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Nevada tribal emergency coordinator named amid pandemic

Jul. 4, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has been named as the state’s new tribal emergency response coordinator, amid a report that coronavirus testing and assistance has been slow to reach Native American tribes. Cassandra Darrough, an elected tribal council member who traces her...

Unlike cities, rural Nevada schools plan classroom lessons

Jul. 2, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In Goldfield, a historic small mining town between Las Vegas and Reno, students and teachers are relatively unfazed by the idea of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Surrounding Esmeralda County has reported no confirmed cases of COVID-19 and schools Superintendent M. Neil...

FILE - In this April 12, 2020, file photo, a woman prays while wearing a face mask before speaking at an Easter drive-in service at the International Church of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. Nevada's lawyers say the 50-person cap the state has placed on worship services due to the coronavirus doesn't infringe on constitutional protections of religious freedom because it doesn't target anyone's ideology or opinion.

Nevada defends church attendance cap in US appeals court

Jul. 1, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for the state of Nevada say the 50-person cap placed on worship services due to the coronavirus doesn’t infringe on constitutional protections of religious freedom because it doesn’t target anyone’s ideology or opinion. “The right to practice religion...

Crews report progress in Las Vegas, Reno-area mountain fires

Jul. 1, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Fire officials reported progress Wednesday fighting separate wildfires in the mountains near Las Vegas and on the edge of Reno, where a home was destroyed and hundreds of evacuations were ordered last weekend. The number of firefighters battling a more than 4-square-mile...

DA: Sparks police justified in fatal shooting of 18-year-old

Jun. 29, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks has cleared Sparks police of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an armed, suicidal 18-year-old man in January. Hicks said Monday that the officers were justified when they shot and killed Miciah Lee. Hicks said Lee was armed with a handgun...

Motorcyclist fleeing Reno police crashes, dies

Jun. 29, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police say a speeding motorcyclist who fled a traffic stop early Monday later crashed and died. Police say an officer spotted the cyclist driving recklessly on West 4th Street west of downtown and tried to top him but he quickly fled the area Monday morning. The officer later found...

Wildfire near Reno 10% contained after charring 3,500 acres

Jun. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wildfire northwest of Reno has burned nearly 5 ½ square miles of grass and brush as of Sunday with only 10% containment, but some of the evacuation restrictions have been lifted. About 400 people were evacuated by Saturday evening by the Poeville Fire that destroyed at least eight...

Nevada, Energy Department settle fight over secret plutonium

Jun. 26, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada ended a two-year legal battle Friday with the U.S. Energy Department over the secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas. The state's lawyers said they would drop their lawsuit after the federal government agreed to remove the highly radioactive material...

Championship Air Races in Reno canceled amid virus concerns

Jun. 26, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno Air Racing Association's board of directors has announced the 2020 STIHL National Championship Air Races are canceled because of safety and health concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The championship races were originally scheduled for Sept. 16-20. Efforts are now...

FILE - This March 10, 2010, file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a female bi-state sage grouse in Nevada. Conservationists are headed back to court again to try to force the Trump administration to protect the rare game bird along the California-Nevada line where the government keeps changing its mind about whether to add the cousin of the greater sage grouse to the U.S. list of threatened and endangered species. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Lawsuit brewing in fight over game bird in Sierra Nevada

Jun. 26, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are headed back to court to try to force the Trump administration to protect a rare game bird along the California-Nevada border as the government keeps changing its mind about whether to list the cousin of the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered. Three...