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24/7 HOV Lanes Coming
May 20, 2019

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HOV lanes (Heavy Occupancy Vehicle Lanes) will be coming to...

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...on May 20, 2019.

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It's an "express lane' that requires a minimum number of passengers in a vehicle.

Currently the HOV lanes are utilized as such only during high traffic times, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Once the new lanes go live on May 20, 2019, the HOV lanes will be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

The HOV lanes will stretch from Silverado Ranch Boulevard in Interstate 15 to Elkhorn Road on U.S. Highway 95. 

The current two lane expressway lanes will be restriped to one HOV lane and one all-purpose lane, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Additionally, crossing the solid double white line of an HOV lane is also illegal; motorists are allowed to enter and exit the lane only where dotted lines are present.

Aside from the new enforcement hours and lane restrictions, NDOT provided these dos and don’ts of HOV lane usage, once the new system is in place.

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a. Vehicles with two or more occupants. Babies count as passengers, but pets don’t.
bMotorcycles, even with one rider.
cRTC Buses. With or without passengers.
dEmergency vehicles... With lights on or off.

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a. Vehicles with one occupant.
b. Electric cars...Unless with two occupants, as per Nevada law.
c. Trucks with two axles. Even with two occupants.

Motorists found to be in violation of any of the prohibited actions face fines of...

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Sanctuary State Bill 
Dies in Nevada Legislature

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Nevada Assembly Bill 281 a proposal to make Nevada a sanctuary state, died in the legislature.

Assembly Bill 281, sponsored by Assemblyman Edgar Flores, D-Las Vegas, would have prevented law enforcement in Nevada from detaining someone based solely on a request from immigration authorities unless the person is suspected of committing a crime.

Here is the actual bill that was proposed:

Assembly Bill 281

This bill prohibits a state or local law enforcement agency, school police unit or campus police department from detaining a person on the basis of a hold request relating to immigration enforcement, except where there is an independent finding of probable cause. 

This bill also provides that the provisions of this bill must not be construed to prevent any state or local law enforcement agency, school police unit or campus police department from participation in a delegated authority program, which is defined as a program implemented pursuant to section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1357(g).


At a hearing for the bill in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, people from both sides of the immigration debate found themselves sitting at the same table expressing their opposition to the bill.
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Las Vegas Aviators 
Open New Ballpark in Summerlin

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For the 2019 season, Las Vegas' Triple-A baseball team will have a new name and a new ballpark.

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At 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, the Las Vegas Aviators will face the Sacramento River Cats in the 37th season Home Opener on April 9 at the grand opening of the brand-new Las Vegas Ballpark, located right next to Downtown Summerlin near Charleston Boulevard and Pavilion Center Drive.

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The "Aviators" (formerly the 51s)  will play three games against the "River Cats" from Tuesday through Thursday, and then four games against the "Fresno Grizzlies" from Friday to Monday.

Tickets to the opening game were sold out.

Game two of the series against the River Cats on Wednesday, April 10 will feature the first of 10 games broadcast live on YurView on Cox cable channels 14 and 1014 in high-definition.

And FREE promotional items too !

$2 Beer Night will be presented in the finale of the three-game series against Sacramento on Thursday, April 11

Inaugural Logo "Koozies" will also be given out to the first 2,500 fans through the gates.

Magnetic 2019 Aviators Schedules will be given out to fans from Wednesday-Saturday, April 10-13.

The opener of the four-game series against Fresno on Friday, April 12 will feature an inaugural Aviators Logo Item to the first 2,5000 fans through the gates.

Game two of the series against the Grizzlies on Saturday, April 13 will feature an Aviators Item to the first 2,500 fans through the gates.

Sunday Family Day and Aviators Sunglass, to the first 2,500 fans through the gates, will be featured against the Grizzlies on April 14.

The Aviators Team Photo, to the first 2,500 fans through the gates, will be featured in the homestand finale against the Grizzlies on Monday, April 15.

Plan on making it to a few games this season.

Here's their 2019 schedule:

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2019 Oscar Winners

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Best Picture

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Best Actress

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Olivia Colman 
(The Favorite)

Best Actor

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Rami Malek
"Bohemian Rapsody"

Best Supporting Actress

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Regina King 
"If Beale Street Could Talk"

Best Supporting Actor

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Mahershala Ali 
"Green Book"

Best Animated Feature Film

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Best Original Song

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"Shallow
from "A Star Is Born"
 by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice


Best Original Score

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Ludwig Goransson
"Black Panther"

Visual Effects

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"First Man"
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 Unless you live is a fishbowl, when you woke up Monday morning, a rare form of winter appeared in Las Vegas...Snow !

Many of us came from parts of the country where this was a common winter occurrence (my wife and I are two of them), but there's another element of our Sun City Anthem community that haven't experienced this, much less have had to live with it over the largest part of our lives.

And...we're hoping that you might have put your long johns on, walked outside, and taken a few pictures of the beauty that beheld the majesty of the Las Vegas valley.  

We did...














...and we hope you did as well.

...and if you did, send them to us and we'll post them for all to see.

Walkin' in a Vegas "Winter Wonderland" is rare, so we hope you enjoyed it while it lasted !

Send those photos to:

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From Marla Levey


From Allene Millard


From Karen Hadrick
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Will this be a Sign to Those Residing and Visiting
Las Vegas?

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Las Vegas police have been directed to change their policies on turning over certain immigrants who are living in the country illegally to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo...

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... directed the jail not to turn over immigrants in the country illegally who are booked for minor traffic crimes and other low-level misdemeanors.

The department has an agreement with ICE where the jail screens anyone booked and allows ICE to request they be detained if they are wanted for deportation proceedings.

The change comes a day after activists held a protest and news conference outside the police department in opposition to the ICE agreement.

Note to our readers

This information is for informational purposes ONLY, and is NOT intended to influence political opinion in any way.

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The Vegas Voice invites all residents of the Sun City Anthem community to view the award winning film, “The Guardian” on Friday evening, February 15, 2009, 6:00pm,  in the Anthem Center's “Delaware Room”.


Join Dan Roberts and Rana Goodman (recently announced candidate for the Sun City Anthem Board election as part of "The New Tradition Team") in presenting this documentary of the work The Vegas Voice dedicated to reforming the Guardianship laws in the State of Nevada.
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Here they are being saluted by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak for their tireless dedication to a cause from which all seniors will benefit.


For those of you not aware...our very own Sun City Anthem resident, Rana, was named "Senior Citizen of the Year" by Senior Connections magazine.

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Those of you wishing to attend, must have a reservation for this free presentation.

If you would like to attend, send your request to Rana Goodman at:

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year
The Wheres and Whens 

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The most beautiful display acknowledging the 2019 Chinese New Year, Year of the Pig is the Bellagio Conservatory running through March 9.

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So many elements stand out including: 

The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

The flower pagoda guarded by two Chinese Fu Dogs

A replica of the Golden Lotus Statue of Macau in celebration of their 20th year of independence

Chinese lions representing strength and stability

Two cherry blossom trees

Eight piglets surrounding a mother and father pig

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For the 23rd consecutive year, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will welcome 120 Meadows School students performing the traditional dragon parade throughout the shopping destination on the first day of Chinese New Year, Tuesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 9 a.m

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Through February, an impressive illuminated Chinese display of a 12-foot high dragon is situated on the Fortuna Terrace near the interior mall entrance. 

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On Friday and Saturday, Feb 8-9, The Forum Shops will offer Mandarin-speaking greeters and Roman Centurions who will distribute a distinctive brochure featuring special offers in honor of Chinese New Year from a variety of retailers at The Forum Shops. 

Caesars Entertainment properties will host 13 lion dances Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9, and Wednesday, Feb.13 starting at each property’s porte cochère and winding through the casino

The schedule includes: 

Feb. 8

The Cromwell
 2 p.m.

Flamingo
 2:45 p.m.

Harrah’s
 3:45 p.m.

The LINQ
 5 p.m.


Feb. 9

Planet Hollywood
 noon

Paris
 1 p.m.

Bally’s
 2 p.m.

Caesars Palace
 5 p.m.


Feb. 13

Rio
 6 p.m.

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The LINQ Promenade...

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...will host a four-day festival Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 6-9 from 5-9 p.m. starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony with dignitaries at the Fountain Stage on Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. 

The High Roller will celebrate with a nightly light show every hour starting at 6:30 p.m.

