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July 28, 2016

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Jackie Valley


Jackie has lived in northwest Indiana, South Carolina, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio. A Cleveland girl at heart, she graduated from Kent State University, where she was the student newspaper editor. She completed a Dow Jones copy editing internship at the Virginian-Pilot in summer 2009 and a year later joined the Sun, where she now covers health care.

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Committee focuses on sales tax to bolster Metro Police
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The quest to bolster police presence in tourist-heavy locations took a step forward today as the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee considered funding options and narrowed in on …
Metro agrees to pay $200K to settle woman's excessive-force lawsuit
Monday, July 25, 2016
A woman who accused a Metro Police officer of using excessive force against her last year will receive a $200,000 settlement. The department’s Fiscal Affairs Committee approved ...
Las Vegas golf has reached a pivotal point
Monday, July 25, 2016
It was a sweltering 106 degrees when Megan Mashore adjusted her stance under the shade of a Topgolf roofline. Music, chatter and the thwack of clubs smashing golf balls filled the air around her. In front of her, the Las Vegas Strip glittered. “Just swing, right?” she said, eliciting chuckles from her husband, their two young boys and ...
City: Consider Cashman site as a home for new Las Vegas stadium
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The city of Las Vegas has a message for stakeholders involved in football stadium discussions: Keep Cashman Center in the running as a potential project site. To that end, the City Council today passed a motion to …
Commission expands diversion program for illegal peddling
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
People caught illegally selling goods on the Las Vegas Strip may avoid criminal prosecution and jail time if they qualify for a recently established ...
Does UNLV need a more fabulous look?
Many changes are on the table to welcome people to Las Vegas’ only public university
Monday, July 18, 2016
A brick-and-stone sign flanked by desert landscaping sits at the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Swenson Street, announcing UNLV’s presence. It’s a modest entryway to the region’s only public university, where more than 28,000 students attend classes each year, mere blocks from ...
Communication modernization: Las Vegas governments turn to social media
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Gone are the days of communication limited to public meeting agendas, emergency bulletins, dull government television broadcasts and whatever information ...
Blueprints for holding a national political party convention
Monday, July 11, 2016
Cleveland and Philadelphia are bracing for the national political conventions. As power players in Nevada politics have vowed to get Las Vegas in the running the next time around, we take a look at the impacts on a city when about 50,000 people descend for a cultural happening ...
County's proposal to boost Metro Police funding by $1 million is stalled
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The Clark County Commission's proposal to give Metro Police an additional $1 million has fizzled for now. The extra six-figure sum — above and beyond the county's budgeted contribution to the police department — would have gone toward hiring more officers, but the proposal came with a caveat: The city of Las Vegas needed to contribute another $600,000, per the department's funding formula. The total budget augmentation, in that case, would be roughly $1.6 million. That amount would have covered the cost of hiring one sergeant, two detectives and ...
Scouring the city for the tastiest and most creative specialty food
Monday, July 4, 2016
Making food personal is the mark of any good chef, whether in a Michelin-starred restaurant or a stand at a flea market. And more and more eaters want to connect with the stories, family recipes and fever dreams behind the flavor. Here’s to the culinary artists and mad scientists of Las Vegas ...
Health department issues warning about mosquitos carrying encephalitis virus
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
A sharp increase in mosquitoes carrying the St. Louis Encephalitis virus locally triggered the Southern Nevada Health District to ...
Officials didn't completely shut door on expanding trauma care in Las Vegas
Friday, June 24, 2016
The board governing health-related decisions in Clark County entered its Thursday meeting with a mission to answer one looming question: Is the current trauma system meeting the region's needs? The answer was less clear-cut ...
Health district board denies requests to expand trauma centers
Thursday, June 23, 2016
No additional trauma centers will be added to the current system in Southern Nevada. The Southern Nevada Health District's Board of Health voted 7-2 against expanding ...
County jail population soars, triggering depopulation order
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The steadily increasing inmate population at Clark County-run detention facilities has triggered a depopulation order that authorities say will help reduce overcrowding ...
