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Call them what you want — germs, cooties, whatever — but millions of bacterial cells are at home in the human body. Many are actually good for you. But which ones? Where are they? And how much does all that bacteria weigh? In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert.


Wayne Newton, for decades an icon of the Las Vegas entertainment scene, thought he’d never return to Casa de Shenandoah, where he’d lived since 1968. But fortune smiled on him, and a once-abandoned museum project at the estate was resurrected. Newton shares his story and his hopes for Shenandoah.



Oncology cases have been climbing at a local veterinary clinic, and many owners are willing to pay the price for care, even if their dog is uninsured.

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Tiger cub Justice inspects a stuffed animal at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Justice is one of four 6-week-old cubs who this month joined the attraction at the Mirage.

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Temperatures are dropping, a welcome change from the sweltering summer heat. We had a full week without 100-degree weather, and the valley even got rain.

Las Vegas City Council members approved strict rules for Fremont Street performers, who starting Nov. 1 will have to remain in one of about three dozen 6-foot circles painted on the pavement.

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UNLV President Len Jessup delivered his State of the University address, speaking about how the institution plans to become a top-tier research university.

Downtown street closures for the Life is Beautiful festival will continue, with the biggest to happen Sept. 23. More will occur Sept. 25, but most streets will reopen by Sept. 29.

Las Vegas High plays Rancho in an annual rivalry. Rancho recently snapped a 30-game losing streak. Can the Rams beat Las Vegas for the first time since 1995?

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1st Nevada’s national ranking for foreclosure rate. For the first time in almost a year, Nevada is back on top of America’s foreclosure heap as lenders repossess an increasing number of homes.


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the hopefuls and hopeless on the presidential scene The purplest of purple states, Nevada is a key battleground for Oval Office aspirants. Each week, we rank how the presidential candidates fared in the state and on issues important to its residents. Here’s who had a good week and a bad week.

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The governor of Wisconsin doubled down on his union busting, unveiling a plan in Las Vegas for a national right-to-work law that would make it illegal to require union membership as a condition of employment. That’s a smart play for the GOP base.

The rapper from Vallejo, Calif., declared his candidacy for president, saying he hopes to qualify for the Democratic debate for October in Las Vegas. His strategy? Releasing a Donald Trump diss track titled “Giantslayer.”

After the high-five heard around the world with Donald Trump during the Sept. 16 Republican debate, a newly energized Bush took a victory lap at a veterans’ center in Summerlin. He was panned, however, for the low turnout.

Paul barnstormed through Nevada on Sept. 17, making four stops and delivering speeches at UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada. Was it a replay of the student-heavy campaigns his father ran to success in dorm rooms but not in polling booths?

The Ohio governor made headlines by filing for a spot in the Nevada caucus — the first Republican to do so. Good for him, but if his campaign resorts to filling out paperwork to generate buzz, he may be in trouble.






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sports books take a hit The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, two betting underdogs, covered the point spread to salvage the first week of the NFL season for sports books. Entering the final two games, favorites were 9-4 against the point spread, and some sports book officials reported being historically dominated. Generally, the public wagers on the betting favorite.

Nevada’s rate of women killed by men — 1.95 per 100,000 — is the fifth-highest in the nation, the Violence Policy Center found. In 2013, the most recent data available, 27 women were killed by men in Nevada. The national average was 1.09 per 100,000.


Number of people in Clark County, as of Sept. 17, who were sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico.

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biden eyeing a run? Vice President Joe Biden met with Geoconda Arguello Kline, the Culinary Union’s secretary-treasurer, fueling speculation about whether Biden will seek the Democratic nomination for president. The union is a powerful political force in Nevada, with more than 50,000 members and a track record of busing workers to polls and helping register voters.



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the body and its bacteria

Nose Staphylococcus aureus: Though a significant cause of infections, S. aureus frequently is found living in the nose. An estimated 86.9 million people in the United States — about a third of the population — carry S. aureus. The bacterium can cause skin infections known as staph infections that can range from mild to life-threatening. The superbug MRSA is a drug-resistant strain of this bacterium. MRSA stands for Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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We spend much of our lives trying to avoid bacteria — washing our hands, squirting hand sanitizer and taking courses of antibiotics. But what about the countless bacteria that live within us every day?

As it turns out, we’re actually more bacteria than we are human. At any given time, there are 10 times as many bacterial cells in our bodies as human ones. The bacteria help us digest food, produce chemicals we need to live and protect us from harmful bacteria. Still, the same bacteria that keep us alive also wield the power to hurt us. Take, for example, the bacteria found in our colons. They help us extract nutrients from food. But if those bacteria found their way into a vital organ or our bloodstream, they could cause a serious infection. “Microbiology associated with humans has evolved quite a lot,” UNLV life sciences professor Brian Hedlund said. “It used to be very much focused on microbes one at a time, but lately they’ve been changing to a holistic or systems-level approach. There are diseased states or healthy states, communities of microbes that are healthy or not.” In the world of bacteria, it’s hard to call one bacteria entirely good or bad. Truth is, a bacteria’s character often comes down to one factor: location.

Mouth The mouth is home to a diverse population of bacteria that can change over the course of a lifetime. Certain bacteria prefer to live in specific parts of the mouth, such as the tongue, cheek, palate or teeth. Many help prevent colonization by other, more harmful bacteria. The mouth protects itself against bacteria by maintaining its mucous membranes and enamel. Species include Streptococcus, Haemophilus, Veillonella and Prevotella.

Skin Skin teems with bacteria, though they’re not visible to the naked eye. Staphylococcus epidermidis: S. epidermidis is the most common bacterium found on human skin cells. It generally is harmless or even good for humans, as it protects us from more harmful bacteria by producing substances that are toxic to other bacteria. Also, studies have shown S. epidermidis may help signal an immune response to invaders. That said, if S. epidermidis gets inside the body, such as entering by way of a catheter or implant, it can cause infection.

FAQ: What are prebiotics and probiotics?

Moraxella species: These bacteria commonly are found on skin and mucous membranes, particularly in the upper respiratory tract. They typically cause infection when defensive barriers break down, allowing the bacteria to invade.

n Probiotics are “good” bacteria found in foods and supplements. They can aid digestion, protect against more dangerous bacteria and restore populations of good bacteria.

Propionibacterium acnes: This bacterium is the culprit behind acne, formally “acne vulgaris,” which affects up to 80 percent of adolescents in the United States. The bacterium also is prevalent on healthy skin; some scientists say it may protect skin. However, it can cause postoperative infections.

n Prebiotics are carbohydrates that can’t be digested by the human body and remain as food for probiotics. They are found in food and can be taken as supplements.

Q: Should I take prebiotics and probiotics?

Some doctors recommend taking a course of probiotics with antibiotics to ensure that “bad” bacteria are killed and “good” bacteria are replenished, but probiotics aren’t required for good health.

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Stomach Not too many bacteria call the stomach home because stomach acid makes it a relatively unpleasant environment. Stomachs have the most bacteria right after a meal but typically undetectable amounts after digestion. Helicobacter pylori: Many peptic ulcers in the stomach or small intestine are caused by H. pylori, which is found in 30 to 40 percent of Americans. The bacterium is more common in developing countries, where it infects about 70 percent of people. Chronic H. pylori infections can result in an increased chance of stomach cancer. Still, some studies have examined a correlation between the disappearance of H. pylori and an increase in childhood asthma, infant diarrhea and esophageal disease.

Small intestine Food moves quickly through the small intestine, usually in about three to five hours, which means bacteria tend to wash through quickly as well. Commonly found bacteria in the small intestine include streptococci, lactobacilli and bacteria from the Bacteroides species. Lactobacillus acidophilus: In addition to aiding digestion by breaking down carbohydrates, this bacterium, found in yogurt and fermented soy products, produces vitamin K and lactase. It is one of the most commonly used probiotics.

Large intestine (colon) The colon is home to about 500 species of bacteria and has the largest concentration of bacteria in the body. Everybody has a unique colony of bacteria in his or her intestines. Bacteria in the colon help break down food that humans otherwise would not be able to digest and help us produce vitamin K, vitamin B-12 and folic acid. Diet can influence colon bacteria. Like skin bacteria, intestinal bacteria help prevent infections from more harmful bacteria. Taking antibiotics can disrupt the normal activities of the bacteria. Common colon bacteria: Streptococcus











Escherichia coli (E. coli)

Vagina and urinary tract The most common bacteria found here include lactobacilli, streptococci, staphylococci and corynebacteria. Lactobacilli are by far the most prevalent bacteria in the vagina; they account for more than 95 percent of all bacteria found there and tend to serve a protective role, producing substances that lower the pH of the vagina and keep other bacteria out. The urethra also is home to a small number of bacteria.

Sources: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Nature, British Journal of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Clinical Drug Therapy for Canadian Practice, Todar’s Online Textbook of Bacteriology, University of Iowa, Science Creative Quarterly, Expert Review of Dermatology, American Society for Microbiology, Applied Microbiology, Science, Scientific American, Postgraduate Medical Journal, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, National Human Genome Research Institute

Bacteria account for

2 to 6 pounds of a 200-pound person’s body weight.

Q: What foods contain prebiotics and probiotics?

Prebiotics can be found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and artichokes.

Probiotics are found in yogurt, kefir, fermented cheese, miso soup, kimchi and other foods.




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ayne Newton is being mauled, once more, by an overzealous Wayniac. The affectionate visitor to Newton’s new Casa de Shenandoah museum has managed to grab the neck of Mr. Las Vegas and is clinging to his collar with great intent. It’s fun, but he will not let go. “Oh, what’s this?” Newton asks as he is kissed on the cheek, over and over. “What is going on? What are you saying to me?” The response is a high-pitched shriek from the interloper, who goes by the name of “Boo.” Boo is a capuchin monkey. “This little guy is my best friend,” Newton says of the 4-year-old monkey. “It’s good here, isn’t it?

It’s good to be home, right?” It is good to be home. In June 2013, this moment seemed impossible. Buzz Aldrin seemed more likely to return to the surface of the moon than Wayne Newton to return to Casa de Shenandoah. The ranch estate, glorious for its grassy expanses, artesian wells and lines of stables that housed dozens of Arabian horses, had served as a source of familial distress, lawsuits and unrealized dreams. “Nobody thought we’d be back here,” Newton says, shaking his head. “When we moved out, I never thought I’d be back here, either.” He reflects on the day he learned he would be leaving Shenandoah and the day he said goodbye to the ranch. Was he sad? Were their tears? WAYNE NEWTON, CONTINUED ON PAGE 14




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Rolls-Royces, previously owned by Johnny Cash, Steve McQueen, Liberace and Harrah’s founder Bill Harrah

A gold microphone Frank Sinatra gave to Newton

The letter Elvis wrote from the Las Vegas Hilton that sparked the Newton song, “The Letter”

Jack Benny’s Stradivarius (Newton worked with Benny for years.)

The canoe navigated by Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda in “On Golden Pond” A collection of Newton’s stage costumes, including a faded purple, western costume made by Newton’s mother, Evelyn Marie, when Newton was just 4 years old.

Newton’s Fokker F28 jet

A desk that belonged to Franklin Roosevelt

Military mementos and jackets from Newton’s service overseas as the USO’s Celebrity Circle chairman

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No. “By the time we got to the point of leaving, I had had enough of the toll it was taking on my family,” Newton says. “We had been fighting in court for a long time. I got tired of hearing my daughter (Lauren, now 13) come home from school and repeat some of the things she had heard from her classmates. It just wasn’t worth it anymore.” But make no mistake: Wayne Newton is a tough dude. He is one of the great survivors. “I will never back down from a fight,” he says. “I’ve been through it with NBC (Newton filed a libel suit against the network in 1981 over a series of reports claiming he was tied to organized crime), and I’ve been through it with Johnny Carson (when Newton flew to Burbank, Calif., and reportedly told the talk-show host, “I’ll knock you on your ass,” if he didn’t stop a litany of jokes he had been making at Newton’s expense). But when we left Shenandoah, I was just relieved.” ••• Signs that the Newtons — Wayne and his wife of 21 years, Kathleen — had regained a genuine interest in what for years has been been called “the Ranch” surfaced in December. That’s when the “Casa de Shenandoah” sign was returned to the corner of Sunset and Pecos roads, replacing the staid “Springs Ranch” sign and signaling that Newton was making a comeback to his former home. That return now is complete. On Sept. 18, Shenandoah opened to the public with tours, a newly constructed museum housing memorabilia dating to Newton’s childhood and a stunning array of animals, including Newton’s Arabian horses and peacocks, wallabies, and of course, little Boo. “Shenandoah is a magical place; I really believe that,” Newton says. “You ask, what got me through the difficult times in my life? The animals. The horses. Being with them has calmed me, and they belong here. This is something I needed to do, come back here and return what means so much to me to this property.” The move back to Shenandoah has been physically and mentally taxing. In early summer 2013, the Newtons vacated the home Wayne had lived in since 1968 (he bought the original five acres two years earlier) and relocated to a home on East Oquendo Road, the result of a settlement with former business partners Lacy and Dorothy Harber. But Newton’s return to Shenandoah is foremost a business agreement. The Harbers maintain majority ownership of the property through CSD LLC, formed six years ago

to purchase Casa de Shenandoah and turn it into a museum dedicated to Newton. The family now is performing many of the operating tasks itself, from designing attractions to displaying memorabilia in glass cases to producing the video tour narrated by Newton himself. If you think your most recent move was difficult, consider that Newton owns a huge collection of stage costumes, a dozen exotic and antique vehicles, a bevy of personally-signed letters from every president dating to Kennedy, and a Fokker jet. “The other day we had to put wrought-iron ramps up around the living room of the main mansion to be in line with ADA regulations, because there was nothing there for when you bring the public into that space,” Newton says. “So here I am, paying attention to the wrought-iron in the living room of my old home. ... It has been a challenge, to say the least.” ••• The history of the museum dates to early 2010. The Newtons had befriended the Harbers, wellfinanced real estate investors in Grayson County, Texas. Lacy Harber, the billionaire owner of American Bank of Texas, longed to help Newton create a museum at Casa de Shenandoah. The group created CSD LLC, with the Harbers owning 70 percent of the corporation, the Newtons owning 20 percent and property manager Steve Kennedy and his then common-law wife, Geneva Clark, splitting 10 percent. But the deal came unraveled in spring 2012, when Kennedy sued the Newtons after the project stalled. Newton fired back with a countersuit, alleging it was Kennedy’s own inaction and unauthorized conduct that blunted the attraction’s progress. The project — although not Newton — fell into bankruptcy in October 2012, and Shenandoah twice was listed for sale: first for $70 million in September 2013, then for $30 million last September. By then, the Newtons had been living at the Oquendo Road estate they bought from Las Vegas producer Norbert Aleman, founder of “Crazy Girls,” for $5 million. The property includes a second home across the street and enough acreage to house Newton’s Arabian horses. Shortly after a public tour of Shenandoah last September, Kathleen Newton received a call from Lacy Harber. (Wayne famously refuses to carry a cell phone.) It was a rare overture. Wayne Newton said the voice on the other end was friendly and to the point: “Wayne, you built Casa de Shenandoah, it is your home, it will always be your home. Let’s work something out so you can take it back.” WAYNE NEWTON, CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Among the memorabilia on display at Shenandoah are costumes worn by Wayne Newton, as well as a jersey he wore while tossing the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field in 2014.




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COMPARING MUSEUM COSTS AROUND TOWN Tickets to Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah are a little pricey compared with other local attractions. Shenandoah tickets start at $35, with more extensive packages available for $44 and $95. Here’s a look at how that stacks up:

Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah 3310 E. Sunset Road Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday Cost: $35-$95 * The attraction includes a gift shop and theater that plays a 15-minute documentary of Newton’s life and career.

Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition Westgate Las Vegas, 3000 Paradise Road Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Cost: $22.

Wayne Newton’s Fokker F28 jet is parked at Casa de Shenandoah, though the property does not have a runway. It was reportedly disassembled at the airport and reassembled at Newton’s estate.

