Clark County School District Waste: Throwing Our Money Away

Two stories have come to light recently that show how taxpayers’ money is being wasted by the Clark County School District.

Am I the only one sick of this BS? Two stories have come to light recently that show how taxpayers’ money is being wasted by the Clark County School District. These examples not only point out the quality of the district’s decision-making, but also make me wonder what other questionable expenses haven’t yet been discovered.… [More...]

Wage Insurers, Enforcers and a General Contractor’s Role

In 1931, the Nevada Legislature enacted a statute that made general contractors (GC) liable for the labor-related debt of their subcontractors. This statute, now codified as NRS 608.150, was set up to protect Hoover Dam workers to make sure they were properly compensated for their work. The statute ensures payment of not only wages, but… [More...]

‘Reading Rainbow’ Not Just About Books: One-Time Children’s Show Teaches About Free Markets

Ask people in today’s workforce about “Reading Rainbow” and they’re likely to have either been viewers themselves or raised children who reaped its educative benefits. For over a quarter century, the publicly funded television show worked to instill a love of reading within countless children, but in 2009, the show was abruptly canceled by PBS.… [More...]

July 2014: Around the State

Read business news from around Nevada for July 2014.

MountainView Hospital and UNSOM Collaborate on Expanded Medical Education Program In an effort to increase the number of physicians serving in Southern Nevada, MoutainView Hospital and the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) have agreed to work toward the development of an expanded Graduate Medical Education (GME) program based at MountainView Hospital.  The GME… [More...]

John Dolores, PhD: Center for Hope of the Sierras

Meet John Dolores, Executive Director of Center for Hope of the Sierras.

Executive Director Reno How did you first get into your profession? I am a clinical psychologist by training and, although I enjoyed practicing, I wanted to impact care on a systemic level. Thus, I decided to go into healthcare administration. If you had to choose another profession, what would it be? I have always enjoyed… [More...]

James G. Parrish (Jim): Humboldt General Hospital

Meet James G. Parrish, Executive officer at Humboldt General Hospital.

Chief Executive Officer Winnemucca How did you first get into your profession? I started at 19 as a part-time janitor with a hospital in Washington State. What do you like most and least about your industry? What I like most about our industry is that we have the opportunity to truly impact our patient’s quality… [More...]

Michael Cunningham: Bank of Nevada

Meet Michael Cunningham, Executive Vice President and Regional President at Bank of Nevada.

Executive Vice President, Regional President Las Vegas How did you first get into your profession? After graduating from college with a degree in accounting, I was accepted into the management training program at First Interstate Bank. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be? Knowing that I made a positive difference in someone’s… [More...]

Court of Appeals: Timely Justice to Nevadans and their Businesses

Adding a Court of Appeals would have minimal fiscal impact on Nevada.

Nevada’s Supreme Court has been overburdened for decades as it struggles to provide the public with speedy access to justice in the face of an ever growing population. The increasing backlog of cases is prolonging justice in Nevada. Currently, 56 percent of all appeals require more than six months to be heard, with 29 percent… [More...]

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center: Established in 1877

Saint Mary’s began its legacy of caring for the community in 1877, when a few Dominican Sisters made an unplanned stop in Reno, on their journey from California to Kentucky. The Sisters stayed in Reno and built Mount Saint Mary’s Academy to bring education to the children of farmers and miners in the area. The… [More...]

Retail Summary: First Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada The Las Vegas retail market continued to witness increased demand in the first quarter of 2014 as the sector reported positive net absorption for the fourth consecutive quarter. The retail market vacancy rate fell to 9.0 percent by the end of the first quarter, which is down 0.1 percentage point from the prior… [More...]

Business Indicators: July 2014

Nevada Business Indicators: July 2014. Includes status of U.S. Nevada, Las Vegas, and Reno economies.

The “second” estimate for first quarter 2014 shows U.S. real gross domestic product decreasing at an annualized rate of 1.0 percent, lower than the positive 0.1 percent growth first reported. U.S. nonfarm employment experienced gains in May, adding 217,000 jobs over April. The unemployment rate remained constant at 6.3 percent, as labor force participation increased.… [More...]

