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Developer Billy Walters is shown at the Royal Links Golf Club Sunday, February 5, 2006.
Desert Pines Golf Course developers seek extension of lease, but issue is in murky water for council
July 10, 2013
Since opening in an east Las Vegas neighborhood in 1996, the Desert Pines Golf Course has played an important role in the revitalization of the area while offering residents an affordable place to play a round.

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After yearlong impasse, Las Vegas firefighters secure raises
July 10, 2013
Las Vegas firefighters will get slight raises each of the next three years under a new collective bargaining agreement approved by the City Council on Wednesday.

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Fire extinguished: City, firefighters may have come to contract resolution
July 9, 2013
A yearlong stalemate between Las Vegas and its firefighters union could be resolved when the City Council considers a new four-year contract Wednesday. The council also will discuss the status of its other collective bargaining negotiations and approve the appointment of a new fire chief during its regularly scheduled meeting.
Joe Downtown: Ferguson Motel being converted into taverns, retail spaces
July 3, 2013
Built more than 60 years ago, the Ferguson Motel is one of the nicer-looking pieces of Vegas memorabilia still upright on Fremont Street. A fence surrounds the shuttered property at 1028 Fremont. When the fence comes down, it won’t be a motel anymore.

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A vacant lot is shown at Ogden Avenue and Sixth Street in downtown Las Vegas Monday, June 10, 2013. The lot, owned by Alonzo Williams Sr., a 62-year-old medical doctor from Little Rock, Ark., was being used for parking but has recently been fenced off.
Joe Downtown: Newly installed fencing cuts off free parking in oft-used lot
June 10, 2013
Parking choices in downtown Las Vegas just got a bit slimmer. The free parking lot at Ogden Avenue and Sixth Street, owned by a doctor from Arkansas, was fenced over the weekend with signs warning vehicles parking there would be towed.

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A view of the new city hall before the building's dedication cermony in downtown Las Vegas Monday, March 5, 2012.
Proposal to relax city's energy code conflicts with state law, Attorney General's Office says
June 5, 2013
A proposal to relax the city's building energy codes to make renovating older buildings cheaper for business owners has hit a snag after the Attorney General's Office found the changes conflict with state statute.
Baseball fans fill the stands at Cashman Field during the opening game for the Las Vegas 51's against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Friday April 12, 2013.
Mayor Goodman on 51s in downtown: 'Baseball staying there would be terrific'
June 5, 2013
The new owners of the Las Vegas 51s plan to build a new stadium for the Triple-A baseball team in Summerlin, abandoning their downtown location. It’s being labeled as a family-friendly facility complete with the player and fan amenities lacking at Cashman Field. Still, there have been some vocal opponents of the move.

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Architects, designers and planners look over the lobby of the new Las Vegas City Hall during a tour of downtown buildings in Las Vegas Monday, March 12, 2012.
Las Vegas City Hall honored as a top public works project
June 4, 2013
Las Vegas’ new city hall building has been named one of the top public works projects of the year by a national organization, the city announced Tuesday.
Councilman Bob Coffin and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman use one of the city's new electronic, solar powered parking meters for the benefit of cameras during a news conference to publicize them Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
Joe Downtown: City begins installing customer-friendly parking meters
June 4, 2013
For commuters lacking coins, the city has found a way to swipe parking fees – one credit or debit card at a time. Installation began Tuesday on the first of 233 multibay parking meters that can accept coins, debit and credit cards.

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Want to complain at a city council meeting? Now you can do it online
June 3, 2013
Las Vegans wanting to weigh in on important matters before the city council can now do so without leaving their home or office.
Joe Downtown: Smith Center pedestrian bridge adds another piece to downtown puzzle
May 28, 2013
The Smith Center pedestrian bridge will be christened Wednesday morning by city leaders. Funding for the $4.5 million bridge, which spans the Union Pacific railroad tracks, comes from three sources: $500,000 from the Federal Highway Administration; $3.6 million from the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality fund; and $400,000 from the city’s general fund.
Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV), right, takes a tour of the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center, also known as the Fusion Center, with Jim Owens, left, deputy chief of Metro's homeland security division, and Capt. Al Salinas, center director, at Metro Police Headquarters Thursday, May 2, 2013. Officials at the center are concerned that budget cuts that might negatively affect its operations.
Outrage ensues after feds cut funding for counterterrorism efforts in Las Vegas
May 23, 2013
With millions of visitors annually cramming into a world-famous stretch of hotels and casinos, does Las Vegas present an appealing target for terrorists? Not enough to persuade the federal government to continue funding counterterrorism efforts here. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday it was pulling the Las Vegas area’s funding for counterterrorism activities for FY2013.

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Henderson council passes $479 million budget, avoiding cuts
May 21, 2013
The Henderson City Council approved a $479 million budget Tuesday evening for fiscal year 2014, which starts July 1, that is roughly the same size as the previous year and won’t require any cuts to staff or services.
Las Vegas City Council OKs slightly larger budget for next year
May 21, 2013
With the deadline for submitting a final budget approaching, the Las Vegas City Council approved a $481 million general fund budget for the next fiscal year during a special meeting Tuesday morning.
City rolls back fine on Silver Dollar Avenue condos, issues stern warning
May 15, 2013
A Las Vegas property owner will get a steep discount on the nearly $600,000 in outstanding fines tied to 19 condominium units near Valley View Boulevard and Sahara Avenue so long as he makes regular monthly payments to reimburse the city for its cost of cleaning up the property several years ago.

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