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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.

Democrats fan out to tout giant relief bill

By: - April 9, 2021

With their reelections perhaps hinging on how the public will view the impact of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP), Democratic members of Nevada’s congressional delegation highlighted what they say the legislation will mean for schools, families, business owners, and medical providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. For Nevada, the share of […]

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‘Water banking’ will lead to privatization and speculation, critics warn

By: - April 7, 2021

A proposal to create a market for buying and selling water rights in Nevada is being met with skepticism from multiple sides, including factions that often don’t see eye to eye. Lawmakers on Monday held a hearing on the measure that would allow “water banking,” a practice where surface and groundwater rights holders can buy, […]

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Nevada facilities slated for help as Interior Dept. tackles maintenance backlog

By: - April 5, 2021

The Interior Department said Friday it will invest $1.6 billion this year, including several million dollars in Nevada, to fund improvement projects in national parks, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Indian Education schools, creating more than 19,000 jobs nationally in the process. According to a statement issued by the department, the 165 deferred maintenance projects […]

Bill to make mail-in voting the Nevada norm weathers first hearing

By: - April 2, 2021

Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington and Utah already mail ballots to every voter. With Assembly Bill 321, Nevada would join them, by making the mail-in practice deployed during the 2020 pandemic election permanent. On‌ ‌Tuesday,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nevada‌ ‌Assembly‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌on‌ ‌Legislative‌ ‌Operations‌ ‌and‌ ‌Elections‌ ‌held‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌public‌ ‌hearing‌ on ‌AB 321, which contains many of […]

Lost leases & missed milestones: Artists reflect on a ‘spotty at best’ year

By: - March 31, 2021

The first mural Bracken Hermansen painted was at her children’s elementary school 10 years ago. Jellyfish, eels, and a narwhal still cover the walls of the school’s marine science lab but the children who enjoyed the colorful room in previous years are largely gone. “My son is a senior and went back to school today […]

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Legislation would waive tuition for Native American students

By: - March 26, 2021

Lawmakers have introduced legislation that would create a college tuition waiver for Native American students in Nevada. The proposal — shepherded by Democratic Assemblywoman Natha Anderson, D-Washoe  — had its first hearing Thursday in the Assembly Committee on Education. The bill would prohibit the Board of Regents from charging tuition for members of a federally […]

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Native Americans organize to wield more influence on state policy

By: - March 24, 2021

After 30 years of advocacy work, Delaine Spilsbury, an Ely Shoshone elder, presented a bill to the Legislature for the first time. Lack of access to the ballot box and exclusion has historically curtailed Native American participation in the political process in Nevada. But that’s starting to change. New groups that have formed in the […]

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Nevada tribes to receive more than $10M for housing

By: - March 19, 2021

Seventeen Native and Tribal communities in Nevada will receive more than $10 million in federal funding to develop affordable housing within their communities, as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The new funding will deliver immediate relief for hard-hit Native American families and support Tribal Nations as they develop, maintain, and […]

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Nevadans following through with second shots, according to CDC

By: - March 17, 2021

More than nine in ten Nevadans who got their first dose of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine followed through on the second within the recommended time period, a new report by the CDC shows. Among Nevadans who got the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, about 92 percent got the second dose, according to […]

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State balks at tribes’ request to protect sacred trees

By: - March 16, 2021

Native peoples in Nevada are calling on the state to strengthen protections for an area in White Pine County’s Spring Valley known locally as the Swamp Cedars, which tribes say hold significant spiritual and historical value for indigenous communities.  Currently, about 3,200 acres of the Swamp Cedars are designated as an area of critical environmental […]

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Clean energy strategy won’t meet clean energy goals, panel told

By: - March 12, 2021

A new analysis finds that Nevada is not on track to meet its 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets absent stronger clean energy policies. The analysis by research firm Energy Innovation — based on a state-specific version of the firm’s “energy policy simulator“— shows that without additional action Nevada’s emissions will actually increase 12 percent by […]

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Vaccine access expanded for food service and hotel workers

By: - March 11, 2021

Effective Thursday, the Southern Nevada Health District is expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines for food service and hotel industry workers in Clark County. People who work in restaurants, cafeterias, and quick serve food operations, including delivery food workers, are now eligible to receive a vaccine. Hotel and hospitality workers who come in direct contact with […]