southern nevada – Scapa LV http://scapa-lv.org/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 21:15:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://scapa-lv.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-4-150x150.png southern nevada – Scapa LV http://scapa-lv.org/ 32 32 Here are all the big developments coming to the Las Vegas Strip https://scapa-lv.org/here-are-all-the-big-developments-coming-to-the-las-vegas-strip/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 21:15:33 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/here-are-all-the-big-developments-coming-to-the-las-vegas-strip/ Las Vegas is in the midst of another transition that could change the city’s skyline and raise the city’s international profile. From attracting professional sports leagues to the city to attracting world-class artists to performance residencies, Las Vegas has been on a roll in recent years. With new and upcoming attractions, Sin City must grow. […]]]>

Las Vegas is in the midst of another transition that could change the city’s skyline and raise the city’s international profile.

From attracting professional sports leagues to the city to attracting world-class artists to performance residencies, Las Vegas has been on a roll in recent years.

With new and upcoming attractions, Sin City must grow.

Transportation, accommodation and other logistical issues will need to be ironed out before Vegas can reach its full potential and this week the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released details on where the city is headed.

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Rising inflation prompts more people to seek help at Valley food banks https://scapa-lv.org/rising-inflation-prompts-more-people-to-seek-help-at-valley-food-banks/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 14:21:41 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/rising-inflation-prompts-more-people-to-seek-help-at-valley-food-banks/ LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – As gas and food prices rise, more Americans are turning to food banks, which means nonprofits are stepping in to help, but their budgets suffer. For many families, budgets are tight and prices are more than 7% higher than a year ago. Some families get by because they cut back on […]]]>

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – As gas and food prices rise, more Americans are turning to food banks, which means nonprofits are stepping in to help, but their budgets suffer.

For many families, budgets are tight and prices are more than 7% higher than a year ago. Some families get by because they cut back on their food.

Three Square food bank executives said their sites are seeing an increase in food needs.

“There is just a fine line between those who are food insecure and those who are not. Certainly, economic success like this exposes that,” said Larry Scott of the Three Square Food Bank.

He added that inflation is also impacting nonprofits. It used to cost $1,200 to have food delivered and now it costs up to $5,000.

While purchased food accounts for only 10% of their diet, the group is seeing rising prices and also having difficulty finding certain food items, just like the average consumer.

United Way is also seeing a growing need for food. There are many pantries around the valley that distribute food. This link will help you find one near you.

“In our efforts to be a supporter and partner here in the Southern Nevada community, we have funded nearly three times as many nonprofits in this budget year as we have in years. previous ones,” said Julian High, president and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada.

If you want to donate or need help, you can get more information about Three Square at this link. You can find information on how to donate to United Way or find out how you can get help at this link.

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Sisolak’s Nevada: fans without masks, children in masks | VICTOR JOECKS https://scapa-lv.org/sisolaks-nevada-fans-without-masks-children-in-masks-victor-joecks/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/sisolaks-nevada-fans-without-masks-children-in-masks-victor-joecks/ Exposed adults sitting side by side and screaming for hours. Masked school children struggle to learn to pronounce letter sounds. Welcome to Governor Steve Sisolak’s Nevada. Over the past week, Southern Nevada has hosted the NHL All-Star Game and the NFL Pro Bowl. The events brought a swarm of tourists to Las Vegas. Sisolak took […]]]>

Exposed adults sitting side by side and screaming for hours. Masked school children struggle to learn to pronounce letter sounds. Welcome to Governor Steve Sisolak’s Nevada.

Over the past week, Southern Nevada has hosted the NHL All-Star Game and the NFL Pro Bowl. The events brought a swarm of tourists to Las Vegas. Sisolak took the opportunity to brag about the growth of the sport here.

“We know that over 50% of our visitors will add or extend a trip due to sporting events, or around 23 million people,” he wrote in an editorial.

Normally there would be nothing wrong with that. Tourists who come to Southern Nevada fuel the economy. It is in everyone’s interest.

Many of those sports fans, however, did something that Sisolak prohibits everyday Nevadans, including school children, from doing. They were inside without wearing a mask. Just look at the photos.

