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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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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 ...
Sunday watering ban could save 900 million gallons a summer
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Lawns in Southern Nevada will have to do without water — unless clouds unleash rain — one day a week during the summer. The Southern Nevada Water Authority’s board of directors voted today to ban sprinkler use on Sundays from May 1 through Aug. 31. The ...
Commissioner says Las Vegas welcome sign looking a little shabby
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The famed Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign isn’t looking so fabulous lately, at least according to a Clark County commissioner. Paint chips and a small crack have appeared, making ...
Police want bulky bags, strollers banned at big Strip events
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Ahead of the Las Vegas Strip’s giant New Year’s Eve bash, Metro Police asked revelers to leave behind their bulky bags and strollers in the name of public safety. The request came on the heels of the Paris terror attacks and a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that ...
Q+A: Planned Parenthood exec talks sex ed, fear of Trump presidency
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
For Planned Parenthood, 2015 was a tough year. Now, the president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is watching the 2016 election closely, alarmed about ...
Henderson Judge Hampton found dead; foul play not suspected
Monday, March 14, 2016
Henderson Municipal Court Judge Diana Hampton, 50, was found dead in her home on Sunday afternoon, a Henderson Police spokeswoman said. Police responded ...
Buskers worry about competition over downtown performance zones
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Buskers say they are worried tempers might boil over as competition heats up for a limited number of city-approved performance zones at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Jared Carle, a balloon artist, said ...
County commissioners get first glimpse of proposed budget for fiscal year 2017
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Clark County’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year shows a small growth in general fund revenues, led by an increase in expected sales taxes ...
Public meetings set for downtown Las Vegas master plan
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Two public meetings will be held Wednesday for people to weigh in on the master plan for downtown Las Vegas. People can preview the most recent version ...
Filing period opens for Clark County Commission positions
Monday, March 7, 2016
Citizens who want to throw their hat in the ring for a Clark County Commission seat can do so starting today. The filing period opened today and runs through March 18. Candidates must file in person from ...
Owners of NLV pig farm moving operation, selling property
Monday, March 7, 2016
The site of a North Las Vegas pig farm reviled by some neighbors because of its stench is going up for sale. Robert and Janet Combs, owners of R.C. Farms, have decided to move their business to a site near the Apex Landfill, pending the purchase of their 153-acre property. Today marks the beginning of a 60-day due diligence period, during which ...
County mulls another bid to legalize short-term home rentals
Thursday, March 3, 2016
What’s the difference between a short-term rental and a party house? The conversation has surfaced again, with a group lobbying for ...
Dozens of employers expected to attend job fair
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
As tourist season kicks into gear, Southern Nevada's hospitality industry is looking to hire ...
County raises fines for parking violations at Las Vegas airport
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Clark County Commission today raised the maximum fines for parking violations at county airports, including McCarran International Airport. Some of the parking rules only pertain to commercial vehicles, such as taxis ...
Las Vegas Paiutes’ newest venture: medical marijuana
Experts say legal weed could be more profitable than gaming
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe already runs a smoke shop downtown and a golf course in the northwest valley. Now a third business venture — in medical marijuana — is on the horizon. If construction goes as planned, the federally-recognized tribe will open two medical marijuana dispensaries and a cultivation and production facility by the end of the year, said Benny Tso, chairman of ...
Second Cracker Barrel restaurant coming to valley
Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
A second Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will be opening this summer in the Las Vegas Valley with its homestyle food and Americana decor, county officials announced today. The restaurants ...
Lyft files lawsuit, says driver fee is ‘illegal tax’
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
Ride-hailing company Lyft filed a lawsuit against the city of Las Vegas today, alleging a new business license fee is too vague and defies state law. The lawsuit stems from a fee the Las Vegas City Council approved ...
Volunteers sought to help rein in rule breakers at Sunset Park
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
No littering. No feeding the ducks. No letting dogs off their leashes. These are some of the rules at Sunset Park that visitors tend to break, but soon they'll be receiving a reminder if caught doing so. Clark County is seeking volunteers for its new Sunset Stewards program, which officials hope will improve visitors' experience at the 323-acre park and diffuse problems before they balloon into something larger. The volunteers will patrol the park for at least four hours each month, keeping ...
PUC OKs deal aimed at bolstering renewable energy in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
The City of Las Vegas is one step closer to being powered 100 percent by renewable energy. The Public Utilities Commission approved a …
With Nevada win, Trump strengthens lead in GOP race
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
Ten seconds before the Nevada caucuses officially closed at 9 p.m., an excited crowd of several hundred Donald Trump supporters counted down in a ballroom at Treasure Island. As the clock struck 9, CNN called the election for Trump, sending the crowd into choruses of wild ...
Blog: With Nevada win, Trump has trifecta; Rubio edges Cruz for second
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
Donald Trump is on a winning streak. As expected, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination was a runaway winner tonight in the Nevada caucuses ...
