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For Warren Buffett, a house divided on climate change
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
Buffett’s past and future commitments to renewables — a more than $30 billion investment — equate to roughly 22 percent of his net worth. But that is not enough for some activists. Actions, they say, speak louder than words ...
Casinos have few options after PUC exit decision
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
At face value, the state’s largest casinos won a huge victory when the Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday allowed them to exit their contracts with NV Energy, the state’s largest power provider. But for Wynn Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands, the decision is a mandate to stay put. "We are disappointed that the PUC has failed to implement (the law) as intended by the Legislature and are reviewing our options,” Michael Weaver, Wynn spokesman, said after ...
Solar advocates drop off 31k petitions at PUC
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
With less than a month remaining before the Public Utilities Commission decides the fate of rooftop solar in Nevada, renewable energy advocates continue to hammer their message in front of state regulators ...
NV Energy seeks to buy more solar power for its big customers
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
NV Energy, which serves more than 1 million customers throughout Nevada, filed an application on Monday with the Public Utilities Commission to buy power from ...
SolarCity opens training facility in Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
For rooftop solar panel installers, walking on shingles or Spanish tile on sloped roofs is second nature, but it’s not an innate skill. That’s why SolarCity will acclimate ...
Sanders draws praise for immigration plan
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
As immigration remains a front-and-center issue in the presidential election, supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders are cheering his immigration plan as ...
City of Las Vegas plans to go to 100 percent renewable energy
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
As the sun beat down on a small array of solar panels in front of City Hall today, Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced Las Vegas would be the first city of its size to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The city will expand its partnership with ...
Environmental group says regulators stalling on public records request
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
As the Public Utilities Commission weighs rooftop solar policies in Nevada, a clean energy watchdog group said the PUC was withholding documents ...
Disappearing Wheeler Peak Glacier is a barometer for climate change
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Wheeler Peak Glacier lies above a high-desert grove of bristlecone pines on top of a moraine of granite boulders in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park. More than 10,000 years ago ...
SolarCity cutting ties with rooftop solar advocacy group
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
The Alliance for Solar Choice, an advocacy group representing rooftop solar companies, is losing one of its anchor members: SolarCity. SolarCity will leave the alliance in December, after ...
New ad attacks Rep. Cresent Hardy over vote on education program
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
A national Democratic campaign group will run a digital ad this weekend attacking Nevada GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy for his support of a failed bill to cut an education program for low-income families. Hardy’s office dismissed it as ...
Emily’s List enters Nevada legislative races
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Seven Republican state lawmakers are now “on notice”...
In Las Vegas visit, GOP governors pass blame to GOP Congress
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
The governors were kind of self-reflexive, saying that Republicans are part of the dysfunction in Washington ...
GOP governors in Las Vegas criticize plan to accept Syrian refugees
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
A panel of Republican governors in Las Vegas criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to take in Syrian refugees, saying they didn’t know enough about how the federal ...
Nevada Assembly Republicans seek to block Syrian refugees
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
A cohort of state GOP lawmakers is joining Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and some federal lawmakers in calling to keep Syrian refugees out of Nevada. Fourteen state lawmakers and ...
GOP governors converging on Las Vegas amid refugee debate
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Amid calls to block Syrian refugees from entering their states, GOP governors will huddle for a meeting of the Republican Governors Association at the Wynn Las Vegas this week. The two-day gathering, an annual meeting where politicians discuss ...
BLM brings in more than $32.6 million with sale of public lands
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Federal and state government agencies in Nevada will divvy up more than $32.6 million from the sale of 260 acres of public lands by the Bureau of Land Management. The land, divided into 22 parcels, was sold ...
Hillary Clinton endorsed by Service Employees International Union
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
The Service Employees International Union has endorsed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for president, championing her as a candidate for the working class. “We cannot afford four years of ...
Democratic congressional debate features plenty of agreement
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
The Democratic candidates running for the 4th Congressional District believe in many of the same things: more opportunity in the black community, equal pay for women, a higher minimum wage and ousting ...
Head of Nevada AFL-CIO calls on workers to support NV Energy
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
The Nevada AFL-CIO is rallying workers to demand that NV Energy charge rooftop solar customers for transmitting power to the electric grid.
Faith leaders, Latino advocates, students rally for solar at PUC
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
More than 75 officials from solar companies, members of faith groups and activists filed testimony and rallied at the Public Utilities Commission today, marking the first of three days this week where regulators ...
Sharron Angle inspires sharp contrasts within Republican Party
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Please, don’t do it. That’s the plea some conservatives are making to Sharron Angle as she mulls another possible bid for U.S. Senate. The reason is simple: Angle would ...
PUC meetings this week a step toward ending solar wars
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
This week marks the next round of debate between NV Energy and rooftop solar companies. Over four days of meetings, the Public Utility Commission's three regulators will begin to decide how Nevadans will pay for rooftop solar in the future ...
Progressives eager for specifics during Democratic debate
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
Compared to the one held in Las Vegas, Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate will be a less glamorous affair. There are fewer candidates and what may be a greater focus on ...
Cortez Masto, Kihuen prep party supporters for upcoming caucus
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
With 100 days remaining until the state’s presidential caucuses, U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto had a message on Thursday for party activists ...
Titus to decorate National Christmas Tree with ornaments from Opportunity Village
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus will bring a little bit of Las Vegas to Washington, D.C., this holiday season ...