There will be live cultural performances on The LINQ Promenade Fountain Stage including the Guizhou Arts Troupe. 

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Traditional lion dance performances by Lohan School of Shaolin will occur nightly at 6 p.m

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Boyd Gaming resorts – Gold Coast, Orleans and Suncoast – will ring in The Year of the Pig with celebratory lion dance performances, special gaming promotions and authentic dining experiences. 


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The Gold Coast will host its annual lion dance parade thorough the casino on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Ping Pang Pong ...

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...will feature its traditional gold-brick shaped Golden Fortune New Year Sweet Rice Cake, stamped with “999.9 Gold Bar,” now through Tuesday, Feb. 5 for $13.88. 


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At the Orleans...

The Orleans celebratory Chinese New Year Gala will be Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.mTickets start at $28

Ondori Asian Kitchen...


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... will serve a Chinese New Year menu Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 4-6 from 11 a.m. to closing. 

At the Suncoast...
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The Suncoast will have its festive lion dance celebration on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. around the casino floor. 

In commemoration of its one-year anniversary, Asian restaurant Peng Zu will offer a special menu Feb. 8-16


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...Hakkasan ...


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...from Jan. 28–Feb. 24 is reinventing the classic fortune cookie and offering both an a la carte and prix fixe specialty menu, as well as a curated ping jing cocktail. 

The fortunes will be written on a ribbon and placed around the Hakkasan macarons, to create the fortune macaron. 

Hakkasan will feature a traditional lion dance on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. and celebrate the Year of the Pig with the wishing tree tradition inspired by the Lam Tseun trees in Hong Kong. 

Hakkasan will be inviting guests to write their wishes for the year ahead on specially designed ribbons which will be hung on the wooden cages in the restaurant. 


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At the Rampart....
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The Rampart Casino in Summerlin will feature its dance on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 p.m

The $18.88 Chinese New Year Seafood Buffet will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 4-9 p.m. and include steamed and fried Dim Sum.
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Postal Rates Going Up on January 27, 2019

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The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission of price changes to take effect Jan. 27, 2019.

The proposed prices, approved by the Governors of the Postal Service, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 2.5%. 

Shipping Services price increases vary by product. 

Priority Mail Express will increase 3.9% and Priority Mail will increase 5.9%. 

Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. 

The Governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include a 5-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents

The single-piece additional ounce price will be reduced to 15 cents, so a 2-ounce stamped letter, such as a typical wedding invitation, will cost less to mail, decreasing from 71 cents to 70 cents.  

The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

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Letters (1 oz)                                             .50                          .55
Letters additional ounces                        .21                          .15
Letters (metered 1 oz)                              .47                          .50    
Outbound (International) (1oz)              1.15                        1.15
Domestic Postcards                                 .35                          .35

The proposed domestic Priority Mail Retail Flat Rate price changes are
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Small Flat Rat Box                                   7.20                        7.90
Medium Flat Rate Box                           13.65                      14.35
Large Flat Rate Box                               18.90                      19.95
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box              17.40                        8.45
Regular Flat Rate Box                             6.70                        7.35
Large Flat Rate Envelope                       7.00                        7.65
Padded Flat Rate Envelope                    7.25                        8.00
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St. Rose Pkwy. Road Work
Will Create Traffic Delays

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Nevada Department of Transportation will be repairing roadway cracks along a 7-mile stretch of St. Rose Parkway between Interstate 15 and the 215 Beltway from January 22-25 and again from January 28-31 in Henderson.

Motorists can expect lane reductions through the work areas.

Improvements will take place from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.
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Downtown will Welcome
Circa Resort & Casino

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The long wait and mystery are finally over for the plans for Downtown Las Vegas' first casino-resort being built from the ground up in more than three decades. 

Developer Derek Stevens...

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...co-owner of the D and Golden Gate properties, unveiled renderings of Circa Resort & Casino expected to open in December 2020

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No longer will we refer to it by the working title 18 Fremont, which is the address.

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Stevens at a VIP event explained the fortuitous situations which allowed deals to be made to purchase the Las Vegas Club, three small properties – Glitter Gulch, Mermaids and La Bayou, and finally a T-shirt shop giving his company the rights to a whole city block for building Circa.

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Many more decisions are yet to be made such as the restaurants, but Stevens announced some of highlights. 

He's excited to build a three-level, stadium-style sports book and making it the largest. 

Keeping some of the past, the famous Vegas Vickie sign will be inside the lobby. 

A new approach will be the Garage Mahal, which will integrate ride sharing.

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The hotel tower will be the tallest north of the Strip and with 777 rooms. 

On the roof will be six pools, a 125-foot TV screen, and space capacity for 4,000 guests. The rooftop will be used for festivals, concerts, sports watch parties, etc.

Stevens only arrived in Las Vegas in 2006, yet he is already a modern ground breaker for the city who holds Las Vegas original pioneers in high regard.
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April & Company
 Goes "Down" & "Away"

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Thanks to the dedication of Sun City Anthem residents Rana Goodman and her beau, Dan Roberts, editor of the Vegas Voice....

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...it finally came to an end.

April Parks and crew are finally getting what they deserved...

Long Term

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...for the cruelty they arrogantly displayed for years as seniors with guardianship issues were fleeced of their life savings.

Two cases were finally concluded on Friday, January 5, 2018 following guilty pleas they entered on November 5, 2018.


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In the first case...

Parks pleaded guilty to:

Five felony offenses, including two counts of Elder Exploitation, a category “B” felony

Two counts of Theft, a category “B” felony

One count of Perjury, a category “D” felony 

Simmons pleaded guilty to:

One count of Elder Exploitation

One count of Theft

One count of Perjury

Taylor pleaded guilty to:

One count of Elder Exploitation

Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Tierra Jones...


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...handed down the following sentences:

Parks:
16 to 40 years
in Nevada State Prison
Simmons:
7 to 10 years
in Nevada State Prison
 Taylor
2 to 5 years
in Nevada State Prison

In the second case...

...the following sentences were handed down by the court:

Parks:
6 to 15 years
in Nevada State Prison
Simmons:
4 to 10 years
in Nevada State Prison

...to be run concurrent to their first sentencing orders. 

The judge also ordered that the defendants pay restitution in the amount of: 

$559,205.32 

Simpson’s sentencing date was continued by the court. 

Every senior citizen in the state of Nevada owes Rana, Dan, and The Vegas Voice a debt of gratitude for the time and determination spent in protecting them against financial predators in our state.

Want to say thanks?

Send your comments to:
scaopinions@gmail.com
  1. From Patsy McCarthy...to...Anthem Opinions

    Congratulations Rana and Dan and his Vegas Voice.

    Rana and Dan are friends of mine and I have watched from the very beginning of “Donna Quixote’s” journey to change Nevada law to protect all Senior Citizens.

    I hope this spreads to other states that allow this kind of abuse.

    My biggest hope is that all of these low lifes serve their full sentences, especially Parks.  No one deserves it more then she does. 
    1. From Kirk & Mary Pittman...to...Anthem Opinions
      I just want to thank you for your time and effort to bring attention to this issue.

      God Bless You!

      Thank you.
    2. Kirk & Mary,

      Don't thank me, all I do is report it.

      Thank Rana Goodman and The Vegas Voice for their dedication over the years.

      I have known Rana for years, and she is one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever known.  
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2018
Christmas on the Strip

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"It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas"
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"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"


"Sleigh RIde"


"Feliz Navidad"


" It's a Marshmallow World"


"Holly Jolly Christmas"

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"Dominick the Donkey"
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Rana Goodman
 &
The Vegas Voice

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A Guardianship Rights Victory

April Parks is going to jail...

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...and Sun City Anthem and the entire state of Nevada owe our very own Rana Goodman for the persistence and dedication she, along with the Vegas Voice, showed in changing state guardianship laws.

Parks' husband... 

Gary Taylor

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...and business partners...

 Mark Simmons

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... and...

 Noel Palmer Simpson

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...may join her.

Parks pleaded guilty to five felony offenses, including two counts of elder exploitation, two counts of theft and one count of perjury

Simmons pleaded guilty to one count of elder exploitation, one count of theft and one count of perjury

Taylor, who was named in seven counts of the original indictment, pleaded guilty to one count of elder exploitation

Parks was the owner of A Private Professional Guardian, LLC. 

Parks, her office manager Simmons, her husband Taylor and her Simpson were collectively indicted on 270 counts for elder exploitation, representing the most significant guardianship indictment in Nevada’s history. 

