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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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Will Sandoval embrace Obama’s free tuition proposal?
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The governor wants his administration to study the plan, called "America's College Promise," before opting in. The biggest hang-up might be ...
Departing Krolicki, driven by ‘public service gene,’ eyes Reid’s Senate seat
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
After 24 years in state government, including eight years each as treasurer and lieutenant governor, Brian Krolicki is leaving office. But that doesn’t mean ...
Nevada attorney general convening law enforcement summit
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Newly elected Attorney General Adam Laxalt is calling a law enforcement summit to lean how his office can better assist fighting crime in Nevada. Laxalt has invited sheriffs, police chiefs and district attorneys to ...
Applications being accepted for District Court vacancies
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Attorneys can start applying for appointment to replace three District Court judges who were elevated to the new Nevada Court of Appeals. The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection said today ...
Traffic deaths drop in Clark County but rise statewide
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Nevada’s traffic deaths rose nearly 7 percent to 284 fatalities in 2014, but the number dropped in Clark County compared with ...
Trio of judges sworn in for new Nevada appeals court
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
A trio of judges was sworn in today for the state's newly formed appellate court. Jerome Tao, Michael Gibbons and Abbi Silver took the oath of office ...
Nevada makes up difference in Medicaid payments to doctors under Obamacare
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Nevada’s primary care physicians are safe, at least for the time beings, from a 38 percent cut in fees collected for treating Medicaid patients. Under the Affordable Care Act, federal payments in ...
Inmate wins case in prison diet inspections
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Robert al. Stockmeier, housed the Lovelock Correctional Center, filed suit against state Chief Medical Officer Tracey Green, claiming she does not conduct the periodic diets at the various prisons and does not file her reports as required with the state Prison Board.
Nevada Supreme Court rules cities have right to lay off employees because of lack of money
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Reno lost a continuing federal grant and notified 32 firefighters they would be laid off. The International Association of Firefighters Local 731 filed suit to stop the layoffs and to submit the issue to ...
Court rules in favor of couple potentially exposed to hepatitis in Las Vegas outbreak
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
The Sadlers maintain that PacifiCare was negligent in failing to start a quality assurance program to oversee the medical providers in its group.
Nevada taxable sales up again in November
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
Taxable sales in Nevada, an indicator of the economy, rose 4.9 percent in October, the 51st increase in a year-to-year comparison of months. The state Department of Taxation reported today sales reached ...
Students caught skipping school face driver's license suspension starting Jan. 1
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
Aiming to lower truancy rates and boost high graduation levels, a new law that suspends the driver's licenses of students who skip school becomes effective in Nevada ...
Supreme Court to hear appeal against Catholic Church for molestation case
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court opens hearings in the new year with an appeal by the Catholic Church of a $500,000 judgment involving a priest who sexually molested a 13-year-old Las Vegas boy ...
Cegavske evaluating whether to keep Reno office
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
Barbara Cegavske, who takes office next month as Nevada secretary of state, said she is evaluating all her divisions and is considering closing the agency’s Reno branch office. Cegavske, who has served in the Assembly and state Senate, said ...
Still no penalties over stormwater runoff
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
A meeting was held between state and federal officials last week, but it’s still up in the air whether the Environmental Protection Agency will penalize Nevada for water pollution violations. Suzanne Skadowski, a spokeswoman for ...
Cost of legislative session estimated at $18 million
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
The first bill to be presented and approved by the 2015 Legislature calls for $18 million to pay for the 120-day session. Senate Bill 1 will cover ...
Former newspaper publisher named to Elko County Commission
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
The governor said Monday that Steninger, 59, was the highest ranking finalist recommended by the commission.
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 ...

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