There was no “tsk-tsking” from the Governor, however. This is because one of his royal edicts created an exception to the mask mandate. Large events and conventions may waive the mask mandate if they require vaccinations. It was the rule that allowed the Raiders to avoid the mask requirement for home games.

It has long been apparent that mask mandates are not particularly effective. Just look at how Nevada’s cases spiked in the winter of 2020 and 2021 despite a mask mandate.

But if you think face coverings are helpful, Sisolak’s policy is a big contradiction. You are much more likely to be around someone with coronavirus at an event with 15,000 people than at a gathering of 150. Why not allow smaller venues to remove masks if they needed to vaccines? It is suspected that political realities, such as Sisolak’s need for a recovering economy, figure heavily into this discrepancy.

The most outrageous part of this, however, is how it affects children. Sisolak is requiring Clark County students to wear masks in schools. Wearing a mask is extremely harmful to children, especially young children. A study conducted during COVID found that “word identification is significantly compromised when produced with a surgical face mask.” young children frequently stare at their teachers’ mouths learn where to place your tongue or how to move your lips. You cannot do this when the instructor is wearing a mask.

Then there are the non-verbal facial cues that help children form friendships and navigate relationships. It’s impossible to know how much damage is being done, but it’s obvious that the masks set children back.

Children also have a lower risk of death than vaccinated adults. In Clark County, more than 350 vaccinated people have died from a breakthrough case of the coronavirus. More than 1.2 million people in Clark County have completed their vaccines. It is a formidable protection against death.

But those under 19, vaccinated or not, are even better protected just by being young. There are over 830,000 Nevadans under the age of 20. Since the start of the pandemic, only 13 people in this age group have died from COVID.

Democratic governors are starting to roll back their masking requirements. Sisolak may not follow the science, but he should at least follow the herd. If sports fans can do without masks, so can children.

Contact Victor Joecks at vjoecks@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4698. To follow
@victorjoecks on Twitter.

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PHOTOS: Rock legend Gene Simmons accepts cryptocurrency for sale of Las Vegas Valley estate | MORE Entertainment in Las Vegas https://scapa-lv.org/photos-rock-legend-gene-simmons-accepts-cryptocurrency-for-sale-of-las-vegas-valley-estate-more-entertainment-in-las-vegas/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 17:21:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/photos-rock-legend-gene-simmons-accepts-cryptocurrency-for-sale-of-las-vegas-valley-estate-more-entertainment-in-las-vegas/ LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — With his sprawling Las Vegas Valley estate still on the market, rock legend Gene Simmons has announced that he will now be accepting a new form of currency from potential buyers: cryptocurrency. The Kiss leader’s estate, located in the exclusive community of Ascaya in Henderson, is currently on the market for […]]]>

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — With his sprawling Las Vegas Valley estate still on the market, rock legend Gene Simmons has announced that he will now be accepting a new form of currency from potential buyers: cryptocurrency.

The Kiss leader’s estate, located in the exclusive community of Ascaya in Henderson, is currently on the market for $13,500,000.

Simmons originally listed the property in October at $14,950,000. A price reduction was announced on the property in December, bringing it to $13,500,000, where it currently sits.

According to a press release, the rock legend, who was an early adopter of cryptocurrency, will accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Uniswap, Polkadot, Litecoin, Aave, or Try, or a combination thereof. , for the purchase of the house .

“I have been a strong supporter of cryptocurrency from the start,” Simmons said in the statement. “It’s the future of money, and it makes sense to offer interested parties the ability to use cryptocurrency to purchase the domain.”

Spanning more than 11,000 square feet, Simmons’ home in southern Nevada is described as a “modern desert mansion.”

Listing agents Ivan Sher Group say the home is perched high above the Las Vegas Valley and sits on nearly an acre, two-lot property with a private orchard adjacent to the home.

The mansion is made up of three levels, including a lower level basement, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 11 attached garage spaces.

Among other amenities, the release notes that “most rooms in the home feature expansive bay windows and disappearing glass walls for a seamless indoor-outdoor experience, including in the kitchen where sliding doors open to a covered outdoor kitchen. and a direct view of the Strip.”

