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Geoff Dornan

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Las Vegas man faces added charges in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Nathaniel DeGrave, 32, of Las Vegas is charged with federal offenses including conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers.

Innovation Zone plan runs into protests from Storey County

Storey County officials described the proposed legislation as deeply flawed and completely unnecessary.

Heller announces run for governor

Former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller announced Monday he is running for governor.

Nevada adds 11,900 jobs in August

Nevada added back 11,900 jobs in August as the state continued to recover from the economic damage of the pandemic.

COVID cases rise in Washoe and rural counties

Nevada health officials say while COVID cases are down 4.5 percent over the past two weeks in Clark County.

Nevada roadway deaths up 26 percent through August

As of the end of August, 243 people have died on Nevada’s roadways in 2021.

Carson City businessman Garth Richards dies at 85

Garth Richards was the developer of the Silver Oak project and the Silver Oak Golf Course.

Nevada health board mandates vaccinations for those who work with vulnerable populations

The state Board of Health voted Friday to require vaccinations for those who work with vulnerable populations.

Wildlife officials warn of increasing bear sightings in Carson, Douglas

Wildlife officials are urging people in the Carson-Douglas area to be “bear aware”

Sisolak, emergency officials say Nevada using all available resources to fight fire

“We are preparing for the worst-case scenario,” said Jon Bakkedahl of the Division of Emergency Management.

District judge awards nearly $170,000 to pay lawyers in GOP tax case

District Judge Todd Russell on Monday awarded almost $170,000 in fees to the attorneys

Sisolak declares state of emergency over Caldor Fire

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday declared a state of emergency as the Caldor Fire reached the edge of the Tahoe Basin.

Carson City vacancy study released by NAI Alliance

A commercial real estate study conducted by the NAI Alliance has concluded that the Carson City economy is thriving.

Nevada’s daily COVID vaccinations rising

The 14-day rolling average number of people getting shots is now up to 6,400, an increase of 200 from the week before.

Nevada gaming win sets all-time record in July

Nevada casinos set an all-time record in July, raking in $1.36 billion.

Gaming Control files complaint against Carson City bar over masks

The Gaming Control Board has filed a new complaint against a Carson City bar, The Timbers, charging violation of the mandatory mask and social distancing requirements.

Seven Nevada counties now off list of elevated COVID-19 risk

The number of Nevada counties not flagged for high risk of virus transmission has now grown to seven from a low of five.

COVID shots required for Nevada college students

Beginning with the spring semester, all students attending in person classes at the Nevada System of Higher Education must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Realtors: Eviction moratorium hurting ‘mom and pop’ landlords most

Research indicates that 56 percent of those landlords are dealing with delinquent renters.

Nevada lawmakers told ransomware attacks spiking state insurance costs

The number of ransomware attacks in the U.S. have caused a major increase in the cost of cyber-security insurance.

Nevada economic recovery continues in July but at slower pace

Most of the damage remains within the casino and hotel industry, which is still down 67,000 jobs compared to before the pandemic.

Nevada lawmakers OK programs to spend more than $1 billion in fed funding

Work programs totaling just over $1 billion will spend the American Rescue Plan funding Nevada has received.

State workers must get shots or weekly tests effective Monday

The mandate that state workers show proof of vaccination or take a weekly COVID test takes effect Monday, Aug. 15.

COVID surge appears to be slowing in Nevada

Cases have increased just 15 percent in the past two weeks compared to over 100 percent nationally.

Extended federal unemployment benefits end Sept. 4

That includes the program providing an added $300 a week on top of any other benefits a claimant receives.

Sisolak: No plans to reimpose more restrictions or order closures

Sisolak said officials are looking at vaccination requirements for all students attending colleges and universities.

Sisolak orders masks for all school teachers, staff and volunteers

Masks also mandated for all Washoe and Clark students

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday issued a directive mandating masks for all teachers, staff and volunteers in Nevada’s 17 school districts and all students in Washoe and Clark counties.

Sisolak: Biden promises no nukes to Yucca Mountain

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that President Joe Biden has promised to block shipping nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain.

Esmeralda County drops off the risk for virus list, Storey is now on it

Storey County will have a mask mandate if the county doesn’t lower the infection rate by Aug. 13.

Settelmeyer, Titus renew call for limits on governor’s emergency powers

Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, has renewed his call to put some limits on the governor’s emergency powers.

Nevada officials hope mask mandate brings progress in week or two

No plan to require proof of vaccinations at state level

Nevada inmate wins chance to potentially overturn rape conviction

The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered genetic testing giving Tyrone James, Sr., a chance to overturn his conviction in a 10-year-old rape case.

June gaming win over $1 billion fourth consecutive month

Total win for the fiscal year was $10.66 billion, a 14.3 percent increase over 2020.

Steep fees charged for parking near Hidden Beach at Tahoe

Tahoe Transportation District Manager Carl Hasty said the fees are an experiment to see if visitor patterns can be changed.

Sisolak urges Nevadans behind in rent to apply for assistance

Gov. Steve Sisolak urged renters who are behind in payments and their landlords to go to the Home Means Nevada website and file an application for assistance.

Sisolak reimposes indoor masking mandate in 12 counties including Carson, Douglas and Lyon

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday afternoon issued a directive re-imposing indoor mask requirements effective July 30 at 12:01 a.m.

Weekly COVID tests ordered for unvaccinated state workers

The governor’s office is encouraging state employees to get vaccinated before the August weekly testing requirements take effect.

Nevada hospitality jobs drive increased employment in June

That category has lagged behind most other industries especially in the Las Vegas area where the vast majority of leisure and hospitality workers are.

Overdose deaths set record in U.S. but not in Carson City

Carson Sheriff Ken Furlong said there were 3 overdose deaths in the capital in 2020 and, through the first half of this year, 1.

Nevada DMV rolls out new driver’s license design

New security features include the fact that cards issued to minors will be printed vertically instead of horizontally.

Nevada COVID cases spiking, but mostly in Clark County

The number of COVID-19 infections is again spiking in Nevada but the problem is primarily confined to the Las Vegas area. Deputy Nevada health and Human services Director Candice McDaniel said Thursday hospitalizations in Clark County have doubled in the past month with the test positivity rate shooting up to 9.2 percent.

Some state workers taking furloughs missed during legislative session

Some employees in critical positions were unable to take furlough days during the legislative session and ended up owing back furlough days

208 new laws take effect in Nevada on July 1

All or parts of 208 bills passed by the 2021 Legislature take effect Thursday, including the so-called “public option” health insurance plan.

Lombardo touring Northern Nevada to head off Democratic agenda

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Wednesday he’s running for governor to head off some of the changes being made by Democrats in Carson City.

Gaming win sets all-time record in May — $1.23 billion

May marks three consecutive months of win over $1 billion. The last time that happened was December 2019 through February 2020.

6 murderers have sentences commuted by Nevada pardons board

That does not, however, mean any of them will be released from prison anytime soon.

Nevada unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent

That is significantly higher than the national rate of 5.8 percent, driven by the 8.9 percent jobless rate in Clark County.

Pony Express arrives in Western Nevada

The annual Pony Express re-ride arrived in western Nevada on Thursday, coming into Douglas County from California on the way to St. Joseph, Missouri.

DETR grants businesses relief from ratings damage caused by pandemic claims

Businesses hit with huge numbers of unemployment claims during the pandemic won’t see their unemployment insurance premiums increase.

PUC report calls for a regional approach to modernize the electric grid

Staff at the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada this week issued a report urging western states to bring multiple utilities together to provide a predictable, reliable western electric transmission system.