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WEEK IN REVIEW WEEK AHEAD EVENTS TO FOLLOW AND NEWS YOU MISSED
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles started issuing Golden Knights-branded “Vegas Born” license plates, which cost $37 plus a $6 transfer fee for standard plates.
UNLV HOSTS LECTURE ON LAW AND #METOO UNLV will host a free lecture on the roles of lawyers during the #MeToo movement VOTER on Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Thomas and REGISTRATION Mack Moot Courtroom in UNLV’s WilDEADLINES (For the November 6 election) liam S. Boyd School of Law. Michele OCT. 9: Last date to Hirshman, a partner at Paul, Weiss, register by mail Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm, OCT. 16: Last day to will host the public lecture. Hirshman, register in person who works in the international firm’s OCT. 18: Last day to litigation department, represented register online 21st Century Fox during investigations concerning Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly harassment allegations. The event is anticipated to last an hour, with a reception to follow. To RSVP, visit eventbrite.com/e/the-role-ofthe-lawyer-in-metoo-with-michele-hirshmantickets-50146167537. –Camalot Todd
CANCER RESEARCHERS WIN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE James Allison of the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University in Japan will share the roughly $1 million Nobel Peace Prize, awarded them October 1 for discoveries that help the body marshal its cellular troops to attack invading cancers. Their research has led to drugs that release the brakes on the immune system and constitutes “a landmark in our fight against cancer,” said the Nobel Assembly of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, which selects the winners of the award.
THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK
GRUDEN GETS FIRST WIN IN 10 YEARS The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders scored a touchdown with 30 seconds to go in regulation, then kicked the game-winning field goal with 1:46 to go in overtime on September 30, giving coach Jon Gruden his first win of his second stint coaching the team, a wild 45-42 triumph against the Cleveland Browns at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. The Raiders had blown fourth-quarter leads in each of the previous two weeks, losses at Denver and Miami. AMERICA TUNES IN FOR KAVANAUGH DRAMA More than 20 million people watched the September 27 testimony of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred when the two were teenagers. That’s an audience size similar to that for a playoff football game or the Academy Awards, and it’s likely that more than the 20.4 million people reported by Nielsen on September 28 watched it, because the company counted average viewership on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, but didn’t immediately have numbers other networks, such as PBS, C-SPAN and the Fox Business Network. NET NEUTRALITY LAWSUIT California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality measure September 30, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration. The Federal Communications Commission last year repealed rules that prevented internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. Net neutrality advocates worry that without rules, internet providers could create fast lanes and slow lanes that favor their own sites and apps or make it harder for consumers to see content from competitors.
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GOV’T GRANTS FUNDS TO NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
The Department of Justice awarded more than $246 million in grants to Native American communities on Sept. 19, including more than $113 million to help improve public safety, serve crime victims, combat violence against women and support youth programs in the community, according to a press release. “With these awards, we are doubling the amount of grant funding devoted to public safety programs and serving victims of crime in Native American communities,” said Jesse Panuccio, principal deputy associate attorney general, in his remarks at the 26th-annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference. Several million went to Nevada tribes, including $1,004,552 to Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe; $450,000 to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada; $299,900 to the Moapa Band of Paiutes; and $1,350,000 to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. “There is an unacceptable level of violent crime and domestic abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” Panuccio said. “This increase in resources, together with our aggressive investigation and prosecution of crimes, shows how seriously Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions and the entire Department of Justice take these issues.” –Camalot Todd
San Jose Sharks right winger Barclay Goodrow (23) falls down beside Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller during the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game September 30 in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/John Locher)
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OCTOBER 1 REMEMBRANCES At the Clark County Government Center, pictured, 58 doves were released at sunrise, each with the name of a victim of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting attached to its leg. At Las Vegas City Hall, a crowd of about 150 people prayed. And at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the Strip, dozens of people gathered to remember the event and celebrate the lives of those lost. These were among many events throughout the Valley a year after the Oct. 1 shooting. (Photo by Wade Vandervort/staff)
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4. STAY UP TO DATE WITH SOFTWARE Operating system upgrades and security patches are among your computer’s strongest protections from identity theft hackers because they close loopholes that may leave your computer vulnerable.
2. CREATE ORIGINAL PASSWORDS WITH UNIQUE CAPITALIZATIONS, NUMBERS AND LETTERS Use “3” for “e” or “!” for “i.”
3. DON’T STORE OR SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have all had massive data breaches since 2015. Any information on those pages can become public when the sites are hacked.
1. USE TWO-FACTOR OR MULTIFACTOR AUTHENTICATION Known as 2FA, two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security that requires not only a username and password, but an added security measure that only the user should have access to at the time of logging in. The most common two-factor authentication required by companies is a code sent to a user’s cellphone, either by text or automated call, that the user will have to confirm.
Tips for protecting your identity
s technology improves, hackers have become smarter and their techniques more advanced. The personal information of innocent and unknowing victims, many of whom live in Las Vegas, is out there for the taking. ¶ The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates an average of 12 million Americans have their identities compromised each year in the form of their driver’s license, Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, resulting in more than $15 billion in theft annually. ¶ An independent study from New Yorkbased Harris Insights & Analytics estimated that as many as 16 million Americans, or 5 percent of people living in the U.S., were victims of identity theft in 2017—up from just under 15 million in 2016.
BY CHRIS KUDIALIS | WEEKLY STAFF
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM HACKERS AND EMAIL PHISHERS Phishing scams
Phishing is one of the easiest and most efficient ways for a cyber thief to steal a victim’s personal information and identity. While most are targeted via email and phone calls, phishing has spread to social media, texting and mobile apps, writes Carrie Kerskie, a Florida-based national expert on identity theft. Here are a few common methods:
Fake calls or email requests to “verify” information, such as passwords, Social Security numbers, bank and credit card information, as well as scammers posing as financial institutions, tech support agencies, hospitals or collection bureaus.
Fraudsters using false phone numbers, social media accounts and email addresses over time to develop a relationship with the victim and then obtain personal information.
Links disguised as “winning vouchers” that instead download and install malware and viruses. In order to win the prize, victims are directed to enter their personal information, which puts it into the hands of hackers. If an email prize offering seems too good to be true, it usually is, Kerskie said.
4 5. SHRED UNNECESSARY PAPERS WITH PERSONAL INFORMATION Documents with bank accounts, Social Security numbers, credit cards and signatures can also be swiped off a desk at work or home.
6. MONITOR YOUR ACCOUNTS Catch and stop identity theft in its early stages by keeping a close eye on your expenditures and accounts.
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Viruses hidden in Microsoft Word documents. The fraudster will trick the victim into enabling macros, stating an update needs to be installed or permissions need to be given to allow the document to be viewed properly, according to Bostonbased fraud expert Robert Siciliano.
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A 2016 report from the FBI suggested the effect of phishing scams cost Americans more than $5 billion a year. Spotting a phishing attack can be difficult, Boston-based fraud expert Robert Siciliano wrote, but basic errors, such as poor spelling and grammar and a strange or mismatched sender address are warning signs.
Cloud storage is used by nearly 2 billion people worldwide, according to market research firm Statista. But only about a quarter of those people completely trust that the cloud will keep their data secure, according to a 2017 report by Forbes. Users of popular cloud platforms such as iCloud, Google Cloud, Microsoft OneDrive and Azure, DropBox and Amazon Web Services should always exercise caution, Siciliano warned. The best way to avoid risks is by ensuring a provider encrypts data files during storage, as well as transit, within a range of 128 to 256-bit.
Encryption, encoding information so that only authorized parties can access it, is one way to protect from identity thieves. Messages, calls or video sent using encryption are wrapped in a digital key that’s scrambled when it’s sent and can only be “unlocked” by the recipient. Digital encryption, used by messaging service WhatsApp, is extremely complicated, said security expert Jake Williams, founder of cybersecurity provider Rendition Infosec, making the technology harder for a hacker to crack. But as any technology, encryption will not always protect users as long as it’s owned by another company.
Identity theft in Nevada
Using FBI and Federal Trade Commission data from 2017, personal security website ASecureLife ranked Nevada as the riskiest state for identity theft. The distinction factored in average loss per victim and the number of victims per 100,000 residents. “If you think about gambling and spending in Nevada, it could be a place thieves look for victims,” company spokeswoman Emily Patterson said. “A lot of protection also is related to better online hygiene practices.” With the average victim losing $5,964, the state ranked seventh among U.S. states in average dollar amount lost per victim. Its 14.4 victims per 100,000 residents ranked second only to Hawaii, but its total identity theft loss per capita was more than double the next closest state. The study looked only at residents, meaning more than 42 million tourists who visit Las Vegas each year were not included, Patterson said.
Hacking and elections/voting booths
Can hackers listen to me talking on the phone or video chatting?
Richard Stiennon, chief strategy officer at Blancco Technology Group, believes that each digital action and click a user makes, even on their private computers and servers, is subject to being watched—by hackers, governments or even computer companies. That includes video chatting and phone conversations, which Stiennon said are more vulnerable than ever. Like Williams, Stiennon recommended using fully encrypted apps, such as WhatsApp, for messaging, video chat and audio calling.
Hackers’ reach can go as far as the ballot box, as seen during a well-publicized hack of Virginia and Illinois-based voting polls in the 2016 elections. Demonstrators at the annual Black Hat Convention in Las Vegas demonstrated the hack, which Nevada is immune from because of updated technology that uses encrypted servers, said Wayne Thorley, deputy secretary of state for elections. The 2017 Legislature allotted $8 million to help counties purchase updated voting equipment, which was in place statewide for this year’s primary. Electronic poll books are connected to a network that communicates with county voter registration databases, protected by counties, Thorley said. Joe Gloria, Clark County registrar of voters, said work to secure election and voter infrastructures was ongoing well before 2016.
Sources: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, National Crime Victimization Survey, Harris Insights & Analytics, Identity Force, Forbes, Statista, Javelin Strategy & Research, ASecureLife
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If 2017-2018 was the season of the Golden Misfits, 2018-2019 could be the year of Team #NoFluke. After racking up 109 points, winning the Pacific Division and reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year of existence, the Vegas Golden Knights find themselves once again being dismissed by both national media members and longtime hockey fans, many of whom seem to be writing last season’s results off as some random aberration. “The Golden Knights were already facing a serious challenge in showing that their incredible first season in the NHL wasn’t a fluke,” NBCSports.com wrote last month, positing that defenseman’s Nate Schmidt’s 20-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug would make matching last year’s success even more difficult. Schmidt’s missed time could hurt the team, sure, but likely not as much as the addition of expected second-liners Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty should help. And remember, goalie MarcAndré Fleury missed significant time last season with injury. So, as tough as it might be for some to believe, the Golden Knights actually appear to be set up far better heading into their second season. Time to see how that translates on the ice.
