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People holding signs and wearing pink hats.
Lucia Starbuck

The Women’s March was initially a protest against President Donald Trump’s inauguration. But now, organizers in Reno say their goal is to empower women in a variety of ways. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to activists who marched over the weekend.

Attendees sit as they listen to a presentation.
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The Nevada Democratic Party is hosting a series of interactive sessions where voters can get a better understanding of how to caucus.

Exterior del Centro de Procesamiento CoreCivic de Houston.
Patrick Feller / Flickr Creative Commons

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Senadoras Demócratas de Nevada están pidiendo que se investigue un centro de detención del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) de gestión privada en Pahrump, después de reportes acerca de que un empleado participaba de manera activa en un sitio de Internet neonazi, y quería organizar un grupo supremacista blanco.

Exterior of the CoreCivic's Houston Processing Center.
Patrick Feller / Flickr Creative Commons

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Nevada’s Democratic senators are calling for an investigation into a privately run ICE detention center in Pahrump after reports that an employee was active on a neo-Nazi website and wanted to start a white supremacist group.

Mix gelatin, sand and cyanobacteria and what do you get? A solid building material with a low carbon footprint.

It was a dry start to the year for some mountain ranges in the region, but recent storms brought most Mountain West snowpack levels back to normal.

 


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Congress is taking additional steps to prepare for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. The newly appointed House impeachment managers, who will present the case for impeachment, are reading the articles in the Senate chamber. Senators are also being sworn in as jurors.

Flaring natural gas (largely methane) at a well site in North Dakota in 2014. The Bureau of Land Management relaxed rules regulating flared, leaked and vented methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands.
Jeffrey Peischl / CIRES

Update, Jan. 15 10:11 a.m.: The Department of Interior has provided a statement, which is now included in this story.

The Trump Administration’s Interior Department has largely ignored public comment on proposed rule changes, according to an analysis from the Center for Western Priorities.

The conservation advocacy group looked at ten proposals from Interior, including the easing of offshore drilling regulations and Endangered Species Act protections. What it found was that while more than 95% of public comments were opposed to the changes, the agency still moved forward on most of them.

Exterior del Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de Las Vegas.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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Las ciudades de Las Vegas, Henderson y Reno han confirmado en semanas recientes que continuarán aceptando y reinstalando a refugiados, luego de un anuncio del Gobernador Steve Sisolak de que Nevada accede a darles la bienvenida.

Exterior of Las Vegas City Hall.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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The cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and Reno have confirmed in recent weeks that they will continue to accept and resettle refugees, following an announcement made by Gov. Steve Sisolak that Nevada consents to welcoming refugees.

Recent data shows that the U.S. had more minable oil and natural gas reserves than ever before.

Reno, Nevada was ranked first overall as the top performing metro area in 2019, according to Area Development magazine.
Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

The Mountain West is home to some of the top performing metro economies in 2019, according to a recent report by Area Development magazine, a publication focused on corporate site selection.

Topping the magazine’s overall rankings is Reno, Nevada, which, as the report notes, boasts a total employment rate more than triple the national average.

Joe Biden stands next to a podium with the U.S. flag and Nevada state flag behind him as he talks with voters.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden campaigned across Nevada over the weekend. At his stop in Sparks, Biden focused heavily on foreign policy amidst America’s ongoing tensions with Iran. KUNR’s Andrew Mendez reports. 

The former vice president rallied with more than 500 voters at Sparks High School, according to campaign officials. 

Biden criticized Donald Trump, saying the president has not kept his promise to end wars in the Middle East, where tensions have grown in light of Trump’s recent order of an airstrike that killed Iran’s top military leader.

The Eddy House is the only youth homeless facility in Northern Nevada, and it's expanding later this month. As Nevada ranks highest in unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, the new facility will offer Reno its first 24-hour overnight shelter for young people. Listen as Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House, walked us through the new facility and explained how it's been designed to meet an individual's needs.

Amaka Ozobia sitting in a conference room.
Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

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Amaka Ozobia’s parents came to the United States from Nigeria after fleeing the Biafran War, a conflict blamed for about 100,000 military casualties and as many as two million starvation deaths in the late 1960s.

That history — and her family’s own challenges adjusting to American life as immigrants — has formed a career that included working as an asylum officer, serving the children of migrant farmworkers as an Americorps volunteer and becoming an immigration attorney for the refugee-focused Church World Service. Ozobia is now settling in to her latest role on that trajectory — directing Nevada’s Office for New Americans.

Amaka Ozobia esta sentada en una sala de conferencias.
Daniel Clark / The Nevada Independent

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Los padres de Amaka Ozobia llegaron a los Estados Unidos de Nigeria después de vivir la Guerra de Biafra, conflicto que generó 100,000 bajas militares y 2 millones de muertos por hambruna a finales de los 60’s.

Exterior of the Nevada State Legislature building in Carson City, Nevada.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

As minimum wage goes up, suicide rates go down. That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The study found that increasing minimum wage by a dollar actually decreased the rate of suicide by 3.4% to 5.9% among those with a high school diploma or less. That is, those most likely working minimum-wage jobs.

Many ranchers are applauding President Donald Trump after he announced an overhaul of the nation’s bedrock environmental law on Thursday. 

A man prunes a marijuana plant at a cannabis growing center.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada has brought in close to $200 million from recreational cannabis sales over the last three years. While it may seem the industry has become more mainstream across the state, there are still questions about its future. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke to The Nevada Independent's Michelle Rindels, who recently wrote a series diving into the state's legal weed market.

New research shows that you don’t need a big population to foster innovation.

 


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