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September 1, 2014

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Pashtana Usufzy

Business Researcher

Pashtana grew up in Las Vegas after moving from the Seattle area in 1996. She has interned at the San Francisco Chronicle and around Las Vegas. She studies journalism and biology at UNLV.

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Army Corps of Engineers surveys Mount Charleston site
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in town surveying an area of Mount Charleston days after Gov. Brian Sandoval announced plans to build ...
Police: Man was running credit card forgery lab in Summerlin apartment
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
A man was indicted Wednesday on 79 counts related to a credit card forgery lab that police say he was operating out of his Summerlin apartment. John Michael Dunn, 50, is accused of ...
Police: Car hits baby stroller, takes off
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
A car hit a baby stroller this morning as a pedestrian was pushing a child near a busy Las Vegas intersection, Metro Police said. The child was ...
Man shot in confrontation with Metro is indicted
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
A man shot in the stomach by Metro Police after allegedly approaching officers with a knife faced a Clark County grand jury on Wednesday. Kyle Kuhn, 31, was charged with ...
Woman arrested in I-15 rollover that ejected kids from car
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
A woman was arrested Wednesday in the single-car crash on Interstate 15 in early July that killed a 9-year-old girl. Wendy Carrion, 22, was driving her ...
Police: Women stole Rolexes from Las Vegas tourists, hid them in their bodies
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
Police say that three women who joined a pair of Encore hotel guests in their room distracted them during sex to steal their Rolex watches, which they later hid in their ...
Body found in Lake Mohave where man reported missing
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
A man’s body was recovered Sunday afternoon in Lake Mohave near where a California man was reported missing after jumping from a boat earlier this month, National park Service officials said.
A visitor spotted the body ...
Police: Suspects in grocery, convenience store robberies arrested
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
A woman and two men suspected in a string of grocery and convenience store robberies across the valley going back to June were arrested on Monday, Metro Police said. Police ...
Nevada prison inmate dies in apparent suicide
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
Inmate Jonathan Van Hook, 40, was unresponsive when found in his cell, and the prison staff failed to ...
Construction crew hits gas line downtown, triggering leak
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
A construction crew hit a half-inch gas line near Stewart Avenue and North 3rd Street in downtown Las Vegas this afternoon. The area around the gas leak from ...
SLS debuts amid high expectations; skateboarding shop to ride park’s success
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
The new SLS Las Vegas is expected to reinvigorate the north end of the Strip, as a paint-and-sip store opens to the Henderson public. Meanwhile, a skateboarding store sets up shop, and ...
North Las Vegas shooting leaves one dead
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
A 25-year-old man died after a shooting in North Las Vegas this afternoon, according to North Las Vegas Police.
Garage fire displaces family of four
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
The resident of a home was working on a car in the garage when a fire broke out at the two-story home near North Bradley Road and West Tropical Parkway this afternoon.
Mountain Ridge fans flock to watch parties to root for hometown team
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
Little League has become a big deal in Las Vegas with the success of Mountain Ridge. The team from northwest Las Vegas will take on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars from ...
Inmate, 63, dies at Northern Nevada Correctional Center
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
An inmate from Washoe County died Wednesday of a chronic medical condition at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Benny Manning, 63, died ...
Community’s help sought in locating missing man
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Metro Police is asking for help locating a 71-year-old man they say left his home and may not be able to remember ...
2 men charged in rash of car burglaries in Henderson
