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Legislative gun law changes inspired by October 1 have seen middling adoption over last nine months; advocates urge patience

October 1st, 2020 - 2:00am
Public records obtained by The Nevada Independent indicate that more than 2,400 background checks on private party transactions have been conducted between the law’s effective date in January and Sept. 1. But the state Department of Public Safety — which manages the state’s background check system — only reported four issuances of “red flag” Extreme Risk Protection Orders over the last nine months.

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PHOTOS: To help with wildfire mitigation, state looks to new tactic: 300 goats

September 30th, 2020 - 12:35pm
On Tuesday, the herd of one-to-three year old Spanish goats from High Desert Graziers in rural Smith Valley began their “firefighting” work of chewing up sagebrush, bitterbrush, manzanita and cheatgrass on a 100 acre plot of private property off of Highway 50. The area, in the mountains and hills between Carson City and Lake Tahoe, is considered to be at extreme risk of wildfire.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | State Government

Sisolak lifts 50-person limit on gatherings, allowing live entertainment and large events to proceed with restrictions

September 29th, 2020 - 4:08pm
Updated September 29th, 2020 - 5:03pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak, at a press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, said the state’s decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since a peak in midsummer warranted an increase in the 50-person maximum of gatherings, which has been in place since May. The new directive will take effect at midnight on Thursday.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Two months in, strike force says it’s making progress on unemployment claim backlog, pegs hope on assist from welfare workers

September 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
Strike force director Barbara Buckley and newly minted Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) Administrator Elisa Cafferata said they’ve reliably estimated there was a backlog of about 80,000 legitimate unemployment claims when they took the reins Aug. 1. As of last week, they’d resolved 18,161 of them.

Economy & Business | State Government

State approves $20 million for small businesses after struggling to give away commercial rent assistance

September 28th, 2020 - 2:00am
Federal coronavirus relief funds must be spent by the end of the calendar year, and commercial rental help is not the only program with a relatively low disbursement rate. Less than 10 percent of the $70 million Nevada applied to tenant rental assistance has been distributed about halfway through the program’s existence.

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The Indy Explains: Question 4, enshrining voting rights in the state Constitution
Riley Snyder
September 28th, 2020 - 2:00am
If approved, it would add a list of 11 voting rights and privileges — known as the Voters’ Bill of Rights — to the state Constitution.
Families navigate complicated schedules, student frustration amid remote learning
Jackie Valley
September 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
It’s difficult to quantify how many students are moving forward academically versus existing in a holding pattern or, worse, sliding backward. But a month into the new school year, parents and students alike have discovered just how challenging it is to learn from home.
Undocumented Nevadans make the most of a $300 grant in absence of federal and state aid
Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez
September 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
Eduardo Moreno and his partner are also among the mixed immigration status families who have been excluded from federal and state aid packages meant to lessen the economic blow caused by COVID-19. Moreno is undocumented and his partner and their children are American citizens.
Coronavirus Contextualized, 23rd edition: Exploring, through data, COVID-19 in Nevada and beyond
Megan Messerly
September 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Welcome to the 23rd installment of “Coronavirus Contextualized,” a recurring feature in which we explore some of the numbers swirling around in the time of coronavirus.
Indy DC Download: House votes to avoid a government shutdown as Senate straps in for SCOTUS fight
Humberto Sanchez
September 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
Federal funds will continue to flow past the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year under legislation passed by the House last week, avoiding a government shutdown that could have hurt both parties just before the presidential election.
Indy Environment: The Nevada Supreme Court ruled against reshuffling water rights to fix environmental issues. Walker Lake advocates still see a path forward.
Daniel Rothberg
September 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
This week's Indy Environment looks at what's next in the lawsuit seeking to bring more water to Walker Lake after the Nevada Supreme Court ruled on the public trust doctrine.
Federal agency review questions whether ‘good science’ backs state-approved report that cut company’s responsibility in Anaconda mine cleanup
Daniel Rothberg
September 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Experts hired by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) expressed concerns in July that a state-approved report downplayed the groundwater pollution caused by the former Anaconda Copper Mine near Yerington, according to comments obtained by The Nevada Independent.
New report indicates undocumented Nevadans struggle to access resources or support amid pandemic; advocate says they 'suffered in silence'
Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez and Savanna Strott
September 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
A new report released Wednesday by Make the Road Nevada, an immigrant advocacy group, and The Center for Popular Democracy, a progressive organization, highlights challenges faced by communities of color, particularly the estimated 7 percent of Nevadans who are undocumented and have been excluded from federal and state relief efforts during the pandemic.
As court consider parameters of eviction mediation program, debate over how widely to open door
Michelle Rindels
September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Romero is one of the many Nevadans calling on the Nevada Supreme Court to adopt regulations that would allow tenants or landlords to request mediation when an eviction looms. A Tuesday hearing to consider the two primary proposals comes nearly two months after lawmakers authorized a mediation program as a way of preventing a sudden rush of evictions when ongoing moratoriums created in response to the pandemic are lifted.