Year: 2020

As Covid cases surge and push for compassionate release intensifies, prisons turn to foggers

BY: - December 18, 2020

Two minutes. That was all the time each member of Return Strong, an organization that helps family members of incarcerated individuals, had to read letters from those incarcerated during public comment at Thursday’s Nevada COVID Mitigation and Management Task Force meeting. “I am a nonviolent felon here on drug charges due to my own abuse,” […]

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What is a modRNA vaccine?

BY: - December 18, 2020

The first COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for emergency distribution, yet only 58% of Americans are willing to take it. It’s like racing to build Apollo 11, but Neil Armstrong refused to get on board. Who doesn’t want to go to space? This is where the scientist in me gets giddy, because with a little […]

Biden makes it official, picks Haaland for Interior

BY: - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his presidential transition team said Thursday night. The selections were announced as part of the incoming Biden […]

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Legal Aid issues FAQs sheet on new eviction moratorium

BY: - December 17, 2020

To avoid confusion around the new eviction moratorium, which went into effect Tuesday, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is trying to inform tenants about qualifying for the protections. Thursday, the nonprofit issued a fact sheet of answers to  frequently asked questions which is reproduced below:   How does Nevada’s new eviction ban impact […]

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Mass evictions: The difference between the next Great Depression or the next recovery

BY: and - December 17, 2020

For months the most vulnerable families in Nevada have been going to bed anxious and waking up scared. Millions of Americans are unemployed, running out of savings, and are at risk of being evicted in the next few weeks. If something isn’t done soon it’s about to get much worse for working families. On December […]

Haaland would be nation’s first Native American Cabinet secretary

BY: - December 17, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is considering U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, a choice that would put the nation’s first Native American Cabinet secretary in charge of the department that oversees most federal-tribal relations. An individual close to Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat first elected to the House in 2018, said Wednesday […]

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Congress close to relief deal including direct payments, added unemployment benefits

BY: - December 16, 2020

A coronavirus relief deal appeared within reach late Wednesday following months of stalemate in Congress, potentially providing much-needed help to Americans facing expiring unemployment benefits and states distributing the new COVID-19 vaccine. A final deal also may include another round of direct payments, with Sen. John Thune, (R-S.D.), suggesting to reporters that those checks would […]

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Nevada, Colorado make progress on energy efficiency

BY: - December 16, 2020

The southwestern United States continues to lag behind other regions in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change, but Nevada and Colorado are among the states making the most progress, a new report from a national energy-efficiency group found. Nevada ranked 21st among all states on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient […]

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New eviction moratorium isn’t automatic, requires tenant action

BY: - December 16, 2020

Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued a new directive preventing most residential evictions, but the order isn’t automatic, requires tenants to submit a declaration to their landlords and landlords can still attempt to evict tenants through court proceedings.  During a press briefing Tuesday, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada gave the new moratorium, which went […]

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Clark County researching end run around Justice Court

BY: - December 15, 2020

Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom says it’s time to demand some accountability from Las Vegas Justice Court and Southern Nevada landlords. Segerblom wants the county to figure out what legal authority it has, aside from Gov. Steve Sisolak’s moratorium, to stop evictions during the pandemic.  “Even though Justice Court is something we fund, they apparently […]

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Are NV workers worth as much as AZ workers? Asking for NV Democrats.

BY: - December 15, 2020

On New Year’s Day, the minimum wage will rise above — in some cases considerably above — $12 an hour in some Western states. Nevada is not one of them. Some workers in those states will see wages rise even higher than their state-established rates, because unlike Nevada, city and county governments in those states […]

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Sign of the times: Clark County, resort industry squabble over room tax 

BY: - December 15, 2020

It’s not a lot of money, relatively speaking – roughly $9 million – barely 1 percent of the revenue generated annually by room tax in Clark County. But with Nevada’s tourism-based economy suffering the devastation of COVID, perhaps more acutely than any other state, the tax revenue lost to free and discounted rooms is exposing […]