For more information about the estate or to request a private viewing, call 702-278-3222 or visit www.isluxury.com.

Copyright 2021 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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Vegas could clinch every major pro sports league https://scapa-lv.org/vegas-could-clinch-every-major-pro-sports-league/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 06:02:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/vegas-could-clinch-every-major-pro-sports-league/ With Las Vegas becoming a hotbed of professional sports activity in recent years, a potential newcomer to the market envisions every league calling Las Vegas at some point. In just a few years, Las Vegas has gone from zero professional sports teams to having the NHL’s Golden Knights, NFL’s Raiders, and WNBA’s Aces playing at […]]]>

With Las Vegas becoming a hotbed of professional sports activity in recent years, a potential newcomer to the market envisions every league calling Las Vegas at some point.

In just a few years, Las Vegas has gone from zero professional sports teams to having the NHL’s Golden Knights, NFL’s Raiders, and WNBA’s Aces playing at home within miles of each other. Add to that the NBA’s longstanding interest in the area, with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics eyeing the Valley for a possible relocation and news of a possible Major League Soccer team heating up last week, and it’s obvious that all eyes are on Las Vegas.

Wes Edens, part of the ownership group that struck an exclusive negotiation deal with MLS in hopes of securing an expansion franchise in Las Vegas, said the sky was the limit for professional sports in Las Vegas. He is also part owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and was part of the group that landed the team in a new arena and helped them win their first NBA championship since 1974.

“I believe every major sport will be in Las Vegas at some point in the future, really,” Edens told the Review-Journal last week. “I think baseball, basketball and football, I think they’ll all have homes in Las Vegas in the long term, or maybe not that long.”

While many skeptics believed a market the size of Las Vegas could only support one major professional sports team, let alone many, Edens said the success of what was apparently the league least likely to succeeding in the desert provided proof that Southern Nevada can sustain any league.

“I think hockey was the most unlikely to be first,” Edens said. “Look out the window in Las Vegas, there’s not a lot of hockey going on right now. The success he had really opened the eyes of people around him. Football, given its fairly limited home schedule, might have been the most intuitive; they were a huge hit.

With the ever-growing Las Vegas Valley approaching a population of 3 million and the high number of visitors, Edens believes the recipe for success is a mix of local fans and out-of-towners.

“The draw of Las Vegas is not just local appeal, as one of America’s fastest growing cities…but it also has a massive tourist population,” Edens said. “It will probably be a venue for all major sports.”

Jeremy Aguero, director of operations and analysis for the Raiders, also believes that all the leagues could end up in the southern Nevada desert, but warned that it is not certain that they will succeed if they try. simply to follow the plan of the first two major professional sports teams in the valley. .

“Football is different from baseball, baseball is different from basketball,” Aguero said. “If you think people can just replicate what the Raiders did, what the Golden Knights did, or what the Aces did, no, I don’t think that’s easy to do.”

Aguero said there was no cookie-cutter plan that other teams could follow to ensure success in Las Vegas. But he firmly believes that the region has not finished enriching its professional sports repertoire.

“I think there are all kinds of opportunities for additional events and additional leagues to exist here,” Aguero said. “It just has to be the right formula for it to work.”

Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. To follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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Wynn Resorts mom on all plans for Strip land he bought 4 years ago https://scapa-lv.org/wynn-resorts-mom-on-all-plans-for-strip-land-he-bought-4-years-ago/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/wynn-resorts-mom-on-all-plans-for-strip-land-he-bought-4-years-ago/ Located on a man-made island in the United Arab Emirates, Wynn Resorts’ new development will feature more than 1,000 rooms, an upscale shopping mall, restaurants, lounges and more. The project marks Wynn’s big bet on a tourist outpost halfway around the world – while at home the casino operator has yet to say what it […]]]>

Located on a man-made island in the United Arab Emirates, Wynn Resorts’ new development will feature more than 1,000 rooms, an upscale shopping mall, restaurants, lounges and more.

The project marks Wynn’s big bet on a tourist outpost halfway around the world – while at home the casino operator has yet to say what it would do with a chunk of land from the other side of the street.

