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June 2006

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June 1, 2006

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June 1, 2006

[10:30 AM]

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Nevada Politics

Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

Candidates Ignoring Financial Disclosure Requirement

"The secretary of state's office can only enforce that the forms are filed. But that in itself is proving to be a Herculean task this cycle as candidates continue to thumb their noses at the public's right to know."

ERIN NEFF: Optional disclosure? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Nevada And Sen. Reid

"Reversing course, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid's office acknowledged Wednesday night he misstated the ethics rules governing his acceptance of free boxing tickets and has decided to avoid taking such gifts in the future, even as a top Nevada Athletic Commission official defended the practice."

Reid will not accept gifts like fight tickets in the future (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"Sadly, there aren't enough rocks alongside the Las Vegas Beltway to stone all the elected officials who've been comped in a generous way. Sen. Reid's "credentials" are about juice -- juice that gets him and other elected officials into the front row at sold-out events without waiting in line or spending a penny."

In defense of juice: Reid offers embarrassing justifications for free seats to boxing (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

2006 US Senate Race

Smearing Ensign with someone else's sins (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)

2006 Governor's Race

State Sen. Titus

Nevada candidate outlines economic plan (Nevada AP article)

State Sen. Titus And Rep. Gibbons

Nevada governor candidates back faith-based initiatives (Nevada AP article)

State Sen. Titus And Mayor Gibson

Democrats woo union vote: AFL-CIO endorsement might not come before primary (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

2006 State Treasurer's Race

"Joseph Pitts, a GOP candidate for state treasurer, has filed an affidavit challenging the candidacy of Mark DeStefano, one of two rivals in the Republican primary, on residency grounds."

Treasurer hopeful challenges GOP rival's candidacy: Three Republicans seeking primary win (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

2006 Local Races

City And County Of Carson

Carson City Bipartisan Political Action Committee

New PAC puts civility, qualifications before party identity (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County

JANE ANN MORRISON: If Young shoots from the hip, Gillespie's a straight shooter (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Nye County

Sheriff hopeful wants to 'clean house' in Nye Co. (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Rizzolo $kindustry Case

16 admit guilt in Crazy Horse case: Owner expected to plead guilty to fraud today (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Nevada's Burning Hills

Fire Season Is Upon Us And It Could Be A Whopper: A Second Wet Winter Makes The Grasses Grow Green, Become Brown (Nevada Observer article)

Traffic Circles

What Is This Big Push For Traffic Roundabouts By NDOT? (Nevada Observer article)

Every Picture Tells A Story

Job of painting Guinn goes beyond the canvas: Artists compete for the delicate task, which involves making the governor look good (Las Vegas Sun article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Acquisition could push airport facelift forward (Nevada Appeal* article)

Churchill County

County to consider medical park plan (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Alcohol restrictions are needed at Farmers Market (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

Clark County

No National Political Convention For Las Vegas

Las Vegas opts for dollars over political glamour (Las Vegas Sun article)

Elko County

City Of Elko

Streets get facelift (Elko Free Press article)

Wells

Wells city budget expected to double (Elko Free Press article)

Nye County

Deputies Cleared: Victim Shot 5 Times With Stun Gun After 911 Call

Probe concludes no loss of civil rights by Nye deputies (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Official Cleared

Report clears town manager: No Gender Discrimination (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Washoe County

When Development Doesn't Pay For Itself: Reno Redevelopment Agency

"Financially, the redevelopment agency has been treading water for several years because of declining casino values downtown, leaving little money for new projects. For this year and the coming year, all property taxes collected go to pay off debt.

Since 2000, the assessed value of the downtown district has shrunk from $245 million to $94 million for the tax year beginning July 1."

Reno redevelopment administrator resigns (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Getting The Boot

Booting company surrenders business license (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Admission Standards

"'We have to raise the admission standards, we simply do,' Rogers said. 'We have too many students who are not ready for several reasons' to attend a Nevada university."

BOARD OF REGENTS: Admission standards up for vote -- Rogers thinks compromise will appease all sides (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

University Health Sciences Center: What Price Glory?

Plan to find new money (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Health Matters

On The Street In Carson

"Up to 800 area mental health patients will be looking for a new counseling program after Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare closes its outpatient Behavioral Health Services program next month."

Hospital cuts outpatient mental health program (Nevada Appeal* article)

Carson Tahoe Regional to cut outpatient mental health service (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Hospital cuts mean it's time for community to come together (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Internet Prescriptions

Health, software firms boost Internet prescriptions (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters

State Engineer Resigns

State Engineer Quits In Middle Of Important Water Hearings Water Resources For Southern and Northern Nevada At Crucial Negotiating Point (Nevada Observer article)

Water Profiteers Ready To Rake In Developing Profits

"After winning approval to cross federal lands Wednesday, Vidler Water Co. officials say that was the last major hurdle in building a water pipeline from Honey Lake Basin to serve up to 16,000 new homes in the North Valleys."

Honey Lake water plan takes shape (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Yucca Turmoil Seems To Not End -- Congressional Hearings On Budget: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Welcomes New Congressional Appointees (Nevada Observer article)

Progress Reported: Yucca said 'bogged down' (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Nevada Test Site

Big Bomb Blast Put On Hold To Relief Of Downwinders: Federal Judge Wants Answers Before Blast Can Be Rescheduled (Nevada Observer article)

Divine Strake should never take place (Carrie Dann column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Public needs facts about blast (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Immigration Reform

Poll reveals how we view immigration (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Payments In Lieu Of Taxes

Reid seeks boost in PILT funding (Elko Free Press article)

Reid wants increased funding for PILT program in Nevada (Pahrump Valley Times article)

US Supreme Court's Whistleblower Decision

Silencing whistle-blowers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Whistle isn't all that blows: Supreme Court pares free speech rights for government whistle-blowers (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Garcetti v. Ceballos (US Supreme Court website - pdf file)

Internet Regulation

Preserve Internet equality: Congress should reject a proposal to create two economic classes of Web providers (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Corporate Welfare

Berkley bill to target oil industry subsidies (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Identity Theft

"People who have served their country well entrust all their personal information to the VA. It is expected that a high level of security should be the norm."

VA must keep the public trust (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Mining

Mercury Pollution

Very Little Science Involved In Mercury Standards (Nevada Observer article)

Golden Future

Baker named manager at Barrick mines (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada's Past

Tonopah Mining

Mining Park is named best rural museum ... again (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Update for June 1, 2006

[6:55 PM]

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Nevada Politics

Nevada And Sen. Reid

"The point is this: Republicans can credibly ask for someone without sin to cast the first stone. And that means Reid has got to drop his rock."

Fightgate: Final Justice (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

How pathetic (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)

Fight Tickets: On Juice and Cash and Politicians (Richard Abowitz column, Los Angeles Times)

The AP is fair and balanced, too (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Reid parries on boxing, thrusts on immigration (Vegas Pundit website)

Reid Ethics Bout Goes Another Round (State Republican Party Press Release, via Battle Born Opinion News)

Official: It's Not About Paying For The Tickets; It's About Attending

"'I'm 100 percent behind government officials coming to this government-regulated event to see how we do things,' Kizer said Wednesday."

New commissioner stands by free tix (Las Vegas Business Press article)

2006 Governor's Race

Rep. Gibbons And State Sen. Beers

Undeserved attack (Dennis Myers column, Reno News & Review)

State Sen. Titus

Titus lays out development plan (Las Vegas Business Press article)

[Sorry, TNO readers, there's nothing about it on the Titus Campaign website.]

There's never a tax-and-spend liberal around when you need one (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

2006 US Senate Race

Jack in the Lion's Den (Desert Beacon blog)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

Carville stumping for Derby (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Congressional District 3

Jon Porter: When Saying Nothing Says It All (Desert Beacon blog)

State Republican Party

Let’s Play Hardball! (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Watch This Space

"As the FBI and U.S. attorney know better than anyone, Las Vegas is a target-rich environment for investigations and prosecutions. We might run out of water someday, or land, or pupfish, but when it comes to crooks, scammers and shysters, we've got an unending supply."

If you liked G-sting, you'll love Operation QuackShyster (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Sales Tax Revenues

Sales Up 4.1 Percent In March Over Last Year; Monthly Tax Haul Up 8.48 Percent

Taxation Revenue Statistics - March 2006 (Gov. Guinn Press Release)

Domestic Violence

Of faith and violence: Safe Nest's annual Interfaith Domestic Violence Conference sheds light on the issue (Las Vegas CityLife article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Clark County School District

Make me laugh (Chip Mosher column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Health Matters

AIDS at 25: When AIDS came to Nevada, the battle was against both the disease and the ignorance about it (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

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June 2, 2006

[11:30 AM]

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Nevada Politics

Nevada And Sen. Reid

FREEBIE FLAP: Ethics letter targets Reid -- Activist asks Senate panel to look into controversy over boxing tickets (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"The rule for all public officials should be a simple one: no free tickets, regardless of who the donor is and regardless of the nature of the event."

A simple rule: no freebies (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

2006 Governor's Race

State Sen. Beers

Somebody got a new webcam (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Bob Beers' New Webcam Broadcast (Beers Campaign website)

Titus Economic Development Plan

Stupak can't be head of that commission if she wins (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

A Puppet With Many Strings (Reno and Its Discontents blog)

2006 State Treasurer's Race

Jon Ralston on the latest problem for a Republican vying to be state treasurer (Las Vegas Sun column)

2006 Local Races

City And County Of Carson

PAC could be first step in getting people to listen (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Three contend for school board seat (Nevada Appeal* article)

Storey County

Lyon County deputy district attorney running for Storey County DA position (Nevada Appeal* article)

State Democratic Party

Union Endorsements

"The union federation endorsed Democratic candidates for federal and statewide offices, including Jack Carter for U.S. Senate; Rep. Shelley Berkley, University Regent Jill Derby and Tessa Hafen for Congress; Robert Unger for lieutenant governor, Ross Miller for secretary of state, Kate Marshall for treasurer, Kim Wallin for controller and Catherine Cortez Masto for attorney general."

Democrats receive AFL-CIO backing: Union sidesteps governor's race endorsement (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Democratic Blog Convention

Kossack hordes set to descend on Las Vegas (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Fund-Raiser James Carville

James Carville Supporting The Ladies (Reno and Its Discontents blog)

State Tax Surplus

Getting rid of the budget surplus (Jim Clark column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Rizzolo $kindustry Skim Case

"Rizzolo and 14 other defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States. In court on Thursday, Rizzolo told Pro he devised a system that allowed employees to under-report the cash income they received from dancers' earnings at the end of each shift."

FELONY TAX CHARGE: Rizzolo enters guilty plea -- Crazy Horse Too owner to sell club as part of deal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

JOHN L. SMITH: Group settlement leaves some Crazy Horse Too defendants unhappy (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Sales Tax Haul

Taxable sales drop in wintry weather (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada sales up 4.1 percent in March (Nevada AP article)

Regulation Of Contractors

Taxpayers could save estimated $4 million, audit finds: Savings would come if contractors were required to return prevailing wage surveys (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

State Power Subsidies

"Program administrators say it is helping some of Nevada's most vulnerable residents cope with the summer heat: Nearly half of households receiving utility assistance include a disabled person, nearly 25 percent include a child under 6, and more than 40 percent have a resident older than 60."

Plan to help pay power bills gains steam: More households are taking advantage (Las Vegas Sun article)

Department Of Motor Vehicles

DMV looks at cutting waiting: Car dealers shun registration service (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

State Board Of Medical Examiners

Settlement proposed in Las Vegas eye doctor's cocaine case (Las Vegas Sun article)

State Department Of Cultural Affairs

Flap over findings subsides: Official upset over audits' statements but accepts recommendations (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Land Use Problem

"The city assessor's map indicate it's Burnaugh's property. But the land is part of 60 acres that were set aside for the city's use in a patent agreement with the Bureau of Land Management in 1973."

Supervisors table land decision (Nevada Appeal* article)

Churchill County

County approves medical park plan (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Newlands Experimental Farm to be site of regional plant materials center (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County

More Government Subsidies

"As for using tax dollars to pay for an event being held largely outside the city, Miller said: 'There's so little consideration given to the city residents, employers, workers themselves. Instead, there is this constant kind of obsequiousness to the Mecca of the Strip. I can almost see Oscar's prayer rug on the ground as he leads the entire congregation.'"

Oscar doesn't mind the line (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Toxic Mall

"In April, the Henderson Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the City Council approve the shopping center project. There was no testimony about the potential dangers at that meeting."

Shopping near deadly fumes? Henderson considers retail project (Las Vegas Sun article)

Cancelled High-Rise Project

Condominium buyers sue Las Vegas developer (Nevada AP article)

Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force

Task force announces dates for 'Parent's Handbook on Gangs' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Douglas County

Defective Development

Settlement reached in $7 million class action (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

Shelter For Abused Children

Construction starts on Austin's house (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Area Real Estate

Surviving market slow-down (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

The safe bet? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

Washoe County

The Malignant Traffic Lights Of The Truckee Meadows

"Drivers in the Truckee Meadows have good reason to be skeptical when they hear that area traffic officials are going to try again to synchronize traffic lights."

For traffic, it's all a matter of timing (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Scholarship Funds

College tuition aid goes ignored: Private sources of scholarships report applicant shortage (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Comparison Shopping For Hospitals

What if consumers could shop online for the Clark County hospital charging the least for hip replacement surgery? Or what if, along the way, they could gather information on which hospital is most preferred by their peers for that procedure?

Medicare data release to aid consumers, government says (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Helping Patients Get The Best Care For Their Needs (Center For Medicare And Medicaid Services website)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Radioactive Railroad

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: DOE eyes old rail plan -- Nuclear waste would travel western path (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nevada Test Site

Calls for halting nuclear programs (Las Vegas Sun article)

Homeland Security Funding

Anti-terror funds lacking: Las Vegas should be restored to federal list of areas most in need of preparedness grants (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Electoral College System

"Voting mostly along party lines, the California Assembly on Tuesday gave 49-31 approval to a bill that would award the state's presidential electoral votes not according to how California's own residents vote, but to the recipient of the most popular votes, nationwide."

Scheming for a popular vote: States trying to alter our presidential election process (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Government Bureaucracy And Freedom Of Expression

Meanwhile ... (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Culture

Carson Valley Days scheduled (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada's Past

Genoa

Historic homes featured on annual Genoa tour (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Historic Carson Valley

"It is clear to us that Carson Valley's future will be inextricably linked to its past. If there is one way this place will thrive and survive it will be to market the history that makes it special."

Our future is in our past (Gardnerville Record-Courier* editorial)

Honoring The Comstock

Comstock History Center honored as Project of the Year: Designation 'a tremendous boost' to the state's department of Cultural Affairs (Nevada Appeal* article)

Resurrecting The V&TRR

In digging for a tunnel entrance, the end is near (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Update for June 2, 2006

[7:25 PM]

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Nevada Politics

Nevada And Sen. Reid

Senate colleague in Nevada staying out of Reid ethics flap (Nevada AP article)

2006 State Treasurer's Race

State Treasurer Candidate's legal residence questioned by opponent (Nancy Dallas column, NewsDesk)

2006 Legislative Races

Las Vegas Lobbyists Raising Money For Carson City Assemblyman Oceguera -- Why?

The young (ish) lobbyists have money, too (Vegas Pundit website)

Assembly District 21

It's nice to be anointed (Vegas Pundit website)

2006 Local Races

Lyon County

Sheriff's Candidates to speak in Dayton (Nancy Dallas column, NewsDesk)

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Nevada Government

State Government

New Department Of Administration Audits

Health Division - Bureau of Early Intervention Services

Division of Child and Family Services - UNITY

Office of the Labor Commissioner

Field and Central Services Divisions (DMV)

Nevada Supreme Court Changes Decision

Stockmeier v. Psychological Review Panel (Replacement Opinion)

Related Story

Nevada court issues new ruling in sex offender case (Nevada AP article)

New Army Guard Commander

Las Vegas officer to lead Nevada Army National Guard (Nevada AP article)

Local Government

Lyon County

Commissioner Decisions - June 1, 2006 (Nancy Dallas column, NewsDesk)

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From The Neon Empire

Home Means Nevada

Harrah's plays catch-up in Asia as competitors storm ahead (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Past

The Belvada

Historic building getting new life in busted boom town Tonopah (Nevada AP article)

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June 3, 2006

[4:35 PM]

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Nevada Politics

Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

Complaint: Official Failed To Disclose Atomic Freebie

"An Ethics Commission panel decided Friday that Caliente Mayor Kevin Phillips must respond publicly to allegations he violated state ethics law by accepting a free trip to Paris from a nuclear waste company."

Caliente mayor ordered to appear before Ethics Commission (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nevada And Sen. Reid

Reid remains a man on a mission: Boxing brouhaha adds to job's fatigue factor (Las Vegas Sun article)

U.S. taxpayers should buy Harry Reid's boxing tickets (John Brummet column, Ely Times)

2006 Governor's Race

GCB Appointments

JANE ANN MORRISON: Guinn's planned 11th-hour moves might give him last laugh on Gibbons (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

2006 State Treasurer's Race

Challenge rejected by attorney general: Treasurer candidate says opponent did not provide proper proof of residence in filing (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Politics Ain’t Beanbags (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

State Republican Party

NICPAC Hits a Homerun (Erik Odom column, Battle Born Opinion News)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Former sheriff struggles with Binion ghost (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Hauling In Taxes, But Can't Spend Them

"Nevada's budget is nearing a cap approved by the 1979 Legislature that limits the growth of expenditures to no more than inflation plus population growth."

State nearing its spending limit (Nevada Appeal* article)

NDOT Abandoning State Roads

"The Nevada Department of Transportation is projecting a possible budget shortfall as early as next year. The department announced plans to abandon about 700 to 800 lane-miles of roadway in the state to county control, 94 lane-miles of which are in White Pine County."

 State to give WPC 94 miles of highway (Ely Times article)

The Battle Against Meth

Health, Human Services: New strategies needed to treat substance abusers (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Prevailing Wage Law

"The prevailing wage is an artificial and unnecessary bureaucratic intervention. The notion that it results in higher quality work is a fallacy foisted on taxpayers by self-interested union activists."

Prevailing wage follies: If the state wants to save taxpayer money, get rid of the law (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Whatever You Say May Be Used Against You

"There were concerns, sources said, that the video recordings could be used for political purposes."

Several judges shut off cameras: Public airing of courtroom recordings raises concerns (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Public Utilities Commission

Utilities: Departing PUC member leads to industry shuffling (In Business Las Vegas article)

Local Government

Churchill County

County approves transfer of development rights ordinance (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County

God Damn That Traffic Jam

Clogged arteries -- Forum: Tourism growth demands solutions (In Business Las Vegas article)

Las Vegas Outlook

In Business Q and A: Kara Kelley, president of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce (In Business Las Vegas interview)

Law and Small Business: Nevada's entrepreneurial spirit dwarfs rest of nation (In Business Las Vegas article)

Real Estate and Development: Medical office building remain popular for developers (In Business Las Vegas article)

Mix And Match In Henderson

Mixed-use plan brings new look to Henderson (In Business Las Vegas article)

Metro's Substantial Taser Purchase

Tasers touted as police tool: Law enforcement, ACLU say devices good alternative to deadly force (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Bum Rap

Advice on homeless sought: Goodman laments loss of days when 'folks went into institutions' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

U.S. Conference of Mayors

Mayors live it up at Las Vegas meeting (Las Vegas Sun article)

Elko County

Elko County sales show biggest gain (Elko Free Press article)

City building permits still on the rise (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

County to take over Yerington-area water company (Nevada Appeal* article)

Nye County

Beatty

Nye County will help with paving of Beatty's airport access road (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Beatty bails out of TV business (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Pahrump

Senior Center recovering from 'past mistakes' (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Teacher Pay

Lawmakers rip pay raise analysis: Two Republicans object to consulting firm's 7.8 percent cost of living figure for Nevada teachers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

School Bus Emissions

Never be content with a B: Nevada scores high on a national survey of school bus emissions, but it can do even better (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Clark County School District

Teacher Shortage

Teacher options in works: Six-point plan puts choices for filling jobs in principals' hands (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Community Alliance for the Reform of Education (CARE)

"Like two natural allies who have their hands around each other's throats rather than lending a helping hand to a needy Third World country, the Clark County School District and the business community once again are proving one plus one equals zero."

Jon Ralston on Politics: No winners, just losers (In Business Las Vegas column)

Washoe County School District

School Forbids Commencement Address

"Kealy was given extra punishment because he spoke to the students at the assembly after school administrators had barred him from that because of a minor prank at a previous assembly."

Student body president banned from giving speech (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA Gets Sensitive

"Who knows what the future will bring," Baker said. "To take that future and pipe it to Las Vegas, people have a lot of qualms about that."

SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY: White Pine County resists water plan -- Officials remain concerned about pipeline project (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Ely seminar to explain Nevada water rights (Ely Times article)

Nevada Water Resources Association

"BARCASS is meant to be a common resource for everyone that provides data on aquifers and water basins in White Pine County and the surrounding area, according to the USGS."

Ely meeting told BARCASS won't be completed until 2008 (Ely Times article)

Corporate Suction Scheme

Honey Lake water plan takes shape with federal approval (Nevada AP article)

Carson River

Economics shine along Carson River (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Health Matters

From Doctor To Nurse

UNLV will ask the Board of Regents next week to approve a master's degree program to train Filipino doctors to become nurses.

UNLV to seek OK for nursing program (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Paying The Price

Health care coverage weighs on retailers (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Strokes

After stroke, first minutes are crucial: Two local hospitals also help raise awareness (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Mining

Hedging

"The Robinson Nevada Mining Company will be a lot happier in September when they fulfill a hedge contract requirement and are no longer obligated to pay the bank about $2 for each pound of copper mined."

Improved Ore May Cause Robinson Bottleneck (Ely Times article)

Regime Change

Myckatyn retires as Quadra's CEO; Blythe new CEO/president (Ely Times article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

YUCCA MOUNTAIN RAIL LINE: Paiutes have terms -- Most important, tribe wants assurance that plan is safe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Soaring Fuel Prices

GASOLINE PRICE RELIEF: Reid touts energy plan -- Senator blasts administration (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Federal Lands

Forest Service Identifies ‘Capable’ Wilderness (Elko Free Press article)

"The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on Wilderness Evaluations, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Eligibility Report and “Special Area” maps for nine Ranger Districts as part of its Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Plan Revision."

USFS schedules series of Nevada meetings to discuss proposed forest plan revisions (Ely Times article)

New FBI SAC For Las Vegas

Counter-terror vet takes reins as FBI's special agent in charge (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILT)

Reid says his effort could bring $1.7 million to Nye (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Immigration Reform

More On The History Of Our Southern Border

'Operation Wetback' to Aztlan (Kent Harper column, Ely Times)

Federal Mortgage Loan Scandal

"If Congress fails to act, the damage could be permanent to the housing market, to the American taxpayers and the economy as a whole. Standing in the Senate's way are the entrenched defenders of a failed system that has allowed corporate abuse to go on unchecked for too many years."

One kick from the mule ought to be sufficient (J.C. Watts column, Pahrump Valley Times)

Massacre Stories Need Independent Investigation

Asking a hard question: The world watches as U.S. Marines ask, 'What happened in Haditha?' (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Flag Amendment

The flag and burning symbols of freedom (Kirk Caraway column, Lahontan Valley News*)

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From The Neon Empire

Internet Gambling

Group reviews opposition to Web bets: Council wonders 'if the genie isn't already out of the bottle' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Thanks For Just Being There

Sands execs land millions in unearned bonuses (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Planned Growth, But Whose Plan?

Gaming: Station Casinos puts stock in planned growth (In Business Las Vegas article)

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June 4, 2006

[12:30 PM]

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Nevada Politics

Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

Columnist Scores Heller's Office For Sluggish Posting Performance

"Those lengthy documents are critical to showing the public how much money a candidate has raised, and equally important, how the money has been spent. Will the secretary of state's office still fail to make such forms available eight business days after that deadline? If so, the primary election will be over and the public once again kept in the dark."

