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Democrats requiring higher Nevada renewable resource standard


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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018|3:15 p.m.

Democrats are going to introduce a greater renewable resource standard in the 2019 legal session rather than wait up until 2020 for a tally step to clear another round of ballot.

Nevada’s sustainable portfolio standard needs at least 25 percent of the state’s energy usage to come from renewable sources by 2025.

State Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson stated he prepares to introduce an expense that may be as high as one hundred percent renewables by 2050.

Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a 2017 costs requiring a 40 percent standard by 2030, mentioning unpredictability must the state select to reorganize its energy market. The expense became Ballot Question 6, requiring half renewables by 2030 and passing with more than 59 percent of the vote. It would have to pass again in 2020 to end up being law.

” We do not require to wait,” Atkinson said.

Katie Robbins, campaign supervisor of Nevadans for a Tidy Energy Future and the YES on 6 effort, said in a statement that the Legislature shouldn’t wait.

” We’re prepared to eliminate and win once again in 2 years, but we shouldn’t need to,” she stated. “Individuals of Nevada have made a clear statement about the future they want, and they need to not need to wait on it to come true. Legal leaders and our governor-elect have all recognized the requirement to guarantee a cleaner, healthier future. We look forward to working with them, our union partners, and the numerous thousands of Nevadans we heard from throughout this campaign to pass legislation well prior to citizens go back to the polls.”

Republican politicians are willing to talk about a greater standard, said recently elected Republican Assemblyman Tom Roberts, co-deputy minority leader.

” It’s going to be up for discussion this session,” he stated. “I ‘d be absolutely willing to look at it since it seems that our constituents want it.”

GOP Sen. Joe Hardy, assistant minority leader, also stated a discussion on raising the requirement was coming this session.

” We are still attempting to figure out how to implement the energy that’s going to be more sustainable than it has in the past, with the direction from our individuals,” he stated. “That’s what we have to do.”

The Legislature convenes in February for its biennial session. Democrats will control the governor’s office and the Legislature. They will have a super-majority in the Assembly.

Nevada joblessness rate declines to 4.4 percent in October

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018|11:18 a.m.

CARSON CITY– Nevada’s joblessness rate is down.

The state Department of Work, Training and Rehabilitation says Nevada’s joblessness rate dropped to 4.4 percent in October, down from 4.5 percent from September.

The department says the state’s economy added 5,100 tasks in October, with Chief Financial expert David Schmidt saying the task development extended across many industries, including building and construction, expert and company services and production.

Restoring Nevada and the rest of America can’t wait

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018|2 a.m.

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Having recently chaired the Nevada State Senate Transport Committee, I know that cities and towns across Nevada are doing their finest to repave roadways, upgrade water treatment plants, broaden broadband gain access to and address the critical infrastructure requirements of the future.

In Southern Nevada, we have invested substantial resources in tasks like the Interstate 11 passage and Task Neon, and are checking out new choices for light rail and traveler rail transport to Southern California.

But due to the fact that state and local governments are often limited in how we money these jobs, there are limitations to what we can achieve alone. We need a strong partner in the federal government.

Although Congress just recently approved a down payment for facilities financial investment, the additional $10 billion allocated doesn’t come close to satisfying the $2 trillion needed to restore our country’s facilities to real working order. We require Congress to prioritize a facilities strategy that will enhance our nation’s water, broadband and transport infrastructure, and purchases our country’s labor force.

Now that the election is over, we can get to work on this. I rely on that Sen.-elect Jacky Rosen and Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., who sits on the U.S. House Transport Committee, will go to work for Nevadans on this crucial investment in the future of our cities, counties and state.

I’m contacting Congress to partner with Nevada and our city governments to develop an infrastructure strategy that purchases our vision to build intermodal, sustainable and interconnected infrastructure networks that support a modern-day economy. Our nation is biggest when we purchase building excellent things and support working households.

America’s facilities problems can not wait. It’s time for Congress to deal with cities to rebuild and reimagine America’s infrastructure. I support our new members of Congress in addition to our tried-and-true champs in these efforts, as needs to every Nevadan.

Patricia Farley was chosen to the state Senate in 2014.

