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Week in Review: Reporters’ Notebook

So what happens if a public body schedules a meeting but then finds itself with nothing to do?

Las Vegas Councilmen Steve Wolfson and Ricki Barlow found themselves in that position last week.

They were acting as a City Council subcommittee that reviews proposed legislation. The items on the agenda weren’t ready, so they were moved to January’s schedule.

It took two minutes: “That’s got to be some kind of record,” Wolfson said.


Handlers for Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval had wondered if reporters would be pursuing him in the parking lot when he visited administrators of the Clark County School District on Wednesday.

One reporter quipped that Sandoval wasn’t Sharron Angle, the former candidate for U.S. Senate, who was notorious for dodging questions.


Sure, plenty of Nevadans would love to see the Yucca Mountain Project finally killed off for good. But no one ever stops to consider the devastating impact on our nation’s production of governmental acronyms.

Consider this sentence from a Yucca Mountain licensing panel ruling that was issued Tuesday:

“DOE and the NRC Staff contend that DOE’s ALARA responsibilities do not extend beyond the GROA that it controls. NEI contends that no such limitation exists.”

In this time of economic turmoil, can we really afford such a devastating blow to our capital-letter market?


Gary Reese, Las Vegas’ Mayor Pro Tem, took time out from last week’s City Council meeting to send birthday greetings to his sister, Barb, and said she probably was watching the proceedings online.

After Reese expressed his heartfelt birthday wishes, Mayor Oscar Goodman chimed in: “All I have to say is, ‘Barb, if you’re watching this, get a life.’ ”


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