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An image of the exterior of Renown Health's emergency services
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, July 12, 2021.

Two people walk past a wall of framed photos in the Nevada Legislature.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

There are only four days left in Nevada's 81st legislative session, and lawmakers are scrambling to get bills out of the door and onto the governor's desk. That includes appropriating billions in state dollars to fund the government over the next two years. To talk about that, KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with political editor Paul Boger.

The Weber Reservoir at the Walker River Paiute Tribe. A lakefront along a sandy, flat landscape.
Stephanie Serrano / Mountain West News Bureau

The Walker River Paiute Reservation is situated in remote western Nevada, surrounded by a sequence of mountains layered with shades of brown, red and green. In the middle of it, up a long dirt road, sits the Weber Reservoir, near the town of Schurz. At the moment, it’s very quiet, and that’s because it’s closed to non-tribal citizens.

A close up image of marijuana and a pipe used for smoking it.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local morning news headlines for Friday, May 28, 2021.

A screen capture of a Zoom call with 16 attendees.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada lawmakers have less than two months until they're forced to wrap up the 2021 session, and they still have a lot of work left to do. For the past week, legislators have cloistered in their offices, holding marathon committee hearings on hundreds of bills. To help us make sense of it all, KUNR’s Morning Edition Host Noah Glick spoke with Political Editor, Paul Boger.

Michelle Matus / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Apr. 5, 2021.

Two men speak to each other from across a desk.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

This week officially marked the halfway point of Nevada’s 81st Legislative Session. And with less than 60 days until lawmakers are forced to end the session, they’re beginning to turn their attention to some of the most controversial bills of the year. That includes abolishing the death penalty and reforming the state’s election laws. Joining us now to talk about those measures is KUNR’s Political Editor Paul Boger.

A worker trimming a cannabis plant at a cultivation facility.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Starting this month, Nevada’s new Cannabis Compliance Board will take over regulatory authority of the state’s growing marijuana industry from the Department of Taxation. Originally proposed by Gov. Steve Sisolak last year, the new agency is now tasked, in part, with inspecting cultivation facilities, testing cannabis products and determining who can grow and sell cannabis in the state. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Tyler Klimas, executive director of the board, to better understand what that transition means for Nevada.

The Plight Of Nevada’s Cannabis Businesses

May 4, 2020
Hundreds of cannabis plants in a grow room
Courtesy of NuLeaf

Even though Nevada cannabis companies have been deemed essential businesses and continue limited operations, due to the federal prohibition on marijuana, none of the companies are eligible for federal small business relief. Our contributor Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally reports that some companies may not make it without a lifeline, even with the recent allowance of curbside pickup.

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.

The Eastern Shoshone in Wyoming is considering legalizing medical marijuana and hemp production.

Cannabis plants under green light.
Vera Samburova/DRI

The same chemicals that give cannabis its distinct smell may be contributing to air pollution and affecting human health. Recent tests of four cannabis grow facilities in Nevada and California found that the plants naturally release compounds that, when they accumulate in the air, create smog.

Hemp plants growing out of dirt.
Nevada Department of Agriculture

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, can be found in the cannabis plant. Products containing CBD are easily accessible, but regulations remain unclear on selling these products in Washoe County. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad about this issue.

Michelle Matus / KUNR

Bipartisan legislation making its way through Congress would give legal cannabis companies access to the federal banking system. This week a majority of attorneys general from around the U.S. signed a letter supporting the so-called SAFE Banking Act, including in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.


A close-up image of a marijuana plant.

Outgoing Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval wants to move a percentage of marijuana tax dollars to fund education-related programs. To learn more, KUNR News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Bob Conrad of ThisisReno about Sandoval's budget recommendations for the state.

Marijuana taxes generated more than $8 million in August, setting another monthly record in Nevada. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details. 

Alexa Ard

Commercial cannabis delivery in Truckee has moved one step closer to reality. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Paul Boger

A vast majority of Nevada's cannabis dispensaries are concentrated in either Clark or Washoe Counties. There's also a handful in Fallon, Carson City and Pahrump– as well as a few others on tribal land, but cannabis retailers have yet to open a shop in most of rural Nevada.

Kaleb Roedel

MedMen, a Los Angeles-based cannabis company, has opened up its $15 million marijuana factory near Reno. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Alexa Ard

Cannabis industry workers are urging the city council of South Lake Tahoe to allow "microbusinesses." It's a model some are describing as the "craft breweries of cannabis." Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the details.