(Left to right: Marc-André Fleury, Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson by John Locher/AP Photos/Photo Illustration)
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BY JESSE GRANGER t was just past 10 p.m. in Las Vegas—and 1 a.m. in Montreal—when Golden Knights’ newcomer Paul Stastny heard the trade rumors. He immediately grabbed his phone and texted his longtime friend—Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty. “Is it true?” Stastny asked. “What are you talking about?” Pacioretty replied. “Don’t be yanking my chain,” Stastny laughed. “I just heard something.” Pacioretty wasn’t sure if the news was out about a deal sending him to Las Vegas in exchange for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a secondround draft pick. Once Pacioretty confirmed the trade was public knowledge, he answered Stastny with similar glee. The two couldn’t be happier to join forces with the Golden Knights. On July 1, Stastny signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Golden Knights. The 32-year-old center was the prize acquisition for Vegas this offseason … until the team traded for Pacioretty on September 9. Stastny has amassed 220 career goals and 426 career assists during 12 seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets. Pacioretty racked up 226 goals and 222 assists during his 10 seasons with Montreal. The two have only played together on Team USA in the World Championships—but they’ve known each other since before they were NHL stars. The American hockey community is tight-knit. Stastny was close with veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk when they played together in Colorado and St. Louis, and Shattenkirk grew up playing with Pacioretty. Through Shattenkirk and a number of other mutual friends, Stastny and Pacioretty con-
nected and often met up for dinner after games between their teams. Their wives and parents even joined in and became friends along the way, so it’s safe to say they’re closer than most players who have competed on opposing teams throughout their careers. “Selfishly, I’m really pumped,” Stastny says. “[Even] more off the ice than on the ice. In the locker room I have another forward that I’m familiar with. We’re both learning new faces together. We’re both going through the learning experience together.” The two have leaned on each other as they’ve moved their families to Las Vegas, gotten their kids enrolled in school and learned coach Gerard Gallant’s system every day in practice. The pair is expected to play together on the second line, and will be a key in determining the Golden Knights’ success this season. “[Ending up in Las Vegas] was something this summer that we talked about when I was a free agent— where I might sign, where he might get traded or, down the road, if he doesn’t re-sign with Montreal,” Stastny says. “You never believe it’s going to come true, but when it actually came to fruition we were both excited.” One signed as a free agent and the other got traded from Montreal, but somehow the two ended up in Las Vegas together. “Once he had signed here, he saw trade rumors and potential trade destinations, [for me]” Pacioretty says. “We spoke many times about how great it would be if I ended up here. I had to sign an extension in order to come here, and there were many reasons why I signed it. But Paul Stastny was definitely one of them.”
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Max Pacioretty (John Locher/AP Photo); Paul Stastny (Jack Dempsey/AP Photo) Inset: Pacioretty and Stastny celebrate a World Championship match in Helsinki, Finland, in 2012. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Heikki Saukkomaa)
Daniel Carr (wing) Signed as a free agent to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
James Neal (wing) Signed with Calgary as a free agent on a five-year, $28.75 million deal.
David Perron (wing) Signed with St. Louis as a free agent on a four-year, $16 million deal.
Nick Holden, (defenseman) Signed as a free agent to a two-year, $4.4 million deal.
Luca Sbisa, (defenseman) Signed with New York Islanders on a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
Max Pacioretty, (wing) Traded from Montreal, signed a fouryear, $28 million extension.
Paul Stastny, (center) Signed as a free agent to a three-year, $19.5 million deal.
Tomas Tatar (wing) Traded to Montreal.
Nick Suzuki (center) Traded to Montreal.
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The Golden Knights’ magical inaugural season was one for the ages, but the players aren’t satisfied. They fell three wins short of hoisting the Stanley Cup and are determined to finish the job in Year 2. On paper, there’s no reason why the Golden Knights shouldn’t be one of the best teams in the NHL again. They return the most productive line in hockey with William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith— all still young and only improving. Behind them, the second-line received a complete overhaul, with Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny replacing James Neal and David Perron. Neal and Perron were great offensively, combining for 41 goals, but they were a liability defensively. Pacioretty and Stastny bring equal firepower on both ends of the ice. Young players Alex Tuch, Erik Haula and Tomas Nosek showed flashes last season and now appear ready to take another step in their development. Whomever ends up playing alongside Stastny and Pacioretty should see a major boost to his offensive numbers. The Golden Knights’ defense could struggle, especially early with Nate Schmidt serving a 20-game suspension and Shea Theodore having missed most of training camp during contract negotiations, but goaltending could help offset that. Last season Vegas went through the worst streak of goalie injuries in recent memory, with top netminder Marc-André Fleury missing two months due to a concussion and two of his backups going down, too. That’s unlikely to reoccur, so 20 extra games with Fleury in net instead of Maxime Lagacé or Oscar Dansk should benefit the Golden Knights greatly. A lot of things went right for the Golden Knights to reach 109 points last season, but while they might not reach that mark, it doesn’t really matter in the end. The goal is to make the playoffs and finish the job, and this roster is better equipped to do that. –Jesse Granger
4 First goal: Jonathan Marchessault (October 4 vs. Philadelphia) Marchessault never hesitates to take a shot, so he’s more likely than anyone to find the back of the net first in the season opener at T-Mobile Arena.
First assist: Reilly Smith
(October 4 vs. Philadelphia)
This team is going to be really good again, and its record will be similar to last season.
Smith was one of the best distributors on the team last year with 38 assists, so he’s the best bet to dish the puck to Marchessault.
Goals leader: Jonathan Marchessault (39) Marchessault took a team-high 268 shots on goal last year—66 more than anyone else on the team. With defenses shifting toward William Karlsson, Marchessault should score even more this season.
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(William Karlsson ,Colin Miller, and Braden McNabb by John Locher/AP Photo; Reilly Smith by David Becker/AP Photo/Photo Illustration)
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In advanced statistical circles, it’s called “the Plexiglass Principle.” Originally devised by baseball analytics pioneer Bill James, it has also applied to other sports. The gist of the theorem is simple: A team that makes major improvements and exceeds expectations in one season usually falls back in the next, and vice versa. The Golden Knights might not sound like perfect candidates, because they had no set baseline for success as an expansion team last season. But numbers gleaned from their personnel pegged them as a .500 team at best going into the season, with analysts more commonly expecting them to be among the worst in the NHL. Instead, Vegas had a dream season—and dream seasons don’t tend to repeat. An inordinate number of Golden Knights had career offensive years— with regular-season points leader William Karlsson chief among them—that are certain to statistically regress. But defense is where the Golden Knights were particularly surprising last season. Everything coalesced, as they received exceptional play from their journeymen and breakout success from their young players. The Golden Knights have looked far shakier at limiting opponents’ scoring chances in the preseason and training camp this year. And the problem won’t get any better early in the season with top defender Nate Schmidt serving a 20-game suspension. Expecting Marc-André Fleury, who turns 34 years old in November, to make up for the shortcomings on his own is too much to ask. Fleury had a career-high .927 save percentage last season, another number bound to drop as he reaches an age that typically signals the downside of a goaltender’s career. The Golden Knights still have a terrific coach in Gerard Gallant and play to their strengths with an aggressive style. They’re not going to bottom out and fall out of the playoff hunt. But sports history says it’s unlikely they’ll pick up right where they left off as one of the best teams in the league. –Case Keefer
Assists leader: William Karlsson (46) Karlsson lit the
Points leader: William Karlsson (81) Karlsson’s goal
Blocked shots leader: Brayden McNabb (156)
Penalty minutes leader: Colin Miller (65) Miller’s game
Power play goals leader: Max Pacioretty (14)
NHL up with his goal scoring last year, but his elite passing ability gets overlooked. He might be on the other end of many of his line’s one-timer goals this year.
total might dip slightly from 43, but he’ll once again be involved in a lot of offense.
McNabb led the team in blocks last year with 176, and he’s currently slotted to play a lot of minutes as a first-pairing defender.
on the defensive end took massive strides last season. He’s still extremely aggressive and offensive-minded, however, so expect him to take a penalty here or there after being caught out of position.
Pacioretty brings one of the best wrist shots in all of hockey to Vegas, which translates to a lot of power play goals. Get him the puck in open space and watch him snipe.
Golden Knights All-Stars: William Karlsson & Marc-André Fleury Fleury was an All-Star last season, and should make it for a fourth time this year. After a breakout season last year, Karlsson appears likely to get his first All-Star nod. –Jesse Granger
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Philadelphia Flyers (Thursday, October 4) It’s a no-brainer that the home opener will be one of the biggest dates this season for the Golden Knights. Not only will fans get their first look at the 2018-19 roster, but there will likely be a grand opening ceremony that includes the hanging of multiple banners: Pacific Division and Western Conference champs. Washington Capitals (Tuesday, December 4) The defending Stanley Cup champions will take the ice at T-Mobile Arena for the first time since Alex Ovechkin and his teammates hoisted the trophy there on June 7. Both sides return with mostly the same lineups, so this contest should be a heated one. Los Angeles Kings (Tuesday, January 1) The NHL generally uses New Year’s Day to showcase some of its best matchups, particularly the Winter Classic, which is played at an outdoor stadium. (This year, the Blackhawks and Bruins will face off in Notre Dame Stadium.) There will be another marquee game in Las Vegas, however, as the Golden Knights host their rivals from Southern California after sweeping them in the first round of the playoffs.
Nashville Predators (Saturday, February 16) The Predators should again be one of the top contenders in the Western Conference, making this mid-February showdown an important one. The Golden Knights swept Nashville last season, so the Preds should be hungry for their first win over the franchise. Added bonus: a chance for backup goalie Malcolm Subban to face his brother, star Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban. Winnipeg Jets (Friday February 22) In late February, the Jets will travel to Las Vegas for a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals. Despite losing four straight games to meet their demise, the Jets were favored in the series and are expected to be even stronger this season. It’s also a reunion for new VGK center Paul Stastny, who played for Winnipeg during last year’s run before signing with Vegas in the offseason. –Jesse Granger Vegas’ Pierre-Édouard Bellemare (41) battles the Kings’ Alec Martinez (27) during Game 2 of their playoff series in April. The Knights won the game 2-1 in double overtime. (Las Vegas News Bureau/photo illustration)
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Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings LA’s brash superstar defenseman hasn’t been shy when speaking about his rivals up Interstate 15. “There’s no way they are going to be a better team than us by the end of the season,” he famously proclaimed last year … before Vegas topped the Knights by 11 points to win the Pacific Division title and swept them 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs. But that hasn’t stopped Doughty from talking about the Golden Knights going into this season. When asked for his thoughts on Vegas trading for Max Pacioretty, he replied that he wasn’t worried about it because the acquisition wasn’t as significant as San Jose signing defenseman Erik Karlsson.
Evander Kane, San Jose Sharks The Sharks will likely battle the Golden Knights atop the Pacific Division this year, so the games between the two will hold extra significance. Fans would consider a number of San Jose’s players villains, but none fit the bill better than Kane after he was suspended for cross-checking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the head during the teams’ second-round playoff series.
