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Archive for January 6, 2005

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No. 11 Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 11 p.m.
12:10 p.m.
SUMMARY BOX: Median home price at Lake Tahoe now $617,475
THE MEDIAN: The median price of a single-family home sold in the Lake Tahoe basin in 2004 was $617,475, up 17 percent from 2003.
11:25 a.m.
Officials weigh solutions for property tax crisis
Legislators are eyeing an end-of-March deadline to solve the looming property tax crisis, and it appears the momentum is moving away from the original 6 percent cap proposed this summer.
11:14 a.m.
Judge cancels machinists' contract with US Airways
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A bankruptcy judge today canceled a collective bargaining agreement between US Airways and its machinists union, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in annual savings that the airline says will prevent the ...
11:14 a.m.
Guinn proposes rebate for vehicle registrations
CARSON CITY -- With tax revenues coming in faster than expected, Gov. Kenny Guinn today unveiled a plan to give a rebate of up to $300 for each vehicle registered last year.
11:12 a.m.
Driver critically injured in head-on crash in school zone
Metro Police said the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed in a 1988 Ford Mustang on Del Ray Avenue near Torrey Pines Drive and West Charleston Boulevard when he came up on ...
11:11 a.m.
VoIP grabbing more attention
Voice-over Internet Protocol -- the use of broadband connections to send voice calls, bypassing the aging copper-wire system -- is currently estimated to have about 1 million U.S. lines.
11:09 a.m.
PacifiCare, GeriNet teaming
The partnership creates SecureAdvantage, a program that will be available Feb. 1 to PacifiCare's Secure Horizons health plan members who live in one of Trans Healthcare's eight skilled-nursing homes in Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las ...
11:09 a.m.
Macau casino chief quits
Las Vegas Sands, in an e-mailed statement, didn't give a reason for Trinh's departure. Spokesman Buddy Lam said in a phone interview that Trinh hadn't been fired, declining to elaborate.
11:09 a.m.
Linen company's drivers returning to work after strike
Teamster truck drivers are set to return to work today at Mission Industries after voting overwhelmingly to ratify a three-year contract agreement with the linen company on Wednesday.
11:09 a.m.
Parents blame state for shooting
Jeffrey Allan Gaddis worked as a manager at a courier service and was described by his former boss as an excellent employee.
11:09 a.m.
Salvadorans get 18-month extension on U.S. stay
Carolina Ramirez, who spends her days making casino chips in a Las Vegas factory, was relieved to hear a last-minute announcement the federal government made this morning allowing them to stay in the United States ...
11:07 a.m.
Exclusive developer signed for downtown LV parcel
In what Las Vegas leaders called a significant step toward the development of downtown, the City Council on Wednesday entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with The Related Cos., giving the company 120 days to ...
11:06 a.m.
Surveys say LV high in fat, low in IQ
You may think of Las Vegas as the city of beautifully thin, intelligent people.
11:05 a.m.
Developments not going Moncrief's way
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Janet Moncrief hoped the two main issues her detractors are using in her coming recall election would be settled in her favor by the time Ward 1 voters head to the ...
11:05 a.m.
Ex-DEA agent won't face more prison time
A former federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent who passed notes to boys at area Wal-Marts and Kmarts offering them money in exchange for sex will not serve any more prison time than the five years ...
11:05 a.m.
CCSN fights to save auto center
Community College of Southern Nevada officials are scrambling to secure private donations this morning for a new automotive technology center out of fear that the building may be moved off the Board of Regents' capital ...
11:00 a.m.
Garcia gets hike in pay
The Clark County School Board gave Superintendent Carlos Garcia a vote of confidence at the completion of his annual evaluation Wednesday, determining he had met or exceeded nearly all of the measures used to gauge ...
10:59 a.m.
LV-Pittsburgh flights on Southwest likely
Southwest Airlines isn't saying whether it will fly directly between Las Vegas and Pittsburgh when it begins service to the Pennsylvania city in May.
10:57 a.m.
New lab to help adults learn English
For Gaby Lopez, enrolling in the Clark County School District's adult education program was a necessity because she has three young children who speak English better than she does.
10:56 a.m.
