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May 4, 2015

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When Kim Owens started working as a hostess at a restaurant during college, she was undecided on a major. She wouldn’t have guessed back then that she’d enjoy a long and successful career in the food industry.
Getting to the top: Successful businesspeople share advice
April 26, 2015
Working your way up in the corporate world is no simple matter. It takes patience, ambition and perseverance. But it can be done. VEGAS INC caught up with three Southern Nevadans who started at the bottom ...
Exploring Nevada by motorcycle
Exploring Nevada by motorcycle
April 26, 2015
These routes are some of the best that Southern Nevada has to offer motorcyclists, and safe riding practices can ensure they can be enjoyed again and again ...
The Notes: April 26 - May 2
April 26, 2015
In the Notes: Ruby’s Diner at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Real Gaming online poker, The Learning Center, Sunrun, Automated Passport Control kiosks ...
A couple of months in hell paid off for Christina Wilson and Scott Commings. The chefs each won a season of Gordon Ramsay’s reality cooking competition, “Hell’s Kitchen,” and now are thriving in Las Vegas. Wilson is executive chef at Gordon Ramsay Burgr at Planet Hollywood after two years as head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris. Commings is head chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, where he oversees kitchen operations and helps develop new dishes.
Cook like your favorite chefs
April 20, 2015
Thousands of locals and visitors will fill their bellies this week at Uncork’d, Las Vegas’ premier dining event, where local restaurateurs, celebrity chefs, and up-and-coming cooks and mixologists show off their best creations. Learn how you can shop like a Michelin-rated chef, discover what inspires the cooks you see on television and try the recipes that ...
STDs are on the rise — are you part of the problem?
April 20, 2015
Cases of sexually transmitted diseases in Clark County are on the rise. Chlamydia climbed by 18 percent, gonorrhea by 33 percent and HIV by 17 percent ....
Metro Police Sgt. Peter Ferranti wears a body worn camera on his shoulder during a media event at the Mohave Training Center on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
Eyes turn to Metro in wake of shootings
April 20, 2015
Metro Police have adopted at least 72 of 79 recommendations made by the Justice Department after a series of questionable police shootings, becoming a role model in a time where law enforcement agencies struggle with accusations of racial bias ...
Some blood types are compatible with different types. For instance, O- is considered the universal blood type because it can be given to patients with all eight types. People with O- blood, however, only can receive O- blood.
So you want to be a blood donor?
April 20, 2015
Blood supplies are low locally and nationally, and need typically increases in summer — when tourists invade town and the likelihood of mishaps increases ...
Flamingo Road east of Torrey Pines looking east.
Breaking down Flamingo Road’s face-lift
April 20, 2015
Flamingo Road is going to get smoother and prettier. Transportation officials say when construction is done in 18 months on the 14-mile stretch, one of the most heavily trafficked in the valley, it will be safer and easier to navigate for motorists, pedestrians, bus riders and bicyclists. But until then, get ready for some pain in the form of ...
The Data: April 19-25
April 19, 2015
All of the information your business needs: Bid opportunities, bankruptcies filed and building permits issued. To add to our data, email us at research@vegasinc.com.
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation received $10,000 from Ledcor Construction’s employee giving campaign.
The Notes: Philanthropy, April 19-25
April 19, 2015
In the Notes: Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, PT’s Entertainment Group, Nacho Daddy, Discovery Children’s Museum and more ...
The List: Manufacturers
April 19, 2015
Find out about manufacturers. This week, we rank them by number of employees as of Feb. 28.
Mommy Diaries: How self-described hot mess manages to be mother, business owner
April 19, 2015
I’m a 33-year-old wife, mother, business owner and hot mess.
How three unsung medical specialties keep us going
How three unsung medical specialties keep us going
April 19, 2015
"A lot of people don’t realize that occupational therapy is more than something to get you back to work. It’s meant to get you back to your life,” occupational therapist Blair Tompkins said ...
The Americano.
Cocktail of the Week: The Americano
April 19, 2015
What does a master mixologist pour himself at the end of a long day?
Talk among Don Shreffner, from left, Cippy Valle and her husband, Aurelio Valle, at the Henderson Senior Center on Thursday focuses on the economy. "I learned at an early age to save and prepare myself," said Aurelio Valle. "And I have."
How much savings do you need to retire?
April 19, 2015
No matter where you are in your career, you should have a written financial plan that outlines where you stand and sets goals for investments, income, taxes, health care and your estate. A written plan can guide you throughout the year and help prevent emotional decisions. Financial advisers suggest the plan be reviewed at the start of each year, especially by those nearing retirement ...
A campsite is seen in the Whitney Pockets area of Gold Butte, Aug. 4, 2013. Sandstone rock formations and Joshua trees protect primitive campsites.
