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A Note from the Publisher:  To help readers find individual issues in our growing archive, we've highlighted those published on the 15th of each month with a different colored background.

September 15, 2005

Breaking News

September 15, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Assembly Speaker Cleared Of Charges Of Violating Federal Hatch Act
Judge rules Perkins didn't break federal law (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Perkins cleared for governor run: Judge in California finds no Hatch Act violation (Las Vegas Sun article)
Way cleared for Assembly speaker's run: Complaint against Perkins dismissed; gubernatorial plans aired next week (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
More On The New Congressional Candidate
Regent Derby plans run for congressional seat next year: Gardnerville resident believes race 'winnable' in 2nd District (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government
"What Happens Here, Stays Here" -- Why Not?  It's Only Public Money
LVCVA President Involved In Secret $1 Sale Of City Slogan Gets "Merit" Salary Increase To $276,000, Plus $40,000 Bonus
Convention authority board OKs raise, bonus: Panel also takes steps to revise policies following slogan sale (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Board member Chuck Bowling, executive vice president of sales and marketing for MGM Grand Resorts, praised the 'great year' Ralenkotter had in his first year as president."

LVCVA board gives chief a healthy pay increase (Las Vegas Sun article)
It's Priceless All Right

"Goodman said he knows the public is paying a high price here. But he added: 'We're putting policies in place to make sure the public will have confidence in how we do business -- and that's priceless.'"

Columnist Jeff German: Tab keeps growing for LV slogan (Las Vegas Sun column)

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State Has To Pay Off Sexual Harassment Claim
Complaints cause two state officials to lose their jobs: Female administrator charged one of the men with sexual harassment (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
State pays $149,000 in sex claim (Las Vegas Sun article)
Official wins sexual harassment lawsuit (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Learning From Louisiana
Panel studies how state would respond to similar disaster (Las Vegas Sun article)
Governor angered over Guard meal deal (Las Vegas Sun article)
Paying The Workers
Ruling sought on Nevada's prevailing wage law (Nevada AP article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
The Price Of Getting Caught
DOE moves to boot agency: Proposed cuts follow disclosure of Yucca e-mails (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
USGS faces big budget cut (Las Vegas Sun article)
Protests Continue
Environmentalists ask Congress for Yucca probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Helping Out Harvey
Rural Nevada county OKs developer's water plan (Nevada AP article)
Conflict On The Colorado
Nevada supports efforts to block water lawsuit: Mexico, conservationists fight canal work (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
River panel rejects research funds request (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
It's Not Just Spying, It's Homeland Security

"'We live in a different world since 9/11,' Tors said. "I've seen national polls that have shown a vast majority of Americans will put up with video cameras in public places to support homeland security."

UNR camera policy clashes with privacy, critics claim (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)
Critics say UNR camera policy infringes on privacy rights (Nevada AP article)
An Eye To Expansion
Research facility sees advantage from land transfer (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
UNR Finally Sees The Light On Flood Control Needs
Trustees approve land deal with Reno: Accord might allow district to purchase property at low cost (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
University Regents
Regent's departure still causing ripples: Seastrand took post at UNLV in May (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Land sold for oil, gas exploration (Las Vegas Sun article)
City takes control of northwest BLM land to prepare for transportation projects (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Reverberations From Appeals Court Decision In United States v. Scott
Decision challenges release conditions, legal analysts say: Panel rules police can't search homes of people awaiting trial (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Appeals court rules on searches: Circuit judges say unless convicted of crime, accused person has the right to privacy (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
LVR-J Editorial Scorches Washoe DA For Scott Case Comments
Constitutional freedoms -- Aren't we all still innocent until proven guilty? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Slipping Through The Cracks, Revisited
DRUNKEN DRIVING CASE: Driver's license to be revoked -- DMV says ex-convict will lose privileges unless he appeals (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Judge leaves permit issue up to DMV (Las Vegas Sun article)
Sitting Here In Limbo
Sandoval judgeship may be delayed (Las Vegas Sun article)
Didn't Like The Verdict
Reno Hilton appeals $25.2 million judgment to Nevada high court (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Health Matters
Study results due on Nevada town hit by leukemia cluster (Nevada AP article)

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From The City And County Of Carson
Carson City's speedway to close after 42 years: Former owner cites dropped attendance and urban growth as reasons for move (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Clark County
Boulder City
Council OKs pay hike for city employees (Las Vegas Sun article)
Eldorado Valley development delayed (Las Vegas Sun article)
Las Vegas
Las Vegas about to get park back (Las Vegas Sun article)
Downtown festivities to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From Washoe County
National Championship Air Races
Vintage planes on display: Fans get close look at aircraft; racing scheduled to start today (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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September 16, 2005

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Nevada Politics
A Short-Sighted Ruling On Assembly Speaker

"Judge Kocol's perspective is flawed. As the good judge sees it, more agencies should re-task part of their work force to ensure their colleagues can not only carry out public services and policies, but create them as well. Who cares about the pernicious ramifications? It's not his money."

Richard Perkins and the Hatch Act (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Rebating Some Of The Excessive 2003 Tax Increases
Seniors With Drivers Licenses Become Part Of Gov. Guinn's Rebate Program (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Legislative opinion extends tax rebate to more residents (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
66,000 more seniors to get rebate: Driver's license qualifies for $75 (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government Matters
Another State Sex Case
Dominguez-Curry v. Nevada Transportation Department (9th Circuit Court of Appeals website)
Appeals court reinstates Nevada discrimination suit (Nevada AP article)
Court says discrimination case should go forward (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Embattled State Prison Chief Resigns
State prisons director Crawford steps down -- Audit: Problems in early release program (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada prison chief quits, cites health problems (Nevada AP article)
Crawford out as prison director (Nevada Appeal* article)
Gov. Guinn Appoints Glen Whorton Director Of Corrections (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Oscar Again
Lawyers argue over Goodman ethics ruling (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
What A Deterrent!: Teachers Fined For Political Campaigning On State Time
Northern Nevada teachers fined $15 apiece in ethics case (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Perhaps A Help
School districts' access to criminal records bolstered (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada's Higher Education System - Time For A Surreality Check?
$1.4 Million Supervision Charge OK After All
Chancellor satisfied with how board bills construction projects (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Cleaning Up Out Of The Question
Rogers: Soil cleanup not part of deal -- Chancellor says university system won't pay if work is needed at downtown site (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Waiving The Rules
Regents express concern over UNR's use of waivers: University of Nevada, Reno bypassed search process to fill permanent positions more than any other institution in state (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Overlooking Faculty Morale Crisis, Spy Cameras, Dead Sheep, Frightened Neighbors, And Third-Rate Ranking As 175th Best College In The Nation.
Lilley lauds UNR's rising reputation (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Lilly: Money needed to bring UNR global acclaim (Nevada AP article)
Salary Increases
CCSN professors to get pay hikes (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
It's Only Common Sense: Commit A Misdemeanor; Forfeit Your House
MISDEMEANOR CHARGE: Pot may cost homeowner -- Boulder City takes steps to seize house after woman admits possessing six marijuana plants (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Pot plants could cause loss of $400,000 house (Las Vegas Sun article)
Another Case That Didn't Get To The Grand Jury
1,372-BED EXPANSION: County: Firm overbilled on jail work -- Lawsuit says construction company should repay more than $15 million (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
County files suit over detention center billing (Las Vegas Sun article)
Federal Legislation And Nevada
Rep. Gibbons Leads Effort to Make Nevada Sex Offender Registration Law the National Standard (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Rep. Porter Amendment Included In Children's Safety Act: Improves background checks by providing greater access to criminal records (Rep. Porter Press Release)
Nevada legislators add to sex offender bill (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Domestic Violence
The 'wheel of violence' rolls in Pahrump Valley (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Learning From Louisiana
Mayor: Katrina is wake-up call to Las Vegas Valley (Las Vegas Sun article)
EMS director prepares disaster plan wish list (Pahrump Valley Times article)
A false sense of security can be deadly (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
California Goes After Tax-Dodging Nevada Corporations
Delaware of the West ain't what it used to be (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)
Nevada corporations -- a 'fraudulent scheme'? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Still On Hold
Federal judgeship approval for Nevada official delayed (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA Says It Won't Help Out Harvey
Developer won't get water discount: Water authority says no deal planned for golf course community (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Colorado River Research
Share in cost of river study (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Colorado River Radioactivity
Radioactive waste to be removed from banks of the Colorado River (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
It's Not Just Because They Got Caught
DOE denies budget cuts single out Yucca geologists: U.S. Geological Survey expects big work reduction at repository (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Better Late Than Never
Panel gets 4,980 documents in e-mail probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Porter committee gets 4,980 more pages in probe (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nothing To Worry About
NRC: Casks would survive big blaze (Las Vegas Sun article)
Assuming The Best; Expecting The Worst
Poor assumptions by nuclear commission (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

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Federal Nevada
Humboldt & Toiyabe National Forests
Forest Service explains plans (Elko Free Press article)
Public concerned over road inventory (Elko Free Press article)
Nevada Test Site
Study: Security lacking at Test Site: Government officials say improvements already have been made (Las Vegas Sun article)
NEVADA TEST SITE: Plan to 'accelerate closure' -- But critics say unlined pit would accept hazardous waste for another five years (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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September 17, 2005

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From The US Congress
Three Nevada Members Of Congress Blast Recent Court Decision Holding Pledge Of Allegiance In Schools Unconstitutional
Sen. Ensign: Americans Again Disappointed In American Legal System
Rep. Berkley Statement On Federal Court Ruling Barring the Pledge of Allegiance in Public Schools
Rep. Gibbons: “It is time for this preposterous ruling to be overturned once and for all."

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From The Office Of The Governor
State Unemployment Dips - 4,000 New Jobs Created In August

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Nevada Politics
Assembly Speaker Thrown Out During Political Visit To Hospital
Perkins ushered out of hospital: Assembly speaker visits nurses backing union (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Perkins disputes claim he disrupted hospital (Las Vegas Sun article)
More On Democratic Congressional Candidate
University regent Jill Derby joins congressional race (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Government Matters
Resignation Of State Prison Director
EARLY RELEASES: Guinn replaces prisons director -- Audit questions decisions to grant `good time' credits to inmates (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada prisons director quits post (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Jackie Crawford resigns as prisons director (Ely Times article)
Interim Legislators Getting Around To The Worst Of Nevada's Crumbling, Blighted State Buildings
Lawmakers pledge to put building at top of list (Nevada AP article)
Fears Of Another Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
State lawmakers want assurances park will not be developed commercially (Las Vegas Sun article)
Consequences Of Poorly Thought-Out, Hastily Passed Legislation At The Last Session
Payday loan law causing confusion (Las Vegas Sun article)
Learning From Louisiana
Lawmakers say evacuation plan needs addressing: Katrina sparks discussion of huge exodus (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Katrina proved we really are on our own (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)
Legislators Nix Nevada Presence In Mexico's Tourist Market
Legislative panel says no to tourism office in Mexico: Northern Nevadans complain of sectionalism (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
"Tale Of Two Cities" Corruption Case
CORRUPTION CASE: Malone seeks new trial -- No quid pro quo shown, attorneys say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Ex-Clark County official seeks new trial on corruption charges (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Education Matters
UNR Faculty Says No To Spy Camera System
Faculty nixes surveillance plan: UNR professors say draft policy on security cameras violates civil rights (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
UNR Faculty Senate rejects proposed camera policy (Nevada AP article)
UNLV Opens Funding Drive
STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY: UNLV fundraising effort goes public -- Campaign already has $263 million in pledges, donations (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Harter sets $500 million goal: UNLV president says private donations key to school's success (Las Vegas Sun article)
On Teachers Disciplined For Political Campaigning On Public Time
Meanwhile ... (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
138 New Schools Needed In Clark County
District tries to find ways to build more new schools (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
We Could Tell From The E-Mails
NRC is told quality comes first on Yucca Mountain work (Las Vegas Sun article)
Result Of Burning Test Caskets Of Radioactive Hazardous Waste -- On A Computer, Anyway
Documents Regarding Spent Fuel Transportation Package: Response to the Baltimore Tunnel Fire Scenario (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Release)
Follow Me
New Yucca leadership? (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Questions on oversight (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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September 18, 2005

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Law Enforcement
Defendants: San Diego-Las Vegas Corruption Case Jury Didn't Understand "The System"
From The San Diego Union-Tribune
City Hall verdicts spur more challenges: Former councilmen contest convictions
Lobbyist's conviction contested: No evidence of illicit pact cited at City Hall trial, lawyer says
Informer in City Hall case released: Club ex-manager D'Intino out on bond after 2 years in jail
San Diego Union-Tribune Corruption Case Webpage
Nevada Coverage
Former San Diego councilmen seek to have convictions tossed: Lawyers say officials had 'fundamental misunderstanding' of system (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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State Government Matters
State Taxation
Nevada voters should be 'spitting mad' (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza column)
More Utility Rate Hikes
Nevada Power may have to accept lower rate boost (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Natural gas heating bills could rise: State regulators recommend rate hikes higher than utilities originally sought (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Resignation Of State Prison Director
When 'good time' is a bad thing: Audit should bring serious prison reform (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Learning From Louisiana
Nevada officials consider new disaster scenarios post-Katrina (Nevada AP article)
Emergency planning (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Feds won't cover cost of housing refugees (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Katrina volunteer tired, heads home (Pahrump Valley Times article)
California Taxes and Nevada Corporations
California is all wound up in its shorts (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Education Matters
UNLV Wants Money
University announces big fundraising effort (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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From The Neon Empire
Let Me Tell You About My Money

"11 Reasons To Lower the Price of Buffets

Total compensation in 2004:

  1. Station Casinos Chairman Frank Fertitta III, $94.7 million.

  2. Station Casinos President Lorenzo Fertitta, $48 million.

  3. Las Vegas Sands Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson, $31.6 million (salary and bonus).

  4. Boyd Gaming Corp. Chief Executive Bill Boyd, $28.8 million.

  5. MGM Mirage Chief Executive Terry Lanni, $21.8 million.

  6. Station Casinos Chief Operating Officer William Warner, $20.5 million.

  7. Station Casinos Chief Development Officer Scott Nielson, $16.1 million.

  8. Sierra Health Services Inc. Chief Executive Anthony Marlon, $16 million.

  9. Las Vegas Sands Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer William Weidner, $14.5 million.

  10. Las Vegas Sands Corp. Executive Vice President Bradley Stone, $14.5 million.

  11. Sands Senior Vice President Robert Goldstein, $13.5 million.

(Source: In Business Las Vegas)"

The List Issue (Las Vegas Weekly article)
Speaking Of Amenities
Amenities vital to hotels (Las Vegas Business Press article)
The End Of The Dream
High rises spell the end of the dream (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Tracking The Chips -- And The Customers Who Carry Them
Casinos keep track of table (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
TRPA Unresponsive To Tahoe Casinos' Needs
Casino owners part of planning process (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Casino owners look to legislature (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Tough Market In Northern Nevada
Executives: Region a tough game (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Unappreciative Residents
South Meadows residents protest casino plans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Clark County
Ever Growing, Ever Changing Population
COUNTY COMMISSION: Redistricting talk grows -- Population increase causes wide disparity in number of residents in each district (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
One Life, Two Homes
COUNTY COMMISSIONER: Home away from home works -- Atkinson Gates has house in one district, apartment in hers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Juice Train: Backroom deals, financial chicanery and rampant cronyism. All aboard the Las Vegas Monorail
Next stop: Suckerville -- How the 'public' Las Vegas Monorail is taking taxpayers for a very expensive ride (Las Vegas City Life article)
Are monorail tax breaks a done deal? (George Knapp column for Las Vegas City Life)
Who's Listening
Columnist Jeff German: Sign flap at county building (Las Vegas Sun column)
Concern For A Vanishing Heritage
JANE ANN MORRISON: Clock's ticking on effort to fill in blanks about Las Vegas as it really was (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Red Rock Canyon: Crowded Roads . . .
State Route 159 users at impasse (Las Vegas Sun article)
And A Developer Who Says His Rights Were Violated.
Lawsuit challenges development limits in Red Rock area: Jim Rhodes says state, county violated rights (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From Douglas County
"Developing" Problems
Douglas County names Dion to development job (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)
Developer backs out of Riverwood (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
National retail developer pulls out of plans to build in north Douglas County (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Residents Celebrate An Older Rhythm Of Life And Honest Toil
Harvest festival offers fall fun (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

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From Elko County
Elko To Revel At Summer's End
Fall festival to bring balloons (Elko Free Press article)

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Look For News From Lander, Lincoln, Nye, Storey, Washoe and White Pine Counties, As Well As Lake Tahoe, In Tomorrow's TNO News Digest

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September 19, 2005

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Nevada Politics
A Thought-Provoking Analysis
Columnist Jon Ralston: Beers, Angle draw line in sand (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Boulder City "Commit A Misdemeanor, Forfeit Your House" Proceedings Denounced By Southern Nevada Press
Asset forfeiture abuse: Boulder City official goes overboard (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Drop the lawsuit (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Rounding up (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas City Life)
Learning From Louisiana
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Region lacks evacuation plan -- But officials say they are as prepared as possible for catastrophe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Sex Offender Registration
Editorial (Mesquite Desert Valley Times editorial)
School District Access To Criminal Records
Educators want access to new teachers' criminal histories (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Federal Nevada

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Why Wouldn't You Believe It?
Columnist Jeff German: Quality time for DOE? Not likely (Las Vegas Sun column)
YUCCA MOUNTAIN: New chief vows quality -- DOE officials leave schedule unsettled (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Simulated Study: Burning Radioactive Nuclear Fuel Rod Caskets
Study shows safety of casks for nuclear waste, NRC says -- Agency aims to ease concerns about shipments to Yucca Mountain (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Test Site
Everything's Better Now
Federal officials: Nevada Test Site security better since report (Nevada AP article)

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Just Over The Border
BURNING WITH ANGER: Victims of Mojave National Preserve fire say Park Service policies added to toll (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA's Latest Purchase
Water authority to buy river land from Scouts: Purchase of 15 acres for $920,000 part of state's responsibility to species conservation program along the Colorado (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The Hispanic Community Of Northern Nevada
Salsa Y Salsas! Festival
Salsa, dancing heat up festival: Hispanic group marks 15 years with tasty eats, music, dance (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Internal Problems Come To A Head
Protests target group director: Members of Hispanic board say they're quitting (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Lake Tahoe
"Developing" Problems

"While the public waits to find out what, if any, new shorezone plan will be adopted by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, some organizations have released feedback opposing the agencies adopting any new ordinance."

Shorezone opposition (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Setting Incline ablaze to protect it (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Martis trails are being overused, need restoration (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
California State Lands Commission Acts Against Aquatic Oxygen Thief

"Eurasian milfoil has been here for at least 30 years, experts say, yet no agency has taken proactive steps to address the weed's existence or reduce its spread until this year."

Weed steals oxygen from fish, native plants in lake (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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From Lander County
Down In The Mines
Placer Dome OKs Cortez Hills Project (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lincoln County
The Village Of Mesquite
Council Tackles Issues (Mesquite Desert Valley Times article)

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From Lyon County
Cognitive Glazeover Syndrome: Multiplicity Of Local Governments Causing Slide Into Gibberish
Lyon County Planning Commission
Lyon PlanCom pushes to start Master Plan process (Yerington Mason Valley News article)
Dayton Regional Advisory Council
DRAC favors parks, pathways for Riverpark subdivision map (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Fernley Special Planning Area
Councilmen believe City maintains Farm District SPA intent (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Silver Springs Advisory Board
SSAB makes recommendations to Plan Com (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
More From Fernley
City Council gives nod to ‘high-quality homes’ subdivision (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Member questions Fire Board direction, functions: Wants meeting to discuss number of issues (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Council approves staff salary increases (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
More From Dayton
Big crowd expected for Dayton Valley Days (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Past Pollution Is Present Problem In Yerington
Planning for future of Anaconda land should begin now (Yerington Mason Valley News article)
Data expected soon in ongoing mine efforts (Yerington Mason Valley News article)
More "Developing" Situations
Lyon may already be State’s 4th largest school district (Yerington Mason Valley News article)
Lyon OKs agreement to settle Compston land issue: Development agreement would delay paving requirement on Smith-Gage (Yerington Mason Valley News article)
Fire Advisory Board to meet on City Fire District contract (Yerington Mason Valley News article)

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From Nye County
The Burning Hills
Pahrump: Valley of fires, arsonists (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Hot Shots saved the Silver State (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Putting Out Political Fires -- In The County . . .
Meetings galore next week for Nye County officials (Pahrump Valley Times article)
And In The Town.
Pahrump moves into higher gear (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From Storey County
V&T Railroad Engine Takes Place Of Honor
A little locomotive finds its way 'home' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Historic locomotive moves to Virginia City (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Dropping By For A Hump Or Two: The Camel Races!
46th Annual Running of the Camels (Virginia City Comstock Chronicle article)

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From Washoe County
In Praise Of Reno
Little Big City: Home to Nevada's best art museum and university, Reno also sets state trends in social service. Why can't Vegas keep up? (Las Vegas Weekly article)
The National Championship Air Races
Races known around world: Japanese comic book artist gets firsthand glimpse of event that's been his subject (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Early birds get best views: Some pilots get flying before day's scheduled start (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Woman race pilot thrives on speed (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Fans come to races for more than planes: Event a yearly reunion for some, who travel long distances by RV (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From White Pine County
County And City Clash
Mayor and council balk at $11,000 county bill (Ely Times article)
Rising Costs In A Critical Business
EMTs don't like huge increase in ambulance service fees (Ely Times article)
Reclaiming The Railroad
L.A. agrees to sell NNRy right of way (Ely Times article)

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September 20, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Candidates Not Sure About Tax And Spending Initiative
GOVERNOR'S RACE: Tax plans get mixed reception -- Candidates question initiatives (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The US Congress
Sen. Ensign Applauds Commission's Recommendation On Ballot Paper Trails
Press Release

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Appeals Court Sides With Metro; Upholds Summary Judgment Dismissing Lawsuit By Alleged Narcotics Trafficker
Burrell v. McIlroy (US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals)
Let The Sunshine In: Trying To Pry Open Public Records
County reverses position on records: Lawyers now say baby's death warrants release of court information (Las Vegas Sun article)
Secrecy can't help Adacelli: Confidentiality no longer warranted (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Open child's records (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From The Nevada Supreme Court
Probate Administrators May Be Sued To Collect Liability Insurance
Jacobson v. Estate of Clayton
Labor Commissioner's Decision Excluding Workers From Prevailing Wage Act Subject To Judicial Review
Southern Nevada Op. Eng’rs v. Labor Comm’r
Nevada Counties Can Appeal State Board Of Equalization Decisions
Mineral County v. State, Bd. Equalization
Related Story
Counties get right to sue on taxes (Nevada AP article)
Nevada's Bad-Debt Statute Bars Sales Tax Recoveries Against State By Finance Companies
State, Dep’t of Taxation v. DaimlerChrysler
Death Sentence For Convicted Murderer, Child Molester Upheld
Weber v. State
Related Story
Court affirms verdict, death penalty for killer (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Court Overturns Extortion Convictions; Upholds Aggravated Stalking And Witness Tampering Counts In Case Involving Las Vegas Casino Owner Steve Wynn
Phillips v. State
Related Story
12 Wynn stalker convictions lifted: High court decision could affect Angelil case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Court Furnishings Pass Taste Test
JANE ANN MORRISON: After walk-through, Supreme Court's new digs judged sensibly stylish (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Helping Out Harvey
No deal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
Accounts Payable
Regent: Computer services payment waste of money (Nevada AP article)
It's A Good Thing Someone's Doing It
Panel at UNR to discuss U.S. Constitution (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Churchill County
Crops Aren't All That's Growing There
City considers annexations, water tower (Fallon Lahontan Valley News* article)

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From Clark County
Town & Country
Residents opposed to stables (Las Vegas Sun article)
Rural preservation issue going back before council (Las Vegas Sun article)
 Preserving The Past
Proposals to be sought on former school (Las Vegas Sun article)
Learning From Louisiana
FEMA review to allow continued local savings on flood insurance (Las Vegas Sun article)
Prepare for the worst (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From Elko County
Short-Handed
Worker shortage continues (Elko Free Press article)
Elko Airport Expansion
City OKs runway study (Elko Free Press article)

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From Eureka County
Will Be TS One Way Or The Other
Newmont awaits power plant permit (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lander County
Don't Dig It
Shoshone to fight Cortez project (Elko Free Press article)

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From Mineral County
What's In A Name?
Tempers fly in tiny community south of Fallon over name change dispute: Town of Luning split over name change (Fallon Lahontan Valley News* article)

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From Washoe County
Airport Compromise Isn't Taking Off . . .
Spanish Springs plan needs work: Changes are back with Washoe County planning officials (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
But The National Championship Air Races Did.
Fans get perfect skies, dramatic action at air races finale (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Fun And Games
Basques gather for good food, family fun: Northern Nevada Moments (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Incline Leveling Off
Housing boom in Incline may be over - for now (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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From The Neon Empire
Tooling Up For Tomorrow
IGT unveils new gadgetry (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Public Hearings On Amended Yucca Mountain Standards Announced
EPA Information And Schedules

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Federal Nevada
History Of 2005 Season Written In Letters Of Flame
Devastating Nevada fires (Nevada AP article)
Butting Heads
Environmentalists, ranchers at odds over threat to bighorn sheep (Nevada AP article)

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From The US Census Bureau
New Reports
County Business Patterns 1993-2003
For Nevada

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September 21, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Taking The Initiative
Ex-judge targets eminent domain: Chairez to file initiative petition today with state (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Columnist Jeff German: Property rights take center stage (Las Vegas Sun column)
Drawing The Line
Ex-state senator now a lobbyist: Coalition aims to keep religion out of government (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Are We Having An Identity Crisis?
Voter ID (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Welcome To My Nightmare
New law creates glitch in Sparks man's pursuit to prove his citizenship (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Bikers Want To Walk
Nevada high court urged to toss out deadly biker brawl case (Nevada AP article)
Patrolling The Perverts
Local police in favor of proposed law that expands sex offender requirements (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Sex offender list in county is constantly changing (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Who Can You Trust?
Citizen panel alleges police wrongs: Board says violations ignored by internal affairs (Las Vegas Sun article)
A Nasty Surprise
Gibbons' office evacuated after white powder found (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Resigned Prison Director's Career Deserves A Longer Look
Regard lapse in its context (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Water Matters
Back To The Conference Table Again
States meet over Colorado River (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Health Matters
West Nile Virus News
Another Lyon WNV case reported, but cooling weather to help (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
West Nile Strikes Mesquite Resident (Mesquite Desert Valley Times article)
Silver Springs-Stagecoach Hospital District Starts Health Care Search
Search to begin for medical and dental providers (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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Nevada Education Matters
When Counting Counts
Teamsters' fight to represent teachers goes to high court (Las Vegas Sun article)
Growing Up Fast
Lyon may already be State’s 4th largest school district: Preliminary enrollment figure of 8,649 reflects 5.3% student growth rate (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Someone Who Cares A Little
Developer to make donation to college: Centex to give Nevada State $125 for each house the company closes through July 2007 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
From The Nevada Policy Research Institute
Zombie U.
Dead and Not Knowing It: Nevada's tax-financed universities are based on a paradigm that no longer represents reality Part 1; Part 2

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From Nevada Consumers
Ever-Rising Prices -- Utilities
Hearings set for proposed natural gas hike (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Gasoline
Valley residents are getting on the bus: RTC set record last month with 4.8 million riders (Las Vegas Sun article)
Construction Materials
Katrina could bring double-digit construction material price hikes (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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From The Neon Empire
Keep Those Amenities Coming
Casinos wild for non-gaming amenities (Gaming Today article)
Home Is Where The Heart Is
U.S. gamers eye international expansion: Operators seek greener pastures in the Far East (Gaming Today article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Lower The Standards For Nuclear Waste Caskets -- They Look Safer That Way
Direct Final Rule: List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks (From the Federal Register)

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Federal Nevada
Saving Horses
Sen. Ensign Amendment Aims To Stop Horse Slaughter (Press Release)
Butting Heads
FEDERAL LAND: Activists cite disease threat -- Alarm over contact between Sierra Nevada bighorns, domestic sheep just a ploy, ranchers say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From Clark County
Stay Just As You Are
Monorail to retain tax status: No grounds given for revocation of sales-tax exemption (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
RED ROCK CANYON: Groups stay on sidelines -- Development featuring 17 homes will have no big effect on area, activists say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
 Not Just A Business Opportunity Any More -- At Least For Now
Park at a crossroads (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From Elko County
Complaint: City Of Wells Isn't Enforcing Historic Preservation District Ordinances
History vs. Decay (Elko Free Press article)
Great Basin Festival
Shoshone dance, talk at college (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lyon County
Keeping Up To Date
County urges up-to-date data in impact fee projections (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Advanced Specialty Gas Case Settled - Nitrogen Trifluoride Plant Closed After Explosion in 2000
Lyon agrees to settle with insurance pool on ASG lawsuit issue (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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From Washoe County
Riverside Revival
Downtown is Reno's hippest place to go (Nevada Appeal* article)
A "Developing" Problem
Riverfront plan questioned: Developer wants row houses along Truckee in Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The Finer Things In Life
New trail opens panoramic view (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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September 22, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Perkins Drops Candidacy
Nevada Assembly speaker out of governor's race (Nevada AP article)
His Sensitive Toes
Columnist Jeff German: Hospital big shots in for fight (Las Vegas Sun column)
Eminent Domain Initiative
Ending abusive property seizures: Proposed initiative petition could be on ballot next year (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
2006 Nevada State Treasurer's Race
Treasury candidate banks on youth (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Utah Senator Changes Sides; Will Oppose Yucca Dump Plan
Sen. Bennett's Statement To The US Senate
Utah senator: Yucca 'does not make sense' -- Bennett formerly approved of site (Las Vegas Sun article)
CHANGE OF HEART: Yucca Mountain foes gain ally -- Utah GOP senator withdraws support for permanent nuclear waste repository in Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Utah official switches gears on plan for nuclear waste: Delegation may be softening its stance on Yucca Mountain (Las Vegas Sun article)
Sen. Reid Building Momentum to Stop Transportation of Nuclear Waste
Press Release
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Re-Visiting Faked Studies
NRC advisory panel studies Yucca issues (Las Vegas Sun article)
Congressional Investigation Into Faked Studies Still Active
Yucca Mountain e-mail investigation continues (Associated Press article)
Federal Radioactive Railway Project
Caliente Corridor discussed in Goldfield: Officials outnumber residents at "hot" meeting (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA's Suction Scheme
Water authority wants to change plan: To tap western Clark and Lincoln counties, officials want to drill wells closer to the Las Vegas Valley (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Fissures could threaten water pipeline (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The US Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals
Federal Appellate Court Decision Clears Way For Construction Of Private Pier At Lake Tahoe
Glenbrook Homeowners Association v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Federal court rules in favor of Lake Tahoe pier project (Nevada AP article)

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Hispanic Nevada
The Divisive Language Issue  
JOHN L. SMITH: Responses roll in as Spanish rolls off the tongues of many here (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Education Matters
Washoe School District Administrators Having Trouble With Numbers Again

"The district expected more than 1,370 new students this year, Dugan said, but a preliminary check last week showed enrollment grew by just 117."

