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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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The Sunday: What we make: How does your income stack up to others in Nevada?
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Ever look around at the signs of recovery here — the construction and rebound in travel and tourism — and wonder why it doesn’t feel like the recession has ended for you? There’s a reason: It hasn’t in terms of wages. If you’re a financial manager, a food server, a machinist, an engineer or a therapist, congratulations for picking a great time to be working in Las Vegas. The average Las Vegan makes about...
Races set for June's primary elections; Sandoval skates with no big-name foe
Local, statewide and federal contests will be decided in November
Friday, March 14, 2014
The field for June’s primary election is set after the close of candidate filing at 5 p.m. today. Of the more than 100 races that will be on the ballot, at least two are expected to be highly competitive ...
New customs agents at McCarran to cut wait times for international travelers
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tourism officials are excited about the prospect of incoming foreign visitors spending less time in customs lines at McCarran and more time spending on Las Vegas offerings. Thanks to a budget increase...
North Las Vegas mayor asks for more time to fix city’s finances
Friday, March 7, 2014
Appearing before the Committee on Local Government Finance, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee asked for more time to produce more revenue and blamed the city’s problems on...
Company pulls plug on gasification plant in NLV
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The company behind a proposed gasification plant that would turn waste into electricity in North Las Vegas has withdrawn its application from the city due to concerns from residents who live near the proposed site.
Chief outlines changes made in ambulance transport procedures to wary Las Vegas council
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Filling vacant positions, changing deployment strategies and increasing the number of ambulance transports are among the changes being made to increase efficiency at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Chief William McDonald told the City Council today.
Commissioners get 1st look at proposed medical marijuana regulations
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Dispensaries and other medical marijuana businesses could begin applying for licenses to set up shop in unincorporated Clark County next month, under regulations introduced to the county commission today.
Group warns of funding threat to 25 transportation projects essential to Nevada
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Improvements to Interstate 15, the 215 Beltway, Maryland Parkway and other road projects across the valley could be delayed due to cuts in federal highway funds, a national transportation organization said today.
Shelter to raffle puppies rescued from pet shop fire
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Twenty-seven puppies rescued from a burning pet store in January will get new homes later this month. Clark County commissioners approved a plan to adopt them out through...
LV City Council to mull pot shop moratorium, fire department changes
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council will get an update Wednesday on changes being made to the city’s fire department meant to save money and improve efficiency.
Candidates turn out as filing period opens for 2014 elections
Monday, March 3, 2014
Campaign season officially kicked off today with the opening of the filing period for nonjudicial candidates in November’s upcoming election. By midday, dozens of candidates had filed to run for a variety of offices , including the county commission, state Senate, state Assembly, U.S. House of Representatives and the governor’s office.
Commission to examine proposed rules for marijuana shops
Monday, March 3, 2014
Clark County commissioners will take their first look at proposed zoning regulations for medical marijuana businesses. If they like what they see, a formal vote could take place ...
Property tax caps become hindrance to recovery
Local government agencies bemoan inability to raise revenue for needed infrastructure repairs and staffing
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Thanks to a 2005 state law that protected Southern Nevada homeowners from knee-buckling property tax increases during the housing boom of that era, residents and business owners have saved about $3.8 billion. But the savings have come with a consequence...
LV fire chief: City will take on more patient transfers by ambulance
Private contractor American Medical Response says response times will suffer
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Starting Monday, the city will stop sending private ambulances to all incidents and will handle transports internally via the fire department. The fire chief says the move will end redundant service and, more important ...
How four valley areas could transform into thriving economic hubs
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
A group studying economic development in Southern Nevada has chosen four "opportunity sites" as model locations for revitalization via innovative public transit and affordable housing options.
Here's how, where pot dispensaries could set up shop in unincorporated Clark County
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Under Nevada law, 10 medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in unincorporated Clark County, and one might end up next to a Walgreens or CVS near you.
At special meeting, NLV officials to tackle union contracts amid budget woes
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
North Las Vegas officials will continue exploring possible solutions to fix the city’s troubled budget at a special city council meeting tonight.
