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Labor Secretary announces $4 million in federal grant money for Nevada apprenticeship programs

ByJacob Solis

Analysis: Which legislators had the most (and fewest) bills passed in the 2021 session?

June 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
Democrats controlled both houses of the Legislature during the 2021 session, and hundreds of high-profile Democratic measures sailed through the Assembly and Senate while a vast majority of Republican-backed measures failed to make much headway in the legislative process.

‘We are making history right now:’ Winnemucca women on organizing town’s first Pride parade and festival

June 22nd, 2021 - 2:00am
Shawn Dixon, a Winnemucca resident and owner of a local nail salon, said organizing a Pride parade celebrating members of the LGBTQ community in the rural Nevada town is something she’s “dreamed of for years and years,” but didn’t think she could accomplish.

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Resorts World unveiling ‘seems like an old-school Las Vegas resort opening’

June 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
The comparisons between the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas and the launch of The Mirage almost 32 years ago can’t be ignored. Like its predecessor, the $4.3 billion Resorts World ends a decade-long lull of new Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino development.

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As the state’s economy continues its recovery, The Nevada Independent will track the most important economic indicators across the state on this page, including unemployment numbers, gaming revenue and housing prices.

The Indy Explains: What's happening to categorical funding under the new K-12 financing plan?

June 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
The Pupil-Centered Funding Plan — which was created during the 2019 Legislature and is being implemented for the upcoming biennium — essentially does away with categorical grants by consolidating them and sending the money to school districts through different methods.

'We’re just somebody little:' Amid plans to mine lithium deposit, Indigenous, rural communities find themselves at the center of the energy transition

June 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
A company wants to build a mine that could bolster the domestic supply of lithium and help address climate change. But the rural communities that encircle the area have major concerns about the project and are at the center of an energy transition from climate-warming fuels, coal mining and combustible engines to solar energy, lithium mining and electric vehicles.

Indy Q&A: Speaker Jason Frierson on the new mining tax, death penalty repeal and school funding

June 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
Frierson also gave more details on the demise of efforts to repeal the death penalty this session and why the Assembly advanced the measure. He also discussed when and if a special session on federal COVID relief funding may be called, and what his potential future in public office may hold — including potentially the position of Clark County district attorney.

Indy DC Download: Congress approves Juneteenth federal holiday as House repeals 2002 Iraq war authorization

June 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
Congress voted to create a new national holiday to celebrate Juneteenth as the House voted to repeal the 2002 authorization that allowed President George W. Bush to go to war in Iraq.

Indy Explains: What happens now that traffic tickets are decriminalized?

Trooper Brian Eby traffic stop
June 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
Although there is a provision in the bill to cancel all bench warrants for minor traffic infractions in 2023, the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen (D-Las Vegas), said that people with unpaid traffic tickets should still seek to pay and clear them or risk arrest.

Resorts World extends cashless wagering to table games: ‘We’re doing things that the city has never seen’

June 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
Cashless gaming capabilities for slot machines, table games and sports betting was part of a multi-tiered technology announcement by Resorts World. “When it comes to gaming technology, we’re doing many things that the city has never seen."

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What Happened Here: A six-part series on COVID-19 in Nevada

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From the classroom to the Legislature, Reno teenager champions solutions to ‘period poverty’

Tabitha Mueller and Joey Lovato
June 18th, 2021 - 2:00am

When Samantha Glover's high school English teacher assigned her an argumentative essay on any subject of her choice, the 16-year-old never imagined the classwork would inspire her to launch a nonprofit or become the driving force behind a bill requiring Nevada’s public schools to carry menstrual products in restrooms.

Sisolak announces COVID-19 vaccine incentive program with $1 million grand prize

Sean Golonka
June 17th, 2021 - 4:10pm

The announcement of the program, called “Vax Nevada Days,” comes as the state lags behind President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4 — as of June 16, the state has at least partially vaccinated 59.4 percent of the adult population, a mark that ranks 33rd among the 50 states.

Soon-to-open Resorts World, NV Energy propose unique renewable electric service deal to state regulators

Riley Snyder
June 17th, 2021 - 2:00am

A business taking electric service from the state’s primary electricity provider may not seem like news, but Resorts World isn’t being treated like most other electric customers. Instead, NV Energy and the casino are asking utility regulators to approve a unique market-based electricity supply deal aimed at ultimately powering the property with renewable energy.

‘DACAversary:’ Dreamers re-up calls for congressional action after nine-year battle for permanent status

Jannelle Calderon and Humberto Sanchez
June 17th, 2021 - 2:00am

The House passed the American Dream and Promise Act in March, but the Senate has yet to consider the bill, in part, because 10 Senate Republicans would be needed to pass the measure with the 50-50 party split in the chamber. The House bill only got nine GOP votes.

Outdoor recreation chief: Industry needs boost for BLM, Forest Service budgets and aid for rural communities

Humberto Sanchez
June 16th, 2021 - 2:00am

Colin Robertson, head of the state’s Division of Outdoor Recreation, called for more federal funding for land management along with investment in rural communities to help better manage resources stressed by the pandemic, which drove more campers to remote areas even as jobs decreased in outdoor recreation.

Culinary Union workers celebrate the passage of ‘Right to Return’ bill with Sisolak

Chanel Pulido
June 16th, 2021 - 2:00am

Taufa described herself as being “in heaven” after she had learned that the measure passed. She said that though she only has a few years of work left, she also fought to give other people hope for the future.

Native American gaming activity in Las Vegas draws attention to North Dakota tribe’s year-old land deal

Howard Stutz
June 16th, 2021 - 2:00am

A North Dakota Indian tribe spent $12 million a year ago to acquire 8.7 acres at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. The purchase was largely ignored.

Secretary Granholm on Nevada’s role in the energy transition, lithium mining, rooftop solar

Daniel Rothberg
June 16th, 2021 - 8:00am

This week’s edition of the Indy Environment newsletter features an interview with Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who visited Las Vegas last week as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to hasten the transition to more renewable energy and to sell the American Jobs Act. Granholm discussed Nevada’s position in the energy transition.

Ford joins 22 other attorneys general in urging Supreme Court to uphold eviction moratorium

Chanel Pulido
June 15th, 2021 - 1:24pm

In their amicus brief, the attorneys general argued that the moratorium should remain in place because eliminating the ban would “irreparably harm the states,” Ford’s office said. The attorneys general added in the brief that with roughly half of U.S. adults still unvaccinated and children under the age of 12 still ineligible to receive the vaccine, removing the ban could cause cases to surge across the country.