Gov. Sandoval amends budget to include $120M in extra revenue
CARSON CITY — Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval offered lawmakers a budget amendment Monday that includes $120 million in found revenue that the administration said will go toward filling a budget hole in K-12 education. The statement from the governor’s office came minutes before the Nevada Senate convened as a Committee of the Whole to review Sandoval’s $5.8 billion budget proposal, but did nothing to temper Democratic leadership criticism of t...
Trail helps heal Alaska Native hunting grounds
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — This is a trail to somewhere, especially in a vast, roadless corner of Alaska. For Bosco Olson and his neighbors, all-terrain vehicles are the ride of choice in negotiating the rough, boggy terrain near the village of Hooper Bay on the state’s western coast, where they hunt and fish, dig for clams and gather edible plants and the driftwood they use for fires. All that activity, however, was severely trampling the fragile ha...
Another big deadline confronts Nevada Legislature
CARSON CITY (AP) — The eighth week of the Nevada Legislature kicks off with another big deadline as lawmakers approach the half-way mark in the 120-day session. Monday is the deadline for committees to introduce bills, and about 250 bill introductions are anticipated. Also that day, the Senate will convene as a Committee of the Whole so the entire body can be briefed on Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval's $5.8 billion budget proposal. It's a prel...
Tiny amounts of radiation from Japan reach Nevada
RENO — Nevada has joined several western states in reporting that minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant are showing up. But as with the other states, scientists say there is no health risk. Extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and xenon-133 reached a monitoring station by Las Vegas’ Atomic Testing Museum this week, said Ted Hartwell, manager of the Desert Research Institute’s Community Envi...
Report: Native fish species at Lake Tahoe in decline
RENO — A report by a team of scientists headed by a University of Nevada, Reno researcher shows a sharp decline in native fish species at Lake Tahoe over the last 60 years. The study found that 58 percent of 26 historic sample sites around the lake showed a decline of native species or no native species at all. UNR limnologist Sudeep Chandra headed the research team during the yearlong study. He attributes the decline to the introduction of no...
New site lets employers put health care out to bid
CONCORD, N.H. — Self-insured businesses looking to cut out the middleman when it comes to health care have a new way to solicit bids directly from doctors or hospitals. Created by a doctor, a lawyer and a former benefits manager, Open Health Market is an online matchmaker of sorts: Employers submit requests for proposals for a category of medical services and procedures — knee surgeries, for example, or cardiac care. Health care providers then...
Reid: End DUI phone app use
Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid sent a letter asking Google, Blackberry and Apple to stop offering phone applications that tell users where DUI checkpoints are taking place, saying the apps allow people to drive drunk.
Crews in Calif. work to open roads, repair damage
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews along California's Central Coast worked Friday to reopen a highway through the Big Sur area and repair damage from a flood that forced the evacuation of a mobile home park, as the region got a respite from a powerful storm that brought heavy wind and rain. Residents in the 45-unit Pacific Cove Mobile Home Park in Santa Cruz County were ordered to evacuate on Thursday when a failed drainage pipe tore a roughly 15-by-1...