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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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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 ...
Group of women trying to break into pot business ‘for the right reasons’
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Five women say they want to sell medical marijuana because they've each known someone who could benefit from it.
With a $29 million funding gap, Las Vegas works to pull together Major League Soccer bid
Friday, July 25, 2014
Developers proposing a $201 million Major League Soccer stadium must first plug a $29 million funding gap and reduce the taxpayers' share of the project's costs, according to city officials and records obtained by the Las Vegas Sun. The records show that the city of Las Vegas is proposing picking up 74 percent of the stadium's ...
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 ...

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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