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March 2007

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March 1, 2007

[1:30 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Dead Kids

Clark County Family Services Denies Reported Claims, Says Report Is Wrong: All Children Well And Accounted For (Nevada Observer article)

Eminent Domain

"The Senate Judiciary Committee learned that Assembly Joint Resolution 3 is the result of an agreement between supporters of PISTOL, which received strong support from voters in November, and Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury, who represented local government concerns on the proposal."

EMINENT DOMAIN: Land compromise pushed -- PISTOL backers endorse Assembly Joint Resolution 3 (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Eminent Domain Issues Debated Despite Public: Transportation Officials Unhappy With Public Vote On PISTOL (Nevada Observer article)

"Kermit Waters, an eminent domain lawyer who co-authored the People's Initiative to Stop the Taking of Our Land, said he isn't backing away from having the initiative on the 2008 ballot for a required second round of voting. It passed in 2006 with 63 percent of the vote."

Senate panel eyes three eminent domain bills (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada's Wretched, Toothless Ethics Laws

AJR1: Ethics Or Politics As Usual? Do Not Go To Jail, Collect All That You Can (Nevada Observer article)

State Prisons And Prisoners

"The proposal comes as state officials and the Legislature grapple with where to put the 12,800 inmates currently in the system, which is 1,000 more than the budget can cover, and what to do about inmate projections that demand billions of dollars in new prison construction unless new policies are developed."

Hardesty works on his proposal to deport inmates (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada Highways

Highway Needs Should Receive Full Debate: Growth Has Brought Severe Stress To Nevada's Highways (Nevada Observer article)

Inadequate State Regulation Of Mortgage Industry

Mortgage, Real Estate-Related Industry Problems Continue: State Oversight Severely Lacking As Companies Fall Like Dominoes (Nevada Observer article)

Regulation Of Utilities

"Tom Pittman complained that Nevada Power proposed to raise general rates higher for consumers than big businesses such as casinos. While Nevada Power wants to increase single-family residential general rates by 11.6 percent, rates for a large Strip casino would increase by 3.9 percent, the company said."

Power-rate proposal irks citizens (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"A proposed bill that would label power plants that burn tires as a form of renewable energy didn't appear to get much traction from members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Wednesday."

No treads on me: Tire-burning energy plan raises protests -- Officials oppose idea for its pollution potential (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada lawmakers discuss bills changing utility regulation (Associated Press article)

The Methamphetamine Problem And The Bills Meant To Solve It

War On Meth Gets Help From Representative Berkley: Slowly The Giant Problem Gains Awareness (Nevada Observer article)

Leave my cold medicine alone Turning cold medicine into a prescription drug complicates life needlessly for everyone, especially those 400,000 Nevadans without health insurance (Deidre Pike column, Reno News & Review)

Nevada's Lieutenant Governor

Now that's funny (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

Treating It Just Like The Original Alcohol Prohibition Act

"And so it goes: Bar and tavern operators are claiming to live by the letter of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act - while allowing customers to eat and puff away in violation of the new law."

No smoking, wink, wink: Taverns comply with letter of law, but enforcement is another story (Las Vegas Sun article)

State Agencies

Shakeup At State Ag Division Leads To Resignation: Questions Of Mismanagement, Audit Problems Hinted (Nevada Observer article)

Domestic Living

Not Bad

Nevada No. 12 in child care: Staff-to-child ratio at centers falls short (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada's Economy

Timeshare industry generates $2.8 billion in Nevada (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Housing Sales Continue Long Decline In Nevada: Forty Other States Also Face Declines In Real Estate Sales (Nevada Observer article)

Local Government

Churchill County

Task force on illegal dumping meets tonight (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

County Affairs

County workers in line for raises: Commission to vote on labor agreement (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The City Of Las Vegas And Free Speech

"But the most appalling thing about this tax-funded anti-free-speech chorus was their willingness to haul out arguments that have already been thoroughly considered and definitively thrown out by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, for all the world like necromancers digging up the pet cemetery and trying to re-sell the senators a dumpster full of dead Fluffies."

In contempt of free speech? Despite court rulings, local officials continue to ignore First Amendment (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

The Housing Market

Las Vegas home sales plummet in January: Analyst sees little chance of sector rebounding this year (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Washoe County

Inequitable Taxation

Washoe DA Gammick Foiled Again: Tax Board Won't Bow To Demands, Gammick In A Twit (Nevada Observer article)

City Of Reno

Landlord Says He Didn't Know About Conditions

"Some of the nearly 175 displaced residents of Reno's Lakemill Lodge, which was shut down by city officials this week for code and safety violations, say they are glad to be gone because crime was rampant there."

Former residents tell of life at Lakemill Lodge (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Affordable Housing

City looking for land for affordable housing (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics

Early Presidential Caucuses And Debates

"The Brookings Institution, which for 80 years has offered nonpartisan policy analysis, is bringing the expertise of its scholars to a series of panel discussions - possibly including one in Nevada - and to online events. The purpose is to try to keep the political discourse from being waged only in sound bites and to keep media coverage from focusing on the horse race and mudslinging."

Brookings wants to elevate '08 political debate (Las Vegas Sun article)

That Caucus Question Again --- Purely A Public Relations Stunt? (Nevada Observer editorial)

State Democratic Party

New water level: Presidential candidate Bill Richardson wants to raise the visibility of water as an issue (Reno News & Review article)

Clinton hijacks the spotlight: The political spotlight moved away from the presidential candidate forum in Nevada (Reno News & Review article)

Clinton hires Nevada campaign director (Associated Press article)

Establishment v. Independent Bloggers Imbroglio

Are We Really This Stupid? (Coyote Angry)

Nevada Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie Talks About FOX and The Debate Controversy (Dullard Mush)

Washoe Dem Chair Responds To FOX Debate Controversy (Dullard Mush)

"From my perspective, it's time for MoveOn to move on."

ERIN NEFF: An 'unholy alliance' with Fox? (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

State Republican Party

"Nevada Republicans are scrambling to make the state more relevant in the presidential nominating process, with state and national leaders this week conferring on how to arrange a caucus for the state and when to schedule it."

2008 NOMINATION: GOP feeling need to compete -- State's Republicans ponder moving up presidential caucus (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The caucus would help offset the national attention given Nevada's Democratic presidential caucus next January and help the Republican nominee win the state's five electoral votes in 2008, state Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, said."

GOP eyes an early Nevada caucus (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

A tall tale in Nevada: Rudy Giuliani is doomed! Stories about a fundraiser don't check out (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

A Morale Matter

"The recently published survey that measures morale at the University of Nevada, Reno is a little unnerving, because tensions among the faculty, staff and administration have begun to ease after the arrival of the new president, Milton Glick."

Keep boosting UNR morale (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Public Schools

In The Legislature

BUDGET PRIORITIES: Bill offers school choice -- Paying for transportation costs a question (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Education should be a bipartisan issue, and lawmakers should do the right thing - find ways to improve education and do what it takes to make them happen. Otherwise, in two years, lawmakers will be in the same spot, facing an education system that will have fallen even further behind."

Let's get moving - now: Lawmakers have good ways in front of them to improve schools and they need to act (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Churchill County School District

School board OKs $250,000 in retirement buy-outs (Lahontan Valley News article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

Water Agency Head Pleads With Legislature For More: SNWA Not Well Received By Many Rural Members (Nevada Observer article)

The Truckee River

Washoe Looking For Super Water Agency: Doubling Of The Population Also In The Works (Nevada Observer article)

"The council asked its lawyers to review whether it must abide by a prior agreement with state transportation and historic resources agencies to preserve historic, doubled-arched bridge. The Corps wants a clear-span bridge so more floodwaters pass."

City council looks at downtown flood control improvements (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Not Keeping Track

Some LV hospitals failing to track data (Associated Press article)

HIV-AIDS

AIDS In Nevada On The Rise Statewide: Thousands Have Died In The Silver State (Nevada Observer article)

Mental Health

Mental Illness: From The Inside Out (Bob Bennett column, Nevada Observer)

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Nevada's Environment

Alternative And Renewable Energy Discussed: Permitting Process May Become A Bit Easier (Nevada Observer article)

Blinded by science: The results of valid research are politicized, manipulated, misrepresented and discredited in the name of dogma (Reno News & Review article)

"The controversial project will require removal of 1,144 trees, more than 150 large, old-growth type that have all but vanished from the Tahoe Basin."

Upgrades to Heavenly anger environmentalists (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Plea deal costs strip club job: Crazy Horse Too worker gets probation (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Nuclear waste dump still alive -- Panel hears warning about rail shipping routes (Associated Press article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

U.S. attorney leaves office with no word on successor (Las Vegas Sun article)

Labor Union Organizing

"A Las Vegas woman was put forward on Wednesday as a face behind a drive by Democrats to help labor unions organize workers and to hinder employers from fighting such efforts."

Las Vegan takes union stand: In support of bill, woman describes difficulties in trying to organize (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

House to vote on how workers are allowed to unionize (Las Vegas Sun article)

Look for the Union Label? (Desert Beacon)

Price Control Proposals

In Search Of Free Markets: Have You Seen One Lately?

What gives you the right? When it comes to profits, it’s the market that decides what’s fair (Michael Lafferty column, Reno News & Review)

Our Nation's Environment

"Both the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Wildlife Federation have joined forces with the American Farm Bureau Federation to support a House measure that would provide tax credits to landowners who take steps to protect endangered species on their property."

Endangered species (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

"Transparent" Government: A Strange Opacity

Bush Administration: Taking being a loser literally? (Desert Beacon)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

The Case of the Missing Movie: The government made a secret video of its interrogations of 'enemy combatant' Jose Padilla. But now that he's on trial, the Feds claim they don't know where it went (Newsweek article, via Desert Beacon)

Veterans Affairs

Walter Reed patients told to keep quiet (Army Times article)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

'Surge' leaves training behind: Two Army combat brigades are being sent to Iraq without final exercises at Fort Irwin (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

In The US Supreme Court

High court rejects Nevadan's appeal: Las Vegas man sought right to cross-examine girl in molestation case (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Whorton v. Bockting (US Supreme Court website)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

The Red And The Black

Station reports income jump: Newest casino provides boost (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The company, it seems, has learned a few lessons about how to pursue its neighborhood projects: Design a casino within acceptable parameters, stick to it, and make friends along the way."

Station Casinos learns lesson about neighbors (Las Vegas Sun article)

February fade for IGT, Sands drags down index: Bally Technologies, MGM Mirage rise (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Chinese Gambling: Handle With Tongs

Opponents move Macau fight to New Jersey: Anti-gaming group says reports on Pansy and Stanley Ho are genuine (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"She needed to show she is independent of her father, even though he provided most of the $80 million she and her sister (her "first lieutenant") needed for the joint venture, and even though Pansy Ho is a major player in her father's various companies, including ferries, casinos, land and commercial properties."

JANE ANN MORRISON: Pansy Ho escapes the shadow of her Hong Kong billionaire father (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Nevada's Past

An Outline of Capital Punishment in Nevada (Guy Rocha column, Nevada Observer)

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Nevada Journalism

The science of control (Reno News & Review editorial)

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March 2, 2007

[10:55 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Unbudgeted Bills

"Bills requesting more than $88 million in supplemental and one-shot appropriations - a number of them not included in the governor's proposed budget - are being introduced in the Nevada Legislature this week."

Budget increases requested by Legislature body (Nevada Appeal article)

"The assault on the state treasury begins in earnest this week."

This little piggy ... (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

The Problem Of Methamphetamine

"A study found that Nevada ranked No. 1 nationally in use of the drug, with 2 percent of its population over age 12 having used meth at least once."

Group meets to create plan against meth: Gibbons-appointed panel holds first strategy session in drug battle (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"It became the refrain of the first meeting of the governor's methamphetamine addiction working group: Nevada needs more treatment facilities to deal with the epidemic that is destroying more lives every year."

Panel holds first meeting on meth addiction (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

National Identity Card System

"Both Nolan and his Assembly counterpart, Transportation Chairman Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, are seeking nonbinding resolutions asking for a complete revamping of the Real ID Act by Congress."

Legislator says new ID program should be delayed: States offered extension on DMV requirement (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Right To Petition

"It was, apparently, a legislative oversight. Someone forgot about the First Amendment."

Solidifying a public right: Lawmakers should pass a bill to restore public access to licensing hearings (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Judicial Records-Sealing

"Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that Democrats and Republicans on the committee have asked legislative staff to research the issue and draft a bill that is 'in the best interest of the public.'"

Lawmakers weigh legislation against sealing of lawsuits (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

What's In A Name?

"Jon Bauman, better known as the former leader of the oldies group Sha Na Na, testified in support of a bill that would make it a deceptive trade practice for musical groups with no original members to pass themselves off as the Coasters, Drifters, Platters or others."

Not so great pretenders: Originals support 'Truth in Music' (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Minimum Wage Initiative

Caught in the Middle: Minimum wage triggers dilemma for state’s disabled (Elko Free Press article)

Office Of The Governor

Administrative Fees

"Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, chairwoman of a Senate-Assembly budget committee dealing with health agencies, criticized Gibbons' move as a "fiscally irresponsible" one that marks a departure from the long tradition of charging industries for their regulation."

Gibbons called 'fiscally irresponsible' after he yanks fee plan (Las Vegas Sun article)

eTreppid Investigation

Gibbons to cooperate in FBI investigation (Associated Press article)

Gibbons retains noted specialist in white-collar crime (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

"Absent more draconian enforcement measures than voters approved or the courts will allow, customers still vote with their feet, preferring to go somewhere where some freedom remains? What a shock. And what is the answer? Why, harsher penalties, of course, while stomping out those exasperating remaining islands of free choice. What shall we try next -- a smokers' resettlement camp?"

Making up the rules as they go along: The Health Department and a no-smoking law (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

The State Judiciary

"The Nevada Supreme Court will be holding historic oral arguments this year in Ely and Elko and the first session of the full court at its southern home atop the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas."

Nevada Supreme Court to convene in Ely March 15 (Ely Times article)

From The State Attorney General's Office

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES REINSTATES CRIMINAL CONVICTION OF NEVADA CHILD RAPIST MARVIN BOCKTING (Attorney General Press Release)

Our State Economy

Nevada sales up 3 percent: Clark County receipts decrease by 0.8 percent (Associated Press article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Ross Park planned-unit development moves forward: Neighbors voice parking concerns (Nevada Appeal article)

Clark County

Those Airport Land Deals

"Gragson was involved in 20 of the airport's 46 land deals, and Morse was hired to appraise property in each of those exchanges. Gragson then flipped most of the property, making millions in profit."

MCCARRAN LAND DEALS: County to reassess proposed payment -- Counsel recommends accepting $407,500 offer (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Planning And Reality

What’s wrong with this picture? A visual tour of the city stupidscape (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Las Vegas

"I'm the mayor of everything. Everybody thinks that everything is the city of Las Vegas, and I'm certainly not going to do anything to dissuade them."

Jon Ralston on a glimpse again of the real Goodman (Las Vegas Sun column)

Las Vegas Monorail

"Repeatedly and publicly hammered over falling ridership numbers in 2006, the Las Vegas Monorail apparently has decided that less news will be good news in 2007."

Monorail to report ridership numbers with less regularity (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Douglas County

"According to the Douglas County Transportation Plan being considered by commissioners, the transportation accounts start running up deficits in 2010 without additional revenue. Using present revenue sources, the county will have a $7.7 million deficit by 2012."

Facing 5 years of bad road (Gardnerville Record-Courier editorial)

Elko County

Spring Creek: Legal snag delays start of planning (Elko Free Press article)

Minor earthquakes rattle Wells (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

"'The TRPA has essentially abandoned its role as an environmental protector and assigned itself the task of promoting the economic development of the basin,' said Rochelle Nason, executive director for the League to Save Lake Tahoe."

Controversial Heavenly master plan... approved (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Staying on course to conserve Lake Tahoe (John Singlaub column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

"The behemoth plan to regulate boats, piers and buoys over the next 22 years (originally slated for a vote at the end of January) will most likely be delayed until at least late-April due to more concerns from regional entities."

Shorezone plan delayed again (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Incline Village General Improvement District

Recycling mandate at IVGID (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Washoe County

Sell Them

"Northgate loses more than $500,000 a year, and Wildcreek $50,000 to $100,000 depending on spring weather, said Joe Kelly, RSCVA facilities vice president."

Golf courses might merge to save cash (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

White Pine County

County Affairs

"According to Airport Advisory Board Chairman James Adams, storage facility Nevada U-Stor occupies a portion of county-owned land that has been designated a “no-build zone.” A section of a modular house on the property is “literally” sitting where an old airport road used to be, Adams said."

Yelland Field's space encroached by business (Ely Times article)

City Of Ely

Ely Energy Center's move could cost Ely (Ely Times article)

"The mood at Ely City Hall has improved dramatically since Mayor George Chachas stopped bringing his tape recorder inside the building, a city staffer said last week."

Ely City Hall now a kinder, gentler place (Ely Times article)

Primary election set again for April 3 (Ely Times article)

As We See It ~ More city election mess (Ely Times editorial)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Campaigning 101: Hillary Clinton woos Las Vegas teachers, but not everyone is swooning (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Dodd Wins Nevada Candidate Forum Poll, Kucinich Second (Dullard Mush)

Establishment v. Independent Democrats Imbroglio

"There is a new urban jungle political war being waged in Nevada, largely in Las Vegas and Clark County and political animals of every type are actively seeking to build alliances, destroy their old and new enemies, gain new territories and consolidate their personal power; sadly, regardless of the real needs of the common citizens."

Fear & Loathing in the Las Vegas Political Jungle (Johnathan L. Abbinett column, Taylor Marsh)

Carson City Democratic Chairman On The FOX Debate Fight (Dullard Mush)

Clarification for 'The Man' (Nevada Up North)

Nevada State Democratic Party Debating Fox News Debate (Reno and Its Discontents)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

"University system Chancellor Jim Rogers, risking his recently repaired relationship with regents, is telling state lawmakers he would support a state constitutional amendment to have his bosses appointed instead of elected."

Rogers again alienates regents by publicly backing appointed board (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

Churchill County School District

Trustees want more information on time teachers are out of class (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County School District

"One teacher who resigned from C.T. Sewell Elementary says the administration created an intolerable working environment; one who retired from Del Sol High School says she is old, and it was just time to go; one who quit Sierra Vista High School after less than one semester on the job says the burdens laid on teachers—too many students, inadequate space, little support, insurmountable paperwork—were too much to bear; and Dean Wither, who resigned from Coronado High School earlier this year, packages and delivers the most popular reason with a sigh: 'Not enough money.'"

Teachers flee! Loads of cash would bring them back! (Las Vegas Weekly article)

Douglas County School District

Superintendent: Fewer students affect funding, not school quality (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

"Household water use in the Las Vegas Valley would drop dramatically if the Southern Nevada Water Authority used a pricing structure similar to that of Tucson, Ariz., a water conservation advocate testified Thursday."

Water pricing policy questioned: Tiered rate structure suggested to promote more conservation (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Mulroy complains to Legislature about WPC Commission (Ely Times article)

The Carson River

Farmers can expect 100 percent water allocation (Lahontan Valley News article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Birdflu

Scientists warn poultry imports could spread bird flu (Ely Times article)

No sign of bird flu in Nevada water fowl (Ely Times article)

University Medical Center

"The management and red ink problems at University Medical Center have reverberated up to Carson City, where several legislators are said to be ready to call for hearings into the troubled public hospital."

JOHN L. SMITH: Legislature could prescribe bitter pill as cure for UMC's problems (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"'I was given an explanation that seemed to me to be political in nature, that had nothing to do with any issues with my performance or issues with the performance of my office,' Bogden said."

Bogden questions reason for ouster (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president. Nonetheless, congressional Democrats have argued that the administration targeted prosecutors who were aggressively pursuing white-collar crime or crimes involving Republican lawmakers."

Bogden suspects politics as reason for his ouster (Las Vegas Sun article)

The Strange Death Of Kathy Augustine

Judge lets Higgs out on hefty bail (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Speed Kills

"Local law enforcement officials launched a statewide campaign Thursday that cracks down on heavy-footed motorists who have driven up the percentage of speed-related crashes."

Local law enforcement kick off speed campaign (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Excessive Force

APPEALS COURT RULING: Excessive force claims reinstated -- Handcuffed suspect's neck broken during arrest (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Appellate court finds Las Vegas officer used excessive force (Nevada Appeal article)

Davis v. City Of Las Vegas (US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals website)

Fatal Affray At Laughlin

Last three bikers sentenced in melee: State, federal time to run concurrently (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Culture

Women's History Month

"Now, Women of Diversity Productions has produced an exhibit highlighting the century's worth of contributions by women in the shaping of Las Vegas."

Exhibiting 100 years worth of influence (Nevada Appeal article)

Nevada woman leaves legacy in history project (Nevada Appeal article)

The Nevada Observer's Contribution To Women's History Month

The Overland Journal of "Nonsensical Nellie" Phelps (1859) (TNO Reading Room feature)

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Life Among The Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883) (TNO Reading Room feature)

Chapter I First Meeting of Piutes and Whites; Chapter II Domestic and Social Moralities; Chapter III Wars and Their Causes; Chapter IV Captain Truckee's Death; Chapter V Reservation of Pyramid and Muddy Lakes; Chapter VI The Malheur Agency; Chapter VII The Bannock War; Chapter VIII The Yakima Affair; Appendix

Anne Martin, Woman Suffrage (TNO Reading Room feature)

Lear Theater

"Before the building is moved, arts groups need to determine whether there's really a desire for a theater complex in the Truckee Meadows."

Don't rush into land sale (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Atomic Testing Museum

Unleashed: Thoughts on the beauty and terror of atomic images (Las Vegas Weekly article)

Death Of A Scholar

A deafening silence: UNLV professor and Las Vegas commentator Hal Rothman is dead at 48 (Las Vegas CityLife article)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

"Five years after the attacks of September 11, only about half of the recommendations made by the Commission have been implemented."

REID FIGHTS TO IMPLEMENT 9/11 RECOMMENDATIONS (Sen. Reid Press Release)

REID WORKS TO PROTECT ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Harry Reid's pragmatic policy (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Berkley abuzz: Empowered by the Democratic majority, the always quick-with-a-quip congresswoman has even more to say (Las Vegas Weekly article)

Veterans Affairs

"Martin-Smith said they appeared to include documents stamped "Confidential" in red, federal employment applications with names, addresses and Social Security numbers and individuals' military service records."

Feds following up on report of VA files left in trash bins (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The war within: Psychologists say the Pentagon has failed to fully address returning troops' mental anguish (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Military's mental health care system strained (American Psychological Association Press Release, with links to Report)

Global Warming

‘Plan A' to save Mother Earth (Kent Harper column, Ely Times)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

Reno Company Has Questionable Associations, Paperwork

"He was bound and gagged, stuffed into a private plane, and flown to Kabul, Afghanistan. For five long months he was kept in isolation at an unidentified prison, where he was beaten and tortured by Arab-speaking men in masks. They wanted him to tell them everything about terrorism. El Masri couldn't tell them squat about terrorism since he wasn't -- and isn't -- a terrorist. His abductors had kidnapped the wrong guy."

Nevada welcomes Torture Airlines (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

The Red And The Black

No surprise: Pinnacle reports loss of $5 million for quarter (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past

NNRy

At the Throttle: Maintaining the maintenance (Marty Westland column, Ely Times)

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Nevada Journalism

Young publisher lets homeless speak: UNLV student releases street newspaper (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

LVN offers reward to stop newspaper theft and littering (Lahontan Valley News article)

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March 3, 2007

[4:20 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

The Problem Of Methamphetamine

"While law enforcement continues to arrest and prosecute methamphetamine dealers and educate the public about its dangers, addiction counselors warned state leaders on Thursday that if more money isn't put into treatment, the meth threat will never be gone."

Counselors: More treatment centers needed (Nevada Appeal article)

Federal funds could go toward meth treatment, playing fields (Nevada Appeal article)

"With education the main weapon in the battle against methamphetamine use, Lyon County social service providers are holding forums on the drug throughout this month."

Lyon group putting plans together to fight meth (Nevada Appeal article)

State Prisons And Prisoners

"'Why should we house them if they are able to be deported?' asked Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno. 'It seems to me that's a viable solution.'"

Prison talks focus on illegal immigrants: Deportation described as way for system to save millions (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada lawmakers: ACLU ideas for prisons are hard to justify (Associated Press article)

Inequitable Taxation

Jon Ralston on Politics: Bankers' bounty (In Business Las Vegas column)

State Sales And Use Tax

December sales tax numbers drop: Latest figures well below population growth (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"A December boom in tiny Eureka County single-handedly kept Nevada's sales tax numbers from going down in December."

Eureka tax boom bails out state (Nevada Appeal article)

Create-A-Crime Seatbelt Stops

If they pass the seatbelt law, Erik Holland cartoon [click on image to enlarge]

Seat-belt use in Nevada not a problem (Nevada Appeal editorial)

A Bill To Subsidize Towing Services And Impound Yards

"A Las Vegas assemblywoman introduced a bill Friday that would require police to impound cars of motorists they stop who do not have driver's licenses."

Bill would crack down on unlicensed drivers (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

It's Wet

"The cost to construct an urban fishing pond at the Carson City Fairgrounds more than doubled when a soil inspection showed the area is wetter than expected."

Pond plan price tag higher than expected (Nevada Appeal article)

Churchill County

Obstacles removed for planned expansion of Fallon Industries (Lahontan Valley News article)

Foundation to fight dumping discussed (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

Real Estate Market

"With the supply of land for residential development in the Las Vegas Valley expected to last only 6 1/2 years, the political pressure is starting to mount for the federal government to make more land available for public auctions."

Residential land dwindling (In Business Las Vegas article)

More Tourists

Another record month at McCarran (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Airport traffic rises 6 percent in January (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Las Vegas Monorail

Monorail: If you don't know about it, does it still suck? (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

The Big Leagues

Real Estate and Development: Still not prime time for pro sports franchise in LV (In Business Las Vegas article)

Elko County

New Justice: Kacin puts his stamp on court (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

Budget Shortfall

$1.75M budget shortfall causes first cutbacks in Lyon County: Interlocal agreement postponed, jail seminar canceled (Nevada Appeal article)

What's With The Middleman?

Lyon approves contract hiring Hadfield (Nevada Appeal article)

Youth Programs

"Lyon County Parks and Recreation is expanding its youth programs, offering both year-round and seasonal activities, including new programs in Silver Springs."

No more excuses for, 'Mom, I'm bored.' (Nevada Appeal article)

Nye County

County Affairs

"Commissioner Roberta "Midge" Carver tops the list in spending, with $10,745 in travel expenses billed to the general fund last fiscal year, or about a third of the total. Carver attributed her high expenses to her remote location, saying they are all the mileage reimbursement. She pointed out that it is a 120-mile round trip just from her home in Round Mountain to Tonopah."

Carver tops in travel (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Town Of Pahrump

Town board OKs survey of potential detention site (Pahrump Valley Times article)

"The Pahrump Town Board struck a blow against the town's notorious reputation for hiring consultants at its meeting last Tuesday when the board rejected a proposal from the WillDan Engineering firm to conduct a comprehensive parks master development plan at its meeting last Tuesday."

Board rejects consultant (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Town board opens community center bids (Pahrump Valley Times article)

"The town board approved the purchase of up to 60 acre feet of water rights at $11,500 per acre foot, for a total of $690,000, at its meeting last Tuesday."

Town scores deal on water (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Politics

State Republican Party

"Leading Nevada Republicans on Friday agreed to hold a presidential nominating caucus in Nevada on Feb. 7, 2008, two days after the "Giga-Tuesday" that is expected to narrow the race to become the party's nominee."

2008 POLITICAL SPOTLIGHT: GOP sets presidential caucus -- Move answers Democrats' calendar shift (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada Republicans sure to be overlooked (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

President Bush Discusses No Child Left Behind Reauthorization (White House website)

In The Legislature

"One of the Clark County School District's chief critics said Friday that a district study used to bolster the argument for full-day kindergarten showed that students who were not "at risk" who attended full-day kindergarten fared worse than students who attended just half days."

Full-day kindergarten critic says study data misleading: Lawmaker's news release prompts response from district (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"But the most important fact here is that the Clark County School District is now revealed to be not an objective and reliable judge and arbiter when it comes to measuring the efficacy of all-day kindergarten, but rather a lobbyist for said program, willing and able to massage and manipulate facts and findings to get this endeavor approved."

All-day kindergarten: More details on school district study (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

CCSD vs. Beers (Vegas Pundit)

Churchill County School District

School trustees want legal opinion on Internet bids (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County School District

Dropping back into school: Desire to join Marines propels one troubled teen to seek his diploma (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA's Suction Scheme

Piping water to Las Vegas called a mistake (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Pahrump Medical Center

"John McDonald, newly elected as a Pahrump town board member, has renewed his charges that corruption played a hand in the way the Nye County Commission handled the lease of Pahrump Medical Center."

McDonald claims Nye in the wrong over medical center (Pahrump Valley Times article)

"Dr. Pejman Bady, president of Medical Systems Management, will be allowed to reduce the hours at Pahrump Medical Center from 14 hours to 12 hours per day, after Nye County Commission voted 4-1 to amend the lease last week."

Hours may be reduced at PMC (Pahrump Valley Times article)

The lengthy history of the PMC (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Senate invites Bogden to testify: Nevadan among six fired prosecutors asked to appear before panel (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Bogden likely will testify about his dismissal (Las Vegas Sun article)

White House Backed U.S. Attorney Firings, Officials Say (Washington Post article)

The Firing Of The US Attorneys (Jack Wood column, Nye: Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

Insurance Fraud

"A federal indictment claims unidentified doctors and lawyers in Las Vegas conspired with a medical consultant for two years to pad their own pockets by "artificially and fraudulently inflating settlements or judgments" in personal injury cases, prosecutors announced Friday."

FEDERAL INDICTMENT: Doctor-lawyer scam alleged -- Man faces fraud charges in Las Vegas personal injury cases (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

 The Practice Of Rousting

"The department, citing licensing concerns and outrage among neighbors who recently discovered that halfway houses for sex offenders were operating in their communities, decided that residents of four such North Las Vegas facilities, or at least 22 men, would have to go."

Sex offenders sent packing: After neighbors' outrage, officials hope to relocate them from NLV homes (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Environment

New sighting of invasive mussels: Quagga found at hatchery on Lake Mohave (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Invasion of the Pipe Snatchers (Desert Beacon)

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Nevada's Working Men And Women

Culinary Union rallies laundry workers for new labor contract (In Business Las Vegas article)

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Nevada Culture

Rolling Thunder

"It began early that morning at the Las Vegas Elks Lodge at 4100 W. Charleston Blvd and ended at the saloon in Crystal after nearly a 200-mile ride through the countryside. Stops included Sheri's Ranch as well as the Chicken Ranch (surely to get their blackjack cards)."

Bordello Thunder Run roars through county: Participants show up from as far away as Panama, Canada, Ohio (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Yucca Rail: Rurals concerned about Mina route (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Nevada Test Site

"Opponents fear that the government will conduct smaller blasts that, while not as large as Divine Strake, could still stir up potentially deadly radioactive dust that lies on the ground of the test site and could be blown to their homes."

Divine Strake's legal issues keep controversy alive: U.S. judge schedules status report (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Friday's approval by the National Nuclear Security Administration of a replacement warhead design for possible development won't work at the Nevada Test Site, where full-scale nuclear weapons tests were put on hold indefinitely in 1992."

New design won't affect test site (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

Health Care and Workplace: Berkley upbeat about labor-friendly measure (In Business Las Vegas article)

Global Warming

RL33849 - January 25, 2007 Climate Change: Science and Policy Implications (Congressional Research Service Report)

Veterans Affairs

Bush Orders Review of Veterans' Hospitals (Associated Press article)

Information Security: Veterans Affairs Needs to Address Long-Standing Weaknesses GAO-07-532T, February 28, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

National Health Matters

Children's Health Insurance: States' SCHIP Enrollment and Spending Experiences and Considerations for Reauthorization GAO-07-558T, March 1, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Testimony on Medicare's Payments to Physicians: Options for Changing the Sustainable Growth Rate, March 1, 2007 (Congressional Budget Office Report)

Our National Budget

CBO Doubts Estimates in Bush Budget (Associated Press article)

Preliminary Analysis of the President's Budget Request for 2008, March 2, 2007 (Congressional Budget Office Report)

Federal Financial Management: Critical Accountability and Fiscal Stewardship Challenges Facing Our Nation GAO-07-542T, March 1, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

GSA Leasing: Initial Implementation of the National Broker Services Contracts Demonstrates Need for Improvements GAO-07-17, January 31, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Disaster Assistance: Better Planning Needed for Housing Victims of Catastrophic Disasters GAO-07-88, February 28, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Hurricane Katrina: Agency Contracting Data Should Be More Complete Regarding Subcontracting Opportunities for Small Businesses GAO-07-205, March 1, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

The Department of Energy: Key Steps Needed to Help Ensure the Success of the New Loan Guarantee Program for Innovative Technologies by Better Managing Its Financial Risk GAO-07-339R, February 28, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Energy Efficiency: Long-standing Problems with DOE's Program for Setting Efficiency Standards Continue to Result in Forgone Energy Savings GAO-07-42, January 31, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

NASA: Enhanced Use Leasing Program Needs Additional Controls GAO-07-306R, March 1, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

Statement by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates on Resignation of Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (US Defense Department Press Release)

Feds Select Plan for New Nuclear Warhead (Associated Press article)

Reliable Replacement Warhead Design Decision Announced (US Defense Department Press Release)

RL32572 - January 9, 2007 Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

Defense Inventory: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Management of DOD's Acquisition Lead Times for Spare Parts GAO-07-281, March 2, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

The US Congress

Measuring Democratic Impact on America (Associated Press article)

Plight Of The Homeless

"Based on surveys conducted two years ago, the Housing and Urban Development Department reported Tuesday that its calculations show there are 754,000 people either living on the streets, in shelters or in transitional housing."

Homeless population booming: As surveys show more accurate numbers, budgets should begin reflecting the need (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) (US Department of Housing and Urban Development Press Release, with links to Report)

The US Constitution And National War Powers

"A newly formed bipartisan commission headed by former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher has begun research into one of the most important but unresolved questions of our time: How does the Constitution allocate the powers of beginning, conducting and ending war?"

War and power: Answers sought to decades-old question of how the Constitution addresses war powers (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

RL33532 - January 16, 2007 War Powers Resolution: Presidential Compliance -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL32170 - January 8, 2007 Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2006 -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

The War Against Terrorists

RL33873 - February 13, 2007 Sharing Law Enforcement and Intelligence Information: The Congressional Role (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS21049 - January 22, 2007 Latin America: Terrorism Issues -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

Venezuela Rejects U.S. Drug Report (Associated Press article)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

Guantánamo prisoner charged five years after capture (The Guardian [UK] article)

"The relatively minor, single charge after such a long detention 'means they’ve botched it,' said Barnaby Joyce, a federal senator for Australia’s conservative National Party, which is part of the governing coalition. 'They’ve completely abused the process of justice.'”

Growing Calls in Australia for Terror Suspect’s Return (New York Times article)

U.S. Criticized For Detainees' Treatment: U.N. Human Rights Chief Criticizes U.S. Action Barring Guantanamo Detainees From Using Courts (CBS News article)

Extend Legal Rights to Guantanamo (Alberto J. Mora and Thomas R. Pickering column, Washington Post)

Gitmo Detainee's Death Possibly Suicide (Associated Press article)

Foreign Policy

96-816 - January 8, 2007 Countries of the World and International Organizations: Sources of Information -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

NATO Short on Troops in Afghanistan (Associated Press article)

China

U.S. casino tycoon says life is good for the Chinese (Associated Press article)

RL33877 - February 14, 2007 China-U.S. Relations: Current Issues and Implications for U.S. Policy (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33604 - January 23, 2007 Is China a Threat to the U.S. Economy? -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL31403 - January 4, 2007 China's Trade with the United States and the World -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

Iran

RS21592 - February 22, 2007 Iran's Nuclear Program: Recent Developments -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL32048 - February 20, 2007 Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Anderson from Iraq (US Defense Department Press Release)

Rice Taps Iraq Reconstruction Critic (Associated Press article)

RS21968 -February 27, 2007 Iraq: Elections, Constitution, and Government -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL31339 - February 22, 2007 Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

Bodies of 14 Policeman Found in Iraq (Associated Press article)

Family's Tragedy Tells of Iraq's Divide (Associated Press article)

Islamic Factions

RS21654 - January 23, 2007 Islamic Religious Schools, Madrasas: Background -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS21695 - January 17, 2007 The Islamic Traditions of Wahhabism and Salfiyya -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

RS21659 - January 24, 2007 NATO's Prague Capabilities Commitment -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

Russia

RL33407 - January 18, 2007 Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

New Station Casino

"'I used to come out here and ride my dirt bike in the desert,' Montandon said, minutes after tossing a shovel full of dirt with a silver-plated spade in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Aliante Station hotel-casino."

Work starts on Aliante Station (In Business Las Vegas article)

Macau Gambling Concessions: Handle With Tongs

"New details have raised fresh questions about Hong Kong billionaire Stanley Ho’s daughter and her suitability as a partner with MGM Mirage in its ventures in Macau."

Triad links, embezzlement alleged in documents on Ho family business: Source confirms reports are genuine (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Macau follows Vegas' lead: Enclave willing to rid itself of mob influence (Las Vegas Sun article)

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March 4, 2007

[9:25 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Nevada's Wretched, Toothless Campaign Finance Laws

"There is no reason in 2007 that candidates should not be made to file everything electronically and instantly. That way voters would know when a candidate gets $150,000 at a fund-raiser, and more importantly, who gave what."

ERIN NEFF: Show me the money -- right now (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

The Problem Of Methamphetamine

There's no hope for quick fixes to meth problem (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Deportation Proposal

"Justice Hardesty's plan is loosely aimed at immigration, but it advances the discussion. That is more help than has come from Congress, to which many representatives were elected because they promised to do something about the border and about illegal crossings."

Plan solves problem, creates others (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

National Identity Card System

DMV: Real ID extension won't help much (Nevada Appeal article)

Heath Care

"Assembly Democrats offered their plan last week. Here's the math: The state has about 450,000 residents without health insurance, or roughly 20 percent of the population. The Democratic proposal strives to insure about 12,000 of them."

A modest approach to health care (Las Vegas Sun article)

Horrible

A little boy's wait: ONE CHILD SPENT MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS AT CHILD HAVEN BEFORE JOINING A FOSTER FAMILY (Las Vegas Sun article)

Open Records

"A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both," Madison wrote. "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And the people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

THOMAS MITCHELL: Thrown into 'a deep, dark well' (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Don't Like Gov. Gibbons

Must fill Gibbons' vacuum: With the governor offering no solution to looming roads crisis, the Legislature must act (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Jon Ralston on how, believe it or not, the legislative session has been even worse for Gov. Jim Gibbons than his first week in office (Las Vegas Sun column)

Coming Up

Monday in the Legislature: Energy, Prescription Prices, and Fee Waivers (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

"My country, 'tis of thee," Rollin Kirby cartoon [click on image to enlarge]

Protecting The Casino Monopoly

Obey law, stop smoking: Some tavern owners and customers are flouting law that outlaws smoking in many bars (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Local Government

Churchill County

County approves more transfers of development rights (Lahontan Valley News article)

Urban planners analyze layout of the community (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

Public Employee Pay Raises

"Is there anybody on the Clark County Commission willing to stand up for taxpayers? OK, OK, stop laughing. The joke, after all, is on you."

