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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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Developers behind Major League Soccer proposal estimate $1.2 annual profit
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
A downtown soccer stadium would generate $23.9 million in revenue per year and a profit of $1.2 million, according to a financial analysis released today by the project’s developer. The estimate includes $10.5 million ...
Las Vegas recruits top lobbyist from Metro Chamber of Commerce
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Brian McAnallen will be responsible for shaping the city’s legislative agenda and coordinating with state and federal lobbyists.
Four things to know about Las Vegas’ MLS stadium deal
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
When they announced a tentative deal to build a new soccer stadium, Las Vegas city leaders said the public's share of the $200 million stadium would be just 31 percent. On its face, the deal is a bonanza for taxpayers. The public share of recent Major League Soccer stadiums is ...
Q+A: There’s a drought in Las Vegas, and that’s a challenge for Denver, too
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Sitting near the headwaters of the Colorado River, Denver seems like it would have little reason to worry about the drought that has parched Las Vegas and the Southwest. But ...
Study answers question: Just how bad are Las Vegas drivers?
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Drivers in Las Vegas are 15 percent more likely to be in an automobile accident than the national average, putting them in the bottom half of safest drivers in the country, according to study released today by Allstate. ...
UMC announces second, bigger round of layoffs
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
A second round of layoffs are coming to University Medical Center, officials announced today, less than six months after the financially troubled hospital had its first batch of layoffs. ...
UMC governing board seeks OK to meet in private
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Clark County Commissioners signaled mixed support today for a proposal to let University Medical Center’s newly formed governing board meet outside the public eye. Commissioners voted 4-3 to ...
State dumps public-private financing for massive I-15 project
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
The Nevada Department of Transportation today scrapped plans to use private financing to pay for major overhauls to Interstate 15 in Las Vegas over concerns about affordability. The department instead opted to go with ...
Late in planning, Nevada considers big changes to massive I-15 project
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
State leaders will decide today whether to reverse their decision to use private financing to pay for the biggest road project in the history of the Nevada Department of Transportation. Last June, the agency's...
Gas tax hike paves the way for smoother valley roads
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
The average driver in Southern Nevada will pay $52 a year more to fund several road projects. ...
More water headed to struggling Lake Mead
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Drought-stricken Lake Mead will get a boost next year from an increased delivery of water from an upstream reservoir, the Bureau of Reclamation announced today. But the extra water won’t be enough to stop the continued ...
Catch a ride in Las Vegas with new smartphone app
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Starting today, hailing a limousine or town car in Las Vegas is as easy as hitting a button on your smartphone. The new Ride Genie app from locally-based Integrity Vehicle Solutions Co. is the first ...
How super lawyer Jay Brown (and others) lobbied Clark County to win medical marijuana licenses
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
In the final days before Clark County commissioners decided who won lucrative medical marijuana licenses, the commissioners kept bumping ...
Pay your property taxes ... or else what?
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
It’s time to pay up. Clark County property tax bills hit mailboxes this month. The annual bill, if not necessarily enjoyable, is necessary. But each year, a small group of scofflaws choose ...
County OKs plans for arena complex at site of former Strip water park
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The Clark County Commission signed off today on plans for a 22,000-seat arena on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. The approval is a first step for...
Commissioners declare emergency for Mount Charleston flooding
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The Clark County Commission today declared a state of emergency for Mount Charleston after severe flooding damaged homes and properties in the area last month. The declaration, which still needs ...
Family Services workers cite concerns about safety, caseloads
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
Employees in the department responsible for Clark County’s foster care system are calling for changes because of safety concerns and excessive caseloads. Three employees of the...
Henderson weathered recession with cuts to salaries and services, now considers tax hike
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
When Henderson officials explain the city’s tenuous finances, they point to their prudent spending cuts in the wake of the economic crash in the late 2000s. One message that’s repeated in the city’s presentations and brochures: Henderson reduced compensation by 6 to 11 percent for employees not protected by a union. The statement is true. But it’s also an incomplete picture ...
