NEWS

16Feb

Lawmakers Debate Makeup of PERS Board

Lawmakers Debate Makeup of PERS Board By Sean Whaley CARSON CITY - A bill seeking to change the makeup of the public employees retirement system board to include three public members with areas of expertise in pension plans ran into resistance Monday from some lawmakers and participants in the plan. Opponents offered a common refrain: the plan is well managed and no changes are needed.

16Mar

Nine Assembly Incumbents Unopposed for Election

Nine Assembly incumbents unopposed for election By Ed Vogel BY ED VOGEL LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU Posted: Mar. 16, 2012 | 6:41 p.m. CARSON CITY -- Challenging incumbent legislators, particularly in districts where their party has decided registration advantage, clearly was not popular this year in Nevada. In all, nine Assembly members -- five Republicans and four Democrats -- became winners at 5 p.m. Friday when no opponents filed to challenge their bids for re-election.

23Dec

Ellis Family Brings Christmas to Whitney Elementary

Ellis family brings Christmas to Whitney Elementary By SPECIAL TO DRIVE For the sixth consecutive year, the students of Whitney Elementary School enjoyed an enlightening Christmas party thanks to the continued support received from local automobile business executive Bobby Ellis and his wife, Sandy. Bobby Ellis, owner of Snap Towing in Henderson , spearheaded the drive by generating roughly 800 gifts valued at about $50,000 for students of the school.

19Dec

Statewide Unemployment Rate Down for First Time in Six Months

Statewide Unemployment Rate Down for First Time in Six Months By Jennifer Robison Nevada's most recent jobs report reads like a Secret Santa gift exchange: a few pleasant surprises mixed in with some real dogs. Overall, we're doing slightly better than merely treading water, said Bill Anderson, chief economist of the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. But the latest figures show a recovery so barely-there that only a statistician could love them, added Steve Brown, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

11Nov

Report Suggests Construction Industry Starting to Rebound

Report Suggests Construction Industry Starting to Rebound By Steve Green There’s no work planned on casino megaresorts anytime soon, but a steady stream of smaller building jobs may help the Las Vegas construction industry emerge from its deep recession. That’s according to the Associated General Contractors of Las Vegas, an association of about 500 local companies and building industry executives.

09Nov

Southern Nevada Tourism Continues Its Rebound

Southern Nevada Tourism Continues Its Rebound By Richard N. Velotta Southern Nevada tourism continued its steady climb as the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority today announced a 5.5 percent increase in visitation in September over last year. The LVCVA reported 3.3 million people visited Las Vegas for the month. With one quarter to go, an estimated 29.5 million people have visited in 2011, 4.7 percent ahead of the 2010 pace.

13Oct

Our Choices for Assembly

Our choices for Assembly By SUN EDITORIAL: Our choices for Assembly There are 29 contested county elections for the Legislature’s lower house Wed, Oct 13, 2010 (2:01 a.m.) State lawmakers will be facing a budget shortfall of up to $3 billion when they head to Carson City early next year for their biennial session. Voters will need people in office who can work quickly to find ways to balance the budget without gutting services people desperately need during the economic downturn.

20Sep

Nevada Unemployment Rises to All-Time High 14.4 Percent

Nevada Unemployment Rises to All-Time High 14.4 Percent By Jennifer Robison Neither a boost in private-sector hiring nor a shrinking labor force could rescue Nevada from yet another unemployment record in August. The construction sector, restaurants and professional firms all added jobs in the month, but declines in Census jobs and other public-sector cuts offset that hiring to push statewide unemployment to an all-time high of 14.4 percent, the state Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation said this morning. That's up from 14.3 percent in July and 12.5 percent in August 2009.

25May

Local Trade Union Helps Seniors with Basic Repairs

Local Trade Union Helps Seniors with Basic Repairs James Amer served in the U.S. Army during Word War II. During the Vietnam War he served on a civilian cargo ship and was injured when his ship was attacked in the harbor at Da Nang. Now he's retired, and it's the Las Vegas heat and his fixed income that threatens his survival.