Construction of the Hoover Dam nearly 100 years ago was marred by racism and inequality. Now, Black Southern Nevada leaders see progress - and stagnation.
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Complaints about Clark County school environments led to emotional testimonies from parents and former educators who voiced concerns about pupil treatment, a lack of protection from youth violence — particularly in “Black and brown communities” — and too much or too little discipline.
The event is the second community listening session of the Nevada Democracy Project — an initiative focused on civic engagement and community conversations, produced by The Nevada Independent in partnership with Vegas PBS — that is focused on youth issues and election questions.
“Quite often … they get human trafficking, sex trafficking, child trafficking, they get all those different things convoluted,” Brittany Andrews said. “There are very distinctly different groups that are going on, with all those different words, lexicon that's being used.”
The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that out of a study of 51,500 people released from federal prisons in 2010, a third remained jobless for the first four years post-release and, at any given time, the group’s employment did not exceed 40 percent.
On Friday, Sherman Frederick, the founder of Battle Born Media — which now publishes three rural newspapers — told The Nevada Independent he has made a “verbal deal” to transfer ownership of The Ely Times and The Eureka Sentinel to Nevada Central Media.
The 42nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Las Vegas, held Monday, carried on a tradition that started in 1983. Along with parades in other cities, it comes under the auspices of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta.
“People say civil rights leader but actually he was a human rights leader,” Wendell P. Williams said. “Dr. King made an impact throughout the world because … he dealt with the human being, promoting the human reality of people.”
Peppermill properties are unmistakable and iconic. They bear the fingerprints of Bill Paganetti, who died Dec. 29 at age 85 after a brief illness. Competitors and friends say his meticulous attention to detail and deep connection to his family have helped shape communities across the state where he did business.
“They used to say that they were going to open the street back up,” Ernesten Cooks said in an interview with Vegas PBS and The Nevada Independent. “We'd always say, ‘Well how can you open the street with all these old buildings?’ But I've lived long enough to see that they did open it.”
Members of Literarte get together weekly and have created a support system for writers to gain confidence in their work and be recognized — especially for those whose professions are outside of creative writing.
Fukhar Sultani is one of more than 20 participants in the Northern Nevada International Center’s refugee mentorship program. Aaron Laden created the program to emulate the church youth groups he attended when he was a teenager.
Nurses and hospital staff organized the ceremony inside the hospital’s Healing Garden that featured holiday-themed decorations, cheerful music and flameless candles. Families gathered to place memorial ornaments with the names of their beloved children and the death year or current year on tall Christmas trees in the garden. Two ornaments were dated back to 1964 and 1973.
Students and faculty interviewed by The Nevada Independent on Thursday said that the shooting was an all-too-familiar tragedy, but one that stirred their pride in a rapid and expansive community response.