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Joe Schoenmann

Downtown Las Vegas Reporter

A native Wisconsinite, Joe earned a journalism degree to get out of college early but wanted none of the craft after graduation. Need for a job landed him at small Wisconsin weeklies before moving to Las Vegas in 1997. He has been recognized for his magazine profiles and his investigative stories that exposed police bias against minorities.

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Las Vegas council agrees to initial medical marijuana rules
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The complexity of regulating medical marijuana tongue-tied Las Vegas lawmakers as they slogged through 27 pages of proposed rules today. When the City Council finished, this is what they did ...
Las Vegas may require receipt for booze sold downtown
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Stores that sell liquor downtown, particularly in the Fremont Street Experience, could be required to seal the booze in a bag with an affixed receipt. That recommendation...
Joe Downtown: Tragedy, secrets and the tough side of Downtown development
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The neighborhood experiences a tragic loss and a brutal app allows bash-friendly conversation.
Council takes first step toward tax district for soccer stadium
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council has passed the first of several steps to create a tax district that could help finance a downtown soccer stadium. By a unanimous vote, the council...
Proposed regulations assert medical pot dispensaries linked to crime
Monday, June 2, 2014
Language in proposed regulations for medical marijuana businesses that links dispensaries to violent crimes and gang activity exaggerates...
Proposed ban on alcohol-carrying containers in Fremont Street Experience called too vague
Monday, June 2, 2014
Banning all containers would have meant if someone bought a six-pack from one of six stores currently selling package liquor in the Fremont Street Experience, he or she could be …
Council to consider special tax district for Symphony Park area
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The City Council on Wednesday will consider a bill creating a Tourism Improvement District on 59 acres that include Symphony Park and some nearby parcels. Findlay Sports and The Cordish Companies have targeted Symphony Park, a large parcel west of Main Street and east of Interstate 15, as a …
Joe Downtown: Have Zappos employees answered the neighborhood’s revitalization prayers?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Can the Zappos workforce sustain all the area's new businesses?
Pot dispensaries come with big price tags, lots of rules
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
If the expense of opening a medical marijuana facility — dispensary, cultivation or production facility, or testing lab — doesn’t scare away investors, 28 pages of Las Vegas regulations might. The city’s Recommending Committee will...
Las Vegas considering outdoor ban on alcohol bottles, cans downtown
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A city of Las Vegas committee will consider a new booze rule allowing people to drink only from plastic cups in a 32-block area around Fremont Street downtown. The proposed amendment to city ordinances is meant to ...
Las Vegas budget remains unbalanced
Sunday, May 25, 2014
The Las Vegas city budget got busted in the recession.
Q+A: Bob Beers on budgets, Cliven Bundy and his challenge of Sen. Harry Reid
Friday, May 23, 2014
Councilman Bob Beers is frustrated that the City of Las Vegas can’t seem to live within its means. At a recent meeting ...
City to allow dispensaries on LV Boulevard, Fremont Street
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Ultimately, only 12 dispensaries will be allowed within Las Vegas city limits. There are no numerical limits on cultivation and production facilities beyond distance separation ...
Las Vegas officials bar new liquor stores, tighten rules
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The belief that drink-fueled problems in the five-block Fremont Street Experience are caused by package liquor sales prompted the Las Vegas City Council to crack down, toughening laws on ...
Las Vegas sets deadline for financial plan for soccer stadium
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council voted 6-1 today to give Findlay Sports and Cordish Cos. until Sept. 1 to come up with a financial plan to build a professional soccer stadium at Symphony Park. Developers want to...
Joe Downtown: Nevada’s sesquicentennial book is riddled with mistakes
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
According to the coffee table book, the Golden Nugget is no longer in existence. Hmm...
Gambling returns to old Moulin Rouge — for a day
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The historic Moulin Rouge casino is reopening — kind of, for eight hours anyway, and in a trailer. One day next month, a trailer with 16 slot machines will be rolled onto the site of the mostly demolished Moulin Rouge, allowing the owner to...
Campaign finance: Mark Hutchison, Lucy Flores and more
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Campaign finance reports for Nevada politicians are due today. We'll break down ...
Joe Downtown: City commission gives $1 million to help revive Huntridge Theater
Monday, May 19, 2014
Questions about the risk Las Vegas might take on if it invests $1 million in historic Huntridge Theater fell to impassioned speeches from neighbors about ...
Powerful sheriff position up for grabs in June primary
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Four major candidates are vying to succeed Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie. The next sheriff will face a fresh set of challenges compared with what Gillespie encountered when he was elected ...
Joe Downtown: Use of force is prominent topic in sheriff candidate forum
Thursday, May 15, 2014
With just nine days before early voting begins, eight of nine men vying to become the next sheriff answered questions Thursday night on everything from police use of force on people — and animals — to immigration and ...
Cliven Bundy’s supporters seek crowdfunding to sustain militia
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Two supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy launched crowdfunding campaigns to help pay for the militia that’s camping on the family’s ranch. Blaine Cooper and Christopher Ferrell ...
Joe Downtown: Could a $1 million grant make or break Huntridge revival efforts?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Huntridge Revival wants $1 million in public funding to move forward with renovating the historic theater.
Bundy family to pursue legal action against BLM
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Unsatisfied with the local government response to a showdown between supporters of Cliven Bundy and Bureau of Land Management rangers more than a month ago, the Bundys announced they will ...
Downtowner named among most creative people in business
Monday, May 12, 2014
