Nevada NewsMakers

Titus supports Sisolak for governor, sees NLV mayor as possible replacement for Kihuen in Congress
News - December 22, 2017

"I can certainly work with John Lee. I work with him now with things at the federal level to help the local government. He fits the demographics of that district. The Democrats are a big party. You don't all have to be liberal. You can all fit your own district and I think he has gotten a lot of respect as the mayor of North Las Vegas." Dina Titus on NLV Mayor John Lee as potential congressional candidate for CD-4

We're not idiots: GOP tax plan will produce extra federal tax revenue, Rep. Amodei says
News - December 21, 2017

"So if you think this (GOP tax bill) is something that will cause no change in the private sector, then we're all idiots. I, however, don't believe that." Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City

Reno mayor sees 'infill projects,' 'granny flats' as ways to ease city's housing crunch
News - December 15, 2017

"You've got to remember that we were the highest in foreclosures and unemployment (a few years ago). And this Reno Revival has happened very quickly. And in a lot of ways, we were not prepared for some of this infrastructure and some of this housing that is definitely needed." Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve

Proposed light-rail system on Maryland Parkway would be boon for Las Vegas economy, good bet for federal funding, RTC official says
News - December 14, 2017

"It has a lot of opportunity for economic development. It is a corridor that is ripe and right for developer interest. And we hear from developers all the time: When is it going to happen? They want to invest. They want to build. They want to build stores and employment centers and we're just waiting." Tina Quigley, GM of RTC of Southern Nevada on proposed light-rail route on Maryland Parkway

Washoe DA seeks funding for Gang Unit to fight violent crimes
News - December 6, 2017

"It is prevalent. There are gangs here. It is different than it was a few years ago when you could isolate it down to a couple of gangs or a few rivals with various offshoots. There are a lot of different gangs now. We have had some violent crimes over the last six months that have been gang-related, so that is a concern I've always had." Chris Hicks, Washoe County district attorney

Washoe's Berkbigler reconsiders re-election; says sexual harassment report on state senator should be made public
News - December 4, 2017

"Should the state release it? Absolutely. I am a firm believer in releasing the information to the public. If (former state Sen. Mark) Manendo really did that (sexually harass women at the Legislature) and they fold that in their investigation, why shouldn't the public know?" Washoe Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler



'Space blindness' must be solved before mission to Mars, chief scientist of International Space Station says
News - November 30, 2017

"It is a disease process that we have never seen on earth. It is completely new to science and we are really trying to understand it so we can someday send humans safely to Mars and have them able to carry out the mission successfully." Julie Robinson, Chief Scientist for the International Space Station

Gubernatorial candidate Sisolak critical of Laxalt for pardons-board vote, reaction to Reno's proposed opioid suit
News - November 16, 2017

"I think it says a lot about his (Laxalt's) thought process and I don't understand it. I don't understand how he could come up with such a different conclusion from everyone else that were there or what his reasoning might have been." Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, commenting on Adam Laxalt's recent vote on the Board of Pardons

60,000-acre project & nanotechnology campus coming to Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center
News - November 14, 2017

"With Google and Tesla and Switch (at TRIC) and then you add in a nanotechnology campus, we are changing the entire culture of Northern Nevada. Our universities are going to bloom. Some of the things that are coming for our children and grandchildren are unimaginable." Lance Gilman

Trump's quest to cut red tape will help Northern Nevada development, Gilman says
News - November 10, 2017

"I'm sure this (deregulation) is what is driving our stock market. Folks are aware. It is happening at all levels -- financial, development -- it's just amazing." Lance Gilman

Debate rages on innocence of Bundys in Bunkerville standoff
News - November 9, 2017

"I would like to offer that if the Bundys and their fellow insurrectionist were a different skin color perhaps, or a different religion, that they would have been slaughtered indiscriminately. So I think the federal law enforcement authorities showed incredible restraint, given the fact that there was a militia pointing automatic, semiautomatic weapons at them. They chose not to engage and de-escalated that situation, which prevented an blood bath. And I think they should be lauded for that." Patrick Donnelly, Nevada director of the Center for Biological Diversity

Social issues can't be ignored as development, construction in Reno heat up, developer Tolles says
News - November 3, 2017

"We as developers, particularly in the Midtown area, we look at taking down motels that are really blighted properties. But there is a working poor that we have to be mindful of and be compassionate and careful about their displacement." Par Tolles, Reno developer



Union Gaming analyst sees economic surge for Reno that could last 10 to 20 years
News - October 30, 2017

"So we are kind of in the early stages of what is a very exciting expansionary cycle for Reno. And each step we take, the more economic development there is. And certainly, a casino is an entertainment option, and as the city gets larger, more tourism comes. And as more people live in the city, the airport can then expand and add more direct service." John Decree, Union Gaming

Defendants in Bunkerville standoff trial not getting fair deal, LV City Councilwoman Fiore says
News - October 30, 2017

"The truth of the matter is that they (federal prosecutors) have to set precedence, right, to never ever to stand up to the federal government. We are not supposed to not stop tyranny, stop the overreach of the federal government. And unfortunately, there have been a lot of folks drinking this Kool-Aid that the government is correct." Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore

Valley Electric charging forward to connect rural Nevada
News - October 25, 2017

"Our collective goal is to light up rural Nevada. And so it (our goal) is from border to border to border to border. We have a need and that need is for communications. We also strongly believe that by doing this, we are building another leg on the economic stool for the state of Nevada." Thomas H. Husted, chief executive officer of Valley Electric Association

Rogich sees high-speed rail development for Las Vegas in '5 to 8 years,' despite previous setbacks
News - October 24, 2017

"No I don't think 30 years at all. I think it is probably five to eight years from now. You are going to see this thing called industry, this new industry of high-speed rail start to develop." Sig Rogich, on possibility of high-speed rail service from Southern California to Las Vegas

Chinese President Xi's impact will rival that of Chairman Mao, Rogich says
News - October 19, 2017

"President Xi, and we do work with China as you know, I think he is going to be as impactful as Mao Zedong to China. I think he will be viewed in the same light. And I think he will become a world player to a degree like we have not seen yet." Sig Rogich, president of The Rogich Communications Group

Sen. Ratti says she'll endorse Chris G for governor
News - October 10, 2017

"If Chris Giunchigliani gets into the race, I'm a strong supporter. She has done an amazing job as a legislator. I think she has an agenda that I can support so I will be the first in line to say I endorse Chris Giunchigliani." State Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks


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