In the Media

Eldorado fuels graduation rate gains with what students want, need
By Chris Kudialis
May 2, 2015

When John Anzalone walked into Eldorado High School as the new principal in 2012, the graduation rate that met him at the door was just 45 percent.

The 38-year-old administrator told himself there was nowhere to go but up.


Lake Mead water levels, records continue to fall
Henry Brean
April 27, 2015

The new record low arrived at Lake Mead a little earlier than first thought — and it happened during a rainstorm.

The reservoir east of Las Vegas briefly dropped to a new low water mark between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, when pelting rain couldn’t stop the surface of the lake from falling to 1,080.18 feet above sea level for the first time since it was first being filled in May 1937.


Students honored for spreading awareness about teen driving fatalities
By Ian Whitaker
April 27, 2015

Nevada schools and students that participated in a state driving safety program took home nearly $14,000 for their efforts earlier this month.


All Nevada high school juniors must take ACT Tuesday
By Trevon Milliard, RGJ
April 27, 2015

A record-setting 33,300 Nevada high school juniors will take the ACT on Tuesday.

That’s four times the number of Nevada students who took the college entrance exam last year.


Nevada Guard hires 1st female brigade commander
By Associated Press
April 27, 2015

The Nevada Guard has hired its first female brigade commander.

Col. Joanne Farris has assumed command of the 991st Multi-Functional Brigade, overseeing more than 700 soldiers and all of the Nevada Army Guard’s aviation assets.


Reno VA hospital improves, but there's still work to do
By Ray Hagar
APril 10, 2015

Wait times for doctors' appointments at VA hospitals and clinics across the nation have been nationally scrutinized ever since a scandal over delays and a subsequent cover-up led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in April of 2014.


Nevada VA officials say doctor shortage leads to long waits
By Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press
April 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS — In the months after lawmakers and federal officials vowed to do something about long waits for care in the Veterans Affairs health care system, many people who served in uniform are still waiting.


UNLV planning full scholarships for new medical school's inaugural class
By Ian Whitaker
April 7, 2015

Organizers of UNLV’s proposed medical school knew from the start that getting students to enroll in their program before it was fully accredited might be a tough sell.

Here's what they came up with to sweeten the deal: Every student in the school’s inaugural class will receive a full-ride scholarship.


Small pets around valley can be a target for coyotes
By F. Andrew Taylor
April 1, 2015

Coyotes have been in Southern Nevada longer than people and are part of the natural environment, but that can be difficult to put into perspective when they’re in your backyard with your beloved pet in their jaws.

“We had an incident a few years ago in Desert Inn Mobile Estates where a woman was walking her little dog, and a coyote snatched it up and ran off with it, leash and all,” said Nevada state Sen. Mark Manendo. “Usually, it’s more of an issue at night, but this was in broad daylight.”


Police, black leaders aim to improve relationship with communities
By Wesley Juhl
March 30, 2015

Mujahid Ramadan illustrated the relationship between police and minority communities with a telling anecdote Monday night.

Las Vegas police officers working from the Bolden Area Command center in West Las Vegas have committed to visiting schools in the area. During a recent elementary school stop, an African-American girl about 8 years old raised her hand, Ramadan said.


Bill Allows Voters to Register, Cast Ballot on Election Day

KTNV News 2
March 30, 2015

Lawmakers are reviewing four Democrat-sponsored bills that would make voting easier and add more opportunities to register.

Members of the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee are scheduled to review the measures on Monday.


Nevada jobless rate steady after first increase in years
By Associated Press
March 27, 2015

Nevada's unemployment rate stayed the same in February, after the first monthly increase was reported in years.


Teachers, coaches make Vegas robotic teams possible
By Ann Friedman
March 28, 2015

As more than 43 high school teams, including nine from Las Vegas, convened on the Cashman Center for the FIRST® Robotics Las Vegas Regional Competition, it’s easy to focus on the students and the intricate robots they designed.

Their mentors and coaches, however, are the reason they’re able to compete in the first place.

Sierra Vista High School’s robotics team was competing for the first time on their home turf with support from their mentor and science teacher, Rob Culberg.



Woodhouse pitches bill urging feds to OK Internet sales tax

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Sean Whaley
Feb. 11, 2015

CARSON CITY — Sen. Joyce Woodhouse is again pushing a resolution this session that would urge Congress to pass legislation allowing states to tax all Internet sales to level the playing field with Nevada-based “brick and mortar” businesses.

Senate Joint Resolution 4 was heard in the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee on Wednesday. A similar resolution passed the Nevada Legislature in 2013, but Congress adjourned in 2014 without passing the Marketplace Fairness Act.


School district chief wants money for more classrooms

KSNV My News 3 Las Vegas
Reported by: Jeff Gillan
Jan. 26, 2015

LAS VEGAS (KSNV My News 3) – The head of Clark County schools said challenges lie ahead, but the district is moving in the right direction.

Pat Skorkowsky, superintendent of the Clark County School District, delivered the annual snapshot Monday of how the nation’s fifth largest school system is performing.


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