Schools may lose $6 million: Student growth shortfall could cause job layoffs (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada Supreme Court To Rule On  Teachers Union Election For Representation By Teamsters
Court hears dispute over Vegas school district employees, unions (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Health Matters
Regulators Keeping An Eye Out For You

"Carpenter was facing 28 counts of malpractice and unethical and unprofessional conduct. The complaint stated that Carpenter's actions left one patient blind and damaged the vision of other patients. He was also accused of double-billing as well as multiple counts of charging patients for services not performed."

Board finds eye doctor guilty on 12 counts; license not revoked (Las Vegas Sun article)
EPA Checks Churchill County Drinking Water
Arsenic study reveals no health effects (Lahontan Valley Times article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
LVCRB: Aggressive Street Searches Violate Metro Policies
CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD: LV police conduct challenged -- Search of trespass suspect questioned (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Utility Companies
PUC Looking At Heavy Rate Increases For Natural Gas
Commission hears request for higher gasoline prices (Nevada Appeal article)
As Rates Rise, So Do Stock Prices
Sierra Pacific shares recover after dramatic 2002 collapse (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Southwest Gas Wants Lower Rate Increase Than PUC
Utility says lower rate increase OK (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Environment
New Federal Legislation In The Works
Lawmakers eye financial incentives to landowners (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Wildlife habitat law may change: Critics of proposal say accord protecting desert tortoise at risk (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
When environment protection laws meet with natural disaster recovery (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Federal Nevada
US Forest Service To Spruce Up Spring Mountains
Plans to develop 'Pahrump's side' under way (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From The City And County Of Carson
Planning For Growth
Parks and recreation master plan reviewed: Calls for construction of 30 neighborhood parks and major community one (Nevada Appeal* article)

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From Churchill County
Plans To Add More County Commissioners
Voters should have say on expanding board (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

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From Clark County
Grappling With Growth
Task force recommendations help development (Las Vegas Sun article)
Covering Their Gas
12 people named to pipeline panel (Las Vegas Sun article)
Town & Country Concerns
Rural preservation districts given official confidence vote (Las Vegas Sun article)
Learning From Louisiana
Visitors aided in preparedness plan (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Elko County
Great Basin Festival
Rain Dance: Rainfall precedes Shoshone event (Elko Free Press article)
Wanted -- New Director Of Tourism
ECVA's search for director starts over (Elko Free Press article)
Area Growing Rapidly -- New Homes Up 52 Percent Over Last Year
County home construction up this summer (Elko Free Press article)
Improving The Infrastructure
Wells eyes work on 'crumbling' railroad overpass (Elko Free Press article)

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From Nye County
Planning Problems In Pahrump
Cox: School buses don't mix too well with brothels (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pahrump's Wild West Extravaganza Heralds Fall Festival
Yee-haw! (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Something Nice For Beatty
Beatty seeks project for downtown redevelopment (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From Washoe County
County Regional Plan Revealed . . .
Open house today to view regional plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Subject To Change, Of Course.
Planners seek changes in Spanish Springs plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival Starts Up
Bikers invade Truckee Meadows: Motorcycle event rumbles into Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
A Palmy New Position
RSCVA chief resigns: Palm Springs offers position to Beckelman (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Something To Think About
Stretching the U.S. Commerce Clause (Dennis Meyers column, Pahrump Valley Times)

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September 23, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Bowing Out
2006 CAMPAIGN: Perkins exits race for governor --Assemblyman says three-way primary would hurt Democrats (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Citing long odds, Perkins decides to bow out of race for governor (Las Vegas Sun article)
Perkins won't run for governor (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government Matters
State Website Ranked 10th Best in Nation
Press Release
State of Nevada Website
Brown University Study Prepared The Rankings
 State And Federal E-Government In The United States 2005

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Nevada Education Matters
Teachers Not Getting Their Raises In Elko, Humboldt, Lander And White Pine Counties
FOUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS: Funds for raises diverted --Superintendents ignore legislation raising school workers' salaries, association says (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Though the Legislature appropriated money for the raises, state Deputy Superintendent Doug Thunder said no law mandates school districts award them."

Funds for some Nevada teachers' raises diverted (Nevada AP article)
Clark County School District Has Shortfall In Expected New Students
Schools record pupil shortfall (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County's Shortfall
Do data reflect a trend? (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Rural School Districts
Carson, Douglas enrollments decline, while Lyon's goes up (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Arguments Held In Clark County Teachers-Teamsters Union Election
Union representing school employees tries to halt vote: Group asks high court to halt Teamsters' attempt to represent nonteaching workers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Teamsters lawyer cites grounds for union vote (Las Vegas Sun article)
Regents To Decide Disposition Of UNR Parcel
Regents to vote on Washoe County land eyed for flood protection (Nevada AP article)
Regents to decide fate of land county wants (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
UNLV Fundraising
'We can do this' is right (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Washoe School Plans
District selects elementary school designs (Sparks Tribune article)
Teachers Who Campaign For Political Candidates On School Time
Small fines but important message on ethics (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
30 Percent Budget Cut Announced
Workers on Yucca project face layoffs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Yucca Mountain workers face layoffs (Las Vegas Sun article)
Utah Senator's Shift
Better late than never (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Health Matters
UNLV Hospital Facility Controversy
ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTER: Doctors offer a proposal -- Plan calls for constructing facility near existing hospitals, UNLV dental school (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada doctors offer their proposal for academic medical center (Nevada AP article)
Military Spending Bill Provides Full Funding For Las Vegas Veterans Hospital
Press Release (Sen. Ensign)
New Money Available For Mental Health
Nevada gets grant for suicide prevention efforts (Nevada AP article)
Fallon Leukemia Cluster
No link seen between arsenic and leukemia cluster in Nevada town (Nevada AP article)
EPA presents arsenic results to Fallon (Nevada Appeal* article)
Disgruntled Miscreant
State medical board corrupt, eye doctor says: Physician was found guilty of 12 charges (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Utilities
Going Up
PUC grants Nevada Power rate increase: Commissioner says further hikes on way (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada regulators approve utility rate increase (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Major Meth Case: Hawaii-Las Vegas Connection Alleged
Vegas man charged in drug case (Las Vegas Sun article)
Meth discovery spurs arrests (Associated Press article)
US Justice Department Wants Henderson Man Barred As Tax Preparer -- Allegedly Prepared Fraudulent Returns For Residents of 28 States
Press Release (US Department of Justice)
Alleged Misuse Of State Computers
Ex-state worker charged in child porn case (Las Vegas Sun article)
Clark County DA: Office Did The Right Thing
DA Roger defends actions in three cases (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire
Major Plans For Reno Hotel-Casino Announced
Peppermill's $230 million expansion includes 17-story hotel tower (Nevada AP story)

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Nevada's Environment
New Federal Legislation
Rep. Gibbons: “Less than 1 Percent Success Rate is Unacceptable”: Nevada Lawmaker Supports Improvements to Endangered Species Act to Recover More Species (Press Release)
Bill would overhaul Endangered Species Act: House panel likely to OK legislation today (Las Vegas Sun article)
Personal Pier At Lake Tahoe
Whittemore, Ruvo win battle to build pier near homes in Glenbrook (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Hispanic Nevada
"Night of Stars," or "Noche de Estrellas"
Hispanic chamber rolls out red carpet (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Sprucing Up Spring Mountains
Recreation plans for Pahrump side of Mount Charleston to be unveiled (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Highways
 The Endless Construction Project
U.S. 395 roadwork frustrates businesses and motorists (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Clark County
Preserving The Past
Proposals sought for former school (Las Vegas Sun article)
Not A One-Horse Affair
LV Council approves facility for 33 horses in northwest (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Elko County
$250,000 For Local Firefighting Equipment
Rep. Gibbons Announces Funding for Elko Fire Department (Press Release)

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From Washoe County
Street Vibrations Festival
Bikers rock Reno's streets: More than 40,000 expected to attend Street Vibrations (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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September 24, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Perkins' Withdrawal
Columnist Jeff German: Perkins didn't have a chance (Las Vegas Sun column)
Perkins primary place (Steve Sebelius column, Valleyblogs.com)
Feminist Organization Backs Democratic Candidate For Governor
GOVERNOR'S RACE: National group gets behind Titus -- EMILY's List a strong fundraising force (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Emily's List endorses Titus in Nevada governor's race (Nevada AP article)
Gov. Guinn Names Attorney General-Designate:  "Highly Qualified Individual" Has No Law Enforcement Or Government Administrative Experience
Guinn picks Chanos to succeed Sandoval: Change contingent on attorney general's confirmation for judgeship (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Guinn to name Chanos as new attorney general (Las Vegas Sun article)
Strange Scenario Was Predicted 2 Months Ago By LVR-J Columnist

Jane Ann Morrison: Assistant county manager will get lots of help in attorney general race (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Government Secrecy Scheme Blocked
Nevada wins Yucca ruling: DOE told it must release draft copy of license application (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Nevada wins fight over draft license application (Las Vegas Sun article)
More Time For Public Participation
EPA extends comment period (Las Vegas Sun article)
Danger Of Quakes Raised
Geologist: Nevada at risk for major quake -- Fault lines could affect Yucca dump (Las Vegas Sun article)
Another Nuclear Mishap Reported
Empty nuke can on train tips; no radiation released (Las Vegas Sun article)
Determined On The Dump
Yucca advocates remain resolute on nuke storage (Las Vegas Sun article)
Developments In Utah
YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Bob Bennett's right to throw in with Nevada -- Neighbors in need (Salt Lake City Tribune editorial)
And In Congress
Hatch to revive nuke waste options (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government
3 Previous No-Shows; Couldn't Make It The Fourth Time Because He Had A "Prior Commitment"
Panel: Ex-judge in contempt -- Members of state commission upset with failures to appear at hearings (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada panel: Ex-judge in contempt (Nevada AP article)
Prevailing Wage And Public Works Projects
Nevada's new prevailing wage survey results released (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada
Laying Out The Largesse
Sens. Reid, Ensign Secure $100 Million for Nevada Military Projects (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Nevada to get funds from bill (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada gets $3.7 million for land and water projects (Nevada Appeal article)
But Eying The Proceeds Of BLM Auctions
White House still has eye on county land sales (Las Vegas Sun article)
Blazing New Paths
Tahoe trail to undergo rerouting (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Health Matters
Resigned From Disgust Over Outcome Of Eye Doctor Case
Official quits medical board: Discipline of doctor behind resignation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Previous TNO Link: Nevada 6th Worst State For Disciplining Doctors (2005 Public Citizen Annual Ranking of State Medical Boards) 
Press Release
Report
State Rankings
Nevada Cancer Institute Opens Its Doors
Vision of cancer research center unfolds: Dedication for facility, official opening tonight (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada Cancer Institute celebrates opening tonight (Las Vegas Sun article)
UNLV Hospital Facility Controversy
Regents weigh different visions of medical center (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Consumers
Prices Of Rentals, Homes Going Up
State tough place to find affordable housing (Las Vegas Sun article)
Rising Utility Rates Too
Economy's tough test (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
More Fat Salary Hikes For State University Presidents
Regents approve raises for Carpenter, Wells (Las Vegas Sun article)
 More Construction For Southern Nevada Universities
Construction plans considered: Development companies offer to help build university facilities (Las Vegas Sun article)
Mistakes Were Made

"The audit showed misuse of host accounts, purchases that did not follow system policies, a strange transaction in which the MAP program acted as a middle man between two other companies, two incidents in which contracts were granted to system employees and two $10,000 invoices paid for services still not rendered."

Audit of Managerial Assistance Program shows mistakes (Las Vegas Sun article)
Passing The Hat And Passing The Buck
Inventing UNLV Again: Care to make a donation to higher education? (Las Vegas Weekly article)
The School Districts
Dropping Out Of The System
Left at home: Long a bastion of conservatives, Reno homeschooling now has an organization of liberal parents (Reno News & Review article)
The Business Of Education
In Clark . . .
School district to sell 18 acres to North Las Vegas: Board gives OK to $6.81 million deal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
And In Washoe.
Enrollment error could cost 90 school district jobs: Miscalculation means $6 million less in state support (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Washoe school officials brainstorm cost cuts (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Environment
Long-Term Problems Seen For Area
Extreme weather is likely on tap for West (Las Vegas Sun article)
Global warming may strengthen hurricanes (Las Vegas Sun article)
What Matters Most
Property rights (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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September 25, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Perkins' Withdrawal
JOHN L. SMITH: Perkins has taken one for the team, and he's the one-man team (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Columnist Jon Ralston: Perkins' exit alters dynamics (Las Vegas Sun column)
Competition is good for voters:  Perkins withdrawal ups the odds of another anointed governor (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
JANE ANN MORRISON: Indecisiveness probably won't hurt Perkins in future ... or maybe it will (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Cashing Out, Cashing In
Exit stage left: Charlie Waterman, the dogged idealist who led Clark County Democrats for decades, has big plans for his retirement -- getting big money out of politics (Las Vegas City Life article)

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Nevada Government
Resignation Of State Prison Director
Crawford's prison legacy is tainted but intact (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Las Vegas Monorail Controversy
Monorail keeps rolling tax-free (for now): But Nevada Tax Commission may consider revoking tax-exempt status in the future (Las Vegas City Life article)
More monorail shenanigans (George Knapp column, Las Vegas City Life)
Commit A Misdemeanor, Forfeit Your House
Seize this! Both the Las Vegas Sun and the Review-Journal jumped all over Dave Olsen, city attorney of sleepy Boulder City, when he filed a lawsuit to seize the home of Cynthia Warren. (Las Vegas City Life editorial)
Not His Day
Former candidate for state senate will stand trial on marijuana charges (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Former state Senate candidate to stand trial on drug charge (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Education Matters
University Regents
Regents keep their door open for university jobs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Salary Increases
Regents OK raise for CCSN chief: Carpenter's salary jumps $20,000 to $213,800 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
UNR Will Help Reno Flood Control After All
Regents OK county's bid for land: Panel to accept offer of $12.1 million for 55 acres along river for flood control (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Didn't Like The Verdict
UNR appeals porn case verdict in favor of employee: Former locksmith awarded $209,315 by jury in June (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
BLM's Clark County Land Sales
HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE: Land sales funds off table -- Committee chairman says profits will stay in Southern Nevada, not in federal coffers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Uses And Users
Joint accord near for Spruce Mountain (Elko Free Press article)
Leases And Lessees
Oil and gas lease auction earns $728,000 (Ely Times article)
Grazing Permit Not A Property Right
Esmeralda rancher Ben Colvin looses grazing lawsuit versus the BLM (Ely Times article)

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Nevada's Environment
The Endangered Species Act
Stop trifling with nature (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From The Neon Empire
Station Casinos' Northern Nevada Plans
Redfield project has some South Meadows residents worried (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Opposition mounts to Las Vegas-based company’s Reno plans (Nevada AP article)

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Hispanic Nevada
Representing La Raza
Two seek Mexican government post: Winner to represent Mexican-Americans in Northern Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The City And County Of Carson
They Like It The Way It Was
Residents prefer traditional look for downtown (Nevada Appeal* article)
Street Vibrations Festival
Engines ready for Street Vibrations: 10,000 motorcyclists expected to attend Carson Street Vibrations event (Nevada Appeal* article)

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From Clark County
The Cross And The Switchblade
Bastion of Redemption? 'We go into neighborhoods the cops won't even go to and we make a difference.' Can a church with a history of reforming the wayward succeed in a tough Vegas neighborhood? (Las Vegas Weekly article)

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From Elko County
Can't Guard Their Own Airport
City cannot qualify to handle own airport security business (Elko Free Press article)
Hard At Work
Large agenda faces Council on Tuesday (Elko Free Press article)

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From Nye County
Another Tax Hike Proposed For Pahrump
The taxman cometh - again (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From Washoe County
Downtown Races
Sideways! Bringing it on home at the Reno Supermoto A-Go-Go (Reno News & Review article)
Speedy Public Transportation
City's envisioned plan would make rapid bus service more economical (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Begone
Reno board wants speedy departure of tourism chief (Nevada AP article)

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From White Pine County
Gone Shopping
County to buy Bassett Lake (Ely Times article)

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September 26, 2005

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Nevada Education Matters
Enrich Your Friends And Influence People In One Easy Step With Unregulated Credit
In Need Of Supervision: New University Lease-To-Own Plans Incur Public Debt, Avoid Accountability To State Legislature

"Rogers, the wealthy valley businessman and lawyer who heads the Nevada System of Higher Education, argues that the arrangement would give the higher education system greater control of its construction needs by providing it with a credit card for major capital spending. 'The whole world works on credit and the state Legislature can't,' Rogers said. 'We need to get in the credit business.'

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'The funding (for the lease payments) is going to have to come from student fees or tuition or things of that sort,' Rogers said. 'I don't think on most of those things we'll look to the state and they should be damn happy about that.'"

Higher ed system eyes new construction plan (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Washoe County School District
Incline leads enrollment decline (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Teacher, district negotiators reach raise agreement (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
District relationship strained (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
A Needed Reform
Legislators should approve new regulation to mandate taxicab cameras (Las Vegas Business Press column)
Local Government
Across The State, Dealing With "Developing" Problems
Churchill County
City council approves annexations, new water tower on Rattlesnake Hill (Lahontan Valley News article)
Commissioners approve tax on new homes for school repairs (Lahontan Valley News article)
Clark County
Not A Problem
Columnist Jeff German: Getting to bottom of inspector 'shortage' (Las Vegas Sun column)
As The Housing Shortage Worsens
More mobile home owners must move: 13 parks with 1,460 lots in process of closing (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Douglas County
Sustainable Growth Initiative Lawsuit
 Growth case moves forward (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)
Lincoln County
Supervising A 13,000 Acre Development North of Mesquite
Mayor Lends A Helping Hand (Mesquite Desert Valley Times article)
Editorial (Mesquite Desert Valley Times column)
Lyon County
Taking A Conservative Approach To Rising Values
Assessor says annual assessments not needed yet (Mason Valley News article)
Planning Commission Grapples With Growth
Smith Valley18-lot subdivision has PlanCom approval (Mason Valley News article)
PlanCom highlights concern with Luzier Lane subdivision (Mason Valley News article)
PlanCom takes first look at West Bridge subdivision proposal (Mason Valley News article)
 North Lyon Fire District Concerns To Be Discussed Openly
NLCFD will not have closed session as requested: Discussion of direction, purpose of board would have to be in open session; doesn’t meet open meeting law requirements for closed session. (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Smith Valley Government
Three nominated for SV Advisory Council: One incumbent and two newcomers to board. (Mason Valley News article)

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From The Neon Empire
The Cosmetic Arts
Celebrity architects recruited for Strip makeover (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada's Environment
The Coming Wave
Oceans could spell dry winter (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Life
From The Fields Of Lahontan
Nevada Maze boggles minds at Lattin Farms (Lahontan Valley News* article)
From Genoa's Shady Groves
Candy Dance coming (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
Across The Southern Desert
Robotic vehicles set to race across desert again: Military sponsors have doubled prize to $2 million after last year's inauspicious start (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Past
Del Webb's story forecast the valley's future (Las Vegas Business Press column)

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September 27, 2005

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All For Our Country
Two More Nevada Soldiers Killed Overseas
Crash kills 2 Nevadans in Afghanistan: Guardsmen from Stead unit die in Chinook helicopter accident (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics
Perkins' Withdrawal
UPDATE: Ex-gubernatorial candidate Perkins remains out of favor with Valley Health System (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Democrats United Behind Assembly Speaker Candidate
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Democrats unite as Republicans scramble -- Assembly majority leader attracts generous crowd to fundraiser ahead of possibly becoming Nevada's first female speaker (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Is This Trip Necessary?  Gov. Guinn's Wife Takes Up Spouse Sniping
Nevada's first lady criticizes wife of gubernatorial hopeful (Nevada AP article)
Advice And Consent
Sandoval to go before Senate Judiciary panel (Nevada AP article)
In God We Trust
First atheists' lobbyist has Nevada political roots: Brown represents nonreligious viewpoint in D.C. (Las Vegas Sun article)
Blind Trust
Reid puts his assets in blind trust (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Those Regents Again
Mulling Over Self-Regulation
Cooling-off period for regents (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Methods discussed to regulate regents who receive favors (Las Vegas Sun article)
CCSN: After Five Figure Annual Raise For President, Three Figure Raises Over Two Years For Profs
CCSN faculty raises OK'd (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government
Helping The Poor, The Homeless And The Mentally Ill
Why the long delays? (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
The Fortunate Mr. Walters And The Mayor Of Las Vegas
Billy Bounces Back ...but exposes friend to new round of ethics charges (Steve Miller column, AmericanMafia.com)
From Bad To Worse In White Pine
White Pine County's financial condition worsens: Residents reject cutting services, raising taxes (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Environment
Our Beautiful State
Preserving Nevada's treasures: Lawmakers focus on helping Mount Charleston, Walker Lake (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Importance Of Global Climate Emphasized At Western States Water Meeting
Water agency chiefs call for research, communication (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain
Shining a light on nuke dump (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Sand Mountain
BLM to double fees at Sand Mountain (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
DUIs Down
New law, police push seen as affecting Nevada drunk driving rate (Nevada AP article)
Home Means Nevada
Reno police officers describe experiences in New Orleans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Accused New York City Hit Men With Las Vegas Connection
Partners In Crime: The Mafia Cops Part 8 (Scroll down for hyperlinks to previous 7 parts in this series)
Gas Hike Used To Police Lake
Marina gas taxes aimed at boating safety at Lake Mead (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Health Matters
The Right To Choose
Nevada seniors to have choice of Medicare drug providers (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Life
Hispanic Nevada
TMCC official to represent area's Mexican-American community (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Street Vibrations Festival
Street Vibrations rumbles out of town (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Hard-core bikers and weekend warriors share streets (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
More Motorcycle Mania In Reno This Weekend
Downtown turns into supermoto racetrack (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Robot Races On The Southern Desert
Robots and their makers eye $2 million prize in desert challenge (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Past
The Rush To Mono
Dogtown: a mining camp hardly fit for dogs (Nevada Appeal* column)

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September 28, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Democratic Contenders Elbow Each Other While Vying For Union Votes

Titus: "With all due respect, I believe that Mayor Gibson represents politics as usual."

Gibson: "'There probably is no secret about what the issues are,' he said. 'We've been doing this for going on nine years in Henderson and a lot of what we're doing there we think is really applicable to what is happening statewide.'"

Titus speaks out against expected opponent Gibson (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Now For Something Really Important: Spouse Sniping
Mrs. Guinn Expresses Her Personal Views On The Duties And Obligations Of The Wife Of A Governor Of Nevada
Dema Guinn says being first lady is a full-time job: She says Dawn Gibbons shouldn't juggle state, Congress duties (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada's first lady criticizes potential first lady's decision: Dema Guinn says Dawn Gibbons' bid for her husband's post in Washington bad idea (Nevada AP article)
Me-OW, baby! (Steve Sebelius column for valleyblogs.com)
Making It Official: Mrs. Guinn's State Government Website
Meet Nevada's First Lady Dema Guinn

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Nevada Government
The Fortunate Mr. Walters And The Mayor Of Las Vegas
Miller, Rose file ethics complaint against Goodman (Las Vegas Sun article)
New State Laws On October 1st
Many new state laws go into effect on Saturday (Las Vegas Sun article)
New law highlights (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Self-Regulating Regents
Columnist Jeff German: Regents get it wrong, as usual (Las Vegas Sun column)
Alternative Energy Arrangement
Firm enters agreement with DRI, university (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
CCSN Personnel Meeting
Open government (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Making Do With Less
In Clark . . .
School officials' estimate of new students too high (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
And In Washoe.
District avoids teacher layoffs: Trustees OK plan to cover shortfall (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
A Tawdry Tale
Reno woman to testify against former teacher in Idaho (Nevada AP article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Federal Radioactive Railway
State of Nevada Comments on the Department of Energy's Draft Environmental Assessment for the Withdrawal of Public Lands for the Proposed Caliente Rail Corridor
GROUNDWORK CRITICIZED: DOE land use plan disputed -- Nevada officials question proposed rail corridor that leads to Yucca Mountain (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Nevada files opposition to Yucca rail corridor land restrictions (Las Vegas Sun article)
Federal Standards
Environmental Protection Agency - PROPOSED RULES: Radiation protection programs: Yucca Mountain, NV; public health and environment radiation protection standards (from the Federal Register)
Federal Credibility

" . . . the government has a poor track record for keeping its promises."

