Politics and Policy

Since the 1960s, the National Park Service has partnered with nonprofit organizations to provide environmental education services to the public. But a recent audit from the U.S. Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General found that some of these Residential Environmental Learning Centers have strayed from their original mission .

A vacant lot with a church in the background.
Lucia Starbuck

A 20-story hotel might be built in downtown Reno along the Truckee River. But a building this tall would produce a giant shadow. That has people of different interests worried. ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad spoke with Lucia Starbuck about the city’s decision on the hotel proposal.

Bree Zender

With a wide Democratic field, many presidential candidates are struggling to connect with voters ahead of the 2020 Nevada Caucuses. The race is saturated. 

Former HUD Sec. Julian Castro meets with voters  during a campaign stop in Minden.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Democratic Presidential hopeful Julian Castro recently made headlines when he criticized Iowa and New Hampshire's position as the first two nominating states for their lack of diversity.

A crowd lines up outside the Western Folklife Center in Elko to hear from former Vice President Joe Biden.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

As many as 15 Democrats could be up for consideration during Nevada's Democratic Caucus in February. With such a crowded presidential field, campaigns are working to drum up every vote by spending more time in rural counties. KUNR's Paul Boger reports.

People hold signs with one letter each spelling impeach.
Lucia Starbuck

Attendees of a pro-impeachment rally say they’re optimistic that President Donald Trump will be removed from office, either through congressional action or by the voters next year. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has the story.

Noah Glick

The first wave of Democratic voters will soon be making their choice for who they think should be the party’s presidential nominee. Nevada is the first state in the West to weigh in. It’s also the most diverse, making the Silver State more of a bellwether than other early voting states.

Four women from the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah have turned to the federal court system after they were banished by Ute tribal leadership last year. 

The House’s newly passed defense bill will establish a new armed services branch, the United States Space Force, which will be headquartered in Colorado Springs.

A group of retired top officials from the Bureau of Land Management is in Washington, D.C., this week criticizing the agency’s planned relocation out West.

Two women and a girl pose for a picture.
Lucia Starbuck

Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren held a town hall in Reno Tuesday night. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to attendees about issues that matter to them, like climate change and immigration.

Stephanie Serrano

Hundreds of voters gathered in Reno Monday night for Senator Bernie Sanders’ third visit to the Silver State. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there and spoke with regional voters.

There’s wide variability in state policies about what care to give to women who are pregnant and behind bars. That’s according to a new report from the Prison Policy Initiative, a research and advocacy organization focused on mass incarceration.

“Women's populations in prisons have been growing faster than men's for quite awhile now,” said Wanda Bertram, a spokesperson with the Prison Policy Initiative. “So it's a good time to start looking at how women's experiences differ from men's while they're inside.”

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
Jamelle Bouie via Flickr - Creative Commons

Democratic presidential candidates looking to win the Silver State next year have been doing everything in the power to drum up support ahead of Nevada's Democratic Caucus in February. For New Jersey Senator Cory Booker though, winning Nevada is personal with his family, including his parents and grandparents, having put down roots in Clark County. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke to Booker while at a recent campaign event.

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

A look at installations within the Nevada Test and Training Range, as seen from U.S. Highway 95 in Nevada.
Noah Glick

The U.S. military is asking Congress for control over more public land in Nevada, and much of that could come at the expense of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska.

That has the state of Nevada, environmentalists and tribes all stepping up to condemn the proposal.

Another one bites the dust. 

Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont., is the latest candidate from the Mountain West to drop out of the 2020 presidential race.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, an International Biosphere Reserve along the U.S.-Mexico border, where some park rangers from around the West have been deployed to boost law enforcement.
National Park Service

The Trump Administration is continuing to deploy park rangers at the U.S.-Mexico border to help with enforcement. And while national parks and other public lands in the West are feeling the effects, it’s unclear just how much.

Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (left) and Yerington Paiute Tribal Chair Laurie Thom listen to a community member during a recent campaign stop.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Former Obama-era Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Democratic Presidential Candidate Julian Castro says more needs to be done to help communities affected by hazardous waste.

Joe Biden supporters display a giant poster of the former Vice President wearing his trademark Aviator sunglasses with the outline of Nevada in the background.
Noah Glick

Las Vegas had more than gaming, entertainment and live shows Sunday night. The First in the West caucus event, hosted by the Nevada Democratic Party, gave Democratic Presidential hopefuls a chance to make their pitch to Nevada Democrats.

Miss the event? No problem. We've got photos for you right here.

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