Schools chiefs critique bill for remedial classes
CARSON CITY — A bill that would expand opportunities for high school students to catch up on credits for graduation is a great idea, but one more thing cash-strapped districts can’t afford, school representatives said Monday. School lobbyists weighed in at an Assembly Education Committee hearing for AB138, a wide-ranging bill aimed at better preparing high schoolers for college or the work force. It would require schools to inform students abo...
Memories of 1995 haunt GOP as shutdown talk grows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents. Now, as Congress careens toward a budget impasse, government insiders wonder if another shutdown is imminent — and whether Republicans again would suffer the most blame. Leaders of both ...
City of Reno closures today
RENO — Reno City Hall and city administrative offices will be closed today in observance of Presidents’ Day. In addition, the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center and Pool, Neil Road Recreation Center, Teglia’s Paradise Park Activity Center, McKinley Arts & Culture Center, Sibayan Youth and Recreation Center and Southside Cultural Center will be closed. The Northwest Pool will be open for regular hours. Residents can still visit www.reno.go...
Reid to address Legislature this week
CARSON CITY — U.S. Sen. Harry Reid will address a joint session of the Senate and Assembly during the third week of the Nevada Legislature that begins Monday. Lawmakers during the week also will take up bills dealing with cell phones, occupational diseases, courts, education, election ballots and special legislative sessions. Reid, the Senate Democratic Majority Leader, won re-election to a fifth term in November against tea party-backed Repub...
Mental health advocates fear budget cuts
CARSON CITY — Six years ago, former corrections officer Mark Burchell was so sick from bipolar disorder that he imagined himself as a military general out to save the world. In reality, he was an unwashed, unshaven homeless man searching out bus shelters and still-warm car hoods to sleep on at night. The habit earned him stay after stay in jail until he was admitted to Nevada’s pioneering Mental Health Court system, which steered him to stabil...
Attorney: Witness tampering in NV police sex case
RENO — An attorney for a woman suing a Nevada police department over a former officer’s conduct has asked a federal judge to stop what the lawyer says is witness tampering by the Reno city attorney’s office. Court papers filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court contend a deputy city attorney sent an e-mail to officers warning them against speaking about the civil lawsuit to attorney Scott Freeman, The Reno Gazette-Journal reported. Freeman r...
Ensign to hold town hall at UNR to discuss economy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. John Ensign, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, plans to host a public town hall meeting to address the fiscal and economic crisis. This is an opportunity for Ensign not only to share his concerns but also to hear from Nevadans about their concerns and their solutions. The town hall will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the third floor theater of the Joe Crowley Student at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Storms dump 4-9 feet of snow in Sierra Nevada
RENO — The latest in a string of powerful storms dropped heavy snow Friday in the Sierra Nevada and set up ski resorts for a busy Presidents Day weekend, but it also caused more traffic delays and school closures. The Alpine Meadows ski resort just north of Lake Tahoe reported up to 4 feet of new snow over a 24-hour period ending Friday morning, for a total of as much as 9 feet of snow since the storms began Monday. Most other Sierra resorts r...
Nevada counties describe budget woes
CARSON CITY — Nevada's budget woes have trickled down to make the upcoming year a wrenching one for cities and the state's 17 counties. Washoe County is projecting a $12 million drop in property tax revenue to its general fund in the fiscal year beginning July 1, and Clark County expects at least a $30 million drop, the third year of decline. Jeff Fontaine of the Nevada Association of Counties described the economic decline as "a perfect storm...