It was funny in the movie but it seems lots of tourists are trying to live out the experience of very drunken debauchery along Las Vegas Boulevard. Increased violence and numerous reports of unauthorized vendors and performers have complicated the situation for Metro and Clark County officials.
The coroner's office has a backlog of 14 inquests into police-related shootings. Thanks to a legal battle, it may not get to those inquests anytime soon. The inquest process was recently revamped after a series of officer-related shootings, but a recent court challenge filed by three Metro police officers is delaying that process. The last coroner's inquest was nine months ago, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that they might not catch up until 2013. So what happened? What led to this delay, and when might families and police next see an inquest process?
For some years already, Nevada's political leaders have talked about making the state a Mecca for solar energy. It would diversify the economy with a high-tech industry and it would take advantage of our unending sunshine. The County Commission recently gave the green light to a new solar project near Laughlin. Critics decry the waste of government resources for a new and unproven industry. A new report from the Brookings Institution promises to give an accurate count on green energy. So what is the future of the green economy in Southern Nevada and elsewhere in the nation? Is the glass half full or half empty?
The Clark County Firefighters are facing even more problems now that their emails have been released. They seem to show a clear pattern of manipulating leave entitlements so that firefighters could take a month or more off of work. The scandal has embarrassed the Clark County Commission, which signed off on the original contracts and did not notice the manipulation until the recession struck. But it has also split the commission. Commissioner Steve Sisolak wants Metro and the FBI to investigate the firefighters for fraud, but Commissioner Tom Collins says that the firefighters were only taking what they were entitled to and that they should not be scapegoated now.