Suspect found dead after standoff in northeast valley
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
A man who barricaded himself in his northeast valley trailer for five hours Friday evening was found dead with ...
Private companies hope to use public bus stops for Las Vegas shuttle services
Thursday, July 31, 2014
A downtown Las Vegas startup has big plans to make it easier for workers to get around without a car. But there’s a catch — the company wants to use public bus stops to...
How Southern Nevada could turn water deficiency into economic boon
Sunday, July 27, 2014
On a ribbon of road 2 miles beyond Henderson, at the base of the mountains leading to Lake Mead, scientists peer through microscopes searching samples of water for microbes and chemicals. They’re looking for new ways to clean and conserve water. In the process, they’re also helping to spawn an industry to power Las Vegas’ economy. The research lab is part of the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s mission to create technologies that protect the valley’s drinking water. Seven years after the lab launched, the agency’s efforts...
Once teetering toward insolvency, North Las Vegas has a new executive who’s prepared for tough decisions
Thursday, July 24, 2014
New North Las Vegas interim City Manager Qiong Liu isn’t afraid of a challenge. Liu left behind a lucrative engineering career in the private sector to work in government because she wanted to solve problems that affect people’s daily lives. She’ll have plenty of problems to address in her new role as North Las Vegas’ top executive. Only a few months ago...
Why Uber has cracked the taxi market in 70 cities — but not Las Vegas
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Uber is a four-letter word in Las Vegas. Just a mention of the company’s name draws gasps from Las Vegas leaders and, especially, taxicab companies ...
Patient dumping, foster homes among possible topics for referral to Legislature
Commissioners cut pay for constables in Henderson and North Las Vegas
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Commissioners got a first look at 10 proposed bills during their meeting Tuesday. They’ll have to shrink that list to four bills by Sept. 1, the deadline for submitting bill draft requests for the legislative session that starts in February ...
Ikea announces plans to open Las Vegas-area store
Monday, July 14, 2014
Ikea will open its first store in the Las Vegas market in the summer of 2016 at Sunset Road and Durango Drive near the 215 Beltway, company officials announced today. ...
Clark County considers giving firefighters raises early
Monday, July 14, 2014
A loophole in state law is allowing a handful of elected officials to double dip by drawing on their public employee pensions while still receiving additional pay and retirement benefits.
For local government workers, it’s TGIT
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Many local government employees work four-day weeks, so if you have business to conduct with the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson or North Las Vegas, you better get it done by Thursday or else wait out the long weekend. What's the trade-off for the general public? In a word: money.
How businesses break into Southern Nevada’s budding pot industry
Sunday, July 13, 2014
For users of medicinal marijuana, it’s going to be simple. If you suffer from one of eight conditions, you will be eligible for a medical marijuana card and can purchase your drugs same as you would at a pharmacy. For those trying to set up dispensaries or grow houses, the web of regulations is more complex.
Want to get married at Wayne Newton’s famed Las Vegas compound? You’re in luck
Friday, July 11, 2014
Wayne Newton’s famed Casa de Shenandoah compound in Las Vegas could soon be adding a wedding chapel. Just don’t expect Mr. Las Vegas to sing at the reception.
A guide to Nevada’s out-of-state political contributions
Monday, July 7, 2014
A Georgia payday lender has donated more than $82,500 to local and state elections in Nevada. Altogether, $4 million has flown into Nevada from out-of-state political donors this election cycle. Here's a breakdown of where that money is coming from and why.
John Entsminger prepares Southern Nevada Water Authority for a post-growth era
Saturday, June 28, 2014
John Entsminger hasn’t wasted anytime getting his feet wet since taking the top job at the Southern Nevada Water Authority in January. Three months into his tenure ...