Mob Museum 300 Stewart Ave. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost: $19.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, military, law enforcement and teachers; $13.95 for children ages 11-17 and students ages 18-23 with proof of ID; free for children ages 10 and under

National Atomic Testing Museum 755 E. Flamingo Road Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: $14 general admission; discounted rates for seniors, students, children and military personnel with proper identification

Neon Museum 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North Hours: Day tours: 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Night tours: 7:30 p.m.9 p.m.; all tours must be booked in advance Cost: $12 for Nevada residents, students with valid ID, senior citizens and veterans


“I said, ‘Absolutely,’” Newton recalled. “I talked to my wife, and between the two of us, we decided to take one more shot at building something special.” It is doubtful that Harber, given his affection for Newton (business squabbles aside), would want to be responsible for selling Casa de Shenandoah to a developer who would wipe out the ranch and build a housing subdivision. That’s what was being discussed when Harber phoned Newton with the idea of the Newtons taking back the property. “This really is a piece of Las Vegas history,” Newton said. “It would be a shame for it to be turned into something else.” As a signal of friendship, the Harbers attended an inviteonly opening of Shenandoah. ••• Newton has been amassing personal items for about 60 years, particularly since he began performing at the Fremont Hotel’s Carnival Lounges as part of the Newton Brothers with brother Jerry. He has a massive collection of memorabilia. But the viability of his museum, in today’s Las Vegas, is hardly a certainty. A similar attraction dedicated to Liberace closed in November 2010, in large part because Liberace’s name recognition had waned. Even Elvis isn’t a sure thing in Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis” closed and there has been a lackluster response to “The Elvis Experience” stage show at the Westgate, though Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition, a museum and tour, still is flourishing. “I realize there is that issue; I’d be naïve to think otherwise,” Newton says of needing to keep his name in front of a new generation of fans. “It happens to all of us, but the difference between Casa de Shenandoah and Graceland, for that comparison, is that I am still here. I can boost interest

personally if need be.” And Shenandoah itself is a unique destination. “The property itself is so special, sitting on artesian wells here in the middle of the desert,” Newton says. “I think people will realize that when they see it.” Newton is not finished as a performer, either, though he hasn’t played in Las Vegas since closing his Tropicana stage show “Once Before I Go …” in April 2010. His only recent show in Clark County was Dec. 6 at Laughlin’s Edgewater hotel-casino. He still performs one-offs around the country, however, and spends ample time in his Montana home. But Mr. Las Vegas still very much remains Mr. Las Vegas. “I have every hope I will perform again in Las Vegas,” Newton says. “I am still singing, and this is my home.” Newton shares the reason for his ambitious designs at Shenandoah: “I think it’s a great way to say thank you to this great city. I owed it to the city that has been so great to me.”


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A new formula for education Students and schools see benefits of spending some time in class, some online By Ian Whitaker staff writer

Some students prefer online school because it allows them flexibility to learn at their own pace. For other students, nothing can match the experience of learning face-to-face with a teacher in a classroom. But what if you could combine the two? That’s the question floating around the Clark County School District. Officials think the answer could help address student achievement and school crowding. It’s called “blended learning.” Students spend half of the school week at home working on assignments online and the other half going over material in school alongside their peers and a teacher. It’s a relatively radical approach to education, and it’s catching on in Las Vegas. District officials estimate Clark County has about 47,000 students engaged in blended learning of some kind. The district’s flagship online institution, the Nevada Learning Academy, teaches thousands of high-schoolers each year and recently expanded to include middle-schoolers. Each week, students spend three days at home and two days at the school’s Flamingo Road campus. An in-school component is typical for online schools, although the amount of face-to-face interaction varies. The roster includes Justice Zmuda, a 13-year-old who struggled when he attended a north valley middle school. “(It) wasn’t a good place for me,” he said, looking at the ground. “I didn’t have many friends.” Zmuda said he was bullied because he wanted to pursue topics he found interesting, such as physics. So he transferred last year to Nevada Learning Academy. The difference for him was night and day. Now he’s able to work at his own pace, and because he doesn’t have to be in a classroom every day, his schooling is more flexible with his parents’ schedules. “It’s a lot better,” Zmuda said. “I have tons of friends, and everybody is nice.” The district still is a long way from making more widespread decisions about blended learning, but the model could be adopted further in several ways. Blended programs could be established at existing schools or new campuses could be built. Students wouldn’t be

Math teacher Kelli Greenwald reviews problems with middle-school students at the Nevada Learning Academy, where “blended learning” has helped ease classroom crowding. (photos by L.E. Baskow/staff)

Secondary English teacher Shante Phee, left, works with student Dez Black, 13, to download a book onto his phone at the Nevada Learning Academy.

zoned for blended schools, but parents could opt their children into them. In a recent survey, school district officials asked parents what they thought should be done with roughly $4 billion in construction bonds earmarked for building new schools to ease crowding. One of the options was more facilities dedicated to blended learning. “It’s a different way of thinking about the building space and the resources that

we have,” said Jesse Welsh, the district’s chief in charge of innovative learning environments. “The traditional classroom space where you have 30 or 40 desks sitting in rows all facing the teacher is, in my opinion, not really up-to-date with how students are learning these days.” By switching to a blended environment, more students can be taught at one location. That’s because at least half of the students would be at home study-

ing online while the other half would be in the classroom. “It’s thinking differently about how the space is structured,” Welsh said. In Shante Phee’s middle-school English class at the Nevada Learning Academy, a few students sit quietly at computers that line the edge of the classroom. A gaggle of other students gathers in front of a whiteboard in the middle of the room, where an instructor goes over material. It’s the day when this group of students has to come in for face-to-face instruction, and everyone seems to be working on something different. On another day, it will be a different group of students in school and these children at home. “The students pretty much move at their own pace,” said Phee, a fifth-year teacher. “We just provide additional help.” Trelas Dyson is one of the students working hard at a computer. The 12-yearold loves math and is eager to learn computer programming so he can make his own video games. He and his mom decided traditional school wasn’t working after Dyson found himself constantly waiting for classmates at Duncan Elementary School to catch up. “I want to go at my own pace, which is much quicker,” he said.

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Mechanics contracted by Uber inspect an applicant’s vehicle Sept. 16 at the Uber Activation Center at Hampton Inn Tropicana. (L.E. Baskow/staff)


It’s red light, green light for Uber and Lyft


race for surge pricing. After a year of wrangling, Uber finally is back on the road. And Lyft workers started driving local customers Sept. 15. We’re a little late to the game — Uber operates in 60 countries and in all but five U.S. states. Nevada has been holding out, much to the confusion of tourists and locals who expect such services. So what took so long? Wait, wasn’t Uber here already? Yes. Uber launched in Las Vegas on Oct. 24, 2014.

from operating here, citing risks to public safety and rules violations. “Why did Uber choose to operate first without regulation?” the judged asked. So now politicians are involved? Indeed. Taxicab companies railed against legislative proposals that would have legalized ride-hailing. Nobody likes competition. About six months later, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation to regulate Uber and Lyft. At the time, lawmakers said the companies planned to start operations July 1.

So what happened? The launch didn’t last long. Within hours, several Uber drivers in Las Vegas and Reno were fined, and some had their cars impounded. The issue ended up in the courts.

But I tried to take an Uber in July. I couldn’t get one. The legislation merely set up a regulatory framework for transportation network companies. The Nevada Transportation Authority, a panel of state regulators, still had to write regulations. You know, for safety. That’s a good thing.

Like in “Law and Order”? Yes. In Nevada, disruptive offenses are considered especially heinous. In November, a judge banned Uber

That took all this time? Well, yeah. In early July, the Nevada Transportation Authority heard public comments on the proposed

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regulations. In August, transportation officials sent 15 pages of draft rules to the Legislative Commission for approval. Once the commission gave its blessing, Uber and Lyft applied for permits. After lengthy deliberations, the three-member Nevada Transportation Authority on Sept. 14 signed off on the companies’ applications. Sounds like that went off without any issues. Of course it didn’t. Until the very last Transportation Authority meeting on the subject, the taxicab industry opposed the regulations. The rules for ride-hailing did not require drug testing or fingerprint background checks, the cabbies complained. Their bigger beef: It legalized their competition. But Clark County officials said Uber and Lyft couldn’t operate without business licenses the county hasn’t created yet. Uber and Lyft essentially just ignored the directive. We’ll see what happens. So when can I take an Uber to see my Tinder date who ordered PostMates while tweeting about Zappos? Barring any surprises from the county, you already should be able to. Or you could always take a cab.


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The importance of choosing the right motorcycle When shopping for a motorcycle, there are many considerations that exceed aesthetics and style. The right motorcycle is comfortable for the rider, fits well and is appropriate for the type of intended riding, which will contribute to the rider’s safety. A bike that is too large, too powerful or too difficult to maneuver can leave the rider vulnerable to crashes, while the right bike will feel intuitive and allow the rider to focus more on the road.

considerations n Riding experience Are you a novice, beginner or pro? For first-timers, standard motorcycles are most suitable, while heavier street motorcycles and high-powered sports bikes are better suited for experienced riders. n Where you’ll be traveling Are you planning to take long motorcycle journeys, or simply cruise around the city? Touring motorcycles and cruisers tend to be most comfortable for people who want to ride for hours on end, while standard and sport bikes generally are preferable for shorter trips. If you may be traveling on both paved and unpaved roads, a dualpurpose motorcycle will be necessary.

Standard motorcycles Standard motorcycles have the rider sit upright on a seat that’s mostly parallel to the ground. These models are popular and appropriate for new riders. Many motorcycle safety course providers use standard bikes as training motorcycles.

n Engine size and weight Heavy, powerful motorcycles can be difficult for beginners to maneuver and control. Sport bikes have engine sizes smaller than touring motorcycles and many cruiser motorcycles, but the high performance may make them unsuitable for beginning riders. When deciding which type of motorcycle to buy, it is important that riders know their own skill level and physical limitations, so they do not purchase a motorcycle they cannot control adequately. n Physical size of the rider A rider’s height, weight and strength play a role in which motorcycles are a good fit. In general, street motorcycles should be chosen to accommodate a rider’s height and weight, whereas dirt bikes and dual-purpose bikes might require taller riders so their feet can comfortably reach the pavement. Heavier riders may be uncomfortable maneuvering smaller bikes, whereas lighter riders might struggle while maneuvering larger, heavier bikes.

Touring and Cruiser Motorcycles Touring motorcycles typically are designed for comfort with long trips in mind. They have fairings and windshields to make the ride more pleasant, saddlebags and often a radio. They easily can accommodate a passenger. Cruiser motorcycles can be used for driving around town or for longer rides but often are not equipped with all the amenities of touring motorcycles.

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Off-road motorcycles Motocross bikes and dirt bikes are made for off-roading. These bikes are lightweight, have a suspension to ride over obstacles and have knobby tires for traction in the dirt. They do not come with mirrors, headlamps, brake lights, turning lights or horns, making them illegal and unsuitable for street riding.

Sport bikes Sport bikes are powerful and designed with performance in mind. Riders are positioned forward in the seat with their chest leaning over the gas tank. Sport bikes are built for acceleration, and speed and agility using high-horsepower engines, lightweight components and special tires to provide extra traction when needed.

Rider education can make a huge difference in a rider’s skill and ability to be safe on the road. If you’re shopping for your first motorcycle, be sure to take a motorcycle-riding course beforehand. The course also may inform your decision by getting you more comfortable on a motorcycle.

Dual-purpose motorcycles These are a blend of off-road motorcycles and street motorcycles. They are made to be ridden either off-road or on the street; they are equipped with all of the safety features that are necessary when riding on the street and have the suspension and type of tires suitable for off-road. Dual-purpose bikes have seats that are similar to those of standard bikes, but they tend to be positioned higher to account for additional ground clearance. These motorcycles are great for people who like to be ready for anything — street or off-road.


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mac ‘n cheese Recipe provided by cut at grand canal shoppes

Macaroni and cheese isn’t just for kids. This grown-up version imagined by Wolfgang Puck takes a little more time than mixing powdered cheese and milk, but it’s worth the effort. This recipe calls for individual servings, but a buttered casserole dish works fine in lieu of ring molds and ceramic gratin dishes.


For the grated cheese mixture, you’ll want to buy or make a mix that is half lowmoisture mozzarella, half aged cheddar.


(makes 16 servings)

3 lbs cavatappi pasta

3 quarts bechamel (see recipe)

2 1/4 lbs grated cheese mix*

7 quarts crème fraiche

1 1/2 tbsp fleur de sel

1 1/2 lbs mozzarella

FOR assembling dishes:

16, 18x2-inch parchment strips

brioche bread crumbs

16 7-inch ceramic gratin dishes

To cook pasta: 1. In a medium sauce pot, slowly bring to a simmer the bechamel, crème fraiche, cream and sea salt.

/4 oz. cheese mix*

16 7-inch ring molds

1 stick, plus 7 tbsp, butter

/4 cup allpurpose flour

3 quarts hot (but not boiling) milk

2 tbsp salt


4. In a large mixing bowl, add pasta and cheese sauce together. Stir in mozzarella. To assemble dishes: 1. Place ring molds in gratin dishes. 2. Line the ring molds with lightly buttered parchment (butter side in)


to make bechamel cheese sauce

2. Once up to a simmer, remove from heat and stir in cheese mix to dissolve. 3. Cook pasta to “al dente” in a large pot with salted water. Once the pasta is cooked, transfer it to ice water to “shock” it. Then drain it thoroughly.

(a type of sea salt)



3. Pack pasta mix into the molds and top with 3 /4 ounces of cheese mix. Finish by sprinkling bread crumbs on top. 4. Remove the ring molds without removing parchment. To finish dish: 1. Place the room-temperature pasta in a 380° oven for 10-12 minutes. The inside should be very hot without the cheese sauce on the outside breaking. Remove the parchment and serve garnished with parsley, if desired.

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth and golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Add hot milk, one cup at a time, whisking continuously until smooth. Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.


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prostate cancer and the importance of early detection The American Cancer Society reports that 1 in 7 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. ¶ While that number is high, prostate cancer deaths are considerably less common — only 1 in 38 men will die from prostate cancer — and it’s likely those numbers could be lowered further. ¶ “Proper screening and early detection is the most important thing when dealing with prostate cancer,” said Dr. Jayram Krishnan, DO, a urologist at Cleveland Clinic and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.


What is the prostate gland? The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland in the pelvis. It sits between the bladder and the penis and in front of the rectum. Urine flows through the prostate after leaving the bladder.

what does the prostate do? The prostate gland’s job is to create and secrete a component of seminal fluid that protects the sperm and allows it to stay alive longer once it reaches the vagina.

pain in the hips, back or chest (which could indicate the cancer has

Am I at risk?

spread to the bones)

Although most men will need to be screened annually, doctors use a risk algorithm to tailor the frequency of screenings to individual patients. The algorithm includes age, race and family history.

difficulty urinating, loss of bladder control or more frequent urination

Age Prostate cancer is very uncommon in men under 40, but the risk increases dramatically after age 50. The majority of prostate cancer incidences are found in men 65 or older.


Race Prostate cancer occurs most often in black men. Non-Hispanic white men have the second-highest incidence rate, while Asian and Hispanic/Latino men tend to have the lowest incidence rate. Family history Men whose father or brother(s) have had prostate cancer are much more likely to develop the disease. “There’s a very strong genetic predisposition for prostate cancer,” Krishnan said. Risk continues to increase as more relatives have had the disease and is especially high if relatives were diagnosed while young.

