Miranda Willson, LasVegasSun.com

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Lightning strike survivors share the lasting impacts of their experience

The average American has a 1-in-15,300 chance of getting struck during their lifetime, according to the National Weather Service. Though lightning strikes kill more humans annually than hurricanes, volcanoes and earthquakes combined ... → Read More

Las Vegas water use dropped when businesses closed. Now, it’s going back up

Las Vegas water use decreased rapidly starting in mid-March, around the same time that Gov. Steve Sisolak instituted a stay-at-home order and closed most nonessential businesses. But since late April, it has gradually been increasing to more typical levels ... → Read More

Red Rock Canyon scenic loop to reopen June 1

Red Rock Canyon’s popular scenic loop drive will reopen June 1 for the first time in over two months ... → Read More

Thousands at odds with city over plans for historic hay barn at Floyd Lamb Park

A dispute over the future use of a historic, 8,000-square-foot hay barn at Floyd Lamb Park came to a head Saturday when protesters showed up at the park to confront Councilwoman Michele Fiore about plans for ... → Read More

Water authority gives up 30-year proposal to pump groundwater to Las Vegas

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is retiring a controversial, decades-old proposal to pump groundwater from rural Nevada to Las Vegas and will instead focus on water conservation measures .. → Read More

30 people are running for Clark County School Board. Here’s what they bring

The seven-member Clark County School Board will be reshaped in the coming months as the Clark County School District grapples with the lasting impacts of coronavirus. → Read More

National Parks are reopening. Is it wise to visit?

It’s no secret that U.S. Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt and the Trump administration think it’s time for the national parks to reopen. Here’s what Las Vegans considering making the trek to one of the region’s national parks should keep in mind. → Read More

Las Vegas OKs next budget, slashed by $124 million amid pandemic

The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a dramatically scaled-back budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 with cuts far deeper than those made during the Great Recession. → Read More

With visitation up at Mount Charleston, trash, feces and fires on the rise

Mount Charleston resident Misty Haji-Sheikh is used to some visitors ignoring the “no parking” signs near her house during peak hiking times. But she can’t say the same about the recent proliferation of human feces in the area. With public restrooms on the mountain closed ... → Read More

Nevada Democrats say Cortez Masto has bona fides to be on ticket with Biden

It came as no surprise to former Sen. Harry Reid when he heard that presumptive democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was considering picking ... → Read More

Nevada tribes fear loss of elders, language and revenue from COVID-19

Since coronavirus hit Nevada in full swing in March, the Moapa Band of Paiutes has prioritized protecting its people, particularly the elderly. For the tribe, whose reservation is 55 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas, not only do elderly members have a higher risk ... → Read More

With many Las Vegas Latinos in intergenerational homes, officials wary of COVID-19 spread

As more COVID-19 tests become available in the community, the Southern Nevada Health District is paying attention to another demographic trend: Latinos in the region represent the most COVID-19 cases in Clark County. → Read More

Why a retired poker pro is trying to recall Mayor Goodman

Las Vegas local Doug Polk says he’s never been involved in politics. But when the recently retired professional poker player saw Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman ... → Read More

‘We’re surviving’: Lines are long, demand is up at food bank distributions

Every Thursday, hundreds of people line up in cars starting in the early hours of the morning to get food from a pop-up drive-thru food bank at Palace Station. Some people arrived this past week as early as 1 a.m. for the 8 a.m. opening, one volunteer was told … → Read More

'New Nevada': Some economic development leaders say pandemic should drive diversification

While the state is entering the first phase of reopening its economy today, don’t expect unemployment numbers to immediately recover and companies to quickly rehire ... → Read More

Supporters of Mayor Goodman’s calls to reopen Las Vegas flock to council meeting

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman restated her distaste for state-mandated business closures to slow the spread of COVID-19 at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting. This time ... → Read More

'Not going away:' With black Las Vegans hit hard by COVID-19, leaders look for solutions

When Maria Azzarelli heard that black residents in Clark County faced an above-average COVID-19 death rate, she unfortunately wasn’t surprised. Years of unequal access to health care and health resources have led to higher rates of underlying health conditions ... → Read More

CCSD summer school to be remote, but more employees could return to work soon

Nearly a month and a half after Las Vegas-area schools shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Superintendent Jesus Jara detailed on Monday .. → Read More

Las Vegas hospitals are still short on PPE. Staff say they’re paying the price

SEIU Local 1107 president Brenda Marzan says she knows of health care workers at Las Vegas hospitals who have become ill from COVID-19. But she doesn’t know how many. → Read More

Study: American Southwest faces a 'megadrought,' the region’s worst in centuries

The study found that 2000 to 2018 was the driest 19-year span in the southwestern U.S. since the late 1500s and the second-driest period since ... → Read More