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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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State of Nevada website gets D- for transparency
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Nevada is among the least transparent states in the country when it comes to disclosing how taxpayer dollars are spent. The report graded states based on ...
NLV struggling to seal a deal with unions, setting back its fiscal goals
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The city had hoped to reach a deal with its unions to close an $18 million deficit before it submitted its tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year to the state on ...
Commissioner floats idea to rein in slot parlors: allow fewer slot machines
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Currently, a tavern or bar is allowed to have up to 15 machines under state law, so long as the revenue from gaming is “incidental” to the primary business of ...
The nation’s most endangered waterway is in our backyard
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Water is more valuable than gold when you live in the desert. And the water level at Lake Mead is being taxed more than ever. So how much more water loss can Las Vegas take?
County commission to consider slot-gaming locations — again
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Clark County commissioners will continue wrestling with how available to make slot machines at bars, convenience stores and other locations in neighborhoods in valley when they meet Tuesday. Specifically, they'll discuss licensing of locations that have ...
Commissioners to take another shot at slot regulations
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Clark County commissioners will continue wrestling with how available to make slot machines at bars, convenience stores and other locations in neighborhoods throughout the valley when they meet Tuesday. Commissioners will also vote to appoint a new member of …
Despite good snowpack in Rockies, Lake Mead level still expected to drop
Sunday, March 30, 2014
How long, at the rate we use water in the valley, will it be before Lake Mead — the largest reservoir in the country — is drained and arid?
North Las Vegas still hopes unions will help bail city out of fiscal crisis
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Despite talk of severe layoffs and cuts to services, North Las Vegas officials insisted today a financial calamity still could be averted if a deal was struck with the city’s employee unions. But the window to reach agreements...
County projects $66 million surplus, but most already spoken for
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
After years of drowning in red ink, Clark County has a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that projects a $66 million surplus, although needs at its jail, hospital and police department will...
Las Vegas to allow marijuana dispensaries; county advances pot biz process
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A push to increase patient access to medical marijuana took a step forward today as two local governments voted to allow dispensaries and related businesses in their jurisdictions. In Clark County, commissioners...
Clark County considers additional curbs for thriving slot parlors
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
When Clark County commissioners set new regulations meant to rein in the rapidly growing slot parlor industry in 2011, they neglected to draw up specific definitions on ...
County OKs settlement to end two lawsuits by Health District
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The first lawsuit stems from the Health District’s claim that the county was thwarting its attempt to acquire property for a new building to replace its outdated space on Shadow Lane, which was closed in 2012. The second lawsuit involved a claim by the Health District that it was …
County drops idea of banning Strip news racks, looks to take ownership of them
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Clark County could soon find itself the owner of hundreds of news racks that line Strip sidewalks under a new ordinance ...
Talks with unions a crucial piece of North Las Vegas’ financial puzzle
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
With only a month left before North Las Vegas must submit to the state its tentative budget, the city is struggling to find practical ways to avoid a ...
LV council to decide on pot businesses, horse-drawn carriages downtown
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
With state regulations for medical marijuana businesses nearing completion, the Las Vegas City Council will have to decide soon whether it wants to allow dispensaries within ...
Construction starts on $6.8 million flood-control project
Monday, March 17, 2014
Construction started today on flood-control improvements along Grand Teton Drive to prevent flash flooding. A gap in the drainage system along...
What if Clark County owned all those news racks on the Strip?
Monday, March 17, 2014
Clark County commissioners have wrestled for months over plans to clean up the Strip by removing the hundreds of news racks that impede pedestrian traffic. The commission will consider a new idea...
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.
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.
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.
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.

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