Reflections on an election

I just finished my seventh round of covering elections in Mesquite as a news reporter. After covering city hall and its occupants off and on since 2007, I have some advice for the winners and losers in this year’s election. First, to those who … [Read more...]

Coming Legislature likely to favor tax hikes

“No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” is often attributed to Mark Twain. Though the quote is most likely apocryphal, its veracity is likely to be affirmed when Nevada’s newly elected lawmakers gather in … [Read more...]


This may not be something many residents are interested in, but I find it necessary to write about because my integrity has been questioned and the office of the mayor is one in the same, and you know how rumors spread in a small community.  I pride … [Read more...]

Marsy’s Law too vague and too costly

Question 1 on the November ballot — dubbed Marsy’s Law — would amend the Nevada Constitution by removing existing provisions requiring lawmakers to provide statutory rights for crime victims and replacing that with a so-called “Victims’ Bill of … [Read more...]

Pink tax repeal would shift tax burden

Question 2 on the November ballot — the so-called pink tax repeal — would eliminate the state and local sales taxes on feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary napkins. Nevada does not apply sales taxes to such necessities as food … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer-Mesquite Cancer HELP Society

By Yoli Bell You are considered a cancer survivor the day you are diagnosed.  I am a 19 year breast cancer survivor.  Ladies! Celebrate your life in the present and what is to come in the future; we have been renewed. In a meeting several weeks … [Read more...]

Rural Nevada Communities are Tapping their Tourism Potential

By Senator Catherine Cortez Masto  For many of Nevada’s communities “Don’t Fence Me In” is not just a tourism slogan or a beloved lyric to a classic Western song, but rather a way of life. It comes as no surprise then that the Nevada Commission on … [Read more...]

Time to let free market work for electricity

The Energy Choice Initiative — Question 3 on the November ballot — would amend the Nevada Constitution to require lawmakers by July 1, 2023, to “establish an open, competitive retail electric market, to ensure that protections are established that … [Read more...]

No need for further sales tax exemptions

Question 4 on the November ballot proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to require lawmakers to pass a law exempting certain durable medical equipment — such as oxygen tanks, wheelchairs and ventilators — from the state sales tax. Who doesn’t … [Read more...]

Community newspapers: A source of pride

By Steve Ranson Local newspapers — which can be found in almost every community and every state — remain as an important source in gathering and reporting news from the smallest of communities to the sprawling metropolis of Las Vegas. More … [Read more...]