Wynn has partnered with developer Marjan and hotel owner RAK Hospitality Holding to build a multi-billion dollar resort on Al Marjan Island, located in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, according to a Press release Tuesday.

The project – which is expected to include meeting and convention space, an “exclusive spa”, entertainment and a “gaming zone” – is expected to be completed in 2026, the statement said.

Wynn is not the first Las Vegas casino company to venture into the Middle East, nor the only one with a large piece of land in southern Nevada where it could build a new hotel.

But just over four years after Wynn announced it was acquiring 38 acres next to the Fashion Show mall for $336 million, it still hasn’t confirmed what it will do with the property, the former long vacant New Frontier home.

“Continue to develop our ideas”

Wynn Resorts spokesman Michael Weaver said in a statement for this column that the company will be the UAE resort’s operating partner, receive a management fee and hold a “minority financial interest in the project”.

He noted that Al Marjan Island is a 45-minute drive from one of the busiest airports in the world, Dubai International Airport, and offers a “pristine white sand beach”.

He also said 17 new hotels will open by 2024 in Ras Al Khaimah, “increasing its appeal as a strong regional tourist destination.”

As for the land on Las Vegas Boulevard, he said, “We continue to evolve our ideas for the 38 acres across from Wynn Las Vegas and look forward to developing it when the time is right.

In some ways, that’s hardly a surprise, given the property’s history and Las Vegas’ harrowing experience during the pandemic.

Changing fortunes, changing hands

Israeli investors bought the New Frontier in 2007 for more than $1.2 billion and imploded it with plans to develop a luxury resort. But Las Vegas’ frenzied housing boom quickly died down, the economy crashed, and the project never got built.

Australian billionaire James Packer acquired the site through foreclosure in 2014 and set out to build the 1,100-room Alon Las Vegas. But Packer reportedly struggled to raise funds for the project, and his company Crown Resorts put the land up for sale.

Wynn Resorts announced a deal in December 2017 to acquire the site, and founder Steve Wynn told analysts in January 2018 that he wanted to move quickly on a project there.

A few days later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Wynn had a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct. Wynn, who called the allegations “preposterous”, quickly resigned as his company’s chief executive officer, citing “an avalanche of negative publicity”.

“There will always be demand”

Meanwhile, Las Vegas attendance increased significantly from 2020 when the pandemic hit and tourism plunged, but it has not returned to pre-pandemic levels.

More than 32 million people visited America’s casino capital last year, up from 19 million in 2020 but down from 42.5 million in 2019, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported.

When asked if Wynn thinks there is, or will be, sufficient demand for more megaresorts along the Strip, Weaver pointed to “the incredible increase in demand for Las Vegas among domestic leisure and gaming customers in 2021,” and added that the company “firmly believes” Las Vegas will remain a “preferred global destination for years to come.”

“And with that backdrop, there will always be demand for the quality experiences that Wynn delivers,” he added.

Will these experiences include a new casino across from its glitzy Wynn Las Vegas and Encore towers? Will this sprawling site remain undeveloped land for years to come?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Contact Eli Segall at esegall@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0342. To follow @eli_segall on Twitter.

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The faithful reflect on the legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. https://scapa-lv.org/the-faithful-reflect-on-the-legacy-of-the-reverend-martin-luther-king-jr/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 16:41:09 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/the-faithful-reflect-on-the-legacy-of-the-reverend-martin-luther-king-jr/ Although schools in Louisiana were desegregated just before Charles Lee Bilberry’s senior year in 1969, he was not allowed to attend his graduation ceremony, he said, because “white parents didn’t want their kids to graduate with kids of color.” Bilberry graduated from the principal’s office and soon moved to southern Nevada. He remembered his mother’s […]]]>

Although schools in Louisiana were desegregated just before Charles Lee Bilberry’s senior year in 1969, he was not allowed to attend his graduation ceremony, he said, because “white parents didn’t want their kids to graduate with kids of color.”

Bilberry graduated from the principal’s office and soon moved to southern Nevada. He remembered his mother’s hug and kiss on the cheek when she told him, “Son, when you go to Las Vegas, be the best you can be.”

