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Cy Ryan

Carson City Bureau Chief

Cy has been a reporter at the state capitol in Carson City for a half-century. He has reported on nine governors. He has worked for the Sun 21 years.

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Nevada park passport program unveiled
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
The Division of State Parks has unveiled a passport program to encourage visits to 15 Nevada parks. Visitors can ...
Nevada unemployment rate falls below 7 percent
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Nevada’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in November, the first time it has been below 7 percent since June 2008. The state Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation reported ...
Las Vegas’ Stein Hospital appears safe from budget cuts
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
The Stein Hospital in Las Vegas is not on the chopping block as the state struggles to find enough money to pay for its government programs during the next biennium ...
First-time unemployment claims up in November
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
First-time claims for unemployment benefits in November were up 12 percent from the same month last year, marking the third consecutive month of increases. The 16,289 claims ...
State officials deciding whether to lease or build
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Faced with a shortage of money for maintenance, the state is looking at leasing private space rather than constructing new public buildings. The state owns 2,847 buildings, some ...
High court dismisses case against state Sen. Denis
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed a suit filed against past Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, accused of violating the Constitution by ...
Court orders murder charge reinstated in Las Vegas case
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a murder charge be reinstated against a Las Vegas man who claimed his defense was hurt by the destruction of handwritten notes taken by a police detective. The court overturned the ruling of ...
Former Sandoval staffer named CEO of builders group
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Stewart “Mac” Bybee, a former director of public relations and community affairs for Gov. Brian Sandoval, has been named president and chief executive officer of ...
Sandoval names 3 judges to new Court of Appeals
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval today named three Nevada judges to sit on the newly created Court of Appeals. The governor selected ...
Hundreds of millions needed to fix decaying Nevada roads, official says
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
An estimated $661 million is needed to fix Nevada’s decaying road system, much of it in rural Nevada ...
Nevada employment climbing toward 2007 peak
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
In 2016, Nevada employment will surpass its peak year of 2007, a jobs expert predicted Tuesday. After 2007, the recession hit and 175,000 jobs were lost. Since then ...
New Nevada labor commissioner named
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
Shannon Chambers was named to the post Monday by Bruce Breslow, director of the State of Nevada Department of Business and Finance ...
EPA weighs enforcement action over water pollution
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval scolded the state Department of Transportation today for failing to take prompt action to permanently stop polluted runoff from flowing into Nevada waterways.
He said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may now
Ventura County fire chief named Nevada’s next fire marshal
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Bob Roper, fire chief for Ventura County, Calif. for 15 years, has been named state fire marshal for Nevada.
Report: State could save money treating juvenile offenders
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
The state could save $563,000 a year by placing low-risk juvenile offenders at the Caliente Youth Center instead of at a Las Vegas facility with more serious offenders, according to an audit report.
The state Division of Internal Audits said ...
Adult club fined $25,000 by state gaming regulators
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
An adult entertainment club in Las Vegas has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to state gaming regulators for violations involving catering to gang members, shootings inside and outside the business and numerous Clark County violations.
Nevada justices uphold death penalty for Las Vegas killer
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court Wednesday rejected the petition of death-row killer James Ray Walker who claimed his attorney was incompetent ...
Nevada Supreme Court rejects bid to remove Henderson mayor
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed petitions seeking the removal of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen over term limits. The court unanimously ruled that Rick Workman, who ran against Hafen, had no standing to ...
Nevada taxable sales climb about 4 percent in September
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Nevada taxable sales rose about 4 percent in September compared to the same month a year ago, the 49th consecutive month of increases. The Nevada Taxation Department reported ...
Strip club wants court to reconsider ruling on dancers
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
The Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that dancers are club employees, not independent contractors, and therefore due minimum wage. If the ruling stands, it could cost the club ...
Nevada unemployment at lowest level since June 2008
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in October, down from 7.3 percent the previous month and the lowest level since June 2008. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported ...
Tesla says construction work underway on plant near Reno
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Tesla Motors says 400 construction workers are busy building its battery-producing factory east of Reno — and half of them are Nevadans. Daniel Witt, a business-development manager with Tesla, told ...
Sandoval names new head at Nevada Department of Taxation
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Deonne Contine director of the state Department of Taxation, succeeding Chris Nielsen, who was appointed to the governor’s staff. Contine has worked in the department since ...
Nevada Supreme Court taking up Uber jurisdiction dispute
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
he Nevada Supreme Court has decided to give speedy handling to a petition seeking to prevent a Washoe County judge from presiding over a conflict between the state and Uber. Uber, a private ride service company, has asked ...
Man granted parole in 1998 teenage slaying
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
The state Pardons Board voted Tuesday to grant immediate parole to Marcus Dixon, who at the age of 14 fatally shot one person and wounded another in Las Vegas in 1998.
A Quick Stop loses slot machine license over stolen cigarettes
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