Pay raises (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

The Housing Market

HOUSING: SLACK OF APPRECIATION -- Gain rates for local home prices lose steam as housing market cools (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Take The Bus

Light rail option is derailed: Valley transit officials pursue the cheaper, more flexible 'rapid bus' plan (Las Vegas Sun article)

Las Vegas Developer Faces Stricter Scrutiny In Arizona

"Las Vegas developer Jim Rhodes spent six hours on the witness stand Friday as state regulators explored whether he's "fit and proper" to do business in Arizona and whether there's adequate water to serve a master-planned community he proposes in Golden Valley, between Kingman and Bullhead City."

Developer Rhodes testifies in Arizona: Proposal for Golden Valley project weighed (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Douglas County

Meeting shows significance of growth but no conclusions (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

The Trees Next Door

Meet your neighbors: urban forest lots (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

When Tsunamis Strike

Tsunami danger at Tahoe (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Emergency Preparedness

When disaster strikes, will Incline be ready? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Lyon County

County Affairs

Budget to be presented to Lyon Commission won't be balanced (Mason Valley News article)

County to consider canceling attendance at jail planning conference (Mason Valley News article)

City Of Yerington

New business license ordinance has City's approval (Mason Valley News article)

Alternate routes master plan amendment before City PlanCom Monday (Mason Valley News article)

Circle Bar N industrial subdivision has final map approval (Mason Valley News article)

Silver Springs General Improvement District

Silver Springs GID board member denied special-use permit (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada Politics

"Never has an occupant of the White House been a lame duck for as long as George W. Bush is destined to be."

Sprawling 2008 election is called a 'race on steroids': Candidates can't afford to wait to declare, but some literally can't afford to declare early (Las Vegas Sun article)

State Democratic Party

The Democratic forum: What we learned (Guy W. Farmer column, Nevada Appeal)

State Republican Party

"Most useful to the GOP and to the state right now is to decide what goals the party is striving toward and identify what strategies will get it there."

GOP: Get up to speed (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

LOOKING IN ON: HIGHER EDUCATION -- Nichols sides with Rogers on appointing regents (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

"There is a good deal of waste in our current public education system which is failing students in the early years with a high cost to remediate later. To set things right, America must look at adopting internationally benchmarked standards for educating our students."

Educating for success in a flat world (Larry Large column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Lyon County School District

Trustees delay action on Professional Development Center (Mason Valley News article)

School Trustees agree to drop Portfolio as graduation requirement (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Water Matters

Mesquite Suction Scheme

"Among those testifying on behalf of Wind River was Michael E. Johnson, chief hydrologist for the Virgin Valley Water District. He said that without an additional source of water, Mesquite could begin to outgrow its current supply within the next five to seven years. Johnson also testified that none of the groundwater piped to Mesquite would be sold for use in the Las Vegas Valley, an allegation made by some of Wind River's opponents."

ACROSS STATE LINES: Views heard on water proposal -- Judge to make recommendation on company's request to pump water from Arizona to Mesquite (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Walker River

Walker snowpack improves to 55% (Mason Valley News article)

Reid talks about Walker Basin, future legislation (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada's Environment

Dirty Anaconda

ARCO signs order to investigate mine, air and water monitoring (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Mining

Tales Of Bonanza And Borrasca

IN DEPTH: Brothers believe glory days are coming back -- Pair bring new businesses to old downtown (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

IN DEPTH: Brothel business mirrors booms, busts -- Times are good, but 'nothing like it used to be' (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

IN DEPTH: Tight real estate market felt outside mines -- Community overwhelmed by its own prosperity (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Our Beautiful Region

TRIP OF THE WEEK: Bitter Springs Trail a challenge for adventure-seekers (Margo Bartlett Pesek column, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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Nevada Culture

"Nevada's Commission on Cultural Affairs has awarded $3.1 million in grants for historic and other projects this year, including the largest grant in its 13-year history and an award that should just about complete work on Virginia City's Fourth Ward School."

Grants for historic and cultural projects awarded (Nevada Appeal article)

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"What could be less honest than playing politics with top federal prosecutors?"

JOHN L. SMITH: Patriot Act lets politics trump professionalism with U.S. attorney's firing (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Bogden reluctant witness in The Purge? (Desert Beacon)

Global Warming

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: Global warming and self-righteous zealots (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Global warming isn't the only reason to pay attention to the environment (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal)

Organized Labor

Union bosses say, 'Jump'... And Pelosi Democrats ask, 'How high?' (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Veterans Affairs

More accountability: Reports that top officials knew of hospital's neglect adds insult to veterans' injuries (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Former Halliburton Execs held contract for Walter Reed MC services (Desert Beacon)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

"It isn't that our armed services aren't the best in the world, because they are. It is, rather, that the world and warfare have changed and from now on wars, if they must be fought, will have to be multipronged affairs."

Brian Greenspun on some hard facts from the nation's capital about our situation in Iraq (Las Vegas Sun article)

Freedom And The Federal Government

The Must-Do List (New York Times editorial)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Macau Gambling Ventures: Handle With Tongs

Just Repeat After Me

"MGM Mirage's partnership with Pansy Ho does not reflect discredit or disrepute on Nevada."

Jeff Simpson on a good, fair decision made by the Gaming Control Board (Las Vegas Sun column)

Something Fresh

Sahara buyer sees new life for old resort -- Nazarian: 'Fresh ideas' to work wonders (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Nellie Verrill Mighels Davis (Nevada Appeal article)

Nevada Women in History: Hannah Keziah Clapp (Nevada Appeal article)

Carson City a testament to how far the fight against bias has come (Nevada Appeal article)

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March 5, 2007

[11:45 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Comparison Shopping For Health Care

"Assembly Bill 146, introduced by Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, would require the state to create and maintain an online listing that would provide information on the costs of medical procedures, the average lengths of stay, the overall quality of care and the death rates of Nevada hospitals."

Getting the scoop: Legislation seeks to offer people an online opportunity to shop for the best medical care (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

State Elections

Lawmakers to review election budget (Associated Press article)

More Legislative Websites

Nevada Assembly Democrats Caucus

Nevada Republican Assembly Caucus

State Judiciary

Contracting Out Conflicts

"A system for assigning private attorneys to poor defendants in Clark County suffers from a lack of oversight that yields uneven justice and questionable government spending, a Review-Journal investigation has found."

Probe finds uneven justice: 'Contract attorney' system to be subject of committee inquiry (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Contract Attorneys and Uneven Justice (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

REAL Life

"Eleven teenagers walked into a holding cell at the Regional Justice Center, saw the uninviting stainless steel benches and the toilet where your business would be everybody's business. A few faces flickered with revulsion. Soon after, they left Justice of the Peace Nancy Oesterle's courtroom with a clearer understanding of the reality of the law."

JANE ANN MORRISON: Project R.E.A.L. helps teens experience, understand harsh reality of law (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Court Offers HOPE

Judge offers HOPE for habitual offenders who want to change: Nontraditional rehabilitation program turns lives around without crowding prisons (Las Vegas Sun article)

Judicial Sealing Of Court Records

"In response to a series of articles last month in the Review-Journal, members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee have requested a bill draft to set out guidelines for when judges may seal lawsuits from public view."

Sealed from view (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

"Graffiti bandits have been working overtime recently, painting everything in sight it seems, and the sheriff's department is struggling to keep up, said Lt. Ken Sandage."

Vandals keep city busy with cleanup (Nevada Appeal article)

Clark County

Boulder City

"Boulder City's humongous garbage can is nearly full - and the city hasn't found a second one."

Boulder City on the verge of trashing its image (Las Vegas Sun article)

City Of Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, the Drink Makes the Mayor (New York Times article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Improvements continue at popular Lake Tahoe state park (Associated Press article)

Washoe County

Government-Owned Golf Courses

Sell Them Or Turn Them Into Public Parks

"The current system makes little sense."

Yes, consolidate courses (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Politics

The 2008 Presidential Election

Political Bloggers' Poll

Dullard Mush Presidential "Blog Mention" Poll: McCain, Obama Leading (Dullard Mush)

State Democratic Party

Richardson: Nevada crucial to determining Democrats' nominee (Associated Press article)

Next race for Porter's seat already drawing 'maybes': Titus, Perkins, Rory Reid among names being discussed (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Wine And Dine

"All told, Harter spent more $427,000 in her last year as president to host community and campus events, wine and dine donors and community leaders, and otherwise promote the needs of the university."

Harter opened purse for parties (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

Clark County School District

"Office managers have improperly dipped into campus money boxes to cash personal checks for teachers and staff, and money is missing from student activity funds, according to a Sun review of more than 100 school audits."

School District workers could use remedial accounting class: Audits show that many schools throughout the Las Vegas Valley are missing money (Las Vegas Sun article)

Storey County School District

Storey school board attorney defends against alleged open-meeting violation (Nevada Appeal article)

Storey superintendent still drawing controversy (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada's Environment

Incline Lake

"If the Incline Lake site sells to the government, the property eventually would be open to the public for the first time in 70 years. If the deal dies, the woodland could become a private gated community with 40-acre lots."

Incline Lake enclave sale undecided (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada's Wild Horse Herds

"Wild-horse advocates are gearing up to inform the public about Nevada's "fence-out" laws on range land and to put pressure local and county governments to enforce those laws."

Wild horse advocates to push information disclosure campaign (Nevada Appeal article)

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"While U.S. attorneys, who are the top federal law enforcement official in a jurisdiction, are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, they should be insulated from politics because of the power their office holds."

U.S. attorney firings: Congress should press ahead with investigation into dismissal of U.S. attorneys (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

 In New Mexico

"The identity of the other lawmaker who contacted Mr. Iglesias remains unknown. Mr. Domenici is one of three Republican members of the state’s Congressional delegation. One of the others, Representative Steve Pearce, has said he did not contact Mr. Iglesias. The third, Representative Heather A. Wilson, has said she will not comment on the matter."

Senator Sought Dismissal of New Mexico Prosecutor (New York Times article)

Senator Complained About Fired Attorney (Associated Press article)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

"Hundreds of people attended a reception in Gardnerville to greet a soldier wounded by a mortar round in Iraq in January."

Hundreds greet wounded soldier (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Veterans Affairs

A Disgusting Debacle

"The shake-up came after The Washington Post documented squalid, unhealthy living conditions for some outpatient soldiers at Walter Reed and bureaucratic problems that prevented many troops from getting adequate care."

Want universal health care? You'll love the VA: Scandal at the nation's top veterans hospital (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

"'When I have to show my Purple Heart to get my uniform, you know it's bad,' said Staff Sgt. John Daniel Shannon. Waiting for the plastic surgery that would allow him to wear a prosthetic eye, Shannon said he was angry that Army Secretary Frances Harvey was allowed to resign."

'I failed,' says fired Walter Reed general (Los Angeles Times article)

Witness slams 'nightmares' of Army medical system (CNN News article)

Senators Vow Quick Action on Walter Reed (Associated Press article)

One of the mothers of one of the few, the proud (Glen McAdoo column, Lahontan Valley News)

Its Not Just Walter Reed (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

When Johnny comes stumbling home? (Desert Beacon)

Washington Post's Walter Reed Hospital coverage page

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

New job puts Reid in delicate position: Majority leader looks for legislation that's just right (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Alison 'Eilley' Oram Bowers (Nevada Appeal article)

For more on Eilley and Sandy Bowers, see:

Sandy Bowers and His Mansion (TNO Reading Room feature)

Racism

Racism was woven into Nevada's culture (Rev. John H. Emerson column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Update for March 4, 2007

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

It Smells Like Something Died

In Nevada . . .

"After several more calls, Mr. Bogden reached a senior official who offered an answer. “There is a window of opportunity to put candidates into an office like mine,' Mr. Bogden said, recalling the conversation. 'They were attempting to open a slot and bring someone else in.'”

A New Mystery to Prosecutors: Their Lost Jobs (New York Times article)

And in New Mexico.

Domenici Says He Called Fired Prosecutor (Associated Press article)

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Update for March 5, 2007

[6:25 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

"The Southern Nevada Health District is now offering bars and restaurants the opportunity to be "considered" for a special permit that allows "alternate hours" of smoking and non-smoking. Under the permit, the establishment must post hours of smoking and non-smoking and "allow for a period of one complete air change between smoking and non-smoking establishment," according to guidelines issued by the public health agency."

Health District offers bars choice of smoking times: Battle still rages over new fines (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"The newly passed Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act has actually spurred a growth industry for some Las Vegas builders, walling off bars from restaurants."

Smoking ban good for business... the construction business, that is (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Tobacco regulation is nothing but a smoke screen (Chuck Muth column, Las Vegas Business Press)

From The Office Of The Governor

Governor Gibbons Names Ryan Sheltra to Tourism Commission (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

Governor Gibbons Appoints Paul Mathews Lincoln County Commissioner (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

From The US Census Bureau

2006 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Employment and Payroll (US Census Bureau Report)

Local Government

Elko County

Changing Guard: New sheriff works to improve jail, law enforcement (Elko Free Press article)

County to sell land in online tax auction (Elko Free Press article)

Washoe County

"The saturation patrols are supported through a grant to the Reno Police Department from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety's "Joining Forces" program to support increased overtime for officers to conduct speed reduction patrols and checkpoints that focus on motorists that may be driving under the influence."

Reno police to conduct residential patrols (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Washoe County School District

Hug's effort to downsize earns academic success (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Macau Gambling Ventures: Handle With Tongs

"The "Dare" results from the prospect that three political appointees could keep the state's largest taxpayer from somehow missing a Shun Tak ferry to the land of the lucky dragon. The "Delicate Dance," the balancing act lawyers and casino executives performed: Words such as "transparency," "compliance" and "integrity" came forth like a fountain in a verbal Cirque du Soleil spectacular."

Control Board boogie: MGM Mirage-Pansy Ho project wins approval, despite Ho family's past (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"John O'Reilly, a lawyer for Pansy Ho who spoke before the control board last Tuesday, refused to acknowledge the authenticity of the documents or defend his client against accusations in the reports. Instead, he lashed out at the Las Vegas Business Press for reporting their contents."

Group says confidential records come from whistleblower: Pansy Ho's attorney calls it 'garbage' (Las Vegas Business Press article)

The Confidential Ho Reports (Family Focus Coalition Against Casino Gambling Expansion website - 36.69 MB pdf file)

Family Focus Coalition Against Casino Gambling Expansion website

"The original idea of gaming regulation was that licensees had to prove they were clean. Last week, the board decided foreign partners would be suitable if the board couldn't prove any allegations beyond a reasonable doubt and if the Nevada company had safeguards in its agreements in case some of the allegations were true."

Do our regulators have a double standard on Macau? (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

It's better in Switzerland: U.S. casinos should adopt Swiss-style methods of dealing with gambling addicts, public policy expert says (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Station Sale

Station dissident softens stance: Company still undervalued at $90 a share, investment advisor says (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Utilities

Solar One is a "go" for launch: Project should be electrifying Southern Nevada by April (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Culture

Death Of A Scholar

We have all lost a great booster of Las Vegas (David G. Schwartz column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

Sen. Ensign

ENSIGN INTRODUCES COMPETITIVENESS LEGISLATION: Bipartisan Bill Strengthens Math, Science To Keep America Competitive (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

DELEGATION PURSUING FEDERAL LAND TRANSFER FOR NEVADA CANCER INSTITUTE LAS VEGAS FACILITY (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Sen. Reid

REID WORKS TO KEEP AMERICA COMPETITIVE (Sen. Reid Press Release)

DELEGATION PURSUING FEDERAL LAND TRANSFER FOR NEVADA CANCER INSTITUTE LAS VEGAS FACILITY (Sen. Reid Press Release)

REID STATEMENT ON NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Probe of Prosecutor Firings Intensifies (Associated Press article)

CREW FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST SEN. DOMENICI (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Press Release)

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics

Veterans Affairs

Former Head of Walter Reed Hospital Testifies Before National Security Subcommittee (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - Walter Reed Hospital investigation webpage)

DOD and VA Health Care: Challenges Encountered by Injured Servicemembers during Their Recovery Process GAO-07-589T, March 5, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Organized Crime

Matty the Horse on His Last Ride (Associated Press article)

Our National Budget

The Uncertainty of Budget Projections: A Discussion of Data and Methods, March 2007 (Congressional Budget Office Report)

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 5, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow (White House Press Release)

Press Briefing on the President's Trip to Latin America (White House Press Release)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Privacy Board OKs Eavesdropping Programs (Associated Press article)

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Detainees Seek Legal Rights Guarantee (Associated Press article)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

U.N.: Afghan Poppy Cultivation May Rise (Associated Press article)

Coalition Airstrike Hits Afghan House (Associated Press article)

Another U.S. clash causes Afghan civilian deaths (Los Angeles Times article)

16 Civilians Die as U.S. Troops Open Fire in Afghanistan (New York Times article)

Afghan Media: U.S. Troops Deleted Images (Associated Press article)

Afghan, U.S. Reports on Firefight Differ (Associated Press article)

Senators: Pakistan Must Address al-Qaida (Associated Press article)

Guatemala

Guatemala to Ask Bush for Drug Fight Aid (Associated Press article)

"After three Salvadoran congressmen were waylaid and killed on a road in Guatemala last month, it did not take the authorities long to find the culprits: they were Guatemalan police officers, and their unmarked police car had a tracking device that proved they were at the scene."

In Guatemala, Officers’ Killings Echo Dirty War (New York Times article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

38 Die, 105 Hurt in Baghdad Market Blast (Associated Press article)

U.S., Iraqi troops raid Sadr City (Los Angeles Times article)

Mexico

"After what experts called a decade of paralysis, corruption and inefficiency, newly elected President Felipe Calderon has sent 20,000 Mexican military and federal troops to six states to confront the drug cartels."

Drug war rips apart Mexico: The conflict between cartels takes violence to bloody new extremes (Kansas City Star article)

Drug smugglers reroute shipments via Central America: Most Colombian cocaine entering the U.S. comes through the area, with cartels infiltrating security forces and government agencies (Los Angeles Times article)

A Federal Reader

Nuclear Weapons: Annual Assessment of the Safety, Performance, and Reliability of the Nation's Stockpile GAO-07-243R, February 2, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Aviation Safety: Improved Data Collection Needed for Effective Oversight of Air Ambulance Industry GAO-07-353, February 21, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Foreign Assistance: U.S. Assistance to the West Bank and Gaza for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2006 GAO-07-443R, March 5, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Section 1206 Security Assistance Program--Findings on Criteria, Coordination, and Implementation GAO-07-416R, February 28, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Underinflated Tires in the United States GAO-07-246R, February 9, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

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Nevada Journalism

New Free Press Web site just a ‘click’ away: Log on to www.elkodaily.com (Elko Free Press article)

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March 6, 2007

[11:54 AM]

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Lance Cpl. Raul Bravo Jr.

Another Nevadan Killed In Combat Overseas

Elko Marine killed in Iraq: Bravo victim of roadside bomb (Elko Free Press article)

Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Overview

On Tap: Jury Duty, ID Theft, and Lobbyists (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

NV Legislature: Tuesday Committee Hearings (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Nevada Health And Health Care

"Leslie, D-Reno, rolled out her Assembly Bill 232 on Monday, which would require all 517 pharmacies in Nevada to submit to the state Board of Pharmacy prices charged for monthly supplies of the 100 most common name-brand and generic drugs."

Drug price Web site proposed: Assemblywoman says plan would drive down costs (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The mistake Nevada legislators are making is assuming that Nevadans aren't being asked to pick up the tab as long as lawmakers don't insist on providing comprehensive health coverage. But people who don't have coverage use hospital emergency rooms when they become ill. That is the most expensive type of medical care, and the costs of treating those who cannot afford to pay is transferred to those who can through higher medical costs overall."

The coverage gap: Nevada lawmakers' failure to seek medical coverage for residents will cost everyone dearly (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

State Prisons And Prisoners

"But the possibility of transferring even violent felons to prisons in their home countries should at least be explored. Even if Nevada were to pay the home countries to lock them up, the expense would almost certainly be lower. Such a proposal has been floated in Carson City in previous years and is worth revisiting."

Illegal aliens in prison: Deportation could save the state money (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Alternative Energy

Bill would encourage home, business electric generation (Nevada Appeal article)

Lawmakers review renewable energy bills (Associated Press article)

Redrawing The Lines

"It is arguable that the current policy invites abuses. Better to address possible problems now, rather than later."

Don't wait for redistricting problem (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Nevada Voting

Miller: Voting system ready -- Federal funds help pay for machines (Associated Press article)

High Fuel Prices

"We pay some of the highest taxes on gas in the country," said Michael Geeser, spokesman with AAA Nevada, which tracks gas prices as a service to drivers.

Why are gas prices so high in Nevada? (Nevada Appeal article)

Plight Of The Homeless

Helping the homeless: Assembly bill would provide regional solutions, help people get their lives back in order (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Tent City an historic event for Nevadans (Shaun T. Griffin column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Graffiti

"The Legislature has an opportunity to help communities like Carson City battle the scourge of graffiti as it considers bills to toughen penalties and increase community service for offenders."

No magic bullet will fix tagging problem (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Jury Duty

Committee approves bill to broaden jury pools: Measure would give Clark County access to utility company lists (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

New Create-A-Crime Proposals

"Parents or guardians would be responsible for making sure their children wear protective helmets that meet safety standards. A parent who "knowingly" allowed a child to ride a bike without a helmet would be guilty of a misdemeanor for a first offense and subject to a $10 fine."

Bill would require children to wear helmets on bikes (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"He said his bill would make attacks on homeless people a hate crime under state law and allow judges to increase sentences by 25 percent against their perpetrators."

ASSEMBLY: Legislators say bill unnecessary -- Measure would make attacks on homeless a hate crime (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Gibbons legal fund defended: Aides say money for governor's lawyers in compliance (Associated Press article)

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

"Eighty businesses affected by the state's new smoking ban have asked about modifying their interiors so customers may eat, drink, gamble and smoke under one roof without receiving a citation and a $100 civil penalty for disobeying Nevada law, Health District officials say."

NEVADA CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT: Smoking ban alters plans -- Businesses look to modify their establishments to accommodate everyone (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada's National Guard

"Helicopter pilots and ground crews from two Nevada Army National Guard companies refined their skills in sling loading a vehicle over the hills east of Carson City in a mission critical to both units."

Army National Guard companies refine skills in sling load operation (Nevada Appeal article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Carson City mayor Marv Teixeira arrested (Associated Press article)

New site to obtain business licenses: Office at Northgate Lane to open on Wednesday (Nevada Appeal article)

Churchill County

"As a county with some of the largest geothermal resources in the nation, Churchill County would face losing more than $800,000 if a portion of the proposed federal budget to repeal geothermal rents and royalties is approved."

Federal repeal of geothermal rents and royalties could impact county (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

Developing Stories

"The supply of land for residential development in the Las Vegas Valley is expected to last only six years at the current rate of building, triggering a call by Gov. Jim Gibbons for the federal government to release more public land in auctions."

Land for development is in short supply: Gibbons wants federal government to release more in auctions (Las Vegas Sun article)

Venture acquires Huffman Builders for $50 million (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Echelon Place eliminates condo component (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Washoe County

City Of Sparks

Bill would alter Sparks charter to let city to hire outside council (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

"Assembly Democrats announced Monday they have launched a Web site to provide information to Nevada residents about their proposals in the Legislature."

Democrats launch new Web site: Information on legislative proposals available (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada Assembly Democrats Caucus

Clinton hires four more Nevada staffers: Additions include two former Titus aides (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

State Republican Party

"Republicans don't hold the state's top office, two congressional districts and a Senate seat just for the heck of it. They win key statewide or federal races because, typically, they have better plans and execution on Election Day."

ERIN NEFF: GOP makes its move (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Native Nevadans

"The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has elected a new tribal chairman after an earlier election was ruled invalid."

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe chooses Wright as new chairman (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

In The Legislature

'What do you mean? You don't even know what is going on in our house. You have never been inside our home. How can you tell me how to raise my child?' "

Parental involvement bill meets resistance (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Raggio: Parental involvement key (Associated Press article)

Washoe County School District

Hug has earned our pride (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Health Matters

Cancer Research

Bill would transfer federal land in Summerlin for cancer research center (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"A new chapter in research to treat cancer and immune system and brain disorders began Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a $78 million biomedical research center in Reno."

Ceremony launches medical research center effort (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Environment

Clean Machines

In LV, it's easy being green: City's use of alternative-fuel vehicles brings applause (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Wild Horses

Horse decisions in Lyon County, federal government's futures (Nevada Appeal article)

Corporate Promises

"Vail Resorts announced a $1 billion, environmentally friendly village for its namesake ski area in Colorado on Monday, and officials said the "green" philosophy will carry over to Heavenly ski resort at Lake Tahoe."

CEO: Resorts to get 'green' (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Alleged Insurance Fraud Ring

"The phenomenon of doctors and lawyers partnering up to fraudulently inflate personal injury settlements can be summed up in one word, said Frank Scafidi, spokesman for the National Insurance Crime Bureau."

Official: Greed is impetus for fraud -- Conspiracies such as doctor-lawyer scams not victimless crimes, he says (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Narcotics Interdiction

City aims to disrupt drug dealers' route (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Culture

Thanks For Helping To Make Nevada A Better Place

Gibbons to present annual Governor's Arts Awards (Nevada Appeal article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Macau Gambling Ventures: Handle With Tongs

LOOKING IN ON: GAMING -- Sands has designs on creating Vegas-like Strip in Macau (Las Vegas Sun article)

How toxic is Stanley Ho? (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

One big, happy (Ho) family (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Tip Pooling

"Audience members at Monday’s hearing by Labor Commissioner Michael Tanchek quickly grew ornery when they learned that the subject of tip redistribution at Wynn Las Vegas had been taken off the agenda. “This is really an outrage,” fumed one attendee at the Grant Sawyer Building, where a video feed connected attendees to the main hearing site, in Carson City."

Tempers fray at labor hearing (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Turmoil at Wynn, Pt. 2 (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Turmoil at Wynn (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Fresh Ideas

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS: Eye on past, hand in future -- Sahara owner says he's found a buyer with sense of history, fresh ideas (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

"The Department of Energy is preparing to make public more than 2 million Yucca Mountain documents, a government attorney said Monday in defusing at least one fight with Nevada over the nuclear waste site."

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Agency to release records -- Nevadans suspect DOE wants to avoid lawsuit (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Federal Taxes

"The federal tax code is so complicated that even the most honest American has little chance of filing a return with guaranteed accuracy. If Democrats made tax simplification a cornerstone of their agenda, they might very well be able to eliminate the tax gap. Instead, they're planning to clutter the code and intensify class warfare with even more credits and deductions for favored constituents."

The 'tax gap' (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Veterans Affairs

"We urge veterans who have endured similar conditions at military hospitals to contact their congressional representatives and share their stories. Broader input on the issue of veterans health care will paint a clearer picture of its state."

Walter Reed raises questions about veterans health system (Lahontan Valley News editorial)

"In a congressional hearing on Monday, veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan said that lost medical records and a seeming indifference on the part of medical staff added insult to injury at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center."

Incompetence redux: When government fails to admit its mistakes, excuses are many and improvements come slowly (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Journalism

A Nice Piece Of Writing

JOHN L. SMITH: Starbucks chief's soul-searching a cause for universal head scratching (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Update for March 6, 2007

[8:00 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Graffiti Artists

Lawmakers vote to stiffen penalties for graffiti (Associated Press article)

Jury Duty

Panel approves bill to broaden Nevada jury pools (Associated Press article)

From The Office Of The Governor

Governor Gibbons' Statement on the Loss of Lance Corporal Raul Bravo (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

Nevada's Economy

"Figures released Tuesday by the Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation show the state’s unemployment rate has risen for the second consecutive month."

Nevada employment numbers soften: Las Vegas and Reno hit hardest (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Local Government

Elko County

Sheriff pulling out of juvenile task force (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Tahoe funds would go toward bistate park, erosion control (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Clinton, Edwards announce Nevada campaign staff (Associated Press article)

Edwards announces Nevada staff … welcome to Nevada, staff! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

The Hassle Over Nevada Democrats and FOX News Continues (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

In The Legislature

Empowerment

Gibbons to Unveil Empowerment Legislation (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

More debate on Nevada governor's school plan (Associated Press article)

Penknife Prohibition Proposal

Carpenter against school knife ban (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

A Radioactive Lazarus

Energy Department makes legislative push for Yucca nuclear dump (Associated Press article)

“Nuclear power is a clean, reliable domestic source of energy that currently represents approximately 20 percent of the nation’s energy supply. The Yucca Mountain repository is critical to the nation’s current and future energy and national security needs, and I look forward to working with the Congress on developing a bill that can be passed by Congress and signed by the President.”

DOE to Send Proposed Yucca Mountain Legislation to Congress (Department of Energy Press Release)

REID STATEMENT ON THE DOE'S PLAN TO REVIVE YUCCA MOUNTAIN (Sen. Reid Press Release)

REID, ENSIGN INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO FIGHT PROPOSED YUCCA MOUNTAIN DUMP (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

ENSIGN: ALLOWING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AT TSA JEOPARDIZES NATIONAL SECURITY: TSA Must be Flexible to Adapt to New and Emerging Threats (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Senate: Airport Screeners Can Unionize (Associated Press article)

78,000 Nevadans Eligible for Tax Credit (Rep. Porter Press Release)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Second Lawmaker Contacted Prosecutor: Wilson Complained About Pace of Probes (Washington Post article)

“'There was direct pressure not to pursue these investigations,' said the former prosecutor, Thomas M. DiBiagio. 'The practical impact was to intimidate my office and shut down the investigations.'”

Former Prosecutor Says Departure Was Pressured (New York Times article)

Fired U.S. Attorneys Felt 'Leaned On' (Associated Press article)

Text of Cummins E-Mail (Associated Press article)

List of 8 Dismissed U.S. Prosecutors (Associated Press article)

Q&A: Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys (Associated Press article)

Keating Case Prompted Intervention Rules (Associated Press article)

"The question now arises, where is the accountability? For six years accountability has been lacking in this Administration. Loyalty to the President is rewarded over all else. That lack of accountability, and lack of the checks and balances that foster it, must end."

Statement of The Honorable Patrick Leahy (Senate Judiciary Committee hearings)

Joint Testimony of Witnesses (Senate Judiciary Committee hearings)

"One troubling allegation is that certain of these U.S. Attorneys were asked to resign because of actions they took or didn’t take relating to public corruption cases. These charges are dangerous, baseless and irresponsible. This Administration has never removed a U.S. Attorney to retaliate against them or interfere with or inappropriately influence a public corruption case. Not once."

Prepared Opening Statement of William E. Moschella, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on H.R. 580, Restoring Checks and Balances in the Confirmation Process of U.S. Attorneys (Department of Justice Press Release)

Veterans Affairs

Disgraceful Treatment Accorded Injured Veterans

Senators Question Walter Reed Conditions (Associated Press article)

Walter Reed Uproar Refuels Iraq Debate (Associated Press article)

President Bush Discusses Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors, War on Terror at American Legion (White House Press Release)

ENSIGN CONCERNED ABOUT ARMY'S HANDLING OF WALTER REED (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Statement of Honorable David S. C. Chu, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (Senate Armed Services Committee hearings)

Statement of Honorable William Winkenwerder, Jr., M.D., Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (Senate Armed Services Committee hearings)

Statement of Lieutenant General Kevin C. Kiley, USA, Surgeon General, United States Army (Senate Armed Services Committee hearings)

Skelton Statement on Resignation of Army Secretary Francis Harvey (House Armed Services Committee Press Release)

From Our Nation's Armed Forces

CENTCOM Weekly Newsletter for March 5, 2007 (Department of Defense Press Release)

Organization Makes Progress Defeating IEDs (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Election Reform

House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Deceptive Election Practices (House Judiciary Committee Press Release)

RL33894 - February 28, 2007 Election Reform: Issues and Legislative Proposals in the 109th Congress (Congressional Research Service Report)

Leaks And Lies

Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Trial (Associated Press article)

Analysis: Verdict Puts Focus on Cheney (Associated Press article)

Cheney's Statement on the Libby Verdict (Associated Press article)

Libby Trial Prompts Scrutiny on Media (Associated Press article)

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

Documents Reveal New Allegations Against GSA Administrator (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

Defense Acquisitions: Air Force Decision to Include a Passenger and Cargo Capability in Its Replacement Refueling Aircraft Was Made without Required Analyses GAO-07-367R, March 6, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Medicare: Improvements Needed to Address Improper Payments for Medical Equipment and Supplies GAO-07-59, January 31, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Medicare Spending: Preliminary Findings Regarding an Approach Focusing on Physician Practice Patterns to Foster Program Efficiency GAO-07-567T, March 6, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Performance and Accountability: Transportation Challenges Facing Congress and the Department of Transportation GAO-07-545T, March 6, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Open Government

Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007 (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

National Identification Card System

As The Government Sees It

Minimum Standards for Driver’s licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Official Purposes (Department of Homeland Security website - PDF, 162 pages – 640 KB)

Remarks By Secretary Chertoff At A Press Conference On REAL ID (Department of Homeland Security website)

Privacy Impact Assessment for the REAL ID Act (Department of Homeland Security website)

REAL ID Proposed Guidelines: Questions & Answers (Department of Homeland Security website)

Unwarranted Surveillance

President's Panel will say our Civil Liberties are Safe (Desert Beacon)

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

Pentagon Bars Coverage of Terror Hearing (Associated Press article)

Guantanamo Bay 2006 Administrative Review Board Results Announced (Department of Defense Press Release)

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 6, 2007 Press Briefing by Dana Perino (White House website)

Foreign Affairs

President Bush Discusses Western Hemisphere Policy (White House Press Release)

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

Statement of Honorable Eric S. Edelman, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (Senate Armed Services Committee hearings)

Statement of General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC, Former Commander, United States European Command, and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (Senate Armed Services Committee hearings)

Statement of Dr. Barnett R. Rubin, Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University (Senate Armed Services Committee hearings)

NATO Launches Offensive Against Taliban (Associated Press article)

Guatemala

Guatemalan Police Purge Ordered (Associated Press article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

Bombers Massacre Iraq Shiite Pilgrims (Associated Press article)

Analysis: Sunnis on Warpath in Baghdad (Associated Press article)

MEEHAN/AKIN Announce Oversight Subcommittee: Will Examine Development of Iraqi Security Forces (House Armed Services Committee Press Release)

Israel

Israel Watchdog Challenged on War Report (Associated Press article)

Human Rights Group Criticizes Israel (Associated Press article)

Mexico

Calderon Vows to Restore Mexico's Appeal (Associated Press article)

A Federal Reader

RL33896 - March 01, 2007 Unaccompanied Alien Children: Policies and Issues (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33895 - February 28, 2007 Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33891 - February 26, 2007 Airport Improvement Program: Issues for Congress (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS22612 - February 23, 2007 U.S.-World Merchandise Trade Data: 1948-2006 (Congressional Research Service Report)

Human Capital: Federal Workforce Challenges in the 21st Century GAO-07-556T, March 6, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy: Preliminary Observations on Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards GAO-07-551T, March 6, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Private Pensions: Increased Reliance on 401(k) Plans Calls for Better Information on Fees GAO-07-530T, March 6, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

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March 7, 2007

[11:42 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Overview

Collection Agencies and Test Scores (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Of Traffic Cameras And Revenue Harvests

Citizens Should Be Watching Government, Not The Other Way Around

Erik Holland, "It doesn't feel like the open road anymore" [click on image to enlarge].

"We fail to see how policing communities with robots, wiretaps, camcorders and other electronic gizmos - on the sly - advances the conditions favorable to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness envisioned by our founding fathers. It looks more like a step toward the kind of totalitarian state ruled by the fictional character Big Brother in George Orwell's famous novel "1984" ... or the old Soviet Union."

Individual liberty still trumps cops' electronic surveillance (Lahontan Valley News editorial)

Bicycle Helmet Crime Bill

"What will this pair come up with next? Laws to protect children from the dangers of crossing their eyes, dangling their arms out of car windows, or playing with sharp objects?"

Lawmakers want to play mom (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Criminal Prosecutions Would Be More Useful

Ethics training proposed for Nevada officials, lobbyists (Associated Press article)

Our Fearful Government

"Lorne Malkiewich, director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, said the road closure today will be from 4:45-6 p.m. in an effort to make the Legislative Building more secure as Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice William Maupin addresses a joint session of the Legislature."

Portion of Fifth Street closed today (Nevada Appeal article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Working Hard

Access to the governor is growing concern for The Unwashed (Ray Hagar column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Defense Fund

Gibbons Discloses Legal Defense Fund (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

Gov. Gibbons' Amended Disclosure Statement (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

Details released on Gibbons fund: $204,000 taken in, $193,000 spent (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"He was supposed to have first gotten permission from the House Ethics Committee."

Gibbons above the rules? While still in the House, governor set up legal defense fund without regard to rules (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

eTreppid Investigation

"Bogden, who left the office last week, called Montgomery's latest claims 'complete nonsense' and said they bordered on being 'scandalous.'"

Trepp may have had more contracts: A secret $100 million defense deal is alleged by former partner (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Democratic spokeswoman Kirsten Searer acknowledged 'casual discussions' about a recall, and added that if allegations against Gibbons prevent him from governing, 'then maybe a recall is something Nevadans should consider.'"

Gibbons' legal, political troubles adding up (Las Vegas Sun article)

State Judiciary

Open Meeting Law

Attorney: Parole Board violates law: Open-meeting dispute reaches state Supreme Court (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Parole board-open meeting case argued (Nevada Appeal article)

About That Water Bill

"Assemblyman John Carpenter’s water bill dispute with the City of Elko is going to the Nevada Supreme Court after he filed a notice to appeal an Elko District Court decision ordering him and his wife, Roseann, to pay for 18.2 million gallons of water use a year."

Carpenter appeals water bill to Supreme Court (Elko Free Press article)

Good Old Boys And A Fool's Playground

Agriculture director search turns ugly (Associated Press article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Carson City mayor Teixeira apologizes after DUI arrest (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Carson City supervisors comment about mayor's DUI (Nevada Appeal article)

Mayor has long road to rebuild his credibility (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Clark County

County Affairs

Thankful Lawrence Weekly takes seat on commission: Seven-year city councilman sworn in to represent county's District D (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Clark County commissioners signed off Tuesday on a deal that will ensure county employees continue receiving pay raises far outpacing the private sector workforce."

County employees' pay raises protected: Board OKs agreement to give merit, living increases (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Clark County commissioners voted to accept a $407,500 payment Tuesday from land broker Scott Gragson as compensation for property he received at no cost in real estate trades with McCarran International Airport."