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals Wilson’s play often straddles the line between physical and downright illegal, and he has a knack for frustrating opponents. He did it well in the Stanley Cup Final, helping the Capitals take down the Golden Knights 4-1 to hoist the Cup. Vegas will want revenge when the teams meet up for the first time on October 10. –Jesse Granger
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City National Arena is packed to capacity for a Golden Knights practice, all eyes on the ice, when a dog walks in wearing a Golden Knights jersey. Attention suddenly shifts. The cute Jack Russell Terrier has been pretty popular ’round these parts since late last season, when owner Rick Williams season created social media accounts with the handle @BarkAndreFurry for the 10-year-old dog. He’s named, of course, for Vegas goalie Marc-André Fleury. Like his namesake, Bark-André also sports jersey No. 29. And just like Marc-André, Bark-André has goalie pads, courtesy
of Fleury’s equipment provider, CCM Hockey. Bark-André’s real name is Fenway. Williams says Bark-André is his alter ego, comparing his dog to Clark Kent and Superman. “When he puts on the jersey, he knows he is going to hockey,” Williams says. Bark-André, who has nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram, is dealing with his newfound local fame well. He recently visited a sick child at Sunrise Children’s Hospital who’d requested his appearance. He has also helped raise money for charitable causes. “We are always looking for a reason to volunteer and give back to the community,” Williams says. –Ray Brewer
Las Vegan Kyle Barber gets a free Golden Knights logo tattoo from Kappa of Revolt Tattoos during the pregame festivities for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals outside T-Mobile Arena. (Yasmina Chavez/Staff)
As Golden Knights’ fever swept through the Las Vegas Valley last season, many diehard fans opted to permanently commemorate the moment on their bodies. Joey Hamilton, and other artists from his local shop Revolt Tattoos, offered free VGK tattoos outside T-Mobile Arena prior to playoff games, and fans lined up by the dozens to get the team logo inked onto their skin. “A lot of people get tattoos to mark a point in time of their life,” says Hamilton, who has been in the tattoo business for 16 years and won Season 3 of the reality TV show Ink Master. Hamilton says his team gave out between 300 and 400 free tattoos throughout the memorable playoff run. Many fans called ahead to find out what time the artists would
arrive, so they secure prime spots in line. The trend has also spread to Hamilton’s shop on Paradise Road, where customers are regularly requesting them. Revolt utilizes a 6-by12-foot projection screen, on which Hamilton shows Golden Knights games so fans can watch their team while Hamilton works the needle. Many of the Golden Knightsinspired tattoos also have a connection to the tragic October 1, 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival—including the #VegasStrong moniker, the date or the logo from the festival. “I’ve tattooed police officers with the Golden Knights logo, many of whom were there that night,” Hamilton says. “I feel like it helps. It’s not just about the team. It’s about our community.” –Jesse Granger
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Improvements at City National Arena include a new scoreboard decoration and a gold and black paint scheme. (Steve Marcus/Staff)
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If you haven’t visited the Golden Knights’ Downtown Summerlin practice facility since last season, the building should feel very different. Walls that were once plain and gray are now black and gold, with murals of Golden Knights players and team logos hung throughout the space. The plain digital scoreboard has been replaced by a threedimensional castle that towers over the far end of the rink. And the renovation isn’t complete. The team plans to build a museum on the second floor next to MacKenzie River Pizza that will house artifacts like trophies and pucks from the historic inaugural season. ¶ The Golden Knights’ home rink at T-Mobile Arena also got a bit of a makeover in the offseason. Fans will immediately notice the new gold ring around the center logo, which really pops, as it’s much wider than the traditional center-ice circle. Not as noticeable are the new advertisements in the corners of the rink. All across the NHL, rinks are now putting four more advertisements in the ice behind the goals. –Jesse Granger
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REYNOLDS HALL WAITRESS Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 comedy-drama leaps from screen to stage with this Tony award-nominated musical, featuring a book by filmmaker Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Gravity,” “Brave”). It’s all about Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and pie chef who alights on the idea of baking her way out of her abusive marriage. Bring tissues. Times vary, $36-$127, Smith Center. –Geoff Carter
It’s been a busy year for England-to-LA DJ/producer Gareth Emery. Aside from the usual club gigs and production work (see this year’s “Call to Arms”), the trance mainstay launched his own streaming music service, Choon. Several things set it apart from Spotify, Apple Music and the like. You don’t use Choon to hear all your favorites; you go to discover new artists. And instead of paying a $10 monthly fee, you buy cryptocurrency tokens called notes—80 percent of which goes directly to the artist. Emery’s goal with Choon: establishing a fairer, more artistfriendly alternative to the digital music establishment. Which means Emery picked a hell of a time to also debut a new performance concept. Laserface is not your typical DJ set; Emery has some help thanks to laser production whiz Anthony Garcia. Together, the two create a Pink Floyd-gone-raving experience that floods large rooms with big trance tunes and dramatic, choreographed laser walls. For those accustomed to his usual Marquee gigs, Laserface is a whole other experience altogether—and yet another way Emery is disrupting the status quo. With Emma Hewitt. 8 p.m., $27$91. –Mike Prevatt
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The Mandalay Bay beach club brings the Miami mogul back to the stage Saturday for its last mega-party of the season. Expect to hear “Florida Boy” and “Green Gucci Suit” from Ross’ upcoming 10th studio album, Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill. 11 a.m., $20-$50. –Brock Radke
THU, OCT 4 THE WRITER’S BLOCK JOSEPH CASSARA The Writer’s Block might be moving south, but it will still feature October’s visiting authors—including Cassara, author of the acclaimed The House of Impossible Beauties— at the original Fremont store. 7 p.m., free, RSVP at bit.ly/2DIPuKu. –Mike Prevatt
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WHITE COFFEE South African artist Black Coffee was arguably the most exciting new-to-Vegas DJ this year. To cap Art of the Wild, he teams up with Wynn resident DJ and OffWhite fashion house founder Virgil Abloh for the first time in the U.S. October 7, 11 p.m., $20-$30, XS.
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hen your regular headliner ranges from The Chainsmokers to Diplo to Marshmello, it’s not easy to make one particular weekend stand out. That’s why Wynn Nightlife has been developing this weekend’s Art of the Wild lineup for over a year. The gentle lean toward house music and incorporation of new, international artists comes to its climax now at Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub. Can three days and nights in Vegas club life create a paradigm shift? Let’s find out.
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Deep house producer Guy Gerber’s Rumors brand started as an underground event in 2014 and has been shaking things up ever since. The Vegas version adds New Yorker Danny Tenaglia, Miami cultural curator Behrouz, breakthrough LA DJ Lauren Lane and Tel Aviv electronic force Sahar Z. October 7, noon, $20-$30, Encore Beach Club.
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CIRCO LOCO Blending the Ibiza scene into the Strip has been an essential theme in Wynn’s recent movement, so it only makes sense that one of the island’s most soughtafter brands is making its mark during Art of the Wild. This party stars experimental British DJ Damian Lazarus; techno producer, radio host and super-vegan Chris Liebing; Danish housereggae-funk artist Kölsch; and Glasgow’s rising party star Denis Sulta. October 5, 11 p.m., $25$45, XS.
RÜFÜS DU SOL The Australian trio played EDC 2017 and launched a residency at Encore Beach Club in June, and the act’s spontaneous creativity on the decks fits the weekend’s vibe perfectly. San Francisco melodic techno DJ Luttrell opens. October 5, 11 p.m., $20-$30, Encore Beach Club. Rufus Du Sol (Courtesy)
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Tech house DJ Lee Burridge has been taking his Brooklyn-born party on its biggest tour yet this year, hitting 15 countries, including first-time stops in Iceland and Turkey. Now he brings those everfresh soundscapes to Las Vegas with guest sets from Vancouver alt-dance duo Bob Moses and DJ, director and designer Hoj Jomehri. October 5, 11 a.m., $20$30, Encore Beach Club.
ELROW PARADISE Jamie Jones’ Ibiza-based Paradise party was essentially Wynn’s test run, bringing an explosive midweek Halloween party to XS last year. He returned to Encore during EDC Week and now brings burgeoning U.K. tech-house star Patrick Topping and deep house favorite Nicole Moudaber, also a promoter, label founder and prolific producer, for the biggest Paradise Las Vegas session yet ... at least until Halloween 2018. October 6, 11 p.m., $25-$45, XS.
The unofficial highlight of Art of the Wild is the West Coast debut of Barcelona’s elrow Family, presenting the brand’s beloved, Brazilianthemed Sambowdromo Do Brasil party at Encore Beach Club. This colorful, colossal marathon might be the one club event you need to catch this year, with music from German techno DJ Claptone, Australia’s rowdy Fisher, elrow mainstay Toni Varga and deep house/ progressive DJ Bastian Bux. October 6, noon, $45$85, Encore Beach Club.
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THE BIG DROP Boombox Cartel debuts at M a r q u e e M o n d ay s By Brock Radke
he music of Boombox Cartel has long been a fixture in Vegas clubs, where superstar DJs such as Diplo, RL Grime and DJ Snake have been blaring these genre-defying dance tracks for years. Now it’s time for Boombox in the flesh: Americo Garcia played a series of dates at Drai’s Beachclub recently and is set for his Marquee debut on Monday.
On finding his sound: “I was in rock bands in middle school and high school playing drums and bass and got really inspired by Passion Pit, Foster the People, Neon Indian and a bunch of indie bands. Then that Skrillex era hit right when I was learning to produce hip-hop and listening to Deadmau5. It was perfect timing for me, because my bandmates were going to college and growing up and I had to figure out how to make music by myself on my laptop. That’s why it’s all over the place, a little EDM here, more of the pop side over there.”
On making the jump to Strip nightclub gigs: “It’s a dream come true. I remember going to Vegas as a kid and seeing billboards of DJs and artists coming to play residencies at big hotel clubs, and now I get the opportunity to do it. Vegas is always BOOMBOX CARTEL crazy, and everyone is down to party no October 8, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30. Marquee, matter what time it is.”
On new single “ID” with Flosstradamus: “We worked on that song for a full day a couple weeks before EDC, and we 702-333-9000. played it live in front of all his fans and it really took off, so we posted a video On Boombox Cartel’s transition to a and the fans online went crazy. But this solo act minus Jorge Medina: “Jorge ran was a song we had for a year and a half that we into some visa issues and couldn’t make it to certain finally got the chance to finish up and coordinate shows, and with me being in LA or on the road all [the release] with Mad Decent [records]. We tried the time, we talked about it. While he figures all that a bunch of vocalists and rappers, hunting through stuff out, I’m going to be face of it for now. We’re to see who fit, but we just didn’t catch the vibe. It great friends, and we still work on music together. was all about that music and that big drop, so we Nothing’s changed as far as the music, because we put it out as is.” always had the same vibe.”
Party Brunch, Artist Development Bootcamp and more
Lavo at Palazzo launches its notorious Party Brunch season on October 6 featuring a special food menu, an expansive selection of Champagne and large-format bottles and music from resident DJs and special guests. This season also brings the new Rosé Terrace with views of the Strip. Party Brunch goes down every Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. House music legend Jesse Saunders is presenting the Artist Development Bootcamp Seminar at the Tuscany on October 6. Performance and vocal training, styling and photography, publicity and brand management will be among the topics. For more information, visit artistdevcamp.com. September 21 was named Dee Jay Silver Day in the City of Las Vegas by Mayor Carolyn Goodman, recognizing the frequent club visitor and producer while he was onstage at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel. Silver just wrapped up a tour with country star Jason Aldean last weekend and will be back in Las Vegas at Hakkasan on December 8. Earlier this month while the Las Vegas Strip was celebrating another mammoth Mexican Independence Day weekend, the Tao Group was busy taking over the Windy City. Tao Chicago marked its grand opening September 15 with guests including Kourtney Kardashian, David Grutman, Taraji P. Henson, Behati Prinsloo, Dinah Jane, Cheat Codes and a plethora of the city’s sports stars like Israel Idonije and Anthony Rizzo. The newest version of Tao is a 34,000-square-foot restaurant and nightclub located in the bustling River North neighborhood. –Brock Radke
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Fresh off last weekâ€™s release of fourth studio album Young Sinatra IV, Logic celebrates by taking the stage at Marquee. 10:30 p.m., $20-$30. Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000.
