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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.

Nevada families got $154 million in August from the child tax credit

By: - September 23, 2021

Nevada could see child poverty reduced by 41% if expansions to the child tax credit were made permanent, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute. Data has shown the child tax credit plays a major role in reducing child poverty for low income families, and its expansion under the American Rescue Plan Act […]

Nevada groups mustering support for new national monument

By: - September 22, 2021

Support for a fourth national monument in southern Nevada is strong, say conservation groups, and with the right messaging they believe support will only grow. Those assumptions seem to bare out in a poll of more than 400 likely voters across Nevada, conducted by Data For Progress, a national progressive think tank.  The survey, commissioned […]

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Australian firm gets South African funding for Nevada lithium mine

By: - September 16, 2021

An effort to develop the proposed Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine west of Tonopah gained financing under an agreement announced Thursday in which South African mining company Sibanye-Stillwater will contribute $490 million to a joint venture with ioneer LTD, the Australian firm that has been trying to develop the project. The proposed open-pit mine is opposed […]

Will Thacker Pass be another Keystone?

By: - September 16, 2021

After tribes secured the death of the Keystone XL pipeline, Native organizers in Nevada are looking to get the same results for the planned Thacker Pass lithium mine. Excavation on sacred native lands was allowed to proceed at the Thacker Pass project earlier this month after a federal judge denied tribal leaders’ requests to temporarily […]

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EPA confirms climate impacts are more adverse for racial minorities in the Southwest

By: - September 14, 2021

The worst effects of climate change are disproportionately falling on “underserved communities who are least able to prepare for, and recover from, heat waves, poor air quality, flooding, and other impacts,” according to an Environmental Protection Agency report released last week. The peer-reviewed report forecasts how the impacts of climate change will be distributed across […]

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UNLV regains top spot for diversity in annual rankings

By: - September 13, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of its “Best Colleges” rankings once again names the University of Nevada, Las Vegas among the most diverse universities in the country. The publication’s annual rankings also found UNLV making gains in social mobility. cracking the top 100. In the report released Monday, UNLV was placed in a […]

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Medicaid vaccination rate lags as state struggles to reach low-income communities

By: - September 3, 2021

Low-income Nevadans enrolled in Medicaid have been vaccinated at far lower rates than the overall population, according to health officials in the state. In Nevada about 32% of Medicaid enrollees 12 or older have received at least one dose as of August 31, compared to about 58% of the general population — despite months of […]

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USDA OKs NV’s extension of additional SNAP benefits for children

By: - August 31, 2021

Nevada has received federal approval for its plan to distribute three additional rounds of emergency food benefits for nearly 400,000 children in the state starting Sept. 17. “USDA reviews these plans to ensure there is an effective process for getting the right benefits to all eligible children,” said Julie Yee, a spokeswoman for the United […]

Tribes seek pause on development of lithium mine

By: - August 28, 2021

A U.S. federal judge heard arguments against a planned lithium mine from attorneys for Native American tribes on Friday who say the mine would cause irreparable harm to sacred native lands. The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Burns Paiute Tribe and the People of Red Mountain were granted permission to join a lawsuit seeking to block Lithium […]

Green Card applicants must now be vaxxed against COVID-19

By: - August 27, 2021

Immigrants in the U.S. applying for legal permanent residence must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 under a new policy beginning Oct. 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last week, the agency announced it has classified COVID-19 as a “Class A inadmissible condition,” alongside other diseases preventable through vaccination like tuberculosis and […]

With virtually everyone against it, NDOT scraps option to run I-11 through Lake Mead Rec Area

By: - August 26, 2021

For years the Nevada Department of Transportation has proposed building a new highway system for the Interstate 11 Corridor that would run through the City of Henderson and protected public lands, including Rainbow Gardens and the Lake Mead Recreation Area. Those plans, known as the “eastern alternative corridor,” have now been abandoned after ongoing public […]

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The IPCC report has a chapter on the Southwest, and it’s brutal

By: - August 20, 2021

Drought, wildfires, declining water supplies, threats to human health made even more dangerous by urban design flaws and socioeconomic inequities — the climate crisis has already hit the Southwest hard. And it’s only going to get worse. That’s the message in the chapter on the U.S. Southwest in the latest report from  the Intergovernmental Panel […]