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What is the screening process? Rectal exam While rectal exams are quick and painless, many men are hesitant to be screened regularly. “I know that it can be uncomfortable for some patients, but screening saves lives, that’s all there is to it,” Krishnan said. Rectal exams typically take a few seconds and need to be done once a year for most patients, although that can depend on a person’s risk factors. During the exam, doctors check for enlargement, lumps, hardness and changes in the prostate. While changes are not always indicators of cancer, they should be monitored. “It’s also important that patients know that any physician can give a prostate exam, not just urologists,” Krishnan said. Blood test A prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test can be done to check for cancer. The chance of cancer increases as PSA levels in the blood increase. Ultrasound, MRI and/or biopsy If the above tests suggest cancer may be present, a doctor also may perform an ultrasound and/or biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

Symptoms of prostate cancer Early-stage prostate cancer typically does not cause any symptoms, which is why regular screenings are so important. Late-stage prostate cancer symptoms are to the left. Regular screenings are crucial When caught in an early stage, prostate cancer has an extremely high survival rate. If the disease is able to spread, the survival rate is much lower. Talk to your doctor about being screened.

Treatment Prostate cancer is an extremely individualized cancer and very treatable. However, some individuals can die from it if not screened properly.

For patients who do require treatment or for patients whose cancer has spread, surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy all may be options. However, with recent studies and technologies, Krishnan estimates only 1 of 4 instances of prostate cancer will require any treatment at all. When treatment is not required, regular monitoring of the cancer will allow patients to live normal, healthy lives and will help ensure the cancer doesn’t escalate. In general, prostate cancer responds well to treatment when required and can be managed easily if treatment is not required. But a positive outcome often depends on the regularity of screenings.


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Dr. Andrew Vaughan checks patient Gunner with assistance from Faren Wisotsky in the oncology ward of the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center. Vaughan has seen a long-term increase in the number of pets the center treats for cancer. (photos by l.e. baskow/Staff)

cancer sucks for animals, too

Oncology cases climbing at veterinary clinic, and many owners are willing to pay the price

By Jackie Valley staff writer

Gunner knows the drill. The stocky, yellow Labrador retriever sits on his hind legs, tail flopping, as a veterinarian technician inserts a needle into his neck to draw blood. An assistant holds Gunner’s snout, but it’s almost unnecessary. Gunner barely wiggles. In remission from cancer, the 12-yearold dog is regularly brought to the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center for chemotherapy and, more recently, checkups to make sure his cancer hasn’t returned. Now when he arrives at the clinic, Gunner promptly steps on the scale. “They get fairly used to it,” veterinary oncologist Dr. Andrew Vaughan said. Staffers at the animal hospital at Tropicana Avenue and Durango Drive have noticed a long-term increase in the number of new cancer patients they treat. New oncology cases there climbed from 545 in 2007 to 759 last year. Doctors there estimate they could see as many as 984 this year.

In the oncology unit, an 11-year-old black Labrador rests after undergoing chemotherapy for cancer in his spleen. A German shepherd mix wears a plastic cone to prevent her from pawing a probable tumor under her left eye. A cat nestles into a blanket after a cancer treatment. “There’s a perception that cancer (in cats and dogs) is happening more often, which may or may not be reality,” said Vaughan, who has worked at the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center center for 10 years. “I think it’s definitely being diagnosed more often.” Cancer among domesticated animals is not tracked in any official way, but Vaughan attributes the clinic’s rise in cancer patients to several factors: more awareness about treatment options; pets living longer; and owners’ increased willingness to pay for advanced medical care. “Cancer is a disease of aging, usually,” Vaughan said. “Because pets are living longer lives, they’re being diagnosed with cancer more often.”

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number of new cancer patients seen at Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center 545

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*Through July Source: Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Alissa Pizek, above left, gives Gunner a shot with assistance from Jessica Thommes. Gunner’s cancer treatments have cost $5,000 to $6,000, his owner said. Pet insurance is available, but most animals seen by the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, including Gunner, haven’t been covered. Joe and Heather Turk are pleased to see their dog, Orca, after a visit to the oncology ward.

Vaughan suspects that, to a lesser extent, bad breeding practices, overprocessed diets and environmental toxins also may play a role, but research has not established a direct link. Whatever the reason, it’s not cheap to treat animals with cancer. Cancer-related surgeries can cost several thousand dollars, and chemotherapy — often the same drugs used to treat humans, just in lower doses — can be as pricey as a new car. “The financial aspects of it all are challenging and frustrating,” Vaughan said.

“All veterinarians wish it was free.” Pet insurance exists, but only about 10 percent of the animals Vaughan treats have it. Gunner’s owner, Shannon Skinner, didn’t have pet insurance when Gunnr was diagnosed with a 12-centimeter hemangiosarcoma tumor last November. Since then, Skinner estimates she has spent $5,000 to $6,000 on Gunner’s chemotherapy. “It’s expensive, but I can’t put a price on Gunner’s life,” said Skinner, who also owns a black Labrador and chocolate

Labrador. There’s one big difference between cancer treatments for humans and animals: With pets, it’s generally more about quality of life than long-term survival. Most owners opt to put their pet on more conservative doses of chemotherapy that extend life. That allows the animal to live at home during treatment and not suffer the nasty side effects associated with chemotherapy. When Gunner was undergoing chemotherapy, he never vomited or had diarrhea, Skinner said. In fact, she usually bought him a “healthy hamburger” — sans bun — on the way home from treatments. “This guy is tough,” Skinner said. And Vaughan had good news to share: Gunner remained in remission two months after ending chemotherapy.

As with humans, cancers in pets sometimes cause no symptoms. And because early detection procedures such as mammograms and colonoscopies aren’t readily available for animals, the disease can be fairly advanced by the time the pet begins to appear sick. That said, there are signs to watch for, including a new or unusual lump, large lymph nodes, loss of appetite, weight loss or diarrhea. Veterinary oncologist Dr. Andrew Vaughan says the most common types of cancer among dogs and cats in Las Vegas are lymphoma, mast cell tumors and skin cancer.

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The Animal Foundation and the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are shelters dedicated to finding homes for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles and more. Each week, we feature a selection of animals available for adoption.

Maximus (A856491)

Max (A858452)


Age: 3-year-old neutered male Breed: Domestic shorthair Description: Maximus is looking for a forever family that will give him lots of love. He’s shy, but show him affection and he will warm up. Adoption Fee: $25

Age: 1-year-old neutered male Breed: Pit bull mix Description: Max is an easygoing and friendly pup who loves playtime and walks followed by cuddles. Adoption Fee: $105

Age: 10-year-old neutered male Breed: Corgi and papillon mix Description: Vinnie is young at heart and full of good cheer. He is terrific with other good-natured dogs. Adoption Fee: $40


Age: 4-month-old neutered male Breed: Tuxedo shorthair Description: Figaro is playful and eager for adventure. Since his rescue, he has been lovingly raised and socialized in a foster home with other cats. Adoption Fee: $70

Athena (A860728)

A.J. (A857579)



Age: 8-month-old spayed female Breed: Pit bull terrier Description: Athena is a sweet and active girl who loves to run around and play. She’s young and may need some training, but she is eager to learn. Adoption Fee: $105

Age: 5-month-old female Breed: Domestic shorthair Description: A.J. is a friendly and playful kitten looking for a forever friend. Adoption Fee: $50

Age: 2-year-old spayed female Breed: English spot mix bunny Description: Arista warms nicely to those she knows and trusts. She will enjoy building an ever-stronger relationship with a forever family. Adoption Fee: $25

Age: 4-month-old spayed female Breed: Blue-gray mediumhair Description: Meryl wants approval, so kind words and a tender touch are important. She can be around mellow cats, but she becomes frightened if other cats try to play with her. Adoption Fee: $70

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Nico (A857402)



Age: 3-year-old neutered male Breed: Domestic shorthair Description: Mr. Cat needs a little extra love but will pay you back in cuddles. Adoption Fee: $25

Age: 1-year-old neutered male Breed: Chihuahua Description: Nico has a sweet temperament. He can be a bit shy, but he will shower you with unconditional love once he warms up. Adoption Fee: $155

Age: 5-month-old neutered male Breed: Orange tabby Description: Acrobatic Jared likes to dance in circles on his hind legs while batting at dangling toys. Adoption Fee: $70

Age: 2-year-old neutered male Breed: Yellow Labrador retriever mix Description: Michael likes to shake paws, give hugs and join you for walks. He is house-trained. When he knows you are happy with him, he is pleased. Adoption Fee: $65

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2256 Reunion Drive, Henderson A 9-hole practice course and driving range that offers a free round for new players Visit or for tee times and pricing.

SIENA GOLF CLUB 10575 Siena Monte Ave., Las Vegas Full, 18-hole course open 2 p.m. to sundown seven days a week Price: $25 (includes golf cart), $5 for soccer ball rental Tee times: Schedule through clubhouse, 702-341-9200 Dress code: Collared shirt with golf pants or shorts and indoor or turf soccer shoes. No cleats, soccer uniforms or swimwear allowed.

Members of the Las Vegas Footgolf club watch a ball drop into a hole during a round at Anthem Hills Park. (L.E. BASKOW/STAFF)

An average par 3 hole is 90 to 120 yards long, a par 4 is 120 to 200 yards, and a par 5 is more than 200 yards.



ablo Rodriguez walks down the 18th fairway at Siena Golf Club and lines up his next shot. He checks the wind and estimates the distance but doesn’t reach for a club. Instead, he grips the laces of his soccer shoes, pulls them tight and kicks a perfectly placed soccer ball that lands inches from the hole. Rodriguez is playing a hybrid of golf and soccer. He may not have invented footgolf, but he is one of the game’s pioneers in America. Rodriguez took part in the first official footgolf tournament in U.S. history in October 2012 and now is the U.S. Footgolf Association’s Nevada director. The footgolf course at Siena Golf Club opened in September 2012 and was the second of its kind in the country. Three years later, there are 520 courses nationwide. “I believe in this sport,” Rodriguez said. “You go to a golf course and you see no kids, but if you go to a soccer park, kids are everywhere. We combine the sports to start a new generation of players.” Rodriguez proudly sports a tattoo of the Footgolf logo on his calf — an illustration of his commitment to the game. The rules of footgolf are identical to golf, except a soccer ball is used in place of a golf ball. Like golf, the par for each hole is three to five. Footgolfers and regular golfers aren’t on the course at the same time. Rather, traditional golf is played at Siena in the morning and early afternoon, and the course is turned over to footgolfers at 2 p.m. Players must kick the ball in a single movement and cannot push the ball with the top or bottom of their foot. They must wait until the ball comes to a complete stop and play it from where it lies. “The sport is great for relaxing and can even work as therapy,” Rodriguez said. “My mother-in-law is recovering from a stroke; we brought her out to the course, and she loved kicking the ball around the grass. It’s different than just a regular walk in the park.” “Its audience can range from 7-year-olds to 70-year-olds and can be equally enjoyed by all,” said Rodriguez’s daughter, Karen Rodriguez, who also plays footgolf. “You don’t really see that often in sports.” Pablo Rodriguez, 45, immigrated to the United States from Argentina in 1998. In his home country, he played professional soccer for four years with the Defensores de Belgrano. He discovered footgolf, which originated in 2008 in Holland, after retiring. Professional soccer players Michael Jansen and Ben Korsten organized the first official footgolf tournament, which included a collection of other Dutch and Belgian footballers. The sport spread to Argentina and grew in popularity in Holland, Poland and Italy. Golf course owners see footgolf as a welcome secondary source of revenue. About 35 to 40 people a day play the sport at Siena, Rodriguez said. While the sport mostly is for leisure, some players have become competitive. The game “can get difficult and complicated enough that it brings out some really talented players,” local player Sep Dadsetan said. Rodriguez didn’t relate to the competitive side of footgolf until he traveled to Puerto Rico for a tournament. “We were all hanging out, listening to music, and one guy walked up to the tee and turned around to tell us to turn the music off so he could concentrate,” Rodriguez said. “He said he is paying a lot of money to be here and win this tournament. That is when it really clicked for me that this could be a legitimate sport.”


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A beginners guide to betting college games Sports betting can seem intimidating to many beginners, but it’s easier to get the hang of than you might think. College football is an especially great opportunity for beginners to hone their skills. There are more college games played than professional, and the games tend to be much faster, with more points scored. A spread (or line) is the odds the sports book applies to a bet.

Point Spread Bets This is the most traditional and popular way to bet both college and NFL football. You wager either on the favorite or on the underdog to win. When the spread or line is released, typically a couple of days before the game, each team will be marked with a “+” or “–”. The team marked with the “+” is the underdog, and the team marked with the “–” is the favorite. Team


Final score


Team X





Team Y


For betting purposes, the underdog starts the game with a head start in scoring.


In this case, if you bet $110 on Team X (the favorite), you’ll win $210 (your bet of $110, plus $100 profit).

Vig: This number determines the ratio of your payout. Every 10 cents on the dollar goes to the casino. Usually, this number does not change.

Moneyline Bets Moneyline bets are wagers on which team will win by any amount of points. When making a moneyline bet, it’s important to consider the odds for each team, which indicate what the payout will be if they win. Team


Final score

Team X



Team Y



In this case, if you bet $100 on Team Y, you would win $150 (your bet of $100, plus $50 profit).

If your team wins, for every $1 you bet, you win $1.50, plus the money you spent on the bet. If your team wins, for every $2 you bet, you win $1, plus the money you spent on the bet.

When you win a bet, you receive your money back, plus whatever the odds are.

Bet increments of $11 to win even increments: $11 wins $10, plus the money you bet; $110 wins $100, plus the money you bet.

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NOW AVAILABLE Total/Over-Under (O/U) Bets Total bets are popular in college football because they tend to be the easiest wagers to beat. For this bet, the sports book predicts the game’s total combined score, and the bettor gambles on whether the total will be over or under the sports book’s predicted total.

Sports book’s total

O/U Vig 49-110

Final combined score 52


In this case, if you bet $110 on over 49, you would win $210 (your bet of $110, plus $100 profit).

When making a spread bet, look for home teams as the underdogs. The homefield advantage tends to rear its head in college games. Although upsets do happen, it’s often when top-ranked teams are on the road.


Parlay Bets Parlays can be risky bets, but the payout typically is high. To bet a parlay, you can use a spread, moneyline or total bet combined to increase the payout. The parlay can be a combination of several different bets, but the catch is, each must be a winner. If a single bet loses, your entire ticket loses, too. A typical parlay payout structure: Number of bets

A parlay is any combination of point spread bets, moneyline bets and total/ over-under bets.













Parlay cards are handy for all bettors, but beginners might find them particularly useful. The cards are laid out to make betting the parlay easier, and they offer lots of ways to bet your favorite teams. The payouts for parlay bets are so high, successful bettors are able to collect big on small bets.


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Second chance drawings Date: Mondays through Dec. 28 Information: Receive a drawing ticket for every $10 losing NFL bet. Drawings will be conducted after halftime of Monday Night Football. Four winners will be chosen each week. Top prize is $500.


Saturday Point Fever Date: Saturdays Information: Ten loyalty card members will be selected for the opportunity to win 100,000 points. Receive one virtual drawing ticket for every 200 points earned each day during the week.

BOYD GAMING Pick the Pros Date: Ongoing Information: There will be a $30,000 prize pool every week of the NFL season in this free contest. Players select the winners of each week’s slate of games, straight up, and winners are selected by the number of correct picks. If there is only one top performer during a given week, that player wins the entire $30,000 prize pool. If there is a tie among multiple players, one player will be selected randomly to receive $10,000, while the remaining winners will split a $20,000 pool. Fall into Cash kiosk game Date: Sept. 19 and 25 Information: Swipe your loyalty card at a kiosk for a chance to win up to 1 million points, $1,000, mystery multipliers, dining credits and more. The grand prize drawings will be 7:15 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Orleans; 8:15 p.m. at Gold Coast and Suncoast; and 6:15 p.m. at Sam’s Town. Win up to $10,000.


Point multipliers Date: Tuesdays and Fridays Information: Earn 10x points on slot machines. 50+ slot tournament Date: Wednesdays Time: 10 a.m. Information: The best combined score from two sessions wins $500; second place is $300 and third place is $200. $50,000 giveaway Date: Dec. 12 Information: Earn one drawing ticket

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777 slot tournament Date: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Time: 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Information: Earn 2,500 points or pay $10 per session. Top prize is $350 in slot play.

