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Angry customers confront water district at meeting

Written By:

Joyce Lupiani

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Clark County Commissioners got an earful today from people who got huge water bills in May thanks to fees meant to pay huge bills for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

At the emotional meeting, non-profit groups, small business owners and residents said they can't afford new fees for services they once got for free.

Homeowner Mary Jo Aldeman said, "I feel as though we're being raped."

Business owners, residents share water bill hike frustrations

Written By:

Marissa Mike, Rob Munoz

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Irate business owners and residents told Clark County Commissioners this morning that they are drowning in new water surcharge fees.

It's been called that because the county is trying to pay off projects that would ensure the region keeps an ample future water supply for the valley.

But tell that to the dozens of people and business owners that showed up today saying they don't want the buck passed to them.

Small Business Owners Hit Hard by Water Bills

Written By:

Zahid Arab

LAS VEGAS -- Sticker shock has small businesses, non-profits and churches at a boiling point after seeing their water bills double, even triple in some cases, thanks to a usage fee by the Southern Nevada Water Authority that went into effect this month.

A special hearing for the businesses was held today, and there were plenty of people in attendance. Many are just now opening up their May water bills and it's soaking in that they will have to somehow pay hundreds or thousands more for a month.

Water rate hikes fuel complaints

Written By:

Henry Brean

A water rate hike that disproportionately impacts businesses is also taking a heavy toll on church groups, Girl Scouts and battered women.

So said a host of angry water customers who confronted the Clark County Commission on Tuesday over the new infrastructure surcharge that began showing up on bills last month.

Representatives from the Shade Tree shelter for women and children, the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada and several valley churches spoke out against the new fee. They were joined by business owners, homeowner association managers and cash-strapped seniors.

Be Sure the Voice of Business is Heard

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The Chamber

Early voting begins Saturday, May 26!

With a busy and pivotal election season already in action, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has announced endorsements for the primary election taking place on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. These candidates have been selected for their commitment to preserving and enhancing the pro-business environment that is vital to rebuilding our economy and creating jobs.

Power Luncheon Featuring Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Power Luncheon Featuring Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Mayor Carolyn Goodman was the featured speaker at the April Business Power Luncheon. Hear her remarks to the Chamber membership on issues important to the Southern Nevada business community.

Iconic Miss Atomic Bomb Photo Recreated

Written By:

Adam Candee

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce honored those who have documented Las Vegas in images for 65 years at the Chamber's Power Lunch on Wednesday afternoon at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

City Of Las Vegas Consolidates Number Of Business Licenses By 37 Percent

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City of Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas has finalized the first phase of a major effort to cut down on the number of licenses that businesses are required to carry. As of this month, more than 5,500 businesses were notified that they no longer need to carry multiple business licenses and can conduct their business under one primary license. Businesses will receive a new consolidated sales or services license in the mail as their regular renewals are due over the next six months.

News Bureau Showed Sexy Sells

Written By:

Jane Ann Morrison

Young Rhonda Fleming was perfect for the photos and stories Las Vegas News Bureau churned out because the movie star was sexy and fun, attributes our city thrived on, then and now.

Like many celebrities, it was to Fleming's advantage to cooperate with News Bureau photographers, whose photos went out all over the world, giving entertainers free publicity while promoting Las Vegas.

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Brookings Mountain West: Mountain Monitor

Written By:

Mark Muro and Kenan Fikri

Recovery was firmly underway in the Intermountain West by the fourth quarter of 2011 but its pace varied considerably across the region's 10 major metropolitan areas. Six of the 10 metros saw job growth in the fourth quarter but only four saw it accelerate over the previous one. Output grew everywhere but only in half of the region's metros did the pace of growth quicken. The unemployment rate was down across the board from one year earlier. House prices in most markets stabilized. Yet signs of a robust, sustained, and self-fueling recovery remained elusive.

Business After Hours Mixer at the Fashion Show Mall

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The first Business After Hours of 2012 featured access to the exclusive runway areas of the Fashion Show Las Vegas, as well as a top secret, live entertainment act.

Mitigating the Effects of Higher Water Rates

Written By:

Kristin McMillan

Proposed Water Rate Increase

This week, the Southern Nevada Water Authority board will vote to raise water rates. The rate increase will, absent modification, significantly increase water rates on businesses, in some cases 15 to 300 percent higher than what they are paying today.