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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.

CCSD lack of transparency leaves lingering questions about COVID-19 sentiment

By: - September 9, 2021

Almost twice as many Clark County School District teachers utilized sick leave Tuesday than on the same day in 2019, but whether that jump can be attributed to an advertised “call out” in protest of covid vaccine mandates isn’t clear. And how many total district employees were out Tuesday is unknown. It’s the most recent […]

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Dormant for years, mining oversight committee is getting resurrected

By: - September 7, 2021

A dormant committee originally created to ask tough questions about Nevada’s lucrative mining industry may soon be revived. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced in a press release Tuesday that “progress has been made toward completing appointments” to the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission. The seven-member commission was created by the Nevada State Legislature in 2011, but […]

Hawthorne’s only dentist wants to retire, underscoring state’s rural health shortage

By: - September 7, 2021

For almost four decades, Dr. Bruce Dow has filled cavities, pulled teeth and provided other essential dental health care in his hometown of Hawthorne, Nevada. As his wife, Michelle Dow, describes it: “real, down-to-earth dentistry.” The Dows are now looking to retire. But they are aware the dentist’s departure is likely to leave a tremendous […]

School Board greenlights road to CCSD employee vaccine mandate

By: - September 2, 2021

The Clark County School Board took a step toward mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for its approximately 42,000 employees. But don’t ask for the details. The resolution approved by the trustees 5-1 at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday after a nearly eight-hour emergency meeting gives Clark County School District and Superintendent Jesus Jara the greenlight to draft a […]

Autonomous vehicles can deliver pizzas in TX. Will they deliver jobs to NV?

By: - August 27, 2021

An autonomous vehicle company is planning to build a manufacturing facility and test track in Southern Nevada, marking one of the latest efforts by the state to diversify the economy beyond travel and tourism. Flanked by federal and state lawmakers, the Silicon Valley-based robotics company Nuro held a press event Thursday to announce its plans […]

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Vegas restaurants launch co-op to compete with food delivery services

By: - August 24, 2021

Tired of what they describe as the predatory business practices of Silicon Valley tech giants, a group of local restaurants have banded together to launch their own co-op food delivery service. It’s called LoCo Las Vegas. “This is a local solution to a local problem,” says Kristen Corral, owner of Tacotarian, who helped found the […]

Fewer families are applying for TANF, despite being eligible

By: - August 23, 2021

While most government-run safety net programs felt the strain of increased demand during the pandemic, one program designed to help the poorest families with children shrank significantly instead. The number of people using Nevada’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program has been consistently dropping over the past year. State administrators believe the drop is […]

By this time next year, you could be getting high in a pot lounge

By: - August 19, 2021

Nevada expects its first cannabis consumption lounges — and a wide array of weed-adjacent businesses — to open in “the first half” of 2022. When that happens, it will end a cannabis catch-22 that has existed since Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016. Purchasing marijuana is legal in the state but consumption is currently […]

Census data shows communities of color are the new Nevada

By: - August 16, 2021

Demographic changes in Nevada reflect larger national trends in the United States, newly released data from the Census Bureau shows. Chief among those trends is a diversifying of the population, including a surge in the number of people identifying as multiracial. Nationally, the percentage of the population that identifies as white dropped 8.6% between 2010 […]

Blockchains zone will be biggest thing in NV since legalized gambling, lobbyist says

By: - August 13, 2021

The team behind Blockchain LLC’s audacious plan to transform an undeveloped part of Storey County into a tech utopia made their first public pitch to lawmakers Thursday, saying their “innovation zone” would be the most significant driver of economic development in Nevada since the legalization of gambling. “It’s that big,” said Pete Ernaut, a partner […]

Nevada families received $143 million in child tax credit money last month

By: - August 12, 2021

More than 560,000 children in Nevada benefited from expanded child tax credit payments in July, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service. Almost $15 billion in advance child tax credit money was distributed nationwide last month. In Nevada, $143.3 million was distributed to qualified families, representing 330,000 families and 560,000 […]

RTC expands service area, launches microtransit program for locals

By: - August 9, 2021

Beginning Monday, public transit options have been extended to an additional 185,000 Southern Nevadans, in what local transportation officials are calling the region’s largest expansion in recent history. Much of the expansion restores and reconfigures routes that were cut during the pandemic last year. But changes also include two new bus routes and the introduction […]