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Watch your waistlines, North Las Vegas! Soon, you’ll face a sweet new temptation, with the opening of Freed’s Bakery’s second location, the 1,160-square-foot Freed’s Dessert Shop. “It will carry all of Freed’s greatest hits—cake slices, cookies, breakfast items and dessert cakes,” says third-generation owner and operator Max Fried. “We’ve created a location serving what 80 percent of customers come in for: cake slices and dessert cakes.” The Dessert Shop will offer seating and an outdoor patio space. It’ll be a place to enjoy coffee and a strawberry shortcake, Freed’s most popular item and one of Max’s favorites. Expect a refrigerated display case along with a cookie case featuring macarons, almond bars, orange cake cookies, Russian tea cookies, fudge thumbprint cookies and more. The elaborate custom cake business, which is showcased on Food Network’s Vegas Cakes, will remain at the flagship Henderson location. The October 6 grand opening will double as the 59th anniversary celebration of the family owned shop. “Everybody here feels like family. One employee has been here for 40 years; she’s been here since I was born and has seen me grow up,” Fried says. “It’s neat to have a sense of history and tradition in Las Vegas, where businesses tend to come and go.” Expect that history to carry forward into the future: “We have some potential locations in the works that will accommodate the Southwest and Summerlin crowds.” –C. Moon Reed
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food & Drink Rooster Boy’s Mi Corazon and breakfast galette. (Steve Marcus/Staff)
Dishes worth crowing about Delve into French galettes and much more at Rooster Boy Cafe
Rooster Boy Cafe has a feel, look and ambiHer menu shows her worldly influences. From ence that are wholly un-Vegas. It’s the kind Back Home ($10) reflects her Lebanese heritage, of place where Clint Eastwood and Meryl combining labneh (thick Greek yogurt), cucumber, Streep could have deep conversations in The Bridges tomato, radish, olives, zaatar spice blend, boiled egg, of Madison County. And maybe that’s why it will flatbread (made in-house) and olive oil. Meanwhile, become a big hit for the breakfast and Mi Corazon ($13) is the chef’s take on ROOSTER BOY CAFE lunch crowd looking to start the day with a Mexican hangover cure—chilaquiles 2620 Regatta Drive #113, 702-560-2453. something out of the ordinary. made with tortilla chips, red or green Monday-Thursday, Chef Sonia El-Nawal has worked with salsa, shredded chicken, avocado, onion, 7 a.m.-4 p.m; a who’s-who of renowned restaurateurs, tomato and crema. Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. including Julian Serrano and Jean There are granolas, toasts and most Georges. As both a pastry chef and main interestingly, galettes. Hearkening back chef, she has run the show in hit restauto her time in France and her pastry rants throughout the world—Paris, Brusbackground, the chef prepares the sweet sels, New York City and Mexico City to name a few. and savory filled flaky pastries with everything from Now she’s brought her recipes to Lake Jaqueline at zucchini, thyme and roasted garlic to prosciutto, Desert Shores, the scenic northwest Valley outpost figs and caramelized onions. They’re worth the trip that also houses unique restaurants Americana and to Lake Jaqueline. Or Madison County. Whatever. Marche Bacchus. –Jason Harris
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Haute in here The Master Chefs of France assemble at the Palazzo
France is beautiful all year ’round, but there’s something particularly magical about it in the fall. And this month, the Palazzo is getting into the seasonal spirit with Haute Cuisine, a poolside affair with food and wine pairings curated by the Maître Cuisinier de France, otherwise known as the Master Chefs of France. “Anyone who enjoys fine wine and gourmet cuisine created by the esteemed Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, definitely needs to be here,” says Philippa Fryman, vice president of food and beverage for the Venetian and the Palazzo. It’s the sixth year the Palazzo has collaborated with Maîtres Cuisiniers de France for an autumnal event, and the second year Haute Cuisine will focus on healthy and sustainable produce and environmentally friendly seafood, meat and vegetables. That theme will be carried throughout the event, from organic and biodynamic wines to the evening’s upcycled décor made from wine corks and reusable potted plants and flowers. Never heard of the Master Chefs of France? The organization’s goal is “to preserve and spread the French culinary arts, encourage training in cuisine and assist professional development.” The title Master Chef of France is one of the most prestigious a chef can receive, and chefs within the 60-plus year-old association often boast the most distinguished rankings. Participating in this year’s festival are Steve Benjamin of Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills; Gérard Bertholon of Cuisine Solutions in Washington; Simon Bregadis, executive pastry chef at the Venetian and the Palazzo; Olivier Dubreuil, executive chef at the Venetian and the Palazzo; Jean Joho of Chicago’s Everest and more. Tickets cost $75 per person and $135 for two and are on sale now at venetian.com. –Leslie Ventura
Haute Cuisine October 5, 7 p.m., $75 ($110 with cookbook). Aquatic Club at Palazzo, 702-414-9000.
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Hot 100 bling Would you put Drake on your all-time top-five rapper list? His chart dominance says you should By Brock Radke
n MC’s greatness is measured in classic albums, unforgettable verses and all-around skill. No rapper is making anyone’s top-five list without that trio of traits. But there’s a different criteria for measuring the caliber of a pop star, which might be a more appropriate label for Drake. “Cultural phenomenon” could also work. Each year seems to be bigger than the one before it for the Toronto-born artist, who turns 32 years old this month and performs twice at MGM Grand Garden Arena this weekend as part of his Aubrey & The Three Migos Live tour. His fifth proper studio album—Scorpion, released in June—received mixed reviews despite its over-
whelming success; Pitchfork scored it 6.9 while noting that it’s “studded with gems.” All 25 tracks registered on Billboard’s Hot 100 in July, topping Drake’s own record of placing 22 songs on the charts from 2017 mixtape More Life. Scorpion has not and will not secure Drake’s legacy as a legendary MC, but its format illustrates the musical duality that created the pop star/cultural phenomenon. Rapping on one side, singing on the other, he continues to give the people everything they want, throwing in yet another viral dance challenge thanks to “In My Feelings” and a little-known internet comedian named Shiggy.
Billboard placed Drake at No. 21 on its recent list of the all-time greatest Hot 100 artists. No single rapper has been more successful—six No. 1 singles, 31 top-10 hits and eight consecutive No. 1 albums. Perhaps legendary MC Lauryn Hill is the role model, the only other artist beloved for effortlessly splitting the difference between hip-hop and R&B and seamlessly alternating between those genres’ two vocal styles. Drake noticeably samples her classic “Ex-Factor” to build a catchy Scorpion standout, “Nice for What.” Of those six No. 1 hits, two belong to Rihanna (“What’s My Name” from 2010 and “Work” from 2016) with Drake dropping complemen-
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HOW MICAH MALCOLM DRUMS FOR SIX (!) LAS VEGAS BANDS
with Migos. October 5-6, 7 p.m., $110-$230. MGM Grand Garden Arena, 702-531-3826.
BY LESLIE VENTURA icah Malcolm grew up playing drums in his youth group at Central Christian Church (where his dad served as a music minister). But once he heard Green Day’s Dookie, his sonic course changed. Now 34, Malcolm is still drumming—in six different local bands, all of which he parses out below. “I couldn’t be in the same band over and over again,” he says. “I like challenging myself.”
THE QUITTERS Type of band: Progressive punk. Joined in: 2004. Drumming technique: Experimental but laid-back. o/ Co urt Breakdown: Male sy ) colm calls The Quitters the most “evolutionary” of his six bands, eventually applying experimental touches to its progressive punk foundation. Sa
tary rhymes. He’s recorded so many successful ballads (“Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Find Your Love” come to mind) and dance-centric hits like 2015’s “Hotline Bling” and 2011 Rihanna collabo “Take Care,” it sometimes seems as if he’s tipping the balance toward smoother sounds that appeal to a broader audience. But three of the other four No. 1 tracks have come in 2018 (“God’s Plan,” “In My Feelings” and “Nice for What”) using a better blend of his
talents as a sort of stylistic level. Whether or not he’s making your all-time rap top five, you have to acknowledge that it’s difficult to compare Drake to any other MC, because of his versatility and widespread impact. It feels like most rappers who have come after his breakthrough have attempted to sample or straight-up mimic his style, yet none has achieved half his success. And that brings up a different musical debate: Who are your top five most influential MCs of all time?
ILLICITOR Type of band: Hardcore punk. Joined in: 2014. Drumming technique: Aggressive and loud. Breakdown: Holding Onto Sound was one of Malcolm’s favorite local bands, so it’s no surprise he joined this spinoff. “They’re so open to do the craziest stuff,” he says. THE DELTA BOMBERS Type of band: Rockabilly. Joined in: July. Drumming technique: Edgy but polished. Breakdown: The Vegas greasers are no strangers to the road—their
relentless touring recently included a festival in Spain. “To be in an already functioning machine is a really a cool opportunity.” NEW COLD WAR Type of band: SoCal punk. Joined in: 2013. Drumming style: “Me trying to play as fast as I can.” Breakdown: Malcolm describes NCW as a punk-rock jam band. “We just like playing music with buds,” he says. SAME SEX MARY Type of band: Garage rock. Joined in: 2017. Drumming style: Restrained and nuanced. Breakdown: Having employed a fluid crew of members since 2012, Same Sex Mary recently enlisted Malcolm. “Most of these songs existed years before I was even a part of [SSM],” he says. “I’m just trying to drum appropriately to the tunes and put a little bit of my flair into it when I can.” FARANGS Type of band: Progressive/alternative rock. Joined in: 2018. Drumming style: Tempered and melodic. Breakdown: “Any chance to play with Brian Cantrell, I will take,” Malcolm says of the Farangs frontman (who also plays in Same Sex Mary). He adds that the new group has plans to work mostly in the studio, “which is cool for me, because I’m all over the place.”
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An example of Kim Miller’s artwork. (Courtesy)
Sober realization Collage artist Kim Miller is making a new life in Vegas—and she’s doing it without alcohol By Leslie Ventura his town is strange without you.” “I keep thinking our paths will cross again.” “I smile every time I think of you.” Those are the opening lines from a handful of anonymous letters—letters artist Kim Miller asked people to write—which then became the focal point of her latest exhibit, Analog/ Dialogue (analogdialogueartshow.wordpress.com) up at Winchester Cultural Center through October 6. Each collage hanging inside the center contains a piece of text from a letter someone has been meaning to send to someone else. The results are eye-catching and purposeful—geometric watercolors juxtaposed against cut photographs that evoke a sense of longing and urgency. “Honestly, I was really surprised at how quickly people responded with very sensitive thoughts,” Miller says. “That surprised me, because in some ways we think we’re alone in that we have unfinished business, but it made me realize all of us have these ongoing conversations in our head that we haven’t
figured out how to have in person yet.” The 35-year-old Miller has been making art and collage for more than a decade. A Las Vegas Academy graduate, Miller studied technical theater in high school and went to college for theater management before landing gigs in various cities directing, producing and working as a scenic artist. Throughout that time, she continued making collage art for theaters and for friends. “It’s always been something that I enjoyed doing,” she says. But a few years ago, Miller was living a very different life—“I was working for a big theater in Chicago,” which she calls her then-dream job—when she suddenly got laid off. “I realized, I’m either going to have the biggest bender of my life or I’m going to suck it up and figure out what to do and basically just build from the ground up,” she says. Miller chose the latter, moving back to Las Vegas with her husband and subsequently ending her relationship with alcohol. But starting over and making such a drastic change wasn’t easy. “I’d been gone
for a long time,” Miller says. “I didn’t know anybody anymore. I wasn’t drinking, and it was super hard to make adult connections without working in theater. I really didn’t know how to make friends as an adult.” That led her to launch another project, Sober in Vegas (soberinvegas.com). “Most of us do go through times in our lives where we’re taking breaks from drinking—we’re on a diet or we’re sick or we’re pregnant or [people are] here for work, and they need to have their game face on and don’t want to be drunk,” she says. In addition to working a full-time job, being a mom to a 9-month old, writing as a freelancer and pursuing her art, Miller runs the Sober in Vegas blog and Instagram account to keep herself accountable and to foster a sense of community. “I have such a deep love for this city; it’s important to me to showcase Las Vegas to other places and get the word out,” Miller says. “If you’re looking to come to Las Vegas but drinking isn’t your thing, there are so many options for you.”