He spoke about the moment Sunday afternoon during an interfaith service at Second Baptist Church in the historic Westside to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday.

And while Blueberry also faced discrimination in Las Vegas, he kept his mother’s promise, attending UNLV, becoming a published author, and retiring as a supervising engineer after 30 years at Las Vegas Water. District.

Quoting a speech by King, Bilberry told the nearly 100 worshipers to “be the best you can be: if you want to be a street sweeper, sweep the streets like Michelangelo painted a picture, but be the best street sweeper you can be. street that there is on the street.”

The church service was part of a series of King Week events organized by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, including the 40th annual parade honoring the civil rights icon Monday morning through downtown Vegas.

The 90-group procession is due to start at 10 a.m. at Fourth Street and Gass Avenue and end at Ogden Avenue.

Governor Steve Sisolak, former Metropolitan Police Department undersheriff Kevin McMahill and the Reverend Clayton D. Moore of Second Baptist were among the speakers on Sunday.

“I want to remind ourselves that the privileges we enjoy today weren’t always like this,” Moore said. “There was a time in American history when we were separated, not only because of our economic circumstances, but also because of the color of our skin.”

Congregants cheered as Moore asked, “We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?”

Still, the fight for equality isn’t over, Moore said, citing “separate systems,” including schooling, the economy and even the way Americans worship.

“Sunday morning services,” he said, “are still among the most segregated times in the US mandate.”

Interfaith services like the one on Sundays, which have speakers from different religious denominations, aim to remedy this.

“One of the big things for Dr. King to reflect on is that the fight isn’t over,” Moore said. “The occasion is not for us simply to look back, but rather to seek, to go forward: that equality must be made available, that justice must be practiced tempered with mercy.”

Sonya Pearson, vice president and vice president of the Charleston Campus of the College of Southern Nevada, said King’s legacy “has left its mark” in her life.

“The struggle is still there. I didn’t start this day thinking it was going to be easy,” she said. “My color was very light.”

Pearson, who said she was the first black student to enroll at a university in Missouri in 2001, noted that young black people now have the opportunity not only to say what they want to be, but also to demand change when they witness injustice.

“God gave me the idea to be a doctor, to be a lawyer, to be a licensed professional counselor,” she said, describing her career in academia as a calling. “But here’s the thing: you can have all these titles and initials behind your name, it doesn’t mean anything.”

The program included live music, with worshipers clapping and rocking their bodies from side to side, and the Las Vegas Unity Dancers, who twisted their bodies to a recording of a worship song.

In brief remarks, Sisolak addressed the racial progress that has been made in Nevada, but noted that there is still a long way to go, promising his office would continue to fight inequality.

Later, Sisolak took to Twitter to thank the Las Vegas congregation and condemn scenes at a Texas synagogue, where a man disrupted a service and took people hostage on Saturday before being killed by a squad. FBI hostage rescue.

“Today in particular, I reflect on how we must ensure that places of worship remain safe places of refuge,” the governor wrote.

McMahill, who is campaigning to become Clark County’s next sheriff, spoke about the history of racism in the criminal justice system.

“We have to recognize history,” he said. “We need to acknowledge what happened so that we never repeat this story, which we learn from the mistakes we made.”

He said police-community relations have transformed the Historic Westside into one of the safest communities in the Valley.

“I’m going to continue to make sure that these authentic relationships are built so that we continue to see the humanity in each other, that you don’t see me as a white man and I see you as a black man, that see us that we are human beings, first and foremost,” McMahill said to applause.

He quoted King as saying that “hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. And I love you, and I love this community.

Contact Ricardo Torres-Cortez at rtorres@reviewjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @rickytwrites.

Review-Journal photographer Rachel Aston contributed to this story.

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Snapshot of Las Vegas to provide insight into the region’s economic outlook https://scapa-lv.org/snapshot-of-las-vegas-to-provide-insight-into-the-regions-economic-outlook/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 04:15:07 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/snapshot-of-las-vegas-to-provide-insight-into-the-regions-economic-outlook/ Southern Nevada’s economic outlook will be discussed in several presentations Tuesday at Preview Las Vegas, the Vegas Chamber’s largest annual forecasting and networking event. The preview, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will take place at Allegiant Stadium for the first time. About 1,500 people are expected for this year’s event. “I truly felt like it […]]]>

Southern Nevada’s economic outlook will be discussed in several presentations Tuesday at Preview Las Vegas, the Vegas Chamber’s largest annual forecasting and networking event.

