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Bethany Barnes

Crime reporter

Bethany joined the Las Vegas Sun in 2013 after finishing up a master's in journalism at the University of Arizona. She became addicted to journalism while  working on her bachelor's in creative nonfiction. What started out as a midnight response to a job posting at her student paper became a calling. Before joining the Sun, Bethany covered the Arizona Legislature as the Don Bolles Fellow. Bethany's reporting has appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Weekly, Tombstone Epitaph, Sierra Vista Herald, Green Valley News, Sahuarita Sun, Homeless Voice (Fort Lauderdale) and the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Recent Stories (view all stories)

  • Las Vegas

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    A man accused of firing a gun during a backstage scuffle with members of the “Thunder From Down Under” male revue refused to go to court this morning for an arraignment hearing. Joey Kadmiri, 24, was scheduled to...

  • Fires

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Rodney Giles’ entire life is perilously nestled on Mount Charleston. Flames from a raging wildfire threaten to lick at his door daily. He's one of two people who didn't heed the mandatory evacuation that went into place on Independence Day. Giles, 63, isn’t leaving until those flames actually come knocking because if his cabin burns he’ll have nothing.

  • Fires

    Monday, July 8, 2013

    Mount Charleston residents flooded into a town hall-style meeting Sunday hungry for information about the nation’s top-priority wildfire, which has chewed through 14,458 acres and threatens more than 500 structures. Since a lightning strike set the mountain ablaze on July 1 and 520 residents were told on July 4 they should evacuate their homes on the mountain, rumors have been spreading almost as fast as the fire.

  • Fires

    Thursday, July 4, 2013

    The cost of fighting the fire that is threatening more than 500 structures on Mount Charleston has grown to $2.4 million, but officials indicated Sunday the effort was making headway. Officials with the Great Basin Incident Management team, which is directing firefighting efforts on Mount Charleston, said the fire grew by just 50 acres -- from 14,108 acres earlier in the day to 14,158 acres late Sunday afternoon.

  • Fine Art

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    Turkey at Alios

  • News

    Friday, July 5, 2013

    Teresa Awkeman, specialty manager at the Home Depot in Pahrump and Herb Dinardi, department supervisor at the Home Depot at 9705 W Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas, work with Jennifer Ramieh, a spokeswoman for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross, to donate water for Mount Charleston wildfire evacuation shelters on July 5, 2013.

  • News

    Friday, July 5, 2013

    U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Betsy Ballard (on laptop), Forest Service spokesman Jay Nichols (seated on phone) and Park Service Ranger Genny Wilson of Carson City (standing on phone) monitor progress of the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston on July 5, 2013.

  • News

    Friday, July 5, 2013

    Jennifer Ramieh, a spokeswoman for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross, checks a Twitter account as a wildfire burns on Mount Charleston on July 5, 2013.

  • News

    Friday, July 5, 2013

    Ben Gotts, 28, a crew boss trainee for the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston prepares to help lead a crew of 17 college students who have been certified to fight wildfires. Gotts works as a firefighter on a helicopter crew out of Lancaster, Calif.