Jordan to open fitness center, restaurants in LV
Basketball star Michael Jordan is opening a fitness center and two restaurants in a new Las Vegas resort.
10:55 a.m.
Las Vegas homes staying on the market longer
When Ray Buehne put his Seven Hills home on the market last July, he was hoping to make a hefty profit that would help him move his family out of state.
10:53 a.m.
Harrah's U.K. venture nixed
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. said Wednesday it has pulled out of a joint venture with U.K. bingo parlor operator Gala Group Ltd. because of recent moves in Britain's Parliament to limit the scope of regional casinos ...
10:53 a.m.
Glitches, hope for a digital future mark Gates' CES keynote speech
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates was counting on getting big laughs by having NBC late-night funnyman Conan O'Brien interview him talk-show style for the kickoff keynote for the International Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday.
10:52 a.m.
Monterrey air service to expand
Aeromexico announced today that it would offer daily round-trip nonstop flights on Boeing 737 twin-engine jets, replacing the existing twice-a-week service the airline currently has between Monterrey and McCarran International Airport.
10:51 a.m.
Lanni ready for legislative fights as AGA chief
The American Gaming Association is starting the new year in its usual defensive position, hoping to fend off federal legislation that could hurt the casino industry or restrict growth, a top gaming executive said Wednesday.
10:50 a.m.
Fight in stands halts game at Cimarron
According to Cimarron coach Steve Boyack, three or four fans were pepper sprayed in the altercation, which happened with 7:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. No players were involved, but the lingering pepper spray forced ...
10:47 a.m.
Preps: State Boys' Basketball Rankings
Compiled by the Las Vegas Sun and the Sparks Tribune
10:14 a.m.
Police say man killed by officers wanted to die
Jeffrey Allan Gaddis worked as a manager at a courier service and was described by his former boss as an excellent employee.
9:36 a.m.
One for Coach Clarke
One by one, they touched the empty chair at the end of their bench, a reminder of their lost friend and teacher who won't be there to watch but whose lessons still resonate.
9:34 a.m.
Pot-bellied pigs granted OK in residential areas
Wallowing in discussion of stink, pig feces, and pygmy goats, the North Las Vegas City Council decided Wednesday to allow pot-bellied pigs in residential zones.
9:31 a.m.
Stanley Leisure lowers annual profit forecast
Stanley Leisure Plc, the largest U.K. casino operator, cut its annual profit forecast because of unfavorable sports results that hurt the betting business and unpaid gaming debts. The stock slid 12 percent, the sharpest decline ...
9:29 a.m.
Gladiators optimistic about 2005
What: Las Vegas Gladiators training camp
9:29 a.m.
Court asks for briefs in suit over Detroit casino franchises
Lawyers for the casino, owned by Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage Inc., in May asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to reconsider a lower court's ruling in the lawsuit by the Lac ...
9:28 a.m.
Home ownership rising on Arizona reservations
PHOENIX -- Inside the front door of Serena Norris' moss-green home is a welcome mat bearing the Pima symbol of the Man in the Maze, a circular depiction of a person's path through life.
9:27 a.m.
Sanford dips into Utes'pool
First new UNLV head football coach Mike Sanford took a pair of Utah assistants with him from Salt Lake City. Now he has garnered one of the Utes' top recruits.
9:27 a.m.
Rebels sleepwalk through tuneup
With just four days to go before its big nationally televised league opener at Utah, the UNLV basketball team showed during Wednesday night's final tuneup that it is more than ready for the start of ...
9:26 a.m.
Sports briefs for January 6, 2005
The city of Anaheim filed suit in a California court Wednesday seeking to block the Angels franchise from changing its name in an attempt to increase business in the second-biggest U.S. media market.
9:25 a.m.
Bankruptcy judge cancels machinists' contract
The termination of the contract with the International Association of Machinists would result in pay cuts for union workers ranging from 6 percent to 35 percent and the loss of thousands of union jobs.
9:24 a.m.
Retailers report generally solid December sales figures
NEW YORK -- Last-minute shoppers gave retailers a mixed yet overall respectable 2004 holiday season, with a variety of stores from discounters to apparel retailers reporting better than expected sales.
9:24 a.m.
