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Local leaders call on the Biden administration to protect the Ruby Mountains and places like it

June 15th, 2021 - 2:05am
The Ruby Mountains are a centerpiece of Nevada’s public lands. Whether it’s hiking to alpine lakes and glacial cirques, angling for brook and rainbow trout, or snowshoeing through a powdery byway, there is an outdoor adventure for everyone waiting in the Rubies.

How will Nevada voices be elevated to prioritize America Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund spending?

June 15th, 2021 - 2:00am
Educators, students, and families are living in an unprecedented moment in our history to inform and influence the Nevada State Department of Education (NDE), school districts, and schools to dramatically improve our education ecosystem.

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It’s not a worker shortage, it’s a worker renaissance in a post-pandemic economy

June 14th, 2021 - 2:05am
Headlines continue to call attention to a shortage of workers in the leisure and hospitality sector here and around the country. Workers are supposedly staying at home and avoiding work given federal unemployment insurance benefits — or so the story goes.

Nevada Recovery Dashboard

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.

Short-term aid calls for long term solutions

June 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
After a challenging year for public schools and the end of the most recent legislative session, it finally looks like brighter days are ahead.


Thinking critically about critical race theory

June 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
I’m not going to pretend I know what critical race theory is. Refusing to do so, however, apparently puts me ahead of a lot of Nevadans.

Tune out the politics and turn on playoff hockey

June 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
The world would be a much better place if we invested ourselves a little more in playoff hockey, and a little less in partisan politics.


The next sheriff

June 11th, 2021 - 2:05am
The prospect of a new sheriff is often met with bated breath by the various stakeholders of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). At all levels, whether officers, civilian staff, employee unions, policymakers, police reform advocates or residents, it comes down to one of two questions: Will it be business as usual, or will the new sheriff shake things up?

Time for full transparency

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
June 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Legislature is not required to comply with the state’s open meeting law. I wonder how many people are taken aback by this statement and how many think it is not a good idea.

Old Nevada meets new Nevada

The Nevada State Capitol in Carson City
June 10th, 2021 - 6:05am
No state has aged quite like Nevada. Decades of often nation-leading growth have brought millions of new people from all over the country and the world seeking opportunities they can’t find elsewhere. And yet, despite rapid and radical changes in population and demographics, much of what made Nevada Nevada has stayed the same.

Investing in clean energy for good jobs and a stronger recovery

An array of solar panels at the Copper Mountain Solar 3 facility
June 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
The United States is undergoing a clean energy revolution. We are overhauling the electric grid, making it more efficient and secure and tapping our rich supply of low-cost, carbon-free domestic energy resources. All of that is good news for Nevada.

We must end immigration detention

CoreCivic ICE Detention Center
June 9th, 2021 - 2:05am
This week marks my last at the UNLV Immigration Clinic. For the last two years, my job has been to represent (mostly) children who the United States government is determined to deport.

Investments matter to Nevada students

June 9th, 2021 - 2:00am
What sounds like common sense at first blush can quickly turn into a can of worms upon further investigation.

Surprise! Chairman McDonald blames others in GOP-Proud Boys mess

June 8th, 2021 - 2:05am
After doing nothing for more than a year to distance the Nevada Republican Party from Proud Boys and militia activists at its rallies, state party chairman Michael McDonald is blaming others for noticing it.

Nevada small businesses need support, not a tax hike

June 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic brought Nevada’s tourism-based economy to its knees. Many of Nevada’s small businesses struggled to get by as pandemic-induced lockdowns kept visitors out of the state.

Another level of protection: Vaccinations for children ages 12 and up

June 8th, 2021 - 2:00am
Recently the Pfizer vaccine was authorized for children ages 12 to 15, and, at the time of this writing, Moderna is now seeking FDA emergency authorization for this age group as well. With this in mind –– and as a family physician ­–– one of the most common questions I hear from patients is why should I get my child vaccinated?

This is the way the Legislature ends

June 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
Complex legislation is barely vetted and jammed through, unintended consequences are all but guaranteed.

After state OSHA’s top officer departs, questions linger about agency

Photo of gavel on scale of justice
June 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevada Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration Chief Administrator Jess Lankford quietly left his position recently. It was a leadership role he’d held for seven years.

Some Washoe County Republicans have lost their minds

June 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
It’s easy to spend someone else’s political capital.

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