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Joe Schoenmann

Downtown Las Vegas Reporter

A native Wisconsinite, Joe earned a journalism degree to get out of college early but wanted none of the craft after graduation. Need for a job landed him at small Wisconsin weeklies before moving to Las Vegas in 1997. He has been recognized for his magazine profiles and his investigative stories that exposed police bias against minorities.

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Marijuana entrepreneurs rush to meet application deadline
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
You will know them by the boxes they carry, because most don’t want to give their names. Wanna-be medical marijuana sellers, growers and producers flooded the Las Vegas Development Services Building on the last day to submit applications. Some came with just minutes to spare before ...
Atomic’s property sold to Hsieh’s Downtown Project — wait until you see the price
Friday, July 18, 2014
Downtown Project made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Sitting at his usual bar stool Thursday night in the bar at 917 Fremont St., co-owner Kent Johns said the sale won’t change the operations because he and his brother remain in control. “We’re still running the bar,” he said.
Las Vegas’ booze ban is cleaning up Fremont Street, but not everyone is pleased
Friday, July 18, 2014
A lump of a man in a soccer jersey with a blue medallion hanging from his neck scans a wall cooler filled with beer in a gift shop lining the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Above the cooler, a neon yellow sign blares a message ...
Police can now confiscate booze in downtown casino district
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
From now on, if you have a bag of liquor and you open it on the Fremont Street Experience, police have the option of confiscating the booze. That was the lesser punishment considered ...
Las Vegas city manager gets raise to $220,000
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell will get a 10 percent annual pay raise to about $220,000, after the City Council rejected a proposal for a 30 percent hike. By a vote of 4-3, the council decided...
Metro Police honor officers who showed valor in life-and-death situations
Monday, July 14, 2014
Metro’s Best of the Badge awards banquet at Red Rock Resort on Friday night honored 26 people who valiantly handled challenging situations between November 2011 and December 2013 ...
Las Vegas sees slow start to medical marijuana applications
Thursday, July 10, 2014
After three days, just one group has applied to do business with Las Vegas in its newly formed medical marijuana industry. The city opened the application process Tuesday ...
Report: Cliven Bundy ranch battle spurs radical right
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The victory a Nevada rancher claimed in a government standoff with armed militiamen has served to embolden right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists across the country, an organization that tracks hate groups...
Harrison House, a reminder of Las Vegas’ segregated past, becomes a landmark
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Until 1960, black entertainers could perform in Strip resorts but they couldn’t stay the night. Many stayed in the Harrison Guest House, a tiny home that Genevieve Harrison began renting to black entertainers when ...
Radio troubles prompt Metro to double up officers in patrol cars
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Metro Police are doubling officers in patrol vehicles again, but this time it's because the department's radio system is working so poorly. The current radio system, which has been rife with troubles almost since Metro began using it five years ago, became such a problem that...

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Joe Downtown: The Killers, Imagine Dragons grace Life Is Beautiful lineup
Monday, June 3, 2013
Las Vegas-bred The Killers, Beck and Kings of Leon, plus, recent breakout Las Vegas indie band Imagine Dragons headline a list of 33 rock artists ...
Krave moving downtown, expanding into 'world's largest gay nightclub'
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A mainstay on the Strip for eight years, Krave, which caters to a gay and lesbian clientele, is moving downtown, where it expects to nearly triple its business. In the former ...
Housing construction drop costs 30 jobs at LV City Hall
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Housing construction drop costs 30 jobs at LV City Hall

Thirty employees at Las Vegas City Hall are going to lose their jobs next month, because of the drop in new home construction.

New life to REI Neon's downtown arena plans
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008
Closed park no closer to reopening
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008
City councilman really angry -- just don't ask about what
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008
Council picks city lawyer for judicial post
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008
How cold is it?
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008
Small turnout at King Day parade
Monday, Jan. 21, 2008

Long lines at Doolittle Center
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008