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Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Nevada Interrupted: Open just four months before pandemic hit, Reno’s Coffee N’ Comics wants to be part of the solution

March 30th, 2020 - 2:00am
“We just opened four months ago,” Farside said about the business, which is a coffee shop by day and a bar by night. “We're not Apple. We don't have $500 billion in cash that we're sitting on. We're just two guys who have a coffee shop. And, unfortunately, at UNR they didn't have a class in the business section that said how to open a store during a pandemic.”

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Coronavirus | Real Estate | State Government

Sisolak announces statewide moratorium on residential, commercial evictions during COVID-19 crisis

March 29th, 2020 - 4:18pm
The announcement, which came in a press conference on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, comes after a coalition of legal aid providers and other advocacy groups called on elected officials to issue a statewide moratorium on evictions. Prior to the announcement, a patchwork of orders from some 40 courts in the state led to confusion about who was eligible for what, if any, relief or postponement of an eviction.




Coronavirus | Real Estate | State Government

State’s ‘piecemeal’ approach to evictions during pandemic worries tenants and landlords alike

More than 20 organizations signed on to a letter last week calling on Sisolak to issue a statewide moratorium on evictions to provide peace of mind to renters, who comprise 45 percent of Nevada households, and replace a confusing patchwork of orders from individual local courts offering varied levels of relief to tenants.


Coronavirus | State Government

Indy Q&A: Sisolak weighs in on private sector donations, plans for makeshift hospitals, stopping evictions and releasing prisoners

March 27th, 2020 - 4:38pm
Sisolak did not make commitments on requests lodged this week that he release prisoners earlier or enact a moratorium on evictions. He did say he has consulted with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to explore how hotels, dorms and warehouses could be repurposed as hospitals if circumstances became dire.


Coronavirus | Criminal Justice

ACLU asks governor for sweeping action to release inmates, curb spread of COVID-19

March 27th, 2020 - 12:25pm
The organization and several partner organizations signed on to the missive dated Thursday — the same day that the Nevada Department of Corrections announced its first case of COVID-19, in a staff member at High Desert State Prison north of Las Vegas. Sisolak has not committed to mass inmate releases but his office said Thursday that “all options that could help prevent the spread and keep people safe are on the table.”

Criminal Justice | Education

Hardesty seeks top higher education role, asks for legal clarity on whether a judge can take position

March 27th, 2020 - 10:24am
Although applicants for the chancellor position are still considered confidential at this point, Hardesty’s application for the position became public in motions filed by his attorney and attorneys for the higher education system last week seeking an expedited ruling on whether or not a constitutional prohibition on sitting justices taking another office during their term.

Coronavirus | Criminal Justice

Fears of coronavirus in prisons grow as Nevada confirms first COVID-19 case behind bars

March 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
Those concerns gained new urgency on Thursday, when the Nevada Department of Corrections announced its first case of COVID-19 — a staff member at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs had tested positive and is now self-quarantined at home. The prison, which is the largest in the state and can hold nearly 4,200 male inmates, said it had responded by isolating inmates in their cells, observing inmates and staff for symptoms and sanitizing surfaces with a 10 percent bleach solution.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Car dealerships considered ‘essential’ and can operate during business shutdown

March 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
A spokeswoman for Nevada Health Response — the state’s centralized agency for tracking and responding to COVID-19 — confirmed to The Nevada Independent on Thursday that car dealerships can continue operating during the business shutdown, even though they are not explicitly mentioned in emergency regulations outlining the types of businesses allowed to continue operations.



Environment

Indy Environment: Parks close to contain coronavirus, solar industry braces for setback

March 26th, 2020 - 8:00am
This week's Indy Environment looks at recreation areas closing as the state puts measures in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The newsletter also looks at a letter state regulators sent to the company responsible for the Anaconda Copper Mine and projections that the solar industry might see job losses in the wake of the pandemic.

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