$2 Million Shuffle Your Luck kiosk game Date: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Information: Earn five base points for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash, slot play, points, dining and more.


$750,000 Free Gridiron Glory football contest Date: Ongoing Information: At a kiosk, make your selections and track your progress throughout the contest with a personalized “team helmet” that gains yardage across the football field with each correct pick. Receive instant prizes, including points and free play, each time a touchdown is scored. A total of $750,000 will be awarded in cash and prizes.

$40,000 End of Summer drawings Date: Fridays through Sept. 25 Time: 7 p.m. Information: Earn drawing tickets with slot play. Earn 2x entries from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and earn 5x entries from 8 p.m. to midnight. Ten winners will be selected with a maximum prize of $3,000. Activate at least 10 base drawing tickets and receive a bonus $10 in slot play the following Saturday. Garden Fresh Date: Sept. 21-Oct. 2 Information: Earn points to redeem for gift cards for Fresh & Easy or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Gift giveaways Date: Saturdays and Sundays Information: Earn 100 base points on video slots or 500 base points on video poker and receive a gift. Sept. 19 — book safe; Sept. 20 — glass leaf dish set; Sept. 26 — solar lantern; Sept. 27 — binoculars.


Super bonus multiplier Date: Fridays Information: Win a natural royal flush worth more than $1,000 on singlehand games and spin the wheel for chance to win $1,100.


$350,000 Painted Pull Tabs Date: Sept. 24-26 and Oct. 1-3 Information: Earn points to receive a pull tab and win cash. A minimum of 100 points is required.


$1,000 new-member bonus Date: Through Sept. 30 Information: Sign up for a loyalty card for chance to win up to $1,000 in play. Earn 75 points on your first day for extra chance. Play Your Way to Race Tickets Date: Through Oct. 2 Information: Earn 100 points and receive one NASCAR Truck Race ticket; win up to four tickets per day. The race is at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Graveyard high jackpot competition Date: Mondays through Saturdays Time: 11 p.m.-7 a.m. Information: Jackpot winners will earn up to three Wheel Spin certificates.

Bonus cash Date: Through Sept. 30 Information: Receive $25 for every 5,000 base points.

Monthly Wheel of Cash drawings Date: Fridays and Saturdays Time: Drawings begin at 7 p.m. Information: One player will be chosen every half-hour.

Red Zone to Riches $50,000 football kiosk contest Date: Ongoing Information: The top three winners each week will share $1,000. First pick is free. Earn 250 base points to receive a second pick.


Rockin’ 777 slot tournament Date: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Time: 4-8 p.m. Information: Free for loyalty club members. The top five winners will receive $100 in slot play.

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Football Widows program Date: Sundays through Jan. 3 Information: Receive discounts on cabana rentals, spa treatments and more. Pirate’s Treasure

progressive drawings Date: Last Wednesday of the month Time: 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Information: Ten winners will be chosen at each drawing. The progressive jackpot increases every month it doesn’t hit.


Happy Hour specials Date: Daily Time: 6-8 p.m. Information: Select tables will offer $3 craps and 25-cent roulette.

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Nifty 50 slot tournament Date: Wednesdays Time: 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Information: Earn entries with play. First prize is $1,000.


MyGeneration Mondays Date: Ongoing Information: Players 50 and older earn 6x points on slot machines and video poker, and receive discounts on bowling and dining.


Get a Grand from the Grand Date: Through Dec. 31 Information: For new loyalty card members. Earn up to $1,000 back on all reel and video reel games. Requires a minimum loss of $50. The rebate will be split over three redemption periods to total 100 percent of the player’s loss.


Mother Lode swipe and win Date: Ongoing Information: Club members can win up to $2,500 daily. Earn points for chances to swipe the prize machine, with a maximum of three swipes daily. Earn five points for a chance to win $50, 40 points for a chance to win $100 and 300 points for a chance to win $2,500.


Golden Nugget jacket giveaway Date: Sept. 28-30 Information: Receive a Golden Nugget jacket when you earn 1,500 points.


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Date: Thursdays through Oct. 1 Time: 8:15 p.m. Information: Card holders will earn four electronic drawing entries for every base point earned on any slot or video reel machines, and one drawing entry for every base point earned on video poker. Each night, 25 winners will spin the wheel for the chance to win up to $25,000. Pro football game of the week cash giveaway Date and time: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and 1:15 p.m. Sundays Information: Poker players will be selected randomly every time there is a score for a chance to win $50 for a field goal, $100 for a touchdown or $200 for a safety. Pro football team jersey drawings Date: Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays Time: 10 p.m. Information: One poker player will be selected to win a football jersey. Pro football squares Date and time: 1:25 p.m. Sundays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays Information: Poker players in the first No-Limit Hold ’em and 2–4 poker games of the day can earn one football square for aces full, four-ofa-kind, straight flush or royal flush card hands. The selected squares at the end of the first, second and third quarters will receive $50, and the square selected after the final score will receive $100.


Aliante Orient Express kiosk game Date: Through Sept. 28 Information: “Travel” from Paris to Constantinople on the Aliante Express train to win free play, points, dining credits and more. $175,000 Orient Express drawings Date: Saturdays Time: 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Information: Ten players will get a chance to win up to $1,000 at the first drawing and $2,000 at the second drawing. Earn 20 free entries Fridays through Mondays and Wednesdays. Entry multipliers up to 10x can be earned every Tuesday and Thursday. $15,000 Aliante Express team celebration Date: Saturdays Information: Each drawing day, between 8 and 9 p.m., select a piece of luggage from any casino kiosk to qualify for the Team Celebration. After the 9:15 p.m. Orient Express drawing, the Orient Express wheel will be spun. If the wheel lands on the luggage you selected, you will

win a share of $3,750 in free play. Point multipliers Date: Wednesdays Information: Earn 5x points on video poker and 10x points on reels. $25,000 Pro Day Parlay football contest Date: Through Dec. 30 Information: The 17-week contest will award 10 winners each week. Select the most winning teams to win a share of $1,475 in free play. 50+ Play Day kiosk game Date: Mondays Information: Earn 50 points to spin the wheel to win free play. $10,000 mobile hot seat Date: Sundays Information: Players must accept the hot seat offer from the mobile app to qualify. From noon to 5 p.m., five people will win $50 in slot play. At 6 p.m., 10 people will win $100 in slot play. Winners will be announced over the intercom and must swipe at a kiosk to redeem their prizes.

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Video poker tournament Date: Sept. 22 Information: Top prize is $300.

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Rollin’ for dough Date: Fridays Time: 1-9 p.m. Information: Two players will be chosen every hour to roll the dice and win 10x the roll. Gift giveaway Date: Sept. 20 Information: Earn 200 points to receive a gift. Fall Frenzy giveaway Date: Sept. 26 Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Information: One winner will be chosen every hour to win cash and free play.


Gift days Date: Tuesdays Information: Receive a gift for earning 300 points. Gifts change weekly and include beer mugs and shirts. B Loyal to the Royal Date: Sundays through Thursdays Information: Hit a royal with a maximum coin bet and receive $20 in play on nickels, $40 in play on dimes and $100 in play on quarters. Point multipliers Date: Thursdays

Information: Earn 15x points on penny reels. Moon Festival When: Sept. 27 Time: 8-11 p.m. Information: More than $8,000 will be given away. Table games players can earn entries Sept. 21 to Sept. 27.


$16,000 poker football squares Date: Ends Jan. 3 Information: Earn squares for each ace-high flush or better. Win up to $1,000 per week.


B Loyal to the Royal Date: Sundays through Thursdays Information: Hit a royal with a maximum coin bet and receive $20 in play on nickels, $40 in play on dimes and $100 in play on quarters. Gift days Date: Tuesdays Information: Receive a gift for earning 300 points. Gifts change weekly and include slippers and loungewear.


Point multipliers Date: Mondays and Tuesdays Information: Earn 15x points on Buffalo machines, 11x points on reels and 7x points on video poker. Slot showdown Date: Thursdays Time: 4-8 p.m. Information: Receive one entry for earning 50 points. First place is $750.


Bonus days Date: Tuesdays Information: Receive a 100-coin bonus for hitting designated fourof-a-kinds on video poker. Earn $10 in play for winning $50 or more on slots. Win $75 on a single hand of keno and receive $75 in play. 30x point multipliers Date: Thursdays Information: Receive 30x points on your first 500 base points when playing penny reels, reels and video poker. Point multipliers Date: Sept. 20 Information: Receive 15x points on penny reels, 11x points on reels and 7x points on video poker and keno. Cash blower Wednesdays Date: Wednesdays Time: 12:30-7 p.m. Information: Players will be chosen by



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random selection or electronic entries. Rollin’ for Dough Date: Fridays Time: 2-9:30 p.m. Information: Players will be chosen every 30 minutes to win 10x a roll of the dice. $2,000 Super Hot Seat giveaway Date: Sept. 26 Time: Noon-10 p.m. Information: Four players will be selected every hour to win $50 in slot play. Gift giveaway Date: Sept. 27 Information: Earn 200 base points to receive a gift.

JERRY’S NUGGET Point multipliers Date: Fridays Information: Swipe your loyalty card at a kiosk to receive up to 5x points on slots and video poker.

SLS Free play days Date: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Information: Loyalty card members can earn free play on slots and video poker. Gift card giveaway Date: Mondays and Saturdays Information: Earn a minimum of 150 points on slots or 750 points on video poker to receive a Best Buy gift card. Point multipliers Date: Mondays and Fridays Information: Earn 3x points on video poker. Guests who make a $40 advance-deposit wager or higher can win up to 1,000 slot points. $88,000 Pigskin Payout drawings Date: Sundays Time: 4-7 p.m. Information: Ten players will be selected during each drawing. The top prize is a $2,500 Best Buy gift card. Players must earn 25 slot or video points or have an average bet of $15 for one hour on a table game.

TUSCANY Gift giveaway Date: Wednesdays Information: Earn cash, free play and gifts. Point multipliers Date: Mondays and Fridays Information: Earn 6x points on video poker and 12x points on other machines.


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Confronting school bullies — even if they’re your kids


ith the return of school, children may be sharing stories about being bullied by classmates or older children, the sorts of activities that can deflate a child — or far worse — and break a parent’s heart, if not stir them into seething anger. Even more pervasive and dangerous is cyber-bullying via social media, leading in some cases to its victims committing suicide after being publicly and incessantly humiliated. At least in our schools, there’s some good news: The Clark County School District is being more aggressive than ever to try to nip campus bullying in the bud, thanks in part to tougher state laws approved by the 2015 Legislature and signed by the governor. Among the most important measures — and most time-consuming but worth it — is the requirement that when a bullying incident is seen by or brought to the attention of a school employee — a teacher, a cafeteria worker, an administrator — the school must notify the parents of both the alleged aggressor

and the victim that same day. The law also requires the matter be investigated within 48 hours. In other words, bullying won’t be tolerated, and schools are supposed to jump on it immediately. To that end, the school district has a website for parents with access to computers — — where bullying incidents can be reported. The person filing the report can remain anonymous. Parents without computer access can call the school. The website also offers valuable links about bullying, including the growing use of social media in taunting children, that are worth examining. Short of a child telling a parent about a bullying incident, there are telltale signs that your student may be a bully’s target: The child is withdrawn, avoids groups, plays alone at recess or lunch, is sullen or depressed, has falling grades or simply doesn’t want to go to school. With alert teachers and staff trained in how to spot campus bullying, and with the easy reporting system and the promise of a quick response and resolu-

tion, there is greater hope that bullying can be reduced. Our concern, though, is that the promise to notify parents promptly when bullying is claimed and quickly launch an investigation will take time away from school employees who already have full plates. As a result, incidents of students being even just subtly aggressive toward others may be dismissed simply as “kids being kids” and not be pursued. In a no-tolerance environment, that would be a bad choice, taking us back to square one. The responsibility of thwarting bullies extends beyond educators. Parents need to be alert to the possibility that their own children may be bullies. “Bullying is a learned behavior,” said Brandon Moeller, who oversees the training of district employees in spotting and dealing with bullies. “It’s learned from a neighbor, a friend, a relative, and students begin to do it themselves. They find that it gives them power, a feeling of worth.” And in fact, bullies frequently display wrongly applied characteristics of

leadership that are better played out on a sports team or other extracurricular activity, Moeller said. Beyond responding to specific incidents of bullying, the school district has adopted broader strategies, by stressing the importance of self- and mutual respect. That theme will be drummed into students during a “Week of Respect” that starts Sept. 28. Among the activities: videos for children in sixth grade through high school with such titles as “Confessions of a Bully,” “Digital Smarts: Protecting your Reputation” and “Bullying: There’s Always a Way Out.” For children in kindergarten through fifth grade, the subjects are just as profound: “Rumors, Gossip and Teasing: It Hurts,” “When It’s Important to Tell,” “Frenemies,” “When You Feel Left Out” and “Words That Hurt.” Adults on school campuses and parents at home must take bullying seriously. Yes, kids can be kids, but we all need to watch when they cross the line and respond swiftly. We are grateful for those who do.


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Sunday, september 20 2015 Mrs. America Pageant: Hosted by actress Florence Henderson, the pageant returns with multiple rounds of competition. 9-11 a.m., Westgate Las Vegas, 3000 Paradise Road, 310-829-9902. *Also: The competition runs througout the week, with a winner crowned Sept. 24. Guitar for amateurs: Instructor Don Musser will teach a hands-on class. Students must bring their own guitar. 4-5 p.m., free, Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd., 702-507-3820. Brazilian outdoor festival: Brazilian culture will be celebrated with live music, samba dancers, stilt walkers, capoeira performances, fire dancers and fire breathers. 4-10 p.m., $12, Via Brasil Steakhouse, 1225 S. Fort Apache Road, 702-804-1400.

Ingredients 1 1/2 oz Cîroc Pineapple Vodka 1 tbsp pineapple chunks 1 oz lime juice

Mindfulness and insight meditation: Practice walking meditation and traditional insight sitting meditation, then take part in a teaching and discussion program. 4:15-5:15 p.m., free, Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave., 702-507-3630.

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Hoy Caramba! is much more complex and flavorful than one might expect from a fruity, tropical-looking drink. Smooth from the vodka, sweet from the pineapple and smoky from the mezcal, this cocktail is as well-rounded and exciting as they come. Cocktail created by Francesco Lafranconi, Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Education at Southern Wine & Spirits.

Monday, September 21 Family to Family developmental activities: Learn activities you and your toddler can do together to build important skills, including sitting still, following directions and playing with others. 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., free, Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd., 702-507-3820.

Tuesday, September 22 “How to Beat Cancer”: Dr. Aurelio Lorico, co-director of the Roseman Cancer Center, will discuss how cancer spreads and how to stop it. 11:30 a.m., $25, Roseman University College of Medicine, 1 Breakthrough Way, 623-256-0503. Teen hangout: Make do-it-yourself buttons with friends. 4-5 p.m., free, West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-507-3980. Bilingual family time: Read books and sing songs that celebrate the Spanish language. 4:30-5:30 p.m., free, Whitney

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Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-507-4010. Live Italian folk music: Enjoy the old-world sounds of Italy. 7-9 p.m., free, the Crêpe, Tivoli Village, 420 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-441-0719.

Wednesday, September 23 “Which Publishing Method is Right For You?”: Jo Wilkins, CEO of a local publishing company, will explain the basic types of publishing, the duties of a publisher and more. 6-6:30 p.m., free, Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400. Ask the Coin Guys: View the exhibit by the Las Vegas Numismatic Society and learn about coin collecting. 6-7 p.m. free, Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave., 702-507-3630. *Also: On display through Oct. 18. “Fighting Organized Crime in the 21st Century”: National and regional experts on organized crime will share their perspectives on hackers, drug cartels, human traffickers and more. 7-9 p.m., $25, Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., 702-229-2734.

