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Hypnotism, start to finish

on the cover Obtaining prescription painkillers is fairly easy in Nevada. New legislation aims to make it harder.

Richard Barker, aka “the Incredible Hypnotist” and former police officer, debunks fears about the practice of putting people into a trance, and walks us step by step through his show. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on everything from “you are getting sleepy” to “snap out of it.”

nevada’s pill problem

Studies place Nevada in the top tier of states for the highest number of painkiller prescriptions written, the worst prescription painkiller abuse and the most overdose deaths. State officials are trying to crack down on the problem and ensure that painkillers are prescribed only to the people who really need them.

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Attorney Dan Reaser, who represents gaming manufacturers, talks about the challenges and opportunities involved in regulating skill-based slot machines in Nevada, as well as his expectations for when the machines will make it onto casino floors and how social media will be incorporated.

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The bodygard isn’t always who you think Uyen Vu’s job is to protect wealthy or famous clients when they come to Las Vegas. She tells us about the advantages of being a female bodyguard and shares some stories from her experiences with celebrities.


Don’t freak out over marijuana delay The backlog of applications for medical marijuana cards is long, but the state says it is making progress.


Can new arena lure Mayweather back? John Katsilometes wonders what it would take to get the retired, undefeated champion to agree to one more fight, possibly with Manny Pacquiao.

labor for Republicans 20 Hard GOP candidates for president have taken different tacks to win over union members.




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Hasaan Henderson could have been a Rebel. But the Las Vegas High graduate choose to play college football in Reno rather than at UNLV. The choice has not disappointed him, as he’s become one of the Mountain West Conference’s best receivers. This weekend, he will play against the Scarlet and Gray for the first time.

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It’s time to embrace vision of “One Nevada” With Gov. Brian Sandoval expected to call a special legislative session, we hope lawmakers will treat Southern Nevada as well as they treated Northern Nevada when enticing Tesla Motors to build a battery factory near Reno.

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Everybody dance now

A member of the crowd joins a capoeira performer during Via Brasil Steakhouse’s Brazilian Outdoor Festival, which honored Brazilian Independence Day. (L.E. Baskow/staff)

sept. 19

a kind gesture Thousands of people tagged a Metro Police car at Cashman Field — and the officers loved it. The sticky notes offered words of support in honor of “Thank a Cop Week.”

sept. 23

quenching our thirst Workers unplugged the “third straw” intake at Lake Mead to finish flooding the $817 million tunnel and complete a project to draw drinking water for Las Vegas.

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nevada matters The Commission on Presidential Debates chose UNLV as one of four colleges to host a presidential debate during the general election next fall.

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a big score Basketball player Christian Vital committed to UNLV, leaving the Rebels set for 2016 scholarships. Vital is a combo guard known for shooting 3-pointers.

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let’s talk about sex A public hearing is scheduled to discuss possible updates to the Clark County School District’s sex education curriculum, a hotbutton issue for the past year.

$2.40 Base fee for Uber and Lyft in Las Vegas. In Los Angeles, Lyft’s base fee is 80 cents. In Chicago, Uber charges a base fare of $1.70.


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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.

Hillary Clinton (D)


Zoltan Istvan

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The Democratic frontrunner won the endorsement of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Still, the Culinary Union and Service Employees International Union have held back, perhaps waiting to see whether Vice President Joe Biden will run.

After a speech at a wireless industry trade conference, the founder of the Transhumanist Party drew headlines from national media outlets. Istvan’s political agenda includes doing “everything possible” to enable scientists to overcome death and aging within 15 to 20 years.

Several prominent local supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, including former Gov. Bob List, ruled out endorsing Trump instead. But does that really hurt Trump? After all, he’s done well so far — without their support.

The union-busting Wisconsin governor became the second major Republican to drop out of the race. Despite strong support in his home state, Walker faltered in debates and flubbed foreign policy questions. For more, see page 20.

The retired neurosurgeon drew fire from Sen. Harry Reid after Carson said he wouldn’t support a Muslim as president. During a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery honoring a Muslim-American soldier who died in the Iraq War, Reid said it was Carson who should not serve in the White House.




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The number of Nevada kindergartners with no health insurance dropped by 40 percent from 2013 to 2014, a UNLV study found. A growing number of children enrolled in Nevada Medicaid contributed to the decline.

A recent study found that despite eating the same amount of food and doing the same amount of exercise, it’s harder for millennials to lose weight than it was for their parents at the same age. Researchers say lifestyle (eating later, giving birth at an older age) and environmental factors (chemicals, pollutants) may play a role.

Share of Southern Nevada homes that lost value over the past year, compared with 27.9 percent nationally, according to Zillow.

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Red vs. blue, north vs. south The UNLV football team will travel to Reno to face UNR in the Fremont Cannon rivalry game. UNR has dominated the series in recent years, winning nine of the past 10 contests, but the Rebels appear to be headed in the right direction with first-year coach Tony Sanchez. UNR is a minus-10 betting favorite. For more, see page 34.



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Price per unit investors paid to buy Vantage Lofts in Henderson, more than four times the average rate landlords have paid this year for Southern Nevada rental properties.

To take part in one of Richard Barker’s hypnosis shows, volunteers must be 14 years or older, like to have fun and relax, understand English, and be free of illness, injuries or ailments.

Barker responds to common concerns about hypnosis. Hypnosis begins well before a show starts, Barker said. “Eighty percent of the hypnosis is done before the show,” he said. While audiences wait for the performance to begin, Barker plays a prerecorded track announcing the show is about to start. But the track also includes embedded commands — suggestions to buy his merchandise or post on social media — to start conditioning the audience. Barker already is trying to encourage small acts of compliance from the audience before he steps on stage.











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Before someone emerges from hypnosis, the hypnotist will talk him or her through how it will feel. Barker introduces a posthypnotic suggestion for volunteers, such as saying a silly phrase or performing a You can’t be silly action. hypnotized. Then, on the “Each one of us goes count of five, into hypnosis every day. he snaps We fall asleep every day. them out of Have you ever been fixated hypnosis. on the TV so much that you can’t hear someone talking to you? That’s a trance.”



Richard Barker is “the Incredible Hypnotist.” His name shimmers on marquees of old movie theaters, fairgrounds and cruise lines. “I love my own name being in lights,” Barker said. Based in Orlando, Fla., Barker performs all over the world and has been teaching stage hypnosis for 14 years. He started his career in the British Army, serving for seven years with the Royal Green BARKER Jackets, then became a bobby patrolling the streets of Kent, where he was raised. He was promoted to detective but grew frustrated with suspects who refused to answer his questions. So he studied neurolinguistic programming, a communication approach concerned with patterns and thoughts, to get suspects to talk. “I honed my (hypnosis) skills through my police work,” Barker said. “If you can get into the mind of a criminal, you can get that ‘right to remain silent’ into them singing like a bird.” Barker eventually started doing hypnosis on the side, then turned it into a full-time gig. He recently met at the Orleans with 12 students who traveled from across the United States, Canada and New Zealand to share with them the art of stage hypnosis. Here’s some of what they learned.



5 During trances, the hypnotist asks his subjects to start doing simple tasks, eventually moving to more complex ones. For a stage show, Barker might suggest volunteers show what it feels like to be hot or cold or do exercises. He rotates between simple group activities and more complex individual ones to make sure no one gets too tired. Barker repeats commands three times before asking a subject to do something, and he phrases instructions three ways to make sure people understand.


NO SIS Hypnosis is fake. “I never use stooges. If I spot you faking it, you’ll leave the stage.”




During the pre-talk, the hypnotist outline what will happen during the show. He addresses misconceptions and tries to ease any fears people might have about hypnosis. The goal is to get “complete and ultimate compliance,” Barker said. There are important safety considerations the hypnotist should address during the pre-talk, such as ensuring people aren’t chewing gum and don’t have dangerous objects in their pockets. The hypnotist also should inform the audience members their hypnotic experience will leave when they leave the auditorium. The hypnotist then will ask for Hypnosis volunteers. Barker typically is magic. instructs audience members “Harry Potter is to run to the stage as not going to come quickly as they can. That on stage and way he ensures he gets zap you into only volunteers who truly hypnosis.” want to be hypnotized.



Doc Stevens, of Detroit, conducts a hypnosis session during a stage-hypnosis training seminar at the Orleans. (CHRISTOPHER DEVARGAS/STAFF)





Barker compared hypnotism to playing roulette. He said he never would suggest anything dangerous but acknowledged there could be some unpredictability with hypnosis. Some people can experience an “ab reaction,” or abnormal reaction, to a common suggestion. One time, Barker said, he suggested a volunteer imagine relaxing on a beach, and she became terrified. He later found out she had seen a friend get attacked by a shark and was frightened of beaches. “It does happen,” Barker said. “It’s just a numbers game. You hit that raw nerve, and there it is.” There are other rules, too. Hypnotists shouldn’t do shows in the rain because someone could slip and fall. And shows shouldn’t be performed outdoors in lightning or thunder.




At this point, the hypnotist plays peaceful, mellow music. His goal is to make sure people are relaxed and following his commands. The first step of induction is fixating on an object. Though the classic image is a hypnotist swinging Hypnosis a pendulum, most will make you hypnotists wear a ring, do things you don’t carry a pocket watch want to do and reveal or choose an object your secrets. nearby to have people “I’m not going to make stare at. Indoors, it you do anything you could be a lamp or an wouldn’t ordinarily exit sign. Outdoors, it do.” might be the top of a pole or a tree. The hypnotist instructs the person to breathe in and out, saying every sound and action will help him or her relax. Noises add to the sensation. Once the subject has begun to relax, the hypnotist performs a pattern interrupt, getting the person to obey a command before returning to a state of

The hypnotist might use deepeners to put the person even further in a trance. Deepeners are routines that convince people to fall into a deeper hypnotic sleep. Common deepeners are imaginary sleep dust, sleep guns with sleep bullets, sleep arrows and sleep boomerangs. Deepeners can be good for subjects in a stage show because it gives them a chance to rest. “You’ve got to be really nice to your volunteers,” Barker said. “You need to show you care, because they’re sharing their personalities with you.” Fractionation, on the other hand, occurs when a hypnotist repeats a routine in a pattern to get the person to sink deeper and deeper into hypnosis. One way to do it is to have the person open then close his or her eyes repeatedly to sink deeper back into sleep.

relaxation. Barker said he typically prefaces the command by saying, “In a moment, but not yet, I will ask you to open your eyes.” He often says it multiple times before actually performing the pattern interrupt. “One, two and three,” Barker says, snapping on three. “Open your eyes.” The goal is to make sure the hypnotist has closed off the person’s critical mind and is going straight into the subconscious. Next the hypnotist says, “The more you try to open your eyes, the more you fail. And the more you fail, the more you try again” — this is known as the eye lock. Barker said this step helps the hypnotist determine whether the subject is obeying. Another way Barker tests his subjects is with an introduction. If the person reaches out to shake Barker’s hand before Barker reaches out to shake the subject’s, he knows the person is not under.

Master hypnotist Richard Barker demonstrates the proper way to interact with volunteers during a stage-hypnosis training seminar at the Orleans. (CHRISTOPHER DEVARGAS/STAFF)


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ourteen years sober from drugs, Lin Michaels was written two prescriptions for narcotic painkillers by her doctor: one for hydrocodone, another for methadone. ¶ She was in pain. It was the mid-2000s, and she’d been hit by a car traveling 50 miles an hour. She suffered extensive nerve damage and had metal stitched throughout her spine, chest and back. ¶ Michaels had reservations about filling the prescription but followed her doctor’s orders. He was the one with the white coat, the stethoscope, the medical degree. ¶ “He’s a doctor,” Michaels said. “I’m trusting him.”

Michaels grew up in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of an alcoholic father and an enabling mother. She started partying on cocaine and acid at 19. At 32, she realized she didn’t want that life anymore. She divorced her first husband, whom she called her “drug buddy,” and moved to Georgia where she stayed clean — until the car crash. That’s when the doctor put her on Lortab — a mixture of acetaminophen and hydrocodone — and methadone. She liked the Lortab better because it got her high. The methadone made it hard for her to function. Michaels doesn’t remember whether either actually managed her pain. When the Lortab stopped getting her high, she switched exclusively to methadone. Like heroin, prescription narcotics, including Percocet, OxyContin and Vicodin, are opiates, derived from a natural byproduct of the poppy plant, which also can be manufactured in a lab. When ingested, opiates can relieve pain and produce a sense of euphoria. Like heroin, they also can be highly addictive. Michaels tried to stop using the drugs on her

own. She got rid of the methadone multiple times, but she always found a way to get a new bottle. “It’s this horrible game you play with yourself,” Michaels said. After eight years on methadone, Michaels­, who had moved to Nevada, woke up next to a police cruiser and ambulance. She had driven to the school she was attending and blacked out. She went to an acute detox facility for three days. Then her older brother showed up at her door, all the way from Alaska. “I open the door, and there’s my brother, a big tall blonde,” Michaels said. “It’s like, ‘Oh crap.’” It was then that Michaels broke down and surrendered. Her brother got her checked into a program at Solutions Recovery, and she stopped using Sept. 14, 2012. But, as Michaels will tell you, recovery is an ongoing process, and her brushes with prescription pills weren’t over. Two years into sobriety, she fractured her hand and needed surgery. Michaels told the surgeon she was a drug addict in recovery.