Senators get lesson on trust (St. George [UT] Spectrum editorial)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Domestic Violence: Nevada #2 In The Nation For Rate Of Women Murdered By Men
Press Release (Violence Policy Center)
When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2003 Homicide Data
Violence Policy Center Website
Report: Nevada ranks 2nd in women killed by men (Nevada AP article)
Advocacy Group Founders Blast Clark County Child Protective Services
Founders of children's group resign: Officials plan to file suit against county (Las Vegas Sun article)
More On Meth
Parents to learn about the dangers of meth abuse (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA's Advisors Report
Committee suggests ways to meet future water needs: 29-member board submits recommendations (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Water panel makes final pitch: Water Authority to get advisory recommendations (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Consumers
The Buck Stops Here
High diesel prices are passed to the consumer (Nevada Appeal* article)
Getting Intercoursed
JOHN L. SMITH: Couple about to have their day in court against behemoth Countrywide (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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From The Neon Empire
Opposition To Station Casino In Northern Nevada
Union Influence Charged
Culinary hypocrisy up north -- As it did in northwest Las Vegas, union goes after Station Casinos plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Opposition Groups
NoSouthRenoCasinos.org Website
Stop The Casino 101 Coalition Website
Government Planning Documents
Redfield Regional Center Plan
Master Plan Amendment For Gaming
Recommended Approach For Amending Master Plan Policies (City of Reno staff report)
Las Vegas Golden Nugget Owners Licensed
Nevada regulators OK Landry's purchase of Golden Nugget casinos (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
BLM Gets Conciliatory In Elko
Jarbidge excluded from 'critical' list (Elko Free Press article)

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From The City And County Of Carson
Learning From Louisiana
Still work to be done on evacuation plans (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

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From Washoe County
More Government Pay Raises
Washoe officials OK raises for employees (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Can't Run Their Own Business
County reviews golf courses: Some say it might be time for facilities to pay their own way (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Current Budget Still Not Posted On County Website
Washoe County Website

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Nevada's Past
V&TRR Recalled
Railroad helped revive profit margins for Comstock mines (Nevada Appeal* article)

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September 29, 2005
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Nevada Politics
A Controversial Contribution
Ensign won't return controversial donation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Ensign won't return campaign donations (Las Vegas Sun article)
Sen. Reid's New Website
U.S. Senate leader unveils online campaign strategy (Nevada AP article)
Giveemhellharry.com Website
No Place For Hate
Campaign aims to buttress fight against bigotry (Las Vegas Sun article)
Mrs. Guinn's Spouse-Sniping
Stay-at-home wife (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Government Matters
Got Ethics?
Ethics complaint filed against Goodman: Critics say mayor violated law by voting on matters affecting former criminal defense client Billy Walters (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Southern Nevada official faces ethics hearing (Nevada AP article)
Fallon judge denies ethics violations (Nevada AP article)
An Assemblyman And His Water Bill
Water Fee Dispute: Meter readings to resolve Carpenter's unpaid bill (Elko Free Press article)
Elko council, Carpenter, reach deal in sewer fee dispute (Nevada AP article)
Freedom And Authority
Nye County
Commission deems properties nuisances (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Change comes hard to valley (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Business license vs. roadside peddling (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Taxpayers say government could use some lessons from Miss Manners (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Washoe County
Commission calls for public decorum at meetings (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Going Up
Fuel cost forces change: Taxi surcharge to be considered monthly (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The Check's In The Mail
Rebate checks to be delayed about one week (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Acts Of Congress
Rep. Gibbons Supports Bill to Bolster Local Law Enforcement and Prevent Crime (Press Release)
Anti-meth bill would combat problem on local, national, international fronts (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Narcotics Suppression
Drug arrests rise in Washoe County: Detectives focus on northeast Reno; 3 suspected dealers put behind bars (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Alleged Fraudulent Assistance Scheme
Charges filed over $330,000 in grants: Longtime pastor, two others indicted (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Baptist church leaders face federal fraud charges (Las Vegas Sun article)
Police Chase Policies Change
Crashes led to changes in police pursuit policies (Las Vegas Sun article)
Back In Court
Sparks officer faces 3 lawsuits: Accused of excessive force in latest; city official calls all suits 'bogus' (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Police Pay
Columnist Jeff German: Cops are near new agreement (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Federal Nevada
Park Service looks at new plans as Mead level drops (Las Vegas Sun article)
Pahrump Utility Co. earns county support to purchase federal land (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Those Regents Again
Yes on ethics policy (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
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Nevada's Environment
Beatty is 'ideal' for green energy project (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Guest editorial: It's time to make common sense changes to ESA (Lahontan Valley News* column)
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Nevada's Population
Census report: Nevada women earn more -- Workers credit local business climate for success (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Washoe's median income tops Clark's (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
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Nevada Life
Lamoille Harvest Festival Saturday (Elko Free Press article)
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September 30, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Millions For Defense
Defense bill includes $100 million for state (Las Vegas Sun article)
Sen. Reid Secures Almost $100 Million for Nevada Military Bases, Defense Projects (Press Release)
Sen. Reid's New Webpage Promises Hell, Raises Cash
'GIVE 'EM HELL HARRY.COM': Senator launches own blog -- Reid using Web tool to raise money for Democratic Senate candidates (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Reid Web page garners responses (Las Vegas Sun article)
Sen. Reid Also A Fisher Of Men . . .
Reid talks to Schneider about county seat (Las Vegas Sun article)
Melendez tapped by Reid for seat on U.S. Civil Rights Commission (Las Vegas Sun article)
Sen. Reid Names Melendez to Civil Rights Post (Press Release)
Though The Catch Isn't Always Palatable.
Money connected to Reid: Senator arranged for grant now involved in indictment of pastors (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Reid secured money allegedly misspent by church (Las Vegas Sun article)
More Controversial Contributions
Gibbons, Porter will return funds if DeLay found guilty (Las Vegas Sun article)
Land Sales Angst
Gibbons and the GOP agenda (George Knapp column, Las Vegas City Life)

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Nevada Government
Did I Tell You That The Check's In The Mail (Or Will Be)?
 Each And Every Small Delay Earns More Dollars Every Day In Interest For The State . . . Or The Bank
State rebate checks won't be mailed until late next week (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Got Ethics? A Recurring Theme That The Nevada  Legislature Can't Or Won't Address
Boggs McDonald to face ethics panel: Official accused of trying to protect her husband's job (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Ethics panel calls for hearing: Commissioner Boggs McDonald focus of claims (Las Vegas Sun article)
Two on Nevada Board of Education cleared by state ethics panel (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Commissioner Maxfield cleared of ethics violation by state panel (Las Vegas Sun article)
Judge denies ticket allegations (Las Vegas Sun article)
Judge says he didn't violate conduct rules (Nevada Appeal article)
JP Ward denies allegations of ethic violations (Lahontan Valley Times* article)
Teen Grandfather Clause
Teen drivers trying to beat stricter license law: DMV offices report flood of applicants, and more mistakes (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Go Somewhere Else
Tribe's suit to block Schulz Ranch project dismissed (Nevada Appeal* article)
Mercantile Profits, Tax Revenues Still Rising
Taxation Revenue Statistics - July 2005 (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Merchants see another double-digit gain in Nevada sales (Nevada AP article)
Keep Smiling, Damn It!: Nevada 5th Friendliest Business State In The Country
Nevada ranked high for business friendliness: Development Counsellors International survey puts state fifth in nation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Taxing credibility (Steve Sebelius column, Valleyblogs.com)
No License, But So What? Are We Supposed To Close It Or Something?
Mortgage division fines Las Vegas company over mortgage loans (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Speeding Through
Sen. Ensign Urges Judiciary Committee Approval of Brian Sandoval (Press Release)
Sandoval up for judicial confirmation vote today (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada attorney general breezes through federal judgeship review (Nevada AP article)
Speed Kills
Anti-meth coalition will make a difference (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Another Bad Trip
Former college president arrested again on drug charges (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
A Retiring Kind Of Guy
City Attorney McGowan returning to private practice (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Health Matters
You Can Pay Less Tomorrow
Plan for imported prescription drugs put on hold (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nightmare Alley
Commission: Psychiatric patients are being mistreated in emergency rooms (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Those Regents Again
They've got the power (Las Vegas City Life column)
Lyon's Roar
Lyon County school enrollment up by nearly 500: Officials looking at creative ways to adjust to the growth (Nevada Appeal* article)
Lyon School enrollment on the rise as other counties see numbers fall: LCSD is now 4th largest; Carson, Douglas, Storey districts are smaller this year (Mason Valley News article)
Asking For An Accounting
School District to pursue legislative management practices audit (Mason Valley News article)
Pledge Of Allegiance
Rep. Gibbons Supports Effort to Keep Pledge of Allegiance in Schools U.S. Supreme Court Must Uphold Constitutionality of Pledge (Press Release)

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From The Neon Empire
Next Thing You Know, They'll Be Pooling Contributions For Political Candidates
Major Casino Leaders Agree On Key Issues (Gaming Wire article)

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Nevada Mining
Digging Mother Earth
Gold tops $470; Newmont predicts higher climb (Elko Free Press article)
Mining digging for more (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Mining exploration up across Nevada due to high gold prices (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Environment
Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005 (TESRA)
Rep. Gibbons: "Our Threatened Species Deserve Real Protection" -- House Passes Improvements to Endangered Species Act (Press Release)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
2-4-6-8, Who Will It Irradiate?
Rebels Rebel Against Dump
New club organizes students against Yucca Mountain:  STAND created by Nevada-based Citizen Alert founder (UNLV The Rebel Yell article)
Side Effect
The Health Effects of Nuclear Weapons Complexes: Sacrificing the Soviet and American public (ZNET article)

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From Clark County
They're Not Making Any More Of It
Vacant land values soar in the second quarter (Las Vegas Business Week article)

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From Lincoln County
Young And Daily Growing
Mesquite Population Officially 16,601 (Mesquite Desert Valley Times article)
Slippery Proceedings At City Council Meeting

"[W]e don't think the council ought to grant variances to our building code just because a developer says he 'typically doesn't pay those type fees.'"

Editorial (Mesquite Desert Valley Times editorial)

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From Lyon County
Eying The Fatted Calf
New sales tax for services option on discussion table (Mason Valley News article)
Increasing Pay
City Manager voted salary increase (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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September 1, 2005

Breaking News

September 1, 2005

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Nevada Politics
The Race For Governor
Gibbons announces run for governor (Las Vegas Sun article)
Gibbons announces 2006 bid for Nevada governor (Nevada AP article)
Gibbons throws hat in the ring (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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More Problems For Nevada White People's Party Leader
STATE INVESTIGATION: White party leader scrutinized -- Complaints filed against owner of three halfway houses (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Latest On The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
From The Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM)
Caliente Corridor Draft Environmental Assessment
Press Release
Environmental Assessment
More On The Radioactive Railway
DOE Statement On Use Of Dedicated Trains
Stakeholder Letter On Dedicated Trains Policy
Government Audiovisual Presentations
Yucca Mountain: The Making of an Underground Laboratory (Link from OCRWM site)
Safe Passage: An Overview of Plans for the Railroad to Yucca Mountain (Link from OCRWM site)
And, Of Course, A Call For More Money
2006 Budget Request

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From The Office Of The Nevada Attorney General
Nevada Looking For Allies
Letter Of Nevada's Attorney General To The Attorneys General Of 10 States
YUCCA MOUNTAIN FIGHT: Sandoval recruits supporters -- Nevada attorney general writes letters to colleagues in 10 states to oppose EPA radiation standards (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Sandoval seeks help in Yucca Mountain fight (Las Vegas Sun article)
Attorney General Sandoval seeks help (UPI article)

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Explanations
Radiation standards explained (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Federal Anti-Methamphetamine Campaign Picks Up Pace
Attorney General Gonzales and Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Tandy Announce Results Of DEA-led “Operation Wildfire”
Police attack meth industry nationally by arresting more than 400 suspects in raids (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Crackdown on meth nets 21 in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Sun article)

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So What's Wrong With That?
State Attorney General's Efforts To Retrieve $40 Million Secret Refund To Southern California Edison Hitting Obstacles -- Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, State Tax Commission, Utility Oppose It
Legislature opposes AG on tax panel meeting (Las Vegas Sun article)
Utility: Nevada can't sue to avoid payment -- Tax panel awarded $40 million refund (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Las Vegas $kindustry Corruption Case
Galardi lowers mansion price (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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The Fortunate Mr. Walters And The Report With Two Faces
Selby: Goecke retirement not related to report (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Paying The Futility Bill
Agency argues against increasing Nevada Power rate request (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters
From The Office Of The State Engineer
Distributing The Shortage
An Overview Of The Groundwater Resources Issues In Lyon County, Nevada

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Pumping Dries Up A Well-Loved Spring
JOHN L. SMITH: Gilcrease Orchard may run out of water, but legacy won't wither away (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Southern Nevada's Water Police
Water wasters be warned: Somebody's watching you (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
High-Priced Supervision
Agency's charges irritate Rogers: Chancellor wants explanation for $1.4 million in fees (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
High-Priced Visions
Officials unveil vision for next decade (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Gritty Reality
New teacher arrested at Palo Verde (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The City And County Of Carson
75 Percent Of Carson Residents Don't Recycle
Carson City may end curbside recycling (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Washoe County
Land purchase protects Washoe Valley land (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Land purchase to help save open space in Washoe Valley (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Black Rock Desert
Nevada's Burning Man Fire Festival
Art cars in tow, ‘burners’ head toward desert (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Ensign, Gibbons sending representatives to festival (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
TNO's Special Photo Feature: Art And Nevada's Burning Man
Structures
Vehicles

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September 2, 2005

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From The US Congress
Sen. Ensign Presents $17.5 Million Check For Pahrump Hospital
Press Release

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Nevada Politics
The Race For Governor
Political Reportage
2006 GOVERNOR'S RACE: Gibbons makes it official -- Republican congressman announces bid in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Gibbons enters race to replace Guinn (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Gibbons addresses veteran issues (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Titus coming to Elko for fair (Elko Free Press article)
Political Opinion
JANE ANN MORRISON: Who'll get the GOP nod in Gibbons vs. Beers? Maybe we'll all nod off (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
On Gibbons' 'priority' (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Coffee & Outrage: Tale of two announcements (Las Vegas City Life column)
Gibbons Mows Lawn, Sits On Big Red Couch (Las Vegas City Life "Shrapnel" column [scroll down])

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From The Nevada Secretary Of State
Number of Valid Signatures Needed For Ballot Access Slightly Amended
Press Release

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Nevada Government Matters
Of Course We Can
State Agencies Defend Secret $40 Million Tax Rebate To California Utility Company
From The Nevada Tax Commission
Tax commission says closed hearings are nothing new (Las Vegas Sun article)
From The Legislative Counsel Bureau
Tax panel can vote on appeals in secret: Opinion by legislative counsel contradicts attorney general's decision that meetings must be public (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority
"What Happens Here, Stays Here" $1 Slogan Sale
Slogan sale prompts meetings over authority policies (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Public Accountability:  Original $1 Contract, Reports Of Investigation, Supporting Documents, Public Statements And Minutes Of Meetings On Dollar Deal Are Nowhere To Be Seen On LVCVA Website

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)

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From Nevada's Counties And Water Districts
Water Wars

"The Legislature set aside $1 million, ostensibly to help rural Nevada protect its water resources from plans to pipe it to Las Vegas, but some local governments are planning to use the 'water defense fund' for other purposes."

Some water rights protection money may be misused (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Getting An Education
COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCANDAL: College employee paid settlement -- News of 2004 agreement with Topazia `Briget' Jones upsets some regents (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
University system settles with woman for $98,000: Jones was at center of yearlong controversy (Las Vegas Sun article)
Getting A Raise
New contract boosts rookie teachers' pay: School Board expected to OK increase next week (Las Vegas Sun article)
Getting Spoiled
County school district administrators ready to move into new digs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Getting Angry 1
Loyalty to whom? A Nevada teacher objects to an oath that requires loyalty to government, not to the constitution (Reno News and Review article)
Getting Angry 2
 School district test deal raises dead-fish stink (Las Vegas City Life column)

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Nevada Homeland Defense Matters
Nevada And The Nightmare In New Orleans
Nevada Guard personnel en route to disaster zone (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada rescue teams gear up: Firefighters, Guard members ready for worst (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
From The Office Of The Governor
Nevada Supports Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Efforts (Press Release)

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It Can't Happen Here
Similar situation is unlikely in Vegas (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Practice Perfects
Las Vegas Valley disaster plans to be put to the test: Two malls to be sites for late-night `Operation Loaded Dice' drills in October (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Shopping malls to host emergency drills (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Elko County
Lawsuits Make Strange Bedfellows

"The two agreed to a settlement that not only brings a sensitive species to the forefront of the debate and raises questions about the role of politicians in the dispute, but also puts pressure on a federal agency's management practices."

Grazing Compromise: Environmentalists, Simplot strike deal in Jarbidge (Elko Free Press article)

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From Nye County
Nye County's Cooperative Monopoly: The Valley Electrical Association
Holveck: Co-op in good hands -- Interim Valley Electric general manager explains $900,000 deficit, rate increases (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Co-op cost cutting measures not new (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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More On Pahrump's "Developing" Problems
Water, sewer issues up for discussion (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From The Black Rock Desert
Nevada's Burning Man Fire Festival
Burning Man offers something for everyone (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Burning Man notebook: Wednesday on the Playa (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Burning desire to write about the Man (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Burning Man 2005 (Reno Gazette-Journal special page)

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From The US Census Bureau
2002 Economic Census: Nevada Construction
Census 200 Special Reports -- We The People: Blacks In The United States

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September 3, 2005

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Taxation In Nevada
Petition For Ballot Initiative Limiting State Taxes, Spending Filed
Property tax effort launched: Lawmaker's petition aims to bring California-style limits to state (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Angle revives Prop. 13 initiative (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Lawmaker files petition to restrict property tax (Las Vegas Sun article
Petition Filed Thursday; Text Not Yet Available On Secretary Of State's Website . . .
Nevada Secretary Of State
However, TNO Has A Copy, Courtesy Of The Nevada Taxpayers Association
2005 Property Tax Restraint Initiative
The Current Property Tax Initiative Compared With Its 2004 Predecessor
The Nevada Taxpayers Association
The Model For This Initiative (California's Proposition 13)

Article 13A Of The Constitution Of The State Of California (Proposition 13)

Article 13B Of The Constitution Of The State Of California (Government Spending Limitation)

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Our Little Secret
The Nevada Tax Commission's $40 Million Tax Rebate To A California Utility Company
AG lashes back on closed meeting debate (Las Vegas Sun article)
Meetings law applies to all (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
The Secrecy Provision In Question

 "Except as otherwise provided in this section, any appeal to the Nevada Tax Commission which is taken by a taxpayer concerning his liability for tax must be heard during a session of the Commission which is open to the public. A hearing on such an appeal may be closed to the public if the taxpayer requests that it be closed."

NRS 360.247
Nevada's Open Meeting Law
NRS 241.020

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From The Office Of The Governor
The Tax Rebate
Direct Mail Company Gets Names And Addresses For 1.8 Million Nevada Tax Rebate Checks
Press Release

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Nevada's Newest Nuclear Lawsuit 
Nevada Sues NRC For Prejudging Yucca Mountain Licensing Proceedings (Nevada Attorney General Press Release)
YUCCA MOUNTAIN: State adds to lawsuits against project -- Filing marks at least the eighth legal case that Nevada has pressed in recent years (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
State files suit against over Yucca dump (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada hits NRC with suit over 1990 ruling (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
The college that keeps on paying: Wendell Williams' pal gets $100,000 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Panel to form task forces for UNR agricultural land (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Gov. Guinn's Plans
Governor Guinn Selects Members of Newly Created Commission on Educational Excellence (Press Release)
Guinn to announce education panel (Las Vegas Sun article)
SAT-isfying Scores
Washoe seniors outscoring U.S., Nevada on SAT (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada And The Nightmare In New Orleans
Military police head to Louisiana (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada lawmakers head to Washington to help with response (Las Vegas Sun article)
Gibbons to Return to Capitol to Support Emergency Relief for Victims of Hurricane Katrina (Press Release)
Gibbons’ campaigning halted for vote on relief (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Gov. Guinn Urges Conservation In Aftermath Of Hurricane Katrina: No Immediate Threat Of Fuel Shortages (Press Release)
Nevada AG Warns Of Possible Gas-Price Gouging And Charity Fraud In Wake Of Hurricane Katrina (Press Release)
Nevada AG Advises Consumers To Report Gas Price Gouging (Press Release)

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From The Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight
Nevada Tops Nation In Largest US House Price Increases In Over 25 Years
FHEO Press Release And Report
For home appreciation, Nevada tops, data show (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada home prices up a nation-leading 28 percent in a year (Nevada AP article)

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Largest Vegas homebuilder enters Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
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From The City And County Of Carson
Carson officials OK plan to raise taxes for V&T rail work (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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September 4, 2005

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA Threatens To Overturn 1922 Colorado River Compact At Multi-State Water Conference
COLORADO RIVER ISSUES: Water chief draws line at meeting -- Southern Nevada's Mulroy asserts right to divert Virgin River water for valley's use (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Health Matters
West Nile Virus News
Seven new cases of West Nile in Nevada (Nevada AP article)
Virus strikes three locally: Human cases of West Nile are first this year in county (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
West Nile virus found in Washoe resident (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada And The Nightmare In New Orleans
Reno police, NHP troopers going to Gulf Coast (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada congressman stunned by devastation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
 Nevada Prison System Said Too Lenient To Criminals
State's chief of prisons blasted for 'soft policy' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
State worker union criticizes Nevada prison chief (Nevada AP article)

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Allegations Of Criminal Conduct
IRS agent arrested in comics theft (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Prosecutor resigns after arrest (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Heritage
Reconstructing A Railroad
Tunnel could be boon for V&T (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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September 5, 2005

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Nevada: Helping Out After The Hurricane
Local guard unit gets call to duty in disaster (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
72nd MPs, other Nevadans to help hurricane victims (Ely Times article)
Nye County sending cops to control violence in Alabama (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Politics
Governor's Race 2006
Columnist Jon Ralston: Gibbons remains the favorite (Las Vegas Sun column)
Congress funds PILT at record level; not enough says Jim Gibbons (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Government Matters
Our Little Secret -- The State Tax Commission's Secret $40 Million Tax Rebate To California Utility Company
Tax panel takes secrecy too far -- 'Nowhere does it say you may vote or deliberate in closed session' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
License To Steal?
COOPERATING WITNESS: Swindler acquiring businesses --He may be using law to steal companies as he awaits sentencing, attorneys say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters
CCSN Settlement
THOMAS MITCHELL: A very expensive 'personnel matter' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Financial Stability And School Districts
District $180 million in debt on retirement plan (Sparks Tribune article)
More On State SAT Scores
It all added up for Class of 2005's SAT (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Home Schooling
Is There an Educator In the House?: Nevada was the first state to allow homeschooling. Looks like it's here to stay. (Las Vegas Weekly article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Nevada's Water Moloch Again: The More It Takes, The More It Needs
SNWA told to prepare for about 450,000 more water users above previous 30-year projections (Ely Times article)
As We See It: What Godzilla has taught us about science (Ely Times column)
Let's Talk Water: Update on the BARCASS study (Ely Times article)
You can't negotiate with SNWA without real information (Ely Times letter to the editor)

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From The Black Rock Desert
Coverage Of The Burning Man Fire Festival
Festival attracts record crowd; fewer problems reported (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Counterculture festival climaxes as ‘man’ burns (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
No shortage of ways for artists to express themselves (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Burning Man notebook for Saturday, Sept. 3 (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Burners who light the way (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Small town profits from countercultural festival (Sparks Tribune article)

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Life In Nevada's Communities
The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Event honors cultures of American Indians (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The Fields Of Fallon
Fallon’s annual festival celebrates cantaloupe (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Out On The Desert
The art of survival in the desert (Pahrump Valley Times article)
In The Town Of Pahrump
Recap of stories that never made the news (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Domestic Violence: An old scourge that lives in Pahrump (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Ever-Rising Utility Bills
City Journal -- Money Matters (Las Vegas Weekly column)

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September 6, 2005

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Nevada's Hurricane Relief Efforts
Carson City-area Guard members assist victims (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada officers ready, but deployment delayed (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
FEMA puts Nevada convoy on hold at last minute (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada Guard medical team helps evacuees (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics
Congressional Races -- Dems Still Auditioning For A Job No One Seems To Want
Judge has little to say about potential run for Congress: Democrats have asked District Court Judge Nancy Saitta to consider challenging Porter in the 3rd Congressional District (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada Tax Initiative
Angle begins petition drive for Nevada version of Proposition 13 (Nevada Appeal* article)
Angle petitions for tax reform (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education Plan Runs Into Higher Construction Costs At UNR
UNR president OKs funds to cover rising building costs (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Costs Also A Problem Elsewhere . . .
Pay raises on school board agenda again (Lahontan Valley News* article)
School District hopes construction tax comes before Commissioners meet September 15 (Mason Valley News article)
Teachers, district disagree on pay raise (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Including Those Imposed From Above
Biggest problem facing schools is 'No Child' act (Nevada Appeal* column)

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State Government Matters
More Dissatisfaction With The Department Of Corrections
Prison union says prison director soft on inmates (Nevada Appeal* article)
Union criticizes prison chief (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Mixed Reviews On The Most Public Of Nevada's Police Monitoring Systems For Citizens
Fingerprint Bureau gets good, bad, in between: Clients range from strippers to security guards to child care workers, and those seeking work cards sometimes rub elbows with criminals (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The Controversial Bailiff Of A Controversial Judge Draws More Attention
Thomas Knickmeyer, The Saga Continues (Las Vegas Tribune article)

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The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Proposal
Yucca: Many Issues Not Resolved! (Las Vegas Tribune article)

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From Churchill County
The Coveted Cantaloupe Of Churchill County
Hearts of Gold cantaloupe has long history in Lahontan Valley (Fallon Star Press article)
Fallon Hearts O' Gold Cantaloupe Festival has storied history (Nevada Appeal* article)
Cantaloupe Festival attendance looks healthy, but some vendors say business is slower (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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From Douglas County
Douglas Commissioners Wary Of "Developing" Problems
Master plan amendments denied (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

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From Lyon County
"Developing" Problems Now A Way Of Life For County Government . . .
Many believe County should pick up the pace in planning for the future (Mason Valley News article)
Discussion reveals Lyon roadway standards need revision (Mason Valley News article)
County sets hearing on impact fee proposal (Mason Valley News article)
And The Same Is True For The Towns
Sheriff to explore civil penalties for parking, refuse violations (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Fernley pool repairs could cost more than $750,000 (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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Nye County
More "Developing" Issues . . .
Eye to go bye?: Commission puts Duck Ponds up for auction (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Even In Beatty
Cook gets burned on effort to dissolve board (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Washoe County
What Else?
In Reno . . .
Last chance to tour train trench (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
And In Sparks
Proposal to annex 600 acres in Spanish Springs moves forward (Sparks Tribune article)

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White Pine County
Ely council places restriction on brothel owner (Ely Times article)
John A. Chachas says recall effort is 'bullshit' (Ely Times article)
High court admonishes White Pine DA Sears (Ely Times article)

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From The Black Rock Desert
A City Begins Its Annual Reversion To The Desert
Burning Man wraps up for another year: No major incidents reported, drug arrests appeared down, only one fatality at arts festival (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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September 7, 2005

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Nevada And The Hurricane
In New Orleans
Reno troops on the ground in downtown New Orleans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
In Nevada
Dawn Gibbons To Join Relief Efforts In Houston: Nevada Group Leaving Tomorrow To Provide Aid (TNO Breaking News article)
Nevada to accept about 800 refugees: Guinn to seek federal funds (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada to take firefighters, 800 Hurricane Katrina refugees (Nevada AP article)
Committee to be formed to devise plan for pipelines (Las Vegas Sun article)
Unused food from Burning Man to help hurricane victims (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics
2006 Race For Governor
Beers seeks special session to kill tax on gasoline (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada candidate calls for gas tax moratorium (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
From A Colorful Past To A Colorful Present
White party leader accused in sex case (Las Vegas Sun article)
Plans For The Future In Las Vegas . . .
Young seeks special jail to be built for petty criminals (Las Vegas Sun article)
And In Henderson
City weighs Katrina's effect on construction costs: Council to vote on issuing bonds to expand court, police facilities (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Freedom And Authority Again . . .
ACLU, UNLV spar on policy: Rules governing use of computers in library at issue (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Debate growing over UNLV library computer use policy (Nevada AP article)
And Public Apathy
District job draws little interest -- Board members looking to fill void left by resignation of Brodsky (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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September 8, 2005

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Nevada And The Hurricane
In New Orleans
Nevada medical team returns from disaster site (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada Guardsmen detail mission to help survivors in New Orleans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Pahrump firefighters, Nye County deputies lend a hand (Pahrump Valley Times article)
In Nevada
Couldn't Make It

"Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., will miss this week's expected vote on Hurricane Katrina aid because she is continuing to recover from cosmetic surgery on her neck."

