Natural Medicine for Nevada

Scott is no stranger to following his gut and taking big, calculated risks. He is well known as a pioneering leader in several fields with the ability to grow and revitalize distressed businesses. Now, he is pushing the envelope in the next level of natural medicine as the manager of Nevada Natural Medicines, LLC. Recently, Nevada Natural Medicines, LLC went before the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission to advance their plans of creating a 5-acre marijuana cultivation and processing center. The facility is located at 6041 S. Hafen Ranch Road on the southern end of the Pahrump Valley.

Alleviating Resident’s Concerns

When the facility was first licensed in 2015, there was some concern expressed by the residents of the Valley about the construction projects. Road construction was a slight inconvenience and some were worried how long it would be before the road use would return to normal. Though the initial concerns were few, only one person who spoke against the proposal in the Planning Commission meeting. However, Scott and the team of Nevada Natural Medicines, LLC were successful in completing the construction projects on-time. Additionally, they worked hard to alleviate those concerns and show how the facility will be a boon to the local economy, creating jobs while also providing safe access to medicinal cannabis products. The project has, thus far, spent more than $1.2 million in improvements that have spurred the local economy by investing in local Nye County contractors.

Final Approvals

On November 14, 2018, Nevada Natural Medicines, LLC requested that the property be rezoned, and the request passed unanimously with a 6-0 vote. Some further analysis and approvals by the Planning Commission will need to be done before the facility can open its doors for business. However, the team at Nevada Natural Medicines, LLC is confident that after all of the approvals and inspections are completed they will be on the path to creating greater prosperity for the community.


The Sibley Family Foundation was thrilled to donate $2,500 to the 5th Annual All-Star Dodgeball Tournament! Revenue generated from the event enabled the After School All-Stars to impact more than 6,500 low-income underprivileged students at sixteen different school sites throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The Sibley’s are honored to be affiliated with the ASAS and amazed at all the incredible things they are doing to support and empower the youth in Las Vegas.The Sibley Family Foundation was thrilled to donate $2,500 to the 5th Annual All-Star Dodgeball Tournament!

Las Vegas: The Nevada Press Association (NPA) announced today that it has engaged Karpel Public Affairs (KPA) to manage the organizations’ affairs beginning January 1, 2019. KPA President Richard Karpel will serve as executive director of the organization, replacing Barry Smith, who retired in October.

KPA is an association management company specializing in public policy and advocacy services. It will relocate to Nevada from its current office in the Washington, D.C., area to accept the new assignment with NPA. It also plans to change its name; it has been known as American PressWorks since it was founded in 1997.

Prior to assuming ownership of American PressWorks in 2017, Karpel served as the chief staff officer of several trade associations and professional societies, including the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and the American Society of News Editors. He has a business degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

“We are thrilled to be moving to Nevada to manage NPA,” Karpel said. “I am passionate about open government and great journalism, and feel extraordinarily fortunate to have the opportunity to work with news organizations in the state to pursue both of those passions.”

The appointment of KPA, which was approved unanimously by the Nevada Press Association Board of Directors on Dec. 18, concludes a national search for a new executive director that was launched this summer.

“The Nevada Press Association could not have found a better person to lead the organization than Richard Karpel,” NPA Board President Glenn Cook said. “Richard’s experience leading news industry trade groups will ensure the NPA remains an influential voice and a powerful advocate for Nevadans’ right to know,” said Cook, the executive editor and vice president for news at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“The experience Richard brings to the NPA will allow him to hit the ground running and expertly guide NPA into the future,” said NPA board member Scott Sibley, publisher of Nevada Legal News.

“Richard comes to Nevada with exemplary qualifications, and we are fortunate to have him joining us in the ongoing efforts to support local journalists and the fight for government transparency here in the Silver State,” said NPA board member Peggy Santoro, content strategist for the Reno Gazette-Journal. “A robust local press had never been more critical to protecting the rights and freedoms we enjoy, and I know Richard will be a great leader in guiding the Nevada Press Association as it supports Nevada journalism.”

KPA will continue to represent the Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC) and American Court and Commercial Newspapers (ACCN). PNRC is a nonprofit organization that promotes government and corporate transparency through research and education on the importance of providing public notice in newspapers. ACCN is a trade association that represents legal newspapers.

About the Nevada Press Association: NPA represents daily and weekly news publications in Nevada and the Lake Tahoe region of Northern California, as well as online news services, magazines and other specialized publications. It was founded in 1924 but its history dates back to 1865, when an association of Nevada newspapers was first organized. NPA is based in the historic Rinckel Mansion in Carson City.


On Nov. 1, 2018, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center hosted an event sponsored by Vegas PBS and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. These organizations came together to present a special screening of a documentary entitled “The Power of Love: the Story of Lou Ruvo and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.”

The event, which was staged to raise funds for local PBS programming focused on health care, featured special menu items and foods that were specially crafted to be brain-healthy by award-winning chefs Tal Ronnen, Gustav E. Mauler, Rick Moonen, Mark Sandoval, Roy Ellmar and Benoit Cornet.

It was a very successful event and a great step forward for the clinic and for local PBS programming!

State Assemblyman. Lobbyist. Newspaper publisher. Jet-setting friend to DJs like Steve Aoki. Scott Sibley has worn lots of different hats over the years, and most recently his career path pointed him toward cannabis. See his entire Las Vegas Weekly profile by clicking here.

Scott Sibley presents Green Ribbon Panel recommendations to the Clark County Commission around the implementation of retail sales. Watch more below.

In Nevada, legislation that would have allowed broadcaster websites to publish notices died on April 14, the deadline for bills to be reported out of committee. Nevada Press Association members, Executive Director Barry Smith gave special thanks to NPA board member Scott Sibley, publisher of the Nevada Legal News and a former Assemblyman, for traveling to Carson City several times last month to talk to legislators. For more visit:

Scott Sibley, NPA board member helped defeat SB218 in the Nevada State Legislature. A bill sought by Nevada broadcasters, which would have enabled them to move public notices out of newspapers and onto their websites, died Friday without a vote in the Senate Government Affairs Committee. To read more visit:

Scott Sibley visited Carson City to testify against SB218. Watch footage from KOLO8.