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"It’s really three words: pent up demand."
- Lori Nelson-Kraft, Senior Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Center, says Las Vegas has seen an uptick in visitation starting in March and at least a 10% increase each month. She says that despite fluctuating coronavirus numbers, the precautions taken in Nevada have dramatically helped to ensure visitors feel safe and welcome. - Friday, September 17, 2021.
"I was burning from my knees basically to the top of my head, and left me scarred physically on the outside, but I still have a strong heart and a strong drive."
- Army Captain Sam Brown, Afghanistan Veteran and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, talks about how his platoon was attacked on a mission to move turbines to a dam on the Helmand River in Afghanistan. One soldier was killed and four were wounded after the convoy was ambushed. - Thursday, September 16, 2021.
"We have to change. Every day we’re responding on more and more calls, and the idea that we’re just going to add more ambulances is inefficient, and is not really fiscally responsible."
- Adam Heinz, Executive Director of Integrated Health for REMSA Health, says they are reinventing the 911 response model to also include mobile integrated health services to the community. - Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
"We like to kind of break it down to simple economics."
- Beau Keenan, CEO of Dickson Realty, explains what’s happening in the housing market is an equation of inventory and demand translating to overall sales. Currently, he says, there is more standing inventory coming back to the market, leading to a little bit of reprieve from the shortage that was seen before. - Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
"It was a way where I could love what I did."
- Ray Hagar, Reporter, Nevada Newsmakers, talks about how his love for sports jump started his career as a sports writer and led to a lifetime dedication to journalism. Ray was recently inducted into the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame after over 50 years in the field. - Friday, September 10, 2021.
"What I love about our paper is we really want it to be a community paper."
- Rachel Dahl, President/Publisher, The Fallon Post, says everything they do at the paper is to get people involved and participating in their local community. - Thursday, September 9, 2021.
"The infrastructure bill is providing good money to Nevada."
- Randi Thompson, Nevada State Director, National Federation of Independent Business, says the beauty of the bill is that individual states can determine which projects to use the money on, noting that the Silver State needs infrastructure. - Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
"It’s important to make sure that we are reaching people where they are, and really having those more detailed, more personalized conversations."
- Nnedi Stephens, 2nd VP, Young Democrats of America, explains that as young Democrats are looking to have conversations on issues that matter most to them — topics like environmental justice, climate change, social and racial justice — it’s important to convey the messaging well and have conversations with people who might not necessarily have that background or who may come from a different perspective. - Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
"Southern Nevada has to systemically begin to use less water, and in so doing, prepare themselves for the inevitable shortage declaration that will come."
- Pat Mulroy, Senior Fellow at Brookings Mountain West, explains the aggressive conservation campaign started in 2005 in Southern Nevada to reduce its water demand. She said the drought has been ravaging the Colorado River for two decades and is dramatically affecting reservoirs, including Mead, and creating a serious situation. - Friday, September 3, 2021.
"We have a sacred obligation to make sure we get it right."
- Zach Conine, Nevada State Treasurer, says on investing the money coming in from the federal government. He said this is likely the most money the state will ever get at one time from the federal government, and there’s an obligation to the people who died during the pandemic, their families and to the children who will be paying for this to make sure the money is invested correctly. - Thursday, September 2, 2021.
"There’s no silver bullet or the nation wouldn’t have an issue, but what we like to say in our industry is there’s a huge difference between affordable housing and attainable housing, and we do need both in the market."
- Amanda Moss, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, says affordable housing is a real issue heard at legislative and local government community engagement meetings and stakeholder outreach meetings. She said she thinks there’s a unique opportunity to capitalize on some funds and combine them with existing programs to address the affordable housing issue. - Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
"As far as what I want, I want what the people want.”"
- Roberta Lange, (D) State Senator District #7, says the federal funds coming to Nevada is a grand opportunity to make some major changes in the Silver State. She said she’s happy officials are holding listening sessions instead of making unilateral decisions for Nevadans. - Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
"After 20 years and seeing it go so quickly, it was a rough weekend for me and some of my air force buddies, that were talking over the weekend."
- Mason Van Houweling, CEO, University Medical Center who served at Bagram Air Force Base, in Afghanistan, earlier in America’s longest war. - Friday, August 20, 2021.
"That’s certainly our vision"
- Teresa Di Loreto, Broker/Owner, Challenger Real Estate Services whose family is building out 127 acres in Damonte Ranch in South Reno and is happy comparing it to a smaller version of Downtown Summerlin. - Thursday, August 19, 2021.
"Wearing a mask is about protecting others much more than protecting yourself."
- Jill Derby, Former Democratic State Party Chair says that mask wearing has been politized and we’re paying a price for it. - Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
"There’s no question we need the money, in the state of Nevada."
- Marsha Berkbigler, Former Washoe County Commissioner who has concerns about who is going to pay for all the federal funds coming to Nevada. She says that only people who make more than $400,000 would pay additional taxes. She’s heard that before and she always ends paying extra taxes and has never made that kind of money. - Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
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