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Rallying around the Rebels
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010
This year’s team is looking good. Hop on board, Vegas, and forget your troubles.
Minor in a major key
This weekend’s minor-league game proves one thing: If you throw a football, they will come
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
This weekend’s minor-league game proves one thing: If you throw a football, they will come.
Rabid fans. Days off work. Tequila shots.
And it’s not even the World Cup
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009
The message crawls across the bottom of the projection screens: “To listen to the Mexico-United States soccer game in English, adjust your digital audio to French.” Nobody here wants to hear English. Approximately 99.9 percent are from Mexico.
Are you there, world? It’s me, Marilyn
What’s a shock-rocker gotta do to cause a stir these days?
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009
A decade ago there was no bigger threat to society than Marilyn Manson. Now nobody seems to notice he’s still around.
This'll wrinkle some brows!
A Senate committee ponders a plastic-surgery tax
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009
Welcome to the debate about the Botax, an issue custom-fitted for bad jokes and tabloid headlines.
A full-blown affair
Ensign’s indiscretion was more than a one-time deal
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This was not having too many Mind Erasers at Rumjungle and playing kissy-face with a college girl from Kansas. He had an actual relationship with another woman, emotions included with the hanky panky.
Drinking in Cashman’s charm ... or lack thereof
How can Vegas’ baseball experience be so un-Vegas?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
How can Vegas’ baseball experience be so un-Vegas?
Defending the Bizkit
Why does everyone gotta hate on Fred Durst so much?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
There’s Fred Durst, still standing in his vintage Adidas sneakers with the goddamn red hat on his head.
Dribbles and dreams
Hoop hopefuls hit town with that classic Vegas vision— leaving richer
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Nearly 3,000 have crammed themselves into the Cox Pavilion to watch basketball. At 2 p.m. On a Monday. In July.
Paper trail
Whether it’s MMA or boxing, the post-fight forms tell the real story
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Each page reads like an emergency-room log book. Eyebrow lacerations. Wrist X-rays. Nasal cavity fractures. Orders for CT scans and MRI exams. Calls for visits to orthopedic surgeons and neurologists. The remarks are cringe-inducing.
The art of fighting
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Real ring magic can be found far from the limelight of arenas and TV cameras.
Thomas Finn, Police Chief of Boulder City
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
When Thomas Finn became the Boulder City police chief three years ago, he learned quickly that residents demand attention, and aren’t bashful about knocking on the front door of his house to complain about traffic issues.
Vote to spend millions on museum expected Tuesday
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The Henderson City Council, which has had to trim the ranks of employees and dip into its reserves to make ends meet, will decide Tuesday whether to spend as much as $25.4 million on the planned Henderson Space and Science Center.
Post-election, NLV manager’s hold on job is tenuous
Friday, June 5, 2009
Gregory Rose, the city manager of North Las Vegas, is breathing only a bit easier in the wake of Tuesday’s municipal election.
For the well-intentioned, losses in city elections sting
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Some win, some lose. Such is life in politics. In a small town the losses can feel all the more personal. People you know reject you. Angelo Carvalho felt the pain Wednesday after absorbing a 14 percentage point beating in the North Las Vegas Ward 3 City Council race.
Blow by blow with hired gun
Sun spends voting day’s anxious moments with consultant to 5 hopefuls
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Jim Ferrence woke up on Election Tuesday hoping he’d end the day tens of thousands of dollars richer — and having ushered candidates in four cities to victory.
Henderson hopeful capitalizes on past favor
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Henderson mayoral candidate Steve Kirk featured a former electrician who uses a motorized scooter on a mailer as an example of someone he helped with a small problem -- and someone his opponent, Councilman Andy Hafen, ignored.
Elephant sits in room throughout NLV debate
Robinson, who’s ducked public forums of late, finds one that’s safe
Friday, May 29, 2009
For weeks, after being identified as a target of a 1994 FBI investigation — that didn’t pan out — into suspected political corruption, North Las Vegas mayoral candidate William Robinson had been keeping a low profile.