Commissioners accept payment from broker in airport land deals (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

City Of Las Vegas

The Fingers Of Stanley Ho

Neonopolis chief disputes documents: Lawyer says Joshi misrepresented ties with billionaire Ho (Las Vegas Sun article)

Developing Stories

SOUTHERN NEVADA ECONOMY: Jobless rate rises in January -- Home building slump, pause in casino building linked to increase (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Douglas County

Thanks From The Taxpayers

"The East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts and Carson City joined forces to save taxpayers money, an idea that earned them the Cashman Good Government Award from the Nevada Taxpayer's Association."

East Fork, Carson firefighters share taxpayers' award (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Controlling Growth

"Approving any growth cap is going to be just the opening shot in a long battle to determine the future of Douglas County and if the recent past is any example, the battle will be brutal."

Market trumps initiative for the time being (Gardnerville Record-Courier editorial)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Juvenile Delinquency

"We, at the Bonanza, believe the finger-pointing needs to go straight to the source - the adults in this community, some who are student role models, need to re-think their roles."

Check the smoke alarm (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

Lyon County

Juvenile Jail

"She said the detention center is badly needed because the existing Western Nevada Youth Facility, which serves Churchill, Lyon and three other counties, is a drug-treatment program and isn't a secure operation. The proposed center would operate more like a jail for juvenile offenders."

Lyon-Churchill seek help funding juvenile center (Nevada Appeal article)

Storey County

Whitten appointed Storey's first county manager (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Edwards Says No To Nevada’s Fox Debate While State Democratic Party Plans Conference Call To Discuss (Reno and Its Discontents)

State Republican Party

"This is a very close state in terms of registration and turnout. Allowing one party to organize this comprehensively without answering could be fatal to our political campaign success going forward."

GOP scrambling to move up caucus: State Republicans to vote today on Feb. 7 date, two days after Super Tuesday (Las Vegas Sun article)

"As Nevada Republicans work out the details of their new early presidential caucus, conservatives are preparing to descend on Reno this fall for the Conservative Leadership Conference."

Conservatives plan meeting: Modeled on Washington event, Reno gathering will have Western flavor (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

In The Legislature

Empowerment Proposal Opposed By The Well-Paid Educational Overseers Of The 49th Smartest State

"According to the proposal, principals would be authorized to hire teachers, award incentive pay, set school schedules and develop achievement plans for each student. Schools would receive an additional $550 per student. And design teams of teachers, parents, administrators and others would develop empowerment plans."

EMPOWERMENT PROPOSAL: Governor unveils schools plan -- Effort would strengthen role of principals (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"'What we're attempting today is to change the direction of our falling graduation rates, of our lower parent-participation rates,' said Gibbons."

Gibbons rolls out school empowerment plan (Nevada Appeal article)

Governor introduces empowerment ed program (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Gibbons school plan hits instant criticism (Associated Press article)

Gibbons excludes Democrats, teachers union from education empowerment and you're surprised? (Ray Hagar column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Parental Report Cards

"Of course parents need to be told if their kids are struggling. But any step that reinforces the wrongheaded presumption that we have custody of our own children only so long as we perform in ways pleasing to the bureaucracy is a huge step in the wrong direction."

Report cards for parents: Legislature again considering the proposal (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Report card won't fly with parents (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

All-Day Kindergarten

It's about time to level the playing field for children (Lorie Schaefer column, Nevada Appeal)

Carson City School District

Science fair madness overtakes college: Pencils fly and brass rings in the key of A, students find (Nevada Appeal article)

School district will save $10K annually for change in lighting: Power company rewards CCSD with $15,068 in incentives (Nevada Appeal article)

Douglas County School District

Ag class presentation gives pros and cons of antibiotics (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Washoe County School District

School board OKs new building plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

"The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), which manages water for the Las Vegas Valley, like virtually all other water authorities, is not in the business of saying "No" to population expansion, but of finding the necessary water to support and sustain any and all growth."

Parched Vegas eyes north state water (Andrew Whyman column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Las Vegas looks north to slake its thirst: Vegas' drinking problem is Nevada ranchers' headache as officials look to tap groundwater in rural counties to slake a thirst for growth. (Los Angeles Times article)

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Nevada Culture

The Land Of The Pharoahs

"Hawass, named by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, will share his expertise on ancient Egypt and King Tut."

Egypt expert to give free lecture (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

A Useful Invention

Incline resident develops real-time electricity monitoring device (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Death Of A Scholar

JOHN L. SMITH: To the late Hal Rothman, for the fullest of lives, lived for the right reasons (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

A Radioactive Lazarus

Measure would speed licensing: Nevadans counter Yucca Mountain bill (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"For a dead project, Yucca Mountain sure has lots of life."

Jon Ralston on how a planned nuke dump will affect the presidential wannabes (Las Vegas Sun column)

Another push for Yucca: Energy secretary tries once again to energize this justifiably dormant project (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"An aide to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said there were "huge discrepancies" in Justice Department testimony on Bogden that the panel may follow up on."

Official says Bogden wasn't fired for poor performance (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Veterans Affairs

"With the collar of his black T-shirt, Pfc. Daniel Tingle wiped away tears Saturday as he struggled to honor his fellow soldiers and thank the hundreds of people who showed up at a reception to welcome the wounded soldier home."

400 jam party to welcome home wounded soldier (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

"How we treat those who paid the price for their nation will be the ultimate measure of the kind of people we are. We owe them better than what the Washington Post found at Walter Reed."

War vets deserve better (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Labor Union Organizing

Labor leaders push bill in LV: AFL-CIO officials not giving up hope for Employee Free Choice Act (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Leaks And Lies

"This case strikes at the very core of the White House, and it reveals a culture of deceit that has permanently stained the Bush administration and further eroded the public's trust in government."

Tapestry of deceit: Libby's conviction in CIA leak case doesn't cure what truly ails the Bush administration (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Eliza Ann Prentice Buckland (Nevada Appeal article)

Nevada Women's History Project

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Nevada Journalism

Editor Canino returns to Bonanza (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Busy schedule for Assemblyman Grady (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Create-A-Crime And Enhanced Punishment Proposals

Erik Holland, "Crowded Prisons" [Click on image to enlarge]

The Problem In General

"'If you build them, we will fill them,' Assemblymember Chris Giunchigliani said in 2005. The proof of that comes in an ACLU report that says incarceration went up as crime went down: The crime rate in Nevada has fallen sharply since 1995, while available prison beds grew steadily between 1994 and 2001. As such, Nevada almost doubled the number of prison beds since 1992 for a population that committed no additional violent crimes."

Crime doesn't pay: With legislators beating the drum for harsh criminal penalties and a little help from the Iraq war, Nevada is back in a financial corner (Reno News & Review article)

Specific Examples

"Judiciary Committee Chairman Bernie Anderson, D-Las Vegas, wondered if the bill would lead to more overcrowding in jails and prisons."

Meth bill decried by public defenders: Drug users would be treated as traffickers (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Do we really need to create another special class in the eyes of the law?"

Crimes against the homeless (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

"Driving without a properly fastened seat belt is a pretty stupid thing to do. We don't legislate against stupidity, however, and law enforcement officers have more important things to do than to try to force us all into being smart."

Seat belts shouldn't be top priority (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Nevada's Wretched, Toothless Campaign Finance Laws

They're Confusing, Which Helps Keep Them From Being Enforced

"NRS 281.561 requires candidates for offices that pay at least $6,000 to file a financial disclosure form with the secretary of state within 10 days of filing for office. But the law also states that judicial candidates must provide financial disclosure information pursuant to a judicial canon which specifies the form should be filed with the Administrative Office of the Courts."

ERIN NEFF: More disclosure (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Inadequate State Regulation Of Mortgage Industry

"'The problem with Nevada's current structure with one commissioner is that it's antiquated. It's from the Dark Ages,' Sabalos said. 'It's a regulatory dinosaur.'"

Bill to establish mortgage commission kindles discussion (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Regressive "Soak The Poor" Revenue Proposal

This Old Tape Loop Again

"For the 25th time since 1975, legislation to allow creation of a Nevada lottery was introduced in the state Legislature."

Assemblyman tries again with proposal calling for creation of state lottery (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Regulation Of State Utility Corporations

"A unanimous Nevada Supreme Court last summer misinterpreted state law when it ordered state utility regulators to raise rates by $180 million for Nevada Power Co., Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley told a panel on Wednesday."

Court misinterpreted law in utility case, speaker says (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Energy bill endorsed by Nevada Assembly panel (Associated Press article)

Medical Malpractice

"Words can't bring back Dianne Meyer's legs, nor her ability to do the jitterbug."

Bill lets doctors speak freely: Proposal allows for apologies (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Abusive Debt Collection Practices

Lawmaker seeks secret recordings of abusive phone tactics (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Defense Fund

We Hope The Secretary Of State Is This Diligent With Every Other Candidate For Public Office

"Secretary of State Ross Miller on Wednesday asked Gov. Jim Gibbons why he didn't initially disclose donors to a fund set up to pay his legal fees associated with scandals, including an accusation currently being investigated by the FBI that he took payments from a friend for secret federal contracts."

Gibbons quizzed on 'gifts': Secretary of state asks about amended filing (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"In his letter, Miller asked Gibbons for proof that the $169,100 was received last year, and he said he wanted the governor to verify that none of the cash was previously reported as campaign donations."

Gibbons asked to give explanation: Secretary of state seeks more details on governor's legal defense fund (Las Vegas Sun article)

eTreppid Investigation

"Paul Pugliese, who previously worked in the U.S. attorney's office in Reno, said Wednesday that he was not forced into carrying out the raid on the home and storage facilities of Dennis Montgomery, the former business partner of Warren Trepp."

No influence in FBI raid, ex-official says: Home of former business partner of Gibbons friend was searched (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The State Judiciary

Chief Justice Maupin On The State Of The Judiciary

Justice says crowded prisons, courts should be priorities: Speech touches on meth, foster children (Associated Press article)

Asking Too Much

"State Sen. Bob Beers complained Wednesday that Nevada's Supreme Court and District Court judges would become the highest paid in the country if the Legislature approved the pay increases recommended in the court system's $178 million two-year budget."

Beers flags pay proposal for courts: Raises too much, senator argues (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada's Open Meeting Law

"The important thing now is to reiterate that the public's business must be done in public."

The Parole Board and open meetings: As always, the default setting should be sunshine (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Five more inmates file lawsuits amid dispute over Open Meeting Law (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada's Economy

State Tax Haul Shortfall

Sales tax shortfall could affect Medicaid, education funding (Associated Press article)

Going Up Again

FUEL COSTS: Las Vegas gasoline prices soar -- Increase coming weeks earlier than in past (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Local Government

Clark County

Real Estate Market

Home sales slow in February (Las Vegas Business Press article)

FEW ACRES, FEW BIDS: BLM auction results in sale of four parcels, 25 acres (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

City Of Las Vegas

"A brief brouhaha broke out at Wednesday's Las Vegas City Council meeting as community members of Ward 5 complained that they have no representative on the council."

Vacant seat spurs outcry: Residents want representation (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

City Of North Las Vegas

"North Las Vegas has big plans to turn its 132-acre Craig Ranch Golf Course into one of the city's crown jewels: a sprawling regional park where families can stroll, picnic and play together."

NORTH LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCIL: Plans for park debated -- Differing visions emerging for 132-acre facility (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Douglas County

Work set to begin on Muller Lane Parkway (Nevada Appeal article)

Elko County

Zoning dispute delays master plan (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

County Affairs

About The Budget

$1.75 million shortfall projected for County budget (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Parks And Recreation

Parks, Rec Council holds special meeting to examine purpose, goals (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Lyon awards bid for Mark Twain Park expansion (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

When The Aspens Turn In Colorado And A New Jail That Won't Be Built For Another 5-6 Years

County may only delay jail planning trip until August (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Juvenile Jail

Lyon OKs new funding formula for WNRYC (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

City Of Fernley

"As the City of Fernley initiates a Human Resource Department, Mayor Todd Cutler wanted the City Council to consider the city's philosophy of hiring contractors versus regular employees."

Council to keep open mind about contract workers (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Town Of Dayton

DRAC to hear two new planning requests (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Community Of Mound House

Mound House east of Garnet up for multiple land use changes at PlanCom (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Art Wilson Company making second request for mill permit (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Stagecoach General Improvement District

"A bill that would allow the Stagecoach General Improvement District to build and operate sewer facilities in the Stagecoach Valley is moving through Nevada's Legislature."

Stagecoach bill begins moving through legislature (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Nye County

County Affairs

Too Much Work

"'When you adopt a development agreement, the first thing you do is put a burden on many staffers to follow the agreement to make sure things take place that are supposed to take place,' Williams said. 'You're generating a lot of work for us to do.'"

Developers see mixed results on Blagg Road projects (Pahrump Valley Times)

Town Of Pahrump

Will proposed town center be too small? (Pahrump Valley Times)

Washoe County

City Of Reno

"Acting as the redevelopment agency board, council members supported the list of projects as priorities and directed further planning be done on a new parking garage and a possible retail-entertainment block. Those projects would boost the price tag to near $60 million."

Council members endorse $16.5 million for projects (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"After some wrangling over Whites Lake in Cold Springs, the Reno City Council approved the city's first open space plan to protect important wildlife and recreation areas and a route for a future network of trails and bikeways."

Council OKs Reno's first open space plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"Despite the improvements, much on the edges of downtown remains run down and unappealing; the forced closing of the Lakemill Lodge last week because of crime and unsafe conditions was a reminder of how much work remains to be done."

Reno picking up steam (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Presidential Debates

"The Nevada Democratic Party on Wednesday announced several changes to the debate's format, seemingly designed to keep more candidates from abandoning the event, which has been the subject of a protest campaign by the liberal blogosphere."

DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGNING: Edwards says no to debate in Reno -- Fox News' involvement one factor for decision (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"After weeks of sniping from online activists unhappy with the Nevada Democratic Party's decision to partner with Fox News for a Democratic presidential debate, party officials unveiled a peace offering Wednesday."

Democrats alter Fox debate (Las Vegas Sun article)

Tom Collins, Chairman, Nevada State Democratic Party on FOX News (Jack Wood column, Nye- Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

Announcement From Tom Collins On Fox News Debate (Reno and Its Discontents)

From Harry, er, Tom, with love (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Presidential Campaigns

The Democrats' caucus -- get ready for some fun (Mark Smith column, Pahrump Valley Times)

AFL-CIO asks members to wait to endorse (Associated Press article)

One-time titans are among the candidates (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)

"We're fighting for the presidency. This is a contact sport. We're ready. There will be no swift-boating of Hillary Clinton."

Hillary is ready to rumble: Campaign chairman sets ground rules for personal attacks (Las Vegas Sun article)

State Republican Party

State's Republicans approve moving up caucus to February (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

GOP slates caucus Feb. 7 (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada GOP look to raise money (Associated Press article)

McGinness will try for another term (Pahrump Valley Times)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

In The Legislature

Empowerment Schools

EMPOWERMENT SCHOOLS: Gibbons sees plan in action -- Governor visits elementary campus where program's already in place (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Millennium Scholarships

"Eligibility for the Millennium Scholarship should be determined by some objective test or performance standard instead of high school grade-point averages that can be subject to grade inflation, Sen. Bob Beers told a legislative panel Wednesday."

Measure takes aim at grade inflation: Millennium Scholarship rule change sought (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Parental Report Cards

Erik Holland, "Better than yours" [Click on image to enlarge]

"Raggio may have the best of intentions, but we can't agree with his proposal, which would create too much government intrusion."

Giving parents a grade? Senator's proposal to increase parents' participation should open new dialogue (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Churchill County School District

Report on local teacher absences tops tonight's school board agenda (Lahontan Valley News article)

Washoe County School District

"Congratulations to Washoe County Schools for coming into the 21st century. Now be careful with all this technology."

 We'll call you (Reno News & Review editorial)

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Nevada Utilities

Nye County's Cooperative Monopoly

VEA eyes Utah coal for future power (Pahrump Valley Times)

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Nevada's Environment

Quagga & Co.

Official urges rapid-response tactics to curb invasive species (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada's Burnt Hills

Reid to push for Nevada fire relief funds through supplemental Iraq spending bill (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Re-seeding to breathe new life into Peavine following wildfire (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Alleged Doctor-Attorney Fleecing Combine

"Prosecutors are alleging that doctors conspired to inflate the value of settlements and judgments by causing the patients to incur 'costly, aggressive, and excessive medical treatments.'"

JANE ANN MORRISON: Simple human pain at core of complex doctor-lawyer conspiracy charges (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Nevada's Flourishing, Unregulated $kindustry

It's human nature: A birds-eye view of Vegas call girls (Bruce Van Dyke column, Reno News & Review)

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Nevada Culture

Lear Theater

Lear plan is needed for the arts in Reno (Nettie Olivero column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Nevada Test Site

Atomic vets advocate seeks quick resolution: Says veterans should not have to have doses reconstructed (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"Sen. John Ensign on Wednesday charged that the Justice Department botched the dismissals of U.S. attorneys and suggested he was misled as to why the Nevada chief federal prosecutor, Daniel Bogden, was removed from office."

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: Ensign voices ire at agency -- Explanations for dismissal of U.S. attorney differ (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Democrats made the need for congressional oversight of the Bush administration a pillar of their campaign last year, and this week that oversight produced an unlikely result: Democrats presided over hearings that revealed motives inside Bush's Justice Department that had been kept from Republican lawmakers, including Nevada Sen. John Ensign."

Democrats' hearings uncover motives: Testimony on U.S. attorneys' firings (Las Vegas Sun article)

Veterans Affairs

Woes at Walter Reed a surprise to Nevadans (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Labor Union Organizing

AFL-CIO pursuing united push in 2008: Council asks unions to hold off on endorsements (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Tainted Food

Who inspected that sandwich? Major change is needed in federal system for ensuring the safety of our food supply (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Regulation Of Gamblers And Gambling

Primm purchase gets board support: Herbst Gaming seeks three border properties (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Aging But Genteel Charms Still Effective

El Cortez astir in new mix downtown: Revamped hotel-casino to beckon young crowd with old-time charm (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Anne Henrietta Martin (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada Journalism

Demand It From Your Drowsy, Indifferent Local Newspaper

Otherwise, You Pay While They Sleep

"The world needs investigative journalists--women and men who doggedly dig into the doings of the powerful. It's risky business. Of journalists killed in peace time, said Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity, 85 percent were covering corruption."

Investigate the bastards (Deidre Pike column, Reno News & Review)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Criminal Prosecutions Would Be More Useful

Nevada lobbyists could face expanded reporting, training rules (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Governor Gibbons to Tour Reno's VA Hospital (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

Governor Gibbons Appoints Dodgion Chairman of Environmental Commission (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

From The Office Of The Attorney General

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TEAMS WITH ALY’S PROM CLOSET TO HAND OUT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE MATERIALS (Attorney General Press Release)

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Nevada's Environment

Contaminated water leaks from Elko County mine (Associated Press article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

DOE official praises Mina route for Yucca rail line (Associated Press article)

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

"Today, U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada met with numerous Nevada county commissioners to discuss local Nevada issues including the importance of working together to fight the growing methamphetamine epidemic and funding allocations for the valuable Payment In Lieu of Taxes program and Workforce Investment Act. The group also discussed opposition to the proposed federal budget that will repeal geothermal rents and royalties."

REID MEETS WITH NEVADA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (Sen. Reid Press Release)

In The US Congress

Conservative Democrats Assert Power (Associated Press article)

Panel Slams Banks Over Credit Practices (Associated Press article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

White House Bows on Attorney Reforms (Associated Press article)

Subpoenas Likely for Justice Officials in Prosecutor Firings (Washington Post article)

Republicans Could Face New Ethics Probes (Associated Press article)

Why Were These U.S. Attorneys Fired? (Time Magazine article)

"Six fired U.S. attorneys testified on Capitol Hill yesterday that they had separately been the target of complaints, improper telephone calls and thinly veiled threats from a high-ranking Justice Department official or members of Congress, both before and after they were abruptly removed from their jobs."

Prosecutors Say They Felt Pressured, Threatened: Hill Republicans, Justice Dept. Cited (Washington Post article)

Veterans Affairs

President Bush Meets with Co-Chairs of the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors (White House Press Release)

Disability Evaluation System Needs ‘Top-Down’ Overhaul, Officials Say (Armed Forces Press Service)

Veterans' Disability Benefits: Long-Standing Claims Processing Challenges Persist GAO-07-512T, March 7, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

VA Student Financial Aid: Management Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap in Approving Education and Training Programs and to Assess State Approving Agencies GAO-07-384, March 8, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Voting

Elections: All Levels of Government Are Needed to Address Electronic Voting System Challenges GAO-07-576T, March 7, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

Watchdog Group Applauds 'Pork' Ban (Associated Press article)

Unauthorized Release Of Limited Household Data On Census Bureau Web Site (US Census Bureau Press Release)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Freedom Of Information

"In December 1989, one month after the fall of the Berlin Wall, President George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev met in Malta and, in the words of a Soviet spokesman, “buried the cold war at the bottom of the Mediterranean.” The Russian transcript of that momentous summit was published in Moscow in 1993. Fourteen years later American historians are still waiting for their own government to release a transcript."

Historians Fight Bush on Access to Papers (New York Times article)

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

Administrative Tribunals to Begin for High-Value Guantanamo Detainees (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Legal Experts Rap Media Ban at Gitmo (Associated Press article)

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 7, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow (White House News Briefing)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

Defense Department Media Roundtable with Secretary Gates and Gen. Pace from the Pentagon (Defense Department transcript)

National Guard (In Federal Status) And Reserve Mobilized as Of March 7, 2007 (Defense Department Press Release)

Defense Acquisitions: Issues Concerning Airlift and Tanker Programs GAO-07-566T, March 7, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Military Personnel: DMDC Data on Officers' Commissioning Programs is Insufficiently Reliable and Needs to be Corrected GAO-07-372R, March 8, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Coast Guard: Status of Efforts to Improve Deepwater Program Management and Address Operational Challenges GAO-07-575T, March 8, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Foreign Affairs

World Trade Organization: Congress Faces Key Decisions as Efforts to Reach Doha Agreement Intensify GAO-07-379, March 5, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

AP IMPACT: Afghan anti-corruption chief is a convicted heroin trafficker (Associated Press article)

Afghan Warlord Splits With Taliban (Associated Press article)

Taliban Commander Caught in Afghanistan (Associated Press article)

China

China Not Strategic Adversary of U.S., Gates Says (Armed Forces Press Service)

Guatemala

"Opposition politicians calling for Vielmann to step down say he had knowledge of death squads inside the country's police force, which began by killing youth gang members and went on to carry out drug killings."

Guatemala minister offers to quit over drug murders (Reuters article)

Drug trade vices grip Guatemala (Associated Press article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

White House Hangs Veto Over Pullout Plan (Associated Press article)

Democrats Want Iraq Pullout by Fall 2008 (Associated Press article)

Analysis: Iraq Solution Proves Elusive (Associated Press article)

Petraeus: Iraq Security Plan Can Work, But Will Take Time (Armed Forces Press Service)

U.S. General in Iraq Decries ‘Barbaric’ Insurgent Attacks (Armed Forces Press Service)

Baghdad Security Efforts Seem to Yield Results (Armed Forces Press Service)

Need For More MPs in Iraq ‘Was Always Anticipated,’ Petraeus Says (Armed Forces Press Service)

Pentagon Deploys More Troops to Baghdad (Associated Press article)

Mexico

Shooting of Cop in Mexico Spurs Outrage (Associated Press article)

Mexico launches crime database in drug fight (San Diego Union-Tribune article)

Mexico: A Rise in Killings in Sonora State (Stratfor article)

A Federal Reader

Long-Term Spending on Entitlement Programs, March 8, 2007 (Congressional Budget Office Report)

Passenger Rail Security: Federal Strategy and Enhanced Coordination Needed to Prioritize and Guide Security Efforts GAO-07-583T, March 7, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

National Institutes of Health Extramural Research Grants: Oversight of Cost Reimbursements to Universities GAO-07-294R, January 31, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Overview

Today and Tomorrow (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Nevada's Wretched, Toothless Ethics Laws

"The public wants to know that those who are running the government are constantly aware of how to stay within the limits placed on gifts and services and that officials understand the appropriate use of taxpayer funds. They want expenditures and political contributions reports filed completely and on time."

Make ethics rules clear, accessible (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Eminent Domain

Legislature looks at eminent domain (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Vehicle Tax Cut Proposal

"State Sen. Bob Beers told a legislative panel on Thursday that local governments are "inundated with cash" and would not suffer any financial harm under his plan to halve the car tax in Clark and Washoe counties."

Car tax reduction proposed: Measure targets Clark, Washoe counties (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Governor Of Nevada

eTreppid Investigation

"'The allegations border on the preposterous,' he said."

Lawyers: Trepp link unfounded (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Recall Rumors

A recall? Really? But what about… (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Don't Like Gov. Gibbons

Jon Ralston on the sheer ineptitude of Team Gibbons and why more questions are being raised about his legal defense fund (Las Vegas Sun column)

"Gov. Jim Gibbons, taking an extraordinarily expansive view of his no-new-taxes pledge last week, withdrew budget requests that would increase the fees used to regulate health care and other industries."

Gibbons' tax pledge: Legislature will have to find a way to ensure adequate regulation and oversight (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Office Of The Attorney General

Case Dismissed

"Seventh Judicial District Judge Dan Papez granted defense counsel Benjamin Gaumond's motion to dismiss following revelations that Deputy Attorney General Joe Long had not provided the defense with an audio tape of interviews featuring state witnesses until the day before the trial was set to commence."

Judge Papez loses patience with state prosecutor; drops ESP charges (Ely Times article)

The State Judiciary

Judicial Salaries

"A survey from the National Center for State Courts showed Nevada Supreme Court justices have the 20th-best salaries in the country, with an annual base pay of $140,000 per year and the chance to earn as much as $171,000 through longevity bonuses and special assignments. The state's District Court judges rank 14th at $130,000 per year, thanks to a recent pay boost."

An air ball on judicial pay: Judges push for extravagant raises (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

From The Nevada Supreme Court

State high court backs homestead exemption (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Justices affirm Nevada's statute on habitual offenders (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Crime And Mental Illness

"By the time Teresa was last arrested, her mental illness had fully taken root."

Attitude adjustment: Mental Health Court helps defendants end cycle of crime on way to independence (Las Vegas Sun article)

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

Initiative Was A Casino Subsidy

"Although we only have a few weeks' results for 2007, the revenues appear to be declining in a range of 15 to 20 percent."

Slot-route operations down: Herbst revenues dip after ban on smoking (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Why a developer gave up his casino dream: Coleman sold land, not for usual reasons (Nevada Appeal article)

Construction starts on development at Bodine's property (Nevada Appeal article)

Clark County

The Problem Of Traffic

"There's a new deadline for when traffic signal synchronization efforts will allow commuters to drive across town without hitting a single red light: never."

Potential dims for retiming of lights: Official: Don't expect effort to be traffic fix (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Fingers Of Stanley Ho

"Documents suggesting Rohit Joshi, the owner's representative for Neonopolis, misrepresented his business relationship with a Hong Kong billionaire have prompted Las Vegas officials to take a closer look at Joshi."

Neonopolis operator to get closer look by city (Las Vegas Sun article)

North Las Vegas $kindustry Regulation

"North Las Vegas officials, citing constitutional concerns, on Wednesday yanked from a proposed ordinance provisions that would have made it more difficult to set up new strip clubs and other sexually oriented businesses in the city."

Sexual slant dropped from NLV ordinance (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Hazardous Cargo

Collision course: Railroad workers worry about the safety of Las Vegas Valley's toxic trains (Las Vegas CityLife article)

The Real Estate Market

"For all the debate over whether there's enough water to sustain Las Vegas' growth, there seems to be the same level of discussion over whether there's enough developable land to ensure the region's economic future."

Real Estate and Development: Time is ripe for debate on land supply shortage (In Business Las Vegas article)

Southern Nevada economy ‘flat,’ but ‘good,’ says economist (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"The Nevada Association of Realtors has predicted a "modest correction" in the statewide housing market in 2007 by projecting home sales will decrease 12 to 18 percent and prices will fall 7 percent to 10 percent by early 2008."

Realtors: Sales, prices to fall (In Business Las Vegas article)

Creative financing: There's still hope for middle-income earners looking to buy a home -- if they act fast (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Developing Stories

"A leading national homebuilder known for its entry-level and workforce housing has chosen the Las Vegas Valley to go upscale."

KB Home enters Las Vegas million-dollar home market (In Business Las Vegas article)

Douglas County

Genoa town lease formula sent back for massaging (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Elko County

Developing Carlin

Carlin Rising: Big projects to break ground this year (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

"The Incline Village General Improvement District board of trustees at Wednesday's meeting, debated whether to run the district more like a private company and give some rec venues the chance to turn a profit."

Is IVGID in the business of running many businesses? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Lyon County

Lyon County sheriff works to keep small-town feel in growing communities (Nevada Appeal article)

Mound House projects back in pipeline (Nevada Appeal article)

Washoe County

Inequitable Taxation

"'Had the county acted in a businesslike manner at the beginning it would've cost them $55,000 but now it's up to 14 million,' she said."

Revolters back in court seeking more tax refunds (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

An Open Letter From Your Washoe County Treasurer (Nevada Property Tax Revolt website)

White Pine County

City Of Ely

Ely City Primary Election (Ely Times feature)

Candidates' Forum: Ely City Council - Seat 3 (Ely Times feature)

Candidates' Forum: Ely City Council - Seat 4 (Ely Times feature)

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Nevada Politics

The Bipartisan Cavalcade Of Corruption And Mismanagement

78 Percent Of Public Thinks Our System Of Government Is Broken

Analysis: Scandals Sap Public's Morale (Associated Press article)

State Democratic Party

Democrats pressured to drop Fox News despite compromise (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"So what happens when the Democrats have too much prosperity? They resort to cannibalism, of course."

Jon Ralston on Politics: Dems target themselves (In Business Las Vegas column)

Is John Edwards Too Enamored With The Netroots? (Dullard Mush)

What Am I? Chopped Liver? Well Maybe But… (Reno and Its Discontents)

Carson City Democrats Say No To Fox News Debate (Reno and Its Discontents)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

In The Legislature

Millennium Scholarship

"Tightening eligibility requirements for the Millennium Scholarship remains vital -- and adding college entrance exams to the equation is the best and most objective means of doing so."

Scholarship plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Federal And State School Testing

"Not counting the preparation, Washoe County students spent anywhere from six to 13 hours a year completing the government-mandated tests, district officials said."

Educators say testing takes up too much class time (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Education For Disabled Children

Jacob's ladder (Chip Mosher column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Budget Cuts

"Rheault responded that he had been directed by the governor to cut $15 million out of the budget requests he made for the schools. But after the meeting, Rheault said it was Gov. Kenny Guinn who requested the reductions, not Gibbons."

Democrats complain about education cuts: Gibbons budget fails to fund series of programs (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Clark County School District

School Board OKs purchase of buildings (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Douglas County School District

Douglas schools all about science (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Student examines Pine Nut soils (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Washoe County School District

Trustees fund rest of elementary school (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

"We applaud the district for approving this expenditure for Incline Elementary School this week, and are very grateful that they even added $450,000 for the new track and field at Incline High School. But why did the board wait until the 2007 allocation when voters were given the expectation that it would be included in the 2002 bond expenditures?"

School district finally delivers (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

White Pine County School District

Students learn to brutalize each other after 'Dream' performance (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Health Matters

University Medical Center

"'The bills were sent to the right people, they just may not be accurate,' said Cheryl Persinger, a hospital spokeswoman."

Some UMC patient bills sent in error (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The out-of-state company hired to provide physicians at University Medical Center says it will be able to step in on schedule - in part by hiring doctors from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, whose proposal to do the job had been rejected by the county."

Hospitalist firm says it's on pace for UMC (Las Vegas Sun article)

Health Care Plans

Health Care and Workplace: Sierra Health seeks cure for its ailing Rx plan (In Business Las Vegas article)

Patient Fraud

"Some of the doctors under scrutiny are among the finest physicians in the state. Ditto for many of the lawyers in the crosshairs. They are superior litigators, ferocious trial attorneys who have bagged some of the largest jury awards and settlements in the history of Nevada jurisprudence. The lawyers have stated publicly and privately that this investigation was prompted by the powerful insurance industry because of all the verdicts they've won. It's an argument that might resonate with a jury, although it would be tough to prove, especially since it isn't true."

Medical Mafia probe has barely started (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada's Environment

Quicksilver Legacy

"Citing elevated levels of mercury, state health officials Thursday recommended people avoid or limit consumption of fish in six Nevada lakes, reservoirs and rivers."

Fish consumption warning issued for 6 waterways (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Leaking Mine

Pit lake leak under review (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Utilities

Coal-fired politics: Gov. Gibbons signs up with new coal council, ignoring the global warming reductions favored by neighboring states (Las Vegas CityLife article)

"Sierra Pacific Resources has repeatedly vowed that its Ely Energy Center project will be the cleanest and most efficient coal-fired plant in the West."

Not all locals fans of the Ely Energy Center (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Culture

One Of America's Great National Pastimes Is The Worship Of Speed

The great race: Speedway's improvements promise to give NASCAR fans plenty of new access (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Federal Nevada

Veterans Affairs

Honoring soldier honors all of us (Gardnerville Record-Courier editorial)

Who's to blame for Building 18? (Ely Times editorial)

Federal Taxes

TAXATION: Debate on deduction may wait -- Official says question of tax break may not come up till late in session (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Labor Union Organizing

"The House voted 241-185 last week to make it easier for unions to organize workers, but the margin is not enough to overcome a veto promised by President Bush."

Nevada Dems vote for union measure; GOP votes against (Ely Times article)

Law and Small Business: Labor secretary slams union card-check bill (In Business Las Vegas article)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Freedom Of Information

"The bill would mandate that all government documents are presumed open. The government could still claim any number of privacy exemptions - such as those to protect national security, sensitive personnel information and trade secrets - to keep documents confidential, but officials would have to justify their decisions."

Keeping government open: Congress is considering a much-needed bill to strengthen the public's right to know (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Travel Restrictions

"Travel became a lot less fun on Aug. 10 when the Transportation Security Administration implemented its new rules banning more than 3 ounces of liquids in carry-on luggage."

Tourism and Gaming: In spirit of TSA compliance, travel products emerge (In Business Las Vegas article)

Unwarranted Surveillance

Frequent Errors In FBI's Secret Records Requests: Audit Finds Possible Rule Violations (Washington Post article)

FBI Criticized for Patriot Act Use (Associated Press article)

A Review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Use of National Security Letters (Unclassified), March 2007 (US Department of Justice Inspector General - 34 MB pdf file)

A Review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Use of Section 215 Order for Business Records (Unclassified), March 2007 (US Department of Justice Inspector General - 10 MB pdf file)

Report to Congress on Implementation of Section 1001 of the USA PATRIOT Act, Special Report, March 2007 (US Department of Justice Inspector General)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Regulation Of Gamblers

"The gambler, a poker player, made the mistake of treating the chip like currency. And all he's got to show for it today is a piece of paper - a receipt for the chip he no longer has - and no money."

Chips no longer good as cash (Las Vegas Sun article)

A Competitive Business

Stratosphere owner uses value to compete (In Business Las Vegas article)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Fanny Gore Hazlett (Nevada Appeal article)

For Fanny Hazlett's recollections of a very full life, check out:

Historical Sketch and Reminiscences of Dayton, Nevada (1910) (TNO Reading Room feature)

NNRy

Perils of progress at the Nevada Northern Railway (Natasha Bettis column, Ely Times)

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Nevada Journalism

A newspaper is about its community (Tanya Canino column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

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Nevada Government

State Government

National Identity Card System

Gibbons seeks aid to implement Real ID Act (Pahrump Valley Times article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Nevada governor's lawyer responds to contribution questions (Associated Press article)

Local Government

Clark County

A little (huge!) traffic issue: Maryland Parkway won't stop Midtown UNLV (Las Vegas Weekly article)

Elko County

South Fork planners seek direction (Elko Free Press article)

Commissioner Charlie Myers back on board (Elko Free Press article)

Nye County

County Affairs

"Nye County commissioners were unanimous Wednesday about backing off on a plan to submit their own bid to build a federal detention center after liability concerns were raised."

Nye shies off from detention bid (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Civic Action

Throughout Nye County: Youth groups tackle community problems (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Town Of Beatty

Master plan debate focuses on growth (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Richardson backs out of Fox debate amid online protest (Associated Press article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

More Yucca documents to be released (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

REID: SHOSHONE FUNDS FINALLY COMING TO THE COMMUNITY (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Veterans Affairs

Bush Names Seven to Veteran Care Panel (Associated Press article)

"The Independent Review Group recently established by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wants to hear from patients and family members about their experiences with military medical care, the review group announced today."

Medical Independent Review Group Seeks Comments (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Skelton Says Committee Will Consider Legislation To Meet The Needs Of Wounded Service Members (House Armed Services Committee Press Release)

DOD and VA Health Care: Challenges Encountered by Injured Servicemembers during Their Recovery Process GAO-07-606T, March 8, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Homeland Security

REID MEETS WITH CHERTOFF TO ADDRESS SHORTAGE OF CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AGENTS AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Homeland Security: Preparing for and Responding to Disasters GAO-07-395T, March 9, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Judiciary Committee Launches Investigation into Fired U.S. Attorneys: Conyers and Sanchez Demand Documents, Interviews (House Judiciary Committee Press Release)

House Judiciary Committee Calls for White House, Miers to Provide Information on Fired U.S. Attorneys: Conyers, Sánchez Welcome Attorney General’s Stated Support for Legislative Fix and Expand Investigation (House Judiciary Committee Press Release)

US Attorney Hearing Follow-up Letter to DOJ (House Judiciary Committee Press Release)

US Attorney hearing follow up letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding (House Judiciary Committee Press Release)

US Attorney hearing follow up letter to former White House Counsel Harriet Miers (House Judiciary Committee Press Release)

Gonzales Yields On Hiring Interim U.S. Attorneys (Washington Post article)

Freedom And The Federal Government

The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

Appeals Court Overturns D.C. Gun Ban (Associated Press article)

Federal appeals court strikes down DC handgun ban (Jurist article)

Parker v. District of Columbia (US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia)

Unwarranted Surveillance

REID CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY OVER BUSH ADMINISTRATION ABUSE OF POWER (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Gonzales, Mueller Admit FBI Broke Law (Associated Press article)

Analysis: Patriot Woes Weigh on Gonzales (Associated Press article)

How National Security Letters Work (Associated Press article)

House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on FBI's Secret Records Reports (House Judiciary Committee Press Release)

The Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

U.S. Holds First Hearings at Gitmo (Associated Press article)

"The Executive cannot be criminally prosecuted domestically (above a few low level soldiers - Abu Ghraib - or CIA interrogators - Passarro) for its acts because it controls the federal prosecutors. If the Executive charges someone in court, then as a defense the person can seek to have evidence of horrible treatment brought in but will be confronted with the state secrets doctrine (see Padilla). If the Executive charges the person in a military commission the evidence issues again will come up against the state secrets doctrine (watch Hicks). If the person injured brings a civil suit as did el-Masri, the Fourth Circuit has told us that the state secrets doctrine will be allowed to trump and dismissal will occur."

