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Miranda Willson


Las Vegas, NV, United States

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Knudsen strikes bill for now to ban smoking in Las Vegas parks

Las Vegas Ward 1 Councilman Brian Knudsen struck his own ordinance Wednesday that would have outlawed smoking and vaping in city parks, saying he isn’t sure that the bill has enough votes to move forward. The bill would have expanded existing restrictions on smoking in parks by making it illegal ... → Read More

City: Fremont East nightclub poses public safety concerns

A Fremont East nightclub with a history of allegedly violent security staff poses a public safety hazard that must be addressed, according to complaints written by ... → Read More

Las Vegas’ Seaman renews effort to repeal predecessor’s golf course ordinance

The ordinance is embroiled in a years-long fight over the future of the shuttered Badlands golf course in Ward 2’s affluent Queensridge neighborhood ... → Read More

Clark County still behind on recycling participation

Although resorts on the Las Vegas Strip have been lauded for their recycling efforts, the rest of the valley falls short of national recycling rates and has shown little signs of improvement in the last decade and a half ... → Read More

AG Ford: Transgender inmate case could force changes in Nevada prisons

Nevada must comply with a recent federal appeals court ruling that mandates that the Idaho Corrections Department pay for a transgender inmate’s gender confirmation surgery ... → Read More

Climate change will likely stress out your trees

The Southern Nevada Water Authority maintains a list of more than 500 species of trees and plants adapted to the region’s harsh desert climate. Drought tolerance, water use, growth rate and other qualities associated with each species are included ... → Read More

Casino workers find chips are stacked against them in battle against secondhand smoke

Teresa Price was 22 when she quit college to become a table-games dealer, landing a job in 1978 on the Strip. At that time, smoking was allowed nearly everywhere — casinos were no exception. Today, nearly all workplaces in Nevada have gone smoke-free, although ... → Read More

Las Vegas City Council OKs recycling rate increase

Due to changes to recycling policies overseas, recycling rates for Las Vegas residents will increase by 74 cents per month starting Dec. 1. The Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved the rate change Wednesday as requested by Republic Services, the waste management company that manages ... → Read More

Las Vegas considers a ban on smoking at public parks

A proposed ordinance would ban smoking in all city of Las Vegas parks, following in the footsteps of more than 900 municipalities across the country, according to the Respiratory Health Association. The goal of the ordinance is to improve ... → Read More

Students at forum tackle climate change, gun control and school funding

About 1,000 Las Vegas-area high school students participated last week in the 63rd annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum, an opportunity for juniors and seniors from ... → Read More

Clark County adds language in public lands bill to avoid link to water pipeline

Responding to concerns raised by groups opposing the proposed Las Vegas water pipeline, Clark County has modified language in its draft public lands bill to clarify that the bill does not advance the water pipeline. The Clark County Commission announced ... → Read More

Nevada opens first electric vehicle charging station on I-15

Those driving electric vehicles between Southern California and Las Vegas no longer need to pass the California state line to charge up. A new electric vehicle charging station opened Thursday at Terrible’s Roadhouse in Jean, just off Interstate 15 southbound ... → Read More

Clark County school board to vote on $100K settlement for alleged rape victim

The Clark County School District Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on a $100,000 settlement for one of three lawsuits pertaining to the victims of Maysen Melton ... → Read More

District court to hear Las Vegas pipeline appeals this week

Devised in 1989, the water authority's pipeline proposal calls for the construction of a series of buried pipelines that would collect groundwater in Eastern Nevada for ... → Read More

Las Vegas council OKs $4 million sale of Huntridge Theater

The Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved a $4 million sale of the Huntridge Theater on Wednesday, jump-starting a months-long process that ... → Read More

Following tense meeting, Las Vegas council approves homeless ordinance

The measure will make it a misdemeanor to rest, sleep, lie down, use a blanket, camp or “lodge” in public rights of way adjacent to residential properties, in 12 downtown-area districts, or within 500 feet of a food processing facility. The goal of the ordinance is to ... → Read More

Study: Climate change and drought killing off Mojave Desert birds

By simulating how much water 50 common Mojave birds need to cool off during the hottest hours of the day, Beissinger’s research team found that access to sufficient water resources for cooling purposes greatly impacts birds’ survival rates. As the climate ... → Read More

Las Vegas' transgender community faces barriers to health care

Unlike in many other states, Nevada Medicaid covers gender confirmation surgeries, but the lack of providers who offer them ... → Read More

Water authority, Clark County dispute claims that lands bill is ‘pro-pipeline’

Two sections of the proposed public lands bill relate to the water authority and have caught the ire of opponents of the agency’s water pipeline project. First devised in 1989, the proposal calls for the construction of a series of buried pipelines that would collect groundwater … → Read More

Sloan Canyon makes plans for a permanent contact station

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area is sometimes overshadowed by its more popular sibling, Red Rock Canyon. While Red Rock visitation reached more than 3 million last year, about 82,670 people visited Sloan Canyon in 2018. → Read More