The preview, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will take place at Allegiant Stadium for the first time. About 1,500 people are expected for this year’s event.

“I truly felt like it was a game of heaven to have the state’s premier business event in a world-class venue like Allegiant Stadium,” said Mary Beth Sewald, president and CEO of the Vegas Chamber.

“There are a lot of business impacts, a lot of forces happening,” she said. “Knowledge is power, so these are things companies need to know about.”

Southern Nevada’s economy, tourism and hospitality, water resources, and the city’s emergence as a premier sporting event destination are the topics of the program, which is themed “Battle Reborn “. The event is also a trade show with exhibits from local businesses offering goods and services.

The preview will be longer than in previous years with presentations ending at 2:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to purchase food from stadium vendors.

Governor Steve Sisolak will open the speaker presentations with an address. Brian Gordon, a Las Vegas-based director of Applied Analysis, will follow with a presentation on the Southern Nevada economy, focusing on major trends impacting the jobs, housing and tourism markets. . It will also add ideas for the coming year.

A national perspective is planned with futurist Neil Howe, managing director of demography at Stamford, Connecticut, Hedgeye Risk Management and co-author of “The Fourth Turning.” He and Hedgeye co-founder and chairman Michael Blum will discuss concerns about pandemics, rising partisanship, financial bubbles and bankruptcies, and global instability.

After a lunch break, water experts Pat Mulroy, senior fellow in climate adaptation and environmental policy at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law, and John Entsminger, chief executive of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, will talk about the Future of Water in Southern Nevada.

The program will conclude with Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Steve Hill sharing the stage with R&R Partners CEO Billy Vassiliadis in a presentation on the changing hospitality industry and the how Las Vegas is changing to attract millions of visitors to the area.

The premiere will be hosted by artist, businesswoman and Strip headliner Susan Anton.

Tickets are available for $95 for chamber members and $100 for non-members on the Vegas Chamber website. Tickets will cost an additional $10 on the day of the event.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is a sponsor of Preview Las Vegas.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. To follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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Water authorities call for greater conservation in the Las Vegas valley | News https://scapa-lv.org/water-authorities-call-for-greater-conservation-in-the-las-vegas-valley-news/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 01:03:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/water-authorities-call-for-greater-conservation-in-the-las-vegas-valley-news/ LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Last summer, the federal government declared a water shortage in the Colorado River. The river empties into Lake Mead and dropped nearly 20 feet last year. This statement means less water is available in Las Vegas in 2022. The valley will draw 7% less water this year and if water levels […]]]>


LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Last summer, the federal government declared a water shortage in the Colorado River. The river empties into Lake Mead and dropped nearly 20 feet last year.

This statement means less water is available in Las Vegas in 2022.

The valley will draw 7% less water this year and if water levels continue to drop as expected, they will be 8.3% in 2023.

Bronson Mack, of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, said the region is doing a great job in conserving water.

“We have seen our population increase by 800,000 people over the past twenty years, and yet we have reduced water use by 23% at the same time,” he said.

Unnecessary vegetation like grass in roundabouts, along sidewalks in public spaces, and in front of commercial and industrial properties consume about 12 billion gallons of water per year, according to SNWA.

Getting rid of it means a lot more water will stay in Lake Mead.






Plants grow on dry, cracked soil that was once underwater near Boulder Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, May 18, 2015, near Boulder City, Nevada. Federal water managers predict that Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. (AP Photo / John Locher)




“If we meet all seasonal water restrictions and replace the grass you are not using, we can continue to meet the needs of our community,” Mack said.

It’s not just watering the grass that impacts water levels, evaporation and climate change are also part of the problem.

Even with the reduced water allocation in place, our consumption remains well below our 2022 allocation.

