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December 20, 2014

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Santa Claus gets ready to start the long journey to children all over the world a day before Christmas Eve 2013 at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, northern Finland. Rovaniemi is the capital city of Lapland and claims to be the home of Father Christmas.
How to keep your kids believing in Santa
Dec. 7, 2014
For parents who want their kids to believe in Santa just a little while longer, we provide tips that will keep children in wonder.
The Catholic Charities new CEO Deacon Thomas Roberts in in their conference room on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Back on its feet, charity reaches for more
Dec. 7, 2014
On a recent Friday morning, dozens of people browsed shelves at the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada food pantry, picking up canned food, produce and meat.
Lorenzo Sartini, left, and Chris Porter are president and chief operating officer, respectively, of gohunt.com, a Las Vegas-based website aimed at delivering West-centric big-game hunting news, lifestyle content and tools.
New website gathers information for hunters in the West
Dec. 7, 2014
Lorenzo Sartini’s gohunt.com provides maps, reviews and more, and hopes soon to be able to streamline the tag-buying process ...
Edward Coulson, director of Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies and professor of economics, poses in Beam Hall at UNLV Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
Real estate was down, but across the country, it’s reviving — and nowhere more than here
Dec. 7, 2014
New to Las Vegas, the director of the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies talks about the improvement in the real estate market, the increase in enrollment at UNLV and NIMBYism in the 16th century.
Ghost hunter Jeannine Robertson sets up a camera and laser pen in the darkness during a ghost-hunting expedition in North Las Vegas. The green light is used to detect movement if something passes by.
Ghost Hunting in Southern Nevada
Dec. 1, 2014
Standing on Goldfield High School’s broad stone steps around 10 on an October night, Jeannine Robertson, an accountant for Spy Entertainment, snaps open an industrial plastic briefcase to reveal half a dozen gadgets. Some, like the digital tape recorder she removes, are familiar. “You have to turn on the recorder before you ...
Gorillas in Rwanda have the holiday spirit
Nov. 30, 2014
We could all take a lesson from a group of Rwandan gorillas this holiday season.
Ryan Erwin, president and founder of RedRock Strategies, in his offices November 21, 2014.
GOP strategist peels back the curtain
Nov. 30, 2014
A top political adviser for Republican candidates talks about recruiting politicians, what makes a good candidate and the GOP’s mission to unseat Harry Reid in 2016.
The Data: Nov. 30-Dec. 6
Nov. 30, 2014
All of the information your business needs: Bid opportunities, bankruptcies filed and building permits issued. To add to our data, email us at [email protected]
Alfredo Martinez spreads masa on corn husks to make tamales at Dona Maria Tamales in downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.
Tamales: A Latin holiday tradition
Nov. 30, 2014
For some, it’s a turkey or ham. For others, a tamale. There are many ways to make the traditional Latin holiday fare. We share recipes and explain how to fold the husks ...
David Alenik, owner of Pasta Shop Ristorante & Art Gallery, shows off a specialty dish.
Italian restaurant and art gallery: It’s not your kid’s macaroni art
Nov. 30, 2014
David Alenik’s restaurant has thrived in Southern Nevada for 25 years, beating the recession and delighting regulars with its cuisine as well as selection of metal art and custom-made flatware, jewelry and stemware.
Boxing trainer Augie Sanchez at Barry's Boxing Center, 2664 S. Highland Drive, on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.
Who was the last man to really beat Mayweather?
Nov. 30, 2014
The lobby of Barry’s Boxing on Highland Drive off the Strip is decorated with trophies and medals the club’s fighters have won throughout the years. Hanging on the walls, almost hidden by the masses of awards, is an ...
Dr. Mark Penn is founding dean of Roseman University’s College of Medicine.
College of Medicine dean: ‘We are going to make a positive impact on the lives of the people in our community’
Nov. 30, 2014
The founding dean for Roseman University’s College of Medicine discusses his expectations for the Summerlin campus, the rewards of expanding medical education in Southern Nevada and the importance of listening for leaders.
How to know whether you’ve got an employee or independent contractor
Nov. 30, 2014
Nevada employers often are faced with the decision of whether to classify workers as independent contractors or employees, in an effort to save money on taxes and limit liability.
Nevada’s most popular baby names
Nov. 30, 2014
Want an unusual name for your child? We've got a list for you to avoid ...
Gov. Brian Sandoval enters with his family as Nevada Republicans gather to celebrate the winning vote counts in New Nevada Lounge on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at Red Rock Resort.
What will GOP do with its new power in Nevada?
Nov. 30, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada’s Republican Party will call the shots in the Legislature. They will drive the hard decisions on the state’s $20 billion budget, Clark County’s failing public school system and the rising costs of health care. But the Republican Party also must deal with itself. The GOP scored an Election Day victory that ...
