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Jeniffer Solis, Nevada Current

Jeniffer Solis, Nevada Current

Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

Water managers across drought-stricken West start negotiations in Las Vegas

By: - December 19, 2023

Nature offered the Colorado River Basin states a reprieve last winter after a heavy snowpack and generous rainfall saved the region’s two largest reservoirs from collapse. But one good year won’t solve decades of drought in the West, and the deadline for a new set of rules to manage the Colorado River looms over seven […]

Nevada judge again rules against tribes in the state trying to stop lithium mine

By: - November 27, 2023

A Nevada federal judge ruled against three Native American tribes seeking to halt construction of the country’s largest open pit lithium mine, but will allow them to amend their complaint against the U.S. government. In the meantime, construction at Lithium Nevada’s mine near the Nevada-Oregon border will continue. Major construction on the lithium mine is […]

California fire moves into Southern Nevada

By: - August 1, 2023

Wildfire season crept into Southern Nevada over the weekend, bringing destructive fire and a thick film of smoke into Clark County. Federal fire officials are tracking and investigating a fire they say started on private land within the Mojave National Preserve in California on Sunday, before moving into Nevada. According to a United States Forest […]

Biden makes it official, designates sacred site in Nevada a national monument

By: - March 22, 2023

After decades of work by Native American tribes in the Southwest, a culturally significant and sacred swath of land in Nevada finally gained permanent protections Tuesday. During a White House summit on conservation, President Joe Biden will announce the establishment of Nevada’s fourth national monument: Avi Kwa Ame, fulfilling a commitment he made last year. […]

Burning Man sues BLM over geothermal project

By: - January 11, 2023

Burning Man is suing the Bureau of Land Management over its approval of a geothermal exploration project in Gerlach, Nevada. In a filing Monday, the Burning Man Project—the nonprofit behind the festival —argues the agency failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act when it ruled in October that the exploration project would have […]

Nevada college tuition waiver program for Native Americans is off to a promising start

By: - January 5, 2023

Brian Melendez can trace his family history back to an encampment on the land where the Reynolds School of Journalism now stands, before they were forcibly removed to make room for the old Mackey Stadium. “Not too long ago, my great-great-grandmother gave birth where the University of Nevada, Reno football statue is currently located. That […]

The water level behind the Hoover Dam as of March 2, 2022.

Water managers across drought-stricken West agree on one thing: ‘This is going to be painful’

By: - December 20, 2022

Water authorities in the Western U.S. don’t have a crystal ball, but rapidly receding reservoirs uncovering sunken boats and other debris lost in their depths decades ago give a clear view of the hard choices ahead. If western states do not agree on a plan to safeguard the Colorado River — the source of the […]

DHS finalizes end to Trump-era ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants

By: - September 13, 2022

The Biden administration finalized a new public charge rule that would eliminate Trump-era policies that penalized low-income immigrants seeking health benefits and other services. The new rule from the Department of Homeland Security settled earlier this month will roll back the types of assistance immigration officers can consider when evaluating immigrants for a green card […]

BLM cuts costs for clean energy developers looking to build on public lands

By: - June 3, 2022

The Biden administration said on Wednesday it will significantly reduce the amount it charges companies to build wind and solar projects on public land, a move meant to incentivize renewable energy development. During a visit to Las Vegas, Nevada, following the announcement, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said the new policy would cut costs […]

Supreme Court to hear case Tribes fear is a threat to sovereignty

By: - March 2, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a dispute over a 44-year-old law that prioritizes placement of Native children in the foster system with extended family or Native communities whenever possible. The justices will review lower court decisions that ruled key aspects of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 unconstitutional after […]