Thursday, September 24 Andalusian World Cup: The largest Iberian horse show in North America. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., free, South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-796-7111. *Also: Sept. 25-26 “Refuse to be a Victim”: Learn

how to keep yourself safe from fraud and other crimes. Includes a light lunch. 9 a.m., $2, West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo Road, 702-455-7742. Green Chefs farmers market: Featuring local and regional produce, homemade baked goods and more. Includes gardening workshops, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Cash only. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, Desert Living Center Courtyard, Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.,

Friday, September 25 “Unsilenced: Censorship, Iran and the Contemporary Novelist in Exile”: Hossein Abkenar, whose books are banned in Iran, will speak about the controversies and joys of literature as someone on the front lines to defend it. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., free, West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-507-3940.

Saturday, September 26 MDA Muscle Walk: Participants will raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease. 7 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. walk, prices vary, Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, lasvegas2015. Honor Flight Southern Nevada pancake breakfast: Help fund 27 WWII and three Korean War veterans on a three-day trip to Washington, D.C. 8-11:30 a.m., $5,

LIFE Henderson Convention Center, 200 Water St., 702-749-5912. Social justice symposium: Scholars, activists, nonprofit workers and artists will discuss contemporary social justice issues. 8:30 a.m., free, Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave., Fresh52 farmers and artisan market: Browse organic and seasonal produce, freshly baked goods, gourmet olive oils, salsas, spices, handmade crafts and more. 9 a.m., free, Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd., Live bluegrass: Enjoy jazz music by Patriozeb. 10 a.m.-noon, free, the Crêpe, Tivoli Village, 420 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-441-0719. USTA tennis clinic: Members of the U.S. Tennis Association will introduce the sport to children and teach basic skills. For ages 3-10. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, Macy’s Court, Downtown Summerlin, 2025 Festival Plaza Drive, Freakling Bros. haunted house auditions: Freakling Bros. needs cast members for its Trilogy of Terror attractions this October. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and love scaring people. Training, costumes and makeup will be provided. Fill out an online application before attending the interview. 1 p.m., free, Joe’s Crab Shack, 1991 N. Rainbow Blvd.,


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casting.html. Las Vegas farmers market: Enjoy local and farm-grown produce. 4 p.m., free, Bruce Trent Park, 1600 N. Rampart Blvd., Contra dancing: Dance to a live acoustic band. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families welcome. Wear comfortable, flatsoled shoes and casual clothing. Group lesson begins 6:30 p.m.; dance 7-10 p.m., $10 for adults, $5 for students and military members, $3 for children (ages 8+ only) and nondancers, Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383. Opportunity Village Zombie Bash: Enjoy zombie-themed cocktails, post-apocalyptic train and carousel rides, a walk through a darkened forest, entertainment by Zombie Burlesque and a costume contest. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., $50-$140, Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., 702-259-3700.



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Ride for Kids: A motorcycle ride to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Ride begins at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and ends at Town Square. Registration begins 8 a.m., ride starts 10 a.m., $40 per motorcycle, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North, 702-644-4444.

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EATER OUTREACH Restaurants invest time and resources in social media to attract customers, but how well does that work? By Howard Riell | Special to VEGAS INC

If you build it — a social media bridge to restaurantgoers — they will come, right? ¶ Not so fast. ¶ Social media is all the rage: The Pew Research Center reports adults who use Instagram has doubled in two years from 13 percent in 2012 to 26 percent in 2014. ¶ But a majority of Americans — 62 percent — say social media has no social media, Continued on page 53


Number of Culinary Union workers at the Palms who will be affected by Sodexo taking over food service outlets at the resort.

$110.8M Amount NV Energy customers will receive in rebates in October, according to company Public Utility Commission filings.


Las Vegas’ ranking in the Zillow Housing Confidence Index, which measures people’s faith in the housing industry, as of July. Las Vegas confidence increased from 13th in January.


Share of Americans who plan to buy a home in the next year, according to a national Zillow survey. That is down from 12.1 percent earlier this year.







A co-managing parter of the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck talks about hunger and education in Southern Nevada, the challenge of making time for family and work, and the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas’ food scene. THE NOTES People on the move, P46


When Scheme Events launched in 2010 and started getting overrun with welcome bag orders, they decided a full, separate business made sense. So in 2013, Welcome Bag Shoppe was born to save clients the time and energy of stuffing bags. TALKING POINTS Nevada agriculture is not an enemy of conservation, P49


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A listing of local bankruptcies, bid opportunities, brokered transactions, business licenses and building permits.


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GROCERY CHAIN BITES OFF MORE THAN IT CAN CHEW In business, having a healthy appetite for growth usually is seen as a good thing. Tell that to Haggen. The Bellingham, Wash.-based grocery chain expanded to Southern Nevada this year with seven new stores, part of a massive growth spurt that took the company from 18 locations and 2,000 employees to 164 stores and more than 10,000 workers. Haggen did this by acquiring 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores. Albertsons had signed a deal to buy Vons’ owner for about $9 billion, and to get the Federal Trade Commission’s approval, the companies agreed to sell 168 stores nationally. After gobbling up stores, though, Haggen’s new girth is proving too much. In July, it said it would lay off employees


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Wes Crockett joined the sales team of LP Insurance Services.

jak is vice president of operations and Tom Nieman is vice president of marketing and interim vice president of sales at JCM Global.

Trufusion, a workout studio that offers heated fusion crockett workouts, plans to open eight locations in Nevada over the next five years. The newly franchised fitness studio signed an area development agreement with Ryan M. Craig and Brian Affronti of Drai’s Management Group. The first location is slated to open by the end of 2015 in Downtown Summerlin.

Micah Phillips is marketing director of Nevada State Bank.

Patrice Ross was elected state director of the Nevada State SHRM Council, the state affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. ross Ross has more than 15 years of human resources experience working primarily for nonprofit and government-contracting organizations. Maranda Jacobs is corporate marketing coordinator at Las Vegas Events. She previously worked for Stoney’s Rockin’ Country and Las Vegas Bull.



Successful Meetings magazine’s list of the 25 Most Infuential People in the Meetings Industry includes MGM Resorts International’s Michael Dominguez dominguez and the Imex Group’s Carina Bauer. Dominguez is senior vice president and chief sales officer at MGM; Bauer is CEO of Imex. Daniel Wani is managing director of trust and wealth planning at the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. John Garner is chief financial officer, David Kuba-

Scott Hickman is a senior staffing specialist at Millenium Staffing Solutions. Sharon Rossie is president of the Nevada Policy Research Institute. Rossie previously served as president of the institute from 2006 to 2011. Natalie DeNardo was named a Championship Agent by Farmers Insurance for her customer focus. The program recognizes the top 3 percent of agents in the organization. Jackie Zlatanovski is a Realtor with Key Realty. She specializes in investment and residential properties. For the second consecutive year, Meadows Bank made DepositAccounts’ Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America

Jamie Garrett is Interblock’s promotions and creative services manager. Gabriel Shepherd is business and development director at SGEi, a consulting firm.

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Five Las Vegas restaurants received the Grand Award — the highest honor — in Wine Spectator’s 2015 Restaurant Awards, which highlights restaurants internationally with the best wine selections. They are Aureole at Mandalay Bay, Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian, Joel Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand, Picasso at Bellagio and Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Other restaurants recognized are Alize at the Palms, Andre’s at Monte Carlo, Aquaknox at the Venetian, B&B Ristorante at the Venetian, Bar Masa at Aria, Bardot Brasserie at Aria, Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas, Biscayne at Tropicana, Blossom at Aria, Bouchon at the Venetian, Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo, Canal Street at the Orleans, Canaletto at the Venetian, Capital Grille at Fashion Show, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse at Palazzo, Charcoal Room at Santa Fe Station, Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons, Craftsteak at MGM Grand, Del Frisco’s on Paradise, Don Vito’s at South Point, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand, Ferraro’s on Paradise, Fleming’s on Charleston, Fleming’s Town Square, Fleur at Mandalay Bay, Fogo de Chao on Flamingo, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Hakkasan at MGM Grand, Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan, Jasmine at Bellagio, Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria, Joe’s Stone Crab at Caesars, Julian Serrano at Aria, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, Le Cirque at Bellagio, Lotus of Siam

Sunrise Health recently unveiled a “Royals” double-decker bus. In addition, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center now offers blue-light cystoscopy with cysview, an optical imaging solution to detect papillary cancer of the bladder in patients with known or suspected bladder cancer. (COURTESY PHOTO) on Sahara, Mastro’s Ocean Club at Crystals in CityCenter, Michael Mina at Bellagio, Mix at Delano Las Vegas, Morels at the Palazzo, Nora’s Italian Cuisine on Flamingo, Olives at Bellagio, Oscar’s at the Plaza, Otto Enoteca at the Venetian, Palms at Caesars, Phil’s Italian Steakhouse at Treasure Island, Portofino at the Mirage, Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio, Sage at Aria, Sensi at Bellagio, Shibuya at MGM Grand, Silverado at South Point, Smith & Wollensky on Las Vegas Boulevard, Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay, Table 10 at the Palazzo, T-Bones at Red Rock Resort, Tender at Luxor, Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at the Mirage, Top of the World at Stratosphere, Tuscany Gardens at Tuscany Suites, Twist at Mandarin Oriental, Vic & Anthony’s at Golden Nugget and Vintner Grill on Charleston. Honorees of the 2015 Hermes Creative Awards were announced. The awards are administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The Nevada Youth Legislature Foundation won a platinum award, while MGM Resorts International and the Firm Public Relations and Marketing won platinum and gold awards. Silver Ridge Healthcare Center in Las Vegas and Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma in Henderson won 2015 Bronze – Commitment to Quality awards from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Azzurre Vodka and Azzurre Gin now are available at all Lee’s Discount Liquor locations, M Resort and select restaurants and bars. Smith’s spent $3.7 million to remodel its store at 7130 N. Durango Drive, Las Vegas. Updates include a 1,000-square-foot Starbucks, a Murray’s Cheese store, a sushi-salad bar area and more self-checkout stations. Braddah’s Island Style opened at 7315 W. Warm Spring Road, Las Vegas. Aristocrat and International Games System launched Fa Fa Fa Slots, a mobile game tailored for the AsiaPacific social casino market.

Palazzo Broadcast Studio opened at Lagasse’s Stadium in the Palazzo. “Yahoo Sports Radio’s Sports X Radio” and “Ballin’ Live” are broadcast from there. America First Credit Union opened a branch at 10608 S. Eastern Ave., Suite E, Henderson. Red Rock Resort landed No. 8 on the Top 10 list of Best U.S. Casinos from USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest. The resort is the only Las Vegas casino to make the Top 10 list. Software development and mobile innovation firm Raster will open an office in Chicago. The International School of Hospitality, Les Clefs d’Or USA and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute created a Certified Hotel Concierge credential, which establishes global professional standards for hotel concierges. An NV Energy Business Solutions Center opened at 6226 W. Sahara Blvd., Las Vegas. Rapid Refill of Las Vegas changed its name to Vegas Ink and Toner. Dig This, a heavy equipment playground, received its fourth TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Preferred Public Relations represents “Aussie Hunks,” a male strip show at the D Las Vegas. WGU Nevada, a nonprofit, online, competency-based university, opened headquarters at the InNEVation Center, 6795 S. Edmond St., Las Vegas. Edge Steakhouse opened at the Westgate. Vegas PBS received a national PBS Development Award in the Special Achievement category for its workforce training program. Nathan Adelson Hospice is participating in the Medicare Care Choices Model, which provides qualifying beneficiaries the option to receive curative services while also receiving supportive care typically provided by hospice.

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‘Working hard is no longer enough to advance’ Ellen Schulhofer was named co-managing partner of the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in mid-2013. In 2014, the firm had its most profitable year, with gross revenue increasing by more than 10 percent to $165.8 million. Schulhofer’s track record makes her a perfect fit for the Women’s Leadership Initiative, which provides training, mentoring and networking opportunities and an annual forum for women. What is the best business advice you’ve received, and from whom did it come? Promote yourself with confidence. Especially now, working hard no longer is enough to advance in your career. Focus on your strengths and don’t downplay your accomplishments. Women tend to do that. Instead, they should articulate their value and achievements and share their successes with colleagues and clients. I was lucky enough to have Frank Schreck as a mentor, but not everyone has an advocate like Frank was for me. What are some of the challenges women in law face? I work with some of the most talented women I have ever met, but many struggle with balancing the effort and commitment it takes to succeed with the desire to maintain their lives outEllen Schulhofer, an attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, is passionate side of work. This doesn’t affect just about feeding hungry children. (STEVE MARCUS/staff) women; it is something millennials Applebaum, about the Soviet era in tary School, which is only about a mile are concerned about and a topic we are Eastern Europe post-World War II. from our offices. Ninety-five percent focused on at the firm. You have to be of its students qualify for the free and honest with yourself about what you What do you do after work? reduced-price lunch program. want to accomplish in your life and Now that my daughter is away in career, and at times, make difficult college and I’m an empty nester, I What’s the biggest issue facing decisions. I don’t believe anyone retravel frequently, order a lot of room Southern Nevada and its resially finds balance, so it is crucial not service and do a lot of work in the dents? to give up everything outside of work evenings. When I’m home, I hang out In addition to Southern Nevada’s that is important to you. My relationwith and go on walks with my golden struggle with hunger, I think another ship and time spent with my daughter retriever puppy, spend time with my issue we face is a low rate of residents have given me the strength and insight husband, work out at Orange Theory, with college educations. I saw a recent to be a better lawyer and leader, and it go to Pilates and work some more. study that said Nevada was ranked is the time I spend with her that makes last in the country for its rate of colme the most happy and fulfilled. Blackberry, iPhone or Android? lege-educated parents. The quality of iPhone. In addition to doing a ton of education for our population has to If you could change one thing work on my phone each day and as I improve for there to be more diversifiabout Southern Nevada, what travel, my daughter constantly sends cation in the economy. While gaming would it be? photos of beautiful plates of food (she plays an important role in our comOne of 6 Southern Nevadans has entertained the idea of launching munity, we can’t rely on it to drive a struggles with hunger, and nearly a food blog), so I have hundreds of picsuccessful economy. 60 percent of children in the Clark tures of food, in particular from our County School District receive free recent family trip to Thailand, and of What are you reading right now? or reduced-price meals. These are course photos and videos of our puppy. On a plane last week, I finished heartbreaking statistics. We partner “Battleborn,” by Claire Vaye Watwith Three Square Food Bank, an Describe your management style. kins, who grew up in Nevada and organization doing a tremendous job Because I work closely with my cowhose father was a member of the with an incredible challenge, on volmanaging partner, I understand and Manson family. It was a wonderful unteer events for our Las Vegas emvalue the role of collaboration in manbook of short stories; I couldn’t put ployees. But that’s just a drop in the agement. Rather than demanding that it down. On the plane home, I started bucket when you think about how farour team work for us, we work together “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastreaching this issue is. We also provide as a team toward our goals. Setting ern Europe, 1944-1956,” by Anne support to Halle Hewetson Elemen-

those goals and determining how to reach them is also the result of strong relationships, clear communication and respecting the different skill sets of our team members. Whom do you admire and why? I have admired Kim Sinatra, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at Wynn Resorts Limited, for many years. She works incredibly hard, travels constantly and manages a team of in-house and outside lawyers for a dynamic and successful public gaming company. Even with everything on her plate, Kim manages to be close to her children, extremely involved in our community and a good friend. Now that I am traveling all the time, trying to juggle the demands of my position, maintain a legal practice and find time with my family, I marvel even more at her commitment to work and family, and at what she has accomplished. What is your biggest pet peeve? Selfishness. This trait is especially destructive in a firm if it is exhibited by leaders or management. The best leaders are those who care more about the organization than their own advancement or position in it. Where do you like to go for business lunches? Anywhere in downtown Las Vegas. The city has done an amazing job with its revitalization. When I moved back to Southern Nevada 20 years ago, there was almost no place to eat downtown, but now we have lots of great restaurants, including vegan and vegetarian options. What is something people might not know about you? When I first started my career in the late ’80s, I worked for a firm in L.A. that represented sports agents. We worked with the Major League Baseball players union on negotiations and arbitrations for well-known baseball players. I analyzed baseball stats, drafted arbitration briefs and attended a number of arbitrations through the early years of my practice.


