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March 31, 2015

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Speakers hidden behind a statue call to swallows at the mission in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. For most of its 230-year history, the mission has hosted cliff swallows that flock to the crumbling bell tower each spring to nest. In recent decades, however, what used to be swarms of swallows have dwindled.
San Juan Capistrano, a California gem to explore on a road trip
March 22, 2015
One is a lovingly preserved, 239-year-old religious and cultural treasure. The other is an unpolished music venue that serves $3 longnecks and is tucked behind a tire store. For completely different reasons, the Spanish mission in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and the Coach House concert hall, 1.5 miles south of the mission, are fascinating places to explore ...
Ask an Attorney: Learning about loan modifications
March 22, 2015
What's the difference between a loan modification and a refinance?
The List: Largest privately owned employers
March 22, 2015
Find out about largest privately owned employers. This week, we rank them by employees as of Dec. 31.
The Notes: March 22-28
March 22, 2015
Pizza Rock, JuiceFarm, Aire Serv of Las Vegas, the Grand Canal Shoppes, Right Now Air, Searchlight Healthcare Clinic, the Silverton and more ...
Low cost of oil may not spark economic recovery
March 22, 2015
Crude oil prices dropped from about $100 a barrel in July to a low of about $44 on March 6. Lower crude prices lead to lower gasoline prices and cheaper travel to Las Vegas by car. Spending less on gas also puts more money in the pockets of visitors and residents alike. But the net effect of falling gas prices on consumption depends on a 65-year-old theory of consumer spending by Milton Friedman ...
People on the Move: March 22-28
March 22, 2015
In the Notes: Kayla Pederson, Gary Kapral, Justine Kelleher, Adam Paul Laxalt, Cass Palmer, Thomas Brunet, Kyle Carlston and more ...
UNLV head coach Dave Rice shouts orders to his players as San Diego State takes the lead during their Mountain West Conference tournament game Thursday, March, 12, 2015.
Answers for 20 questions about UNLV basketball
March 22, 2015
With the UNLV basketball team done for the season, questions still remain about the future of coach Dave Rice's career and what it would take for a successful fifth season ...
The Data: March 22-28
March 22, 2015
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]
Aerial view of Las Vegas Valley.
As home prices slow, tougher for homeowners to get ‘above water’
March 19, 2015
Las Vegas’ once-huge rate of underwater homeowners keeps improving, but as price-growth slows, the flow of borrowers escaping upside-down status has ...
A nine-story tower at the Gramercy, formerly called ManhattanWest, is imploded Feb. 15, 2015. The land is being considered for an office high-rise.
Rebuilding years in Southern Nevada
March 16, 2015
After the bubble and burst, Las Vegas’ commercial real estate industry is picking up again. Weak spots remain, but mothballed projects are being completed, warehouse construction is on the upswing, the bloated office vacancy rate slowly is improving, investors are buying shopping centers at a fast clip, and land sales are climbing ...
Cirque du Soleil "Mystère" performer Ahmahd Thomas rarely uses free weights or machines and instead prefers body-weight training, while personal trainer Denise Bloom-Dinger works on a different body part each day, and “Jubilee!” featured dancer Kaleigh Jones says in addition to performing several numbers a night, showgirls have to run up and down stairs for costume changes, and those costumes can weigh up to 15 pounds.
Lifestyle and workout regimens of people who make Las Vegas beautiful
March 16, 2015
From sinewy dancers to hulking bodybuilders, Las Vegas is home to physiques that turn heads. Some use their bodies to perform amazing feats onstage. Others inspire with unconventional beauty and confidence. For a few, strength is the ultimate reward. Whether they’re dazzling crowds, posing for judges or just gazing in the mirror, one thing’s for sure — getting and maintaining the look takes work. Sensible eating, an active lifestyle and a healthy dose of grit are just part of the regimens these athletes and performers follow to maintain their form ...
North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto (13) shoots against Louisville's Mangok Mathiang (12) during the first half in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C.
March Madness: Here’s your sports betting cheat sheet
March 16, 2015
Sports books don’t want to make it easy on gamblers during the biggest betting event of the year — the NCAA Tournament, which begins March 17 with four games. Don’t let ...
As dry as Nevada may seem, there is still considerable water in the rock below, recharging the reservoirs of water that exist in the stone, like water in a sponge. Injection wells force the now-hot water to find an outlet — the intake well. Geothermal fluids (hot water) are brought to the surface through production wells, some as deep as 2 1/2 miles. The steam drives turbines in the power plant.
Nevada a hotbed for geothermal activity
March 16, 2015
As of 2013, there were 29 operating geothermal power plants in Nevada producing 518 megawatts of electricity. By 2016, plants producing another 834 megawatts are expected to come online ...