They collectively committed 117 counts of perjury, 73 counts of offering false instrument for filing or record, 42 counts of theft, 37 counts of exploitation and one count of racketeering. 


The fraudulent acts were committed between December 2011 and July 2016.   

Several of these defendants also pleaded guilty Monday in a second related case where Parks, Simmons, Simpson and James Thomas Melton are alleged to have exploited an elderly couple through the use of guardianship between December 2010 and May 2017. 

In this case, Parks, Simmons and Simpson each pleaded guilty to another count of elder exploitation.

The District Attorney is asking for the maximum sentence when Parks and her co-conspirators come back to court.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2019.   

Under the terms of the plea agreements with Parks and Simmons, the state and the defense have retained the right to argue for what sentence they will receive. 

Parks faces a maximum prison sentence of 84 years in prison between the two cases

Simmons faces a maximum prison sentence of 54 years

Taylor’s plea agreement jointly recommends a sentence of 24-60 months in prison

Simpson will receive the recommendation of probation in exchange her cooperation

Parks, Simmons and Taylor have been detained in the Clark County Detention Center since their arrest in March 2017.

Anthem Opinions sends our sincere appreciation to Rana Goodman and The Vegas Voice for vigorously pursuing this injustice.

Both deserve a well deserved thanks from all !

  1. Way to go, Rana!!! I am very happy to see April Parks as the poster child for "What goes around comes around". Imagine that--she gets to live with NOTHING--just like she left so many of her charges over the years. Thank you for caring.
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New Bridge Will Go Over South End of Strip

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Construction has begun on a brand-new pedestrian bridge expected to open along the Strip next July. 

The $16.9 million project will have the crossover bridge going between Park MGM and the Showcase Mall, which sits in front of the MGM Grand. 

Like the Strip's other existing pedestrian bridges, it will have escalators and elevators on both sides.

Another precaution for the safety of pedestrians is the continuation of placing steel bollards along the Strip, which can withstand the impact of a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling at 50 mph. 

By the end of February, there will be 3,800 steel posts in place.
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Tropicana Begins Parking Fees for Non-Guests on "Event" Days

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As of Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, The Tropicana Hotel began charging parking fees for non-guests; however, there's a somewhat "bright light" to the fee...a food coupon !

The Tropicana is charging $15 for self-parking and $20 for valet parking for non-hotel guests on event days.

According to the hotel's management:

"The event-based paid parking initiative will allow us to ensure our most valued guests always have a place to park." 

However...

All cars that pay to park in the Tropicana paid parking on event days will receive a $10 voucher for:

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Robert Irvine's Public House restaurant
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You're Doing Fine Nevada !

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A 2018 economic report completed in September shows Las Vegas saw the bulk of a statewide job increase over the past year.

According to the report, written by the Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation,  jobs increased statewide by 3.2%...

 ....43,500 new jobs since September 2017, and 34,200 of those new jobs were created in the Las Vegas valley.

In September 2018Las Vegas saw 3,700 new jobs.

Over the last year, Las Vegas' unemployment rate went from 5.2% to 4.7%.

In September, 2018, unemployment dropped two tenths of a percentage point.

Other figures include a drop in initial claims for unemployment insurance.

Using a 13-week average, the report states that claims have declined by almost 7.11% by the end of September.

Also, with news jobs come new job advertisements.

Clark County experienced the largest increase for the state with a grand total of 163,800 job ads for the year.

As for the whole state of Nevadaunemployment rates decreased for 15 of its 17 counties in the past year.

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The Best "Haunting" Fun Spots

Bonnie Screams

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Located in Red Rock Canyon, where travelers in the 1800’s treked the Spanish Trail towards the west coast. This was no easy journey, many of these people died from the desert’s unforgiving climate.

Now, those lost along the way still roam the ranch!

These spirits still have something to say and ” reach out ” when you least expect it.

This journey is not for the faint of heart, as each victim will descend through three new, forbidding haunts that wind throughout the darkened town.

Freakling Bros
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Freakling Bros. Horror Shows presents the Trilogy of Terror with the R-rated Gates of HellThe COVEN of 13 and Castle Vampyre haunted attractions.

 Freakling Bros. has a reputation as "one of the best in the business" by concentrating on primal fears, relying on live performers, and creating theatrical illusions. 

These attractions are located at 4245 S. Grand Canyon Drive.

HallOVeen at Opportunity Village

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Once again, the Magical Forest will be shrouded in Halloween finery for HallOVeen , beckoning ghouls and goblins of all ages with a spine-tingling good time. 

This is season six of HallOVeen  and the Magical Forest has quickly become a favorite fundraiser. 

Park-goers will enjoy signature attractions — The Forest Express Ghost Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, The Avalanche Slide, The Blizzard Mini-Coaster and more — to go along with new 2018 rides!

Nevada Northern Railway

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The Haunted Ghost Train will once again embark on a frightening journey through Ely as those aboard hear ghost stories, roll through haunted tunnels and gasp at sightings of headless horsemen, the undead, even alien activity. 

The haunted locomotive welcomes brave souls every Saturday in October, in addition to Friday, Oct. 26, and encourages guests to arrive in costume. 



Tickets are $39 for adults, $20 for children age four to 12, and free for children under four years old.
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Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019
As Will the Medicare Part B Premiums

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More than 63 million Americans will see an increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2019.

What’s the reason for the change? Inflation appears to be on the way up. 

Typically, higher inflation rates reflect higher interest rates.

Benefits automatically increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI). 

The CPI is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reflects "changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services."

The latest annual inflation rate for the United States is 2.3%, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for September of 2018. 

That’s the highest rate recorded in September since 2011. 

The 2.8% boost to Social Security and SSI benefits in 2019 will mark the highest increase since 2012. 

A 2.8% increase would translate into an average Social Security benefit of $1,461 per month, up $39. 

The increase would boost the current maximum benefit to $2,861 per month, up $73. 

The increase would tick the average up for disabled workers to $1,234.

How do the increases for payouts compare to contributions? 

Other benefit amounts also rely on cost of living numbers. 

For workers paying into the system, the contribution base for Social Security is expected to increase more than 3% to $132,900

The base is the amount of wages used to calculate contributions to the system (the same limits apply for purposes of figuring benefits). 

The amount of tax paid on the base amount is set by statute at 6.2%

The employee pays that amount (6.2%) and the employer also pays that amount (6.2%) for a total of 12.4% per worker up to the cap.

That extra you see in your payroll withholding is attributable to Medicare tax

Medicare is taxed at 1.45% on wages for both employees and employers, totaling 2.9%

There is no cap on wages for purposes of Medicare tax.

As of 2013, individuals who earn more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) pay an additional 0.9% in Medicare taxes.

The 2019 the Medicare Part B Premium will be determined as follows:

a. Individuals with income between $85,000 to $107,000 or married couples with income between $170,000 to $214,000, the Part B monthly premium amount would be Standard premium + $53.50 = $187.50.

b. Individuals with income between $107,000 to $133,500 or married couples with income between $214,000 to $267,000, the Part B monthly premium amount would be Standard premium + $133.90 = $267.90.

The income thresholds that determine the income-related premium payments are frozen through 2019, but will increase by about 2% in 2020 and will be indexed after that for general price inflation.

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Nevada Health Services Score Poor Grades

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The Nevada Medical Center, a non-profit organization composed of health care and business leaders, recently determined that the state of Nevada receive a grade of "D" when it comes to access to health care. 

This same organization gave Nevada a grade of "D" in 2017.

Nevada Medical Center also stated that in the past 20 years, Nevada's population has increased 73%, most of which occurred in southern Nevada; however, it also determined that the number of medical providers was insufficient to accommodate that massive population increase...

...that it was hoped that the UNLV School of Medicine will have a positive effect.

Other grades issued by the Nevada Medical Center:

"C" in chronic diseases, substance abuse, and mental health.

"B" in nutrition.

"D" in infectious diseases.

  1. When we first moved here, my wife (a nurse in a hospital) asked a co-worker "Where do you go when you're REALLY sick?" The other nurse replied "McCarran" (e.g. the Airport)
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2018 TV Fall Line-Up


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8:00 p.m.

Dancing With the Stars: Juniors (ABC)
God Friended Me (CBS)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Sunday Night Football (NBC)
Supergirl (The CW)

8:30 p.m.

Bob's Burgers (Fox)

9:00 p.m.