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Median sales price of singlefamily homes in Southern Nevada in August, up 10 percent from a year ago, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.


Number of single-family homes listed for sale without offers in August, up 8.4 percent from July, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

25 percent

Share of Southern Nevada homeowners whose mortgage debt outweighs their home value. That’s the highest percentage among the 35 largest U.S. metro areas, Zillow found.

$3 Billion

Total amount of jackpots Wheel of Fortune slots have paid since launching in 1996, according to IGT.

$55 Million

Amount grocery chain Haggen owes its creditors.

$215 Million

Amount Haggen is allowed to borrow after filing for bankruptcy protection. Haggen bought 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores earlier this year and expanded into California, Nevada and Arizona.

2.5 acres

Size of Lucky Dragon, an Asian-themed resort being built on Sahara Avenue. It will have 200 rooms and a spa.

12 Percent

Share of Las Vegas renters who plan to buy a home in the next year, according to a Zillow survey.

$10 Million

Amount Switch invested in Planet3, an explorationbased learning company. The money will be used to launch a digital learning platform that presents the Earth as a living laboratory.

Tara Federico, left, Rissa Gunderson, center, and Traci Keefer own Welcome Bag Shoppe, which sells bags filled with goodies to hand out at conventions, weddings and other events. (STEVE MARCUS/staff)

Say ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’ at once Describe your business.

Welcome Bag Shoppe is a gift bag service for weddings, parties, conventions and more. We offer premade bags, like the Viva Las Vegas Bag that includes snacks, drinks, sites to see in Las Vegas and more, all branded with the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and packaged in a canvas bag.

Welcome Bag Shoppe Address: 2510 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 210, Henderson Phone: 702-778-9414 Email: Website: Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Owned/operated by: Rissa Gunderson, Tara Federico and Traci Keefer* In business since: 2013

What is the most popular welcome bag among women? Among men?

Women tend to love our pre-made Pamper Kit. It is filled with all sorts of spa-like goodies, such as candles, lotion and soaps. The “Be My Bridesmaid” kit also is popular with new brides asking their girlfriends to stand with them on their wedding day. The favorite for men is easy: the Hangover Kit. Why do people purchase bags?

Las Vegas is a popular location for destination weddings. Many couples tying the knot here are asking guests to travel from all over the world. It’s a nice way to say thank you. The same idea applies to a convention or corporate group in town. They often hand out bags of information when an attendee checks in at the convention. By using our products and services, they can give attendees a gift they actually want, and it can be fully branded with their company logo, colors, etc.

note or “things to see in Vegas” card. Who are your customers?

Brides and grooms have been our main clientele, but corporate planners are starting to ask us for bags more often. Our Hangover Kits are popular all over the country. People order them for birthday parties, weddings or events, and we ship them wherever customers would like in the continental United States.

What makes your business unique?

So many people have been creating and assembling welcome bags and favors on their own. Trust me, it’s the last thing a bride wants to be doing a week before her wedding. There is so much else going on. We also create many of our items so you aren’t just filling your bag with whatever you found at Costco. Many of the specialty foods are from local shops such as Gimme Some Sugar, Peridot Sweets and Popcorn Girl. What is the best part about doing business in Las Vegas?

So many people travel here. They don’t want to have to haul items from their home location out to Las Vegas for a welcome bag. It’s so much more convenient to have someone local take care of all of that for you. What obstacles has your business overcome?

What do the bags contain?

Many clients mix a variety of snacks with some Las Vegas-themed items. Sugar cookies, champagne, water bottles and popcorn are common. Then they add a welcome

Finding employees has been tricky. Truthfully, we are asking for quite a bit. They have to enjoy sales and networking, be good at graphic design and handy with crafting. It’s a bit of an eclectic and varied set of skills!

* Traci Keefer is the wife of Case Keefer, assistant sports editor for The Sunday and the Las Vegas Sun.

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On J.D. Morris’ story “Construction of Lucky Dragon Resort advancing on ‘aggressive schedule’ ”: Do they really think wealthy Chinese guests en masse are going to pass on Bellagio, Wynn, etc., because a Chineseowned/themed place is being built half a block from the most robbed 7-11 in the world? — binzer777 Great news. The Lucky Dragon is going to salvage the north end of the Strip.”— dodgerchuck On J.D. Morris’ story “Union criticizes Palms’ decision to ‘outsource’ more than 200 jobs”: Since when has unionization been about its workers? Unionization is a business, just like the Palms. — Onehighlight Just another brick in the wall of the decimation of the middle class. — dodgerchuck On Kyle Roerink’s story “NV Energy customers poised to receive $110 million rebate”: NV Energy: not a monopoly. You just have to pay them millions to stop paying them millions. — CaseyFlinspach That means the average household won’t even notice the rebate. — Wally M


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guest column: homes of family-owned and -operated ast month, members of the tom Baker farms and ranches. Nevada Drought Forum asked to When a basin is stressed in Nevada, the hear from agriculture interests state can make cutbacks. Lovelock has about the impacts of the a 0 percent allocation right now. Smith ongoing drought, what actions farmers and and Mason valleys may see 50 percent cuts. Because of ranchers have taken to deal with those impacts and what how Nevada’s water rights work, that means the newest actions we’d like from the state in the short and long term. operations will get nothing. Try to wrap your head around As we head into this month’s state Drought Summit, it’s being told you have no water to work with for a year. important to correct some misconceptions. Agriculture, Some have talked about reducing the land in production. especially in California, has been in the hot seat lately for Grazing is a beneficial use on many Western lands that the amount of water it uses. Anything but drip irrigation are too rugged for farming, controlling potential fuel for is considered a waste. But I was heartened to see that wildfires. When we irrigate and grow feed for our cattle, in recent public opinion surveys, residents support we’re sustaining a herd that can forage on nonirrigated land conservation to preserve local agriculture and the the rest of the year. That’s a smart investment. environment. When it comes to growing alfalfa for export, more dairy First, there are some simple facts we need to face. farms and even ranchers need feed now, thanks to the 1. Cutting back the agricultural industry means people drought. Keeping that land in production in good years no longer would be able to afford healthy food for their means that in difficult times like these, we can keep more of families. 2. Water already has been allocated for the West, those supplies close to home for those who need them. and in most cases, over-allocated. 3. Water systems are Water and food both are necessary for life. We all need interconnected, and a diversion at one point has ripple to work together and share the difficult choices to keep the effects. 4. There simply is no new water, or easy answers, West a bountiful and beautiful place for our children and left. grandchildren. Some folks pit agriculture against the environment, but Tom Baker owns and operates Baker Ranches Inc. in Snake farmers and ranchers depend on the health of the land to Valley with his two brothers. He is president of the White Pine stay in business. Any destructive or unsustainable practices County Farm Bureau. hurt not just the environment but also the livelihoods and

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Caesars Palace said in a statement that it has made “substantial improvements” to its anti-money laundering program, which an investigation found allowed “systemic and severe” gaps to develop in years past. (l.e. baskow/staff file)

Caesars Palace to pay $9.5 million in fines for money laundering violations By j.d. morris Staff Writer

Caesars Palace has agreed to pay $9.5 million in fines for failing to properly guard itself against money laundering. The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network — also known as FinCEN — this month announced the casino would pay $8 million for “willful and repeated violations” of federal antimoney laundering law. A.G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, said Caesars Palace would pay the state a separate $1.5 million penalty for the same violations. In a statement announcing the settlement, FinCEN referenced multiple ways in which Caesars Palace allowed “systemic and severe” gaps to develop in its anti-money laundering practices. Specifically, FinCEN said Caesars Palace tolerated a “blind spot” created by private gaming salons where high rollers were openly permitted to gamble anonymously. Even though the private salons were at greater risk of being used by criminals trying to disguise the flow of illicit funds, FinCEN said, Caesars Palace neglected to apply proper scrutiny and “allowed some of the most lucrative and riskiest financial transactions to go unreported.” Additionally, FinCEN said Caesars Palace promoted the private salons through branch offices in the United States and abroad but did not appropriately monitor transactions such as large wire transfers for suspicious activity. “Caesars knew its customers well enough to entice them to cross the world to gamble and to cater to their every need,” said FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery in

the statement. “But when it came to watching out for illicit activity, it allowed a blind spot in its compliance program. Every business wants to impress its customers, but that cannot come at the risk of introducing illicit money into the U.S. financial system.” Beyond the $8 million fine, the casino also agreed to periodic external audits and independent testing of its anti-money laundering practices. The casino will report to FinCEN on required improvements, institute a “rigorous training regime” and conduct a “look-back” for suspicious transactions, according to FinCEN. Caesars Palace is controlled by the division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. that filed for bankruptcy in mid-January. Accordingly, the bankruptcy court needs to approve the casino’s consent agreement, FinCEN said. Caesars Palace said in a statement emailed by a spokesperson that it made “substantial improvements” to its antimoney laundering program, which it continues to enhance. “The entire Caesars organization is committed to full compliance with the requirements applicable to casinos and to taking effective risk-based measures to prevent and detect money laundering,” the company statement said. Caesars Palace first revealed it was under investigation for money laundering failures in 2013. Caesars is not the only casino company that has faced governmental scrutiny of its anti-money laundering procedures in recent years. In 2013, for example, Las Vegas Sands Corp. — which runs the Venetian and Palazzo on the Strip — agreed to pay $47.4 million to settle a money laundering investigation.

NV Energy plans to build a 706-megawatt natural gas power plant that could cost ratepayers up to $1 billion, according to a request it made in a 4,493-page filing with the Public Utilities Commission. In the documents, the company described the new power plant as its “preferred plan.” The company asked the commission for authorization to spend $2.4 million to study designs, air quality effects and transmission options should the plant be built. The PUC will vote on the proposal before the end of the year. Kevin Geraghty, NV Energy vice president of generation, said in testimony that the study would be “necessary to prepare and make a filing with the commission in the future.” The plant would be built by 2020 in North Las Vegas adjacent to an existing natural gas plant that the utility plans to acquire from the Southern Nevada Water Authority. The company operates or has long-term agreements to buy power from 16 fossil fuel power plants, including coal and natural gas. The plant would likely help replace the output of the company’s coal facilities, which NV Energy, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, will phase out over the next four years. The proposal for the new plant has drawn criticism. Some argue it is unnecessary based on current demand trends, including the potential exit of three casino operators and the increase in rooftop solar generation. “NV Energy has every right to make a profit,” said Randi Thompson, state director for National Federation of Independent Business, which represents 2,000 Nevada businesses. “But we have to look at the reasonable costs to consumers.” NV Energy customers pay the highest rates in the Mountain West, according to the Energy Information Administration. “The company’s efforts appear to be driven by a desire to add to its rate base to increase earnings,” said Mark Garrett, an energy consultant working with MGM Resorts on its efforts to cut ties with NV Energy. “It should be looking for ways to lower rates, not raise them.” Garrett estimated that construction of the plant could increase ratepayer costs by $70 million per year. The Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, which acts as a watchdog for ratepayers, declined to comment on the case but said it would testify on the topic in October. For Star West Generation, the proposed plant is bad news. The company supplies NV Energy with natural gas power from its Arizona power plant from June through September — the highest-demand period in the year. That agreement ends in 2017, and it seems likely that NV Energy will not renew it. Star West has offered to sell the plant to NV Energy, saying that move could save ratepayers money, but NV Energy has not indicated it would take Star West up on the offer. Malcolm Jacobson, president and CEO of Star West, said he was worried about the lack of specifics in NV Energy’s three-year plan. “NV Energy has wheeled their Trojan horse of a plan up to the gates of the PUC and on the inside is a billion-dollar surprise for consumers,” he said.


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Las Vegas’ crime lab will begin testing all of its more than 6,300 backlogged rape kits in Southern Nevada after it received $5 million this month from two national grants and the Nevada attorney general’s office. Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced that Metro Police would receive grants to test 5,643 rape kits from Metro and 739 from eight other local agencies. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt also pledged $1.7 million from a Bureau of Consumer Protection settlement finalized last month to test the kits. “What we are doing today is going to make a gigantic dent,” Biden said, adding that the jurisdictions chosen to receive the funds were those with the highest backlogs of rape kits. Metro’s forensic lab applied for the grants this year after realizing it didn’t have the funds or the capacity to test its backlog on its own. Currently, the lab tests about 100 rape kits in-house per year. With the new funding, the lab will be able to send all of its backlogged rape kits to off-site crime labs for testing, beginning in November. Metro will receive $2 million from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice exclusively to pay to test rape kits. Another $400,000 from the Justice Department will go toward additional support services, like overtime for investigators and victim advocates. Exams typically cost about $1,500 to send to an outside crime lab, but the forensic lab has secured a discounted rate of $625 per kit if they are sent in bulk. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Metro police planned to clear Southern Nevada’s backlog in the next three years. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson pledged the support of his office, including 10 special victims unit lawyers, in prosecuting any cases that come to light as a result of new evidence. “We hope the existence of DNA evidence in a number of kits will allow us to investigate serial predators,” Wolfson said. Southern Nevada’s backlog dates to 1985, when DNA testing was in its infancy. Assemblywoman Teresa BenitezThompson, D-Reno, said securing funding was an “important first step,” but that more needed to be done to fix the “systemic neglect” victims have faced

with untested rape kits. She said she planned to fix “inconsistencies” in how rape kits have been handled by pushing in the next legislative session for a uniform database system to track rape kits and set a consistent statewide standard for when police should request to have kits tested. Daniele Dreitzer, executive direc-

tor of the Rape Crisis Center Las Vegas, said the funding offered a “second chance” for victims and “a huge step forward.” But she also said that, as these kits are tested, victims may find themselves facing even more questions, and she pledged the support of her organization in offering advocacy services.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded $38 million in grants to 32 jurisdictions across 20 states, and the U.S. Department of Justice awarded $41 million to 20 jurisdictions. Between the two grants, almost 70,000 kits will be tested across the nation. Metro was one of just seven jurisdictions to receive both grants.