ERIN NEFF: Fight night a perk for politicians and athletic commissioners (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Nevada And Sen. Reid

"In Las Vegas, almost everyone knows what a comp looks like. The fact it passed through the boxing commission might take the sting out of an ethics probe, but it doesn't change the truth. And it didn't help to have current and former members of the athletic commission attempt to cover for Reid."

 JOHN L. SMITH: Self-inflicted sucker punch takes Senate's Democratic leader off message (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Reid, his church agree to disagree on amendment: Mormon statement called on members to voice support for constitutional gay marriage ban (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"If Sen. Reid wants to convince Nevadans he is worthy of re-election in 2010, he ought stop bending and blending and start standing tall and distinguishing himself from the likes of Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi. Core values are to be defended, not hidden."

SHERMAN FREDERICK: Stalking the wild, elusive, Hidden Harry (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

2006 Elections Generally

Politics of the cowboy and the suburbanite (Las Vegas Sun article)

2006 Governor's Race

"On a tour this week of the Bently Biofuels plant in Minden, Gibbons filled his campaign motorhome's 100-gallon tank with 100 percent biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel made with vegetable oils and recycled restaurant grease."

Gibbons' campaign bus goes green (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"Say what you will about Gibbons and his 2005 Year of Gaffes, but he has executed a near-flawless campaign in 2006, avoiding any sticky situations and letting his opponents and we Fourth Estaters whine about his refusal to debate."

Jon Ralston on Gibbons' advantage being so great that he can afford to be invisible (Las Vegas Sun column)

2006 Local Elections

Clark County

Why Isn't There A Clark County Grand Jury Investigation Of These Allegations?

CLARK COUNTY COMMISSION: Corruption cases cloud races -- Challengers hope trials will sour voters on incumbents (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Lyon County

Incumbent, sheriff's deputy, compete for new Walker River Justice Court seat (Nevada Appeal* article)

State Republican Party

Immigration Reform

"Those who imply that our GOP brethren have failed to read the U.S. Constitution may want to acquire a copy of their own."

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: 'Subject to the jurisdiction thereof' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Finances

Spending Cap Doesn't Apply To Nevada State Legislature

Surplus may test Legislature's courage (Nevada Appeal* article)

Recent Discovery

Funds 'found' to fight fires (Las Vegas Sun article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Summer rangeland fire potential high: June Weather a Key Factor (Elko Free Press article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Fandango Time

A plan to transform South Carson City: Gaming corporation starts aggressive tract for 30-acre development (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County

Developing News

Pack 'Em In

"A developer close to breaking ground on a 2,000-acre Henderson community wants to build an extra 3,000 homes to support a proposed resort casino and commercial project."

Henderson developer seeks density increase (Las Vegas Sun article)

Toxic Mall

"The evidence has been clear all along regarding the folly of plans to build a regional shopping center in Henderson next door to industrial plants that store and use hazardous chemicals."

Shop till everybody drops: Building a shopping center next door to an industrial site has obvious downside (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Choices

"Hosting the Democratic convention would have meant clearing the August calendar of Las Vegas convention staples, such as the Men's Apparel Guild International of California (MAGIC)."

A conventional decision: Las Vegas mayor shows a practical side in rejecting national political event (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Affordable Housing

Hal Rothman notes that even though the housing market has cooled, it's not necessarily inexpensive (Las Vegas Sun column)

Elko County

Washout!

County mulls new bridge at Jarbidge (Elko Free Press article)

The Child Is The Father To The Man

Youth Council Revived: Youth will advise city council (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Civic Action

Helping keep clean this end of the lake (Steve McKibben column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Lyon County

Dirty Anaconda

Dust cap far from last of efforts planned at mine (Mason Valley News article)

Process Area data discrepancies fade following EPA’s second look (Mason Valley News article)

Ambient levels work plan nearly consensus with mine parties (Mason Valley News article)

Yerington

Golf course community proposed on west edge of town: Requests are a first step toward a 435-lot development (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Breakfast In America

Students need breakfast, too: Local participation strong, but nationally the school breakfast program has low turnout (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Lyon County School District

Lyon School Trustees OK bond resolution (Mason Valley News article)

School Trustees to consider District Office reorganization: At workshop next Tuesday; new positions, titles, responsibilities, job descriptions proposed (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Medicare

"The federal government should make a commitment to provide the public with more -- and more specific -- information in the future about their medical bills."

Consumers and medical care (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

West Nile Virus

Mosquito season heats up: Flooding increases source points, but West Nile Virus yet to be detected as well (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Culture

Carson City

Brewery Arts Center renovates performance hall (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"Sometimes what others see as regression or total abstinence are actually evolutions to self-felt developments at higher levels of truth and meaning."

Lack of flags on Memorial Day does not necessarily mean lack of respect (John DiMambro column, Nevada Appeal*)

Elko

Rules set for renewal of Elko Mining Expo competition (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

"The target date for the opening of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste entombment project shifts like the sands of the Sahara, swallowing and then exposing the bleached ruins of ancient cities lost to time."

Yucca Mountain change of plan: It's the eastern rail route -- no, the northern! (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Nevada Test Site

Tribal leaders lead protest Nevada Test Site's `Divine Strake' (Nevada AP article)

Protesters rally against bomb test in desert (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

US Supreme Court's Recent Whistleblower Decision

Garcetti v. Ceballos (US Supreme Court website - pdf file)

Court ruling creates concern: Whistle-blowers fear limits on their ability to expose wrongdoing (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"So, public employee, when events gang awry down at your workplace, as ofttimes they do, don't risk fading the heat. If you get demoted or transferred with a threat of further action if you open your gob, it'll be a personnel matter and the public will never be the wiser. But call your favorite reporter and you are covered with one big constitutional prophylactic."

THOMAS MITCHELL: Just drop a dime, call a reporter (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Veterans Administration

VA spent over $680 million in Nevada in 2005 (Mason Valley News article)

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From The Neon Empire

Money Talks

Investors more bullish on Las Vegas casinos than ever before (Las Vegas Sun article)

The Science Of Separating Gamblers From Their Money

Designing for Dough in Vegas (Wired News article)

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June 5, 2006

[9:10 AM]

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Nevada Politics

Nevada And Sen. Reid

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Berkley doesn't need to be ringside -- But congresswoman also doesn't see need to criticize Reid for taking free seats at boxing matches (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

McCain won't judge Reid for taking free seats (Nevada AP article)

2006 Governor's Race

"Gubernatorial candidate Jim Gibson's Democratic primary campaign is gaining strong support from Nevada Hispanics, whose political involvement, driven largely by federal immigration reform, is expected to spike on election day."

In search of Hispanic vote: Amigos de Gibson, Nosotros con Dina: Campaign goes Latin (Las Vegas Sun article)

2006 Local Races

Washoe County

"Herzik described county commission meetings as never-ending and leaderless. Deputy sheriffs are ordered to remove anyone for breaking the rules during public comments."

Ballardini may hurt incumbents, expert says (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

State Democratic Party

Cultivating grass roots: Dean setting the stage for Democratic ground war in red states and rural areas (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

DMV And Dealer Registrations

"Now, the program is indeed worth expanding. But why the taxpayer subsidy? The better option would be to allow dealers to charge a market rate for handling the procedure."

DMV waits (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Army National Guard

New Nevada Army Guard commander installed: Francis Gonzales replaces Randall Sayre, a former Fallon resident (Lahontan Valley News* articles)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

"Residents will have the chance this week to peek into what Carson City may look like in a decade and more."

Glimpses of the future: View downtown Carson City's design concept video this week (Nevada Appeal* article)

Churchill County

Got A Bad Reaction

Is the word 'California' a vulgarity in Fallon? (Josh Johnson column, Lahontan Valley News*)

Clark County

Vegas In The Rear View Mirror

Where do tourists from Vegas go? Web sites give hints for getaways (Las Vegas Sun article)

New Development

Cosmopolitan offers peek into Strip's future (Las Vegas Sun article)

Washoe County

Reno Redevelopment

Foot traffic's future (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

"University system Chancellor Jim Rogers got testy last week when he thought people were trying to derail a billion-dollar academic health science center that he supports."

Chancellor in defense of health proposal (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

Carson City School District

Alternative path to success: There's another option for high school diplomas in the Carson City School District (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County School District

"The program, which begins in the junior year of high school, asks students to commit to teaching in the district for four years upon graduating college. In exchange, the union's foundation pays for students' tuition and books at the Community College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College."

Project urges students to STEP into teaching (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Tougher standards set for valedictorians (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Following a Wednesday appearance by Khidir Ahmed, top envoy from the Republic of Sudan, advanced social studies students at Palo Verde High School sat down to re-read the United Nation's definition of 'genocide.'"

Students not sticking heads in the sand (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada

Soaring Fuel Prices

Berkley's bill has merit: Nevada congresswoman will introduce legislation that prioritizes renewable energy (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

FBI Search Of Congressman's Office

JANE ANN MORRISON: Case seems clear-cut, but Nevada delegation split on search of D.C. office (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Unwarranted Surveillance

"We are past the point of warning that if we don't watch out an American police state "might happen." This is precisely what it looks like. They're taking it around the block for a test drive, and we're supposed to believe we can trust them -- we have nothing to fear so long as we haven't done anything wrong."

But which books are 'suspicious'? Librarians 'allowed' to speak out (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Murders Of Unarmed Iraqi Civilians

"War changes people. Let's not let it change our entire nation."

Tragedy for Iraq, and us (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

"In what George W. Bush himself calls a "responsibility society," he has ultimate responsibility for the forces he commands. And there is a direct and obvious line between his decisions to break decades' long adherence to the Geneva Conventions and the pandemic of torture, and now incidents of war crimes, that have plagued this war and stained the honor of this country."

Bush, Military Ethics, Haditha (Andrew Sullivan column, Time Magazine)

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Nevada Culture

Mule Races

Clone race proves not all mules created equal (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Cloned mules bested in Nevada pro race (Nevada AP article)

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From The Neon Empire

Tribal Gambling Operations

"Amid all this dissatisfaction, however, the Indian gambling industry has become an industry that is generating $20 billion in revenues each year and continues to grow."

Most unhappy with Indian gaming law (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Internet Gambling

Here's how you spell problem gambler (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada's Past

Digging Donner Lake

"People have been crossing Donner Pass for thousands of years and camping at the lake. After the Donner Party, the pass was the main route for wagons, and then the railroad and now the highway."

Hidden history of Donner Lake to be unearthed (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Wagon Train Traveling West On The California Trail

"'When civilization finishes paving over everything like they did in California, things like the wagon train will be gone forever. It's just something for people to think about,' Tara said."

Highway 50 Association hitches up 57th annual wagon train (Nevada Appeal* article)

The Pony Express!!!

"The 28th annual re-ride of the Pony Express will gallop through Carson City on Wednesday afternoon as more than 500 riders will cover 1,966 miles of the historic trail from Sacramento to St. Joseph, Mo., Tuesday through June 16."

Pony Express Re-ride goes through Carson Wednesday (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Update for June 5, 2006

[5:55 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Elections

Let's take a peek into my political crystal ball (Michael Green column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Minuteman Visit

Chris Simcox's Visit To Reno and The March of The Minutemen (Reno and Its Discontents blog)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Battle Against Methamphetamine

Meth treatments only scratching the surface: Experts are finding that different approaches need to be found to halt widespread usage (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Crews working to contain two wildfires outside Las Vegas (Nevada AP article)

County wants Minden tanker base to stay (Gardnerville Record-Courier*)

Local Government

Clark County

Taxpayers Pay The Bill For Las Vegas Mayor's Showgirls & Elvis Impersonator Entourage

The Goodman follies (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Latest Developments

New arena sounds like an impossible dream (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

"Alliance Residential Company is developing $110 million worth of new apartment complexes totaling 834 units in the Las Vegas Valley. The three new projects bring the firm's local inventory to 1,178 apartment homes."

Alliance bullish on Vegas' apartment rental future (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Youth Violence

Boyz Will Be Boyz? Is the latest violent spree by a pack of young men indicative of a larger problem, or a consistent condition? (Las Vegas Weekly article)

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Federal Nevada

New US Marshal

Former state gambling regulator named U.S. marshal for Nevada (Nevada AP article)

Area 51

Whatever They're Hiding, I'd Like to Know What It Is: Memorial Day at Area 51 (Las Vegas Weekly article)

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From The Neon Empire

Aztar Acquisition

Columbia Sussex 'would have paid whatever it took' for Aztar (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Mining

Oil!!! Maybe

Prospectors search for black gold in Nevada (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Journalism

Promising Blog Merger: Monday Morning Pundit Joins Reno and Its Discontents

Important Announcement (Monday Morning Politics blog)

Here's A Big Wet Welcome To Monday Morning Politicking (Reno and Its Discontents blog)

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June 6, 2006

[9:45 AM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Gibson's sad path to victory (Monday Morning Pundit, Reno and Its Discontents blog)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

NEVADA CHOICE: Anti-smoking question survives -- Judge extinguishes attempt to keep initiative off fall ballot (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Supporters of smoking ban receive partial victory in court (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

2006 Local Races

Storey County

Storey County recorder retiring from the town she learned to love (Nevada Appeal* article)

Political Parties

What do party chairs do, anyway? (Monday Morning Pundit, Reno and Its Discontents blog)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Nazi Doctor Bill Goes To Legislature

"Nevada's universities are proposing a change in state law that would allow research to be conducted on residents who don't have the mental capacity to give their consent."

Proponents of draft bill want research consent law changed (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)

Laws hamper study of Nevada mentally impaired, researchers say (Nevada AP article)

Inadequate Regulation Of Mortgage Lenders

USA Capital Case

Insiders' assets may be targeted (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Crews fight brush fires, heat: Temperatures in valley hit near record (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Pleasant Valley brush fire gives homeowners a scare (Nevada Appeal* article)

Fire threatens homes in Pleasant Valley (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Car Dealer Registrations

Draft plan for car registration (Reno Gazette-Journal* editorial)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Churchill County

Drug Discounts

County offers prescription drug discount card (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County

Tasers And The Police

OFFICER ASSAULTED: LV police use Taser; man dies -- Coroner yet to determine cause of death of suspect (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Taser benefits for civilians stressed: 115,000 have been sold to public (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

The Devil And Las Vegas: A Contemporary Fable

"It was the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year in the new millennium, and Satan came to Las Vegas."

JOHN L. SMITH: Satan might rule the netherworld, but cash is king in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Elko County

Elko Railport

"Government isn’t known for moving much faster than an elephant in quicksand, especially when a substantial financial commitment is required from taxpayers, but that wasn’t the case when it came time to make Elko County home to Nevada’s largest multimodal transloading facility in the state."

Fast Track: Railport kick-off June 23 (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Changing Times

The suburbanization of Tahoe (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Ignored Permit Restrictions

"City workers might have illegally cut up to 200 trees near South Lake Tahoe's airport, land-use regulators and environmentalists charged Monday."

Tahoe trees might have been illegally cut (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Storey County

Retro-Government Toll Road Proposal: Forward Into The Past

Storey to hear draft of toll road ordinance today: County plans on making Six Mile Canyon Road a toll road to pay for maintenance (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Sued Over Defense Fees

Professor sues over state money used to defend UNR in lawsuits (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Public Schools

Clark County School District

School Board members back annual address: Speech by superintendent would detail district's successes, failures (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Mining

Going Up

Gold futures rise with Iran conflict (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada

Immigration Reform

Mayors remain on fence about border barrier with Mexico (Nevada AP article)

Equal Rights And Equal Treatment

"Court watchers believe the acceptance of the case shows the court under new Chief Justice John Roberts intends to wade in and clear up the confusing legal status of 'affirmative action.'"

High court to rule on racial quotas: 'This is huge,' said one legal expert (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

A Matter That Should Be Left To The States: Constitutional Amendment To Define "Marriages"

ERIN NEFF: A vote on nothing (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Critics say Reid inconsistent: Senator's stance on gay marriage attacked (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Federal Lobby And Lobbyist Reform

Lobbyists Paid For Overseas Junkets

Reid, Ensign staff travel spotlighted: Aides visited Italy, Turkey and Australia (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Some trips seem to have been little more than pricey vacations — often taken in the company of spouses or other relatives — wrapped around speeches or seminars."

Privately Sponsored Trips Hot Tickets on Capitol Hill Study finds almost $50 million spent on travel for lawmakers, aides (Center For Public Integrity Report)

Center for Public Integrity website

Corporate Plundering

"Corporate malfeasance seems to have become a disease in recent years. Executives and others in positions of trust, those who oversee the operations of major and minor enterprises should understand that the public will not tolerate such wrongdoing and that it will be relentless in seeking justice."

Message in Enron trials (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Punitive Awards In Personal Injury Cases

Runaway damages (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Mafia Cops Case

Wild day in Brooklyn ends with Mafia cops sentence pending (Nevada AP article)

Mafia cops face life in prison at sentencing (Nevada AP article)

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From The Neon Empire

New Strip Casino Planned

GAMING IN NEVADA: New north Strip hotel planned -- Maxim magazine, developer slate $1.2 billion project (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Culture

Carson City's Brewery Arts Center

BAC prepares to offer community-access TV (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada's Past

The Pony Express

Pony Express anniversary ride gallops through Churchill County later this week (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Update for June 6, 2006

[7:35 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Mayor Gibson Won't Answer

Where do you stand on the proposed federal amendment banning gay marriage? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Gibson and the gay 'onslaught' (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Robo-Calls

Is Gibson focused on Aug. 15 or Nov. 7? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

2006 US Senate Race

Public Citizen on Sen. Ensign's Voting Record (Public Citizen website, via Desert Beacon)

2006 Legislative Races

Francis Allen And The Freebie Faction

When Harry Met Francis (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC)

TASC backers file restraining order against opponents (Nevada AP article)

Anti-Tobacco Initiative

Smoke this! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Politicians Who Want To Raise Taxes

Taxpayers Beware! (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

On Not Running For Office

Jack Sheehan explains why his name will not be found on any ballot for public office (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Canadian Pharmaceuticals

Nevadans turning to Canada for drugs: Four pharmacies now taking orders (Las Vegas Sun article)

Insurance Fraud

Anatomy of a scam (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Local Government

Clark County

Nice Job. Now Get Out.

Homeless helper nears 'promise' of a new home (Las Vegas Sun article)

From Wet To Dry

Water park not ready to dry up for good (Las Vegas Sun article)

Lyon County

Commissioner Planning decisions (Nancy Dallas column, NewsDesk)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Funding

Close the funding gaps: Community College of Southern Nevada and UNLV both shortchanged on state funding (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Public Schools

Activist Files Ethics Complaint Against Educators

EdWatch Nevada Takes on the System (Erik Odom column, Battle Born Opinion News)

Clark County School District

Teachers forced to moonlight: Pay sends 40 percent into second jobs (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Environment

Dace's Destiny

Dace winning upstream battle: Species making comeback; refuge to open to public (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada

Lobbying And Lobbyist Reform

It's not just the electeds that take the freebees (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

From The US Congress

Seeing politics as priority: Senate GOP leaders put urgent issues on hold while genuflecting toward conservatives (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Administration And Its Claims

Congress, courts push back against Bush's assertions of presidential power (USA Today article, via Desert Beacon)

Homeland Security

Not-so-smart identification: Arrest of Canadian terrorist suspects raises border issue anew in a post-9/11 world (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire

Station Casinos And The Culinary Workers Union

"The initiative, which Station called "a thinly disguised pressure tactic to promote its own union organizing agenda," would have let stockholders decide whether to keep a provision giving the company's board more control in negotiating a company takeover."

 Station cuts off union's shareholder maneuver (Las Vegas Sun article)

New Projected Strip Casino

Maxim Casino: Big Question Marks Remain (Richard Abowitz column, Los Angeles Times)

Maxim: the Casino? (Richard Abowitz column, Los Angeles Times)

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June 7, 2006

[6:20 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Titus challenges Gibson to growth debate (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Gibson and the gay 'onslaught' (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

2006 State Treasurer's Race

Marshall tips her hand: Democrat from Reno shows the world who's running the show on her campaign (Monday Morning Pundit, Reno and Its Discontents)

2006 Legislative Races

Francis Allen

Assemblywoman “Fancy Pants” (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

The lawsuit accuses the blockers of "illegally impeding and preventing" signatures from being gathered "by intimidation, threats, coercion, violence, restraint, and/or undue influence."

TAX AND SPENDING CONTROL: Backers: Foes get physical -- Supporters sue, allege intimidation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

The TASC inhibitors? (Vegas Pundit website)

Anti-Smoking Initiatives

SMOKING QUESTION: Worries over ban surface -- If approved, plan would affect all motel, hotel rooms in Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Meanwhile, the fact that so many people seem willing to embrace heavy-handed government interventions at the expense of personal choice and individual responsibility should trouble every freedom-loving Nevadan. The state would be better off without either of the proposed smoking bans."

No smoking (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

2006 Local Races

Elko County

Sheriff’s forum slated June 15 (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

Mayoral Candidates’ Forum is Thursday (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

2006 Campaign Ads

Reality Checks (Vegas Pundit website)

That New PAC

New CC NV Left-Wing PAC Tries to Hide Behind “Civility” and “Qualifications” (Terresa Monroe-Hamilton column, Battle Born Opinion News)

State Republican Party

Forget Where’s Waldo…Where’s Paul? (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Department Of Transportation (NDOT)

Road Divestment

ROAD PLAN: Few takers for Guinn giveaway -- Counties, cities urged to take control (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Rough Roads

Roads open, but rough, to popular northern Nevada fisheries (Nevada AP article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Early Burn: Lightning sparks fires (Elko Free Press article)

Brush fire burns 850 acres near Winnemucca (Elko Free Press article)

State Tax Surplus

Guinn seeks input on spending state surplus: Bullish economy might generate unexpected $590 million (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

State Department Of Taxation

Could Collect $500,000 By Paying $10,000, But Won't

JOHN L. SMITH: State Department of Taxation official penny-wise and pound-foolish (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

To Crack Down On Businesses, Though

"A state law enacted more than a quarter century ago under which retailers could be fined up to $500 for failing or refusing to file sales and use tax returns has never been applied."

25-year-old law may finally be used (Las Vegas Sun article)

Homeland Security

Another Step For The Surveillance State

"The statewide priority list is topped by an $8 million plan to establish terrorism early warning groups in Southern and Northern Nevada to gather intelligence information."

Early warning plans to get grant (Las Vegas Sun article)

DUI Roadblocks: How Effective Are They?

Liquor lobby fights to shut down sobriety checkpoints (Las Vegas Sun article)

Canadian Pharmaceuticals

Sick of high prices: Nevadans ordering prescriptions from Canada might help create change in drug pricing (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Local Government

Clark County

Questions About County Commission

"When the majority of Clark County commissioners attempted to shut down the sole plant supplying concrete to the Hoover Dam bypass bridge project, they said it was because the company had a record of operating plants without a permit."

Collins' motive on plant vote questioned (Las Vegas Sun article)

Developers Having A Blast

"'There have been too many incidents in Henderson with homes damaged that they need to look at the city's regulations and oversight,' said Sabalos, who was not home at the time of the blast. 'This is about the city of Henderson placing economic growth ahead of public safety.'"

More shaking going on (Las Vegas Sun article)

Homeowners Associations

"Complaints are piling up in a state agency about the conduct of homeowner associations in Clark County, and some legislators are increasingly unhappy over lengthy delays in reaching solutions."

Homeowner associations face scrutiny (Las Vegas Sun article)

Henderson Landlords & Tenants

New code could come to rescue of ignored tenants (Las Vegas Sun article)

Lyon County

Wants More Money

Sales tax increase ballot question being drafted following resolution approval (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Developing Changes

Master plan amendment hearings to be less frequent (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Change Of Venue

Fernley Justice Court to hear court cases from Silver Springs (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Storey County

Retro Government Toll Road Plan

Storey commission approves draft of toll road ordinance (Nevada Appeal* article)

"Under the toll road proposal, out-of-county drivers would be charged $300 a year to use the popular road, a shortcut for Dayton-area residents commuting to Reno."