The Un-American Way: The Kafkaesque Case of Khalid El-Masri (Benjamin Davis column, Jurist)

Foreign Policy

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

U.S. Claims Progress in Afghan Opium War (Associated Press article)

China

China Military in Legislative Spotlight (Associated Press article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

SENATE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE JOINT RESOLUTION TO TRANSITION THE MISSION IN IRAQ (Sen. Reid Press Release)

DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Mixon from Iraq (Department of Defense transcript)

Iraqi Government Making Progress, Ambassador Says (Armed Forces Press Service article)

"Iraqis in the country’s north, fed up with ongoing violence, are leading U.S. and Iraqi forces to some of the largest weapons and bombs caches found in the region to date, the commander of Multinational Division North told Pentagon reporters today."

Iraqis Helping Troops Find Weapons Caches, General Says (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Iraqi Forces Control Three of Four Divisions in Northern Iraq (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Mexico

"Calderon is struggling to rein in ruthless but sophisticated drug cartels who frequently manipulate Mexico's chaotic and corrupt police and court systems."

Mexico's Calderon pushes criminal law overhaul (Reuters article)

"'The attacks against us are becoming more brazen. Drug cartels have instructed their people to go down fighting, to do whatever is necessary to get the narcotics through,' said Rick Flores, Webb County sheriff in Laredo, Texas."

U.S. agents under greater attack on Mexico border (Reuters article)

"The portly Slim has more than tripled his fortune since Forbes published its 2004 list, thanks to a string of acquisitions and the ballooning value of his telecom holdings. His current net worth is equivalent to nearly 6% of his nation's gross domestic product, a feat unmatched even by America's robber barons at the height of their influence."

$49 billion is Slim's pickings in Mexico (Chicago Tribune article)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

2007 Nevada Legislature starts sixth week (Associated Press article)

The Problem Of Methamphetamine

"'Death isn't the scary part,' David, a recovering meth addict, said. 'It's all the crap you have to go through before you die.'"

Former meth user: 'You get sick and tired of being sick and tired' (Mason Valley News article)

New Crime Proposal

Lawmaker cites 2005 threat on LV bus in urging bill to prevent hoax terrorism (Associated Press article)

Criminal Sentencing Enhancements

Grieving dads speak out against crime bill: Measure would cut extra sentences given for use of deadly weapon (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Tahoe land regulator budget under subcommittee review (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Agricultural Wells

Bill to set formula for ag well power rates to be heard today (Mason Valley News article)

An Active Assemblyman

Busy schedule for Assemblyman Grady (Mason Valley News article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Gibbons lawyer defends legal fund: Secretary of state told donations were properly disclosed (Associated Press article)

Democrats Critique

Gibbons urged to halt funds flow: Watchdog groups say governor was 'playing fast and loose' with House rules (Las Vegas Sun article)

Watching A Black And White Movie

Gibbons confuses the issue: There should be no talk of 'gray areas' regarding governor's legal defense fund (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Nevada's Wretched, Toothless Campaign Finance Laws

"'Today in Nevada, there's one qualification to be judge' -- money, Adams asserted -- '$500,000 for a district court judgeship or $1 million to be on the state Supreme Court.' The relentless search for money to feed the machine that propels a candidate to victory results in negative but shallow media sound bites, the judge claimed.'

Judicial campaign financing debated: Free speech versus donation solicitation argued (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

State Judiciary

Proposed legislation would put Fallon in new 10th Judicial District (Mason Valley News article)

Gas Up

"Problems refining oil in California and rising fuel prices nationally have caused Reno-area gasoline prices to rise almost 30 cents a gallon in the last month, industry watchers said."

Rise in gas cost sparks concern (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Local Government

Churchill County

County water, wastewater plants nearing completion (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

City Of Henderson

Voters in Henderson can cast ballots freely: Precincts, polling places open-ended for primary election (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

City Of Las Vegas

Las Vegas growth seen at standstill (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Las Vegas is looking at the grim possibility of not being able to hire additional staff next fiscal year, even as the city's population grows and projects that demand more workers expand, officials said."

Build it, but who'll staff it? In fiscal crunch, city may lack cash to hire workers (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Lyon County

County Affairs

$1.75 million shortfall projected for County budget (Mason Valley News article)

County to conduct budget meetings next week (Mason Valley News article)

City Of Yerington

A Matter Of Money

"The City of Yerington's request to renew an interlocal agreement with the County to perpetuate an annual $200,000 allotted for lost tax rate has come at a time when the County is facing a $1.75 million deficit."

Deficit could impact 40-year agreement with City (Mason Valley News article)

It's All In The Mind

City says alternate route proposal is 'conceptual' (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Nevada Democrats cancel candidate debate co-hosted by Fox News (Associated Press article)

"A few hours after state Democratic Chairman Tom Collins told the Review-Journal that the party had no plans to cancel an August presidential candidate debate that was to be co-sponsored by the Fox News Channel, he and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., sent a letter to Fox canceling the debate and blaming comments by the channel's president for the decision."

Democrats drop debate with Fox tie (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Meltdown over Fox: Network co-sponsors state Democratic debate -- oh my! (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Reno Democratic candidates forum canceled (Nevada Appeal article)

"'It shows a distinct split the Democrats have to deal with,' said Eric Herzik, a political scientist at the University of Nevada, Reno, and registered Republican. 'There is a very liberal wing of the Democratic Party that's out for blood. The party puts itself at risk if they go to that extreme.'"

Democrats cancel Reno debate (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

What Others Think About The "FOX Debate" Debate; Is A New Democratic Debate Headed To FOX? (Dullard Mush)

Fox goes poof (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Its Official, Debate Broadcast By Fox Is Off (Reno and Its Discontents)

Nevada Democrats Slay The Beast And Say “NO” To Fox News (Reno and Its Discontents)

State Republican Party

Giuliani to slip quietly into Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Want More Money

"Lawmakers and higher education officials swallowed hard Friday while reviewing updated enrollment figures for the state's universities and colleges."

Lower turnout bad for higher education: Flattening enrollment rates at four institutions will force hard call to secure funds (Las Vegas Sun article)

LOOKING IN ON: HIGHER EDUCATION -- Gibbons, Parnell to meet with regents on funding, other issues (Las Vegas Sun article)

Public Schools

In The Legislature

"A teacher advocate and a lawmaker suggested Friday that the 180-day school year should be extended to compensate for time lost because of excessive testing of students."

Lawmakers debate imposing limitations on school testing: Loss of instructional time because of examinations criticized (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Clark County School District

"Cell phones, iPods and televisions may be the anathema to a good education, but later this month educators hope they'll be the sweet siren to lure students to school."

Educators hoping to 'bribe' students to take tests: High schools strive for 95 percent mark (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Water Matters

The Walker River

"The initial storage allocations set by the Walker River Irrigation District for the east and west forks of the Walker River aren't good, although that likely surprises few at this point."

West Walker allocation at 38%, East Walker at 51% (Mason Valley News article)

Watermaster: Walker water situation is 'pretty sad' (Mason Valley News article)

WRID's Topaz diversion project should start by April (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Alleged Doctor-Lawyer Fraud Ring

PERSONAL INJURY CASES: Suspect claims poverty -- Awand says the seizure of his assets prevents hiring lawyer (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

South Lyon Medical Center

"Unexpected costs and requirements are casting doubt on portions of South Lyon Medical Center's renovation master plan; however, Administrator Joan Hall is urging Hospital Trustees not to lose sight of necessity."

Hospital Administrator urges 'stay the course' with master plan (Mason Valley News article)

"South Lyon Medical Center is hoping soon to become a hub of information for residents suffering from various ailments."

Hospital aims to open Community Resource Center (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada's Environment

Don't Eat The Fish

Anglers advised to avoid eating Lahontan fish (Lahontan Valley News article)

Health advisory placed on fish caught in Northern Nevada waters: Fish from Carson River, Lahontan reservoir unsafe (Nevada Appeal article)

Chemical Spill

Acid spill leads to Mound House plant evacuation (Nevada Appeal article)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada Test Site

Test site audit sees fire risk: Report says brush must be cleared, roads upgraded (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The Department's Wildland Fire Planning and Preparation Efforts" (US Department of Energy Inspector General)

Test site board plans session (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"Don't think these stories are simply about Bogden's reputation. It's about senators wanting to preserve their political patronage appointment rights and protect the system of checks and balances between the White House and the Senate. And it's about Justice Department officials who feel free to deceive senators."

JANE ANN MORRISON: Justice Department finds that lies fuel fury in formerly friendly senators (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Monthly State Tax Haul

GAMING WIN: Down month but no panic -- Analysts see reasons for big January drop (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Casino win down in January (Nevada Appeal article)

Casino revenue dips in January (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn responds (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada's Past

Following The Paths

Two volumes focus on Indian trails (Ruby Happel-Holtz column, Pahrump Valley Times)

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March 11, 2007

[11:45 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The State Legislature

Overview

NV Legislature in the News and Monday Committee Hearings (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Recapitulation

Gibbons unveils school empowerment plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Open Government

"In the spirit of Sunshine Week, a yearly event to promote open government through open records and open meetings, the Las Vegas Review-Journal conducted its own audit of seven local governments in Southern Nevada."

SUNSHINE WEEK: Most local governments grant requests -- But North Las Vegas, Mesquite deny access to emergency plans (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

SUNSHINE WEEK: Access not always so easy -- Many agencies broke federal law by withholding hazardous materials plans (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

SUNSHINE WEEK: Nonprofit's criteria suggest some shortcomings in Clark County (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Advocates seek to cut through exceptions (Associated Press article)

"Why is Buckley an advocate of open government? She says it is a matter a trust. When government agencies hide information, the governed tend to be suspicious. Secrecy raises doubt about the credibility of government agencies."

THOMAS MITCHELL: On issues of openness, we love Barbara Buckley (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Nevada Highways

"'The will is just not there,' he said. 'They all acknowledge the problem, but the political will isn't there to do anything about it. It is the most disappointing thing I've seen.'"

$3.8 BILLION HIGHWAY PLAN: Traffic congestion hits tax wall -- Governor, many legislators oppose increases (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"In the race to remedy the Las Vegas Valley's traffic woes, the Legislature and the governor's office resemble rusted-out beaters in the breakdown lane."

Big ideas for valley roads (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Utilities Regulation

"As the Enron scandal clearly illustrated, it would be naive to simply assume that utility companies' purchases and the resulting rate increases are always penny-wise and in the best interests of customers. Sometimes, they are just plain bad decisions. And when a utility makes a poor financial decision, the utility - not its customers - should have to pay."

Blocking a power play: Legislation would add some accountability to the process when utilities seek rate hikes (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Governor Of Nevada

Legal Defense Fund

GOP defends Gibbons over legal defense fund: County Republicans criticize secretary of state's actions (Associated Press article)

The governor's lawyer tells secretary of state to pound sand (Vegas Pundit)

The State Judiciary

Appointed Judges

Plan for judges faces uphill battle (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

"Michael Hohl has owned dealerships in Carson City for two decades, but says he wants to develop an auto mall - a huge site that would house auto dealerships representing several manufacturers. The problem is that Carson City does not have the land necessary, approximately 50 acres, for him to build it."

The biggest story of the week was ... (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Clark County

Mean Streets

"The Rev. John Crowley echoed those thoughts: 'We're tired of the violence. We're tired of the senseless killings and the senseless funerals. We're tired of our children not being able to play outside at night. We're tired of older folks not being able to sit on their porch. We will take a stand. We will let it be known there is no more tolerance for it.'"

SAFE VILLAGE TASK FORCE: Marchers' message: Stop the violence -- Gathering puts focus on West Las Vegas neighborhood (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Douglas County

Recycling

Minden questions recycling proposal (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Town And Country Living

"Picking fruit and stowing garbage is the best way to Genoa-proof Sierra black bears, Nevada Division of Wildlife biologist Carl Lackey told town board members on Tuesday."

Bears find easy pickings in oldest town (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Coyotes on the prowl - watch out for your pets (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

The Farmers Market

Farmers market coming to Minden (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Elko County

"The Elko Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors has scheduled a special meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the convention center to discuss possible endorsement or disapproval of Assemblyman John Carpenter’s proposed bill, AB 163."

ECVA calls special meeting (Elko Free Press article)

"If passed, Assembly Bill 163 would amend the city’s charter to require the Elko Convention & Visitors Authority to receive a certain percentage of room tax. Elko City Manager Curtis Calder said Carpenter did not consult the city about the proposed change."

Carpenter, city at odds over room tax bill (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Politics

National Politics

Poll: Character Trumps Policy for Voters (Associated Press article)

Nevadans like Giuliani, Clinton (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

State Democratic Party

"When you travel outside Las Vegas and talk to voters in Elko, Lincoln and Nye counties, you find plenty who could go for Democrats if the candidate was fairly fiscally conservative and 'doesn't try to take our guns.'"

ERIN NEFF: Mixing Richardson and rurals could help turn Nevada blue (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Appeal proud to have hosted presidential candidate event (John DiMambro column, Nevada Appeal)

Nevada Democratic Party By-Laws and Charter Now Online (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

Who's Running for Election as Nevada State Democratic Party Offices? (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

State Republican Party

Giuliani checks out Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Giuliani defends Gingrich (Associated Press article)

"Fasten your seat belts because it's going to be a wild ride."

Republican caucuses may put Nevada on GOP radar (Guy W. Farmer column, Nevada Appeal)

Party Paralysis (Terresa Monroe-Hamilton column, Noisy Room)

Will the Nevada GOP EVER learn? (Eric Odom column, Carson City Conservative)

Conservative Leadership Conference

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Some sound advice on getting children involved (Nevada Appeal article)

In The Legislature

Money Battle Looms

Democrats, Republicans head for collision over education: Parties slate dueling news conferences (Associated Press article)

Empowerment Proposal

"But this is anathema to the unions and the administrators who coddle them. Theirs is essentially a movement of levelers -- just as bright kids should not be allowed to race too far ahead of their plodding classmates, damaging the self-esteem of the epsilons, so "solidarity" among the sisterhood cannot be jeopardized by allowing principals to "play favorites," implying (heaven forfend) that some teachers are more effective than others."

The dance of the seven empowerments: Governor's plan will go through the grinder (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

CARSON CITY: WEEK IN REVIEW -- Governor has another awkward moment (Las Vegas Sun article)

All-Day Kindergarten

"Since those who were not "'at-risk" saw a decrease in performance by 3 percentage points, and those students make up a majority of Clark County School District students, then what the study is telling us is that a majority of students belong to the group that is harmed, rather than helped, by full-day kindergarten."

NEVADA VIEWS: The district's full-day kindergarten stats -- Children who aren't 'at-risk' actually do worse on tests (Andy Mathis column, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

"Politicians should start with a reasoned approach using problem analysis to define the difference between children who graduate and those who do not and then work toward finding the real cause of why children drop out of high school."

All-day kindergarten the wrong solution (Dan Mooney column, Nevada Appeal)

Churchill County School District

Board learns administrator signed contract before approval (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County School District

"Here's the problem: If the Clark County School District wants to allow more schools greater autonomy in the coming academic year, the planning must begin now. But it won't be known until June how much money, if any, the Legislature will approve toward such an endeavor."

Will Rulffes be feeling empowered? Schools chief, board might have to play waiting game (Las Vegas Sun article)

Elko County School District

Elko County Science Fair begins Monday (Elko Free Press article)

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Our Beautiful Region

TRIP OF THE WEEK: Valley of Fire offers natural beauty near Las Vegas (Margo Bartlett Pesek column, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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Nevada Culture

Burning With A Bright Blue Flame

A burning desire for another state welding title (Nevada Appeal article)

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

WASHINGTON, D.C.: WEEK IN REVIEW -- U.S. attorneys tell all (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Federal prosecutors must be assured that when they investigate evidence of corruption, they will not be opening themselves to political retaliation."

Why were prosecutors fired? Congress is right to be inquiring about why eight U.S. attorneys lost their jobs (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

N.M. GOP Official Sought Attorney Ouster (Associated Press article)

Prosecutor’s Ouster Shifts Political Order (New York Times article)

"Mr. Bush should dismiss Mr. Gonzales and finally appoint an attorney general who will use the job to enforce the law and defend the Constitution."

The Failed Attorney General (New York Times editorial)

Veterans Affairs

More from Terri Hutson-Groves (Glen McAdoo column, Lahontan Valley News)

Democrats Slam GOP Over Walter Reed Woes (Associated Press article)

In The US Congress

House, Senate Dems Realize Power Limited (Associated Press article)

Deadline won't end war (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

RS22616 - March 05, 2007 House Committee Funding, 110th Congress (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33905 - March 07, 2007 Senate Committee Expenditures Resolutions, 110th Congress, and Funding Authorizations, 104th - 110th Congresses (Congressional Research Service Report)

Global Warming

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: Calming hysteria, one zealot at a time (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Gibbons' stance puzzles global warming activists (Las Vegas Sun article)

RL33898 - March 06, 2007 Climate Change: The Role of the U.S. Agriculture Sector (Congressional Research Service Report)

Energy Policy

Brian Greenspun finds answers, raises questions on the golf course (Las Vegas Sun column)

National Health And Health Care

"Walker said that if we don't substantially reform our current system over the next 20 years, it will bankrupt the country, not to mention what it will do to us."

Time running out to fix health care system (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal)

U.S. Struggles With Bioterror Defenses (Associated Press article)

RL33903 - March 07, 2007 Genetic Discrimination: Overview of the Issue and Proposed Legislation (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33902 - March 08, 2007 Living Organ Donation and Valuable Consideration (Congressional Research Service Report)

Organized Crime

"For the mobsters who crossed Brasco's path and took him into their confidence, crime paid very poorly, indeed."

JOHN L. SMITH: Thanks to Joe Pistone, mobsters have left lots of business unfinished (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Predatory Lending Practices

"Certainly, people who use credit cards must bear the responsibility that comes with them, which includes making payments on time and paying interest on balances that are not paid off. But the nearly indecipherable credit contracts, interest rate increases that have nothing to do with the actual accounts in question and fees that make paying off balances impossible, are unfair."

Giving some credit: Senators call for an end to what they say are unfair practices by credit card companies (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Corporate Regulation

Congress threatens to blow the froth off private equity (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Leaks And Lies

SHERMAN FREDERICK: The chilling Libby verdict -- Why be honest? Take the Fifth (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Unwarranted Surveillance

Bush: FBI Addresses Patriot Act Problems (Associated Press article)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

Pentagon Struggles to Find Fresh Troops (Associated Press article)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

Afghan Parliament Passes Amnesty Law (Associated Press article)

U.S. Military: Censorship Was Justified (Associated Press article)

A Federal Reader

RL33904 - March 07, 2007 The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: A Framework for Evaluation (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33899 - March 06, 2007 Modifying the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT): Revenue Costs and Potential Revenue Offsets (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33901 - March 05, 2007 Follow-On Biologics: Intellectual Property and Innovation Issues (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS22617 - March 06, 2007 Supreme Court Decision in Jones v. Bock: Exhaustion Requirements under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (Congressional Research Service Report)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

The Place Has Character

Jeff Simpson on how the El Cortez is quickly becoming downtown's feel-good story of the year (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Jeanne Elizabeth Wier (Nevada Appeal article)

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Update for March 11, 2007

[9:20 PM]

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Nevada Politics

National Politics

Beyond Iraq, '08 Issues Starting to Form (Associated Press article)

State Democratic Party

A Wrangle After Democrats Shun Fox as Debate Platform (New York Times article)

State Republican Party

Former Nevada governor leads Romney finance group (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Culture

Influential AIDS/HIV Paper Authored By Nevada Scientist (Medical News Today article)

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Federal Nevada

Veterans Affairs

Walter Reed Panel Vows Broad Examination (Associated Press article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has so politicized the Justice Department that he should step down for the sake of the nation, the Senate's third-ranking Democrat said Sunday."

Senator calls for attorney general's resignation (Los Angeles Times article)

Open Government

Let The Sun Shine In

Laws on Open Government Often Fall Short (Associated Press article)

Immigration Reform

Immigration Raids Split Families (Associated Press article)

Meanwhile, While We're Not Catching Osama Ben Laden

Medical Marijuana Clinics Face Crackdown (Associated Press article)

Leaks And Lies

Summary: Weighing Bush's Libby Options (Associated Press article)

Granting Pardons Can Cause Leaders Grief (Associated Press article)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

"President Bush confirmed Sunday that he will be sending thousands of new support troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, above and beyond the previously announced "surge" of 21,500 combat troops."

Bush confirms troop escalation plans (Los Angeles Times article)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

Afghan Violence Kills 9 Cops, 2 Taliban (Associated Press article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

47 Killed in Baghdad; 3 U.S. Troops Dead (Associated Press article)

Mexico

Jorge Hank: A Giant Step Backwards for Mexico (Mexidata article)

Mexico Tries Lower Profile For Immigration Discussion: Strategy Includes Strengthening Domestic Job Market (Washington Post article)

Cancun, Nature at War Over Beaches (Associated Press article)

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March 12, 2007

[11:15 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Cramps Their Style

State officials dismayed over lobbyist rules (Associated Press article)

State Judiciary

Lives in the balance: Mental Health Court has proven its value, and its request for more funding has merit (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

"'What we are encountering in Clark County with these holdouts that are showing complete resistance to the law is open anarchy,'' said Buffy Martin-Tarbox, director of government relations for the state's chapter of the American Cancer Society."

Law's backers want no ifs, ands or butts: But some businesses try to get around smoking ban (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Hazy reasoning: Concerns that regulating tobacco will increase smoking are clouded with misconceptions (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Recycling

Living a 'Three R's' existence (Nevada Appeal article)

Comparing Carson City's recycling program (Nevada Appeal article)

The Problem Of Methamphetamine

"On a very serious topic, and a growing epidemic within our community, the Community Counseling Center and the Carson City Sheriff's Department have entered into a partnership to provide home drug tests for families who may be concerned about their "teenage children" using drugs. In a joint effort of early intervention parents can purchase a drug test kit for $4."

Home drug tests for teens now available (Nevada Appeal article)

A Prosecutor's Progress

Assistant DA happy where fate brought him (Nevada Appeal article)

Clark County

E-Commerce In Henderson

Henderson a major online port of call for eBay: Company says only two cities have more users of auction site per capita (Las Vegas Sun article)

Storey County

Highlands residents voice opposition to new development (Nevada Appeal article)

Washoe County

Just Take A Look At This Report With No Name Or Link

Open up to growth stats (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

City Of Reno

Downtown projects push city's evolution (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Reno-Sparks Convention Authority

Bringing visitors is the bottom line (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Obama reacts to Reno cancellation (Associated Press article)

State Republican Party

"Nevada Republicans barely had a week to bask in the glory of their new early presidential caucus before some in their own party began pushing back, saying the decision to move the contest's date was misguided - and perhaps illegal."

Some in GOP opposed to moving caucus (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Clark County Commission Corruption Cases

"Strip club mogul Michael Galardi dropped a barrage of bombshells last spring when he testified that he not only bribed former Clark County Commissioners Mary Kincaid-Chauncey and Dario Herrera, but also paid off prominent Las Vegas politicians, attorneys and sitting judges."

CORRUPTION CASE: Galardi will learn fate today -- Judge will weigh how much club owner aided prosecutors (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

The High Price Of Textbooks

"Sisolak said encouraging professors to turn in their book orders on time could be the only way that universities can put a dent in the skyrocketing price of textbooks."

Little relief from textbook costs: Colleges say professors can help most (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters

The Importance Of Quality

Water authority testing lab opens (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Culture

Beauty And Movement

A dancing revolution at the Carson City Library (Nevada Appeal article)

Graffiti!

Graffiti artists feature work at area bar (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada Test Site

Test site manager sees challenges ahead: From Thermos-5 to bunker buster (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Veterans Affairs

'He will be my lighthouse': Marine killed in Iraq buried in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

JANE ANN MORRISON: Little nudge helps veterans get back their military memorabilia (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

The right to bear arms: Appeals court throws out D.C. gun ban (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Unwarranted Surveillance

"By allowing the FBI to sidestep normal checks and balances in the name of fighting terror, Congress all but guaranteed that the agency would use its newfound power in ways other than intended."

Patriot Act (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Excuses are weak: Even if not deliberate, FBI's Patriot Act errors call for swift corrective action and oversight (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From The Neon Empire

Casino revenues fall short: January’s numbers fail to replicate previous year’s record highs (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Big expansion planned for the Hard Rock (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Jennie O'Hare Riordan (Nevada Appeal article)

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Update for March 12, 2007

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Lobby And Ethics Reform

Civil Obedience (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Early Releases

Nevada Senate panel kills jail overcrowding measure (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Governor Endorses Legislation Protecting Children (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

The State Attorney General

Nevada attorney general seeks to reduce board's outside legal fees (Associated Press article)

The State Labor Commissioner

Labor Commissioner publishes minimum wage regulations (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Local Government

Clark County

Developing Stories

Condo giant absorbed by local firm: Diamond Resorts obtains Sunterra Corp. in $700 million deal (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Too many casinos, developer says: Four's a crowd on Lamb Boulevard (Las Vegas Business Press article)

The Real Estate Market

"Today, the Golden Palm Hotel closes up shop, leaving Nevada with one less relic of the era when you didn't have to have 200 hotel rooms to open a casino. Whatever follows it, outgoing owner Marvin Lipschultz and Chicago-based broker NRC Realty Advisors have sent a clear message: Bring some long green."

Golden Palm owner seeks record price (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Residential market due for adjustment, say realtors (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Elko County

Wendover: Where East Meets West

Wendover welcome center gets wireless Internet (Elko Free Press article)

West Wendover to break ground on city complex (Elko Free Press article)

Spring Creek

Spring Creek sets information session (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

”With the action by the Nevada Democrats, however, the public may be witnessing the most direct sparring between a political party and a news outlet in recent years."

A Wrangle After Democrats Shun Fox as Debate Platform (New York Times article)

Kucinich Chides Fellow Candidates For Ditching Debates (Dullard Mush)

Its Not About Free Speech, Its About The Truth (Reno and Its Discontents)

State Republican Party

Letters to Senator Dennis Nolan Demanding Apology (Battleborn Opinion News)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

The Clark County Commission Corruption Cases

Strip club owner gets 30 months in Las Vegas bribery scandal (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

In The Legislature

A Bad Dream

"Maybe it's just a dream but the Legislature seems like it has been debating education in this really well-worn rut, session after session. And schools don't ever seem to improve."

We need an attitude adjustment on education (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Elko County School District

School board looks at graduation policy (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Health Care Organizations

Health insurance giant buys Sierra: Deal is worth $2.6 billion (Las Vegas Business Press article)

United gobbles up Sierra Health (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

UnitedHealth agrees to buy Sierra Health for $2.6 billion cash (Associated Press article)

Health Care Costs

Controlling the uncontrollable (Georges Maalouf column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada Utilities

Nevada Power weaning itself from natural gas: Questions of infrastructure and generating-capacity still unresolved (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Mining

BLM reopens Leeville study (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Culture

Northeastern Nevada Museum

Museum Unveils Plan: Addition could house collection of Western art (Elko Free Press article)

Death Of A Scholar And Beyond

Historians die but their influence survives (Michael Green column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES BACK SPLITTING 9TH CIRCUIT (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Veterans Affairs

Army's Kiley Ousted in Walter Reed Furor (Associated Press article)

VA Orders Review of 1,400 Clinics (Associated Press article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Justice Official 'Horrified' Phone Call Was Seen as Threat (Washington Post article)

Democrats Seek Rove in Attorney Firings (Associated Press article)

Immigration Reform

Beware of the law of unintended consequences (Blue Lyon)

The Shaky Subprime Mortgage Industry

Treasury Tracks Subprime Mortgage Spike (Associated Press article)

Regulation Of Corrupt Practices

Business Gets Sympathetic Ear From Govt. (Associated Press article)

Concern over Halliburton move to Dubai (MSNBC News article)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Information And Accountability

Sunshine Week Legislation at a Glance (Associated Press article)

Partisan Prosecutorial  Profiling?

The Political Profiling of Elected Democratic Officials: When Rhetorical Vision Participation Runs Amok (Donald C. Shields and John F. Cragan, ePluribus Media, via Reno and Its Discontents)

Unwarranted Surveillance

Statement From Justice Department Spokesman Dean Boyd Regarding Office of Inspector General Report on FBI's use of Section 215 Orders (Department of Justice website)

FACT SHEET: Department of Justice Actions on FBI Use of National Security Letters (Department of Justice website)

FBI Response to DOJ Inspector General's Report on FBI's Use of National Security Letters (FBI website)

TRANSCRIPT OF FBI PRESS CONFERENCE ON DOJ INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT ON THE USE OF NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS (FBI Website)

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

9/11 Suspects Get Hearings at Guantanamo (Associated Press article)

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 9, 2007 Press Briefing by Dan Fisk, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, NSC (White House website)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

Cheney Assails Those Favoring Iraq Drawdown (New York Times article)

Dems Abandon War Authority Provision (Associated Press article)

DoD News Briefing with Amb. Carney from Iraq (Department of Defense website)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Tip Pooling

Battle lines in tip war shift to Carson City: Labor Commissioner's office becomes free-fire zone of controversy (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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March 13, 2007

[1:25 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Dead Kids

"Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, who leads the committee, noted how rare it is for any governor to offer testimony and lauded the appearance as a sign that child welfare reform has support on all levels this session."

'POLITICAL WILL IS THERE': Child care measures get top pitch -- Gibbons testifies before Assembly panel (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Gibbons throws support behind child welfare bills (Associated Press article)

Pharmaceutical Prescriptions

Nevada lawmakers urged to pass prescription drug measures (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Fee Increase Proposals

"'Fee increases or assessments that do not fall on individual taxpayers, but are borne by an industry with the consent of that industry may pass muster if there is a strong and substantial justification for the fee or assessment,' Hicks wrote."

Gibbons' policy of no fee hikes has some grinding their teeth (Las Vegas Sun article)

No Dawdling

Gibbons wants new ag director in one month (Associated Press article)

Defense Fund Exchange With The Secretary Of State

"Lawyers for Gov. Jim Gibbons "failed to substantively address the issues" raised about Gibbons' legal defense fund by Secretary of State Ross Miller last week, according to a new letter from Miller on Monday."

Secretary of state seeks detail regarding legal defense fund: Miller says in letter that governor's lawyers failed to address questions (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"'We have statutory authority to investigate any wrongdoing in terms of campaign finance laws or the filing of false documents with our office,' he said. 'But we don't see any evidence of that at this point.'"

Miller to governor: I want answers -- Secretary of state says letter from lawyer wasn't good enough (Las Vegas Sun article)

Miller asks Gibbons for more details on $169,100 defense contribution (Associated Press article)

Doesn't Like Gov. Gibbons

ERIN NEFF: I've seen enough -- Gibbons must go (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

The State Treasurer

"Treasurer Kate Marshall told the Senate Finance Committee on Monday she hopes to return twice as much unclaimed property to its rightful owners as her predecessors."

Treasurer pushes program to give people money back (Nevada Appeal article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Traffic light timing to be topic of discussion (Nevada Appeal article)

Clark County

Developing Stories

"Robert Boughner knows comparisons will be made between Boyd Gaming Corp.'s planned $4.4 billion Echelon Place development and the $7 billion Project CityCenter that MGM Mirage is constructing a few miles south on the Strip."

Heading on with Echelon: Theme will not be tied to architecture in $4.4 billion project, executive says (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Las Vegas-based Diamond Resorts announced it would purchase Sunterra Corp., which is headquartered in North Las Vegas, in a transaction valued at $700 million. Sunterra operates almost 100 time share resorts in 17 states and 13 countries and employs more than 3,300 people, including 400 in its corporate offices."

Local companies linked in $700 million deal (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Boulder City

"Whether seen from a bike or on foot, Bootleg Canyon offers panoramic views stretching from the Strip to Lake Mead. Bighorn sheep mill about on the sides of the mountains."

Ever-developing Bootleg Canyon helps put Boulder City on the map (Las Vegas Sun article)

City Of North Las Vegas

Two to vie for NLV's Ward 2: Newcomer to take on six-term councilman (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

"Nevadans have Incline Village General Improvement District general manager Bill Horn to thank for seeking increased funding on rural projects."

IVGID GM goes to bat for Nevada (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Slew of incidents spark fire district warnings (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Washoe County

Virginia Street Bridge

The 1905 Truckee River Bridge, Nevada Historical Society [click on image to enlarge]

"The Downtown Improvement Association is recommending local officials replace the 102-year-old bridge with a new span rather than restore the existing structure and convert it into a more flood-friendly structure."

Residents, businesses want new bridge (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Dueling Reports, Dead Kids

"A national panel's study of local child abuse deaths was poorly done and exaggerates the number of cases that were bungled, overlooked or preventable, according to a county staff report to be given today to the Washoe County Commission."

Report: Study of local child abuse deaths poorly done (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

National Center for Child Death Review

The Roads Of Washoe County

Consider 5-cent gas tax increase (Jerry Purdy column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

"In less than two weeks, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will share a stage in Las Vegas in one of the first joint public appearances for the top early rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination."

Rivals set for UNLV forum: Democratic event to feature both Obama, Hillary Clinton (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The incident cost the Democratic Party a showcase on the most popular cable news channel on TV and made an issue out of the medium instead of the candidates, where it properly belongs if the party is to win the presidential election in 2008. It also issued a warning to Democrats who don't accept the left's orthodoxy that they're not welcome in the party."

Slash-and-burn politics KO'd debate (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

The Clark County Commission Corruption Cases

"'This is one of the most reprehensible crimes of public corruption that has ever been prosecuted in the state of Nevada,' Hicks said."

PUBLIC CORRUPTION: Galardi gets 2 1/2-year sentence -- Federal judge blames bribery plot on former strip club mogul (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

In The Legislature

"Assembly Democrats passed their full-day kindergarten bill out of the Assembly Education Committee on a 7-4 party-line vote after a four-hour hearing attended by about 200 supporters. But the vote is just a baby step along the long road the bill must travel."

Parties resume their fight over full-day kindergarten: Assembly Education Committee backs measure (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

It's Democrats vs. GOP at dueling press conferences on education (Nevada Appeal article)

Full-day kindergarten clears first capital test (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Churchill Country School District

School Trustee Rich Gent discloses ethics questions (Lahontan Valley News article)

"The act was unfair to taxpayers who foot the bill and believed the discussion held Thursday night on the issue would lead to a decision by those they elected. It was unfair to board members who endured an hour of meaningless dialogue when a contract had already been assigned. It was unfair to members of the district attorney's office who were present at the meeting and provided legal advice on the matter. It was also unfair to the businesses that submitted bids and invested their time and resources into a business proposition, only to see the results nullified."

Handing of district contract undermines the public's trust (Lahontan Valley News editorial)

Clark County School District

"Is this what our nation's education system has come down to - win a chance at an iPod if you take a mandatory test?"

Offering students a bribe: Trying to comply with flawed law, principals offer students prizes to take mandatory test (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

What Teachers Say

Don’t lie, tell the truth about studying (Stephen McKibben column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

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Nevada Health Matters

Merger Raises Fears Of Monopoly Tactics

"Members of the American Medical Association want the Justice Department to veto the merger plan because it would give UnitedHealth 95 percent of the Las Vegas health maintenance organization (HMO) market, and 56 percent of the HMO and Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) markets combined."

Deal meets opposition already: Sierra Health, UnitedHealth plan $2.6 billion merger (Las Vegas Sun article)

The Quiet Time

All quiet mid-season at Incline Village Community Hospital (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Culture

Saguaro Grove at Gardens at the Springs Preserve

"The 180-acre, $250 million cultural and historical attraction is set to open to the public June 8 at the site of the springs that supplied water to the valley's earliest inhabitants."

PRICKLY, TRICKY PROBLEMS: Work crews transplanting desert plants to new preserve (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Children's Museum of Northern Nevada

Museum display highlights 'Our Nevada' (Nevada Appeal article)

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Federal Nevada

Our Nation's Armed Forces

Incline man stationed in Afghanistan (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Medicare "Reforms"

"When the Bush administration first proposed this rule last year, we said it would result in thousands of children from low-income families losing access to medical care. In reality, the result has been much worse than what we had imagined it would be. Congress must repeal this law that places an unfair burden of proof on U.S. citizens."

Hurting our own: New rule prevents U.S. citizens who lack 'original' paperwork from receiving Medicaid (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Medical Marijuana

"So when is the DEA going to say, 'OK, OK. The people of California changed the law, just as we told them they'd have to do. What's more, the 10th Amendment makes it clear this is indeed a matter left to 'the states, or to the people.' So we're moving on. Have a nice day.'?"

Medical marijuana and the feds: The California saga continues (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Foreign Policy

Our Neighbors To The South

"If the Middle East continues to be the present for the United States, Latin America clearly is its future."

Look south to the future (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

"Upon Vice President Dick Cheney's shoulders lie much of the responsibility for the near-anarchy and civil war that prevails in Iraq."

Hollow words from Cheney: The vice president rebukes Congress, which is simply trying to undo his mistakes (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Hard Rock

"The new owners of the Hard Rock Hotel unveiled plans Monday for $750 million in renovations and expansions that will double the size of the property by adding new hotel rooms and convention space to the property as well as a new, larger concert venue."

Hard Rock project unveiled: New owners plan major expansion (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Carson City's New Casino Project

Carano family partners in Bodine's casino: $20 million Carson City development gains the experience of Eldorado resort owners (Nevada Appeal article)

New casino could be good deal for Carson City (Nevada Appeal editorial)

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Nevada's Past

That Old Silver City Schoolhouse

Schoolhouse groundbreaking Saturday (Nevada Appeal article)

V&TRR

Sierra Railroad to offer V&T preview run: No. 18 will run in Oakdale and Sacramento before heading to Carson City (Nevada Appeal article)

Gone In A Puff Of Smoke

Lights out for Strip icon: Stardust resort to meet its end in a moment months in the making (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Update for March 13, 2007

[5:08 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Coming Up

Education, Child Welfare, on tap for Wednesday Committee Hearings (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Monopoly Of Firepower: Judges, Prosecutors Square Off Over Guns

Nevada bill would restrict guns in courthouses, public buildings (Associated Press article)

Gimme Shelter

Nevada landowners want protection from lawsuits before bikeway moves ahead (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Governor Gibbons Appoints Members to Health Steering Committee (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

Miller Sends Second Letter to Gibbons (Vegas Pundit)

The Lieutenant Governor

Nevada lawmakers to review report on fee accounting (Associated Press article)

Follow the money (Vegas Pundit)

Nevada's Economy

Nevada gasoline prices spike (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Politics

National Politics

Dullard Mush Presidential "Blog Mention" Survey: March 5-12 (Dullard Mush)

State Democratic Party

Ryan Grim: Chronology of a Nevada debate gone sour (Manchester Union-Leader [NH] column)

State Republican Party

Update on Senator Nolan’s comment against bloggers (Eric Odom column, Battleborn Opinion News)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

Elko County School District

25th Elko County Science Fair: Students enter hundreds of projects (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Employers reap windfall from insurance stock offering (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Mining

Harvest Gold Corporation: Garcia Flats and Rosebud Mine Projects in Nevada, USA Prepare for Drilling (CCN Matthews News article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Chinese Gambling Ventures: Handle With Tongs

New Jersey politician requests Ho-MGM Mirage investigation: Fallout continues from clergyman's document leak (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Death Of The Stardust

Stardust Casino Resort imploded (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Stardust dust (Richard Abowitz column, Los Angeles Times)

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Statement Of Sen. Ensign

"The Department of Justice completely mishandled the dismissal of Dan Bogden as Nevada's United States Attorney. I appreciate the Attorney General's coming forward today to take responsibility for the mistakes that were made, to find out what went wrong and to address these problems immediately."

