Nevada Newsmakers

Reno mayor misses out on PPP funding for her small businesses, blames herself for not working with local bank
News - May 8, 2020

"Just the way the PPP was rolled out, they're going to have to be some modifications there. One of the issues we're all sort of talking a out is how do you get your employees to come back when they are making more on unemployment? Or, not just that, they are also scared to come back (to work). They are scared of that risk." Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, small business owner

Rise in domestic, child abuse during coronavirus lock-down worries Washoe DA Hicks
News - May 6, 2020

"In regards to domestic violence, I know that calls to our local call centers that help with domestic-violence victims have skyrocketed. And so I am very concerned about domestic violence, about people being locked in their homes together and the pressure that can be exhibited by abusers."

Small businesses in 'dire straits,' fear losing everything, Vegas Chamber CEO says
News - May 5, 2020

"... From our members -- they are saying, "We are in dire straits. The longer we stay closed the harder it will be to ever restart our community or our economy again. And some of them are saying they are going out of business completely." Mary Beth Sewald, CEO of the Vegas Chamber

Covid shutdown devastating local governments; recovery will be tough, Washoe Commission chair says
News - May 4, 2020

"We are looking at a $33 million budget shortfall in Washoe County for a half-billion annual budget. A $33 million shortfall in just a month's time is dramatic." Washoe Commission Chair Bob Lucey

Reno senator calls for special session of Legislature for June; estimates Covid-19 may cost state almost $2 billion in tax revenue
News - May 1, 2020

"You can't tax yourself out of this. People will be automatically inclined to pick a couple of industries and try to get more revenue out of them. But that doesn't even come close to closing that hole." State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno

Nevada tourism may face slow recovery since people might fear crowds at casinos, concerts and ball games, Amodei says
News - April 13, 2020

"There will be things that quite frankly, (people) would have loved to have done before, which is pack into a concert hall. But now they are going to maybe think twice about." Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

Amodei wants $250 billion infusion to federal fund to help struggling small businesses
News - April 10, 2020

"Right now, the one (economic stimulus) program that is halfway out of money after just five days is the Paycheck Protection Program." Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

'Rebel with a Cause' book: Tark's climb to basketball's pinnacle was slow & steady; his downfall at UNLV was swift & sad
Commentary - March 17, 2020

"We lose to Duke by two in the (NCAA tournament) semifinals when we were big favorites, Then all of a sudden, they forced my father out in six weeks after that loss." Danny Tarkanian, speaking about his father's career as UNLV basketball coach

Federal government eases restrictions for truckers to help keep supply chain moving despite coronavirus
News - March 16, 2020

"The supply chain is still intact. Folks don't have to worry about getting food in the next few weeks because we do have plenty." Paul Enos, CEO of Nevada Trucking Association

Coronavirus could lower crowds for NFL Draft in Las Vegas, Nevada Resort CEO says
News - March 6, 2020

"So we are hopeful people will still come. We are hopeful that the coronavirus will start to abate by then. You know, April 23rd is a long way off so there is a lot that can go on." Virginia Valentine, president & CEO of the Nevada Resort Association.

No more big tax breaks for companies moving to Nevada, leading state official says
News - February 28, 2020

We should not be talking about (tax) incentives at this point. Not with a full economy and full employment." Michael Brown, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

More pressure from states needed to break congressional logjam on marijuana industry's access to banking, cannabis law expert says
News - February 27, 2020

"A lot of weaker players are going by the wayside, being bought up or going out of business because of the taxes. And the black market is still thriving and it is making it difficult for companies to make money." Eva Segerblom, on Nevada's legal marijuana industry  

Bob Cashell: A generous man and a perfect fit for job as Reno's mayor
Commentary - February 14, 2020

The job of Reno mayor was perfect for Cashell. He was so good at it. He was the public face of Reno.
Boss Cashell. He built coalitions, coaxed business leaders, got opponents and ankle-biters to like him. He gave us the downtown train trench and the Aces ballpark.

'Care giving' and the 'power of touch' are what many customers seek at Mustang brothel, says owner Gilman
News - January 31, 2020

"I would say maybe 40 percent of the business, maybe more, we do out there, I would call care giving." Mustang brothel owner Lance Gilman

Elon Musk's underground 'people-mover' technology could someday spread across Las Vegas, says LVCVA chief
News - December 23, 2019

"We also see it as a real opportunity to solve some of the congestion problems in Las Vegas going forward. So it is helpful to start at the convention center, make sure that it works, work the kinks out and then look at the opportunity of moving into the city." Steve Hill, LVCVA president and CEO

Las Vegas' Rogich, back-channel diplomat to China, worries protests may doom Hong Kong's strong banking sector
News - December 23, 2019

"We all agree that we need each other to co-exist on this thing called the Planet Earth," 'Sig' Rogich, on diplomatic relations with Chinese counterparts

Clark school board candidate Wachter wants to boost student achievement
News - December 13, 2019

"The big thing the teachers are asking for is a reduction in class sizes. The biggest thing parents are asking for is a reduction in class sizes. But we have made no concentrated effort in the last several (legislative) sessions to address that issue. Bryan Wachter. Clark County school board candidate

Memories sparked by new Mob movie, Harry Reid & Gov. List recall danger of battling mobsters in Las Vegas
News - December 11, 2019

"Lefty Rosenthal was the only person I was ever afraid of. I was not afraid of him physically. I was afraid of what he would do." Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

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