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April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and two mutts.

Old Town

Groups respond to Bonnie Springs project in dramatically different ways

By: - January 18, 2019

The pending closure and sale of Bonnie Springs has sparked a range of reactions from the community, from calls to relocate the ranch’s most popular attractions, to pleas for somebody somewhere to please start talking about how the county handles development and growth as a whole. Save Red Rock wants to save Old Town. The group […]

worker at Opportunity Village

Advocates against subminimum wage gain traction in Reno

By: - January 11, 2019

Disability advocates in Nevada celebrated a largely symbolic victory this week as the Reno City Council unanimously passed a resolution to bar the use of subminimum wage within city contracts. The Fair Labor Standards Act allows for authorized employers to pay intellectually disabled people less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, in […]

Aerial of Bonnie Springs Ranch property

Bonnie Springs Ranch developer: No zoo, smaller motel, natural look

By: - January 9, 2019

Additional details have emerged about the future of Bonnie Springs Ranch. The developers, Joel Laub & Associates, are hoping the new details will reassure the public that their intentions are to preserve the natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon while adding residential housing that falls well within the county’s rural zoning requirements. The Current reported Monday […]

Soon to be covered by mcmansions

Developer plans to break up Bonnie Springs Ranch, build homes

By: - January 8, 2019

Documents filed with Clark County confirm rumors that the owners of Bonnie Springs Ranch are seeking to divide up the 63-acre property in order to build residential housing. On Dec. 13, land-use plans were submitted to the county. They show the 63-acre property being broken into 22 different parcels. The largest would be an 8.5-acre […]

Naft and Titus

Sisolak appoints Titus staffer to Clark County Commission

By: - January 8, 2019

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday appointed Michael Naft as his successor on the Clark County Commission. Naft is currently the district director for Rep. Dina Titus. Naft will represent District A for the remainder of the current term. Sisolak represented the district from 2009 until last month; he served as chairman from 2013 through 2018. […]

Sisolak and Ford

Gov. Sisolak’s first official act: Task force on sexual harassment

By: - January 7, 2019

Following his inauguration midday Monday, Gov. Steve Sisolak issued his first executive order: the creation of a task force focused on sexual harassment and discrimination. According to a press release, duties of the Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Law and Policy will “include a review of federal and State sexual harassment laws, […]

Chancellor Thom Reilly

NSHE chancellor brushes off north-south split as “a tired discussion”

By: - December 31, 2018

Thom Reilly knows there are many lenses a person can use to view the higher-education system here in Nevada. One brings into focus a north-south divide, in which the older research university nearest the state capitol is favored over the younger, scrappier institution located down south. The Nevada System of Higher Education chancellor flatly rejects […]

Tick Segarbloom

Red Rock guy, weed dude prepare for Clark County Commission

By: - December 27, 2018

Clark County commissioners-elect Justin Jones and Tick Segerblom are best known for their pet issues — opposing a proposed housing development near Red Rock Canyon and the statewide legalization of marijuana, respectively. But when they are sworn in Jan. 7, they will have their hands on a myriad of challenges facing the county’s more than […]

high school graduates

State charter school graduation rate lags behind CCSD, WCSD

By: - December 14, 2018

The Nevada Department of Education released graduation rates for the Class of 2018, and state-sponsored charter schools as a whole fared worse than traditional public school districts as a whole. Nevada’s overall statewide graduation rate was 83.17 percent. Clark County School District, which is by far the state’s largest district (320,000 students), had a graduation rate […]

Assemblywoman to charter school authority: We are watching you

By: - December 14, 2018

The State Public Charter School Authority continues to face serious criticism from legislators for failing to conduct evaluative site visits at the dozens of charter schools it oversees, even amid their promises to begin such visits early next year. “I’m concerned there’s not real clarity on what you are supposed to be doing as a […]

UNLV Medicine

Professors, donors make case for reining in NSHE

By: - December 12, 2018

The Nevada System of Higher Education only cares about itself — and the University of Nevada, Reno. That was one of the harsh criticisms doled out by scholars and philanthropists last week during a Lincy Institute symposium on reforming higher education in Nevada. Speakers admonished NSHE for excessive administrative bloat and argued the bureaucratic office […]

PSAT exam

Charter school authority talks diversity: ‘We have to get better’

By: - December 3, 2018

Students at state-sponsored charter schools performed better on standardized testing than students within traditional school districts in all demographic categories except one: low-income students. That data point emerged Friday amid a discussion on diversity by the appointed board that authorizes the majority of the state’s charter schools. It underscores growing criticism of charter schools from […]