ENSIGN URGES DOJ TO RESTORE DAN BOGDEN'S REPUTATION (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Ensign blisters DOJ over Bogden firing, doesn't seek resignations (Associated Press article)

House Judiciary Committee Releases Department Of Justice Documents On Firings

DOJ-Released Documents Regarding Atty. General Firings, Part I

DOJ-Released Documents Regarding Atty. General Firings, Part II

DOJ-Released Documents Regarding Atty. General Firings, Part III

DOJ-Released Documents Regarding Atty. General Firings, Part IV

News Coverage

EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Calls for Gonzales' Resignation: Senator Tells ABC News 'Buck Should Stop Somewhere' Over Issue of Fired Attorneys (ABC News article)

Gonzales: Prosecutors Firings Mishandled (Associated Press article)

Gonzales Accepts Resignation of Top Aide (Associated Press article)

White House Mulled Firing All Attorneys (Associated Press article)

Veterans Affairs

Probe: VA Not Doing Enough for Iraq Vets (Associated Press article)

Veterans' Disability Benefits: Processing of Claims Continues to Present Challenges GAO-07-562T, March 13, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

National Health Matters

Potential Effects of Disclosing Price Rebates on the Medicare Drug Benefit, March 12, 2007 (Congressional Budget Office Report)

Homeland Security

Senate Approves Homeland Security Bill (Associated Press article)

Senate Rejects Security Grant Controls (Associated Press article)

Comparison of Homeland Security Bills (Associated Press article)

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

Witnesses say Yao gambled at Las Vegas casinos (Associated Press article)

KBR's $400 Million Iraq Question (The Nation article, via Desert Beacon)

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Assistance: Actions Needed to Better Assess the Impact of Agencies' Marking and Publicizing Efforts GAO-07-277, March 12, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Nuclear Nonproliferation: DOE's International Radiological Threat Reduction Program Needs to Focus Future Efforts on Securing the Highest Priority Radiological Sources GAO-07-282, January 31, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

China

Outwardly Open, China Keeps Censoring (Associated Press article)

Mexico

Mexico Pushes Bush for More in Drug War (Associated Press article)

Mexican Billionaire Mocks Gates, Buffett (Associated Press article)

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March 14, 2007

[10:54 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

State Revenue Shortfall

"The statement in a hearing last week that revenues will be $50 million less than expected is 'probably a conservative estimate,' Clinger said."

Budget chief gives warning (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Child Support

"Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, cited a number of Nevada rankings in child support success compared to other states, noting that the state ranks 49th in establishing paternity, 49th in the amount of child support collected, 48th in the number of cases where support is not current and 47th in cost effectiveness."

Buckley decries rate of child support collections (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Create-A-Crime Proposals

"The long arm of the law could grow a bit longer after a Senate panel Tuesday endorsed a stricter seat belt measure and testing the use of traffic cameras to catch red-light runners."

Senate panel OKs seat belt measure: Committee endorses use of traffic cameras (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada lawmakers vote for tougher traffic enforcement (Associated Press article)

State Prisons And Prisoners

Early release for prisoners back on table (Associated Press article)

Administrative Fees

Lawmakers to rule on fate of fees (Associated Press article)

State Health Website

Nevada bill would create health care Web site (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Nevadans Concerned, Undecided About Allegations

"Gibbons' 29 percent approval rating is surprisingly low for a recently elected governor, Lee said. Thirty-three percent of those polled disapproved of Gibbons, while 38 percent were undecided."

Poll: Gibbons lagging Bush -- Voters uneasy, pessimistic about changes occurring under governor (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Jon Ralston on Gibbons' low poll numbers in a new survey (Las Vegas Sun column)

Defense Fund

A Question Of Form And Substance

Governor cites tangle of rules for fund (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Stop stonewalling, governor: Let's have no more evasion and secretiveness from Jim Gibbons about his legal fund (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Lieutenant Governor

Questions About School Fund Use

"Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki said Tuesday that he has asked the attorney general's office to investigate allegations that excessive payments were made to companies that market a college savings trust program operated by the state treasurer's office."

Krolicki requests college fund probe: New treasurer found 'discrepancies' (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Audit sought on funds for college savings plan (Las Vegas Sun article)

The State Judiciary

"Nevada law specifically warns judges in criminal trials that they may not communicate with the jury unless the attorneys are present or have been given notice."

Judge refuses mistrial after she converses with jury (Las Vegas Sun article)

Nevada State Agencies

"Just last year, an arbitrator ordered taxpayers to cough up $10.3 million to settle litigation between the Public Works Board and the builders of the Southern Nevada Veteran's home in Boulder City, about $4 million of which covered attorneys fees. The home, a single-story stucco structure, only cost $14 million."

Public Works Board needs renovation: More lawyers can't cure do-nothing agency's incompetence (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Female guard in prison sex case fired (Nevada Appeal article)

Gas Up

Gas prices rise with the temperature: Average price per gallon reaches seven month high; an increase of 34 cents (Nevada Appeal article)

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

"We've become as intolerant as we once were permissive. The choices for consenting adults have narrowed. Vietnam, Korean, and World War II vets, once rewarded with cigarettes for their sacrifices, have been chased out of their lounges at the American Legion and VFW posts. A tavern devoted to consenting, smoking adults is virtually impossible. The pendulum has swung too far."

The new pariahs (Allen Best column, Nevada Appeal)

Casinos see the green in going green -- One problem: Gray smoke may cast a big cloud over gamers' financial dreams (Las Vegas Sun article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Supervisors to discuss Vidler agreement (Nevada Appeal article)

Churchill County

Carson Lake grazing agreement signed (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

Developing Stories

"Nearly $30 million in construction projects on the Strip will carry Las Vegas through the next couple years of slowed construction in the residential market, economic analyst John Restrepo said Tuesday at a presentation for the Nevada Contractors Association."

Strip projects seen as saviors of sagging construction sector (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Fingers Of Stanley Ho

Joshi, companion claim no pay: Pair say they work tirelessly trying to fill downtown's Neonopolis with tenants (Las Vegas Sun article)

$kindustry Regulation

LOOKING IN ON: CITY HALL -- Strip club decides smaller is better (Las Vegas Sun article)

The Surveillance Industry

"The new digital cameras and monitoring system are part of a nearly $2.5 million effort to modernize security at the convention center during the next five years. It will ultimately include more than 600 cameras that can peer around virtually every corner of the convention center, watch the roof, monitor the parking lots and zoom in close enough to not only see faces but identify the pattern of a shirt or jacket or color of a neck tie."

Stop, thief! Gadgets put eye on convention hall: $2.5 million modernization aims to improve security at hall (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Douglas County

"The old courthouse in Minden is getting a cutting-edge update this month, with the installation of an energy-saving ground-source loop heating and cooling system."

County digs deep to find new heat (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Gardnerville Water Co. zoning approved today (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

"Back in 1994, when Douglas County was struggling with its master plan and making a bid to purchase the old Dangberg property, Carson Mayor Marv Teixeira was quoted cracking wise about the county's backwardness."

Carson could pay now for help later (Gardnerville Record-Courier editorial)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Staff boost came early for Tahoe planners (Associated Press article)

Lyon County

"Englert said the county could save by laying off everyone in positions created in the last three years (except emergency); by laying off everyone in positions created in the last two years, with no exceptions; or by reducing requested overtime."

Layoffs one option as Lyon County struggles with budget shortfall (Nevada Appeal article)

Lyon utilities can adjust to budget problems, building slowdown (Nevada Appeal article)

Washoe County

Dueling Reports, Dead Kids

"Washoe County officials should spend more effort on self-examination and less on repudiating a study that was critical of the way child-abuse death cases were handled and reported."

Use child death findings to improve (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Politics

Municipal Elections

"The Ward 1 Las Vegas City Council race has become the most contentious this election cycle, as candidates enter the last three weeks of campaigning leveling charges of ethical breaches and mudslinging."

Candidates exchange jabs at forum: Packed house watches Ward 1 seat hopefuls spar (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

State Democratic Party

"By going after Fox, Democrats are using tactics that were once the provenance of conservatives, whose strategists have been known to refer to attacks on the media as 'working the refs.'"

Beating the messenger: Democrats latch on to GOP strategy of attacking media in outrage against Fox (Las Vegas Sun article)

No New Taxes

"Democrats hate it. Government bureaucrats fear it. Many in the media despise it. Even some Republicans run from it like scalded dogs. "It" is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge which Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform has been championing for over 20 years now."

Forcing alternatives to tax hikes (Chuck Muth column, Nevada Appeal)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

The Clark County Commission Corruption Cases

"Davidson, 72, was set to go to trial March 26 to face bribery charges. Davidson was indicted on charges he paid former Clark County Commissioner Erin Kenny $200,000 for her vote on a zone change allowing a CVS Pharmacy to be built in a residential neighborhood."

Developer's trial postponed until May (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The question now is when former Commissioner Erin Kenny -- who's also been singing like a bird, supposedly, as part of her own plea agreement -- will see her day in the dock."

Galardi 'shocked' at sentence (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Galardi's tale stirs wife's ire: Woman says statements about family duped court (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

State School Survey

Survey provides information about behavior of state students (Lahontan Valley News article)

Churchill County School District

Questions surface on school early release plan (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County School District

"The large bureaucracy has created a corrosion of morale and excitement at the school level, Beers said. 'So I believe the best course to take is to figure out how to break the Clark County School District up.'"

Panel discusses breaking up school district: Bill would fund deconsolidation study (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Monopolistic Health Care Plans

"Sierra Health already has a corner on the Las Vegas Valley's health insurance market. For the immediate future, such a merger would further limit Southern Nevadans' health care choices, the prices for which already are skyrocketing. The Justice Department should carefully and seriously consider this deal. Narrowing that market even more is not a decision that should be taken lightly."

Creating a Goliath? Proposed merger between health care giants is a decision that warrants careful scrutiny (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Summerlin Expansion

"When Summerlin Hospital Medical Center expanded one of its original towers by 90 beds in 2004, officials predicted it would take five years for the new facility to reach capacity. Within five months, the beds were full, said Tim Hingtgen, CEO and managing director of the 281-bed acute care facility."

Summerlin Hospital plans $100 million expansion to 450-bed capacity (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past

Ecclesiastical Archaeology

Do these bottles carry a message? (Nevada Appeal article)

V&TRR

Mining moves over for tourist railroad (Nevada Appeal article)

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"'A complete lack of management oversight had been exhibited by the deputy attorney general, who is the direct supervisor for the U.S. attorneys,' Ensign said."

Federal officials anger Ensign: Bogden's firing also stirs up Reid, who wants Gonzales out (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Bogden was topic of White House, Justice e-mails (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Bogden not initially targeted (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Freedom And The Federal Government

The Right To Know

"All Americans have a stake in the Sunshine legislation, set today for a vote in the House and for introduction in the Senate. It is not too late to ask Congress to support the bills that legitimately aim to reform the Freedom of Information Act and to promote openness and access to government."

Reform the Sunshine laws (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

The Continuing War In Iraq

An Army of one? Shortage of officers, especially key battlefield leaders, is another problem for the Army (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

We're again calling on Nevada to oppose war (Laura Fillmore column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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March 15, 2007

[8:40 PM]

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For our readers -- The latest issue of The Nevada Observer is now up and ready for reading. 

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Coming Up

Buckle Up Bill Heads to Senate Floor (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Today's Proceedings

Legislative Committees: DHHS, Kids with Cell Phones, and The Governor's Portrait (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Dead Kids

Child Safety Issues Have Full Hearing: Bipartisan Support Following Devastating Reports Of Abuse (Nevada Observer article)

Buckley pushes disclosure of facts behind child deaths: Agencies would reveal information about children in state custody (Associated Press article)

Nevada Highways

"Confirming the suspicions of many Southern Nevada drivers, a new study found local roads are increasingly crowded, slow, crumbling and less safe than roads elsewhere."

Roads' safety, funding rate 'F': Study cites growth, construction costs (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

News flash for Carson City types..... (Vegas Pundit)

Public Employees Benefits

Read The News: Major Corporations Go Bankrupt Because Their Managers Are Greedy, Steal, Or Both

"There's a reason pensions are disappearing from the private sector: They send major corporations into bankruptcy."

Public employee pension reform: Tweaks suggested when system requires wholesale changes (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Judicial Appointments Proposal

"Call us old-fashioned, but we still believe the citizens should elect public officials, especially their judges. Judges have more power to directly impact the lives of average citizens than any other position in public service, which is why average citizens should be the ones to decide who is entrusted with such responsibility. To suggest that average citizens aren't smart enough to make such judgments is arrogant, offensive and just plain wrong. Judgeships are too important to be left to the whims of a closed society of lawyers and politicians."

Democracy still best way to select Nevada judges (Lahontan Valley News editorial)

Air Transport

A Flight Of Fancy, On A Windswept Field?

"State Sens. Dean Rhoads, R-Tuscarora, and Bernice Matthews, D-Reno, introduced Senate Bill 283 — legislation that would help return air service to isolated Elko County — Wednesday in Carson City. But the funding might not be there no matter how well received is the legislation."

Airline bill introduced; Rhoads no longer optimistic (Elko Free Press article)

Measure seeks to improve rural Nevada air service (Associated Press article)

Create-A-Crime Proposals

Bill would require bike helmets on juveniles (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Nevada Assembly passes bill on hoax terrorism (Associated Press article)

Nevada bills on Internet predators, eminent domain pass committee (Associated Press article)

Business Regulation

Inadequate State Regulation Of Mortgage Lenders

"USA Capital, which has become the biggest bankruptcy case in Nevada history, has completed its reorganization plan and turned over most of its operations to Compass Partners, a New York private equity firm."

USA Capital yields reins to Compass Partners (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Hospital Collection Practices

"More than 20 percent of people nationally are late in paying their medical and hospital bills, causing them to face garnishment of their wages or a lien on their home."

LOOKING IN ON: CARSON CITY: Collection abuses by hospitals targeted (Las Vegas Sun article)

Pharmaceutical Information Sales

"Sen. Joe Heck told a legislative committee Wednesday that it was time for the pharmaceutical industry to follow existing state law and not collect data about individual doctor drug prescribing habits for marketing purposes."

DRUG PRESCRIBING HABITS: Bill targets data collection -- Pharmacies breaking law, senator says (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Lawmakers say pharmacies, drug companies violate Nevada laws (Associated Press article)

Soldiers' Graves

Funeral protest bill sparks Nevada legislative debate (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

eTreppid Investigation

Federal Attorneys Involved In eTreppid Fiasco? Montgomery Statements Implicate Bogden, Pugliese, Gibbons (Nevada Observer article)

Defense Fund

"The uproar over this legal defense fund is completely driven by a few individuals to make an issue where none exists," Gibbons said in a statement. "The fund was established, on the advice of pre-eminent and experienced lawyers, to comply with all rules during the campaign. It was not then, and is not now, a campaign fund."

LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: Gibbons: 'Uproar' manufactured -- Media, enemies created controversy, governor says (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Statement of Gov. Gibbons (not on the Governor's website, for some reason)

Gibbons knocks down Democrat distractions (Battleborn Opinion News)

Administrative Fees

Nevada governor's stance on fees raises questions (Associated Press article)

From The Office Of The Governor

Governor and First Lady Welcome "Old Timers" (Former Legislators) to Mansion (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

National Governors Association Releases Homeland Security Guide (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

A Governor's Guide to Homeland Security (National Governors' Association Report)

The Lieutenant Governor

"State Treasurer Kate Marshall said Wednesday that nearly $3.4 million in Nevada college savings trust fees that should have been state revenue were diverted by her predecessor, Brian Krolicki, for unauthorized legal expenditures and marketing costs."

Official: Fees from college savings program diverted (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Krolicki, a Republican, said he was authorized by the Legislature to enter into the contracts without legislators' express authorization, and pointed out that the treasurer's office always does so when it goes to the capital markets to borrow money for the state."

College savings plan ads sported Krolicki's image (Las Vegas Sun article)

Lieutenant governor under fire: Nevada lawmakers demand audit of fees (Nevada Appeal article)

Nevada lawmakers demand audit on fee accounting (Associated Press article)

State treasurer to AG..... (Vegas Pundit)

State Agencies

Temporary Minimum Wage Rules Set: Possible Legislation Expected Dealing With Community Training Centers (Nevada Observer article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Carson City supervisors approve river plan (Associated Press article)

Clark County

County Affairs

"More than half of Clark County's fund to build parks, community centers and other discretionary building projects would be wiped out by a record $60 million bailout recommended for University Medical Center in a report released Wednesday."

UMC plan drains fund: $60 million cost of hospital bailout (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

City Of Las Vegas

"The grim realities of expanding employee costs, a growing population and more city facilities like parks and community centers, coupled with flat tax revenues, became clearer Wednesday at a budget workshop for the Las Vegas City Council."

CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP: Budget burdens building -- Rising employee costs, plus opening of new projects, put Las Vegas in financial bind (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Regional Economy

Slight drop in tourists is no cause for alarm: Other indicators remain solid (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Elko County

Spring Creek

Spring Creek planning brought into focus (Elko Free Press article)

Another Casino

Holder Hospitality ready to build casino in Carlin (Elko Free Press article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

School Crime Confidential

"Because they are minors, the students' names cannot be released, said Steve Mulvenon, school district communication director. 'We cannot disclose what specific disciplinary action was taken against the students under federal law,' Mulvenon said, referencing the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act."

Bus vandals punished (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Incline Village General Improvement District

Incline should take the lead on recycling efforts (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

A 10-Year Government-Chartered Monopoly

"The district did not go out to bid to other companies, though inquiries were made in recent weeks to the basin's three other trash providers, IVGID staff reported."

IVGID board to vote on new garbage contract, ordinance (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Lyon County

The Long Way Home

Commissioners to consider Dayton bridge (Nevada Appeal article)

Nye County

County Affairs

Commission awards contracts for GID sewer, flood districts (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Fairgrounds plan not dead (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Washoe County

Dead Kids

Washoe County approves 11 new child welfare workers (Associated Press article)

Inequitable Taxation

Still Stalling After All These Years

Tax Issues At Incline Village Bring Angry Responses: Washoe County Officials Still Not In Compliance, They Say (Nevada Observer article)

The Incline Village property tax issue will go before the Nevada State Board of Equalization again because Washoe County Assessor Josh Wilson has appealed the reduced land values given to nearly 1,000 homeowners."

Appeal pushes property tax issue back to Equalization board (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Truckee River Bridges

"The gap is narrowing between the estimated cost of replacing or restoring the historic Virginia Street Bridge to prevent flooding in downtown Reno, officials announced Wednesday."

Public workshop to be held to discuss Virginia Street Bridge (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Impending Visits

Obama in Las Vegas next week (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

John Edwards coming to Reno for fundraiser (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

A Little Self-Applause

Clinton hails health care bill: Plan would extend coverage to all children currently uninsured (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Cancelled Fox Debate

Debate TV coverage had Fox in the chicken coop (Ed Gurowitz column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

"It has come to this. People are becoming reluctant to discuss their opinions in front of those they think will disagree. Are we really this polarized?"

Public discourse takes another hit (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)

State Republican Party

For Wary Conservatives, All Eyes on Bush (Associated Press article)

Senator Nolan — Political Priest? (Garry Hamilton column, Battleborn Opinion News)

Richard Disney responds (again) to Senator Dennis Nolan (Richard Disney)

Senator Dennis Nolan Realizing that Bloggers may have impact? (Richard Disney)

Municipal Elections

North Las Vegas

Four vying for Ward 4 seat: NLV's explosive growth and related problems are among the issues (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Earnings Gap Highlighted by Census Bureau Data on Educational Attainment (US Census Bureau Press Release)

Higher Education

Board to focus on Millennium Scholarship, regent elections (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nevada has enough scholarship funds available for 2014 (Associated Press article)

Public Schools

REID MEETS WITH LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Rancho and Las Vegas High School juniors and seniors visit the nation's Capitol with "Close Up" (Sen. Reid Press Release)

No Child Left Behind Act

Lawmakers Eye Changes to Education Law (Associated Press article)

In The Legislature

Education Issues, Budget Actually Being Discussed: Is Concept Of Education First Coming To Fruition? (Nevada Observer article)

Alternative Thinking

Democrats offer alternative to Nevada governor's school plan (Associated Press article)

Pistol-Packing Pedagogues Proposal

Bill would let teachers carry guns at school (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Carson City School District

Carson High School students get a taste of living history: Competition is first step to the national competition in April (Nevada Appeal article)

A box filled with learning comes courtesy of Fremont Elementary (Nevada Appeal article)

Churchill County School District

Conflicts prevent D.A. from advising school board (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County School District

"In the spirit of Sunshine Week, I decided to cast a little light on those who govern Clark County's schools. But my simple request for Board of Trustees travel reports ran up against a bureaucrat who just doesn't understand what the word "public" means when it comes to public records."

ERIN NEFF: Nickel-and-diming the school district (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

"At this point, debate shouldn't focus on whether deconsolidation is good or bad. The more important issue is whether Clark County residents should have the power to govern the size of the school system that serves their children."

Breaking up is hard to do (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Douglas County School District

Douglas County school trustee found dead (Nevada Appeal article)

Nye County School District

Nye County students plan to hit the road (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Board gains applause from Round Mountain (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Board fills vacancies at meeting in Amargosa (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Washoe County School District

"The Washoe County School District does have a problem stretching assets to every place they're needed. But shifting all of one kind of resource to a single program, as officials propose to do in meeting the special education needs of American Indian students, is no true solution. It merely gives the problem a different shape."

Shifting shape of Title 7 (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Utilities

Rather Large

"State consumer advocate Eric Witkoski figures that Nevada Power Co.'s 8 percent general rate increase request is about four times too large."

Advocate calls for lower power rate boost: Call for 8 percent general rate increase one of several adjustments Nevada Power proposing (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Sunny Days Seemed Endless

Nevada's Largest Solar Plant To Power Up, Engage: Sixty-Four MW Plant Features; Extraordinary Technology (Nevada Observer article)

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Nevada Mining

"At the Gold Quarry open-pit mine, a massive electric shovel scoops 40 tons of earth in a single bite and dumps it into a 325,000-pound truck the size of a two-story house."

Mining boom back in Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

More Light Sentences In $kindustry Racketeering Case

Two sentenced to probation in Crazy Horse Too case (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Land Of Opportunities: More Scams Alleged

"Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for two business owners who are alleged to have duped investors into putting their money toward bogus real estate projects by promising high returns on the investments."

Warrants issued for two business owners: Investors were duped into putting money into nonexistent projects, indictment says (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

A Fraudulent Practice Enticing To Some - But Illegal: Phony Promises Could Land You In The Big House (Nevada Observer article)

Discriminating Landlords

"The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the former owners and manager of Bonanza Springs Apartments in Las Vegas, Nev., to settle allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, disability and familial status. Under the settlement, which must be approved by the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, the defendants must pay $285,000 to identified victims of discrimination and $165,000 to the government as a civil penalty."

Justice Department Settles Discrimination Case with Former Owners and Manager of Las Vegas Rental Property (US Department of Justice Press Release)

Statewide Speeding Crackdown

Message to Nevada motorists: Slow down (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada's Working Men And Women

"Five weeks after Culinary Workers Local 226 called for early negotiations with hotel owners to discuss the expiring collective bargaining agreements covering Strip and downtown workers, the first face-to-face session took place Wednesday."

LABOR NEGOTIATIONS: Union, MGM Mirage open talks -- Contracts with Culinary workers expire June 1 (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

MGM Mirage, Culinary Union open contract talks in Las Vegas (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Culture

The Great American West

REID ADVOCATES FOR PRESERVATION OF COWBOY AND FOLK CULTURE (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Out In Amargosa

Amargosa River slide show slated (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Tecopa Hot Springs By Night

View stars and galaxies (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Step Up To Big Pay

Harrah's chief executive earned $12.6 million in 2006 (Associated Press article)

Chinese Gambling Ventures: Handle With Tongs

"While regulators hope Las Vegas-based casino operators will help flush out corrupt influences in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, they're not holding their breath."

LOOKING IN ON: GAMING -- Junket operators likely to maintain grip on Macau casinos (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada's Past

CPRR

Central Pacific Railroad History Large Part Of Nevada History: Celebrated At Nevada Historical Society Through December (Nevada Observer article)

From TNO's Reading Room

Myron Angel, Thompson & West's History Of Nevada (1881): Nevada Railroads Part 1;  Part 2

Sam P. Davis, History of Nevada (1913): Railroads

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Nevada Journalism

A Blow For Oligarchy

"A law firm representing various broadcasting giants has filed an objection to the Federal Communications Commission's granting of special temporary authority for Radio Goldfield to go on the air last summer."

Broadcasters fight war of air waves with FCC (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Enter The Drago

Bonanza now running full steam with new publisher (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Cyberjournalism

Blog for "rurals": Local Dem determined to fight political apathy (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Nye--Gateway to Nevada's Rurals

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Quality assurance: Yucca e-mails explained -- Geological Survey hydrologists created perception problem, panel told (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Yucca Problems Mount For DOE: Transportation, Costs: Not To Mention Congressional Opposition From Harry Reid (Nevada Observer article)

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

Sen. Reid

Reid to write a second book about his life -- and perhaps a third (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid working on memoirs (Associated Press article)

Rep. Heller

Have You Seen Me? (Desert Beacon)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Nevada Views

"These firings were crass political decisions driven by a White House that tried to circumvent Congress, enforce loyalty and put political pressure on prosecutors."

'Mistakes' were made? The firing of U.S. attorneys was a calculated political move by the White House (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Bogden Partially Vindicated In Congressional Testimony: Reasons Not Justified According To Nevada Congressional Reps (Nevada Observer article)

"Gross mismanagement is at the core of controversy over the firing of eight federal prosecutors by U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. Politics -- as many critics claim -- lie right beside it. Together, they raise serious questions about what the firings were intended to accomplish."

Blame politics, poor management (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Bogden Dismissal: Questionable Timing? (Desert Beacon)

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin -- Daniel 5:1-31

Reid expects attorney general to quit (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Reid: Gonzales' days are numbered: Bush stands by attorney general as Ensign calls firings outrageous (Las Vegas Sun article)

E-Mail Indicates Rove Role in Firings (Associated Press article)

Senators OK Subpoenas in Attorney Probe (Associated Press article)

Bush Stands by Gonzales Amid Controversy (Associated Press article)

Republican Says Gonzales Should Be Fired (Associated Press article)

Text of Sununu Statement on Gonzales (Associated Press article)

Prosecutor Rule Changes Were Long-Sought (Associated Press article)

Veterans Affairs

2008 Hopefuls Vow Better Care for Vets (Associated Press article)

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

House Votes to Limit No-Bid Contracts (Associated Press article)

Roll Call: Government Contracting Act (Associated Press article)

Former head of Student Finance Corp. guilty of bankruptcy fraud (Associated Press article)

Corporate Regulation

Government May Punish Subprime Lenders (Associated Press article)

Chiquita to Pay $25M in Terror Case (Associated Press article)

Financial Market Regulation: Agencies Engaged in Consolidated Supervision Can Strengthen Performance Measurement and Collaboration GAO-07-154, March 15, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 15, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow (White House transcript)

Mar. 13, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow and Dan Fisk (White House transcript)

Mar. 13, 2007 Press Briefing by Dan Bartlett, Counselor to the President (White House transcript)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

Fighting Saints welcome a new commanding officer at NAS Fallon (Lahontan Valley News article)

Joint Strike Fighter: Progress Made and Challenges Remain GAO-07-360, March 15, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Not Exactly Our Nation's Armed Forces

Bush's Shadow Army (The Nation article, via Desert Beacon)

The War Against Terrorists

REID PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF CRITICAL 9/11 LEGISLATION (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Maritime Security: Public Safety Consequences of a Terrorist Attack on a Tanker Carrying Liquefied Natural Gas Need Clarification GAO-07-316, February 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS's Decision to Procure and Deploy the Next Generation of Radiation Detection Equipment Is Not Supported by Its Cost-Benefit Analysis GAO-07-581T, March 14, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Nuclear Nonproliferation: Focusing on the Highest Priority Radiological Sources Could Improve DOE's Efforts to Secure Sources in Foreign Countries GAO-07-580T, March 13, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Freedom And The Federal Government

We'd Like To Know A Little Bit About You For Our Files

Department Of Homeland Security, REAL ID, And You: Where Does Protection End And Invasion Of Privacy Begin? (Nevada Observer article)

The Right To Know What You're Paying For

"Like so many other liberties in our country, the right to expect transparency from government is much easier to lose than it is to regain."

Don't let the sun go down on open government legislation (Lahontan Valley News editorial)

Open Government Bills Stir Veto Threats (Associated Press article)

Rights Reserved To The People Or The States Under The 9th And 10th Amendments

"Federal appellate judges here ruled Wednesday that a terminally ill woman using marijuana was not immune to federal prosecution simply because of her condition, and in a separate case a federal judge dismissed most of the charges against a prominent advocate for the medicinal use of the drug."

Dying Woman Loses Appeal on Marijuana as Medication (New York Times article)

Raich v. Gonzales (US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals website)

Foreign Affairs

 The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

ENSIGN TO VOTE AGAINST DEMOCRATS' IRAQ PLAN TO SET TIMETABLE, HANDCUFF OUR TROOPS: Delivers Floor Speech During Senate Debate (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

ENSIGN: DEMOCRATS' BILL RESTRICTS OUR TROOPS IN COMBAT (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

REID: IT IS TIME TO CHANGE COURSE IN IRAQ (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Senate GOP Turns Back Iraq Pullout Plan (Associated Press article)

Iraq Pullout Plan Advances in House (Associated Press article)

Report Discusses Complexity of Iraqi Struggles (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq (Department of Defense Report to Congress)

Joint Forces Command Effects Transformation (Armed Forces Press Service article)

General Notes Downturn in Violence, Increased Confidence in Iraq (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Iraqi Leader Thanks U.S. for Assistance (Associated Press article)

Operation Iraqi Freedom: Preliminary Observations on Iraqi Security Forces' Logistical Capabilities GAO-07-582T, March 9, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Stabilizing Iraq: Factors Impeding the Development of Capable Iraqi Security Forces GAO-07-612T, March 13, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

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March 16, 2007

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Nevada Highways

Businesses pressure governor on roads: State gets an F grade for funding and safety (Las Vegas Sun article)

Report gives Nevada poor grades for roads and highways (Nevada Appeal article)

Nevada News Release: "New report assigns failing grade for transportation funding and traffic safety in Nevada; traffic congestion receives grade of 'D'" (TRIP website)

Making the Grade in Nevada: An Analysis of the Ability of Nevada's Transportation System to Meet the State's Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility (TRIP website)

Las Vegas News Release: "New report assigns failing grade for transportation funding and traffic safety in Las Vegas; traffic congestion received grade of 'D', roads receive 'C' grade" (TRIP website)

Las Vegas Metro Area Report Card (TRIP website)

Reno/Carson City News Release: New report assigns failing grade fro transportation funding and road conditions in the Reno / Carson City area; traffic safety receives grad of 'D', congestion...." (TRIP website)

Reno/Carson City Metro Area Report Card (TRIP website)

The Road Information Program (TRIP)

"With the Legislature well into its second month, we now have evidence of just how costly - literally and figuratively - the dithering by the Carson City crew has been on fixing the valley's road infrastructure."

Jon Ralston on Politics: On the road to nowhere (In Business Las Vegas column)

Create-A-Crime And Other Overreaching Legislative Proposals

"They want to allow municipalities to raise millions of dollars by installing traffic signal cameras and shortening the yellow lights at these intersections (studies show that's just what they do, and that accident rates go up as a result), setting up the robot cameras to issue tickets to red-light-runners -- and you'll pay even if the culprit stole your car."

A nation of children: Nanny-state results seldom what proponents intend (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Inadequate State Regulation Of Mortgage Companies

"The question is whether SB160 is about making the industry a safer place to do business, or about keeping up appearances as tales of mismanagement and outright deception mount."

JOHN L. SMITH: Mortgage investment scandals may be too big a monster for lending division (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

"The www.ml-implode.com Web site tracks problems in the housing finance sector, or as Averett describes it, 'a saga of corruption, stupidity and government complicity.'"

MORTGAGE LENDING: Subprime woes hit Las Vegas -- Nevada tops U.S. in foreclosures; home sellers feeling the squeeze (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Regressive Soak-The-Poor Proposal

"Since 1975, 24 previous attempts to let Nevada voters legalize a lottery have failed in the Legislature."

SCHOOL FUNDS: Panel passes lottery proposal -- Plan would amend constitution (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Public Employees Retirement Benefits

Coffin proposes establishing state worker retirement age: Plan being devised for unfunded liability (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Legislative Lobbyists

Report shows Nevada lobbyists' spending (Associated Press article)

Lobbyist Expenditure Report (Legislative Counsel Bureau website)

Statehouse Revolvers: State Lobbying Becomes Billion-Dollar Business (Center for Public Integrity website)

Center for Public Integrity

The Regulation Of Families

Nevada lawmakers hear testimony on grandparent visitation (Associated Press article)

"High Risk Sex Offenders"

"Nevada should follow the lead of many other states and prohibit high risk-sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, park or other location frequented by children, Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus told a Senate committee Thursday."

Titus seeks tough sex offender limitations (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Soldiers' Graves

Bill limiting protests at funerals declined: State lawmakers say it would be unconstitutional (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Visitors

Legislature invaded by 'littles' and old timers (Nevada Appeal article)

The Office Of The Governor

eTreppid Investigation

"Pro said that while there might be classified material and trade secrets that need to be protected, the sealing has made it impossible for the lawyers to respond to some of the filings made by the other side because they were not allowed to even see what had been filed."

eTreppid cases could be opened (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Defense Fund

It's Starting To Look A Lot Like Partisan Politics

"'I think Miller is piling on him,' Herzik said. 'He gets a response from Gibbons' lawyer but thinks that's not good enough and then demands that Gibbons respond personally without a lawyer.'"

Gibbons-Miller showdown looms: Secretary of state continues to press for more information as governor continues to resist (Las Vegas Sun article)

Partisan politics or not, Nevadans deserve answers (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Don't Like Gov. Gibbons

Thanks a lot, Jim Gibbons! (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)

Seeing Things

". . . a media-hating, gubernatorial paranoiac is engaged in a cover-up . . ."

Jon Ralston sees unmistakable comparisons between former President Richard Nixon and current Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons (Las Vegas Sun article)

Gov. Gibbons Has Only Himself To Blame -- For Being Independent Of The State's Bipartisan Political Machine

Gibbons asks: Who, me? Governor blaming media and 'naysayers' for problems that he brought on himself (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Lieutenant Governor

"Marshall requested legislative auditors help track down exactly what happened saying there is very little documentation in the treasurer's office to show what happened. And she said she can only account for $2.7 million of the $3.4 million."

Lieutenant governor under fire: Nevada lawmakers demand audit of fees (Nevada Appeal article)

"There needs to be a full accounting by legislative auditors of just what happened. Krolicki, knowing he would be investigated, tried to get out in front of the issue and asked, as Treasurer Kate Marshall did a day later, for a review by the attorney general's office. We think that would be in order, too."

Full accounting needed: The state's college savings program needs an audit after serious allegations are raised (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Tobacco Prohibition And Prohibitionists

Health District to shelve proposed smoking fines, regulations indefinitely (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"'We're going to identify our top 15, go back to those places, and we're going to say, 'We've had these complaints. Now, fix it,' Minagil said. 'If we continue to get reports about them, we are going to cite them into the civil court. This is going to require them to come downtown, fight parking and fight the elevator to get to a 9 a.m. hearing, where we will wait for a judge to finish his calendar.'"

Health District drops plan to impose fines for smoking: Noncompliant businesses to get one more chance (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Gas Up

Gas prices going up - again (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

"In his first appearance with the Carson City Board of Supervisors since his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated earlier this month, Mayor Marv Teixeira again apologized about the incident."

Mayor issues apology for DUI (Nevada Appeal article)

Churchill County

Fallon firms boost Nevada's world trade (David C. Henley column, Lahontan Valley News)

"'The biggest benefit is discussing issues and mistakes made with other counties to see how they take care of issues and learning from their mistakes,' he said."

Frey returns from D.C. with insight into county issues (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

The Real Estate Market

"A doubling of real estate agents and brokers in Nevada between 2001 and 2006 is more than the industry can handle and there are indications a number of them are leaving the industry, according to a report by the Nevada Association of Realtors."

Report: Number of RE agents to shrink (In Business Las Vegas article)

Developing Stories

Construction material costs soar (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"As if homebuilders didn't have enough to worry about with the slowdown in the housing market, national housing analyst John Burns, who also tracks the Las Vegas market, said builders shouldn't downplay the risk to their businesses from the troubled market for subprime mortgage loans. That will be especially true for builders in outlying areas, he said."

Real Estate and Development: Subprime lending woes also a burden for builders (In Business Las Vegas article)

The Big Leagues

Tourism and Gaming: Las Vegas' NBA future remains cloudy (In Business Las Vegas article)

Local Lifestyles

Setting the record straight: The trials and tribulations of trying to have a gay marriage ceremony in Las Vegas (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Douglas County

County Affairs

County manager: No talks on Douglas auto mall (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Gardnerville Water Co. clears planning (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

The Price Of Growth

Report requires scrutiny (Jack Van Dien column, Gardnerville Record-Courier)

Traffic will get far worse first (Gardnerville Record-Courier editorial)

Lake Tahoe Basin

DUI Panel ponders safe ride program for Incline (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

"A recent reorganization of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the bi-state agency whose mission is to preserve and protect the clarity and health of Lake Tahoe and its surroundings, has caused some long-time staff to turn in letters of resignation."

TRPA loses key staff to revamp (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Incline Village General Improvement District

IVGID board delays garbage contract decision (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Living a 'Three R's existence in Nevada - is it possible? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Lyon County

Cardelli Road chosen for future bridge site in Dayton (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Base camp: Nevada is training the Democrats' next big base: gays and lesbians (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Municipal Elections

Las Vegas

Council candidate is homeless advocate (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas voting off to early, slow start: Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City balloting begins Saturday (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Clark County Commission Corruption Cases

About that other stuff Galardi said ... (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Running Out Of Money

Gibbons delivers good news, bad news: Money less than expected, but governor endorses chancellor's proposal (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Gov. Jim Gibbons on Thursday warned Nevada's university system Board of Regents to start thinking about what a decrease in state revenue could do to its budget."

Gibbons gives regents budget warning (Nevada Appeal article)

Black Mountain

What ever happened to Carol Harter? Ex-UNLV president returns to her roots at the Black Mountain Institute (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Public Schools

In The Legislature

"It would give 90 percent of a school's funding to the discretion of community members, parents and teachers at the school. Currently just over 60 percent of a school's funding in Clark County goes to direct student instruction, Horsford said. The remaining 10 percent would be for central administration requirements."