Copyright 2020 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


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Iconic Flamingo Hotel Celebrates 75 Years on the Las Vegas Strip https://scapa-lv.org/iconic-flamingo-hotel-celebrates-75-years-on-the-las-vegas-strip/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 06:20:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/iconic-flamingo-hotel-celebrates-75-years-on-the-las-vegas-strip/ Embracing the past can be difficult, especially when it comes to murder and gangsters. When the Flamingo turned 50 in 1996, there was no celebration, no fanfare to mark the occasion, no public recognition of the station’s origins and its connection to Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and the crowd. Las Vegas was in the midst of […]]]>


Embracing the past can be difficult, especially when it comes to murder and gangsters.

When the Flamingo turned 50 in 1996, there was no celebration, no fanfare to mark the occasion, no public recognition of the station’s origins and its connection to Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and the crowd.

Las Vegas was in the midst of a culture change. The era of Mafia rule had ended by the mid-1980s. Megastations such as The Mirage, Treasure Island and Luxor were opening up all over the Strip, and Las Vegas was becoming increasingly aware of its public image.

“Bugsy’s image was not particularly endearing for the Flamingo or the Hilton,” Flamingo Hilton spokesperson Terry Lindberg said in 1996, the Las Vegas Sun reported at the time. “It wasn’t George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. We are talking about a thief, a rapist and a murderer. These are not endearing qualities. We want to remember the history of the Flamingo without glorifying it. We have made the conscious decision to move away from the Bugsy legacy.

An undeniable part of the story

A quarter of a century later, as the hotel commemorates its 75th anniversary, those feelings are changing.

The Flamingo doesn’t outright celebrate the mobsters who opened the resort, but there is now some level of recognition of those origins.

In 2020, the Flamingo unveiled the new Bugsy and Meyer’s Steakhouse, a retro-style restaurant named after these two mobsters, Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. There’s even a memorial plaque to Siegel which is now in the resort’s famous flamingo habitat.

“I think it’s fair that he recognizes the true story of the Flamingo. It’s an undeniable part of the story, and it’s something that’s unique to Flamingo, and looking into that and sharing it felt appropriate. I certainly don’t endorse the method of operation, but it’s part of Flamingo history, ”said Sean McBurney, president of regional operations for Caesars Entertainment, the current operators of the Flamingo.

Coupled with initiatives like the opening of the Mob Museum ten years ago, UNLV history professor Michael Green said the acceptance shows the city’s maturity, on it, but keep watching. and take care of it. “

Now at 75, The Flamingo is the oldest resort on the Strip. Its past, which encompasses everything from the Mafia to Kirk Kerkorian to the ten-year-old Donny and Marie Osmond series, is a reflection of the history of The Strip and the iconic hallway’s ability to reinvent itself time and time again.

“This is a hotel that is truly a pivotal point for Las Vegas,” said Larry Gragg, professor emeritus of history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and author of the 2015 book “Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel: The Gangster, the Flamingo, and the creation of modern Las Vegas.

The Bugsy years

Siegel gets most of the credit for opening the Flamingo, but the idea to build a Miami Beach-style hotel in southern Nevada actually came from his former business partner Billy Wilkerson.

Wilkerson was a successful Los Angeles businessman in the 1930s and 1940s who founded The Hollywood Reporter and owned several popular nightclubs on famous Sunset Boulevard. He was also a compulsive gambler who regularly spent several thousand dollars in Las Vegas at a time, according to his son, Willy Wilkerson, who wrote his father’s biography titled “Hollywood Godfather: The Life and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson”.

One night, Wilkerson confessed his gambling problem and the financial difficulties that followed to his friend Joseph Schenck, the wealthy film director and chairman of 20th Century Fox. Schenck, a gamer himself, had a solution to Wilkerson’s woes: build a casino and own the house.

“The inference was that if you lost, the money would be smartly recycled. So my father, wasting most of the time, could indulge in his addiction and at the same time earn money for his casino. So it was like a win-win. That’s basically where it all started, ”said Willy Wilkerson.

Wilkerson began building the complex in 1945, but by early 1946 the project ran out of money as the compulsive gambler had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars at other casinos in the city.

