Clara Bates

Clara Bates

Freelance correspondent Clara Bates is a former Nevada Current intern from Las Vegas and currently living in Cambridge, MA.

Funeral home’s license suspended — a rarity in an industry with lax oversight

By: - August 25, 2021

Last month, the Nevada State Funeral Board director visited a mortuary, only to encounter bodies stacked atop one another, sheeting soaked with blood, and a corpse stored outside of refrigeration, warm to the touch. The Henderson mortuary, Hites Funeral Home and Cremation Service, had been on the board’s radar for years before the gruesome discovery. […]

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Nevada ranks last in school finance; state says data lags recent increases

By: - July 19, 2021

Nevada finds itself at the bottom of another good list, ranking last in the nation for the quality of K-12 school finance, according to a recent study. Education Week, an education news nonprofit, gave Nevada a D-minus grade for overall school finance in a study released last month, which measured spending and equitability of spending […]

How despite losing multiple rulings, Station keeps fending off a Culinary contract

By: - July 14, 2021

Station Casinos, which has fought to keep the Culinary union out of its multiple Southern Nevada neighborhood properties for over a decade—one of just a few major holdouts in the Las Vegas hospitality industry—will, again, be called to court to defend their labor practices next month. Station, which was the third largest private employer in […]

New debit card sparks new worries about unemployment benefits

By: - June 30, 2021

Nevada unemployment claimants—many of whom have already faced months-long delays to receive their benefits, and struggled to reach help from an office running on ‘vintage’ software—will receive their benefits through a new bank starting Thursday, and some are wary the change could leave them behind.   Starting July 1, claimants will receive their benefits on […]

‘Right to return’ law far from a guarantee workers will get their jobs back

By: - June 25, 2021

The struggles of laid-off workers in the tourism industry aren’t ending as swiftly as they began.   “Right to Return,” the high-profile legislation that the Culinary union spearheaded and some casinos fought, which will give some laid-off workers priority when hiring for their old jobs, is set to go into effect July 1. How the law […]

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Sunrise charges nearly 13x markup, one of highest among top hospitals, study shows

By: - June 16, 2021

[Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to provide a statement from Sunrise Hospital.] Las Vegas is home to the hospital with one of the highest bill markup rates, according to new research which studied the 100 largest hospitals, by revenue, in the nation. Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center’s listed prices for procedures and other […]

True impact of highly lauded clean energy bill unclear, say environmental groups

By: - June 16, 2021

Nevada hopes to become a national leader in clean energy, but some activists are concerned about what might be sacrificed along the way. The problem of green policy being not-so-green, or not-so-just, has become a familiar one in Nevada. Lithium mining helps electric vehicles but might harm Indigenous communities nearby, creating “sacrifice zones.” The Clark […]

Gov. Sisolak signs bill to move Nevada to front of presidential primary line

By: - June 11, 2021

On Friday, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the bill that attempts to give Nevada first-in-the-nation status, ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire, in presidential primaries. Assembly Bill 126 replaces Nevada’s party-run presidential caucuses with state-run primary elections. The bill also establishes the date for Nevada’s presidential primary election as the first Tuesday of February.  But the […]

World of Concrete returns, but recovery for convention workers isn’t set

By: - June 9, 2021

The first large convention in Las Vegas since March 2020 is happening this week — but for the majority of convention workers, recovery is not yet in sight. At a media event Tuesday morning, Gov. Steve Sisolak and other officials celebrated the return of World of Concrete, marketed as “the only annual international event dedicated […]


The bill was never introduced, but Sisolak’s Blockchains concept is still alive

By: - June 3, 2021

Although Gov. Steve Sisolak backed away from introducing legislation on “innovation zones”—which would have allowed tech companies, specifically Blockchains, LLC, to govern private land—he got lawmakers to keep the concept alive. Senate Concurrent Resolution 11, which passed late last Friday, establishes a joint special committee which will study innovation zones and report to the Governor […]

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Student loan measure aims to tame ‘wild west of consumer finance’

By: - May 28, 2021

Update: Assembly Bill 382 failed to pass on the Assembly floor. It needed a two-thirds majority, but fell one vote short. All the Assembly Democrats voted for it, but only one Republican, Jill Tolles of Reno, voted for it, and it would have taken all Democrats plus two Republicans to reach two-thirds. The Nevada Legislature […]

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Proposed DETR upgrades designed to prevent another 2020 debacle

By: - May 25, 2021

It’s of little comfort for Nevadans who spent countless hours on hold and weeks or months waiting to receive their benefits, but Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s unemployment insurance system, which runs on software from the early 2000s, might finally get the overhaul it needs. Assembly Bill 484, introduced last Wednesday and heard […]