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Ric Anderson

Editorial Page Editor

As a reporter for 20-plus years, Ric covered beats ranging from police and courts to major-college sports. He came to Greenspun Media Group from Kansas in 2011, first serving as the business editor and then managing editor before taking over editorial and advocacy operations for the Las Vegas Sun and The Sunday. He is a runner and a motorcyclist.

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Renewable energy critical for national security, panelists say
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
In a war zone, solar panels or wind turbines might not sound like critical needs. But when Marine Lt. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer was fighting in Iraq in 2006, he realized that renewable energy sources were a life-and-death priority. ...
Moniz: U.S. needs ‘consent-based process’ for nuclear waste storage
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
A consent-based process is needed when it comes to disposing of the country’s spent nuclear fuel, says former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz, who served under the Obama administration and was part of ...
Quigley: Las Vegas poised to become leader in transportation innovation
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
When Audi went looking for a city where it could test technology allowing its cars to communicate with street lights, it took one call to get the test started in Las Vegas.
Launching in Los Angeles would have required ...
What went right: Breaking down key points of Las Vegas’ crisis response
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
During and after the shooting Oct. 1, the crisis was managed quickly and effectively, minimizing the loss of life. Here are snapshots of what went right. Stephen Paddock’s attack lasted roughly 10 agonizing minutes, killing 58 people and leaving almost 500 injured, some critically. But officials said it could have gone on longer if not for a quick response by Metro Police. The complexities involved in ...
‘It was just mass, mass blood everywhere’: Survivors recount Las Vegas attack
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
As survivors filtered away from the site of Sunday evening’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, they described a scene of horror and heroism — people crumpling to the ground after being shot, running in terror, some ...
Q+A: How do Americans feel about taxes? Author's take may surprise you
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Vanessa Williamson has asked a lot of Americans about how they feel about taxes, and she says they initially respond like kids who are asked how they feel about vegetables. “They say, ‘Oh, Americans hate taxes,’” said the Brookings Institution fellow. But get beyond the reflexive response, and ...
Q+A: Brookings scholar discusses Trump, Russia and the truth
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Can the U.S. survive disinformation campaigns that are being used to fuel distrust and division between Americans? Jonathan Rauch, a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, will take on that question during ...
WGU Nevada chancellor sees workforce needs driving evolution of higher ed
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
Roughly 20 million Americans are enrolled in college courses this year. That may sound like a lot, but not to Spencer Stewart. “That number needs to double,” said Stewart, the chancellor of WGU Nevada, “and it should have doubled yesterday.”
Have a comment about light rail? Driverless cars? RTC would like to hear it
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Regional Transportation Commission is asking local residents for their input in developing a long-term plan to improve mass transit in Southern Nevada. Kicking off what ...
Las Vegas immigration activist: 'We're going to keep pushing forward'
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
As President Donald Trump weighs the fate of DACA, Las Vegas immigration activist Erika Castro is among hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who face an uncertain future. But she's not backing down in protecting immigrant families. "We're not going to lie here and take it, we need to ..."
Analysis: So, is Las Vegas a sanctuary city or not?
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance in Las Vegas this morning yielded no clarity on whether the federal government would continue to classify Las Vegas as a ...
County pursues new strategies for squatter problem
Violators of vacant homes may face faster response and more effective fining system
Monday, June 26, 2017
Chris Giunchigliani’s history with squatters goes back five years, when she confronted one who was illegally occupying a home near a friend of hers in the ...
Teachers union leader discusses ESAs, improving at-risk schools and more
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Ruben Murillo, president of the Nevada State Education Association, described the 2017 Nevada legislative session as a triumph for the state's public schools. Days after the session ended ...
Analysts: U.S. economy will post 'slow, steady' growth
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The U.S. economy will continue to post steady growth well into 2018, said two analysts this morning in Las Vegas. But how robustly the economy grows will hinge partly on a major wild card: Whether ...
Gearhead heaven: Las Vegas motorcycle auction offers 600-plus bikes
Friday, June 2, 2017
Motorcycle enthusiasts can have their pick of more than 600 bikes from as far back as the early 1900s beginning today at the Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Among the rare machines that will go on the block are dirt bikes owned by the late actor Steve McQueen, a sidecar-equipped 1937 Harley Davidson and ...
Horsepower never goes out of style: Auction is a love letter to old-school motorcycles
Sunday, May 28, 2017
More than 300 bikes will be on the block, including some of the fastest machines of their time and putt-putters that ran on lawn mower engines.
