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Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.

Wolfson gone but not forgotten at DA forum 

By: - April 1, 2022

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson was physically absent from a candidate forum Thursday night, but his presence loomed large as Republican Tim Treffinger and Democrat Ozzie Fumo made their respective cases why they’d be better DAs than Wolfson.  The incumbent backed out of the debate at the last minute, citing recent public provocations involving […]

Sisolak appoints chiropractor to lead PPC

By: - March 28, 2022

Dr. Malinda Southard, a Carson City chiropractor and health preparedness official for the state, is the new executive director of Nevada’s Patient Protection Commission, a legislatively-created board charged with improving the delivery and cost of healthcare in the state.  Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Southard’s appointment on Monday.  She is the second executive director of the […]

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Workforce Connections largely missing the mark

By: - March 28, 2022

Hope for Prisoners, the reentry program lauded by former Pres. Donald Trump, placed 29 people, about a quarter of the former prisoners it enrolled in training, into jobs between July of last year and January 2022 at a cost of $11,369 per person placed.   The job recipients trained at Hope earned $15.69 an hour, the […]

Station Casinos’ failure to bargain with Culinary may pose existential threat

By: - March 24, 2022

Station Casinos, the owner of nine casinos and one of the largest employers in the state, has resorted to an assortment of tactics to avoid collective bargaining with the Culinary Union, the largest union in the state. Now, the Culinary wants Nevada gaming regulators to use the biggest hammer of all – the threat of […]

Nevada realtors mixed on rate hike effect

By: - March 22, 2022

 Will the Federal Reserve’s quarter of a point increase in its benchmark rate cool Nevada’s red-hot real estate markets?  Depends who you ask.  “I cannot deny the continued stress this could put on current homebuyers,” said Sarah Scattini, president of the Reno-Sparks Association of Realtors, where the median price of a home in February was […]

Gaming chair wants more intel on Barry Diller 

By: - March 17, 2022

Nevada Gaming Commission chairwoman Jennifer Togliatti sent billionaire Barry Diller’s application for a gaming license back to the Gaming Control Board “for further fact finding and investigation” Thursday, two weeks after the GCB recommended approval of Diller and his company, IAC, to hold close to 14%, the most of any shareholder, of MGM Resorts International […]

Housekeeper at Las Vegas hotel

Job training options lack wraparound services

By: - March 17, 2022

“I tell everyone, tip your housekeepers,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said Tuesday as he watched trainees at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas practice the precise art of bed making.   Southern Nevada’s hotel housekeepers, overwhelmingly immigrants and women of color, can probably use the extra cash. The cost of a three-week training program at the Academy […]

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Clark County seeks to tame short term rental beast, protect neighborhoods

By: - March 16, 2022

Forced by a new state law to confront the reality of mini-motels in Southern Nevada neighborhoods, Clark County commissioners who have ignored the issue until now appear intent on imposing significant restrictions on the burgeoning vacation rental industry.  The law, sponsored by Southern Nevada Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen, does not apply to neighborhoods in HOAs, unless […]

Hope for Prisoners founder rats out former colleagues 

By: - March 14, 2022

Jon Ponder, a convicted bank robber pardoned by then-Pres. Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in 2020, won’t say why he turned in former Hope for Prisoners colleagues for a seemingly minor infraction – advertising government partnerships for social services on their website. “Jon Ponder called me this morning and informed me that two […]

Opportunity Zones, meant to combat blight, spur luxury living

By: - March 10, 2022

The stated intention was noble – identify impoverished areas and give wealthy investors tax incentives to load up on real estate holdings and business ventures that would attract jobs and provide homes for residents. Opportunity Zones allow investors to place capital gains in Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) within 180 days, and defer taxes on the […]

GCB asks Resorts World’s Sibella about gambler   

By: - March 3, 2022

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recommended approval of Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas, as a key employee Wednesday, but not before asking about professional gambler R.J. Cipriani, an FBI informant charged with two felony charges stemming from his stay at Resorts World last year.  Cipriani, a high-roller who spent 482 hours gambling […]

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Sisolak’s gaming commission laden with attorneys, bucks legislative intent

By: - March 2, 2022

When Gov. Steve Sisolak named retired Judge Jennifer Togliatti and then-State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer to the Nevada Gaming Commission in November 2021, it solidified the governor’s grand slam of appointments to both the five-member Commission and the three-member Gaming Control Board, arguably the most significant regulatory bodies in the state.  While Nevada law allows the […]