Democrats present their plan for empowerment schools (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

iNVest '07

Lies, videotape, no sex (Chuck Mosher column, Las Vegas CityLife)

iNVest '07 (Clark County School District website)

Clark County School District

High school seeks funding for new sports facility (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Churchill County School District

High school hosts music festival (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County School District

At Desert Rose, students drop back in: 'Second-chance high' may be torn down, but officials vow to reopen it (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Out with the old, in with the new at adult school (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

"It is the first livestock to be purchased by the water authority, which has paid almost $79 million for seven Spring Valley ranches over the past eight months."

 SPRING VALLEY LAND: Water board in cattle business -- Authority buys two White Pine County ranches, livestock (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Environment

Mormon Crickets

Mormon crickets begin their annual infestation of Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Green Government

"From backhoes used by Las Vegas employees to move earth to compact cars driven by building inspectors on their rounds, the city has more alternatively fueled vehicles in its fleet than any other large city in America."

Las Vegas ranks first in gasoline-free city fleets (In Business Las Vegas article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Air Police

"It's been busy for the community's police patrol unit in the sky."

Arrests, rescues rise with RAVEN (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Lots Of Problems

A troubled lot: Parking areas increasingly become crime scenes (Las Vegas Weekly article)

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Nevada's Working Men And Women

"The local has filed four unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing All Pro of firing workers or keeping jobs away from them because of their support for the union. The actions have taken away support for the union, making it impossible for it to win an election, Vaughn said."

Health Care and Workplace: All signs point to labor dispute (In Business Las Vegas article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Internet Gambling And Gamblers

"Two Nevada lawmakers, hoping to repeal a crackdown on Internet gambling, are working on legislation that would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct an 18-month study of online wagering."

Nevada lawmakers to push for Net betting study (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past

Bullion Mine

"Remnants of what is believed to be the old Bullion mine were found on a spot designated for Storey County's new water tower."

Wall find may date back to 1870s mine (Nevada Appeal article)

This Old House

Lampe homestead gets facelift (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Mildred Bray (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada Journalism

Opinion pages offer many views (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

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Federal Nevada

Buy American

"Almost immediately, Halliburton's plan ignited concern among members of Congress who suggested that the vice president's former employer is trying to avoid paying U.S. taxes and also is trying to dodge ongoing public scrutiny and criticism surrounding the manner in which the company secured lucrative, no-bid contracts from the federal government."

A slippery slope: Halliburton's move to Dubai should raise questions about the company's true intentions (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

National Health Matters

"Sad that you won't qualify for Sen. Clinton's plan? Don't go ask your boss for a pay cut just yet. Be patient. President ... er, Sen. Clinton learned the hard way that she can't present her real plan all at once. Like boiling frogs, this is going to take some time. But she'll get around to everyone ... eventually."

The new 'poor' (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Foreign Policy

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

Wars and rumors of wars: Writers, professors tackle Iraq and Vietnam (Las Vegas CityLife article)

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March 17, 2007

St. Patrick's Day

[7:10 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Overviews

2007 Nevada Legislature starts seventh week (Associated Press article)

Nevada Legislative News (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Nevada's Wretched, Toothless Campaign Finance Laws

"Polls open today, but voters who cast their ballots will do so without knowing who is funding the campaigns. Candidates are refusing to release their contributors and say how they spent the money before state law requires them to do so on March 27, after 10 days of early voting."

Candidates bide time on finance disclosures (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

State Prisons And Prisoners

"Corrections Department Director Howard Skolnik said Friday it's possible that political pressure to keep prison population projections low is one reason the prison budget typically does not meet the system's actual needs."

When prisons, politics mix: Corrections chief asked about inaccurate inmate population projections (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada prison officials say staff increases are critical (Associated Press article)

Special Needs And Private Schools

Lawmakers discuss special-needs kids: Plan to use state funds in private schools stirs debate (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Bill lets disabled students use state funds for private schools (Associated Press article)

Sorry About Your Legs

"Senate Bill 174 would go a long way toward restoring a measure of good will to health care."

Making it easier to say 'I'm sorry': Bill would re-open communication between doctors, patients (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Federal Elections

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: Bill puts weight on popular vote -- Nevada lawmaker supports proposal to decrease importance of Electoral College (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Immigrants And Nevada

NEVADA ECONOMY: Report touts immigration benefits -- Critics say data don't show Hispanics' potential costs to society (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Governor Of Nevada

eTreppid Investigation

ACTION AGAINST GIBBONS: Lawsuit might be more open -- Much of case under seal (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Defense Fund

"'As originally planned, the Legal Defense Fund will soon be closed,' the letter from Michael Pagni to Secretary of State Ross Miller states. 'The Mazzeo and Sandoval issues it was created to address were dropped in 2007 after it was determined that no evidence supported such claims. ... We expect to close the fund and make a final report soon.'"

Lawyers say Gibbons funds will be closed: Details released on legal defense money (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada governor responds again to contribution questions (Associated Press article)

From The Governor's Office

Governor Gibbons names Interim Director of Personnel (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

The Lieutenant Government

"Nevada law requires the state treasurer's office to preserve records for one year to 30 years, depending on the nature of the documents. But when Treasurer Kate Marshall took office Jan. 1, records - many no more than weeks, or even days old - could not be found. "

Treasurer requests probe of missing records: Marshall tracking discrepancies in fund (Las Vegas Sun article)

Local Government

Churchill County

Grant received to treat weeds along Carson River (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

The People's Money

"The airport could have paid a $6.5 million judgment and saved nearly $15 million, but Clark County Aviation Director Randy Walker, whose department is now $21.4 million poorer, said Friday that it did the right thing by refusing to settle with Sisolak. Airport officials fought Sisolak all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court ... losing every step of the way."

JANE ANN MORRISON: County aviation director slow on uptake about property rights ruling (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

The City Of Las Vegas And Its Problem With Free Speech

"'This is a total, complete victory for free speech,' said Gary Peck, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada. 'One can only hope that this ruling, unlike others, will be respected and followed on the ground.'"

 Ruling made on handbill ordinance: Judge finds county ban on canvassing unconstitutional (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Developing Stories

A good sign for downtown: Verge condo project dares to go where no others have (Las Vegas Sun article)

Emerald Bay Apartments sells for $32 million (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Plight Of The Homeless

Homeless helpers need home: Lutheran service organization must move from Calvary New Life Church (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Lyon County

County Affairs

Lyon County commissioners avoid layoffs in budget cuts: County will receive less in consolidated taxes than expected (Nevada Appeal article)

Commissioners select site for second bridge (Nancy Dallas, News Desk)

Master Plan Community Meetings scheduled (Nancy Dallas, News Desk)

History of the Yerington/Lyon County interlocal agreement (Nancy Dallas, News Desk)

Commissioners withhold decision on $200,000 payment to City (Nancy Dallas, News Desk)

Here's what happens when you put all your eggs in one basket (Blue Lyon)

County Roads

Plan calls for chip-sealing nearly 50 miles of Lyon's roads (Nevada Appeal article)

Nye County

County Roads

Tabled: Road to PAVED not a smooth one (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Town Of Pahrump

RPC votes against Lewis expansion (Pahrump Valley Times article)

RPC cites sanctity of master plan in denying condo plan (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Board OKs variety of town events (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Washoe County

Urban Renewal

Bridge installation completes park (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

White Pine County

White Pine Courthouse on trial (Ely Times article)

County supports OHV resolution for public lands (Ely Times article)

"The city and county have yet to start their negotiations this year for law enforcement and fire protection."

As We See It: Let the sun shine in again (Ely Times editorial)

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Nevada Politics

ePolitics

Something is happening here and you don't know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?

Blogs can top the presses: Talking Points Memo drove the U.S. attorneys story, proof that Web writers with input from devoted readers can reshape journalism (Los Angeles Times article)

Municipal Elections

Las Vegas

Balance of power unlikely to change at LV City Hall: Only one race guaranteed to place a new face on council (Las Vegas Sun article)

Mesquite

Mesquite mayor faces two challengers: City Council members looking to move up (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

State Democratic Party

Don't fret over California: Nevada's Democratic presidential caucus won't be hurt by Golden State's early primary (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Biden to skip two Vegas union events, attend one in Carson (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

The Regents Of The State University System

Elections, Not Appointments

"Led by a rousing and humorous speech by Regent Howard Rosenberg about the power of the people, regents narrowly voted to stick to their historical view that the board should be elected. Seven regents voted in favor of the motion, three voted against, two abstained and one regent was absent."

Regents vote to keep elected board (Las Vegas Sun article)

Regents say board should remain elected (Nevada Appeal article)

Embarrassed By The Community

WNCC to lose a 'C' in name change (Lahontan Valley News article)

"Regents voted 10-2 in favor of the change, with regents Jason Geddes and Howard Rosenberg voting against the measure."

Colleges to drop 'community' from their names:  Regents OK student government-driven shift (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Public Schools

No Child Left Behind Act

Accountability first: Bush's Reading First program shows problems of No Child Left Behind Act (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

In The Legislature

Empowerment has me confused (Ray Hagar column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Elko County School District

Owyhee principal to retire after 38 years (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Alleged Doctor-Lawyer Fraud Ring

"The indictment alleges that Awand and unnamed doctors and lawyers enriched themselves by 'advising clients to settle cases and disburse payments without informing the client of the undisclosed agreements between Awand and the clients' attorneys'."

Medical fraud suspect enters not guilty pleas: Awand charged in scheme involving lawyers and doctors (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Another Alleged Scam

E-COMMERCE: Official says publicity will doom business -- Operator says his message was clear on Web (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

A Harvest Of Drunks -- Or At Least Drivers With .08 % BAC

Increase in deputies for Storey County traffic this weekend (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada's Working Men And Women

Las Vegas Labor Talks

A peek at the Culinary's bargaining position (Vegas Pundit)

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Nevada's Environment

Amargosa Valley

Volunteers sought for land restoration project (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Mormon Crickets

Mormon Crickets Hatch (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Culture

Cinco de Mayo

$20,000 donated to Cinco de Mayo festivities by Toyota dealerships (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

For More See:

The Story Of Cinco De Mayo (TNO Reading Room feature)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

The Latest Thing

High-Tech Slots Could Transform Gambling (Associated Press article)

Gambling And Graft

Atlantic City still No. 1 for colorful corruption (Associated Press article)

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Nevada's Past

Cleaning Up The Comstock

Virginia City lands national tourism restoration project (Nevada Appeal article)

NNRy

"The Ely City Council voted unanimously March 8 in favor of an energy company's offer to complete the purchase of the Nevada Northern Railroad line. The $750,000 payment from White Pine Energy Associates, LLC -- an affiliate of LS Power -- will officially seal a $1.5 million deal transferring ownership of the 128-mile track from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to the City of Ely and the White Pine Historic Railroad Foundation."

LS Power helps Ely pay off $750,000 to LADWP (Ely Times article)

Pioneer Ranching Families

"A program that recognizes Nevada families who have kept a Nevada ranch or farm in the family for at least 100 years, is receiving applications for 2007."

State seeks centennial ranchers (Ely Times article)

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Dr. Mary Hill Fulstone (Nevada Appeal article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

Feds: $26.9 Billion for Yucca Mountain (Associated Press article)

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

Federal Elections Commission Dismisses Reid Ethics Charge As Picayune

Officials dismiss Reid charge: FEC says complaint didn't merit pursuing (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

FEC dismisses groups' complaint against Reid on campaign funds (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

FEC dismisses complaint on Sen. Reid payments to hotel staff (Associated Press article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

White House Murky on Prosecutor Firings (Associated Press article)

Bogden-Lam-Gonzales-Rove-Corallo-Adelson .... (Mr. Apologist, via Desert Beacon)

Former Justice Dept. Official Defends Actions (New York Times article)

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

Gonzales Apologizes to U.S. Attorneys (Associated Press article)

"'The chances of the attorney general surviving this, I think, are slim to none — and slim just left the building,' said Norman Ornstein, a political analyst at the American Enterprise Institute."

Gonzales Survival Prospects Called 'Slim to None' (ABC News article)

G.O.P. Anger in Swing State Eased Attorney’s Exit (New York Times article)

For Federal Prosecutors, Politics Is Ever-Present (New York Times article)

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

Ensign's position on Contract Accountability? (Desert Beacon)

Protecting whistleblowers: Documents show job security in peril for workers who reveal their employers' wrongdoings (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

RL33918 - March 12, 2007 The Whistleblower Protection Act: An Overview (Congressional Research Service Report)

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Disaster Relief: Continued Findings of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse GAO-07-300, March 15, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

The Constant Thief

CONSUMER PRICES: Nickeled, dimed and dollared -- Rising costs for energy, food seen in February (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Veterans Affairs

Chaplain at Walter Reed says he's ‘had enough' (Chaplain John L. Kallerson column, Ely Times)

Bush Assures Wounded Warrior Commission He’ll Act on Recommendations (American Forces Press Service)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

Fallon Takes Reins of Central Command (American Forces Press Service)

CENTCOM Coordination Center Represents Strong Coalition (American Forces Press Service)

Defense Acquisitions: Key Decisions to Be Made on Future Combat System GAO-07-376, March 15, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Defense Acquisitions: Missile Defense Acquisition Strategy Generates Results but Delivers Less at a Higher Cost GAO-07-387, March 15, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Military Personnel: Medical, Family Support, and Educational Services Are Available for Exceptional Family Members GAO-07-317R, March 16, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 16, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow (White House website)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

Senators Pay Heed to Prisoner Abuse Case (Associated Press article)

Italy Asks U.S. Indictments Be Tossed (Associated Press article)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

Iraq War Alters Political Landscape (Associated Press article)

Chlorine Bombers Sicken Hundreds in Iraq (Associated Press article)

‘Evolutionary’ Developments Underlie Baghdad Gains (American Forces Press Service)

Security Plan Working as Violence Drops in Northwest Baghdad (American Forces Press Service)

Nature of War Makes Airlift Essential, General Says (American Forces Press Service)

Report: General Requests More Troops (Associated Press article)

Is Iraq War the Cheapest or Costliest? (Associated Press article)

RS22626 - March 15, 2007 Iraq: Tribal Structure, Social, and Political Activities (Congressional Research Service Report)

Mexico

Mexico’s President Rides Popularity Wave (New York Times article)

Mexico needs to overhaul tax collection: As oil production drops, the nation must tackle loopholes and rampant evasion to raise revenue (Los Angeles Times article)

Mexico meth raid yields $205 million in U.S. cash Authorities say it's the largest drug money haul in history and reflects a vast global trade (Los Angeles Times article)

Mexico Seizes $206M in Drug Money (Associated Press article)

From The Shadowy World Of International Espionage

Russian’s Account Clouds a Poisoning Mystery (New York Times article)

A Federal Reader

RS22620 - March 13, 2007 The 2006 Increase in U.S. Motor Vehicle Imports from Japan (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS22619 - March 13, 2007 Health Care Spending and the Aging of the Population (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33914 - March 13, 2007 The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA): Background and Issues for PDUFA IV Reauthorization (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS22622 - March 13, 2007 School Finance Litigation (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS22624 - March 14, 2007 The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Single-Employer Plan Terminations (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS22623 - March 14, 2007 Railroad Retirement Board Annuities for Widows and Widowers (Congressional Research Service Report)

Railroad Safety--Responses to Posthearing Questions GAO-07-610R, March 15, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

RL33915 - March 12, 2007 The Budget for Fiscal Year 2008 (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS22621 - March 13, 2007 The FY2008 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33917 - March 14, 2007 Forestry in the 2007 Farm Bill (Congressional Research Service Report)

RS22625 - March 14, 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Overview, FY2008 Budget in Brief, and Key Issues for Congress (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL33913 - March 12, 2007 Aviation Finance: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization and Related Issues (Congressional Research Service Report)

Characteristics and Pay of Federal Civilian Employees, March 2007 (Congressional Budget Office Report)

Federal Housing Administration: Ability to Manage Risks and Program Changes Will Affect Financial Performance GAO-07-615T, March 15, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

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March 18, 2007

[4:15 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Coming Up

School Daze (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

State Revenue Shortfall

"A sense of gloom has settled on Carson City, as tax receipts have come in $40 million to $50 million less than expected. It's a small sum in a $7 billion budget, but with many legislators clamoring for new programs, such as an expansion of all-day kindergarten, negotiations will be that much tougher in the coming weeks."

Legislators feeling budget crunch: Lower-than-expected tax receipts don't bode well for programs, the future (Las Vegas Sun article)

Ideas to Conserve Taxpayer’s Dollars (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

Nevada Highways

"Cashman, who was a member of the state task force on transportation, understands that commerce depends on efficient transportation, and that the state depends on commerce. 'We have a lot of pressing needs in our community. But none will be met if we hamper or slow down commerce, because commerce creates the revenue that addresses the other needs in this state,' he said."

Hear those cars a-honkin': Gov. Jim Gibbons should listen to Las Vegas Chamber regarding state roads crisis (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Create-A-Crime Proposals

"Under a proposed two-year 'pilot program,' SB 61 would theoretically allow the courts to dismiss robot red-light tickets if the registered owner of the vehicle could prove he or she was not the driver (as is the case about 28 percent of the time.) The "pilot" program would also prohibit payments to camera contractors (who actually develop the film and decide who gets ticketed) based on the number of citations. For now."

All about revenue, not safety: Red-light cameras kill due process, while deaths go up (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Laws Can't Replace Parents

Sex offender laws important, but don't replace parental responsibility (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Nostalgia For The Days Of Machine Power

Don't Worry -- There's Still One There

"Nevada state government has long prided itself on its cozy deal-making and lack of partisan warfare. Republicans who weren't too conservative, and Democrats who weren't too liberal, always kept the interests of the people in mind (or at least the people's leading special interests - railroads, then mining, then gaming). This is what the nostalgic types say."

CARSON CITY: WEEK IN REVIEW -- More partisanship is seen (Las Vegas Sun article)

Plight Of The Homeless

"The right to freedom of the press or of religion or to bear arms doesn't mean the government has to provide each of us with a printing press or a meeting hall or a belt-fed machine gun. It merely says government can't enact any laws that restrict our ability to do these things for ourselves."

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: How will collectivists enforce this new 'right' to housing? (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Government Regulation Of Families

"'It's disgusting,' said the woman's lawyer, Stephen Caruso. 'There's no Constitution anymore. It's disgraceful.'"

PARENTAL PREFERENCE: Legal ruling leaves mom confused about how to regain custody of son (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Grandparents want their rights granted (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

The Governor Of Nevada

The eTreppid Investigation: Let's Air Out This Rubbish

eTreppid case weaves a TANGLED WEB (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

At a glance: the partners of eTreppid technologies (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"The public has every right to know all of the allegations contained in this case, allegations that involve the man who is this state's top elected official."

Shed light on documents: Most papers in case involving Gibbons, e-Treppid should be open for public review (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

From The Office Of The Governor

Governor Gibbons, General Kirkland and State Legislators tour National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program in California (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Sheriff's openness and approach to crime fighting a plus for Carson City (John DiMambro column, Nevada Appeal)

Churchill County

Search and Rescue seeks support (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

The Inexorable Growth Of A County Bureaucracy

"Nine Regional Transportation Commission executives got pay raises averaging almost 22 percent this year after the agency quit using Clark County salary rules, capping the Transportation Commission's quiet years-long ascent from small county agency to independent bureaucratic empire."

INDEPENDENT AGENCY: RTC execs' pay raises eyebrows -- Nine hikes average 22 percent after consultant's analysis (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Short-Changing Taxpayers

"Every state and federal court, including the United States Supreme Court, that has looked at the issue has held that investment proceeds of money held temporarily by the trial court ... follows the principal and may not be confiscated for public use, and that a statute commanding the proceeds to be credited to the county general fund effect an unconstitutional taking of private property."

Sticky fingers (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Developing Stories

"With the MGM Mirage's $7 billion Project CityCenter beginning to rise from the ground and new buyers in place at key properties along Harmon Avenue, the growth of the "second Strip" is progressing quickly and surely."

DEVELOPMENT: Second the motion -- Harmon corridor developing into Las Vegas' next big boulevard (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Less space: The next frontier in real estate -- Housing-market watchers say the trend favoring big-house building may reverse (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Elko County

Pinwheels: Ceremony to mark Child Abuse Prevention month (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Politics

Vote!

"We have an election coming up next year in which the voters may have a choice that will include people with brains and the ability to use them. Here's hoping that we have all had enough of the alternative to recognize the smart ones and act accordingly. Our votes do matter."

Brian Greenspun on how our votes matter, even if sometimes mistakes are made and we get another chance (Las Vegas Sun column)

State Democratic Party

Joe Biden is headed toward Carson City (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

State Republican Party

The Nevada Politics vs. Blogger Controversy You Haven't Heard About (Dullard Mush)

So you think Dennis Nolan was dissing bloggers? (mrjerz)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Q+A: David Ashley -- Anticipation grows as UNLV chief settles in (Las Vegas Sun feature)

Public Schools

In The Legislature

"In case you have missed it, the sophisticated debate in the capital over lower education has come down to whether empowerment schools or all-day kindergarten will salve what ails the public school system. This meaningless juxtaposition and the hopelessly partisan taking of sides once again threatens to trivialize the issue most Nevadans put at the top of the list."

Jon Ralston on how legislators trivialize the issue that means so much to Nevadans (Las Vegas Sun column)

Clark County School District

The People's Money

"Board members spent at least $42,000 flying around the country and getting reimbursed for their personal travel last school year, according to an analysis of travel advances and expense claims."

ERIN NEFF: The strange, costly travels of trustees (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Nevada's Environment

Mercurial Findings

"One month after lawmakers in Carson City heard a damning report regarding mercury emissions at Nevada mines, representatives of the state’s environmental protection agency essentially dismissed the study as amateurish and wholly without merit."

Dueling Environmentalists: NDEP, UNR professor at odds over mercury study (Elko Free Press article)

The Danger Of Fire

Nevada fire officials worry after early start of wildfire season (Associated Press article)

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Our Beautiful Region

TRIP OF THE WEEK: Christmas Tree Pass Road great for spring hiking (Margo Bartlett Pesek column, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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Nevada Culture

Virginia City's Testicle Festival

'Oysters' test palates of festival goers (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past

That Old Silver City Schoolhouse

After two years, the heart returns to Silver City: Groundbreaking ceremony held for new Schoolhouse Community Center more than two years after the 140-year-old structure was destroyed by fire. (Nevada Appeal article)

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Eliza Cook (Nevada Appeal article)

Death Of The Stardust

'Dust to dust: Strip icon stardust goes the way of so many (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Journalism

"I'm not saying that people should not call for bans on speakers and writers, that would be a tad hypocritical. Calling for a ban on bans, so to speak. But I will suggest that the civilized thing to do is to curb the animal instinct and answer speech we abhor with countervailing and superior speech, rather than boycotts or violence."

THOMAS MITCHELL: It's easier to boycott than to win a debate (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

WASHINGTON, D.C.: WEEK IN REVIEW -- Nevadans hard at work on earmarks (Las Vegas Sun article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"Evidence points to these firings as being a politically motivated purge, possibly aiming to replace the attorneys with "temporary" prosecutors who could serve indefinitely and without Senate confirmation. Also, Gonzales may think his job is to serve the president as his personal lawyer and friend, instead of as the people's attorney. He deserves to go. If he will not resign, the president should fire him."

Fix Bogden's reputation (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

The president, the purge and the politicization of justice (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal)

Leahy Wants Bush Aides to Testify on Fired Prosecutors (New York Times article)

Leahy to Push for White House Subpoenas (Associated Press article)

Veterans Affairs

Inspirational (Glen McAdoo column, Lahontan Valley News)

Leaks And Lies

Plame Shows Theatrical Side of Congress (Associated Press article)

Not Just Signing Statements Anymore

White House Veto Threats Proliferate (Associated Press article)

Global Warming

GEOFF SCHUMACHER: The incongruity of global warming denial (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Travel Restrictions

Need a passport fast? Be prepared to pay (Los Angeles Times article)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

1,423 Afghan Artifacts Return to Kabul (Associated Press article)

Afghanistan: NATO Commander Discusses Challenges (Radio Liberty/ Radio Free Europe interview)

Silently, AIDS Comes to Afghanistan (New York Times article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

Nevadans join nationwide protests against war in Iraq: Demonstrations held in Las Vegas, Reno (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

SHERMAN FREDERICK: War comes close to home -- Eat, drink ... give thanks (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

The long, long war: As fourth anniversary of the conflict in Iraq nears, Nevada parents who gave the ultimate reflect (Las Vegas Sun article)

Four years later: Democrats set timelines for troop withdrawals while Republicans cower behind Bush (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

War Protesters, Supporters Rally in D.C. (Associated Press article)

Bush: Dems Trying to Micromanage War (Associated Press article)

Bush Adviser Decries Democrat Iraq Plans (Associated Press article)

7 More American Troops Killed in Iraq (Associated Press article)

Terror Closes in on 2 Iraq Booksellers (Associated Press article)

Latin America

What They Hate Isn't The US, But US Government Meddling -- Even In Nevada, We Don't Like It

Latin American hate for U.S. is nothing new (Guy W. Farmer column, Nevada Appeal)

Mexico

Calderón touts fight against crime: Mexico's future at stake, he says (San Diego Union-Tribune article)

Mexican State Police Arrested in Raid (Associated Press article)

"More than 50 people, many of them police officers, were gunned down throughout the week, signaling a renewed surge in violence and more brazen tactics by drug traffickers as they reassemble and secure territories to distribute illegal drugs."

Drug slayings mark bloody week for Mexico (Contra Costa Times article)

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March 19, 2007

[12:30 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Tax And Spending Controls (TASC)

A TASC for Nevada: Economic benefits for the Silver State of TASC-style spending control (Nevada Policy Research Institute Report)

Uninsured Motorists

Penalties steep for scofflaw drivers (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Mormons celebrate Gibbons' governorship: Legislators present gift to fellow member of LDS church (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The State Judiciary

Not Her Day

"It's common for new judges to make a few errors, but Chief Judge Kathy Hardcastle said Halverson is making more than most."

Rookie judge under criticism for mistakes (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Local Government

Clark County

The Importance Of Voting

LOOKING IN ON: CITY HALL -- Mayor's message: 'I don't care if people vote for me, as long as they vote' (Las Vegas Sun article)

Douglas County

"Dwindling sales, gaming and room tax revenues could mean a $1.3 to $1.5 million budget shortfall for Douglas County in the upcoming fiscal year, a trend that could last for another three to five years, according to county officials."

County expects budget shortfall (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Washoe County

A Bumpy Month

"Four times in the past two weeks, Sierra Pacific Power Co. equipment failed or was broken, causing evacuations, street closures and even threatened the closing of Interstate 80."

Sierra Pacific calls series of mishaps coincidental (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Troubled Homeowners Association

"Costs are mounting for the Caughlin Ranch Homeowners Association after a $12,000 recall election of four board members who promised to look into reducing homeowners fees."

Elections contribute to rising costs for Caughlin homeowners group (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

To Turn Or Not To Turn

"A group of Sparks residents believes the Regional Transportation Commission should take another look at plans for improvements at the intersection at Eagle Canyon/La Posada drives and Pyramid Highway."

Sparks group appeals to commission (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Student Loan Defaults

"Students in Nevada's public and private universities default on their federal loans at a rate of 8.3 percent, according to 2004 figures by the U.S. Department of Education. West Virginia ranked second at 7.5 percent."

STUDENT LOANS: Default rate high in Nevada -- Low graduation rate adds to problem (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Public Schools

In The Legislature

"Put Gov. Jim Gibbons' and the Democrats' competing empowerment plans for schools side by side, and there's more than a little overlap."

LOOKING IN ON: EDUCATION -- Competing plans not all that different (Las Vegas Sun article)

Studies From The Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI)

Thoroughly Inadequate: The 'School Funding Adequacy Evasion' (Nevada Policy Research Institute Report)

Teaching the Forgotten Half: Career & Technical Education in Nevada's High Schools (Nevada Policy Research Institute Report)

Seriously 'at risk': CCSD full-day kindergarten stats: Performance for most kids actually declines under full-day K. (Nevada Policy Research Institute Report)

Assessing Proposals for Preschool and Kindergarten: Essential Information (Goldwater Institute Report)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

A Demand For Groupthink

"The thought of the Las Vegas Valley going thirsty is frightening. Tens of thousands of jobs would be lost if the County Commission and city councils had to put the brakes on residential and business construction. Draconian restrictions on water use, going well beyond common-sense conservation, would tarnish residents' quality of life. The very future of the metropolitan area would be in jeopardy."

Betraying Clark County (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Health Matters

"Critics say local hospitals are snubbing the conference because they do not welcome change from the industry's long-standing practice of withholding information and being less than forthcoming about doctors' mistakes."

Valley hospitals skip accountability conference: Despite event being held in Las Vegas, none of area's 10 hospitals will attend (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada's Working Men And Women

Union Organizing

"Gaming companies that once contracted with outside operators to run restaurants and nightclubs - sometimes without unionized labor - are now doing the same with entire hotels."

Is union/hotel honeymoon over? CityCenter at heart of potential conflict in negotiations (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada's Burning Hills

Fire season's early start alarming: One blaze destroys home near Reno (Associated Press article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Laissez-Faire: The Gangster's Dream

"This law was a mistake, but Congress shouldn't answer it by making another one. Lawmakers should overturn the bogus Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, then get out of the way."

Repealing bogus Web gambling 'ban': Law should be scrapped, but not to hasten regulation (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

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Federal Nevada

The Las Vegas IRS Office: Hard To Find, Hard To Park

JANE ANN MORRISON: People often hide from IRS, but here it seems IRS is hiding from us (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

The Price Of Citizenship

"The fee for citizenship could be raised this year from $330 to $595. And the test's questions could be overhauled to make them more substantive and less dependent on memorization."

Talk of fee hike spurs spike in citizenship applications: Possible new test, higher price motivates many in valley (Las Vegas Sun article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

"Nevada voters have an overwhelmingly negative view of the war in Iraq, and a majority think Congress should block funding for additional troops to be sent to the war zone."

Nevada voters negative on war (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"The latest findings contrast strongly with the outlook among Iraqis in 2005, when respondents to a similar survey were generally hopeful about the future. "

Pessimism 'growing among Iraqis': Iraqis have become less optimistic about their future, the poll suggests (BBC News article)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"It's time for Gonzales to resign and the White House to tell the truth."

Politics at heart of firings: White House strategist Rove and attorney general were in on plan to fire U.S. attorneys (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

"Senate Democrats signaled Sunday that of the eight U.S. attorneys abruptly fired by the Bush administration, the case in San Diego is emerging as the most troubling because of new allegations that U.S. Attorney Carol Lam was fired in a direct attempt to shut down investigations into Republican politicians in Southern California."

California attorney's firing draws Dems' spotlight (Los Angeles Times article)

Prosecutor's Firing Was Urged During Probe (Washington Post article)

Leaks And Lies

"Congress should not let the case stop with Libby's conviction. Bush promised four years ago to hold accountable anyone responsible for the leak. He should be held to that promise."

Keep Plame case alive: The ex-CIA agent's House testimony reveals the damage caused by leak of her name (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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March 20, 2007

[11:45 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The State Legislature

Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

"The actual campaign reports are due next Tuesday, a full 10 days into the early voting period and after roughly 25 to 30 percent of all votes are cast this cycle."

ERIN NEFF: City voters, beware (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Big Problem, Bad Solution

"Goodenow also noted that Nevada is the only state that allows its elected judges to directly solicit campaign contributions - a more dangerous practice than ever given a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows judicial candidates to state how they would decide individual cases the very same moment they are accepting contributions."

Taking cash power out of the judiciary: Court reformers want judges to be appointed, at least in the beginning (Las Vegas Sun article)

The State Budget

The Partisan Caterwaul Of Spring

Democrats raise more questions about budget: Large number of late spending changes among their concerns (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Amendments, corrections unbalance state budget (Nevada Appeal article)

Buckley questions Gibbons' opposition to fee increases (Nevada Appeal article)

Lawmakers, budget director tussle over fees (Associated Press article)

Want Money

Nevada lawmakers hear funding pleas from school, prison systems (Associated Press article)

Inequitable Taxes

"Gov. Jim Gibbons intends to cut back on government spending rather than abandoning his plan to give tax breaks to business and banks."

Gibbons stands firm on state spending cuts (Las Vegas Sun article)

The Problem Of Methamphetamine

"Business lobbyists testified Monday that a bill to require consumers to secure prescriptions in order to purchase products such as Sudafed would hurt people who need less costly over-the-counter decongestants and cold remedies."

Measure would put more medications behind counter: Assembly bill targets Nevada's high meth use (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Nevada lawmakers hear bills meant to stop methamphetamine labs (Associated Press article)

State Prisons And Prisoners

"Requests from the Department of Corrections for additional resources will keep coming and keep growing, unless the state takes steps to address both ends of the imprisonment cycle."

Invest in cutting crime, recidivism (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Inadequate State Regulation Of The Mortgage Industry

"Robert Brace, vice president of the Santa Barbara, Calif., law firm of Hollister & Brace, said the state should have acted to shutter Southwest Exchange because of the way the company did business before it closed down."

Attorney: Exchange should have been shut down -- He says business model violated law (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Meanwhile, the Nevada Mortgage Lending Division finished its investigation into the collapse of locally-owned Silver State Mortgage. Silver State has not yet declared bankruptcy but faced similar liquidity problems, brought on by the large volumes of loans it was forced to repurchase from warehouse bank Washington Mutual. Silver State closed its doors Feb. 14."

Subprime lenders face music, roil nation's financial markets: Silver State records audited, mismanagement uncovered (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Impact Fees: Should Have Been Mandated Years Ago

"Impact fees to pay the costs of new development are once again on the agenda at the Legislature. The Nevada League of Cities & Municipalities has proposed two changes to the law and Sen. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, has authored a third."

State and local governments look at impact fees: Clark County promises to include commercial and industrial (Las Vegas Business Press article)

State Regulation Of Families And Family Life

Support available for grandparents left out of grandkids' lives (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"Nevada lawmakers must separate the emotional issues from the practical ones as they consider a grandparents' rights proposal that is under consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee."

Plugging a legal loophole (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Tip Pooling

"The standing-room-only crowd was there to hear Assemblyman Bob Beers, R-Henderson, expound on AB 357. The bill, which Beers authored, would explicitly prohibit companies from appropriating tip income, as is currently practiced at Wynn."

Wynn turning up heat on legislators, Beers says (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Quick Wynn update (David McKee column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Personal Legislation

"It was the deadline for lawmakers to introduce measures they had sought individually, one of the many mileposts designed to encourage the Legislature to finish its business in the constitutionally mandated 120 days."

Lawmakers submit bills as deadline arrives at Legislature (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Hundreds of bills introduced as Nevada deadline hits (Associated Press article)

Who's On Fourth?

"The state constitution has it that Amodei, a Carson City Republican, would become governor should current Gov. Jim Gibbons and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki suddenly decide to find another line of work."

Meet the guy who is second in line for governor (Las Vegas Sun article)

The Governor Of Nevada

eTreppid Litigation

"U.S. Magistrate Valerie Cooke previously ruled that the FBI raid on Montgomery's home was unconstitutional, but the ruling, and many other documents, have been sealed."

Judge orders FBI to return property: Software developer alleges Gibbons had role (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"A federal judge ruled Monday that the FBI raid of a former eTreppid software developer's home in search of valuable source codes was unconstitutional and that the judge who granted the search warrant was "misled" by an agent, allowing the FBI to become involved in a case that should remain in civil court."

Judge says FBI raid in eTreppid case went too far (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

The Lieutenant Governor

"Legislative auditors began an audit Monday into possible irregularities in the state's $3 billion Nevada College Savings Plan amid allegations raised by state Treasurer Kate Marshall that some of the fund's records are missing."

Auditors start digging through college fund (Las Vegas Sun article)

The State Judiciary

Governor taps two for judgeships: Appointments fill vacant District Court posts (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

"As I contemplate my future while composing this letter, I plead with the residents of Carson City to take your streets back before this town becomes like L.A., Las Vegas, the Bay Area, or Sacramento/Stockton. While there are many things that need to be done, most important for this community is to support its law enforcement by giving it the budget to hire more officers and pay them a salary commensurate with the risk they take every day to protect you and me."

Carson City no longer feels like a safe place to live (Guy Rocha column, Nevada Appeal)

Clark County

Dead Kids

CHILD WELFARE RESOLUTION: Measure would provide timeline -- County expected to approve (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Waiting For Ivanpah

APPEALS COURT: City loses bid to block flight path -- Airliners to start using 'right turn' today (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Helping Hand

Allegiant lends Monorail a hand: Beleagured transit system strikes discount-ticket deal with Vegas-based airline (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Developing Stories

"Development partners Yossi Attia of Israel and Gerald Schaffer of Las Vegas originally planned to build a 325-unit senior housing project on 2.7 acres at Bonanza Road and Main Street when they purchased the northeast corner for $900,000 in August 2001."

Developers shift strategy for project downtown (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Condo giant Sunterra succumbs to local suitor: Vegas developer Cloobeck to spearhead $700 million deal (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Highways And Byways

SUMMERLIN PARKWAY WIDENING: Meetings begin today on proposal -- New lanes would probably go on center median (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Elko County

"The Elko County Commission might agree Wednesday to the sale of about 44 acres in the Northeastern Nevada Regional Railport’s industrial park."

Railport land sale may be finalized (Elko Free Press article)

Washoe County

City Of Sparks: The Feud Continues As Cost Mount Up

"The Sparks City Council approved funding an additional $15,000 for the ongoing investigation of City Attorney Chet Adams and also ordered their lobbyists to urge legislators not to change a bill that would allow the council to hire lawyers without the city attorney's approval."

Sparks council approves more money for investigation (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Biden to speak in Carson City (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Municipal Elections

Competitive Henderson races -- Our choices: Planning Commissioner Gerri Schroder, veteran Councilman Andy Hafen (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters

Public Schools

In The Legislature

"Two Clark County senators want unruly students in Nevada schools put in on-campus detention sites and fines levied against their parents."

Lawmakers want parents to pay for unruly students (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Schools say they can't afford detention, want to fine parents (Associated Press article)

True To His Word

"Only one member of the Washoe County delegation at the Legislature is neither a sponsor nor a co-sponsor of the Washoe County School District's bill to raise taxes on real estate sales."

Cobb stands alone on proposed property tax increase (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Choice Of Schools

"A bill has been introduced (AB 211) in the Legislature which would allow parents to send their kids to the school of their choice. Well, sort of."

Let our children go! (Chuck Muth column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Extraordinary Students

"A proposal to allocate $1.2 million for a test program for gifted and talented students in Elko County recently went before the Nevada Legislature’s Senate Finance Committee."

Gifted-talented students present bill to lawmakers (Elko Free Press article)

Black Students

History, Hug debunk math myth (R. Grant Seals column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Water Matters

The Carson River

Trying something new with wastewater might make city money (Nevada Appeal article)

Brunswick needs work but plays an important role in city's water plan (Nevada Appeal article)

Groundwater Supplies And The Continuing Saga Of Corporate Water Profiteers

"While construction of the Vidler Water Co. pipeline continues between the Fish Springs Ranch to Lemmon Valley, water won't be imported until a federal lawsuit filed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council is resolved."