Berkley continues recovery from surgery (Las Vegas Sun article)
Rep. Berkley Statement On Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts (Press Release)
Rep. Gibbons
Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts: How You Can Help
Arrival Of Victims Imminent
Silver State prepares to receive evacuees (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Clark County Ready To Receive Evacuees . . .
County prepares for hurricane victims (Las Vegas Sun article)
And Safeguard Fuel Deliveries
Panel to study fuel pipeline possibilities (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko Helping Out
Elko gives big bucks for relief (Elko Free Press article)
Questions About Competence:  Would Nevada Get New Orleans-Style Response In Yucca Mountain Disaster?
Sen. Reid Asks For Investigation Of Federal Preparedness, Competence In Handling Hurricane Katrina

"Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 sent a clear signal that we needed to be better prepared for major catastrophes on U.S. soil, the American people have a right to expect their government to perform better."

Sen. Reid's Letter to Sen. Susan Collins, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Sen. Reid: It's Time We Got to Work For Victims of Katrina (Press Release)
Nevada lawmakers vow to probe federal response (Las Vegas Sun article)
Reid rips Katrina response after D.C. meeting (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
NRC To Try To Keep Terrorists Away From Radioactive Waste

"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the 33 Agreement States are coordinating efforts to increase the control of radioactive materials that could potentially be of use to terrorists."

NRC, States To Coordinate Increased Controls Over Radioactive Materials (NRC Press Release)
NRC Tries To Rig Water Seepage Rules At Yucca; Doesn't Mention It In Their Press Release
NRC Proposes To Change Regulations On Yucca Mountain To Be Consistent With EPA Changes (NRC Press Release)
State balks at Yucca rules on water flow (Las Vegas Sun article)

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US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's High-Level Waste Disposal Website

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Nevada Politics
More On Beers Plan: Proposed State Fuel Tax Moratorium
Guinn wants details of Beers' gas plan (Las Vegas Sun article)
Gov. Bob Beers calls for special session (Las Vegas City Life column)
17.65 CENTS: Beers: Lift state's tax on gasoline -- Republican senator says governor should call special legislative session (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Lawmaker urges Guinn to suspend state’s gasoline tax (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada State Government Matters
A Deniable Advantage
Nevada health official’s new business venture comes under scrutiny: Dual role puts his state employees in difficult position, ethics experts say (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Cashing In On The Carson
State looking at Carson River's potential for tourism (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Local Government Matters
Quasi-Competent Quasi-Government
$1 LVCVA Slogan Sale Scandal Generates $118,000 Bill For A Report Public Can't See And A Very Obvious Conclusion
LAS VEGAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS AUTHORITY: Fee to defend $1 deal: $118,000 -- Cost still climbing in 'What happens here, stays here' case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Recommendations made for LVCVA to keep ownership of protected slogans (Las Vegas Sun article)
LVCVA Website (Where the reader won't see the Morrison & Foerster report or anything else about the scandal)

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"Let Me Tell You How It Will Be: There's One For You, Nineteen For Me"
Clark County Questions Distribution Of LVCVA Funding Source
ROOM TAX REVENUE: County says $7.4 million unfair -- Unincorporated areas generate $160 million, have 45 percent of valley's population, commissioners say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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City Of Henderson Not Yet Ready To Limit Sleazy Legal Loan Sharking

"Despite their concerns, council members unanimously approved the request of Dallas-based Fastbucks Holding Corp. to open two branches at 709 E. Horizon Drive and 410 Marks St. The council went against the recommendation of the Henderson Planning Commission, which opposed both permits."

Council considers limit to payday loan growth (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Las Vegas Citizens Would Like Some Input Into Proposed Neighborhood Land Deal

"Weekly said the 10 acres could be worth $5 million or $6 million now, but he added that the city could sell the land at a discount in order to secure the right project for the site."

West Las Vegas residents urge meeting over market (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
The Business Of Education
Developers to present proposals to regents: Lease-purchase could become major tool in expanding campuses (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
School Board to vote on sale of land rejected for campus (Las Vegas Sun article)
Concerned Students Want To Help Choose Administrator
Student panel joins in superintendent search (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire
Boyd Gaming consolidates hold on key corner of Las Vegas Strip (Nevada AP article)

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From The Black Rock Desert
The San Francisco Chronicle's Coverage Of The Burning Man Fire Festival
BURNING MAN AT 20

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September 9, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Beers Gas Tax Relief Proposal Gets Skeptical Reception
Tax relief at the pump? Permanent reductions would be preferable to temporary changes (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Candidate's oil spill (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
No time to cut gas tax (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Rise in gas prices isn't exactly an emergency (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Gov. Bob Beers calls for special session (Las Vegas City Life column)
Social Security Lobby Group Wants Answers From Gibbons; No Other Candidates Mentioned
Group wants answers from Nevada candidate (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada State Government Matters
 Something That Should Have Been Handled By The Late Legislature
Titus calls for review of conflict of interest rules (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Six New Internal Audits From The Department Of Administration: Some Effective, Some Too Narrow To Be Of Much Use To Public
State failing to keep tabs on parolees: Audit claims lack of proper supervision (Las Vegas Sun article)
State Utilities Still Stalling On Alternative Energy Sources
Regulators frustrated over green power delays in Nevada (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Local Government Matters
The Fortunate Mr. Walters And His Lucky Land Deals Again

"'He was glad to give that land back. He was never going to develop it,' she said. 'He walked away with a huge commercial piece that he initially said was going to be a golf course. Taxpayers end up with the short end of the stick.'"

Developer to return land leased in deal with airport (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Walters' Joy Luck Club (Las Vegas City Life column)
County suspends work on new golf courses (Las Vegas Sun article)
Local Regulations Still A Serious Problem For Ordinary Citizens, Though
Flap over building permits turns woman’s dream retirement home into nightmare (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Goodman issues warning to City Council staffers (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Health Matters
System, heal thyself: Nevada limps in near last in health insurance study - but that may change (Las Vegas City Life article)
Nevada lawmakers concerned about public employee benefit program (Nevada AP article)
Board grants licenses to 7 Canadian pharmacies (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
More On Education As A Business
Residents urge UNR to sell land to Washoe: 55 acres should be used to control floods, they argue (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Saving money (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Sale of North Las Vegas land owned by school district advances (Las Vegas Sun article)

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September 10, 2005

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
New Chief Named For Office Of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY: Bush picks Sproat for Yucca post -- Nominee is nuclear industry veteran (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Yucca chief choice: 'John Q. Public' -- White House nominee says he doesn't know details of dump plan (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nuclear industry exec picked to head Yucca Mountain project (Nevada AP article)
OCRWM Nominee Apparently Not Important Enough For Press Releases From His Superiors . . .
US Department Of Energy
Or His Own Office.
Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Skull Valley Radioactive Waste Facility Approved For Utah
NRC Denies Utah’s Final Appeals, Authorizes Staff to Issue License for PFS Facility (NRC Press Release)
License for nuke storage site OK'd: Critics say plan will speed Yucca (Las Vegas Sun article)
NRC clears way for nuclear fuel storage in Skull Valley (Nevada AP article)
Other Developments
Porter is expecting more Yucca documents to use in e-mail probe (Las Vegas Sun article)
Unrest over Yucca Mountain (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - PROPOSED RULES Radioactive wastes, high-level; disposal in geologic repositories: Yucca Mountain, NV (from the Federal Register)

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Nevada Politics
Beers State Gas Tax Relief Proposal Running On Empty
Gasoline tax suspension unlikely -- Guinn says lawmakers oppose calling special session (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The Nevada Gaming Control Board
State Monthly Gaming Win Up Nearly 18% Over Last Year
July 2005 Nevada Gaming Revenues and Collections

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Nevada Education Matters
The Ratchet Effect -- If One Gets A Raise, They All Have To Get One
CCSN Chief Latest In Line For Big Pay Increase At State University System
Pay hike proposed for head of CCSN: Chancellor to urge $20,000 increase in salary for Carpenter (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
CCSN president to get $20,000 raise (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada College Presidents Draw Salaries And Allowances Of From $193,000 To $309,000 A Year . . .
  • UNLV President -- $309,000

  • UNR President -- $306,000

  • NSC President -- $257,000

  • CCSN President (proposed) -- $218,000

  • TMCC President -- $208,000

  • WNCC President -- $200,000

  • GBC President -- $193,000

(Source: LVR-J graphic.  All figures include allowances and base salary)
To Administer Schools Rated As Mediocre To Below Average In National Rankings.
Nevada's 4-Year Colleges Ranked By U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2005
America's Best Colleges 2006
Articles On The 2005 Nevada Rankings
UNLV remains in bottom tier of U.S. ranking (Las Vegas Sun article)
UNLV backers downplay survey ratings: School ranked in bottom fourth of colleges (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Comparable Government Annual Salaries
  • President of the United States -- $450,000

  • US Secretary of Defense, State, etc. -- $161,000

  • US Senators -- $145,000

  • US Congressmen -- $145,000

  • Full (Four-Star) General/ Admiral in the US Armed Forces -- $140,000

  • Governor of Nevada -- $117,000

Average annual income per capita for Nevadans -- $30,529 (in 2000)

(Source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts)

Other Developments In Education
Regents pressed on sale of land: Washoe County wants 55 acres for flood control (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Survey: Get good schools manager (Las Vegas Sun article)

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September 11, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Campaigning Begins
Politicians stress importance of rurals during Labor Day visit (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Legislative Studies Start
Legislative commission names leaders and members of ongoing and study committees (Nevada Appeal* article)
2005-2006 Interim Session Information (Nevada State Legislature Website)
Beers Gas Tax Relief Proposal Stalled
Gas tax moratorium controversial (Pahrump Valley Times article)
The Practice Of Hiring Protestors
Picketers for Hire: The strange business of protesting jobs that may be better than yours (Las Vegas Weekly article)
Opinions
The absolute authority to raise taxes (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza column)
With freedom, power comes responsibility (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza column)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
DOE turns over documents in Yucca probe (Sparks Tribune article)

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Nevada Education Matters
A Look At The System
Business Success Requires Accountability & Competition – What about Public Education? (Nevada Business Journal article)
Higher Education Outlook - What's Next For Nevada's Colleges? (Nevada Business Journal article)
On Bloated Salaries For College Administrators
The last big raise? Not a chance: Campus leaders get evermore money (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
The Business Of Education
UNR
County, university are closer to deal on flood land (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
University breaks ground for new library (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Churchill County
School board: No specific plan for land (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Police using new hand-held computers to issue misdemeanor citations (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada Health Matters
Churchill, Lyon have most West Nile cases in state (Lahontan Valley News* article)
New Henderson psychiatric hospital planned (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Utility Rate Hikes In Elko, Lyon Counties
Wells hikes business water rate (Elko Free Press article)
Silver Springs sewer customers to see increase (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
State Engineer Watchful, Wary
State Engineer keeping eye on Lyon’s water levels (Mason Valley News article)
State Engineer keeping eye on Dayton water (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Hearing set for domestic well credit order in Dayton: State Engineer’s ruling would give Lyon Utilities credit for Dayton area domestic wells if lot owners give green light (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
College Symposium Discusses Subject
'Water in the West' theme of Elko GBC symposium (Ely Times article)
SNWA Patient
SNWA says it will keep school vehicle offer open (Ely Times article)
Sacred Springs Stop Flowing
Saline Valley's springs go dry in Death Valley Park (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From The City And County Of Carson
Developer proposes historical center/resort for Carson City depot: Project just an idea until OK'd by railway commission (Nevada Appeal* article)
The old and new meet on V&T right-of-way (Nevada Appeal article)

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From Clark County
More Good Luck For The Fortunate Mr. Walters
Walters' land use change granted: Homes planned on property next to sewage plant (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From Douglas County
BLM to sell 206 acres in north Douglas County (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

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From Elko County
County OKs Railport contract (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lyon County
Lyon goes on record opposing land bill wilderness area (Mason Valley News article)
Settlement agreement proposed in ASG case (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
From The City Of Fernley
City to seek medium term financing for City Hall expansion (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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From Nye County
Wastewater issue vexes county, state (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Highly technical item on Tuesday's Nye County commissioners' agenda (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From Washoe County
Development plan hits obstacle (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From White Pine County
White Pine sales end year with 57.4 percent gain; up 115.7 percent in June (Ely Times article)
BLM slates oil and gas lease auction (Ely Times article)
White Pine & Grant-Quinn Oil and Gas Leasing Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (US Forest Service website)
Gas and oil lease DEIS released (Ely Times article)

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From Lake Tahoe
Group fights to delay Tahoe piers, buoys (Las Vegas Sun article)
Tahoe eyes Solar Sailor ferryboat to ease traffic (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Labor on the South Shore: Low wages, fewer workers to fill jobs (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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September 12, 2005

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Qualifications Of New US OCRWM Chief-Designate Questioned
There he goes again ... (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Local Government
The LVCVA Dollar Slogan Sale
Columnist Jeff German: Dollar deal is costing LVCVA big bucks (Las Vegas Sun column)
Another Bill Waiting To Come Due In This Transaction -- The Fees And Costs Of R&R's Lawsuit
  • "In the event that a Mark is infringed by a third party, LVCVA shall promptly notify R&R and R&R shall have the first opportunity, but not the obligation, to sue for infringement. In the event R&R sues for infringement, it shall have the right to recover and retain any and all damages from such infringement. LVCVA agrees to fully cooperate with R&R in the prosecution of any such suit."

  • "LVCVA agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold R&R, its officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless against all costs, expenses, and losses (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) incurred through claims of third parties against R&R from this Agreement or any matters relating thereto or based on the manufacture or sale of the goods and services using the Marks, including but not limited to actions founded on product liability."

Excerpts from the agreement (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire
An Excellent Series Of Articles On Sports Betting From The Las Vegas Review-Journal*
Guess where big bettors spend their money? -- Boom in offshore sports books has made Las Vegas a smaller player in betting game
Handicapper finds new world -- Mouse clicks replace frequent trips around town
Professional bettor's game plan stresses discipline -- His advice: Avoid parlays, don't chase losses and never bet just to bet
Hilton sports book tops bettor's list -- Competition cited for sparking director's creativity

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Nevada Health Matters
Two more in north state diagnosed with West Nile (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Columnist Jon Ralston: Medical center edges closer (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada Festivals And Special Events
Reno Balloon Race
Reno’s dreary skies prove no match for balloon race (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Comstock Camel Races
How do you ride a camel? Carefully: Virginia City race brings a bit of the Sahara to Comstock (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
No more grudges against the camel races (Nevada Appeal* article)
The Burning Man Fire Festival
Grand finale of Burning man returns (Nevada Appeal* article)
Race To The Angel
Race to the Angel: Saturday marks 20th annual event (Elko Free Press article)

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From Nevada's Past
The Story Of Devil's Gate
The Devil went down to Silver City (Nevada Appeal* article)
Mentioned In This Article

J. Ross Browne: A Peep at Washoe (1860)

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September 13, 2005

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Nevada And The Hurricane
FEMA Cancels Evacuee Flights To Nevada
Statement of Gov. Guinn on Non-Arrival of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
Operation Open Arms: Nevada will not be receiving any evacuees today or in the near future (Washoe County Press Release)

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Nevada Politics
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Nevada voters can stay focused on state races -- U.S. Senate, House seats look secure for incumbents, while elections to fill state and legislative jobs and decide ballot issues demand attention (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Controversial Parolee Slips Through The Cracks Again
DUI felon slips through system: Widow of man he killed irate; DMV database shows no convictions on file (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
State investigating how Nevada felon got permit to drive (Las Vegas Sun article)
A failure in oversight (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Federal Appeals Court Decides Nevada Case: Some Pre-Trial Restrictions On Defendants Unconstitutional
United States v. Scott (2005 - 9th Cir.)
Court extends privacy rights on searches (Las Vegas Sun article)
Clark County's Rape Case Problem
Sexual assault examiners face overload of cases: Burdens make recruiting difficult (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Clark County's Planned Prison For Repeat Petty Offenders
Crime and punishment (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Health Matters
Hospital records going digital: Government push might spell the end of paper records (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Academic medical center questions await: Will university develop facility on its own? (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Ranchers welcome grand jury ruling: Federal land managers disagree that law limits power to confiscate cattle (Nevada AP article)
A million acres, a single cop: Crimes rampant on forest service land from Reno to Mono Lake (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Illegal dumping becoming more common (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Clark County
PAYDAY LOAN INDUSTRY: City targets businesses -- Henderson latest to try to curtail centers through rules (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Court ruling unlikely to affect planning decisions (Las Vegas Sun article)
Las Vegas opens newest, largest park to public (Las Vegas Sun article)
The "Juice" Restaurants Of Las Vegas
The life of the party (AmericanMafia.com column)

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From Lake Tahoe
Hot Sierra Nevada real estate market begins to cool down (Nevada AP article)
Tribe seeks access to shoreline (Nevada AP article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Feds, Firms Move Forward with Utah Nuke Storage Plan (New Standard News article)
Nuclear transport to Utah may face problems (Las Vegas Sun article)

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September 14, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Beers Gas Tax Relief Proposal Sputters Out
17.65 CENTS PER GALLON: Idea for special session appears dead -- State gasoline tax remains method of paying off upcoming highway bond issue (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Guinn says no special session to consider killing gasoline tax (Las Vegas Sun article)
New Candidate For Congress
Regent declares candidacy for Gibbons’ seat (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Democrat enters Nevada congressional race (Nevada AP article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
YUCCA MOUNTAIN: EPA official defends rule -- Proposal for new radiation standard for nuclear waste repository under study (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Yucca waste talks likely facing delay (Las Vegas Sun article)
On a dangerous path (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Water Matters
Helping Out Harvey
Lincoln County OKs developer's water plan: Water Authority says it won't sign agreement (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Health Matters
UNLV Medical Center Controversy
Mayor criticizes funding proposal: Plan no substitute for medical center, Goodman says (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Plans need fair review (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Learning From Louisiana
Clark County Health District urges preparedness (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
The More You Cheat, The Harder It Gets
School testing incidents up from last year: Irregularities rise 20 percent (Las Vegas Sun article)
Expanding UNR
Legislation to Allow Expansion of Northern Nevada Research Park Goes to President (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

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Nevada Utilities
Another Hike Seen
NATURAL GAS: Costly winter forecast -- Typical household's energy bill expected to rise by $70 a month, firm estimates (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Half-Million Dollar Cocaine And Ecstasy Bust In Las Vegas
Fed task force arrests two on drug charges (Las Vegas Sun article)
How He Slipped Through The Cracks
Clerk's error blamed in permit being issued to man convicted of DUI (Las Vegas Sun article)
Another Job That Needs Grand Jury Review -- The Clark County Regional Justice Center
Columnist Jeff German: 'Project from hell' is opening (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From The City And County Of Carson
Resurrecting A Railroad
V&T commission favors two sites: Hettrick development and land off Detroit Lane (Nevada Appeal* article)
Proposed train depot site also could host new casino (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Washoe County
Reno
The Sky Above . . .
Reno air race organizers pushing for record crowd (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)
The Mud Below.
Some residents take final tour of train trench (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Sparks
A Question Of Nepotism
Sparks council says nepotism comparison by panel needed (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Sparks: Too family-friendly? (Sparks Tribune article)
Sometimes I Get Tired Just Smiling
City seeks to improve relationship with Legislature (Sparks Tribune article)
Cleaner, More Efficient  Dregs
Sparks City Council OKs funds for sewer interceptor (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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August 15, 2005

Breaking News

August 15, 2005

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Guess What?
Guesswork at root of radiation standards (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement
Las Vegas $kindustry Bribery And Corruption Case
BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS: LV case called stronger -- Malone, former commissioners confront a 'super, uphill climb' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Ex-New York Cops, Late Of Las Vegas, Alleged To Be Mob Hit Men
JOHN L. SMITH: Writer, accused 'mafia cop' nabbed in plot twist even he would appreciated (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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"What Happens Here, Stays Here" -- It Sure Did
LVCVA, R&R rebuked at board meeting: You didn't do anything wrong -- but don't do it again. (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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What LVMPD (Metro) Police Officers Face
It's a War Zone: The area bound by Desert Inn, Flamingo, Maryland Parkway and Paradise is one huge crime scene. A report from the front lines of the worst neighborhood in the city. (Las Vegas Weekly article)
Behind the badge (Las Vegas City Life review)

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Methamphetamine
'We're being stalked by it' (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

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Domestic Violence
 ANGER MANAGEMENT: Can you change a domestic abuser? A glimpse inside the world of batterer-treatment programs reveals the answer: Well, maybe. (Las Vegas City Life article)

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From The Southern Nevada Water Authority
Las Vegas Going Dry (Las Vegas Tribune article)
Las Vegas not after our water -- Mulroy: Pahrump Will Have To Import Its Own Water Needs As It Continues To Grow (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Politics And State Government
Illegal Immigrants
All illegality not created equal: The immigrant song (Pahrump Valley Times column)

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Another Fee Increase
State plans $2 fee at Mormon Station park (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

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Changes At The State Ethics Commission
Ethics Commission hires legal counsel (Nevada Appeal* article)

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One Columnist's View Of Nevada's Far Right And Political Smear Campaigns
It's time to take off the blinders (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza column)

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The Nevada White Peoples Party
Jon Ralston: Can't ignore the face of hate (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From Churchill County
"Developing" News
School board asks for $900 tax on new homes (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Granville subdivision gets tentative approval (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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From Clark County
More "Developing" News
Jeff German: Hush about inspectors says a lot (Las Vegas Sun column)
Development costs fuel creativity (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Larger lots deserve city protection/ A prevailing decision (Las Vegas Sun editorials)

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From Elko County
Another Utility Rate Increase
Wells water rate increase approved with little comment (Elko Free Press article)
Stewards of the Range Comment On The Jarbidge Grazing Halt Decision
Ranchers denied due process in courtroom (Lahontan Valley News* column)

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From Lincoln County
Mesquite City Manager Bows Out
 Montgomery Resigns (Mesquite Desert Valley Times article)

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From Lyon County
Yet More "Developing" Problems In Fernley
Builders Association opposed to city water meter policy (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
City rejects permit for wireless communications tower (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
A Costly Inheritance: Pollution In Mason Valley
ATSDR team looking forward to answering community’s Anaconda concerns (Mason Valley News article)
Mine clean up moving along (Mason Valley News article)

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From Nye County
Son Of Yet More "Developing" Problems
$43 million for infrastructure: 10-Year Capital Improvement Plans Don't Come Cheap (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Bad Water In Manhattan
Arsenic threatens small town's water supply (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Stagnant Water
West Nile in Pahrump (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Waste Water

"There were high hopes among developers and utility companies that a proposed transportation system - to truck sewer affluent pumped from Utilities Inc.'s over-capacity plant to Desert Utilities - would garner needed approval from Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP). Early this week, those hopes were dashed."

It's hit the fan: Environmental Protection Nixes Sewage Transfer Plan (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Resignation Of Pahrump Town Attorney

 "'If I had an attorney, I'd refer you to that person,' said town manager Dave Richards, when asked for details."

Town's manager, board keep mum (Pahrump Valley Times article)

"'It is with much regret that I submit this immediate notice of resignation as Town Attorney; however, it appears that there exists a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship that renders my continued representation of the Town impossible.

'I find it particularly distasteful to resign publicly in this matter, but the following facts have necessitated this course of action.'"

Town attorney resigns (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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County Approves Modular Courthouse:
Wheels of Justice (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From Washoe County
Death And Taxes
Tax reform battle continues despite cap: Incline ruling could be overturned by Board of Equalization (Nevada Appeal* article)

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From White Pine County
Government, More Or Less
Gary Perea apologizes for county budget gaff: One White Pine County Commissioner has publicly apologized for his role in the recent budget problems the county is experiencing. (Ely Times article)
Lester Kerr resigns job as county controller (Ely Times article)
AG's office says county did not violate Nevada Open Meeting Law (Ely Times article)

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August 16, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Democratic Mayor Of Henderson Gets Help In Possible Run For Governor -- Joined By Gov. Guinn's Chief Of Staff
Bortolin to join Gibson camp (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Impeached State Controller Looking To Run For Office Again

"One year ago, state controller Kathy Augustine sat with a cluster of lawyers trying to figure out how to deal with an ethics complaint that eventually led to her becoming the first state official to be impeached in Nevada history."

Augustine considers her political future (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Office Of The Governor
Governor's Mansion Tin Cup Tea To Celebrate Nevada's Western Heritage
Press Release

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Nevada Education Matters
CCSN: Update On Funding Woes, Administrative Fiefdoms,  Nepotism, Cronyism And Overall Animosity

"Community College of Southern Nevada President Richard Carpenter likes to joke that he pushes change because he doesn't know how long he'll survive at the college's helm."

CCSN chief Carpenter agent of change (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement  Matters
City Of Reno, Police Union At Impasse But No One Will Say What's The Problem
Reno, police labor group hit roadblock (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Is There More To This Than Meets The Eye?
Another Mass Theft Of School Bus Radios

"Thieves stole 181 two-radio radios from the Clark County School District's locked bus yard over the weekend, a haul worth about $90,500, officials said this morning.

That brings the number of two-way bus radios stolen from district yards over the last five years to 828, and raises the total replacement cost to $500,500."

Stolen radios cost schools $500K: Weekend theft brings five-year total to 828 (Las Vegas Sun article)
Similar Thefts Reported In Northern Nevada Three Months Ago At Fernley, Dayton, Silver Springs, Reno And Mound House
Radios stolen from Lyon school buses (Mason Valley News article, May 26, 2005)

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Nevada Homeland Defense Matters
Washoe Emergency Preparedness
Washoe emergency agencies have beefed up readiness (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
County readies for the worst (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The US Bureau Of Land Management
Nevada's New BLM Boss
New state BLM chief seeks balance: Wenker vows to weigh interests of industry, environment (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Nevada's Mining Industry
Dig This
Quadra takes control of mining at Robinson (Ely Times article)

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Nevada History
Tales Of Norman Biltz
History lessons of the man who helped build Nevada (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Nye County History
The man who built Cathedral Canyon (Pahrump Valley Times column)

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Something To Think About
Corporations That Coddle Crooks
Corporate Governance? (Las Vegas Business Press column)

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August 17, 2005

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Cash And Carry
Rising construction costs to affect Yucca: DOE estimates are badly outdated (Las Vegas Sun article)
Yucca to cost Clark County $2.5 billion (Las Vegas Sun article)
YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Fuel assembly plan in works, official says --Engineers' study pointed to possibility of radioactive leaks at nuclear repository (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
DOE: Plan in the works to handle damaged Yucca waste containers (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Alliance For Nuclear Accountability
Glowing Prospects For Enrichment
Top Ten Department of Energy Radioactive Pork Projects in the 2006 Budget: Wasteful and Dangerous
The Alliance For Nuclear Accountability

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From The Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Giving Some Consideration To Alternatives
Nevada PUC to consider fines if utilities miss green power goals (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Politics
Gaming Industry Hedging Its Bets, Waiting For The Numbers
Jeff German: Governor race is wide open (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Departing state official signals Jim Gibson’s plans for governor bid (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Underworld
More Lucrative Than Narcotics
America's $100 Billion A Year Illegal Betting Industry May Start To Go Legit
JOHN L. SMITH: Just a matter of time until legalized sports betting spreads to other states (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
The Strange Case Of The School Bus Radio Heists
Two-way radios stolen from school district's bus yards: Second time in two years heist has occurred (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Nevada Not The Only State With This Problem

"In mid-April thieves stole 31 two-way radios worth $15,000 from Victor Elementary School District bus yard in San Bernardino. Over the same weekend thieves struck a Barstow bus yard, taking another 17 two-way radios.

It was the second hit in nine months for the San Bernardino bus yard, according to a report in the Victorville Daily Press. And in February a string of two-way radio thefts from school bus yards in central California's San Joaquin Valley attracted the attention of the California Justice Department, according to the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society in Reno.

Thieves have also struck school bus yards in a variety of other California cities, including Madera, Clovis and Fresno."