“He forced the script of Vicodin on me,” Michaels said. “He said, ‘You’re going to need this.” So she took the script home, where she would check in on it every so often, just to make sure it still was there. ••• Nevadans have long struggled with prescription drugs. Studies place Nevada in the top tier of states for the highest number of painkiller prescriptions written, the worst prescription painkiller abuse problems and the most deaths due to drug overdoses — the majority due to prescription drugs. Data from the state pharmacy board place Nevada second in the nation for number of prescriptions written for oxycodone, sold commercially as OxyContin and Percocet, and hydrocodone, sold as Lortab and Vicodin. Prescription painkiller use has been on the rise nationally over the past decade and a half, but there’s no consensus from experts on why the problem is worse in Nevada. Some say Las Vegas’ reputation as a party city and Nevada’s more liberal attitude toward drugs and alcohol may play a role. Others say states with a large rural population tend to have more severe pill problems. While prescription painkiller dependence often is lumped together with other types of drug abuse, “this epidemic has been caused and is fueled by legitimate prescribing,” said Andrew Kolodny, a scientist at Brandeis University who studies prescription pill abuse. Non-medical use of prescription painkillers has declined nationally, while painkiller overdose deaths have soared, Kolodny and his colleagues found. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers it an epidemic; 44 people in the United States die each day painkillers, Continued on page 14


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nevada is on the top 10 list percentage of the population

12 or older who abused

prescription pills in the past year (2010-11) #1 6.37% Oregon

#2 6% Colorado



#3 5.75% Washington 8.5-12.6

#4 5.73% Idaho 7.3-8.4

#5 5.68% Indiana


#6 5.66% Arizona


#7 5.62% Nevada


#8 5.61% Delaware 8.5-12.6

#9 5.55% Arkansas

#1 0 5.45% New Mexico



Kilograms of prescription painkillers sold per 10,000 people

Boom in the emergency room According to the DEA, these are top sources of non-medical prescription painkillers nationally:

paink i l l er s, from page 13

from overdoses of prescription painkillers. “It’s the well-meaning doctors who are underestimating how addictive these drugs are and are overestimating how helpful they are for chronic pain,” Kolodny said. ••• Doctors began focusing on quantifying and treating pain in the 1990s. The American Pain Society — which like many pain management organizations has received financial support from pharmaceutical companies — presented pain as a fifth vital sign that medical professionals should assess, as they would a patient’s temperature, pulse, respiratory rate and blood pressure. There began a growing acceptance in the medical community for treating long-term chronic pain with prescription narcotics, which previously had been used only to treat short-term pain or chronic cancer pain. The number of prescriptions written for painkillers skyrocketed as sales of the drugs increased by more than 300 percent from 1999 to 2011. Experts say that while the United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, Americans consume 80 percent of opioids and 99 percent of the hydrocodone produced. “There has been a proliferation of prescribing, and that’s not on the doctors,” said Kevin Quint, bureau chief of Nevada’s substance abuse prevention and treatment agency. “It just means that there has been more attention paid to people’s pain issues in recent years, and drugs are one of the remedies for it.”

57% Friends or relatives

18% Doctor shopping

5% Drug dealers

2% From the Internet

In most cases, prescription painkillers are obtained through an appropriate channel. A doctor sees a patient, writes a script, then the pharmacy fills it. But there are a number of ways the process can go awry. Patients can visit multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions. They can fake pain and fraudulently obtain prescriptions. They can swipe drugs from the medicine cabinet of a family or friend. They can take prescriptions not as prescribed. Doctors and addiction specialists say the roots of painkiller abuse fall largely along a demographic divide. For young people, pill habits typically begin with drugs sneaked from a parent’s medicine cabinet or with pills offered by a friend. For older people, addiction typically stems from a built-up tolerance to legally prescribed pain medication. ••• The reality is, obtaining prescription painkillers is fairly easy. A trip to a primary care physician for back pain? Prescription. A trip to the dentist to get your wisdom teeth removed? Prescription. Most of the time, doctors are just trying to do their job, helping patients with pain and abiding by the creed “do no harm.” Sometimes, patients get hooked accidentally. Other times, they lie and steal to feed their addiction. When prescriptions run out, many addicts try “doctor shopping” — going from doctor to doctor, collecting multiple prescriptions for the same drugs. Those with chronic pain repeat their symptoms to numerous providers. Those without legitimate pain

Emergency room visits involving non-medical use of narcotic pain relievers have almost tripled in the United States, jumping from about 145,000 in 2004 to 425,000 in 2010.

mimic symptoms. “I asked patients who were in treatment, ‘What did you tell your doctor to get what you wanted?’” said John Firestone, director of the Life Change Center, a treatment program in Sparks. “There were a lot of things, a lot of theatrics. Doctors don’t often have the wherewithall to outsmart a patient.” When doctors cut patients off, the next fix often is found on the street. A 30 mg tab of black market OxyContin sells for about $20 in Las Vegas, said John Martin, of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Drug dealers obtain the pills in many ways: through fraudulent prescriptions, forged prescriptions, pharmacy robberies or pill brokers who buy pills off patients. OxyContin, however, has become more expensive and more difficult to get on the street, likely because of stricter regulations and a reformulation that prevents it from being crushed, Martin said. A number of prescription drug users now are turning to black tar heroin, which sells for about $10 a balloon. In the 1960s, heroin was associated with young men living in urban centers. Today, the typical user is a suburban white man or woman who progressed from prescription drugs to heroin. “There has been such a stigma for many years with heroin — it’s such a dirty word — so some of the professionals and the elderly are like, ‘I would never use heroin,’” said Chris Gordon, admissions counselor at Solutions Recovery in Las Vegas. “But dependency is

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There were 14,861,946 prescriptions legally filled in Nevada between January 2010 and August 2013 That’s 1,071,677,298 pills


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More doctors means more pills Experts don’t know why Nevada has higher rates of prescription painkiller use than other states, and no study has been done to examine why some zip codes have more prescriptions than others. However, higher prescribing zip codes generally tend to have higher concentrations of doctors, not necessarily larger populations.

220,757,635 An t i -a n x i e t y p i lls 33,302 ,557 St i m u la n t p i lls Compared nationally for number of painkiller prescriptions written, Nevada ranks

48 ,291 ,92 2 S le e p i n g p i lls 25 ,527,989 ot h e r p i lls

2nd for hydrocodone 2nd for oxycodone 4th for methadone 7th for codeine

1 6,72 2 ,2 51 u n k n ow n p i lls Despite these numbers, prescription overdose deaths in Clark County have decreased over the past decade.


deaths in 2005


354 2007



Although there has been a significant drop in overdose deaths, local officials hope to see the numbers fall even further. In 1997, only 57 people died from prescription narcotics overdoses.


304 2009

301 2010


* Adjusted for population size

331 2012



Sources: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Final Report on the Reno Police Department’s Smart Policing Initiative to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Clark County Coroner’s Office

so insidious that if there’s no prescription, no opiates, and someone offers the heroin to them or they hear they can get it, they might do it.” For Ginger Paulsen, the transition from painkillers to heroin is a familiar story. Her daughter, Sabrina Paulsen, died of a drug overdose in 2009 at 24 years old. She was found with alcohol, Xanax, two prescription narcotics and heroin in her system. Paulsen said her daughter had no chronic pain or injuries. Yet police found prescriptions in her possession, all with her name on them. Each had been covered under the family’s insurance plan. The insurance company had sent a flag out to Paulsen’s doctors because of the large number of pain medications prescribed, but it was too late. The alert went out the day Sabrina died. ••• State officials are trying to ensure that narcotic painkillers are prescribed only to those who need them. A bill spearheaded by Gov. Brian Sandoval and First Lady Kathleen Sandoval passed the Nevada Legislature last session requiring doctors to check a state database that tracks narcotics prescriptions. The drug monitoring program has existed since 1997, but it is used only sporadically. Just 5,037 of the 9,150 prescribers authorized to distribute controlled substance in Nevada are registered, and only about 2,100 actively use the database. It is accessible by both doctors and pharmacists. “This bill says, ‘Hey, here’s this tool. There’s no reason not to use it,’” said Larry Pinson, executive secretary of the Nevada Board of Pharmacy, which oversees


the database. “It mandates that if a physician is going to initiate therapy with an opiate, then they have to access (the database) prior to that.” New York and Tennessee have required doctors to check drug monitoring databases since 2012. A year after the program took effect, the number of patients doctor shopping had dropped 75 percent in New York and 36 percent in Tennessee, Brandeis researchers found. Because faking pain or visiting multiple doctors is relatively easy, state officials say Nevada’s database will provide another level of screening for patients that may slip under a doctor’s radar. “The patient-doctor relationship is critically important,” said Dr. Tracey Green, Nevada’s chief medical officer. “It’s difficult to tell if there’s doctor shopping or abuse, and having the ability to look up (prescriptions)will help that.” Although many providers already have begun using the database, it will be required starting Oct. 1. “We use the database all the time,” said Dr. Devon Moore, an emergency room doctor at UMC. “If there’s a suspicion, even if there’s not a big suspicion, we’ll reference it because you can never tell.” Evaluating pain can be even more difficult in an emergency room, where doctors have limited time with each patient. Although he relies on the database, Moore called the bill a hindrance and worried that other bills could come down the pipeline and limit doctors’ ability to prescribe pain medicines. “Everyone’s not doing this for the wrong reasons,”

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Moore said. “Some people really need it.” State officials say they will monitor the rollout of the bill and receive quarterly reports to see what kind of an impact it makes on prescription drug practices in Nevada. ••• In the meantime, local providers are trying to cure Nevada from its prescription painkiller problem. Doctors are trying to help patients manage their pain. Treatment centers are trying to help addicts kick their dependency. And state officials are trying to educate the public, and doctors, about the dangers of narcotic pain pills. “It’s a constant life challenge with addiction and chronic panic,” Green said. “We have to make sure that we’re trying to improve the quality of people’s lives.” Six weeks after Michaels received her script for Vicodin for her hand injury, she called her brother. He was incredulous. “He said, ‘What are you doing?’ As drug addicts, we’re deceitful and manipulative,” Michaels said. “I ripped up the script.” Three years sober, Michaels, now 56, still has pain, but she doesn’t take any pain medications regularly — just Motrin when she needs it. She also works as a house manager at Solutions Recovery, in the home where she used to live. “In sobriety, you get the opportunity to re-create yourself,” Michaels said. “I admire places like this. They give us a chance to have a life. It’s such a privilege and what a sterling opportunity to give back like this.”


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The legalities The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has cracked down on prescription drug abuse in recent years. Part of the agency’s role is to monitor doctors who prescribe a significant amount of painkillers. When individual patient abuse is discovered, the agency typically works with prevention and treatment agencies, Assistant Special Agent in Charge John Martin said. Agents come down harder on people who sell prescription painkillers on the black market. “A patient might sell all their pills, or they might have a habit and sell half their pills,” Martin said. “Pill brokers are definitely a problem. People can make a lot of money selling their pills.” On Sept. 22, six people, including a Las Vegas man, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they sold lawfully-obtained prescription pills on the black market. Prosecutors accuse Las Vegas resident Dennis McPherson of working with a crew of about 40 to legally obtain oxycodone, then sell it on the streets out of state. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada also has prosecuted five doctors and one pharmacist since 2012 for unlawfully distributing prescription drugs, and more cases are under investigation, a spokeswoman said. The doctors are accused of selling drugs or knowingly writing or selling fraudulent prescriptions.

Constricted pupils and watery or

Sleep deprivation

droopy eyes

or nodding

how prescription painkillers affect the body

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When painkillers are used for an speech extended period, the body produces fewer neurotransmitters, decreasing its natural ability to relieve pain. That’s why some patients feel more pain while taking narcotic painkillers, a condition known as hyperalgesia. ¶ Painkillers also depress the brain and nerves, resulting Limbic in slower breathing, slurred system Opioids create a speech and slower reaction feeling of pleasure, times. ¶ As the body becomes relaxation and dependent on the drugs, contentment patients may feel withdrawal symptoms as soon as four to six hours after their last use.

Brain stem Opioids slow breathing, stop coughing and reduce pain

Constant flu-like symptoms

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Behavioral signs n Irritability, a negative attitude or personality changes n A new group of friends or hanging out in a new place n Forgetfulness or clumsiness

Nausea, vomiting or constipation

n Lying, skipping school or work, or avoiding eye contact n Losing interest in personal appearance and activities n Changes in appetite n Poor performance at work or school n Borrowing money or having extra money n Acting angry or abusive, or engaging in reckless behavior

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By Samantha Rea | Special to the sunday

yen Vu is a local bodyguard, tasked with looking after performers who fly in for events such as the Billboard Music Awards and Electric Daisy Carnival. ¶ She was born in Las Vegas and grew up taking martial arts classes and shooting guns in her backyard. ¶ Her clients include Tyson Beckford, Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars. How did you become a bodyguard?

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It’s not the sort of industry where you can go to an agency and say, “Hi, this is my resume. I want to be a bodyguard!” I just fell into it. I was introduced to a guy who needed drivers to pick up talent for the American Country Music Awards. When he found out I have a background in martial arts and firearms, he hired me to look after his clients. They come to Las Vegas for the awards shows, and now they request me personally. People think this industry is really hard to get into, and it is — unless you know somebody.

Are there any advantages to being a female bodyguard?

Who are your most famous clients? I’ve had one phenomenally famous client. I signed a nondisclosure agreement to keep his privacy, but I’ll give you a hint: He’s very popular with teens, and he’s a young man now in his twenties. At one point, his fans were known for having a particular kind of fever. Other well-known clients include Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed

This used to be a male-dominated industry; it still is, but female agents are a hot commodity now. As a woman, you blend in more. If you’re dressed normally, you can pass for a personal assistant. You don’t have the stereotypical physical build people associate with bodyguards. In the past, big guys were employed as visual deterrents, but times have changed and the industry is changing with it. It’s not just a man’s world anymore. A lot more women head up Fortune 500 companies, and women often prefer a female agent. There was a women’s volleyball competition recently. They requested female agents because they said, “We don’t need a guy walking around our locker area.” Then there are male clients who are more comfortable with female agents guarding their wives and children. It’s not just celebrities; company executives bring their families on business trips. So there’s a growing demand — but there aren’t enough female agents to meet it.

Uyen Vu throws a kick while training at the Ten Tigers martial arts studio. She works as a bodyguard and says her boyfriend of three years has asked if she has ever developed a crush on a celebrity client. “No,” she answers, “because I don’t just see them at their best; I see them when they’re lazy and dirty, too.” (L.E. Baskow/Staff)

What’s deterring more women from becoming bodyguards? It’s unknown territory for women. You’re the new kid on the block, and that can be very intimidating. Speaking from experience, there aren’t enough women out there to give you guidance or point you in the right direction. Those of us who are out there tend to be guarded with our contacts. We don’t share that information because it didn’t come to me easily; why am I going to give it to someone else easily? You’re guarding your income, basically.

Do you ever have to say no to clients? A lot of celebrities are used to being told yes to everything, but you need to know when to say no. Some agents think: “I’m going to say

yes to my client no matter what,” because they think that’s expected of them. They’re afraid of losing the client. I tell my clients, “There are times when someone has got to say no, and I’ll be that person. I’m not questioning your authority, but you’re paying me to do a job. I have to make decisions that I feel are best for me to carry out my job.” If that means denying their requests, I’ll do it.

