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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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NV Energy rate proposal would cost average customer $2.82 a month
Friday, May 2, 2014
NV Energy is asking the state to OK a rate increase that would bump the average residential power bill by $2.82 a month and bring the utility an additional $20.8 million a year. The company also wants to raise...
Sex assault and incest convictions upheld against Las Vegas man
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court Thursday upheld the sexual assault and incest convictions of a Las Vegas man who had sex with his daughter when she was 12 and later when she was ...
Metro officer killed in helicopter rescue added to memorial
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The name of Metro Police Officer David Vanbuskirk, who died during the aerial rescue of a stranded hiker on Mount Charleston last year, was added today to Nevada’s Law Enforcement Memorial.
Addressing several hundred people...
Report: Juvenile facility hired workers with criminal backgrounds
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A juvenile center that treats young men for drug abuse problems has failed to check employees for past criminal offenses. The assessment, released earlier this week, says the Westcare Harris Springs Ranch ...
Courts overturn two second-degree murder convictions
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The convictions of two Las Vegas men on second-degree murder charges have been overturned because of faulty jury instructions by Clark County District Court judges. The U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals today reversed...
Nevada taxable sales up 4.6 percent in February
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Car sales and business in bars and restaurants sparked a statewide increase of 4.6 percent in taxable sales in February compared to the same month a year ago, according to a state report released today. The state Department of Taxation reported...
Nevada casino revenue jumps 7.6 percent in March
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After two down months, Nevada casino revenue rebounded in March to $982.1 million, up 7.6 percent from the same period last year. The state Gaming Control Board said it was the biggest win...
Audit: Lax security in Nevada prison computer system
Monday, April 28, 2014
A quarter of the desktop computers used by the Nevada Department of Corrections are susceptible to unauthorized access by hackers, according to ...
Audit critical of Nevada tourism contracts
Monday, April 28, 2014
A legislative audit says that millions of dollars in contracts that were awarded by the state Division of Tourism didn’t follow the law. The audit released today found that ...
Minden assemblyman out of hospital after angioplasty
Monday, April 28, 2014
Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler of Minden was released from the hospital today after undergoing an angioplasty procedure Saturday. Doctors told him to take it easy for...
Court rejects death row inmate’s appeal for new trial
Friday, April 25, 2014
A death row inmate convicted of killing a 20-year-old woman in Clark County in 1994 has lost his latest appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court for a new trial. In his appeal, Sterling Atkins argued...
NLV staves off financial calamity, still faces challenges
Friday, April 25, 2014
North Las Vegas has averted financial calamity for the next fiscal year but still faces money troubles in the future, a state oversight committee said. The city today submitted its tentative budget for...
Interim director named for Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Friday, April 25, 2014
Deputy Director Dennis Perea has been appointed interim director of the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, succeeding Frank Woodbeck, who resigned. Perea has been supervising...
First-time unemployment claims down 14 percent in March
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits in March totaled 13,267, down 14 percent from the same month a year ago, state officials reported today. The number compares with an average...
Nevada unemployment rate holds at 8.5 percent in March
Friday, April 18, 2014
Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady in March at 8.5 percent, the same as the previous month.
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported
Court overturns conviction of man who threatened former NLV police chief
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A federal appeals court panel Thursday reversed the conviction of a man who sent emails threatening former North Las Vegas Police Chief Joseph ...
Henderson casino settles complaint over cash shortfall
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The state Gaming Commission today approved an agreement to settle a complaint that the Klondike Sunset Casino in Henderson repeatedly failed to keep enough cash on hand. The casino at 444 West Sunset Road could suffer...
NV Energy asks for OK to join California power sharing system
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
NV Energy is proposing to join a California system that will allow it to share power with ...
Head of Division of Parole and Probation retiring
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Bernie Curtis, chief of the state Division of Parole and Probation, is retiring after six years on the job.
His retirement is effective...
Former Nevada Assembly Speaker Joe Dini dies at 85
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Joe Dini, who served as speaker of the Nevada Assembly for eight sessions, has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. His death was announced...
Report finds Nevada has most children without insurance
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Nevada had the highest rate of uninsured children among the 50 states in 2012, according to a national study by the University of Minnesota. The study, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that...
60,000 Nevadans waiting for Medicaid coverage
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
There’s a backlog in Nevada of 60,000 applications for Medicaid, the program that provides medical care for low-income people, state officials said. State Sen. Justin Jones, chairman of a Legislative Committee on Health Care, said...
Miller satisfied with $40,000 settlement after first seeking $15 million
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ross Miller characterizes himself as one of the most aggressive secretaries of state in the nation in pursuing those who violate political campaign laws. He boasts that a $40,000 fine recently imposed on a Virginia company is ...
Troubleshooting Nevada health exchange delayed by missing documents
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
An analysis of problems with Nevada’s health exchange is behind schedule because operator Xerox has failed to turn over documents to a company...
Committee pushing green energy learns solar system down on its garage
Monday, April 7, 2014
A Nevada legislative committee promoting the use of more green energy found out today that a solar system atop its own garage has been shut down for the last four months with a mechanical problem. It was revealed today...