Bulky bags, strollers banned on Strip for special events
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Rules governing what people can carry on the Las Vegas Strip during special events just got stricter. A new public safety-motivated ordinance bans bags of a certain size, coolers and strollers, among other items, during occasions such as ...
City Council adopts new master plan for downtown Las Vegas
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday formally adopted a 30-year vision for downtown, setting in motion the most crucial part — implementation. The new downtown master plan has been nearly two years in the making, involving ...
New program will allow drivers to pay parking fines with donated food, toys, school supplies
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hate parking fines but like helping others? You’re in luck. The city of Las Vegas will pilot a program that will allow people who receive parking tickets during two designated times of the year to donate nonperishable food ...
Council supports naming plaza for former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Oscar Goodman already has a restaurant bearing his name in downtown Las Vegas. Soon, the former Las Vegas mayor may have a plaza ...
Vying for Clark County Commission District B seat, Kirkpatrick and Ross bring experience
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
For left-leaning primary voters, the decision may come down to what type of political pedigree they prefer.
After almost three decades, a passionate protector leaves Mount Charleston
Thursday, June 9, 2016
“She will be missed,” neighbor Mike McGroarty said of longtime Mount Charleston resident Becky Grismanauskas. ““verything that got done up there was done through her.” But, as the old saying goes, what ...
Clark County, Las Vegas officials tussle over Metro funding
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Who’s the bigger supporter of public safety? As violent crime rises in Southern Nevada, the Clark County Commission and Las Vegas City Council are battling for ...
Clark County Commission wants further study of multiple transit proposals
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The Clark County Commission put light rail back on its radar Tuesday, urging that multiple proposals to improve traffic flow near the Las Vegas Strip be more thoroughly studied. The board, at the suggestion of Chairman Steve Sisolak …
What Las Vegas can learn from Detroit when it comes to revitalization
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
When it comes to cities Las Vegas should emulate as it grows and evolves, Detroit might not take first billing on most residents’ lists. After all, the Motor City made national headlines ...
Mobile farmer’s market takes healthy food to those who can afford it least
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Rosalind Brooks, founder of the Vegas Roots community garden, has a motto when it comes to food: “Just because people can’t afford farmer’s market prices doesn’t mean ...Rosalind Brooks, founder of the Vegas Roots community garden, has a motto when it comes to food: “Just because people can’t afford farmer’s market prices doesn’t mean ...
Officials call for upkeep at shuttered northwest L.V. golf course
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The water-starved Silverstone Golf Club has become an eyesore, threatening vegetation and property values in this northwest valley neighborhood ...
University of Phoenix opening innovation center in Las Vegas
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Calling all entrepreneurs and business visionaries: An 11,000-square-foot space in downtown Las Vegas could become a hub for turning business ideas into reality.
In September, the University of Phoenix expects to ...
Graduation day: Inmates’ inspiring academic feats can ripple through community
Thursday, May 26, 2016
As Rosalinda Leach approached the podium, she adjusted her glasses and eyed the audience — mostly women dressed in head-to-toe blue or donning maroon caps and gowns ...
Brookings analysis: Net metering benefits all ratepayers, not just solar users
Monday, May 23, 2016
A new Brookings Institution analysis indicates that net metering of solar power yields benefits for all ratepayers — not just customers generating their own electricity through ...
Can community members paint taggers into a corner?
Sunday, May 22, 2016
A boxy, red-brick building at 1820 Desert Inn Road has become ground zero for what neighbors describe as a war — residents versus graffiti taggers. If the abandoned medical office, which bears the scars of repeated graffiti vandalism, is the prime target, then its neighbors are the collateral damage. Nearby property owners say the rampant spray-paint inscriptions hurt home values and bruise their attempts to revitalize ...
Las Vegas OKs $1.2B budget, continues long climb out of recession
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Las Vegas City Council today voted unanimously to approve a $1.2 billion budget for the next fiscal year, marking the first time spending and income exceeded 2008 levels since ...