Round 10 of the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
This year, Las Vegas has a good grip on the rodeo
Nov. 30, 2014
John Katsilometes talks to the head of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association about the wild ride that was 2014.
Employment representative Heather Brown helps improve job seekers' chances of finding employment at Nevada Job Connect on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.
Know which steps to take when re-entering workforce
Nov. 30, 2014
Experts offer advice on how to land a job after being unemployed for an extended amount of time ...
Mojave High School teacher Jacob Kepins teaches an algebra class at the school Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.
The classroom is teacher’s new front line
Nov. 30, 2014
A Teach for America program helps transition veterans into civilian life in schools.
The List: SBA 7(A) lenders
Nov. 30, 2014
Find out about SBA 7(A) lenders. This week, we rank them by loan volume from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30.
The Notes: Nov. 30-Dec. 6
Nov. 30, 2014
In the Notes: One Nevada Credit Union, Delano, Aria, M Resort, Venetian, Four Seasons, Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Mandarin Oriental, Palazzo, Wynn, Encore, plus the best law firms in Southern Nevada ...
Documentary tells the story of the rodeo in Las Vegas
Nov. 30, 2014
The National Finals Rodeo transformed the valley by providing a stream of visitors — and their dollars — every December. That success story is being memorialized in a TV documentary ...
Bareback riders Wes Stevenson and Will Lowe sign autographs during the annual Downtown Hoedown at  Fremont Street Experience on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.
Jump in with both boots: How to embrace the rodeo
Nov. 30, 2014
When the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo rolls into Las Vegas this week, it won’t be an ordinary 10 days of wrangling, riding and revelry. This is NFR’s 30th year in Sin City. With that comes a host of extra excitement for what’s widely considered the world’s premier rodeo championship. We help you look the part and point out where to go while the cowboys are in town for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ...
Holiday bells and a 42-foot Christmas tree are seen at the Bellagio Conservatory during the tree lighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
How to have your best holidays ever
Nov. 24, 2014
Whether you partake in the madness that is the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping experience, broadcast your discontent with the rising tide of consumerism through a show of protest, or avoid it altogether, have a plan. We’ve got pointers on how to handle the day no matter which course of action you take. ...
The USS Riverboat Tour of Laughlin on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.
Get a taste of what Las Vegas used to be — in Laughlin
Nov. 24, 2014
When I arrived, the town charmed me with its Strip-like Casino Drive along the Colorado River — except Laughlin’s main drag takes about seven minutes to drive from one end to the other. On the Strip, you’re lucky if you can get back to your car in seven minutes.
Q & A focus on Patricia Barba of Patty's Closet Fashion Boutique on Thursday, November 12, 2014.
Home-grown fashion plate keeps customers’ style in mind
Nov. 23, 2014
Juan and Patty Barba had seemingly bad timing in opening a clothing shop — a year before the Great Recession. But by focusing on customer service, they have carved out their niche in the industry.
Circus Couture’s “Unlocked” raised $162,770 for the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, the state’s only nonprofit, specialized outpatient clinic that treats children with cancer. Circus Couture include talents from Las Vegas’ artists and community leaders.
The Notes: Philanthropy, Nov. 23-29
Nov. 23, 2014
In the Notes: Public Education Foundation, Bennett Family Foundation, Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, HELP of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Hospitality Association, City National Bank, Station Casinos, Communities in Schools of Nevada, Windermere Foundation, and more ...
Antonio Perez of Knudson Middle School plays his trumpet during a mariachi workshop led by members of Mariachi Cobre in 2012.
Find the right instrument for your child
Nov. 23, 2014
Helping a child select a musical instrument is a little like buying a car (without the monthly payment and heavenly new-car smell). You’ll want to try a few on for size to see what your child likes and what model best fits his or her body, interests and abilities.
Fireworks are seen above the towers at SLS Las Vegas during the grand-opening celebration Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, on the Strip.
SLS off to rough start but looking forward to 2015
Nov. 23, 2014
Scott Kreeger talks with John Katsilometes about the struggles experienced at the north Strip’s newest resort, as well as plans for next year.
Why start a small business in Las Vegas?
Nov. 23, 2014
Despite the many challenges of starting a business, Las Vegas business owners say the rewards are plenty.
If you want to host your own Friendsgiving, consider providing the main entrees — turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes, for example — and asking friends to bring a side dish or dessert.
Create your own Turkey Day tradition: Friendsgiving
Nov. 23, 2014
Thousands of Las Vegans are transplants from other cities, don't have family here and aren't able to travel for the holidays. So one way to avoid the blues is to gather with friends to celebrate the season ...

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