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The Lucy show Our literary and visual arts communities are about to get a significant new address By Geoff Carter as Vegas’ literary arts community is on the verge of locking down. All the pieces are in place. The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI), a nonprofit literary hub, supports writer-in-residence programs, runs Vegas’ City of Asylum international author refuge program and produces The Believer magazine and festival. We have a one-of-a-kind bookstore, the Writer’s Block; the popular Las Vegas Book Festival; a well-used network of libraries; and a population of poets, essayists and authors numerous and active enough to have earned itself a local monument, the Poets Bridge, in Downtown’s Lewis Avenue Corridor. The Poets’ Bridge is a short walk from what’s destined to become the new heart of literary Vegas: a three-story complex of condominiums and retail space at the corner of Sixth Street and Bonneville Avenue. Called the Lucy—from lux, Latin for light—it will be the new home to an
expanded Writer’s Block, whose Fremont Street storefront closed this week, and to a rotating cast of visiting creators-in-residence: two literary fellows sponsored by BMI, and a visual artist whose loft is co-sponsored by arts organizer Patrick Duffy and the Nevada School of the Arts. And it’s probably no surprise that it’s Beverly Rogers and her namesake foundation who are footing the bill for this “creative community space.” “I don’t know that the arts community here will ever be what it is in New York,” Rogers says, “but my goal, since I moved here when I was 12 years old, has been to raise the cultural barometer of this town—so that when I travel someplace, I don’t have to be ashamed.” We chuckle at that one: It’s funny because it’s true. But the Lucy is no joke. Rogers, with the help of Writers Block proprietors Scott Seeley and Drew Cohen, BMI director and Believer editor Joshua Wolf Shenk and others, is not trying to a make a sealed commune, but an artistic
engine that will be fueled by its community. Perhaps as soon as early December, you’ll be able to visit a Writer’s Block that offers coffee and pastries and stocks nearly four times the number of books it does now, while retaining its charming “bird sanctuary” theme. Here, you’ll meet artists and authors who are living, working and collaborating on-property, and join them for art and literary events held in a dedicated indoor events space or out in the parking area, which is handsome two-toned concrete and ready-wired for sound and video. For anyone who loves the arts, the Lucy is a gift box. Even Shenk, a member of the Lucy’s creative team, seems amazed that it’s real. “So much of BMI’s work is based on stimulating community and connection,” he says. “This is a grand new adventure in our relationship with the Rogers Foundation and the Writer’s Block.” And it’s a new adventure for Vegas, too, which has crossed many a Poets Bridge to get here.
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calendar LIVE music ACCESS SHOWROOM Arch Allies 10/6. Oleta Adams 10/20. Aliante Casino, 702-692-7777. Artisan Hotel Gary Fowler 10/4. 1501 W. Sahara Ave, 702-214-4000. Backstage Bar & Billiards RJ 10/6. Ten Ton Hammer, From the Ruins, Mastiv, Vile Child, Cirka:Sik 10/13. Julian Marley & The Uprising 10/16. Thunderdome Nightmare Ball 10/19. The Independents, Children of October, The Escapers, Muertos Heist, Intoxicated Rejects 10/20. 601 E. Fremont St., 702-382-2227. Beauty Bar Pig, Dirt Halo, Fira 10/4. The Last Gang, Rayner, Intoxicated Rejects, Wolfhounds, DJ Jr Ska Boss 10/5. Lone Kodiak, Swerve 10/6. Dead Poet Society, Pacific Radio 10/9. Assuming We Survive, Rivals, Riot Child 10/11. Wild Powwers 10/12. Carach Angren, Mors Prinicipium Est, Wolfheart, Empyrean Throne 10/14. GayC/DC 10/19. 517 Fremont St., 702-598-3757. BOOTLEGGER BISTRO Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns Mon. 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-736-4939. Boulevard Pool Superfuit, Betty Who, GoldBoot 10/20. The Cosmopolitan, 702-698-6797. Brooklyn Bowl Everlast, Evidence, Psycho Realm 10/5. Chelsea Wolfe, Russian Circles, Sharp Shock 10/6. Alkaline Trio, Together Pangea 10/14. Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah 10/18. Emmure, Stick to Your Guns, Wage War, Sanction 10/19. Danity Kane 10/20. Leftover Salmon 10/26. Social Distortion, Will Hoge, Pony Bradshaw 10/26. Leftover Salmon 10/26 (late). Tech N9ne, Dizzy Wright, Futuristic 10/28. In Flames, Fire From the Gods 10/29. Dawes 10/30. The Motet 10/31. Linq Promenade, 702-862-2695. Bunkhouse Saloon Dark Black, Slow Code, Poor, Von Kin 10/4. Parade of Lights, Tillie, Youth Fables 10/5. Thelma and the Sleaze, The Negative Nancys 10/8. The Happy Fits, The Solarists, Kyle Emerson, Lowercase Committee, Desert Island Boys 10/9. Peter Janda 10/10. Yung Heazy, Silverscape, Bad Phantom 10/12. Ex-Cult, K. Kilfeather 10/14. SadGirl, Indigo Kidd, Wild Wings 10/17. Death Valley Girls, DRÆMINGS, The Acid Sisters 10/19. Billy Strings, The All-Togethers, The Rifleman 10/20. 124 S. 11th St., 702-982-1764. The Chelsea Garbage, Rituals of Mine 10/5. Lenny Kravitz 10/6. Willie Nelson & Family, Lukas Nelson 10/19-10/20. Lea Michele & Darren Criss 10/26. The Cosmopolitan, 702698-6797. Chrome Showroom Ginuwine 10/20. Santa Fe Station, 702-658-4900. CLEOPATRA’S BARGE Paul Shaffer & The ShafShifters 10/11-10/13. Caesars Palace, 866-227-5938. THE CLUB Bella Donna (Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute), Petty & The Heartshakers (Tom Petty tribute) 10/6. Warrant, FireHouse 10/13. Three Lock Box (Sammy Hagar tribute), Lose Your Illusion (Guns N’ Roses tribute), Fan Halen (Van Halen tribute), Permanent Waves (Rush tribute) 10/20. Stryper, Autograph 10/27. The Cannery, 702-507-5700. The Colosseum Reba, Brooks & Dunn 10/10, 10/12-10/13, 10/17, 10/19-10/20. Christina
Shirley Manson brings Garbage to the Chelsea on October 5. (Robb Cohen/AP)
Aguilera, Big Boi 10/27. Caesars Palace, 866227-5938. CORNISH PASTY CO. Sól, Necrodancer, Commonear 10/25. 10 E. Charleston Blvd., 702862-4538. Count’s VAMP’D Graham Bonnet Band, The Remainz 10/4. Kingdom Come, Crash Midnight, Garden of Eden 10/5. Smashing Alice, Systemec 10/6. John Zito Electric Jam 10/10. Brant Bjork, Stone Deaf, Mezzoa 10/11. 750 W. Sahara Ave., 702-220-8849. DALLAS EVENTS CENTER Boney James 10/6. Amanda Miguel & Diego Verdaguer 10/12. Texas Station, 702-631-1000. THE Dispensary Lounge Gary Fowler 10/5. Jo Belle Yonely 10/6. Rene Toledo Quartet 10/10. 2451 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-458-6343. Dive Bar The Goddamn Gallows, Gutter Demons, The Strikers, The Wreck 10/5. The Vibrators, Fist Fight on Ecstasy, 1/2 Ast, AntiVision, Lean 13 10/6. Life’s Torment, Cognizant, Red Stinger 10/7. Genitorturers, Echo Black, The Offering 10/17. Berdoo, Project Redline, Brute Force, Vicious Rumors, Revolta 10/19. Trash Panda, Stereglass, Wicked Garden, HMD 10/20. 4110 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-586-3483. DOUBLE DOWN SALOON Greenriver Thrillers, Doc Hammer, Agent 86, Poor 10/5. The Psyatics, The Swamp Gospel, Water Landing, The Implosions, DJ Atomic 10/6. 4640 Paradise Road, 702-791-5775. DOWNTOWN CONTAINER PARK Blue Man Group Drum-Off 10/6. 707 Fremont St., 702359-9982.
Eagle Aerie Hall Secrets, Amarionette, Fugue, Dark Altar, Guilty by Design 10/11. Sworn In, Noble, Dredge the Lake, Fault 10/13. 310 W. Pacific Ave., 702-568-8927 Encore Theater The Moody Blues 10/5-10/6. John Fogerty 10/10, 10/12-10/13. 10/17, 10/1910/20. Wynn, 702-770-6696. EVEL PIE Ten Foot Pole, War Called Home, Better Broken 10/5. Parade of Horribles, AntiVision, Lawn Chairs 10/8. Western Settings, Decent Criminal, Anti-Vision, Jerk! 10/17. El Escapado, No Loves 10/18. Cardiac 10/19. Follie, Better Broken, Wolfhounds, Narrowed 10/20. 508 Fremont St., 702-840-6460. THE FARM Jessica Manalo, Catfish John, Flux 10/6. 7222 W. Grand Teton Drive, barnbuddiesrescue.org. FREEDOM BEAT Kaylie Foster 10/5. Rick Duarte, Shawn Eiferman 10/6. Jessica Manalo 10/7. Ryan Whyte Maloney 10/12. Cameron Calloway, Dan Fester 10/13. Mahi Crabbe 10/14. Jill & Julia 10/19. Shawn Eiferman, Elmer Abapo 10/20. Downtown Grand, 702-719-5315. Fremont Country Club Nekromantix, Messer Chups, Los Carajos 10/31. 601 E. Fremont St., 702-382-6601. Fremont STREET EXPERIENCE The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 10/21. vegasexperience.com. Gilley’s Saloon Chase & The Pursuit 10/4. Scotty Alexander 10/5-10/6, 10/17. Just Dave 10/10-10/11. Michael Austin 10/12-10/13. Rob Staley 10/18-10/20. Treasure Island, 702-894-7722. GOLD MINE TAVERN Stef N Rock 10/5. Forget to
Remember 10/6-10/7. Updog 10/12. Eleven Eleven 10/13. Little Bit Country 10/18. Benders 10/19. Das Band 10/20. 23 S. Water St, 702- 478-8289. Golden Nugget Showroom The Guess Who 10/5. Scrap Metal 10/6. Everclear 10/12. The Buckinghams 10/19. Night Ranger 10/26. 866-946-5336. GRAND EVENTS CENTER Rick Springfield 10/20. A Tribute to the Eagles 10/27. Green Valley Ranch, 702-617-7777. HARD ROCK HOTEL POOL Phora 10/14. 702693-5000. Hard Rock Live Arise Roots, Lady Reiko & The Sin City Prophets 10/13. 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-733-7625. House of Blues The Front Bottoms, Great Grandpa 10/4. Adelitas Way, Dinner Music for the Gods 10/5. Chief Keef, Lingo Nation 10/6. Dashboard Confessional, All Time Low 10/9. Jonathan Davis, Julien-K 10/10. Biz Markie, Empire Records 10/13. Bullet for My Valentine 10/16. Café Tacvba 10/19. Tamia 10/20. Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey 10/26. The Damned, Radkey, The Darts 10/27. Mike Shinoda, Don Broco 10/30. Santana 10/31. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7600. M PAVILION Martin Nievera, Patti Austin 10/20. M Resort, 702-797-1000. MGM Grand Garden Arena Drake, Migos 10/5-10/6. Ozzy Osbourne, Stone Sour 10/13, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Boz Scaggs 10/20. Phil Collins 10/27. 702-531-3826. NINJA KARAOKE Snak the Ripper 10/10. 1009 S. Main St., 702-487-6213.