A monumental push: Reid plans to designate two more areas for protection
April 19, 2015
Until late last year, environmentalists’ and tourism officials’ dream of Congress bestowing a national monument outside Las Vegas seemed like a long shot. A bill to protect almost 23,000 acres of prehistoric fossil beds outside North Las Vegas had languished in Congress for several years. But thanks in part to Sen. Harry Reid’s behind-the-scenes jockeying in 2014, Tule Springs National Monument is becoming a reality. Now Reid is pushing for ...
Army veteran Cristina Alfonso-Zea, 29, poses at her home Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Now employed in IT with a casino company, she previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Programs aimed at getting veterans back to work
April 19, 2015
Several programs are available to help reintroduce military personnel to civilian life ...
Centennial High School senior Dajour Braxton set the state record for the 3.1-mile run in November, crossing the finish line in 15 minutes, 34.2 seconds.
Record 4-minute mile is within reach for Centennial High runner
April 19, 2015
Before he graduates, Dajour Braxton, a senior at Centennial High, has another time he’d like to break: running a sub-4-minute mile, believed to have been accomplished just five times by high school runners. In track’s 1,600 meters, which is about 10 yards shorter than a mile, Braxton posted the nation’s best time this year at 4:10.61 last month during the Las Vegas Track Classic ...
Stephanie Ann Vehon owns Image Empowering and the Style Psychology Academy, a three-semester program that offers certification programs in personal styling and image consulting.
Because like it or not, image matters
April 19, 2015
Stephanie Ann Vahon is in the business of style. For nine years, she has worked as a consultant for individual and corporate clients. And now she’s started a program to train others to be certified image consultants.
Ask an Attorney: Smartly navigating short sales
April 18, 2015
The amounts vary bank-to-bank, but they usually range from $1,500 to as much as $33,000 and are part of the negotiation process your short-sale attorney will handle ...
Charts: How the government spends your money
April 13, 2015
It’s tax time. April 15 is the deadline to square up with the federal government. In 2013, Nevada residents and businesses paid $13.3 billion in federal taxes. The average Nevadan paid $12,032 in personal taxes, $959 less than the national average. Nevada itself has no income tax, thanks in large part to the gaming and tourism industries, which ...
Kevin James starred in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and its sequel, which was the first film to receive a tax break after Nevada’s 2013 legislative session.
Plot thickens in story of state’s film tax credit program
April 13, 2015
Sony Pictures’ “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” was the first beneficiary of Nevada's film tax credit program that launched last year, picking up $4.3 million in tax credits ...
Kindergarten teacher Raeleen Martinez conducts an interactive story time with her students in their room at Martinez Elementary School on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. .
What happened to all the teachers?
April 13, 2015
Throughout Clark County School District, teachers are getting harder and harder to find and keep. Why? It’s a complex mix of local and national factors, many of which are beyond the district’s control ...
Today, 48,500 people work in construction locally, up 39 percent from the depths of the Great Recession. In this photo, carpenters work on an apartment complex under construction Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Hualapai and Peace Ways.
Developments in southwest valley rise after years of delays and defaults
April 13, 2015
As the economy improves, few places are getting as much action. Developers are building or planning to construct apartment complexes, industrial properties, big-box retail and ...
Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of billionaire Steve Wynn, filed suit to lift divorce-related restrictions on the sale of her stock in Wynn Resorts. Fellow board members voted against nominating her for another term.
Inside the boardroom of Wynn Resorts is a power struggle being fought publicly
April 13, 2015
It has all the trappings of an intense political campaign, with contentious allegations, appeals to voters, a sleek candidate’s website and, of course, a high-stakes election. But the battle ...
The List: Women- and minority-owned businesses
April 12, 2015
Find out about women- and minority-owned businesses. This week, we rank them by number of employees as of Jan. 1.
What students are learning in sex ed in Clark County schools
What students are learning in sex ed in Clark County schools
April 12, 2015
There comes a time when every school district must grapple with outrage about what it does or doesn’t teach students about sexuality and the human reproductive system. Some parents say schools should be ...
The Income Tax.
Cocktail of the Week: The Income Tax
April 12, 2015
This drink evolved from one created in 1906 and became the Income Tax Cocktail a few decades later with the introduction of bitters. Ironic, right?
Pedestrian cross Las Vegas Boulevard Sunday, March 22, 2015. In the background is the uncompleted Echelon casino project. The Maylasia-based Genting Group bought the site and announced plans for Resorts World Las Vegas in March 2013.
Dominoes are falling into place for Las Vegas’ tourism industry
April 12, 2015
May 5 is a pivotal point in our city. The groundbreaking of Resorts World Las Vegas is scheduled for that day, more than two years after plans for the resort development were announced.
When decorating walls, think outside the frame
When decorating walls, think outside the frame
April 12, 2015
Looking to decorate your walls but on a budget? Here are six creative ideas that Martha Stewart would approve of ...