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August 29, 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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Help for the helpers: HIV outreach center needs a new home
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016
Given astronomical medical costs, HIV-positive people and their families often need help affording basics such as food and clothing. That’s where the St. Therese Center and its volunteers come into play, offering a variety of services, including haircuts and an on-site food pantry ...
Developers: No negotiating on $750 million for proposed NFL stadium
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Developers of a proposed NFL stadium in Las Vegas held firm that the public contribution for the project must be $750 million. Timing is …
UNLV program teaches students to design health care facilities
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
Lighting, wall color, acoustics and hallway shapes may seem like aesthetic-based choices in the world of interior design, but when it comes to health care environments, those decisions can impact patient success.
Soon, students from Las Vegas could be helping ...
Government consolidation doesn’t make cut for Las Vegas bill draft requests
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
The Las Vegas City Council isn’t requesting a draft bill for the state Legislature to study consolidating the city and county governments, but that doesn’t mean the issue is dead.
After a brief special meeting today ...
Westside School renovation: Historic property’s makeover signals greater community 'comeback'
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016
On a recent morning, Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow stood on the Historic Westside School campus, gazing at what was once the cafeteria. He remembered the home-cooked rice, corn bread, black-eyed peas and fried chicken served to students, as he had attended a Head Start program at Las Vegas’ oldest schoolhouse ...
Clark County manager stepping down later this year
Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
Clark County Manager Don Burnette announced plans today to leave his post this year. Burnette sent an email to Clark County …
Amid squabbles, talk of city-county consolidation resurfaces
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Would local residents be better off if the Clark County and city of Las Vegas governments merged? The decades-old question ...
L.V. Council clears complaint to discipline crime-plagued Larry’s Villa
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
The Las Vegas City Council approved a complaint for disciplinary action Wednesday against Larry’s Villa, a crime-plagued bar and strip club that city officials have deemed a public nuisance ...
Clark County identifies its bill priorities for legislative session
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
With the biennial legislative session just months away, local politicians and governmental entities are busy deciding what their priorities will be come January ...
Final Riviera tower imploded, closing chapter of Las Vegas history
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016
Boom. And it’s gone. Blasts razed the final tower of the Riviera early Tuesday morning, putting to rest that piece of Las Vegas history. The tower fell at precisely 2:30 a.m. Today’s implosion ...
Home sweet history: Preservationists focus on Old Vegas neighborhoods
Monday, Aug. 15, 2016
There’s a place in Las Vegas where postal workers still deliver mail door to door, where towering trees cast shadows across large yards hugging houses in spring shades of pink, blue and green — a tapestry that, despite its oddities, feels harmonious. Never stray from ...
Latest pay raise makes Las Vegas city manager highest paid of region
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell is officially the highest paid government manager in Southern Nevada. After singing her praises, the Las Vegas City Council today unanimously approved ...
New vision for North Las Vegas under Choice Neighborhood Initiative
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The process began in January 2015, when the city received a $485,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The two-year planning grant requires the city to work directly with residents to craft a new vision that focuses on improving housing, educational and job opportunities as well as creating ...
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 ...

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