Category: Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Governor Brian Sandoval’s scathing letter to Congress citing their failure to adequately fund the Nation’s transportation trust fund and the impact that this lack of funding may have on the construction of Interstate 11 from Las Vegas to Phoenix. The panel also debates the recent report listing Nevada as 50th out of 50 states in job recovery after the great recession. They conclude by discussing the most recent woes of Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura.
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UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs has a mission of improving the quality of urban life through the preparation of its student for careers in fields like criminal justice, social work and journalism. UNLV recently appointed a new Dean to oversee this college and lead the university’s outreach into the community. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Robert Ulmer, the head of the Greenspun College, to discuss his new position and what goals he has to help UNLV meet the needs of our urban community.
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UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the recent New York Times article proclaiming Reno, NV as America’s next tech industry hub. The panel debates the merits of the article and transitions into a conversation about what it will take for Nevada to see the growth of industries outside of gaming and mining.
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Most residents of southern Nevada would be surprised to learn that when they drive through downtown Las Vegas they might actually be driving through a sovereign nation. The Las Vegas Paiute Indian tribe was given a ten acre tract of land in downtown Las Vegas over 100 years ago, and since they’ve been reestablishing strong ties to an area that had been their ancestral home. Host Gary Larson sits down with tribal chairman Benny Tso to talk about the Las Vegas Paiute tribe and what the local colony can tell us about the area we call home.
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New York Times Article
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe

This week, producer Dave Nourse and regular contributors David Damore, Matt Hufman and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the report released by the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities noting Nevada’s Latino population growth exceeds other western states, yet Latinos in Nevada often fare worse than Latinos in other Intermountain Western states. The panel also discuss the milestone recently reached by the DMV in issuing Driver Authorization Cards to undocumented Nevada residents, and the eye-poppingly large sum of money the UNLV foundation has offered Hillary Rodham Clinton to speak at its fall fundraiser.
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2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Nevada joining the Union. Our Metropolis is honoring the sesquicentennial all year by sharing some of the unique history of the Silver State. In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson concludes his interview with Nevada historian Mike Greene. In this segment Mike shares some insight into just what it took to make Nevada the Nation’s 31st state.
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Guinn Center for Policy Priorities Report

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Matt Hufman discuss the passing of Jim Rogers and the impact that he had on Nevada media and education. The panel also revisit the issue of community college governance and debate the recent Las Vegas Sun Op-Ed on mass shootings.
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2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Nevada joining the union. Our Metropolis is honoring the sesquicentennial all year by sharing some of the unique history of the Silver State. In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson sits down with Nevada historian Mike Greene for part one of a two-part interview. Mike shares some stories about a few prominent Nevada journalists who helped write the story of the State we call home.
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Silver State Journalists

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors Matt Hufman and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the lack of surprises during the recent Nevada state primary and questions why State democrats have been reluctant to challenge Gov. Brian Sandoval despite several high profile scandals and disasters. Additionally, the panel examines a recent report published by The Atlantic detailing the educational backgrounds of individuals migrating to the Las Vegas Valley and what the influx means to the State economy and the future of our community.
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The field of archaeology is often romanticized in films and on television, but in actuality it’s grueling work requiring patience and dedication. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson sits down with Daron Duke, Director of the Far Western Anthropological Research Group and Nick Pay from the Bureau of Land Management who oversees the Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative to discuss some of the important historical work going on right in our backyard.
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Nevada by the Numbers
Nevada Site Steward Program
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative
Far Western Anthropological Research Group

On this week’s extended roundtable edition of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Tuesday’s primary elections and the implications of low voter turnout across the State. The panel also takes on the lack of transparency surrounding the Clark County Commissioner’s vote on medical marijuana dispensary locations. They end by examining what it will take to prevent more tragedies like the recent Las Vegas Metro Police shooting.

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This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the circumstances surrounding the withdraw of Las Vegas’ bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The panel also discuss the merits of the lawsuit recently filed against the State alleging that employers, aided by the state’s labor commissioner, have systematically evaded a requirement of a 2006 constitutional amendment to provide low-income workers with health care.
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Nevada frequently finds itself at the bottom of many lists tracking American’s quality of life. Public health, however, is one list where we’ve been seeing some marked improvements. In this segment of Our Metropolis, host Gary Larson speaks with Shawn Gerstenberger, Dean of UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences, about some of the ways we’ve been tackling our region’s health challenges.
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This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky’s pledge to allow a group of area business leaders to scrutinize the district’s $2.1 billion budget to ensure taxpayer resources are being spent appropriately. The panel also discuss the recent spate of stadium and arena proposals and just what effect they might have on the community.
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The great recession took an enormous toll on all of Nevada, but one of the State’s hardest hit areas was the City of North Las Vegas. Six years after the start of the recession, though, things are starting to look up for the city. This week, host Gary Larson talks with North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee about how the State’s fourth largest city is doing and just what we can expect from NLV in the future.
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The City of North Las Vegas

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the upcoming republican primary and the contest between former state Sen. Sue Lowden and state Sen. Mark Hutchison for the lieutenant governor nomination. The panel also discuss the reasons that this seemingly innocuous state office is receiving so much attention this election cycle.
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Last week the Lincy Institute at UNLV hosted a forum on how the structure of Nevada’s two-year colleges could be adjusted to better serve their local communities. Host Gary Larson sit with the Lincy Institute’s Director of Education Program, Dr. Magdalena Martinez, and Our Metropolis’ own regular contributor David Damore to discuss the policy recommendations offered.
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The Lincy Institute
The Lincy Institute Report

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson take on medical marijuana and discuss the recent flurry of activity surrounding licences for dispensaries and the impact it may have upon Southern Nevada if recreational marijuana is legalized in the State in 2016. The panel also discuss the report by the Lincy Institute noting that over the past 10 years Nevada has averaged 50th out of all 50 States in receiving competitive federal grants and the negative impact that this has had on our community.
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Over the past year Dr. Robert Bellamy has been a visiting professor at UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, lecturing on sports and the business of sports. With the academic year winding down, host Gary Larson sits down with Bellamy to reflect upon his experience in Southern Nevada and make some predictions about what the local sports landscape will look like in the future.
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