Shark Tank (ABC)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Family Guy (Fox)
Charmed (The CW)

9:30 p.m.

Rel (Fox)

10:00 p.m.

The Alec Baldwin Show (ABC)
Madam Secretary (CBS)


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8:00 p.m.

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
The Neighborhood (CBS)
The Resident (Fox)
The Voice (NBC)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)

8:30 p.m.

Happy Together (CBS)

9:00 p.m.

Magnum P.I. (CBS)
9-1-1 (Fox)
Arrow (The CW)

10:00 p.m.

The Good Doctor (ABC)
Bull (CBS)
Manifest (NBC)

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Roseanne (ABC)
NCIS (CBS)
The Gifted (Fox)
The Voice (NBC)
The Flash (The CW)

8:30 p.m.

The Kids Are Alright (CBS)

9:00 p.m.

black-ish (ABC)
FBI (CBS)
Lethal Weapon (Fox)
This Is Us (NBC)
Black Lightning (The CW)

9:30 p.m.

Splitting Up Together (ABC)

10:00 p.m.

The Rookie (ABC)
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
New Amsterdam (NBC)

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The Goldbergs (ABC)
Survivor (CBS)
Empire (Fox)
Chicago Med (NBC)
Riverdale (The CW)

8:30 p.m.

American Housewife (ABC)

9:00 p.m.

Modern Family (ABC)
SEAL Team (CBS)
Star (Fox)
Chicago Fire (NBC)
All American (The CW)

9:30 p.m.

Single Parents (ABC)

10:00 p.m.

A Million Little Things (ABC)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Chicago PD (NBC)


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Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Thursday Night Football (Fox)
Superstore (NBC)
Supernatural (The CW)

8:30 p.m.

Young Sheldon (CBS)
The Good Place (NBC)

9:00 p.m.

Station 19 (ABC)
Mom (CBS)
Will & Grace (NBC)
Legacies (The CW)

9:30 p.m.

Murphy Brown (CBS)
I Feel Bad (NBC)

10:00 p.m.

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
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Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

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Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
MacGver (CBS)
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Blindspot (NBC)
Dynasty (The CW)

8:30 p.m.

Speechless (ABC)
The Cool Kids (Fox)

9:00 p.m.

Child Support (ABC)
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Hell's Kitchen (Fox)
Midnight, Texas (NBC)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)

10:00 p.m.

20/20 (ABC)
Blue Bloods (CBS)
Dateline NBC (NBC)

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Bored and Looking for a Job?
Drive a School Bus

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As far as kids go, summer's almost over and that means that school will be starting soon.  As a matter of fact, the first day of classes for Clark County schools is Monday, August 13, 2018.

This announcement was recently made regarding open positions for school bus drivers.

Clark County School District bus drivers are often the first to greet students at the start of a school day and the last to send them off at the end of the day.
They are a valuable component of the education day and are heavily relied upon.

Approximately 96% of the district's bus driver positions are filled, with about 63 vacancies out of 1,640 positions.

This is not an unusual number of vacancies. Several additional drivers are expected to return prior to the first day of school.

Routes that do not have a permanent driver assigned to them are staffed by others in the Transportation Department who have commercial driving experience. 

CCSD continually works to fill bus driver positions year-round in a variety of ways including on-the-job paid training for qualified candidates, a one-stop shop center to assist with the application process, and creating innovative ways to provide transportation staff with full-time employment when possible.
CCSD’s bus driver staffing levels adjust based on a number of factors including retirement, medical reasons, promotions or transfers within the district, moving out of state, obtaining outside employment or for other varying reasons."

Mauricio Marin
Clark County School District Spokesperson

If you're interested is this OR ANY OTHER OPEN POSITIONS in the Clark County School System, here's a link to the various jobs still open.

https://ccsdjobs.searchsoft.net/ats/job_board_frame?COMPANY_ID=MA000239&APPLICANT_TYPE_ID=00000002



Once you open the link, click on "Job Title" to see the various positions open.
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Does a Community Restaurant Affect Real Estate Values?

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How many times have you heard the statement that some kind of community restaurant in Sun City Anthem affects the value of it's residential properties?

We pursued that question to a realtor, Sam Wagmeister,  from Berkshire Hathaway, and we received some information to clarify the absurdity of that belief.

As you know Sun City Anthem's record of restaurant experience can best be described as...

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...and the latest venture, if chosen, would likely have been another addition to that failed history, the difference being, the subsidization of approximately $250,000 each and every year of unit owner funds for that "honor".

This individual was kind enough to prepare a spread sheet comparing property values of the following communities over various time frames.

Sun City Anthem
(no restaurant)

Sun City MacDonald Ranch
(a small restaurant that is leased to a private tenant)

Sun City Summerlin
(leased restaurant)

Solera Anthem
(no restaurant)

The comparison included the following:

a. number of home sales
b. average number of days on the market before a contract was submitted
c. the average price per square foot of the properties sold in that community.

Here's what was discovered:

                                                                          #       days on   Average Price
                                                                sold           market         p/sq. ft
6 months ending 6/30/15

Sun City Anthem                                       166          70       $187.00
Sun City MacDonald Ranch                       65          47         173.00
Sun City Summerlin                                  236          55         166.00
Solera Anthem                                              9        120        $149.00

6 months ending 12/31/16

Sun City Anthem                                      196          59         $185.00
Sun City MacDonald Ranch                      88          48           178.00
Sun City Summerlin                                243          51            172.00
Solera Anthem                                            8          93          $152.00


6 months ending 6/30/17

Sun City Anthem                                     240          57           $192.00
Sun City MacDonald Ranch                     79          41             187.00
Sun City Summerlin                                300          37             180.00
Solera Anthem                                           15          78            $156.00


6 months ending 12/31/17

Sun City Anthem                                     196          50            $204.00
Sun City MacDonald Ranch                     87          30              196.00
Sun City Summerlin                                286          39              190.00
Solera Anthem                                          12            7             $171.00

6 months ending 6/30/18

Sun City Anthem                                    227          50             $209.00
Sun City MacDonald Ranch                    67          22               211.00
Sun City Summerlin                              313          32               202.00
Solera Anthem                                          8          22              $180.00


As you can see, over the past 3 years, in all subdivisions, the property values followed a similar path...all increasing.

The realtor from...

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...also stated that in his 15 years of full time real estate sales experience, he has NEVER heard a prospective buyer even ask if a restaurant was a part of the association.

In our opinion, this comparison has one conclusion.

A restaurant has NO affect on property values !

Once again, we send out a special thanks to Bershire Hathaway realtorSam Wagmeister, who is also the Night Editor of The Vegas Voice Magazine.



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Though our normal policy is to refuse all forms of advertising, if you are thinking of selling your home, give Sam a call at (702) 245-6556.  

It's our way of thanking him for taking the time to provide us the above information at his own expense on which this article was based.


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  1. From Marty & Donna Winger

    We have a restaurant here.  It's known as "Buckman's."  Isn't that wonderful…

    Why would we go thru the expense of adding another one a few hundred feet east?

    How many times do we need to go thru the expense, again?

    Thank you, Mr. Wagmeister.
  2. Marty & Donna,

    Add Buckman's to the Inspirada Master Plan and the tons of restaurants on Eastern Avenue, and the entire matter becomes a complete waste of association funds.
    1. From Robert Nusser...to...Anthem Opinions

      My own research and analysis of the data provided by Proudfit Realty in the monthly Spirit mag shows that SCA prices have gone UP since Vic's closed down.
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Inspirada Area Expanding
by
Leaps & Bounds

Still wondering what's going on with all the construction around the Sun City Anthem and Inspirada area ?

It's called....


...and it's spectacular !

Just click here to see the details.

http://www.cityofhenderson.com/docs/default-source/community-development-docs/land-use-plans/180611_inspirada-town-center-adopted-plan-june-2018.pdf 




The Inspirada Town Center will be located north of "Volunteer Rd" at the intersection of "Executive Airport Drive" and "Bicentennial Pkwy". 

A better map is located on Page 3 of the Master Plan link.

With this massive development planned...

Why would Sun City Anthem even consider a restaurant, when such a project would be so the close to the surrounding Anthem communities in June, 2019 ???

Got a comment?

Send it to us at:


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  1. From Robert Nusser...to...Anthem Opinions

    "Why would Sun City Anthem even consider a restaurant, when such a project would be so the close to the surrounding Anthem communities in June, 2019 ???"