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Construction of Lucky Dragon on ‘aggressive schedule’ “It has an aggressive schedule,” he said of the project. Now that every floor of the hotel is built, Penta’s remaining work includes finishing the parking garage and constructing the smaller casino portion, Dutmer said. The project is expected to be completed next summer. The site originally was intended to become Allure’s second tower, but “the market for that kind of residence collapsed,” said Greg Borgel, a consultant with Moreno & Associates who helped with the project’s planning a few years ago. Once a second residential tower became infeasible, the developer decided to pursue a boutique casino instead, Borgel said. Clark County records indicate the site is owned by Andrew Fonfa, developer of Allure. Fonfa also is listed as CEO of the Las Vegas Economic Impact Regional Center on that organization’s website. Restaurants at Lucky Dragon will include noodle bars, dim sum and

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Not far from where the massive, Chinese-themed Resorts World Las Vegas is under construction on the north Strip, a boutique resort with a similar theme is rapidly taking shape. Over the past few months, workers have been busy building the Lucky Dragon at a 2.5-acre site on Sahara Avenue just west of Las Vegas Boulevard. The project, situated between the Golden Steer restaurant and the Allure condominiums, includes a nine-story hotel tower and separate casino. The Lucky Dragon has progressed largely under the radar, but Penta Building Group celebrated the completion of the hotel structure this month and offered a glimpse inside the work that’s been done. Penta project manager Paul Dutmer said his company started on the Lucky Dragon just a few months ago and built one floor per week once the lower part of the hotel was complete.

mer Wynn Resorts executive Andrew Pascal are planning to build a resort called Alon Las Vegas on the site of the former New Frontier. Those projects are years away from completion, however, so the neighborhood remains a challenging place to do business for SLS. That resort saw a $48.7 million loss in the second quarter this year. Lucky Dragon, then, may be hit with some of the same struggles at first — namely, a lack of foot traffic and lower visibility than the more active areas of the Strip. But Chris Jones, an analyst with Union Gaming Group, suggested the completion of Resorts World could benefit Lucky Dragon by helping to build out the north Strip. Meantime, Lucky Dragon may be able to benefit from its proximity to Las Vegas’ Chinatown neighborhood, Jones said. “I think that they’re certainly barking up the right tree in terms of location and all,” he said.

tea cafes, while the hotel will contain more than 200 rooms and a spa that “combines China’s rich ancient culture with modern-day luxury and amenities,” the website says. The casino, meanwhile, will skew toward games that are popular in China, such as baccarat and pai gow poker, and feature private gaming parlors using feng shui design elements. In an area long populated by empty land and unfinished structures, multiple large projects either have opened or begun to move forward during the past year. Last fall, SLS Las Vegas opened as a reinvention of the shuttered Sahara resort, the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds debuted across the street this spring and the Riviera eventually will be replaced with convention space. At the same time, Malaysia-based Genting Group broke ground in May on Resorts World Las Vegas on the site of the Stardust and scrapped Echelon project. Also, Australian businessman James Packer and for-

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Coupons, personal contact remain top tools effect on their purchasing decisions. In the restaurant industry, the Sprinklr Social Business Index reports the average restaurant has a mere 3 percent engagement rate on social media. That means restaurants would be better off ratcheting down their social media expectations and connecting with consumers offline. Offline word-of-mouth, including faceto-face or phone conversations, has a significant advantage (50 percent vs. 43 percent) over online interactions with respect to purchase intent, a Keller Fay Group TalkTrack study found. The good news is there are lots of ways to engage customers offline, including stellar food and service, loyalty programs, friendly hosts and servers, charity work and community involvement. know The perks and pitfalls of social media Armand Iaia, regional manager for the Chicago-based restaurant consulting firm Cini-Little International Inc., says social media messages often are perceived as just another form of advertising. “Many people are immune to this kind of advertising and do not pay attention to it. I don’t,” he said. But Gary Worden, a restaurant operator and publisher of Restaurant Startup and Growth magazine, said social media can play an important role for smaller restaurants. Good reviews can boost business. “Independent restaurants particularly seem to generate a good number of reviews that can have an effect on prospective guests and guest visits,” Worden said. “The higher the restaurant menu prices or if the guest has friends or a special occasion, the more influence the social media reviews can play a role.” Examine the source Still, “while social media will influence people and help or hurt the innocent, I say examine the source,” said Steve Nachwalter, CEO of the Nachwalter Consulting Group in Las Vegas. “In human decision-making, there are always internal representations made in regard to how each individual receives and processes information.” Yelp, which publishes crowd-

Social media can play an important role for smaller restaurants to boost business, said Gary Worden, publisher of Restaurant Startup and Growth magazine. (

sourced reviews about businesses, by definition is subjective and therefore can harm businesses if reviews are negative — even if they are unfair. “Logically, we can’t punish the chef for a mistake the waiter made and subsequently bash a restaurant that has amazing food,” Nachwalter said. “In the same vein, a less-than-great place receives five stars because the hostess is hot or because the greeter made them feel special.” Nachwalter said he viewed Yelp as “an online Yellow Pages with photos.” “I don’t pay too much attention to individual reviews because I’ve seen too many unprofessional and untrue reviews,” he said. “I’m not in a position to judge people one way or the other, but I am intelligent enough to know when someone is bashing a place over personal nonsense.” What can be a more effective method of attracting and maintaining customers is schmoozing. Restaurant owners “should invite people to try their food,” Nachwalter said. “People are visual, so show pictures. Talk about your staff, make them real and personal. Stand behind your product and make everyone aware of your presences in the space. Make regulars feel special. Make a big deal when they come in. Mention

bringing their friends. Ask directly for referrals.” Employees can help if they have been trained on how to connect with customers and how to give them the experience they want. “It all starts at who represents your brand,” Nachwalter said. Explore the workplace Whereas digital advertising appears to do little to influence consumer dining decisions, customers have a harder time turning down rave reviews or good deals. Almost 90 percent of people surveyed by WorkPlace Impact said a good old-fashioned coupon influences them, while 78 percent said word of mouth did. Since Americans spend a large share of their lives at work, the workplace becomes a natural venue for people to share opinions, experiences and recommendations with co-workers — including about where to eat. “A lot of the decisions (people) make about dining are made while at the office,” said Tara Peters, director of marketing at WorkPlace Impact. Peters’ firm helps restaurants reach workers during the workday with the goal of attracting new customers. “When we are running a market-

ing program for a restaurant client, we will send their materials to businesses close to their restaurants” and have employers hand out coupons to workers, Peters said. “Employers in our network love giving their employees these perks. ” Know your audience Despite the power of face-to-face interaction, restaurants aren’t about to abandon social media, which means it is important owners learn to view it accurately and use it wisely. Making social media more effective comes down to knowing your audience, Nachwalter said. “The top restaurants don’t offer coupons, just like heart surgeons don’t offer two-for-one,” he said. “Decide what your audience wants, and give it to them.” Restaurateurs also have to take negative comments in stride and trust people will see through insincere reviews. Nachwalter recalled one eatery with amazing reviews. “There was still a lady who did not love it,” he said. “Her reason was because, even though she loved the food, the flower they make out of gelato did not look floral enough. So she gave them one star.”

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Calendar of events Tuesday, Sept. 22 Asian Chamber of Commerce mixer Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers Location: 9420 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 100, Las Vegas Information: Call 702-737-4300 Meet chamber members and guests while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks. NewsFeed breakfast transportation panel discussion Time: 8 a.m. Cost: $40-$50, RSVP required Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South Information: Visit Hear from top transportation experts as they share their perspectives on transit solutions for Las Vegas and potential plans to expand multimodal transportation. Breaking Away: How Leading Finance Functions are Redefining Excellence Time: 11:30 a.m. Cost: $25 for students, $35 for members of the Institute of Management Accountants, $40 for nonmembers Location: Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Road Information: Visit This presentation will explore how to leverage people and technology to become better business partners amid a changing business landscape.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 “Automated Email Strategies and Do It Yourself WordPress Websites” workshop Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: Session one is free, session two costs $99 Location: National University, 2850 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 300, Henderson Information: Visit During session one, learn how to create auto-mated emails and nurture new business leads using Constant Contact tools. During session two, Nick

Cavarra, CEO of SocialPunchMarketing, will help participants create a WordPress website. Convention Services Association luncheon Time: 11:30 a.m. Cost: $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers Location: Buca Café inside Bally’s, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South Information: Visit This monthly members luncheon will feature guest speaker Geoff Rhodes of R&D Events. Rhodes is veteran of the event planning industry.

THURsday, Sept. 24 Henderson Chamber of Commerce networking mixer Time: 5-8 p.m. Cost: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers, additional $10 for walk-ins Location: Aston MonteLago, 30 Strada Di Villaggio, Henderson Information: Email Expand your network by connecting with local business professionals and sharing your referrals and ideas.

Monday, Sept. 28 Vegas Young Professionals Toastmasters meeting Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: Free Location: Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100, Las Vegas Information: Visit Young businesspeople can learn speaking, presentation and leadership skills.

Tuesday, Sept. 29 “Made in Henderson” manufacturing panel discussion Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25 for members,

$45 for nonmembers Location: Hilton Lake Las Vegas, 1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway, Henderson Information: Visit A panel of local manufacturers, moderated by Nevada State College President Bart Patterson, will discuss product lines, logistics, workforce and “Why Henderson?” Urban Land Institute Nevada: Las Vegas medical district Time: 7:30-10 a.m. Cost: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers Location: Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas Information: Visit Learn about plans for a medical district and UNLV School of Medicine. Dr. Barbara Atkinson, planning dean of the medical school, and David Frommer, UNLV’s executive director of planning and construction, are scheduled to attend.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: Free Location: Nevada Health Centers Inc., 1799 Mount Mariah Drive, Second floor, Las Vegas Information: Visit Grow your network and create new business opportunities while enjoying cocktails and snacks.

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Brokered transactions SALES $12,700,000 for 58,259 square feet, office Address: 7881 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas 89117 Seller: Durango West Properties LLC Seller agent: Cathy Jones, Paul Miachika, Jessica Cegavske, Roy Fritz, Riley Foley and David Livingston of Sun Commercial Real Estate Inc.

Buyer: Howe Family LP Buyer agent: Did not disclose $5,500,000 for 9.28 acres, office Address: Did not disclose Seller: American General Life & Accident Insurance Seller agent: Did not disclose Buyer: 2625 GV LLC Buyer agent: Did not disclose $3,100,000 for 27,066 square feet, industrial Address: 4475 Spring Mountain Road and 3290 Fremont St., Las Vegas 89102 and 89104 Seller: San Sebastian Properties Seller agent: Chris Lexis, Scott Donaghe and Joe Leavitt of Avison Young Buyer: Far East 2 Buyer agent: Karen Tam of Golden River Realty $2,800,000 for 13.5 acres, land Address: 4750 Donovan Way, Las Vegas 89081 Seller: Debellis Family LP Seller agent: Brian Riffel of Colliers International Buyer: Treadway Investments LLC Buyer agent: Mike Hilis of Avison Young $2,400,000 for 11.51 acres, land Address: Southwest corner of Executive Terminal Drive and Executive Airport Drive, Henderson, 89052 Seller: CML-NV ONE LLC Seller agent: Did not disclose Buyer: Beltway 4.77 LLC Buyer agent: Robert Torres and Scott Gragson of Colliers International $1,750,000 for 0.96 acres, retail Address: 2801 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas 89128 Seller: 2801 North Tenaya Way LLC Seller agent: Tom Naseef and Jeff Naseef of Colliers International Buyer: Sackley Family Trust Buyer agent: Did not disclose $1,000,000 for 4.13 acres, land Address: 4750 Donovan Way, Las Vegas 89081 Seller: Las Vegas Paving Corp. Seller agent: Did not disclose Buyer: Treadway Investments LLC Buyer agent: Mike Hilis of Avison Young

LEASES $6,743,000 for 132,000 square feet, industrial for 89 months Address: 7608 Teco Ave., Las Vegas 89113 Landlord: 7000 Teco Ave. LLC Landlord agent: Joe Leavitt and Chris Lexis of Avison Young Tenant: Destinations by Design Tenant agent: Leo Biermann of Commerce

$1,468,560 for 5,800 square feet, retail for 120 months Address: 8565 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 104B and 105-108, Las Vegas 89117 Landlord: Oro Capital LLC Landlord agent: Preston Abell and Jeff Mitchell of Virtus Commercial Tenant: Black Bear Diner Tenant agent: Tody Boyer and Dan Adamson of ROI Commercial Real Estate $1,228,152 for 14,668 square feet, office for 37 months Address: 8345 W. Sunset Road, Suites 100 and 150A, Las Vegas 89113 Landlord: REEF Centra Point B7 Landlord agent: Paula Lea of Commerce Tenant: Home Community Mortgage Tenant agent: Kris Watier of Avison Young $330,000 for 2,648 square feet, retail for 60 months Address: 2055 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas 89146 Landlord: OMED Enterprises Nevada LLC Landlord agent: Jakke Farley of Virtus Commercial Tenant: Safelite Fulfillment Inc. Tenant agent: Bennard Gillison of NAI Capital $291,361 for 2,830 square feet, retail for 64 months Address: 7865 W. Sahara Ave., Suites 104-105, Las Vegas 89183 Landlord: Sahara Palm Plaza LLC Landlord agent: Preston Abell and Jeff Mitchell of Virtus Commercial Tenant: Vibe Tenant agent: Did not disclose $246,269 for 7,788 square feet, office for 36 months 4385 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas 89130 Landlord: Northbrooke 5 LLC Landlord agent: Lisa Hauger and Tim Behrendt of Sun Commercial Real Estate Inc. Tenant: Olive Crest Tenant agent: Did not disclose $169,110 for 1,800 square feet for 65 months Address: 4280 S. Hualapai, Suite 106, Las Vegas 89147 Landlord: CIII Landlord agent: Liz Clare and Jackie Young of Avison Young Tenant: MQ Interiors Tenant agent: Did not disclose $128,462 for 2,390 square feet, retail for 36 months Address: 2880 Bicentennial Parkway, Suite 140, Henderson 89044 Landlord: Excel Anthem LLC Landlord agent: Preston Abell and Jeff Mitchell of Virtus Commercial Tenant: CalCon Mutual Mortgage LLC DBA OneTrust Home Loans

Tenant agent: Christina Strickland of CBRE $121,588 for 1,200 square feet, retail for 60 months Address: 4555 S. Fort Apache, Suite 122, Las Vegas 89147 Landlord: Via Aureus LLC Landlord agent: Sheryl Durkin of Realty Executives of Nevada Tenant: CakeLava Tenant agent: Did not disclose $84,960 for 1,200 square feet, retail for 40 months Address: 8565 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 109, Las Vegas 89117 Landlord: Oro Sahara LLC Landlord agent: Chris Emanuel and Kammy Bridge of Virtus Commercial Tenant: L&G Enterprise dba Cricket Tenant agent: Did not disclose $76,025 for 3,810 square feet, industrial for 36 months Address: 2900 Patrick Lane, Suite 5B, Las Vegas 89120 Landlord: Dowsett Pointe Landlord agent: Joe Leavitt and Chris Lexis of Avison Young Tenant: Dax Designs Holdings Tenant agent: Did not disclose $13,440 for 1,600 square feet, industrial for 12 months Address: 3977 Oquendo Road, Suite F, Las Vegas 89118 Landlord: 3977 W. Oquendo Road LLC Landlord agent: Brian Bolanowski of Virtus Commercial Tenant: Matthew Johnson/Four J’s LLC Tenant agent: Did not disclose

BUSINESS LICENSES C&A Embroidery & Screen Printing License type: Printers Address: 570 W. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas Owner: Nevada Apparel & Graphics LLC Cameron Stuart Steele License type: Real estate sales Address: 3658 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 101, Las Vegas Owner: Cameron S. Steele Cardtronics USA Inc. License type: Automated teller operator Address: Multiple locations Owner: Chris J. Brewster and Michael Keller Carpizzo’s Computer Consulting License type: General services counter/office Address: 2601 S. Pavilion Center Drive, Suite 1206, Las Vegas Owner: Peter Cardiasmenos

Chromaink License type: Sales - printer ink cartridges Address: 720 Emerald Idol Place, Henderson Owner: Chromaink Cids License type: Medical office Address: 2610 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 103, Henderson Owner: Dhaval Shah Clear Minds Family Center License type: Business support service Address: 4915 Alta Drive, Las Vegas Owner: Clear Minds LLC Compassion Crest Home Care License type: Trucking Address: 1312 S. Eighth St., Suite B, Las Vegas Owner: Compassion Crest LLC Crosshairs Pest Control LLC License type: Property maintenance Address: 263 Oakbrook Ridge Ave., Henderson Owner: Crosshairs Pest Control LLC Culligan Water of Las Vegas License type: Sales Address: 4513 N. Lamb Blvd., North Las Vegas Owner: USW Holding Company LLC Darrin C. Henry License type: Real estate sales Address: 10000 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 130, Las Vegas Owner: Darrin C. Henry Inc. Desert Glen Pools License type: Repair and maintenance Address: 2740 S. Bronco St., Las Vegas Owner: Desert Glen Industries LLC Diehl Realty LLC License type: Real estate sales Address: 3170 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 130, Las Vegas Owner: Bonnie Diehl Digiworld Entertainment LLC License type: Beer, wine, spirits on sale Address: 4351 Corporate Center Drive, North Las Vegas Owner: Digiworld Entertainment LLC Downtown Las Vegas Events Center License type: Alcohol beverage caterer Address: 200 S. Third St., Las Vegas Owner: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center LLC Dry USA License type: Repair and maintenance

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License type: Professional services- medical Address: 5408 Tartan Hill Ave., Las Vegas Owner: Homer C. Tuazon LLC

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Horse Sense Coaching License type: Horse coaching business Address: 1102 Hutch Court, Henderson Owner: Horsepower Empowers LLC

The Lakes Lounge License type: Automated teller operator Address: 2920 Lake East Drive, Las Vegas Owner: Ho-Ri Inc.

