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Recent articles by Sam:

Cannabis lounges, driver's license suspensions highlight new Nevada laws

A flurry of laws passed by the Nevada Legislature earlier this year take effect on Friday — ushering in reforms that Democratic lawmakers who have majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly have long campaigned to implement. Five years after the state’s voters approved legalizing recreational cannabis in Nevada, business owners can now apply for licenses to establish on-site consumption… → Read More

Cannabis lounges, driver's license suspensions highlight new Nevada laws

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A flurry of laws passed by the Nevada Legislature earlier this year take effect on Friday — ushering in reforms that Democratic lawmakers who have majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly have long campaigned to implement. → Read More

All counties in Nevada subject to indoor mask mandate

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — All 17 counties in Nevada will be subject to an indoor mask mandate by the end of the week, health officials said Wednesday. An emergency directive from Gov. Steve Sisolak requires counties adopt mask requirements for indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces in line with guidance from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if they surpass thresholds… → Read More

Thousands of Lake Tahoe residents return home as wildfire stalls

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people who fled South Lake Tahoe under threat of a wildfire were allowed to return as crews stalled the flames from advancing, but many shops remained dark Monday and the resort town's normally bustling streets remained quiet. A week ago, the scenic tourist town on the California-Nevada state line emptied out when authorities issued an evacuation… → Read More

Residents return to Lake Tahoe area as wildfire stalls

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people who fled South Lake Tahoe under threat of a wildfire were allowed to return as crews stalled the flames from advancing, but many shops remained dark Monday and the resort town's normally bustling streets remained quiet. → Read More

Weather slows California wildfire, but flames keep moving

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Favorable weather helped firefighters trying to save communities on the south end of Lake Tahoe from an approaching wildfire, but officials warned Wednesday that stiff winds and dry conditions mean that homes in the California-Nevada alpine region are still in danger. → Read More

High winds threaten to whip up flames approaching Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A day after an explosive wildfire emptied a resort city at the southern tip of Lake Tahoe, a huge firefighting force braced for strong winds Tuesday as residents in neighboring Nevada were put on notice to be ready to flee. The city of South Lake Tahoe, usually bustling with summer tourists, was eerily empty and the air thick and hazy with smoke from the Caldor… → Read More

Crews struggle to stop fire bearing down on Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A California fire that gutted hundreds of homes advanced toward Lake Tahoe on Wednesday as thousands of firefighters tried to box in the flames and tourists who hoped to boat or swim found themselves looking at thick yellow haze instead of alpine scenery. The Caldor Fire was less than 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of the lake that straddles the California-Nevada… → Read More

2020 Census: Where Nevada's population grew, shrank as diversity ranking rises

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has become more populous and more diverse over the past decade, adding 404,000 residents, with about 4 out of 10 identifying as Hispanic or Latino according to the U. S. Census Bureau. The majority-minority state ranked as the United States’ third most ethnically diverse, according to a Diversity Index published by the agency. Mirroring the rest of the nation,… → Read More

Study: Wildfire smoke may add to COVID-19 risk

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada-based scientists argue in a new study that wildfire smoke may increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus. A study published last week by scientists at the Desert Research Institute found that coronavirus infection rates increased disproportionately during wildfire season in 2020, when smoke from fires in neighboring states blanketed much of northern Nevada. → Read More

Northern Nevada attorney, former boxer announces bid for governor

A northern Nevada attorney who has questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election and was outside the U. S. Capitol the day it was violently stormed has announced he’s running for governor. Republican Joey Gilbert told an applauding audience at the Ahern Hotel in Las Vegas over the weekend that he planned to challenge Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak in Nevada’s 2022 gubernatorial race,… → Read More

Drought-stricken Nevada enacts ban on 'non-functional' grass

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In Sin City, one thing that will soon become unforgivable is useless grass. A new Nevada law will outlaw about 40% of the grass in the Las Vegas area in an effort to conserve water amid a drought that's drying up the region's primary water source: the Colorado River. → Read More

31% of grass in Vegas to be outlawed as Nevada enacts ban on 'non-functional' grass

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In Sin City, one thing that will soon become unforgivable is useless grass. A new Nevada law will outlaw about 31% of the grass in the Las Vegas area in an effort to conserve water amid a drought that's drying up the region's primary water source: the Colorado River. Other cities and states around the U. S. have enacted temporary bans on lawns that must be watered, but… → Read More

Two Nevada Republican lawmakers punished for violating legislature mask policy

Long-simmering disputes over coronavirus restrictions in the Nevada statehouse boiled over on Thursday when the Democratic majority voted to punish Republican lawmakers for refusing to comply with rules in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Under rules announced Wednesday, people in the statehouse can roam the building without face-coverings as long as they have been vaccinated. → Read More

Republican lawmakers push for more privacy with Nevada vaccine website

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Following reports that Nevada’s vaccine information website planted more third-party cookies and ad trackers than any other state in the country, Republicans in the statehouse have introduced a bill to tighten the restrictions on how personal data can be collected from websites operated by government entities or other groups contracted to work on their behalf. Assembly… → Read More

Public health care option up for debate in Nevada legislature

Lobbyists representing doctors and hospitals clashed with affordable health care advocates on Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature’s first hearing on a proposal to create state-run health insurance plans that could compete with private insurance companies on the state’s health insurance exchange. Nevada is one of many states that is considering some form of what’s called a “public option” to expand… → Read More

State senator from Henderson plans to support mining tax bill after 'no' vote last year

The Republican state lawmaker who cast the deciding vote in a legislative debate last summer about Nevada’s mining tax structure now says he wishes he voted in favor of reining in deductions that mining businesses can claim. State Sen. Keith Pickard on Tuesday said he has changed his position and plans to support a mining tax reform resolution that Democratic leadership in the Nevada statehouse… → Read More

US West prepares for possible first water shortage declaration

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation models project Lake Mead will fall below 1,075 feet for the first time in June 2021. → Read More

US West prepares for possible 1st water shortage declaration

The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months... → Read More

Negative COVID-19 test or vaccine required as Nevada legislature reopens to public

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Legislature reopened its doors to the public on Thursday after months of only allowing lawmakers, staff and a limited number of reporters into the building. Lobbyists, activists and other members of the public are now allowed to attend committee hearings and enter the building for appointments with lawmakers, but few took advantage of the opportunity on the… → Read More