    Your question is using common sense - something sorely lacking in SCA!

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Henderson City Attorney Says M Resort
Owes
$15,000,000
to City
 for Infrastructure

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When the owners of M Resort showed an interest in Henderson, city officials made things as accommodating as possible including deferring payments to the City of Henderson for several years.

According to Henderson City Attorney, Josh Reid, the owners of the M Resort owe the city of Henderson roughly $15 million from an agreement signed in 2008.

Reid claims the owners were supposed to repay the city nearly $8 million for water and sewer infrastructure, plus $7 million to build a pending fire station.

The city deferred the payment for several years. 

Additional city resources were used to merge Volunteer Road to M Resort, and last year the city purchased a $1 million ladder truck for fire services to the area.

Anthony Marnell III...

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...opened the nearly $1 billion M Resort in 2009, but the casino-hotel was on the verge of bankruptcy in 2010, and Marnell asked to defer payments until the expansion of phase two. 

Penn National Gaming took control of M Resort in October 2011.

Reid said the payment was triggered in 2012, when the new owners installed a permanent tent structure used to house concerts and conventions.

An M Resort attorney, Mark Farrario...

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...is claiming a misunderstanding related to the tent, and remains open to answering any further questions or concern on the city’s part.

Despite annual reviews of the development agreement, city officials missed the payments until last year, when an internal audit brought it to light. 

According to City Attorney Reid, The City of Henderson and the M Resort have been working on a fix since April 2016.
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Smoke Shop & Bank Robber Father & Son Duo
Plead Guilty
Face up to 20 Years in Prison & Fines
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A father and son, Jeffrey Alan James, 53, and Jessy Stewart James, 23, both of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty in federal court to committing six smoke shop robberies and two bank robberies in  2017.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for July 26.

On Jan. 19, 2017,  both robbed the KS Smoke Shop, located at 3827 E. Sunset Road, with a BB gun revolver and demanded money. 

Jessy James, his son, watched the store’s entrance and acted as a lookout. 

They stole approximately $205

On Jan. 22, 2017 the D Smoke Shop located at 3711 S. Valley View Boulevard. Approximately $300 was stolen.

On Jan. 24, 2017 the Silver State Schools Credit Union located at 9302 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson was robbed, getting away with approximately $4,000

On Jan. 31, 2017 Vapors Smoke Shop, located at 9101 W. Sahara Ave. was robbed. Approximately $100 was stolen.

On Feb. 1, 2017 Smoke Shop Plus, located at 7320 S. Rainbow Blvd. was robbed. Approximately $900 was stolen.

On Feb. 5, 2017 Smoke and Cigar Smoke Shop, located at 8550 W. Desert Inn Road was robbed. Approximately $300 was stolen.

On Feb. 14,  2017 EZ Smokes Smoke Shop, located at 8930 S. Maryland Parkway was robbed of Marlboro cigarettes after the clerk stated there was no money in the register.

On Feb. 16, 2017 the America First Credit Union located at 10608 S. Eastern Ave., in Henderson was robbed. Approximately $4,200 was stolen.

Combining all the crimes, the maximum statutory penalty is 20 years in prison and substantial fines.
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State Growing
Now Close to 3 Million in Nevada

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The population of the state of Nevada is quickly approaching 3 million.
Nevada added 33,300 residents to its population last year, bringing the state's total population,  to an estimated 2,986,700.
The majority of that population is in Southern Nevada where an estimated 2,240,200 lived at the close of 2017. 
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Minimum Nevada Auto Insurance Limits 
Increasing as of July 1, 2018

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One in three Nevada motorists could face a 9% increase in auto insurance rates July 1, when the state raises the basic required minimum for bodily injury and property damage coverage.
Officials say that could mean roughly $10 more a month for 600,000 people who currently have minimum bodily injury coverage of $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident, plus basic $10,000 per accident in property damage.
Those minimum coverage requirements are going up to $25,000, $50,000 and $20,000, respectively.
The Nevada Division of Insurance told lawmakers who approved the increase last year that some policyholders could see jumps of more than $45 a month if they also maintain minimum coverage for uninsured or underinsured motorists.
These changes increase limits  last set in 1958.
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Vegas Celebrates
The Dennis Bono 18th Anniversary Show


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For those of you who never seem to make it to a Dennis Bono Show on a Thursday afternoon at 2:00pm, or for those of you who would like to relive a memorable afternoon...

... we thought we'd share some of  pictures of the recent 18th anniversary show in the South Point Showroom at the South Point Hotel on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

A special thanks to my wife, Marla, for taking these photos of the show ! 

Just click on this link to see them!


Our sincere congratulations to Dennis Bono for providing free entertainment to the Las Vegas valley for all these years.

Guest stars for this special show included:

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Frankie Scinta of The Scintas
(currently at The Plaza Hotel on Friday & Saturday)


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Niki Scalera
(Broadway Star and currently in the "don't miss" Cocktail Cabaret Show in Cleopatra's Lounge at Caesars Palace)


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Gregg Austin & 2nd Wind
(The best of Motown at the South Point and Texas Station)

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Sonny Charles
(of the famous "Checkmates" fame--"Black Pearl")


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Zowie Bowie
(magnetic performer currently at Red Rock Hotel & Casino in addition to a Saturday night fixture at The Fremont Street Experience)


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The Bronx Wonderers
(the best of "doo wop" currently at Bally's)
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Lorraine Hunt Bono
(wife of Dennis Bono, owner of the legendary Bootlegger Bistro, and former Nevada Lt. Governor)

with

A special video from long time friend of Dennis...

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Dennis Bono &Tony Orlando

and Co-Host

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Sun City Anthem's Very Own
Corrie Sachs

May you have 118 more Dennis !

Dick Arendt
Anthem Opinions
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City of Henderson
Addressing Eastern Avenue Traffic ?

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It certainly is no surprise that Eastern Avenue between Horizon Ridge all the way to the 215 has become a literal nightmare of traffic as the City expands with new construction day after day...

...and...

The City of Henderson is not only aware of it, but is beginning a study that might radically alter the traffic as a result.

The Henderson City Engineer reported that between 40,000 and 60,000 vehicles travel that path EACH DAY.

They're asking interested consulting engineering companies to submit proposals. with all options on the table, adding "some of those would include a grade separated structure at St Rose and Eastern avenue". It could either be a tunnel or a flyover

There's also consideration of restructuring a portion of Eastern avenue into a super-arterial similar to the Desert Inn super-arterial, allowing some vehicles to continue traveling north or south, as well as, allowing trafffic a means to visit local business establishments. 

The choosing of a consultant is expected to be completed in March and the results of their study are expected by year's end.

The City has also wanted residents to know there is NO TIMELINE as to the beginning of any construction; that all of this is currently in the "planning stages".


  1. From Norma Bain...to...Anthem Opinions

    Thanks for Eastern Ave survey updates.

    Do you know if that includes restriping or doing something with catseyes, as you know it is very difficult to see lane markings at night.
  1. Norma,

    Eastern Avenue needs a great deal of help.  I would write the City of Henderson and contact our Council Member, Dan Shaw.

    Here is a link directly to him.  


    I made a similar comment to Mayor March about the painting Eastern Ave near the Nevada State Bank as you leave Sun City Anthem  The right line is a RIGHT TURN ONLY lane, but lately, I'm see many cars ignore it and cut into traffic despite the sign that says Right Turn Only.

    The response I got:  "It's a matter of priority and funds are not available".

    Good luck !

    Our government at work !  They can give the Raiders a $6 million land deal, but there's no money to paint the roads.
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Despite Lowest Valley Crime Rate 
Henderson Violent Crimes Substantially Increased 38.2% from 2012 to 2016
On Tuesday, January 30th,  the mayor and city council members will hold a special meeting to discuss the major challenges facing the city.
They are re going to closely examine a recent report that identifies 14-major challenge areas for the city, including, "unacceptable crime levels."
From 2012 to 2016 violent crime increased by 38.2%
The population grew between 2012 and 2017, but patrol staff decreased during those last two years
However, 26 new officers have since been added through the "More Cops Initiative." 
The city says they're proactive by ranking the challenges outlined in the report and then it'll look for solutions so the mayor and city council members can tackle them in the future.

    

The report also points out "unacceptable public safety response times." 
It says police average response times have increased to well over nine minutes at the longest when their target should be at eight minutes.  
Fire department times average below nine minutes, but the national target suggests six minutes. 
Henderson meets the target 60% of the time.
The City of Henderson has added a new fire station. The tenth one is in the west part of town.

