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Desalination and conservation are the answer to drought

The Colorado River is in a state of crisis — which means the seven states and Mexico that rely on its water are in trouble, as well. Last summer, a lack of precipitation and meager snowpacks in the Rocky Mountains led to a Tier II shortage being declared for the river: The water level at Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir, had dropped to 1,042 feet, or just 28 percent full. 

Matters of the heart

With American Heart Month coming up soon, it’s important to shine a light on cardiovascular health and heart disease, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the leading cause of death for men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.


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Geothermal Plant

Let's make geothermal energy boom in Nevada

Today, Nevada is the second largest producer of geothermal electricity in the U.S. – and we have quite literally barely scratched the surface of our state’s geothermal energy potential.

Short-term politicking worsens our long-term problems

While conservation has been discussed throughout the region for decades (practiced by some more than others), the kind of urgency government officials are bringing to the water shortage really only seemed to arrive with the news that Lake Powel might soon reach dead pool status.

Sparks’s city manager isn’t managing

I’m not and never will be a city manager, but I am a manager — and, in all my years as a manager, I have never fired someone via YouTube video. In fact, I’m moderately certain I’d be fired myself if I tried.

Hope for 2023 and beyond

In 2022, I enjoyed several personal and professional opportunities and achievements. But as I reflect on the year, I find the highlight was the opportunity to speak to the graduating 5th grade class at a Title I public elementary school in Northern Nevada. 

The power of words

In December, Stanford University’s IT department published a list of words they suggested were sexist, racist, ableist, or otherwise harmful and should not be used in the department’s work. The news went viral. 

A prayer for the new year? Take fentanyl more seriously

Daniel Anguiano was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last month in Las Vegas for distributing oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that resulted in the death of another person. It barely earned a mention in the press.

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