Yucca Mountain status? Hearing delves into dumpsite issues, takes pulse of Nevadans
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Major progress is expected in the coming year toward resolving the outstanding questions and legal challenges surrounding Yucca Mountain’s potential as a repository for the country’s high-level nuclear waste.
Las Vegas to decide how much booze is enough downtown
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
The number of bars and liquor stores in downtown Las Vegas had exploded over the last five years, prompting the City Council to reconsider how it doles out liquor licenses.
Henderson mulls property tax hike to fix 'crumbling infrastructure'
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Henderson officials are considering raising the city’s property tax rate by up to 20 cents to generate funds to cover a $17 million annual shortfall needed to maintain its infrastructure.
Commissioners express support for proposed 'urban farm'
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
If backers of a proposed urban farm can find enough funding, Clark County commissioners said today they’d work to make sure the project found a home.
Sisolak says he won't run for governor against Sandoval
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak announced he will not challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval for the governor's office.
Quantum leap or pollution pit? Concerns over trash-to-energy plant coming to a head in NLV
Residents will have a chance to voice their concerns at a meeting next month
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
An innovative plan to turn trash into electricity has left the city of North Las Vegas facing a careful balancing act.
On one side is a major economic development opportunity for the struggling city — a proposed $115 million plant that would provide 280 new jobs.
An urban farm in Las Vegas? Supporter looking at 50 acres, seeking startup money
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
With traditional family farms in decline across the country, James Garza wants to reinvent how food is grown and distributed to local communities, starting with a farm in the middle of the desert. Garza is leading an effort to build a large-scale urban farm in the Las Vegas area, setting his sights on 50 acres of undeveloped land at Desert Breeze Park near Cimarron and Spring Mountain roads.
Union pay raise ruling could cost NLV $42 million it doesn't have
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
North Las Vegas’ anticipated budget deficit for the upcoming year could more than double as a result of a recent ruling on union pay raises.
Local governments vie for control in Nevada's new medical marijuana industry
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
Just as local jurisdictions can dictate where liquor stores can open, so too they are now grappling with the issue of where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located in Clark County and its cities.
Study finds Las Vegas' streetlights are plenty bright
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Las Vegas has ruled out one suspect in its search for root causes behind high numbers of vehicle-pedestrian accidents after a report to the City Council today on the brightness of city streetlights. Las Vegas switched its roughly 40,000 streetlights from high-pressure sodium bulbs to light emitting diodes (LEDs) starting in 2010 as part of a sustainability effort that saves the city $1.7 million annually in electricity costs.
Las Vegas, Clark County take step toward allowing pot dispensaries
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
The Clark County Commission and Las Vegas City Council both directed their respective staffs today to begin crafting licensing and zoning regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries, a major step for the nascent industry set to begin operating later this year.
Request sparks discussion of possible New Year's Eve fireworks sales
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Elaborate fireworks displays are a staple of New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Las Vegas Strip. Starting this December, Clark County residents may be able to get in on the fun with fireworks of their own if commissioners lift a ban restricting sales to only the Fourth of July holiday.
UMC labor contract is rejected over issue of longevity pay
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
A divided Clark County Commission rejected a collective bargaining agreement covering 85 percent of University Medical Center’s workforce over concerns about the benefit that pays long-term employees.
County pressuring reflexology clinics to weed out prostitution
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
The Clark County Commission today approved stricter regulations for reflexology clinics meant to weed out unscrupulous operators accused of allowing prostitution and other illegal activities.
Entsminger wins official appointment as Water District general manager
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
John Entsminger has been hired officially as the next general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District after Clark County commissioners approved an employment contract today.
Council may drop licensing requirement for food servers, pawnbrokers, others
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Restaurant servers, convenience store clerks and pawnbrokers could have an easier time finding work if the Las Vegas City Council votes Wednesday to do away with a work card requirement that includes mandatory police background checks. The council will discuss cutting in half the number of jobs that require work cards.