  1. Remember - when seconds count the Police are minutes away !
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Henderson City Council To Sell
"Raider's Practice" 
Land Parcel"
at
Bargain



Item number 42 on the agenda for the January 2, 2018 Henderson City Council Meeting shows the city is going to approve the sale of 55 acres to the Raiders for the practice facility.  

They are selling the parcel for $6,000.000.

However, the land has been appraised for $12,000,000 !

Is it time to contact Mayor Debra March and ask her and the rest of the Henderson City Council ....


Send your questions and comments to the entire Henderson City Council by simply completing this form:



Then, if you get a response, send it to us at:

scaopinions@gmail.com
  1. OF COURSE it's being sold at 1/2 price...if it were sold at full price there wouldn't be anything left over for the kick-backs
    1. From Douglas West...to...Anthem Opinions

      My neighbors house was broke into between 4-6 pm Jan 30,2018.

      Please be aware this problem is going on in our neighborhood.

      Mostly non-traceable items, like cash and jewelry, left credit cards and checkbook alone.

      Came in thru the back window.

      Took the police over 30 minutes to respond. Be alert.

      I highly recommend keeping all valuables in a safe. Report suspicious activity and write down license plate numbers of vehicles that don’t look like should be here.
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Toys for Tots 2017...What a Show !

And..."Semper Fi" to the dedicated members of the US Marine Corps Reserve who devoted so much of their time in making it such a success.


On Saturday evening, the local entertainment community held it's annual benefit at the Westgate for the kids in the valley who aren't fortunate to have a Christmas present under a tree...

...and it didn't disappoint anyone as the show rolled on for over 3 hours to the delight of the multitude who attended.

What makes this charity so special is that 97% of all donations go to where it's supposed to go...kids!

If you didn't make it, here are some of the acts you missed !

Michelle Johnson


The Ladies from "Fantasy"


KISS...from "Raiding the Rock Vault"


Zowie Bowie


Serena Henry


Kathleen Dunbar...Comedian


Sam Riddle...Country Star


Dennis Bono & Lorraine Hunt Bono


Rob Garrett...Neil Diamond Tribute Artist 

Some of the additional  entertainers included comedy musician Murray Sawchuck, Benny Hill favorite comedian, Lenny Windsor,  Adrian Zmed of Grease 2 and J.J. Hooker fame, acapela group Mo5aic, and the Lon Bronson Band Horn Section.

Music was conducted by David Perrco's 23 piece orchestra who produced the show along with Findlay Cadillac executive L.J. Harkness.

Even TV personalities Sherry Swensk of KLAS Channel 8, and J.J. Snyder of KTNV Channel 13 made appearances with "Jon The Announcer", as the back stage emcee.

...if a few were missed, that tells you how many wonderful entertainers gave their energy for "the kids".



And...did you know...our very own Sun City Anthem Woodchips Club was a sponsor...providing numerous hand made toys for the kids as well !

Give a kid a Merry Christmas...and take a moment to send this great charity a small donation to make it happen.

There's still time to make a child happy as we we count down to Christmas.

You have no idea how great it feels to experience the look on a young face, knowing someone didn't forget them on Christmas !


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Women's Pro Basketball Entering
Las Vegas Market
Joining NHL & NFL Teams

The WNBA's San Antonio Stars....



...will relocate to Las Vegas with MGM Resorts International owning and operating the team, which will begin play in the 2018 season.

The basketball team's home arena will be the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
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Who Owns What?

The Strip

A whopping 20 of the 29 strip casinos are owned by just two companies. Bye-bye, competition!

Aria
Bellagio
Circus Circus
Excalibur
Luxor
Mandalay Bay
MGM Grand
The Mirage
Monte Carlo
New York New York

In 2005 the MGM & Mandalay companies merged, creating the largest gaming company in the world at that time, with 28 properties in five states, annual revenues of $6 billion, and control of 40% of the slots, 44% of the table games, and 36,000 of the 73,000 rooms on the Las Vegas Strip. 

Treasure Island used to be part of this group, but MGM Mirage sold it to Phil Ruffin in March 2009. 



Cosmpolitan, next to Aria, is actually not part of MGM's CityCenter, and is in fact owned by Deutsche Bank.


 
Bally's
Caesars Palace
The Cromwell
Flamingo
Harrah's
Linq
O'Sheas
Paris
Planet Hollywood
Rio
Harrah's (Laughlin)

The 2005 merger between Caesars & Harrah's surpassed MGM/Mandalay to create the largest gaming company in the world, with 40 properties over 100,000 employees.  

The merged company was initially known as Harrah's Entertainment, then in Nov. 2010 the name changed to Caesar's Entertainment Corp.

 Downtown Vegas

 Boyd Gaming

 California
Fremont
Main Street Station

Derek & Greg Stevens
The D
Las Vegas Club

 Individually-owned
Downtown Grand

Gold Spike 
Plaza 
  
Boyd Gaming Other Properties

Locals Casinos
Aliante
Gold Coast
Orleans
Sam's Town
Suncoast
 Not in Vegas
Eldorado (Henderson)
Joker's Wild (Henderson)
Sam's Town Gold River (Laughlin)

Boulder Station
Palace Station
Santa Fe Station
Sunset Station
Texas Station
Fiesta Henderson
Fiesta Rancho
Red Rock Casino
Wild Wild West
Wildfire
Green Valley Ranch
Palms
Barley's
The Greens
Gold Rush
Magic Star
Lake Mead
Renata's Casino

 Ownership changes Over the Years

Gold Spike, Las Vegas Club, The Plaza, and the Western are sold by Jackie Gaughan to Barrick Gaming for $82 million, along with 35 acres of land and two downtown motels. 

Gaughan retains control of the El Cortez. (March 2004).

Boyd Gaming and Coast Casinos merged in Feb. 2004 in a deal reportedly worth $1.3 billion. Coast had Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, Orleans, and Suncoast.

Boyd had Stardust, Fremont, California, Main St. Station, Sam's Town, Joker's Wild, the Eldorado in Henderson.

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First is was Professional hockey with the Golden Knights, then it was NFL football with the announcement that the Raiders will relocate, and now another professional sport will enter the Las  Vegas community.

 Beginning in 2018 Las Vegas will become the 3rd expansion team to join the US Soccer League which will bring the total number of teams in the league to 33.
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Fresno, California and Birmingham, Alabama are the other 2 cities that will enter the league in 2018.

Eight additional teams are currently in discussion for the 2019-2020 season.
The team will play its games at Cashman Field with the pro Soccer season running from the end of March through the end of October.

Team owner Brett Lashbrook...

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... announced that the following names are being considered for the team name:
Las Vegas FC
Las Vegas Lights
Las Vegas Action
Viva Vegas
Club Vegas
Las Vegas Silver

Want to cast your vote for the name of the Las Vegas team?

Just click on this link no later than Monday, August 28, 2017 by 11:50pm.

We welcome this latest edition to the growing list of professional sports to "the Entertainment Capital of the World".


We welcome this latest edition to the growing list of professional sports to "the Entertainment Capital of the World".
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Lifetime National Park Passes

Dramatically Increasing in Price

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When it comes to entertainment choices, there's no better place in the world than "The Entertainment Capital of the World", but entertainment takes on so many different avenues.

 Yes, we have the terrific Las Vegas Strip and so many other local venues; but as the saying goes, "there's a whole new world out there" if you want to explore it, and getting past the "walls of Sun City Anthem" is one of them...

...namely exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding areas well within a reasonable driving radius.

Of course, we have the scenic views of Red Rock Canyon and The Valley of Fire  just minutes away from our community, a thirteen mile casual drive through the mountains that surround our valley.

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There's Zion National Park...

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...and Bryce Canyon National Park...

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... in nearby Utah.

Can't forget Yosemite National Park in California...

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...and the grand daddy of them all, the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

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How many of you like the beautiful state of Hawaii...especially by cruise ship as you visit the various islands?

Ever been to Hawaii's Haleakala National Park on Maui?

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...or Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on The Big Island?

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...or Waimea Canyon State Park on Kauai?

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...or Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu?

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The list of these magnificent sites are endless if you take the time to see them

But...they cost money, and if you're a senior citizen age 62, a great deal is going to end SOON.