Frustration and fear: What it's like to live near a Las Vegas squatter house
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Squatter homes speckle the Las Vegas Valley like a rash, but few stick out as badly as this one. It’s a white rancher in an older neighborhood, surrounded by properties with such features as water gardens, yard sculptures, mature shade trees and lush expanses of grass. The ranch home's grass, by contrast, has been scalped and scorched to a dark khaki color and ...
Is Las Vegas building a new bubble? Analyst gives his take
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Don’t worry, Las Vegas isn’t racing toward another economic cliff. So said analyst Jeremy Aguero this morning to business, community and government leaders at ...
Architect bucks norm, calls Las Vegas a global pioneer in design
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Las Vegas has taken a beating from the architecture establishment over the years, with critics characterizing the city’s resorts and casinos as a carnival of flash-over-substance designs — derivative, tacky and disposable. ...
Las Vegas an architectural wasteland? No way, says author of new book
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Las Vegas has taken a beating from the architecture establishment over the years, with critics characterizing the city’s resorts and casinos as a carnival of ...
U.S.-Cuba ties could be boon for Las Vegas
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Las Vegas and Cuba are linked in history by gambling and organized crime, and for a while it seemed possible they could reconnect in an entirely above-board way. ...
UNLV president discusses recent accolades, the medical school’s progress and sports teams’ future
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Approaching the midpoint of his five-year contract, UNLV President Len Jessup says he feels like he’s witnessing a renaissance. “It’s amazing all that’s happened just in the past two or three years,” he said. ...
Q+A: Expert not expecting Trump to crack down on legal marijuana
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Supporters of Nevada’s marijuana industry have been watching Jeff Sessions with wary, worried eyes. An expert from the Brookings Institution says that although Sessions has ...
Are penalties stiff enough for teen drivers using cellphones?
Friday, March 10, 2017
Faced with an increase in traffic fatalities involving distracted teen drivers in Nevada, a group of state lawmakers is seeking to broaden and strengthen a law barring young motorists from ...
Q+A: Activist discusses poll supporting tighter laws on trapping
Friday, March 10, 2017
Ten years ago, Trish Swain was walking with a fellow member of the Sierra Club when her friend mentioned that her dog had recently become caught in a trap designed to catch fur-bearing animals. Not long after ...
Amped up: 10 reasons Nevada should mandate more solar energy
Thursday, March 9, 2017
On Wednesday, Nevada lawmakers got an extensive look at a bold proposal to require utility companies in the state to draw 80 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2050. During a hearing, there were so many supporters, in fact, that some had to be cut short ...
Bill takes aim at notarios — fake lawyers who target immigrants
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
She was not an attorney, but she presented herself as one to immigrants who came to her seeking a way to stay in the U.S. legally. Her common approach was to ...
Nevada Democrats, Trump going in completely different directions
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
But those leaders were as far apart philosophically as they were geographically. In Washington, D.C., congressional lawmakers were unveiling their proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. Here in Carson City ...
As squatting problem grows in Las Vegas, lawmaker offers solution
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
For authorities, removing squatters isn’t as easy as telling them to get out. In many cases, people living in homes without authorization present officers with fake leases that ...
Planned Parenthood funding feud coming to a head
Monday, March 6, 2017
The public has long been split on whether to spend tax dollars to support the organization.
Former U.S. commander: Changing conditions key to battling Islamic State
Retired general to lecture tonight at UNLV about America’s ‘New 100 Years War’
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The leading factor behind the rise of the Islamic State and other Salafi Jihadi terrorist organizations isn’t religious radicalism, retired four-star Marine Gen. John Allen contends. It’s desperation and hopelessness — the kind so profound that …
Statistics: Las Vegas rich with dancers and dealers, but needs teachers and engineers
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Las Vegas has 1,960 percent more dancers than the average community, but 22 percent fewer elementary school teachers. That's one of the findings of a recent analysis of ...
Extending a branch to a much-maligned Las Vegas Valley staple
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
It doesn’t need much water, offers an abundance of shade and boasts two-toned leaves that create a shimmering effect when blown by the breeze on a sunny day. No wonder that when Las Vegas homeowners went wild over the plant. The problem was, they went a little too wild.
From watchdog to turtle: Democrats pounding Heller on Mnuchin
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Sen. Dean Heller may have snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory in his handling of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s confirmation. Heller got off to a strong start, pressing the former CEO of mortgage lender OneWest Bank about ...