What sorts of things have you had to say no to? If we’re driving back from rehearsals and my client wants to open the window and greet fans, there have been times when I’ve said, “That’s not possible.” The fans will turn into a frenzied mob, and while the client wants to do something well-meaning, they’re jeopardizing their safety. The fans aren’t malicious, but

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“That’s how I like ’em!” I’ve driven one frontman of a rock band, and he was the nicest, most downto-earth musician I’ve dealt with, very gracious and gentlemanly. He asked if I would like to go to dinner with him, and the fan in me was like: “I would love to!” But I had to say no. I said, “I am honored and flattered that you offered me a dinner invitation. Maybe another time, when I’m not working for you. While I’m working for you, I’d like to stay professional.” And he said, “I respect that.”

Do you carry a gun, and have you had to use it? Most of the time, when I’m out on a job, I carry a firearm concealed underneath my clothing. I’ve never had to use it, and I think that comes down to how you carry yourself. If you communicate effectively, there’s no need to pull out a weapon. I feel that the minute you draw your weapon, you’ve failed in several steps along the way. To me, drawing a weapon is a last resort, and it shows you’ve failed to control the situation.

Would you take a bullet for a client? Have you had to use your martial arts skills? I use martial arts every day, and people don’t realize it. Martial arts teaches me how to be aware of people, how to read their body language and their movements. When I’m on a job, I use martial arts to look for possible trouble. Say we’re in a club and people are getting rowdy four tables over. It’s my job to assess whether that could turn into a situation. Part of my training is to be aware of my surroundings, to assess the situation and to decide if we stay where we are or move to another spot.

they get excited. It’s not a controlled environment, so it opens up the opportunity for things to go wrong. Once I was driving a famous singer, and he rolled down the window to wave. The mob grabbed his arm, and we had to stop the vehicle. They wouldn’t let go, so he opened the door, thinking if he didn’t get out, he’d lose his arm. That created more frenzy. That’s the worst nightmare for us. I need to get the client out immediately. It got so crazy, he lost half his shirt and a fan got a hold of his watch.

the entourage or on the security team who’ve wondered if I’m capable. Then I demonstrate my martial arts or we go to the gym or we go shooting, and they see I have valid skills. I had an interview with a client in the jewelry industry. He wanted someone to protect him if things went bad. When I told him about my martial arts background, he pitted me against a guy on his team and said, “OK, let’s see how you handle yourself.” I showcased my skills, and it put the client’s mind at ease.

Do people underestimate your ability as a bodyguard because you’re a woman?

Do clients ever hit on you?

I haven’t had too many issues. It boils down to how you carry yourself and whether you demand a presence. There have been a few people in

I see it all the time, celebrities sleeping with their staffers. Clients in a certain industry are used to being told yes to everything, and they lose reality of what’s acceptable. Then there are people working in the

industry who view the situation as an opportunity to make more money. It takes two. It takes one person to say no and the other person to respect that. But it’s hard to walk away from these people. Staffers wonder: “If I turn them down, will this be my last chance to work in this industry? This person is so popular and famous, they make one call and I’ll never work again.” This isn’t my only source of income, so it’s no loss to me; I can move on. It comes down to self-pride, too. I have a lot, so I’m adamant about boundaries. Clients try to flirt with me, but I make a joke or act like I didn’t hear it. I still have to work with them, so the last thing I want is for them to feel uncomfortable. One client asked me if I stand out when I visit Vietnam, which is where my family is from. I said yes — my body is a lot thicker. He said,

I don’t know about taking a bullet, but I’d buy them a burger! I was looking after a band who performed at the Billboard Music Awards. It was their first time in Las Vegas, and they wanted to go to In-N-Out Burger. We get there at 11:50 p.m., but the lady at the counter says they’re closed; the kitchen is getting cleaned and the grill is broken down. I said, “These guys just won an award. Can you make an exception?” She gave us some fries but no burgers. I said, “Guys, I’m gonna make this happen for you.” I went to a customer at the drive-thru and paid him $100 for his burgers. I went back to the guys, and they said, “You just got freakin’ robbed! You’re amazing!” Then one notices there isn’t a burger for me. So he goes to the drive-thru and pays someone $40 so I can have a burger with them.

Do you ever get starstruck? No. Sometimes I don’t even know who they are. After I’ve worked with them, I Google them. It’s funny because you see these people in a movie or music video, and you think back to when you were working with them, and you think, “Yeah, that’s typical. He always joked around.” I once worked for Tyson Beckford at a race event, and when I see him on “America’s Next Top Model,” I’m like, “I know that guy, and he sucks on the race track!” So you have your own little window to a world that not everybody else gets to see.


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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, then a Republican presidential candidate, speaks Sept. 14 during a town-hall meeting at the Xtreme Manufacturing warehouse. Walker proposed restrictions on federal labor unions and the elimination of the National Labor Relations Board. He has since dropped out of the race. (STEVE MARCUS/staff)

Hard labor for Republican hopefuls GOP candidates for president take different tacks to win over unions By Kyle Roerink staff writer

What do you do with a problem like a union? Organized labor poses a dilemma for the GOP: Do Republicans play against unions to gain support from conservatives, like Ronald Reagan did in 1981 when he fired more than 11,000 striking air traffic controllers? Or do they try to sweet-talk union members, also like Reagan, who peeled off blue-collar voters on social issues? Real estate mogul Donald Trump and former candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have taken two very different approaches — with two very different results, both in Nevada and nationally. Walker, who dropped out of the race Sept. 21, was the loudest union critic in the presidential field. He used a recent trip to Las Vegas, one of the nation’s remaining union strongholds, to unveil a plan that would have eliminated federal employee unions and the board that

enforces federal labor laws. Walker’s campaign strategy made sense on paper: Cast unions as a foil in his appeal to conservative Republican voters. It worked for him in Wisconsin —well enough to win election as governor there twice, as well as to beat back a recall effort. But, it failed to pay off nationally. In fact, it may have even backfired. When Walker was asked how we would handle Islamic terrorism as president, he pointed to his battles with labor, saying, “If I could take on a hundred-thousand protesters, I could do the same across the world.” As The Washington Post asked last week, “Did Scott Walker bow out because people don’t hate unions as much as he thought?” (Yes.) So what’s a Republican candidate to do? Some, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose tussles with teachers unions in his state rival anything on “Boardwalk Empire,” and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who backed anti-union laws similar to the ones touted by Walker, may be tempted to pick up the baton from Walker. But another tactic may come from an actual union member. Thanks to numerous movie cameos, Trump

carries a Screen Actors Guild card. Guess which Republican president wasn’t just a SAG member, but its leader? It was Reagan. Instead of beating up on industrial labor, Trump plays to blue-collar union members on issues like immigration restrictions, protectionist tariffs on foreign goods and opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. There’s also no candidate in the race who currently matches Trump’s appeal to the hard-hat crowd. So could 2016 be the year that Reagan Democrats become Trump Republicans? Not so fast. The mogul is fighting a unionization drive at the Las Vegas hotel that bears his name. All of this leaves the door open for perhaps another Republican candidate to synthesize the various GOP positions. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s father was a Culinary Union member, and Rubio has signaled empathy for organized labor. In his book, “An American Son,” Rubio praised a 1984 strike by Culinary. “The strike became my new obsession,” Rubio wrote. “I never grasped all the issues involved but understood generally that the strikers were just asking to be treated fairly.”


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Don’t freak out over pot delay By Jackie Valley staff writer

Have you been waiting months for the state to approve your application for a medical marijuana card? Good news. The state says by Oct. 1, it will be well on its way to clearing a backlog that has affected as many as 560 applicants across the state. “It’s going to get nothing but better as we regroup and plan for the future,” said Pam Graber, of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program. “We found ourselves with (an unusually) high volume of applications, but we are catching up.” Starting in late spring, the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program received a rush of applications, which Graber attributed to the opening of a brick-andmortar dispensary in Northern Nevada. The Las Vegas area’s only dispensary, Euphoria Wellness, opened Aug. 26. Two dispensaries operate in Washquestions? oe County. People encountering The convenience of dispensaproblems can visit the ries, which allow patients to buy program website at marijuana instead of growing it or call themselves, spurred demand for 775-687-7594. the cards. “Plus, it’s really good David Cobbett was one of the first customers to purchase marijuana on opening day of Eurphoria quality product, grown and laboraWellness, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas. (Christopher DeVargas/staff) tory-tested for its medicinal qualities,” Graber said. The state medical marijuana regisThe cardholders try grew 25 percent over the past eight months, from 8,055 cardholders at the end of 2014 to 10,119 by Aug. 31. Staff couldn’t keep up with the flood of applications, so the approval process was takWashoe ing twice as long as the normal 30-day County turnaround, Graber said. where they live To ease the burden, the office hired temporary workers. But the backlog has frustrated patients and their caregivers. Cindy Koch, 57, applied for a mediclark rest of the state cal marijuana card July 24 to help with County myriad health issues, including carpal tunnel syndrome, a bulging disc in her neck and fibromyalgia. After six weeks, she contacted program officials for an update, but her call went to an automated-messaging system that indicated the office was overwhelmed by applications. Koch didn’t know how long she would have to wait for her application to be approved. “No one’s giving you all the information,” she said. “You’re just getting bits and pieces.” A week later, a letter of approval arrived, giving Koch the green light to head Medical condition AGE to a Department of Motor Vehicles office to pick up her medical marijuana card. “Patience is huge,” Graber said. Source: Nevada Medical Marijuana Program August report


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ased on the announcement that George Strait will be the first entertainer to play at Las Vegas Arena, with shows set for April 22-23 and Sept. 9-10, there was a strong feeling that Floyd Mayweather indeed would fight next spring at the arena during its opening phase. Too many components are adding up to make that an inescapable likelihood: Mayweather’s opportunity to run his record to 50-0, the possibility of opening a fancy new arena in his hometown and the opportunity to push his career earnings even closer to $1 billion. (He’s at $700 million now.) A rematch with Manny Pacquiao is the most-discussed bout, as Pacquiao would generate a healthy payday. Even half of the $200 million combined guaranteed purses, the $400 million pay-per-view take and live gate receipts of $74 million they earned for their last fight would be an enormous financial boon. By spring, most fight fans also will have forgotten the disappointment of the first fight, when Pacquiao fought with an injured shoulder and threw half as many punches as he usually unloads. When we last saw Pac Man, he had posted a video on Instagram of himself

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FOUR GYNECOLOGIC CANCERS TO WATCH FOR Gynecologic cancer is a broad term that refers to cancers in the female reproductive system. Thousands of women are diagnosed with these cancers every year, but in many cases the cancers can be successfully treated and even prevented. ¶ “Regular screenings, vaccinations and widespread awareness can help lower gynecologic cancer rates and save women’s lives,” said Dr. Lynn Kowalski, M.D., FACOG, FACS, medical director of the Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery at MountainView Hospital.


Depending on the type and stage of gynecologic cancer, surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy may be necessary. “My biggest suggestion for patients who have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer is to see a gynecologic oncologist, not simply a medical oncologist. Seeing a specialist can help improve outcomes greatly,” Kowalski said.

UTERINE There are two well-known types of uterine cancer. Endometrial cancer, the more common, is cancer of the uterine lining, while uterine sarcoma, the rarer of the two, develops in the muscular wall of the uterus. SYMPTOMS The most telling symptom is abnormal bleeding, particularly postmenopausal bleeding. “When a woman is experiencing bleeding post-menopause, we have to assume it’s cancer until proven otherwise,” Kowalski said. Other symptoms can include pelvic pain and/or abnormal vaginal discharge.

DETECTION A biopsy of the uterine lining is required to detect endometrial cancer. It sometimes can be done in a doctor’s office, or it may require dialation and curettage (D&C), which is performed in an operating room. D&C is a procedure to remove uterine tissue.

RISK FACTORS Obesity, high blood pressure and/or genetics can be risk factors. “In recent years, we’ve been seeing a spike in younger women being diagnosed with uterine cancer due to obesity,” Kowalski said.



OVARIAN Ovarian cancer is fairly uncommon but is the most deadly of all gynecologic cancers. SYMPTOMS Ovarian cancer typically causes vague, nonspecific symptoms such as bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, or a lump or mass in the pelvis or abdomen. Because symptoms are hard to pinpoint, it can lead to a delay in diagnosis.

DETECTION Suspicion of ovarian cancer typically is raised because of findings on a CT scan or an ultrasound. A diagnosis can be proven only with a biopsy of ovarian tissue.

RISK FACTORS Some ovarian cancers are linked to a genetic mutation in the BRCA 1 gene or BRCA 2 gene. BRCA 1 and 2 also are linked to breast cancer, as well as melanoma and pancreatic cancer. Other risk factors can be a family history of endometriosis or taking hormone replacement therapy.

UTERUS When should I get a Pap smear? Women should begin Pap smear screenings at age 21 and have one done every 1-3 years after, depending on risk factors.





CERVICAL The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects the uterus to the vaginal walls. SYMPTOMS Most cervical cancers are detected by an abnormal Pap smear, but bleeding, especially after intercourse, and/or abnormal discharge, also may indicate a problem.

DETECTION During Pap smears, cells are scraped from the opening of the cervix and examined for indications of precancer or cancer. An abnormal Pap smear indicates the need for a cervical biopsy. A visible mass on the cervix also may be biopsied, without the need for a Pap smear first.

RISK FACTORS Cervical cancer almost always is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Women who are carriers of high-risk strains are at greater risk. Smokers also are nearly twice as likely to develop cervical cancer compared with nonsmokers. Other important risk factors include immunosuppressive disorders such as HIV, being a transplant patient or having lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, the American Cancer Society reports that women younger than 17 during their first full-term pregnancy are almost twice as likely to develop cervical cancer later in life than women who have children at 25 years old or older.

PREVENTION As with any cancer, limiting lifestyle risk factors is very important. Not smoking or using tobacco products, maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise and being regular about checkups and Pap smears all can help reduce cancer risk. One of the most important actions anyone can take to limit his or her cancer risk is be vaccinated for HPV.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HPV VACCINE Because cervical cancer and some vulvar cancers are caused by HPV, the HPV vaccine often is misunderstood as a woman’s preventative measure, but both sexes should be vaccinated. HPV also can cause head and neck cancers, anal cancer and penile cancer. Furthermore, men can be carriers of HPV and spread the virus among their sexual partners. “As with any vaccine, there is a herd effect, so the more people vaccinated, the better,” Kowalski said. “The HPV vaccine can prevent hundreds of thousands of cancers.” It’s recommended that all children be vaccinated between the ages of 9-12 and before having any sexual contact.

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Vulvar cancer is cancer of the vulva, which is the outer part of the vagina and includes the vaginal opening, the labia majora (the outer lips of the vagina), the labia minora (the inner lips of the vagina) and the clitoris. SYMPTOMS Vulvar cancer is similar to skin cancer; there are many variations that may be cancerous, precancerous or something else entirely. Possible symptoms of vulvar cancer can include a mass, wart-like lumps, open sores, bleeding, itching and/or pain.