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Two men already in custody were charged Wednesday with six additional burglaries in relation to a two-week string of car break-ins in Henderson. Dallas Creswell and Cory Quenzler were charged after ...
Storms subside after hitting Mount Charleston, Moapa, Primm
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
A flash flood warning was issued for the northwest valley, Mt. Charleston and Moapa this afternoon as sporadic but intense storms dropped more than...
Motorcyclist who fled traffic stop and crashed is identified
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
A motorcyclist who was critically injured while speeding off this morning after police tried to make a traffic stop has been identified as ...
Flash flooding warning issued for Henderson
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm and flash food warnings for areas in and near the Las Vegas Valley. A severe thunderstorm warning was...
1 person injured in rollover crash near downtown
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
One person was injured this afternoon in a two-vehicle crash near downtown in which...
Fatal wreck closes northbound Boulder Highway at Russell Road
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
A person was killed this morning in a crash involving a pickup truck and car in the area of Boulder Highway and Russell Road in the ...
Man treated for smoke inhalation in fire near downtown
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
A fire broke out late this morning in the garage of a home at 8013 Cool Springs St. in the northwest valley, according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. No injuries were reported. The fire...
Shop whipping up frozen treats; Flame burns out at El Cortez as new spot planned
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
Dole Whips take over former McDonald's location at mall as El Cortez prepares to say goodbye to longtime downtown steakhouse.
New quick-service restaurant not just good for you; it’s good
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
LYFE Kitchen, run by an accomplished chef with an enthusiasm for nutrition, aims to dispel the belief that food can't be fast, tasty and healthy ...
Farmer Boys grows chain of restaurants; dim sum dining spot shutters at Palms
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
A national brand promising farm-to-table quality opens a new location and searches for opportunities to expand while the Palms makes way for a new Chinese restaurant. Meanwhile, a luxury British brand arrives in Las Vegas and ...
GameWorks completes Las Vegas reboot; Mexican eatery promises authenticity
Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
An arcade brand opens a new Las Vegas location after closing its Strip store in 2012. Tequila Restaurante promises authenticity and gastro-bistro quality, and ...
Chocolatier makes move to Container Park; grocery chain Sprouts up across valley
Monday, July 28, 2014
JinJu Chocolates stirs up sweet offerings in its new downtown home as a coffee and doughnut heavyweight opens a new Las Vegas location. Also around town, a growing grocery chain is celebrating its newest location, and ...
G’day for Outback lovers in Henderson; frozen novelties pop up at new location
Monday, July 21, 2014
Henderson is getting a taste of the Outback once again. Elsewhere, another well-known national chain has opened a shop, and a late-night dining spot at Caesars Palace said goodbye. A gourmet popcorn shop serves up frozen novelties, and ...
Our guide can help you find the right bicycle for your ride
Sunday, July 20, 2014
So you want to get a little exercise, or save a few bucks by buying less gasoline, or just enjoy the desert outdoors. But what kind of bicycle do you buy? There are many to choose from, so we break down the right type for your needs ...
Downtown Grand adjusts food options; Presto Café offers healthy provisions
Monday, July 14, 2014
A Chinese restaurant and sports book deli at the Downtown Grand say goodbye as Japanese Cuisine By Omae holds its soft opening. Five Guys launches a new location ...
Michael Mina swaps fish fare for Parisian theme; Cheffini’s opens shop downtown
Monday, July 7, 2014
American Fish closes as the owner promises a new concept to replace it. Cheffini's opens a downtown shop and Grass Roots Juice Bar debuts within the John E. Carson building ...
Cowabunga Bay to offer guests a groovy time; lights out at West Sahara Firefly
Monday, June 30, 2014
A 1960s beach-themed waterpark readies for its grand opening as a small-plates restaurant closes another location, and Bally’s welcomes gay nightclub Liaison ...
