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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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PUC chairman defends solar rate hike to state lawmakers
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission defended a rate hike for solar customers before a Nevada legislative committee ...
Court upholds sentence of man in 3-year-old son’s death
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Despite mistakes by the prosecutor and judge, Nevada’s Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and sentencing of a Las Vegas man in the death ...
Clean-air advocates demonstrate at governor’s office
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Noisy clean-air advocates crowded into the reception area of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office today, urging him to take action to protect the environment. The group of 25 to 30 people yelled, chanted and clapped ...
Man ordered to prison for running too slow gets new hearing
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Mauricio Martinez of Las Vegas pleaded guilty to burglary, was placed on probation and ordered to enter boot camp. During his 156 days in boot camp, he lost 100 pounds and ...
Nevada dealing with flood of applications for medical marijuana cards
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
The medical marijuana business is growing so fast that the state is having trouble keeping up with applications from ...
State OKs $49,000 to protect presidential candidates
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
The Legislative Interim Finance Committee today released $49,440 from its emergency fund to help protect four presidential candidates campaigning in Nevada. James Wright, director of the Department ...
PUC urged to better explain public records and meetings
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
A legislative subcommittee has urged the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to make a ...
Steve Canavero named Nevada superintendent of public instruction
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Steve Canavero, who has been interim state superintendent of public instruction since September, has been named to the permanent position. Gov. Brian Sandoval said today ...
Reno restaurant agrees to pay $15,000 fine over gaming complaint
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
A Reno bar and restaurant has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine to settle a 10-count complaint by the Nevada Gaming Control Board that it changed owners without ...
In Nevada, 88,145 insured through Obamacare
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
A record 88,145 Nevadans enrolled for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange last year, the state reported today. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange said ...
Officials: Low pay causing vacancies for state prison, parole jobs
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
he state Division of Parole and Probation and the state’s prisons are short of staff because of low salaries compared to local police and sheriff’s offices, a criminal justice panel was told today.
James Wright, director of the state Department of Public Safety, told ...
Democrats hold majority over GOP in Nevada registered voters
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Democrats outnumber Republicans in Clark County, but the GOP holds the majority of voters in the state’s other 16 counties. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske today released ...
Attorney general says board violated open meeting law
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Attorney General Adam Laxalt says the board of the Incline Village General Improvement District violated the open meeting law and failed to correct it. Laxalt said the move to reorganize ...
Assemblyman Carrillo cleared of drunken driving conviction
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
A judge tossed the drunken driving conviction of Las Vegas Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, who was arrested last February in Carson City ...
Las Vegas unemployment rate continues to inch down
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
The unemployment rate in the Las Vegas area dropped to 6.2 percent in December ...
Court denies appeal of man in death of wife, daughter
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court denied the appeal of death row inmate Larry E. Adams, convicted in 1986 of the killing of his wife and 3-year-old daughter. But the court ruled ...
Official in state Treasurer’s Office running for Assembly
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Al Kramer, investment deputy for state Treasurer Dan Schwartz for the past year, said today he would run for Assembly in District 40, which includes ...
Former Judge Mike Fondi of Carson City dies at 78
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Retired District Court Judge Mike Fondi of Carson City died today after a long illness. He was 78 years old. Fondi had a lengthy career in public service. He was ...
Court denies new penalty hearing for man serving life sentence
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court today denied the petition of Las Vegas killer Doneale L. Feazell, who argued his attorney at his second penalty hearing was ...
Proposal to raise Nevada minimum wage to $13 moves forward
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
A District Court judge has ruled that an initiative petition to raise the minimum wage in Nevada to $13 an hour by 2024 is valid, allowing supporters to start gathering signatures to ...
Nevada unemployment inches down to 6.4 percent in December
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
The jobless rate in Nevada i Nevada unemployment inches down to 6.4 percent in December nched down to 6.4 percent in December from 6.5 percent the previous month, the state ...
Supreme Court allows lawsuit against payday loan company
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court has allowed a class-action suit to proceed against a Las Vegas payday loan company that filed thousands of ...
Cost of Faraday Future special session expected to hit $250,000
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
Preliminary figures show a four-day special session of the Nevada Legislature to consider incentives to bring carmaker Faraday Future to ...
Washoe school board settles open-meeting law case
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
A settlement has been reached with the Washoe County School Board, which is accused of violating state open-meeting law when it appointed Traci Davis as superintendent, Attorney General Adam Laxalt said Tuesday.
Former Assemblyman Pat Hickey named to state Board of Education
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Former Nevada Assemblyman Pat Hickey of Reno, who decided not to run for re-election, was named to the state Board of Education today, succeeding ...
State OKs $44 million contract for UNLV building
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
The state Board of Examiners today approved a $44.1 million contract to start construction on an academic building for ...
