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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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Layoffs at University Medical Center called necessary, overdue
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Layoffs at University Medical Center are expected to save $21 million in the next nine months and help make the public hospital more sustainable, officials said today. “This isn’t something we want to do, but there’s an understanding of why we’re doing it,” CEO Lawrence Barnard said, reflecting on some of the reactions he’s gotten from hospital staff. “We need to structure ourselves in a way that’s sustainable.” The layoffs eliminated ...
Attorney disputes Metro officer’s story about confrontation at Vanguard Lounge
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
The attorney for a man arrested after a confrontation with Metro police in a downtown bar in June said the police officers' version of events conflicts with ...
Video shows confrontation between Metro cops and bar patron, but police say there’s more to story
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
In a blurry video shot about 3 a.m. June 4, seven Metro Police officers can be seen herding people out of a downtown bar, The Vanguard. The officers wanted people ...
Is it finally Las Vegas’ time to get a major pro sports team?
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
We’ve heard the pitches for years. One year it’s basketball, the next year it’s hockey, or baseball. So you can hardly blame Las Vegans for being skeptical about our ...
Las Vegas’ Major League Soccer bid hits delay but still alive, city says
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Las Vegas' bid for a 24,000-seat downtown soccer stadium hit another delay today. City leaders canceled an Aug. 20 City Council review of the financial plan for the ...
Downtown tech manufacturing startup ceases operations
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
A Downtown Project-backed company aimed at creating a mini consumer electronics manufacturing hub in downtown Las Vegas has been shuttered before ...
Meeting on proposed soccer stadium funding canceled
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
The city of Las Vegas and soccer stadium developers have canceled another meeting to discuss funding of the proposed project. In a news release late Wednesday, the city said ...
Six questions about the finances behind Las Vegas’ bid for a Major League Soccer stadium
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
For the first time Thursday, the city of Las Vegas will ask its residents: What do you think about helping pay for a new Major League Soccer stadium? The city's first ...
Gaming exec is first woman to head Metro fiscal panel
Monday, July 28, 2014
For the first time, a woman now heads a committee that watches Metro Police’s bottom line, votes on spending and has the power to approve police union contracts. Renee West, chief operating officer of ...
Police facing bigger crowds on streets downtown, on the Strip
Monday, July 28, 2014
Downtown’s rebirth is gaining so much steam and the way tourists are enjoying Las Vegas is changing so fundamentally that it’s forcing Metro Police to change the way they ...

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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