Storey Co. proceeds with toll road concept (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Six Mile Canyon Road closer to reopening (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Washoe County

Wants More Money

Officials seek tax increase in Washoe County for public safety (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

An Old Fiasco

Paving stones relegated to the past (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Clark County School District

Jon Ralston gives Clark County public school teachers their due (Las Vegas Sun column)

What do teachers think? (Vegas Pundit website)

When the clerk is a teacher: Second jobs are necessities for many teachers, diverting their attention from students (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Washoe County School District

Freedom Of Speech

Student body president will be allowed to speak (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nicotine Nazism

"By barring smoking altogether, the district would be setting an important example for students, who are most likely to start smoking because of peer pressure and what they see adults doing. And if we can keep them from starting to smoke at a young age, we'll all be better off."

Smoking ban inevitable (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Federal Nevada

The Constitution And Homosexual Marriages

Ensign Votes Yes On Marriage Amendment (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Religious freedom taken to the extreme (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

Immigration Reform

Program allows businesses to quickly verify citizenship (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

From The US Congress

House Passes Berkley Bill Expressing Support for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

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Nevada's Environment

The Moapa Dace

Swimming toward survival: A rare and tiny fish species will live on, but only if agreements are permanently honored (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From The Neon Empire

More On The Maxim

A different Maxim to rise along the Strip? (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Culture

State Museum

More money sought for state museum upgrade (Nevada Appeal* article)

Bad Business

Demise of Broadway in Vegas raises questions (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Past

Resurrecting A Railroad

V&T commission hesitates to swap for a historic baggage car (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Update for June 7, 2006

[11:15 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Rep. Gibbons

Gibbons hits the air (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Son's graduation, debate the underdogs, vote on Homeland Security funding . . .choices, choices (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Lt. Gov. Hunt

Where's Lorraine? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

State Sen. Titus And Mayor Gibson

Debate challenges all around (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

2006 US Senate Race

Carter stumps at Tahoe (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

Hafen: It's Bush's fault, 'of course' (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

2006 Ballot Initiatives and Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Harassment? Or lameness? (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

2006 Local Races

Lyon County

Primary races - the rest of them.... (Nancy Dallas column, NewsDesk)

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Nevada Government

Local Government

Lake Tahoe Basin

TRPA could fine South Lake Tahoe for clearcutting 200 trees (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Incline Vision starting to redefine roles, find purpose (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Lyon County

Commissioner Planning decisions - June 1 2006 (Nancy Dallas column, NewsDesk)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Washoe County School District

Enrollment numbers remain low (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Federal Nevada

The US Constitution And Homosexual Marriages

"So for me it is clear the reason for this debate is to divide our society, to pit one against another. This is another one of the President's efforts to frighten, to distort, to distract, and to confuse America. It is this Administration's way of avoiding the tough, real problems that American citizens are confronted with each and every day:"

Marriage amendment doesn't address our pressing needs (Sen. Harry Reid column, Pahrump Valley Times)

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From The Neon Empire

The Camel And The Tent

"What this is about is control," said Siller, adding that major private equity investors could avoid licensing - but change their role in Nevada resorts from passive to active by having a boardroom say over the entrepreneurs who run the clubs.

Regulators split on investment source for Nevada hotel-casinos (Nevada AP article)

Nevada regulators endorse Reno Hilton deal (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Past

Pony Express trots into the Sierra; near Tahoe, today (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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June 8, 2006

[10:00 AM]

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Juice v. Justice: LA Times Investigates Las Vegas Judges

In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck -- Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. (Los Angeles Times article)

A Judge Who Isn't Playing by Fast and Loose Rules (Los Angeles Times article)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

RACE FOR GOVERNOR: Gibbons taking week off -- Gubernatorial challengers fume about congressman's unwillingness to debate (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

"'The low approval ratings for the president, the fact that 70 percent of voters think that the country's headed on the wrong track, the low approval rating for Congress, I think that's a combustible mix for the party in power,' Walter said."

Victory no sure thing: Porter's race against Hafen tightens (Las Vegas Sun article)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control Initiative (TASC)

"It's safe to say TASC's backers wouldn't take the time and effort to seek the help of the court if they were close to their signature mandate. They shouldn't get what amounts to bonus time because a few goons broke the law. Any extension granted for TASC circulators should be proportionate to the amount of interference they've been subjected to."

Initiative back in court (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Anti-Smoking Initiatives

Anti-smoking question stays on the ballot: Opponents say they plan to place own question on ballot (Nevada Appeal* article)

2006 Local Elections

Carson City

"'I thought it was wonderful. I really feel I got to know these people,' said Kathy Peterson, commercial lending officer at Colonial Bank. She had to leave a little early. 'This really makes people more confident in who they vote for.'"

Candidates forum helps inform voters (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Rizzolo Rundown

Rizzolo pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Tax Evasion: Sentencing scheduled for September 15 (Steve Miller column, AmericanMafia.com)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Tax Surplus

"The surplus is an issue because Nevada is very likely to reach the statutory spending growth cap created 26 years ago by the end of this biennial budget cycle. The current general fund budget is just $85.3 million below that cap and most of that will be spent in supplemental appropriations needed to get the state through until June 30, 2007."

Governor asks NDOT for priorities for surplus money (Nevada Appeal* article)

About That Bridge

NDOT board approves termination of Galena Creek Bridge contract (Nevada Appeal* article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Downtown concept video draws good reviews: It was standing-room-only for peek at new Carson Street (Nevada Appeal* article)

Life-Saving Program Eliminated

Closing the doors on mental health (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County

The New Eldorado

Boulder City likely to drop land swap: Ballot question about 700 acres in jeopardy (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"A spot on the November ballot is now in sight for a proposed land sale that could make millionaires out of everyone in Boulder City."

Petition drive wraps up for Boulder City land sale (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

North Las Vegas Nicety

"North Las Vegas Mayor Michael Montandon's hopes had almost gone down the toilet after the city spent more than a year searching for the perfect spot on which to build its own sewer plant. NLV to buy sewer plant site:"

Plans advance for facility projected to save city millions of dollars (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

McCarran Airport

"Problems with the proposed path include a possible conflict with North Las Vegas Airport and Nellis Air Force Base flights, no benefit in airport efficiency and questions about methods used to determine noise impacts."

Airport takeoff benefits doubted: Report challenges proposed changes (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

State universities expected to raise entry requirements (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Public Schools

Parents irritate Raggio -- Senator: Many ignore students' performance (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

"Whatever else one may say about the U.S. Department of Energy's handling of the proposed Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste dump project, you must give DOE credit for being consistent. Consistently wrong and incompetent."

At least they're consistent (Bob Loux column, Reno News & Review)

"The Yucca Mountain repository would cost local agencies $385 million before the proposed nuclear waste site opens, and another $3.7 billion over 24 years after it opens, according to a consultant helping Nevada and local governments fight the proposal."

Consultant estimates Yucca Mountain costs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Dump junkets: Congressional trips paid for with private money raise more questions about Yucca Mountain (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

Lobby And Lobbyist Reform: Federal Freebies

Special interests treat lawmakers, staff to 191 trips (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Neon Empire

Fueling The Urge

"Casino companies are starting to hedge their bets in case rising fuel prices start keeping some visitors away."

Casinos using fuel offers to ensure tourist flow (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Environment

Glacial Speed

"Houses sprout in the desert like toadstools in the dark. Desert tortoises, burrowing owls, rare animals and plants are pushed aside for development. An agreement between federal and local governments is supposed to mitigate what would otherwise be a grim calculus for desert wildlife."

Habitat plan mired in red tape: Conservation work is stalled by fund delays (Las Vegas Sun article)

Pretty Poison

All that glitters may be fool's gold: UNLV prof warns rocks can cause damage (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Culture

Get The Drift And Go With The Flow

Rolling on the river: Rafting season opens on the Truckee: With enough water flow, rafting companies launched boats and business Wednesday (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada's Past

At Some Secluded Rendezvous

"I took ye for an Injun!", Frederic Remington illustration, 1890 [Click to enlarge]

Cookin' up fun, history at the 23rd annual Carson City Rendezvous: Activities include fiddle contest, Dutch oven cook-off and rides on a stagecoach (Nevada Appeal* article)

The Galloping Pony Riders

Frederic Remington illustration [Click to enlarge]

Pony Express riders re-enact historic deliveries (Nevada Appeal* article)

History comes alive as Pony Express rides again (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Carson Valley's Romantic Past

Museum exhibits take residents back to good ol' days (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

Historic Preservation Award

"The State Historic Preservation Office presented the Nevada Historic Preservation Award to the city and the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission."

Historic preservation lauded (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Update for June 8, 2006

[6:05 PM]

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Another Nevada Soldier Killed In Overseas Fighting

Pfc. David N. Crombie

Soldier from Nevada killed in Iraq (Nevada AP article)

 

Nevada Politics

Juice v. Justice

Reaction To LA Times Articles

Plenty of Sin in Sin City Justice (Richard Abowitz column, Los Angeles Times)

Daily Glean: Gosh, isn't Nevada colorful? (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

The LA Times Articles (Part 1 of a 3-part series)

In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck -- Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. (Los Angeles Times article)

A Judge Who Isn't Playing by Fast and Loose Rules (Los Angeles Times article)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Anti-Smoking Initiatives

Responsible smoking (Lee Haney column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Court puts smoke ban on Nov. ballot: If you approve, Nevada will thank you for (not) smoking (Las Vegas CityLife article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

AG Investigation Of That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal

Las Vegas land deal probe timetable extended (Nevada AP article)

Local Government

Churchill County

Latest Development

"This plan is not only ambitious but large for Churchill County. Essentially, Matthews will build a small town, complete with homes, jobs and commerce."

Burden of Hazen project rests on county officials (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

Child Abuse Conference

Tribe sponsors conference on child abuse (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Changes

Changes announced for Farmers Market this year (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County

A Quick Area Overview For Visiting Democrats From Out-Of-State

Welcome, conventioneers (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Plight Of The Homeless

Mixed reviews: Mayor Goodman takes his latest idea -- forcing services on homeless people who'd rather be left alone -- national (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Landlords And Tenants In Henderson

A hit: The Henderson code -- Tenants would be well served by a building code requiring landlords to make repairs (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Douglas County

Reid Announces Funding For Cleaner, Safer Water In Douglas County (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Washoe County

Gambling Corporation Doesn't Want Public To Be Able To Vote On Growth Issues

"'These special interests don't want voters to have the right to decide these issues,' said Chris Bohner, Culinary Union spokesman. 'They like the clubby system today that works in their favor.'"

Station Casinos prepares for initiative fight (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Clark County School District

Did school district threaten reformer? (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

The sodomite hotline (Chip Mosher column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Utilities

Six Months Of Stability?

Sierra Pacific says electric rates will remain stable (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada Test Site

Shared legacy: Ambassador says Nevada should learn a lesson from Kazakhstan's nuclear past (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Death Of Iraqi Al-Qaeda Leader

Ensign: Death Of Al-Zarqawi Shows Progress In Iraq (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Reid Statement On The Death Of Zarqawi And Progress In Iraq (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Gibbons Statement on Death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

Mistreatment Of Persons Detained By The United States

"The Pentagon is poised to omit from its new policies the Geneva Conventions provisions that ban 'humiliating and degrading treatment' of those detained and interrogated by the U.S. military."

Cruel and unusual policy: Proposed rules governing military interrogations depart from Geneva standards (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Cleric abducted in Italy by CIA was 'tortured from moment of seizure' (The Independent [UK] article)

US has woven clandestine ‘spider’s web’ of detentions and transfers, with collusion of Council of Europe member states, says Parliamentary Assembly Committee (Council Of Europe Report)

Map of the 'Spider's Web' (Council of Europe website)

Council of Europe website

'Spider's web' of rendition and secret prisons revealed in report (The Independent [UK] article)

George Bush Sr. asked retired general to replace Rumsfeld: The former president's secret campaign to oust the secretary of defense was rebuffed by President Bush, a source says (Salon.com article, via Reno and Its Discontents blog)

The Constitution And Homosexual Marriages

"Plagued by news reports revealing an unconstitutional surveillance program, an unceasing skein of violence in occupied Iraq, record deficits, the largest national debt in history, a soaked shambles where New Orleans used to be, a return to $3-plus gasoline prices, blatant (and, primarily, Republican) corruption in the nation's capital, convictions for corporate malfeasance, little progress on port security and a bizarrely Byzantine Medicare prescription drug program, President George W. Bush and the Republican Senate leadership have decided to ... debate an amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage."

Here we go again (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)

Federal Death Tax

Gibbons Criticizes Senate's Failure to Repeal the Death Tax: Nevada Lawmaker Has Voted Nearly a Dozen Times for Its Repeal (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

Veterans Affairs

House Subcommitee OK's Berkley Bill to Increase "COLA" for America's Veterans: Vets Cost of Living Adjustment Needed to Preserve Purchasing Power (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

Education

Ensign, Lieberman Introduce Innovation Education Bill (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Mining

Reid Hails Passage Of Mine Safety Bill (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Federal Freebies

Reid off the ropes? (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

Federal Antiquities Act

Protecting our resources: Antiquities Act celebrates a century of cultural and natural preservation (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Hybrid Fedmobiles

Reid Calls For Fuel Efficient Senate Cars (Sen. Reid Press Release)

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Nevada's Past

Schools Of Yore

Two Nevada schoolhouses added to state historic register (Nevada AP article)

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June 9, 2006

[1:20 PM]

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LA Times Series On Nevada Judiciary

Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws, Toothless Ethics Rules Create A Statewide Problem

JUICE VS. JUSTICE | A TIMES INVESTIGATION: For a Vegas Judge and His Friends, One Good Turn Led to Another -- James Mahan got his jobs on the state and federal benches through the connections of old pal George Swarts. Things turned out well for Swarts too. (Los Angeles Times article)

Press Reaction

"It took an out-of-state newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, to publish one of the most devastating pieces about Las Vegas that we have seen in many years. The story, which the paper printed this week, is not some of the standard Sin-City-with-Flamboyant-Mayor lampooning we have come to expect. This is an in-depth investigative piece, the product of years of reporting by two journalists, which exposes the incestuous nature of a judiciary fueled by friendships and campaign money."

Jon Ralston on the embarrassing state of Nevada's judicial system (Las Vegas Sun column)

"The Los Angeles Times on Thursday began a series of articles on Las Vegas-style justice and focused on the conflicts, cozy relationships and troubling questions created under a system in which judges collect campaign contributions and run for office."

JOHN L. SMITH: Las Vegas-style justice takes hit, but don't expect judges to flinch (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Previous Articles In The LA Times Series

In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck -- Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. (Los Angeles Times article)

A Judge Who Isn't Playing by Fast and Loose Rules (Los Angeles Times article)

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Nevada Politics

2006 US Senate Race

One Republican's Point Of View

Not much to look forward to with Carter (Jim Clark column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

2005 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

"Derby is banking on voter dissatisfaction with the Republican controlled Congress to help her win in November."

Democrat strategist Carville campaigns for Jill Derby (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

2006 Governor's Race

Jim Gibbons is a neat guy (Vegas Pundit website)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

"'What we have to do is we all have to get along, and we cannot have people harassing each other,' District Judge Sally Loehrer told the parties during an afternoon hearing."

Judge chides ballot groups: Petition backers, foes agree to rules (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Judge lays the ground rules (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Las Vegas Kos Convention

"The Internet is a great tool for finding the most influential people who are also like-minded, and drawing them into a coalition, getting them to act offline, Newberry said. 'There are 30 million influentials in this country. People who make trends, form opinions,' he said. 'We have to have mindshare over that.'"

Liberal view grows online: Activists gather at Riviera to hear Democrats (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Nevada Law Enforcement

Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal Investigation

"A peeved Gov. Kenny Guinn reluctantly supported a plan Thursday to give a San Francisco law firm four extra months to complete its probe into city of Las Vegas actions that temporarily gave developer Bill Walters the right to convert a golf course into a residential neighborhood."

Guinn fumes but backs extension in probe of Walters deal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

NHP Harassment Probe

NHP chief quits, major demoted in investigation's aftermath (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Head of NHP resigns after investigation: Northern Command chief demoted (Nevada Appeal* article)

Troubled State Prison System

Sentencing, Parole Changes Sought

"The legislative committee studying Nevada's criminal sentencing and parole rules wants to ease the tough "deadly weapon" enhancement imposed on violent criminals and put more inmates - particularly the nonviolent - on parole earlier."

Committee recommends sentencing, parole changes (Nevada Appeal* article)

Watching Everybody

"The Board of Examiners approved an experimental electronic monitoring system Thursday for Southern Desert Correctional Center that would allow tracking of both staff and inmates in a prison 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Prison gets tracking for inmates, officers (Nevada Appeal* article)

DUI Roadblocks

DUI checkpoints save lives: Restaurant lobbying group is misguided in labeling the stops as mere publicity tactics (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

More Radio Problems

Computer glitch knocks out NDOT radio system (Nevada Appeal* article)

Nevada Highways

Facing a shortage of funds for roads: State's choices: Taxes, gridlock (Las Vegas Sun article)

Highway 208 needs turn lane (Gardnerville Record-Courier* editorial)

Homeowners Associations

Complaints stacking up: State needs to step up efforts to resolve conflicts involving homeowners associations (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

State Emergency Fund

Emergency fund running low: Guinn says the 2005 Legislature should have set aside more money (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Fires may delay prescribed burn (Elko Free Press article)

Lightning strike starts fire that closes Highway 160 (Nevada AP article)

No structures threatened in Stagecoach wildfire (Nevada Appeal* article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

In A No Zone

Citizens for Affordable Homes Inc. was rejected again in its attempt to change the zoning of its office building. Zone change request turned down by advisory council (Nevada Appeal* article)

A Park In Transition

New vision, as park becomes urbanized (Nevada Appeal* article)

Churchill County

Developing Hazen

Appeal denied, permit approved for Hazen project (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Building Up Fallon

City approves multi-family lots along North Maine Street (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Farmers Market Tensions

"Too many communities fail to recognize the value of events like the Farmers Market and the people behind them until it's too late and they're gone. That would be a big mistake and one we hope Fallon does not make."

Business owners should embrace Farmers Market (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

Fighting Meth

Forum will offer information on meth (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County

Its Extensive $kindustry Problem

"Vegas has been synonymous with prostitution since Block 16 (Ogden and Stewart, and First and Second streets) served as the town's red-light district in the early 1900s, and has, over the years, become one giant Tenderloin."

A Court of Their Own: Cops expect to make 5,000 prostitution-related arrests this year. Do we need a special court to handle them? (Las Vegas Weekly article)

The New Eldorado

Boulder City land sale petition turned into city clerk (Nevada AP article)

Douglas County

Casino Rooms

"I'd like to know what problem we are solving with this ordinance," said board member Bob Hadfield. "Why do we need the law? Who are we protecting?"

Casino rooms rule rankles Minden board (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

Washoe County

Mounting Public Frustration With Developer-Run Local Governments

Regional Planning Governing Board

"Despite the objections of angry residents whose downstream homes have been flooded, elected officials Thursday approved building up to 1,550 homes in what is now the floodway of the Steamboat Creek on the Butler Ranch."

Housing approved for floodway (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Sellout Revives Regional Separatism

 "Any time the community looks towards Reno and Sparks and sees what they feel is an inappropriate use of money it starts the process again," said IVGID General Manager Bill Horn. "This time people are saying 'gee, $13.5 million isn't a good decision'."

Ballardini draws local concern (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Inequitable County Taxes

"Looked at through another lens, regardless of the Supreme Court's verdict, both government and 'we the people' lose. Why? Because both Judge Maddox and later Judge Griffin of the same court essentially found that the county and the state systematically looted the Village. These opinions insure that faith in government is further eroded. If you reside in Incline your darkest suspicion that the county is robbing you is confirmed."

Even the winners come out behind (Andrew Whyman column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Admissions Standards Tightened

"The increase in the grade-point average for admission to 3.0 from 2.75 in effect for the fall of 2006 was originally proposed to take effect in fall 2010."

Admission rules change OK'd: Vote allows GPA boost at UNLV, UNR (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

University admissions get tougher (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Chancellor Gets Another Year

Regents give chancellor another year on contract: Term to run through June 2009 for two legislative sessions (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Regents extend chancellor's contract through '09 (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

More Funding

Mines Dig Deep for College (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Water Matters

Las Vegas Water Hard But Safe

"It may contain more than its share of grit from the Rocky Mountains, but valley tap water rates well in terms of state and federal drinking water health standards, according to a report from the Las Vegas Valley Water District."

Report: Valley water meets health standards (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Culture

Carson Valley Days

96th Annual Carson Valley Days 2006 Event Schedule (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

Dinner With Mark

Mark Twain dines with Governor, First Lady Guinn (McAvoy Lane column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Fun In Fallon

Upcoming Fallon entertainment events (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada's Past

Pony Express Riders

Keeping history alive (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

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Update for June 9, 2006

[8:40 PM]

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Nevada Soldiers Overseas

Governor Issues Statement On US Army Soldier From Winnemucca Killed In Iraq (Gov. Guinn Press Release)

Soldier tells locals about Iraq (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Law enforcement still likes Gibbons (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Taxation

Gaming Win Up 12.69 Percent Over Last Year; Tax Haul Only Up 8.47 Percent

April 2006 Nevada Gaming Revenues And Collections (Gov. Guinn Press Release)

Nevada casinos win $989.8 million in April (Nevada AP article)

Inadequate State Regulation Makes Nevada #7 In The Nation For Mortgage Fraud

"The most recent statistics from the FBI indicate that there was a seven-fold increase in reports of mortgage fraud — from more than 3,000 in fiscal year 1999 to almost 22,000 in fiscal year 2005, the institute reported. The FBI also has reported that federally-regulated institutions reported more than $1 billion dollars in losses because of mortgage fraud in fiscal year 2005, the group reported."

Mortgage fraud hits close to home in Nevada (In Business Las Vegas article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Wildfires near Las Vegas almost contained (Nevada AP article)

Lawyer Advertisements

Small Business: Laying down the law on attorneys' advertisements (In Business Las Vegas article)

Local Government

Clark County

Latest Developments

"What will be one of the largest retail power shopping centers in the Las Vegas Valley is scheduled to start construction within the next month with major retailers already on board."

Huge shopping project to get under way (In Business Las Vegas article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Another Developing Story

"The largest privately-owned piece of land in the Lake Tahoe Basin has been sold to a development company based in the Bay Area."

Ski resort sold to developer (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Illegal Clear-Cutting

City manager: Tree-cutting investigation currently underway (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Lake Tahoe's Depths

An oceanographic institution working at Tahoe? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Nye County

Nye County Growth Issues

 "Development impact fees levied against developers, both residential and commercial, legally have to be justified as mitigating only the added pressures on limited community services."

Businessman weighs in on the costs of progress (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Cox says growth must have balance (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Cox asks developer for community center funds (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Just Say No To No-Bids

Nuclear Waste Office: Commissioners turn aside bids for no-bid contracts (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Bloated University Salaries

5 Years At $400,000 A Year

Regents approve contract with Nevada coach Mark Fox (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Health Matters

West Nile Virus

Mosquito populations on rise thanks to wet spring (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Diagnosis And Treatment

Nevada gets a 'D' on prostate report card (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Energy

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Solar power project christened at Las Vegas reservoir site (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Appeals Court: Environmental Impact Statements For Nuclear Storage Must Consider Terrorist Attacks

San Luis Obispo Mothers For Peace v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Website)

Yucca Mountain And US Sen. Chic Hecht

Nevada's stupidity, the world's loss (Bob McCracken column, Pahrump Valley Times)

Nevada Test Site

Agencies poised for fires at Nevada Test Site (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Internet Regulation

Ensign Applauds House Passage Of Telecom Legislation (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Ensign Honored For Work On Video Access (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Untangling the Telecom Act (FreePress webpage, via Desert Beacon blog)

Foreign Terrorist Killed

Musab al-Zarqawi is dead (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Better chance now for Iraq: Death of al-Zarqawi is no guarantee of peace, but it results in renewed hope (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Unwarranted Domestic Surveillance

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Authorize NSA Snooping (Center For Democracy Technology website, via Desert Beacon blog - pdf file)

Senate Letter To Vice President Cheney, June 8, 2006 (pdf file)

Joint Letter On NSA Surveillance (pdf file)

Data Retention Plan Lacks Privacy Safeguards; Could be Costly (Center For Democracy Technology website - pdf file)

NSA Domestic Warrantless Snooping (Center For Democracy Technology website)

Center For Democracy Technology website

So Who Are Your Friends?