Death of festivalgoer ‘brings down the mood,’ but the show must go on
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The party raged on at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this evening as the second night of the Electric Daisy Carnival got underway. About 134,000 people packed the speedway to dance ...
Commissioners OK over 100 permits for medical pot operations
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Clark County commissioners doled out 101 permits to businesses wanting to grow and process medical marijuana today during a marathon public hearing that ...
Who can grow pot in Clark County? Commission considers the answer today
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
After handing out 18 permits to sell medical marijuana earlier this month, Clark County commissioners are tackling one of the biggest remaining questions about the budding industry: Who can grow pot ...
How suspected shooters’ fresh start in Las Vegas turned dark
Online rants, friends of couple shed light on looming attack
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
In a shaky, hand-held video posted online Jan. 4, Jerad Miller drives a truck with his life packed in the back. He smiles and turns to the camera as the truck motors out of Indianapolis: "It will be our last time...
How you can help Metro Police in their time of mourning
Monday, June 9, 2014
With Metro Police reeling after the shooting deaths of two officers Sunday, many Las Vegas residents are wondering what they can do to support the department. Sheriff Doug Gillespie said today that...
Is Nevada a natural fit for emerging water market?
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Officials hope to launch a homegrown industry around water technology to pump millions of dollars into the economy.
County grants 18 permits for marijuana dispensaries
Friday, June 6, 2014
The Clark County Commission chose 18 businesses today to receive coveted permits to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated county. The commission spent three days this week reviewing...
Commissioners finish Day 1 considering marijuana dispensary applications
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Reefer madness was in full effect at the Clark County Government Center, as county commissioners at noon kicked off three days of hearings to select licensees for...
While seeking the votes, medical marijuana investors give campaign cash
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
On March 5, Clark County Commissioners signaled for the first time that they would allow medical marijuana businesses. Over the next eight days ...
County nixes asking voters to OK more taxes for hospital
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
County commissioners shot down a proposal today to put a question on the November ballot asking voters if they would be willing to pay more to support operations at University Medical Center. The county’s current subsidy to UMC will...
Clark County commissioners to spend 3 days talking medical marijuana
Monday, June 2, 2014
Clark County commissioners will spend three days this week talking about pot. Commissioners plan to weed through ...
Interim North Las Vegas city manager to leave post
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
North Las Vegas is launching a national search to find a permanent chief executive after interim City Manager Jeff Buchanan announced today he will leave the job next month. Buchanan’s last day as interim city manager is ...
Surge in Medicaid patients swamps state, puts UMC in a bind
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nevada’s largest public hospital has borrowed $45 million in emergency loans in recent months just to make payroll ...
Henderson now ‘a lot smarter’ after era of toxic production
Sunday, May 25, 2014
With its carefully manicured neighborhoods and sprawling office parks, Henderson has outgrown its roots as a magnesium producer for the country’s military ...
Response to Henderson land sale: Not interested
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A land sale that could have netted Henderson upwards of $33 million fizzled tonight when no bidders emerged during an auction at the city council meeting. Three of the choicest pieces of city real estate were ...
Henderson OKs $483 million annual budget
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Henderson City Council tonight approved a $483 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that includes a $4.6 million transfer to cover an operating fund deficit. The city hopes to close ...
County maneuvers for final say on marijuana dispensary licenses
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Clark County Commission signaled today it would ignore a recommendation by the state and continue with its medical marijuana application process unchanged. Commissioners said during a meeting today that...
‘Eyesore’ news racks along Strip to be replaced by county-owned, uniform racks
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The decision affects 288 news rack locations on the Strip. Commissioners have called the racks eyesores that clog sidewalks. Many of the current racks display adult-themed publications that feature …
Clark County to vote on 2015 budget, news rack takeover on Strip
Monday, May 19, 2014
Clark County Commissioners will decide whether to take over hundreds of news racks that line the sidewalks of the Las Vegas Strip during its meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The commission ...

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