Reporter’s Notebook

BEFORE A REVIEW-JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD MEETING LAST WEEK, guest Gov. Jim Gibbons noticed that political reporter Molly Ball was busy messaging on her Blackberry.

The governor knows a thing or two about texting, as he’s been dinged for using his state-issued cell phone to send more than 850 text messages in a two-month period to a woman with whom he was accused of being involved.

"Quit texting, Molly," the governor said. "It’ll get you in trouble."




The Alexander Dawson School in Summerlin has something in common with the Stephen King novel "The Stand." Dawson and its sister school in Boulder, Colo., share the same locations as the rival camps in King’s tale.

In the novel, the world’s last survivors of a pandemic split into two factions.

For some reason, the bad guys like Sin City and the good guys go to Boulder, noted Kevin Cloud, the director of the foundation that supports the Dawson schools.

Incidentally, Cloud lives in Las Vegas but frequently travels to Boulder.



A CLARK COUNTY REPORTER MIGHT HAVE EARNED HIMSELF A PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD, and not for breaking a big story or uncovering some misdeeds.

In April, Scott Wyland penned a seemingly harmless feature about a county program under which residents can swap their old, exhaust-belching gasoline mowers for new electric models at a steep discount.

But then the story inadvertently ran without the county’s contact information, so the barrage of calls and e-mails from residents went to Wyland instead.

That resulted in the reporter’s voice mail being filled for days with inquiries about the exchange.

Bargain hunters were still e-mailing him last week.

So listen up all of you who still want in on the trade: Please call the county at 702-455-2949. Please.


A WITNESS IN THE ARYAN WARRIORS TRIAL EXPLAINED TO JURORS how she purchased methamphetamine on the streets of Las Vegas to bring to the imprisoned white supremacist inmates.

When attorney Osvaldo Fumo asked whether she was directed to the drug dealer or found him on her own, April Meade couldn’t, or wouldn’t, give him a straight answer.

Clearly frustrated, Fumo posed a question that at least one other spectator also had:

"Did you use methamphetamine before you came to court this morning?"


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