Las Vegas grants extension for proposed downtown arena
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Despite a majority of its members opposing the current plan for a new $390 million downtown arena, the Las Vegas City Council voted to extend an exclusive negotiating agreement today with the developer behind the project.
Sheriff's plan for More Cops dealt another defeat
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
The Clark County Commission has turned back the latest proposed versions of the More Cops sales tax to fund more police officers. Commissioners voted 4-3 today on the plan to increase the county sales tax by a total of .15 percent in two equal phases.
Commissioners name interim CEO at University Medical Center
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
The Clark County Commission today selected University Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Barnard to replace outgoing CEO Brian Brannman on an interim basis.
Sheriff likely to find out Tuesday if latest More Cops plan will win commission's approval
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Sheriff Doug Gillespie's newest More Cops plan, the fifth revision of the proposal originally presented to commissioners in December 2012, aims to address criticisms by linking a sales tax increase to depletion of a $140 million reserve fund Metro has built up over the years. As new officers are hired and the reserve shrinks, the tax will kick in over two phases, one in October 2014 and the other a year later, to supplement the hiring.
Reflexology clinics face new regulatory pressure
County sees proposed rules as way to stem illegal practices in unscrupulous operations
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Recurring problems surrounding reflexology clinics have drawn the eye of county officials, who have been working on new regulations for the industry for the past year. The proposed changes, scheduled to go to vote before the county commission next month, would create a new chapter in county code.
Deputy wins Water Authority's approval to succeed Mulroy
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
John Entsminger has been confirmed as the region’s next water czar after a unanimous vote this morning by the Southern Nevada Water Authority board. Entsminger, a 15-year veteran of the agency, was chosen last week to serve as general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the region’s largest water delivery agency.
Decisions await county commissioners in search for UMC's next CEO
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
News that Brian Brannman is leaving University Medical Center at the end of January means Clark County commissioners, for the fourth time in 10 years, are looking for a new chief executive to take charge of the troubled public hospital. At their meeting Tuesday, commissioners plan to choose an interim CEO to replace Brannman, who is leaving for an executive post at St. Rose Dominican Health Systems.
State of the City: Goodman touts 2013 successes, downtown turnaround
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman struck a positive tone as she reflected on the city’s successes in 2013 and looked forward to continued growth in 2014 during her State of the City address.
Las Vegas city manager to participate in Twitter Q&A
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Las Vegas is expanding its social media presence with a live Twitter chat next week in which members of the public will have a chance to ask questions of City Manager Betsy Fretwell.
MGM Resorts clears first hurdle on path to building arena on the Strip
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
With an eye on opening the venue in 2016, MGM Resorts International received approval from the county Tuesday for the first round of permits and reviews needed to begin construction on an arena.
Brian Brannman leaving UMC for St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
University Medical Center CEO Brian Brannman is leaving his post at the financially challenged public hospital to take over as an executive at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.
Senior deputy completes ascent to take reins of Las Vegas Valley Water District
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
Fifteen years after he was hired to join the Las Vegas Valley Water District’s legal department, John Entsminger has been chosen to take the agency’s top job.
Brown drops bid to become water czar; only one candidate left
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
The field of candidates vying to replace outgoing water czar Pat Mulroy dwindled to one today after Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown withdrew from consideration.
Commission to consider third More Cops tax proposal
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
In its first meeting of the new year, the Clark County Commission returns to a discussion of a stalled sales tax proposal that made headlines throughout 2013.
Fireworks smoke prompts air quality advisory
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
Thousands of fireworks launched from Strip hotels will light up the sky when the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve. They’ll also generate a lot of smoke, prompting an air quality advisory from Clark County this morning.
Crane falls off truck, disrupting traffic in northwest valley
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
A 50-ton crane fell off a semitrailer and into the roadway Monday afternoon, briefly blocking traffic near Rainbow Boulevard and Lake Mead Boulevard.
Injured judge talking to police; still unclear if he was attacked
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
Judge Eric Goodman is improving after he was found unconscious earlier this month at a Summerlin park suffering head injuries and is now talking with detectives, Metro Police said today.

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