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In The Dark: Las Vegas Police keep death investigation details from family, public

In The Dark: Las Vegas Police keep death investigation details from family, public

From the Las Vegas Optic Fifteen weeks after Shana Storey was reported missing, city code enforcement officers discovered her badly-decomposed body under the floor of a home on Romero Street. The discovery wasn’t a complete shock, however, especially not to Storey’s family who’d been told by several people that her body was in the house,…

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LVCS, former volleyball coach battle over public records law

LVCS, former volleyball coach battle over public records law

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas City Schools has again violated the state’s public records law, according to the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. The district was chided by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General in late January for charging illegal fees for access to…

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Garrett Lofto, 2020 CEO of Influence

Garrett Lofto, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review Garrett Lofto has been working for the J.R. Simplot Company for more than 28 years. In fact, it’s the only company he’s ever worked for. His lengthy, and ongoing, career with the private family-owned company began in his native Canada in 1992, and he and his family relocated from Manitoba…

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Odette Bolano, 2020 CEO of Influence

Odette Bolano, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review From an early age, Odette Bolano knew she wanted to enter health care administration. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a nursing degree, she went on to pursue a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston. She’s worked as a critical care nurse and as…

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Karen Baker, 2020 CEO of Influence

Karen Baker, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review Karen Baker attributes her career successes to other great leaders willing to share knowledge with her. “From the very beginning, I think it came down to mentors,” Baker says. “I’ve been fortunate to always have a great leader around me that really wanted to share their wisdom.” Baker’s career began…

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Delayed Discovery: Police received reports of hidden body months before recovery

Delayed Discovery: Police received reports of hidden body months before recovery

From the Las Vegas Optic The horrific smell coming from the structure was obvious, even from the outskirts of the property. Trash, furniture and other debris cluttered the lawn and prompted someone living in the west side neighborhood to contact the city about the mess. Two enforcement service specialists — city employees who assist with…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program achieves success by accepting setbacks

Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program achieves success by accepting setbacks

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — Addictions are complex and as unique as the people who struggle with them. The effects of addiction are often persistent and recurring, causing those in treatment to experience setbacks as they work toward recovery. For participants in Alamosa’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, the road to treatment…

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Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program thrives on cooperation, embraces skeptics

Breaking Down Barriers: Diversion program thrives on cooperation, embraces skeptics

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — Addiction is not a crime, yet many battling addiction end up with a criminal record because their addiction pushed them to break the law. In some cases, they might steal items from a store. In other cases, the crime they’ve committed is merely possessing the drug they’re…

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