Nev. bill gives low-level felons early parole shot
District attorneys say there's a glut of felons in Nevada prisons — arrested for stealing food from Walmart or clothes from T.J. Maxx, for example — who are charged with felony burglary that carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison.
Bill seeks to tax bottled water
CARSON CITY — A bill introduced Tuesday would open the door in Nevada for taxes on bottled water and the jugs delivered to the office water cooler. Democratic Assemblyman Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas is sponsoring AB218, which would exclude bottled water from the tax-exempt category of food. Current law allows taxes only on alcoholic beverages, tonics, vitamins, and prepared food intended for immediate consumption. It keeps taxes off food that ...
Arraignment next for woman accused of mother’s murder
SPARKS — A woman accused of murdering her mother in November waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Monday. Catherine Eisley is accused of beating her mother, 70-year-old Cherry Clasen, with a baseball bat and slashing her throat twice on the afternoon of Nov. 3. Eisley called 911 to report her mother’s death several hours later and police arrived to find Clasen inside Eisley’s home at 2675 Nelson Way in Sparks. According to a written st...
Martini, Smith appointed to new flood management board Monday
SPARKS — The City Council appointed Mayor Geno Martini and Councilman Ron Smith on Monday to serve on the board of directors of the newly created Truckee River Flood Management Authority (TRFMA), a joint powers authority created by the governments of Sparks, Reno and Washoe County earlier this year to collect fees for a long-term flood mitigation project. Martini will serve a one-year term while Smith will serve a two-year term. Councilman Ed ...
Brothel owners prefer to be pioneers
CARSON CITY — Some wobbled in six-inch, platform stilettos. Others padded around in glittery, gold ballerina flats. Whatever they were wearing, the prostitutes walking the hallways of the Nevada State Legislature were stepping out in defiance. Their state — sagebrushed, windswept, battle-born Nevada — is the last place in the U.S. that prostitutes can openly say they offer sex for a living — and they turned out confident that they'll preserve ...
BLM ends wild-horse roundup short of goal
RENO — A day after announcing it would scale back costly roundups of wild horses across the West, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management abruptly halted a controversial gather of mustangs in northeastern Nevada. The roundup ended Friday with the removal of 1,368 horses from the range in the 1.3 million-acre Antelope Complex about 60 miles south of Wells, which was short of the agency's goal of gathering about 2,000 mustangs there, said BLM spokesw...
Money committee holds hearing in southern Nevada
CARSON CITY — Legislative money panels hit the road for hearings on education budgets as the Nevada Legislature kicks off week four. Legislators also will take up election reforms, gun permits, green energy measures and juvenile services. Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance subcommittees will review K-12 education budgets Monday morning in Carson City before traveling to southern Nevada where they will hold another hearing that night at...
Harry Holds Back
As the motives and story behind Harry Reid’s call to end legal prostitution are discussed, the senator isn’t talking
Feds add to possible education cuts
In recent weeks, students, educators and lawmakers have begun to grapple with Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed cuts to higher education and what the reality of funding reductions will actually look like if and when enacted.
8 inches of snow expected in valley
An unseasonably cold winter storm packing high winds dumped more than 2 feet of snow at Lake Tahoe on Friday, downing power lines, triggering an avalanche bulletin in the central Sierra and temporarily closing parts of Interstate 80 connecting California and Nevada.