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Orleans Arena Glampyres Pride Parade Afterparty ft. Dev, Morgan McMichaels, Nina Sky & more 10/19. Nightmare on Q Street ft. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ja Rule, Too $hort & more 10/20. 702-365-7469. Orleans Showroom Peabo Bryson 10/6. REO Speedwagon 10/28. 702-365-7111. Park Theater Dropkick Murphys 10/5. Central Live 10/10. Sting & Shaggy 10/13. Widespread Panic 10/26-10/28. Park MGM, 844-600-7275. Pearl CONCERT THEATER Gareth Emery: Laserface 10/5. ZHU, Tokimonsta 10/20. Simple Minds 10/21. Blink-182 10/26-10/27. Palms, 702-944-3200. Rocks Lounge Jesse Cook 10/12. Cover to Cover: A Tribute to Boston & Styx 10/20. Red Rock Resort, 702-797-7777. SAHARA LOUNGE Wicked Garden 10/6. Void Vator 10/13. Danny Wilde 10/16. 100 E. Sahara Ave., 702-907-6669. SAM’S TOWN LIVE Blues, Soul & Old School ft. Bigg Robb, R-3 & more 10/5. Billy Ocean 10/7. Music Is Us 10/19. 702-456-7777. Sand Dollar Lounge Hunter & The Dirty Jacks 10/4. Blues Society Jam 10/5. A Slight Return 10/6. Jimmy Powers & The Hang Dynasty 10/7. Goldtop Bob 10/8. Stoked! 10/9. Americana Night 10/10. The Bar Squad 10/11. The Rayford Bros. 10/12. The Moanin’ Blacksnakes 10/13. Gig Boss Birthday Jam 10/14. Open Jam 10/15. Ronnie Foster Trio 10/16. The Funk Jam 10/17. The Strip Kings 10/18. Chris Tofield 10/19. The Moanin’ Blacksnakes 10/20. 3355 Spring Mountain Road, 702-485-5401.
Burial, The Acacia Strain 10/25. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5000. WESTGATE INTERNATIONAl THEATER Barry Manilow 10/4-10/6, 10/25-10/27. 800222-5361. ZAPPOS THEATER Lionel Richie 10/510/6, 10/10, 10/12-10/13, 10/17, 10/19-10/20. Backstreet Boys 10/24, 10/26-10/27, 10/31. Planet Hollywood, 702-777-6737.
clubs APEX SOCIAL CLUB DJ G-Squared 10/4. Gareth Emery 10/5. DJ Neva 10/6. Greg Lopez 10/7. Palms, 702-944-5980. Chateau Bayati & Casanova 10/4. DJ ParaDice 10/5. DJ Presto One 10/6. Paris, 702776-7770. DAYLIGHT DJ Neva 10/4. DJ Karma 10/5. The Irish Takeover with Wolfe Tones, I Am A Raver & Mark McCabe 10/5. Rick Ross 10/6. DJ J-Nice 10/7. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-4700. Drai’S BEACHCLUB Dave Fogg 10/5. Audien 10/6. Cromwell, 702-777-3800. Drai’s DJ Esco 10/4. Migos 10/5-10/6. DJ Franzen 10/7. Cromwell, 702-777-3800. ENCORE BEACH CLUB EBC at Night: Afrojack 10/4. All Day I Dream 10/5. EBC at Night: RÜFÜS DU SOL 10/5. elrow Las Vegas 10/6. EBC at Night: Conor McGregor 10/6. Rumors 10/7. Encore, 702-770-7300. Foundation Room DJ D-Miles 10/5. DJ Crooked 10/6. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7631.
SANDBAR Toby Keith, Ned LeDoux 10/26. Red Rock Resort, 702-797-7777.
Intrigue Duke Dumont 10/6. Afrojack 10/10. Wynn, 702-770-7300.
South Point Showroom Frankie Scinta 10/6-10/7, 10/20-10/21. Donny Edwards 10/1210/14. Frankie Moreno 10/25. Beginnings (Chicago tribute) 10/26-10/28. 702-696-7111.
Light Ludacris 10/5. Metro Boomin 10/6. DJ Ikon 10/10. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-4700.
STAR OF THE DESERT ARENA Styx 10/6. Pancho Barraza 10/20. Primm, 702-386-7867. STARBOARD TACK Joe Jack Talcum, Coolzey, Brett Vee 10/13. Bitches in the Beehive, Water Landing, Pet Tigers 10/16. Miss Rayon, Cassie Ramone, Colleen Green 10/20. 2601 Atlantic St., 702-684-5769. Stoney’s Rockin’ Country Brodie Stewart 10/5. Dylan Schneider 10/12. Jake Rose 10/19. Stephen Wesley 10/26. Town Square, 702-435-2855. SUNCOAST SHOWROOM One More Night (Phil Collins tribute) 10/20. Serpentine Fire (Earth, Wind & Fitre tribute) 10/27. 800-745-3000. Terry Fator Theater Boyz II Men 10/510/7, 10/13-10/14, 10/19-10/21. Mirage, 702792-7777. T-Mobile Arena System of a Down, At the Drive-In, Skeltonwitch 10/19. 702-692-1600. TopGolF CRSB 10/12. Love & Theft 10/13. 4627 Koval Lane, 702-933-8458. Velveteen Rabbit Peaceful Retreat, Bad Phantom, Holla Mons 10/5. Max Pain & The Groovies, Free LSD’s Bad Trip, No Tides 10/10. Ants in the Pants 10/18. 1218 S. Main St., 702-685-9645. Vinyl Snoh Aalegra 10/5. Mayday Parade, This Wild Life, William Ryan Key, Oh Weatherly 10/12. SG Lewis 10/16. Chase Atlantic, Cherry Pools, Riley 10/19. After the
Marquee DAYCLUB CID 10/5. W&W 10/6. Candypants 10/7. The Cosmopolitan, 702333-9000. Marquee Logic 10/5. French Montana 10/6. Boombox Cartel 10/8. The Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000. TAO BEACH DJ VTech 10/5. Kay The Riot 10/6. Charlie Darker 10/7. Venetian, 702-388-8588. TAO DJ Five 10/4. Jerzy 10/5. DJ Mustard 10/6. Venetian, 702-388-8588.
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Performing Arts & Culture Backstage Bar & Billiards Downtown Drag 10/4 601 E. Fremont St., 702-382-2227. BARNES & NOBLE Aliza McCracken book signing & reception 10/6. 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd., 702-631-1775. Charleston Heights Arts Center Rainbow Company Youth Theatre: Winnie the Pooh Thru 10/7. 800 Brush St., 702-229-2787. Clark County Library Las Vegas Stories: Haunted Vegas 10/4. ¡Viva el Mariachi! 10/5. Las Vegas Brass Band: 25th Anniversary Concert 10/7. UNLV Jazz Ensemble II & Contemporary Jazz Ensemble 10/10. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400. CSN Performing Arts Center (Horn Theatre) CSN Music Scholarship Concert 10/9. 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 702-651-5483. EXPOSURE VEGAS Performing arts festival 10/6. Downtown venues, exposure.vegas. Garehime Heights Park California Guitar Trio + Montreal Guitar Trio 10/5. 3901 N. Campbell Road, 702-229-2787. The Gay & Lesbian COMMUNITY Center 25th Anniversary Honorarium 10/6. Red Rock Resort, thecenterlv.com. The Joint Kevin O’Leary 10/10. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5000. THE Mob Museum The Gambler: The Secret Life of Las Vegas Resort King Kirk Kerkorian 10/4 Jonathan Karrant 10/6. 300 Stewart Ave., themobmuseum.org.
XS Circo Loco 10/5. Paradise 10/6. Black Coffee & Virgil Abloh 10/7. Encore, 702-770-0097.
Mystère Theatre Cirque du Soleil/Nevada Ballet Theatre: A Choreographers’ Showcase 10/7, 10/13-10/14. Treasure Island, 702-894-7722.
SAM’S TOWN LIVE Life Long Dreams: This Is Us 10/6. 702-456-7777.
BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB Rick Izquieta, Zhivago Blea 10/4. Rampart Casino, 702-507-5900. Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club Nick Griffin, Jack Coen, Cheryl Anderson 10/410/7. Ralph Harris, Mark Eddie, Gooch 10/810. MGM Grand, 866-740-7711.
THE Smith Center (Reynolds Hall) Psycho w/Las Vegas Philharmonic live orchestration 10/6. Waitress 10/9-10/14. (Cabaret Jazz) Giada Valenti 10/4. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. 10/5-10/6. Angie LaSpina: Peggy Lee, the Stage Biography 10/7. The Composers Showcase 10/10. 702-749-2000.
The Colosseum Sebastian Maniscalco 10/610/7. Caesars Palace, 866-227-5938.
The Space Naomi Mauro 10/4. Mondays Dark 10/8. 3460 Cavaretta Court, 702-903-1070.
COMEDY CELLAR Rocky Dale Davis, Leo Flowers, Traci Skene, Matteo Lane 10/410/7. Gregg Rogell, Jackie Fabulous, Julian McCullough, Jeff Leach 10/10-10/14. Rio, 702-777-2782.
UNLV (Artemus W. Ham Hall) UNLV Wind Orchestra: Bite the Bullet 10/4. (Rando-Grillot Recital Hall) Grisha Goryachev 10/5. 702895-2787.
Harrah’s Showroom Tom Green 10/710/8. 702-777-2782.
West Charleston Library Dance of the Nations 10/6. 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 702507-3940.
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LeBron James and the Lakers face Golden State October 10 at T-Mobile Arena. (Gregory Bull/AP)
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Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Primal Water: Japanese Contemporary Art Thru 10/21. 702-693-7871. Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery Etty Yaniv: On the Horizon 10/41/5. 800 Brush St., 702-229-2787. Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery October 1 Victims Portrait Memorial Exhibition Thru 10/19. Reception 10/4. 500 Grand Central Parkway, 702-455-7030. Nevada Humanities Program Gallery Hearts4Vegas Thru 10/5. 1017 S. 1st St. #190, nevadahumanities.org. Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Jeff Fulmer: Desert Flora Thru 10/20. Kristin Meuser: Abstract Sewing Thru 10/20. 1025 S. 1st St. #155, 719-371-5640. Sahara West Library Nevada Watercolor Society: Fall Show Thru 12/16. James Stanford: Shimmering Zen Thru 11/24. 9600 W. Sahara Ave., 702-507-3630. West Charleston Library Las Daniel Miller: Unsheltered Thru 10/21. 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-507-3940. Winchester Cultural Center Gallery Kim Miller Thru 10/6. 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 702-455-7340.
