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Miranda Willson

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Miranda joins the Sun after working for a year and a half at the Medford Transcript, a local newspaper outside Boston. The native New Yorker is a graduate of Tufts University in Boston, where she studied environmental studies and urban planning.

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Clark County school board shuts down tense meeting
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
The Clark County School District Board of Trustees abruptly ended Thursday night’s school board meeting after board President Lola Brooks attempted to cut off public comment from educators demanding ...
Councilman on Medical District: 'We need to be very, very competitive'
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
The Las Vegas Medical District is growing. But in the face of ongoing health care challenges in Southern Nevada, Ward 1 City Councilman Brian Knudsen, whose ward includes the district, still thinks the city could advance the district further. The city council received updates on the Medical District for the first time in ...
Teachers union sets tentative strike date; schools to stay open
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019
The largest teachers union in Clark County will strike Sept. 10 if it doesn’t reach an agreement with the Clark County School District by Friday, the union announced in an email to educators this morning. The Clark County Education Association’s announcement comes in response to ...
Housing authority director gets probation after harassment probe
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
Following an investigation into a sexual harassment claim against him, Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority Executive Director Chad Williams can keep his job if ...
Critics of Clark County lands bill hope it’s not too late to rein in proposal
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
Nevada lawmakers have been meeting with Clark County officials about a controversial proposal to modify protected lands and open more than 56,000 acres of ...
Nevada PUC joins 13-year-old regional pact on climate change
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada has signed on to a regional effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to address climate change, the commission said ...
CCSD teacher vacancies reach four-year high of 750
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019
Unfilled teaching positions aren’t unique to Clark County. School districts nationwide have faced teacher shortages in recent years, a trend driven by low pay and overall disinvestment in public education. Clark County’s teacher shortage reached near-crisis levels …
Clark County schools partner with dropout recovery company Acceleration Academies
Friday, Aug. 9, 2019
To help disengaged, former Clark County School District students get their diploma, district officials have approved a three-year contract with Acceleration Academies LLC, a Chicago-based for-profit dropout recovery program. Acceleration Academies is ...
Thousands of cars in Clark County still pollute air through 'classic' car loophole
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019
During the 2015 legislative session, Nevada lawmakers identified a troubling trend: Owners of old cars labeled as “classic” vehicles were skirting smog tests and potentially exceeding mileage caps set by the state, with possible implications for air quality. Four years later, the issue still hasn’t been addressed. Under Nevada regulations for “classic” and ...
Las Vegas council approves financing for major affordable housing project
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
One of the largest affordable housing projects in Nevada history is coming to Las Vegas, using funding from private activity bonds and local affordable housing developers ...
Def Con draws election officials to Las Vegas to combat hackers
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
Ahead of the annual hacker and cybersecurity conference Def Con in Las Vegas this weekend, organizers anticipate that the part of the event devoted to election security will entice more local, state and federal election officials than ever before ...
Three mass shootings in one week spur Vegas groups to increase survivor resources
Monday, Aug. 5, 2019
In light of the three mass shootings in the last week, Las Vegas-area agencies are offering additional resources to those still feeling the effects of the Oct. 1 mass shooting ...
Wildfires are not just a California problem
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019
In the age of climate change and global environmental change, fire season throughout the West has become longer, more pronounced and sometimes more volatile.
'I was cleared': Housing authority director disputes harassment claim
Friday, Aug. 2, 2019
The head of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority insists that he did not sexually harass or have a sexual relationship with his secretary ...
Housing authority board delays vote on whether to keep executive director
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Just over one year into his tenure, the executive director of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority could be removed from his post by ...
Clark County principals have mixed reactions to per-pupil budget cuts
Sunday, July 28, 2019
“It’s maybe our eighth or ninth year in a row of having some kind of cut to our school budgets, which is making it harder and harder to provide services to students."
Clark County schools will keep deans, ask principals to cut costs on their own
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Instead of eliminating dean positions next school year to make up for a projected budget shortfall, the Clark County School District will instruct middle and high schools to reduce ...

