weather icon Clear

Local resident finalist for judge position

A Boulder City resident is a finalist for a vacant judgeship in Clark County’s Eighth Judicial Court.

Last week, Stephanie Barker was announced as one of three finalists recommended by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection to fill the vacancy in Department 6 created when Elissa Cadish was appointed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Barker has been an attorney in Nevada for more than 30 years, and her ties to Boulder City go back even longer.

“My grandparents Vi, a kindergarten teacher, and Glenn Muchow, Bureau of Reclamation, became Boulder City residents in the late ’40s,” she said. “While growing up, I spent portions of my holidays and summers with them in Boulder City. I moved to Las Vegas in 1987 to be closer to them.”

Barker and her husband, David, moved to Boulder City in January after finishing a remodel of her grandparents’ home.

She said she applied for the judge position because she wants to give a fair resolution to people who appear in court.

“Citizens interacting with the judicial system are seeking resolution to conflict,” she said. “I’ve practiced law in Clark County for 30 years, handling a variety of civil, public administration and criminal matters. I felt my clients were well-served by judges who brought practice experience to the bench. I want to translate my experience to the bench, with the goal of moving conflict through the judicial system to fair resolution for the people appearing before the court.”

Barker has worked in family law, been a prosecutor in the Nevada attorney general’s office, represented the Clark County School District and been a trial lawyer in civil lawsuits.

“From 2016 to 2017, I prosecuted attorney professional conduct matters in the Nevada State Bar Office of Bar Counsel,” she added. “After a 2018 sabbatical, taken to oversee remodeling of our Boulder City home, I am ready to return to work.”

Also recommended for the position are attorneys Trevor Lee Atkin and Jacqueline Bluth.

According to the Nevada Judiciary, the commission considered the applicants’ interviews as well as their education, law practice, business involvement, community involvement and professional and personal conduct. It also considered letters of reference and public statements during the interview process.

Governor Steve Sisolak will consider the three candidates. Whoever is selected will have to run in the 2020 general election to retain the seat.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Mother Nature lends a ‘foot;’ lake’s level rises

The wettest Las Vegas Valley monsoon season in a decade likely isn’t the only reason behind it, but Lake Mead has risen just over 18 inches during recent area rainfall.

EPA head joins Lee, Horsford to discuss drought

Nevada Reps. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford welcomed the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan to Lake Mead on Aug. 11 to discuss the ongoing drought.

More skeletal remains discovered at Lake Mead

Another set of human skeletal remains have been found at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The remains were found at Swim Beach at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

Schools report smooth return

Parents can finally exhale after a long summer of kids in the house as school is back in session in Boulder City. On Monday, Aug. 8, all four schools in town welcomed back students for the 2022-23 school year in an orderly fashion without any mishaps.

Council OKs plan to remove turf

Water was once again the main focus for City Council. At its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9, an agreement with the Southern Nevada Water Association that will remove turf in Boulder City to save on water was approved 4-0 by the council.

Council gets first look at Nevada Way remodel

The Boulder City Council was introduced to a project that will remodel and rehabilitate the stretch of Nevada Way from Wyoming to Park streets during its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9.

More human remains found at Lake Mead

More human remains have been found at Lake Mead, according to officials at the national recreation area.

Fire department targets sites to improve response times

Two locations are being targeted for a new Boulder City Fire substation that the City Council approved last month to help the department improve response time to emergencies. The proposed new fire station, labeled Station 122, is looking at sites at Quartzite Road and Nevada Way as well as near the library at 701 Adams Boulevard. The city owns land in both locations.

Ex-manager sues city; claims retaliation

Former City Manager Al Noyola filed a lawsuit against the city Friday, July 29, alleging that his civil rights were violated when he was fired Oct. 13, 2020.