The 2017 Nevada Legislature: Fault lines and big ideas
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Think government, and you’re likely to picture whatever drama is unfolding today in Washington, D.C. But closer to home, in Carson City, lawmakers are deciding issues that will affect Nevadans more directly than much of what’s coming from the nation’s capital — such as the quality of schools, the growth of the Southern Nevada economy and access to public lands. The 2017 session of the Nevada Legislature began ...
Solutions to big societal issues could be shaped by local leaders
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017
To prepare students to face more complex challenges, UNLV's Urban Leadership Program offers coursework to strengthen leadership skills and includes a requirement for students to establish and participate in a group civic engagement project ...
Game over? State exec tries to offer hope on Raiders' move to Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
A little good news on Las Vegas’ proposed NFL stadium would have gone a long for way for Steve Hill as he stood before 420 Las Vegas business professionals and community leaders on Wednesday. But Hill, the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, essentially had nothing. And that says about everything you need to know about ...
Raiders haven’t given up on Las Vegas, state official says
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
The Oakland Raiders haven’t given up on Las Vegas, despite announcements this week that Sheldon Adelson and Goldman Sachs had abandoned a project to build a stadium for the team, the head of the state’s economic development organization said today. “They are confident they can secure the funding necessary to ...
Confident, or in denial? NLV mayor says Faraday plant 'will be built'
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
After watching a stylized video about Faraday Future during his State of the City address, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee made a joke at the expense of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. It went something like this: Congratulations on that new Chick-fil-A, Andy. Hafen didn’t crack back — or if he did, it wasn’t loud enough to make it to the back of the room — but he easily could have by ...
Analyst: Las Vegas businesses should make Plan B for possible trade wars
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
Las Vegas business operators and investors have reason to be optimistic about the local economy as President Donald Trump begins carrying out his economic plan. But they also would be wise to watch Trump carefully on trade matters and should start making a contingency plan to deal with ...
Q+A: Gun background checks, minimum-wage increase among Dems' priorities
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
If Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and his Democratic Party colleagues have their way, the upcoming legislative session will end with an increase in the state’s gun background checks ...
Union leader on future of schools under DeVos: 'Thank God I live in Nevada'
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
For teachers union boss Ruben Murillo, it’s been a week of cautious optimism and profound dismay. The dismay came as Murillo watched ...
Students find help, inspiration through program in Clark County
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
Students who receive services come to CIS on their own or through referrals from staff or their peers. The program operates in 44 schools in the Clark County School District and another 15 elsewhere in Nevada, providing aid to students facing an array of challenges — some are homeless, some struggle with poverty, some have dysfunctional home environments, some are pregnant or are teenage parents, some have multiple siblings in a single-parent home and need someone to make sure they come to school. ...
Analysis: 3 of the most intriguing moments from Sandoval’s speech
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval didn’t cut loose with a game-changing initiative Tuesday in his State of the State address like he did in 2015, but that doesn’t mean his speech was without ...
Murder rate, public transportation, mental illness among city's top challenges in '17
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
The city of Las Vegas faces a different set of challenges today than it did when Mayor Carolyn Goodman gave her first State of the City address six years ago. To name a few ...
Q+A: Legislator aims to reduce suicides, boost employment among Nevada veterans
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Chris Edwards was a Navy commander before he became a member of the Nevada Assembly, and he’s become a leading voice on veterans issues in the Legislature since being elected in 2014. Going into his third regular session, Edwards said he hoped to address the problem of suicide among veterans by ...
On Trump Cabinet picks, will Heller adopt standards that GOP demanded in 2009?
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
In February 2009, Senate Republicans sent a list of demands to Harry Reid regarding the confirmation process for President Barack Obama’s Cabinet picks. Among them: Appointees would be required to clear an FBI background check and an Office of Government Ethics review, and would ...
Larry Flynt vs. the Donald: Publisher talks civil liberties in the age of Trump
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017
Although Hustler publisher Larry Flynt failed to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, Flynt said he’d be watching the president-elect closely, especially for any attempt to restrict First Amendment freedoms. “If he wants a fight, I’m ready,” Flynt said ...
Nevada prisons chief not backing off efforts to modernize, reform
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016
When James Dzurenda would talk to his old colleagues and professional acquaintances about some of the peculiarities he’d encountered in his new job, they often ...
Q+A: ADL leader says that as Trump surged, so did hate crimes
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and director of the Anti-Defamation League, says a surge in hate crimes since the 2016 election has led to the ADL being inundated with phone calls, emails and in-person visits about verbal harassment, vandalism and physical assaults, including ...

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