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Lawmakers question Interior Dept.'s awarding of contract to review tribal jail deaths

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Lawmakers are pushing for a "do-over" of an Interior Department contract to review tribal jail deaths awarded to a former official. Nearly half of the deaths he was to review occurred on his watch.


Interior Department hires former top cop to review jail deaths on his watch

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

The Interior Department ordered a review of tribal jail deaths, but the man who got the contract is a former agency official who oversaw the jails when some of the deaths occurred.


Wildland firefighters are split on whether higher pay would keep them in the industry

Monday, November 22, 2021

Wildland firefighters will soon see big increases in pay and other benefits from the infrastructure bill. But firefighters are split on whether the changes are enough to keep them on the job.


COVID-19 compounds staffing issues at Las Vegas schools

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Even in non-pandemic years, Las Vegas has struggled to fill school jobs. COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. Now, principals are filling in as substitute teachers and even cafeteria workers.


Las Vegas Raiders Fans Are Split On The Vaccine Requirement To Attend Games

Thursday, September 30, 2021

A small number of NFL teams are requiring proof of vaccination to attend home games. Some fans say they're willing to give up their tickets rather than get the shot. Others are embracing the move.


Idaho's Hospitals Are Overwhelmed, But Many Locals Remain Skeptical Of Vaccines

Sunday, September 12, 2021

At least 10 hospitals in the state started rationing care for everyone because they're filled with COVID-19 patients. But there's deep distrust of authority.


Hospitals In Northern Idaho Begin Rationing Care After COVID-19 Surge

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Hospitals in that part of the state are under crisis standards of care — rationing services to the most in need. The area is skeptical of COVID-19 controls and has the nation's lowest vaccination rate


In The West, 2 Conditions Are On A Collision Course: Drought And Growing Population

Friday, September 03, 2021

An epic drought and population explosion is draining Lake Mead and the Colorado River, which millions in the Southwestern U.S. rely on.


U.S. Ramps Up Wild Horse Roundups In Drought-Stricken West

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Wild Horses are dying from dehydration during the severe Western drought. Now, the federal government is planning to save them by rounding up thousands and adopting them out across the country.


Nevada's New Mask Mandate Is Backed By Unions, Resort Industry

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Nevada's governor has imposed an indoor mask mandate for counties with high COVID-19 rates, including Las Vegas. Front-line workers, tourists and a public health expert react.


Viva Las Vegas! The City's $2 Billion Wedding Industry Is Back

Saturday, July 24, 2021

In June, about 340 couples a day were getting hitched in Sin City, a rate higher than even before the pandemic.


How A CDC 'Strike Team' Is Trying To Stamp Out Las Vegas' COVID-19 Surge

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Nevada is among the first states to request one of the CDC's new COVID-19 "strike teams" to help reduce infections and increase vaccinations, specifically in Las Vegas.


New Wildfires Are At A 10-Year High In The Hot, Dry Western U.S.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Federal officials warn of a long, potentially dangerous summer of fire. Since January, more than a million acres have burned from more than 28,000 wildfires.


Indian Affairs Promised To Reform Tribal Jails. We Found Death, Neglect And Disrepair

Thursday, June 10, 2021

At least 19 people have died since 2016 in tribal detention centers overseen by Indian Affairs, our investigation found. Several died after correctional officers failed to provide proper medical care.


COVID-19 Stalks A Montana Town Already Grappling With Asbestos Disease

Sunday, October 11, 2020

In Libby, Mont., an estimated 1 in 10 have an asbestos-related illness, after decades of pollution from a now-shuttered mine. With lungs already scarred, many fear contracting the coronavirus.


Public Health Officials Discuss Why They Quit During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, August 06, 2020

More than 24 local public health officials have quit since April amid backlash against coronavirus restrictions. A historian says that's unprecedented. Health officials describe what pushed them out.


The 'Concerned Citizen Who Happens To Be Armed' Is Showing Up At Protests

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

As anti-racism protests continue, people with guns are now coming to them. Rampant rumors of antifa violence draw some; others say they are protecting protesters.


Tourism Worries And Few Takers As More Utah Land Offered For Drilling, Mining

Sunday, February 09, 2020

The Trump administration opened lands within the former bounds of two Obama-designated National Monuments for resource extraction, but with low demand and high costs, industry is staying away for now.


Utah And Idaho Set To Expand Medicaid Programs

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Utah and Idaho are set to join the states that have expanded their Medicaid programs for low-income people under the Affordable Care Act.


'It Changed Our Lives': Banished Native Women Fight Tribal Leaders In Federal Court

Friday, December 27, 2019

Banishment in Indian Country is usually used for violent offenders only. But in Utah, some tribal members are suing in federal court after being banished for what they say are political reasons.