RISK FACTORS HPV, age and smoking all are possible risk factors.

DETECTION Biopsies are needed to diagnose vulvar cancer.


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spicy tuna bowl Recipe provided by bonefish grill at town square las vegas


6 oz tuna sashimi block

/4 cup carrots, thinly sliced


3 oz fruit salsa (see recipe)

4 sprigs cilantro

Crispy wontons or fried onions for garnish

1 avocado, quartered

Soy sauce or chile garlic sauce for serving

1. Boil 1 3/4 cups of water with a heavy pinch of salt. Add rice, stir and wait until the water comes back to a full boil. When it does, turn the heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. 2. Mix black and white sesame seeds. Season the tuna with salt and black pepper, then dredge it in the sesame seeds. 2. Heat olive oil in a pan to mediumhigh, then lightly sear the tuna sashimi (about one minute per side). 3. Slice the tuna, place it over rice and fan the avocado slices out next to tuna. 4. Pour fruit salsa over the tuna. 5. Garnish with carrot slices, sprigs of cilantro and crispy wontons or fried onions.

2 tbsp white sesame seeds

1 tbsp black sesame seeds

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cups pineapple, chopped

1 tbsp jalape単o, finely diced

1 /2 cup red pepper, finely diced

1 /4 cup red onion, chopped

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp brown sugar

Cilantro, to taste

Salt and pepper to taste


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1 cup basmati rice

to make fruit salsa

Salt and black pepper

6. Serve with soy sauce or chile garlic sauce.

directions 1. Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly.

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make your next move easier by MJ STEVENS | SPECIAL TO THE SUNDAY

Nobody likes to move. Stuff can go missing, backs can take a beating and nerves can be tested. ¶ But moving doesn’t have to be a painful process. A little planning and a couple of easy hacks can make moving a breeze. Here are some suggestions to try.

To move hanging clothes ... Slide garbage bags over the clothes hanging in your closet. Cinch and secure the garbage bags around the necks of the hangers. When you arrive at your new place, simply hang the clothes up and remove the garbage bags.

To stay organized ...

To move dishes ... Stack breakable plates between Styrofoam plates to keep your china from breaking.

To avoid messes ...


Cover bottles of liquid — toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. — with a small piece of plastic wrap to avoid spills. Remove the top, cover the opening in a layer of plastic wrap, then screw the top back on. For makeup compacts, stuff with a cotton ball to protect cosmetics from cracking and spilling.

Label moving boxes on their sides rather than their tops so you can see the labels when the boxes are stacked. Color code boxes by room using duct tape, markers or stickers for easy unpacking.

To pack double duty ... Wrap bowls, cups, mugs and other fragile items in T-shirts. You won’t have to pay for bubble wrap, you’ll pack multiple items at once, and your dishes and glassware won’t get dirty, as they would in newspaper.

To pack jewelry ... Use eggs cartons to pack and move earrings, rings and other small baubles. Just be sure to tape the crates shut. Use toilet paper rolls for bracelets and necklaces. String each through the inside of the roll, then clasp on the outside of the roll.

To carry boxes more easily ... For boxes without handles, make your own for easier lifting. Cut small rectangles from two sides of each box to create strong handles.

To move drawers ... For drawers that hold relatively light items, wrap the entire drawer, with everything in it, in heavy-duty plastic wrap, available at moving supply and hardware stores. Better yet, if the dresser and its contents both are light and not fragile, wrap the entire piece of furniture intact. Steer clear of this method on heavier items, though. They may rip the plastic.

To set up electronics easily ... Take photos of the backs of your television, computer and other electronics before disconnecting them. Use the photos as a guide for how to configure the devices when you reconnect them in your new home.

To keep doors open ... Wrap a rubber band around an inside doorknob, then cross the rubber band by twisting it once and wrap it around the outside doorknob to block the door’s locking mechanism. This will prevent you from getting locked out, and you won’t need to fiddle trying to twist doorknobs while carrying a load.


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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.

Finn (A860027)

Cafu (A859702)



Breed: Pit bull terrier Age: 2-year-old male Description: Finn is a friendly and social guy who loves being petted. Give him a treat or toy, and he’ll be happy. Adoption fee: $105

Breed: Chihuahua Age: 6-year-old neutered male Description: Cafu is a lovable boy who enjoys walks, affection and snuggling. Adoption fee: $155

Breed: Mediumhair tuxedo Age: 5-month-old neutered male Description: Dwayne craves love and attention. Despite being abused, he still believes in human kindness. Adoption fee: $70

Breed: Domestic shorthair Age: 7-month-old spayed female Description: Evelyn makes chirping noises when she wants your undivided attention. She enjoys the company of other cats, too. Adoption fee: $50

Harley (A859698)

Mittens (A861602)



Breed: Pit bull Age: 5-year-old neutered male Description: Harley is a large dog, but he’s calm and sweet. He can’t wait to meet his new best friend. Adoption fee: $105

Breed: Domestic shorthair Age: 2-year-old female Description: Mittens is a friendly and social girl waiting for a new best friend. Adoption fee: $25

Breed: Mediumhair tabby Age: 2-year-old neutered male Description: Otis likes cuddling closely at your side as he builds trust with you. He is terrific with other cats too. Adoption fee: $40

Breed: Jack Russell terrier mix Age: 11-year-old neutered male Description: Toto is good-natured and well-behaved. He gets along well on three legs. He lost his left hind leg years ago to an unknown trauma. Adoption fee: $25

Charlie (A861717)

Momo (A859420)



Breed: Domestic shorthair Age: 14-week-old male Description: Charlie’s big personality comes in a small package. He is friendly and feisty. Adoption fee: $25

Breed: Domestic shorthair Age: 4-year-old spayed female Description: Momo can be shy, but she’s sweet once she warms up to you. Adoption fee: $25

Breed: Terrier and toy mix Age: 5-year-old neutered male Description: Carson needs someone to love. He is housetrained and compatible with cats and dogs. Carson bonds especially well with women. Adoption fee: $50

Breed: Boxer Age: 1-year-old neutered male Description: Napoleon loves playing in water. A wading pool would give him endless hours of fun. Adoption fee: $75

Animal foundation 702-384-3333 x131 | Animals are assigned a color next to their names indicating location: 655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson

Nevada SPCA 4800 W. Dewey Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89118 702-873-SPCA |


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Southern nevadans who chose reno over Las vegas Hasaan Henderson wasn’t the first Las Vegas-area high school football player to head to Northern Nevada to play at UNR ­— and he surely won’t be the last, considering the THE FREMONT success locals continue to have with the Wolf Pack. One CANNON GAME of the best players in UNR program history, running back The Fremont Cannon game takes place Frank Hawkins, is a Las Vegas native and a product of almost two months before college football’s Western High School. Hawkins, a College Football Hall of traditional rivalry week. But this might be the last Fame inductee, was a three-time first-team All-American year Nevada’s pre-eminent football feud is separated with the Wolf Pack from 1978 to 1980. He set the NCAA record with 21 consecutive games of more than 100 from similar matchups across the country. UNLV vs. UNR rushing yards, finishing his career with 5,333 yards. At is expected to move permanently to the end of the regular the time, that was third-best in NCAA history. Hawkins season in 2016. The Mountain West Conference previously played seven seasons in the NFL and in 1984 won the didn’t let members ask for specific dates for league games. Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Raiders. Linebacker That changed this summer when the conference passed a DeShone Myles, a Cheyenne High graduate, is part of measure allowing each school to request one date per season. UNR’s Team of the Century, finishing his career as its Both UNLV and UNR agreed their series should revert to last all-time leader in tackles with 528. He was the 1996 year’s scheduling and fall annually on Thanksgiving weekend. Big West Defensive Player of the Year and owns four of UNR’s top six single-season records in tackles. IF YOU GO He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle SeKickoff: 4 p.m. at Mackay Stadium, Reno ahawks. Brandon Marshall, who is one of the NFL’s Television: Online stream via Mountain West top linebackers with the Denver Broncos, was a Network by Campus Insiders four-year starter at UNR through the 2011 season. He led the Wolf Pack with 102 tackles in 2011. Series History: UNR leads 24-16 — Ray Brewer Betting line (subject to change):

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The Fremont Cannon is the largest and most expensive rivalry trophy in college football. UNLV won it in 2013, but last year it was returned to Reno. (STAFF FILE)

one who got away

UNR’s Hasaan Henderson could have been a Rebel. This week, he will play against his hometown team for the first time.


By Taylor Bern | Staff Writer

common complaint throughout UNLV’s history of football struggle has been the school’s inability to keep more of the city’s players in town. There’s talent here, now more than ever, yet the majority of our first-, second- and even third-tier players look elsewhere to continue their careers. And when those players get their chance, they often go off for big games against the Rebels. Arizona’s Anu Solomon, a Bishop Gorman High graduate, passed for 425 yards and four touchdowns in his collegiate debut against UNLV last season. Air Force’s Jacobi Owens, a Centennial High graduate, scored a touchdown and ran for 138 yards, his career high against Division I competition, in last year’s Falcons win. And San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey, a Canyon Springs High grad, has averaged 7.3 yards per attempt with five touchdowns in two games against the Rebels. Now, it’s Hasaan Henderson’s turn. A two-time all-state quarterback and shooting guard for Las Vegas High, Henderson now is a redshirt junior and UNR’s leading receiver through three games. It’s the home game next weekend, though, that will have Henderson and the Wolf Pack most amped up. Henderson was a reserve who didn’t see the field two years ago and was injured last year, so his first Battle for the Fremont Cannon will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 3. And as a Las Vegas kid who was more a fan of the Wolf Pack, he can’t wait to make his rivalry debut. “This game always brings out the best in everybody’s focus,” Henderson said. “The intensity switch is going to hit, and you’ll see the determination to keep the cannon.”

At Las Vegas High, Henderson ran a pistol offense. When his cousin told him to check out a guy named Colin Kaepernick running something similar up in Reno, Henderson started following the Wolf Pack more closely. Both in-state schools recruited him hard, and while position was a factor — UNR said he could play quarterback, UNLV did not — when it came down to decision time, Henderson knew he wanted to get out of town. “That was definitely a part of it,” Henderson said. “It felt like more of a family place when I came up here. My whole family fell in love with the area.” A second injury to Henderson’s throwing shoulder brought a position change before his career really started at UNR. After first learning tight end and then receiver on the fly, the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder turned himself into one of the best targets in the Mountain West. His touchdown catch against Texas A&M was one of the top college football plays of the season, because Henderson had a defender draped over him, to the point it didn’t appear Henderson could see the ball. “The only time I didn’t see it was when he actually pushed me,” said Henderson, who fought through a pass interference penalty on the play. Entering a game against Buffalo, Henderson ranked third in the league in receptions per game and fifth in receiving yards per game, the latter right behind UNLV’s Devonte Boyd, a Basic High grad. Boyd is the top local product on the Rebels’ roster. He likely would have headed elsewhere too but faced academic issues, making UNLV the ultimate benefactor in getting a great player. While not at the position he originally expected, Henderson will get plenty of chances to be the next Southern Nevada product to shine with college football’s heaviest and most expensive trophy on the line. The Wolf Pack have won nine of the past 10 in the series, and as a pro future lingers as a possibility, Henderson is happy he picked the north side of the rivalry. “It has been exactly what I wanted it to be,” he said.


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$250,000 Scratch for Scratch giveaway Date: Oct. 1-31 Information: Receive a scratch card for every 1,500 base points earned. Win prizes and drawing entries. Drawings will be 8:15 p.m. every Saturday starting Oct. 10. Five winners will be chosen in each, with a top prize of $5,000. Ticket to Ride! weekly table games drawing Date: Fridays starting Oct. 9. Time: 8:45 p.m. Information: Three winners will be chosen each week, with a top prize of $500. If the top prize is unclaimed, it will roll over to the next week. Second-chance football drawing Date: Mondays Information: Receive a drawing ticket for every $10 losing pro football bet. Drawings are held immediately after halftime. Four winners will be chosen each week. Top prize is $500.


Free Play Frenzy for Jackpot Winners When: Ongoing Information: Players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a jackpot of $200 or more a nickel or lower video poker machine, a jackpot of $300 or more on 10-cent or higher video poker or a jackpot of $200 or more on live keno will receive $10 to $1,000 in play.

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.


Point multipliers Date: Sept. 29 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. 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.


Garden Fresh Date: Through Oct. 2 Information: Earn points to redeem for gift cards for Fresh & Easy or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Gift giveaways Date: Sept. 26-27 Information: Earn 100 base points on video slots or 500 base points on video poker and receive a gift. Sept. 26 — solar lantern; Sept. 27 — binoculars.


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.


Wheel spin bonus Date: Ongoing Information: Get a win and spin the wheel for cash prizes. Earn a spin for the following: Win $75 or more in a bonus round on penny reels anytime Sundays, 2-10 p.m. Mondays or 4-10 p.m. Wednesdays; hit all numbers on Keno when six or more are picked on a minimum bet of 20 cents; hit six four-of-a-kinds on video poker with a minimum 25-cent bet on Sundays or Mondays; hit a jackpot of $400 or more on video slots on Tuesdays or Saturdays; get a natural royal flush on single-hand video poker worth $200 or more on Fridays; or earn 1,500 base points until 11 p.m. on Thursdays. 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. Cash Back Tuesdays Date: Tuesdays

Information: Earn 700 base points, then redeem them for $10. Earn up to $20. Video reel double-double bonus Date: Fridays and Saturdays Time: 4-8 p.m. Information: Win $75 or more in the bonus round on a penny slot for a tournament spot. Win up to $200. 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. Monthly Wheel of Cash drawings Date: Fridays and Saturdays Time: Drawings begin 7 p.m. Information: One player will be chosen every half-hour.


$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.


$350,000 Painted Pull Tabs Date: Oct. 1-3 Information: Earn points to receive a pull tab and win cash. A minimum of 100 points is required. $10,000 Reel & Win slot tournaments Date: Tuesdays in October Time: 11 a.m. Information: The top 30 players will qualify for cash and slot play. The first-place player will win $1,000. Play for Pasta Date: Thursdays Information: Receive a pasta dinner at Sundance Grill for 400 points. $136,000 Grab-A-Gourd interactive drawing Date: Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31 Information: Ten winners will win slot play and one will grab a gourd for a chance to win $25,000. Each drawing entry is 200 points. Loyalty card members can receive up to 100 drawing entries each Friday beginning Oct. 9. Players must swipe their

card at a kiosk. Earn & Win movie tickets Date: Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Information: Receive one Regal Cinemas movie ticket for 1,000 points. Up to two tickets can be earned each contest day. Second chance football drawings Date: Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays Information: Loyalty card members who place their non-winning sports wagers in the drawing drum next to the Sports Book will receive one entry into the drawing. Drawings are held at halftime during Thursday, Sunday and Monday night NFL Games. One winner will receive $250 cash and a $250 Town Square gift card. Valid only on sports wagers with a $5 minimum bet.

