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Delen Goldberg

The Sunday editor

Delen is a California native with degrees from UC Berkeley and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career in 2003 and has covered crime, courts, the environment and politics for newspapers in New York and Nevada. She joined the Sun in 2010 as a political reporter and now covers business and entertainment, while also serving as the digital editor for the Sun's business-to-business publication, Vegas Inc.

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A welcome chill comes to downtown's First Friday
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013
Downtown Las Vegas was transformed into a winter wonderland as penguins and icebergs took over this month’s First Friday celebration. With August notoriously one of the smallest months for turnout, organizers of the downtown art festival chose to rearrange the vendor-heavy event into a block-long Arctic-themed art installation, complete with glaciers, whales and a soundscape. The gallery stretched down Casino Center Boulevard, from California Avenue to Colorado Avenue.
Heading to Hakkasan? Here's what you should know
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The MGM Grand’s newest nightclub opens tonight after more than a year of planning and construction. The 80,000-square-foot, $100-million Hakkasan will be the world’s largest club. Planning a visit? Here’s what you should know.
Where to shoot guns in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
It has been a busy year in Las Vegas for gun aficionados. At least half a dozen shooting ranges opened in Southern Nevada in recent months, with owners trying to capitalize on the valley’s booming gun industry. Gun ranges are a favorite destination for many tourists who are unable to shoot high-powered weapons in their own countries.
Six restaurants Las Vegas vegans should try
Friday, Dec. 7, 2012
Thanksgiving turkey. Steaks on the cover of the Las Vegas Weekly. Christmas hams. Can a vegetarian get no reprieve? ‘Tis the season of eating, which for most people means heaping plates of meat and butter-drenched sides. But some of us — about 5 percent nationally — prefer to see cows lounging in fields or adorning manger scenes, not stuck to the business end of a fork.
Coming soon to Henderson: First-of-their-kind water slides
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012
A water park is coming to Henderson and bringing with it several first-of-its-kind slides. In all, the $23 million Cowabunga Bay Las Vegas near the Galleria Mall in Henderson will include 30 attractions.
How to choose the right holiday gift for clients, employees and colleagues
Monday, Oct. 29, 2012
The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start thinking of the perfect way to thank clients, employees and colleagues for a year of hard work. But what to give? Choosing gifts in a corporate setting can be difficult, especially when budgets are tight. That doesn’t mean presents should be overlooked. In most cases, the simple act of giving is more important than the gift itself.
SuperZoo convention debuts new items for dogs and cats: Meowstard, rubber lips and treadmills
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
Las Vegas is known for its conventions for computer geeks, fashion designers, porn stars and cowboys. This week, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center is going to the dogs. And cats. And horses, lizards and parrots.
Die, Jiminy! Crickets are taking over my house
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

At first they were cute. Every day or two, a cricket would hop past my toes as I chopped vegetables at my kitchen sink or watched TV on the couch. “Aww, look honey! A cricket!” I’d coo to my husband.


The pests most likely to bug you in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
Las Vegas is internationally known as the home of gamblers, showgirls and every variety of Elvis one can imagine. But it’s also home to some serious pests (and no, we’re not talking about the smut peddlers on the Strip). Scorpions, spiders, ants and mice all thrive here, thanks to Las Vegas’ hot summers, dry winters and rainy springs.


