada Department of Corrections $428,000, but the chances of collecting are ...
State triples size of park near Ely
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
On the heels of a visit by Gov. Brian Sandoval, the state has acquired 2,980 acres of federal land surrounding Cave Lake State Park near Ely. The Nevada Division of State Parks said ...
Winning bidder for Interstate 15 expansion to be announced Monday
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
The state Transportation Department will announce Monday the contractor chosen to design and build Project Neon, the expansion of traffic-clogged Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. Three companies are in the running for ...
Court says man didn’t get fair trial in molestation case
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
A Las Vegas man, in prison since 2003 for molesting a 13-year old boy, didn’t get a fair trial, a federal appeals court has ruled. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ...
Court upholds $130 million judgment in Las Vegas telemarketing scam
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
A federal appeals court Monday upheld a $130.3 million judgment against a Las Vegas man and his companies accused of using telemarketing and other avenues to ...
Court rejects appeal of man in 2010 slaying
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Francisco Mata, convicted of fatally slitting the throat of a man and wounding another in the desert on ...
Court upholds murder conviction, life sentence
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
A reputed gang member who fatally stabbed a Las Vegas man 38 times in a dispute over a $10,000 debt has lost his bid for a new trial. The Nevada Supreme Court ...
Engineer named to state Transportation Board
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named professional engineer Emil “B.J.” Almberg of Ely to represent rural counties on ...
Court rejects man’s appeal in scheme targeting car dealers
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
A Bulgarian man has failed to get a new trial on his conviction related to swindling Las Vegas-area car dealers. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected ...
Police body cameras help prosecutors, improve officer conduct
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Body cameras worn by Metro Police officers are helping prosecutors get plea bargains and convictions and improving the conduct of officers, a Nevada Law Enforcement Summit was told today. The cameras have ...
Nevada DMV director stepping down
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Troy Dillard, director of the state Department of Motor Vehicles for the last three years, is retiring. Dillard, who has worked for the state ...
Employment Security Division computers back up and running
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
The state Employment Security Division finished updating its commuter system a day ahead of schedule. The division shut down its ...
Former Sandoval adviser named to Nevada Athletic Commission
Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s former chief legal advisor has been named to the Nevada Athletic Commission, which regulates boxing and other sporting events. Michon Martin is general counsel and ...
Nevada hopes to sell renewable energy products to China
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and five other governors have signed an agreement with Chinese officials that he hopes will result in the sale of renewable energy products to China.
The Clean Energy and Economic Development Accord coincides with ...

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