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Pro Pick ’em football contest Date: Weekly contest Information: Pick winning teams to collect a share of $13,000 in prizes each week of football season. Each entry costs $25.

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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.


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

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Red Zone to Riches $50,000 football kiosk contest Date: Ongoing Information: The top three winners

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each week will share $1,000. First pick is free. Earn 250 base points to receive a second pick. 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.


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.


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


50+ weekly slot tournament Date: Thursdays Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: Open to Club Card members 50 and older. First entry is free with a swipe at a club kiosk; collect a second by earning 250 points and a third by earning 500 points. Top prize is $1,500; total prize pool is $5,200. $500,000 Big Spin and Win 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 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. Point multipliers Date: Sept. 30 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.

Club Fortune Top of the Hill daily slot tournament Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: First place is $500.

GOLD COAST Gift days Date: Sept. 29 Information: Receive a gift for earning 300 points. Gifts change weekly and include beer mugs and shirts.

B Loyal to the Royal Date: Through Sept. 30 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. Moon Festival Date: Sept. 27 Time: 8-11 p.m. Information: More than $8,000 will be given away. Table games players can earn entries until Sept. 27.

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Point multipliers Date: Wednesdays Information: Earn 11x points on reels and 7x points on video poker.


$16,000 poker football squares Date: Through 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: Through Sept. 30 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: Sept. 29 Information: Receive a gift for earning 300 points. Gifts change weekly and include slippers and loungewear.


Point multipliers Date: Sept. 28-29 Information: Earn 15x points on Buffalo machines, 11x points on reels and 7x points on video poker.


Bonus days Date: Sept. 29 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. Cash blower Wednesdays Date: Sept. 30 Time: 12:30-7 p.m. Information: Players will be chosen by random selection or electronic entries.


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poker. Free play is available the following day. Best Buy gift card giveaway Date: Sept. 28 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: Sept. 28 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: Sept. 27 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. Gift days Date: Fridays Information: Earn 250 points on slots or 500 points on video poker and receive a gift, including a fortune cookie, Halloween candy dish, clipto-cart shopping bag or hardware caddy. Home Depot card giveaway Date: Thursdays Information: Earn a minimum of 150 slot points or 750 video poker points to receive a Home Depot gift card. SLS Pays Your Bills for a Year Date: Sundays in October Time: 7 p.m. Information: Ten players will be selected to win prizes including money to pay car insurance, power bills, car payments, mortgages and more. Earn 2x entries Monday through Thursday. Each winner will receive a key for a grand finale house drawing in December. Point multipliers Date: Mondays in October Information: Earn 3x points on video poker. Guests who have made a $40 advance-deposit wager or higher can win up to 1,000 slot points.

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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It’s time to embrace Sandoval’s vision of ‘One Nevada’


e are standing by with great anticipation for a special session of the Nevada Legislature so the state can pursue its next big prize in our quest for diversified economic development. What we’re waiting for is legislation authorizing inducements to bring Faraday Future, an electric-vehicle manufacturer with offices in California and roots in China, to North Las Vegas. Offering financial incentives to land a company is common practice, based on the simple truth that it’s good business — and a good investment — to offer financial help at the front end because it will pay off later. State officials vetted Faraday Future and shared their enthusiasm for the project. Indeed, the startup seems to have passed muster, otherwise the company already would have moved to one of the other three states that would love to host it. In fact, we hope the state doesn’t test Faraday Future’s patience and wait too much longer, because the car company

With projections that the factory would generate $85.6 billion over the next 20 years, what’s not to get excited about?

has options, which is more than Nevada has. With projections from top-drawer UNLV researchers that the factory would create more than 13,000 direct, support and ripple-effect jobs that would earn workers nearly $700 million a year in wages and generate $85.6 billion for the economy over the next 20 years, what’s not to get excited about? Some people refer to this opportunity as Tesla II. The difference is that Tesla is building within a giant office and industrial park outside Reno, while Faraday Future would be constructed in a sprawling and mostly undeveloped heavy industrial zone on the edge of North Las Vegas, alongside Interstate 15. Tesla’s biggest infrastructure need was the construction of USA Parkway to

connect Elon Musk’s battery factory with U.S. Highway 50. For Faraday Future, the need is a pipeline to deliver water to the industrial zone known as Apex — a pipeline that also will entice other companies to locate there. A lot feels right about the state working with Faraday Future, not the least being that Southern Nevada deserves this, especially after North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and other Southern Nevada officials publicly supported the state’s deal with Tesla a year ago. Striking a deal with Faraday Future would help bring balance and parity in a state where the North lands the big sweetheart deals, even though nearly three-fourths of Nevadans live in Clark County and our bedrock economy, tourism, remains the state’s economic engine. When Nevada subsidizes business growth by reaching into its own pockets, it’s primarily money from Southern Nevada in those pockets. We’d love to see our money invested in our region. Nevada’s team of business recruiters, led by Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic De-

velopment, can be proud of how it is sharpening its game. Just recently, the group won a trade magazine’s “Golden Shovel Award” for success in landing big businesses in Nevada. In campaigning for the prize, the state cited 10 major projects that were launched in 2014 — five in the South, five in the North. The cumulative private investments of those 10 companies was $5.6 billion — of which 95 percent reflected Northern Nevada development. The gorilla in the North: Tesla. That’s why we remain hopeful the Legislature — one that embraces Gov. Brian Sandoval’s vision for “One Nevada” — will do the right thing and step up on behalf of Southern Nevada by doing all it can to add Faraday Future to our growing portfolio. “One Nevada” shouldn’t mean Southern Nevadans have to drive to Northern Nevada for a job. To not stand with North Las Vegas and Southern Nevada would suggest there are two Nevadas. This time, let us expect our state leaders will do the right thing and build the right kind of legacy.


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Sunday, September 27 Pahrump fall festival: The final day of this family-friendly event features food, carnival rides, games, pet contests, talent shows, a rodeo and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free, Petrack Park, 150 State Highway 160, Pahrump, Botanical garden guided walks: Join our experts for a guided walk through the Springs Preserve Botanical Garden. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., free for members or with general admission, Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., *Also: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday

Ingredients 1 1/2 oz Absentroux (French wine-based aperitif) 2 oz Mionetto Prosecco 2 oz Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water Grapefruit slice for garnish Sprig of thyme for garnish Method

Build the drink over ice in a 14-ounce white wine glass. Stir and garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of thyme.

You should be sipping this drink while sitting on a vinecovered terrace and dreamily gazing out onto the Mediterranean Sea, but since most of us will be drinking it in our living rooms, we can at least pretend. Absentroux is herbal and botanical, and when combined with the crisp bubbles of prosecco and tonic, creates a cocktail that truly is exceptional.

Cocktail created by Francesco Lafranconi, executive director of mixology and spirits education at Southern Wine & Spirits.

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“Pirates: Myth and Merriment”: Learn surprising facts about pirates’ life at sea in the 1700s and 1800s. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., free for members or with general admission, Big Springs Theater, Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., *Also: Weekends through Nov. 29 Nevada Senior Games: Join in the annual senior dance competition. 1-4:30 p.m., free, Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-242-1590. Mindfulness and insight meditation: Participate in walking meditation and traditional insight sitting meditation, followed by a teaching and discussion session. 4:15-5:15 p.m., free, Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave., 702-507-3630.

Monday, September 28 “In Focus: Downtown Architecture”: See 25 images of architecturally significant buildings captured by Square Shooting photographers Ryan Reason and Jennifer Burkart. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., 702-229-1012. *Also: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 19 Flu shot clinic: Seniors 50 and older can get their annual flu shot. No appointment necessary. Most insurance is accepted for the full cost. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, 702-229-6454. *Also: 9-11 a.m. Sept. 29, Derfelt Senior Center, Lorenzi Park, 3343 W. Washington Ave., 702-229-6601.

Thursday, October 1 Powers of Attorney Day: Learn how to prepare financial and medical powers of attorney documents. Walk-ins are welcome. 8-11:30 a.m., free, Vegas PBS, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, 702-799-1010.

Betty Willis autographs prints of the iconic welcome sign she designed in 1959 for Las Vegas. The life and work of Willis, who died this year, will be the topic of a free lecture Oct. 1 at the Clark County Library. (file)

Chronic disease self-management meeting: Participate in a two-hour workshop once a week for six weeks. Led by health professionals, the meetings are interactive and focus on building skills, sharing experiences and gaining support. Registration required. 2-4 p.m. free, Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3458.

Tuesday, September 29 Paws on the Patio: People and their pets are invited to eat, drink and socialize while supporting the Las Vegas Boxer Club and Rescue. 6-9 p.m., free, Crave Restaurant, Downtown Summerlin, 10970 Rosemary Park Drive, 702-878-5505.

Wednesday, September 30 “Record & Play”: Share your stories and listen to others’ in this exhibit by artist Shantell Martin. 5-10 p.m., free, P3Studio, Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, *Also: 5-10 p.m. Oct. 1 and 6-11 p.m. Oct. 2-4 Wagner family wine dinner: This five-course meal will feature wine selections from the Wagner family vineyards paired with specialties from Andiron. Reservations required. 7 p.m., $150, Andiron Steak & Sea, Downtown Summerlin,

Green Chefs farmers market: Featuring local and regional produce, plants, herbs, homemade baked goods, honey and more. Purchases are cash only. 10 a.m.2 p.m., free, Desert Living Center Courtyard, Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., thegreenchefs. com. “Las Vegas Stories: Betty Willis and Her Fabulous Signs”: Danielle Kelly, executive director of the Neon Museum, will present a multimedia lecture about the visual artist and graphic designer’s work and life. 7 p.m., free, Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3459. Downtown master plan meeting: Valley residents can share their ideas about the growth and development of downtown Las Vegas over the next 20 years. 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., free, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., “Nevada Collection: Art and Poetry” reception: The exhibition showcases the work of Nevada artists, writers, photographers and creative thinkers exploring a sense of place in the state. 5-9 p.m., free, Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First St., Suite 190, 702-800-4760. *Also: Reception continues 5-9 p.m. Oct. 2; exhibit runs through Nov. 25

Friday, October 2 Trevi Peju wine dinner: A five-course pairing dinner featuring Italian cuisine and Peju wines. 8 p.m, $125, Trevi at the Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South,

Saturday, October 3 Mountain’s Edge community yard sale: Shop for affordable items being sold by residents of the


Downtown Cares: Join downtown residents and businesspeople to help paint the inside of Noah’s Animal House and the children’s activity center at the Shade Tree. 8:30 a.m.-noon, free, 1 W. Owens Ave., 702-570-7693. Fertilizer, Weeds and Insects: Master Gardener Libby Powell will explain how to add nutrients to soil while maintaining a landscape that’s safe for children and pets. 9 a.m., free, Acacia Park, 50 Casa Del Fuego, 702-257-5555. Southern Paiute cultural sharing: Experience stories, traditional arts and crafts, food customs, drumming and dancing from local tribe members. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free for members or with general admission, Origen Museum, Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.,

Las Vegas Hempfest and Educational Expo: Learn about cannabis, cultivation and growing, finances, legal issues and activism. With an appearance by Tommy Chong. Noon-9 p.m., $45, Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Grapes and Hops Festival: Join wine connoisseurs and beer enthusiasts to raise money for Par for the Cure, a nonprofit organization that raises money for breast cancer research. 5-9 p.m, $40-$100, Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.,

Sunday, October 4 “Music Maestro”: The Nevada Chamber Symphony will premiere its 31st season with classical and popular favorites selected by Maestro Fernandez. 3 p.m., free, Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., 702-507-3459. Pemberton al Fresco: Enjoy alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages presented with Italian food prepared by Ferraro’s executive chef Mimmo Ferraro. Reservations required. 6-9 p.m., $100, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Road, 702-364-5300.




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Rattlesnake avoidance training clinic: Learn how to keep you and your dog(s) safe from snakes. Sessions are by appointment and last 20 minutes. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., $75 per dog, Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, 775-234-8844.

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Betting on yourself An attorney representing gaming manufacturers talks about regulating skill-based slot machines By J.D. Morris | Staff Writer

Coming soon to Nevada casinos: slot machines that feel a lot like arcade or video games. Âś The Nevada Gaming Commission recently approved regulations for skill-based slot machines in an effort to help the casino industry appeal to younger, more technologically savvy customers. The regulations create three categories: traditional chance skill- b ase d slots, Continue d on page 53


Cost to replace 16 escalators on the Strip. The Nevada Department of Transportation contracted Californiabased Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. for the job.


Amount downtown Las Vegas gaming revenue increased from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2015. Operators attributed the growth to increased visitation, ongoing reinvestment and area improvements.


Increase in Nevadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreclosure-related filings from August 2014 to August 2015. Nevada once again had the highest foreclosure rate in the country.


Number of misdemeanor citations issued to Uber and Lyft drivers by Clark County officials during the week of Sept. 14. The drivers were accused of operating on airport property without permission.







The CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada discusses the need for improved public transportation infrastructure in the Las Vegas Valley, as well as the area’s water needs and her organization’s emphasis on creating future leaders for America. THE NOTES People on the move, P46



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Melonie Ducre Johnson is general manager of the Gold Strike. Johnson oversees day-to-day operations of the property and johnson provides strategic direction for all divisions. Nevada Chief Justice James W. Hardesty is second vice president and a member of the board of directors for the Conference of Chief Justices, hardesty made up of chief justices from the 50 states, Guam and the Virgin Islands. Hardesty is the first Nevada chief justice to be elected an officer and the fourth to be elected to the board.

formed the Women’s Business Council of Southern Nevada, which offers educational opportunities, business meetings and community outreach.


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Jim DeVries is a Clark County Credit Union mortgage manager. April Durand-Ramos, Paola TenorioAcosta and Kelli Turner are member services representatives. Carol Bishop is an extension educator for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Bonnie Levenbishop berg is senior enterprise account executive at Cox Business. Brenda Coleman is branch manager at Nevada State Bank, 1501 W. Warm Springs Road, Henderson. Kristen Orthman is Sen. Harry coleman Reid’s communications director. Reid’s previous communications director, Adam Jentleson, will be deputy chief of staff for communications.