A food mart in Las Vegas, caught selling stolen cigarettes to customers, has agreed to have its state gaming license revoked. The Nevada Gaming Control Board and Quick Stop Food Mart filed ...
Sandoval names tax agency head new deputy chief of staff
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Chris Nielsen, who has headed the state Department of Taxation since 2011, has been named deputy chief of staff to Gov. Brian Sandoval. Sandoval has said he wants to ...
Assembly speaker-designate says new taxes would be a last resort
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Assembly Speaker-designate Ira Hansen said Saturday that he has yet to hear from Gov. Brian Sandoval about his agenda but that the GOP will focus on school choice, health care and collective bargaining ...
Lawsuits seek back wages for dancers at 6 strip clubs
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Six Las Vegas strip clubs have been named in lawsuits seeking back wages for dancers. The legal actions come after the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that dancers at the ...
36 apply for three seats on newly created Nevada appeals court
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Thirty-six lawyers have applied for the three vacant seats on the newly approved Nevada Court of Appeals in Las Vegas ...
State switches company overseeing government employee retirement fund
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
The state Board of Examiners today approved changing the company that administers a $670 million deferred compensation fund for Nevada government employees. The board agreed ...
Supporters: Enough signatures to get gun background checks on ballot
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Supporters of a ballot initiative to require background checks for private gun sales say they have collected more than the required 101,667 signatures to get the issue before voters. If the signatures are verified, the measure will ...
Memorial honors Nevadans who died while serving in military
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
A memorial to 800 Nevadans who gave their lives while serving in the military was unveiled Monday on the eve of Veterans Day. The Nevada Fallen Heroes book will be displayed ...
Clark County in line for $838 million for road construction
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
The state plans to spend $1.5 billion next fiscal year on road construction, more than half of it in Clark County. The state Department of Transportation today unveiled ...
Work already underway to stand up Nevada Court of Appeals
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
The morning after voters approved creating an appeals court in Nevada, more than 100 inquires had been made about applying for the three new judgeships. The Nevada Court of Appeals, which voters ...
Administrator named for Division of Industrial Relations
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Steve George has been named administrator of the state Division of Industrial Relations. The appointment was announced today by ...
Lawyer to seek back wages for up to 20,000 strippers
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
A Las Vegas lawyer says he plans to file a class-action lawsuit seeking back wages for up to 20,000 strippers after a court ruling this week that dancers are club employees and not independent contractors. The Nevada Supreme Court ruled ...
Court: Strippers were club employees, could be owed millions
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Strippers who danced at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas were employees, not independent contractors, and entitled to be paid minimum wage, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled today. A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of an estimated 6,500 dancers could ...
Court upholds man’s conviction in 2011 slayings
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Marco Guzman, sentenced to a life term in prison in the slaying of a Las Vegas man and his girlfriend. The court said Guzman received ...
Nevada tax experts predict increase in alcohol consumption, decrease in smoking
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Experts from the state taxation department, the legislative fiscal staff and the budget office met Wednesday to make their preliminary estimates.
Commission rejects $438 million plan to build solar plant in Moapa Valley
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
he state Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 Monday that Nevada Power Co. failed to show the need for the plant and its power would be too expensive for customers in Las Vegas. But the commission unanimously accepted the proposal of the electric company to buy other natural gas companies ...
Nevada taxable sales up 7.5 percent in August
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Taxable sales, one indicator of the Nevada economy, grew to $4 billion in August, a 7.5 percent increase from the same month a year ago. It was the 49th consecutive month ...
Employers to pay more to restore unemployment trust fund
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Businesses in Nevada will be paying more next year toward restoring the state’s unemployment trust fund. Nevada Employment Security Division officials said ...
Court upholds death sentence in Las Vegas slaying
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court today upheld a death sentence for John M. Watson III in the Las Vegas slaying of his wife, whose body was never found. The court, in a 5-2 decision, rejected ...
Governor mum on taxes, school funding formula
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval is playing it close to the vest about any changes he might recommend to the public schools funding formula or ...
Nevada prison system needs 100 more officers to properly fill posts, report says
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Nevada’s prisons are not adequately filling the custody posts and guard towers because of a shortage of staff, a report says. The yearlong study says 100 additional officers are needed to ...
Taxable sales in Nevada up 6.3 percent in July
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Taxable sales in Nevada rose by 6.3 percent in July, with big gains in restaurants, bars and electronics sales. The state Taxation Department reported Tuesday that sales totaled ...
Prosecutors say O.J. Simpson had adequate defense
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Clark County prosecutors are challenging the claim that the defense attorney for O.J. Simpson was ineffective at the trial and in the appeal of the former ...
Contract dispute involving singer Ne-Yo headed back to Las Vegas court
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
case involving successful singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and whether he owes 15 percent of his earnings for several years to the estate of a professional manager is headed back to ...
Nevada colleges get $10 million job training grant
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Nevada’s community colleges received a $10 million federal grant to bolster job training programs, according to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the money to ...

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