Councilman: Improve pedestrian safety along Charleston Boulevard
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin is calling for pedestrian safety improvements, particularly along Charleston Boulevard, where sidewalks are often blocked by streetlight and utility poles. His comments came during a presentation of ...
Vision test: Is the city of Las Vegas meeting its plan for 2020?
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
It happened before terrorists rammed planes into the World Trade Centers, before the recession rattled Southern Nevada and before Zappos triggered urban revitalization by moving its company headquarters to downtown Las Vegas. Back in the late 1990s ...
Commission signals intent to transfer land for medical school
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Future medical students attending the UNLV School of Medicine most likely will be training and learning in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District. The Clark County Commission today approved ...
Commission delays talks on proposed elevated expressways
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Clark County Commission today postponed discussion about proposed elevated expressways between McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. Commissioners want more time to ...
A 120-bed homeless shelter for central valley breaks ground
Friday, May 13, 2016
The Shannon West Homeless Youth Center will double in capacity next year when a new, 120-bed facility opens in the central valley ...
Frozen vegetables recalled by Smith’s
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
An assortment of frozen vegetables sold at Smith's grocery stores have been ..
First responders aim to teach when — and when not to — call 911
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
As summer approaches, bringing a surge in emergency calls because of the heat, first responders are on a mission to teach community members when — and when not — to call 911 ...
L.V. council move advances Cashman Center redevelopment plans
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The redevelopment of Cashman Center inched another step closer to reality Wednesday when the Las Vegas City Council approved an updated memorandum of understanding with ...
Mysterious donation ‘opens up a lot of possibilities’
Monday, May 2, 2016
Government agencies receive gifts from time to time, but rarely one quite this generous.
Construction set for senior community at Henderson’s Union Village
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Construction of a senior living community at Union Village, a 170-acre health care complex being built in Henderson, should begin later this year, developers ...
Q+A: Director says libraries do more than enlighten; they change lives
Friday, April 22, 2016
Ronald Heezen, the executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, has seen a lot of changes since he became a librarian more than four decades ago. But what hasn't changed, he said, is the importance of ...
Clark commissioners high on center to help troubled children, families
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
A one-stop shop where troubled children and their families can receive resources and service referrals could be open as soon …
New court program aimed at minor Strip crimes
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Loitering. Trespassing. Solicitation. Pedestrian offenses. Authorities say these infractions are common along the Las Vegas Strip, but reducing them has been difficult because offenders often ...
As 51s eye move to Summerlin, will it be curtains for Cashman Center?
Friday, April 15, 2016
If the Las Vegas 51s move to Summerlin, as the team would like to do, what would become of the Cashman Center? And how will a new baseball stadium be funded? Those are key questions in ongoing discussions ...
Plan envisions a green downtown Las Vegas with more amenities
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Thirty years from now, downtown Las Vegas could be brimming with trees and parks strategically placed near many more residential buildings, markets and transit hubs. That’s the much-simplified vision of a new downtown master plan that’s aimed at ...
Freeway project: Officials expect smooth sailing after 3 years of traffic headaches
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Las Vegas drivers, brace yourselves for extra traffic snarls the next few years. Project Neon, the nearly $1 billion construction project that will reshape traffic flow around ...
Heated topic in health care: Does Las Vegas have enough trauma centers?
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Speedy access to critical care has become the crux of a Clark County health care debate that asks, in its starkest terms, is it fair to make badly injured people travel to the other side ...
Working Families Party hopes to capitalize on anti-establishment movement
Friday, March 25, 2016
In a brewery on the west side of Las Vegas, several dozen people — many disgruntled by so-called “establishment politics” — gathered last weekend to forge a new path. The event marked the launch of Nevada's Working Families Party, a political organization that advocates for ...
Officers set to patrol Las Vegas recreation areas on motorcycles
Monday, March 21, 2016
Expect to see motorcycle officers patrolling Las Vegas parks and trails soon. The city of Las Vegas announced Monday that …
4 Clark County Commission incumbents file for re-election
Friday, March 18, 2016
The field is set for the Clark County Commission races. The candidate filing period for the November election ended at 5 p.m. today. As expected ...

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