Government

Funding will get broadband to 40,000 Nevada homes

BY: - January 27, 2023

Nevada is set to receive $55.2 million for broadband infrastructure projects that will provide internet access to thousands of residents who still lack high-quality broadband. The funding will cover the cost of broadband infrastructure for more than 40,000 households still lacking high-speed internet access across the state. On Thursday, the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury […]

Treasurer’s office to allow employees to bring babies to work

BY: - January 26, 2023

Soon every day may be ‘Bring Your Child To Work Day’ at the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office. Democratic Treasurer Zach Conine on Thursday announced a pilot program that will allow his employees to bring with them to work infants who are 6 months or younger. According to the press release, employees who want to participate […]

Scientist: Trees felled in vain in name of fire control

BY: - January 25, 2023

An alliance between governments and the commercial logging industry under the guise of fire management is decimating forests, wreaking ecological havoc, and exacerbating risks for people and property, according to scientists at odds with what they call archaic methods that are futile in controlling fires. “The Forest Service uses the term ‘thinning and fuel reduction,’ […]

One new rule survives state regulatory freeze, another stalled by it 

BY: - January 24, 2023

The Nevada Board of Health voted on Jan. 20 to authorize a temporary regulation implementing a 35 cent surcharge on phone bills with the proceeds going to the state’s participation in the federal 988 mental health hotline. Gov. Joe Lombardo earlier this month issued an executive order freezing new regulations and ordering a review of […]

NDOC fails to address use of force issues, new director promises to prioritize

BY: - January 13, 2023

The Nevada Department of Corrections has failed to make significant progress toward addressing use of force issues identified more than six months ago, according to state auditors. Representatives from NDOC say staff shortages are to blame, and the department’s newly seated director is vowing to make the issue “a high priority.” In March 2022, state […]

450,000 Nevadans will see reduction in food assistance

BY: - January 12, 2023

Throughout the pandemic, most Nevdans receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, also benefited from monthly emergency allotments. But that’s about to end. On Wednesday, the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services announced that March will be the last month the agency is allowed to provide the extra food dollars that […]

LV Council approves increase in pet ownership, rejects more regulation of animal pros

BY: - January 5, 2023

Residents of Las Vegas can now own up to six dogs or cats without obtaining special permits, up from the four previously allowed.  Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman voted against the measure after Councilwoman Olivia Diaz suggested small rental units could be overrun by pets.  Diaz and Goodman cast the only dissenting votes.   “We want […]

Environmental enforcement has fallen off under Biden, report says

BY: - December 30, 2022

Federal environmental enforcement, as measured by Environmental Protection Agency civil cases closed against polluters, hit a two-decade low in 2022, per a report released by a national environmental group that blames budget cuts, staff shortages and the U.S. Senate’s failure to confirm key leaders. The Environmental Integrity Project said the 72 civil enforcement cases closed […]

After substation shooting, federal regulator orders review of security standards

BY: - December 23, 2022

Less than two weeks after gunfire damaged two Duke Energy substations in Moore County, N.C., knocking out power to about 45,000 people, federal regulators ordered a review of security standards at electric transmission facilities and control centers. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday ordered the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), which sets and […]

Southern Nevada has limited options to house domestic violence survivors

BY: - December 20, 2022

Sixteen. In a range from one to 20 on a lethality scale, an assessment that SafeNest does with those experiencing domestic violence who are looking to leave an abusive partner, you would need to score a 16 in order to secure a bed and a safe place to stay. Assessment questions include asking if the […]

Water managers across drought-stricken West agree on one thing: ‘This is going to be painful’

BY: - December 19, 2022

Water authorities in the Western U.S. don’t have a crystal ball, but rapidly receding reservoirs uncovering sunken boats and other debris lost in their depths decades ago give a clear view of the hard choices ahead. If western states do not agree on a plan to safeguard the Colorado River — the source of the […]

Voters embraced affordable housing initiatives. Advocates say Congress should do the same.

BY: - December 19, 2022

Voters in Colorado approved a statewide affordable housing initiative in November; while voters in nine cities across the country OK’d measures to finance the construction of affordable housing, preserve existing rental properties and support renters. But as housing costs soar, analysts and advocates say more needs to be done and argue that federal action is […]