Currently seniors can purchase a LIFETIME pass for only $10.00

This pass is good for entrance to ANY and ALL national parks in the United States, and everyone in your car when you enter the parks.

But...

...that deal is ending on August 27, 2017.      

All passes after that date will increase to $80.00.

What's the easiest way to purchase a lifetime pass at the $10 fee?

There are two methods.

First, drive up to Red Rock canyon and purchase one at the entrance gate.

Second, purchase one online at the $10 fee; however, this method ALSO CHARGES an additional $10 processing free.

If you choose the later, here's a convenient link for your convenience.

We strongly advise all of you who do not currently own a Lifetime pass to do so.  Visiting these remarkable sites will make you appreciate the wonder of God's gift of natural beauty.

Anthem Opinions Administration
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  Remember Her?


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It's April Parks....the subject of massive Guardian abuse.

Recently an individual purchased a locker at a Henderson storage facility by auction.

...and when it was opened, he was horrified to see boxes of cremated remains of those, this woman acted as their guardian.

Here's the story reported by Fox news.

It was through the effort and dedication of Anthem Today's Rana Goodman, that this individual's abuse was brought to a halt.

Anthem Opinions salutes Ms. Goodman and The Vegas Voice for all they have done to stop elderly abuse.

  1. From Mary Lee Duley...to...Anthem Opinions

    Dear Rana:

    Wishing you the best of luck with the committee.

    IF they do not see this as an atrocity and reason to investigate further, the Committee members need to Resign!

    Sadly, there are still some in decision making positions that continue the abuse and need to be removed.

    I know of many seniors who are choosing to move out of Nevada (or have moved this past year) due to fears of Guardianship in Nevada.
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 Missing Sun City Anthem Woman
Sadly Found Dead

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It is with sincere sadness to report the death of Iris Daniels , age 69, a resident of Sun City Anthem.

 Henderson Police Department confirmed finding her remains in a side yard of a residence near her home in the area of Anthem Parkway and Atchley Drive on the 2200 block of Turner Falls Street.
A homeowner informed police late Monday morning.
Clark County Coroner's Office said they confirmed the report, but a cause and manner of her death remained pending.
The woman went missing on April 20th after her husband told police she walked away from their residence.
Mrs. Daniels had suffered from complications due to a recent stroke.
At the current time foul play is not suspected.
Anthem Opinions sends our deepest condolences to her family.
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 Vending Machines for Addicts
Yeah...It's for Real

Need a fix ?  No problem...no need to "phone a friend" to help you out to share a neighborly needle.

Now you can go to a vending machine and choose which brand best suits your fancy.

Yeah...this is for real, and you...the taxpayers of America will assist this effort as well, along with a "charitable" organization that believes this is an effective way to attack the "war on drugs".

As the nation’s drug epidemic continues to ravage Sin City, residents and activists are looking for ways to reduce heroin-related deaths in the town but also cut skyrocketing infection rates of diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, which are common among intravenous drug users.

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Enter the modern way to assist "dopers".

Vending Machines

The Southern Nevada Health District and the Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society are set to begin a pilot program that will install three syringe-dispensing vending machines across Las Vegas in the hope of reducing drug users’ needle sharing.

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We'd really love to hear your thoughts on this.

Send your comments to:

  1. April 20, 2017 at 12:52 PM
    From Shep Rose...to...Anthem Opinions

    Last night, at a meeting of the Sun City Anthem Democratic Club…Henderson Mayor-elect Debra March thanked supporters for her victory at the polls.

    A questioner asked for the status of marijuana dispensing licensing locations within the City of Henderson, recognizing that there is involvement also of Clark County and the State of Nevada.

    As a licensed registered pharmacist(retired), active for 60 years.ten years.in Nevada,(as well as: DC Virginia,Maryland, and Georgia and having experience with FDA Compliance and Enforcement,in court,)may I point out that marijuana (medical as well as recreational) has been (erroneously) classified , by the FDA, as a Category I drug..along with heroin..”having no legitimate medicinal value”.

    This mischief,notwithstanding hundreds of published clinical trials have established the scientific fact that MariJuana does have legitimate medicinal value…and that the FDA classification of marijuana as “:Category One” (like heroin) is CLEARLY ERRONEOUS!

    This LEGAL FLAW gives the Federal Government..with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in charge..the power to prosecute any and all marijuana businesses…growers, vendors,users,etc. with the power of ASSET FORFEITURE of all firms and individuals growing, selling, distributing or using marijuana, medical and recreational, as well as the right to prosecute any banks loaning to such marijuana individuals and firms for “money laundering”.,etc.!

    The “conventional wisdom” is that conservatives favor less involvement of the Federal Government in local matters. Apparently, Jeff Sessions has not shared this conservative philosophy.
    1. From Robert Nusser...to...Anthem Opinions

      IF the government's position is true, that Marijuana is a dangerous "gateway" drug, 99% of all college graduates from the 1960's and 1970's should be hopeless heroin addicts by now.

      Prohibition in the 1920's and 1930's didn't work (and only made people like Al Capone wealthy)....if you fail to learn from history, you're doomed to make the same mistake over and over.
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Las Vegas
New Home of
The Raiders Nation
  
NFL Owners vote 31-1 to approve franchise to Las Vegas.

The Oakland Raiders will continue to play in Oakland for the 2017 and 2018 season.
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Here is a sketch of the proposed new stadium that apparently will be built near The Strip west of I-15.


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First, an NHL franchise....now NFL.

Can the NBA and MLB be far behind?
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Long Time Las Vegas Entertainer

Tony Sacca

Dies of Heart Attack

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It's with sadness that we unfortunately report to you that Tony Sacca, a Las Vegas entertainer for years, has suddenly passed away at the young age of 65....three weeks shy of his 66th birthday.

The reported cause of death was a heart attack suffered in the early morning of January 31, 2017 following his being admitted to the hospital on January 30th shortly after performing in his personally written show currently playing at Bally's...

"Vegas The Story"

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On October 26, 2016, Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed "Tony Sacca Day"...for his 50 years in the Entertainment world.

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Here is the presentation of that award:

For years, Sacca emceed the annual San Gennaro Feast, and on May 14th, the stage will be empty without the vibrant personality of Tony Sacca.

Tony Sacca was honored,  receiving the 23rd Star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame on February 17, 2008...next to Elvis Presley. 

It's located in front of Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant in front of The Paris Hotel on Las Vegas Blvd.

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Anthem Opinions says...

Rest in Peace to a Las Vegas Icon

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Taiwanese Drivers Now Exempt

from Taking Nevada Driving Skills Test

An agreement has been reached between the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Taiwan allowing licensed drivers to obtain a driver’s license without taking a driving skills test.
The agreement will expedite the process for Taiwanese driver’s to get a license in Nevada. 
It will also make it easier for Nevadans living in Taiwan to get a license there.
Taiwanese citizens will still need to meet other requirements such as providing proof of identity and passing a knowledge test.
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Nevada Outlaws Gun Purchases of

Convicted Domestic Abusers

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Nevada is among 13 states that have tightened restrictions in the last two years to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

Nevada had 94 people shot to death by a spouse, ex-spouse or dating partner from 2006 to 2014.

That number included 71 in the Las Vegas area.

Nevada lawmakers tried to address the issue with a law last year banning anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from possessing a gun.

Such laws are a rare area of consensus in the highly polarized national debate over guns.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the law last June.

It also prohibits people from buying a gun if they've been ordered by a court to stay away from their estranged partner.

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Las Vegas Police Change Position...

Will Now Respond to Non-Injury Accidents

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are now responding to non-injury crashes once again.

About two years ago, the department stopped responding to property damage crashes after budget cuts and personnel shortages. Officers will now respond to those incidents as requested.

When possible, Las Vegas police ask drivers to exchange names and information without calling police.

Otherwise, motorists are asked to call 311 and a dispatcher will get an officer to the scene.
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Metro Police Change Course
Will Respond to Minor Accidents Again
(if you request them to do so)

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If you find yourself in a fender bender, Metro says officers will respond to minor accidents -- but only if you ask them to. 

Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced yesterday that officers will start responding to crashes again starting in January.
but...

... the drivers involved have to request them.


Sheriff Lombardo says they're encouraging residents to handle their own business if they want to. 