New Scientist has discovered that Pentagon's National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. And it could harness advances in internet technology - specifically the forthcoming "semantic web" championed by the web standards organisation W3C - to combine data from social networking websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals."

Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites (NewScientistTech article)

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Nevada Culture

Shooting From Horseback

Cowboy mounted shooting on target in Ely (Ely Times article)

Nevada's Fire Festival

BLM issues 5-year permit for Burning Man festival in Nevada (Nevada AP article)

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From The Neon Empire

The Facelift Fix

"Even properties in sleepy outposts such as Lake Tahoe and Laughlin are going upscale, aiming to attract regulars with richer tastes as well as more discriminating visitors."

Gaming: Casino makeovers aren't just on Strip (In Business Las Vegas article)

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Nevada's Past

Historical Preservation In Nye County

Historical buildings on way to museum (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Journalism

Nevada bloggers opine online (Merrie Leininger column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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June 10, 2006

[12:15 AM]

Technical difficulties delayed the posting of today's Nevada News Digest.  TNO regrets the inconvenience to our readers.

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LA Times Series On Nevada Judiciary

How Some Nevada Judges Stay Under the Radar: Senior judges are exempt from some rules of accountability. The careers of three jurists reflect the ethical questions that can result (Los Angeles Times article)

Previous articles in this series:

For a Vegas Judge and His Friends, One Good Turn Led to Another -- James Mahan got his jobs on the state and federal benches through the connections of old pal George Swarts. Things turned out well for Swarts too. (Los Angeles Times article)

In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck -- Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. (Los Angeles Times article)

A Judge Who Isn't Playing by Fast and Loose Rules (Los Angeles Times article)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Gibbons has amigos, too: Governor hopeful courts Hispanic voters at luncheon (Las Vegas Sun article)

2006 Congressional Elections

"His bald head glistening like a raw oyster, pugnacious former political consultant James Carville says Democrats could pick up two congressional seats in Nevada and that he bets both Al Gore and Hillary Clinton will run for president."

Carville says Nevada districts are in play (Las Vegas Sun article)

2006 Local Elections

Lyon County

Lyon sheriff candidates describe their goals for department (Nevada Appeal* article)

Political Action Committees

Flier criticizes PAC members (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Clark County Commission Corruption Trial

Prosecutors want ex-commissioners' sentences increased: Herrera, Kincaid-Chauncey accused of perjury (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Law Enforcement

"'We are going to hold our officers to the highest standard,' Perry said. 'We will be teaching our folks ethics, compassion, accountability and personal responsibility. We are looking to move forward. We have a short time to get back on track.'"

NHP interim chief vows ethics reform: Harassment scandal led to agency shake-up (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Guards say prison's neighbors at risk (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada Highways

$233 million in roadwork planned: Projects include new U.S. 95, I-15 exits (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Drivers to see road projects across region (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Regents approve joint recreation center with Carson City (Nevada Appeal* article)

Workforce housing plan discussed (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Regents OK $217.7 million construction budget: Money to go toward campus buildings (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Board of Regents approve controversial bill draft (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Grades must be higher to get into state colleges (Nevada Appeal* article)

Regents want $600 million for construction at universities (Nevada Appeal* article)

CCSN looks at building a hybrid campus: Stores, classes to share space (Las Vegas Sun article)

New community college plan moves forward (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Public Schools

Clark County School District

CLARK COUNTY TEACHER SHORTAGE: Retirees beckoned back -- Law passed in 2001 allows collection of pension and salary (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

JANE ANN MORRISON: Teaching loses another one because of the stress, low pay, lack of respect (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada Soldiers Overseas

A soldier's life: the first assignment overseas: Carson City man ships out for service overseas (Nevada Appeal* article)

Identity Theft

Theft of records a nightmare: Stolen VA computer files contain personal information on active-duty personnel (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Federal Lands

Federal land holdings: More states looking at Southern Nevada approach (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada's Past

Rendezvous

Rendezvous celebrates 19th century history (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Journalism

Liberals log onto clout: Bloggers get together for more conventional approach to politics (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Wesley Clark touts science at YearlyKos: Retired general slams 'politicization' of research (Las Vegas Sun article)

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June 11, 2006

[1:10 PM]

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LA Times Series On Nevada Judiciary

Sometimes The Truth Hurts -- And It's Not Just Southern Nevada's Problem Either

"In the space of three days and a few thousand words, the Los Angeles Times has pulled back the sheen that civic leaders have spent years earnestly putting over Las Vegas, removing the beautiful illusion of a glistening, evolving city and replacing it with the ugly reality of an incestuous, corrupt backwater."

Jon Ralston outlines the need for Nevada judges to be appointed (Las Vegas Sun column)

The LA Times Series

How Some Nevada Judges Stay Under the Radar: Senior judges are exempt from some rules of accountability. The careers of three jurists reflect the ethical questions that can result (Los Angeles Times article)

For a Vegas Judge and His Friends, One Good Turn Led to Another -- James Mahan got his jobs on the state and federal benches through the connections of old pal George Swarts. Things turned out well for Swarts too. (Los Angeles Times article)

In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck -- Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. (Los Angeles Times article)

A Judge Who Isn't Playing by Fast and Loose Rules (Los Angeles Times article)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC)

Deadline looms for citizen initiative petitions (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Anti-Smoking Initiatives

"We have always allowed more here, first as economic necessity and then as habit. In Nevada, you remain free in the late 20th-century version of the term: You can do what you want, where you want, how you want and with whomever you want."

Hal Rothman looks at the Nevada Indoor Clean Air Act as a microcosm of the duel between the state's tradition and its future (Las Vegas Sun column)

Nevada And Sen. Reid

Reid ethics issue deflates charges of GOP corruption (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Political Thought

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: Why I am not a 'conservative' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Tax Surplus

Put surplus to good use: Another state surplus is building and this time it should go toward vital public services (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Nevada Highways

No denying cost of roads: A task force peers ahead and sees need for tax increases to avoid gridlock in the future (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Jeff Simpson on how the downside of growth - traffic jams - cuts casino profits (Las Vegas Sun column)

Better Jury Instructions Needed

Informed juries (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Local Government

Elko County

Airport Fees

City may approve airport fee hikes (Elko Free Press article)

Washed Out

Temporary Jarbidge bridge seen before July 4 (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Tahoe being suburbanized, according to researcher (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Washoe County

Public Safety Tax Increase

"The difficulty, as Sparks leaders have discovered in their own efforts to win support for public safety ballot measures, is that most citizens believe that public safety should be the No. 1 priority for local government spending, not an afterthought that requires a special tax."

Taxpayers will need convincing (Reno Gazette-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Higher Academic Standards

The regents' challenge (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Public Schools

Clark County School District

GEOFF SCHUMACHER: Hiring for Dummies: Pay new teachers more to end shortage (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Washoe County School District

Hug makes a 180-degree turn (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Culture

Motorcycles

Jamboree shifts into high gear (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada

BLM Pushes Another Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal

"'That's a great site,' a second broker said. 'If I got this from the BLM at this price, I could have a contract to sell it for twice that in a heartbeat, and I'd love to. It could bring a lot more than that. They're throwing money away.'"

LAND SALE: BLM to bypass public auction -- Critics say developer will get parcel at price far below market value (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

New Las Vegas FBI Head

Local FBI chief takes the reins at a good time: Office coming off success of lengthy operations (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Supreme Court Case On Campaign Finance

"However, these 'campaign finance' restrictions are already having a chilling effect on political speech in many jurisdictions. Unless such laws are speedily revised to bar this kind of meddling with the free press -- assuming that's even possible -- the courts should strongly consider tossing them out, entirely."

Penalizing political speech: Washington radio case could affect Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Something Else We Don't Need: Another Divisive Constitutional Amendment Proposal

Flag-Burning Amendment THOMAS MITCHELL: Putting 'sacred icons' before freedom (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Journalism

Las Vegas Kos Convention

ERIN NEFF: Politicians now quick to court blogosphere (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

"The more people who are decent, hardworking people who are in politics," Dean said, "the harder it is for the sleazebags to do what they do in politics. We need your help."

Dean urges bloggers to seek political office: Former presidential candidate addresses YearlyKos convention (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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June 12, 2006

[10:10 AM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

"Another week, another spat between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jim Gibson and Dina Titus."

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Titus challenges Gibson to debate growth -- Democrats in governor's race to face off Friday (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Deadline about a week away for backers of Nevada initiatives (Nevada AP article)

2006 Local Elections

Washoe County

Reno mayor anticipates 4 more years (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Area growth takes top priority in upcoming elections (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Politics And The Internet

Web-active Democrats key to bid, Carter says (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Cyberspace pumps up Democrats (Las Vegas Sun article)

Keeping the Chinese in the dark: Google and censorship abroad (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

National Corruption Epidemic

"A recent Christian Science Monitor investigative report disclosed that the FBI has convicted more than 1,000 corrupt politicians at all levels of government over the past two years, and that indictments are up nearly 50 percent during that period. No matter how you look at it, that's a lot of corruption in a country that holds itself out as a model democracy to the rest of the world."

Political corruption is bipartisan (Guy W. Farmer column, Nevada Appeal*)

Rizzolo $kindustry Case

Topless club faces fines after boss's guilty plea (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Gaming Control Board And Gaming Commission

JANE ANN MORRISON: Attorney's ideas for changing gaming regulation system deserve consideration (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Nevada State Prison System

Cons' GPS bracelets bring bling to Jean (Las Vegas Sun article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Business realities forced cuts at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center (Ed Epperson column, Nevada Appeal*)

Clark County

Bureaucratic Inertia

Survival of the species: Clark County conservation program beset by delays and a general lack of urgency (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

City Of Henderson

Not in my back yard: Proposals for improving transportation don't fly in Henderson (Las Vegas Sun article)

Storey County

Storey County should slow down on toll road idea (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Washoe County

Developing On A Flood Plain

"Regional planning officials should not assume that they will soon soothe the anger and frustration of people who oppose a residential development in the Steamboat Creek area of Butler Ranch."

Make safety the priority (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Carson City School District

Filling children with knowledge, not junk food (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal*)

Washoe County School District

Public sets education priorities at Kings Beach forum (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Culture

Carson City's Brewery Arts Center

AT BAC, Nevada Artists Association premieres juried summer show: 150 members' best works judged for prize money (Nevada Appeal* article)

Fallon's Silver State International Rodeo

City approves loan to assist SSIR with stalls (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Federal Nevada

The Constitution And Homosexual Marriages

Keep eyes on the Constitution (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

The Constitution And The Flag

Burning patriotism (Kirk Caraway column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Mafia Cops Turn On Their Lawyers

Last shot for `Mafia Cops': The lawyers did it (Associated Press article)

Crime And Sports

"The federal government has no legitimate interest in using taxpayer resources to provide an additional layer of enforcement."

Federal policing of sport (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada's Past

New Discovery Of Old Petroglyphs

"The rock art symbols etched in basalt by generations of a dozen different tribes represent a span of American Indian heritage from more than 1,000 years ago to the late 1800s."

Inventory turns up more petroglyph panels in Sloan Canyon (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

The Donner Party

Donner Party's steps retraced: Professor praises group's courage after completing 32-day, 300-mile trek (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

A Look At A Robber Baron

An evening with the 'King of the Comstock': Presentation on robber baron William Sharon, the best-loved and most-hated man in the Comstock (Nevada Appeal* article)

The Spruce Goose

Memories Of Spruce Goose: Three crew members of flying boat recall making history 59 years ago (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Breaking News

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June 12, 2006

[6:45 PM]

Sought By Police For Questioning: Darren Mack

Reno Police Department Photo

His Websites:

UCDEALSHERE

Palace Jewelry & Loan

His Recent Family Court Cases

Other Court Cases

Washoe County Judge Shot By Sniper

Suspect sought for murder and in shooting of judge: Last seen in south Reno (Nevada Appeal* article)

Judge Chuck Weller named as victim in courthouse shooting; suspect still on loose (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Judge conscious and talking with family: Police search for sniper in shooting (Nevada AP article)

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June 13, 2006

[9:30 AM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Las Vegas Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Rep. Gibbons

Chamber backs Gibbons and Krolicki (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Chamber backs two from GOP (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

This just in! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

2006 State Treasurer's Race

State treasurer candidate meets with local businesses (Lahontan Valley News* article)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Signature-Gathering Deadline

"Review-Journal opinion polls have found solid majority support from voters for all three petitions, but that support won't matter if the proposed amendments fail to qualify for November's ballot."

Initiative petitions (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Litigation

Keep petition arguments respectful (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Nevada And Sen. Reid

Reid Delivers Democratic Radio Address (Sen. Reid Press release)

Give 'Em Hell Popeye (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

State Democratic Party

JOHN L. SMITH: Democrats' best fighter aware key to winning is in knowing when to fight (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Judiciary

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

Police link judge shooting with homicide; suspect still missing (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Pawn shop owner suspect in Reno death, possible tie to shot judge (Nevada AP article)

Potential violence surrounds family court cases, lawyers say (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Judges live with danger (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Injured Reno judge popular target for angry parents (Nevada AP article)

Effects Of Devastating LA Times Series Still Being Felt

"The president of the Nevada Bar Association said Monday a three-day series of newspaper articles highly critical of some Southern Nevada judges may help reform the state's process of selecting and retaining judges. Vince Consul, a Las Vegas attorney, said the Los Angeles Times' stories 'spread through the legal community like wildfire.'"

Selection of judges might change: Series of articles highly critical of current process in Nevada (Las Vegas Sun article)

The LA Times Articles

How Some Nevada Judges Stay Under the Radar: Senior judges are exempt from some rules of accountability. The careers of three jurists reflect the ethical questions that can result (Los Angeles Times article)

For a Vegas Judge and His Friends, One Good Turn Led to Another -- James Mahan got his jobs on the state and federal benches through the connections of old pal George Swarts. Things turned out well for Swarts too. (Los Angeles Times article)

In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck -- Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. (Los Angeles Times article)

A Judge Who Isn't Playing by Fast and Loose Rules (Los Angeles Times article)

State Purchasing Practices

"The Nevada Supreme Court is considering whether the Department of Transportation violated state law by purchasing a total of 27 new road graders without first advertising for contracts to supply the graders."

State Supreme Court considers legality of grader purchase: NDOT's use of pricing agreement questioned (Nevada Appeal* article)

"There's a reason that government agencies are required to put major purchases up for bid - to ensure taxpayers are getting their money's worth."

Purchases show disregard for taxpayer money (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Inadequate State Regulation Of Mortgage Lenders

USA Capital seeks change to investor panel: Attorneys claim Fertitta Enterprises executive has conflict of interest (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

State Business Regulation

"Nevada ranked fifth overall in the nation for best tax climate, according to the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index 2006. California ranked 40th."

Taxing numbers for many, but not Nevada (Nevada Appeal* article)

Victims Of Crime

Nevada Receives $2.1 Million In Federal Funding For Victims Of Crime Program (Gov. Guinn Press Release)

Nevada State Prison System

NNCC locked down after fight (Nevada Appeal* article)

SNEA takes responsibility for fliers warning of prison dangers (Nevada Appeal* article)

Medical care for inmates is 'poor': Legislative panel told of prisons' problems (Las Vegas Sun article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Wants A Helping Hand

Ambulance service seeking loan until collections issue fixed (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County

Many Visitors

April visitor numbers up again (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Plight Of The Homeless

Activists take Las Vegas to court: City ordinances deprive homeless of several rights, ACLU lawsuit alleges (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

How mean can we get? Citing someone for feeding the homeless in parks would be an act of pure discrimination (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

City Of Henderson

Tanking transit plans: Henderson residents seeking rural lifestyle force officials to scrap urban transit plans (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Elko County

Snowmelt still flooding roads (Elko Free Press article)

County lacks funding for Osino road (Elko Free Press article)

Washoe County

Against Right To Vote On Local Developments

Station Casinos arranges fight against petition (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Station Casinos arranges fight against Reno petition (Nevada AP article)

Approve Flood Plain Development, Then Ask State For Flood Control Money

Part of anticipated budget surplus needed to fill flood funding shortfall (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

City Of Sparks

City council awards funds to build community center (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

White Pine County

Reid Announces Ely-White Pine County Airport To Continue Service (Sen. Reid Press release)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

The Chancellor And The Regents

Looking in on: Higher Education -- Chancellor's evaluation skips over some key issues (Las Vegas Sun article)

No Prison For Dental School Forgery Ring

"The 10 UNLV dental school students who are alleged to have forged faculty signatures on university documents, including patient records, were each ordered to perform 1,500 hours of community service and will receive their degrees, higher education sources said."

UNLV students accused of forgery to receive degrees (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nice Gift

Great Basin College to flip switch on donated system (Nevada AP article)

Public Schools

Carson City School District

School board to vote on wording of $25 million bond proposal tonight (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County School District

CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT: Starting pay for teachers increased -- Newcomers to get as much as those in second, third years (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

You Think You Can Do It Better? (Myrna the Minx column, Reno and Its Discontents)

Elko County School District

District considers new grade system (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Paiute tribe allows consideration of new route for nuclear waste transport (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

US Supreme Court Won't Hear Nevada Case

"Mahan's decision is the same one that drew the attention of the Los Angeles Times in an investigative series about Nevada judges last week. The Times said Mahan failed to disclose that he had previously been a business associate of Bulloch, but this allegation was not part of Del Mar's appeal."

Kicker: Court won't review decision to dismiss award to developer (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Campaign Finance Reform

"Where in the Constitution does government find the right or power to stop a person -- even "the rich" -- from backing a candidate willing to vote their views at the capital? Nowhere."

Campaign finance 'loophole': Horrors! The Internet is unregulated! (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Immigration Reform

As temperatures get hotter, so does the immigration debate (Chuck Muth column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada Culture

Library Late Fees

ERIN NEFF: Going by the book (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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From The Neon Empire

State Regulatory System

"In 2002, then-Las Vegas Review Journal reporters Dave Berns and Jeff Simpson described Ho's monopoly-era product as 'dingy, organized crime-ridden offerings ... plagued by (triad) control of individual gaming tables, prostitution and loan sharking.'"

Six degrees of separation: Ho family influence in Macau gaming is not abating (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"Now, however, convicted felons can get a major piece of a Strip casino as a real estate play and it's legal to install a licensed operator. But the outlines of this deal show how easily the Gaming Commission's licensing regime can be circumvented by "branding" and "leasing" agreements."

Meet the new kings of the Strip (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Rural Casinos

Thar's gold in them there boondocks! (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Illegal Betting Investigation

Ex-Carson legislator implicated in illegal sports book probe: Three Carson City homes searched in bookmaking probe (Nevada Appeal* article)

Former lawmaker linked to illegal bookies: Joerg's home in Carson City raided (Las Vegas Sun article)

New Project

Looking in on: Gaming -- Cosmo jockeys for new project (Las Vegas Sun article)

Of Compulsive Gambling And Spelling Bees

Elementary, my dear Watson. Spelling that is (David G. Schwartz column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Tribal Gambling Operations

Voters signal support for casino plan: Tribes want to build side-by-side off I-15 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Update for June 13, 2006

[8:50 PM]

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Corruption? In Nevada

Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane

Arrest warrant issued for southern Nevada official (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Judiciary

Assassination Attempt On Judge Weller

Reno police launch manhunt for fugitive pawn shop owner (Nevada AP article)

Warrant issued for Mack in wife's death (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Affidavit In Support Of Warrant For Arrest (Reno Gazette-Journal feature)

Local Government

Clark County

Increasing Government Secrecy, Extortionate Copy Prices

Outrage of the day (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Federal Nevada

Soaring Fuel Prices

Gasoline prices take big drop statewide (Nevada AP article)

Politics And The Internet

YearlyKOS: Lessons learned (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

From The US Congress

Gibbons Recognized for Commitment to Nevada's Taxpayers (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

Porter's Teacher Background Check Legislation Passes House (Rep. Porter Press Release)

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June 14, 2006

[10:15 AM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 US Senate Race

Sarah Carter for U.S. Senate? Plus, who cares what bloggers think (Monday Morning Pundit, Reno and Its Discontents)

2006 Governor's Race

Henderson Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Its Mayor

The voice of bidness, Henderson style (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax Cap Proposals

"The place to achieve property real and responsible tax relief is through participation in local government by attendance at city council, school board, and county commission meetings and demanding that elected leaders be prudent with the people's money."

Anti-tax measures great for Nevada's millionaires (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Beers unsure if tax initiative will reach ballot (Nevada Appeal* article)

2006 Local Elections

Elko County

Sheriff candidates face off Thursday (Elko Free Press article)

2006 Campaign Ads

Jon Ralston cuts through spin to prepare the public for election season (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Warrant Issued For Arrest Of Clark County Recorder

"Clark County Recorder Frances Deane sold 32 years worth of real estate documents for thousands of dollars and used the cash to pay her bills and purchase a plasma television, according to an arrest warrant issued Tuesday."

Deane faces felony counts: Recorder charged with 19 counts in corruption case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Judiciary

LA Times Series On Southern Nevada Judges

One former Vegas Judge on "Juice vs. Justice" (Richard Abowitz column, Los Angeles Times)

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

Mack left 'angry' by divorce settlement, friend says (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Some unhappy parents post Weller complaints on Web sites (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

State Prison System Problems

Prisoners' health at risk: A plan is needed to address criticisms of health care within Nevada's prison system (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Unity critical to prison safety (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Electronic inmate monitoring funded (Nevada Appeal* article)

NHP Radio System

"The Department of Information Technology was originally supposed to develop those sites but has gotten little done to complete them."

Funds OK'd to complete NHP radio system (Nevada Appeal* article)

Inadequate Regulation Of Mortgage Lenders

USA Capital managers to accept collateral for debt: Company says it hopes to open $15 million line of credit (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Local Government

Clark County

Boulder City Land Swap

"The city's aborted ballot measure is not to be confused with a more controversial initiative that seeks to sell off a huge swath of vacant city land and divide the proceeds among the 15,200 residents of the city."

Boulder City erases land swap from ballot: Three-way deal would have halted 3,800-home project (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Henderson's Toxic Mall Proposal

Developer seeks delay on shopping center decision (Las Vegas Sun article)

Another Increase For A Swollen Salary

"Coupled with Ralenkotter's $9,000-per-year auto allowance, the 59-year-old executive could earn $317,714 to lead the room tax-funded organization's efforts to attract tourists and business travelers to Southern Nevada."

LAS VEGAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS AUTHORITY: Official slated for $60,000 bonus -- Committee also pushes 5 percent pay increase for Ralenkotter (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Washoe County

Right To Vote On Growth Initiative Recast As Union v. Casino Battle

Union battles Station project: Culinary pushes measure to halt south Reno resort (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Truckee River Money

"Major restoration efforts along the lower Truckee River should proceed with a more than $23 million infusion of cash and water rights expected in coming weeks, officials and conservationists said Tuesday."

Funds help to guide Truckee River closer to longtime restoration plans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

County's Civic Cadre Program

Graduates are first class (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Dental School Scandal

"If these offenses were as charged, the school has just issued 10 fraudulent diplomas which should immediately be revoked. Let the 10 cheaters seek other lines of work, and let future classes -- and the public -- be assured the UNLV School of Dental Medicine is not some Caribbean diploma mill."

Dental school confidential: UNLV cheaters still get diplomas (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Regent Resigns

Regent Hill resigns; Guinn to name successor (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Looking Around

Giving Las Vegas a global view: UNLV student establishes chapter of world council (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

Carson City School District

School district improves in statewide test scores: Individual results needed to determine status of school under federal No Child Left Behind Act (Nevada Appeal* article)

We salute departing teachers, staff members (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Churchill County School District

School board to get update on teen smoking law (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada's Environment

Where The Wild Geese Go

Tons of goose waste dropped in Lake Tahoe (Nevada Appeal* article)

Yearly goose roundup proves a success (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Culture

Rodeo!

