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Conor Shine

Local Government Reporter

A Kansas native, Conor studied engineering at the University of Minnesota but switched to journalism because it was infinitely more fun. It was in his blood, too; he's a third-generation journalist. Conor worked for the Wichita Eagle and the St. Paul Pioneer Press before joining the Sun in 2011.

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What to do with all this empty land?
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comment from Nevada residents about plans for hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land.
From turmoil to turnaround? UMC’s new CEO discusses hospital’s status
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Amid turmoil, turnover and changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, UMC turned a corner last year, new CEO Mason VanHouweling said. "I think the community is going to be pleasantly surprised with ...
Mayor Goodman, Anthony wrangle over stadium issue in radio debate
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman launched her first attack against challenger City Councilman Stavros Anthony this morning when she accused the former Metro Police officer of ...
Southern Nevada’s fight against blight only intensifying
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Code-enforcement officials struggle to keep up with with homes that have fallen into disrepair ...
City Council vote brings soccer stadium deal to a close
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Las Vegas’ soccer stadium plans are officially dead after a City Council vote today, but a potential legal challenge to a June ballot question on the issue is still in play. The council’s decision today comes ...
County commissioners hold off on awarding animal shelter contract
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Clark County commissioners will wait another month to gather more information before awarding a 10-year, $41 million contract to run its animal shelter after a heated debate ...
Jail expenses threaten to gobble up county’s revenue growth
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Continued overcrowding at the Clark County Detention Center is costing the county millions of dollars in overtime and creating an alarming budget deficit, County Manager Don Burnette said today. The amount ...
Clark County commissioners approve new fire chief
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Clark County has a new fire chief after commissioners approved Gregory Cassell for the job today. Cassell has worked for the Clark County Fire Department for ...
Soccer could be the issue that kicks Las Vegas mayor out of office
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Six months ago, Carolyn Goodman seemed to have an unassailable grip on a second term as Las Vegas mayor. During her first three years in office, the city’s economy rebounded and downtown development flourished. Goodman avoided major controversy and was less prone to the type of remarks that ...
Major League Soccer passes on Las Vegas; stadium deal dead
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Citing too much uncertainty, Major League Soccer officials said today Las Vegas will not get an expansion franchise for the 2017 or 2018 seasons, killing plans for ...
Henderson city manager announces plan to step down
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
After nearly three years as Henderson city manager, Jacob Snow said today he plans to step down this summer and pursue a career in the private sector. Snow was hired in March 2012 to succeed ...
Status report: Key decisions on horizon for Las Vegas soccer stadium
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Despite continued setbacks, plans to build a $200 million soccer stadium in downtown Las Vegas are still in play and face a critical vote next week. The project’s path has been rocky, with intense scrutiny over $56.5 million worth of public funding that would be put toward construction. The Las Vegas City Council nearly killed the proposal last fall before a restructuring of the financial plan persuaded Councilman Bob Coffin to change his vote, giving the project ...
Las Vegas unveils finalized plan for downtown soccer stadium
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Las Vegas released a finalized, detailed plan today covering the financing and operation of a proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium. The master development agreement released today is ...
Could lobbyists one day be obsolete?
Given term limits, some question the potential return on investment
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
If you’ve got business you’d like to see taken up by the Legislature this session, it can pay to send in a professional. Casinos, mining companies, utilities and other interests will ...
Bob Beers is in it to limit government
Champion of libertarianism scrambled to try to stop public funding for stadium, sets sights on higher office
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Bob Beers’ opposition to using city funds to build the stadium isn’t a surprise to those who know him as a firebrand conservative from his days in the state Legislature. Beers led a group of Republican Assembly members, known as the Mean Fifteen, in opposing ...
Judge: Enough signatures to let voters decide on stadium funding
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Las Vegas voters will decide if public funds should go toward a $200 million downtown soccer stadium after a judge ruled today that petitioners gathered enough signatures to qualify the issue for the June election ...
Front-runners and underdogs: A look at 2015 city elections in Henderson, North Las Vegas
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
With the economy on the rebound and city finances looking stronger, incumbents from North Las Vegas and Henderson will have a ready made talking point to support ...
Front-runners and underdogs: An early look at 2015 Las Vegas city elections
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
With the field of candidates nearly set, this June's municipal elections are shaping up to offer a heavyweight bout for Las Vegas mayor but few other competitive ...
Judge hears arguments on stadium funding initiative
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
A judge is expected to rule in the next couple days whether opponents of public funding for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium collected enough signatures get the issue on the June 4 election ballot. An attorney for ...
Commissioners gripe about lack of money for improvements
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
What was expected to be a routine review of federal grant spending today turned into a venting session for several Clark County commissioners frustrated with how ...
Genocide monument breaks new ground for Clark County
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Spurred by Las Vegas’ Armenian community, the county now has a policy in place for people who want to propose monuments.
Petition drive to get stadium funding initiative on ballot falls short
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
An initiative to put the issue of public funding for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium on the June ballot failed to get enough signatures to ...
Henderson mayor says health care industry a key economic driver
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
After his 1-year-old granddaughter fell suddenly ill and nearly died last year, Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen says he has a new perspective on the importance of having quality health care in the city.
“The year has given me a lot of ...
With a more upbeat outlook, NLV mayor touts ‘strong plan to repair our city’
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
