Pets go to the veterinarian's office every day. But if you're a shark or a stingray at Shark Reef or a gila monster at the Springs Preserve, it can be a little tricky keeping up to date on vaccinations and dental care. Dr. Christopher Yach practices at West Flamingo Animal Hospital most days, but Fridays are reserved for his wild patients. He tells us how he goes about keeping these exotic animals healthy.
Northern Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei has a love-hate relationship going with the Bureau of Land Management right now. He has attacked its limits on oil and gas exploration to preserve the habitat of the sage grouse.
The Gaming Control Board has opened an investigation into the links between organized crime and the junket operators that bring the gamblers from the Chinese mainland to Macau. Those ferry companies also control the VIP rooms where many gamblers play cards and they extend credit and collect debts because casinos cannot legally collect gambling debts under Chinese law. The reports of mob involvement were published by a union local on a special Web site it has created to publicize the problems. So what will happen if the allegations are proven true? Is this a storm in a teacup or could it lead to a big shakeup in the world's biggest casino companies?
A big field has nominated to run for the special election to fill the Ward 2 seat on the Las Vegas City Council. Among them is Kristine Kuzemka. She is campaigning of themes similar to many other candidates - frugal budgeting and business development downtown. She has other issues such as Ward 2 getting a fair share of its tax revenue spent in the ward and she has criticized Mayor Carolyn Goodman for refusing to endorse same-sex marriage. Kuzemka says it could cost the city tourism dollars. We talk with the Las Vegas public defender about why she should win this week's special election.
The definition of a person has been expanding in recent decades. Mitt Romney says corporations are people and the United States Supreme Court has said that corporations and unions have the right to donate unlimited money to run political ads.
A field of nine is running to replace Steve Wolfson on the Las Vegas City Council. One of them is Planning Commissioner Ric Truesdell. Truesdell has the endorsement of the previous mayor, Oscar Goodman and the current mayor, Carolyn Goodman. He is running on his experience as a businessman and his record of public service. Other candidates have been more critical of a developer running for city council.
Roadside markers were placed across the state during the 1970s to show where historic buildings once stood. These site markers were often written by people with little historical training and reflected conventional wisdom of locals about the history of the site.
Senator Harry Reid was determined to avoid a primary for the US Senate nomination. Former candidate Byron Georgiou was pushed out of the race but that has not deterred Democrat Barry Ellsworth who is running on an anti-incumbent platform. He argues that Congress is financed by corporate America and that has led to major policy failures.
The Obama Administration has been pushing for standardized electronic medical records. It would help doctors provide better and more effective treatments and it would save money because it would prevent repetitive and unnecessary testing.
Long-time state senator Bill Raggio passed away last night while he was traveling in Australia. The Washoe County Republican represented his Reno-area district in 19 sessions of the Nevada Legislature.
Mary Gaitskill has written stories of people struggling to create intimacy and build relationships but events and often their own weaknesses overtake their efforts to succeed. As one critic notes, her stories are often more like a vivisection than a narrative.
The presidential race isn't the only political battle on TV. Station casinos is running ads denouncing the Culinary Union for its tough anti-business tactics as it tries to organize Station workers. The Culinary Union is running ads denouncing Station's greed and racism in firing Hispanic workers. It's not far from all out war. We talk with both sides to see what is at stake and where the battle is headed.
The dust is beginning to settle after the federal government and 49 states agreed to settle with five banks over allegations of fraudulent foreclosure documents. The deal will pay homeowners who lost their homes some money and will allow people facing foreclosure the opportunity to have the interest or the principal lowered on their mortgages. But how much impact can that make? And will it only speed up the process of getting more homes onto the market, which will push prices even lower?
The Grand Canyon Skywalk was the brainchild of Henderson businessman David Jin. He partnered with the Hualapai Tribe, which owned prime land on the rim of the canyon and the tribe agreed to the construction of the glass-bottomed horseshoe that extends out over the canyon. It's a successful tourist attraction but has no visitor center or gift shop or bathroom facilities. The project has been mired in an acrimonious dispute for months and now the Hualapai have taken it over with eminent domain. So what happens now? And how far do the sovereign rights of the tribe extend?
Kirsten Tranter's new novel tells of a group of college friends ten years after they graduate. Their rivalries and personal foibles all spill out a their annual Las Vegas reunion when they find themselves subjected to blackmail.
Conservation and efficiency seem to go right along with living green and clean energy as ways to a better planet and certainly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It ain't necessarily so, says New Yorker staff writer David Owen.