After just one year as Clark County School District's Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Pedro Martinez is leaving. Last week the Washoe County School District hired Martinez as its new superintendent. Martinez came to Clark County from Washoe County schools last summer and was key in implementing turnaround strategies as well as other reforms. Did he succeed? What's left on the table for his successor?
The economies in Metropolitan areas in the Mountain West region are recovering at a good pace but unemployment still remains high in Las Vegas and across the entire state of Nevada. That's according to a new report from Brookings Mountain West at UNLV. Is Nevada keeping up with the region? And what needs to be done to keep pace with our neighbors in places like Arizona, Colorado and Utah? We discuss the latest Brookings Mountain Monitor report and the latest on Nevada's economic activity.
The Clark County School District recently sent out pink slips to more than 400 teachers and is struggling to plug a massive budget gap but Kevinn Donovan says while all of this is going on, cuts to classroom should be avoided at all costs. Donovan is a candidate for School Board District A.
The Obama administration made a bold move on Friday when it announced it would stop deporting some undocumented immigrants. In an executive order President Obama said young undocumented people who have no criminal background, came to the U.S. before they were 16 and who are in school can apply for work permits and be spared deportation for up to two years. In Nevada several DREAM Act supporters have rallied in support of the bill which would provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the country as children and who serve in the military. We talk with undocumented students and a political expert about the ramifications of the Obama decision.
A new series on the Mexican election from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk explores the importance of the Mexican election on both sides of the border. We talk with two reporters from the series on how businesses and people on both sides of the border will be affected by the election.
The crowds at MGM Grand on Saturday as well as many boxing experts were positive that Manny Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley in their 147 pound bout. But the judges saw otherwise and gave Bradley the victory.
This year Clark County School District implemented an ambitious plan to turnaround five of its worst performing schools. The schools are Western, Chaparral and Mojave high schools and Hancock and Elizondo elementary schools. The plan included radical changes in the classroom and curriculum as well as the replacement of many teachers, administrators and staff. Has it succeeded? We talk with two principals from turnaround schools about their first year and the challenges they face.
Nevada Department of Transportation Director, Susan Martinovich will step down after working for the department for 30 years. She began her career with NDOT as an engineer designing various structures across the state of Nevada.
After years of apparent dysfunction the Nevada Republican Party might be replaced by a shadow GOP. Las Vegas Sun Columnist, Jon Ralston reports the Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney campaign will create a new Republican group to run get out the vote campaigns, phone programs, voter ID, voter contact, and everything the state GOP hasn't been able to perform. What could that mean in a swing state like Nevada? We talk with Jon Ralston about what a shadow GOP could mean for the state.
Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio is being sued by the Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against Latinos in Phoenix. The suit says the sheriff and his office have "engaged and continue to engage in a pattern or practice of unlawful discriminatory police conduct directed at Latinos in Maricopa County.
Thousands of teachers could lose their jobs after an arbitrator sided with the county teachers union forcing Clark County School District to grant pay raises to teachers. District officials wanted teachers to accept a pay freeze to help close a $63 million budget deficit but union officials claimed the district has the money to honor the promised pay increases. As a result of the arbitrators decision district officials says more than 1,000 positions could be cut to make up for the cost of those raises. We talk with CCSD Trustee, Carolyn Edwards about the arbitrators decision and how many teachers could lose their jobs.
Facing a projected $33 million budget shortfall, the City of North Las Vegas announced this week they will be forced to make mass layoffs to balance its budget. North Las Vegas officials contend union members including the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1607 enjoy an above average and generous wage and benefit package. We talk with North Las Vegas City Manager, Tim Hacker about possible layoffs and ongoing negotiations with the the city's unions.
Last week the Clark County Commission voted to stick with the status quo when commissioners voted down a proposed ordinance change to towing regulations. What could it all mean? Las Vegas Review Journal Columnist John L. Smith says not much for the average consumer who will end up paying big bucks in fees if they're towed either way. John L. Smith and Nevada Transportation Authority Chairman Andrew Mackay join us to talk about who regulates towing and its impact on the consumer.
Learning to be a court interpreter isn't an easy task and simply being bilingual usually isn't enough to do the job effectively. Nevada requires interpreters to complete a long list of requirements to become an interpreter. We talk with three court interpreters about what their job entails.
Arts Factory owner Wes Myles says city fees and what he calls an overbearing bureaucracy for events downtown are out of control and it might drive him out of Las Vegas. Myles purchased the Arts Factory in 1996 and says he's exploring opportunities in other cities.
When the Sahara closed its doors last May after more than 50 years in business, owners promised they would reopen the hotel-casino's doors sometime in the near future. Now, the Review Journal reports SBE Entertainment, the company that owns the shuttered property, has secured $300 million in financing to remodel and reopen the hotel-casino in 2014.
The show "X Burlesque" at Flamingo celebrates 10 years on the Strip this month. Two of their performers, sisters Shakeera Onstead and Rasmeeka Voelkner came to the United States from South Africa during apartheid.