Sandoval breaks ground on military memorial
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Standing in front of a 7-foot aluminum statue of a Revolutionary War soldier backed by an American flag, Gov. Brian Sandoval broke ground today to commemorate the ...
Minimum wage protests return to Las Vegas
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Calling on politicians to raise the minimum wage, grassroots activists and fast-food workers will rally today in Las Vegas and across the country. Known as the Fight for $15 ...
After visit, what’s next for Bernie Sanders in Nevada?
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
The ability to pave over a potential campaign disaster in Las Vegas shows that the Sanders campaign is in it for the long haul nationwide. The campaign has made ...
Bernie Sanders courts Hispanic voters during stop in Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
After rallying 2,800 people Sunday in North Las Vegas, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders continued his barnstorming tour in Las Vegas, unrolling an immigration reform plan ...
Sanders says Trump ‘old fashioned’ racist at rally in North Las Vegas
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
In front of more than 2,800 people at the Cheyenne Sports Complex in North Las Vegas, a dozen mariachi musicians played galloping harmonies and sang Spanish ballads in the minutes before Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took the stage. When he arrived, he offered his thoughts on ...
Tuesday vote will help determine historic Boulder City hospital’s fate
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
There are few signs of life at the historic Six Companies Hospital in Boulder City. Boards cover the windows. Piles of dirt and weeds jut from the ground. The empty building, once a vibrant place, now has a future in limbo. Preservationists want to keep the former hospital intact. A developer wants to tear it down to build housing. The Boulder City Council will decide Tuesday whether the developer — a city planning commissioner — will receive a permit to demolish the 83-year-old building ...
No special session for Faraday in November, say legislative leaders
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Legislative leaders said they doubted there would be a special session in the coming weeks to craft a deal to lure electric car ...
Harry Reid applauds Obama for rejecting Keystone XL pipeline
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a leading advocate for reducing carbon emissions, praised President Barack Obama for stopping a Canadian oil company from ...
Citing flawed BLM report, judge sends Searchlight wind farm back to drawing board
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Citing flawed analysis by the Bureau of Land Management, a federal judge halted an 87-turbine wind project slated to be built near Searchlight in some of the Mojave Desert’s most environmentally-sensitive habitat.
State Sen. Joe Hardy backs Marco Rubio for president
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio picked up an endorsement from state Sen. Joe Hardy today. It is the latest in a growing number of ...
Sharron Angle taking on student data collection
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Former GOP Assemblywoman Sharron Angle will be leading a charge to change laws governing student data collection in ...
Bernie Sanders campaign ramping up efforts in Nevada
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
In an attempt to gain ground on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is making a push to attract Latino voters in Nevada. His campaign will begin ...
Democrat Martin O’Malley picks up endorsement from Oscar Goodman
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley has won the support of former Las Vegas Mayor and mob lawyer Oscar Goodman. O’Malley, the former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor who’s ...
As NV Energy plans state’s power future, here’s what you need to know
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
Next month, regulators will decide on a proposal for how NV Energy will supply customers with power in the future. Known as the integrated resource plan, the power company’s proposal is a pitch made every three years to regulators about the company’s long-term strategy. The state’s energy gurus have been debating since June. Last week, officials representing gaming, renewable energy, conservation groups, state bureaucrats and ...
Congressional candidate Fiore poses with assault rifles in pin-up calendar
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
Assemblywoman and U.S. congressional candidate Michele Fiore has a new campaign fundraising pitch: a 12-month “Second Amendment calendar” with her playing pin-up and clutching ...
Southwest Gas may raise rates by nearly $30 million
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
On Nov. 17, the Public Utilities Commission will hear testimony on whether Nevadans will see heftier bills from Southwest Gas ...
Citing debt concerns, Hardy and Heck vote against budget deal
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Joining 165 other House Republicans, Southern Nevada Reps. Joe Heck and Cresent Hardy opposed a bipartisan, $80 billion budget deal that funds discretionary spending programs and lifts caps that limit ...
4 predictions for tonight’s GOP presidential debate
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Ten GOP presidential candidates will be on the stage tonight in Boulder, Colo., pitching themselves as the fiscally conservative choice at the third presidential debate, titled “Your Money, Your Vote." The subject matter will be ...
Bush campaign refocuses on Nevada
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Although he may have begun the race as a prohibitive favorite in the Silver State, after months of low national poll numbers and a retrenchment that cut campaign payroll by 40 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ...
Rand Paul in Las Vegas: ‘I’m the only fiscal conservative’
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
With support for his candidacy waning in key battleground states, Republican Rand Paul stuck with his bread and butter on a Monday trip to Las Vegas. “We borrow $1 million a minute,” he said. “You know whose fault ...
Scientists: Check feds’ work on river
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
The Colorado River is one disaster away from irreversible damage to the West’s water supply, according to a scientist asking that a group of apolitical experts be allowed to parallel the government’s work.
Bernie Sanders wants to gain support of Latinos in upcoming Las Vegas trip
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
In an attempt to make inroads with Nevada’s Latino voters, Democratic socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold rallies and meet with union members ...
GOP’s Heck, Hardy vote to defund Planned Parenthood
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Democrats went on the attack today after the GOP voted to defund Planned Parenthood for the third time this year, casting party members as insensitive to women. The GOP passed the measure on ...
Nuclear repository fire shines light on Nevada’s waste
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
A fire at a nuclear waste dump in Beatty did more than just snarl traffic.