Suspect sought in theft of radios (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Methamphetamine
About 200 people tackle meth epidemic at Nevada conference (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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City Of Henderson's New Police Chief Officially Starts Work -- Was Selected Last Month
Kerstein takes over as chief of Henderson Police (Las Vegas Sun article)
Kerstein Named City of Henderson Chief of Police (City Of Henderson Press Release)

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Message From Gov. Guinn
Nevada Among First States to Participate in National Sex Offender Public Registry
Sex offender Web sites linked: Nevada joining 19 other states in bid to improve information about parolees (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Homeland Defense Matters
Air support under threat: Region’s emergency responders fear losing critical help under proposed Guard changes (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
State aims to protect milk supply from terrorists: Recent study shows small amount of botulism in a delivery truck could cause wave of deaths (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
University Chancellor Goes Back To Work
Rogers brings Nichols back: Predecessor to run colleges' student affairs (Las Vegas Sun article)
Ex-chancellor picked for state higher-education post (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Truckee Meadows Water Authority
Legislative Audit, Highly Negative Public Perceptions Have TMWA Worried
Your Turn: TMWA is committed to helping customers (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Water-bill complaints result in new customer policies (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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August 18, 2005

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Nuke lobbyists to spend millions on new campaign: Yucca could be part of industry promotion (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nuclear group works on PR effort (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Report says repository to bite county budget: Commissioners hear of Yucca Mountain's public safety costs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
New Yucca Report: Nevada May Have to Pay $4 Billion (KLAS-TV report)
Anti-nuke group's report: 'Congress should cancel' Yucca (Las Vegas Sun article)
Editorial: Yucca's cost is no object? (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

"The Commission sees no need to revisit its Waste Confidence decision at this time. We have carefully considered the State's assertions that changed circumstances warrant reopening of its Waste Confidence findings but, for the reasons described in this decision, we remain unconvinced that there is any present need to resurrect Waste Confidence issues."

PROPOSED RULES Rulemaking petitions: Nevada; denied, 48329–48333 [05–16253] (Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision)

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Hatch attacks Skull Valley plan:  'Overwhelming case' made to feds against the site, senator says (Deseret News article)

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Nevada Politics
Dean Heller hopes to go to Washington; believes government is 'overly intrusive' (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Titus hopes voters embrace her 'tell it like it is' style in chase for governor's mansion (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From Nevada's Fuel Pumps
Experts: As long as gasoline supply holds up, locals will pay the price (Las Vegas Sun article)
Silver State’s gasoline prices hit record high — again (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Some Nevada agencies passing fuel costs onto customers (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Getting hosed at the pump again (Pahrump Valley Times article)
County seeks long-term solutions to fuel woes (Las Vegas Sun article)
Shortage of fuel looming in valley: Rory Reid to call for special committee to address problem (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Clark County officials begin considering increasing fuel imports (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Truckers’ pockets left lighter (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
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Nevada Education Matters
Poll: Nevadans Don't Want Legislature's Plan For University Regents Appointed By Governor
Poll finds voters reject idea to appoint board (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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UNR receives money for Great Basin research project (Las Vegas Sun article)
UNR gets $1 million to help protect Great Basin (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Average ACT score increases, number of takers decreases in Nevada in 2004 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada students’ average ACT scores improving (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Opinion clarifies Nevada scholarship program (Las Vegas Sun article)
Millennium standards clarified: AG’s office says remedial classes qualify for scholarship program (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Crime Generally
State's crime rate drops: Decrease follows four straight years of increases (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Methamphetamine
Partnership formed to combat meth issue (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Fool Me Thrice -- Third Clark County School Bus Radio Heist Raises Questions
Editorial: What is going on? (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From The Nevada State Treasurer
State's Credit Rating Upgraded
Press Release (Nevada State Treasurer)
Nevada's financial credit rating upgraded (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada credit rating upgraded (Las Vegas Sun article)

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August 19, 2005

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Nuclear institute chief says industry needs help on Yucca (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Politics
Dawn Gibbons says borders No. 1 priority (Elko Free Press article)
Analysts: Rogers testing waters for governor run (Las Vegas Sun article)
For Nevada's Future, Please See Colorado (Las Vegas City Lights column)

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Nevada Education Matters
The WestEd Report
Urgent Need for Faster Improvement in Nevada Schools, Says WestEd Report: Near-Bottom National Rankings Can Be Corrected by Seven Crucial Statewide Actions
Nevada's Problems
  • The Nevada student population has grown at a rate nearly four times the national average since 1970 and is projected to lead the nation in enrollment growth for the next decade.

  • Nearly 17% of students are English language learners.

  • Nevada ranks 47th in the nation for high school graduation rates.

  • Nevada ranks 47th in the nation in per-pupil operational funding.

  • Nevada ranks 50th in the nation for high school graduates age 25-29 who have completed a bachelor's degree or higher.

  • Nevada ranks 47th in nation for young adults who have enrolled in or completed college.

The Proposed Solutions
  • make education a state priority;

  • prepare teachers better, especially for teaching English language learners;

  • use timely student data to make teaching and program improvements;

  • implement research-based strategies to reduce achievement gaps;

  • create a statewide plan specifically for high schools;

  • increase access to quality infant/toddler daycare and preschool education; and,

  • provide schools and teachers with more financial resources and support.

Press Release
The Nevada Report
WestEd
Press Reaction
Report: State hasn't bridged education gaps -- Nevada ranks low in graduation rates, scores despite reforms (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Report: Nevada education still in bad shape (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Cleaning Up Our ACT
Educators see room for improvement in 2005 ACT scores (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Legislature Urged To Close "Sandoval Loophole" In Millennium Scholarships
Remedial work (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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The Clark County Teacher Shortage
Extension granted on teacher licenses (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Law Enforcement Matters
Gov. Guinn Tells Real Estate Division To Make McCarran Airport Land Sales Investigation A Priority
JANE ANN MORRISON: Open government requires right people to catch whiff when things reek (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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A Prudent Precaution
Terrorism study to include Las Vegas tourism (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Feds Subsidizing NHP Northern Nevada Labor Day Crackdown
Troopers stepping up traffic enforcement (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Turmoil At Taxicab Authority
Taxi official downplays controversy over cameras (Las Vegas Sun article)
Taxicab panel chief Moore quits (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Website Article Raises Questions About $kindustry Influence And A Clark County Judge
A judge in their pocket: "Mr. Rizzolo has a good name in the community."

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From New York
Case Of The Alleged Las Vegas-Linked NYPD Hit Men
Partners In Crime: The Mafia Cops

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From The Office Of The US Attorney For The District Of Nevada
Man Indicted For August Bank Robbery In Las Vegas Which Resulted In Shooting Of Customer
Press Release
Man Charged In Red Rock Hit And Run Involving Bicyclist Charged In Federal Court With Unlawful Possession Of Firearms
Press Release

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From The Office Of The Nevada Attorney General
Fake Doctor Sentenced To Four Months In Prison
Press Release

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Nevada Health Matters
Hospitals struggle with profits (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
West Nile virus found in Carson, Washoe and other locations in state (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Clark County
New Subsidy Plan For Southern Nevada Golf Course Owners
Golf-course ordinance introduced (Las Vegas Sun article)
Ban on new golf courses is sought (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Helping To Expedite Developers' Building Projects
Easing of building inspector workload approved: Private companies to handle some jobs (Las Vegas Sun article)
Jeff German: Inspectors' work is far from over (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Minors Forbidden To Buy, Possess Spray Paint
County passes graffiti ordinance (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Elko County
Nice Name
Triad Resorts' $326 Million Proposal For Wendover, Jackpot And Elko Casinos
Triad unveils plans for Elko County resorts (Elko Free Press article)

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Jarbidge
Bridge bids over the top: County calls emergency session (Elko Free Press article)

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From The City Of Elko
City may ask ECVA for airport aid (Elko Free Press article)
'You Drink, You Drive, You Lose': Extra patrols take to the streets beginning Friday (Elko Free Press article)

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From The City Of Las Vegas
Las Vegas council disbands its real estate committee (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The City Of Henderson
Council votes to annex land for shopping center (Las Vegas Sun article)
Council approves wastewater treatment plant (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The City Of North Las Vegas
City prepares to build wastewater treatment plant (Las Vegas Sun article)
NLV considers own sewer plant: Council looks at how to reduce rising costs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
North Las Vegas seeks 40 acres for new park (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The Town Of Pahrump
Hiring of interim legal counsel on top of short meeting agenda (Pahrump Valley Times article)
How to help Valley Electric Co-op (Pahrump Valley Times column)
Planners push water conservation plan (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Zone change narrowly approved (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Wang development panned (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Town to pay $30,500 for study (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From The City Of Tonopah
Pahrump landfill operator takes over Tonopah facility (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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August 20, 2005

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Sens. Reid, Ensign Demand Answers on Trains to Yucca
Press Release (Sen. Reid)
Reid, Ensign question plans for nuke trains (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada's senators challenge latest nuclear waste transportation policy (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Changed Approaches
YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT: Lobbyist focuses on reprocessing option -- Nuclear industry emphasizes possible retrieval of spent fuel (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Western Shoshone appeal for United Nations intervention (Indian Country article)
Nuclear Waste Caskets And The Air You Breathe: Release of March 2005 Bechtel SAIC Study
Report (Commercial Spent Handling Nuclear Fuel In Air Study -- 17.2 MB pdf file)
From The Nuclear Energy Institute -- The Nuclear Power Industry's Spokesmen
Yucca Mountain Resource Book

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Nevada Taxation
Legislative Efforts Effective In Hampering Public Ballot Issues
CHALLENGE PROCESS: Law leads to petition roadblock -- Supporters will delay seeking signatures on tax referendum (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The Nevada Policy Research Institute
On Ratchets:  Taxeaters love to rant about the TABOR "ratchet". But they've got a much more insidious one of their own

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Nevada Politics
Chancellor Rogers' Peek-A-Boo Poll: Only Part Of It Released

"Rogers, a potential independent candidate for governor who heads Nevada's system of higher education and owns a media empire, released only a portion of the poll. Nothing about his potential candidacy was included in the material that was released."

Statewide poll: Gibbons has slight lead over Titus (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Question For TNO Readers:  Is Rogers' political behavior compatible with his position as University Chancellor?

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Nevada Education Matters
U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" Rankings
Nevada's 4-Year Colleges Ranked
America's Best Colleges 2006

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UNLV remains in bottom tier of U.S. ranking (Las Vegas Sun article)
UNLV backers downplay survey ratings: School ranked in bottom fourth of colleges (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Gibbons and Education Secretary Announce $2.5 Million Charter School Grant: Federal Funding will Benefit Thousands of Students in Nevada
Press Release (Rep. Gibbons)

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From The Office Of The Governor
Unemployment Up, But Silver State's Economic Expansion Remains On Track
Press Release

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Law Enforcement Matters
From The US Treasury Department
Treasury Targets Front Companies and Individuals Tied to Mexican Drug Cartels
Press Release (Scroll Down To 08/18/2005)
Arriola Marquez Organization (Chihuahua Cartel)
Arellano Felix Organization (Tijuana Cartel)
DEA’s "Money Trail Initiative" Cuts Flow of Cash to Cartels: DEA Initiative Has First Major Successes
Press Release

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From The Nevada Real Estate Division
Agency Says They'll Move Faster On McCarran Airport Land Transactions Investigation, But No Timeline Set

"Guinn dispatched general counsel Keith Monroe to lean on the division to finish sooner, Guinn spokesman Greg Bortolin said.

'We expected them to move on it in a reasonable amount of time,' he said. 'What was set forth earlier was not reasonable.'"

New timetable to be set in probe of appraiser (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The US Attorney For The District Of Nevada
Man Indicted For Trying To Take Knives On Plane At Reno Airport
Press Release

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Progress On Reconstruction Of The Historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Carson City declares intent to seek loan, new tax for V&T (Nevada Appeal* article)
Carson officials plan a vote today on sales-tax increase to help V&T (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
V&T rail bound for Carson (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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More Federal Grants Nevadans Didn't Get
From The US Department Of Agriculture
A Thought For Congressional Candidates: Would A State Coordinating Office Help?
CONNER ANNOUNCES $34.6 MILLION IN RURAL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR RURAL AMERICA: Advanced Rural Technologies to Benefit Residents and Businesses in Six States (No Nevada Grants)
USDA SELECTS PROPOSALS FOR WETLANDS RESERVE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM: Nearly $4.2 Million Available for the Program in Fiscal Year 2005 (No Nevada Grants)
From The US Department Of The Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $19 Million in Grants to States to Help Private Landowners Conserve Wildlife Habitat (No Nevada Grants)
Secretary Norton Announces $8 Million in Grants to Tribes (Only Nevada Grant Was To Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribe For $150,000)

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August 21, 2005

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Nevada Taxation
Let Well Enough Alone: State Property Tax Increase Cap Irregularities Ignored
SPLIT ROLL: Property tax law unchallenged -- Even foes say cap on increases won't face court fight (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Politics
State's Senior Senator Stricken
Reid suffers mild stroke: Senator cancels local appearances (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Playing Politics: University Chancellor's Incongruous Personal Power Ploys While Holding Public Job
Rogers registers PAC to address education issues: Chancellor plans to use only his own money (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
UNR report indicates faculty morale trouble (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Historical Highway
Signs recognize Lincoln Highway’s past (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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August 22, 2005

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Nevada Taxation
Turning To TABOR

"Those $75-to-$275 rebate checks that Nevadans receive next month could be more than twice as large if state government now operated under spending limits like those in effect in Colorado."

 TAXPAYER'S BILL OF RIGHTS: Colorado plan eyed for state -- Petitions let voters decide whether to place limits on government spending (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Politics
Questions, Assumptions And Values

"Rather, what we see echoed here is precisely the failed left-liberal presumption that quality can be jump-started into being without imposing more competitive standards -- if only taxpayers can be arm-twisted into pouring in more money, money, money.

Where Nevadans who are not millionaires see nothing but growing holes in the paychecks they need to feed their families, the author of this questionnaire can see only insatiable, triple-digit, bureaucratic 'needs' without end."

Candidate questionnaire -- Jim Rogers wants money, money, money (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
A Need For Independent Review Of UNR Policies

"Faculty members feel powerless in decisions that affect the university and think the administration is dishonest in its communications, the report issued last week found."

Faculty morale a problem at UNR, according to report (Las Vegas Review-Journal*/AP article)

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From Nevada's Waterworld
Big, Safe, Friendly SNWA
 Where I Stand -- Guest columnist Pat Mulroy: Our precious resource (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From The US Bureau Of Land Management
More Land Deals
BLM considers disposal of 10,000 acres in northern Nevada (Nevada AP article)

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From Churchill County
Local Land Boom
Fallon real estate improving (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Clark County
Answer To A "Developing" Problem?
PRESERVING RED ROCK CANYON: How to keep developers out -- Auction proceeds could buy parcels zoned for homes (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From Elko County
Business Is Booming
Employers scramble for scarce help: Creative strategies utilized in every Elko County business sector (Elko Free Press article)
More In A Running Controversy
Off Road: Forest Service presents plan for designation of trail usage (Elko Free Press article)

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From White Pine County
Reaction To Ruin
Recall filed against 3 commissioners (Ely Times article)
More "Developing" Problems: City Water And Sewer Service For County Residents A Divisive Issue
Mayor won't give up on serving county homes (Ely Times article)
City to seek action against illegal water tap (Ely Times article)
Firing Up Hope
White Pine County pins economic hopes on coal-fired power plant (Las Vegas Sun article)
Some Fear BLM Tribal Land Grants Will Leave Ely Landlocked
Majority at meeting opposed to Shoshone land grant (Ely Times article)
BLM plans more meetings about Shoshone request (Ely Times article)

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August 23, 2005

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Nevada Politics
A Helpful Overview
Jon Ralston: An early gubernatorial glance (Las Vegas Sun column)
For More On The Subject . . .
Everything You Need To Know About the Next Governor's Race: It won't be pretty. It might be cutthroat. It'll surely be fun. (Las Vegas Weekly article)
Watch This Space

"It's just a press conference that relates to where I am in my personal and professional life."

 Rogers may reveal whether he will run for governor (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Trouble Brewing
Frustration with education law stirs talk of revolt (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
State Won't Change Rules For Clark County
Board of Education refuses to budge on rules: Requirements for proficiency test, kindergarten entry to remain same (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
The (Proposed) Rules Of The Game
Proposed Rules: EPA Yucca Mountain Radiation Protection Programs

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From Lake Tahoe
Trying To Achieve Clarity
Ensign Makes Fuel Reduction At Tahoe A Priority (Press Release)
Water quality: clear goal of Tahoe summit (Nevada Appeal* article)
Researchers, environmentalists 'winning battle' for Tahoe's clarity (Nevada Appeal* article)
Politicians vow to cut Tahoe risk (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Transportation In Nevada
North And South
Gibbons to Present Local Leaders, Washoe County RTC and NDOT with Federal Funds for Transportation Projects: Lawmaker Applauds Federal Funding for Local Communities (Press Release)
New federal funds revive Maglev project (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Feds wake up to the nation's meth scourge (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

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August 24, 2005

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Water And Southern Nevada
SNWA, The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs
Nevada's Biggest "Developing" Problem
 THIRSTY CLARK COUNTY: Updated population figures cause concern -- Advisory committee told Southern Nevada's population to top 3.5 million in 30 years, adding urgency to search for water (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Water officials revise supply estimates for valley (Las Vegas Sun article)
White Pine representative: Water for new town not there (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire
Harrah's Entertainment to Acquire Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino: $370 Million Deal Provides Growth Opportunities
Press Release (Harrah's Entertainment)

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Nevada's Homeland Defense
Freedom And Authority: Sparks Joins The City Of Elko In Denouncing Unconstitutional Provisions Of The Federal Patriot Act
Sparks City Council condemns Patriot Act (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Patriot Act faces council criticism: Vote is 3-0 as Sparks council condemns sections of law (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
A Look Into The Abyss
JOHN L. SMITH: FBI agent succeeds in turning over one of America's slimiest rocks (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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From The US Congress
Sen. Ensign's Invest in the U.S.A. Act Brings More Than $191 Billion Back To The US
Press Release
Rep. Gibbons Committed to Improved Tracking of Sexual Offenders: Lawmaker Says Tougher Federal Laws Still Needed
Press Release

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From The City Of Reno
ReTRAC And Repave
Reno to decide how to spend trench money: City has $17.3 million in federal funds to pay for part of the downtown project (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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August 25, 2005

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From The US Defense Department
Base Closure Commission Spares Hawthorne Army Depot
Rep. Gibbons Statement on BRAC Decision to Keep Hawthorne Army Depot Open (Press Release)
Gov. Guinn Pleased BRAC Made Right Decision On Hawthorne Army Depot (Press Release)
Breaking news: Hawthorne Army Depot will remain open (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada USMC Officer Killed In Combat In Iraq
Statement Of Gov. Guinn

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Nevada Politics
Rogers Won't Run
Rogers won't join race for governor: University system chancellor plans to fund political action committee (Las Vegas Sun article)
Rogers says he won't run for governor (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Democratic Party Candidates For Governor Answer Education Questionnaire
Candidates outline stances on education funding (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Gov. Guinn Names Career Public Relations Official To Serve As Director Of Nevada Department Of Energy

“'Rebecca will serve Nevada’s citizens well with her background in the energy industry and more recently with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC),' Gov. Guinn said."

Press Release

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Nevada Education Matters
Teacher shortage increases slightly (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada receives grant for charter schools (Las Vegas Sun article)
UNR loses bid for new trial in worker porn case (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Health Matters
Northern Nevada
Saint Mary’s lays off 96 more employees as it tries to stem red ink (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Southern Nevada

"I was very disappointed," Rogers said. "I was very surprised. I told them that they had come to me, that they were the ones who said they had a substitute plan for a proposed partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) that would make everyone happy. And they had nothing."

SOUTHERN NEVADA MEDICINE: Hospital officials lack plan -- They oppose academic medical center, but have no proposal to counter it (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Battle over medical center continues: Rogers, Goodman say local health officials failed to present a proposal of their own (Las Vegas Sun article)
Group examines faith-based hospitals' billing (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Las Vegas #3 In Nation For Car Thefts
HOT SPOTS: The NICB Vehicle Theft Study (Press Release only)
National Insurance Crime Bureau
Southern Nevada climbing ranks for automobile theft (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Las Vegas has third-highest auto theft rate in U.S. (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Southern Nevada
Pass The Gravy: Nevada Power Needs Another Rate Hike
Electric bills could rise by about $10 a month: Concerned about hike in natural gas prices, Nevada Power may revise original request (Las Vegas Sun article)

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August 26, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Chancellor's Withdrawal
Rogers says he won't run for governor: Chancellor says he'll keep his efforts focused on higher education (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Rogers out of governor’s race (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
'An uphill battle' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Strong voice for education (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
The Hatch Act And Assembly Speaker Richard Perkins
Judge cancels hearing, will rule on Perkins case Sept. 12 (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire
Casino Cartelization  -- About As Natural As Three-Card Monte, And Just As Friendly
A natural progression -- More consolidation on the booming Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Tweedledee Agrees With Tweedledum
YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Lobby group backs EPA on radiation -- Nuclear power industry says two-tiered standard will protect future generations (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Administrative Problems
Experienced teachers spurned despite shortage (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
"Developing" Problems
Developers must make room for new schools (Pahrump Valley Times column)

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Water And Nevada
Smiling Faces -- For Now
West water conference opens with call for cooperation (Las Vegas Sun)

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From Lake Tahoe
Private pier plan draws fire from all sides at Lake Tahoe (Nevada AP article)

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From Nevada's Utilities Cartel
Please, Sir, Can I Have Some More
Southwest Gas, Nevada Power Co. pursue higher rates (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Nevada Supreme Court
White Pine County DUI Conviction Reversed For Prosecutorial Misconduct
Anderson v. State

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From The Office Of The Governor
Nevada Receives Financial Credit Rating Upgrade
Message From The Governor

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Transportation In Nevada
Rep. Gibbons Presents Close to $10 Million to Local Leaders, Washoe County RTC and NDOT for Transportation Projects
Press Release

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From Mineral County
Relieved Residents Revel In Reprieve
Hawthorne wins reprieve: BRAC panel marks town off closure list (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Mood in town upbeat (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Economic impact to benefit county (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Locals: BRAC visits to Hawthorne were key to vote (Nevada AP article)
Sen. Reid Applauds Decision To Keep Hawthorne Base Open
Press Release

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From Nye County
More "Developing" Problems
Flush With Controversy: Officials balk at sewer report (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Consultants: Opposition to district 'slight' (Pahrump Valley Times article)
A Cooperative Monopoly
Holveck back in the VEA saddle (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Is VEA facing tough business conditions? (Pahrump Valley Times column)

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From The City Of Reno
Reno Doubles Its Herd Of Cash Cows
City OKs new redevelopment district (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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August 27, 2005

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From The US Department Of Defense
152nd Airlift Wing Of The Nevada Air Guard Will Remain In Reno
Press Release (Gov. Guinn)
Commissioner predicts Reno Air Guard base to be spared (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Education Matters
More On Faculty Problems At UNR
Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Morale
UNR faculty to form task force on morale problems: Heavy-handed management cited in survey (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Consolidation Of Nevada's Health Science Schools Urged
ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTER: Unified approach sought Resolution: Put health science schools under one person (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Former Clark County School District Superintendent's Employer Gets School District Testing Contract
Garcia's new employer gets $782,000 contract for tests (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Testing services contract approved (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Politics
JOHN L. SMITH: Governor plans to leave successor with three-part study of state's needs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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From The Mines Of Northern Nevada
Tests show high levels of mercury in air near mines (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Nevada Consumers
Getting Focused: The latest on the rigged consumer games of gasoline and cable TV price fixing (Andy Barbano column in the Sparks Tribune)
BARBWIRE Gasoline Price-fixing Archive (From the Andy Barbano Website)

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From Nevada's $kindustry
Del Mar-red: Even in death, a demolished Downtown motel is a magnet for controversy (Las Vegas Weekly article)

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August 28, 2005

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Nevada Education Matters
Medical school proposal opposed: UNR, UNLV presidents support current system (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Morale panel formed at UNR: Faculty Senate looks into criticisms of campus leadership in employee survey (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Police policy on pandering decried: Convicts question sex offender registration (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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SEC reviewing Las Vegas-based USA Securities for possible violations (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
USA Capital unit attracts scrutiny from regulators: Local mortgage lender under investigation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article, May 21, 2005)

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Nevada Water Matters
Eureka County
Hugh Ricci explains water rights at Eureka meeting (Ely Times article)
White Pine County

"'The critical need for intensive, long-range water planning and management in White Pine County cannot be overstated,' the proposal said. Two positions are necessary, a county resource manager and a hydrologist, in order to respond to local demands as well as the targeting of county water by Southern Nevada Water Authority and others."

Water advisory group discusses WPC land bill (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Transportation
Passengers to pay more to get on RTC buses: Agency announces 10 percent fare increases and route changes to take effect Sunday (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Money for airport growth worries Elko Council (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lake Tahoe
BLM's Pricey Lake Tahoe Land Deal Drawing Attention
Worth $27 M? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)
Lakefront Land Proposal Drawing Criticism
Public lambasts shorezone plan (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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August 29, 2005

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From The Black Rock Desert
Burning Man Fire Festival Begins
Surreal and amazing: Hotels gear up, offer specials for Burning Man (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Burning Man Website

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Nevada Politics
Buckley could be next Speaker: Assembly Majority Leader Works Across the Aisle (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Democrats have designs on state’s GOP stronghold (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Lyon County
Nevada officials to hold water-use meeting (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nye County

"Donna Lamm, a broker with Pahrump's Provenza Realty and a 30-year resident of the town in Nye County, said she was concerned that such a new city just over the state line would drain already shrinking water supplies.

'If we don't have any water, we disappear,' said Lamm, who also is a member of the Southern Nye County Conservation District board."

Lamm: Inyo development bad for valley (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Confessions of a Pahrump water waster (Pahrump Valley Times column)
White Pine County
School board rejects SNWA's $2 truck offer (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Watching Out For You: Nevadans Increasingly Subject To Police Checks
Odd mix of people leave their mark at Fingerprint Bureau (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Northern Nevada
BLM Land Deals Move North -- But Will The Deals "Go South" For The Public?

"In recent years, developers have bought at auction thousands of acres of BLM land in the fast-growing Las Vegas area.

Now, the BLM is under pressure to release public land primarily for development in the booming Reno-Carson City area, said Tom Crawford, an agency economist."

Northern Nevada gets in on BLM public land purchases (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From Southern Nevada
Columnist John L. Smith's Latest Nevada Book
'SHARKS IN THE DESERT': Digging in the dirt -- Latest book chronicles the seemingly endless parade of founding fathers and current kings of Las Vegas (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
CHAPTER 6: MOE DALITZ, RACKET BOSS REBORN: Dalitz's benevolence outweighed darker side in eyes of locals -- Casino boss had savvy sense of give and take (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
CHAPTER 31: SHELDON'S IS BIGGER: Adelson, driven to win, does so by thinking big -- Wynn rival scales heights with Venetian (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From Clark County
Citizens Question Government Ads
RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM: RTC plans $300,000 ad campaign -- Commercials, billboards promotional, not educational, critics say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From Elko County
"Developing" Problems At Spring Creek
Spring Creek Feeling Growing Pains: Fire official says better protection needed (Elko Free Press article)
Spring Creek: Fast-paced growth brings more vandalism (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lincoln County
No "Developing" Problems In Mesquite
Developers Get Green Lights (Mesquite Desert Valley Times article)

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From Lyon County
An Offer They Can't Refuse?

"Residents in the Sunset Hills area currently receive water from domestic wells. Under law, if a municipal water system is in place, domestic wells must be capped."

Several do not relish municipal water hookup in Sunset Hills (Mason Valley News article)
Fernley's Plans For A New City Hall

“'I like the look. It’s a futuristic building and reminds me of a building in Mesquite (NV),' said Councilman Curt Chaffin. Councilman Joe Mortensen said, '$7 million is a lot of money. It’s like two new schools.'”

City Hall expansion comes with big price tag (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
County Commission Rejects Call To Take Over Local Government

"Although it heard a presentation, with over 150 signatures on a 'citizens’ letter of concern', calling for it to take over the Silver Springs General Improvement District, the Lyon County Board of Commissioners instead heeded the call of several others and declined the request."

