$5 million for free community college options

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Governor Sisolak earmarks $5 million for free options at community colleges
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says he’s putting aside $5 million to free community college programs. The money comes from federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The governor did not provide details, but said he would help launch recommendations made by the state’s Workforce Development Committee. It was created last year to ensure that training programs in the state align with current labor demands.

Lucia Starbuck is a member of the body for Report for Americaan initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

Report: BLM ignores environmental reviews for grazing permits on millions of acres
By Bert Johnson, Mountain West Press Office

A new report shows the Bureau of Land Management skipped environmental reviews for grazing permits on millions of acres.

The report comes from the non-profit Western Watersheds Project. The researchers tracked how often government employees performed a mandatory scan for grazing permit renewals. They say permits were renewed on more than half of available public land in the West without any analysis last year.

According to Josh Osher, the problem stems from a flaw designed to give the office time to catch up over several years. He says the number of environmental reviews has since declined.

“There is clear evidence that the lands under the Bureau’s protection are unsanitary due to grazing, and the Bureau’s land managers deliberately do not follow the law,” Osher said.

Osher says the problem stems from a lack of funding in Congress and the office’s reluctance to address grazing issues, such as struggling to wildlife habitat.

The bureau did not immediately comment on the report’s findings.

Investors Sue Las Vegas Lawyer Involved in $300M Ponzi Scam
By The Associated Press

A Las Vegas lawyer who was shot and injured before his arrest by FBI agents for running a $300 million Ponzi scheme is facing a class action lawsuit. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that several investors who say they lost tens of thousands of dollars are suing Matthew Beasley. The plaintiffs alleged that they were persuaded to invest in a company and assured investors of returns of 10-20% every two months.

Beasley pleaded not guilty earlier this month to a charge of assaulting a federal officer following a confrontation with the FBI at his home. His defense attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the lawsuits.

The driver who caused a mass accident in Las Vegas was using drugs and alcohol
By Lucrece Cunningham

The Clark County coroner released toxicology results from the driver involved in what police said was a high-fatality event in January. An autopsy released this week reports that Gary Robinson, 59, died from blunt force injuries. Police said he was going over 100 miles an hour when he crossed an intersection north of Las Vegas in late January.

Toxicology results show Robinson was positive for cocaine, PCP and had levels of alcohol in his system to cause impaired judgment at the time of the accident. Robinson’s passenger also died in the collision.

Seven people, including four children from the same family, were also killed; six others were injured.

Judge Confirmed as 1st Latina on California Supreme Court
By The Associated Press

A San Diego appeals court judge, daughter of Mexican immigrants, has become the first Latina confirmed to the California Supreme Court. San Diego Appeals Judge Patricia Guerrero was approved by a 3-0 vote Tuesday by the state’s Judicial Appointments Commission. She fills the position left vacant by Judge Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.

Guerrero grew up in Imperial’s agricultural valley and worked as a prosecutor, partner in a law firm, and Superior Court judge and served on the 4th District Court of Appeals. Guerrero was confirmed after an unopposed hearing. Supporters praised her legal drafting and ability to find consensus with other judges and said she was exceptionally skilled.

California Governor Newsom and his wife earned $1.5 million in 2020
By The Associated Press

Tax records show Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom and his wife earned nearly $1.5 million in 2020 and paid around $480,000 in taxes. Their earnings were down from the $1.7 million the couple reported in 2019, which was their first year as governor. The couple’s joint federal tax return showed they paid a tax rate of about 32%.

Newsom earned around $201,000 as governor in 2020, but most of his income comes from wineries and restaurant businesses he placed in blind trust when he became governor. His wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is a documentary filmmaker.

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