The Tropicana hotel-casino has a new president and COO
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
The Tropicana Las Vegas has a new president and chief operating officer. Daniel M. Wade took over operations of the casino resort this week.
Pharmaceutical chief beats casino bosses for highest-paid executive in Las Vegas
Monday, June 18, 2012
Las Vegas’ highest-earning executive raked in more than $25 million last year and had nothing to do with gaming. A pharmaceutical honcho bested the biggest names on the Strip to earn the honor.
New CEO named for Sunrise and Sunrise Children's hospitals
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Todd Sklamberg will assume the CEO position immediately and will oversee all operations for the 700-bed campus, which is the largest in the state.
Long time coming: Homebuilders are busy once again in Las Vegas
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Las Vegas homebuilders can’t build houses fast enough these days to keep up with buyers’ demand. Yes, you read that right. The valley’s new home market is booming. Developers say they haven’t built, or sold, so many houses in years.
City on the brink: The rise and ongoing fall of North Las Vegas
Friday, May 25, 2012
For most of the past decade, North Las Vegas was one of the fastest-growing cities in America. Construction crews couldn’t build houses quickly enough. New schools, parks and neighborhoods popped up seemingly overnight. Restaurants and shopping plazas overtook desert stretches, and plans were drawn for “casino alley,” a mini-Strip of gaming resorts. Most residents welcomed the growth. A 2009 survey found that half the population rated the quality of life in North Las Vegas as excellent or good. Three-quarters of residents said they’d recommend living in the city.
Sunrise Hospital to eliminate 144 jobs due to sour economy
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center announced this week that it will eliminate 144 positions as a result of the sour economy.
20 years after Forum Shops changed the game, high-end malls still thriving in Vegas
Monday, May 21, 2012
When the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace opened 20 years ago, the high-end shopping center introduced a new level of luxury to the Strip. Developers billed it “the shopping wonder of the world,” and at the time, it was. Nothing like it existed. Its marble walkways, designer stores and Strip-front, casino-adjacent location were all groundbreaking. Two decades later, luxury shopping is the norm on the Strip.
Las Vegas room tax revenue expected to grow in 2013
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Visitor volume to Las Vegas is expected to grow again in 2013, marking the third straight year of increases. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority anticipates collecting 5 percent more in room tax revenue in 2013 than this year. Thursday, board members adopted a budget that includes the additional funds.
Uncork'd elevates Las Vegas' taste
Saturday, May 12, 2012
For the foodies who flocked to Caesars Palace on Friday night for the culinary smorgasbord that is the Vegas Uncork’d Grand Tasting, the payoff was obvious: bellies full of gourmet wonders.
What does record-low mortgage rate mean for Las Vegas home buyers? Here's an example
Friday, May 11, 2012
The three-bedroom residence at 1083 Hernandez Avenue shows how much difference five years and a record-low mortgage interest rate can make for prospective homeowners.
Q&A: Container Store CEO talks about Las Vegas economy, company's new store
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Container Store CEO Kip Tindell recently talked about the store’s upcoming move to Las Vegas and its plans for the future.
Ritchie Bros. sees industrial auction bidding as promising economic indicator
Monday, May 7, 2012
The bidders stared, ready to strike when their chosen items appeared on the block. The auctioneer shouted calls, a garbled string of words and numbers. Items streamed across the stage, waiting to find new homes. These weren’t the paintings and vases typically seen at auction. These were pickup trucks, payloaders, massive tangles of chain and rock crushers. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, brought 1,200 pieces of heavy construction equipment to auction Friday.
Palms debuts poker room, sports book as part of $100 million remodel
Friday, May 4, 2012
A new sports book and poker room opened today at the Palms. It is the first new feature to be unveiled in a series of upgrades taking place at the 10-year-old hotel-casino.
Strip pastry chef steps out on her own to open bakery cafe in Summerlin
Friday, May 4, 2012
A highly acclaimed Las Vegas pastry chef is moving off the Strip and into the suburbs to open her own bakery cafe. Megan Romano will open the doors to Chocolate and Spice Bakery on Friday in Summerlin.
Where does Las Vegas rank among the world’s top vacation spots?
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Las Vegas has been named one of the world’s top 25 vacation destinations based on ratings from users of TripAdvisor. The travel review website on Thursday released its “Traveler’s Choice Best Destinations of 2012” list. Las Vegas ranked No. 17, above Bora Bora, Los Angeles and Honolulu but below Chicago, Istanbul and Beijing. London topped the list as the world’s best destination.
Tool time: 10 clever products from the National Hardware Show
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Ask about the genesis of the items debuting Wednesday at the National Hardware Show, and the most common response is that necessity is the mother of invention. From rotating lawn chairs to a device that removes seeds from fruit, the majority of products unveiled at the Las Vegas Convention Center were born out of sticky situations.
Rockhouse bar closing, access to Imperial Palace altered for construction
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A section of the Las Vegas Strip will become a construction zone for the foreseeable future as Caesars Entertainment breaks ground on a $500 million entertainment promenade.
Water park projects in Henderson, Summerlin remain on track, developers say
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
As summer approaches and temperatures rise, tourists and locals are starting to look for ways to cool off. Pools have begun to open, but what about two water parks developers announced last year?
Roads being closed for O'Sheas garage implosion
Caesars, county officials discouraging people from watching
Monday, April 30, 2012
O’Sheas is going out with a bang. Literally. The 23-year-old Strip staple, famous for its beer pong and low-bet tables, closed its doors at noon today. Tomorrow morning, its 7-story parking garage will be imploded.
Bellagio Fountains make TripAdvisor list of most talked about attractions