Monica Coburn is a senior client manager with the Bank of America Merrill Lynch commercial banking team.



Dr. Stephanie Ashman specializes in medical management at Southwest Medical’s Tenaya Health Center, 2716 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas. Dr. Glenn Irwin specializes in adult medicine at Southwest Medical’s Lake Mead Health Center, 270 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson. Dr. Lauren Maxham specializes in internal medicine at Southwest Medical’s Montecito Health Center, 7061 Grand Montecito Parkway, Las Vegas. Dr. Sandra Pagnussat specializes in rheumatology at Southwest Medical’s Flamingo Health Center, 5580 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. Dr. Khursheeda Pathan specializes in pediatrics at Southwest Medical’s Nellis Health Center, 420 N. Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas. Dr. Chaorui Tian specializes in gastroenterology at Southwest Medical’s Charleston/Rancho Health Center, 2316 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. Heather Daines Harlan is human resources business partner at Sundance Helicopters. Brett Surenne is Interblock’s service manager harlan for the Asia Pacific region, and Steve Yates is sales manager for the New South Wales territory.



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Marc Golan is chief financial officer of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar, Sammy’s Restaurant + Bar, Roppongi golan Restaurant & Sushi Bar and Table 89. Tommy Reed is a Meadows Bank senior new accounts representative. Aaron Phillips, Ricky Cash and John Stiles bought Vegas reed All Net Radio, an Internet radio station, from Lotus Broadcasting. Programs can be heard at Adrienne Packer is a public information officer at the Nevada Department of Transportation. Sunrise Children’s Foundation and the Hydrant Club chose Jennifer Bradley as their public and community relations consultant. Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corp., will open a commercial banking office at Town Square. Aric Graham, senior vice president of commercial banking and regional director, will head the office. Ralph Capristo and Joseph Kucik will be relationship managers. Former U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford’s R&R Resources+ will lead the brand marketing effort for MGM National Harbor, a $1.3 billion gaming resort being developed in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Lisa Santwer and Nicole Wolf are cochairwomen of the Las Vegas HEALS communications council. Santwer is the director of marketing and public relations at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, and Wolf is director of marketing and communication at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership association for

people in the health care community. A cardiac rehabilitation program is available at Desert Springs Hospital. The program uses education, personalized exercise plans and encouragement to strengthen the heart and encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles, said Larren Wallace, Desert Springs’ director of cardiopulmonary services. The Nevada Small Business Development Center designed a training program, Assess, License, Launch, that targets people at the idea and pre-business stages of development. “The assessment process, at the least, should tell someone if going forward has a shot before spending their time, energy and money,” said Kathy Carrico, Nevada training director. Treasure Island and Miomni Gaming launched a sports betting app, available on Android and iOS. Valley Bank of Nevada opened a business loan center at 4343 E. Sunset Road, Henderson. WGU Nevada added a bachelor of science in business — health care management program to its offerings. The curriculum was developed in conjunction with health care leaders from HCA Healthcare, NorthShore University HealthSystem and Accolade. Vegas PBS won a national PBS Development Award for its workforce training program. The initiative provides job training and education to Nevadans while assisting the state in its economic diversification efforts. Paid for by support from community partners, grants and tuition fees, the program offers more than 5,000 online personal enrichment, continuing education and professional development courses and 330 career certifications. Registration includes more than 125,000 students annually. Digital Lizard, a Creel Printing company, will double its printing capacity and extend its services with a new fulfillment operation. Digital Lizard’s equipment purchase includes a second HP Indigo W7250 Digital Press for its Las Vegas facility and two HP Indigo 7800 Digital Presses for its Hayden, Idaho, plant. The company will add a 40,000-square-foot building to its Las Vegas plant, turning the space into a high-tech fulfillment center. New services will include comprehensive data/asset utilization, inventory management, intelligent mailing and other value-driving services. The company also will bring foil stamping capabilities in-house. The Golden Tiki hired one7 communications as its public relations agency of record. The Ipec Events Venue opened at 6590 Bermuda Road, Las Vegas. The facility offers 20,000 square feet of space for groups of 50 to 720 and includes overnight accommodations for up to 200 people.


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Q&A with Liz Ortenburger

Molding the next generation of female leaders Liz Ortenburger, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, recently organized the Desserts Before Dinner fundraiser, which included entertainment, a silent auction and nine desserts inspired by Girl Scout cookies. The cookies, while perhaps the most recognizable aspect of the organization, are just a small part of what Girl Scouts do. Ortenburger, among other tasks, is overseeing a new model — Super Troops — to help expand the brand and provide membership access to more children in Southern Nevada. What is the best business advice you’ve received, and from whom did it come? Do something every day that makes someone else feel good. This came from a Brownie Girl Scout. Also, “Don’t get cooked in the squat,” advice from Zig Ziglar that came to me by way of my former boss. In a nutshell, it means you should take action when you’ve decided what you want to do, rather than becoming paralyzed by indecision. If you could change one thing about Southern Nevada, what would it be? Better, faster, cleaner rapid transit. It may not seem like that affects Girl Scouts, but we have lots of girls who commute to troop meetings or events on rapid transit, and I personally would like to see it as a viable form of commuting. I think it is right for Southern Nevada, Girl Scouts and our planet. What’s the biggest issue facing Southern Nevada and its residents? Water. We spend a lot of time exploring the world of water with our Girl Scouts. We look at conservation, pollution and recycling programs to help them take action on projects they find important. I am always amazed at how much even our Daisy Girl Scouts are aware of our water situation as a community. What has been your most exciting professional project to date? Dealing with a delivery model that is more than 100 years old. And working to make it functional in our unique local environment and be a platform to provide a solution nationally is exciting. Girl Scouts are known for their community activities and cookies, but what else do you want people to know about the

Liz Ortenburger is a driving force behind the success of Southern Nevada Girl Scouts. (christopher Devargas/staff)

organization? Girl Scouts is on the forefront of creating the next generation of amazing female leaders. Through alumni research, we know girls who participated are more likely to be engaged in civic issues, more likely to vote, more likely to give back to their communities in time and dollars, and most importantly, are more likely to have a feeling of fulfillment in their lives than their non-Girl Scout peers. Today, Girl Scouts is more relevant than ever with badges and programs promoting healthy lifestyles, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), financial literacy, advocacy and the outdoors, along with softer skills about being a friend, giving back and taking action. What do you do after work? Is there an after work? The great

thing about being passionate about what you do is it becomes a lifestyle choice. I have a very supportive family, and we often drive up to Girl Scout resident camp or head out to a camporee in the evenings to see what great things our troops are doing. I love anything outdoors with my family. Describe your management style. I like to think of my management style as fluid to fit the situation I am in. In Girl Scouting, if you aren’t collaborating with our volunteers, you aren’t doing it right. It is a constant conversation to ensure we as an organization are supporting our girls and our volunteers first. What is your dream job, outside of your current field? If I had to choose, I probably would

pick professional athlete. I ran cross country and track in college and miss that competitive outlet from time to time. Whom do you admire and why? All of our amazing Girl Scout volunteers. They have their hearts in the right place and want to work hard to improve the movement. Where do you like to go for business lunches? Triple George has great food and private booths. What is something people might not know about you? I was not a Girl Scout growing up. I was lucky to be surrounded by supportive role models in formal and informal roles, but I never had the opportunity to be a Girl Scout.


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by the numbers

40,200 Number of jobs Nevada employers added from August 2014 to August 2015. The state’s job-formation rate of 3.3 percent easily beat the U.S. growth rate of 2.1 percent.

$30 million Cost of Speed Vegas, a 1.5-mile high-end racetrack being built near Sloan. The project has been in the works for four years and is slated to open in 2016.

4 PT’s locations scheduled to open next year in Las Vegas.

100 Workers expected to be hired at the new PT’s locations.

36 percent Share of tourists polled in a 2014 Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority survey who said they visited downtown, up 6 percent from the previous year.

645 Homes statewide that were seized by creditors in August, up 56 percent from July and more than 230 percent from August 2014, according to RealtyTrac.

4.8 Percent Decrease nationally in the sales of existing homes in August, according to the National Association of Realtors.

2.3 Million Number of homes available for sale nationally in August, a 1.7 percent decrease from a year earlier.

30,000 Jobs Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to eliminate over the next three years as it spins off a technology division focused on software, consulting and data analysis.

Sam Nicholson is owner and president of Grand Canyon Development Partners, which assists people and companies in developing commercial real estate projects. (steve marcus/staff)

Trust and teamwork lead to success You developed the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. What special considerations did that project require?

The owners were looking for a unique look and feel that would keep customers coming back. The project has a vibe and experience during the day and at night. The nighttime sound and light show is unique to the Grand Bazaar Shops.

Grand Canyon Development Partners Address: 6841 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 103, Las Vegas Phone: 702-492-5300 Email: Website: Hours of operation: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Owned/operated by: Sam Nicholson In business since: 2005

You recently began working on a pro bono project, a Southern Nevada Children First facility. Tell us about that and your pro bono work in the community.

Our company and employees believe in giving back to the community. Southern Nevada Children First provides significant benefits to our community by addressing the needs of homeless, pregnant and parenting youths throughout the area. We provided program and project management services, and solicited business partners who donated goods and services for the remodel of their new facility. We also run our own nonprofit organization, the Keep it Alive Foundation, that supports teens by providing leadership and personal development training, along with awarding annual scholarships to a graduating high school senior going into the field of education.

warded for great work. My job is to maintain and to continue improving that culture by hiring the right people and providing them with constant training. What is the hardest part about doing business in Las Vegas?

There are really no extraordinary challenges associated with Las Vegas. Other cities and states that we have done business in have their own unique challenges. Every organization and regulatory agency is slowly recovering from a difficult economy and starting to ramp up for what looks like positive years to come. What is the best part about doing business here?

The “can-do” attitude of many businesses in the community. We really enjoy working with firms that are creative and willing to do what’s best for the client. What obstacles has your business overcome?

The recession caused us to reinvent ourselves and offer more services. In addition to development and construction management, we also provide tenant coordination for our retail clients, design management, LEED certification studies, and partnering and team-building sessions for the construction industry. How can Nevada improve its business climate?

What’s the most important part of your job?

The culture of our firm is what has made us successful. Ours is a culture of trust and teamwork, holding everyone on the team accountable to their commitments and where everyone on the team contributes and provides input in an atmosphere where we are challenged and re-

By attracting new businesses and professionals to the state. This could be in the form of improved schools and education for families, occupational training, economic incentives for new industries, reduced burdens on small businesses and revitalization of economically depressed areas.

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guest column: transactions even more secure. ave you heard about the kate wright impending EMV chip card n What changes Oct. 1? Today, credit conversion? card companies are liable for credit If not, you’re not alone. A and debit card fraud on card-present recent Wells Fargo/Gallup survey revealed transactions. On Oct. 1, the liability for fewer than half (49 percent) of business owners who accept fraud will shift. Beginning then, either the card issuer or the point-of-sale card payments are aware of the liability shift merchant who does not support EMV will assume liability coming in October. for counterfeit card transactions. But just 29 percent of business owners say they plan to n What are the benefits of switching to EMV? There upgrade their point-of-sale credit card terminals to accept are many upsides to EMVincluding reduced risk of fraud, EMV chip cards before the deadline, and 21 percent said fewer financial risks and more methods of payment. they never plan to upgrade. n What do small businesses need to know? If you In other countries, card-present fraud was reduced don’t have EMV-enabled payment equipment, talk with by 84 percent with EMV chip and PIN implementation, your payment provider about upgrade options. Your according to Visa and EMVCo studies. Since converting to business may require a simple software update; additional EMV chip technology, there has been a 69 percent decrease peripheral, such as an EMV-compatible PIN pad. in card-present fraud in the United Kingdom, an 80 percent While the liability shift may mean new technology, decrease in Brazil and an 84 percent decrease in Malaysia. different processing and additional costs for many businesses, card fraud is expensive. If your business is liable n What is EMV chip card technology, and why is it for card fraud, it could significantly affect your bottom line more secure? EMV chip card technology helps protect and reputation, and lead to lost time and money disputing consumers and merchants against counterfeit fraud fraudulent claims. by encoding cardholder information in an encrypted So while switching to EMV technology may seem microchip that changes with every transaction. This cumbersome, continued reliance on less secure, magnetic makes EMV chip-enabled cards more difficult to stripe technology isn’t worth the risk. counterfeit than traditional magnetic swipe cards. Most Kate Wright is a district manager at Wells Fargo in issuers also may require either a PIN or a signature for Southern Nevada. additional cardholder authorization, making card-present

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‘We’re trying to stop the decay’: Effort to fuel redevelopment begins with Sahara Decatur Plaza By eli segall Staff Writer

At Sahara Decatur Plaza, a oncebustling strip mall, Circuit City’s doors are locked (“Store closing sale,” a sign still says, several years after the retailer shut down) and used-car dealer Charlie Cheap Car hawks vehicles in the parking lot (“No credit? Bad credit? OK!” a banner says). Meanwhile, an armed security guard hangs out with a guy at the base of a staircase leading to the plaza’s second floor, where the only apparent tenant is an Asian massage parlor. The strip mall, at the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard, is by no means empty — tenants include Aloha Kitchen, Mary’s Hash House, GQ Cuts and the Battery Source. But it’s laced with vacancies and, according to some workers there, gets thin foot traffic. The center used to be “absolutely packed,” but without an anchor tenant, “there’s absolutely zero people coming in,” one worker said. Asked to gauge the plaza’s health, the worker said: “What health? There is no health. There’s nothing.” Redevelopment activists, however, want to change that, in an effort to boost commerce and a sense of community in the valley. Architect Bob Fielden moved to Las Vegas in 1964 and, since then, people here have “done a great job of building an economy but a lousy job of building a community with any sense of quality of life for the people who live here,” he said. As the population moved to the valley’s edges, plenty of people stayed in the inner core, in places that once were considered suburban but now are viewed as urban. Their landscape, however, bears little resemblance to more typical urban neighborhoods in cities such as Chicago, San Francisco or New York that are packed with people, retail, jobs and mass transit, and where it’s easy to live without a car. Fielden, owner of Hendersonbased RAFI Architecture, wants to change that. Through his role at the Urban Land Institute — he’s chairman of its Nevada district council’s smart-growth committee — Fielden is working with Hope Home Foundation and real estate group Commercial Alliance on a redevelopment initiative. They want to rejuvenate the valley’s inner rings by spurring new

