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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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Mining company fined $182,000 over reporting of chemical releases
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
A gold mining company has agreed to pay a $182,000 federal fine for failing to correctly report releases of chemicals such as arsenic and cyanide that could threaten water supplies at a site 50 miles north of Eureka.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said ...
Nevada told to speed up processing of applications for food stamps
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
The federal government says Nevada has been too slow in processing applications for food stamps, creating hardships for thousands of families. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a letter to ...
State won’t place cap on medical marijuana cultivation
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
About 150 people in Las Vegas and Carson City attended a video public hearing on whether the state should restrict the number of medical marijuana cultivators.
Court reinstate’s gambler’s lawsuit in marker dispute
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a high-stakes gambler from Germany should have a chance to show he owes only $250,000 in markers to Wynn Las Vegas, not the $1.3 million the casino claims. The panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated ...
Six candidates vie for director of Board of Medical Examiners
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Six candidates, five of them lawyers, have applied to become the $110,000-a-year director of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners that regulates doctors. The board will hold ...
Board recommends $136 million for state building construction, renovations
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Plans for a new Department of Motor Vehicles office in Las Vegas and an execution chamber at the state prison in Ely are being recommended in the state’s building plans for the next two years. UNLV again sought money to ...
Nevada jobless rate ticks down to 6-year low
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Nevada’s unemployment rate inched down to 7.6 percent in August, its lowest rate in six years. That’s 2.2 percent lower than ...
Program to assist long-term jobless set to kick off in Las Vegas
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
A program to help the longtime unemployed in Las Vegas find jobs will be starting in October. Those enrolled will get help in finding jobs and their salary will be paid on ...
First-time claims for unemployment down in August
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Nevadans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped in August from the previous month, signaling ...
New boss named at Division of Welfare and Supportive Services
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Steve Fisher, who guided the state’s health exchange through some troubled times, has been named head of the ...
Speeding work on road to Tesla plant won’t impact Las Vegas project
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
The state Department of Transportation is considering speeding up a $100 million highway construction project that would improve access between Lyon County and ...
Sandoval forms panel to deal with drought
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday set up the machinery for Western states to join in finding the best ways to deal with the extended drought. Sandoval said the Western Drought Forum has been created ...
Sandoval promoted Tesla’s education payment, but it’s left out of bills
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
When he presented the Tesla deal, Gov. Brian Sandoval announced that the electric car maker would send $37.5 million to Nevada's public schools. The education contribution was a way ...
Tesla signs letter promising to give $37.5 million for education
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc. has sent a letter to Gov. Brian Sandoval promising to give public schools in Nevada $37.5 million over five years. The commitment letter was delivered ...
Bill would eliminate insurance subsidy to offset Tesla tax breaks
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
The Assembly today passed the first bill of a special session of the Legislature on a 39-0 vote to eventually eliminate a tax benefit for insurance companies based in Nevada.
The money saved would go to ...
Union concerned about wages, residency of Tesla construction workers
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
A bill to give $1.3 billion in tax breaks to Tesla requires that 50 percent of construction workers and those employed at the battery factory be Nevadans. The Senate, which introduced the bill late Wednesday, began hearings ...
Big delays, lots of lobbyists and no votes on first day of Tesla session
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The first day of the Tesla special session was politics as usual in Nevada. Nothing started on time. Lobbyists flooded the halls of the Legislature. Lots of business was done ...
NV Energy customers to pick up tab for one Tesla incentive
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
NV Energy customers in Northern Nevada will pay an estimated $1 more a year to compensate for one incentive proposed to bring a Tesla battery factory to the state. Under the proposal ...
Senate off to a slow, lurching start in considering Tesla tax breaks
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The Senate was off at a snail’s pace Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to consider tax breaks for a Tesla auto battery plant. Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a proclamation for ...
Lawmakers to determine if Tesla must pay prevailing wages
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Gov Brian Sandoval has kept quiet about whether Tesla is a public project, given its proposed $1.2 billion in tax credits and abatements. That’s one of the issues a special session of the Legislature will be confronted with when ...
Governor issues proclamation for special session on Tesla
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Shortly before midnight Tuesday, Gov. Brian Sandoval issued the official proclamation calling a special session of the Legislature for today to give $1.2 billion in tax benefits to Tesla Motors Inc. to locate in Nevada.
The proclamation was made public at ...
State approves settlement to Railroad Pass in eminent domain deal
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
This brings the total settlement to $4.7 million for the land owned by the casino.
Plan outlined to speed up highway in Tesla project
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Building the highway from U.S. 50 near Dayton in Lyon County to U.S. 80 east of Reno at the Tesla proposed site was not planned to begin in or after 2018 ...
Wilkinson leaves Reno to join state
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Department Director Julia Teska said Saturday Wilkinson will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the 15 divisions in the agency ...
Nevada Supreme Court to hear murder appeal, medical suspension
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court will open its fall hearings Tuesday by considering a 13-year-old case in which a Las Vegas man was killed by a blow to the head and his penis was severed ...