The Moth Premieres in Southern Nevada at UNLV Nov. 14

The Moth– a live storytelling show– will make its launching in southern Nevada at UNLV on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The general public is invited to hear from five effective writers who will share their real and authentic experiences starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Artemus W. Ham Auditorium on UNLV’s campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Storytellers consist of quiet magician Teller ( of Penn and Teller); Las Vegas novelist, teacher, and editor Erica Vital-Lazare; and Chenjerai Kumanyika, the Peabody winning co-host of the podcast “Uncivil.”

Other storytellers include Vikram Krishnasamy, who operates at the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and Ruby Cooper, a mom, grandma, instructor, and writer based in Los Angeles.

The show will be hosted by the comic author and long time host of the Moth podcast, Dan Kennedy.

The Black Mountain Institute is hosting the event together with Nevada Public Radio, and “The Follower” publication, among the world’s leading journals of arts and culture which is produced and edited out of the Black Mountain Institute.


Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

To buy tickets, check out the UNLV Carrying out Arts Center ticket office, call (702) 895-ARTS (2787 ), or order online.

Package office is located off of Cottage Grove Opportunity at S. Maryland Parkway, on the campus of UNLV.

Nevada whorehouse owner who all of a sudden died still wins Assembly seat


Steve Marcus Dennis Hof smiles throughout an interview at his Love Ranch legal whorehouse in Crystal, Nev. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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A Nevada brothel owner who passed away all of a sudden last month won the Assembly District 36 seat, which will now be filled by another Republican designated by the Nye County Commission.

Dennis Hof bested Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov with 62 percent of the vote.

Hof project supervisor Chuck Muth, who was enjoying the outcomes at the Bunny Ranch bar in Mound Home, stated the win is bittersweet, as he wanted Hof could be around to celebrate with him.

“I have actually never remained in a project like this with the things they tossed at Dennis– it was everything and the kitchen area sink,” Muth stated. “Unsubstantiated accusations of sexual attack came out … then all the Republicans that came out that weren’t going to support him. It was a harsh project, and we want he was here to enjoy it, however we’re going to do shots and try to enjoy it for him.”

Hof was found dead Oct. 16 at his Love Ranch South brothel simply beyond Pahrump two days after celebrating his 72nd birthday. However, by law, his name remained on the ballot.

Once the results are accredited, an advertisement will be published online, in papers and at county structures seeking individuals thinking about filling the vacancy.

Candidates must live in District 36, that includes Nye County and parts of Clark and Lincoln counties, and be members of the Republican politician Party.

The commissions from the 3 counties will each nominate a prospect and then satisfy together to name an appointee. However by law, each county’s vote is proportional to its population within the district, implying Nye County, with 64 percent, will make the final decision.

Hof’s camp expects Nye County Republican Central Committee Chairman Joe Burdzinski to be designated to the seat, as the 2 were close friends and shared political views.

Muth is concerned officials might appoint commission members who had contentious relationships with Hof, deriving from problems connected to regulating Hof’s Love Ranch South brothel in Crystal.

Muth does not want James Oscarson, who Hof bested in the main, to be selected.

“If they try to designate Oscarson, it’s just going to continue the divide in that district. It’s going to be full-scale war.”

Romanov wasn’t right away available for comment.

Although uncommon, instances of prospects winning an election after their death are not unprecedented.

Significantly in 2002, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan won a U.S. Senate race after passing away in an aircraft crash three weeks prior to the election. His spouse, Jean Carnahan, filled the seat.

Nevada gaming income up 1.26 percent in September

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018|2:27 p.m.

Nevada video gaming revenue increased 1.26 percent to $991.2 million in September compared to the exact same month a year back, the state Video gaming Control panel reported today.

The statewide jump took place in spite of the Las Vegas Strip seeing a decline in earnings, down 3.7 percent to $546 million.

An 11.7 percent decrease in table video game win was largely responsible for the weaker Strip earnings, stated Michael Lawton, senior research study analyst with the board’s Tax and License Division.

“We faced really poor hold outcomes on table games,” Lawton said. Baccarat, blackjack and craps hold portions were off, he said.

The weak table games efficiency was partially balanced out by a 5 percent boost in the slot machine win on the Strip.

Strip revenue for the three-month period from July to September likewise was down 7.2 percent.

Lawton, nevertheless, pointed to a strong upcoming convention season as factor for optimism.