What is your favorite charity?

What is Your Favorite Charity?

“Candlelighters of Southern Nevada is special to me because of the support, education, hope and advocacy they provide families of children with cancer. It’s important for these families to know they are not alone and that someone cares.” Justin Brown | Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Southwest Gas “My most compassionate feelings go out to the… [More...]

Alternative Energy Projects: Who Pays for These Boondoggles?

Not only do these taxpayer-funded projects fail to produce jobs, but the bottom line is that alternative energy is expensive energy.

Work is almost completed on the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, located near Tonopah. The developers had received a $737 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy, so if the project fails like Solyndra did, taxpayers will be on the hook for all that money. Even if we don’t have to ultimately make… [More...]

Tammy Dermody: Walton’s Funerals & Cremations

Meet Tammy Dermody, President of Walton’s Funerals & Cremations.

President Reno How did you first get into your profession? It is a family business that I worked in over the summers since I was 16 years old. I have always been close to my father and wanted to follow in his footsteps, as he is so compassionate and kind. If you had to choose… [More...]

Jennifer Joy: Joy Solutions, LLC

Meet Jennifer Joy, Virtual Bookeeper at Joy Solutions, LLC.

Virtual Bookkeeper Las Vegas How did you first get into your profession? After working in healthcare finance, real estate and retail, I relocated to Vegas to work on-site at UC San Diego- Nevada Cancer Institute, as a business change consultant and managed their finance department out of bankruptcy. Over the course of a year, I… [More...]

Tim Larkin: Target Focus Training

Meet Tim Larkin, founder and president of Target Focus Training.

Founder/President Las Vegas How did you first get into your profession? My grandfather introduced me to boxing when I was four years old and I’ve been fascinated with the subject of self-defense ever since. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be? Providing clear instruction on when and, more importantly, when not… [More...]

A Key Definition in the Margin-Tax Scheme Would Have Catastrophic Impact

Much ado has been made, and will continue to be made, about what is the most important question on Nevada’s 2014 ballot. But one critical aspect of the state teacher union’s proposal to enact a business margin tax has gone virtually unnoticed: the definition of an “affiliated group.” For the non-accountant, this might sound like… [More...]

Roseman University Aspires to Create Incubator for Medical Research

In November 2013, Henderson-based Roseman University of Health Sciences completed a merger with the Nevada Cancer Institute Foundation. As a result, Roseman acquired the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Cancer Research Building in Summerlin along with sophisticated research equipment. These resources are advancing the university’s research endeavors and has allowed Roseman University to pursue both organizations’… [More...]

June 2014: Around the State

Read business news from around Nevada for June 2014.

Southern Nevada Business Confidence at an All-Time High According to a report from UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in the Lee Business School, businesses’ expectations continue to steadily increase. The Southern Nevada Business Confidence Index, created by CBER, rose from 132 to 137 for a second quarter and is now at an… [More...]

Transportation at a Crossroads

From the daily commute to a weekend bike ride or road trip, and from the goods trucked to local stores to Nevada’s overall economic vitality, transportation impacts everyone. A look into Nevada’s transportation past and a glimpse at the transportation innovations of the future illustrates how important transportation is. As the fastest growing state for… [More...]

Johnnie Walker R.V. Center

Nevadans know how beautiful the state is. A drive in any direction brings mountain and waterfront views, lake fishing and camping, and other natural breathtaking treasures to be discovered. Johnnie Walker, Sr., a proud Nevadan, noticed that the inexpensive, yet fulfilling, RV lifestyle was growing in popularity among Southern Nevada residents. They were ready to… [More...]

Office Summary: First Quarter 2014

Southern Nevada Demand for Las Vegas office space stalled in the first quarter of 2014 as the market reported a vacancy rate of 25.8 percent. Despite the slight uptick in office vacancies during the first quarter, they have now reported year-over-year declines for two consecutive quarters. Office inventory increased to 52.8 million during the first… [More...]