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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.

Hunters and ranchers prevail, preserve coyote killing contests

By: - November 8, 2021

The Nevada Wildlife Commission’s endorsement of coyote killing contests is proof the board is out of touch with the population it’s charged with serving, say opponents of the practice, which awards prizes to those who kill the most animals.   By a vote of five to four, the Commission killed a nearly year-long effort to end […]

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Vacation rental owner loses defamation claim against neighbor 

By: - November 5, 2021

A Clark County judge ruled Thursday that statements made by a Las Vegas woman to the Nevada Current about short-term rentals in her neighborhood are “good faith communications in furtherance of the right to free speech in direct connection with an issue of public concern.” Judge Tara Clark Newberry ruled local businessman Gary Wu “does […]

Former Caesars principal who paid Epstein is reportedly under criminal investigation

By: - November 4, 2021

Nevada gaming regulators were either unaware of or unconcerned about payments of $158 million then-Caesars Entertainment principal Leon Black made to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein between 2012 and 2017, after Epstein’s 2008 conviction for sex trafficking a minor, as well as $100,000 monthly payments Black admits making to a woman to keep her quiet […]

Gambling giant Caesars Entertainment may derail planned Reno bike path 

By: - November 1, 2021

The plan seemed solid. Provide the burgeoning number of University of Nevada Reno students residing in hotels and rentals with a safe, direct, dedicated path for bikes, scooters and skateboards through decaying downtown to Midtown, a thriving area south of UNR.  “Students are essentially cut off unless they want to walk or drive in the […]

In-patient psychiatric treatment for youth plunges as beds go empty

By: - October 28, 2021

Beds in state-run psychiatric facilities for Nevada’s children are empty because of a staffing shortage, and inpatient treatment has plunged by 60 percent since 2015, according to data from the Division of Child and Family Services, which is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly placing too many children in institutions.    The […]

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Nevada regulators give would-be cannabis dispensaries time to wait out local moratoriums 

By: - October 26, 2021

A handful of cannabis dispensaries that face deadlines to exercise their licenses by February 2022, but have been unable to open because of moratoriums imposed by local governments, will have an extra year to wait out the political climate. The Cannabis Compliance Board voted unanimously Tuesday to extend final inspections for Essence Henderson, LLC. Essence […]

Incarcerated pay price for prison system staffing shortages

By: - October 25, 2021

A severe staffing shortage and COVID restrictions in Nevada’s prisons have left inmates with a lack of food, hygiene, cleaning supplies, and contact with the outside, according to interviews with inmates and letters sent to the Current this year.   Some inmates complain they’ve lost good time credits and seen their release dates pushed back because […]

Coyote killing contest ban may go to Legislature if Wildlife Commission fails to act

By: - October 21, 2021

The Nevada Wildlife Commission, dominated by hunting and ranching interests, has debated coyote killing contests to death during the last year with no resolution to a ban originally proposed by the Clark County Commission. Now, with the threat of state lawmakers invading their territory, wildlife commissioners may be ready to act.  “I see the growing […]

Fiore hits right-wing notes in gubernatorial announcement 

By: - October 19, 2021

Without mention of the FBI probe into her use of campaign contributions, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, backed by dozens of the people on whose behalf she says she’s fought, announced she’s jumped into the already crowded Nevada Republican gubernatorial primary.   “My name is Michele Fiore and I’m running for governor,” she said, then […]

Tahoe areas except Incline Village crack down on vacation rentals

By: - October 19, 2021

You can’t rent a vacation home in residential areas of South Lake Tahoe. The California city allows short-term rentals (STRs) only in designated tourist areas.   Short-term rentals in nearby Douglas County are capped at 600, except for those also occupied by the owner.   And in Placer County on the California side of the lake, a […]

Laxalt takes stand, denies role in cannabis licensing scheme 

By: - October 15, 2021

Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt testified Friday he doesn’t remember if he told the FBI he had dinner with Lev Parnas, Rudy Giuliani’s former colleague and a defendant in a federal corruption case in the Southern District of New York. Parnas is charged with making illegal campaign contributions.  Laxalt, […]

State contractors providing services to disabled could be required to pass pay hikes on to workers

By: - October 15, 2021

The Governor’s Commission on Behavioral Health is hoping to persuade Gov. Steve Sisolak to increase pay for frontline workers in the state’s mental health system. It’s also exploring options to ensure more money paid to state vendors, such as supported living arrangement agencies contracted to provide services for the disabled, makes its way to workers. […]