the nevada independent logo
Election 2020 | Local Government

Election Preview: Democrats largely lead in funding for seats on the state’s most powerful board

October 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
Updated October 14th, 2020 - 12:05pm
Ten candidates are entering the final weeks of their campaigns for the Clark County Commission, campaigns begun months before COVID-19 was on their radar. Democrats are dramatically outpacing their challengers in funding for three of these spots while a fourth is host to a high-dollar contest between two high profile politicians.


Local Government

Las Vegas takes heat for putting vast majority of CARES Act funding to city payroll costs, not aid to residents

October 9th, 2020 - 6:08pm
Other cities had a vastly different makeup, with North Las Vegas putting 83 percent of its allotment to residents and businesses and just 17 percent to city operational expenses. None of the three largest cities behind Las Vegas put nearly as much toward payroll; next highest was Henderson, which reported about 27 percent to that line item.






Election 2020 | Local Government

Election Preview: Real estate agent J.D. Drakulich, incumbent Jenny Brekhus vie for Ward 1 post on Reno City Council

October 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
J.D. Drakulich, a real estate agent, is squaring off against incumbent Jenny Brekhus. Drakulich and Brekhus advanced to the general election after defeating Britton Griffith, vice president of Reno Engineering Corporation, her family’s development firm, during the June primary, which determines the two candidates running in the November election.


Election 2020 | Local Government

Election Preview: Sparks City Council candidates fight to show they know community the best, look to address infrastructure, housing

October 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Incumbents Donald Abbott in Ward 1 and Paul Anderson in Ward 3 have had a considerable lead in cash on hand since the cycle started and point to their primary wins as a sign of support from voters. Meanwhile, challengers Wendy Stolyarov in Ward 1 and Quentin Smith in Ward 3 have characterized the incumbents as disconnected from their respective wards and argue that they would be better representatives on the council.

Community | Local Government

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.




Elections | Local Government | State Government

AUDIO STORY: Breaking down Assembly Bill 4 and how vote by mail will work come November

AB4 was signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak during the second special session of 2020. The bill aims to continue the process of holding a primarily mail-in election come November, this time by mailing ballots to all active registered voters and providing more polling locations in the two urban counties than existed in June for the primary election.

Local Government | State Government

Sisolak allows bars in three rural counties to reopen; more ‘surgically’ focused COVID-19 control plan coming next week

July 27th, 2020 - 5:16pm
Updated July 27th, 2020 - 6:52pm
At a press conference Monday evening in Carson City, the governor said the following counties — Clark, Washoe, Elko and Nye — would continue to have their bars and pubs closed for the foreseeable future, while those in rural Lander, Lyon and Humboldt counties would be allowed to re-open. The directive is effective immediately.




Community | Coronavirus | Local Government

How we dealt with a pandemic – a century ago

June 29th, 2020 - 2:05am
When the city’s two newspapers went on sale Saturday morning, November 9, the Las Vegas Age told its readers: “The influenza situation has become more serious during the week. Twelve deaths have occurred since last week’s report and three cases are reported in a critical condition this morning.”

correct us
ideas & story tips