A year ago, Mayor John Lee delivered his first State of the City address as North Las Vegas teetered on the brink of financial disaster, faced with a long-term deficit of $152 million. On Tuesday, Lee made his second-annual State of the City speech with North Las Vegas facing ...
Anthony seeks to unseat Las Vegas mayor over stadium deal
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony launched his bid today to unseat Mayor Carolyn Goodman over her support for a publicly funded downtown soccer ...
Lois Tarkanian seeking another term on Las Vegas City Council
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian announced today she’s running for re-election to a third full term in this year’s municipal election. Tarkanian represents Ward 1, which covers ...
Beers submits signatures in fight against downtown soccer stadium
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
Opponents of a $200 million downtown soccer stadium turned in 8,400 signatures to the Las Vegas city clerk late Friday, which should be enough to ...
Petition deadline moved up for opponents of publicly funding stadium
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Opponents of a publicly funded downtown soccer stadium have one less day to gather the 8,000-plus signatures they’ll need to put the issue on the ballot. The Las Vegas city attorney said ...
Why did Nevada candidates keep getting donations after election?
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Election season ended Nov. 4 with an unprecedented Republican surge. But for candidates, both winning and losing, the campaign money kept coming. Nevada candidates brought in ...
County commissioners rip plan to use tax money for downtown parking garage
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Clark County commissioners blasted a proposal presented that would divert sales tax dollars to pay for a parking garage that's a key part of larger plans for a $200 million stadium ...
Fueled by opposition to stadium project, Stavros Anthony to run for Las Vegas mayor
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has met her first challenger in her bid for re-election this June: City Councilman Stavros Anthony, who wants to leverage his opposition to ...
Cannabis comes to Las Vegas: Answering your burning questions about medical marijuana
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
In the coming weeks, the first crops of cannabis will begin blooming in warehouses across the valley, the most tangible sign yet that medical marijuana is headed to ...
Campaign finance filings: Who’s running and who raised the most?
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
With the 2014 election in the books, politicians at the state and county levels will get to take some time away from the campaign trail. But for candidates running in the upcoming municipal elections ...
As recession fades, pay increases materialize for government employees
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
In the depths of the recession, local governments around the Las Vegas Valley turned to personnel cuts to stay afloat. Those days seem to be over as salaries for public employees begin to ...
Clark County brings its wish list to Carson City
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Among requests for state lawmakers is action against private hospitals’ transferring of patients ...
In address, Goodman lays out strategy to ‘survive as a city’
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
After a 2014 that saw the continued recovery of Las Vegas' economy following the recession, plus the completion of several major infrastructure projects ...
Does Southern Nevada need a milk commission? County commissioners to decide
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Amid a debate over the safety of raw milk, Clark County commissioners are set to decide whether to create a dairy commission to oversee the product and ensure that ...
Council rejects advisory referendum on stadium funding
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council voted down a proposal today to ask voters in the June election if they support a publicly funded downtown soccer stadium. A divided council approved plans last month for a $200 million stadium that ...
Metro Police helicopter crashes near downtown Las Vegas
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
The helicopter appeared to only narrowly avoid hitting a house before skidding to a stop on the road and hitting a dumpster, Kelley said ...
Is Las Vegas ready for New Year’s Eve snow?
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The Nevada Department of Transportation has six snowplows in the Las Vegas area ready to go if snow starts falling this week, plus another 12 machines scattered throughout nearby counties that can be called in if needed. The department also has ...
Clark County rejects marijuana applications, setting up battle with state
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
The Clark County Commission denied 58 applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries today, continuing a back-and-forth battle with the state over which businesses will be allowed to open starting ...
Fixing a rotating door of CEOs at UMC
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
In 2014, the city’s public hospital changed top executives twice. Lawrence Barnard announced this month he would leave the hospital’s top job. His predecessor, Brian Brannman, left UMC in January. Will the third CEO be the charm? ...
Ice, ice, baby: Where to skate in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Ice isn't just for cocktails in Las Vegas. During the holidays, skating rinks have popped up in several places in the city, including ...
When will local government offices be open during holidays? Here’s a roundup
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Local government offices will be closed at various times next week and the week after for the holidays. The schedule looks like ...
City Council approves funding for Las Vegas soccer stadium
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
A split Las Vegas City Council approved public funding today for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium, marking a major turning point in the yearlong debate ...
Commissioners pick Glenn Trowbridge for vacant Assembly seat
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
The Clark County Commission today chose Republican Glenn Trowbridge to fill a vacant seat in the state Assembly representing the northwest valley. Trowbridge will replace ...
Did Tesla Motors open doors for Apex industrial park?
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Since opening more than 20 years ago, Apex Industrial Park has found itself stuck. Businesses are reluctant to locate there because there’s not enough water to support manufacturing and other ...
Soccer swing: How one councilman’s shift brought stadium plan back to life
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Once on life support, a proposed downtown soccer stadium now is poised to clear the Las Vegas City Council thanks to a change of heart by Councilman Bob Coffin, a consistent opponent to using public money for the stadium. The key to Coffin's shift is a new wrinkle in the plan that would guarantee about $25 million for improvements to ...
Tunnel reaches third straw at Lake Mead reservoir after seven years of digging
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
The Southern Nevada Water Authority announced shortly after noon today that a tunnel-boring machine 600 feet below the lakebed had connected with the intake ...
Las Vegas’ latest financing plan cuts city’s share of soccer stadium’s cost
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Las Vegas released a new and likely final set of financial terms today that call for the city to commit $56.5 million toward a $200 million downtown soccer stadium ...

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