Judge sets hearing date for Lemmon Valley water import case (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Health Care Plan Monopolies

"The American Medical Association said Monday that it will ask the federal Department of Justice to block UnitedHealth Group's $2.6 billion purchase of Sierra Health Services."

MERGERS: Group attempts to block sale -- Sierra Health buy called 'blatant' power grab (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The David and Goliath relationship in this deal is evidenced by UnitedHealth's financing. It said that the transaction would be financed "with cash on hand, cash flows from operations and normal capital market activities." At the same time it promised to maintain its $4.5 billion stock-buy back program this year."

Health insurance giant buys Sierra: Deal is worth $2.6 billion (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Summerlin Hospital

Summerlin Hospital undergoes $100 million expansion (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Traffickers In Flesh

Human trafficking takes toll on victims: 'Servile marriage' puts women at risk (Las Vegas Sun article)

University Medical Center Investigations

"A source said that Las Vegas police's search warrant, which was served at 8 a.m., sought evidence backing up theft claims lodged against members of the public hospital's facilities/plant operations staff."

Police raid UMC again: Inquiry 'spinoff' of another probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Auto Broker Indicated

Auto dealer arrested after embezzlement indictment (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Burning Hills

"The sound of sirens permeated the air over the weekend as Fallon/Churchill County volunteer firefighters responded to 17 controlled burns that had grown out of control between Friday night and Sunday."

Out-of-control burns getting out of control (Lahontan Valley News article)

Don't Walk Away, Renée

"As one firefighter told us, much of it was do to the carelessness of residents who left fires unattended, let flames grow too large for their control or didn't properly buffer their fires from combustible materials."

Firefighters deserve common sense when debris is burned (Lahontan Valley News editorial)

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Nevada's Working Men And Women

Labor Union Organizing

Vote buoys union officials: Representatives hope Wynn Las Vegas staff opts to unionize (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Environment

Invasive Species

"The House on Monday approved a bill that would grant the National Park Service broader authority to combat invasive species like the quagga mussels that have migrated to Southern Nevada."

House OKs bill to combat invasive species (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Green Building

Downtown green office tower nearly complete (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Insurer offers green-building discount: Vegas developer Cloobeck to spearhead $700 million deal (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Songs Of The Sand

Trail restrictions implemented at Sand Mountain by BLM (Lahontan Valley News article)

Fundraiser

April art show to benefit nonprofit wildlands group (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

The Cutting Edge

"The source also confirmed deep cuts in Tropicana personnel, saying that the workforce was initially informed the firings would be confined to middle management but 'then they (Columbia) went through here with a scythe.'”

Trop tower to fall, source says (Las Vegas Business Press article)

It's Not Surveillance, It's Tracking

"Harrah's Entertainment is testing innovations in player tracking in Las Vegas but gamblers aren't the only ones being monitored. The company's use of radio-frequency identification tags on cocktail waitresses and other servers at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is going into its second year and the company plans to make further use of the electronic tags."

Harrah's expands its RFID use: Cutting-edge application extended to two Strip casinos (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Buying The Odds In A "Game Of Chance"

"How about a two-for-one buffet coupon dispensed from your slot machine? Or having your spouse or best friend hit a jackpot automatically when you do?"

Personalized slots are on the horizon: Downloadable slots on trial at Treasure Island (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Who Can Go The Distance? We'll Find Out In The Long Run

"The casino business isn't known for its devotion to history. That's a shame, because gambling has an incredibly rich past. One of its most important lessons is that it's a business where the long view is almost always clearer than the short term. Every gambler knows that, in an hour, the dice can run hot or cold. But knowing who has advantage over the long run, in the end, will help you pick the real winner."

Short-sightedness is a chronic problem in the gambling industry (David C. Schwartz column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Looking Back

"Michael Gaughan is the last one still running his own show, unbeholden to corporate boards or Sarbanes-Oxley."

Gaughan are the days ...: South Point takes advantage of owner's hands-on style (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada's Past

Back To The Desert - For Now

Death of a legend: How 856 dynamite sticks reduced the Stardust Resort to a mammoth pile of rubble (Las Vegas Business Press article)

The Once And Future Desert

Look On My Works, Ye Mighty. And Despair!

"As impressive as the mammoth megaresorts that line Las Vegas Boulevard are, all will eventually be imploded - even the ultraluxurious new properties now being built. It's the cycle of a resort's life on the Strip."

Jeff Simpson on looking out across a vibrant Las Vegas Strip that is constantly renewing itself (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada Journalism

"ANYONE WHO EVEN SKIMS THE HEADLINES knows the newspaper business may not be the best business to be in right now."

Here's a new look for the news (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"Justice Department officials are discussing a possible new job for Daniel Bogden, the former chief federal prosecutor in Nevada whose abrupt firing in December infuriated the state's Republican senator, according to Capitol Hill aides."

Bogden may get new job with Justice Department (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

"Although Democrats were initially blamed for fanning the flames of the U.S. attorneys story, the fact is Republicans in increasing numbers are openly criticizing the decision. And that was before the Justice Department on Monday handed to Congress documents detailing the decision-making process and the role of Gonzales and his staff as well as White House officials in the firing scandal."

JOHN L. SMITH: Odds look good on U.S. attorney general joining unemployment line (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Gonzales' Hold on Job Grows Uncertain (Associated Press article)

Bush Affirms Support for Gonzales (Associated Press article)

Anti-Trust Legislation: Don't Enforce It, Then Say It Isn't Working

"The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week that could invigorate the right to private contract -- a right that has been eroded over the past century by the rise of the modern regulatory beast."

Economic thinking (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

"Only one-fifth of 10,000 officers among the U.S. Army's Individual Ready Reserve are willing to serve overseas, with the rest either quitting, retiring or being dropped from the service."

Military officer shortage: Army Reserve officers are refusing deployment, whittling officers' ranks that already are thin (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The War On Terrorists

"Osama bin Laden is still out there - somewhere - and has yet to be brought to justice."

Testimony from a terrorist: Statement from al-Qaida leader makes it clear the U.S. has lost its way in war on terrorism (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Unwarranted Surveillance

Adding To The Haystack While Looking For The Needle

Watchdog Calls FBI Abuses Inexcusable (Associated Press article)

Congress to Probe Improper FBI Spying (Associated Press article)

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Update for March 20, 2007

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

National Identification Card System

Nevada lawmakers say new ID program should be repealed (Associated Press article)

Sen. Nolan

Nolan's bills on detention, sports need work (Ray Hagar column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

The Governor Of Nevada

Nevada governor told defense fund not illegal (Associated Press article)

Miller to Gibbons: No laws broken (Vegas Pundit)

Governor accidentally kept fund secret (Vegas Pundit)

The Lieutenant Governor

People v. Krolicki: The indictment (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

Guard the tap: Don't cave in to Nevada water agency's demand (Salt Lake City Tribune editorial)

Ground Water And Rivers

Gone to the Well Once Too Often: The Importance of Ground Water to Rivers in the West -- A Report by Trout Unlimited's Western Water Project

Press Release

Report (3.25 MB pdf file)

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Federal Nevada

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

"Four western states senators led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today announced a plan to fully restore Payments in Lieu of Taxes funding for the first time in 13 years, and through PILT fund the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act."

Amendment seeks to fully restore PILT, rural school funding (Elko Free Press article)

Porter Legislation Passes the House. H.R.658 provides additional tools for National Parks Service to combat invasive species (Rep. Porter Press Release)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

REID SUPPORTS U.S. ATTORNEYS BILL (Sen. Reid Press Release)

REID HAILS PASSAGE OF BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE INDEPENDENCE OF US ATTORNEYS (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Senate Limits Gonzales' Hiring Authority (Associated Press article)

Senate Roll Call on Prosecutors Bill (Associated Press article)

Bush Warns Dems to Take Offer in Firings (Associated Press article)

Newly-Released Documents On US Attorney Firings (House Judiciary Committee website)

"The e-mail exchange -- part of about 3,000 pages of internal documents turned over to Congress this week -- show a confused and divided Justice Department under siege in a political crisis largely of its own making. The crisis now threatens Gonzales's tenure as the nation's chief law enforcement official."

E-Mails Reveal Tumult In Firings and Aftermath (Washington Post article)

DOJ official expressed qualms about Bogden's dismissal (Associated Press article)

Fired U.S. Attorneys Ranked Above Peers (Associated Press article)

Excerpts From Attorney Firings Documents (Associated Press article)

Senator Eyes Another Attorney Departure (Associated Press article)

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 19, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow (White House website)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Unwarranted Surveillance

Statement of Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice before the House Judiciary Committee concerning "The FBI's Use of National Security Letters and Section 215 Requests for Business Records," March 20, 2007 (US Department of Justice website)

"From the approval of the notorious “torture memos;” to warrantless and illegal surveillance; to the wrongful smearing of able U.S. Attorneys; the Department has squandered its reputation for independence and integrity. The Attorney General needs to understand that with power comes responsibility, and with authority must come accountability."

Conyers Statement: “The Inspector General's Independent Report on the F.B.I.'s Use of National Security Letters” (House Judiciary Committee website)

Lawmakers Threaten FBI Over Spy Powers (Associated Press article)

Treatment Of Persons Detained By US Authorities

"Terror detainees once held in the CIA's secret prisons were kept and questioned under highly abusive conditions, the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a confidential report based on interviews with suspects."

Detainees reported abusive treatment in CIA custody: Red Cross (Canada.com news article)

Redacted Military Commission Proceedings At Guantanamo

 Walid Bin Attash - Transcript of CSRT Hearing (As of 3/19/2007) (Department of Defense website)

Abu Faraj al-Libi - Transcript of CSRT Hearing (Department of Defense website)

Khalid Shaykh Muhammad - Transcript of CSRT Hearing (Revised as of 3/15/2007) (Department of Defense website)

Ramzi Bin al-Shib - Transcript of CSRT Hearing (Department of Defense website)

Foreign Affairs

Guatemala

4 Held in Deaths of Salvador Lawmakers (Associated Press article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

REID: FOUR YEARS OF WAR IN IRAQ HAS MADE AMERICA LESS SECURE (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Just because you're small doesn't mean you aren't right (Desert Beacon)

U.S., Iraqis Continue Flow of Troops to Baghdad (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Poll: Iraqis Gripped by Fear and Anger (Associated Press article)

Mexico

"Three high-ranking state police commanders and a former police chief were being held for questioning on Sunday in the attempted killing of the Tabasco State secretary of public security, after hundreds of soldiers and federal agents raided the police headquarters there the day before."

Mexico Questions Police Officials About Ambush (New York Times article)

Mexican drug cartels returning fire in fierce struggle (McClatchy News article)

Ex-Mexican General's Daughter Killed (Associated Press article)

Mexico ambush ends with 3 police, 1 bystander dead (Associated Press article)

5 Mexican Mine Managers Ordered Arrested (Associated Press article)

Panama

Panama Police Seize 21 Tons of Cocaine (Associated Press article)

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March 21, 2007

Vernal Equinox

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

"'As we have both publicly stated, the public deserves greater and consistent transparency in the reporting of contributions and gifts to candidates and public officials and that legislation strengthening disclosure requirements is necessary,' Miller wrote in his letter clearing Gibbons."

Miller wants Gibbons' backing on law reform: Two-week battle over legal defense fund documents ends (Las Vegas Sun article)

The State Budget

"Nevada ranks at or near the bottom nationally in the amount it spends on education, health care and other social programs. It also needs nearly $4 billion in new roads. Trimming programs isn't going to cut it. Tax increases are inevitable, but are much more palatable - politically and on the pocketbook - in smaller increments. Nevada's growth is not going to pay for itself. We can pay a little for it now, or a whole lot more for it later."

Pay now, or pay later: Nevadans will face the inevitable, as government could again face a budget crisis (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Titus questions lack of energy inflation in budget (Nevada Appeal article)

Regressive "Soak-The-Poor" State Lottery Proposal

"Declaring that Nevadans know the odds and are smart enough to decide whether to play lotteries, the Assembly voted Tuesday for a resolution that eventually could end the constitutional ban on lotteries in the state."

AMENDING THE STATE CONSTITUTION: Assembly OKs lottery measure -- Money would go for educational materials for schools (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Assembly is pushing for state lottery (Nevada Appeal article)

National Identification Card System

"Sen. Bob Beers said Tuesday Nevada should delay implementing the federal Real ID program and tell residents who want to fly or enter a U.S. government building to use a passport for identification purposes."

Real ID program can wait, Beers says: Senator backs using passports for now (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Committee seeks repeal of Real-ID Act (Nevada Appeal article)

"Congress, which has delayed the Real ID program, needs to ensure the Passport Agency has the resources it needs. Then, it must ensure that the states have what they need to issue driver's licenses."

States aren't ready for Real ID woes (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

State Regulation Of Families And Family Life

New Teen Create-A-Crime Proposal For Tobacco Use

"McGinness' bill could be a "potential nightmare," said Lee Rowland of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada."

Bill could abolish smokers' corners (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Leapfrog Annexation Bill

"Now that a bill that would allow cities (presumably Reno) to annex "noncontiguous territory" (presumably the Winnemucca Ranch), it has become the focus of the long-standing arguments over growth in Washoe County."

Annexation not last word (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

State Prisons And Prisoners

Legislative staff asked to look at switching Parole and Probation (Nevada Appeal article)

Non Compos Mentis

Defense attorneys oppose bill on guilty but mentally ill verdict (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Defense Fund

"Secretary of State Ross Miller on Tuesday ended his inquiry into Gov. Jim Gibbons' legal defense fund, saying he found no violation of campaign finance laws in the trust fund that spent nearly $200,000 on legal expenses related to accusations against Gibbons. 'We demanded further disclosure, and he provided it,' Miller said."

Miller ends Gibbons inquiry: Secretary of state rules defense fund legal; clarification of law sought (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

eTreppid Litigation

"A Reno FBI agent may have become an "unwitting pawn" in a civil fight between a software developer and a Reno businessman when he sought a search warrant to raid the software developer's Reno home and storage facilities, according to a newly unsealed court document."

Judge calls FBI agent 'unwitting pawn': Questions raised about search stemming from eTreppid civil case (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"She said this case should serve as a 'cautionary tale to heed the admonition that trade secrets litigation is best left to the civil forum.'"

Judge cites FBI agent's errors in eTreppid case (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Bad Instincts

"Does the governor have political opponents who likely enjoy his distress, hoping to neuter his effectiveness in promoting a slightly conservative agenda? Sure. But Jim Gibbons' own worst enemies in these matters are the "close-to-the-vest" instincts of Jim Gibbons himself."

The governor's travails: Gibbons bringing troubles on himself (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Don't Like Gov. Gibbons

Some Speculation

"A federal judge's ruling Monday has brought into clear relief a question of importance to Nevada: Did Gov. Jim Gibbons, while serving in the U.S. Congress, influence the Justice Department - directly or through intermediaries - to intervene in a civil dispute on behalf of his friend Warren Trepp?"

Why did feds intervene in civil dispute? Ruling in Trepp case raises questions about Gibbons' role (Las Vegas Sun article)

Spiritual Violations

"Gov. Jim Gibbons created a secret slush fund, with no indication he ever intended to disclose its contents, violated federal guidelines in setting it up and demolished (at the very least) the spirit of several state laws in accepting what is tantamount to campaign cash when such donations are banned."

Jon Ralston on what a secret slush fund tells us about Gibbons (Las Vegas Sun column)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

Airport Authority to consider Jet Ranch (Nevada Appeal article)

Churchill County

Commissioners face busy meeting (Lahontan Valley News article)

Clark County

Dead Kids

Group care to be phased out: County to stop placing children under age 6 at Child Haven by end of 2008 (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

McCarran Airport

Noisy jetliners barely on radar: As Goodman rails, those under new flight path hardly notice (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Former politicians used to making the news took turns fighting for the right to sell papers -- as well as cigarettes, magazines and souvenirs -- from a proposed newsstand at McCarran International Airport."

Big names argue in bids for concession; decision delayed (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"With a multimillion-dollar news/gift concession at McCarran International Airport as the prize, the players brought consummate skill and experience to the table."

JOHN L. SMITH: Political juice flows at multimillion-dollar airport concession hearing (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Lied Animal Shelter

County official praised as she leaves to take over animal shelter (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Developing Stories

Condo project seeks haven: Official says he's sure financing will emerge for Nevada Towers (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Lake Tahoe Basin

Incline Village General Improvement District

What bothers you? Speak up now (Andrew Whyman column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Meeting more than the need (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

Tahoe City

Parking garage plans prompt concerns (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Nevada County, California

New web site for county resources (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Biden to make campaign stop today in Carson (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Shouldn’t Nye County Democrats Link Up with Nye County Hispanics? (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

State Republican Party

LET’S CONVENE ON 1/19! (Eric Odom, Battleborn Opinion News)

Irrelevance is the new pink (Eric Odom, Battleborn Opinion News)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Sierra Nevada College

New provost named at Sierra Nevada College (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Public Schools

In The Legislature

"In the quest to improve Nevada's public schools, legislators have, in a sense, a most fundamental decision to make: whether to give a higher priority to the youngest of schoolchildren, or to high school students on the brink of real-world realities."

What will work best for Nevada's schools? All-day kindergarten or... more career and technical programs (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Last spring, Nevada's fourth graders scored at or above the national average in reading, language, math and science on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. But in the seventh grade, test scores dropped below the national average, and fell still further in the 10th grade."

The case for increasing vo-tech: Career academies help lower dropout rates; many students go on to college (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Over the last decade there have been dozens of studies examining the effectiveness of kindergarten programs, often with wide-ranging results as to the long-term benefits to students."

The case for all-day kindergarten: It's springboard to academic success but must be followed up in later grades (Las Vegas Sun article)

School Detentions And Parent Fines

"Most legislative proposals are at least well-intentioned, no matter how misguided. And so it is with Senate Bill 245."

Sent to detention (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

If only there were a bill to make parents care (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Doesn't Like The Establishment Clause

"Education is a religious exercise. It cannot be otherwise. It is never a question about religion in the classroom, yes or no? It is always a question about which religion will inform the classroom."

Education is a religious exercise (Ed Iverson column, Lahontan Valley News)

Clark County School District

School Board members to take telephone calls about iNVest program (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

iNVest '07 (Clark County School District website)

Douglas County School District

Connie Wennhold a star to steer by (Gardnerville Record-Courier editorial)

Washoe County School District

School funding shortfalls could force longer busing, double sessions, officials say (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Students think green for conference (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters

Watch Your Back; Bragging Begets Envy

"The danger of a statement like 'there is enough water for 2 million people' is lulling people into an unfounded sense of complacency. Though the supply may be relatively plentiful, there will be no end to the people looking to commandeer this precious resource - our lifeblood - for their own purposes. The citizens of Churchill County and our leaders must recognize this and maintain a state of constant vigilance to keep these forces at bay."

Water, water everywhere - Is Fallon the next Las Vegas? (Lahontan Valley News editorial)

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Nevada Health Matters

University Medical Center

$60 MILLION: County approves bailout of UMC: Hospital projects another shortfall for next fiscal year (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Mesquite Hospital

Mesquite hospital to change owners (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada's Environment

Lake Tahoe

Clarity may spike after this year - but is the trend real? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Green Homes

Green house shedding light on a different way to live (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Energy

"Efforts to increase Southern Nevada's fuel supply more than 40 percent could include a tank farm near Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Jean, according to a report discussed Tuesday."

SUPPLY CRISIS: Panel gets fuel for thought -- Tank farm among proposals for boosting supply in Southern Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Burning Hills

Fire Safe grants top $250,000 (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

Local firefighters brace for early start to wildfires (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

Suing The Prosecutor

"A Las Vegas man facing trial for tax evasion has sued the federal prosecutor in his case, using a law that's normally a tool to fight organized crime."

RICO used against federal prosecutor: Assistant U.S. attorney sued by defendant (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Alternative Public Defender

"Jennifer Lunt was appointed by county commissioners Tuesday to head Washoe County's first alternative public defender's office."

Deputy public defender to head new office (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Culture

"Johnson Lane artist Paul Ford will get to see his paintings "Endangered Spaces" for the first time as a group on Thursday when they are on display for the 27th Annual Governor's Arts Awards at the Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno."

Valley man tapped for governor's awards (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Helen J. Stewart (Nevada Appeal article)

In TNO's Reading Room

Helen J. Stewart, Early Knowledge of Nevada (1913)

The Donner Party

Donner park adds 300 acres (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

In TNO's Reading Room

C.F. McGlashan, History of the Donner Party, A Tragedy of the Sierra (1879)   [in 24 Chapters]

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"Two weeks after firing him as chief federal prosecutor in Nevada last December, Justice Department officials were preparing to offer Daniel Bogden a new job as an immigration judge, according to documents examined on Tuesday."

Justice planned to offer judgeship to fired Bogden (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Three thousand pages of Justice Department e-mails and other documents released this week provide no clearer explanation for the Bush administration's firing of Nevada's U.S. attorney, but do show just how little officials knew about Daniel Bogden before dumping him."

 Bogden not well known at Justice: Documents shed no light on why he was dismissed (Las Vegas Sun article)

"As the congressional investigation into the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year unfolds, it is clear that the Justice Department under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been corrupted by politics."

Undermining public confidence: Justice Department's credibility crumbles with release of more documents (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Official was 'skittish' about firing of Nevada's U.S. attorney (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Veterans Affairs

BILL ROBERTS: Lots of good at VA (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Amen, brother! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

"'This is more stonewalling by the administration to avoid congressional oversight,' said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), who co-sponsored the data-mining provision with Sens. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) and John E. Sununu (R-N.H.). 'We specifically placed sunshine provisions in the Patriot Act reauthorization to ensure some reasonable checks on the department's data-mining activities that affect millions of Americans,' Leahy said."

Senate Bill Would Mandate Disclosure of Data Mining (Washington Post article)

"The warnings came at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee into a recent report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Glenn A. Fine. The report found that the F.B.I. had repeatedly violated the rules governing the letters, sometimes by invoking emergency procedures to exercise them when there was no emergency, and had bungled record keeping so badly that the number of letters exercised was often understated when the bureau reported on them to Congress."

F.B.I. Is Warned Over Its Misuse of Data Collection (New York Times article)

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Update for March 21, 2007

[6:50 PM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Governing and fads are a poor mix (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)

Nevada committee passes health care and meth bills (Associated Press article)

Nevada gets 'C' grade for infrastructure from engineers (Associated Press article)

Lawmakers told out-of-state gun owners should get Nevada permits (Associated Press article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Governor Gibbons Responds to Letter From Secretary of State Ross Miller (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

Local Government

Elko County

"A redevelopment district will be formed downtown and in surrounding areas if Elko City Council follows the Elko City Planning Commission’s lead."

 Redevelopment: Planners OK boundaries (Elko Free Press article)

County building activity leaps ahead in February (Elko Free Press article)

Lyon County

County Affairs

Lyon board agrees to cuts, revenue enhancers to balance budget (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Hadfield assails state changes that hurt county funding (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Lyon Master Plan Open houses, workshops scheduled in communities (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Dayton

Lyon board chooses Cardelli bridge site as top priority (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Mound House

Planning Commission recommends OK of Wilson permit with conditions (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Wabuska

Commissioners okays permit for Wabuska biodiesels plant (Fernley Leader-Courier article)

Nye County

Hefty Price Increase Proposal From Medical Provider

"Nye County Commissioner Joni Eastley Tuesday proposed the county seek proposals for companies to operate the Beatty and Amargosa Valley clinics, blasting the existing provider, Nevada Rural Health Centers Inc., for hiking the fee 51 percent for 24-hour, on-call service."

51 Percent: Eastley rakes clinic owner for cost hike (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Beatty: Residents concerned about medical service reduction (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Flood Control

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has confirmed the feasibility of building a series of seven to nine small dams as a flood control measure on Wheeler Wash, Nye County Public Works Director Samson Yao happily told county commissioners Tuesday."

Corps says Wheeler Wash dam proposal worth study (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Town Of Pahrump

New planner sees golden opportunities for Pahrump (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Sen. Biden misses early campaign trip to Nevada, plans others (Associated Press article)

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Federal Nevada

The National Budget

DEMOCRATIC BUDGET ADDRESSES NEVADA PRIORITIES (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Dems Embrace Tax Cuts in Budget Revision (Associated Press article)

Global Warming And The Environment

Gore Implores Congress to Save Planet (Associated Press article)

Committee Examines Political Interference with Climate Science (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform website)

RS22618 - March 8, 2007 The Supreme Court Takes Five Environmental Cases for Its 2006-2007 Term (Congressional Research Service Report)

Separation Of Powers

Administration Oversight: Longstanding Precedent Exists for Congressional Testimony from White House Officials (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform website)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Showdown Looms in Attorney Firings Probe (Associated Press article)

Analysis: White House Likes Its Secrets (Associated Press article)

Judiciary Subcommittee Authorizes Chairman Conyers to Issue Subpoenas in US Attorney Investigation (House Judiciary Committee Press Release)

House OKs Subpoenas for Top Bush Aides (Associated Press article)

Immigration Conflict Raised in Firings (Associated Press article)

Veterans Affairs

House Panel Targets Hospital Work (Associated Press article)

AP: Mold, Leaky Roofs Beset VA Clinics (Associated Press article)

VA Health Care: VA Should Better Monitor Implementation and Impact of Capital Asset Alignment Decisions GAO-07-408, March 21, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

ENSIGN AMENDMENT PROTECTS FUNDING FOR TROOPS (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

ENSIGN, REID, HELLER TOUT NEW DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL JROTC (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Pace Says Military Stretched but Able to Handle Any Threat (Armed Forces Press Service article)

Senate Armed Services Committee Hearings on Strategic Forces

Senate Armed Services Committee Hearings on the US Air Force in FY 2008

Senate Armed Services Committee Hearings on the US Army in FY 2008

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 21, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow (White House website)

Homeland Security

Critical Infrastructure: Challenges Remain in Protecting Key Sectors GAO-07-626T, March 20, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

RL33907 - March 8, 2007 Project BioShield: Appropriations, Acquisitions, and Policy Implementation Issues for Congress (Congressional Research Service Report)

RL32891 - February 15, 2007 The National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center: Issues for Congress -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

Homeland Security: US-VISIT Program Faces Operational, Technological, and Management Challenges GAO-07-632T, March 20, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Maritime Security: Public Safety Consequences of a Liquefied Natural Gas Spill Need Clarification GAO-07-633T, March 21, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings, "Combating War Profiteering: Are We Doing Enough to Investigate and Prosecute Contracting Fraud and Abuse in Iraq"

Fiscal Year 2006 U.S. Government Financial Statements: Sustained Improvement in Federal Financial Management Is Crucial to Addressing Our Nation's Accountability and Fiscal Stewardship Challenges GAO-07-607T, March 20, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Medicare: Thousands of Medicare Part B Providers Abuse the Federal Tax System GAO-07-587T, March 20, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Foreign Assistance: U.S. Agencies Face Challenges to Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Food Aid GAO-07-616T, March 21, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Conservatives Press Bush on Civil Liberties: The Bush administration is under fire for its record on protecting civil liberties from an unexpected source, well-known leaders of the conservative movement in the United States (Voice of America article)

RL32525 - February 15, 2007 Congressional Oversight of Intelligence: Current Structure and Alternatives -- Updated (Congressional Research Service Report)

Unwarranted Surveillance

It's The Citizens Who Should Be Watching Their Government Officials -- Not The Other Way Around

Data Mining: Early Attention to Privacy in Developing a Key DHS Program Could Reduce Risks GAO-07-293, February 28, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Homeland Security: Continuing Attention to Privacy Concerns is Needed as Programs Are Developed GAO-07-630T, March 21, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings, "Misuse of Patriot Act Powers"

Fact Sheet: Department Of Justice Corrective Actions on the FBI’s Use of National Security Letters (Department of Justice website)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists (Armed Forces Press Service article)

U.S., Iraqis Expand Security Crackdown (Associated Press article)

Shiite Militia May Be Disintegrating (Associated Press article)

Democrats Set Iraq Deadline in War Bill (Associated Press article)

Mexico

Mexico's Senate Considers Abortion Bill (Associated Press article)

A Federal Reader

$tandard Oil Monopoly [click on image to enlarge]

RL33906 - March 8, 2007 Largest Mergers and Acquisitions by Corporations, 2006 (Congressional Research Service Report)

Testimony on the Medicare Advantage Program: Trends and Options, March 21, 2007 (Congressional Budget Office Report)

Federal Aviation Administration: Observations on Selected Changes to FAA's Funding and Budget Structure in the Administration's Reauthorization Proposal GAO-07-625T, March 21, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

United States Government Accountability Office: Supporting the Congress through Oversight, Insight, and Foresight GAO-07-644T, March 21, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

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March 22, 2007

[10:30 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Let The People Decide: It's The American Way

"Assemblyman William Horne told his colleagues Wednesday that the Clark County sheriff's race in 2006 was the impetus for him to request a bill to increase the qualifications for candidates for the important law enforcement job."

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS: Sheriff credentials at issue -- Bill would require 10 years of experience to run for job (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Open Government: The Right To Know What You're Paying For

"Clarifying the right to a closed session only enables more government to be conducted in darkness."

ERIN NEFF: 'Closed' is a dirty word (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

State Regulation Of Families And Family Life

The Right To Be A Parent

"On Wednesday, a small group of mothers and fathers who have had access to their children denied or restricted rallied together to highlight their cause, making shared and equal custody of children a legal given in Nevada."

Disenfranchised parents rally for changes in the law: Shared and equal custody of children sought (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

New Teen Create-A-Crime Proposal For Tobacco Use

"What's not likely to work to stop teen smoking, however, is making it illegal and clogging up an already overworked juvenile justice system with smokers."

It's not a police problem (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

National Identification Card System

"Lawmakers are considering a resolution urging Congress to repeal the Real ID Act, which was slipped into an appropriations bill at the last minute in 2005 and without a hearing on its merits. On Tuesday, they objected to funding needed to implement the Act."

Lawmakers reject Real ID staffing (Nevada Appeal article)

Regressive "Soak-The-Poor" State Lottery Proposal

Residents should be given a chance to decide on lottery (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Another Create-A-Crime Proposal

Bank lobbyists blast plan to shield elderly people from financial abuse (Associated Press article)

Nevada Immigrants

"In an age when so much research is so obviously driven by a sponsor's agenda, yet those sponsors deny with indignance that they had any influence over numbers that bolster their policy goals, it was refreshing last week to see a researcher and advocacy group admit that biases shaped their 'study.'"

'Reframing' state immigration debate: Agenda-driven report pretends all Hispanics are here legally (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

"State lawmakers should know the difference between a state issue and one of national scope that should be addressed by Congress."

Stating the obvious: Legislation seeking a statewide 'English-only' law speaks the language of ignorance (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Judicial Expansion

"A bill to create 10 new district judgeships would cost Clark County $41 million, as the county struggles to deal with huge medical and child protection costs, a county lobbyist testified Wednesday."

Clark County judges costly: Lobbyist speaks against price tag of 10 new judgeships (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"In the face of heated resistance to their hopes for a 30 percent salary hike, Nevada judges are scrambling to make sure they receive some increase in pay before the Legislature wraps up business."

Judges take their shot: Bump in paychecks hinges on some speedy finessing (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Churchill County could be linked to Mineral County to create a 10th judicial district if the Nevada Legislature approves a plan supported by the Nevada Supreme Court."

10th district court could link Churchill, Mineral counties (Lahontan Valley News article)

Want A Refund

"The Interim Finance Committee on Wednesday demanded the university medical school repay money spent last fiscal year on malpractice "tail" insurance for doctors."

IFC wants the money back: Money demanded from university medical school (Nevada Appeal article)

Nevada Veterans Day

"During Nevada Vet Rally Day at the Legislature, they saw the weapons used by the Nevada National and Air National Guard. Military tents and vehicles were parked on the legislative plaza, serving as the backdrop for the free barbecue lunch for lawmakers."

Military invades Legislative Plaza to educate lawmakers (Nevada Appeal article)

The Governor Of Nevada

eTreppid Litigation

Our Secretive Government

"'The government's interest in protecting national security is paramount,' wrote Department of Justice attorney Carlotta Wells. 'In order to ensure that an unauthorized disclosure does not occur, the government must review the sealed documents first, prior to their review by the other parties.'"

Unsealing of case a problem, agency says (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Don't Like Gov. Gibbons

Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense -- Evil Be To Him Who Evil Thinks

"Gov. Jim Gibbons wants Nevadans to believe that his secret, undisclosed legal defense fund was really just much ado about nothing."

Pure as the driven snow? The governor's spin on his legal defense fund contrasts with what really happened (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Lieutenant Governor

Made In The Shade?

"As Brian Krolicki prepared to leave the state treasurer's office last December, he not only made an important change in a state contract that will cost the state millions of dollars, he also gave an order to "button things up" in the office, his replacement as treasurer charged Tuesday."

Marshall: Staff details Krolicki's final actions (Las Vegas Sun article)

Local Government

Clark County

County Jail

"Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief LeRoy Kirkegard, who oversees the jail, said 180 inmates had been infected with the virus, including 20 new cases discovered Tuesday night."

HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS: Jail invaded by virus -- Inmates, guards in Las Vegas sickened in norovirus outbreak (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Waiting For Ivanpah

"Right turn or left turn, one thing is certain: The path that jetliners use to depart McCarran International Airport is an emotional issue for Las Vegas residents who live in the sound wake of their engines as they thrust upward and eastward to return millions of visitors to their destinations each year."

Scores get vocal as jets go right: Airport hot line takes dozens of calls about flight path (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

No ‘ongoing public comment period’ on right-hand turn, says FAA (Las Vegas Business Press article)

The Southern Nevada Economy

What happens in LV said to shape world economy (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Real Estate Market

HOUSING: Local sales continue to decline -- Closings drop for new, existing homes, but median prices climb (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Washoe County

UPAY4ME: Taxpayer-Subsidized Development

"As Washoe County growth waned, Lyon County remained Nevada's fastest-growing county for the fifth year in a row and continues to be one of the nation's fastest-growing counties, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Wednesday."

Growth slowing in Washoe County: But local officials dispute latest numbers from Census Bureau (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"If more money is coming in than going out, why do we seem to be falling behind? Why are the schools chronically underfunded? Why does the city want a sales-tax increase to play catch up with fire and police protection? Why is there a huge backlog of road construction projects?"

Devil is in unanswered questions of growth (Susan Tchudi column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Sell Them, Or Turn Them Into Public Parks

RSCVA to vote on golf course plans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

"On Saturday in Las Vegas, seven presidential candidates will have to take a stand on Americans' top domestic priority: health care."

Poll stresses health care: Forum gives hopefuls chance to get specific (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Municipal Elections

Boulder City

Four in Boulder City mayor's race: Incumbent's 31 years on council, six terms as mayor coming to end (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

City Of Las Vegas

A Candidate With Nothing To Hide

"Joe Sacco, who is seeking a Las Vegas City Council seat, has spent much of his life fighting the powers that be. That includes fighting for free speech with his pants around his ankles."

Candidate bares all to exercise freedoms (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Las Vegas City Council (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Embarrassed By The Community

"Please, can someone tell me when 'community' became a dirty word?"

JANE ANN MORRISON: College rejects sense of 'community' with nonsensical name change (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

Sierra Nevada College

Sierra Nevada College to offer American Indians scholarships (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Public Schools

In The Legislature

Military Training

"Gov. Jim Gibbons' attempt to create a military program to turn high school dropouts into drop-ins is gaining support, in one of the first signs of political success during the early months of the new governor's beleaguered tenure."

For students who need more structure (Las Vegas Sun article)

Teacher Loans

"The legislative Interim Finance Committee on Wednesday put the brakes on a home loan program Gov. Jim Gibbons proposed to help attract teachers to Nevada. Gibbons said he was trying to do it by changing the rules in an existing program without going through the legislative process."

Trouble for teacher loans program (Nevada Appeal article)

Churchill County School District

Board will consider surveying teachers (Lahontan Valley News article)

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Nevada Water Matters

Truckee-Carson Irrigation District

“In response to press inquiries, the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (TCID), located in Fallon, Nevada, confirmed today that personnel from the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Interior, have interviewed a number of Board members and employees of TCID. Although the exact purpose of the interviews is unknown, the general area of inquiry concerns water delivery and accounting procedures used by TCID and its employees. TCID also received a subpoena asking for a number of business records maintained by the District. TCID is cooperating in the review of its operations. TCID also believes that this review of its recordkeeping and water delivery procedures will confirm that these procedures are correct and accurate.”

TCID board investigated (Lahontan Valley News article)

Reseeding The Truckee

Fish get new home in Truckee River (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Home Means Nevada

"AAEC’s suit alleges that Macau officials rigged the 2001 bidding process in favor of LVS and that LVS stole confidential business plans from its partner, resubmitting them to Macau’s Public Tender Committee of Gaming Concessions with replacement partner Galaxy Group."

Las Vegas Sands asks judge to dismiss Macau case: Exhibits reveal inner workings of early casino deal (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Art For Art's Sake, Money For God's Sake

"When he's not funding the translation of foreign-language texts and publishing hidden literary gems, the well-read and reclusive casino executive Glenn Schaeffer has been pitching Wall Street on a $2.4 billion financing package for his Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort at the site of the former El Rancho."

LOOKING IN ON: GAMING -- Fontainebleau resort plans still a go, despite little action at the site (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"Even with the release of more than 3,000 documents and e-mails, critics of the firings said why Bogden and the other prosecutors were let go still has not been made clear."

Bogden deputy at first refused to take over office: No. 2 man declined post after boss's firing (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"We only have to look at Dan Bogden to see how this man was jerked around, then to see him insulted by saying he could be an immigration law judge. This is demeaning to a man of his caliber."

Bogden out for 'wrong reasons': Justice Department called incompetent (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Bush is on the verge of causing a constitutional crisis, compounding the mess his administration created when it fired the attorneys and then tried to cover it up with a series of lies."

Time to tell the truth: White House created a mess with lies about the U.S. attorney firings and needs to come clean (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Veterans Affairs

"The National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Programs begins its annual conference today in Reno to address the educational needs of returning Iraq war veterans."

Conference begins today for programs to assist veterans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Unwarranted Surveillance

"From the start, critics warned that the Patriot Act could result in Americans giving up many of the freedoms they have fought so hard for, and continue to fight for. They should not have to "trust" that the laws will be strictly adhered to. They expect that top officials of the Justice Department, including Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and Congress will make sure of it."

Patriot Act abuses must be curbed (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

"Of the 15 Democrats who could doom the House's chances to pass its Iraq withdrawal plan this week, two are on Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley's list."

Iraq vote comes down to holdouts (Las Vegas Sun article)

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March 23, 2007

[11:40 AM]

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Nevada Government

State Government

The State Legislature

Overviews

TGIF Hearings: Some good ideas and some not so good (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

Keeping an eye on happenings at the Legislature (Jim Clark column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Nevada's Infrastructure Crumbling

Nevada infrastructure receives poor grades (Las Vegas Business Press article)

State Regulation Of Families And Family Life

Coming Up -- Misdemeanor Penalties For Parents Who Don't Make Their Kids Brush Their Teeth Daily 

State Senator Valerie Wiener (D-Clark)

BICYCLE ACCIDENTS: New helmet law touted -- Lawmakers told fewer major injuries would occur (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

New Teen Create-A-Crime Proposal For Tobacco Use

State Sen. Mike McGinnis (R-Central)

Teen smoking bill wins committee support (Nevada Appeal article)

Teen tobacco bill hops major hurdle (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Other Create-A-Crime Legislation

Just Hold Still, It's For Your Own Good

"The National Motorists Association once issued a statement reading, 'At each stage of the evolution of mandatory seat belt laws, we warned that this was an incremental process that would eventually lead to heavy handed enforcement practices and onerous penalties.'"