 ...has allowed Metro to hire more officers.
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Squatters Law Makes it Easier
to Rid them from Neighborhoods


Metro Police believe the number of vacant homes with people illegally living in them is up more than 40 percent compared to last year.
That prompted a new state law which took effect at the beginning of October.
Before AB 386 evicting squatters from your home was a civil matter.
For years It was not unusual for evictions to stretch on for weeks or months.
Now, it's a crime and police can take action to remove them in a fraction of the time.
Police project there are at least 5,000 homes in the Las Vegas area occupied by squatters.
That's a sharp increase over last year when the number was 3,600.
The first offense is a gross misdemeanor.
Subsequent offenses are class-D felonies which are punishable by up to four years in jail and $5,000 in fines.
Currently, Metro has a six-officer task force operating out of the northwest area command specifically to deal with squatter issues.
They hope to expand the program to better service the valley.
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Nevada Hit & Run Law

Toughest in the United States


Effective October 1, 2015 if an individual is involved in a traffic accident involving bodily injury...and leaves the scene...

...it's JAIL TIME !

The punishment...if convicted....

Up to 20 years in prison
WITH NO CHANCE OF PROBATION.

Shortly you will see public service announcements on television with the theme:
"Don't Run...Call 911"

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The Kids are Back in School
...and that means...
Slow Down


As of Monday, August 24th....about 323,000 kids in Clark County went back to school.

And that means...they'll be...

Walking to school
or
Taking a school bus
or
Getting dropped off by parents 

So...be aware of the traffic laws...or... it will cost you !


All drivers should be mindful of students filling crosswalks and boarding and getting off school buses.

At the crosswalk drivers must, in the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for all people including the guard to completely clear the road before proceeding.

When driving behind a school bus, traffic MUST STOP when kids are boarding or getting off the bus, especially when the red lights on the bus are flashing.

Both directions of traffic must stop UNLESS THERE IS A BARRIER or DIVISION in place.

Drivers should also be aware of a NEW LAW EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2015.....

...when drivers see flashing lights in a school zone, they will NOT BE ALLOWED to make a U-turn or pass another vehicle on the road.
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"Move Over" Law


Now being Strictly Enforced







What is the "Move Over" law? 


 Drivers in Nevada must move over one lane if there are emergency or towing vehicles pulled over on the side of the road

The law has been on the books for 12 years, but many motorists don't observe it, and it hasn't usually been enforced by Nevada Highway Patrol...


..until NOW !



Nevada Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement on local freeways to keep the public and their troopers safe from speeding cars in the adjacent lanes.

It’s not a cheap ticket either. If cited, the ticket brings a charge of at least $190.

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Mirage Volcano Now Erupting Less Often


The Mirage hotel-casino's iconic volcano is erupting fewer times each night.

The volcano had been erupting every half-hour from 8 p.m. until at least 11 p.m.
The Strip attraction is now "erupting" only two times each evening at 8:00pm and again at 9:00pm, Sundays through Thursdays.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the eruptions will take place at 8:00pm, 9:00pm, and 10:00pm.
MGM Resorts Inc. which owns The Mirage casino-hotel says it made sense to scale back the number of shows considering the increasing number of attractions on the Las Vegas Strip compared to 25 years ago.
Company spokeswoman Mary Hynes says the company will monitor cost-savings, energy-savings and visitor reaction.
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New Resort Planned Where The Frontier Once Stood

Alon Las Vegas


The latest possibility for a new Strip resort is presented by Australian casino mogul James Packer who filed plans with Clark County.

Packer's group acquired the former Frontier property about a year ago and now they want to build a two-tower, 1,100-room resort called Alon Las Vegas on the vacant 34.6-acre land north of the Fashion Show mall.

Some of the details revealed were one building being called the “VIP Tower,” the other the “Resort Tower,” and architectural drawings showing plans with villas, the Black Box Theater, a nightclub, ballroom and pool.
Projected timetable is to start building late this year and finish in 2018.
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  Tax Increase Now Nevada Law







As the 2015 Nevada legislative session came to a close, the largest tax increase in Nevada history was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval.



The State Senate had passed the bill by a vote of 18-3; and the State Assembly did so by a vote of 30-10, thereby sending it to the governor's desk for signature.

Elements of the plan include:


1. A hike in the business license fee.The fee for corporations would rise from the existing $200 a year to $500, while the fee for the rest of the business entities would remain at $200.

2. A hike in the payroll tax.This hike plan raises the state's existing modified business tax from 1.17 percent to 1.475 percent of wages beyond the first $200,000 a company pays out each year and sets the rate at 2 percent of those wages for the mining industry and financial institutions.Companies would still get to deduct health care premiums for employees from the calculation.

3. A "Commerce Tax" on gross revenue.
Industry-specific tax rates will apply to businesses with more than $4 million in Nevada revenue each year.

Businesses can count 50 percent of their commerce tax bill as a credit against their modified business tax bill — a provision that's intended as a perk to those who employ people.The commerce tax aims to capture more money from capital-intensive businesses such as mines and those that do business in Nevada but aren't based here.

4. A flexible payroll tax rate.
The plan allows the state to lower the modified business tax rate if revenues from the new Commerce Tax and Modified Business Tax rate bring in more revenue than projected.

5. An extension of "sunset taxes".
More than $500 million of the plan comes from making a set of expiring payroll and sales taxes permanent.

6. Cigarette taxes.
The bill raises a tax on cigarette packs by $1, which is expected to generate about $100 million over two years.

The new tax laws become effective July 1, 2015.
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From Channel 8 News
June 2, 2015
Governor signs Bill for Tougher
Penalties on Hit & Run Drivers


There have been more than 600 hit-and-run crashes in the valley this year alone, but a new law may change things. 
Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law a bill that would impose tougher punishment for hit-and-run drivers. 
Senate Bill 245 makes the penalties for hit-and-run drivers the same as those who commit felony DUI
The sentence would be two to 20 years in prison without the possibility of probation even if the driver isn't impaired at the time of the crash.
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From Channel 8 News

May 5, 2015

End of an Era: Riviera Closes

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After more than 60 years, the Riviera Hotel and Casino is no more. It shut its doors at noon on Monday.

The property had been a fixture on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip since 1955. 
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For many, it was an emotional day filled with stories of days gone by. Whether it was employees or people who once stayed at the hotel, most had some memory to share as they said goodbye to another piece of "old" Las Vegas. 
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Plenty of people swarmed the sidewalk to snap pictures.



"Very emotional, very upset," said Las Vegas Debbi Mauk.
"Riviera has been a part of our lives," said Leah Smith, whose father was a long-time Riviera employee.
She came to the closing to support her father, a bartender, who had worked at the Riviera for 30 years.
"It's my dad's job. It's given me all of the opportunity that I ever had," she said.

For Debbi Mauk, there are also memories. She got engaged at the hotel in 1991.

"Last night I was really bummed, I can't believe they are doing this," she said. "This morning, I thought I had to come down to get pictures and do something."

Aside from photographs, guests tried to grab any souvenirs, including a farewell sticker being posted outside the front doors.

One man who worked at the hotel for 13 years says not everyone was ready to see the Riviera go even if it wasn't as fancy as some of the newer properties.

"They could do some remodeling here and there but people didn't mind it the way it was," said Tony Alamia.

For others, they are just happy to take in a piece of history of a city that keeps on changing.
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"It's just sad to see it go, Vegas has to grow from rat pack to wolf pack, the Riviera has been through it all," Las Vegan Mike Chapman said. 
A star on the sidewalk in front of the property marks the spot where Liberace cut the ribbon at the hotel's grand opening in 1955.

Here's the last look at The Riviera on May 4, 2015


The property is set to be imploded sometime this summer making way for more space for the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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From Channel 8 News

March 19, 2015

4 Found 'guilty' in HOA Corruption Case




Four people involved in the state's largest corruption case were found guilty in a federal courtroom in Las Vegas.

They were part of a massive scheme that squeezed millions of dollars out of local homeowner association groups.


The goal was to gain control of HOA boards and then send the construction defect lawsuits to particular lawyers.


Initially, more than three dozen suspects were named and most of them pleaded guilty. Among them were three former police officers, several attorneys, a political consultant, and construction company boss Leon Benzer who was the mastermind of the scheme.


Four of the people involved in the scheme committed suicide.

David Ball and attorney Keith Gregory were found guilty of conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud, Edith Gillespie, Benzer's half-sister, was found guilty of conspiracy and one count of wire fraud, Salvatore Ruvolo was found guilty of conspiracy and three counts of wire fraud.


After Tuesday's verdicts, there remains one final case.
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