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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.

Toad whose habitat is at geothermal project site is emergency listed as endangered

By: - April 4, 2022

A rare Nevada toad at the center of a lawsuit over a geothermal energy project will be granted an emergency listing under the Endangered Species Act, federal wildlife managers said Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Dixie Valley toad will be temporarily listed as endangered and be provided immediate federal protections […]

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Nevada tribes taking advantage of improved voting access

By: - March 31, 2022

Native Americans routinely face persistent and longstanding barriers to voting, but access is improving here in Nevada. In a 54-page report released last week, the Biden administration detailed a number of issues tribal communities face when voting, as well as specific actions policy makers at the federal, state and local levels can take to eliminate […]

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Sagebrush restoration is infrastructure, say bipartisan group of Western senators

By: - March 29, 2022

Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen is calling on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to fund sagebrush restoration in the American West in an effort to boost wildfire mitigation efforts, create jobs, and support the regional economy. On Tuesday Rosen, a Democrat, and Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo led a group of Western Senators who urged Haaland to […]

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Cortez Masto asks IRS to help combat higher gas prices

By: - March 25, 2022

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to help lower costs for people who use their cars for business and medical purposes. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Cortez Masto, both Democrats, wrote the IRS Friday requesting that the federal tax agency increase the standard mileage rate used to deduct their […]

Climate change has made allergy season longer and more intense, researchers find

By: - March 22, 2022

By the end of the century, allergy season could start 40 days earlier and last 19 days longer due to climate change — potentially increasing the pollen count by 250% and making allergies far more intense, new research shows. According to a study published in Nature Communications last week, as temperatures get hotter, trees, grasses, […]

Lake Powell levels decline below critical threshold

By: - March 16, 2022

The second largest reservoir on the Colorado River has dipped below a key water level for the first time, despite emergency releases from upper basin reservoirs last summer and fall meant to prevent the troubling milestone. On Tuesday, Lake Powell fell under 3,525 feet above sea level, a critical threshold that gives water managers a […]

AMC Theaters buys stake in small – and unprofitable – Nevada gold mine

By: - March 15, 2022

In an unusual move cinema giant AMC Theaters has agreed to buy a major stake in a small Nevada gold and silver mining company.  The movie theater chain announced Tuesday that it would purchase 22% of Hycroft Mining Holding Corp., which operates the 71,000-acre Hycroft mine in northern Nevada, for $56 million. The mine, 55 […]

Federal judge rejects NV tribe’s attempt to join lithium mine suit

By: - March 15, 2022

A Nevada federal judge on Friday rejected a legal effort by the Winnemucca Indian Colony to join a lawsuit attempting to stop a lithium mining project at Thacker Pass, a religiously and culturally significant area considered sacred to the tribe. Also last week, Department of Interior attorneys urged the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Utah water pipeline proposal premised on faulty population estimates, critics say

By: - March 11, 2022

As the battle over a planned groundwater pipeline near the Utah-Nevada border continues, conservation groups and state water officials are now clashing over the accuracy of population estimates propelling the project. Booming population growth in southern Utah and increased drought in the region led the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District to plan a 70-mile […]

Cortez Masto, colleagues introduce bill to fix green card backlog

By: - March 9, 2022

Millions of immigrants waiting for green cards could become U.S. permanent residents years faster if legislation to eliminate the backlog manages to become law. Five Democratic senators, including Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, introduced legislation this week that, if enacted, would provide sweeping relief to immigrants caught in green card backlogs. “Too many hardworking families […]

Latest climate report describes devastating impacts in store for Southwestern U.S.

By: - March 4, 2022

Climate change is causing widespread and irreversible impacts to nature and humanity far faster than scientists had anticipated, and the Southwestern U.S. will be hit especially hard, according to a major new scientific report released this week. The report is the latest in a series by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) detailing the […]

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Supreme Court to hear case tribes fear is a threat to sovereignty

By: - March 1, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a dispute over a 44-year-old law that prioritizes placement of Native children in the foster system with extended family or Native communities whenever possible. The justices will review lower court decisions that ruled key aspects of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 unconstitutional after […]