99 bald eagles recorded at lakes Mead, Mohave

Strong winds delayed completion of a Jan. 6 eagle survey at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, but boat crews from the National Park Service made it out to Lake Mohave last week and spotted eight more bald eagles, bringing this year’s total to 99.

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Sports

15 things casual fans need to know about Super Bowl XLIX

NFL diehards are anticipating an evenly matched affair between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Casual fans, meanwhile, may simply be prepping for funny commercials and the halftime show featuring Katy Perry. For the latter group, we’re here to help.

UNLV heads north to face struggling UNR

A shocking upset win at UNLV on Jan. 7 looked as if it might be the type of victory that could catapult a struggling UNR program back to respectability. That hasn’t exactly happened.

Entertainment

Business

How to know if you can really write off that donation

Making a donation to a charity is a great way to fill up on feel-good energy, but there might be an additional benefit, too: tax savings. But don’t get too excited just yet: Not all donations can be deducted and not all charitable organizations qualify.

Nation and World

Opinion

Domestic oil production bolsters trucking, economy

Every day, we pass by at least one truck delivering goods across our country. It probably barely registers, as this is a common sight — and no wonder. Nearly three-quarters of all the goods delivered in America are transported by truck. In Nevada, we are even more reliant on trucking, with 94 percent of our goods delivered by truck.

EDITORIAL: Parents need trigger law to hold low-performing schools accountable

School accountability has improved in Nevada in recent years. High-performing schools can be rewarded with more autonomy, while low-performing schools can be hit with a “turnaround” designation that requires administrative and staff replacements. And teacher tenure has been reformed to make it possible to push ineffective instructors out of public education.

Life

Mormon leaders pledge to back gay rights under one condition

Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights of religious groups.

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