FOOD & DRINK FOOD IS ART 10/5. Keep Memory Alive Events Center, 888 W. Bonneville Ave. GRAPE STOMP FESTIVAL 10/6-10/7. Pahrump Valley Winery, 775-751-7800. GREAT AMeriCAN FOODIE FEST 10/4-10/7. Sunset Station, greatamericanfoodiefest. com. Seven oh Brew Oktoberfest 10/4-10/7. Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W. Craig Road, sevenohbrew.com.
SPORTS NBA PRESEASON Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors 10/10. T-Mobile Arena, 702-692-1600. QUintet 3 Combat grappling show 10/5. Orleans Arena, 702-365-7469. Ring Warriors Wrestling 10/10-10/11. Sam’s Town Live, 702-456-7777. UFC 229 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor 10/6. T-Mobile Arena, 702-6921600. UNLV FOOTBALL New Mexico 10/6. Sam Boyd Stadium, 702-739-3267. UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER Fresno State 10/7. Peter Johann Memorial Field, 702-739-3267. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS Philadelphia 10/4. Buffalo 10/16. Anaheim 10/20. Vancouver 10/24. Tampa Bay 10/26. Ottawa 10/28. T-Mobile Arena, 702-692-1600.
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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron
AT THE BETTING WINDOW, AS EVERYWHERE ELSE, KNIGHTS FEVER HASN’T BROKEN
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ookmakers were caught like an over-aggressive defender who allows an odd man rush when it came to the Vegas Golden Knights last season—exploited after making one wrong move. Local sports books infamously posted the Golden Knights as the biggest long shot in the league to win the Stanley Cup and Western Conference, and were bombarded by bets from fans. Bettors stood to collectively take casinos for millions before Vegas fell to Washington in the Stanley Cup Final. Bookmakers aren’t going to find themselves out of position again a year later. The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, which took a handful of bets at 500-to-1 on the Golden Knights to win last year’s Stanley Cup, opened the team at 10-to-1 this season and has already seen it bet down to 8-to-1. The action has been so overwhelming at the locals-dominated Station Casinos sports books that the Golden Knights are now 9-to-2 to win the title. They’ve drawn more than double the amount of money of any other team in the futures, but still pose far less of a risk than last season. “There’s no comparison at all,” says Red Rock Resort sports book director Jason McCormick. “We’re able to start fresh and put the Knights in an appropriate range after the team exceeded expectations in all areas last year.” Still, the more the Golden Knights win, the
more sports books lose. Station shifted the Golden Knights to the favorite to win the Western Conference at plus-220 (risking $1 to win $2.20) after they drew eight times more tickets than any other team. Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk management at the Superbook, posted the Golden Knights’ over/under point total at 96.5. It has moved more than any other team, with a flood of money forcing the total as high as 101.5. It currently sits at 100.5. “It’s the largest decision we’ve ever had on a season win total, or point total, in any of the four major sports,” Sherman says. That’s significant considering the NHL traditionally draws a fraction of the betting attention compared with its counterparts in the NFL, NBA and MLB. Even Sherman, who knew the Golden Knights would again be a popular bet, has been surprised. He thought professional bettors would attack the under on the Golden Knights’ win total given the likelihood of regression. They eventually did, but it took the number getting to 101.5 to draw the biggest under bets, and there haven’t been enough to offset the majority of gamblers going with the over. “It’s just amazing the way the momentum has sustained itself,” Sherman said. Sports books’ objective is always to maximize their profit, but they’re more accepting of losing money on the Golden Knights because of the team’s stronghold in the community and the way
it drives traffic at the betting window. The bookmakers are fans too. Sherman and fellow Superbook supervisors Jay Kornegay and Ed Salmons are all Golden Knights season-ticket holders. McCormick is a regular at T-Mobile Arena, and sounds more excited breaking down whether Erik Haula or Alex Tuch should play on the second line than speaking about how he’ll handle attracting money against the Golden Knights on a nightly basis. “We’re all cheering for them and willing to swallow the pill of whatever we’re going to lose if they’re successful,” McCormick said. “We’re not backing down from them at all.” There was a well-circulated joke last year that bookmakers wouldn’t be able to enjoy a potential championship parade down the Strip, because they’d be too busy looking for new jobs. That’s not the case for the 2018-19 season. Sure, casinos will take a hit if the Golden Knights prevail, but they’ll pay out with a smile. “At the shorter odds, even when we’re taking larger-sized bets, the liability just doesn’t add up to what we had last year with 500-, 200- and 100-to-1,” Sherman says.
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Golden Knights' defenseman Deryk Engelland
ELITE EIGHT SPORTS BOOKS HAVE INSTALLED THESE EIGHT NHL TEAMS AS THIS YEAR’S FAVORITES ■ Tampa Bay Lightning (7-to-1) The Lightning had the best goal differential in the NHL last season at plus-60 and remains the consensus top team in the league. ■ Vegas Golden Knights (8-to-1) Bookmakers peg the Golden Knights as the sixth- to eighth-best team in the NHL, but they’re at the top of betting boards because of the sheer betting volume they attract. ■ Toronto Maple Leafs (8-to-1) Toronto made the biggest offseason acquisition in luring Ontario native John Tavares away from the New York Islanders in free agency to pair with budding superstar Auston Matthews. ■ Nashville Predators (10-to-1) The Predators won the President’s Cup by posting an NHL-high 117 points in the regular season last year, and are once again the favorite in the Western Conference’s Central Division. ■ Boston Bruins (10-to-1) Aside from Vegas, Boston was the biggest breakout team of the 2017-18 season behind one of hockey’s most efficient first lines: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
■ Pittsburgh Penguins (12-to-1) The Penguins have drawn the second-most tickets of any team to win the Stanley Cup at the Westgate as they look for their fourth title of the Sidney Crosby/ Evgeni Malkin era. ■ Winnipeg Jets (12-to-1) Winnipeg caught such fire in the second half of the regular season and playoffs last year that it was briefly favored to win the Stanley Cup heading into the conference finals before falling to Vegas 4-1. ■ San Jose Sharks (12-to-1) Local bettors aren’t smitten with the rival Sharks, but they come into the season edging the Golden Knights as the top power-rated team in the Pacific Division, boosted by the acquisition of Erik Karlsson. –Case Keefer
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Energy Choice Initiative Voting “yes” asks the Nevada Legislature to create a competitive energy market that would open doors for other energy companies—not just NV Energy—that wish to do business in Nevada.
By Yvonne Gonzalez
M Weekly staff
illions have been spent in Nevada on each side of the Energy Choice Initiative, a measure that passed overwhelmingly in 2016 and could be amended into the state constitution if voters approve it this year. Ballot Question 3 asks the Nevada Legislature to create a competitive energy market in place of NV Energy’s monopoly by July 2023. The measure seeks to give choice to all energy customers, not just rural cooperatives that get exemptions and large companies that pay to exit the system. If it passes, lawmakers will grapple with how those choices can be added without putting consumers at risk as they choose from dozens, if not hundreds, of plan options. The measure is largely supported by Switch, which has a data center in Nevada and is moving forward with plans for a large solar project. NV Energy is opposing energy choice, putting millions toward the Coalition to Defeat Question 3.
■ What would be deregulated under the proposed law? There are three aspects to the ener-
gy market: generation, transmission and distribution. The measure requires competition in the generation category. Transmission and distribution do not need to be deregulated to create the competitive market, according to the measure.
■ What happens to rates? Both sides of the
would no longer have a monopoly over generating power and marketing it to consumers. The utility may need to divest itself of its generation assets to make room for others if energy choice passes.
energy choice debate say their plan is the best for rates. Supporters point out that rates went down in some states that switched to energy choice, such as New York, while opponents say Nevada’s rates are already lower than many parts of the country. A Guinn Center report did not side with energy choice, citing uncertainty and saying prices could be swayed by the ballot measure’s implementation and oversight.
■ What happens to the Public Utilities
■ What states have already switched to
Commission of Nevada? Under energy choice, the
competitive markets? Nevada is one of 24 states offering some type of energy choice. Proponents in Nevada have pointed to restructured energy markets in Texas and Pennsylvania as examples. Opponents point to California’s deregulated market and the “brownouts” that resulted after.
■ What happens to NV Energy? NV Energy
market itself would set its own prices based on competition. Setting prices was the Public Utilities Commission’s responsibility, and energy choice would shift the focus of the group to consumer protection, according to proponents.
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Voting “no” leaves the market as is.
■ Would choice increase renewable energy use in Nevada? Energy choice would give Nevada consumers three options: a competitive market, self-generation or collaborative efforts such as community solar projects. These local cooperatives could give residents, who otherwise could not afford or accommodate panels, access to solar power. In Texas, customer demand in the competitive market prompted an increase in renewable energy. About 20 percent of Nevada’s energy consumption comes from renewable sources and its renewable portfolio standard is 25 percent by 2025. NV Energy has proposed renewable projects that it will pursue if energy choice fails.
■ Would energy deregulation benefit education? The Clark County Education Association and Nevada State Education Association have come down on either side of energy choice. While proponents say NV Energy overcharges large consumers such as the Clark County School District, opponents of the measure say the uncertainty of a deregulated market could cause costs to increase.
ers of the measure say the Legislature has the ability to pass laws creating the restructured market over three sessions, and the PUC can shift responsibilities from rate-setting to oversight.
■ Why would consumers need to be protected? Retail energy providers could offer a customer more than a hundred plans based on their household size, address, energy needs and renewable portfolio. The choices could be hard to navigate for some customers. Supporters of the measure say the cost savings would outweigh the time customers would need to sort through these options, and those that manipulate the market can be fined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Penalties can reach $1 million, up from $10,000 in 2005. Supporters of the measure acknowledge that the state would need to create a system to handle consumer complaints and ensure the PUC, or any other agency determined by the Legislature, can have oversight.
■ How much could it cost to implement?
■ Why a constitutional amendment?
The Legislative Counsel Bureau could not determine the fiscal effect of the ballot question, citing uncertainty in the timeline, uncertainty about what laws would need to be enacted to restructure the market, and which agencies would be involved. A PUC report says implementing energy choice could cost more than $100 million and an additional $45 million annually to operate. Support-
Nevada is the first state to pursue energy choice by seeking to amend its constitution. Opponents say this makes the move even riskier, taking another two elections to reverse if voters are unhappy with the new system. Supporters say this is a way to force the Legislature to create a system that gives “meaningful choices” for consumers.
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Where officials stand on Ballot Question 3
Supporters (“YES” VOTES) SEN. DEAN HELLER
Incumbent candidate for U.S. Senate “As a supporter of deregulation, open markets and more choices for consumers, Sen. Heller supports Question 3 because he believes it will bring more alternative energy to Nevada,” campaign spokesman Keith Schipper said.
Candidate for governor “I supported the ballot initiative when it was on last year, and I support it this year as well. I hope choice will make our state dynamic and give people more options.”
FORMER U.S. SEN. HARRY REID
“The people of Nevada, along with all Americans, are beginning to recognize that they are being held captive—it is time to end energy monopolies once and for all.”
GOV. BRIAN SANDOVAL
“I voted for Question 3 in 2016 and will vote for it again in 2018,” he has previously said, but spoke in favor of NV Energy’s proposal to pursue renewable energy projects if the ballot question fails.
Nevada Resort Association “We support a yes vote on Question 3 because we believe that our employees and residents should have the same opportunity for choice that we had.”