“We are optimistic that this is just a blip and will see some reinforcing heading into completion of the year and into next year,” he said.

Downtown Las Vegas saw profits of $55 million, up 11.64 percent, while the rest of Clark County was up 1.52 percent to $843.4 million.

Nevada pot sales start new fiscal year with monthly record


Steve Marcus Cannabis concentrates are revealed at Exhale Nevada during a dispensary bus tour sponsored by the Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association Friday, April 20, 2018.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018|12:59 p.m.

CARSON CITY– Nevada kicked off the very first month of the brand-new with its greatest month-to-month cannabis sales considering that the state legislated pot for recreational use on July 1, 2017.

The Nevada Tax Department stated today the $7.9 million in marijuana tax earnings in July was 11 percent higher than Fiscal Year 2018’s 3 finest months– March, May and June of 2018– all at about $7.1 million.

It was a 92 percent gain from the inaugural month of sales in July 2017, $4.1 million.

State tax income from pot sales exceeded forecasts last by 140 percent, a total of $69.8 million.

For 2019 ending next June 30, the department formally prepares for $69.4 million in earnings. However officials say that forecast made in 2017 hasn’t been adjusted to show in 2015’s real collections.

GOED director: Nevada has made substantial economic development

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Nevada Press Association honors Sun, GMG publications and journalists


The Las Vegas Sun won top place in the 2018 Nevada Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for Best Page One Style.

The Sunday stopped publication in January; its content combined with Las Vegas Weekly.

“We aim all year to bring the most credible, informative and pertinent news and info to Southern Nevada readers. To see our personnel rewarded with this award for quality in their craft is heartfelt and much appreciated,” said Brian Greenspun, owner, editor and publisher of the Sun.

GMG had 2 sweepstakes winners for the statewide awards: Elizabeth Brown, editor and imaginative director, as outstanding visual reporter for her design of Las Vegas Weekly; Ricardo Torres-Cortez as reporter of merit of city weeklies for his work in The Sunday magazine. Elizabeth Brown Of Brown’s work, which also included first place for total design of The Sunday in the urban weeklies category, judges stated,”Effective images. Remarkable eye for presentation.”Torres-Cortez’s profile on summer season crime for The Sunday was chosen as the best news feature for urban weeklies. He also won first place in the exact same class for social work, a story he wrote with associate April Corbin on the worth of employing veterans.

“Not only were these stories well written, but they were well crafted,” a judge said of Torres-Cortez. “I didn’t seem like I had actually checked out pieces about evolving senseless gang violence or a mass shooting– however rather was taken on a psychological experience. This work is extraordinary in every way.”

Other GMG winners consist of:

Urban daily

(All awards for Las Vegas Sun)

First place: finest editorial page, Brian Greenspun, Ric Anderson and Mike Smith; best page one design, Sun personnel;

finest sports newspaper article, Mike Grimala Second place: basic excellence, staff; best sports newspaper article, Ray Brewer; finest overall design, Sun staff; best

explanatory journalism, Kim Palchikoff Third location: best explanatory journalism, Yvonne Gonzalez; best sports column, Ray Maker; best editorial cartoon, Mike Smith; finest function picture, Steve Marcus

Urban weeklies

(All awards for Las Vegas Weekly)

First place: finest entertainment writing, Brock Radke; finest local column, Brock Radke; finest picture, Wade Vandervort; finest graphic designer, Ian Racoma; best numerous image essay, Wade Vandervort; best explanatory journalism, Chris Kudialis, C. Moon Reed and Geoff Carter; best feature photo, Wade Vandervort

Second place: best digital news function storytelling, Mikayla Whitmore and C. Moon Reed; best marketing development, personnel; best investigative story, staff; finest local column, Mike Prevatt; general excellence, personnel; finest specific niche publication, staff; best portrait, Wade Vandervort; best graphic designer, Corlene Byrd; best special section, personnel; best nonstaff story, Danielle Kelly; advertising general excellence, personnel; best breaking news reporting, C. Moon Reed; finest business spot news story, C. Moon Reed; finest function photo, Wade Vandervort; finest detailed photo, Christopher DeVargas

3rd place: finest overall design, personnel; finest niche publication, staff; best several photo essay, Mikayla Whitmore; finest page one style, staff; finest critical writing, C. Moon Reed; best feature writing, C. Moon Reed; social work, personnel; finest business function, Mike Prevatt; best function photo, Wade Vandervort

Urban weeklies

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Greenspun Media Group’s Elizabeth Brown was awarded Impressive Visual Journalist in the 2018 Nevada Press Association’s Better Paper Contest. Her collection of her work is revealed here.