Saturday, April 28, 2012
The Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Harbor and the Bellagio Fountains. All made TripAdvisor’s list of "most talked about attractions." The travel website based its picks on attractions that received the most reviews over the past year.
MGM Resorts recognized as a top company for diversity
Friday, April 27, 2012
For the seventh consecutive year, MGM Resorts International has been named one of the top U.S. companies for diversity.
Frankfurter feeding frenzy coming to New York-New York this weekend
Friday, April 27, 2012
Get ready, get set, gorge. For the 15th year in a row, competitive eaters from across the West Coast will converge on the Strip for a chance to battle in the nation’s most prominent hot dog eating contest.
Gut check: Six of the most stomach-churning eating challenges in Las Vegas
Friday, April 27, 2012
A qualifier for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest will be held this weekend in Las Vegas, but local diners don't need to enter the event to put their stomachs to the test.
Woman wins $150,000 sports car on slot machine at Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas
Thursday, April 26, 2012
A lucky New Yorker recently won a sports car at the Cosmopolitan. Maryellen Cobb took home an electric Tesla Roadster earlier this month.
Lumber store, family entertainment center, brewery breathing life into Henderson plaza
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Stephanie Beltway Plaza in Henderson is undergoing a renaissance.
Steve Forbes: Good times are ahead for Mitt Romney — and the Las Vegas economy
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
On the eve of his speech at UNLV as part of the university's Barrick Lecture Series, multimillionaire publisher and former GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes spoke to the Sun about his predictions for the 2012 election and his outlook for the Las Vegas economy.
Crystal company Swarovski to open boutique at Forum Shops
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A new Swarovski boutique will open this week at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The high-end crystal company will take over 1,100 square feet and sell jewelry, home accessories and decorative items.
Take that, Donald: Caesars gives $250K donation to Opportunity Village on behalf of Penn Jillette
Monday, April 23, 2012
Donald Trump “fired” Penn Jillette on Sunday’s episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” but the magician’s real employer made good on Jillette's promise to help a local charity.
Chefs to square off in Las Vegas for ultimate food fight
Friday, April 20, 2012
The ultimate food fight is coming to Las Vegas. The city will host the inaugural World Food Championships this November.
Oompa Loompas invade Strip for opening of Willy Wonka-themed candy store
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Oompa Loompas invaded the Strip on Thursday to welcome a new candy store to Las Vegas.
IT’SUGAR — a 5,000-square-foot behemoth the owner says is the city’s largest candy store — opened in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
One-of-a-kind Metro McDonald's debuts on Las Vegas Strip
Thursday, April 19, 2012
McDonald’s golden arches are going glitz. The iconic burger chain recently opened a one-of-a-kind restaurant on the Strip, across the street from CityCenter and the Cosmopolitan. The “Metro McDonald’s,” as it is called, features digital menu boards, Wi-Fi access, sleek, modern furniture and graffiti murals.
Steve Forbes to present lecture at UNLV
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Multimillionaire publisher and former GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes is coming to Las Vegas next week to talk about politics and the economy.
Sandoval says economic development a ‘contact sport’ he’s ready to play
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Gov. Brian Sandoval called the governors of Texas, Indiana and New Jersey his friends but said he’s ready to go head to head with them to try to lure companies to Nevada. Economic development is “a contact sport,” Sandoval said.
Smith Center's Don Snyder is lauded for work in community
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Don Snyder, the driving force behind the development of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, was awarded Tuesday with a prestigious award from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Employers Association of Southern Nevada and Nevada Taxpayers Association.
Mayor finds silver lining for Las Vegas in GSA scandal
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman downplayed concerns Tuesday that a recent scandal involving the federal General Services Administration is hurting Las Vegas. In fact, the mayor said the spotlight focused here as a result of the investigation was helping the city.
Businesses find sweet spot in economy with dessert
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Got a sweet tooth? Try heading out to the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas Boulevard is best known for its resort casinos and fancy restaurants. But more and more dessert and pastry shops are popping up. Consider it a function of the economy. “Chocolate is more of an impulse buy,” said Elizabeth Blau, a local restaurateur and founder of the restaurant consulting firm Blau and Associates.
Hyde Bellagio among clubs set to debut
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
Hyde Bellagio is among three Las Vegas Strip clubs debuting for 2012, along with 1 OAK at the Mirage and RPM Nightclub at the Tropicana.
Cee Lo Green to launch show at Planet Hollywood
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
It’s official — hip-hop artist Cee Lo Green will bring a modern Liberace-type show to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas ranked No. 14 on drunkest cities list
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
In an analysis that some Las Vegans might question, in that it excludes consumption by tourists, the news website Daily Beast named Las Vegas the nation's 14th drunkest city.
MGM Grand's lion habitat to close Jan. 31
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
The MGM Grand is losing its lions. Resort officials announced Wednesday the property’s iconic lion habitat will close permanently Jan. 31. “That is part of an overall property-wide renovation project,” MGM Resorts spokeswoman Yvette Monet said.
Home builders catering to extended families
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
Multigenerational houses — those with attached in-law suites or backyard casitas meant to accommodate grandparents, adult children or other extended family members — are being added to the valley’s landscape with increasing frequency.

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