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Organizers believe Nevada Native turnout was historic, despite gaps in exit poll data

November 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
Tribal leaders moved into the 2020 general election campaign season with the same goal held by other organizers — to achieve high voter turnout and elevate the voices and concerns of their fellow community members.

Tribal leaders spearhead mobilization efforts for untapped Native voters dealing with 'tyranny of distance'

November 3rd, 2020 - 2:00am
While campaign season during a presidential election year is typically loud and full of energy in urban areas of the state — voter registration drives and events, local candidate forums, national candidate rallies, canvassing and phone banking — eligible Native voters living on reservations in rural Nevada hear crickets.

Black voters weigh in on candidates’ outreach, Black Lives Matter movement on eve of election

November 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Historically the nation's largest racial minority group of eligible voters, Black voters are expected to make up the third largest share of the electorate after being surpassed by Hispanic voters. They have had the second highest rates of voter turnout among all racial and ethnic groups and have been a strong and consistent voting bloc for the Democratic Party.

Facing higher death tolls, Latinos dedicate this Día de los Muertos to the COVID-19 pandemic

November 1st, 2020 - 2:00am
Rossy Mueller Rosales, a longtime Reno resident originally from Nicaragua, said she fondly remembers the last time she saw her older brother — the smell of carne asada and the sound of music filled her Reno backyard as they barbecued and he played the guitar on a warm and sunny May day in 2019.

Latino voters, key in winning Nevada, say they want elected officials who speak out, show up

October 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
Latino voters have become increasingly sought after by campaigns vying to capture a community that represents almost 20 percent of Nevada’s eligible voting population. Latino voters were instrumental in helping catapult Sen. Bernie Sanders to victory in the Silver State’s Democratic caucuses earlier this year and propelling a blue wave in the state’s 2018 elections.

Women of color bear the brunt of pandemic’s economic impacts, but online training and state resources aim to help

Alejandra Salas, owner of Reno Aspire Fitness, at her gym
October 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada had the fifth highest growth rate of women-owned businesses in the country in 2019. Nationally, the same year, 50 percent of female-owned businesses were owned by women of color. But with COVID-19 causing widespread shutdowns and a subsequent economic downturn, those women of color have been hit hardest, with much higher rates of joblessness than the national average. It’s prompted both public entities and private companies to take a hard look at how they can help female business owners and their employees overcome the barriers posed by the pandemic.

Attendees at Boulder City Pence event weigh in on Trump's COVID diagnosis, taxes

October 9th, 2020 - 2:00am
Trump's COVID diagnosis — which garnered mixed reactions from death wishes to "get well soon" sentiments on social media — did not affect many attendees' opinion of him. It even elevated the president in the eyes of some supporters, who praised him for working throughout the illness and argued that the experience will improve his ability to help Americans during the pandemic.

Clark County using CARES Act funds to subsidize child care for eligible families

October 7th, 2020 - 4:26pm
Clark County and the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) are offering tuition assistance of up to $100 a week for families who have experienced financial hardship during the pandemic and need child care while the school district is in full-time distance learning.

Pastors say directive allowing larger gatherings is a good step, but still far from their in-person ideal

October 4th, 2020 - 2:00am
Churches that hold 2,500 people or less are allowed to convene 250 people or 50 percent of their capacity, whichever is less — a setup that means many churches are still well under the attendance levels they normally have.

Bill extends pandemic-driven flexibility for SNAP benefits for another year

October 2nd, 2020 - 10:04am
A bill signed into law this week allows the state to extend — for as long as a year at a time — waivers that make it easier for Nevadans to access additional food benefits.

Washoe County joins Clark in providing free meals for all children through the end of the year

September 30th, 2020 - 2:00am
The two largest school districts in Nevada are providing free meals to all children as of Tuesday, regardless of enrollment or eligibility for the free and reduced price meals program, and parents who have already paid will be getting that money back.

Undocumented Nevadans make the most of a $300 grant in absence of federal and state aid

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.

New report indicates undocumented Nevadans struggle to access resources or support amid pandemic; advocate says they 'suffered in silence'

Woman makes a speech at a protest
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.

With just over a week of counting left, local leaders make a final push to increase responses to the U.S. census

September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
More than half of the state’s counties have not hit response rates from 2010 with just over a week remaining to complete those counts. Local leaders across the state have been implementing programs that help them engage in the community in order to encourage participation in the census and educate residents about what the purpose of the census is.

Bar owners relieved as final closure orders lift, but fear more shake ups

September 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
In recent weeks, health officials throughout the state and country have posited that bar reopenings might increase the number of coronavirus cases, but bar owners remain optimistic about the public’s ability to follow guidelines and argue that allowing restaurants and casinos to remain open while singling out bars for closure is inconsistent and hypocritical.

Trump rally-goers on why they took risk to attend Nevada campaign events, favor president amid pandemic

September 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
Cars and trucks plastered with Make America Great Again stickers and proudly flying American flags filled dirt lots in both Northern and Southern Nevada, overflowing into surrounding neighborhoods and even parking along highways and streets. From the parking lots, the campaign shuttled rally-goers to the venues where they heard from leaders of the Nevada Republican Party and, eventually, the president himself.

Southern Nevada food bank’s new facility could help serve thousands more hungry seniors

September 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
The region’s primary food bank cut the ribbon Thursday on a new east campus site located in North Las Vegas. In addition to housing the organization’s call center and government affairs department, the site’s 14,000 square foot warehouse will allow the organization to expand programs that are facing growing demand, including senior hunger programs that will now have the capacity to serve up to 20,000 older adults in Southern Nevada.

Nevada faces a 'care gap' as demand for personal care aides outpaces growth of the workforce, pay remains low

September 9th, 2020 - 2:00am
Personal care aides for older Nevadans and people with disabilities are in higher demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new report warns of a possible “care gap” if wages below the cost of living and limited benefits prevent the workforce from expanding to meet the need.

Rural library reckons with racial tensions

September 6th, 2020 - 2:00am
The library director's proposed diversity statement launched the library into a controversy highlighting the tension that exists when a library's role as an inclusive marketplace of ideas clashes with members of the community that funds it.

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