Reno Rodeo set to begin (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada's Garbage

City And County Of Carson

"The cost to drop garbage at Carson's City's landfill would decrease for most in-county residents, but increase for those bringing trash from other counties, under a plan being considered Thursday by supervisors."

Rate changes for using landfill proposed (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County

Charges for trash overages may reek: Republic Services customers cry foul (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada

Medicaid Changes

"The bill was signed by President Bush in February to slow the growth of Medicaid by shifting costs to beneficiaries and limiting health care coverage and access to services for low-income eligibles."

PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: Medicaid changes worry caregivers -- Law may limit access for homeless, elderly (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Soaring Fuel Prices

Gas prices dip in June (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Unwarranted Surveillance

Bulldog on a choke collar: Domestic surveillance policy's most outspoken critic caves to vice president (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Immigration Reform

Group rallies against illegal immigration (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

The Continued Occupation Of Iraq

Indefensible warfare (Ed Iverson column, Lahontan Valley News*)

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Nevada's Past

Melvin Dummar And Howard Hughes' Will

JOHN L. SMITH: Maybe, at long last, a little respect will come Melvin Dummar's way (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Utah man files lawsuit for share of Howard Hughes' estate (Nevada AP article)

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Update for June 14, 2006

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Guinn's remarks on Hunt (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

Wounded Reno judge had been targeted by fugitive, spokesman says (Nevada AP article)

Police continue search for Mack; credit card used at Sacramento airport (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Mack's Internet dating contacts investigated (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Police: Mack met friend after wife killed (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Interstate Lawsuit Settled

Attorney General Joins 19 Other States In Settlement With Nevada Alternative Health Company (Attorney General Press Release)

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Federal Nevada

Transportation Projects Include Nevada Funding

Berkley Secures $55 Million in Transportation Projects for Southern Nevada: Funding for Work on Las Vegas Beltway, McCarran Airport Tower, New Transit Facility (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

House Nears Passage of $55 Million in Berkley Transportation Projects for Southern Nevada: Funding for Work on Las Vegas Beltway, McCarran Airport Tower, New Transit Facility (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

Gibbons Lauds Passage of Transportation Bill (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

Porter Secures Nevada Transportation Funding (Rep. Porter Press Release)

Courthouse Security

Reid Calls For Funding For Courthouse Security (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Budget Reform

Ensign To Support Comprehensive Budget Reform (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

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June 15, 2006

[10:30 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Gov. Guinn And Lieutenant Governor Hunt

Nevada lieutenant governor's leadership praised (Nevada AP article)

State Sen. Titus And Mayor Gibson

Just an offhand question (Vegas Pundit website)

Titus, Gibson, And The Polls

Survey says... (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

State Sen. Titus

Titus shares vision in Pahrump swing (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Rep. Gibbons In Silver Springs

Gibbons to visit SS Senior Center (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

2006 Local Elections

Lyon County

No Primary Ballot for Mayor, City Council races (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Lemke withdraws from the mayoral race (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Freebies For Public Officials

"The commission needs to learn that its job is to regulate boxing, not to promote it. In fact, the statute specifically forbids its promoting fights. And Sen. Reid needs to learn a similar lesson about his role in the state's larger commerce."

Sen. Reid And The State Boxing Commission Doormats (Reno News & Review editorial)

Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws

DISCLOSURE REPORTS: Details of personal finances released -- Lists provide snapshots on Nevada lawmakers, congressional aspirants (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Lawmakers detail finances during year of scandal (Associated Press article)

Financial disclosures for Nevada congressional delegation (Nevada AP article)

Trying To Kill The Gerrymander

Proposal realigns LV wards: Council expected to hold public hearings on redistricting plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Arrest Warrant Issued For Clark County Recorder Frances Deane

"The Nevada Legislature won't adopt a campaign reform idea that would require donors to file lists of who they gave to and how much they gave. That, of course, would provide a method of checks and balances and would be incentive for candidates to report ALL their contributions. But the majority of legislators have resisted campaign reform efforts that might make their donations easier to follow. Case in point: They won't require that they report how much cash they have on hand. They simply don't want any reform efforts to pass."

JANE ANN MORRISON: If we believe Deane's accusers, dealing public records doesn't come cheap (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

"I feel bad for the taxpaying public when they see someone being treated differently because they're a public official, but this was the judge's decision."

ARREST WARRANT: Deane's reprieve irks Young -- Recorder has until Friday to surrender (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Ms. Deane is innocent until proven guilty, but she's also another reminder that Nevada's governments will be only as good as the people we elect to run them."

County recorder charged (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Judiciary

LA Times Series On Southern Nevada Judges

"The Times piece is a must-read for anyone who cares about Nevada. It has already become the talk of the judicial world and has led to some barbs about the failure of the Las Vegas media to tackle the topic. It's also led to new calls to reform the system."

ERIN NEFF: Squeeze the juice from the judiciary (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

The LA Times Series

How Some Nevada Judges Stay Under the Radar: Senior judges are exempt from some rules of accountability. The careers of three jurists reflect the ethical questions that can result (Los Angeles Times article - Part 4)

For a Vegas Judge and His Friends, One Good Turn Led to Another -- James Mahan got his jobs on the state and federal benches through the connections of old pal George Swarts. Things turned out well for Swarts too. (Los Angeles Times article - Part 3)

In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck -- Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. (Los Angeles Times article - Part 1a)

A Judge Who Isn't Playing by Fast and Loose Rules (Los Angeles Times article - Part 1b)

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

FBI issues federal warrant for Mack (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Wealthy pawn broker, swinger sought in Reno judge shooting (Nevada AP article)

Manhunt continues for shooter (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Judge told officials Mack had harassed him in past (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Attack on Weller ignites Web hatred: Chuck Weller, like many public officials, faces a lot of viciousness (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

Reid Pushes For Passage Of Courthouse Security Amendment: Move aims to prevent shootings like that of Judge Chuck Weller (Sen Reid Press Release)

Current Cases

Tahoe tax case before Nevada high court (Nevada AP article)

Nevada court asked to preserve Internet predator law (Nevada AP article)

Contempt Of Court Citations Require Detailed Written Orders

Houston v. District Ct.

Nevada Highways

State highway projects top $62 million (Elko Free Press article)

Elko-area Road and Highway Projects (Elko Free Press article)

"During the New Year's weekend floods, the Lubiches, who live in the 1000 block of Mark Way, said they received an estimated $100,000 damage to their property as a result of water flowing from land behind them owned by the Nevada Department of Transportation."

Family fed up with freeway project, NDOT (Nevada Appeal article)

Outside Attorneys

Nevada spent millions in legal fees (Nevada AP article)

Canadian Pharmaceuticals

Canada drug plan taking off (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Got Ethics?

Nevada panel threatens former municipal judge with contempt (Nevada AP article)

State Ethics Commission Gets New Boss

Ethics Commission hires new director: 58-year-old served in same post in Oregon (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

What About The Elderly?

Needs of Nevada's aging population discussed (Nevada AP article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Mental-health program given a reprieve (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County

Trashy Tales

Garbage in, garbage out: Company that picks up most area trash overstepped its power with costly trash-bin policy (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Lyon County

Take Me Home, Country Roads

Council asks County to maintain communication on tax funds for roads (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

ATV Frolics

"'We've got people who have concerns about breathing, asthma and allergies and are really concerned about dust,' said county manager Donna Kristaponis. "'hen we have people who want to have places where the kids can ride their ATVs.'"

Lyon commissioners to consider banning ATVs on unpaved county roads (Nevada Appeal* article)

City Of Fernley

Mayor says Community Development Department acting appropriately: Following investigation of complaints; Department Director announces he’s moving on (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Silver Springs

Montechelle joins Silver Springs Advisory Board (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Nye County

Be A Passenger

Pahrump-Las Vegas: Consultants promote new transit service (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Washoe County

Developers And Their Puppets Get A Setback

"This is a huge blow for planned growth and regional planning and a great victory for the developers and people on the governing board who want to annex everything from here to the Winnemucca Ranch," he said.

Planning director, panel chairman to resign on eve of annexation vote (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Another Reno Giveaway

"Waterfront condo developers and Reno officials agreed Wednesday on a price of $376,855 for 29 parking spaces when part of First Street is abandoned for the project to start in winter."

Developers, city officials make deal on condo site (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Proposed Tax Increase For Public Safety

"Public safety is the cornerstone of every government's function. It shouldn't require polling data or additional taxes to make it a priority. And it certainly shouldn't be a backdoor into taxpayer's pockets by spineless politicians and government bureaucrats looking for ways to increase their revenue base on taxpayer anxieties--or to avoid the smallest possible amount of hissing."

 Government should pluck a goose (Michael Lafferty column, Reno News & Review)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

The Chancellor Speaks

Jim Rogers has some thoughts (Vegas Pundit website)

Public Schools

No Child Left Behind Act

Teacher is dismayed with 'No Child Left Behind' requirements (Judith Lister column, Pahrump Valley Times)

Teacher Background Checks

"Clark County hires an average of 2,500 new teachers every year, and almost 5,000 other school employees. But unless Congress changes the law, school authorities cannot run nationwide criminal background checks on job applicants."

Bill allows nationwide criminal background checks by schools: Porter's measure OK'd 415-1 in House (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Hecht maintained DOE chef made university offer (Bob McCracken column, Pahrump Valley Times)

Executive Power And Congressional Duties

"Some former intelligence officers, political scientists and constitutional lawyers of both parties support more vigorous congressional oversight of the administration. They say the Republican Congress has failed to lead and represent the American people on important issues, including the use or misuse of intelligence before the war in Iraq, the planning and execution of the war and the treatment of prisoners both in Iraq and in the wider war on terrorism."

Reid seeks to rein in Bush (Las Vegas Sun article)

US Occupation Of Iraq

Time in Iraq getting short (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Veterans Affairs

Bring us a leader: Testimony about security breach shows need for a new Veterans Affairs secretary (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Medicaid Reform

"Tax-funded "entitlement" programs including (especially) Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are growing so quickly that they threaten to bankrupt the nation. The notion that we must give up even modest measures toward cost-containment and enforcing existing eligibility laws because some number of unfortunates wander the streets without "knowing who they are" is absurd."

Medicaid eligibility requirements: New mandates make good sense (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

From The US Census Bureau

County Business Patterns: 2004 (United States, All States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico)

Airport Flight Restrictions

Ensign Supports Wright Amendment Compromise But Still Favors Repeal (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

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Nevada Culture

Rodeo! The Pastoral Arts

Old West rides into town again (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Reno Rodeo 2006 website

Juneteenth: An End To Generations Of Bondage

Reno area to mark Juneteenth with four days of festivities (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada's Unusual Culture

But seriously, folks-- Nevada's unusual culture has provided comic material for movies, television and comedians (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

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From The Neon Empire

Pahrump's Nugget

New Nugget official eyes 38 acres (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Another Facelift

Aging New Frontier to become Montreux on the Strip (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada's Past

Melvin And Howard

Former Hughes aide doubts legitimacy of purported will (Nevada AP article)

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June 16, 2006

[12:50 PM]

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Clark County Recorder Arrested

"'In the big scheme of things, with the community having just seen the G-sting trial, we should be very careful about affording public officials any special treatment,' the sheriff said."

Deane turns herself in at jail: Embattled county recorder posts bail (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Go to the end of the hallway that leads to the Clark County recorder's office and there she is, Frances Deane - hunched and half-smiling - frozen and mounted in a framed head shot next to a window decal promising, 'Celebrate the Customer.'"

Recorder's office crew not saying too much: Deane unavailable as bond is posted (Las Vegas Sun article)

"In the wake of the Galardi federal political corruption case, it's comforting to know the local authorities aren't sitting on their hands."

JOHN L. SMITH: Sheriff, detectives should feel satisfied with efforts in Deane case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

"The case is solid, the evidence strong, the eyewitness testimony brutal. Deane will need to muster every brain cell in her massive cranium to avoid doing some serious time."

For sale: Recorder's office. Asking $1 million (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

The Problem Of Corruption

"It's only when the people get sick of power being in charge and realize they really can do something that things will really change. Here's hoping that day isn't far off, because power has done a lousy job of running the country these last six years, and things are looking bleak."

Fight the power! (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Latest Poll In State Primaries Show Rep. Gibbons, Mayor Gibson Are Favored By Voters

SurveyUSA Nevada Poll

Jon Ralston on the latest polls and Titus' brushback e-mail (Las Vegas Sun column)

Look, another Poll! (Monday Morning Pundit, Reno and Its Discontents)

Mayor Gibson

Daily abstention (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

Carville knows Hafen's name. Porter? Not so much (Las Vegas CityLife article)

2006 Legislative Races

You Just Can’t Trust Francis Allen (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Not Everyone Likes Them

"In Nevada any one who doesn't want to wait for the legislature or the governing board of a political subdivision to adopt a law or ordinance may sponsor an initiative."

Sign here to overthrow your gov. (Jim Clark column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

2006 Local Elections

City And County Of Carson

Enge files ethics complaint against state school board member (Nevada Appeal* article)

School board candidate was arrested last July (Nevada Appeal article)

Politics And The Internet

A typing life: YearlyKos proves it: Bloggers exist in the real world, not just online (Las Vegas CityLife article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Judiciary

Inequitable Taxes And The Washoe County Assessor

Justices question use of different assessment standards at Lake Tahoe (Nevada Appeal* article)

Revolters pleased with court day (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

"Nevada Supreme Court justices hammered away Thursday at why state officials allowed Washoe and Douglas County tax assessors to use different methods for so long in appraising land at Lake Tahoe."

Nevada justices take on Incline taxes case (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"We laud their efforts and hope that after the supreme court decision, these dedicated tax revolters can go back to simply being fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, after - that is - they hear the corks pop."

Waiting for the corks to pop (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

FBI gets fugitive warrant for Mack, joins search (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

A sad reminder of dangers in our court system (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Judicial Discipline

"Former Henderson Judge Peter LaPorta failed to appear before the Commission on Judicial Discipline for a sixth time, prompting the board to demand his appearance at the next hearing or risk being found in contempt of District Court."

Judicial panel left waiting: LaPorta's sixth failure to appear prompts discipline commission's warning (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"The Commission on Judicial Discipline reprimanded a Family Court official Thursday for a 2004 incident in which she asked a 16-year-old defendant to disrobe in court because she thought he was wearing a gang-related T-shirt."

Commission reprimands official for order to disrobe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

LA Times Series On Southern Nevada Judges

Media watch: Times unveils corruption (Steve Sebelius column -- Las Vegas CityLife)

FLASHPOINT for June 16, 2006 (Jon Ralston capsule, Las Vegas Sun)

State And Local Law Enforcement Officials Meet

Officials huddle on priorities for law enforcement: Security for court workers, curbing gangs high on list (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Shooting of Reno judge prompts discussions over court security (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Allegations Of Waste

Firm to repay roadwork overcharges: Three accused of embezzlement (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"A $10.3 million judgment against the state for fouling up construction of the Veterans Home in Boulder City has cost the head of the Nevada Public Works Board his job."

Official quits over vets' home dispute (Las Vegas Sun article)

"The ruling charges that public works and HCA basically ignored a list of 65 concerns and recommendations submitted by the state Health Division as well as 26 issues raised by the state Fire Marshal's Office before construction."

Arbitrators rule against state in veterans home construction suit (Nevada Appeal* article)

"Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, calls the amount of these outside contracts staggering, and we agree. The 2007 Legislature should hold hearings on why the state's own lawyers cannot handle the majority of routine lawsuits."

'Staggering' is appropriate word: State is paying millions to outside law firms when it has its own sizable legal staff (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Rethinking The Raise

Landfill rate proposal to receive further scrutiny (Nevada Appeal* article)

Hospital Problems

Suddenly, hospital not the success story we imagined (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Churchill County

Multi-family housing needed amid soaring real estate prices (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

Clark County

Misspent Money

City tries to get repaid after centennial missteps: Event planner got $20,000 for TV time, pledged free cake (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Survey says: Low opinion of TRPA persists around basin (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Shorezone ordinance goes before planning commission (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Tree-Cutting Rampage

"Forestry staff at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency have marked 154 fresh-cut trees larger than 10 inches in diameter. Their survey showed a total 387 trees were cut on the site."

Airport's clear-cut numbers double original estimate (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza* article)

Lyon County

More Fee Hikes

Lyon County commissioners hike brothel fees: Building and planning department fees rise as well (Nevada Appeal* article)

Off Road ATV Ban

"A proposed ordinance banning ATVs on unpaved Lyon County roads is on hold for now."

Lyon County officials to retool proposed ATV ordinance (Nevada Appeal* article)

Washoe County

Drop In Sales And Values

Housing prices decline in three area jurisdictions (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Dental School Forgery Ring

"It's amazing that UNLV has suggested that this is merely an internal problem to be dealt with primarily by the students. Why pass the buck? It's like having the inmates control the asylum. Perhaps it's time for those in the highest leadership positions to assume their responsibility in these issues."

UNLV DENTAL SCHOOL: Cheating scandal probed -- Chancellor sets up his own review (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Land Purchase

WNCC buys land for future growth (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Public Schools

Clark County School District

Panglossian delusions (Chip Mosher column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Water Matters

Las Vegas Water

Wastewater world -- From crap to tap water: Behind the scents (and smells) at the county's central sewage plant (Las Vegas CityLife article)

How you can help (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Elko Hike

Spring Creek water rates to go up 47% (Elko Free Press article)

Tahoe Creep

Tahoe is creeping toward its highest point in six years: 6,228 feet high and rising (Nevada Appeal* article)

Lahontan High

TCID: Lahontan Reservoir full, but no flooding is expected (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Digital Fish

Fish go Digital: Tracking chips to be placed in Jarbidge bull trout (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Culture

Fiddle Festival

Old Time Fiddlers play in Wells this weekend (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada

Federal Largesse

Bill funds state transportation projects: Legislation approved in House also includes money for Opportunity Village, NLV center (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

The Fight Against Methamphetamine

FACT SHEET: The Department of Justice's Efforts to Combat Methamphetamine (DEA Press Release)

National Crime Statistics Released

FBI Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report 2005

Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy Broken

"According to the criminal complaint, the group uses drug couriers to import heroin from Colombia, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and other foreign countries. The organization then distributes the heroin in New York and elsewhere."

OPERATION VIVA LAS VEGAS: Drug ring suspects charged -- Authorities say operation included 16 LV residents (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Unwarranted Surveillance

Government Trying To Rewrite History With An Eraser

"If federal investigators have legitimate reasons to see the research and documents held by private citizens, agents may pursue such documents legally through subpoenas. Any other type of pressure is nothing more than a government-backed effort to suppress the free flow of information that our democracy is supposed to guarantee."

On the trail of old files: Professor right to rebuff FBI's attempt to preview research papers before book is published (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

War needs honest debate: Republican leaders in Congress, with aid from Pentagon, skew the debate over Iraq policy (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From The Neon Empire

Bad Impressions

Maxim un-fondly remembered; Montreux panned (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada's Past

Wabuska

The last reminder of a railroad boomtown (Nevada Appeal* article)

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June 17, 2006

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Titus, Gibson talk tough: Growth, education at center of debate (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"If not for the TV cameras and the locally famous moderator, Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson and state Sen. Dina Titus could have been debating for a seat on the Henderson Planning Commission on Friday."

Growth dominates Democrats' gubernatorial debate (Las Vegas Sun article)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

Hafen returns to Washington as candidate (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

2006 Local Races

Clark County

Station to give candidate for School Board equal airtime: Channel 10 mistakenly aired PSAs by other candidates after deadline (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

2006 Redistricting

Clark County

Tarkanian blasts redistricting plan: Ward 1 left with little, she says (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

LA Times Judicial Series

Coddling Corruption: State, Local Officials Won't Investigate Disgraceful Situation

Officials: Just Because It Looks Thoroughly Crooked Doesn't Mean There's Something Wrong With It

"'What this is going to do is add a very firm factual basis to the belief that already exists that the rule of law is not protected in Nevada,' he said. "'If heads roll, then this will be a way to begin a new page in Nevada history.'"

Jaded Justice: Some Nevada judges take campaign contributions from lawyers who have business before the court. Other judges rule on cases involving their friends. And some jurists deal lucrative cases to longtime associates. The findings, detailed in a lengthy report last week by the Los Angeles Times, should shake the Nevada judicial system to its roots. But that's not happening. (Las Vegas Sun article)

Arrest Of Clark County Recorder On Corruption Charges

Deane's hearing date set: County recorder makes first court appearance (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Government Inefficiency

Overbilled

"NDOT should keep a close watch on the proposed PBS&J repayment schedule. But Mr. Fontaine might also want to ask his own auditors how soon they would have spotted these overcharges on their own, and -- if the answer is "never" -- how their procedures need to be changed in response."

Engineering firm to repay overcharges: Could state auditors have detected billing errors on their own? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Veterans Building Debacle

"In the wake of an arbitration panel's ruling that the state owes $10.3 million for its poor handling of the construction of the Veterans Home in Boulder City, the state is faced with basically two choices: incur about $800,000 in estimated interest charges if it waits for the 2007 Legislature to approve the claim, or hold a one-day special session, at an estimated cost of $50,000, to get legislative approval."

State faces hard choice after judgment (Las Vegas Sun article)

State Judiciary

Judges call for more security after courthouse shooting (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Rogers woos Thom Reilly for COO post (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

Clark County School District

District pulls plug on speech: Foothill valedictorian criticizes decision to censor her proclamation of faith (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Culture

Not Real Helpful

"The study found that, when it comes to lending a helping hand, Nevadans ranked last in the nation."

We can do better than this: Federal study finds Nevada fares poorly when it comes to volunteering (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

New look at nuke waste issue urged: Diaz completing 10 years as NRC chief (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Minden air-tanker base could face closure (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Health And Human Services

Leavitt's luxurious travel: HHS secretary travels around the nation on a Gulfstream jet - intended only for use in health emergencies - so he can tout president's prescription drug plan (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

FEMA

Can FEMA weather storm? Congressional investigators discover more than a billion dollars misspent on disaster aid (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Mining

NEVADA MINING INDUSTRY: MINES AS GOOD AS GOLD -- Analysts see no reason for mines to fret over drop in metal prices (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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June 18, 2006

[1:40 PM]

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Las Vegas Review-Journal Republishes Must-Read LA Times Series On Nevada Judiciary

"This report creates the appearance of a complete lack of accountability within the judicial branch of government. Where is the Nevada Supreme Court, which is charged with the administration and regulation of the state's courts? Where is the Commission on Judicial Discipline?

If the judiciary cannot adequately police itself, perhaps the executive branch can. Perhaps it's time for Attorney General George Chanos or U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden to investigate the state justice system."

Judicial accountability (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

"Our goal should be to root out the bums and shine a light on the juice inherent in the process."

JOHN L. SMITH: Unflattering series on judges unlikely to alter system, but could change players (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

"If we are to build a state worthy of the name - and neither The New York Times nor the Los Angeles Times would give us our due at this time - it requires much tighter regulation of the relationship between not only the judiciary, but also all public officials and the communities they ostensibly serve."

Hal Rothman on why the judicial scandal fits right in with Nevada history (Las Vegas Sun column)

The Series: 10 Pages Of Shame

A Stacked Deck (Part 1)

Scratching Backs (Part 2)

Justice Under The Radar (Part 3)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

State Sen. Titus And Mayor Gibson

"Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson and Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus now feel about each other the way opponents often feel but usually much closer to an election: Mutual, palpable loathing."

Jon Ralston tries not to get stuck in the middle of a hateful debate between two Democratic gubernatorial candidates (Las Vegas Sun column)

All about Jim (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

2006 Local Races

Elko County

A Model Series Of Articles On The Issues In The County Sheriff's Race

Challengers face Harris on morale (Elko Free Press article)

Elko County Sheriff’s Forum: Fighting the Meth War (Elko Free Press article)

Elko County Sheriff’s Forum — Part 2: Tent jail needed for Elko’s prisoners? Sheriff’s candidates differ on ways to handle growth, control budgets (Elko Free Press article)

Elko County Sheriff’s Forum — Part 2 How to keep track of sex offenders? (Elko Free Press article)

Elko County Sheriff’s Forum — Part 2 Number of female officers on the force (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

Homemaker, airport manager and chimney sweep vie for seat on Silver Springs GID: Eight seeking four seats (Nevada Appeal* article)

Rebate 2007?