State to offer Tesla $1.3 billion in tax breaks to build factory
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
With the sun shining through the trees and onto the Capitol steps, Gov. Brian Sandoval stepped to the microphone on Thursday afternoon to announce what everyone already knew. Northern Nevada beat out four states ...
Beyond the political maneuvering, a special legislative session for Tesla means lots of preparation
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
The state legislative building is ready for a special session to consider tax breaks for building a Tesla battery plant in Northern Nevada — but the director hopes it’s later, rather than earlier, next week ...
Forester retires after 22 years with state
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
“The hardest part is putting my people in harm’s way,” said Anderson, 62 who had 22 years in state government.
Sources: Tesla chooses Nevada for battery factory
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Tesla Motors will announce Thursday that it will build its coveted $5 billion lithium battery factory in Northern Nevada, and the Legislature will hold a special session next week to discuss ...
Searchlight casino to surrender license after repeated violations
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Doing admitted every charge in a seven count complaint filed by the state Gaming Control Board that alleged she had been repeatedly warned about the mishandling and about improperly recording slot revenue.
Prison water system goes on the fritz
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Nevada-Cure said Tuesday there was no water for drinking, toilets or showers and questioned why the problem took so long to ...
New Medicaid payments could help ease mental health problems in Las Vegas
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
The state Division of Health Care Financing and Policy said Friday the government will increase its reimbursement rates from $460 to $940 per day for a patient in these hospitals.
Las Vegas man added to Nevada casinos
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
A Las Vegas man is the latest addition to Nevada's “Black Book,” a list of 32 people barred from entering any casino in the state.
Las Vegas man added to Nevada casinos’ black list
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
A Las Vegas man is the latest addition to Nevada's “Black Book,” a list of 32 people barred from entering any casino in the state.
Overseas trips cut for Nevada agriculture officials
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
State agricultural officials are not going to France or Brazil this year to promote Nevada farm goods The Legislative Interim Finance Committee refused Wednesday to ...
Nevada taxable sales up 4.7 percent in June
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Strong business in Clark and Washoe counties helped push Nevada’s taxable sales to $4.1 billion in June, a 4.7 percent increase over the same month a year ago. The state Department of Taxation reported ...
Hospitals complain about payments to treat prisoners under Obamacare
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Hospitals are complaining about lower payments to treat Nevada prisoners after inmates were switched to Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, officials said. To save money ...
Companies object to plan to abandon residential power rate increase
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
The state Public Utilities Commission today delayed approving a stipulation in which NV Energy agreed to drop a request for a $37 million rate increase for Las Vegas-area residential customers. The commission agreed to ...
Vegas doc suspended on pain medication allegations
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
The license of a Las Vegas doctor has been immediately suspended by the state Board of Medical Examiners for excessive use of pain killing medicine.
NV Energy agrees to drop proposed rate hike
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
NV Energy has agreed with consumer advocates to abandon a proposed $37 million rate increase for Las Vegas-area customers. The utility filed a stipulation today ...
Nevada gets 174 applications for 76 medical marijuana dispensaries
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
A total of 174 applications were submitted by Monday’s deadline to operate 76 medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada, the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health reported. Of those, 140 came from Clark County...
Transportation Board says funds limited for Project Neon
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Las Vegas lawyers have been put on notice by the state Transportation Board that a massive I-15 improvement project could be hampered if they seek excessive prices in land condemnation cases. “The state has a limited amount of money for acquisition,” board member Frank Martin...
Sex offender dies at Northern Nevada Correctional Center
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
A prisoner from Clark County, serving multiple terms for sex offenses against minors, died Monday at the Regional Medical Facility at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in ...
State receives more than 400 medical marijuana business applications
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
The state's health department received more than 400 applications to operate medical marijuana businesses in Nevada by the deadline ...
2 top Business and Industry officials swapping jobs
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
Two top executives in the state Department of Business and Industry are swapping jobs. Gail Anderson, administrator of the state Division of Real Estate, has been named...
Court denies petition of Las Vegas telemarketing scammer
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
A federal appeals court has denied the petition of a Las Vegas man, described as the mastermind of a $29 million Internet scam involving thousands of ...
Nevada jobless rate steady at 7.7 percent in July
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Unemployment in Nevada held steady at 7.7 percent in July, but the jobless rate was down 2.2 percent from July 2013. The national rate was 6.2 percent. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation today reported...
Nevada prison wrong to deny inmate cataract surgery, court rules
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
A federal appeals court has ruled that Nevada prison officials may have shown “deliberate indifference” in refusing to allow cataract surgery to an inmate who was functioning with ...
First-time unemployment claims in July down from previous year
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
The number of people submitting first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose in July compared to the previous month but was down compared to the same period a year ago. First-time claims were down...
Board OKs bond sale to renovate UNLV basketball arena
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
The state Board of Finance today approved the sale of an $85 million bond, with most of the money going to renovate the Thomas & Mack Center. The issuance was approved by ...

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