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Apr 10, 2017

A longtime Las Vegas icon has angered some on the left after his image was used to bash Hillary Clinton. Vegas Vic, a fixture on Freemont Street since it was erected outside of The Pioneer Club in 1951, used to say “Howdy partner” to passersby. Now his words are causing legal action.

Apr 6, 2017

Only it, the Flamingo and the successor to the Sahara (now the SLS) are left. The Sahara was completely gutted. The Flamingo only has memories of Bugsy.

Apr 5, 2017

Athleisure is the future. It seems that every major retailer is trying to jump on the movement that was once thought as just a passing trend, but is now seen as a radical shift in what Americans demand from their clothing.
"Athleisure is the new casual," Deirdre Clemente, a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently told Business Insider.

Apr 4, 2017

The stories of the Calac cousins and other Nevadans who fought in World War I echo very faintly today.

Apr 3, 2017

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spends millions of taxpayer dollars on high-end entertainment, including top-shelf liquor and $300 steaks, as well as gifts for employees and first-class trips for board members. The agency’s lavish purchases at times have little or no business purpose and routinely violate its own vague expense policies, a Las Vegas Review-Journal investigation found.

Mar 29, 2017

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you must love Yucca Mountain. It keeps coming back. In the new budget submitted by President Donald Trump, we can’t afford the National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts, or to take care of the poor and sick, but we can afford $120 million to get the licensing back on track for a nuclear waste dump about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Mar 27, 2017

Decades before Harry Reid was at his peak, it was hard to argue that Patrick McCarran wasn’t the most powerful Nevada politician to emerge from the state. He was elected to the U.S. Senate four times and carried heavy legislation during his tenure, including a 1934 act that helped establish a swath of safety regulations for aircraft. Before his years on Capitol Hill, he had served as a justice on the Nevada Supreme Court and in the state’s Legislature. When he died in 1954, he was ranked as one of the most powerful senators in Washington.

Mar 21, 2017

Opponents of the newly revived federal plan to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain are preparing for battle with the Trump administration as the political winds seem to be shifting in favor of the project.

Mar 21, 2017

Many of the remaining Las Vegas civil rights pioneers gathered at the Westside School last week for the premiere of a documentary that chronicles Southern Nevada’s African-American community.

Mar 20, 2017

The Las Vegas airport should be renamed after the recently retired U.S. senator who many in Nevada call the most politically powerful man in state history, some legislators argued at a Senate hearing on Friday.

Mar 20, 2017

Multiple speakers told a Senate panel on Friday that they would be proud to fly through Harry Reid, Las Vegas International Airport if a name change proposal becomes a reality. Speakers ranging from Assemblyman Nelson Araujo to Dreamer Astrid Silva testified in support of Senate Bill 174 heard by the Senate Government Affairs Committee.

Mar 16, 2017

My mother explained she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment on the logical grounds that enshrining gender equality in the Constitution would elevate a man to a woman’s level. But some menfolk in Nevada and beyond need a little elevating, especially those who don’t pick up on why the ERA mattered then, matters now—and wound up being voted on in the Nevada legislature 35 years after the clock supposedly ran out on its passage.

Mar 14, 2017

In a week the Raiders inched closer to leaving Oakland, Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman had a reminder for the NFL: Don’t forget downtown.

Mar 10, 2017

In a week the Raiders inched closer to leaving Oakland, Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman had a reminder for the NFL: Don't forget downtown.

Mar 9, 2017

In a week the Raiders inched closer to leaving Oakland, Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman had a reminder for the NFL: Don’t forget downtown.

Mar 3, 2017

About 160 people came to the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah on Saturday afternoon to hear a lecture by a Native American historian who tells the history of California using only indigenous sources. Dr. William Bauer, who is Wailacki and Concow, grew up in Round Valley and teaches history at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. His most recent book, “California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History” is based on oral histories told by Native elders, including Bauer’s own great-grandfather, as part of a State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA) project, during the Great Depression. University of California Berkeley anthropologist Alfred Kroeber was hired in 1935 to organize the SERA project upon which Bauer’s book is based. Bauer used the interviewers’ handwritten notebooks, rather than the anthropologist’s typewritten versions, because the final drafts were heavily edited.

Feb 24, 2017

On Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., the Grace Hudson Museum will host a talk by historian Dr. William J. Bauer Jr., a member of the Wailacki and Concow tribes of the Round Valley Indian Reservation, based on his recently released book, “California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History.” A book signing and reception will follow. The event is free with museum admission.

Feb 16, 2017

THE DESTRUCTION OF ALEPPO has been a heartbreaking reminder of the human cost of instability in the Middle East. Vulnerable civilians who lived in what was once one of the most diverse and prosperous cities in the region find themselves on the frontline of an intractable civil war with no place to go. With anti-immigrant populism on the rise, the current refugee crisis has revealed a callous unwillingness on the part of the United States and Europe to help mitigate the crisis, even before President Trump’s executive order to ban Syrian refugees indefinitely.