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Archive for May 21, 2004

Developers of Henderson project settle complaint
Wilmark Development Co., Mark Schmidt Construction and WLW of Nevada Inc. developed, designed and built the apartments, the government said. They agreed to pay $718,000 to make the complex accessible to people with disabilities, federal ...
11:28 a.m.
Sports briefs for May 21, 2004
The 15th-ranked UNLV men's golf team shot a 12-over-par 300 and was tied for 19th place Thursday after the first round of the NCAA West Regional in Sunriver, Ore.
11:16 a.m.
Law clerk running against boss's husband put on leave
Chief District Judge Kathy Hardcastle placed a veteran law clerk on paid administrative leave three days after the woman filed to run against Hardcastle's husband for Family Court judge.
11:14 a.m.
Senate candidate asks for random listing on ballots
A perennial candidate has filed a lawsuit asking that candidates in Senate District 1 be listed in random order on the September primary ballot.
11:14 a.m.
Dad arrested after kids are left in car
Just hours after a campaign was launched to try to prevent more children from being left unattended in vehicles, a Henderson man was arrested by police after he allegedly left his 5-year-old daughter and 5-week-old ...
11:11 a.m.
Mom charged with murder in death of diabetic daughter
The mother of an 11-year-old diabetic girl who died because her insulin level dropped too low was charged with murder Thursday.
11:10 a.m.
Gaming briefs for May 21, 2004
MADISON, Wis. -- Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle is poised -- for the third time -- to veto a bill that would require legislative approval of the gaming compacts he negotiates with Indian tribes.
11:08 a.m.
IRS moves to liquidate Las Vegas company
Las Vegas-based NADN -- which claims to sell tax advice and audit services -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year. At the time, the Internal Revenue Service was the company's largest creditor with ...
11:08 a.m.
Extended-stay hotel opening in the fall
Todd and Michael Nigro, co-owners of Nigro Development, Michael Mixer, senior vice president at Colliers International land division, and the Argier family formed Russell Boulder LLC, which owns the property. The group has chosen Premier ...
11:08 a.m.
RTC to study Summerlin Parkway widening
A plan approved Thursday by the Regional Transportation Commission could make commuting easier for the roughly 230,000 drivers per day who drive on the congested Summerlin Parkway, RTC members say.
11:08 a.m.
Utility may change rate rules for some users
Nevada Power Co. knows it made a mistake, and the utility is working to correct the error.
11:08 a.m.
Rural water citizens panel eyed
The Southern Nevada Water Authority, battered by critics of its plans to develop wells and pipelines to bring groundwater to Las Vegas, may form a citizens' committee that would include representatives of the rural communities ...
11:08 a.m.
LV desperate for win in rematch with L.A.
Las Vegas Gladiators (7-7) at Los Angeles Avengers (8-6)
11:07 a.m.
Nevada ranks 25th in state taxes
Nevada's state and local governments collected $4.13 billion in taxes in fiscal 2003, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday.
11:04 a.m.
Bonuses on Yucca contract questioned
WASHINGTON -- The state wants to know if the Energy Department is violating any laws by promising millions of dollars in bonuses to Bechtel SAIC for completing its contract for the Yucca Mountain repository by ...
11:03 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Is Justice blind to labor law?
Everyone was happy. The justices, after a bout of temporary insanity flirting with a plan that would break basic labor law, had come to their senses.
11:02 a.m.
Parties are eager to tap Hispanic voting power
"Viva Bush!" signs now hang at most rallies for President Bush, even if there are few Hispanics in attendance.
11:02 a.m.
Stratosphere plans Tower Shops growth
The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower is expanding its Tower Shops by the size of a big supermarket and is undergoing a face lift in an attempt to attract more local business.
10:58 a.m.
Cement shortage hits Vegas hard
A cement shortage that has gripped the Southeast United States has moved to Southern Nevada, leaving local companies with a decreased cement capacity and causing some to allocate the building material and shorten their workweeks.
10:58 a.m.
State job machine humming
CARSON CITY -- Unemployment fell one tenth of a percentage point from March to April to 4.3 percent in Nevada, the state reported today.
