HOA bill would end home sale fees, bar use of radar guns
CARSON CITY — State Sen. Michael Schneider, long a champion of regulating homeowners associations, unveiled his senatorial swan song Wednesday — an omnibus bill that does everything from limiting fees upon the sale of a home to barring radar speed guns. The Las Vegas Democrat compared homeowner associations to organized crime. He told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he has received threats to his family over other bills addressing associat...
Nevada House budget bill would suspend job funds
CARSON CITY — Nevada would lose $30 million in job training funds under a spending bill passed by the House of Representatives, a move that would reduce but not eliminate programs, officials said Wednesday. Republicans say unused money is still available and that the suspension of Workforce Investment Act funds won’t hinder services. Democrats counter the cuts will hurt job seekers in a state that leads the nation in unemployment. Workforce In...
Husband of Ensign's ex-lover calls for resignation
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada man whose wife had a monthslong affair with Sen. John Ensign said in a rare statement Wednesday that the Republican should immediately resign to shield the family from an ongoing ethics investigation stemming from the extramarital relationship. Doug Hampton, Ensign's former co-chief of staff, said Ensign's "callousness and lack of remorse" has prolonged the anguish caused by the 2008 affair. Ensign announced on Monday th...
Nev. Senate passes jobs bill; faces possible veto
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Senate passed a construction bill on a party-line, 11 to 10 vote. The bill, which allows local governments to allocate a portion of property taxes for construction projects was hailed by supporters as a no-cost job-creation bill and a fulfillment of the Legislature’s mission to put jobs first. Republican detractors say the bill is little more than a hidden tax increase that would widen the state’s budget gap by $94.3 m...
JA Nugget to celebrate its 56th birthday
SPARKS — Celebrating 56 years in Sparks – and looking forward to the future, the Ascuaga family invites the community to join in commemorating more than a half-century in business at 6 p.m. on March 17 at 6 p.m. at the Casino Cabaret at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. Family owned and operated since 1955, John Ascuaga’s Nugget has grown from a small diner to the two huge towers and facilities that stand today. John Ascuaga will preside over a cake-cutt...
Sen. Ensign won't seek re-election
LAS VEGAS — Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, damaged politically and facing a Senate ethics investigation over an extramarital affair, said Monday he won't seek re-election next year. Ensign, who is under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee, said he decided last week against seeking a third term because he was worried about the effect of an "exceptionally ugly" campaign on his family. "I'm putting them first, instead of my caree...
Bill would require more breathalyzers in cars
More of Nevada’s drunken driving offenders would have ignition interlock devices on their cars if a new bill passes, but some say the alcohol-detection technology is a cookie-cutter fix that’s not appropriate in many drunken driving cases.
Stars and Strikes
The Special Olympics National Unified Tournament (SONUT) was held earlier this week at the National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno to kick off the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Open Championships, which begins today.