Jon Ralston on Politics: Candy for babies (In Business Las Vegas column)

Democratic Party's Identity Crisis

ERIN NEFF: Dems lost in search of 'new direction' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Can the Kos Effect change the Democratic Party? (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal*)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Poor Planning

Only 27 Percent Of State Emergency Planning Rated As "Sufficient"

Report ranks Nevada's emergency planning (Nevada AP article)

Veterans Building Fiasco

"The problem, he said, is the state pays interest at a rate of 9.25 percent until it pays the judgment. If the state waits until the 2007 Legislature can act - probably April - that would add an estimated $794,000 in interest to the bill. 'I don't like the idea of that,' said Guinn."

Judgment could force special session (Nevada Appeal* article)

State Prison Problems

"The state's federal public defender's office is calling for an independent audit of medical care given to Nevada's prison inmates."

ESP clinic slammed by ACLU and feds (Ely Times article)

Unemployment Down

Nevada unemployment rate slips to 4 percent in May (Nevada AP article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Hospital Problems

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center: What went wrong? (Nevada Appeal* article)

Competition hurts medical center revenue, CEO says (Nevada Appeal* article)

A profitable hospital faces a bleak year (Nevada Appeal* article)

Secrecy Allegation

Man files open meeting complaint against supervisors (Nevada Appeal* article)

Cleaning Up Carson

Plan drafted to spruce up downtown Carson (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Clark County

Youth Gangs And Violence

Gang violence resurgence seen: Number of shootings, homicides are up significantly, police say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

More Hospital Problems

Union, hospital square off at hearing (In Business Las Vegas article)

Elko County

City Of Wells

Wells makes move for affordable housing (Elko Free Press article)

Lander County

Lander airports get grant money (Nevada Appeal* article)

Lyon County

Meth Crackdown

Raids target homes in Carson and Dayton: Methamphetamine removed from Dayton home largest cache ever seized in Lyon County (Nevada Appeal* article)

Nye County

Regional Planning Commission Smiles, Frowns

RPC nods to Hafen casino (Pahrump Valley Times article)

RPC shoots down shopping center (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Washoe County

Against Public Vote On Growth Issues

Anti-casino drive unwise (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

White Pine County

A Question Of Identity

"Sometimes bureaucratic red tape gets out of control, mummifying the person who tries to cut through it."

County sold land that may have belonged to city (Ely Times article)

City Of Ely

"Judge Charles McGee deserves praise for putting the will of the voters above the letter of the law. Last week, McGee threw out a suit trying to remove Mayor George Chachas from office."

As We See It: Judge made a good ruling (Ely Times editorial)

Mayor and council still at odds over bartenders (Ely Times article)

Reid's office says Scenic must serve Ely (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

The Strange Story Of UNLV's Security Institute

Security institute misses the mark: UNLV's Institute for Security Studies has received $8.9 million - money that has come mostly from taxpayers. But in three years, The Sun found, the ISS hasn't provided much bang for those bucks. (Las Vegas Sun article)

Dental School Forgery Scandal

Dental school inquiry is necessary (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Public Schools

With graduation over, the real learning can begin (John DiMambro column, Nevada Appeal*)

Douglas County School District

Kingsbury school will close (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA, The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

"In the end, this issue has very little to do with whether Pat Mulroy can be trusted. She's not trying to pull a fast one on White Pine County. But she's not going to be around forever, and she can't speak for her successors. And she can't speak for how ruthlessly Las Vegas might react down the road if its growth-fueling water supply were at risk of being taken away."

GEOFF SCHUMACHER: White Pine County wise to be wary of water pipeline project (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

USGS report says SNWA pumping may effect park's stream flow (Ely Times article)

The Mighty Colorado Dwindling

Below-normal flows projected for Colorado River (Nevada AP article)

Northern Nevada's Developing Moloch

"Water conservation, water importation projects and water recharge might be the future buzzwords as local officials look for new water supplies to fuel Northern Nevada growth, the state's top water official says."

Water issues simmer in Northern Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Beautiful Nevada

Fly Hot Springs

One of Nevada's little surprises: Fly Geyser (Richard Moreno column, Nevada Appeal*)

Flowers Of Spring

Bright-red Snow Flowers blooming at Davis Lake (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Culture

Sternwheelers' Epic Struggle

Nevada wins bragging rights in annual Tahoe sternwheeler race (Nevada AP article)

Quilting Bee

Weekend show has 'em in stitches: Carson Valley Quilt Guild hosting "Home Means Nevada" quilt show (Nevada Appeal* article)

Rodeo!

Top cowboys, cowgirls descend on Reno Rodeo (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Rodeo Rivalry

Elko emerges as a thorn in Fallon's bid for rodeo title (Lahontan Valley News* article)

The Old Ways

Buckmaster passes on the art of Western saddlemaking (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada Test Site

Massive blast postponed until at least September (Nevada AP article)

Reid Continues To Fight For Compensation For Nevada Test Site Veterans (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILT)

Reid working to increase PILT (Ely Times article)

A Bone To Pick

Watch your language: Congress, states haggle over English-only measures that do little more than divide (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Health Technology

Ensign Hearing To Focus On Health Technology (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

US Occupation Of Iraq

Nevada's lawmakers reassess war stance (Las Vegas Sun article)

A rush-to-judgment lesson: Sen. Harry Reid's legislation would guard against another war being based on factual errors (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Reid Fights To Stop Amnesty For Iraqi Terrorists (Sen. Reid Press Release)

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From The Neon Empire

Acquisitions

Gaming: In gaming industry, eight is enough (In Business Las Vegas article)

Reno-based IGT trying to acquire firm in $21 million deal (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Past

Prehistoric Petroglyphs

Protectors oversee rock art (Pahrump Valley Times* article)

Preserving A Culture

Robison looks to maintain the Western Shoshone language (Lahontan Valley News* article)

The Unknown Dead

Unknown remains interred at Tecopa Cemetery (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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[10:25 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Public Works Board

"More accountability for an agency that oversees more than $400 million in construction projects each year? Naw. Why would we want that, when we can pay nearly double what a building costs by battling it out in the courts?"

JANE ANN MORRISON: Public Works Board screw-ups add $10.3 million to veterans home bill (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Guinn calls for major shift in Public Works: Says it should be controlled by elected officials, not appointed members of building industry (Nevada Appeal* article)

Local Government

Nye County

Pahrump again weighs townwide sewer system: Problem may get out of hand with growth (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Washoe County

Your Turn: Protect Washoe Valley's character (Bob Rusk column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Local Elections

City And County Of Carson

Sheriff hosts July town hall meetings (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Higher Education System's Computers

"Efforts have fallen six months behind in replacing an archaic computer system used by the Nevada System of Higher Education with a new system in which data from the campuses will be integrated."

Of all places, integrated computers escape colleges (Las Vegas Sun article)

Nazi Doctor Proposal

"The plan to help medical school researchers and health care professionals develop the means to relieve suffering is important to human beings, generally, and also to the university. It is even more important to protect people who can't speak for themselves. These are the very ones that the current policy is supposed to protect."

Regents must ensure protection (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Dental School Forgery Scandal

THOMAS MITCHELL: Demands for privacy keep us all in the dark (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Public Schools

Churchill County School District

School district explores purchase of warehouse (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada Culture

Powwow honors fathers and the past while improving the future: More than 3,000 take part in two-day powwow at old Stewart Indian boarding school (Nevada Appeal* article)

Juneteenth celebrates freedom (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

Nevada's House delegation moving apart: Berkley excluded from weekly breakfast with Porter, Gibbons and visitors to Washington (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Federal Petroglyph Case

ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES: Protection of resources at issue -- Court asked to reconsider ruling that freed man convicted of stealing ancient petroglyphs (Nevada AP article)

The Case
United States v. Ligon (US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals website - pdf format)

US Occupation Of Iraq

"If Democrats indeed believe that we should leave Iraq, why are they afraid to go on the record supporting that position?"

Meanwhile ... (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Latest US Supreme Court Decision

"This ruling comes courtesy of the court's conservative justices. But this is not conservatism. This borders on totalitarianism."

Police no longer need to knock: Supreme Court majority flushes the Fourth Amendment (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

The Case

Hudson v. Michigan (US Supreme Court website - pdf format)

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Update for June 19, 2006

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June 20, 2006

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TNO's webmaster isn't dead yet, but is working on it.  Readers have our continuing apologies.

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June 21, 2006

[10:50 AM]

SUMMER SOLSTICE

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

JOHN L. SMITH: If he wants to be governor, Gibbons has 150,000 reasons to get busy (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

High Death Rate

Two of six initiatives submit signatures to try to qualify for ballot (Nevada Appeal* article)

Initiatives may not make it to the ballot (Nevada Appeal* article)

Tax And Spending Control (TASC)

TASC supporters submit signatures: Backers say they have more than enough; foes argue wording was changed, file challenge (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

TASC gets near double the needed signatures for ballot -- Union: More than one version of the petition circulated; signatures may be invalid (Nevada Appeal* article)

Mistake may keep measure off ballot (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Opinion

"For Nevada governments accustomed to growing faster than the state itself, TASC represents the fight of their lives. And no degree of exaggeration and election silliness will be deemed too great in their efforts to protect the status quo."

Let's get ready for TASC rumble: Friends of big government will pull out all stops (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

ERIN NEFF: Just say no (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Eminent Domain

"Signature gatherers for the People's Initiative to Stop The Taking of Our Land, or PISTOL, collected far more than the 83,184 signatures needed to place the issue before voters in the November election."

EMINENT DOMAIN: 136,000 signatures delivered -- Backers seek constitutional amendment (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Marijuana Legalization

It's time to enact new state marijuana policy (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

2006 Local Races

City And County Of Carson

Bond sale for school improvements makes ballot (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Clark County

DA's marriage raises issue, challenger says: Prosecutor, deputy in office wed in May (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Washoe County

Washoe County Public Safety Increase

 Quarter-cent sales tax increase to hit Nov. 7 ballot (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

AG: Conflict Gone; Won't Investigate Judges

Chanos says his conflict in Walters land deal gone (Las Vegas Sun article)

Nevada Legislative Commission's Subcommittee to Study the Protection of Natural Treasures

Panel considers ways to protect Mount Charleston (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

State Paleontologist Proposed

"The goal is to ensure the proper preservation and study of what is left of the mammoths, dinosaurs and other ancient creatures that are in the ground, mountains and waters of Nevada."

Subcommittee recommends creating state paleontologist post (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Don't Pay Well

Carson City employers pay less, report says: Business leader says numbers are thrown off by the lower wages of service industry (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County

Unexpected Curbs On Development Proposed

Council to weigh height proposal: Developers, property owners pitted against neighborhood residents (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Lyon County

Dayton

Lyon OKs reimbursement for Mound House sewer report: Report says piping flows to Dayton is cheapest; county staff says developers should drive new system. (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Fernley

City to look at new standards for subdivisions abutting farmland (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Silver Springs General Improvement District

SSGID Chairman calls for letters of resignation: In discussion about what she calls micromanaging by board (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Smith Valley

Farewell to 111 years of Smith Valley Township History (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Storey County

No Toll Road

Six Mile Canyon to open today: Storey commissioners vote to open the road without a toll (Nevada Appeal* article)

Washoe County

Growing Reno

"The cities and county are looking to expand to the north by as much as 160,000 acres over the next 100 years, including 12,000 acres for Reno and 16,000 acres for Sparks within 25 years. More than 40,000 housing units have been approved by Reno, Sparks and Washoe County."

Reno hits 200,000 population (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Metro Advisory Referendum Proposal Won't Be On The Ballot

Merge of governments rejected by county panel (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Agree To Share Tax Haul

Sparks City Council agrees to share sales tax increase with Reno, Washoe County (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Racial Profiling: Is It There?

Reno, ACLU officials dispute racial profiling (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Replacement Regent

Replacement on Board of Regents expected by month's end (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Collegial Headhunting

"University system Chancellor Jim Rogers has turned pirate."

Looking In On: Higher Education -- Rogers on hiring roll to fill key posts (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

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Nevada Health Matters

Doctor Shortage Worsens

"Nevada ranks 47th among states with 172 physicians per 100,000 residents. The national average is 245.6."

Report calls for training more doctors (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Prescription Costs Increase

"Prices for nearly 200 of the most commonly used brand-name drugs by Americans age 50 and older rose by 3.9 percent during the first quarter of 2006 -- triple the rate of inflation -- a new AARP report found."

Prices for top-selling drugs for the elderly have risen again (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters

Northern Nevada Water Authority Approved

"The new authority will oversee the four major water purveyors serving the Truckee Meadows -- the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Washoe County Department of Water Resources and the Sun Valley and South Truckee Meadows general improvement districts."

New regional water authority OK'd (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)

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Nevada Utilities

Rate Hike Settlement Announced

NEVADA POWER CO.: Deal on electric rates near: Local customers would avoid 6 percent increase (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Environment

Pollution Up

Report says big gain in Nevada's global warming pollution (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Culture

Wells Fiddlefest

Fiddle fever hits Wells (Elko Free Press article)

Carson City Library

"Obtaining enough money to keep pace with demand for public library services is a longtime struggle familiar to library employees across the country."

The library's own story - illustrated (Nevada Appeal* article)

A Tree For Tuscarora

Why we planted trees in a Nevada ghost town (Ursula Carlson column, Nevada Appeal*)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada Test Site

Confusion abounds: Federal officials still sketchy about plans for huge Test Site explosion (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILT)

PILT PAYMENTS COME HOME: Nevada Counties Get Federal Reimbursement (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

Federal checks in the mail to Nevada counties: Federal payments for land not keeping up with inflation (Nevada Appeal* article)

Southern Nevada Identity Theft Ring Indicted

Federal grand jury indicts 24 in identity theft, fraud ring: Fake checks, credit cards used to buy items to sell online (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Health Costs

Ensign Hearing To Focus On Health Technology (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Military Spending

Gibbons Supports Funding For Local and Nationwide Military Programs (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

Continuing US Occupation Of Iraq

Iraq policy needs debate: The war is stagnating and Congress needs to allow thoughtful debate about new strategies (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Berkley Rejects Non-Binding Iraq Resolution: Congresswoman Continues to Oppose Timetable for Withdrawal (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

The Federal Budget

Ensign Applauds Committee Approval Of Stop Over-Spending Act (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

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From The Neon Empire

Neighborhood Casinos

Zoned Out: Red Rock Resort imposes curfew on customers under 21 unless they are seeing movies or dining at restaurants (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Station Casino releases plans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Tribal Gambling Operations

Tribal gaming revenue soars: $22.7 billion generated in 2005 is 15.6 percent jump from previous year (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Past

Two Sparks, Fallon landmarks added to historic places register (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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June 22, 2006

[12:30 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Titus-Gibson Debate (Vegas Pundit website) Part 1; Part 2

2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race

“Franking,” Nevada-Style (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

Issues in the NV-2 Race: Derby on Energy (Desert Beacon blog)

House Conservatives Fund PAC Endorses Sharron Angle (NV-2): PAC represents 110 Republican Members of Congress (Sharron Angle Campaign website)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Initiative A vision for no progress: The Tax and Spending Control initiative, if approved, would stop Nevada in its tracks (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

What's wrong with TASC? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

TASC petition fatally flawed? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

TASC turns in nearly 151,000 signatures (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

TASC gets enough signatures -- maybe; controls spending -- maybe (Desert Beacon blog)

Property Tax Restraint Initiative

We the People falls short in petition drive (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Sharron Angle's Prop 13 fails . . . again (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Tax Issues Generally

Feel the Heat, See the Light (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

This just in: People hate taxes (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

2006 Local Elections

Churchill County

Fire department funding measure heads to voters (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Candidates Who Won't Answer Questions From Voters

"It's becoming tradition in the Silver State for some incumbents to hide and say nothing, lest they be seen saying something awkward. Some political consultants, who want their candidate to be the "nice guy," will do the dirty work. Journalists allow it."

ERIN NEFF: Hiding in plain sight (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Clark County Commission Corruption Trial

Kincaid-Chauncey denies committing perjury at trial: Prosecutor seeks tougher sentencing guidelines for ex-commissioner (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Judiciary

The Appearance Of Impropriety

JANE ANN MORRISON: Judges have some explaining to do about 'Juice vs. Justice' research (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Courthouse Security

Not a federal concern (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Family Court System

Courting trouble: Court figures struggle with how to do their jobs and still live normal lives (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

The perilous world of family law (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)

MISDEMEANOR: Domestic battery charged -- Family Court judge jailed, accused of hitting girlfriend (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

State Bar Director Resigns

"Consul confirmed Kimbrough's resignation came after allegations were made about the executive director. Consul would not reveal the nature of the accusations, and Kimbrough could not be reached."

State Bar's director quits after five years (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Inadequate State Regulation Of Mortgage Lenders

"The judge also heard testimony that USA Capital did not pay off investors after borrowers repaid four loans totaling $15 million."

Fertitta exec stays on USA Capital investors board: Bankruptcy judge determines there is no conflict of interest (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nevada's Highways

Kingsbury Grade remains closed (Nevada Appeal* article)

Part of Kingsbury Grade closed indefinitely (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Double Time

Some state workers enjoy two salaries (Las Vegas Sun article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Rec center plan being mulled; neighbors voice objections (Nevada Appeal* article)

Churchill County

Clark County

County Manager Steps Down

"County sources said Reilly's departure stems partly from frustration over recent scandals plaguing the Clark County Government Center."

Rogers tabs Reilly for job as vice chancellor (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Redistricting Las Vegas

Culinary has issues with new districts (Las Vegas Sun article)

City near harmony on wards: Tarkanian cries foul on redistricting (Las Vegas Sun article)

Las Vegas

"The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday handed staff expanded powers to award contracts without approval by the elected board, decreasing by an estimated 70 percent the number of items of city business that will be voted on in public."

TIME-SAVING MEASURE: Council gives city staff greater power -- No longer needs to sign off on many contracts (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Developers and property owners in downtown saw the proposal as a dangerous divergence from a pro-growth, pro-high-rise philosophy that has marked the tenure of Mayor Oscar Goodman."

Council delays vote on height limits: Union members turn out to fight plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Unbowed by criticism and lawsuits attacking his handling of homelessness, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman on Wednesday promised aggressive tactics to clean up city parks, including asking police to force a homeless person to get services."

Mayor issues plans to clear homeless out of city parks (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

North Las Vegas

"North Las Vegas's population has grown by more than 50 percent since 2001, the city's demographer said, and now has a population of about 194,500."

North Las Vegas ranks second in growth (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Growth gets NLV noticed: Population increase ranks second in latest census (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Replacement Regent

Guinn names Geddes to board of regents (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters

State engineer denies water authority request (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION: Limits on water use rejected -- Groundwater rights addressed (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Clark County

Help is on the way for free drugs (Las Vegas Sun article)

Nye County

Hospital experiences growing pains: Many patients are still transferred over the hill to facilities in Las Vegas (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Official: States should withhold money for Yucca: Adviser to Maine governor says DOE has already broken nuclear waste contracts (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILT)

Getting our fair share shouldn't be this difficult (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Defense Spending

Nevada projects get $19 million from defense spending bill (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Immigration Reform

Immigration bill stalls: Public hearings are a transparent effort to postpone immigration reforms (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Minimum Wage

Leaving the poor behind: GOP leaders in Congress again refuse to approve small increase in minimum wage (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada's Past

V&TRR Restoration

Historic V&T railcar gets money to finish restoration (Nevada Appeal* article)

Fallon Post Office

Old Post Office added to state historic register (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Update for June 22, 2006

[6:15 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Rep. Gibbons Still Holds Substantial Lead Over All Challengers

Zogby poll numbers (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC)

There are just too many darn versions of TASC (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Judiciary

That LA Times Series

Hometown injustice (Paul Brown column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Nevada Homeland Security Assessment Released

Nevada Homeland Security Press Release

Nevada Vulnerability Assessment Unclassified Summary and Recommendations (Nevada Homeland Security website - pdf format)

Nevada Highway Patrol Gets New Chief

Perry named chief of Nevada Highway Patrol (Nevada AP article)

Impatient

Bust Walters already or drop it (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Federal Nevada

Federal Largesse

Reid, Ensign deliver critical funding to Carson City (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Reid, Ensign deliver critical funding to Churchill County (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Reid, Ensign deliver $21K to Storey County (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Reid, Ensign deliver $668K to White Pine County (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Commemorative Coin

Ensign proud that commemorative coin made from Nevada metals (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Eminent Domain

Ensign: Kelo anniversary time to take action (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Veterans Affairs

Bill contains funding for L.V. veterans hospital (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Reid announces funding to expand veterans services for southern Nevada (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Berkley Presses House Veterans Committee on Full Funding for Southern Nevada VA Medical Center: Committee Expected to Pass Legislation This Year Providing OK for Full $406 million (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

Berkley Wins Increase in Benefits for America's Veterans: Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Will Preserve Purchasing Power (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

Two federal grants will assist Nevada veterans with job training and placement (Gov. Guinn Press Release)

Minimum Wage

Reid: It is time to raise the minimum wage (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Affordable Housing

Reid fights for affordable housing in Nevada (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Mormon Crickets

Reid protects Nevada against Mormon crickets (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Immigration Reform

Reid: It is time to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Estate Taxes

Gibbons Votes to Reduce the Death Tax Burden (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

Porter votes for permanent estate tax relief (Rep. Porter Press Release)

Environment

Porter's "Tamarisk Bill" moves closer to passage (Rep. Porter Press Release)

Economic And Tax Effects Of Congressional Legislation

Ensign will continue fight for dynamic scoring (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

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From The Neon Empire

Decision Opens Door To Hidden Control

Regulators approve big investment source for Nevada hotel-casinos (Nevada AP article)

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June 23, 2006

[5:55 PM]

The flu is still with our TNO webmaster, and probably will be for several more days.  We apologize for the late posting of the Nevada News Digest and regret the inconvenience to our readers.

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

JOHN L. SMITH: TV spots help gubernatorial hopeful Gibson find voice, while Titus silent (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Gubernatorial candidates stake out positions on jobs, energy (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

More Reaction To LA Times Series On Southern Nevada Judges

Three Las Vegas Judges Face High Court Review: In response to a Times investigation, Nevada's justices want the senior jurists to answer conflict-of-interest and favoritism allegations. (Los Angeles Times article)

Senior judge (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Cronyism doesn't belong on bench (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

"This series is must reading for any civic-minded Las Vegan. Its details are unpleasant for the subjects to read and for citizens to contemplate. But they need to be contemplated."

Judging LV's judges requires judicious judgment (Michael Green column, Las Vegas Business Press)

The LA Times Series

In Las Vegas, They're Playing With a Stacked Judicial Deck -- Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates -- and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers. (Los Angeles Times article [Part 1])

A Judge Who Isn't Playing by Fast and Loose Rules (Los Angeles Times article [Part 2])

For a Vegas Judge and His Friends, One Good Turn Led to Another -- James Mahan got his jobs on the state and federal benches through the connections of old pal George Swarts. Things turned out well for Swarts too. (Los Angeles Times article [Part 3])

How Some Nevada Judges Stay Under the Radar: Senior judges are exempt from some rules of accountability. The careers of three jurists reflect the ethical questions that can result (Los Angeles Times article [Part 4])

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

Nevada fugitive in custody for killing of wife, judge shooting (Associated Press article)

Order says only police officers can have guns in court (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Some courthouse security vulnerabilities have gone unfixed (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Other Judicial Matters

"The arrest this week of a Family Court judge on allegations of battering his girlfriend is the fourth time in four years that police have arrested someone in the judge's home on domestic violence charges."