10:58 a.m.
Ralenkotter promoted to head of LV tourism agency
Rossi Ralenkotter, voted in Thursday to replace Manny Cortez as the top executive of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said he expects to continue the work done by Cortez to attract more visitors ...
10:57 a.m.
Mall expansion showcased for ICSC
The Forum Shops at Caesars is betting that the mall's $100 million-plus expansion will pay off by maintaining or improving the Las Vegas property's already jaw-dropping sales numbers.
10:57 a.m.
Hard Rock deal rejected
A hearing has been ordered on the Hard Rock hotel-casino's controversial advertising campaign, even though the state attorney general's office, the state Gaming Control Board and casino management had brokered a settlement.
10:57 a.m.
Locations for poker championship set
Harrah's had previously said it would hold the event at the Rio, but Mayor Oscar Goodman urged the company to reconsider. The mayor's comments came during a March vote in which the Las Vegas City ...
10:48 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Stamos, Carlini perform the King and I
"I am going to bring this guy to Broadway," Stamos told us at the Carson Daly show wrap party at the Hard Rock Hotel's penthouse suite Thursday night. "Trent is far and away the best ...
10:47 a.m.
Selig expects Expos decision by July
NEW YORK -- Commissioner Bud Selig expressed confidence Thursday that the Montreal Expos will know the identity of their new home by mid-July.
10:25 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: NBA dribbles into Las Vegas for summer ball
While I've never seen an NBA summer league game, I was told Thursday that it closely resembles the NBA's fall, winter, spring, late spring and early summer league. In other words, the players wear real ...
10:24 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Westward expansion brings boost to purses
Although NASCAR's continued expansion into the West may not necessarily be welcome news to racing fans in the Southeast and those responsible for transporting the teams' cars and equipment across the country, drivers and team ...
10:16 a.m.
Rebels beaten in series opener at New Mexico
The Rebels need to win the remaining two games against the Lobos to secure the Mountain West regular-season title.
9:59 a.m.
Hamrick named to baseball committee
Hamrick will serve on the committee for a three-year period with his term expiring in September of 2006.
9:56 a.m.
World War II vets show they have what it takes
Three World War II veterans, including a Las Vegas man, each performed two parachute jumps to qualify to jump next month over Normandy, France, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
9:55 a.m.
Fishing report: Warmer water has creel count on the rise
Fishing at Lake Mead is good and is showing signs that it will be getting even better as the water temperature rises.
9:54 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: Magnificent elk calling for help
When I think about wildlife, I often reflect back to the cool days of autumn.
9:54 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Hollywood Park selections
1st Race -- TIMELY JEFF -- Draws good post for sprint opener, Nakatani on Mitchell trainee, solid jockey-trainer combo. REQUESTO -- Espinoza aboard Machowsky trainee, in good box for claiming dash, backers Requesto in winners ...
9:53 a.m.
Metro to settle in 2 deaths
Metro Police are expected to pay settlements totaling $400,000 to the family of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by an officer last year and to relatives of a detention center inmate who ...
9:53 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
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9:52 a.m.
Three seniors routes added
The Regional Transportation Commission at its Thursday meeting examined a plan to add three new routes to the Citizen Area Transit's Silver Star service in eastern Las Vegas, an expansion that RTC members say will ...
9:51 a.m.
Plan praised to improve access for handicapped
Members of the Regional Transportation Commission praised a plan to improve handicapped access to Clark County's public transportation system during their meeting Thursday.
9:51 a.m.
RTC OKs $437 million plan
The Regional Transportation Commission's $437 million spending plan for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, which includes money for large construction projects and adds five employees to the RTC staff, was approved by a 5-0 vote Thursday.
9:48 a.m.
Pedestrian struck on Boulder Highway
A valley woman was in critical condition on a ventilator this morning at University Medical Center after she ran into a crosswalk and was hit by a sport-utility vehicle in front of a restaurant along ...
9:46 a.m.
Obituaries for May 21, 2004
Pearl M. Bair, 88, of Las Vegas died Thursday in a local hospital. She was born May 7, 1916, in Chicago. A resident for 47 years, she was a retired saleswoman.