Sahara Decatur Plaza is a sprawling strip mall with several vacancies at the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard. (l.e. baskow)

projects — such as filling strip malls’ massive parking lots with housing — and expanding public transit. To boost awareness of the initiative, they hosted several events recently at Sahara Decatur Plaza, including a bicycle parade, farmers market, dog adoptions and cultural performances. The goal was to showcase the “potential for vibrancy” in a “blighted area” and encourage community involvement. Fielden, a 77-year-old Texas native who lives near the shopping center, spoke with VEGAS INC about the project. How did this project start? This started more than four years ago through the Urban Land Institute-Nevada. We had a program on rebooting Las Vegas. We were in the midst of one of the greatest recessions we had ever been exposed to, and at the same time, we had all of these suburbs pushing farther and farther out. And they’re not neighborhoods; they’re subdivisions. There’s no sense of home or quality of life, other than that they’re new and may be touted as very prestigious. But what about the other people who live here? We started looking into what we could do to help the common guy and looked in our neighborhood. Las Vegas isn’t the only place where former suburbs now are seen as urban neighborhoods. These are some of the oldest neighborhoods in the valley, and they’re the ones with declining commercial values. We’ve done very little to reinvest there because we’ve spent our money

developing new suburbs. Rather than having everything turn into a ghetto, ULI’s idea was, if we could create a model that the county and the cities could use to attack these arterial crossings, if we could do that on one intersection, you could take that model to others. All we have, along the arterials, are continuous commercials strips, and the housing kind of falls in between. If you’re in a place like Wrigleyville in Chicago, you can walk everywhere. If we can get people into that kind of setting, then they can get rid of their cars. Every car they get rid of, they’re saving $10,000 a year. There’s a lot you can do with $10,000, but you don’t have that car. In order to make that work, you need a public transit system like Chicago’s to get you across the city. Why start by focusing on Sahara and Decatur? We looked at 20 or 30 areas that might be able to support more public transit. But at Sahara and Decatur, the northern half of the intersection is in Las Vegas city limits, and the southern half is in Clark County. The city and county have never had a good relationship working together, so we thought if we could get them involved in some pilot project together, we could rework that model for Las Vegas and North Las Vegas; Las Vegas and Henderson; and Clark County and Henderson. That way, we can start thinking of ourselves as more of a metropolitan center, to think more globally than we have in the past. The valley is filled with strip malls that have huge parking

lots, often barely filled with cars. Is the goal to redevelop those properties? You hit the nail on the head. We were thinking, how do you center a neighborhood? Las Vegas is on a 1-mile-by-1-mile grid. If you take Sahara and Decatur, we want everything within walking distance, a quartermile away from where you live. The idea is to repurpose the plazas and have them become more global in nature, in the sense that they provide the goods and services and jobs that can be used by people who live in that neighborhood, so they can walk to the pharmacy, the doctor, church, the park. We’d take those big, empty shopping-center parking lots and revamp them with additional housing. Hopefully if we jump that density 50 to 75 percent greater than what we have, it will adequately support public transit. We’re trying to stop the decay. How has the Sahara/Decatur intersection changed? It was a prestigious neighborhood. The best restaurants in town were at the northeast corner, the best bars in town. If you were a single, white-collar guy looking for a date, that’s where all the real estate agents and attorneys accumulated after 5 p.m. It had great food, high-dollar dining. That’s how it was until the mid- to late ’90s, and then it just started declining. Longs Drugs was in there, and when they pulled out, it just started the vacuum and everything else started leaving. Vons left a few years ago. We have a new Mexican market that’s moved in, El Super; they’ve got some of the best produce in town. In the area, we’ve got two Mormon churches, a Baptist church, a Spanish-speaking Baptist church, an Ethiopian church, a Korean Baptist church, a Buddhist temple. It’s really a rich cultural setting. We want to build upon that. How would you describe the intersection now? If Summerlin were a B, it would be no better than a C+. It’s empty. Who wants to go someplace and you’re the only car in the parking lot? There’s so much opportunity there. We have to do something to stop the hemorrhaging. If we don’t, they’ll end up like places in east Las Vegas or North Las Vegas simply because no one has cared enough to try to save it.


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Nevada lithium will help power Tesla By daniel rothberg Staff Writer

In early September, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company was pursuing Nevada sources of lithium for use in its battery factory near Reno. It didn’t take long for Musk’s claim to prove true, as a Nevada lithium operation announced recently it would be supplying the electric car company with an element critical in the production of its batteries. That announcement was welcome news for critics who fretted that the state would be left behind after Tesla had signed a deal in August to obtain lithium from northern Mexico. The company received more than $1 billion in state tax incentives to construct its factory in Nevada. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, left, shakes hands with Gov. State Sen. Tick Segerblom tweeted: “Musk is a man Brian Sandoval in 2014 after Nevada was announced of his word!” as the new site for a $5 billion car battery factory. Under the agreement, Tesla will purchase lithium (associated press file) hydroxide from Pure Energy Minerals, a company dedeal does not preclude Tesla from pursuing sources in veloping a lithium brine project a three-and-a-half hour addition to the two deals it has announced. The Gigadrive from the Tesla Gigafactory. The deal is contingent factory is expected to require 15,000 tons of lithium on Pure Energy Minerals, based in Vancouver, British per year when fully operational, which is expected to Columbia, bringing the project to completion. If it were occur by 2020. to do so, Tesla has agreed to purchase lithium at belowEdward Anderson, CEO of TRU Group, a company market costs for five years. that consults on lithium projects, said he was sur“Pure Energy is aligned with both Tesla’s and the prised Tesla signed the agreement. He said lithium state of Nevada’s development objectives, and we resources from brine were limited and called the hope to positively contribute to Nevada’s booming chance of a successful operation in Clayton Valley clean-energy-based economy,” said Pure Energy Minslim. erals CEO Robert Mintak. “(The prospects) certainly do not excite,” Anderson Pure Energy Minerals’ lithium operation in Claysaid, adding that Nevada’s lithium economy had been ton Valley is in the early stages. It’s located in the same overhyped: “There is a great danger that investors, inbasin as Silver Peak, the only operating lithium mine cluding perhaps Tesla, are moving too quickly without in the United States. Pure Energy Minerals estimates proper knowledge of what they’re getting.” lithium deposits there total 816,000 metric tons. The

Nevada’s foreclosure rate climbs back to No. 1 By eli segall Staff Writer

For the first time in almost a year, Nevada is back on top of America’s foreclosure heap as lenders repossess a rising number of homes. One in every 507 homes statewide received a foreclosure-related filing in August, up 16 percent from July and 4 percent from August 2014, according to a report from RealtyTrac. Nevada’s foreclosure rate was highest in the country and more than double the U.S. average. One in every 1,205 homes nationally had a foreclosure filing in August, down 12 percent from July and 6 percent year-over-year. RealtyTrac, based in Irvine, Calif., counts default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions for the report. It was the Silver State’s first time in the dubious No. 1 spot since September 2014, RealtyTrac said. Nevada, however, is no stranger there. Its foreclosure rate was highest in the country for more than five years until March 2012 after the collapse of the oncebooming real estate market. The past few years, Nevada has returned at times to the No. 1 spot and consistently been one of the hard-

est-hit states each month. Among metro areas, Las Vegas tied with Rockford, Ill., and Fayetteville, N.C., for the eighth-highest foreclosure rate in the country, with one in every 565 homes receiving a filing. Atlantic City, N.J., pummeled by a rash of casino closures — four of its 12 casinos shut down last year, wiping out a reported 8,000 jobs — was No. 1, with 1 in every 307 homes receiving a foreclosure filing in August. Nevada was hit recently by a wave of repossessions. Creditors seized 645 homes statewide in August, up 54 percent from July and more than 230 percent from August 2014, RealtyTrac reported. Most of the repos — 523 — were in the Las Vegas area. At first glance, the rise in repossessions seems like a return to the darkest days of the recession, when thousands of people a month were losing their homes in the valley. But industry pros have said that banks — perhaps pushed by a Nevada Supreme Court ruling last fall that upheld homeowners associations’ repossession powers — are starting to clear the pipeline that filled during the recession, when new laws drastically slowed the foreclosure process on delinquent borrowers by requiring more paperwork from banks.

Gambler who turned $50 into $40 million gets blacklisted By j.d. morris Staff Writer

The famous Nevada “black book,” a list of individuals barred from entering any of the state’s casinos, has received its latest entry. The Nevada Gaming Commission approved placing Anargyros Karabourniotis, also known as Archie Karas, on the list at a recent meeting. Commissioners agreed that Karabourniotis fulfilled multiple requirements necessary for inclusion on the list, including having committed a “crime involving moral turpitude.” Karabourniotis is known for a threeyear gambling streak in which he reportedly turned $50 into $40 million, which he subsequently lost. According to the Los Angeles Times, Karabourniotis pleaded guilty in 2014 to one count of burglary for entering a casino intending to cheat. He was sentenced to three years of probation for marking cards at a casino in San Diego County, the Times reported. In general, once individuals are placed on the list, they remain there until death.

Democrats hype Heather Murren for congressional run By kyle roerink Staff Writer

After a long wait, leading Democrats are beginning to rally around a candidate to take on GOP state Sen. Michael Roberson in the 2016 congressional election: Heather Murren. Murren is best known as co-founder of the Nevada Cancer Institute and for her work in finance. She is married to MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren. Sen. Harry Reid and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently touted her as a candidate, although Murren has not yet announced whether she would be running. “Heather is exactly the type of person Nevada needs representing it,” Reid said. “She will be a tremendous and formidable candidate for Congress.” Republican Joe Heck will vacate the 3rd District seat to run for the Senate.


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Investors buy 64 condo units in high-rise on Strip By eli segall Staff Writer

San Diego-based investors have scooped up dozens of units in a north Strip residential tower in the valley’s latest bulk condo purchase. Pathfinder Partners, which buys boom-era properties that ran into problems after the economy tanked, paid about $18.1 million for 64 units in Sky Las Vegas. The cash deal closed Sept. 10. A 45-story luxury high-rise, Sky is across the street from the mothballed Fontainebleau resort. Pathfinder picked up the remaining units that never sold after the 409-unit tower opened in 2007. The units, along with empty commercial space on the second and third floors of Sky, were listed for sale in April at a price of “best offer.” Investors paid about $190 per square foot in a bulk purchase of condos at the Pathfinder did not buy the commer- 45-story Sky Las Vegas on the north side of the Strip. (eli segall/staff) cial space, which totals about 28,600 then just 22 from 2008 through 2014, use the condos as crash pads for Las square feet. an average of about three per year, Vegas getaways. Sky, 2700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Clark County records indicate. Polger did not say what the asking has concierge service, valet parking, Pathfinder paid about $190 per prices might be, but he said the marindoor racquetball, billiards, a putsquare foot for its units. By compariket is improving, and he noted that ting green and a dog run. son, some buyers paid $600 to $700 condo towers aren’t being built in Las The bulk deal is Pathfinder’s first per square foot for condos there beVegas, limiting his competition. acquisition in Las Vegas, co-founder fore the market collapsed. Moreover, bulk purchases in highLorne Polger said, but perhaps not its For several years, the north Strip rises don’t come along every day. last. Pathfinder is under contract for has had less foot traffic and com“There aren’t too many of these opanother residential acquisition here, merce than other parts of the resort portunities left, frankly,” Polger said. but Polger declined to give details. corridor, due in no small part to A former real estate lawyer who Polger said he’d “been looking for abandoned, partly built resorts and helped launch Pathfinder in 2006, nine years” to do a deal in the vallarge swaths of empty land where Polger says his group owns more than ley, though despite making offers on other projects never materialized. 3,000 rental units. The company has properties, he “never finished first.” But now, with projects opening and focused on projects that were “built He said his units at Sky are being in the pipeline, the area seems poised at the height of the cycle” and slid rented, and as their leases expire, his to rebound. into “troubled situations” he said. group will renovate them. He wants SLS Las Vegas opened last year in Sky’s developers, M. Aaron Yashto sell them, “most likely” starting the shell of the former Sahara, alouafar and David Pourbaba, never next year, but he doesn’t plan to list though it’s struggled financially — lost their project to foreclosure. But them all at once, which could push the resort lost $84 million in the first sales volume and prices fell sharply down prices on himself. half of 2015, and retailers have closed after the bubble burst. Potential buyers include investors, shop. They sold about 300 units in 2007, full-time residents and people who

Construction doesn’t appear to have made much progress at Resorts World Las Vegas, but owner Genting Group, a Malaysian casino powerhouse, says it plans to spend billions transforming the once-mothballed Echelon project into an 87-acre Chinese-themed megaresort. Also, across the street from SLS, investors opened a 33-acre outdoor festival grounds in May. The first event there was concert series Rock in Rio USA. “It’s perfect market timing for Lorne,” said CBRE Group broker Charles Moore, who represented Sky’s developers in the sale. Other buyers have gobbled up large quantities of condos in the past few years. As with Sky Las Vegas, the buildings opened as for-sale condo complexes but after the recession hit, units were rented out. Investors bought 427 units at Veer Towers on the Strip in late 2012 for $119 million cash. A year later, investors bought units at the Ogden and Juhl — two downtown high-rises — as well as One Las Vegas, Loft 5 and Spanish Palms Condominiums for $237 million combined. The buyers launched sales efforts at Veer, the Ogden and Spanish Palms. The bulk sale at Veer amounted to about $300 per square foot, roughly 58 percent higher than Pathfinder’s purchase. Veer, however, is in the heart of the Strip, surrounded by shopping and resorts. Amenities near Sky include the tower’s ground-floor CVS drugstore, Moore said. And as CBRE broker Marlene Fujita, who worked with Moore on the sale, pointed out, the building has an unsightly neighbor. “You can’t help but look out Sky and look at Fontainebleau,” she said.

Uber, Lyft drivers ticketed for operating at Las Vegas airport By daniel rothberg Staff Writer

Clark County has issued at least 237 misdemeanor citations to Uber and Lyft drivers for operating on airport property without permission, commissioners were informed in an email from the county manager. The citations for unauthorized loading or unloading carry a fine of $100, which can be reduced to $50 if paid within 10 days, county officials

say. Failure to pay results in the Department of Motor Vehicles being notified, delaying registration until payment is made, officials say. After a heated meeting recently, Clark County commissioners denied issuing Uber and Lyft temporary business licenses. Commissioners are unlikely to reconsider the matter until a hearing on Oct. 20. Defying the commission, the companies began offering rides Sept. 15.

