Nevada governor plans a brief inaugural

Nevada's garrulous governor says he isn't going to talk a lot at his second-term inauguration on Monday.

Instead of an inaugural address, Republican Kenny Guinn says he'll give a few brief remarks thanking those who attend the ceremony in front of the Nevada Capitol.

The event will start at 11 a.m. instead of the usual 10 a.m., and should last about an hour, compared with the two-hour event in 1999 when Guinn was sworn into office for the first time.

Guinn said one reason for the brief ceremony is the chilly weather. Morning temperatures were in the 30-degree range in 1999, and are about the same now.

The governor also said there won't be any fly-over by military planes this time, to reduce the length of the inauguration.

Besides Guinn, those to be sworn in are Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, Secretary of State Dean Heller, Treasurer Brian Krolicki, Controller Kathy Augustine and Attorney General-elect Brian Sandoval.

Sandoval is the only one who was elected to his first term. All others were re-elected to a second term, except Heller who is now embarking on his third term.

A private reception for several hundred guests will follow the inauguration at the Governor's Mansion. Unlike four years ago, there won't be a public reception.

This year there also will be no inaugural balls because of the sluggish economy. Those events in Las Vegas and Reno four years ago were financed by private donations.

Chief Justice Deborah Agosti will give the oath of office to the newly elected state officials. Later Monday, she'll give the oath to Justice Bill Maupin, who won a second term on the state Supreme Court, and to Mark Gibbons, a Clark County District Court judge who was elected without opposition to the high court.


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