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"People are really stepping up. It’s been amazing to see our community being so receptive."
- Carina Black, Executive Director, Northern Nevada International Center, explains they are receiving a lot of support from the community — with some people offering housing — for the Afghan refugees relocating to the area. Nevada has agreed to resettle 150 individuals, with 50 in Las Vegas and 100 in Northern Nevada. - Friday, October 15, 2021.
"So much of the development in Reno now is non-gaming."
- Howard Stutz, Gaming Reporter, The Nevada Independent says that while there are big gaming properties doing well, there has been a focus on mixed-use developments, housing, retail and restaurants in Reno, and that’s where the market seems to be heading. - Thursday, October 14, 2021.
"It never stopped being a problem.”"
- Elyse Monroy, Program Manager, Nevada Overdose Data to Action, explains that in 2020, during the pandemic, overdoses are up 55% from 2019, and they are seeing alarming increases in specific populations, including the Hispanic community and young adult age range. She also notes Nevada never stopped having a meth problem, and the state is now seeing a fentanyl crisis through fentanyl-laced stimulants, like meth and cocaine, that are driving overdoses. - Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
"A week before I actually took the position, Sam Giancana was murdered in Chicago, and I started paying more attention to the fact that these guys played for keeps, and it might not be as simple as anybody had portrayed it."
- Jeff Silver, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright talks about his appointment to the Gaming Control Board in 1975 to, as he said, “clean up the industry” from organized crime influence. - Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
"When the state records a billion dollars (of gaming win) that’s a great month."
- Michael Lawton, CPM, Senior Economic Analyst, NV Gaming Control Board reporting that August was the 6th consecutive month of a billion-dollar gaming win for Nevada in 2021. - Friday, October 8, 2021.
"Pressure seems to be the ingredient that makes it soup."
- William Horne, Former Assembly Majority Leader, Strategies 360 giving a culinary analogy on how the centrist and Progressive sides of the Democratic party will come together to pass President Biden’s agenda. - Thursday, October 7, 2021.
"Nevada is one of 33 states in which it costs more to provide childcare for your infant than it does to send a child to a four-year public university."
- Congresswoman Susie Lee CD 3 says that that the American Rescue Plan will provide more than $361 million for Nevada childcare providers to open safely, keep workers on the payroll, and lower costs for families. - Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
"It has been the law of the land since the 1970s and we are going to fight to do everything we can to keep it that way."
- US Senator Jacky Rosen regarding abortion rights. - Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
"Unfortunately, in Congress, we had more people casting aspersions against this president even though the policy to end the war in Afghanistan and to even negotiate with the Taliban was started by the previous administration."
- Congressman Steven Horsford CD 4 says that his office continues to work with the State Department and the Defense Department to help our Afghans allies and partners. - Friday, October 1, 2021.
"You need to fill those beds during the week and not just on the weekend."
- Congresswoman Dina Titus CD 1 hoping for the return of the business traveler to Las Vegas. - Thursday, September 30, 2021.
"I've been working here to try to fix it, but we need bipartisan support. We've got to stop playing politics with it."
- US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto discussing the need for immigration reform. She lays the blame at the feet of both parties. - Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
"I will tell you this: I am not taken with the field so far."
- Congressman Mark Amodei CD 2 discussing the Republican Primary for Nevada Governor. - Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
"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.
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