Mayor Keener Hosts City Planner Cathy Laughlin

Elko City Mayor Reece Keener hosted Elko City Planner Cathy Laughlin on “Elko, Live,” for an update on construction permits, planned retail and commercial growth as well as Redevelopment Agency projects for the downtown corridor. The pair also discussed the need to adopt 2018 Building Codes as well as an increase in complaints from residents about various code violations including nuisance properties in city neighborhoods.

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NDOW Outdoors Update

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Sheriff Narvaiza & Chief Reed

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Elko

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National Weather Service Office – Spring Outlook

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Elko Mayor Reece Keener

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City Mayor Redevelopment

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