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES: Arrest not first at judge's home -- Police reports detail three other incidents (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nevada Highways

Six Mile Canyon Road now open (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Close Call: Fire approached homes in Spring Creek (Elko Free Press article)

Carlin blaze brought under control (Elko Free Press article)

Local Government

Churchill County

Re-Evaluating Special Events Liquor Licensing Policies

County liquor law examined (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County

Government-Chartered Monopolies

"Bob Coyle, president of Republic Services, pitched a similar change in April 2005 and was rebuffed by opposition from the public. Opponents wrote letters to and called the media to say that they did not want soiled diapers and other garbage baking in their garages during the summer for a week at a time."

Panel hopes to cut trash collection: Garbage would be picked up only once a week (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Go Somewhere Else

No help for RV park relocation: Unlike mobile home dwellers, displaced residents are on their own (Las Vegas Sun article)

Plight Of The Homeless

"You really had to watch Oscar Goodman's performance Wednesday to once again see the man's inexplicable, seething animosity toward the less fortunate. (Mayoral message: Killers, mobsters OK; homeless, not OK.)"

Jon Ralston on polls and an idea for our mayor on the less fortunate (Las Vegas Sun column)

Resignation Of County Manager

County manager resigns to go to higher education (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Washoe County

Anti-Growth Protesters Rally

Funeral for regional plan scheduled (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

State ranks near bottom in national high school graduation rates (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide To Graduation Policy And Rates (Education Week Magazine website)

Churchill County School District

Parents, pupils, teachers will sign pact next year (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County School District

School board declines to renew academy's charter (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA's Suction Scheme Could Jeopardize National Park

Report finds water plan may impact national park (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Rail line option studied -- DOE reviewing land ownership, mining claims related to western route (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Yucca bill stalls, at least for this session: Nuclear waste debate lacked recycling plan (Las Vegas Sun article)

Nevada Test Site

'Dream team' coming to test site (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Immigration Reform

House on the right immigration path: Some members sticking to a principled stand (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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From The Neon Empire

Unequal Division Of The Pie

Devouring the competition: New kids on the block are 'cannibalizing' their casino siblings (Las Vegas Business Press article)

On The Slippery Slope: Shift In Nevada's Gaming Licensing Policy

"The fact is that the Commission has put itself in the unenviable position of having to pick and choose who it thinks is respectable enough to meet its "Goldman Sachs" standard or else it will have to give everyone a pass so long as they're willing to invest in a casino. And that's the bogus basis for this decision. "

The Gaming Commission blinked (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada's Past

Curse Of The Petroglyphs

Carvings possess worth (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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June 24, 2006

[8:00 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

State Sen. Titus And Mayor Gibson

Jim Gibson's New Ads (Vegas Pundit website)

Gibson celebrates commanding lead by launching attack ad (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Titus takes the first punch: Gibson's betting the Titus campaign will slowly run out of steam (Monday Morning Pundit, Reno and Its Discontents)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

Much Ado About Nothing

Dawn Gibbons apologizes for Fernley quip (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Jon Ralston on Politics: Tsk, tsk, TASC (In Business Las Vegas column)

Nevada's Bipartisan Machine

"In other words, gaming interests care less about whether a candidate is Republican or Democrat; they just want their people in place, and they'll hire Republicans or Democrats to make it happen."

Political culture creates two-timing consultants: In Nevada, friendships more important than parties (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Fight Against Meth

Meth abusers finding a way: New laws to thwart drug use being circumvented (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

Mack turns himself in, booked into Washoe jail (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Reid statement on sniper arrest (Sen. Reid Press Release)

"If not for the shooting of a judge, the killing of Charla Mack might have been dismissed by the public -- and by much of the news media -- as just another case of domestic violence that ended in death. Instead, it's become the No. 1 topic on many people's minds. The talk should continue in hopes that something good eventually will come from this senseless death."

Preventing more victims (Reno Gazette-Journal column)

Darren Mack Was A Perfectly Normal Abuser (Myrna the Mynx, Reno and Its Discontents)

Law Enforcement

Is the Death Penalty Dying? Nevada ruling narrows death row cases (Las Vegas Weekly article)

Homeland Security

Roadblocks, Checkpoints, Bulldozed Homes, Death Squads And Three Soldiers At Every Corner?

Israel a good role model for Nevada: Learning from Israelis about antiterrorism strategies (Maureen Peckham column, Las Vegas Sun)

Nevada Highways

Closure Of Kingsbury Grade

Kingsbury could open next week (Nevada Appeal* article)

Don't Want Roundabout

Commission strives for traffic signal (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Going For Grants

City to vie for Question 1 money (Nevada Appeal* article)

Condo Craze

It may be a condo future for Carson City apartments: Parkway Manor couple want equity rather than endless rent payments (Nevada Appeal* article)

Erosion Control

Reid secures $500K to continue Carson City erosion control program (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Clark County

Summer In The City

One Very Perilous Park: City View Park struggles with lawless reputation (Las Vegas Weekly article)

Plight Of The Homeless

"Mayor Oscar Goodman said that sometime next week the city will test his plan to force homeless individuals to accept treatment. The mayor's decision to move forward with his controversial proposal comes despite service providers' claims that they can't keep patients who don't want treatment."

Goodman says test case for homeless to be next week (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Not Ready For Public Acquisition

 Ensign confirms Incline Lake won't make deadline (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Great Beaches: Lake Has 2 Of The Top 15 In The Country

Tahoe beaches ranked well (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Tahoe Overheating

"A scientific report released this spring called "The Warming of Lake Tahoe," alludes to a grim picture of the lake's future if the water's warming trend continues."

Warming trend for Tahoe's waters (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Nye County

Nye County Overwhelmed With Growth

DeMeo cites housing boom in discussion of crime rates (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Valley development continues to boom (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Getting the word out: County ponders publicity (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Considering Pahrump Valley General Improvement District

Storm water plan aired before the commissioners (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Outsourcing Government

Building permit contractor wins renewal of agreement (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Pahrump Residents Don't Want Business

Bottling business plan rejected (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Report Puts Nice Coat Of Whitewash On Dental School Scandal

UNLV inquiry backs decision to let dental students graduate (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

UNLV Dental Student Investigation Report (Vegas Pundit website)

Investigation Begins Into Terror Institute Spending

"'Based on the media accounts, we want to find out from them (the institute) where they are, what the status of the programs are and how that reflects what they have been telling us,' said Darwin Morgan, a spokesman for the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration, which runs the Nevada Test Site."

DOE begins institute probe: Counterterrorism studied at UNLV (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

Clark County School District

MAN FOR THE JOB? Michael Barton has taken the reins of the worst-performing school in the state. Armed with new programs, can he succeed where everyone else has failed? (Las Vegas Weekly article)

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Nevada Health Matters

The Rising Cost Of Health Care

Health-care options exist, but won't solve all problems (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Drug plan's headache: Prices of many prescription drugs that seniors take have suddenly increased (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

State Canadian Drug Program website

Partnership For Prescription Assistance

Becoming Common Knowledge

Health Care and Workplace: Health information's future: It's the net (In Business Las Vegas article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA's Suction Scheme And Ground Water Depletion

Drying up Great Basin? U.S. Geological Survey says groundwater diversions could have consequences for Nevada's only national park (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Culture

Rodeo!

A dying art survives in a modern world (Nevada Appeal* article)

Reno Rodeo highlights best in sport (Nevada Appeal* article)

Piper's Opera House

Acrimony takes the stage at Piper's: Board chairman, executive director resign (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Federal Nevada

Unwarranted Surveillance

AT&T's New No Privacy Policy

"'My understanding is that they will be monitoring television viewing habits, and that it's a condition of service that customers can't opt out of,' said Paul Stephens, policy analyst at Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. 'It's frightening,' he said."

Privacy advocates slam AT&T on customer records (Reuters article)

Big Brother, Sister, Mom, Pop and the Whole Clan are Watching (Desert Beacon blog)

AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn't yours (Nye blog)

Does The Change In Policy Release Me From My AT&T Cell Phone Contract? (Myrna the Minx, Reno and Its Discontents)

AT&T Privacy Policy Update (Myrna the Minx, Reno and Its Discontents)

Profiting From The Terror Industry

 "More than two-thirds of the Homeland Security Department's senior officials have left the department for the more lucrative private sector, working for businesses that make billions in department contracts, The New York Times reported this week. The newspaper said that in the department's brief history, 90 top department officials, including former chief Tom Ridge, have already made the dash for cash."

Loophole needs closing: Former Homeland Security Department officials cash in on their old jobs (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Immigration Reform

Give Me English or Give Me Death (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

Death Tax

Will there be a permanent estate tax repeal in the U.S.? (Jeff Quinn column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

From The US Congress

Reid statement on the resignation of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Reid: There should be no delay on stem cell legislation (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Reid wins passage of Iran intelligence oversight act (Sen. Reid Press Release)

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From The Neon Empire

Former Las Vegas FBI Chief Apparently Out Of The Running For GCB Appointment

JANE ANN MORRISON: Able candidates emerge for Guinn to name to Gaming Control Board (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Opening The Door To Secret Control Of Casinos

Gaming Commission sets dangerous precedent; That fickle Tharaldson (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Interview With An Operator

In Business Q and A: Larry Woolf, chief executive of Navegante Group (In Business Las Vegas article)

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June 25, 2006

[5:25 PM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Jon Ralston on the sense of deja vu felt in this year's state gubernatorial race, which closely resembles the 1998 race that anointed Kenny Guinn (Las Vegas Sun column)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Brian Greenspun warns that you get what you vote for; so don't complain when things don't go right (Las Vegas Sun column)

Politicians Who Won't Answer Questions

Decline, Too Busy -- or Refused? (Desert Beacon blog)

Early Primary Elections

No way to pick a leader (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Government

State Government

LA Times Series On Southern Nevada Judges

"In the near term, the many allegations outlined in the Times' series should be investigated with all the gravity due them. For the long term, the Legislature needs to retool judicial oversight so there is more transparency and the Commission on Judicial Discipline has the resources to investigate and remove judges engaging in misconduct."

Squeezing justice's juice: Allegations of impropriety involving some Nevada judges shouldn't be ignored (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Fight Against Methamphetamine

Important Multi-Story Series On Nevada's Modern Plague

Meth: Shattering lives in Northern Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal multi-article series)

Our State's $kindustry

Rural Nevada

Hal Rothman on why the world's oldest profession is an anchor to rural Nevada (Las Vegas Sun column)

Lyon County

County looks to raise brothel privilege fees (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nursing Homes

"Two assisted living homes in Elko have been closed as a state Division of Aging Services investigation continues, according to Carol Sala, administrator for the division, speaking from Carson City."

State closes two assisted living homes (Elko Free Press article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Rough terrain hampers efforts to contain fires: Faye-Luther Fire expected to be out today; efforts continue as Olinghouse Fire continues to burn more than 2,000 acres (Nevada Appeal* article)

Fire on Jobs Peak expected to be contained today (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

Wildfires merge into blaze of at least 3,000 acres (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Local Government

Churchill County

Horse racing track under investigation (Lahontan Valley News* article)

The poetry of drug politics (Rick Swarts column, Lahontan Valley News*)

Clark County

Family Services

"An investigation should be conducted examining the reasons for placement in all cases in which children had been removed from their parents and placed in foster care, including Child Haven, within the past year. The results should be used as a guide to determine what specific preventive services, in what quantities, will be needed in the future. To pay for such services, we should close Child Haven."

CRISIS IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM : Family matters -- Rather than expand Child Haven and recruit more foster families, Clark County should focus on preventive aid (Leroy H. Pelton column, Las Vegas Review-Journal*)

Las Vegas Redevelopment

"If the City Council is really serious about recapturing its share of the valley's dynamic growth, Mr. Reese's height restriction proposal must be respectfully interred, with lillies, after a brief memoriam."

Does downtown want development, or not? Residents want height restrictions on new buildings (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Elko County

Payments In Lieu Of Taxes

County to get $1.8 million in PILT funding (Elko Free Press article)

County Trash Monopoly Needs Money

"Elko County is seeking greater participation from residents in Shanty Town, Ruby Marshes, Ruby Valley, Tuscarora, Mountain City and Wildhorse Reservoir in paying for their solid waste removal."

Residents urged to use garbage service (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Summer tourism season heats up in Tahoe Basin (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village And Crystal Bay Chambers set to merge before '07 (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Lyon County

All-Terrain Vehicles

Off-road ordinance down, but not out (Mason Valley News article)

Dirty Anaconda

Local officials form second voice in mine issues: Mason Valley Environmental Committee to emphasize positives of cleanup process (Mason Valley News article)

Miscellaneous Actions Of The County Commission

El Rancho Estates brush fire exposes fire flow hazard: County to host meeting for water company users; improvements planned (Mason Valley News article)

Commission Chairman seeks RTC discussion (Mason Valley News article)

Master plan process on track as County fills vacancies: Planning staff urged to seek input on airport community master planning sooner than later (Mason Valley News article)

Silver Springs General Improvement District

SSGID Board grapples with wheel line rental fee issue (Mason Valley News article)

White Pine County

White Pine County gets 6.9% more in PILT funds (Ely Times article)

White Pine County Commissioners may stop 'pool' sales tax (Ely Times article)

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Nevada's Working Citizens

Hopes And Dreams Blighted By Nevada's Banana Republic Economy

City And County Of Carson

Livable wage more relevant in Carson than minimum wage (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Clark County

IN DEPTH: WORKING FOR A LIVING -- The Review-Journal looks at the state of employment in the valley (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"In 2004, the average wage in the Las Vegas area was $33,590, or nearly 10 percent lower than the national average of $37,020."

IN DEPTH: Growing number struggling to get by -- Some Las Vegans taking second jobs to make ends meet (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

IN DEPTH: How they came to do what they do -- Valley residents took wide variety of paths to the jobs they have (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Solutions lacking at conference: Attendees at Urban League event discuss state of valley's black community (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

LOOKING IN ON: HIGHER EDUCATION -- New hires give executive vice chancellor a chance to exhale (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

Churchill County School District

Leaking lights in schools could pose health risks (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Principal: 'I want to be proactive and get this stuff out of my building' (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County School District

A meeting of the minds on preparation for college (Las Vegas Sun article)

LOOKING IN ON: EDUCATION -- Henderson resident files lawsuit to keep school out (Las Vegas Sun article)

THOMAS MITCHELL: Right response, wrong reason (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Douglas County School District

Digging The Dinosaurs

Students hunt for fossils (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

Lyon County School District

Lyon County readies for more students (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA's Suction Scheme

Hugh Ricci leaves job with advice for dry cities (Ely Times article)

Utah seeks to protect Snake Valley water sources (Ely Times article)

State engineer nixes part of SNWA's overall plan (Ely Times article)

Legislative panel doesn't block SNWA efforts (Ely Times article)

Carson River

It will be a fight to keep water (Gardnerville Record-Courier* editorial)

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Nevada Culture

Ways Of The Ancestors

The Ancient Washoe

Washoe Tribe youth follow ancient path, test endurance during Carson-to-Tahoe trek (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Program aims to connect youth with old traditions (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

The Ancient Basques

Basque Youth Camp: ‘Udaleku’ passes traditions to future generations (Elko Free Press article)

Cattle Drive!

Local cowboys keep doggies rolling along (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Rodeo!

Reno Rodeo finale has everything (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada Northern Railway Museum

At the Throttle: Museum improvements can creep past you (Mark Bassett column, Ely Times)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada Test Site

Lawmakers call for balance on nuclear workers board (Nevada AP article)

Minimum Wage

LOOKING IN ON: WASHINGTON -- Nevadans miss double benefit of wage hike (Las Vegas Sun article)

Continued US Occupation Of Iraq

Scoring political points over war while our soldiers fight and die (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal*)

Unwarranted Surveillance

Miami Vice: A Vice President Fearful of Incompetent Terrorists? (Desert Beacon blog)

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

Guarding our enemies, protecting ourselves (Desert Beacon blog)

The US Constitution And Homosexual Marriage

Having a Gay, Ol’ Time (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born Opinion News)

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Nevada's Past

Melvin And Howard

FLYING FOR HOWARD HUGHES: Pilot says '67 flight to brothel backs Melvin Dummar's story (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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June 26, 2006

[9:30 AM]

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

Gibson gets his name out there with ad blitz: Beers is only other hopeful in governor's race buying TV time (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Legalize Marijuana Initiative

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Marijuana legalization effort wins endorsement -- Northern Nevada publication supports proposal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Leadership Wanted

"Far too many believe that winning elections is more important than governing responsibly. Capable candidates who truly care about the "common good" must step forward and offer the voters a choice. This would be a welcome sign that the future may be bright again."

Time's right for new kind of leadership (Larry Struve column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Changing The Constitution

"It behooves all Americans to oppose the adoption of ill-advised freedom limiting changes to the Constitution and to defend it from attack, whether it comes from the left or right."

The Second Amendment (Glen McAdoo column, Lahontan Valley News*)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Fight Against Meth

Meth: Nevada's most-abused drug -- Users account for 35 percent of addicts in treatment programs (Nevada AP article)

Nevada's Burning Hills

Wildfires close I-80 near Elko; another blaze 15 miles from Reno (Nevada AP article)

Two wildfires blacken land north of Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)

Sex Offenders And The Community

Starting this week, Nevada puts more sex offenders in public eye (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Changes in law will make close to 2,000 addresses available on Web (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Local Government

Clark County

Structural Changes

TROUBLING QUESTION: County may elect to change -- Corruption charges renew calls for appointing recorder (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"The risk, of course, is that bad actors on a hypothetical future city staff, operating out of public view, could find an increased temptation to rig the process, awarding contracts inappropriately and seeking kickbacks in return. Such a change makes effective auditing -- not merely allowing the same two employees to "sign off" on each other's work, for instance -- more important than ever."

Handing off the little stuff: Move to streamline city contracts welcome (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

County's Trash Hauling Monopoly

"If Republic wants to change the rules on frequency of pickup, the existing contract should be voided, and competing firms should be invited to submit bids."

Cutting garbage pickups (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Elko County

Railport Construction Begins

Shovels push Railport into first phase (Elko Free Press article)

Jarbidge Road

Long delays ahead on road to Jarbidge (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada's Environment

Global Warning And Nevada

Carbon dioxide releases skyrocketing in Nevada, climate researchers find (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

From arctic to tropics, global warming can give you the chills (John Krist column, Nevada Appeal)

"Reno, for instance, where the population exceeds 200,000, has swelled by 5,000 people in a year and 20,000 during the past six years and ranks as the 30th fastest-growing city in the nation. Growth does, after all, generate homes, cars, factories and other businesses that emit all those nasty particulates that dirty the air and reduce the quality of life at twice the rate of 50 years ago."

Refocus fight against pollution (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Meadow Mice, Insects Overrun Elko

Weather big factor in fighting infestations (Elko Free Press article)

Pelicans And Desert Tortoises

The pelican watchers: Fallon's Fish & Wildlife Service monitors pelicans at Pyramid Lake (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Population boom not enjoyed by this desert dweller: Protectors of tortoise get no chance to rest (Las Vegas Sun article)

Biodiesel Fuel

The march of biodiesel: Las Vegas is moving toward making cleaner-burning fuel widely available to consumers (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Soybean Blend

Company begins offering biodiesel fuel in Las Vegas (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Culture

Bicycle Racing

Cruz wins overall title of Reno-Tahoe's Tour de Nez cycling races (Nevada AP article)

Dirt-Track Racing

Politics takes grandstand seat: Dirt track racing is noisy, smelly and, for Heller, a break from the campaign (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire

MGM-Mirage

MGM Mirage unveils plans for $7 billion Project CityCenter (Nevada AP article)

Jeff Simpson catches up with MGM Mirage's big plans for reshaping Las Vegas (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada's Past

KIEL RANCH HISTORY FADING: Former hangout for gunslingers becomes campsite for homeless (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Update for June 26, 2006

[9:30 PM]

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Federal Nevada

Investigation Of Nevada Federal Judge Expected In Wake Of LA Times Series

Inquiry Sought Into Vegas Jurist: The 9th Circuit might already be planning to act on complaints about Judge James C. Mahan (Los Angeles Times article)

Major New Decisions From The US Supreme Court

Vermont's Campaign Finance Laws Held Unconstitutional

Randall v. Sorrell

Sentencing Enhancement Factors Must Be Decided By A Jury

Washington v. Recuenco

Court Recognizes "Right To Counsel Of Choice"

United States v. Gonzalez-Lopez

State Statute Imposing Death Penalty After Finding Aggravating And Mitigating Factors Balance Each Other Out Is Constitutional

Kansas v. Marsh

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Porter labels expected Yucca proposal "irresponsible" (Rep. Porter Press Release)

More Federal Funding For Rural Nevada

Reid secures $4.3 million in funding for northern Nevada range, agriculture and ranch lands (Sen. Reid Press Release)

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Nevada Politics

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative Qualifies For Ballot

TASC numbers hit the mark (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Government

Portions of I-80, US Hwy 50 Closed

Nearly 1,000 firefighters battle two dozen fires in Nevada (Nevada AP article)

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June 27, 2006

[6:15 PM]

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Nevada Ablaze !!!

Situation: One Firefighter For Every 79 Acres Of Flame

1,000 firefighters stretched to limit battling 79,100 burning acres in Nevada (Nevada AP article)

State Of Emergency

Governor Declares State Of Emergency (Gov. Guinn Press Release)

Fires force state of emergency (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

County issues emergency fire declaration (Elko Free Press article)

Call For Federal Assistance

Federal fire relief headed to Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Ensign, Reid announce federal assistance for Nevada wildfires (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Pillars Of Flame Blaze Over Tinder-Dry Trees, Sagebrush

16 Fires In A Single Night

Wildfires flare across region (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

No containment estimate yet for Linehan Complex fire (Nevada Appeal* article)

Crews say fire picking up in afternoon winds: Fire containment expected in four-five days (Nevada Appeal* article)

Mound House residents evacuated: No homes lost in 1,500-acre blaze (Nevada Appeal* article)

Fire closes freeway: Blazes threaten Osino, Fire Academy (Elko Free Press article)

Fire approaches Carlin (Elko Free Press article)

Fire prompts Sierra Pacific to shut down feeder line (Elko Free Press article)

Be prepared for a nasty fire season (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

State Sen. Titus

The TV duel is joined (Vegas Pundit website)

Lieutenant Governor Hunt

Lorraine who? (Vegas Pundit website)

Political Advertising

Gibson, Titus and Gender Roles in Political Ads (Myrna the Minx, Reno and Its Discontents)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Two measures clear first hurdle on way to ballot (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Wording changes seen in versions of major Nevada ballot question (Nevada AP article)

The good, the bad, and TASC (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

TASC on steroids? No thanks (Chuck Muth column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The State, The Family And The Child

Nevada slips in national child well-being survey (Nevada AP article)

Anne E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count webpage

2006 Kids County Data Book

Nevada Profile

State Judiciary

Clark County District Court Judge Steven Jones

COURT DATE: Hearing on order delayed (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"For now, Jones has been taken off all Family Court cases involving domestic violence. But the obvious question is whether, given all those police visits, he should be sitting on the bench in Family Court at all."

JOHN L. SMITH: One Family Court judge should leave office early; today's a good day (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Pro Tem Justice Of The Peace Arrested In Las Vegas

Prostitution sting nets part-time judge: Justice of the peace pro-tem jailed on solicitation charge (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

Judge hopes good can come out of courthouse shooting in Reno (Nevada AP article)

Mack wants case tried outside county system (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

The Fandango Plan

Commission to hear about Fandango plan: Casino wants to add a 10-screen movie theater and 98-room hotel, and increase casino's size (Nevada Appeal* article)

Clark County

Plight Of The Homeless

Goodman's plan a farce: Mayor's idea to force treatment upon the homeless is shallow substitute for leadership (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Work Your Way Out Of West Las Vegas

"The decisions we make as consumers determine whether we are paid a 'living wage' and whether we need additional income. Times aren't getting tougher -- the choices are."

Choices shape pay sufficiency (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

The Principal In Action -- They Chose Not To Be Poor

"Organized crime has struck again in Southern Nevada and this time, its victim is the retail industry. These criminals are not involved with drugs, prostitution or money laundering, but disappearing inventory with losses the industry says totals billions of dollars."

Retailers rail against shoplifting rings (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Elko County

Cause . . .

Building permits continue to climb (Elko Free Press article)

And Effect.