County says SSGID should continue under local rule (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Nye County
More "Developing" Problems
On shaky ground: Collapsible soils unique in valley (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Sewer issue not down the drain yet (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Room For Education
The mod squad: New modulars expand school campuses (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Interim Town Lawyer For Pahrump
Smith returns as board's attorney: Longtime town counsel back where he started (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Developing The Desert

"Nye County recently joined the Quad State County Government Coalition, a joint-powers authority with counties in Arizona, California, Utah and Nevada formed to promote economic development in the Mojave and Colorado desert regions."

Nye County joins four-state coalition (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From Washoe County
Cutting Out The County
Redevelopment could have big impact in Nevada (Sparks Tribune article)

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From White Pine County
Tribal Land Grant Controversy
Tribal leaders explain their expansion plans (Ely Times article)
BLM sets tribal expansion plan meeting on Sept. 8 (Ely Times article)
Linking Into The Power Grid
White Pine Energy Associates to file state permits soon (Ely Times article)

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August 30, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Race For Governor
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gibbons to formally launch gubernatorial bid -- Wednesday morning announcement in Las Vegas to be followed by campaign stops around 2nd Congressional District (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Gibbons holds advantage in bid to be governor (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Q&A with Jim Gibbons (Reno Gazette-Journal interview)

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Nevada Health Matters
Reported Nevada West Nile Virus Cases Up To Nine
Nevada State Health Division West Nile Virus Update

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Wanted: A 300,000 Acre Playground
NOTICES Environmental statements; availability, etc.: Caliente Rail Corridor, NV, 51029 [05–17143]

"The Energy Department wants to lock up more than 300,000 acres of public land from mining or drilling for 10 years, as part of its plan for a new rail line to move nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain.

No major environmental or economic impacts would result from the land withdrawal, according to a draft environmental assessment published today in the Federal Register.

Grazing permits, public access and other current uses of the land would not be affected, according to the department. The proposed withdrawal affects land in Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye counties."

Public land sought for nuke rail study (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Yucca Mountain is planned as a national repository for 77,000 tons of nuclear waste from sites in 39 states. Funding shortages and other problems – including a controversy over possible paperwork fraud on the project – have delayed the opening date, now estimated for 2012 or later."

DOE takes step in plan to ship nuclear waste in Nevada by train (San Diego Union-Tribune article)
Shipping Waste: Nevada senators challenge DOE plan for nuclear waste train service (Chemical & Engineering News article)
How Close Are You to a Nuclear Waste Route? (Environmental Working Group Action Fund website)

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA Snarls

"The chief of Southern Nevada's water agency capped a three-day conference on Friday with a warning: The Silver State will do whatever it takes to protect its water future.

Southern Nevada 'is going to be as aggressive as it needs to be over the next several years,' Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, told water managers from California and the West."

Mulroy: Nevada will not wilt on water -- Conference ends in San Diego (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Nevada prison chief under investigation in inmate's early release (Nevada AP article)

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From Southern Nevada
Las Vegas Mayor's Personal Trainer Leaves $60K City Job
Goodman assistant returning to the gym (Las Vegas Sun article)
City, School District Collide
NORTH LAS VEGAS PARCEL: City, school district in conflict -- Two fast-growing entities set sights on 19-acre lot that's been unused for decades (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
More From Columnist John L. Smith's Latest Nevada Book
CHAPTER 22: CURSE OF THE TALLYHO: Uneasy ride on the Strip -- A history of bad management has kept the Aladdin resort in red ink (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Letting Off Both Barrels: LVRJ Editorials Blast Washoe County And The Nevada Supreme Court
Washoe County land grab continues -- A clear abuse of eminent domain, right here in Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Selective deference (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association v. Clark County

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August 31, 2005

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From Our Armed Forces In Iraq
Another Nevada Soldier Killed In Combat
Statement of Gov. Guinn On The Death Of Spec. Joseph Larry Martinez

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From The US Congress
Sens. Ensign, Reid Announce Grants To Improve Nevada's Fire Programs
Press Release (Sen. Ensign)

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From The Office Of The Governor
Tax Haul Up: 13.7 Percent Increase In Monthly Taxable Sales Announced
Press Release

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Nevada Politics
Leader Of Nevada White People's Party Has Colorful Past
White Peoples Party leader an ex-felon: O'Sullivan has been running halfway houses without a state license (Las Vegas Sun article)
Race For Governor
Gibbons plans announcement (Elko Free Press article)
Speaker Perkins plans Elko visit (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Las Vegas Corruption Case
Herrera hires two prominent lawyers: Attorneys to defend former official against corruption charges (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Galardi's home up for $17 mil. (Las Vegas Sun article)
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Prison Problems: Does The Department Of Corrections Need Correcting?
Corrections chief says she won't be disciplined for awarding inmates credits (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Another prison system employee fired in wake of inmate's escape (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Governor’s office wants prisons audit (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)
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From Southern Nevada
Yet Another Las Vegas Land Deal Of The Fortunate Mr. Walters
GOLF COURSE BAN: County may try to retake land -- Commissioner says acreage leased to Bill Walters could be used for park (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
County may take back land leased for golf course (Las Vegas Sun article)
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Your Tax Dollars At Work
What Happens Here, Stays Here -- R&R Partners Lands Another Government Contract
R&R Partners hired to launch tourism campaign (Las Vegas Sun article)
Self-Basting Bureaucracy
 One-sided RTC ad blitz -- Taxpayers fund light-rail lobbying campaign (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
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From The US Census Bureau
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States 2004
Income, Earnings And Poverty From The 2004 American Community Survey
2002 Economic Census - Health Care and Social Assistance - Nevada

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State low in insurance coverage: New poverty report shows rate rises to 12.7 nationwide (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Selling Success . . .
CCSN president pushes success theme (Las Vegas Sun article)
Striving For Adequacy
Nevada seniors average in reading on SAT (Las Vegas Sun article)
Analyze This
Federal recommendation protested: Activists say mental health screenings without parental consent could become mandatory (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Plans For Radioactive Railroad Building Up Steam
DOE takes step toward nuclear-waste trains in Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)
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From Elko County
Fire In The Mountains
21,000 acres and still burning: Big fire started in trash barrel (Elko Free Press article)
Fighting Wildfires: Big changes in cooperation since 1999 fire season (Elko Free Press article)

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From Washoe County
Silk Purses And Sows' Ears
More condos for downtown: California builder wants to convert Club Cal Neva’s Nevadan Tower (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From White Pine County
Settling Accounts
White Pine County officials under fire: Three commissioners face a potential recall election for what organizers see as financial foul-ups (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
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From Around The State
Dollars To Burn
Burning Man big event for small companies (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
More From Columnist John L. Smith's Latest Nevada Book
 CHAPTER 35: FLESH FOR FANTASY: Hard Rock's flair for sex, rock 'n' roll defies skeptics -- Small by Strip standards, hotel pushes boundaries (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

 
August 1, 2005
Breaking News
August 1, 2005

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Something To Think About
A Continuing Problem The Legislature Won't Correct -- Campaign Finance Reform
A bribe by another name (Las Vegas City Life editorial)
On the federal level
Pay to play (Las Vegas City Life editorial)

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More on Nevada's Lucrative "Skindustry"
Proprietor of Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club May Have Alibi For Alleged Meeting With Chicago Mafia Figures
Alibi may save Rizzolo's hide (Las Vegas City Life column)

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Public Education In Nevada
Behind enemy lines (Las Vegas City Lights column)

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From the Nevada Policy Research Institute
Public Education In Nevada -- Again
Why Nevada Public Education Is Not About to Improve: Legislative initiatives don’t deal with the real issues
The Confession: Nevada’s Assembly Majority is telling us more than it realizes
Government Subsidies
Why The Sun, but not the Studebaker?

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From the US Congress
Sen. Ensign Announces $166 Million In Grants for Nevada Transportation
Press Release
Sen. Reid Sending $300 Million In Grants For Nevada Transportation
Press Release
Rep. Gibbons Secures Millions for Transportation Projects in Nevada: $4 Million Included to Improve Route 50 from Fernley to Fallon
Press Release
Rep. Porter Secures $85.5 Million for Southern Nevada Transportation Projects
Press Release
Rep. Porter Secures $36 Million In Transportation Funding
Press Release

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Latest on Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
US Department of Energy (DOE) Produces Some Documents But Fails To Fully Comply With Congressional Subpoena
Press Release (Rep. Porter)

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From the US Census Bureau
Nevada 2002: Utilities

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August 2, 2005

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Public Education In Nevada
Teacher shortage remains critical: Arrival of Filipino educators barely dents the problem (Las Vegas Sun article)
Elementary school may not be able to open on time (Las Vegas Sun article)
Children left behind: Clark County School District is an academic mess (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)
UPDATE: School district's tab in legal fight with teacher tops $1.5 million (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Developments
SNWA Plans Run Afoul Of Federal Regulations
Plan to pump ground water to LV delayed: New Lincoln County studies could take six years; Water Authority may have to start from scratch (Las Vegas Sun article)
More Objections To SNWA Project
Rural Utah group to protest water plan (Las Vegas Sun article)
TMWA Complaints: Tip of the Iceberg?
Water customers report high bills, ‘phantom’ leaks (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Latest on the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Yucca Mountain facing new delay:  License application date pushed back (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Taxation in Nevada
State Tax Surpluses and Government Needs
Keep the rebates coming (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

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From the US Congress
Sens. Ensign and Reid Announce Grant to Improve Safety at North Las Vegas Airport
Press Release (Sen. Ensign)

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From Clark County
County Commissioners To Mull Metro Finance Proposal
COUNTY COMMISSION VOTE: Police tax decision arrives -- Sheriff makes some money-saving changes in audit, holds off on others (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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From the Office of the Governor
Improvements to Teen Driving Laws Will Make Roadways Safer for All Nevadans (Message from Gov. Guinn)

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August 3, 2005

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From The State School System
No Child Left Behind Act Leaving Many Nevada Schools Behind
Nevada Department of Education
Inadequate Progress Noted At 56 Percent Of Nevada Schools; Inadequacy Rate Was Only 38 Percent In 2003-2004
More than half state's public schools fail to make fed grade (Las Vegas Sun article)

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City and County of Carson
Each Carson school needs improvement: District says a few students at some schools have made previously successful schools fail (Nevada Appeal article)
Clark County
Plan would sign rebate checks over to schools (Las Vegas Sun article)

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State Politics
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Raises More Than A Million Dollars; Then Decides Not To Run
Moran drops out of race (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The US Bureau Of Land Management
BLM Adds 120 Acres of Lovell Canyon Ranch to Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Press Release (Sen. Ensign)
Spring Mountain National Recreation Area (SMNRA)
Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) [Nevada BLM link to details of SNPLMA, as well as the Nevada BLM website itself, have been out of commission for the past 4 months.  BLM says it's working on it.]

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From the Neon Empire
Betting on the Housing Shortage
Golden Phoenix casino to rise again as condos (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Station Casinos plans residential towers in Summerlin (Las Vegas Business Week article)

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From Churchill County
Proposed brothel site near Fallon scrapped (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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From Elko County
Sage Grouse, Cattle Herds, Government Permits and 800,000 Acres of Public Land
  Judge orders halt in grazing at Jarbidge (Elko Free Press article)

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From Nevada's Stagnant Ponds And Marshes
Latest West Nile Virus News
Test confirms West Nile Virus in Fernley (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Mason Valley mosquito ‘pools’ test positive for West Nile Virus (Mason Valley News article)
West Nile turns up in Southern Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
West Nile found in valley: No human cases confirmed in Southern Nevada (Las Vegas Sun article)

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August 4, 2005

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Nevada Politics
University Chancellor Abandons Republican Party; Gubernatorial Run Predicted
Rogers switches party to nonpartisan (Las Vegas Sun article)
Rogers' exit from GOP stirs conjecture: Many view move as signal of 2006 gubernatorial bid (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Eyeing race, chancellor switches to independent (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Election Commission (FEC) Reports on Nevada Political Action Committees (PACs)

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Federal Election Commission (FEC) Reports on Candidate Contributions and Expenses (C&Es)
US Senate

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US House Of Representatives
District 1
District 2
District 3

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Federal Election Commission (FEC) Reports on Personal PACs Of Nevada's Senators
Battle Born Political Action Committee (Sen. Ensign)
Searchlight Leadership Fund (Sen. Reid)

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From Las Vegas
City Asks Metro To Investigate Staff Editing Of Golf Course Rezoning Report
Police take over probe; Walters' plans on hold (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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From Clark County
Commissioners Unanimously Approve Tax Increase To Bolster Metro Manpower
POLICE FUNDING: County approves tax hike -- Because of increase, citizens will see more officers on streets, sheriff says (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Sales tax hike is OK'd: Quarter-cent raise for more police officers (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The City Of Henderson
Council Eyes Annexations, Creation Of New 4,600 Acre Redevelopment District
Redevelopment study launched  (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Latest on Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Proposal
Nonprofit Environmental Group Calls Government Radiation Standards For Polluted Drinking Water Too Weak; Calls For New Study
EPA Drinking Water Standard for Plutonium Is 100 Times Too Weak; New Research Shows Current Level is Based on Decades-Old, Obsolete Science -- Waste at Nuclear Weapons Sites Threatens Vital Water Resources; EPA Urged to Act Quickly to Tighten Maximum Contaminant Limits (IEER Press Release)
Bad To The Bone (IEER Report)
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER)  

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August 5, 2005

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Nevada Politics
Dance Of The Seven Veils
Rogers Playing Out Peek-a-Boo Performance On Decision To Stand For Election

"I'm not committed to it," Rogers said when pressed about whether he would run for governor. "I'll tell you, I'm looking at it much more than I have in the past, all right. Now I don't know where I am at this point."

 Rogers nearly halfway there on governor run (Las Vegas Sun article)
Meanwhile . . .
Gibbons to open governor's run Aug. 31 (Las Vegas Sun article)
RGJ.com exclusive: Cashell won't enter governor's race (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Speculation Is Rife
Editorial: Barnburner in 2006? (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Taxation In Nevada
Taxpayer Bill Of Rights Initiative Gains Momentum
O'Connell to spearhead spending limit measure (Pahrump Valley Times/AP article)

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Nevada's Families
From The Federal Interagency Forum On Child And Family Statistics
New Report: Teen Birth Rate Continues Decline; Fewer Childhood Deaths; More Children Immunized; Children More Likely to Live in Poverty, Be Involved in Violent Crime
America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2005

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From The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Uninsured Children And Health Care A Problem; Nevada Second Worst In The Nation
Press Release
Going Without: America's Uninsured Children (RWJF report; for Nevada see pages 5, 12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-21)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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From The US Department Of Energy
New Inspector General's Audit: State and Local Government Use of Oversight Funds Questions $1.2 Million In Expenditures By State, Nye, Lincoln and Clark Counties
Nye County Spent $720,000 on Economic Development, Supplies, Services, Salaries and Grants Unrelated to Yucca Mountain
Audit Report

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From Nye County
Valley Electric Association Imposes 6.1 Percent Rate Hike
High wire acts: "Anomalies" Cited as Cause for $900,000 Shortfall (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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More "Developing" Problems: Flood Control Costs Increase In Pahrump Area
No flood control help from feds (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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County Salaries And Benefits Using Up Nearly Half Of Money Appropriated For Road Construction And Maintenance
Public Works ain't working so good in Pahrump (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)

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From The US Congress
Transportation Equity Act Provides $2 Million For Northern Nevada Railroad Improvements in White Pine County; Directs BLM To Convey Right-Of-Way To The City Of Ely
Press Release (Sen. Ensign)

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Crime In Nevada
From The US Attorney For The District Of Nevada
Nellis Air Force Base Master Sergeant Pleads Guilty To 8 Las Vegas Bank Robberies
Press Release

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Schurz Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault At Walker River Indian Reservation
Press Release

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From The Office Of The Nevada Attorney General
Approximately $1 Million In Grants Awarded To Fight Violence Against Women
Press Release

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Former Lander County Sheriff Sentenced For Embezzlement; Had Previously Been Convicted On Federal Charges
Press Release

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August 6, 2005
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Nevada Politics
Gov. Guinn Still Fishing
Field gets thinner as Guinn searches for GOP successor (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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One That Didn't Bite
Reno mayor decides against entering race for governor: Cashell says focus on city's redevelopment (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Legislators Raggio And Perkins Take Subsidized 11-Day Sea Cruise
Legislative leaders get big discount from cable company on cruise (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Raggio, Perkins say they paid for Cox-sponsored cruise (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The State Judicial Discipline Commission
JDC Complaint Alleges Influence-Peddling, Ticket-Fixing And Favoritism
Complaint filed against Fallon justice of the peace (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Las Vegas
Public Loses Again In Yet Another "Mistake"
   Deals Which Benefit Private Interests At Public Expense Looking A Lot Like A Pattern
Boyd, city reach deal on parcel: Gaming company freed from obligation to build downtown parking garage (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Boyd Gaming, city reach accord on downtown land (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Latest On Allegations In Walters Golf Course Rezoning Proposal -- How Did One Report Turn Into Two?
Police probe city's handling of golf course plan: Metro mum on details of investigation (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Las Vegas $kindustry Figure's Divorce Settlement During Ongoing Federal Investigation Raises Eyebrows, Questions
Jeff German: Sweet deal for Rizzolo's ex may not be all about love (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From The City Of Henderson
Perchlorate Park And Pond Plan Set To Take Off Like A Rocket
HENDERSON DEVELOPMENT PLANS: New life for old pit -- Lake and park planned when chemical level drops (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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From Southern Nevada
Argument Over Lake Mead Water And Sewer Line Funding Turns On Use Of BLM's Southern Nevada Land Sales Proceeds
$9.3 MILLION REQUEST: Lake Mead projects off budget -- Federal lawmakers say state should use BLM land sales money (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Bill: Land sale money should pay for Lake Mead project (Las Vegas Sun article)
Omission of $9.3 million for Lake Mead raises ire (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Washoe County
Taxpayers Claim Washoe Board Of Equalization Too Chummy With County Assessor; Slow To Provide Citizens With Necessary Information
State board hears complaints on equalization (Las Vegas Sun article)
Incline group says tax-appeal process in Washoe unfair (Nevada Appeal article)

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From The Office Of The Governor
39 Brand New Appointments To State Boards And Commissions
Press Release

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From The Nevada Division Of Environmental Protection
State Announces Measures To Control Toxic Mercury Emissions From Mining Operations
Press Release

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August 7, 2005
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From Southern Nevada
SNWA And Its Neighbors
Water Conflict Spreads
SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY: LV water plan angers ranchers --Pipeline proposal spurs concerns in western Utah (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Elko County Votes To Join Nye, White Pine, Eureka, Esmeralda And Lander Counties In Planned Nevada Regional Rural Water Authority

"'Any agreement they [SNWA] enter into with us, I wonder what good it will do other than pat us on the head and say don't worry,' Gerber said. 'I question what authority they have and what is the underlying penalty to them if they don't abide by the agreement.

'I don't think Southern Nevada Water Authority can bind much of anybody,' Gerber added."

County to work with neighbors (Elko Free Press article)

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Lincoln County Water Filings May Stall SNWA's Environmental Impact Statement Review

"New pipeline projects in Lincoln County could delay the Environmental Impact Statement for Southern Nevada Water Authority's plan to import ground water from White Pine County."

SNWA's EIS may face delays because of Lincoln plans (Ely Times article)

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SNWA Views The Pipeline And Expansion Of Its Water Holdings As A Top Priority
Water future: Urgent issue (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Virgin Valley Water District More Than Triples Its Assessments For New Construction As SNWA Bids Up The Price Of Water

"At their regular monthly meeting, the Virgin Valley Water District was forced to increase their 'Ordinance Two' fees from $912 to a whopping $3,150.

The jump was caused by a recent sale of water shares that more than tripled the current market rate."

Waterboard Increases Fees (Mesquite Desert Valley Times article)

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Water Politics Creating Unusual Alliances

"'This says the proposed pipeline is upsetting to a huge number of rural residents, and also to environmentalists all over the West,' says Rose Strickland of the Nevada Water Network."

Hippies, Rednecks vs. Water Authority (Las Vegas City Lights article)

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West Nile Virus News
From Las Vegas
THREE NEW POCKETS: Virus keeps spreading -- West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in more Clark County locations (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Virus-infected ducks came from Strip hotel (Las Vegas Sun article)
RISK LOW: Infected birds from Strip pool: Ducks with West Nile, another virus found during 'routine relocation' (Las Vegas Review Journal article)
From Carson Valley And Lake Tahoe
Valley mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus (Nevada Appeal article)
From Lyon County
Lyon County resident first in state detected with West Nile Virus (Fernley Leaders-Courier article)
And More West Nile Virus News
West Nile virus infects ducks, mosquitoes (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Horse, birds, mosquitoes positive for West Nile (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The US Congress
$3,000 donated to Reid broke Senate ethics rules: Spokeswoman says simple mistake caused Nevadan to accept money from lobbyist (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Reid faces scrutiny on Senate rules: Minority leader says it was honest mistake (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Latest On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Reid Opposition Kept Yucca Mountain Project Out Of Federal Energy Bill

"The strategy was to avoid stirring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a leading critic of the proposed nuclear waste repository who could have caused problems for the bill, one of President Bush's top priorities, DOE Deputy Secretary Clay Sell said.

'Energy politics are tough. Yucca Mountain politics are really tough,' said Sell, the department's second-in-command after Secretary Samuel Bodman.

Reid 'is a tough character to deal with,' Sell said. 'There was a conscious decision not to roll (Yucca Mountain) into the energy bill, and I can't disagree.'"

Energy bill ignored repository:  Reid deterred inclusion of Yucca Mountain (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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For Our Readers -- Several Nevada newspapers -- the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Appeal, the Lahontan Valley Times and the Gardnerville Record-Courier -- now require on-site registration (free) and sign-in to read their articles.  These newspapers are marked with an asterisk (*) in this column. 

 

August 8, 2005
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Nevada Politics
The Races In General
Parties jockeying for upper hand in 2006 state races: All six constitutional offices open; odds of another sweep slim (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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The Race For Governor
Get ready for a year of gubernatorial rancor* (Lahontan Valley News-Fallon Eagle Standard* article)
Gibson for governor? -- Don't ask the Henderson mayor about a possible run. His lips are sealed (Las Vegas City Life article)
There goes the neighborhood: It's Jim Rogers' Nevada. We just live (and work) in it. (Las Vegas City Life column)
THOMAS MITCHELL: A 55-gallon drum of worms (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)
VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: A clown show of unprecedented scope (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Races For The US Congress
Bringing the bacon home to Nevada* (Lahontan Valley News-Fallon Eagle Standard* article)
Before race begins, Angle puts face before voters (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Jon Ralston: Porter underestimated before (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Education In Nevada
On The Job Opening For Clark County School Superintendent
Mr. Rogers, meet Jesus Christ (Las Vegas City Life column)

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From The City And County Of Carson
Carson City To Issue $24.5 Million In Bonds To Finance New Projects; Will Cost $53 Million Over Next 28 Years
City set to take on new debt* (Nevada Appeal* article)

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From Churchill County
After Just Annexing 96 Acres, The City Of Fallon Annexes 90 More
City approves 90-acre annexation* (Lahontan Valley News-Fallon Eagle Standard* article)
High real estate prices, dogs, parks, trashy yards on citizens' minds here* (Lahontan Valley News-Fallon Eagle Standard* editorial) 

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From Clark County
An Excellent Editorial On The Las Vegas Golf Course Rezoning Investigation And Accountability In Government
No secrets in city probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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$kindustry Figure's Lawyer Doesn't Like The Coverage Afforded By One Of The State's Best Columnists
JOHN L. SMITH: Lawyer for Crazy Horse Too owner blows his top over facts and law (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Swinging In Southern Nevada

"'Are you in the lifestyle?' he asked."

Big Bang Theory -- Reluctant wives, horny accountants and leather slaves: A Green Door memoir (Las Vegas City Life article)

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"Developing" Problems In Clark County: Pulte Homes And Their Gigantic Bulldozer
Bulldozers and blades: Pulte's latest master-planned community threatens Sloan Canyon (Las Vegas City Life article)

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County Official Proposes Hiring Private Inspectors To Speed Construction, But Some Question Wisdom Of The Plan
Jeff German: Inspectors don't feel at home with plan for builders (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From Nye County
"Developing" Problems In Nye County: Public Utilities Having Trouble Keeping Up With Developers' Plans

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In Pahrump
Nye jumps into fray: Officials, lawyers meet with Public Utilities Commission on local water, sewer provider (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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In Beatty
Water, sewer district drowning  (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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More "Developing" Problems In Nye County: Getting Developers To Pay Their Share Of Service Costs
Developer agreement meetings set Aug. 18 (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Getting In Trouble For Doing Your Job

"At a previous meeting between Jones and the commissioners, he was told the $750,000 in the emergency fund was for spending only on Pahrump's emergency fire-fighting needs. But that was not the way the resolution was written: the money was for upgrading fire departments throughout Nye County for emergency fire control.

'They were wrong when they said it was just for Pahrump,' Jones said after Tuesday's meeting, and comments made during the June meeting that resulted in the declaration of an emergency corroborate his position."

Jones under fire for following official order: Director of county emergency management criticized for buying required equipment (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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More Of The Same?

"The issue behind the agenda item remains a mystery, but a source employed by the town said it could have to do with 'the spilling of coffee on paperwork' regarding Town Manager Dave Richards."

Town's attorney could be departing: Hinds claims she was not notified of Board's plan (Pahrump Valley Times article) 

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Service Still A Value For Some Corporations . . .
Beatty Bank of America to remain (Pahrump Valley Times article)
But Not Others . . .
Coke isn't it at K-7: Businessman in battle with beverage giant (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Even Utility Co-Ops Like The Valley Electric Authority

"As former VEA board president Bob Davies said last March, 'When we have one director for 33,000 people and one each for towns with 500 or less, that's not a democratic co-op. This is a $125 million co-op in the hands of a few people.'"

Reminder: VEA is the property of its membership - us (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From White Pine County
County Financial Woes
WHITE PINE RED: County's officials surrender credit cards (Pahrump Valley Times article)
State official says county overspent by $1 million (Ely Times article)

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Indications Of A Brighter Future
Congress includes $2 million for NNRy in Transportation Act (Ely Times article)
Taxable sales take 54 percent leap (Ely Times article)

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Democracy In Action In The City Of Ely
Mayor wants city to serve 50 homes in county (Ely Times article)

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From The US Bureau Of Land Management
BLM to auction 3,906 acres in eleven parcels in Elko and Lander counties (Ely Times article)

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August 9, 2005

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Nevada Politics
- Congressional Races -
Auditioning For A Job No One Seems To Want
Democrats' search for Porter challenger continues: Meteorologist latest to deflect overtures (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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No More Mr. Nice Guy -- Dean Heller Calls Fellow Republican Sharron Angle "Intellectually Dishonest"
Angle criticized in Nevada congressional race (Reno Gazette-Journal/ AP article)

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From Washington D.C.
Something To Look Forward To -- New Opportunities For Monopolistic Mergers In Our Techno-Feudal Economy
Repeal of Utility Law Opens Door for Mergers: Supporters expect more money to flood the industry. Critics fear regulatory uncertainty (Los Angeles Times article)

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New Energy Bill May Help Get Geothermal Power Off The Ground
Rep. Gibbons: Energy Bill Critical First Step Toward Meeting 21st Century Energy Demands (Press Release)

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From Clark County
More On Las Vegas City Government's Most Recent Multi-Million Dollar Land Deal -- The Rest Of The Public Can Make It Up In Taxes Later
Sweetheart deal downtown: Boyd Gaming makes out on land (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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"Developing" Problems At Mount Charleston
Mountain dwellers come out against ski resort (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Jewel Of The Sierras
Sounds Like Progress
Tahoe to get high-speed ferry boats (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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From White Pine County
Digging Out Of Debt
State officials work to lead rural county out of financial emergency (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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From The US 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals
No Immunity For Law Enforcement Officers In Alleged Bogus Marijuana Bust
Baldwin v. Placer County

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From The Nevada Supreme Court
Union Members Can't Sue Union-Provided Attorneys For Malpractice
Weiner v. Beatty (Corrected Opinion)

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August 10, 2005

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Latest On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Plan
New EPA Standards Outrage Both Of Nevada's Senators, A Congressman, The Governor And Attorney General
From The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Proposed Yucca Mountain Standards to Protect Public Health For a Million Years (Press Release)
Fact Sheet on Proposed Amendments to EPA's Public Health and Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Yucca Mountain, Nevada (40 CFR Part 197)
Text of the Proposed Standards

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From US Senators Ensign And Reid
Reid, Ensign secure hearing on public safety standards at proposed Yucca Mountain site: Nevadans Will Be Heard (Press Release)

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From Rep. Gibbons
Rep. Gibbons Statement on EPA's New Radiation Standard for Yucca Mountain: Public health and safety standards should not be based on speculation and supposition (Press Release)

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From Gov. Guinn And Attorney General Sandoval
Governor Guinn and Attorney General Sandoval Condemn EPA's Proposed Lax New Yucca Radiation Standard (Press Release)

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From The State Press
Senators ask EPA for public hearings: Government must revise radiation standards (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
New EPA radiation standard is called outrageous: EPA says revised limits would protect public for 1 million years (Las Vegas Sun article)
Reaction to proposed EPA radiation standard for Yucca Mountain (Las Vegas Sun/ AP article)

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From The Real Estate Division Of The Nevada Department Of Business And Industry
Your State Government In Action
State Agency May Be Too Busy To Review Questionable McCarran Airport Land Deals In Time
State urged to investigate appraiser of airport land: County questions Morse's procedures (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Federal law dictates that the investigation must be completed within one year, Lisa Young, deputy administrator of the real estate division, said.