Repeal mandatory seat belts (Reno News & Review editorial)

Better To Offer Rewards Than Threaten Punishment

Reservations at the Hotel Bolgia 8? (Desert Beacon)

Open Government: The Right To Know What You're Paying For

Cost of open parole hearings discussed: State corrections officials say complying with bill would cost $3.3 million over two years (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Transparency is critical in government because it helps give the public a measure of trust."

Open government meetings: Common-sense bill would force Tax Commission to hold public deliberations, votes on refunds (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

"Regular public disclosure of details about a charge added to water bills for Truckee River projects will sideline looming debate in the Legislature over the practice, officials with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and a Reno lawmaker said Thursday."

Details of Truckee River project to be made public (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Taxpayer-Subsidized Developments And Developers

"Assemblyman Bob Beers, R-Las Vegas, said he is concerned that a district court judge denied Verdi residents any right to challenge a voluntary annexation of 2,700 acres to Reno in 2001. Residents in Cold Springs have a similar challenge before the Nevada Supreme Court over Reno's annexation of 7,000 acres in 2005."

Rural residents' voices heard on annexation (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Are Legislators Even Aware That The United States Has A Constitution?

Assemblyman William Horne (D-Clark)

Nevada bill removes guns from those under restraining orders (Associated Press article)

At Least Someone's Read It

Responsible firearms ownership not only allowed but encouraged (Lahontan Valley News editorial)

Suing The State

Nevada government entities oppose bill raising cap on damages (Associated Press article)

Retro-Government Toll Road Proposal

Assemblyman Joe Hardy (R-Clark)

"Assemblyman Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City, this week introduced Assembly Bill 417, which would authorize municipal governments and the Department of Transportation to construct toll roads in Nevada."

Taking its toll (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Alternative Energy

Green power companies tout progress: Nevada advancing in alternative fuel use, regulators told (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

State lawmakers hear from solar, geothermal power companies (Associated Press article)

Inequitable Taxation

Nevada lawmakers consider repeal of banking tax (Associated Press article)

Mercantile Progress

Nevada lawmakers review high-tech entry port plan (Associated Press article)

Citizen Lobbyists

Lobbyists without moneybags: Citizens go one-on-one with their state legislators on family issues (Reno News & Review article)

The Governor Of Nevada

Nevada governor wants agriculture board reshuffle (Associated Press article)

Governor to Tour Nevada State Emergency Operations Center (Gov. Gibbons Press Release)

The Lieutenant Governor

"The tragedy of this scandal is that it didn't have to happen. Had Krolicki simply elected not to put his face on those ads, things would look startlingly different today. Instead, he's greeted with suspicion. And he's got no one to blame but himself."

No such thing as a free TV ad (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)

At The Food-Stamp Level Of Existence

"I've been on a diet for the past month. It's not one I expect to sweep the nation anytime soon. It's called the Food Stamp Diet. It's not to lose weight or improve my health--in fact, I feel like crap, and I think I've gained a bit. The idea is to see what it's like to live off the equivalent of food stamps for a month."

The food stamp diet: Life on $5 a day (Reno News & Review article)

Food stamps in Washoe County: Only half of those eligible for food stamps in Washoe County are taking advantage of them (Reno News & Review article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

"Supporters of the Jet Ranch hangar project being proposed for the Carson City Airport told opponents Wednesday the project won't have as big an impact as nearby residents fear."

Jet Ranch receives airport officials recommendation (Nevada Appeal article)

Carson should welcome return of boxing program (Nevada Appeal editorial)

Churchill County

County approves sheriff's vehicles, courthouse equipment Wednesday (Lahontan Valley News article)

Douglas County

Census shows county losing people (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

"A common and clearly defensible purpose of an annual growth limit is to pace growth to the construction of the infrastructure necessary to serve it. By keeping population and infrastructure in sync we avoid many of the adverse effects of growth."

Traffic will get worse if growth is unabated (Terry Burnes column, Gardnerville Record-Courier)

Storey County

Destruction By Fire

Fire department to destroy Mustang Ranch II (Nevada Appeal article)

It's More Than Rain

Pigeons dropping problems and more on Virginia City (Nevada Appeal article)

Washoe County

Nuisances

"The county's nuisance ordinance will likely not be in place by the end of summer, as county officials had previously indicated. However, local representatives on the commission reviewing the ordinance are hopeful that new interest from the general public will help push it forward."

Nuisance ordinance likely delayed (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

Family Services

"The foster care system struggles against a reputation for abuses because some caretakers took advantage of the system, just for the payments."

Awesome agency, families (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Developing Stories

"Before the bulldozers leveled hills and filled valleys, before dynamite blasts cracked our foundations, before the perma-cloud of dust and incessant rumble-meeping of machines, before the city of Sparks approved hundreds of new homes in every direction, when we first moved into our brand new home in a cul-de-sac named after a back-East city, there was a rocky outcropping that my daughter Tabitha named The Rock of If."

The Rock of If (Deidre Pike column, Reno News & Review)

"Do we want to preserve it as public lands or have it become neighborhoods?"

Conflicting interests collide on Peavine (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics

End of A Conservative Era? (Reno and Its Discontents)

State Democratic Party

Hopefuls pursue votes, cash: Democratic contenders drop in on Las Vegas (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The United States is 26th in the world in life expectancy, and 28th in infant mortality. At the same time, the U.S. spends more every year per capita on health care - $6,100 - than any other country."

Health care nears tipping point: Presidential contenders to discuss issue at UNLV (Las Vegas Sun article)

Q+A: Joe Biden -- Unions, Yucca Mountain on candidate's radar (Las Vegas Sun interview)

"A Reno fundraiser Saturday was among the campaign events canceled by former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., who announced Thursday that breast cancer had spread to the bones of his wife, Elizabeth."

John Edwards cancels Reno appearance (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Jon Ralston on how important Nevada, labor are in race for White House (Las Vegas Sun column)

National Dems Come Out In Support Of Nevada (Reno and Its Discontents)

State Republican Party

"A guerrilla campaign to move up Nevada's Republican presidential nominating caucus to the same January 2008 date as the Democrats' probably will succeed."

State Republican officials say January caucus probably will occur (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"He said the state party had received 45 signatures from Muth's petition as of Thursday, hardly a groundswell. 'It will take a lot more to convince me it's worth the sacrifice,' he said."

Republicans debate merits of moving up their caucus (Las Vegas Sun article)

Committee to discuss moving state's GOP caucus (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Municipal Elections

City election filing opens next week (Elko Free Press article)

Leader or Lone Wolf? She's unafraid to vote her conscience instead of the consensus; yet she appears curiously unwilling to battle for reelection. What's the deal with Lois Tarkanian? (Las Vegas Weekly article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Sierra Nevada College

Milkin to sell on eve of SNC deal (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

"While it appears that Incline heavy Michael Milken's "sale" of $1 billion worth of Knowledge Universe holdings may not directly impact the final transaction to make Sierra Nevada College the first four-year liberal arts campus under the juggernaut's umbrella, it should raise a few eyebrows in the community."

A question of timing (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

Public Schools

In The Legislature

"Representatives of the Latin Chamber of Commerce chastised Gov. Jim Gibbons and state legislators Thursday, saying politicians need to allocate more money for educational programs to provide a level playing field for Hispanics and minority students."

Education funding sits atop wish list for Latin Chamber: Lawmakers, governor urged to aid minorities (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

A lesson plan for education: Gibbons' empowerment schools deconstructed (Las Vegas Weekly article)

A Flight Of Fancy

"Guns don't kill kids, non-proficient kids kill themselves, became the motto of Beers' 2010 gubernatorial campaign. He knew Nevada's academic standards needed to be raised. And Gov. Bob had a bigger empowerment model than his opponents. Nevada's best jobs -- prostitution and dealing cards -- now required college degrees. But casinos and whorehouses were tired of UNLV graduates needing remediation to count to 21, or for basic sexual acts. So Beers pushed hard, on all educational fronts, for Bush's No Child Left Behind goal of 100 percent student proficiency by 2014."

Kindergarten, 2013 (Chip Mosher column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

SNWA's Suction Scheme Demands Political Conformity And Conformists

"CLARK COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHRIS GIUNCHIGLIANI HAD BETTER SHUT HER YAP and get back in line. There's no room in this town for officials who vote their own conscience, especially if their vote might interfere with profits for developers and casinos and newspapers."

How dare Chris G. question growth (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)

The Carson River

Utilities has a pair of winners (Nevada Appeal article)

Virginia & Gold Hill Water Company System

Comstock water judged best in Nevada (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Pandemic Consequences

"No state's economy would get sicker than Nevada's in the event of a flu pandemic, according to a report released Thursday that estimated the financial impact of a potential disease outbreak."

FISCAL FALLOUT OF PANDEMIC: Flu could hit Nevada hardest -- Impact on tourism-driven economy tops state-by-state ranking (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Pandemic Flu and the Potential for U.S. Economic Recession: A State-by-State Analysis (Trust for America's Health Press Release with links)

Trust for America's Health

Mother's Milk

"Two things are true about breastmilk, said the author of Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood. These two things also contradict each other. 'First, it's the best food for human beings,' Steingraber said. 'The data is conclusive on that. ... It's also the most chemically contaminated food on the planet.'"

Silent toxins: A biologist uses her own experience to spread the word about toxins in mother’s milk (Reno News & Review article)

University Medical Center

Parents fear changes at facility: UMC no longer will provide staff to Cystic Fibrosis Center of Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement

The Problem Of Methamphetamine

"The House on Thursday voted unanimously to give Indian tribes access to federal grants to combat methamphetamine use on reservations."

House OKs bill to let tribes use meth-fighting grants (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Dopamine is responsible for human ability to feel pleasure. Comparatively, he said, nicotine raises dopamine levels by 225 percent, cocaine by 340 percent and sex by 200 percent. Methamphetamine raises the dopamine levels by 1,050 percent, explaining why it's so addictive."

Dayton students see effects of meth abuse: Peer program aimed at keeping youth clean (Nevada Appeal article)

Tracking Sex Offenders

Forgive but don't forget: With two group homes closed in suburban North Las Vegas, the question arises: Where to put sex offenders who've paid their debts? (Las Vegas Weekly article)

Police target unregistered sex criminals (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Clark County Commission Corruption Cases

Galardi gets 15-month term in San Diego: Sentence to run concurrently to 30-month term from LV case (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Energy

Nellis Air Force Base closer to landing big solar project: Installation would supply 30 percent of energy used at military base (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Utilities

"The agreement reached by the bureau, commission staff and Nevada Power allows the utility to recover $190 million over 10 years with no interest during that period."

Regulators OK agreements to resolve rate-case disputes (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Environment

If Only I Were Governor

Hot in here: While Gibbons stands like a deer in the headlights, the consensus is clear: Global warming is taking a toll on Nevada (Las Vegas CityLife article)

Over In California

"'Pretty soon everything will be hazardous,' said Jeff Collins, manager of Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal Company. 'Banana peels will be hazardous.'"

It's no longer legal to throw away batteries (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Our Beautiful Region

Creating network of bike trails key to Nevada County plan (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada's Working Men And Women

"By hiring young, pretty cocktail servers and requiring them to maintain certain sizes, don sexy uniforms and wear high heels even as they age, casinos have long tested the boundaries of discrimination laws."

Not hip enough? Older workers are digging in their heels as casino nightclubs and lounges turn to 'beautiful people' to keep up with competition (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Culture

Dark Skies Arts Festival

Party crasher: Arts festival organizer wonders if the BLM is trying to scare off his twice-a-year event (Las Vegas CityLife article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Isn't It Terrible?

Commission likes Terrible ideas for Primm properties: Herbst Gaming says casinos will be upgraded (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Chinese Gambling Ventures: Handle With Tongs

Gaming Commission to hear surprise witness: Billionaire Stanley Ho’s sister expected to stir controversy at special MGM Mirage-Pansy Ho hearing (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada's Past

"The Historical Society of Dayton Valley is getting involved in a number of great endeavors to make Dayton's history available to everyone in the area. We want people to be aware of our wonderful heritage."

Lectures on Dayton history given on Saturdays (Nevada Appeal article)

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Nevada Journalism

It's A Great Job, But Somebody Has To Do It

First impressions feel like home (Terrie Laferty Drago column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)

Things Can Always Get Worse

"If nothing else, a panel discussion sponsored by the Black Mountain Institute on Wednesday night proved one thing: There's a whole hell of a lot to be depressed about."

Is it being cynical if we're really doomed? (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

"Rep. Jon Porter took a big swing at Yucca Mountain spending this week. After failing to hit the nuclear waste project head-on, he aimed a followup blow against Democrats."

Porter: Yucca Mountain 'still alive' (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"Many horror movies reach their climax when the monster - human or otherwise - finally appears to have been killed but attacks again as people gather around to make sure. Could this be the case in Nevada's real-life horror story called Yucca Mountain?"

Beware: Yucca not dead: The lifeblood of this nuclear waste burial plan, federal money, is still flowing (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

US Transport Council and the Transporting of nuclear waste across Nevada (Nancy Dallas column, News Desk)

Arizona's Yucca Mountain Problem (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway To Nevada's Rurals)

Nevada's Congressional Delegation

"If a billboard is destroyed by a storm like Hurricane Katrina, owners of the sign should be able to replace it without complying with federal regulations, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada."

Reid proposes new billboard rules (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Ensign's Amazing Conversion Experience (Desert Beacon)

Heller to Gulf Coast: Paddle Your Own Boat (Desert Beacon)

In The US Congress

"House Democrats are rubbing their hands over a $2.9 trillion spending plan that includes big hikes for veteran health care, new packages of local pork now labeled "homeland security," and a lot more money to help expand socialized medicine "for the children" and federal meddling in schools and other local government programs."

Beltway budgeting: Keep your eyes on the flashbombs and busty babes (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

"From his role in authorizing torture at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, to findings that under his watch the Patriot Act was widely abused by the FBI, Attorney General Gonzales has repeatedly shown a willingness to twist the law. Add to that list, efforts by the Attorney General’s office to deceive Congress about the politically motivated dismissal of eight U.S. Attorneys and it becomes crystal clear why Alberto Gonzales should resign immediately.”

Berkley Calls on Attorney General Gonzales to Resign (Rep. Berkley Press Release)

Resolve prosecutors fiasco, move on (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

Veterans Affairs

DEMOCRATS BOOST FUNDING FOR VETERANS NEGLECTED BY BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S MISHANDLING OF IRAQ WAR, WALTER REED (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Veteran's Retirement Home Spattered with Blood, Urine and Feces (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway To Nevada's Rurals)

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

"A government audit shows that more than 21,000 health care providers, most of them doctors, owe a total of more than $1.3 billion in unpaid federal income and payroll taxes, yet continue to receive their full federal Medicare reimbursements."

Paying tax dodgers? Report says doctors with overdue federal income tax bills still collect Medicare payments (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Update for March 23, 2007

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Overview

2007 Nevada Legislature starts eighth week (Associated Press article)

Criminal Nevada: No. 1 In The Nation For Four Years Straight  

Legislature Should Let Police Handle The Crimes We've Already Got, Not Keep Creating New Ones

Report Names Nevada Most Crime-Ridden State In U.S. (AHN News article)

Which State Is The Most Dangerous? (Morgan Quitno Press website)

The State Budget

State agencies scramble to make up for shrinking federal dollars (Associated Press article)

Comparative Shopping For Medical Care

"Dr. Kelly Van Wagner, a Henderson internist, says hospital price data are not as useful as they may seem. Hardly anybody pays the official price tag of a medical procedure: Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies negotiate to reimburse hospitals for a percentage of the listed price. Plus, hospital billing data are too complicated to track, says Larry Matheis, executive director of the Nevada State Medical Association."

Health Care and Workplace: Greater health care transparency on the horizon (In Business Las Vegas article)

The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

Nevada Assembly committee kills bill on guns (Associated Press article)

White Pine Bills

Bills concerning White Pine introduced to Legislature (Ely Times article)

The Governor Of Nevada

eTreppid Litigation

Judge approves DoD review of files for security issues (Associated Press article)

From The Office Of The Attorney General

STATE AGENCIES WIN SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE (Attorney General Press Release)

The State Judiciary

Giving up the gavel: Former judge now in private practice (In Business Las Vegas article)

Local Government

Clark County

The Real Estate Market

"Las Vegas Valley developers need to be creative to build industrial projects, given the scarce supply of land, and should be wary of a coming market slowdown and where they place their office buildings if they want to lure tenants, according to a panel of experts."

No magic bullet: Industrial land shortage requires creative solutions (In Business Las Vegas article)

"If you exclude cities on the East and West Coasts, Las Vegas has the least affordable housing among American metropolitan areas, according to a study by bizjournals.com."

Real Estate and Development: At least we're not in California (In Business Las Vegas article)

Developing Stories

Project CityCenter: No lack of craftsmen (In Business Las Vegas article)

Nye County

County Affairs

County faces April 1 deadline to notify clinic operators (Pahrump Valley Times article)

"Nye County Commissioners Wednesday disregarded a recommendation by the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission and voted 4-1 to permit a project to build 360 condominiums on 25 acres at the corner of Basin Avenue and Blagg Street."

Basin & Blagg: County overrules RPC on condos (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Consultants may do Nye fire inspections (Pahrump Valley Times article)

Town Of Pahrump

Detention center contractors wait for county to change zoning code (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Vegas Union Wants Say in Picking Nominee (Associated Press article)

Municipal Elections

City Primary 2007: Candidates speak out (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Water Matters

SNWA The Water Moloch: The More It Takes, The More It Needs

SNWA in negotiations to buy Eldridge Ranch (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Health Matters

Health Access America

HAA campaign offers help to rural uninsured in Nevada (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Utilities

White Pine County Coal-Burning Power Plant

"Nevada's Bureau of Air Pollution Control has concluded that LS Power's coal-fired power project will not degrade the region's air quality beyond allowable federal standards."

State finds power plant will not violate air quality standards (Ely Times article)

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Nevada's Working Men And Women

Organized Labor

Jon Ralston on Politics: Lessons from labor (In Business Las Vegas column)

Trying To Look Professional Under A Merciless, Blazing Sun

Law and Small Business: Time for attorneys to change into something cooler (In Business Las Vegas article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

Chinese Gambling Ventures: Handle With Tongs

Nevada Approves MGM Venture in Macau (Associated Press article)

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Nevada's Past

History Of The LDS Church

Family Donates Wallet of Early Mormon (Associated Press article)

NNRy

"Hidden away in north central Nevada is a state treasure so rare and complete that it earned national recognition: the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. This “living museum” is officially listed on the Register of National Historic Landmarks, the highest recognition that can be bestowed by the federal government on a historic property."

At the Throttle: Water, sewer and railroad history (Mark Bassett column, Ely Times)

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Federal Nevada

Public Lands

"A protest is scheduled this weekend over a proposed shooting ban that would affect 11,000 acres of public land on the south end of the Pahrump Valley."

Protest of BLM shooting ban set for Sunday (Pahrump Valley Times article)

The National Budget

REID LEADS PASSAGE OF BUDGET BILL (Sen. Reid Press Release)

ENSIGN VOTES AGAINST BUDGET WITH RECORD TAX HIKES: Democrats' Campaign Promises Lost in Their Tax-and-Spend Policies (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Senate Approves Democratic Budget Plan (Associated Press article)

Getting Some Of Nevada's Money Back

Sens. Harry Reid, Baucus, Wyden and Bingaham seeks more money for rurals (Ely Times article)

Global Warming

Global warming worse than Al imagined (Kent Harper column, Ely Times)

National Education Matters

No Child Left Behind Act: Education Assistance Could Help States Better Measure Progress of Students with Limited English Proficiency GAO-07-646T, March 23, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Reading First: States Report Improvements in Reading Instruction, but Additional Procedures Would Clarify Education's Role in Ensuring Proper Implementation by States GAO-07-161, February 28, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

National Health Matters

Senate Blocks Move to Cut Medicare Costs (Associated Press article)

FDA Chief Vows to Defend Whistle-Blowers (Associated Press article)

Census Bureau Revises 2004 and 2005 Health Insurance Coverage Estimates (US Census Bureau Press Release)

Drug Safety: FDA Needs to Further Address Shortcomings in Its Postmarket Decision-making Process GAO-07-599T, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Pediatric Drug Research: Studies Conducted under Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act GAO-07-557, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

RL33927 - March 16, 2007 Selected Federal Compensation Programs for Physical Injury or Death (Congressional Research Office Report)

RL33919 - March 15, 2007 Long-Term Care: Consumers, Providers, Payers, and Programs (Congressional Research Office Report)

The Subprime Mortgage Meltdown

Fingers Pointed Over Mortgage Meltdown (Associated Press article)

RL33930 - March 19, 2007 Subprime Mortgages: Primer on Current Lending and Foreclosure Issues (Congressional Research Office Report)

US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearings on Mortgage Market Turmoil: Causes and Consequences

Fraud, Corruption, Waste And Mismanagement

Former Bush Cabinet Deputy Pleads Guilty (Associated Press article)

Others Caught Up in Abramoff Scandal (Associated Press article)

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings, "Identity Theft: Innovative Solutions for an Evolving Problem"

Social Security Reform: Greater Transparency Needed about Potential General Revenue Financing GAO-07-213, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Defense Trade: National Security Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Companies Could Be Improved GAO-07-661T, March 23, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Freedom And The Federal Government

Unwarranted Surveillance

"It no doubt surprised most Americans to learn that between 2003 and 2005 the FBI issued more than 140,000 specific demands under this provision -- demands issued without a showing of probable cause or prior judicial approval -- to obtain potentially sensitive information about U.S. citizens and residents. It did not, however, come as any surprise to me."

My National Security Letter Gag Order (Washington Post article)

Treatment of Persons Detained By US Authorities

Detainees Report Abuse in CIA Custody (Associated Press article)

Detainees: We're Not Enemy Combatants (Associated Press article)

Padilla Judge: Brig Time Doesn't Count (Associated Press article)

Lawyers Fear Gitmo Work May Harm Careers (Associated Press article)

"In his first weeks as defense secretary, Robert M. Gates repeatedly argued that the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had become so tainted abroad that legal proceedings at Guantánamo would be viewed as illegitimate, according to senior administration officials. He told President Bush and others that it should be shut down as quickly as possible."

New to Pentagon, Gates Argued for Closing Guantánamo Prison (New York Times article)

Guantanamo likely to remain open rest of Bush term (Reuters article)

Amnesty International calls on US government to abandon military commissions (Human Rights Education Associates website)

DoD Releases More Tribunal Transcripts (Armed Forces Press Service)

Transcript of CSRT (Mohd Farik bin Amin Zubair) Hearing (As of 3/23/2007) (Department of Defense website)

Transcript of CSRT (Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani) Hearing (As of 3/23/2007) (Department of Defense website)

Administration Purge Of Corruption-Fighting US Attorneys

Gonzales Leaves Attorneys Furor Behind (Associated Press article)

Justice E-Mails on Lam Show Frustrations (Associated Press article)

Subpoenas Force Talks for Testimony Deal (Associated Press article)

Senate Panel OKs Subpoenas for Key Aides (Associated Press article)

Homeland Security

Dems Object to Chemical Security Changes (Associated Press article)

Veterans Affairs

On the House: Veterans Care (Rep. Dean Heller column, Ely Times)

Pentagon Investigates VA Retirement Home (Associated Press article)

Our Nation's Armed Forces

U.S. Military Spending Bill at a Glance (Associated Press article)

US Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on the US Southern Command, US Northern Command and US Joint Forces Command for FY 2008

The US Navy

Resource Implications of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2008 Shipbuilding Plan, March 23, 2007 (Congressional Budget Office Report)

The US Air Force

Defense Acquisitions: Analysis of Costs for the Joint Strike Fighter Engine Program GAO-07-656T, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

The US National Guard

"Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro told the House Armed Services Committee many of the problems facing the Guard boil down to the fact that it changed from a strategic to an operational force, but without the benefit of other changes needed for it to succeed."

Commission: Changes Needed to Ensure Long-Term Guard Readiness (Armed Forces Press Service)

US Troops

DoD Investigates Hacking of Troops’ Personal Computers (Armed Forces Press Service)

From The Office Of The President

Mar. 23, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow (White House transcript)

Mar. 22, 2007 Press Briefing by Tony Snow (White House transcript)

Foreign Affairs

Other Than Oil, What Are The Vital Interests Of The United States In The Middle East?

Bush: Peace in Middle East Necessary for U.S. Security (Armed Forces Press Service)

Analysis: Split Over Palestinian Policy (Associated Press article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

Marine Unit Ordered Out of Afghanistan (Associated Press article)

Up to 69 Taliban Killed by Afghan Forces (Associated Press article)

Colombia

U.S. Mining Co. Denies Link to Killings (Associated Press article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

In The White House

President Bush Discusses Iraq War Emergency Supplemental (White House transcript)

"President Bush promised to veto an emergency supplemental war spending bill passed by the House of Representatives today because it sets a date for the return of combat forces from Iraq and includes spending unrelated to the war."

Bush Promises to Veto War Spending Bill (Armed Forces Press Service)

Gates: Delayed Funding Will Hurt Army (Armed Forces Press Service)

In The Congress

Heller: Iraq measure is "Gen. Pelosi's cut-and-run bill" (Associated Press article)

Dems Challenge Bush With Iraq Timetable (Associated Press article)

Comparing House and Senate Iraq Bills (Associated Press article)

House Roll Call on War Spending Bill (Associated Press article)

Statements From the House Debate on Iraq (Associated Press article)

Situation in Iraq Dynamic, Changing, Gates Says (Armed Forces Press Service)

On The Battlefield

Baghdad Operations Continue; Several Weapons Caches Found (Armed Forces Press Service)

Iraqi Forces Take Security Lead in Nineveh Province (Armed Forces Press Service)

Bombing Gravely Injures Iraqi Deputy PM (Associated Press article)

Stabilizing Iraq: Preliminary Observations on Budget and Management Challenges of Iraq's Security Ministries GAO-07-637T, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Audit: More Coordination Needed on Iraq (Associated Press article)

A National Disgrace: The Ghost Of Donald Rumsfeld -- And Hundreds Of US Fighting Men And Women

GAO: Looted Munitions Pose New Threat (Associated Press article)

Operation Iraqi Freedom: DOD Should Apply Lessons Learned Concerning the Need for Security over Conventional Munitions Storage Sites to Future Operations Planning GAO-07-639T, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Operation Iraqi Freedom: DOD Should Apply Lessons Learned Concerning the Need for Security over Conventional Munitions Storage Sites to Future Operations Planning GAO-07-444, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Mexico

Vatican Pushing Mexico in Abortion Fight (Associated Press article)

Mexico's lower house passes state pension reform bill amid protests (Associated Press article)

Mexico: The Cartel Responds to Calderon (Stratfor article)

Mexican Cartel Behind Cocaine Seizure (Associated Press article)

Mexican Drug Cash Seizure Recalculated (Associated Press article)

The Philippines

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Extrajudicial Killings In The Philippines: Strategies To End The Violence

A Federal Reader

RS22627 - March 20, 2007 Who Are the "Middle Class"? (Congressional Research Office Report)

RL33928 - March 16, 2007 Ethanol and Biofuels: Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Market Constraints Related to Expanded Production (Congressional Research Office Report)

Federal Aviation Administration: Key Issues in Ensuring the Efficient Development and Safe Operation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System GAO-07-636T, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Next Generation Air Transportation System: Progress and Challenges in Planning and Implementing the Transformation of the National Airspace System GAO-07-649T, March 22, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management: Approaches Used by Foreign Countries May Provide Useful Lessons for Managing U.S. Radioactive Waste GAO-07-221, March 21, 2007 (Government Accountability Office Report)

RS22628 - March 20, 2007 Congressional Redistricting: The Constitutionality of Creating an At-Large District (Congressional Research Office Report)

RL33931 - March 19, 2007 The Corporation for National and Community Service: Overview of Programs and FY2008 Funding (Congressional Research Office Report)

RL33923 - March 16, 2007 An Overview of Recent U.S. Supreme Court Jurisprudence in Patent Law (Congressional Research Office Report)

RL33399 - March 16, 2007 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies: FY2007 Appropriations (Congressional Research Office Report)

RL33929 - March 19, 2007 Recent Changes to the Section 8 Voucher Renewal Funding Formula (Congressional Research Office Report)

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March 24, 2007

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Dead Kids

"The bill would mandate that in child deaths or near-deaths child welfare agencies report more specifics about the child, what happened, and any of the agency's past dealings with the child or family. It would also require the agency to report what its plans are regarding the case."

Openness that is overdue: Assembly bill would bring more transparency to child welfare system, hold it accountable (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Regressive "Soak The Poor" Lottery Proposal

"There's no good reason Nevada shouldn't have its own lottery -- or be a part of a multi-state lottery. But don't buy this nonsense that a lottery will raise money to help the children. In fact, it will simply generate another windfall for state lawmakers to spend on whatever they darn well please."

Playing the numbers: Assembly backs creation of state lottery (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

Stop Light Revenue Harvest Bill

Harsher Penalties For Running Red Lights Would Accomplish The Same Goal

JANE ANN MORRISON: Never mind the cheating spouses -- we need traffic cameras to protect drivers (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

State-Chartered Private Monopoly

"A legislative deal that would open up the cable TV business to phone companies was unveiled in the Legislature Friday and it came with the backing of major players on both sides. AB526 would establish a statewide video franchise process that would end the practice of municipalities granting long-term franchises to a single cable television provider."

Cable and phone companies strike a deal (Las Vegas Business Press article)

Too Bad About Your Legs Bill

MEDICAL APOLOGIES: Doctors testify for 'I'm sorry' bill -- Measure blocks use of expressions of regret in lawsuits (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Governor Of Nevada

eTreppid Litigation

"We are just as confident today as we have been in the past that once professional investigators take a very close look at these bizarre, wild and unsupported accusations, they'll find them to be false."

GIBBONS INVESTIGATION: Cooperation in probe sought -- FBI requests help from former partner of governor's friend (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

The Lieutenant Governor

Did Krolicki violate Nevada document retention statutes? (Desert Beacon column, Blue Sage Views)

The State Attorney General

State cleared in sexual harassment lawsuit (Nevada Appeal article)

The State Judiciary

Secret, Sealed Cases

"The measure would require a judge to have a separate hearing to weigh the merits of sealing a particular court record, and the judge would be required to notify the public about the hearing beforehand and allow the public to present evidence at that hearing."

Lawsuit guidelines proposed (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Local Government

City And County Of Carson

"An official e-mail sent by City Manager Linda Ritter detailed possible solutions to the projected budget deficit of $1.7 million during the next fiscal year, beginning July 1."

City workers worry over possible benefit cuts (Nevada Appeal article)

College Parkway graffiti to be cleaned up (Nevada Appeal article)

Clark County

McCarran Airport Concessions

Bidding picks up for stand at airport: Political biggies make pitches for vendors (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

City Of Las Vegas

"The president of Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice claims Las Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic is seeking special treatment in a domestic violence case filed against his live-in boyfriend."

LV city attorney accused of seeking special treatment: Lawyers' group chief makes charge in domestic violence case (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Lyon County

New Jail Needed Sooner Than Expected

"Lyon County is struggling with its budget even without trying to set aside money for the jail, Hunewill said. The county appears to be about $1.8 million short for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Part of the problem is that Lyon County's share of sales tax from the state is down because the economy is slowing. Another is that the demand for services from new residents is outstripping the tax revenue generated by the new residents, she said."

Jail overcrowding forces Lyon County officials to consider options (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Nye County

Nye County Commissioner Peter Liakopoulos under Ethics Scrutiny (Jack Wood column, Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals)

Washoe County

The Problem Of Methamphetamine

"From day one, Secret Witness has felt its role in the meth war was to take the truth to vulnerable teenagers. And it occurred to us that we should speak to teens in their own language."

Local officials promote anti-meth rap (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Urban Renewal

"A long, dry spell for downtown Virginia Street merchants will soon be over. By early April, construction barricades should be removed to show off a $10 million facelift for Reno's most famous street."

Downtown construction wrapping up (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Vicarious Liability

"Known as the "social host" ordinance, the proposed law would fine the owner of a house, apartment or business where repeated disruptive parties are held. Violations would be a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $500. Failure to pay could result in a lien on the property."

Neighbors hope law makes nights quieter (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Politics

State Democratic Party

Candidates woo union voters: Clinton, Obama, Richardson speak at Culinary rally (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

"The influence of big labor in Nevada's Democratic presidential caucus was apparent at a Culinary 226 rally Friday night as New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson all but read aloud the Culinary's demands in the union's ongoing contract negotiations."

Labor rallies around candidates: Three presidential hopefuls address union members in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Sun article)

"The winner of the Nevada Democratic caucus will succeed because of the campaign's organizational strength, its ranks of energetic foot soldiers and its knowledge of Nevada."

Hillary Clinton grabs momentum in Nevada, builds a strong network (Las Vegas Sun article)

"Sen. Thomas Eagleton said in the days before his death this month that he had not seen people so eager to physically touch a candidate since Robert F. Kennedy."

Barack Obama shines his magnetism on Vegas, as observers try to define his appeal (Las Vegas Sun article)

State Republican Party

Top Republicans back earlier date for caucus: Event would be held Jan. 19, same day Democrats vote (Associated Press article)

Movement to Convene on 1/19 (Eric Odom column, Battleborn Opinion News)

Municipal Elections

City Of Henderson

Pair vie for Henderson City Council: Schroder, Griffie cite traffic as main concern (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

City Of North Las Vegas

Opponents question candidate's residency: Barlow says he moved into Ward 5 condo in September from NLV home (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?

Clark County Commission Corruption Cases

Malone to ask appeals court for shorter sentence: He says judge erred in meting out six years (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters

Higher Education

Embarrassed By The Community

Raggio questions college name changes (Nevada Appeal article)

Public Schools

Churchill County School District

Board approves teacher survey about training (Lahontan Valley News article)

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From The Neon Empire

When Will Casinos Start To Pay Their Fair Share Of State Taxes?

This Is The New Frontier

The two minds of Phil Ruffin (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Chinese Gambling Ventures: Handle With Tongs

Pansy Ho-MGM Mirage partnership approved (Las Vegas Business Press article)

"For years, Stanley Ho has fought allegations that his Macau casinos have been involved with organized crime triads engaged in money laundering, loan sharking, drug trafficking and prostitution."

GAMBLING BEYOND NEVADA: Commission finds venture suitable -- Businesswomen deemed apt partners for MGM Mirage project in Macau (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past

Women's History Month

Nevada Women in History: Mary G. Rose (Nevada Appeal article)

Living History

"Sometimes, the most treasured historical artifacts are the people in our lives and their memories. We just need to take the time to listen."

The value of our living history (Josh Johnson column, Lahontan Valley News)

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Federal Nevada

National Health Matters

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new guidelines designed to prevent experts who are paid by drug companies from advising the agency on the drugs and products that those companies make."

Experts' ties questioned: FDA's new rules to avoid advisory board conflicts of interest may not be strict enough (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Foreign Affairs

The Continuing Occupation Of Afghanistan

"A Pentagon investigation will recommend that nine officers, including up to four generals, be held accountable for missteps in the aftermath of the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, senior defense officials said March 23."

Investigation of Tillman death finds missteps (Army Times article)

The Continuing Occupation Of Iraq

Iraq vote divides Nevada lawmakers (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

Heller Speaks (Desert Beacon)

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Nevada Government

State Government

The Nevada Legislature

Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

"If Nevada's campaign finance law is this toothless, as interpreted by the secretary of state, then why are we wasting money trying to enforce it? Maybe Miller needs to come out and tell the public just how bad the law is, and how it needs to be changed."

How to buy a Nevada politician and get away with it (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal)

Let The People Decide: It's The American Way

"From time to time, it occurs to members of the governing elite that it would be much more comfy if only they and their friends were allowed to hold public office -- if loud outsiders with unruly notions of "reform" were somehow procedurally excluded from coming around and challenging their nice set-up."

Only longtime cops need apply: Bill would restrict who could run for sheriff (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

State Prisons And Prisoners

"Parole Board bureaucrats, seeing the writing on the wall, have taken a predictable new tack in their protests. If they're going to be inconvenienced by openness, they say they're going to need more money -- lots more money."

'A classic' (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)

"I heartily endorse Nevada Supreme Court Justice Jim Hardesty's proposed legislation to deport non-violent criminal aliens in a policy shift that would relieve prison overcrowding and save Silver State taxpayers many millions of dollars per year."

Yes, let's deport criminal aliens (Guy W. Farmer column, Nevada Appeal)

Create-A-Crime Legislation

For Every Tear A Revenue Harvest

Tears flow as debate focuses on no-seatbelt fine: Death of lawmaker's intern highlighted in push for state safety measure (Las Vegas Sun article)

Mandatory Helmets

"SB49 is a freedom of choice helmet bill that would alter the mandatory helmet law to allow riders ages 18 and older to choose whether to wear protective headgear. The bill would still require those 17 and younger to wear protective headgear."

Motorcycle group supports lenient helmet laws (Nevada Appeal article)

Alternative Energy Legislation

"State Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, was talking our language Thursday when he said, 'If we can't turn Southern Nevada into the world leader on solar energy, shame on us.'"

It could be a new day: Nevada has the potential to become a world leader in producing renewable energy (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

State Air Service

"A firm retained by the Elko City Council to evaluate the viability of resuming regular air service between Elko and Reno has determined the operation would “likely be a money-losing proposition” — but only in the first year."

Elko-Reno air service viable — eventually (Elko Free Press article)

Inequitable Taxation

CARSON CITY -- Protest: Just say no to banks (Las Vegas Sun article)

Plight Of The Homeless

"We believe all homeless people have compelling stories. They may not have once attended the best parties in Hollywood. But there was a time in their lives when there were hope and involvement. Then came trauma and they began falling."

Their stories are there: They may not have star power, but all homeless people are worthy of more help (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

The Governor Of Nevada

eTreppid Litigation: How Reliable Are The Wild Claims Of Dennis Montgomery?

"Trepp denies ever making the comments, and his attorney said Montgomery's claims are false and that Milken was not an investor in eTreppid."

Trepp linked with Milken: Gibbons' friend disputes partner (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

A Droll Fantasy

"'I haven't been in office two weeks and already it has started again,' the accidental governor lamented in a day-after-the-session interview. 'Look at it: getridofamodei.com. Where will it end?'"

Jon Ralston speculates on the intertwining fates of Govs. Jim Gibbons, Brian Krolicki and Mark Amodei (Las Vegas Sun column)

The Lieutenant Governor

"Marshall questioned why only $1.6 million of $5 million in fees actually went to the state, with the balance going toward advertising and legal contracts that were not expressly authorized by the Legislature. Some of the program's advertising prominently featured Krolicki during his candidacy for lieutenant governor."