A downtowner was named one of this year’s 100 most creative people in business in the latest issue of Fast Company magazine. Jen McCabe is VegasTechFund’s chief of hardware investments. TechFund is...
Vintage is back in style in Las Vegas
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Las Vegas history matters again, moreso than it maybe ever has, to the community at large as well as the business community. The success of the Mob Museum and the push to revitalize the historic Huntridge Theater are just two examples of how the city ...
Militiamen move on from Bundy fight to next battle with BLM
Friday, May 9, 2014
Militiamen and woman camped out around Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch about 80 miles north of Las Vegas are heading to Blanding, Utah, where another protest against the Bureau of Land Management will happen Saturday.
One month later, Cliven Bundy, militia, residents face an uneasy coexistence
Thursday, May 8, 2014
The federal agents backed down. The TV lights flickered off. The reporters flew home. But one month after the Bureau of Land Management’s cattle roundup...
Joe Downtown: Taking your time to get to know Las Vegas can pay off
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Phil Pascal and Demont Daniel brought the party to Picnic on a recent Friday.
Joe Downtown: Councilman exploring whether city can kick-start Huntridge fundraising effort
Friday, May 2, 2014
Las Vegas Councilman Bob Coffin said a lawsuit looming over an effort to purchase and renovate the historic Huntridge Theater has caused would-be backers to …
Rancher Cliven Bundy's family, supporters gather peacefully at Metro Police
Friday, May 2, 2014
Cliven Bundy's family protested peacefully in front of the Metro Police department this morning and filed criminal complaints against the Bureau of Land Management for...
Joe Downtown: Clark County public defenders form union, face battle with administrators
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Very quietly, lawyers in the Office of the Clark County Public Defender have formed a union, a move they feel is key to obtaining pay equity with ...
Joe Downtown: Why is the successful Mob Museum asking for a handout?
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Centennial Commission was to consider a grant request from the Downtown institution earlier this week.
Metro investigating concerns over militia activity near Bundy ranch
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Metro Police say they are investigating concerns a U.S. congressman raised about actions of militia members in northeast Clark County, but they’re not saying much more …
Movie shot and produced in Nevada puts new tax incentive in play
Friday, April 25, 2014
Las Vegas’ neon-lit, mobster-shadowed history is a frequent backdrop for movies and television shows. But the fact that a movie is being filmed ...
Joe Downtown: Thousands — mostly non-Nevadans — sign online petition opposing horse carriages
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Posted online less than a week, a petition against horse-drawn carriage rides in Las Vegas had collected some 5,400 electronic signatures by Thursday afternoon. Of the most recent 1,000 signatures, only 30, or 3 percent, were ...
Joe Downtown: Horse-drawn carriages and Fremont East’s tug between locals and tourists
New transportation options Downtown cater more to out-of-towners than residents
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs and a Disney trolley. All could be coming to Downtown.
Joe Downtown: Just opened, O Face doughnuts already packing them in
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The mere fact that two of its morning offerings contained bacon is a sign that O Face is on the right track. Another sign: by 10 a.m., a rush of customers...
Joe Downtown: City seeking lifeguards, swim instructors
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Lifeguards and swim instructors are needed to patrol the waters of city pools this summer. The city has about 35 positions available for...
Joe Downtown: Inspire Theater to show documentary on jazz, big band musicians
Monday, April 21, 2014
A multi-award-winning documentary about female jazz and big band musicians from the 1930s to now will be shown at downtown’s new Inspire Theater next week.
The New York Times described...
Recipe for success not so complicated
Sunday, April 20, 2014
In an odd way, the struggles at Wild, the pizza restaurant on the first floor of the Ogden, could be a good thing for the Downtown Project ...
Just how boozy do we want Fremont Street to be?
Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Fremont Street area could become a commerce center with many residents — or it could be Bourbon Street West ...
Joe Downtown: Construction to begin on downtown beautification project
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The city is about to shower some love on a part of downtown that needs it. Construction on a Main and Commerce streets beautification ...
Joe Downtown: Fremont Country Club gets OK for 18 and up shows
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Fremont Country Club has booked a few bigger-name acts — Hanson (of "MMMBop" fame) played there last September — but it has never made the big splash that its operator/promoter ...
Joe Downtown: We might not be ready for the truly nontraditional
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tom Haskins lived in the conventional world and attained middle-class wealth and status. He didn’t much like it.
Joe Downtown: Las Vegas City Council votes to allow horse-drawn carriages downtown
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Though they argued it would lead to more congested streets downtown, the mayor and two Las Vegas City Council members were outvoted: horse-drawn carriages are on their way. Despite concerns...
Joe Downtown: Liquor battle brewing at Fremont Street Experience
Monday, April 14, 2014
downtown liquor store operators on Fremont Street are feeling the squeeze. They put up signs telling people not to open containers inside their stores, they hired security, they warned customers not to drink within 1,000 feet of their stores. But even after all that ...
Joe Downtown: Company gets tax credits for shooting movie in Las Vegas
Monday, April 14, 2014
A production company shooting a movie in Las Vegas starring Dakota Fanning has received $297,000 in state tax credits. The company, LPF One DTIG LLC, will be filming in Southern Nevada until early May and already has shot at a downtown club, at Mount Charleston and today was at ....
Joe Downtown: New management at The Ogden’s Wild eyes healthier business model
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Downtown Project has taken over Wild, the gluten-free pizza restaurant on the first floor of The Ogden, and has employed a former chef to help ...
Joe Downtown: Has DTP squeezed out other development by buying so much Fremont area acreage?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Downtown Project is sitting on buildings and properties until ideas spring up.

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