9:45 a.m.
14 people arrested in undercover probe of Nevada gun shows
All were charged in Nevada, unless otherwise noted:
9:45 a.m.
Man arrested on molestation charges
A Las Vegas man was arrested Wednesday on 50 child molestation-related charges after two 13-year-old girls told police he locked them in a closet, turned off the light and sexually assaulted them.
9:44 a.m.
Shortfall seen in Medicaid
CARSON CITY -- Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to poor people in Nevada, is $61 million short this fiscal year.
9:44 a.m.
Federal briefs for May 21, 2004
An Oregon lawyer is charged with money laundering in connection with an alleged Nevada prostitution business, according to a federal indictment released Wednesday.
9:44 a.m.
Boulder Highway to be more bicyclist-friendly
Traveling Boulder Highway from downtown Las Vegas to the edge of Boulder City could be a smoother trip for drivers, riders and bicyclists.
9:40 a.m.
Nevada Guardsmen return from Iraq
About 50 Southern Nevada National Guard soldiers are set to return home to Las Vegas on Wednesday after a year in Iraq.
9:39 a.m.
Marvel has no primary opponent
CARSON CITY -- Assemblyman John Marvel, R-Battle Mountain, the senior member of the Assembly, has escaped without any opposition in the primary election.
9:38 a.m.
More Guatemalans move to valley
Chapines are here and more are coming.
9:38 a.m.
Wet April doesn't dent drought
Despite a relatively wet April, the snow and the rain delivered to the Rocky Mountains is far short of what it would take to reverse the effects of five years of drought.
9:25 a.m.
Water authority OKs budget
The board of the Southern Nevada Water Authority approved a $476.6 million budget Thursday that calls for a higher wholesale prices for the local agencies that deliver water to homes, but is not expected to ...
9:25 a.m.
Rural Clark County water targeted
The authority has asked the Nevada State Engineer for the right to take the groundwater from the area north of Indian Springs. Pat Mulroy, water authority general manager, said the board must OK the request.
9:25 a.m.
Reid keeps pressure on for NRC nomination
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid again voiced his frustration with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Thursday for not holding a hearing on one of his aide's nomination to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
9:22 a.m.
Seven apply for Douglas' post
CARSON CITY -- Seven Clark County lawyers have filed to fill the unexpired term of District Judge Michael Douglas, who was appointed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
9:21 a.m.
EOB financial officer Grey resigns her position
Christie Gray, the assistant to the chief financial officer at the Economic Opportunity Board, resigned Thursday, saying: "You can't save a sinking ship."
9:21 a.m.
News briefs for May 21, 2004
A congressional subcommittee looking into national energy policy will hold a meeting in Henderson on May 28 to address escalating gasoline prices in the Southwest.
9:20 a.m.
Automaker cuts jobs, closes Japanese plant
Under the plan announced today, Mitsubishi Motors will keep open its U.S. plant in Normal, Ill., but will shutter an engine plant in Australia while keeping a passenger car plant there. The company will close ...
9:15 a.m.
Resident with rifle prompts evacuation
More than 100 people were evacuated from their southwest Las Vegas apartments Thursday afternoon after a man, who refused to take his prescribed antidepressants, allegedly waved a rifle while standing on his second-story apartment balcony.
9:15 a.m.
Arizona casino proposal rejected in tribal election
PHOENIX -- Members of the Hopi Tribe rejected a plan Wednesday night to build a casino with up to 500 slot machines in northeastern Arizona to generate needed revenue.
9:02 a.m.
Ill. plan prompts flood of questions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gambling supporters say a massive expansion plan to allow four new casinos in Illinois -- including the first in Chicago -- would solve a $1.7 billion hole in the new state budget. ...
9:02 a.m.
Letter: Political civility out the window
Think back over the presidents of the last half century -- Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, the first Bush and Clinton. The one thing they had in common was a general willingness to ...
9:01 a.m.
Letter: Contraception should be sold over the counter
Emergency contraception is a safe and effective method of avoiding unintentional pregnancy, and it meets the FDA's own meticulous scientific standard for over-the-counter status. Additionally, the inaccurate concerns about young women's use of emergency contraception ...