Flamingo’s lasting impact

Enter Siegel, a longtime mob murderer who had already established himself on the Las Vegas scene through horse racing wire services and investing in other Fremont Street casinos. Wilkerson needed the money, and the mob was a willing partner. Siegel and his associates bought two-thirds of the project and ultimately kicked Wilkerson out.

Siegel raised the luxury stakes for the project, and with it the price to pay. The cost of building the complex fell from about $ 1.2 million to about $ 6 million when construction was completed.

Finally, on December 26, 1946, the Flamingo opened its doors for the first time. And he did so in what would become true Vegas fashion, attracting top headliners for the three-day grand opening, including radio comedy star Jimmy Durante and conductor Xavier Cugat.

But it wasn’t long before problems arose. The resort opened with its incomplete hotel, and a string of gambling losses that historians, including Gragg, attribute mostly to terrible bad luck, ultimately forced the resort to close after just six weeks. The Flamingo reopened with the hotel construction completed on March 1, 1947 and was to be a great success.

The same cannot be said of Siegel.

On June 20, 1947, while in the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend Virginia Hill, Siegel was shot and killed. This murder remains unsolved to this day, although most historians believe the mob was involved in one way or another. Gragg said more than a dozen people have been suggested as a hitman over the years.

According to Gragg, mobsters Moe Sedway and Gus Greenbaum entered the Flamingo and announced that they were taking over within 15 minutes of Siegel’s death about 300 miles away,

Those early years and the mystery surrounding Siegel’s death helped fuel the mystique of Flamingo and Las Vegas and ushered in a whole new era in town.

“The Flamingo confirms the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. It was a short window of time in Las Vegas that turned out to have lingering effects for decades, ”said Geoff Schumacher, a longtime Las Vegas reporter who now works as vice president of exhibitions and shows. programs at the Mob Museum. “I imagine it’s possible that if Bugsy Siegel hadn’t built a luxury resort on Highway 91 like he did, we might have ended up with the Las Vegas Strip. But he certainly accelerated this progress.

From Mafia to Boards of Directors

When the Strip began to pull away from the crowds in favor of a more corporate and commercial environment, the Flamingo was there to pivot with it.

Kerkorian, who would go on to create some of Las Vegas’ biggest resort casinos, came into Flamingo’s image in 1967 when he bought the resort, severing the casino’s ties to the crowd altogether and helping signal the passage of the Strip to business games.

“In his first year he declared his profits to the state. And they questioned it. Because they said it had never made so much money before. And it hit everyone: Yeah, he wasn’t crushing anything. Who knows how much money has been lost to skimming, ”said Green, the UNLV professor.

Kerkorian did not keep the seaside resort for long. He sold it in the early 1970s to Hilton hotels, which renamed it the Flamingo Hilton.

When the next major hub arrived in Las Vegas with the era of massive integrated resorts in the late 1980s and 1990s, the Flamingo adapted again. By 1993, the resort had over 3,500 rooms and even featured a 200-unit timeshare tower.

Lasting impact

In a way, there is no better reflection of the history of the Strip than the Flamingo itself.

“If you had to make a Strip story and want to do the Flamingo life and times, I think that’s a good way to do it,” Green said.

When the Flamingo first opened in 1946, the Art Deco style of the Miami Beach resort was against the trend for Wild West-themed hotels that was the norm in Las Vegas at the time. It was the first true luxury resort on the Strip, setting a precedent for comfort, amenities and entertainment options that remains firmly anchored in the fabric of the city to this day.

Criminal families had been implicated in owning other casinos in town, but the Flamingo was the first mob-built casino in town.

It survived the Strip casinos that came before – it’s the only one built before 1950 that still remains – and many of those that followed. It was a first part of the shift towards corporate gaming and adapted to the era of integrated megastations.

The now 75-year-old resort is a living example of Las Vegas history, a holdover from an era Las Vegas once tried to forget and now leans towards. It’s been part of the evolution of the city and the Strip, from the Old West to ultra-luxury, from gangsters to corporate executives. Every step forward, every change, every pivot – the Flamingo has been there, changing along with the city.

Contact Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal.com. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter.


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