Category: Features

Invoices show LVCS spends tens of thousands responding to records requests

Invoices show LVCS spends tens of thousands responding to records requests

From the Las Vegas Optic In the six-month period between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, Las Vegas City Schools spent more than $38,000 in legal fees either responding to records requests, researching laws, redacting requests, pushing back against requests and complaints, or responding to the attorney general, according to invoices obtained by the…

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School district resists sharing documents with public, press

School district resists sharing documents with public, press

From the Las Vegas Optic In January 2020, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Larryssa Archuleta addressed the Board of Education with concerns about the number of requests for public records citizens and journalists had filed with the district. During that school year, according to Archuleta, the district had received 10 such requests. Archuleta’s concern, she…

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‘Too much violence’: A challenge to do good things in the wake of a tragic loss

‘Too much violence’: A challenge to do good things in the wake of a tragic loss

From the Las Vegas Optic The snowy evening of Jan. 18 ended in violence when 27-year-old Leroy Phillip Salazar was shot outside his home near Seventh Street and Mountain View Drive. By morning, Salazar was dead and a second man had been transported to a hospital in Albuquerque to be treated for injuries related to…

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Ties That Bind: Federal agents link SNM to Vegas drug trafficking operation

Ties That Bind: Federal agents link SNM to Vegas drug trafficking operation

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: The following is part four of a series exploring the role street gangs, prison gangs and organized crime play in violence, drug trafficking and addiction within Las Vegas and its surrounding communities. The summer of 2019 was a violent one in Las Vegas. By early August, four people…

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Continued demand drives multifamily housing through pandemic

Continued demand drives multifamily housing through pandemic

From the Idaho Business Review While the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the way Idahoans live, it has not slowed the demand for multifamily housing in Idaho. In fact, demand continues to rise as developers and multifamily housing operators plan new development projects. Boise-based real estate development company Thomas Development Co. recently completed a 48-unit affordable…

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Pandemic places hold on many educational housing projects

Pandemic places hold on many educational housing projects

From the Idaho Business Review The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about nearly everything in our daily lives, and it’s no different for those who design and manage student housing at Idaho’s largest universities. It’s also meant universities are taking on fewer student housing projects. At Boise State University, the most recent…

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Ties That Bind: Violent prison gang seeks to increase power with street gangs

Ties That Bind: Violent prison gang seeks to increase power with street gangs

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series exploring the role street gangs, prison gangs and organized crime play in violence, drug trafficking and addiction within Las Vegas and its surrounding communities. Federal agents and officers from multiple agencies converged on Las Vegas in the summer of 2012…

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