9:01 a.m.
Blood drives
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clark County Government, 500 Grand Central Parkway.
8:56 a.m.
Community briefs for May 21, 2004
Hot Rod Grille will present its inaugural Drug Abuse Resistance Education Run to the Hill from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1231 American Pacific Drive, Henderson.
8:55 a.m.
Icahn eyeing expansion to turn around AC Sands
ATLANTIC CITY -- Struggling to keep pace with its competitors, the troubled Sands Hotel & Casino is planning for an expansion in hopes of improving its luck.
8:55 a.m.
Editorial: The new dream of home ownership?
Commissioner Myrna Williams took the lead Wednesday in arguing for the 800-home, 88-acre development that was opposed by county planners and the Sunrise Manor Town Advisory Board. "Sometimes you have to do things that are ...
8:55 a.m.
Editorial: Partisan politics a disservice
What's really going on here is that House Republicans, who tend to be very conservative ideologically and thus are President Bush's political soulmates, want to sidetrack any investigation into the prisoner abuses so that it ...
8:54 a.m.
Brown lifts the funk on latest concert tour
At age 71, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business is showing no signs of slowing down.
8:38 a.m.
Westward Ho bubbles over with long-running Hot Lava production
"Hot Lava" has been a staple at the Westward Ho's Crown Room for 16 years, running for three months at a time, this year from March 16 through June 7.
8:37 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Chefs navigate courses at Alzheimer's benefit
Puck was honored for his many contributions to the Alzheimer's cause, dating from the very beginning.
8:35 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Brabant living a full life
The 43-year-old Las Vegas father of two received a kidney transplant in 1999. This summer he and 15 other Nevada organ recipients will compete in the U.S. Transplant Games in Minnesota from July 27 to ...
8:34 a.m.
Datebook for May 21, 2004
The Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services presents "Written in Stone -- Lewis Avenue Poetry Cafe Under the Stars," featuring George and Rachel McKibbens of Brooklyn, N.Y., from ...
8:34 a.m.
Spice added to second helping of Meatballs
The second Meatball Awards night, a quasi-gala honoring some of Las Vegas' legendary lounge entertainers and others who have enhanced the local entertainment scene, topped itself this year.
8:34 a.m.
On Display for May 21, 2004
"New Work," paintings by Mary Warner, goes on display from today until July 24 at Winchester Gallery, 3130 S. McLeod Drive. An artist's reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at ...
8:33 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: Eagles take 'Farewell' tours to limit
Now you've got to wonder what it might take to get the band off the road once and for all.
8:32 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Students get Blues education from tribute band
Students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (across Maryland Parkway) drop by to cram for exams. Those of legal age study while downing a few brews or knocking back some of the inexpensive mixed ...
8:30 a.m.
U2's 'October' not yet dated
Call "October" the U2 album that time forgot.
8:28 a.m.
The Grate One: As career rises, Richard Cheese still has time to lounge
The intro to Sir Mix-A-Lot's chart-topping 1992 single, "Baby Got Back," greeted audience members as they filed into The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on Tuesday evening.
8:24 a.m.
Races to keep an eye on
6:11 a.m.
Intrigue, high stakes define races
6:10 a.m.
Multiple jurisdictions make policing difficult
5:50 a.m.
Letter: 9-11 commission is a waste of time
May 22 - 23, 2004
5:49 a.m.
Editorial: When the truth hurts
May 22 - 23, 2004
5:42 a.m.
Editorial: A mistake in trusting a charlatan
May 22 - 23, 2004
5:41 a.m.
Summer program aims to keep kids fed
4:36 a.m.
A scoop of innovation
4:35 a.m.
4:21 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Mom-umental changes ahead for Gutierrez
For Debi Gutierrez, the least-stressful part of her day is standing on a comedy-club stage and making a room full of grown-ups laugh.
4:20 a.m.
Willinsky fires shutout for C-M in opening game
CARSON CITY -- If Thursday's opening round was any indication, do not expect the powerful hitting that marked prep baseball's season to continue in the 4A State Tournament.
1:39 a.m.

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