Although state regulators approved the ride-hailing services the previous day, the county asserted the companies could not operate without a local business license. County officials say they need to create a new licensing category for Uber and Lyft, a process that could take a month. Meantime, the District Attorney’s Office is exploring legal options the county could take against the ride-hail-

ing services for operating unlicensed. The citations came after the District Attorney’s Office sent a warning letter to lawyers for the ride-hailing services. The letter emphasized Clark County’s position and asked that Uber and Lyft refrain from operating at airport property, which includes the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center and the Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Jean and Overton airports.

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Legislation allowing skill-based games on casino floors has opened up numerous possibilities games, skill games in which a player’s ability determines the outcome, and hybrid games in which a combination of chance and skill affect the result. The skill-based rules have been in the works for months, after the state Legislature approved a bill directing regulators to encourage “innovative, alternative and advanced technology” in casino games. The measure was pushed by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, which represents slot machine companies. Possibilities created by the regulations are on the minds of many industry leaders as they converge in Las Vegas for the annual Global Gaming Expo. To get a better sense of the practicalities surrounding the new skill games, VEGAS INC spoke with Dan Reaser, an attorney at Fennemore Craig who has represented the gaming manufacturers association. What are the most significant aspects of Nevada’s approach to skill-based slots, and what sorts of opportunities do you see the games creating? Many of the concepts that have made their way into actual regulations were concepts vetted in the Legislature. Those include the use of identifiers, and I think that is probably one of the most unique aspects of the regulation process and regulation scheme as it now exists. The identifiers allow the game developer and designer to customize a skill or hybrid game so that attributes about the player can determine what kind of game will be presented, the pay table it will be associated with, the payback and the rules of play. Those may be different for somebody who has a player’s card or a certain rating. It may be based on brand loyalty — whether you frequent a particular casino and have played there. It may be based on the fact that you downloaded a nongaming video game on your iPad and played it, and that same theme is in a slot machine. Another unique aspect of the regulations as they have come out, and as the technical standards will flesh out, is the ability to have in-session features inside of a game. So if you’re playing, you may be presented the opportunity for a fee — not a wager but a fee — to customize an avatar. You may be pre-


“They could play an electronic version of Jenga. Or there could be six or eight drivers in a competitive driving game where they’re looking at the same screen and they each have a steering wheel that’s mounted on the game.”

sented, through the use of an identifier and this in-session feature concept, the ability to select an additional or a different weapon. You may be able to customize your car in a racing game. The third big change the Gaming Commission adopted is a different set of standards for skill games’ prize pools compared with chance games. Maybe you can win part of a prize pool if you get so many points in a skill game. Instead of an all-or-nothing kind of situation, there will be a different set of standards in the skill and hybrid area. The regulations also allow for competitions, right? They do. Regulators anticipate two kinds of competitions. The first is a multiplayer game, a single slot machine with several player locations where six or eight people can sit at the same gaming device and play either collaboratively or competitively. Perhaps they could play an electronic version of Jenga. Or there could be six or eight drivers in a competitive driving game where they’re looking at the same screen and they each have a steering wheel that’s mounted on the game. The second concept of competition is a multiplayer system-based game, where you could have any number of players enroll from gaming devices into a common game run by a server. An example of that would be a military combat game such as “Call of Duty” that could have several people playing, either on a property or among properties, in a single round. The regulations also don’t prevent other types of competition. These are just the ones described and discussed as the rules were being developed. How does the casino know it won’t have a bunch of players who are so good the casino

won’t make any money? The 75 percent payback rule that exists today has been continued in these regulations; that has not changed. That 25 percent house advantage still will be subject, as it is today, to operator control. Some licensees get certified that they have the loosest slots in town because they set the win percentage higher than 75 percent, maybe as much as 95 percent. Those controls still will be available. What should game makers keep in mind when developing products like this? There are probably three levels of challenge the manufacturing community is going to have. The first will be the process of getting these technical standards done. You’re not necessarily going to be able to take off the shelf some very popular video game and immediately translate it into something you can put into a gaming device. There are going to be some mathematical and game design challenges in moving those concepts into the gaming arena. Challenge No. 2 is finding what I would call the holy grail kinds of games that really will take off. There are thousands of video games, but there’s data game designers can use to say “ ‘Candy Crush’ is really popular, so a ‘Candy Crush’ kind of game should be a theme.” A sub-part of that is: What games in multiplayer context will be successful or not? The third challenge will be the value proposition. Today, play on a gaming device is rapid — the turnover is quick, the number of plays per minute are high, and the revenue generated is related to how fast and how long people play. Skill games are going to be different. They’re going to be lon-

ger play — three minutes maybe, five minutes for a whole game session, and it’s not just what people are wagering. The skill and the hybrid games will have other in-session features that generate revenue Will social media be integrated into the machines? The draft technical standards provide for social media platforms to be incorporated. For example, the screen on a slot machine may be capable of allowing the player to log into Facebook or send a tweet or an email, provided the interface does not have any influence over the game. There’s not any real dispute over the standards or how it will be done; I think the issue will be how soon the player will want that service. I think it’s likely that the social media platform will show up in multiplayer system-based games first, because you want to be able to Facebook your friends who might be at a casino and say, “Hey, do you want to play a round of ‘Words With Friends?’ ” I think some manufacturers think they’re going to just have that capability built into the machine, and whether the casino operators enable it or not will be up to them. How close are we to seeing these games on casino floors? I expect the technical standards will get through the Control Board approval process most likely in October; if not, early November. Once the regulations and the technical standards are in place, that will provide the level of guidance the manufacturers need to configure prototypes and put them into the lab. My best estimate is we probably will see games submitted to the lab in the first quarter of 2016. The lab tests the machines to make sure the IT is correctly operating, and intellectual property and the systems and all the math is correct. I suspect in the second quarter of 2016 some of those games will make it to field trial. You’ll have a limited number of them at a limited number of casinos for 30 to 90 days. Once they meet field trial approval, they can get final game approvals. So I would say third quarter, this time next year, some of these games should be readily available.

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Calendar of events Tuesday, Sept. 29 Urban Land Institute Nevada: Las Vegas medical district Time: Check-in begins 7:30 a.m. Cost: $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers Location: Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas Information: Visit Learn about the latest plans for Las Vegas’ medical district and the UNLV School of Medicine. Barbara Atkinson, planning dean of the medical school, is scheduled to attend. “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 is a great place for development.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 Design-Build Institute of America luncheon Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers, $20 for owners/public agencies, free for student members, $10 for students nonmembers Location: Cili at Bali Hai Golf Club, 5160 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas Information: Visit Mark Hobaica, Henderson’s city architect, will discuss his experience leading several local projects, including City Hall. Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: Free Location: Nevada Health Centers, 1799 Mount Mariah Drive, Second floor, Las Vegas

Information: Visit Learn about community resources, grow your network and create new business opportunities while enjoying cocktails and snacks.

Thursday, Oct. 1 Roadmap to Success workshop: “Minimizing Liability in the Employment Relationship, From Hiring to Termination” Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Cost: Free for Henderson Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers, additional $10 for walk-ins Location: Henderson Business Resource Center, 112 S. Water St., Henderson Information: Visit Deanna Brinkerhoff, an attorney at Holland and Hart, will discuss how to avoid liability in hiring practices, effective employee investigations and discipline, and how to avoid legal landmines in employee terminations. Houldsworth, Russo & Company: “Tips for Long-term Planning and Investing” Time: 7:30 a.m. Cost: Free for clients, $35 for nonclients Location: Houldsworth, Russo and Company offices, 875 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas Information: Visit Certified financial planner Cheryl Constantino will discuss market volatility and long-term planning and investing. Stirling Club luncheon Time: 11:30 a.m. Cost: $26 Location: Gordon Biersch, 3987 Paradise Road, Las Vegas Information: Email Gail Marie Beckman, a crossword puzzle designer, will discuss how she got started in the puzzle business and what it was like growing up a “word nerd.”

Friday, Oct. 2 Southern Nevada forum Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Cost: Free

Location: Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas Information: Visit Southern Nevada lawmakers, government officials, business leaders and stakeholders will discuss priorities for the 2017 legislative session. Nevada Policy Research Institute 24th anniversary celebration Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $275 for individuals, $500 for couples Location: Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas Information: Visit The keynote speaker will be Neal McCluskey, director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute. McCluskey is author of “Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples and Compromises American Education.” “Legal Issues for Nevada Businesses” Time: 8 a.m.-noon Cost: Free Location: InNEVation Center, 6795 S. Edmond St., Las Vegas Information: Visit Local businesspeople, both seasoned entrepreneurs and those contemplating starting a business, are invited to an event coordinated by the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and the Association of Corporate Counsel Nevada that will address new policies and existing laws that affect business operations, practices and structure.

Saturday, Oct. 10 11th annual Southern Nevada solar home tour Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $5 per vehicle Location: Henderson Information: Visit Tour innovative “green” homes and buildings and learn how solar energy and other sustainable technologies can reduce monthly utility bills.


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Wi Calendars License type: Sales - calendars Address: 1300 W. Sunset Road, Suite 2209, Henderson 89014 Owner: Western Project Services LLC Wind8Water Feng Shui Management Consulting License type: Management or consulting service Address: Did not disclose Owner: Consuelo Sara Shroerlucke Yingbin Fan License type: Independent massage therapist Address: 2212 Paradise Road, Las Vegas 89104 Owner: Yingbin Fan Zapatas Laundromat License type: Laundry service Address: 3455 E. Lake Mead Blvd., North Las Vegas 89030 Owner: LCDC LLC 10-13 Family Shoes and Bags License type: Clothing and shoes accessory store Address: 2235 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas 89030 Owner: Ruiz LLC 7-Eleven Store License type: Convenience store Address: 2325 Las Vegas Blvd. North, North Las Vegas 89030 Owner: Sirhindi Gate Corp. AAA Certified LLC License type: Contractor Address: 4010 W. Hacienda Ave., Suite 110, Las Vegas 89118 Owner: Did not disclose Active Clean License type: Residential property maintenance Address: Did not disclose Owner: Otilia E. Gonzalez-Jara Advantage Home Medical Service License type: General retail sales Address: 2915 Losee Road, Suite 108, Las Vegas 89030 Owner: Rory Chin

All Desert Appliances License type: Repair and maintenance Address: 222 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 104, Las Vegas 89145 Owner: ADA Repair Inc. Allen V. Mclane License type: Real estate sales Address: 1820 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 101, Las Vegas 89104 Owner: Allen V. Mclane Amazing Pictures - Slotzilla License type: Photography Address: 425 Fremont St., Las Vegas 89101 Owner: Colorvision International Inc. American Protection Group Inc. License type: Security agency Address: 2123 Civic Center Drive, North Las Vegas 89030 Owner: American Protection Group Inc. American Star Guard Service License type: Private investigator Address: 1500 E. Tropicana Ave., Suite 111, Las Vegas 89119 Owner: American Star Guard Services LLC Anita Daniels License type: Real estate sales Address: 1810 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 100, Las Vegas 89104 Owner: Anita Daniels Apex Consulting & Advisory Group LLC License type: Management or consulting service Address: Did not disclose, Las Vegas 89129 Owner: Carl Petrini As They Grow License type: General retail sales Address: 9360 W. Flamingo Road, Suites 110-381, Las Vegas 89147 Owner: As They Grow LLC Ati Physical Therapy License type: Medical office Address: 1701 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 8B, Henderson

89074 Owner: Athletic & Therapeutic Institute Of Naperville LLC Ava License type: General services counter/office Address: 605 N. Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas 89110 Owner: Rashin Beauty LLC Azure Maids LLC License type: Residential property maintenance Address: 735 Round Table Drive, Las Vegas 89110 Owner: Teresa Walker B2B Delivery LLC License type: Express/delivery service Address: 3140 Polaris Ave., Suite 22, Las Vegas 89102 Owner: James Lascio Bank of America License type: Bank, commercial bank or banking corporation Address: 8550 W. Cheyenne Ave., Las Vegas 89129 Owner: Bank of America Barbara P. Bhatt License type: Real estate sales Address: 1820 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 101, Las Vegas 89104 Owner: Barbara P. Bhatt Best Nails & Spa License type: Cosmetics Address: 2505 Anthem Village Drive, Suite F, Henderson 89052 Owner: Best Nails & Spa II Inc. Beverlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cleaning License type: Repair and maintenance Address: 5116 Golden Lane, Suite A, Las Vegas 89119 Owner: Alondra Lopez Bikram Yoga Centennial Hills License type: Instruction services Address: 6446 N. Durango Drive, Suite 130, Las Vegas 89149 Owner: Hot Yoga Centennial Hills LLC Bin 702 License type: Alcoholic beverage caterer Address: 418 W. Mesquite Ave., Las Vegas 89106 Owner: Bin 702 LLC Bluestar Tax Service License type: Business support service Address: 3065 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 156, Las Vegas 89108 Owner: Latresha Perodin Bob Glover Agency, American National Insurance Co. License type: Insurance agency Address: 1313 Arville St., Las Vegas 89102 Owner: Robert Glover

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Ever After Photography LV LLC License type: Photography studio Address: 5527 Echo Hawk St., North Las Vegas 89031 Owner: Ever After Photography LV LLC

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Excel Academy License type: Test preparation Address: 9480 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 140, Henderson 89074 Owner: Excel Education Inc.

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39 Chip, Skip or Harry of broadcasting 40 Quite big 41 Some TVs 42 Surrounding glow 43 Poll man 44 Company cars, as a group 45 Block, beaver-style 49 Stuff 50 For nothing 52 Wearing nothing 53 Large mackerel 54 Actor Ladd 58 Patients’ main MDs, to insurers 59 AARP concern 60 Santa __ Valley: California wine region 61 Endure 62 Leading 63 Take it easy 64 Electric guitar wood 65 Spiked cakes 66 Hardly secret 67 Per-unit pay scales 70 Verify with several sources 71 Norman’s home: Abbr. 72 Winter fabric 74 Stomach discomfort 75 Customers 76 Romance novel publisher 79 Barrel maker 80 Hot-and-cold fits 81 Prefix with morph 82 Three-pronged letters 85 Generic trendsetters 86 “Redemption” author 87 “Let __!”: “Get going!” 89 PNC Park player 90 Charged 93 “Not a chance!” 94 Where to see many El Greco works 95 No longer squeaky 96 Le __, France 97 Pentathlon blades 98 Painting medium 99 “Pinocchio” goldfish 100 One of a daily trio 102 Publisher Chandler 105 ENVY and OMEN laptops 106 Distribution word 107 Water under le pont

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