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Jeniffer Solis

Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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July brings higher minimum wage, but NV still lags behind AZ, CO, CA, OR, WA…

By: - July 1, 2021

Nevada’s lowest-paid workers will get a raise starting Thursday, but whether those positions can be filled as a “workforce shortage” hits the state has some businesses concerned. It’s the second of four increases the Legislature mandated in 2019, which have raised the state’s hourly minimum from $7.25 then to $8.75 today. If employees are not […]

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With cases rising, officials aim to intensify vaccination efforts

By: - June 29, 2021

Coronavirus cases in Nevada have been ticking back upward even as the state’s vaccine rollout continues to unfold.  The trend comes as overall cases in the U.S. have continued to decline, though Clark County is seeing cases and hospitalization increase since ending statewide restrictions. Nevada health officials reported 821 additional positive cases of the coronavirus […]

Clark County’s lagging vaccination rate impedes recovery from pandemic

By: - June 24, 2021

Nevada has moved into a new phase of vaccine rollout by ending restrictions statewide and closing mass vaccination sites in favor of smaller clinics and community events, but a resurgence in coronavirus cases over the past week is a reminder the pandemic isn’t over. Nevada has continued to report a slow rise in COVID-19 cases […]

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Threats to DACA still loom after 9 years, say Dreamers

By: - June 18, 2021

Nearly a decade after a temporary program was established to shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Senate Democrats are eyeing legislative action that would provide a permanent solution. This week marks nine years since the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era policy that provides deportation relief and work permits to […]

Nevadans want national monument over wind farm

By: - June 17, 2021

Spurred by the possible development of a wind farm, a coalition of Nevada lawmakers, tribes, conservationists and local residents are pushing for the creation of a national monument in Clark County.  In March, Crescent Peak Renewables, a subsidiary of Swedish-owned Eolus North America, submitted a Bureau of Land Management application for a 9,154-acre wind energy […]

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Household, education levels, insurance factor in vaccine rate, says study

By: - June 11, 2021

Nationwide, people of color have been contracting and dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than white people throughout the pandemic. As the country enters its fifth month of the vaccine rollout, data shows racial disparities in vaccinations are an issue. New research from GoodRX suggests other patterns of inequity: among single-parent households, education levels, insurance […]

Opposition to lithium mine grows among tribes, conservationists

By: - June 11, 2021

A planned lithium mine on an ancient collapsed volcano is facing growing pushback from tribal nations, ranchers and conservationists. In January, the Bureau of Land Management approved the Thacker Pass lithium mine five days before the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. It was one of several projects fast-tracked in the last days of the Trump […]

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Agency finds protections warranted for wildflower on site of proposed lithium mine

By: - June 3, 2021

A rare desert wildflower known to only grow in Nevada should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. The agency determined the Tiehm’s buckwheat warrants federal protection and by September 30, 2021 will submit a proposed rule to list the species.  The decision comes after a conservation […]

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As other states restrict voting access, Nevada expands it

By: - June 3, 2021

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a mail-in voting bill into law Wednesday, despite a nationwide push by other states to restrict the practice. Every active registered voter in the state will now be automatically sent a mail-in ballot before a primary or general election unless they choose to opt out. The law makes universal mail-in ballots […]

Pop-up clinics aim to boost vaccinations in underserved communities

By: - June 2, 2021

Latino COVID-19 vaccination rates in Southern Nevada are still lagging those for white residents months into the rollout, and now community organizations are pushing for improved flow of information and outreach in Spanish. The data, tracked by the Southern Nevada Health Department, gives a look at the race and ethnicity of vaccinated people in Clark […]

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Swamp cedar protections, no-knock warrants among dozens of bill signed

By: - May 26, 2021

Gov. Steve Sisoak signed 46 bills into law Tuesday, including a bill to strengthen protections for the swamp cedars, an area in Spring Valley considered sacred to Shoshone tribes. Assembly Bill 171 would make it illegal to cut or damage any of the Rocky Mountain junipers that grow in an area known locally as the […]

Auto dealers group says CA emission levels in NV are inevitable

By: - May 26, 2021

President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced last month they would be ending a Trump-era rule that blocked states, specifically California, from setting their own vehicle emissions standards. The reversal lays the ground for more states to take control of their fight against climate change. Nevada will now be free to adopt […]