Clark County Education Association “CCEA wants the best for our community and the people of Nevada. We believe NV Energy has leveraged its monopoly power to overcharge the Clark County School District by millions of dollars every year, whereas a good corporate partner would use their influence to assist the district in times of financial strain.”
Opponents (“NO” VOTES) REP. JACKY ROSEN
Candidate for Senate “I have serious concerns about Question 3 and am planning to vote no. I support increasing renewable energy production in Nevada, but I’m concerned about moving to a more deregulated electricity system and the potential of higher costs and less protection for Nevada consumers.”
Candidate for governor “After listening to the concerns of Nevadans across the state, I believe Question 3 is harmful to Nevada and I cannot support it. I have long had concerns about the negative impact the initiative could have on consumers, labor, the environment and our economy. Question 3 risks the reliability of our electricity system, threatens the jobs of hardworking men and women and could slow our growing renewable energy sector. It provides too much risk without guaranteeing rewards of lower rates for consumers.”
“We oppose Question 3, because electricity deregulation is a failed experiment that has resulted in higher electric rates in other states. At a time when education budgets are already squeezed, our school districts simply can’t afford to have our limited resources diverted from the classroom to pay for increased electricity costs.” —Ruben Murillo Jr., a special education teacher in Clark County and president of NSEA “Nevada mines are still recovering from record losses in mineral values, while costs to operate continue to climb, and the time frame to permit a new mine extends into 10 years. Question 3 will create substantial uncertainty for both industrial and residential ratepayers. Adding another layer of uncertainty to the challenges already faced by miners at this time would be irresponsible.” —Dana Bennett, president of the Nevada Mining Association
“We are deeply concerned that Question 3 would put Nevada’s cattlemen and our rural communities at risk. Question 3 would raise electricity rates and harm the rural electric coops that Nevada farmers, ranchers, and cattlemen depend on for reliable electricity in these hardto-reach areas. To build and preserve our local agricultural community and maintain access to affordable electricity, we urge our fellow Nevadans to oppose this risky and costly ballot measure and vote no on Question 3.” —Sam Mori, president of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association
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evada PEP is a statewide familydriven nonprofit dedicated to improving home, community and school success for children with special needs. It accomplishes this by supporting families with information, mentoring and education activities. Nevada PEP offers the following services, free of charge: information and referral, a statewide lending library, biannual newsletters, conflict resolution support, individual assistance, training workshops, volunteer opportunities, family support services, monthly e-newsletters, webinars and systems advocacy.
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t’s a Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, and while many in the Valley are watching the second week of the NFL season or spending time with their families, dozens of locals are tucked away in a warehouse learning how to sell legal marijuana. Budtender Fight Club, held monthly since February 2017, teaches locals interested in joining Nevada’s legal marijuana industry the tricks and trades of the business, helping their résumés stand out to owners of dispensaries, testing labs, and cultivation and production facilities. “We’re here to help people get a job in the cannabis industry,” said Jason Sturtsman, a cannabis consultant and former manager at Las Vegas ReLeaf Dispensary. “We want to make sure when people come to Las Vegas, they’re getting a great customer service experience in marijuana, just like our other industries.” Sturtsman, 44, began the four-hour seminars as a passion project to educate people about the benefits of working in cannabis, during the early stages of Nevada legalization. A former psychologist in the Clark County School District and stakeholder in Downtown Las Vegas nightclub Beauty Bar, Sturtsman continues the classes to combat what he calls a wide range of misinformation surrounding the plant. The seminar has grown to include Budtender Fight Clubs in Reno and Southern California, held monthly at the same time as the Las Vegas seminar. For $25, Budtender Fight Club educates attendees on the science behind the more intricate elements of the plant—from concentrate extraction to distillation and emulsion. But on a more basic level, the class aims to teach that marijuana consumption doesn’t need to
be done in extravagant portions. “You don’t need as much cannabis as you think you do,” Sturtsman tells the room of 60 students, ranging in age from 21 to 67 years old. “Most people can get just as much benefit in low doses.” Between PowerPoint slides of complex diagrams, figures and technical scientific terms, Sturtsman inserts comedians, a raffle and thousands of dollars in prize giveaways to make the Budtender Fight Club experience as entertaining as it is educational. For attendees such as 27-year-old cultivation facil-
ity trimmer Samantha Buni, learning the technology associated with cannabis extraction is the next step in what she hopes will be a long career, helping her transition into a different sector of the industry. Buni first attended a Budtender Fight Club event focused on cultivation last year, and her certificate helped her land her first marijuana job. For others, such as Mark Balfe-Taylor, a yoga studio professor, and Katrina Reene, a sales professional, the first hour of a recent Sunday class was a completely new topic. Both Balfe-Taylor, 45, and Reene, 42, said they discovered Budtender Fight Club on social media and attended “to see what’s out there.” Balfe-Taylor, who has a chemistry background, said he picked the cultivation-specific workshop to explore a future career in a growing lab or testing facility. “I just wanted to see where the movement is heading and how they’re educating people,” Balfe-Taylor said. With as many as 42 new recreational dispensaries set to open in the next 12 months, and additional cultivation and production facilities and possible testing labs on the way after that, 4,000 new marijuana jobs could hit the Nevada economy in the next two years, adding to the more than 7,000 jobs already created, industry members say. Sturtsman reminded attendees that his workshop was just one step in the process of earning a job in legal cannabis. “You’re not going to get hired just because you have a smiling face and you like to smoke pot,” Sturtsman said. “That’s why it’s called Budtender Fight Club. You’ve got to fight to get a job in this industry because it’s not going to be given to you.”
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Chancellor, Western Governors University, Nevada Where were you when you received your 40 Under 40 award? Chancellor of WGU Nevada
Where were you when you received your 40 Under 40 award? Director of marketing and public relations at iHeartMedia Las Vegas
What’s been your biggest accomplishment since you were awarded? The continued growth of WGU Nevada and the success of our graduates. Since our founding in 2015, we’ve increased our enrollments nearly three-fold—today, 3,300 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. During this same period, more than 1,600 students have graduated and are making a difference in their respective professions and local communities. This academic year, we’re on track to graduate more than 800 students.
What do you want to accomplish? As a morning show co-host, I want to accomplish a “brand”—when people in Las Vegas listen to Joanna on Sunny 106.5, I want them to associate that with positivity, humor, fun.
What do you want to accomplish? I’d like to see the Nevada of 2030 look dramatically different than Nevada today—a stronger, more resilient workforce, a palpable culture of education and research, a place where an individual’s opportunity for a first-rate education is not a function of personal wealth or privilege. I’d like to be part of a community working to this end.
Who is your business hero? Delilah. Love her or hate her, when you hear her voice, you know exactly who that isworldwide. She is the ultimate brand builder. No one knows what she looks like, but you sure know the name. She affects people’s lives in the most positive way on the daily, and gives advice that is blunt, honest and real. She has disrupted radio markets her entire career. My favorite Delilah quote that I read in reference to her overcoming male leaders who didn’t see her vision was: “You, who have never had to buy a bra that fits, you’re going to tell me what women want?”
Who is your business hero? The one that comes to mind is John Yokoyama, the longtime owner of the 90-year-old Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. Yokoyama could have sold the shop to anyone, but he sold the business to four of his employees, making them owners in a business they helped build. Treating employees with fairness and respect is the hallmark of any great leader. What’s the best advice you have to offer? At the end of the day, there are very few things that any executive should withhold from his or her employees. Transparency and openness are paramount to the success of any organization.
If you ran Las Vegas, what’s the first thing you would do? During my almost 10 years in Las Vegas, time and time again I have heard people saying, “I love Las Vegas but don’t want my kids going to school here.” That is crushing to me. Our city is incredible, but our school system needs work. These children are Las Vegas’ future, so I would work on fixing that first. What’s the best advice you have to offer? Always remember that “no” means “next.” You can’t dwell on things that don’t go right the first time, move on quickly, otherwise your business will suffer.
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VegasInc Giving Notes MDL Group raised $1,222 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Animal Foundation received $20,000 from PetSmart Charities to support the daily operations of the Everyday Adoption Center at the PetSmart store at 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson. Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada recognized the organization’s volunteers, educators and investors with Thanks 2 You, an awards ceremony. Donna Haberman, vice president, market manager of Nevada State Bank, was awarded Volunteer of the Year. Will Mojica of Wyndham Vacation Ownership received the award for Volunteer Honorable Mention for a new company. Elaine Wynn Elementary School received the award for Elementary School Partner. J.D. Smith Middle School received the award for Middle School Partner. The Jobs for America’s Graduates program was honored with the High School Partner award. Liberty Leavitt, graduate initiative coordinator for the Clark County School District, received an award for Community Advocate. Katie Decker, principal for Walter Bracken, Walter Long and Hollingsworth elementary schools, received an award for Community Advocate. J. Ludwig of the Will Foundation and Push Media was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation. Clark County received more than $3.6 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes funding for 2018. PILT payments are federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal
lands within their boundaries. PILT payments help fund firefighting and police protection, construction of public schools and roads, and search-andrescue operations. Nevada State Bank gave $10,000 to Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. The donation will go toward providing financial literacy education to students in the community. The 20th annual AGEM/AGA Golf Classic Presented by JCM Global raised $228,000 for the National Center for Responsible Gaming, an organization dedicated to funding scientific research on gambling problems. Walker Furniture’s fifth-annual “Help for Heroes” program honored the following veterans with furniture deliveries: Adam Ortega Jr., John DeGoosh, Allen Sanzara, John Wind, Robert Leak, Dixie Leddon, Idelma “Del” Urolia, Joshua Tellez, Robert Reyes and Dean James Allen. As part of its commitment to contribute $37.5 million over five years to K-12 education in Nevada, Tesla announced an initial $1.5 million in funding grants to the following: n $315,550 to FIRST Nevada and $127,100 to Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (VEX) as part of a multiyear investment for the establishment of a quality robotics program at every school in Nevada. n $263,924 to the Desert Research Institute for a statewide teacher training infrastructure focusing on robotics and STEM, with future collaboration in partnership with UNR and UNLV.
n $262,700 to Envirolution Inc. for the Project ReCharge initiative, a STEM-based program related to energy, sustainability and project-based learning opportunities that empower students to make schools and businesses more energy efficient. n $200,000 to Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates for mentoring, employability skills development, career association, job development, and job placement services. n $154,083 to Sierra Nevada Journeys to foster passion in STEM studies. SNJ will provide 250 scholarships to attend the Overnight Outdoor Learning program at Grizzly Creek Ranch, increase access to SNJ STEM programs to 900 ad-
ditional students, and kickstart a Girls in Engineering camp in partnership with Tesla. n $76,643 to Energetics Education Inc. to pilot the Solar Rollers program in Washoe County. n $50,000 each to the Clark County and Washoe County school districts as part of the establishment of multiyear special assignment roles in career technical education offices. The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation gave $568,000 to Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program. AT&T awarded Dustin Jones the Gold Vail Award for his heroism during the October 1 mass shooting. Jones helped lead 80-100 concertgoers, including several who had been shot, to safety in a nearby office building. CSD (Communication Services for the Deaf) Learns and Wells Fargo & Co. launched an online financial education series for the deaf community. The first two courses, “Deal-
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Volunteers from Wells Fargo and NV Energy, along with Mrs. Nevada, Eve Dawes, helped build New Vista Ranch’s chicken coop. New Vista Ranch provides housing and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Raising chickens will help members learn to maintain the coop, gather and sell eggs and provide pet therapy.
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