UNLV med school Dean Barbara Atkinson taking new role Sept. 1
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
UNLV School of Medicine Dean Barbara Atkinson has announced she will transition from dean into an advisory leadership role with the school, effective Sept. 1. Atkinson, who has led ...
Study predicts sharp decline in Joshua trees, a key Mojave Desert species
Saturday, July 20, 2019
The iconic trees that give Joshua Tree National Park its name could be virtually extinct in the park by 2070 if no action is taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions ...
Clark County, other stakeholders seek public input in Nellis land-use study
Thursday, July 18, 2019
One element of the study will be to assess the infrastructure needs of Southern Nevada’s military operations and determine how counties and municipalities could help meet those needs ...
Las Vegas approves trash bill surcharge to clean up streets
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Las Vegas residents will see their trash bills increase by about 78 cents per month starting this fall as part of a new effort to clean city streets and enhance public safety. The City Council approved a resolution Wednesday to establish a fund to ...
Las Vegas council lobbies against 24/7 HOV lanes
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Las Vegas wants the Nevada Department of Transportation to reconsider its around-the-clock enforcement of HOV-lane restrictions on Interstate 15 and U.S. 95. ...
Southern Nevada Housing Authority seeks to revoke benefits of board member
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
A Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority Board member accused of committing fraud and embezzlement to maximize housing benefits could be stripped of her benefits ...
Report: More hot days could come to Las Vegas
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Las Vegas could feel like at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit on more than one in six days by late-century, according to a report released today by the nonprofit scientific and ...
Investors show interest in Las Vegas Opportunity Zones. Will benefits reach residents?
Monday, July 15, 2019
An apartment complex expected to open in late 2020 in downtown’s Symphony Park has the distinction of being the first project finalized in Las Vegas with the ...
Superintendent Jara to consider alternatives to dean cuts
Friday, July 12, 2019
Superintendent Jesus Jara announced he will explore ways to make up for a projected $17 million budget deficit for the coming school year without eliminating ...
For the love of Red Rock
As interest in the conservation area grows, officials balance challenges, preservation and plans for the future
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Red Rock Canyon is no longer a well-kept secret among hardcore climbers. Since the Great Recession, the conservation area has reported an uptick in visitors year over year, with attendance in 2018 reaching an all-time high of 3 million people ...
As Las Vegas concedes on marijuana lounges, dispensaries play waiting game
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
In response to the passage of Assembly Bill 533 in June, Las Vegas has officially put on hold the process to open marijuana consumption lounges. Las Vegas would have ...
Las Vegas cyclists feel growth — and growing pains — as region becomes more bike friendly
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Car culture, funding restrictions on cycling infrastructure, and the sprawling nature of the valley have historically created challenges for ...
Diverse new members sworn in to Las Vegas City Council
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The Las Vegas City Council is fully staffed and women-majority. The body welcomed its first two Latina council members and its first openly gay council member at ...
Housing Authority director proposes redeveloping former Moulin Rouge site
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
The Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority is one of several entities that could purchase the former Moulin Rouge hotel, in an effort to revitalize the Las Vegas Westside neighborhood and generate income for current and future public housing projects.
Las Vegas City Council to get three new members, a first in 78 years
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
The historic shakeup to the body makes it an exciting time to be on the City Council. All new council members go through an onboarding process, when they will get up to speed ...
Southern Nevada planning coalition delays vote to change structure or disband
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
At least four members of the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition want the entity to disband completely, and at least four want it to continue operating in some capacity. Unable to reach a consensus on the board’s purpose and future ...
New local election law shifts term lengths, cuts costs for Southern Nevada cities
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
A new state law requires that all Nevada municipalities, during even-numbered years beginning in 2022, conduct elections corresponding with ...
School administrators’ union alleges school board, superintendent violated open meeting law
Friday, June 21, 2019
A suit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court on behalf of the union that represents the deans alleges that the school board and Jara violated the ...
Las Vegas' Fiore seeks to nix golf course ordinance when new councilors join body
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore is seeking to repeal an ordinance adopted by the council last year that requires developers to author impact studies and hold neighborhood meetings prior to repurposing golf courses and open spaces ...
Outgoing Las Vegas council members Tarkanian, Coffin recognized for service
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The city of Las Vegas said goodbye to two longtime elected officials at today's city council meeting. Two-term Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin and three-term Ward 1 Councilwoman ...
Uncertainty looms for gutted Clark County school deans
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
When Clark County Schools Superintendent Jesus Jara announced last week the decision to eliminate school deans in order to cut costs, he assured none would be out of a job: All 170 deans would be ...
Renovations underway at Scotty’s Castle, the bizarre and beautiful mansion in Death Valley
Friday, June 14, 2019
Imagine driving through the desert, passing endless mountains, sagebrush, cactuses and Joshua trees. The sun is beating down, and you haven’t seen a sign of human life for miles, other than the occasional gas station. Out of nowhere, you spot something in the distance ...
Knudsen, Diaz and Seaman win races, reshaping the Las Vegas City Council
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Voters in Las Vegas elected three new representatives to the Las Vegas City Council on Tuesday in one of the biggest shakeups to the body in at least a decade. Former city employee Brian Knudsen was elected to ...
Taxes and fees: Where marijuana money is going in Nevada
Monday, June 10, 2019
Weeks before the end of the Nevada legislative session, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced plans to use revenue generated from the state’s marijuana excise sales tax to ...
How do we plan and design for Las Vegas' rapidly warming climate?
Friday, June 7, 2019
Temperatures have risen in almost every city in the United States since 1970, but no metropolitan area is heating up as quickly as Las Vegas. That’s according to a report released in April by ...
Las Vegas Ward 3 attack ads funded by Badlands developer
Thursday, June 6, 2019
The company denies harboring any ill-will toward Olivia Diaz, saying it sent money to the political action committee believing it would go toward efforts to recall Badlands critic and former Ward 2 city councilman Steve Seroka ...
Cash bail, contraceptive measures among those that failed in Nevada legislative session
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Here’s a look at some of the measures that didn’t pass prior to the legislative deadline on Monday at the Nevada Legislature ...
Despite possible pay raises, Clark County teachers union says strike still on
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Following the end of the Nevada legislative session late Monday night, the Clark County Education Association announced that its proposed CCSD teacher strike is still on.
In crowded Ward 2 council race, most keep quiet on Badlands battle
Sunday, June 2, 2019
A debate over the redevelopment of a closed golf course in one of the Valley’s wealthiest neighborhoods was the defining issue in the 2017 Las Vegas City Council race in Ward 2.

Conservation groups find unsafe lead levels in recreational Lovell Canyon
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Lead concentrations more than 30 times above safe levels have been identified in the soil of some portions of Lovell Canyon, a hiking and recreational area in the Spring Mountains west of Red Rock Canyon ...

Clark County teachers affirm strike commitment if funding falls short
Friday, May 31, 2019
The association is demanding that state lawmakers allocate more funding to Clark County schools to increase resources, reduce class sizes and raise teacher salaries, as promised by Gov. Steve Sisolak ...
Parkland survivor-activists Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg are trying to stem the gun-violence tide
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Hogg and Gonzalez will be at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas to speak at Emerge, an interdisciplinary festival that combines art, social justice and music.
Ward 1 candidates bring local government experience to council race
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Short-term rentals emerged in recent years as one of the biggest issues impacting Ward 1, the central-southern portion of Las Vegas ...