Mercadito offers Mexican cuisine; Chicago hot dog spot arrives without the attitude
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Wiener’s Circle and Mercadito arrive at Red Rock. Henderson awaits opening of the health-conscious Lyfe Kitchen, and Conn brings its appliances, furnishings and electronics to Las Vegas ...
Kerry Simon debuts Carson Kitchen; Poker folds at Palms
Monday, June 16, 2014
Kerry Simon’s new restaurant opened Thursday while the Palms announced the discontinuation of its poker room. And Wildfire Gaming opened a new location in Henderson ...
Openings & Closings: Hershey’s offers up celebratory Kisses; Sisley debuts Aria store
Monday, June 9, 2014
Hershey's celebrates the grand opening of its two-story Strip location as celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis opens her first restaurant. A sports bar known for its many TV screens closes for good ...
F.A.M.E. debuts Asian market at the Linq; Eva Longoria’s steakhouse shutters at Aria
Monday, June 2, 2014
The Asian market at F.A.M.E. opens its doors as She by Morton’s closes after a dispute with the landlord. A Hawaii-based cookie company opens its first mainland store in Las Vegas ...
Claim Jumper sets up camp at Golden Nugget; new store shows off Dapper duds
Monday, May 26, 2014
The Golden Nugget adds two new dining spots as a garment manufacturer sets up shop in Las Vegas. A French-Italian dining spot says goodbye to make room for chef Steve Martorano's new project at Paris Las Vegas ...
Pure nightclub to close for remodeling; Sambalatte takes shot at Strip success
Monday, May 19, 2014
A nightclub at Caesars is being made over, a Las Vegas sandwich shop and pub are branching out, and a local coffee chain opens a new location ...
Need a job? PT’s is hiring
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
PT’s Entertainment Group will hold a job fair Wednesday to fill about 100 positions. Operators of more than 43 local PT’s and Sierra Gold locations will recruit candidates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sierra Gold Tavern at 6515 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas.
Blvd Creamery promises quirky desserts; Dynamite clothing bursts into Las Vegas
Monday, May 12, 2014
An ice cream shop offers jalapeno-infused sorbet, retailer T.J. Maxx relocates a store and the Outside Inn closes.
Lobster Me opens at Venetian; Martinez Taco Bar spices up Aliante area
Monday, May 5, 2014
A shop for lobster lovers cracked open at the Venetian. Meanwhile, Binion’s doubled down on cowgirl-themed section and a new taco bar debuted in North Las Vegas ...
Michelle Obama to honor local library district's service to community
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
First lady Michelle Obama will recognize the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for its efforts to assist Southern Nevada job seekers beset by ...
DB Brasserie makes debut at Venetian; Braddah’s Island Style branches out
Monday, April 28, 2014
A new restaurant marks a chef’s return to the Strip dining scene and fusion brand Braddah's Island Style opens a second location in the valley. Givenchy comes to Las Vegas ...
Guy Fieri begins new adventure; Tommy Rocker’s in Henderson takes final bow
Monday, April 21, 2014
Guy Fieri makes his Las Vegas restaurant debut as two dining spots close in Henderson. High-end retailer Kitson comes to town ...
Downtown landmark El Sombrero Café closes, Lego builds up to grand opening
Monday, April 14, 2014
A longtime downtown landmark closes as a Lego lover’s paradise debuts. PT’s opens a new pub while an eatery offers employees a training opportunity. ...
Polaroid hits the Linq; Moon says good night
Monday, April 7, 2014
A new photo bar offers prints and a look at Polaroid history as a penthouse nightclub closes at the Palms. Meanwhile, a famous baker brings his treats to the Venetian ...
Sprinkles Cupcakes makes Las Vegas debut; Encore spruces up its salon services
Monday, March 31, 2014
Sprinkles debuts its cupcake and ice cream shop at the Linq as Claude Baruk opens his first salon in North America. A well-known hot dog establishment closes ...
Finding a baby-sitter in the tech era
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time was, finding a baby sitter meant calling whichever friend's responsible teenager needed a few bucks. But this is the technology era.
Ghirardelli unveils new location; Elvis exhibition is leaving the building
Monday, March 24, 2014
A major chocolate manufacturer is fulfilling its promise to return to Las Vegas. Dessert destination Ghirardelli arrived at the Linq in late February. Also at the Linq, a frames and sunglasses retailer has set up shop. Elsewhere in town...

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