State paying $475,000 over blocking inmate access to prison publication
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
The state is going to pay a $475,000 settlement with a national prison publication for blocking inmates from receiving it and other publications about inmate rights and issues.
The state Board of Examiners today approved ...
State fast-tracking road improvements for Faraday Future plant
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
The Nevada Department of Transportation will speed along the design and construction of road improvements for the Faraday Future electric car factory in North Las Vegas. Director Rudy Malfabon said ...
Court rejects appeal in mail, wire fraud case
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
A federal appeals court today rejected the appeal of a Las Vegas man who bilked chronically ill patients out of an estimated $1 million with ...
Arguments on school-choice program heard in District Court
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
An attorney representing groups that oppose Nevada's school-choice program argued Wednesday that it will irreparably harm the public-school system. It will mean a loss of $17.7 million for the Clark County School District alone, lawyer Tamerlin Godley said in asking …
Court is asked to permit suit against Nevada’s Catalyst Fund
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
The Nevada Supreme Court was asked Tuesday to permit a North Las Vegas man to continue his fight against the state distributing millions of dollars to ...
Court sides with Clark County in fight over slot parlor regulations
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
A federal appeals court has rejected the petition of Dotty’s and other slot parlors in Clark County that challenged an ordinance imposing tighter regulations for ...
Traffic deaths up in Nevada last year
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
Traffic deaths in Nevada last year increased about 10 percent from 2014, the state reported today. The state departments of Public Safety and Transportation said preliminary figures show ...
Hardesty files for re-election
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016
Justice James Hardesty filed for re-election to a third six-year term on ...
New chief justice takes over at Nevada Supreme Court
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
Justice Ron Parraguirre has taken over as chief justice of the Nevada Supreme Court in an annual rotation of the job. Parraguirre succeeds Justice James Hardesty. Parraguirre, 56, was first elected ...
Man in prison for Las Vegas child rapes will get chance at parole
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
A man who has spent 27 years in prison for sexually assaulting young girls in Las Vegas when he was a teenager will get a chance at parole.
Court says ordinance on interfering with police is too broad
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a Carson City ordinance that prevents people from interfering with an officer making an arrest is unconstitutional because it is too broad. In a 5-2 decision today, the court ...
New Year ushers in new laws in Nevada
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
The new year brings 50 new laws into effect in Nevada. The 2015 Legislature, which adjourned in June, approved the bills to become fully ...
State report: Rainfall caused fire at Beatty dump
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
Heavy rains caused an industrial fire at the low-level radioactive waste disposal site near Beatty in October, the state Department of Public Safety said today. There were no injuries and ...
Court rules $125,000 wrongfully taken from convicted burglar
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that $125,000 was wrongfully taken from the bank account of a man convicted of burglary and other counts in Las Vegas. Bryan Fergason was convicted of ...
Court says woman must be paid for sleeping on the job
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that sleep counted as work time when a woman was on a 24-hour shift and she must be paid for those hours spent snoozing. The court said Kayla Moore is owed $2,797 for ...
Nevada taxable sales up 5.5 percent in October
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
Taxable sales, one indicator of the Nevada economy, rose by 5.5 percent in October. The Nevada Department of Taxation reported ...
Court rejects appeal in slaying of former basketball player
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court today denied the appeal of Derrick L. McKnight, convicted of first-degree murder in the robbery and slaying of a former professional basketball player in Las Vegas in 2006. The court rejected arguments ...
Court clears Trump hotel in Las Vegas of liability in elevator case
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
A federal appeals court has cleared Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas of any liability in a lawsuit that says a family was injured in a free fall of a defective elevator.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday ...
First-time jobless claims in November up from previous month
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
First-time claims for unemployment benefits jumped in November to 14,111, an increase of 2,491 from the previous month, the state reported today. But the number of initial claims ...
Subcommittee to study Nevada water laws
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
A legislative subcommittee was named today to study Nevada’s water laws. State Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka, was named chairman of ...
Legislators overwhelmingly approve $335M deal to bring Faraday to NLV
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015
The Assembly, amid some grumbling by a small minority, Saturday approved three bills that would send $335 million in tax breaks paving the way for electric car manufacturer Faraday Future to move to North …
$3.5 million judgment against Las Vegas chiropractor upheld
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
A federal appeals court Thursday upheld a $3.5 million judgment against Las Vegas chiropractor Obteen Nassiri for submitting fraudulent treatment bills to Allstate Insurance Co.
Court rules psychiatrist can’t be sued over expert testimony
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a psychiatrist is protected from being sued over his expert testimony at a trial. The court said today the testimony ...
Commission can sell $105M in bonds for Project Neon construction
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
The state Transportation Department has been authorized to sell $105 million in bonds as the first payment for construction on Project Neon in Las Vegas.

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