Officials announce $1.1 billion for cleanup of contaminated Henderson industrial site
Thursday, April 3, 2014
More than $1 billion will be paid to a trust responsible for cleaning up a former chemical manufacturing site in Henderson that has led to contamination in Lake Mead. The money is part of a $5.15 billion settlement involving …
Despite late surge, Nevada health exchange falls short of goal
Thursday, April 3, 2014
On Monday’s final day to enroll in the Nevada health exchange, some 7,000 people filed applications, bringing the total to more than 41,000 but...
State’s employment director resigning
Thursday, April 3, 2014
rank R. Woodbeck, director of the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation since 2011, has resigned to take a post in the Nevada System of Higher Education. Gov. Brian Sandoval said Thursday that Woodbeck had been appointed executive director of the …
Conviction overturned, new trial ordered for suspect in 2009 death of Henderson baby
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of Rayshaun Coleman and ordered a new trial for him in the death of a 42-day-old boy in Henderson in March 2009. The court said Clark County District Judge Michael Villani was wrong in not allowing the defense to …
Internet poker revenues outgaining only bingo, Nevada regulators report
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Internet poker hasn’t proved so far to be the bonanza some had hoped for. The first monthly report on online poker gaming win showed it exceeded only bingo compared to other casino games, slot machines and …
Candidate for state controller says he’ll fight to stay on ballot
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Michael Schaefer, a Democratic candidate for state controller, says he’s going to fight the state’s suit to remove him from the ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office says Schaefer …
No increase coming in Nevada minimum wage
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Nevada’s minimum wage will remain the same for the coming year. Although President Barack Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour, Gov. Brian Sandoval has said...
Gaming regulators say Henderson casino was short of cash
Monday, March 31, 2014
The state Gaming Control Board has filed an eight-count complaint against a Henderson casino that failed to keep enough money on hand to pay off potential winnings by customers. The Klondike Sunset Casino was cited for...
Nevada OKs regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries
Friday, March 28, 2014
Regulations for setting up medical marijuana clinics cleared their final hurdle Friday, about a week before the law allowing the dispensaries takes effect. The Legislative Commission, without discussion...
$9 million judgment against former Crazy Horse Too owner upheld
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld a $9 million judgment against former Las Vegas strip club owner Rick Rizzolo in a case where a customer was...
Clark County ranks in middle of Nevada’s healthiest counties
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Storey County is ranked the healthiest county in Nevada, while Clark County falls somewhere in the middle of the pack, according to a national report. Nye County, meanwhile, found itself...
Republican group agrees to $40,000 fine
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
A group that ran hundreds of television advertisements supporting Brian Sandoval for governor in 2010 has agreed to a $40,000 fine for failure to...
Common Core testing is underway in Nevada schools
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The state Department of Education says field testing of Common Core standards kicked off Monday in 234 Nevada schools in grades three to 11 in English and mathematics. The transition is to assess how students do in...
Jury rejects inmate’s claim of excessive force
Friday, March 21, 2014
federal court jury has rejected the claim of an inmate at the state prison in Ely that guards used excessive force in removing him from his cell.
Harrah’s to get $4.4 million tax refund on planes
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that Harrah’s Operating Co. is entitled to a $4.4 million refund on the use tax paid on two planes purchased out of state. The gaming company had sought...
State hires consulting firm to help fix health insurance exchange
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval pressed for and got assurances that Xerox could open its books, files and other items to allow Deloitte to assess the failures and ...
Sandoval names Teska as director of Department of Administration
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named an analyst experienced in public school financing as state director of the Department of Administration who will prepare ...
Ex-husband must pay child support to former Sen. Halseth
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Daniel Halseth, who said he earns only $1,716 a month in unemployment benefits, siding with a district judge who ruled the ex-husband was ...
Administrator who advised governor on budget resigns
Friday, March 14, 2014
Jeff Mohlenkamp, director of the state Department of Administration and who prepares the budget for the governor, is resigning after 27 years in state government.
Nevada board delays vote on health insurance enrollment
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The board overseeing Nevada's troubled health insurance exchange board has delayed a vote on whether to give people stuck in the system more time to...
M Resort's Marnell named to Nevada Athletic Commission
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Las Vegas gaming executive Anthony Marnell III to the state Athletic Commission that regulates boxing and other unarmed combat events.
Mandalay Bay agrees to settle prostitution, drug allegations
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Mandalay Bay has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine to settle a complaint that employees at the House of Blues Foundation Room provided drugs and prostitutes to undercover agents in 2012. A five-count complaint by the state Gaming Control Board, released Tuesday, said at least 10 employees and at least five non-employees provided drugs and prostitutes and set up an area for sexual activity to take place. The alleged activity took place over a two-month period and involved...
Arizona company can use Bank of Nevada name, board rules
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The state Board of Finance has ruled the Bank of Nevada may retain its name even though it is run by an Arizona banking company.
Bond sales to finance $1 million in preservation projects across Nevada
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The state Board of Finance approved the sale of $1 million in bonds to preserve historic buildings in Nevada, with a small share going to Clark County. There were 15 requests to the commission asking for a combined $2.1 million, but the commission was limited to allocating $1 million.
Sandoval names new press secretary
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has a new press secretary succeeding Mary-Sarah Kinner who moved to Sacramento to take a new job.

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