(All awards for The Sunday)

Top place: best editorial page, Ric Anderson and Mike Smith; best editorial writing, Ric Anderson; finest print ad, Dany Haniff ; finest unique section, personnel; best sports include writing, Ray Brewer; finest nonstaff story, Rob Miech; best editorial cartoon, Mike Smith; finest in-house promo, Dany Haniff; community service, Ricardo Torres-Cortez and April Corbin; best organisation area news feature, Mick Akers; finest illustrated photo, Elizabeth Brown and Christopher DeVargas Second location: best print advertisement, Dany Haniff; finest ad series, Elizabeth Brown and Emma Cauthorn; best editorial writing, Ric Anderson; finest general design, Elizabeth Brown; best numerous image essay, Mikayla Whitmore; best sports include writing, Ray Maker; finest editorial animation, Mike Smith; social work, staff; finest explanatory journalism, Adam Candee; finest news function story, April Corbin

Third location: best print advertisement, Dany Haniff; finest ad series, Elizabeth Brown, Emma Cauthorn and Sean Rademacher; basic quality, staff; best graphic designer, Elizabeth Brown; best sports feature writing, Jesse Granger; marketing basic quality, personnel; best news function story, personnel


(All awards for Las Vegas Publication)

2nd place: advertising general excellence, staff

Third place: finest page one design, personnel; best portrait, Christopher DeVargas; general online quality, personnel.

Nevada Resort Association urges hold-up on marijuana lounges


Jeff Chiu/ AP Customers smoke cannabis in the smoking lounge at Barbary Coast Dispensary in San Francisco. Las Vegas is thinking about a regulation to enable cannabis lounges.

Nevada’s leading video gaming and resort advocacy group is advising Las Vegas officials to hold off on a proposed ordinance to permit marijuana intake lounges.

In a letter Tuesday to Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Nevada Resort Association President Virginia Valentine said the proposed hookah-style lounges– where legal amounts of pot might be consumed by adults 21 and over– would create “distinct obstacles” for casinos near the lounges.

” Recreational marijuana has just been legal in Nevada considering that July 1, 2017, and it still relatively brand-new in other states,” Valentine wrote. “Consequently, neighborhoods have little or no experience with the effects of lounges on the neighborhoods or surrounding businesses.”

The letter, copied to members of the Las Vegas City Board, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Las Vegas City Supervisor Scott Adams, concludes by asking the city to delay opening the lounges “till more information is readily available from other jurisdictions.”

Councilman Bob Casket, who has led the city’s efforts to progress with the lounges– which would also enable food and alcohol service– said the Resort Association already has made its opposition clear and Tuesday’s letter “will not slow us down.”

Gambling establishments in downtown Las Vegas have “been quiet” on the concern, he said.

Casket stated city officials have been moving slowly on the problem and that Valentine’s letter will be “part of the process” as city authorities weigh viewpoints from advocacy groups. A city advisory committee will likely move the pot lounge proposition forward to be heard by the City Council in late October or early November, Casket said.

Tuesday’s letter appears to oppose the opinion of some leading video gaming operators in the Las Vegas Valley, which have formerly promoted for lounges as sanctuaries for cannabis users to consume pot rather of within gambling establishments.

Speaking last year in favor of weed lounges as part of a Clark County marijuana advisory panel, Andy Abboud, senior vice president of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., stated the lounges would minimize the number of travelers who smuggle cannabis into their hotel rooms and quietly use it in prohibited locations. The panel promoted consumption lounges off the Strip.

Valentine and other representatives from the Nevada Resort Association did not immediately respond to ask for remark. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman was out of the workplace today and not offered for comment.

Riana Durrett, the Nevada Dispensary Association’s executive director, stated the state’s leading pot advocacy organization stayed neutral on the expense. Its more than 50 members are split on the lounges.

” It actually varies by dispensary and by owner,” Durrett said. “The association doesn’t take a position on it.”