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"We’re going to embrace this together in Nevada, I believe, to really transform learning for kids."
- Dr. Summer Stephens, Superintendent, Churchill County School District, talks about approaching learning for every child through competency-based learning, saying the state legislature, Department of Education, state school board and other districts are in support. She later explains there will be legislation that will come out about districts of innovation, which will let local school boards allow schools and the whole district to put a pause on the old way in order to try different things. - Friday, January 6, 2023.
"There’s an opportunity here for us to truly make an impact on economic development in the state of Nevada by bringing the film industry here."
- Jason Soto, GM, Vu Studios, says there’s a wave of activity happening right now around shooting films in Las Vegas. He later explains the potential opportunities that a lucrative film industry could bring to Southern Nevada. - Thursday, January 5, 2023.
"Cryptos have no intrinsic value. They’re really only as valuable as the market says they are."
- Tyson Cross, Attorney, says in the case of Bitcoin, there isn’t anything to maintain the wealth of it. He notes, however, that supporters of cryptocurrency and Bitcoin would say it is not all that different from fiat currency like the U.S. dollar. - Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
"The conflict between traditional public schools and charter schools I think is based on a lot of misinformation."
- Angela Orr, Principal of Doral Academy of Northern Nevada, explains the schools should be working together to do what’s right in education instead of being enemies. She says the misinformation is thinking that charter schools can act on their own whims and do everything without any control, when actually, there’s more autonomy in the day-to-day with more accountability in the long term. - Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
"Clearly we are not at war."
- (Rtd) Colonel Kris Thompson, US Army/National Guard, says we don’t have uniformed troops, are not directing combat operations and are not engaging in acts of war against the Russian regime. He then adds: “Are we involved in a way to support Ukraine? Absolutely.” - Friday, December 30, 2022.
"It always comes back to the budget."
- Former State Senator James Settlemeyer, District 17, says this will be the biggest area of contention in the next session. He explains incoming Governor Joe Lombardo made a promise about school choice, and with education being the largest portion of the budget, it’s always a heated subject of discussion. He adds that the education system is broken, agreeing that Lombardo has an opportunity to fix some of the systemic problems that have existed within education. - Thursday, December 29, 2022.
"This is one story, and this is very typical of many of the veterans who served in Vietnam."
- Steve Ranson, Editor Emeritus, Lahontan Valley News, shares the emotional story of a Vietnam Army veteran who visited the war memorial in Washington D.C. through Honor Flight Nevada. Ranson documents the stories of veterans in his published book, “Legacies of the Silver State: Nevada Goes to War,” and upcoming books focused on interviews from Vietnam and Afghanistan veterans. - Wednesday, December 28, 2022.
"I’m optimistic that some good change is actually going to happen."
- Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network, says that all parties, on the Colorado River especially, are resigned to solve the issue so that cities can continue to thrive and we can grow our own food, while also balancing protecting environmentally special places. - Tuesday, December 27, 2022.
"Everybody ignored it back then because everybody just wanted to believe that there would be an abundance of water forever."
- Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network, says scientists even at the turn of the century knew that there were dry periods on the Colorado River. He further explains that even 15 years ago when they built the management framework, they focused more on surplus than figuring out what to do during dry periods, even though scientific modeling shows that where we are today with the river was very likely to happen. - Friday, December 23, 2022.
"We better pay attention to people who aren’t real happy with the partisanship that exists in the state right now."
- Joe Hardy, Mayor, Boulder City, says even if every single Republican voted for Joe Lombardo, he would have lost, if he didn’t have the Independents. He says this voting pattern is “trying to tell us something” in Nevada. - Thursday, December 22, 2022.
"We’re trying to make sure we’re doing everything on a local level before we have to be doing that major upgrade."
- Alexis Hill, Vice Chair, Washoe County Commission, #1, says all of our sewer plants in the area are looking for upgrades that will likely cost billions. She explains it will “be a big lift in the coming years,” and they’re creatively looking at different options to still grow as a community, but do it sustainably. - Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
"Even before I tossed my name into the race, I was very well-advised that Republicans eat their own."
- Sigal Chattah, Attorney, explains Republicans should have won this election cycle, however, there was a “collaborative effort between Democrats and some of these establishment Republicans.” She says this “cost Nevada the Republican seats,” calling it “tragic.” She was “shocked” that she made enemies in the Republican Party, saying “it was almost like having to fight members of my own party.” - Tuesday, December 20, 2022.
"Nobody can do it on a Las Vegas scale."
- Robert Rippee, International Gaming Institute, UNLV, talks about the potential future of esports in the city. He says outrageous prize pool numbers will attract professional players, and if we do a “monstrous” event really well in Las Vegas, that it could generate an audience across the planet, potentially leading to future events and branding that Vegas is the home of high-level, competitive esports. - Friday, December 16, 2022.
"I think it comes down to, how do we show that our elections are not being stolen?"
- Randi Thompson Nevada State Director National Federation of Independent Business, agrees that the message on election fraud needs to change and says that we need to show that there is integrity and accountability. She explains that every county registrar has to be accountable and transparent in showing how they're getting votes counted and what their process is. - Thursday, December 15, 2022.
"This is the only place really you can do it in our country."
- Bruce Breslow, Founder, CEO, Nevada Strategies, explains the Naval Air Station Fallon expansion is needed to allow room to test the new F-35 fighter that releases bombs much higher and further away. He later notes that the base announced 1,300 new jobs to support the fighter that could transform the local community as well. - Wednesday, December 14, 2022.
"Our democracy requires rational thinking, it requires an edified populace and it requires a media that is doing its job as the fourth estate, and we’re really in trouble in all three.” - Fred Lokken, Professor of Political Science, TMCC, talks about how the “media loves to distort because it’s not in the business of edifying us, it’s in the business of selling."
- He explains that the model needs to change, using the example of reporting on poll data, which can have paid results to feed a certain narrative rather than producing accurate information. - Tuesday, December 13, 2022.
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