But the appraisal investigations are handled on a 'first-come, first serve' basis, she said.

'They are dealt with in the order they are received,' Young said. '... One does not take more importance over the other.'"

 State probe of county appraiser could take year (Las Vegas Sun article)

"OUR MISSION

The mission of the Nevada Real Estate Division is to safeguard and promote public interest in real estate transactions by developing an informed public and a professional real estate industry."

Nevada Real Estate Division

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From The Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority
Local Quasi-Government In Action

"After hearing from an international law firm that there were several problems associated with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's transfer of the rights to, and potential profit from, the successful 'What happens here, stays here' slogan to advertising agency R&R Partners, the authority board is set to make changes.

At this morning's meeting of the LVCVA board, a four-member committee of board members was formed to develop new policies on the management of the agency's intellectual property."

Law firm critical of LVCVA's slogan deal -- Report: Agency should immediately renegotiate with R&R over 'What happens here, stays here' (Las Vegas Sun article)
Las Vegas Visitors And Convention Authority Website (Where You Won't See Any Documents On The Transaction)

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Question For TNO Readers: Why Isn't The Clark County Grand Jury Investigating The Airport Land Deals And LVCVA Slogan Transaction To Make A Report To The Public?

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More On Legislators' Subsidized Baltic Sea Cruise
GIFT REPORTING: Legislators' cruise leads to criticism -- Ethics expert says trip taken by pair of lawmakers shows ties with lobbyists (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Ranks Number 3!

"Nevada ranks as the third most expensive state in the country in which to buy gas, after California and Hawaii, said Sean Comey, a spokesman for AAA Nevada.

The statewide average price is 23 cents per gallon more than the national average price of $2.34, he said."

Nevadans still among those paying most at the pump (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
Plans For The Third Straw Move Forward

"The water authority, the water wholesaler for urban communities throughout Clark County, gets 90 percent of its water from Lake Mead. The agency wants a new intake, to be its 'third straw,' to go deeper into the lake and provide critical drought and water quality protections. The cost of the project has been estimated at $650 million."

Water authority hires firm to design intake (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Washoe County
Court Of Appeals Won't Reconsider No Immunity Finding For Washoe County DA
District attorney rebuffed by court: Requested full-court hearing on ruling favoring ex-detective suing prosecutor (Reno Gazette-Journal Article)
The Original Decision
Botello v. Gammick, et al.

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August 11, 2005

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Latest On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Plan

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More Reaction From Nevada's Congressional Delegation (Except Rep. Berkley)
Sen. Ensign:  New EPA Standards Appalling (Press Release)
Sen. Reid's statement on EPA's proposed standards (Press Release)
Rep. Porter Responds To Proposed EPA Radiation Standards (Press Release)

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From The Institute for Environmental and Energy Research (IEER)
Environmental Protection Agency's Proposed Rule on Repository for High-Level Radioactive Waste Would Seriously Undermine Public Health: Rule Seems Designed to Fit Yucca Mountain -- Proposed Standard Would Allow Largest Radiation to Future Generations in the Western World

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From The Nevada Press
Editorial: A miracle -- overnight (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From The National And International Press
New Radiation Levels Proposed for Waste Site: The Energy Dept. says Yucca Mountain can meet the rules. Nevada officials remain critical. (Los Angeles Times article)
Radiation Limits for Waste Site Proposed: EPA Effort Aims to Satisfy Court on Nevada Project (Washington Post article)
EPA Proposing Radiation Exposure Limits (Guardian [UK] article)

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Nevada Politics
Hatch Act Would Bar Rogers Candidacy While Serving As University Chancellor
Law factor for official -- Statute would play role in election bid (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Gibbons stands firm on commitment to not announce governor candidacy (Las Vegas Sun article)
2006 Nevada governor's race could be free-for-all (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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 An Official Press Release, But What Does It Have To Do With The Office Of Secretary Of State?
A Trees [Sic] Grows in Unionville
Previous Secretary of State Press Releases (For Contrast)
Dean Heller, Candidate For US Congress

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From The US Congress
Pork Barrel Bill Is Quite A Gag
New energy law limits public's say in decisions -- Activists dismayed: Cash flows from gas pumps to industry's pockets, they say (Salt Lake Tribune article)
Sen. Ensign’s proposed broadcast law revision bill could pose a threat to public-access television
Pulling the plug: Telecom law revisions could lead to the demise of community television in Reno--and across the nation (Reno News & Review article)
Sen. Ensign: Incline Lake On Fast Track To Approval
Press Release
The Sound Of Progress
Lake Tahoe could get ferry from road funds (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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From Nevada's Hinterlands
Bubbling Crude
Oil firms hoping to tap Nevada: White Pine County already reaping economic benefits (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Southern Nevada's $kindustry
JOHN L. SMITH: Union between dancers, organized labor would be timely match (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)
Del Mar Motel demolished: City closed business in May after police found rampant prostitution there (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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From The Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority
Quasi-Government In Action
LVCVA's Lawyers Clear Its President, R&R Partners Of Wrongdoing In Self-Investigation
Nothing To See Here.  Roll Over And Go Back To Sleep

"Gresham described his firm's investigation as 'substantial,' particularly given the brief period in which it was produced. That claim was evidenced by a telephone-book-size report Goodman displayed Tuesday."

'WHAT HAPPENS HERE' DISPUTE: Firm says slogan deal mishandled -- Lawyers say $1 sale to R&R was done 'in good faith' (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Las Vegas Visitors And Convention Authority Website (Where You Won't See The Telephone-Book-Size Report Goodman Displayed Tuesday, Or Anything Else About This Deal)

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From The National Wildlife Refuge Association
SNWA's "Big Gulp" Pumping Threatens Springs In Ash Meadows, Desert, Pahranagat and Moapa Valley Wildlife Refuges
2005 State of the System Report Cites Urgent Need To Protect National Wildlife Refuge Buffer Zones: New Research Shows Growing Threats To Refuges By Outside Activities (Press Release)
2005 State of the System Report (see p. 11)
The National Wildlife Refuge Association
SNWA Says Not To Worry -- They're Pumping From The Other Side Of The Bathtub

"Water authority officials quickly downplayed the concern, saying they don't intend to take more water than will be recharged by natural runoff. 'When you talk about the sensitive resources on the refuge, our pumping is downstream from those,' said water authority spokesman J.C. Davis."

Pumping at refuge complex threatens springs, group says: Effects might be undetectable for more than century, according to watchdogs (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Group: Groundwater pumping puts desert wildlife refuge at risk (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Boulder City
Local Government In Action

"The Boulder City Planning Commission had to cancel its regularly scheduled meetings in June and July because there were not enough commissioners present to conduct business."

 Absences by BC planning commissioners take a toll (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Plans For Eldorado Valley
Development proposal to be promoted: Officials to tout plan for Eldorado Valley (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Deal would limit building in Eldorado Valley (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education
Diversity In Education
Clark County School District
Administrator files complaint: Official alleges retaliation, slanted hiring process (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Washoe County School District
Commitment to diversity: Panel urges new strategies for growing population (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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August 12, 2005

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Latest On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Plan
Nevada officials, scientists continue to spar over Yucca radiation standard (Las Vegas Sun article)
EPA to Nevadans: 'Drop Dead' (Business Wire article)
New standards don’t solve dump woes (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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DOE reviewing Test Site contract bids (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The US Congress
$12 Million For The Pyramid Highway Corridor In Sparks
Press Release (Sen. Ensign)

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From The Neon Empire
State Gaming Revenues Soar With Record $11 Billion Take For First Half Of 2005
June 2005 Nevada Gaming Revenues
State casinos post record gaming win in fiscal '05: Strip accounts for slightly more than half of Nevada gambling (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Your State Government In Action
Editorial Scores State Real Estate Division -- Agency Had Said It May Be Too Busy To Timely Review Questionable McCarran Airport Land Deals
'Could take ... a year' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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From Las Vegas
Sale Of Multi-Million Dollar Slogan For $1 Points Out Need For Accountability In LVCVA Operations
Jeff German: Tightening the reins on LVCVA (Las Vegas Sun column)

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No Sympathy For Las Vegas Centennial Concert Promoter
JANE ANN MORRISON: There might not be such a thing as a free centennial celebration (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
More begging at City Hall: No need to compensate Clear Channel (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
No tax dollars for centennial concert (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From The US Census Bureau
Nearly 1 In 4 Nevadans Is Hispanic; Minority Population Growing Rapidly With New Citizens Moving To The State
US Census Bureau Press Release
State Figures [Excel Spreadsheet]
County Figures [Excel Spreadsheet]
Growing minorities on way to majority: Migration making Nevada more diverse (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada population 2.3 million, census says; 23 percent Hispanic (Las Vegas Sun article)
Minorities may soon become majority in Nevada: Nonwhites make up more than 44 percent of county's population (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The City Of Reno
City, developer at odds over Mapes rental rate (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From Washoe County
Lawsuit Seeks To Silence Critics Of Granite Fox Coal-Burning Power Plant At Gerlach
Sempra sues foes over Web sites: Suit claims opponents of proposed plant near Gerlach providing false information (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The Website At Issue (Sempra.org)
Nevada Clean Energy Coalition
Ideum
The Real Sempra Website (Sempra.com)
War of the Energy Worlds: Coal vs. renewables. Equally profitable. Not equally destructive (Reno News & Review article)

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From The Attorney General's Office
Attorney General Announces Agreement With 7-11 Stores To Curb Tobacco Sales To Minors
Press Release

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August 13, 2005
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Latest On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Plan
More crazy numbers for Yucca Mountain:  EPA betrays science with preposterous new radiation safety standards (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Ground zero at Yucca Mountain (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Yucca Critics Rip New EPA Standards (The Energy Daily article)
Special Report hosted author of debunked radiation study to discuss Yucca Mountain (Media Matters story)

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From The Late Legislature
Perkins, Titus Figure In Pay Controversies
Perkins' says pay error an 'honest mistake': Speaker was paid by Henderson for 4 days while in Carson City (Las Vegas Sun article)
Titus drew university pay while in Carson City -- Senator was performing legislative duties in January; UNLV officials say no need to correct pay records (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Office Of The Governor
Nevada Among First States to Participate in National Sex Offender Public Registry
Message From The Governor

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From The Nevada Department Of Health And Human Services
Two Additional Cases Of Human West Nile Virus Reported In Humboldt County
News Release
Nevada Hospital Profits Down 35.2 Percent In 2004
Report On Hospital Profits For The Year Ending December 31, 2004

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From The US Attorney For The State Of Nevada
North Las Vegas Police Receive DOJ Grant For Domestic Violence Detective
Press Release
Employee Pleads Guilty To Embezzling More Than $2 Million From Las Vegas Branch Of Shanghai Banking Corp.
Press Release
Las Vegas Podiatrist Sentenced To 33 Months For Fraudulent Medicaid Billings
Press Release

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From The US Bureau Of Land Management
BLM to Prepare Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement On Proposed New Grazing Regulations
BLM Names New State Directors for Nevada and Colorado
Nevada BLM Website Still Down After More Than Four Months
Nevada BLM

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From The US Census Bureau
2002 Economic Census - Nevada Finance and Insurance
2002 Economic Census - Nevada Transportation and Warehousing
Census Of Governments Vol. 1 No. 2 - Individual State Descriptions (Nevada at pp. 181-184)

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August 14, 2005

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Latest On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Plan
Nuclear agency denies request: State sought to revise technical rule on waste repository (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
YUCCA MOUNTAIN: 'Monkey wrench' -- Report: DOE hasn't fully studied how to handle damaged fuel assemblies (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Clark County School District
School Board hit with new complaint: Group of Hispanic parents claim they were prevented from entering meeting (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Washoe County School District
Schools of thought: Washoe County’s charter schools give parents alternatives to traditional education (Reno News & Review article)

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From Washington DC
US Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts Has Nevada Background
Roberts' Nevada links (Reno News & Review article)
Tahoe planner recalls Roberts as 'impressive' The nominee's win on agency's behalf was one of several before high court (Sacramento Bee article)
Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

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From Washoe County
UNR Wants To Sell Land To Developers, Not Help Local Flood Protection Efforts

"A coalition of local governments will ask the University of Nevada, Reno to reconsider its rejection of Washoe County’s bid for Truckee River property called critical for a major flood-control project, officials said Friday."

Land deal a glitch for flood plan: County might ask UNR to reconsider sale of critical site (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Truckee River project likely won’t get under way until 2008 (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Washoe aims to bar bid for UNR land parcel (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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County, City Of Reno At Odds Over St. James Village Area: County Says Reno Promised To Withdraw From Area But Now Has Plans For It
Washoe County Press Release

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A Look At The Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA)
TMRPA Website

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Registrar Of Voters Checking On Rolls; Will Be Asking Voters To Verify Registration Data
Press Release

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Six Weeks Into New Fiscal Year And Washoe County Still Hasn't Posted Its FY 2005-2006 Budget
Washoe County Website
Washoe County Commission

 

To Our Readers:

Due to staff vacations, TNO will temporarily suspend its "Breaking News" service until the end of the month.  The service will resume with the new TNO issue published August 1, 2005.

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July 1, 2005

Breaking News and Articles of Interest

July 1, 2005

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From Las Vegas
"What happens here, stays here"
More On The LVCVA Transfer Of Slogan In Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign For $1
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Explanation At Odds With Reported Agreement, Trademark Application

"There was no contemplation, none, and there has not been to date, of selling that mark for commercial purposes. The only thing we've contemplated doing with that mark is using it in our marketing."

$1 deal for Vegas slogan defended (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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"The application, filed to the Commissioner of Trademarks in Arlington, Va., says R&R 'has a bona fide intention to use the mark in commerce on or in connection with goods and services: Trademark will be applied directly to the goods, to containers for the goods, or other means customary in the industry.' The application specifically lists that the slogan would be used for 'souvenirs and clothing.'"

Questions surround LVCVA's slogan deal: Officials say move was necessary to protect 'What happens here, stays here' (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Excerpts from the agreement (Las Vegas Sun article)
According To This Article:
  • The Agreement Was Signed November 9, 2004, But Retroactive To January 1, 2004
  • Two Slogans Were Involved In The Transfer -- "What happens here, stays here" and "We work as hard as we play."
  • R&R Had No Right To The Slogans/ Trademarks Before Signing The Agreement

"LVCVA represents and warrants to and agrees with the R&R as follows: A. LVCVA is the owner of the entire right, title, and interest in and to the Marks free from any adverse lien, security interest, or encumbrance, and LVCVA has the full right and power to grant the security interest in the Marks made hereby."

  • R&R Got The Right To Profit From The Use Of The Slogans/ Trademarks . . .

"LVCVA hereby assigns and transfers to R&R: A. All right, title, and interest held by LVCVA in and to the Marks, including all applications, registrations and use under common law."

  • And R&R Could Keep Keep All Damages It Collected For Trademark Infringement . . .

"In the event R&R sues for infringement, it shall have the right to recover and retain any and all damages from such infringement. LVCVA agrees to fully cooperate with R&R in the prosecution of any such suit."

  • . . . But LVCVA Was Obligated To Indemnify R&R Partners If Someone Else Sued, Even For Defective Merchandise (Note that this provision expressly contemplates use of the slogan by R&R in the manufacture and sale of goods)

"LVCVA agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold R&R, its officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless against all costs, expenses, and losses (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) incurred through claims of third parties against R&R from this Agreement or any matters relating thereto or based on the manufacture or sale of the goods and services using the Marks, including but not limited to actions founded on product liability."

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One Might Well Ask

"If something like this is going on, what else is out there?"

Jeff German: Public's trust is trampled (Las Vegas Sun column)

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"What happens here, stays here" -- How True Is It?

"'I won't comment until this gets a full hearing, but I promise you there will be no whitewash,' Goodman said. 'I know Rossi Ralenkotter and I think his integrity is unimpeachable.  I'm confident that at the end of the day this will be resolved.'"

Goodman promises inquiry in slogan deal: Advertising chief says he won't allow company to profit from 'What happens here, stays here' (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Some Other Considerations
R&R Client List
LVCVA Board of Directors

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From The US Congress
Sens. Ensign, Reid, Pry $7 Million For Nevada Water And Interior Projects Out Of Senate Appropriations Committee
Press Release (Sen. Ensign)
Press Release (Sen. Reid)

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House Passes Transportation Funding Bill; Gibbons Votes to Maintain Amtrak Service in Nevada
Press Release (Rep. Gibbons)

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A Tale Of Two Cities
Latest In San Diego-Las Vegas Political Corruption Case
San Diego Union-Tribune Coverage
Defendants Don't Testify; Call Character Witnesses Instead
The defense rests early; summations Wednesday: Defendants Inzunza, Zucchet are not summoned to testify
Defense Rests In San Diego Corruption Case
Police, fire chiefs vouch for Zucchet: City attorney critical of officials' testimony

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From The US Census Bureau
New Reports

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Nevada's Growing Population
Press Release
Subcounty Population Estimates 2004
Data Sets Download Page
Nevada's Growing Local Government Debt -- State Special Districts Owed $1.8 Billion; Spend $10 Million/Year More Than They Made As Of 2002
Finances of Special District Governments 2002 (See p. 3 of Report, p. 16 of pdf file)

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Census Bureau Releases First-Ever Data on Information and Communication Technology Expenditures
Press Release
Information and Communication Technology 2003

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July 2, 2005

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From Afghanistan
Another Nevada Serviceman Killed In Combat
Rep. Gibbons' Statement on the Death of Nevadan Navy SEAL: Shane Patton in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash Press
Rep. Porter Mourns Loss Of Boulder City US Navy Seal
Gov. Guinn Statement On Death Of Navy SEAL, Shane Patton

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From Las Vegas
"What happens here, stays here"
More On The LVCVA Transfer Of Slogan In Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign For $1

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Experts:  LVCVA Agreement "One-Sided;" Akin To "Philip Morris giving up the Marlboro Man."

"'This sure looks like a one-sided agreement because it doesn't give the LVCVA any compensation. It raises questions as to what the LVCVA is getting out of this.' Minsker said that if anything, the LVCVA could be required to defend lawsuits related to the slogan based on the wording of the agreement's indemnity clause."

Ex-LVCVA Member Doesn't Understand Why Agreement Was Necessary, Nor Why Board Wasn't Consulted

"'I was particularly shocked that the board was not consulted at all,' Gubler said. 'The convention authority has its own in-house counsel and when I was on the board we managed to hire outside counsel when necessary. So why wouldn't the convention authority handle this in house?'"

Trademark attorneys: Slogan deal lopsided -- Ralenkotter: Any profit would go to LVCVA (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Sun: In Federal Filing, R&R Claimed To Own Slogan  8 Months Before LVCVA Agreement Was Signed

"The danger of combining public and private resources to pursue the public's business is that sometimes the public's business comes in second."

Jeff German: Much too close for comfort (Las Vegas Sun column)

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From The US Congress
Sen. Ensign To Craft Legislation Limiting Eminent Domain Powers Of Local Governments

 "The bill would prohibit federal funds or tax advantages from going to any local government or private entity pursuing commercial developments through eminent domain."

Press Release
Rep. Gibbons Defends Private Property Rights: House Decries Recent Supreme Court Decision
 Press Release

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Rep. Berkley Grills VA Secretary Over $1 Billion Shortfall In Veterans' Funding: Congresswoman Assured that Southern Nevada VA Medical Complex Not at Risk
Press Release

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From The US Department Of Commerce
More Than One Million Foreigners Toured Las Vegas In 2004; City Among Top 4 In US For Growth In Foreign Visitors
Press Release

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From The Office Of The Governor
Gov. Guinn Announces $528,500 Federal National Emergency Grant For Hawthorne
Press Release

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From The Office Of The US Attorney For Nevada
Man Sentenced to 10 Months For Assaulting Las Vegas Airport Security Personnel
Press Release

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Meth, Crack Cocaine Trafficker In "Operation Ice House" Case Sentenced to 17 1/2 Years In Prison
Press Release

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July 3, 2005

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From Churchill County
New Development Boom In Fallon
Don't let unbridled growth kill Fallon's Golden Goose (Lahontan Valley News column)

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Churchill Considers Increasing Size Of County Commission
Is our community ready for a five-member board of commissioners? (Fallon Star Press column)

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Churchill County Consolidating Water System
County water system taking shape (Lahontan Valley News article)

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From Douglas County
Revisions Envisioned For Controversial Douglas County Sign Ordinance
Sign ordinance revisions head to towns (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

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From Elko County
Elko Water And Sewer Use Fees Increased 25 Percent Last Year, 25 Percent More This Year; Complaints Of Discriminatory Rates

"Snyder said a small single business is charged $8.91 per 1,000 gallons while a local hotel on a meter is charged $0.66. Snyder said one of his buildings at the Terraces is on a meter and is charged $4.70 per 1,000 gallons."

Residents oppose water rate hike (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lake Tahoe
Two Million Years Ago: Lake Tahoe's Primeval Ancestor
A lake before Tahoe? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Incline General Improvement District Increases Water And Sewer Rates; First Hike In 13 Years
District approves new rates to target excessive water users (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Regulating Lake Tahoe's Celebrity Residents
Agency teed off at Sorenstam for illegally moving dirt (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Waiting For The Water Master: Truckee River Rafting Season On Hold
Lack of rafters impacts Tahoe City merchants (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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The Fungus Among Us: Tahoe's Endangered Trees
Effort is aimed at saving sugar pines (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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From Lyon County
Lyon County Commission Decision Reversed By State Authorities
Tax Commission rules in favor of impact statement: School District must follow BIS process to pave way for residential construction tax (Mason Valley News article)

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Charges Of Mismanagement; Demands For Resignations, Recalls Of Commerce Board Members
Fernley Chamber in turmoil (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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From Nye County
Nye County's PILT Pelf
Nye to receive $1.6 million from feds: Payments in lieu of taxes Federal government pays States increases (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Motorola Gets The Nod; Will Be Paid With Yucca Mountain PETT Funds
Nye approves radio link-up: Commission To Spend $6.8 Million For Law Enforcement (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Cutback In County Accountability For Federal Yucca Monitor Funds Seen
Congress moving to limit DOE controls on repository funding (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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US Forest Service, BLM To Provide Parks For Pahrump Area Residents
Recreation areas planned for southern Nye (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From White Pine County
Ely City Council Stalemated Over Appointments
Mayor, council disagree on several issues (Ely Times article)

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July 4, 2005

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Happy Independence Day!

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From Las Vegas
"What happens here, stays here"
More On The LVCVA Transfer Of Slogan In Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign For $1

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Sun:  The more we learn about this arrangement, the more troubling it becomes.

"We believe there is more going on here than what we have been told so far. The LVCVA's board, when it takes up the issue on July 12, should demand a full accounting."

Light shone on deal (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Ability and Will of LVCVA Questioned

"So are the [LVCVA] board members up to the task of asking the tough questions that need to be asked on July 12?

Let's hope so, because the public deserves to know whether it is customary for what happens at the LVCVA to end up at R&R Partners."

Jeff German: Dollar deal will test mettle of board (Las Vegas Sun column)

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How Credible Will An LVCVA Self-Investigation Be?
Shouldn't A Grand Jury Look Into These Matters And Render an Impartial Report? 
NRS 172.175 Matters into which grand jury shall and may inquire
NRS 172.267 Report of grand jury: Scope; purpose; limitations

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Another Excellent Investigative Report From Adrienne Packer
Land Purchased From City Of Las Vegas Six Years Ago For $894,000 Now Worth $64 Million, But That's Just One Of Several Profitable Deals With Local Governments

"'When it comes to land transactions, we've been darn lucky,' Walters said."

"'These are complete sweetheart deals,' Mayo-DeRiso said. 'Here's a guy that gets public facility land by leasing it with no upfront costs. The biggest single and riskiest investment for a developer is purchasing the land.'"

DEVELOPER BILL WALTERS: Lucrative deals just par for course -- Council set to lift deed restrictions on 160 acres bought from city (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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July 5, 2005

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From Carson City
Oiling Up For The Next Anointment?
Gov. Guinn Continues Trying To Undercut His Own Party's Lead Candidate To Succeed Him
Guinn encourages Reno mayor to run for governor in 2006 (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
How Nevada's Gubernatorial Elections Turned Into Something Out Of A Banana Republic
Popular, Independent Candidates From Both Parties "Frozen Out" Since 1989
The Anointed One: An Inside Look At Nevada Politics

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From Churchill County
Carabid Plague Bugs Churchill County Residents

"They're nasty," Burton said. "They fly around all over inside and outside and crawl all over. It's just gross. They fly. Eeewww."

Beetlemania hits Fallon (Lahontan Valley News article)

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Nevada's Farmers' Markets Help Keep Independent Family Ranches Viable
Message to owners of small farms: Adapt to survive (Nevada Appeal article)

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From Douglas County
Development Brings Problems To Douglas; Concerns Over County Master Plan
Ranchos master plan session draws questions (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

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From Elko County
Road Warriors

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Federal Authorities, Jarbidge Shovel Brigade Deadlocked Over Forest Service Road Closure
No compromise on Jarbidge road (Elko Free Press article)

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 Elko County Rejects US Forest Service Ruling; Seeks Federal Court Decision On Ownership of South Canyon Road In Jarbidge
County to fight for road's status (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lincoln County
Mesquite City's New Council Members Take Office; Get To Work
Council Members Sworn In (Desert Valley Times article)

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From The Burning Hills Of Southern Nevada
Lincoln County Going To Blazes: Ten Fires; Half A Million Acres Burned
Fires Calm Down (Desert Valley Times article)
Winds, grasses hamper battle against southern Nevada wildfires (AP/ Nevada Appeal article)

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From Nye County
Air, Water And The Starry, Starry Night Are All In Trouble

"Ongoing development in Pahrump, the proposed Yucca Mountain Repository, and clouds of pollution wafting in from Southern California and the Central Valley are converging on this fragile desert landscape with potentially disastrous results."