Tight mayoral race now a battle in Henderson
More specifically for volunteers, the right votes
Friday, May 29, 2009
Politicians love to remind us that every vote counts. They want to get every last voter to the polls. On Tuesday in Henderson, the mayoral candidates really do need to get people — their people — to the polls.
Henderson hopefuls spill a little about fired manager
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Henderson mayoral candidates Andy Hafen and Steve Kirk had plenty to say in recent interviews about the firing of former City Manager Mary Kay Peck.
Mayoral candidates similar, even compliment each other
Henderson mayor hopefuls want to see city through recession; then they’ll plan
Friday, May 22, 2009
In deciding which of the two Henderson mayoral candidates has the best vision for the city’s future, there’s one place Henderson voters need not look: at the candidates themselves.
NLV mayoral candidate gets warm greeting at barbecue
Friday, May 22, 2009
The back-yard barbecue was a chance to meet North Las Vegas Councilman and mayoral candidate William Robinson. There were plenty of burgers and hot dogs and lots of friendly banter. And no one was heard asking Robinson about being the focus of a 1994 FBI political corruption investigation.
Outgunned, council hopeful still keeps race civil
Conventional candidate can’t compete in money, connections
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
There’s a well-traveled route toward political involvement in the suburbs. The people running for city council seats typically come from community groups and homeowners associations.
Nine Inch Nails fans getting long in the tooth
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We’re all too old and tired for a mosh pit at the Nine Inch Nails show Monday night at The Pearl at The Palms.
NDOT's cost warning bypassed
State has put millions behind routing traffic around Boulder City despite few benefits for those costs
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A Nevada Department of Transportation analysis of the proposed Boulder City Bypass concluded that the cost of building the first phase of the project would outweigh its potential benefits. Despite reaching that conclusion in late 2007, the agency has continued to spend millions on studying and buying land for the project. The Transportation Department’s analysis looked at the project’s first phase and concluded it would cost $140 million to build and provide only $49 million in benefits. Despite reaching that conclusion in late 2007, the agency has continued to spend millions on studying and buying land for the project.
Park Highlands developer files for court’s protection
Developer owes more than $100 million, seeks reorganization
Monday, May 18, 2009
Work on the project began in January 2007 with the expectation that residents would start moving in by the end of 2008.
FBI probe in ’94 mars candidacy
Though never charged, NLV mayoral candidate contending with onslaught
Friday, May 15, 2009
North Las Vegas Councilman William Robinson doesn’t want to talk about a 1994 FBI investigation targeting him and which now threatens to upend his campaign for mayor. He said his innocence is supported by the fact he was not prosecuted. “We’ve put this behind us,” said Jim Ferrence, Robinson’s campaign manager. “We are no longer addressing 15-year-old things for which he was exonerated.”
Frank Lowery, Race director of annual Silverman Triathlon
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Frank Lowery is one of the most physically fit men in Southern Nevada. The 37-year-old Air Force veteran has completed 149 triathlons over 23 years.
NLV mayoral hopeful playing tricks, police union says
Friday, May 8, 2009
North Las Vegas mayoral candidate William Robinson has drawn the ire of the union representing 475 city police officers.
Commissioner throws weight behind Robinson
Friday, May 8, 2009
Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins weighed in on the North Las Vegas mayoral race via automated phone calls Thursday.
Busted slot joint’s rebirth?
Dotty’s chain picks peculiar time to try to reopen NLV gaming establishment
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
To call this tiny 39-year-old slot joint, formerly named the Beverly Hillbillies Gambler Casino, dilapidated would be a compliment.
NLV Police: Mayoral candidate Robinson is deceiving voters
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The North Las Vegas Police Officers Association said today it will file an ethics complaint with the state Elections Department against mayoral candidate William Robinson, claiming he is attempting to deceive voters with at least two of his mailers.
Bypass proponents charting a new course
Monday, May 4, 2009
Boulder City residents have long sought construction of a bypass highway that would allow motorists traveling between Las Vegas and Hoover Dam to drive around their town as opposed to driving through it, as they are now forced.
