Nevada NewsMakers

Legislative favorite, Adele's restaurant in Carson City, won't reopen after fire for 2 to 6 months, owners say
News - April 15, 2019

"The night before (the fire), we were just packed with legislators. And then to get woken up at 5:15 in the morning to hear the restaurant is on fire was devastating." Cafe at Adele's co-owner Karen Abowd, on the March 28th fire that damaged the restaurant, which has many customers from the Nevada Legislature

Sen. Hammond pulls DUI bill, seeks study on marijuana intoxication levels
News - April 12, 2019

"Right now the law says about two nanograms is what you are looking at. But research is showing us that if you draw the blood and test them, the two nanograms is actually the margin or error. So you don't know for sure if they are impaired." State Sen. Scott Hammond, R-LV

Mining merger in Nevada could mean job losses, dip in rural economy, leading state senator says
News - March 26, 2019

"Anytime you make a change like that -- and of course they have conjoined the operation -- there are going to be a lot of mid-level jobs, especially mid-level supervisor jobs, that I think will go away with the consolidation." State Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka

Proposed movie about UNLV Coach Tark may change to dramatic series, son Danny says
News - March 13, 2019

"...We decided -- with the way the society is going -- (to go with) these series of shows being shown on Netflix, Showtime and those things. So they are writing a series of these episodes now where maybe they can get nine hours in and be able to get everything in that he wants." Danny Tarkanian, on the potential that a movie script about his dad, Coach Jerry Tarkanian, will be turned into a dramatic series.

Hardy's bill to ban Nevada's legal brothels gets pushback from industry workers
News - March 12, 2019

"They are trying to say they are here to save and protect us from the brothel industry. But we are not asking for such. You cannot be an advocate for someone without their consent." Alice Little, Bunny Ranch courtesan

Rural, Northern concerns not being heard at Legislature, Assembly GOP leader says
News - February 22, 2019

"We live in a different part of the state up here. This whole state isn't Clark County." Assembly Minority Leader Jim Wheeler, R-Douglas County



Washoe DA critical of Legislature for proposals to change drug trafficking law, abolish private prisons
News - February 21, 2019

"What this is proposing is there could be someone in downtown Reno walking around with 27 grams of heroin, a tremendous amount, and they would get a misdemeanor. They could even be cited. That is not good for our public safety." Chris Hicks, Washoe County District Attorney

Clark County commissioners working on public/private partnership to build housing for homeless, Gibson says
News - December 28, 2018

"So we have identified some properties, BLM properties around the valley that are in Clark County and our proposal will include building or converting current facilities for some number of homeless people." Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson

Pot lounges may solve dilemma faced by Las Vegas tourists with Nevada's marijuana laws, Clark commissioner says
News - December 28, 2018

"The thing that I am concerned about is that we have a whole lot of (marijuana) consumption that is happening illegally and we voted as a state to legalize it. So there are some disconnects along the way." Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson

Las Vegas should establish 'pot lounges' to boost marijuana-based tourism, Clark County commissioner-elect says
News - December 27, 2018

"What we really need to get this tourism off the ground are these pot lounges, so we can actually legitimately say, 'Come to Nevada, purchase it and there's a place to use it." Clark County Commissioner-elect Tick Segerblom

Medicaid for many? Assembly Democrats will consider new health-care plan in 2019 Legislature, Frierson says
News - December 18, 2018

"I think we have an opportunity to revisit legislation from last session, fine tune it and see if it is something palatable, to be able to provide health care for every Nevadan, if possible." Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson

All of Nevada's marijuana tax money should go to education, Assembly leader says
News - December 18, 2018

"The will of the people is that money would go toward education and it should." Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson



Democrats will reintroduce bills at upcoming Legislature that Gov. Sandoval vetoed in 2017, Rogich says
News - December 14, 2018

"All those bills that Brian Sandoval vetoed, I think there were 41 of them, they are all going to come back." Sig Rogich, president of Rogich Communications

U.S. House controlled by Democrats could help legal marijuana industry with banking problem, Titus says
News - December 12, 2018

"Some people see it as a criminal justice issue. Some see it as a states rights issue. Some look at it just as a business and some are just old hippies who just want to get stoned." Rep. Dina Titus, D-LV

With gaming licensing renewal looming, U.S.-China trade war concerns Las Vegas companies in Macau, Mulroy says
News - December 7, 2018

"Obviously, all of us from Las Vegas who have licenses to own properties and have gaming licenses in Macau, those licenses were always time-limited. And those licenses are coming up and I think there is a concern that we have pushed the Chinese so far that this snowball of retaliation can come back to haunt all of us." Pat Mulroy, board members of Wynn Resorts

Caesars positioned to jump into lucrative Japanese gaming market, Jones Blackhurst says
News - December 6, 2018

"Japan is hugely important, not only to Caesars but the entire gaming industry. This is probably the single most important market to open in the last decade for sure, maybe the last two decades." Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive VP government relations and corporate responsibility for Caesars Entertainment.

Las Vegas mayor wants state to revamp education system, urges Sisolak to be careful with gubernatorial hires
News - December 6, 2018

"Gov. Sisolak, he is not an educator. He is a fine man and he is very focused on results and I hope he gets the right people around him and doesn't recycle the mediocrity that has been here for 40 years in education." Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Washoe, Elko counties shoulder social costs for prosperous smaller counties, longtime CEO says
News - October 11, 2018

"All of the big companies that are coming into Storey County, all of these employees are being housed, schooled and hospital-ed and everything else in Washoe County, Lyon County and some in Churchill County. So we are basically carrying the brunt of the load and not getting any positive fiscal result from that, except for the fact that we get to build lots of new schools and all of the other facilities that are required to house all the people." Tom Gallagher, CEO Summitt Engineering


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