City planning hike in water, sewer rates (Elko Free Press article)

Washoe County

Suddenly, A Casino Appeared

"The 12-acre resort, not part of Red Development's first scheme for the massive retail complex planned at the Sparks Marina, will feature a 50,000-square-foot casino and be 250 to 300 feet tall, officials for Olympia said."

Sparks Marina could get a casino (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

A Boom For A Few, Anyway -- Higher Taxes And A Deteriorating Standard Of Living For The Rest

Another boom for Reno? (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

"'They're wanting to raise taxes for fire and police,' she said. 'Obviously, annexations don't pay for themselves. Where's the dough? Where's the money?'"

Panel to hear amendments for regional growth plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Carson City School District

School district strategy working with NCLB (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Churchill County School District

Leaking Lights

District testing oily, black substance (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Up to 1,100 aged ballasts remain in schools (Lahontan Valley News* article)

A Good Idea

Local pairs students with adult mentors (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County School District

School district short 635 teachers: Number is reduction from earlier projected shortfall of 1,000 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Union accused of coercion: School district alleges benefits withheld to force administrators to join (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

What will be Yucca's need? Senate to study new recycling technology (Las Vegas Sun article)

State of Nevada's Letter to Mr. Paul M. Golan, OCRWM Re: Request to Withdraw or Clarify a Clearly Incorrect Statement (State Agency For Nuclear Projects website)

Flag-Burning Amendment

Ensign, Reid to vote to ban flag burning (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"The rights of all Americans are under assault in this administration, and acquiescence by Democrats is making it all possible, from the war to the Patriot Act to the happy ban on burning the flag."

ERIN NEFF: Pandering Harry (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Let flag-burning amendment die (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Campaign Finance And The US Supreme Court

"The public should be told where their politicians' money comes from, the better to evaluate to whom they are beholden. But limits on campaign contributions and expenditures only drive the money river underground, where it can no longer be tracked. Meantime -- to the extent they can ever succeed, at all -- such limits become an incumbent protection measure, making it ever harder for challengers with fresh ideas to be heard."

Court strikes down spending limits: Campaign restrictions may have reached 'high water mark' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Randall v. Sorrell (US Supreme Court website)

Bill Signing Statements

Bush Ignores Laws He Inks, Vexing Congress (Associated Press article)

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From The Neon Empire

State Regulation Of Gambling

"More to the point, what does the Nevada Gaming Control Board know? That's unclear, since Tamares — which has its fingers in pies all over the world — managed to duck the Nevada licensing process by dint of a quaint little provision whereby it's declared a 'passive landlord.'"

"Passive landlords" = amateur night? (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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June 28, 2006

[11:10 AM]

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Nevada's Burning Hills

Overview

125 square miles in Nevada burning; Gov declares emergency (Nevada AP article)

Winds threaten progress (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Conditions take toll on crews, equipment (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Help firefighters by making their jobs easier (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Glossary of firefighting terms (Nevada Appeal* article)

Carson City

Goni Canyon residents narrowly escape fire's grasp (Nevada Appeal* article)

If wildfire is threatening your home and you need to evacuate (Nevada Appeal* article)

Businesses help keep fire at bay (Nevada Appeal* article)

Scorched around the edges, it's business as usual: Business managers and owners clean up Tuesday morning after a stressful night (Nevada Appeal* article)

Containment expected within five days (Nevada Appeal* article)

Churchill County

Fallon crews join wildfire fight (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Elko County

"Mountain City Highway was closed briefly this afternoon as the Suzie Fire approached Elko, threatening to destroy the town’s last remaining power source."

Fire nears Elko (Elko Free Press article)

Smoke-Out (Elko Free Press article)

Elko County declares fire emergency (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

County not taking chances with lightning-sparked wildfires: Residents, visitors should heed lightning’s dangers, too (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Washoe County

Fires outside basin serve as cautionary tale (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Lahontan: TRPA fire plan weak on protection (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN: Titus ends silence on television -- She trades attack ads with Democratic rival in Reno (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Jon Ralston vouches for the veracity of two early TV campaign ads (Las Vegas Sun column)

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

Dean Heller and Dawn Gibbons are liberals! (Vegas Pundit website)

2006 Legislative Races

State Sen. Tiffany And The Ethics Commission

When black is white (Vegas Pundit website)

Columnist Chuck Muth And State Assemblywoman Francis Allen

"What separates Muth from most is his focus on transforming the Internet into a useful campaign tool. He's developing a series of e-mail lists that will target political districts and enable him to give voters regular updates on favored candidates as well as deliver blistering broadsides against opponents."

JOHN L. SMITH: Personal or political, Republican bulldog's bite is just as bad as his bark (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Clerks begin verifying signatures for TASC, Eminent Domain petitions (Nevada Appeal* article)

Anti-Smoking Measures

"'Our belief is that there should be set aside areas for nonsmokers and smokers. People should have that choice to choose one way or the other,'' Haney said. 'We are so driven by tourists, and so the fact of the matter is, we don't believe that Nevadans have an appetite to completely ban smoking.'''

Report bolsters backers of anti-smoking initiative (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Surgeon general's report brings to light issue of secondhand smoke in Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

The Report

New Surgeon General’s Report Focuses on the Effects of Secondhand Smoke (US Surgeon General's Press Release)

The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General (US Surgeon General's website)

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Petition's details matter (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Judiciary

Problems With Clark County District Court Judges

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Accuser worked for another judge -- Mosley released suspect in jail on battery charge (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

'I'm just healing,' judge says (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

State Tax Haul

State collects $1 billion less in property taxes due to cap (Nevada Appeal* article)

Troubled Nevada State Prison

Beaten To Death

Inmate hurt at NSP dies (Nevada Appeal* article)

New Public Works Chief Named

Acting Public Works chief named: Change follows manager's resignation after state lost $10.3 million arbitration (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

State Homeland Security

Company pays fine over failure to update plan: Tronox missed Homeland Security date (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Local Government

Churchill County

Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILT)

 County receives slightly less in federal lands funds than in '05 (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Elko County

The Fight Against Meth

Law & Order - Part I: Exposing the ‘hidden monster’ How meth pushes Elko County’s overall crime rate (Elko Free Press article)

Law & Order - Part I: Juvenile justice tempered by ‘Maximum Mike’ (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

City Of Fernley

City to pursue grant for sidewalks, pedestrian, bike paths (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Washoe County

Spanish Springs Community Hospital

 County approves change to area plan for hospital (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Grant Money

$825,000 state grant will fund trailheads, Galena School House (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

More Serious Questions About UNLV Dental School

"The issue confronting regents is whether OEC's pullout is a financial hiccup, as UNLV officials are hoping, or whether it's the first of many cracks in a flawed business plan."

Dental fix: Is UNLV taking one in the jaw over $3.5 million deal with private company to launch orthodontics school? (Las Vegas Sun article)

Five regents request meeting: Dental school cheating prompts calls for new notification procedure (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Former Clark County Manager To Head Health Science Center

Regents approve paying Reilly $250,000: County manager to head health sciences center (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Public Schools

1 in 5 Nevada children live in poverty: State slips in annual kids' well being report (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Churchill County School District

PCB leaks top board agenda: Trustees will also discuss lapse in Ackerman's license (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Scientist will suggest survey of school lights for PCBs (Lahontan Valley News* article)

PCB issue opens door to Fallon's dark past (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

Washoe County School District

 Exploring California's Mother Lode (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA's Suction Scheme

"'The decision is a real wake-up call for Southern Nevadans who really need to pay close attention to the Water Authority's plans,' says Rose Strickland, water campaign coordinator for the Sierra Club and one of the state's leaders who oppose the agency's plans. 'These are enormously expensive projects, and the amounts of water are very questionable.'"

Rulings against wells not enough to derail billion-dollar project (Las Vegas Sun article)

High Water On The Truckee River

High water level forces rafters off of Truckee (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

"The government would store nuclear waste at temporary sites for as long as 25 years while it worked to overcome delays in the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada under a plan offered by the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee."

Senator offers plan to store nuclear waste: Proposal rests on temporary sites (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Flag-Burning Amendment

Senate Rejects Flag Desecration Amendment (Washington Post article)

Pure Partisan Pandering: The Flag Amendment (Desert Beacon blog)

Unwarranted Surveillance

"The Nevadan and a group of other Republican senators echoed President Bush, who on Monday condemned the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal for disclosing a monitoring system which relies on a large international database that includes Americans' banking transactions."

Ensign condemns newspaper (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"The Bush administration's claims that its banking surveillance is legal and includes proper privacy safeguards would be easier to believe if Bush and his officials had a better track record. But this administration is one that acts in secrecy and attacks those who question its motives or actions. A government operating without public oversight - even in times of war - is not a democracy."

Misplaced blame: President Bush blames the messenger, ignores the message (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Letter From Bill Keller on The Times's Banking Records Report (Bill Keller letter, New York Times)

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Update for June 28, 2006

[8:10 PM]

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Nevada's Burning Hills

Top fire crews on Nevada's 130,000 acres of fires hope for rain (Nevada AP article)

Fire conditions improve after evacuation (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Rain and firefighters contain Canyon fire (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Crews monitor 9,000-acre fire burning 50 miles north of Las Vegas (Nevada AP article)

Reid renews efforts to fight fires (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Federal Fire Relief Headed to Nevada (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

FEMA authorizing funding to assist firefighting efforts in Nevada (Gov. Guinn Press Release)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Anti-Smoking Initiatives

Will they ban smoking? (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Lack Of Accountability In Government Leads To Civic Apathy, Frustration

This is what democracy could look like (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

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Nevada Government

State Government

A Law In Need Of Enforcement

"You won't get copies of the sales contract and credit application in Spanish unless you ask for them; and the state told only new-car dealers about the translations, leaving used-car dealers in the dark."

Language law largely ignored by auto dealers (Las Vegas Sun article)

AG's Office Gets Conviction

Las Vegas Group Home Owner Guilty Of Neglect (Attorney General Press Release)

Local Government

Douglas County

Minden Centennial

Reid honors Minden centennial (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Heavenly Review

Heavenly master plan review set (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Washoe County

Destroyed For Limo Parking

Commission approves purchase, demolition of Liberty Belle restaurant (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

21-Mile Effluent Pipeline Replacement At Incline

Pipeline project to finish on time (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Land Sales And Use

IVGID trustees to get land sale update (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Ensign: Nat'l award shows innovation of Nevada's educational readers (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Reid highlights $500K to make Nevada school buses cleaner, safer (Sen. Reid Press Release)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Reid slashes Yucca Mountain funding (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Statement of Sen. Reid On Interim Nuclear Waste Storage Provisions in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Berkley Opposes New Senate Plan for Interim Nuke Waste Storage: Yucca Mountain Still Targeted as Radioactive Garbage Dump (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

State of Nevada Letter to Congressman Joe Barton, Chairman, House Energy & Commerce Committee Re: Board's polite language does not fully convey the preliminary and confused status of the TAD concept in message to DOE (Nevada Agency For Nuclear Projects website - pdf-45K)

State of Nevada Hazard area and probability of volcanic disruption of the proposed high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, USA - Chih-Hsiang Ho, Eugene I. Smith, Deborah L. Keenan (Nevada Agency For Nuclear Projects website - pdf-176K)

Minimum Wage

Reid demands Congress raise the minimum wage for Nevada workers (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Alternative Energy Sources

Reid wins funding for geothermal power research (Sen. Reid Press Release)

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Redistricting Plan In Texas

League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry (US Supreme Court website - pdf format)

Veterans Affairs

House Passes Berkley Bill to Increase Benefit Payments for America's Veterans: Cost of Living Adjustment Will Give Vets Extra Financial Help (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

Global Warming

Old Canards from Young Journalists (Doug French column, Liberty Watch Magazine)

Telecom Bill Passes Out Of Committee

Ensign: Telecom bill passage a win for consumers (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Federal Income Tax Reform

Why we must abolish the income tax (Ed Iverson column, Lahontan Valley News*)

Bill Signing Statements

Bush: King, Dictator or What? (Nye blog)

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

Guantanamo - an American 'Gulag' (Andy Whyman column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Is Guantanamo all that ails? (Jim Clark column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

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June 29, 2006

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Nevada's Burning Hills

Weather brings optimism to massive wildfire fight in Nevada (Nevada AP article)

Western Nevada

Once the smoke cleared, all was OK (Nevada Appeal* article)

Wednesday's shower a welcome relief for firefighters: Officials say no structures threatened; evacuations called off (Nevada Appeal article)

Weather aids crews on fire lines (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Cheatgrass perfect fuel to feed flames (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Eastern Nevada

Suzie fire still growing (Elko Free Press article)

Fire approaches Elko: 70,000-acre blaze burns near Sundance subdivision (Elko Free Press article)

City bans outdoor watering: Storage tanks needed in case of fire emergency (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

"In Nevada, $150,000 in campaign contributions from one source qualifies as big money. So when developer Anthony Marnell III handed Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson an envelope Dec. 14 with checks totaling $150,000, the obvious question: Why so much?"

JANE ANN MORRISON: Titus, accusing Gibson of 'pay to play' politics, says it all starts with Money (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

2006 Legislative Races

Candidate calls check a bribe to leave race (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

2006 Local Races

Washoe County

Winged conflict: Can a county commissioner operate a business at local airfields and vote on decisions affecting them? (Reno News & Review article)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Wording differences in major Nevada ballot question defended (Nevada AP article)

Gathering signatures (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Government

State Government

Sales And Use Tax Haul Up 10.7 Percent Over Last Year

Taxation Revenue Statistics - April 2006 (Gov. Guinn Press Release)

Nevada sales up 4.3 percent in April (Nevada AP article)

Land Prices

Property value up by a third (Nevada AP article)

Attempted Assassination Of Judge Weller

SUV on video looks like Mack's rental (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST ALLEGED: 'Unprecedented' motions filed for Mack -- Disqualification of all Washoe County prosecutors, judges sought (Nevada AP article)

Perceived injustice can lead to violence (Michael Lafferty column, Reno News & Review)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Casino Fandango additions, megaplex theater approved (Nevada Appeal* article)

Carson City to Receive Funding For Anti-Meth Coalition: House Passes Legislation That Includes Critical Funding for Nevada (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)

Churchill County

VA approves funds for Fallon clinic (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Reid celebrates Department of Veterans Affair's decision to open clinic in Fallon (Sen. Reid Press Release)

County embraced reason in horse track decision (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County

"The developer of Lake Las Vegas wants to store tens of thousands of pounds of high explosives, detonators and ammonium nitrate in a relatively remote corner of its Henderson community, unsettling residents already shaken by a June 5 blast mishap. The temporary storage facility would be built in an undeveloped area of the upscale community, east of the Lake Las Vegas Parkway entrance road and north of Lake Mead Parkway."

Storage of explosives has neighbors shaken (Las Vegas Sun article)

Elko County

Law & Order - Part 2: Courts getting busier (Elko Free Press article)

Looking for options to deal with growth (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

Dirty Anaconda

"Larry Cox has holes in his feet that refuse to heal. His feet are pock-marked with reddish, unhealed craters surrounded by crusty dead skin."

Mountain or molehill? Health problems in Yerington have former miners wondering if the mine is to blame (Reno News & Review article)

Nye County

Commissioner Hollis is voted in as new chairman (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Washoe County

Public Protests, Planning Questions Ignored

Regional Planning Commission approves growth amendments (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Tourism officials OK tax break for Cabela's (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

No Breaks For Palladio

Palladio developers must stick to plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Had Been Ejected From City Council Meeting

Felton loses appeal of Reno ouster (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Churchill County School District

Process begins to find principal for Lahontan Elementary (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada Water Matters

Colorado River lawsuit can go on: LV judge drops Mexican farmers as plaintiffs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Desalination still years away for West (Las Vegas Sun article)

Bill has nearly $100 million for northern Nevada lakes (Nevada AP article)

Water skiers, wakeboarders brave Lahontan's high waters (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada's Environment

Struggle To Survive

Slow recovery: Scaly and slow, Southern Nevada's desert tortoise struggles to keep up (Las Vegas Sun article)

Crews begin fighting 'Vegas Fire' to protect desert tortoise (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Waste plan produces skepticism -- Bill calls for temporary sites (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Nuclear Gamesmanship: Under a plan backed by U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and Pete Domenici, states with nuclear power plants could be responsible for storage of their own nuclear waste for 25 years (Las Vegas Sun article)

Reid: Yucca Mountain bill a step in the right direction (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Support Our Troops

"According to a recent story by The New York Times, military widows often face a complicated paperwork process characterized by lost documents, long delays, poor information and cracks in the laws that govern benefits for survivors."

Lack of security: Military widows say government is slow to pay survivors' benefits when loved ones die (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

From The US Congress

Reid introduces Safe Skies Act (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Reid efforts moves NTS workers closer to compensation (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Reid fights for breast cancer research funding (Sen. Reid Press Release)

US Supreme Court Overturns Military Tribunal Process For Persons Detained By US Authorities

US Guantanamo tribunals 'illegal': Many Guantanamo detainees have been held for years -- The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Bush administration does not have the authority to try terrorism suspects by military tribunal (BBC News article)

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (US Supreme Court website)

Unwarranted Surveillance

ERIN NEFF: Press doing a job Congress abdicated (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Student Loans

Cutting cost of student loans (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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June 30, 2006

[5:15 PM]

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Nevada's Burning Hills

Cast of heroes during fires not limited to firefighters (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

BLM worries about wildfires: Crackdown on fires, fireworks planned for Fourth of July weekend (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Federal money beefs up Nevada fire budget (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Western Nevada

Area crews move on to bigger fires (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Mound House residents look to get back to normal (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)

Linehan fire 90 percent contained (Nevada Appeal* article)

Nevada wild fires make for a smoky view at Tahoe (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Eastern Nevada

Fire Break: Weather helps crews get upper hand on blazes (Elko Free Press article)

Fire officials address concerns of public (Elko Free Press article)

Southern Nevada

VEGAS FIRE: Crews battle blaze threatening wildlife -- 12,000-acre fire is Southern Nevada's largest this year (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Politics

2006 Governor's Race

2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

Nevada to be well represented in Congress (Jim Clark column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

2006 Legislative Races

"Queen Of Mean" In Trouble

Jon Ralston gauges the state political climate that by November looks to be too hot even for a survivor like Republican Sen. Sandra Tiffany to survive (Las Vegas Sun column)

2006 Local Elections

Clark County

Boggs McDonald, husband divorcing: County commissioner seeking exclusive possession of home (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

The TASCers strike back (Vegas Pundit website)

Anti-Tobacco Measures

Smoking bans in Nevada (Nevada AP article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

The Case Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane

"In what her attorney dubbed the "Full Monty Motion," Clark County Recorder Frances Deane filed a request Thursday for information regarding any benefits given or promised to businessman Monty Miller, a witness in her corruption case, by employees of the district attorney's office."

CORRUPTION CASE: Deane seeks documents on witness -- Recorder questions businessman's 'favorable treatment' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

State Sales And Use Tax Haul

Nevada sales show only a small increase (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Nevada sales tax numbers slip to half this year's average (Nevada Appeal* article)

Taxable sales creep upward (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Troubled State Prison System

Guards renew prison criticism; director says they are lying (Nevada Appeal* article)

A Law That Needs To Be Enforced

Watch your language: Despite new law, not all auto dealers are offering Spanish-language contracts (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Clark County District Court Judge Steven Jones

"The girlfriend of Family Court chief Judge Steven Jones was on the verge of getting a job as a bailiff in another Family Court judge's courtroom until Jones was arrested last week on an allegation of battering the woman, a Las Vegas attorney said."

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS: Attorney says case cost job -- Girlfriend of judge tried for bailiff post (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Other Clark County Judicial Problems

Won't Someone Change The Subject?

"We've got some good, hard-working judges in our local courts, along with a few jokers, hypocrites, and shysters. It's not fair to paint them all with the same brush, but every day, it seems, new brush strokes are being applied, and the local bench is being painted into an unenviable corner. Someone down there at the courthouse needs to figure out a way to reverse the onslaught of bad press because this is becoming a serious embarrassment to our courts and our community."

 It's hard out there for a judge (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Anti-meth coalition to receive funding (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Churchill County

City Of Fallon

City of Fallon makes budget adjustments (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Churchill County Economic Development Authority

Taylor named new director of CEDA (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Clark County

Las Vegas Mayor's War On The Homeless

New 72-Hour Forced Police Institutionalizations To Be Used

City marshals 'Legal 2000' forces against homeless: Authority allows medical professionals to hospitalize mentally ill (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Bigmouth strikes again: Mayor Oscar Goodman opens up a six-pack of hate on the homeless (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Can you imagine? Imagine former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones tried to get away with one-tenth of one-one hundredth of one percent of what current Mayor Oscar Goodman has actually pulled off. (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)

Death Of A Dream

Losing Hope: County Commission crushes Rick and Melba McGee's dream of relocating their recovery home (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Cast A Giant Shadow

"Triple Five has been seen as a political force in the past. Since 1998, the company and its affiliates have contributed at least $153,000 to Southern Nevada politicians, and in 2000 the company secured Clark County approval for a casino in the Spring Valley township of southwest Las Vegas - although that was later voided by a state panel."

Sky-high condos to leave neighbors in shadows (Las Vegas Sun article)

The New Eldorado

Boulder City land sale petition heads for court: Judge to hear arguments to keep measure off November ballot (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Wet 'n' Wild Amusement Park

Alamo descendant strikes deal with Archon Corp (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Elko County

Assisted-living homes closed voluntarily (Elko Free Press article)

Law & Order - Part 3: Plea agreements balance many factors (Elko Free Press article)

Going Up

Spring Creek water rates approved (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA)

Singlaub's press talks get him in hot water; called out for resort deal talks (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Washoe County

It's Not Just Unions Who Want To Say No To Developer-Driven Growth

"'People are just sick and tired of the small, inside club of developers and casino interests and their lawyers making decisions on their behalf,' said Bob Fulkerson, director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada that joined the Culinary Union effort."

Union petitions to restrict casinos (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Picking A President

Class dismissed: How to choose a UNLV president (while ignoring the faculty) (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Would Like To Get Bigger

WNCC's Fallon Advisory Board supports campus growth, goals (Lahontan Valley News* article)

Public Schools

Clark County School District

District erases aid to help teachers find homes (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Culture

Basque Arts

Basque Festival kicks off Friday (Elko Free Press article)

Reno Rodeo

Boots, chaps and cowboy hats (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Senate panel cuts requested funding -- Legislation questions redesign of repository (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

To Be Continued (Part 5): $1/2 Million Cocaine-Ecstasy Sales Case

"Despite a stipulation last month that no more postponements would occur, the preliminary hearing in a drug trafficking case involving a member of a prominent Las Vegas family was postponed for the fifth time Thursday."

Hearing delayed again in drug case: Grandson of former sheriff, another arrested (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

"We hope Congress holds Bush to the laws set by the U.S. Constitution and the international agreements set by the Geneva Conventions. And we hope as well that Congress remains vigilantly protective of a free press, which has every right and obligation to disclose government practices that do not square with established law and procedures."

High court humbles Bush: Guantanamo decision clarifies that the president is not all-powerful during wartime (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Corporate Surveillance

Your prying eyes (Brian Rouff column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Failed Flag-Burning Amendment

"In our book, a few long-haired hippies who want to flick their Bics to a flag are a lot less sinister than members of the world's most exclusive club voting to systematically destroy the people's constitutional rights to free speech, privacy, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Stars and Stripes forever a tool for political profit (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

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Nevada's Past

Prehistoric Petroglyphs

Keeper of the stone: The Nevada Rock Art Foundation works to preserve and protect petroglyphs in Sloan Canyon (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Dayton's Tale

Dayton has rich stories to tell; add your own (Nevada Appeal* article)

From TNO's Reading Room

Fanny G. Hazlett, Historical Sketch and Reminiscences of Dayton, Nevada (1910)

50th Birthday Of US Interstate Highway System

Get your kicks on ... I-40? (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Journalism

Let Me Tell You What Freedom Means To Me

Revel in the glory and the promise of America in Incline (Andy Whyman column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

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