Bank switches debit cards to MasterCard
Terms and the length of the multiyear contract were not disclosed Wednesday.
9:23 a.m.
Vo-Tech goes the extra mile to compete
Every morning, around 1,700 students from across Las Vegas wake up for their bus ride to the Southern Nevada Vocational Technical Center, on Whitney Mesa in southeast Las Vegas.
9:23 a.m.
Letter: No moral values in Bush's policies
I am still dumbstruck regarding the reason President Bush got re-elected -- moral values, indeed.
9:14 a.m.
Letter: Conference on property taxes should be open
The invitees will represent one-third of the Legislature, key state and local government officials, representatives from public service organizations and out-of-state "academic experts" to discuss property tax reform. I guess UNLV and the head of ...
9:14 a.m.
Editorial: State, parents can do better
Clark County School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia has been critical of the state's education spending since he came aboard in mid-2000. In responding to the Education Week report, he showed that his frustration remains. "I ...
9:13 a.m.
Editorial: An example to follow
A case in point is Kuwait. As The New York Times noted in a story this week, Kuwait is awash in money -- it has a budget surplus of $10 billion this year -- and ...
9:13 a.m.
Friday's horse racing entries
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9:04 a.m.
Florida man may become new chief of school police
A veteran of south Florida municipal and school law enforcement is poised to become the Clark County School District's new police chief.
9:03 a.m.
Preps: Wednesday's Results
Palo Verde 71, Cheyenne 64: PV: P'Allen Stinnett 42 pts. CHEY: Quinton Carter 14 pts.
9:02 a.m.
News briefs for January 6, 2005
Inmates at the High Desert State Prison near Indian Springs may soon be making tanks for brew pubs.
9:00 a.m.
Tiffany finds breaking up is hard to sell
A proposal by state Sen. Sandra Tiffany to break up the Clark County School District found little support Wednesday as community leaders, educators and elected officials urged the assistant majority whip to instead tackle inequities ...
8:59 a.m.
LV will host drill sergeant training for Army Reserve
Las Vegas will soon be a training center for Army Reserve drill sergeants, according to a recent release from the 104th (Institutional Training) Division, U.S Army Reserve in Vancouver, Wash.
8:45 a.m.
Community briefs for January 6, 2005
In an effort to reduce unwanted dogs and cats form unexpected litters, Clark County is sponsoring a pet sterilization campaign.
8:45 a.m.
Major sewer overhaul begins under Las Vegas Boulevard
The project, part of a larger effort to rehabilitate several miles of sewer lines in the Clark County Water Reclamation District's service area, revolves around the repair of the sewer line on Las Vegas Boulevard ...
8:44 a.m.
New rules will try to tackle size of neighborhood casinos
The Clark County Commission on Wednesday directed county planning staff to draft a new ordinance that would specify how big a neighborhood casino can be and what design elements it can have.
8:44 a.m.
Location, height of high rises subject of new ordinances
Clark County commissioners Wednesday adopted new rules governing the location, height and population density of mixed-use projects, including new high rises, but left the door open for significant changes to the rules.
8:43 a.m.
Adelson-Wynn battle parked in commission again
A legal and political battle between Strip titans Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Venetian, and Steve Wynn, owner of the as-yet-to-open Wynn Las Vegas, entered the Clark County Commission chambers and stayed there throughout most ...
8:43 a.m.
Homes could take over gravel pit
For nearly 40 years a mining operation on the Las Vegas Valley's west side has provided gravel and rock for the region's growing population.
8:36 a.m.
Obituaries for January 6, 2005
Goldie Lee Baker, 72, of Las Vegas died Tuesday in Las Vegas. She was born July 26, 1932, in Oklahoma. A resident for 14 years, she was a retired executive secretary for a manufacturing firm ...
8:33 a.m.
Encore: Year's best Vegas concerts range from Prince to Green Day
Twelve months later, my year was capped by Alanis Morissette's poppy single "Hands Clean," just before the stroke of midnight last Friday at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
8:14 a.m.
Colulmnist Susan Snyder: We can't curb our enthusiasm
Need a sofa but short on cash? Las Vegas Freecyclers probably have one, and you can have it for free.
8:13 a.m.
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4:58 a.m.

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