Death Valley future 'cloudy' (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Growing Pains: A Developing Problem
Northern Pahrump neighbors protest commercial growth (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Impact fees board's top concern (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Development agreements on tap (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Shining A Red Light On The Past
Brothels historical link to Nye County (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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A Tale Of Two Cities
Latest In San Diego-Las Vegas Political Corruption Case
San Diego Union-Tribune Coverage
Latter phase could produce 'fireworks'
Lansdowne testimony troubling for some: Police chief calls reactions surprising, holds to his words

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July 6, 2005

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More on Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Plan
50,000 Tons Of Highly Radioactive Spent Uranium Fuel Rods In Temporary Storage At Nuclear Power Plants Across The US
Nuclear waste: 1 plant, 48 tons a year -- In an age of terrorism fears, no plan to dispose of society's most lethal toxin (San Francisco Chronicle article)

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Scientist's testimony in Yucca e-mail probe raises questions (Las Vegas Sun article)
Summary of Hearings on Nuclear Waste Management (7-1-05)

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Federal Document Control In The Yucca Mountain Licensing Process
DOE Draft Case Management Order

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Just To Get Some Perspective On The Government's Energy Priorities:
DOE To Grant $394,000 To Nevada For Alternative Energy And Energy Efficiency Programs For 2005-2006
Energy Department Awards 38 States $26.5 Million to Fund State Energy Efficiency Priorities (DOE Press Release)
Nevada Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web Page

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From Las Vegas
More On The Fortunate Mr. Walters And His Lucrative Land Transactions With Local Governments In Southern Nevada
Bought Deed-Restricted Land From Las Vegas For $894,000; Would Be Worth $64 Million Now If Restrictions Removed By City Council
EDITORIAL: Another bad deal for taxpayers: Deed restriction should remain in place (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

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How The Deal Looked In 1999
Sweetheart Land Deal (Las Vegas Tribune article by Steve Miller)
LV sells golf club acreage to Walters: City Council members see $894,000 that they can use for soccer and baseball fields and make the deal (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
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State Political Developments
Republican Anti-Tax Legislator Will Run For Governor
 Beers to announce '06 gubernatorial candidacy (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Move Afoot To Draft Tennis Star To Run For Congress Against Rep. Jon Porter
Agassi eyed for political foray (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From White Pine County
State Steps In To Cope With County's Financial Crisis
State prepares to take control of White Pine: Tax Commission to make financial decisions after declaring emergency (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Nevada to take over financial control of White Pine County (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Carson City
Lease-Purchase Agreements: Good Business Administration Or Way To Sidestep State Debt Limits?
Bryan Building example of lease-purchase (Las Vegas Sun article)

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July 7, 2005

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From The US Congress
Sen. Reid Calls for Innovative Programs to Help Nevada Seniors

“People today say they’re worried about retirement security, but it’s certainly not a new problem,” said Reid. “When I was growing up, my dad was a hard-rock miner in Searchlight, Nevada. My mom took in wash. The thought of them saving any money was unrealistic; they needed every dollar just to live. When my dad died, my mom fortunately had social security – but not much else. We need to help today’s seniors do better."

Keynote Speech at 2005 Nevada Conferences on Aging Stresses Retirement Security

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Rep. Gibbons to Unveil Legislation to Support Doctors in Nevada

“Nevada’s doctor shortage is among the worst in the nation, and this shortage is even more severe in our rural communities. We need to recruit more doctors to rural Nevada, and that is the goal of my legislation."

Press Release

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From The Office Of The Governor
Gov. Guinn Shows Off His Big Horns
Big horn sheep sculpture on display at governor’s mansion

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Life And Death Valley
Hey, Man -- Getting Away From It All Doesn't Mean Giving Up My Stuff!
Pahrump could be the death of Death Valley: Spillover Growth From Folks Fleeing Vegas Cited (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Politics
Gone With The Wind
Sherer to leave Nevada Assembly: Popular Lawmaker Resigns Midterm, Will Take Executive Position In Salt Lake City (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Great Expectations
Federalism and the ever defiant demands of states (Pahrump Valley Times column)

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From Elko County
The Rulings That Re-Kindled The Road Wars Between The US Forest Service, Citizens, And Their Local Government
Jarbidge Canyon/ South Canyon Road Record of Decision
Jarbidge Canyon Road Management Plan and Water Projects Record of Decision

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From Nye County
The Six Scandals Of Pahrump
 'Gated' Pahrump Valley (Pahrump Valley Times column)

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A Tale Of Two Cities
Latest In San Diego-Las Vegas Political Corruption Case
San Diego Union-Tribune Coverage
Judge fine-tunes instructions before jurors get case: Lawyers wrangle over quid pro quo
Closing arguments begin in San Diego corruption trial
Prosecution tells jurors it was bribery

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July 8, 2005

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Statements of the Nevada Congressional Delegation and Governor on the Terrorist Bombings in Great Britain
Sen. Ensign
Sen. Reid
Rep. Berkley
Rep. Gibbons
Rep. Porter
Gov. Guinn

 

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From The Las Vegas Visitors & Convention Authority
"What happens here, stays here"
More On The LVCVA Transfer Of Slogan In Multi-Million Dollar Ad Campaign For $1
Transactions At Odds With Practices of Tourism Authorities In New York, Hawaii, San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta, And Orlando

"The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's transfer of the rights to the popular slogan "What happens here, stays here" was a highly unusual move, representatives of other major tourism bureaus around the country said.

They said their agencies retain trademarks or other forms of registration on advertising slogans and logos, rather than transferring those rights to their advertising companies. And the spokesmen and spokeswomen for the other major tourism bureaus said that if their organizations have to defend the slogans from alleged illegal use by others, they retain lawyers who specialize in trademark and intellectual property law instead of having an ad agency take on those legal battles."

Tourism bureaus say slogan deal unusual (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Your Quasi-Government In Action

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The Theory

"The LVCVA is unlike a typical convention and visitors bureau in that it is not a membership-based organization. The LVCVA is a quasi-governmental agency. It was established by a state law, is funded by a county room tax, and is governed by an autonomous Board of Directors."

LVCVA Mission And Purpose

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The Practice
LVCVA To Ask President About Transaction At July 12, 2005 Meeting -- Public Comment Invited But No Information Provided On Which Public Comments Might Be Based
Notice of Public Meeting/Hearing and Agenda (See item 13; note the utter lack of any background documents for public viewing or meaningful participation)

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From The Las Vegas City Council
Controversial Proposal To Lift Deed Restrictions On Developer's Property Put Off To Another Day
$64 Million Appraisal By County Assessor Questioned; Countervailing Equitable Considerations Unclear

"Walters said Wednesday that lost in all the allegations of a sweetheart deal is the fact that he has already invested nearly $28 million on improvements to the land. 'I've put in time, sweat and effort out there on a golf course that's lost money three of the last six years,' he said."

Las Vegas council postpones consideration of land deal (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"But Walters said it is unfair to evaluate his proposed deal without taking into account the roughly $51 million he says he has invested in the property to build the golf club."

Plan hits snag over houses on Walters golf course (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Las Vegas City Council's Meeting Agenda, Real Estate Packet For Now-Postponed Proposal Leaves Much Unsaid -- Does This Give Adequate Notice For Public Participation?
Again, Public Comment Invited But No Information Provided On Which Public Comments Might Be Based
No Backup In The Backup
Real Estate Committee Meeting of July 5, 2005 Agenda (See items 7-8)
Real Estate Committee Meeting of July 5, 2005; Real Estate Packet With Backup (See Agenda Items No. 7 and 8 [pages 11-12 of pdf document]; see if you can find the backup)

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Faltering Negotiations Between Las Vegas Police Union, City To Go To Mediation
Las Vegas Police Protective Association Website and Contract Negotiations Update

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From The US Congress
Sen. Ensign Announces Transportation Services Available For Elko Veterans To Nearest VA Hospital In Salt Lake City
Press Release

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Rep. Gibbons Unveils Legislation to Support Doctors in Nevada
Press Release

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State Politics
Gubernatorial Candidate Beers To Propose Colorado-Style Spending Caps For State Government
Beers: State not in tune with its citizens (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From Northern Nevada
Group Protests State Attorney General's Decision Not To Prosecute Bid-Rigging Allegations At UNR
Questions for Brian Sandoval, Nevada Attorney General and Candidate for the Federal Bench
Details On The Bid-Rigging Allegations And No-Bid Contracts
Legislative Audit of University and Community College System of Nevada, Capital Construction Projects and Contracting and Bidding Procedures (LA04-20)

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From The Fire-Prone Forests Of The Sierra Nevada Range
Arson Suspected In Numerous Northwestern Nevada Wildfires
Arson Investigation - Sierra Front Task Force

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A Tale Of Two Cities
Latest In San Diego-Las Vegas Political Corruption Case
San Diego Union-Tribune Coverage
Lawyer insists client Inzunza is not greedy: Jurors urged to rely on character witnesses
Defense begins closing arguments in San Diego corruption case

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New Study Says Nevada Number 3 In The Nation For Immigrant Mothers Giving Birth; Half Of Those Are Illegal Immigrants
Press Release
Report: Births to Immigrants in America 1970 to 2002
Center For Immigration Studies

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July 9, 2005

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project Developments
Current Proposals, Priorities Outlined In Congressional Bill
Senate Report 109-084 - Energy And Water Appropriations Bill, 2006
Nuclear Waste Disposal Fund Provisions

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Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste; Notice of Meeting

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Claim: DOE Helping To Make Public Participation Meaningless

"The Department of Energy wanted to know what the people of Pahrump thought about their plans for Yucca Mountain so the day of their meeting at the Pahrump firehouse they advertised it on the Las Vegas television stations. Nothing on the local channels or the in town newspapers."

LETTER: Haste, waste (Pahrump Valley Times letter to the editor)

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Yucca Mountain Management And Operations Firm Changes Chiefs; $3.1 Billion Government Contract To Expire Next Year
 New leader named at Yucca firm (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Bechtel SAIC Company LLC
Announcement Of Now-Expiring 2001-2006 $3.1 Billion, 5 Year Contract
Bechtel, SAIC Combine to Win DOE Contract (Bechtel Press Release)

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From The Office Of The Governor
Nevada Honors 11 Ranching Families with Historic Preservation Award
Press Release
Nevada Centennial Ranches & Farms Awards Family Histories

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A Tale Of Two Cities
Latest In San Diego-Las Vegas Political Corruption Case
San Diego Union-Tribune Coverage

"Lance Malone says he can get $4,000," Pancer said. "Ralph Inzunza says... 'No, I'm only going to sell out my office for $2,000.' Is that a greedy politician desperate to feed his ambitions?"

Government's case 'a sham,' defense argues in corruption trial
Lawyer insists client Inzunza is not greedy: Jurors urged to rely on character witnesses

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July 10, 2005

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Election 2006
Candidates' Websites Begin To Appear As Campaign Starts Early
For US Congress
Shelly Berkley for Congress
Dawn Gibbons for Congress
Jon Porter for Congress
For Governor
Bob Beers for Governor
Lorraine Hunt for Governor

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Titus Testing The Waters -- "Challenging Her Network Of Supporters To Send A Message"
Dina Titus Webpage

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State Politics
Rural Counties Seek Assemblyman In Particular, Public Officers In General, Who Will Actually Do What They're Elected To Do

"What we need to find are universal candidates. Men and women who understand rural Nevada's diverse needs and have the compassion and the political savvy to see to it those needs are met.

We need a governor who feels our pain, a secretary of state who is a stickler for compliance with election laws, a treasurer who knows how to invest our money. We need an attorney general who cracks down on open meeting law violators."

Rename it the Clark County Legislature (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)

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 For Attorney General
Catherine Cortez Masto Has Backing Of Prominent Democrats; Republican George Chanos Has Strange Scenario

"Chanos is waiting for a couple of things to fall into place before he makes it official. First, Attorney General Brian Sandoval needs to see his nomination for a federal judgeship advance. Then, Gov. Kenny Guinn has to decide to appoint Chanos to serve the rest of Sandoval's term. His wife, Nevada Consumer Advocate Adriana Escobar Chanos, has already said she's willing to resign to become a stay-at-home mom so her husband can run."

Jane Ann Morrison: Assistant county manager will get lots of help in attorney general race (Las Vegas Review-Journal Column)

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Not Running For Secretary Of State: Dale Erquiaga

"Erquiaga, a former deputy secretary of state who now is an executive at R&R Partners, will move to Phoenix to manage R&R's fastest-growing outpost of the Las Vegas-based ad kingpin."

GOP hopeful bows out: Top-tier contender for secretary of state decides against run (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Latest On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Proposal
50,000 Tons Of Highly Radioactive Spent Uranium Fuel Rods, And Looking For A Place To Put Them
Nuclear Power Industry Forms "Grassroots" Pressure Group To Accelerate Yucca Mountain Dump Progress -- Looking For "Comprehensive Funding Fix"

"The Task Force is a joint bipartisan national grassroots initiative of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition, U.S. Transport Council, Nuclear Energy Institute, Prairie Island Community Council, Decommissioning Plant Coalition and other organizations that collectively represent state regulatory authorities, U.S. nuclear utilities and hundreds of businesses with principal operations throughout the United States.

The overriding objective of the Task Force is to accomplish the construction and operation of a safe Federal facility for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, within the shortest time frame possible -- consistent with public health and safety."

Yucca Mountain Task Force Statement
Yucca Mountain Task Force Press Kit

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Sponsor: The US Transport Council

"Launched in 2002, the Council is the leading voice of the U.S. nuclear materials transport industry on public education, policy issues and business issues of importance to the transportation-related community – ranging from potential spent fuel transportation to the proposed Yucca Mountain storage site for spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste to front-end nuclear materials shipments."

US Transport Council Website
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July 11, 2005

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From The Las Vegas Visitors & Convention Authority
"What happens here, stays here"
LVCVA Meets Tuesday To Ask About Transfer Of Slogan In Ad Campaign For $1

"Vassiliadis is hoping that board members toe the line Tuesday and don't spoil a longstanding incestuous relationship between the LVCVA and R&R that has been bankrolled by the public.

Now that the slogan deal has been exposed, it's easy for Vassiliadis to say he had no intention to profit from the sale of 'What happens here, stays here' merchandise. What else can he say with his hands in the cookie jar?"

Jeff German: Putting a spin on slogan tale (Las Vegas Sun column)
UNLV Ethics Professor Questions Dollar Deal

"It doesn't make any sense," Walton says. "It makes you wonder what kind of operation it is. This is supposed to be a public body that gets its authority through the people and the democratic process."

Jeff German: LVCVA giveaway excuses must stop (Las Vegas Sun column)

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State Politics
The Race For Governor
 Gov. Guinn's Efforts To Engineer "Reverse Anointment" Only The First Act In This High-Stake Game
Jon Ralston: Not an anointment any more (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Guinn endorses Reno mayor - almost (Pahrump Valley Times article)
The Races For Congress
Another 'Angle' on property tax issue (Nevada Appeal article)
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From The State Capitol
State Tax Commission's $40 Million Rebate To Southern California Edison Co. In Closed-Door Session Challenged
Tax panel sued by attorney general: Closed meetings are at center of legal challenge (Las Vegas Sun article)
Open and shut case (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Attorney General's Website Silent About Their Action, Though -- Why?
Attorney General's Website

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Something To Think About
Privacy in Public? Publicity in Private? Where's the Line? (Las Vegas Weekly feature article)
Power to tax is the power to destroy (North Lake Tahoe opinion column)

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From The City And County Of Carson
Your Carelessness Endangers Us All
Supervisors out to scour Carson’s messy properties: New ordinance would give power to health officers to curb nuisances (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til It's Gone
The cost of open space (Nevada Appeal editorial)

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Carson Legislator Satisfied With Performance Of 73rd Session
Successful session for Assembly (Nevada Appeal column)

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From Churchill County
Water, Land And Life
Truckee-Carson Irrigation District Study Has A Lot For Residents To Think About
THE NEWLANDS REPORT: No farms, no food (Fallon Star Press column)
The future of the Lahontan Valley: THE NEWLANDS REPORT (Fallon Star Press special report)

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Development, Government And Politics
County prepares for construction of 1,725 homes (Fallon Star Press article)
County buys 40 acres for water treatment facility (Lahontan Valley News article)

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From Clark County
When Every Moment Counts: Stopping Suicide Bombers
On the radar: Metro turns to Israeli experts for specialized counter-terrorism training (Las Vegas City Life article)

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Trump This
Duel in the Desert: Donald Trump and his former wife plan high-rise projects on the Strip (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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From Elko County
County, Federal Authorities Cooperate In Relief Effort For Isolated Community
Jarbidge to get bridge soon (Elko Free Press article)

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From Lincoln County
Numerous Hill Blazes Finally Under Control
Wildfires Contained (Desert Valley Times article)

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From Lyon County
The Continuing Story Of The Skipped Business Impact Statement And The School District
Nevada Tax Commission rules in favor of impact statement: School District must follow BIS process to pave way for residential construction tax (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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Silver Springs General Improvement District Board Wants To Know Why Fired Official Can Collect Unemployment Compensation
SSGID to scrutinize unemployment benefits granted to former Manager (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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County Officials Crack Down On Clean-Ups
Mound House says goodbye to longtime ‘eyesore’ (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

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From Mineral County
The Dice Are Still Rolling For Anxious Community
Base closing hearing on tap: Loss of base would eliminate more than 500 jobs in Hawthorne (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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From Nye County
Community Problems With Developers Come Out Into The Open
Developer Disagreements: Officials battle with builders (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Willis: Pahrump at a 'pivotal' point in its history (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Shining A Red Light On The Past
The madam with a heart of gold (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From White Pine County
Local Government Slides Into Receivership
State takes over county: White Pine County is now being run by the Nevada Department of Taxation (Ely Times article)
County budget problems pits brother against brother (Ely Times article)

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Local Officials Assert Regulatory Powers Over Area Construction And Home Improvements
Public should be aware of building permit criteria (Ely Times article)

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From South-Central Nevada
Planned Multi-County Regional Water Authority Threatened By Factions, Dissent
Rural county water alliance having problems (Ely Times article)

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From Lake Tahoe
Exhaustive Geologic Research Project Planned
Study could shed light on Tahoe's future  (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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July 12, 2005

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From The Las Vegas Visitors & Convention Authority
"What happens here, stays here"
LVCVA Self-Investigation Takes Place Today
More Questions, More Reasons A Grand Jury Should Be Looking At Dollar Deal Slogan Transaction

"'It seems that since the work was done under a contract for the authority that the work belongs to the people who paid for it,' Walton said. 'It is something the LVCVA bought and paid for. You're dealing with public money.'"

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"At least six of the 14 members of the LVCVA, including a new member who will be sworn in at the meeting, have ties to R&R Partners because of the Las Vegas agency's extensive reach into the worlds of marketing, legislative lobbying and political campaigning."

LVCVA board members have ties to ad firm -- Ethics expert: Profit from slogan is public money (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Your Quasi-Government In Action -- LVCVA Meetings Characterized By Lockstep Votes And A Solid Front

"'You could legitimately ask if this is an overly compliant, rubber-stamping panel,' said Mark Muro, policy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. 'Surely there must be something they would have thought to disagree on, right?'"

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"'Whenever I see unanimous decisions, I always suspect that (the vote) is meaningless, symbolic or a coverup,' said Fernandez. He called this board 'a form of bureaucracy that is trying to adopt some of the features of a democratic institution.'"

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"'In many respects, their activities are equally or more important than some of your local governments. They require the same level of scrutiny,' Muro said. 'And (in instances) where you don't have public recall or voting (to withdraw ineffective board members), sunshine or public scrutiny becomes even more important.'" 

Board votes unified: Lack of discussion among authority officials questioned (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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"Give it back."

JOHN L. SMITH: Embarrassing image left by $1 slogan deal requires real fix (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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From Las Vegas
More On The Fortunate Mr. Walters And His Lucrative Land Transactions With Local Government
Par for the course: Sweetheart land deal expected to pass under the radar - again ("Inside Las Vegas" column)

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21st Century Kafka Story

"And Mark and Lydia are still fighting their way through a maze of bureaucracies as their story becomes a case study in what experts on international child abduction say is an all too common phenomenon -- when certain marriages break up, foreign-born spouses of U.S. citizens take their children and run, straight to their country of birth."

Nevada case sheds light on international child abduction (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Full Tank, Empty Wallet
LOCAL ECONOMY: Fuel costs won't back down -- Oil demand, London attacks lead to record national price (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Gasoline prices hit record of $2.33 a gallon: Hurricane, vacations could push nationwide prices even higher (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada Daily Gas Gauge

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A Tale Of Two Cities
Latest In San Diego-Las Vegas Political Corruption Case
San Diego Union-Tribune Coverage

"Zucchet: 'What, uh, what are the campaign laws there (in Las Vegas)? They're crazy. Are you able to take cash?'

Malone: 'You can do cash . . . $10,000 per person . . . Yeah, so if I came and gave you $10,000 . . . (laughs)'."

Zucchet 'not bought and sold,' lawyer says

"Coughlan said Zucchet, in his first few months in office, was 'simply doing his job to the best of his ability' in researching legislation.

When Zucchet was faced with the confusing issue of 'no-touch' and the adult entertainment ordinance, 'he tried to do the right thing,' Coughlan said."

Zucchet's attorney says evidence shows he wasn't 'bought and sold'

"After 10 weeks of the City Hall corruption trial, the jurors have given virtually no clues about how they perceive the witnesses, prosecutors or defense attorneys, or the politicians who sit directly across from them at the defense table."

Jurors' leanings difficult to read

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July 13, 2005

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From The Las Vegas Visitors & Convention Authority
"What Happens Here, Stays Here" Characterizes LVCVA Proceeding
Quick! -- Throw A T-Shirt Over It!
Quasi-Government Board Won't Investigate Insider Deal Now Or Even Talk About It -- T-Shirt Litigation Too Important
LVCVA To Join R&R In California Lawsuit Against California Businesswoman; Private Attorneys To Handle Dollar Deal Investigation Only After T-Shirt Lawsuit Settled

"'There will be no resolution of the issue today because there is litigation,' Goodman explained. 'There will be a full exposition in due course, after we have experts who are going to be assisting us look into the issue and report back to us. That exposition will take place sooner (rather) than later, you can be assured of that.'"

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"Goodman promised any findings would be aired in open meetings, but added such discussions cannot occur until after the case with Tovar is settled.

'We want to get this resolved quickly, we want to know what the facts are and we want the public to know the facts,' Goodman said. "We intend to take whatever action is required to show that the authority, we who are elected and appointed to this authority, are good stewards of the public's assets.'"

CONVENTION AUTHORITY BOARD: Much hype, no heat at meeting -- Trademark-controversy fallout left to lawyers (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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"Reputations are of course at stake whenever these issues become public."

LVCVA Hires Law Firm for 'What Happens' Lawsuit (KLAS-TV news report)

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What Was On The LVCVA Agenda

"Recent Developments Concerning Trademark Assignment and License-Back Agreement with R&R Partners

The Board Chair has requested that this item be placed on the agenda to receive a report on recent developments, review the actions taken by staff and take any appropriate action related to the underlying litigation or the Trademark Assignment and License-Back Agreement."

LVCVA Agenda for Meeting of July 12, 2005 (See Item 13)

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Availability Of LVCVA Records To Public
Nevada's Public Records Law
NRS Chapter 239
Nevada's Open Meeting Law
NRS Chapter 241

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From The Office Of The Governor
Billion Dollar Gaming Win Announced For May 2005
May 2005 Nevada Gaming Revenues and Collections

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From The US Congress
Federal Funding Available For Nevada Aviation Facilities
Senators announce money to improve Nevada rural airports (Mason Valley News article)

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Latest On Nevada's Military Base Closings
Nevada welcomes visit from BRAC Commissioner (Press release from Gov. Guinn)
Hawthorne rallies against depot closing as BRAC member visits (Lahontan Valley News article)
BRAC missed the mark by some 130 miles (Nevada Appeal editorial)

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From The City And County Of Carson
More "Developing" Problems
Washo Tribe sues city over subdivision (Nevada Appeal article)

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From Washoe County
Commission Votes To Fund $65 Million In Water Improvement Projects

The seven projects funded are:

  • Longley Lane Water Treatment Facility, $5 million

  • Hidden Valley Water System improvements, $1.4 million

  • Lemmon Valley Water System improvements, $1.15 million

  • South Truckee Meadows Water Treatment Facility, $41 million

  • Spanish Springs Water System Improvements, $7.75 million

  • Pleasant Valley Interceptor, $4.2 million

  • Spanish Springs Treatment facility, $2 million

  • other smaller improvement projects listed in the Capital Improvement Program, $2.5 million

Press Release

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From The Office Of The Attorney General
Nevada Supreme Court Upholds Former North Las Vegas City Councilman's Conviction For Fraud
Press Release

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From The City Of North Las Vegas
City Posts 2005-2006 Budget On Website
City of North Las Vegas FY 2005-2006 Budget

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From The City Of Reno
Paul Wagner Named Chief Of Reno Fire Department
Press Release

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A Tale Of Two Cities
Latest In San Diego-Las Vegas Political Corruption Case
San Diego Union-Tribune Coverage

"'It's not Inzunza's, Zucchet's or Malone's government,' Wheat said. 'It's the people's government, the people's business, and the people's right to transparent government.

'You have the responsibility of making the determination if this is how government should be run, with fraud, deceit and deception . . . Do justice in this case. Tell these men enough is enough; our City Hall is not for sale. Tell them. Find them guilty of the charged offenses.'"

Closings done; deliberations by jury next

"Gentile said everyone who makes a contribution to a campaign wants access to a politician.

The attorney asked jurors to look at a point in time when a contribution was made to see if an explicit, clear promise was made.

'The promise has to be explicit and clear the moments it's paid for,' Gentile told the jury."

Closing arguments end in councilmen's trial; prosecutor says: 'They knew'

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"False information a government witness gave to strip club lobbyist Lance Malone prompted Malone to continue pushing for an amendment to San Diego's no-touch ordinance even after it appeared it would not pass, attorney Dominic Gentile told jurors Tuesday."

Attorney: Malone was misled -- Corruption trial defense says informant lied about police support of no-touch law (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
July 14, 2005

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From The Las Vegas Visitors & Convention Authority
"What Happens Here, Stays Here"
The Stated Goal

"We want to get this resolved quickly," Goodman said. "We want to know what the facts are. We want the public to know the facts."

Goodman's Free Advice

"Goodman, the only board member who spoke on the issue Tuesday, said that the law firm advised the board not to issue further comment on the trademark transfer agreement because of the pending litigation. Goodman, in turn, said that he advised Ralenkotter and Vassiliadis to withhold further comment as well, even though both signatories to the agreement were prepared to address the board."

Law firm to investigate trademark policies: Goodman says LVCVA wants slogan deal 'resolved quickly' (Las Vegas Sun article)
Acting On His Own Advice

"Ralenkotter and R&R boss Billy Vassiliadis also asked to address the board Tuesday, but Goodman turned down their requests.

'I know that you want to be heard publicly, but this is not the time,' Goodman said."

CONVENTION AUTHORITY BOARD: Much hype, no heat at meeting -- Trademark-controversy fallout left to lawyers (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Conflicting Tasks?: LVCVA Hired Law Firm To Work With R&R In T-Shirt Lawsuit And Investigate R&R-LVCVA Dollar Deal
Jeff German: Legal pros weigh in on slogan case (Las Vegas Sun column)

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JANE ANN MORRISON: 'What happens here, stays here' may hold true for our mayors, too (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Latest On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Proposal
Nuclear Power Industry Representatives To Begin "Building Ties" With Local Government
Yucca lobbyists on way to Nye County (Pahrump Valley Times article) 

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From The US Congress
Sens. Reid, Ensign Increase Homeland Security Funding for Nevada
Press Release

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Rep. Berkley Holding E-Townhall Meeting on Social Security Monday July 18th, 2005
Notice of E-Townhall Meeting

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From The Office Of The Governor
Gov. Guinn Urges Nevadans To Donate To The Patriot Fund
Press Release

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A Tale Of Two Cities
Latest In San Diego-Las Vegas Political Corruption Case
San Diego Union-Tribune Coverage
Wait begins as jury gets corruption case
Councilmen's wait begins as jury ends first day of deliberations
Jury begins deliberations in councilmen's trial

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George Knapp: San Diego G-Sting fallout looms (Las Vegas City Life column)

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Something To Think About
Of course it's the fault of America's 'liberal' media  (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)

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From The US Census Bureau
Historical Census Statistics On Population Totals By Race 1790 to 1990 and By Hispanic Origin 1970 to 1990 For Large Cities And Other Urban Places In The United States

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July 15, 2005

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From The Nation's Schools
Sen. Ensign Lauds No Child Left Behind Act As National Report Shows Student Improvement
Statement of Sen. Ensign
Nation's Report Card Page
NAEP 2004 Trends in Academic Progress: Three Decades of Student Performance in Reading and Mathematics
Findings in Brief
Full Report

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From The US Congress
Senate Approves Ensign Amendment To Shorten Lines, Waits At Airports
Press Release (Sen. Ensign)

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$5 Million For Truckee River Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project As House Of Representatives Passes Water Resources Development Act of 2005
Press Release (Rep. Gibbons)

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Porter Amendment Included In Higher Education Legislation -- Provides Loan Forgiveness For Nurses And Early Childhood Educators
Press Release (Rep. Porter)

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From The US Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals
Appellate Court Upholds 46 Month Sentence In Nevada Case For Deported Alien Accused Of Illegally Re-Entering US
United States v. Cortez-Arias

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