‘Marco country’: Heller heads list of notables welcoming Rubio to Nevada
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
The warm welcome Florida Sen. Marco Rubio received Sunday evening at a rally in North Las Vegas wasn’t just coming from the boisterous crowd facing him. It had just as much to do with the people standing next to him on stage — Sen. Dean Heller, Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison and ...
Seniors: Have seat and enjoy the game
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
Welcome to “No Fall Volleyball,” part-exercise class, part-recreational sport, designed for Medicare recipients. The program is offered at Nifty After Fifty, a fitness center that caters to people age 50 and older.
2 women arrested in separate North Las Vegas child abuse cases
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
A babysitter and an unlicensed caregiver have been arrested in separate abuse cases that left one baby dead and another with permanent brain damage ...
County and city managers: Time for action on property tax caps
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
Officials from Clark County and the city of Las Vegas may compete for attention generated by the tourism sector, but they’ve teamed up on at least one ...
Call to convert Las Vegas Strip into pedestrian zone faces uphill battle
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
The concept of turning the Strip into a pedestrian mall — either completely devoid of vehicles or only open to certain transit and emergency vehicles — resurfaced when ...
County OKs study of elevated Strip-airport expressway
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
A proposed elevated expressway that would link McCarran International Airport with the Las Vegas Strip received positive feedback Tuesday from the Clark County Commission. The estimated $200 million project ...
Want to buy a used cop car, TV or forklift? Here’s your chance
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
If you’ve been hankering for a used Ford Crown Victoria, you’re in luck: At least 50 will be available for auction later this month in Clark County. The former police cars will go up for sale along with several other vehicles and a collection of miscellaneous items ranging from filing cabinets to a forklift in the year’s first government-surplus auction, scheduled to ...
Let’s climb from the bottom to the top of national rankings
Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
“Nevada: A world within. A state apart.” Our state’s slogan gets it right in many ways. Nevada offers enchanting desert landscapes, pristine lakes, rugged mountains and some ...
Fisher House will be ‘home away from home’ in NLV for ailing veterans
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
When military members and veterans receive treatment locally, their families will have a free place to stay much sooner than originally expected. Gov. Brian Sandoval and other Nevada dignitaries gathered Thursday in North Las Vegas to dedicate the ...
Nevada makes strides in reducing number of uninsured children
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
The number of Nevada children without health insurance keeps dropping, especially among such historically hard-to-reach populations as minorities and lower-income residents, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study released ...
NLV aiming to entice businesses to industrial park south of Apex
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Apex Industrial Park will be the home of electric carmaker Faraday Future, but it's not North Las Vegas' only development hope. Several miles south of Apex lie 1,100 acres ...
Want to dine out with your dog? Las Vegas health officials are making it possible
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Dog lovers, rejoice: You may not have to part with your pooch to dine at Las Vegas Valley restaurants. The Southern Nevada Health District began offering “dog-friendly patio waivers” in June prompted by Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar’s entry into the market. The California-based eatery, which opened a location at Downtown Summerlin in April, features ...
New option to get around is rolling into downtown Las Vegas this year
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Expect to see more bicyclists pedaling around the city this year. We explain the ins and outs of bike-sharing program expected to launch by the end of August. Users sign up online or pay at a kiosk at a bike station. Then they choose …
Las Vegas summit: Water technologies among keys to sustainability
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
When MGM Resorts set out to build Park — its eight-acre promenade that will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo — the company made water conservation a top priority ...
County considers tighter rules for sale of animals at pet stores
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Clark County is exploring what steps it can take to discourage pet stores from selling animals bred in inhumane conditions. Commissioner Chris Guinchigliani, who got the green light today to convene a working group to study the issue, stopped short ...
With second ‘Week of Water’ event set this week, here’s what’s at stake for Southern Nevada
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Protecting Southern Nevada's water supply is one of several challenges facing experts who will gather Wednesday in Las Vegas for a second conference in what's been coined the "Week of Water," a two-event set of discussions aimed at helping avoid water crises here and ...
‘Week of Water’: How partnerships with Israel could be boon for Nevada
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Israel, once facing a dire water crisis, turned the tide by making water a matter of national security. The desert country launched successful desalination programs, significantly boosted water reuse rates and ...
Cemetery, like an HOA, has limits for decor
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Workers at Las Vegas’ oldest cemetery have seen some strange things placed on grave sites. Some can remain, but many items are removed before long.
How a fire helped forge a community
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016
Tired from working six days a week, Natalie Perry, 54, a personal care attendant and ordained minister, absentmindedly left a burner on after cooking French fries. When Perry turned around a few minutes later, a grease fire had engulfed her pot. Smoke began to fill the unit. Perry grabbed a hand towel and swooped it over the stove, trying to smother the fire, but the movement fanned the flames and caused the blaze to roar even higher. Panicking, Perry ran to her porch and yelled, “Somebody call 911!” What happened next still surprises Perry ...

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