Hurd Family Trucking LLC License type: Motor transportation service Address: Did not disclose Owner: Charles D. Hurd Infrastructure Quality Consulting LLC License type: Engineering firm Address: 4480 W. Hacienda Ave., Suite 109, Las Vegas Owner: Infrastructure Quality Consulting LLC JC 101 Tax services License type: Business support service Address: 2800 W. Sahara Ave., Suites 6A and 6F, Las Vegas Owner: JC 101 services LLC Jelly Factory License type: Sales - jam and jelly Address: 2831 St. Rose Parkway, Suite 200, Henderson Owner: Jelly Factory Jill Heupel Photography LLC License type: Photography Address: Did not disclose Owner: Jill Heupel JMG License type: Professional promoter Address: 817 N. Main St., Las Vegas Owner: JMG LLC

Halloween City License type: Retail Address: 1431 W. Sunset Road, Henderson Owner: Party City Corp.

JR Electronics License type: General retail sales Address: 2901 W. Washington Ave., Suite L101, Las Vegas Owner: Jose Enrique Roca

Hampton Tedder Technical services Inc. License type: Contractor Address: 4113 Wagon Trail Ave., Las Vegas Owner: Did not disclose

Kelly’s Sports License type: Temporary merchant Address: 3333 W. Washington Ave. and 3151 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas Owner: Michael W. Kelly

Healthfully Living LLC License type: Massage therapist Address: 5225 Clinging Vine St., Las Vegas Owner: Healthfully Living LLC

Kingdom Tires Complete Auto Care License type: Automotive parts Address: 5690 Simmons St., North Las Vegas Owner: Kingdom Tires Complete Auto Care Inc.

Highline Shine License type: Car wash Address: 1129 Piazza Telle, Henderson Owner: Jesse Olague-Sigala Homer C. Tuazon

Kopper Keg West License type: Automated teller operator Address: 2257 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas Owner: Zenith Enterprises Inc.

Laura’s Trash Out License type: Maintenance services Address: 1842 Harding St., North Las Vegas Owner: Laura Jordan Law Office Of Jessica Cruz LLC License type: Professional services Address: 2401 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas Owner: Jessica Cruz Legacy International License type: Real estate sales Address: 1120 Shadow Lane, Suite 110, Las Vegas Owner: Legacy International Ltd. Loose Caboose Saloon License type: Automated teller operator Address: 15 N. Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas Owner: Loose Caboose Nellis Inc. Love Pet Products License type: Sales - pet treats Address: 49 Prairie Dog Drive, Henderson Owner: John Wiard Maria C. Manansala License type: General retail sales Address: 5225 Casey Court, Las Vegas Owner: Maria C. Manansala Maverick Entertainment Inc. License type: General services Address: Did not disclose Owner: James D. Scott McDonald’s License type: Restaurant Address: 2650 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas Owner: WBF McDonald’s Management LLC Meineke Car Care Center License type: Truck garage service Address: 4430 N. Decatur Blvd., North Las Vegas Owner: Eskew Enterprise LLC Modena Fashion LLC License type: General retail sales Address: 740 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 9, Las Vegas Owner: Violeta Gospodinova Morris Polich & Purdy LLP License type: Law firm Address: 3333 E. Serene Ave., Suite 110, Henderson

Owner: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP Nevada Real Estate services License type: Professional services Address: Did not disclose Owner: Darrin C. Henry Inc. Novecento Pizzeria License type: Restaurant Address: 5705 Centennial Center Blvd., Suite 170, Las Vegas Owner: Gianni Holdings LLC November Charm LLC License type: Designer Address: 270 E. Horizon Drive, Suite 100, Henderson Owner: November Charm LLC PainlessOne Wellness LLC License type: Professional services - medical Address: 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 101, Las Vegas Owner: Craig Swinney Parkway Recovery Care License type: Nursing facility Address: 100 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 330, Henderson Owner: Parkway Recovery Care Center LLC Patrick Mendes License type: Solicitors Address: 11564 Kindsland St., Las Vegas Owner: Patrick Mendes Pioneer Technical services Inc. License type: Professional services Address: 6885 Speedway Blvd., Suite Y108, Las Vegas Owner: David S. Tuesday Prorizon Corp. License type: General services counter/office Address: 1275 Shiloh Road, Suite 2510, Las Vegas Owner: Norman Conway Rapidos & Brillosos Mobile Car Wash License type: Mobile auto detailing Address: 1309 Frost Flower Drive, North Las Vegas Owner: Ricardo Ramos Raspados La Chinita License type: Food services or cafe Address: 2901 W. Washington Ave., Suite 140, Las Vegas Owner: Fabiola Alvarado-Mares Raymond Thomas License type: Real estate sales Address: 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 102, Las Vegas Owner: Raymond Anthony Thomas RC Building Maintenance Services License type: Repair and maintenance Address: Did not disclose Owner: Rafael Uriostegui-Lopez

Rebel License type: Fuel station Address: Multiple locations Owner: Rebel Oil Company Inc. Reliant Title USA License type: Title insurance company Address: 701 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 200, Henderson Owner: Reliant Title USA LLC Rese Property Management LLC License type: Real estate sales Address: 3658 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 101, Las Vegas Owner: Kimberly S. Donnelly Rhythms Dance Studio License type: Instruction services Address: 3230 Polaris Ave., Suite 46, Las Vegas Owner: Sin City Salseros Dance Company LLC Riders License type: Automated teller operator Address: 2237 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas Owner: Dual Alliance LLC Ringmaster License type: General retail sales Address: 425 Fremont St., Las Vegas Owner: Custom Jewelry Experts LLC Ronald A. Moore License type: Real estate sales Address: 1120 Shadow Lane, Suite 110, Las Vegas Owner: Ronald A. Moore LLC Ronbecks License type: Instruction services Address: 1640 E. Sahara Ave., Suite C, Las Vegas Owner: Ron Becks Rush Truck Leasing Inc. License type: Auto rental Address: 4120 Donovan Way, North Las Vegas Owner: Rush Truck Leasing Inc. Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino License type: Casino Address: 4949 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas Owner: NP Santa Fe LLC Sassy Boutique License type: Retail Address: 181 Elk Cove Court, Henderson Owner: Advanced Concepts Corp. Silverstate Locksmith Ltd. License type: Locksmith Address: Did not disclose Owner: Silverstate Locksmith Ltd. Simplyclean Building Service License type: Repair and maintenance Address: Did not disclose


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Slide On Up License type: Open-air vending Address: 1451 W. Owens Ave., Las Vegas Owner: Joseph A Hernandez

$500,015, commercial - remodel 10616 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson Horizon Properties LLC

The Traveled Journal License type: Sales - handmade leather journals Address: 2986 St. Rose Parkway, Suite 100, Henderson Owner: Hair By Chelsey LLC The Westek Group License type: Insurance agency Address: 8170 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 105, Las Vegas Owner: Westek Insurance Group Inc. TNNS Kids License type: Nonprofit Address: 5455 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 108-55, Las Vegas Owner: Multicultural Tennis Association Inc.

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$132,359, residential - production 2451 Dragon Fire Lane, Henderson Hacienda Trails LLC

$114,185, wall/fence 407 Antelope Ridge Drive, Las Vegas Cedco commercial LLC

$150,741, single-family residential - production 294 Besame Court, Las Vegas Toll South LV LLC

$130,584, residential - production 1118 N. Water St., Henderson Richmond American Homes NV Inc.

$147,164, residential - production 697 Steve Wruck Court, Henderson Hacienda Trails LLC

$128,644, residential - production 917 Carson Bluff Ave., Henderson Ryland Homes Nevada LLC

$146,497, single-family residential - production 7442 Old Compton St., Las Vegas Greystone Nevada LLC

$126,908, single-family residential - production 7438 Old Compton St., Las Vegas Greystone Nevada LLC

$146,497, single-family residential - production 10631 Hyde Corner Ave., Las Vegas Greystone Nevada LLC

$126,908, single-family residential - production 7441 Old Compton St., Las Vegas Greystone Nevada LLC

$146,497, single-family residential - production 7437 Old Compton St., Las Vegas Greystone Nevada LLC

$126,500, tenant improvement retail 565 Marks St., Suite 140, Henderson Y&E Group LLC

$211,982, single-family residential - production 333 Elder View Drive, Las Vegas Greystone Nevada LLC

$145,500, residential - production 224 Cromarty St., Henderson DR Horton Inc.

$126,259, residential - production 696 Steve Wruck Court, Henderson Hacienda Trails LLC

$107,731, residential - new 208 Ave Marina Ave., North Las Vegas William Lyon Homes Inc.

$187,920, residential - production 2138 Carlisle Court, Henderson Toll Henderson LLC

$145,279, residential - production 909 Carson Bluff Ave., Henderson Ryland Homes Nevada LLC

$125,553, residential - new 113 Ave Marina Ave., North Las Vegas William Lyon Homes Inc.

$178,246, tenant improvement offices 351 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite B, Las Vegas Titanium Building Group LLC

$106,649, single-family residential - production 6764 Byron Bay Court, Las Vegas DR Horton Inc.

$142,050, sign 117 Ave Marina Ave., North Las Vegas William Lyon Homes Inc.

$125,553, residential - new 209 Ave Marina Ave., North Las Vegas William Lyon Homes Inc.

$106,649, single-family residential - production 6761 Byron Bay Court, Las Vegas DR Horton Inc.

$125,317, residential - production 380 Shanon Springs St., Henderson DR Horton Inc.

$106,649, single-family residential - production 6768 Byron Bay Court, Las Vegas DR Horton Inc.

$434,902, single-family residential - production 9805 Guiding Light Ave., Las Vegas Richmond American Homes of Nevada $300,000, tenant improvement offices 1250 S. Buffalo Drive, Suite 150, Las Vegas Olympus Construction LV Inc. $259,339, residential - production 2260 Edge Ridge Court, Henderson Lawrence Hartman $232,000, commercial 6351 N. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas HBI Inc.

$178,060, residential - new 2413 Charmed Oasis Court, North Las Vegas Richmond American Homes of Nevada $176,485, single-family residential - production 7420 Zonal Ave., Las Vegas Richmond American Homes of Nevada $173,000, tenant improvement halls 4315 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 130, Las Vegas LV Service Solutions $160,000, tenant improvement store 855 S. Grand Central Parkway, Suite 1570, Las Vegas TJU Construction Inc. $158,479, residential - new 2509 Charmed Oasis Court, North Las Vegas Richmond American Homes of Nevada $158,479, residential - new 2513 Charmed Oasis Court, North Las Vegas Richmond American Homes of Nevada $156,369, residential - production

$142,050, residential - new 205 Ave Marina Ave., North Las Vegas William Lyon Homes Inc. $142,050, residential - new 204 Ave Marina Ave., North Las Vegas William Lyon Homes Inc. $139,734, residential - production 694 Giselle Court, Henderson Hacienda Trails LLC $139,734, residential - production 695 Steve Wruck Court, Henderson Hacienda Trails LLC $137,294, residential - production 706 Coastal Lagoon St., Henderson KB Home LV Pearl Creek LLC $137,294, residential - production 664 Silver Pearl St., Henderson KB Home LV Pearl Creek LLC $137,294, residential - production 702 Coastal Lagoon St., Henderson KB Home LV Pearl Creek LLC

$122,821, residential - production 361 Gracious Way, Henderson Ryland Homes Nevada LLC $121,327, residential - new 3741 Blissful Bluff St., North Las Vegas Richmond American Homes of Nevada $120,326, residential - production 3122 Apecchio Ave., Henderson KB Home Inspirada LLC $117,065, single-family residential - production 6760 Byron Bay Court, Las Vegas DR Horton Inc. $117,065, single-family residential - production 6757 Byron Bay Court, Las Vegas DR Horton Inc.

$112,009, residential - production 379 Shanon Springs St., Henderson DR Horton Inc. $112,009, residential - production 376 Shanon Springs St., Henderson DR Horton Inc. $111,953, residential - production 377 Shanon Springs St., Henderson DR Horton Inc. $107,850, residential - production 381 Shanon Springs St., Henderson DR Horton Inc. $107,850, residential - production 378 Shanon Springs St., Henderson DR Horton Inc.

$106,649, single-family residential - production 6782 Byron Bay Court, Las Vegas DR Horton Inc. $106,649, single-family residential - production 6769 Byron Bay Court, Las Vegas DR Horton Inc. $106,108, residential - new 4340 Hatch Bend Ave., North Las Vegas KB Home Nevada Inc. $105,500, roofing 230 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas Eberhard Southwest roofing Inc. $100,478, plumbing 4660 Berg St., North Las Vegas Southland Industries

$136,185, residential - production 237 Cadence View Way, Henderson Ryland Homes Nevada LLC

$117,065, single-family residential - production 6772 Byron Bay Court, Las Vegas DR Horton Inc.

$100,475, residential - production 2115 Rockburne St., Henderson KB Home Inspirada LLC

$134,434, single-family residential - production 7939 Torreys Peak St., Las Vegas Ryland Homes

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Advanced Imaging Solutions 3865 W. Cheyenne Ave. North Las Vegas, NV 89032 702-951-4247 •


Copiers, printers, 3-D printers, IT services


Gary Harouff, president


Machabee Office Environments 6435 Sunset Corporate Drive Las Vegas, NV 89120 702-263-8800 •


Office furniture, high-density storage, ergonomic seating, workstations


Scott Machabee, president


Henriksen Butler 241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 103 Las Vegas, NV 89102 702-309-2448 •


Wall systems, systems furniture, conference furniture, office furniture, ergonomic seating, filing systems


Heather Bressler, vice president


Les Olson Company 2975 Lincoln Road Las Vegas, NV 89115 702-932-7431 •


Copiers, printers, scanners, large-format systems, document solutions software, managed network services, managed print services


Charles Burt, branch manager


Somers Furniture 6330 Polaris Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89118 702-837-1717 •


Desks, chairs, conference tables, reception furniture, outdoor furniture, custom furniture


Debbi Somers, president


Cort 6625 Arroyo Springs St., Suite 130 Las Vegas, NV 89113 702-822-7368 •


Herman Miller, HON, global, group lacasse


Angel DiBellonia, district general manager


ANAX Business Technology 8920 W. Tropicana Ave., Suite 103 Las Vegas, NV 89147 702-478-9000 •


Copiers, printers, scanners, faxes, multifunction units, toner, drums, document-management programs


Did not disclose


Premier Office Systems 500 N. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 125 Las Vegas, NV 89107 702-737-4601 •


Multifunction printing equipment, document-solution management, color printing equipment


Colin McTernan, owner


New Life Office 7860 Dean Martin Drive, Suite 505 Las Vegas, NV 89139 702-212-0407 •


Used and refurbished furniture


Ryan Fox, project manager


Ideal Office Equipment 1200 S. 3rd St. Las Vegas, NV 89104 702-384-3814 •


Office supplies, office furniture, toner cartridges, cash register, legal indexes


Ivan Eisenberg, president


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*Present coupon for 10% off santana merchandise, min. $30 purchase @ HoB gear shop. Present coupon at retail outlet. some exclusions apply. offer valid 9/16-9/27 only.


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Snow Mountain Smoke Shop 11525 NU-WAV KAIV BLVD, LV, NV 89124

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20% OFF Entire Guest Check *One coupon, per table, per visit. Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Valid at participating Denny’s restaurants. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. © 2014 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer valid on your next visit 9.13.15-9.26.15.

$5 OFF Any Purchase of $30 or More

99¢ ANY Size Hot Chocolate

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