A peek at the work of the swine flu monitors
First at daily meeting, information is shared; after that, we’re really not sure
Saturday, May 2, 2009
It’s time for their morning briefing, in a conference room framed by cheap wooden bookcases filled with books, thick binders and DVDs with names like “How to Disinfect Children.” Children.” The topic of the day -- indeed, the topic all week long -- is the swine flu outbreak.
Twitter helping to get the word out
Using messaging service, officials can reach out to the public at the speed of … type
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Twitter, the latest craze in the world of instant communication, is being adopted by a group of users not known for their speed: government bureaucrats. The people in charge of public outreach at Clark County and North Las Vegas say Twitter — a service that allows users to send short messages to Internet-friendly cell phones and similar devices — will enable them to distribute news and information more quickly than ever. Erik Pappa, who is in charge of how Clark County communicates to its residents, says Twitter is the fastest way to reach people.
In small town, only debate is king
You can reserve a space for talk of Boulder City politics — just don’t think you have the floor
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
People are gathering in a back room of the library, where an aging flag hangs haphazardly along the wall and an old upright piano calls a back corner home.
NLV mayor race a clash of generations
Candidates crossed paths before politics
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
In the early 1970s William Robinson roamed the sidelines as a Pop Warner football coach in North Las Vegas. Twelve-year-old Shari Avance played on the sidelines as her older brother, Mike, took instructions from the coach.
NLV candidates at odds on city manager assessment
Monday, April 27, 2009
North Las Vegas City Council members Shari Buck and William Robinson, who are competing for mayor, have vastly different views of City Manager Gregory Rose.
Candidate explains why he doesn’t live in house he owns
North Las Vegas switched his ward, and he’s living where he wants to run
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Questions have been raised in North Las Vegas about where Ward 3 City Council candidate Angelo Carvalho lives.
Rock-mine proposal draws opposition
Nearby residents slate meeting in Anthem tonight to plan their fight
Monday, April 20, 2009
Two mining companies are seeking approval from the Bureau of Land Management to start a 640-acre rock-excavation operation off Las Vegas Boulevard South, agitating Henderson residents concerned about dust and noise.

Tempers flare in NLV as union deal breaks down
Councilman to manager: Try again for concessions
Friday, April 17, 2009
North Las Vegas City Councilman William Robinson is frustrated by City Manager Gregory Rose’s inability to get pay and benefit concessions from city workers.
This mom’s, like, totally rad
Her teenage son wanted a skateboard shop — and she said OK
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Michelle Bromelia surely qualifies as one of the coolest moms in the world.
Town might cash in further on sunshine
Fourth lease in energy zone could bring Boulder City another $2 million a year
Monday, April 13, 2009
Boulder City leases land in its Eldorado Valley Energy Zone to three solar-power companies, and on Tuesday the City Council may add a fourth.
Recapping the municipal primaries
Who won, who lost — candidates and beyond
Friday, April 10, 2009
Voters this week greeted primary elections in Henderson and North Las Vegas with more gaping yawns, but turned out in respectable numbers in Boulder City.
Big-league campaign tactic takes small town by surprise
Friday, April 3, 2009
The buzz in Boulder City this week focuses on a series of automated phone calls targeting City Council candidate Joe Roche.
Boulder City election issue No. 1: Debt
Nine candidates for two seats are vying to address this, a host of other concerns
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Boulder City might seem the most stable and serene city in Southern Nevada, having limited growth and fended off the sprawl of Las Vegas.
Prominent Republicans back Democratic hopeful
Monday, March 30, 2009
The municipal races are supposed to be nonpartisan. But the nonpartisanship often comes with a wink.
Henderson elections all about biography
Experience defines these races as much as issues
Friday, March 27, 2009
Henderson has gracefully matured from a small World War II factory and mining town into the state’s second-largest city.
Mint 400 revival gives former racer chance to wax nostalgic
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Mel Larson’s journey toward Las Vegas lore began in an elevator in Phoenix.
In North Las Vegas, going for the Obama effect in mayoral race
Robinson, others seek to capitalize on new voter ranks, enthusiasm
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It’s been nearly six months since the Obama campaign used a storefront in North Las Vegas as a field office. But politics still permeates the place.

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