Nevada Assembly members applaud Republican John Hambrick after he was voted speaker during the opening session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
Republicans take on trial lawyers
March 16, 2015
Trial lawyers are coming under fire this legislative session as never before, a faceoff many say has been long in the making. There are at least 15 proposals that proponents say will decrease the number of ...
A 1960s aerial photo shows the Riviera. Tony Accardo was the de facto owner of the property who took control when he learned that the previous owners had been skimming from the casino.
Theater being reborn just in time to die again
March 15, 2015
On bad timing for the Versailles, Vegas Uncork’d and a shakeup at Three Square Food Bank ...
People on the Move: March 15-21
March 15, 2015
In the Notes: Michael Falater, Ellen Guerra, Gary Schechner, Troy Wade, Debbie Landry, Gary Armentrout, Matthew Hoyt and more ...
Mike PeQueen, managing director/partner of HighTower Las Vegas, poses in his office in Henderson Monday, March 9, 2015.
Financial advisor: ‘Choose carefully’ with whom you associate
March 15, 2015
The managing director and co-founder of financial advisory firm High-Tower Las Vegas discusses common finance mistakes, the firm’s quick rise to prominence in Southern Nevada, and his penchant for adventure.
The Notes: Commercial Real Estate, March 15-21
March 15, 2015
In the notes: Kara Walker, Elaine Elliott, Jeanie Haddox, Joseph Miller, Mark Rowland, Phillip Ohler, Joseph Vassallo, Kevin Higgins, Garrett Toft, Scott Donaghe, Bob Miller and more ...
Time to license, audit court-appointed guardians
March 15, 2015
When people in Nevada are no longer capable of handling their own financial affairs and have no family to help, the court makes them wards of the state and they are assigned guardians. But what if their guardians are con men, stealing from those they were hired to protect? The state needs regulations to prevent such crimes.
Container ships line the docks at the Port of Los Angeles on Feb. 23. Dockworkers at nearly all West Coast seaports ended February hustling to load and unload cargo ships that had been held up amid a months-long labor-management dispute.
Retail shopping is so last season
March 15, 2015
A nine-month labor conflict between dockworkers and West Coast ports ended late last month with a tentative agreement, but the ripple effect of the stalemate will be felt throughout the West for months to come. For consumers, the slowdown has meant a lag in ...
The Data: March 15-21
March 15, 2015
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]
Industrial development catching up to need
March 15, 2015
Retailers, consumer goods and e-commerce are driving demand for big-box industrial spaces here and across the country. Proximity is the key to profitability in this era of same- and next-day delivery, and retailers want their distribution centers near their customers.
The Notes: March 15-21
March 15, 2015
Grand Bazaar Shops, Bardot Brasserie, Scientific Games, Insert Coin(s), DaVita HealthCare Partners, Cashman Equipment and more ...
Cocktail of the Week: St. Patrick’s Cool Aid
Cocktail of the Week: St. Patrick’s Cool Aid
March 15, 2015
Green beer is great, but Jameson sure is better.
St. Patty’s recipe: Guinness Stew
St. Patty’s recipe: Guinness Stew
March 15, 2015
Made with Guinness beer and beef steak from the round, the part considered to be the cow's rear leg, it makes for a hearty dish for St. Patrick's Day.
Office spaces encouraging workers to interact
March 15, 2015
Open-area break rooms, game rooms, lounges and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots are replacing hard-walled offices to cultivate collaborative collisions and provide a relaxed atmosphere.
The List: Commercial real estate brokerages
March 15, 2015
Find out about commercial real estate brokerages. This week, we rank them by total 2014 lease and sales volume.
Ken Tangen, left, and Ryan Hamilton pose at Celebrity Cars Las Vegas Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The company recently moved from a showroom at the Palazzo to a new 20,000 sq. ft. showroom at 7770 Dean Martin Drive.
Not your typical used-car salesmen
March 15, 2015
Boutique automotive dealership has featured unique and ever-changing offerings in Las Vegas since 2001.
Sergio Montegrande is planning to open an Italian restaurant at the District at Green Valley Ranch, which has seen an increase in foot traffic since opening a road to vehicular traffic that once was restricted to pedestrians.
Shopping centers, hit hard during the recession, are coming back to life in Southern Nevada
March 15, 2015
The recession was rough on Las Vegas’ commercial retail centers. The District at Green Valley Ranch and Town Square struggled. Tivoli Village encountered construction delays and a slow start. Today, however ...
How to prevent and treat sports injuries
How to prevent and treat sports injuries
March 15, 2015
Children, teen and adult athletes in any sport, at any competition level, with any degree of experience are susceptible to injuries ...