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Wind-whipped fire does $50,000 damage to 2 houses
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The narrow space between two houses acted as a wind tunnel, fanning an early morning fire that caused about $50,000 damage before firefighters put it out, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said.
Nobody was injured, but seven people...
51s score 21 runs on windy day to beat El Paso
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
With the wind blowing out today at Cashman Field, the Las Vegas 51s and El Paso combined for 30 runs, 35 hits and six home runs in their Triple-A baseball game.
51s erase four-run deficit, down El Paso
Monday, April 21, 2014
Taylor Teagarden and Eric Campbell hit home runs today for the Las Vegas 51s, helping them erase a four-run deficit against visiting El Paso for a 5-4 victory at Cashman Field. The 51s (14-5) trailed 4-0 entering ...
Stratosphere Tower welcomes its 40 millionth visitor
Monday, April 21, 2014
James Kennedy’s visit today to the Stratosphere Tower was more than one in a million. Kennedy, a Birmingham, England, resident visiting Las Vegas for the first time, was singled out this morning …
Six-run inning helps 51s down El Paso
Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s scored six runs in the fifth inning today in an 11-4 victory against visiting El Paso at Cashman Field.
School president sees UNR, UNLV as complementary, not competitors
Sunday, April 20, 2014
UNR President Marc Johnson sat down with the Sun’s editorial board earlier this month. A wide-ranging discussion included talk about improving the state’s education system, the proposed medical school at UNLV, attaining the top Carnegie Foundation classification and ...
Las Vegas 51s pitching prospect roughed up by El Paso
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s were defeated 8-5 today by visiting El Paso at Cashman Field in the first game of a four-game Pacific Coast League series, dropping consecutive games for the initial time this season.
51s fall in extra innings at Reno to end win streak
Friday, April 18, 2014
Despite the loss, Las Vegas (12-4) has the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The mark is also the best record to start the season in the 32-year history of the Las Vegas Triple-A franchise.
Wranglers fall to Alaska in playoff opener
Friday, April 18, 2014
The Las Vegas Wranglers were defeated 4-1 today at the Alaska Aces in the opening game of a best-of-seven ECHL hockey playoff series.
Vote here for the best Tax Day cartoon caption
Friday, April 18, 2014
It's time to decide who will win the April edition of the Smithereens Cartoon Caption Contest.
Athletic commission selects retired FBI agent as new director
Friday, April 18, 2014
A retired FBI agent and professional boxing judge is the new executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Robert Bennett, one of three finalists for the position, was the …
51s blank Reno, have PCL-best 12-3 record
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Eric Campbell went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and Allan Dykstra belted a home run today for the Las Vegas 51s in a 6-0 victory against the host Reno Aces.
Hunt for ‘most wanted’ fugitive sought since 1976 focusing on western US
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The FBI said William Bradford Bishop Jr., the “Family Annihilator” would be 77 if he were still alive. He is wanted in the decades-old slayings of his …
51s beat Arizona’s top pitching prospect for fifth straight win
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Maybe Archie Bradley isn’t ready to be promoted to the big leagues. The Reno Aces pitching prospect surely didn’t appear ready against the Las Vegas 51s.
Rampart Casino ready to open new bingo room
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Rampart Casino’s new bingo room is opening Saturday, with six one-hour sessions every day. The 300-seat room next to the buffet will include...
Sandoval leading state trade mission to Canada
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is leading a trade mission to Canada, in part to attract interest in the state’s nascent drone industry. The delegation includes Sandoval, members of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, representatives from UNLV, UNR and the Desert Research Institute, along with business leaders from the state. The economic development office is staging a conference for targeted Canadian companies to...
Sun series ‘Grace Through Grief’ wins prestigious national Dart Award
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Last year, the Las Vegas Sun presented a series that followed the family of Arturo Martinez-Sanchez as they rebuilt their lives after the killings of Arturo's wife and daughter. Today, the Sun was awarded...
51s hold off Reno to win first game of Silver State Diamond Challenge
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Las Vegas starter Jacob deGrom limited the host Reno Aces to three hits today in seven scoreless innings, leading the 51s to a 6-3 victory in the initial game of the 2014 Silver State Diamond Challenge.
MGM, Hakkasan form partnership to build, manage luxury hotels worldwide
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
MGM Resorts International and Hakkasan Group are partnering in a joint-venture to develop luxury hotels around the globe. Formation of MGM Hakkasan Hospitality was announced …
51s win series against Fresno, improve to 9-3 on season
Monday, April 14, 2014
Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard pitched five effective innings today for the Las Vegas 51s in a 5-2 victory against host Fresno.
Ron Paul weighs in on Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds
Monday, April 14, 2014
Former presidential candidate Ron Paul – a favorite among many conservative Nevadans – has weighed in on the showdown this past week involving Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government. Said Paul, “There’s two things that come out of this: one, when the American people …
Mets outfielder Young hits 2 home runs in rehab game with Las Vegas
Sunday, April 13, 2014
If this game is any indication, Chris Young appears ready to rejoin the New York Mets.
51s score just one run, still beat Fresno in extras
Saturday, April 12, 2014
After nine scoreless innings for both teams, Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ solo home run to start the 10th inning today lifted the Las Vegas 51s ...
51s’ bats silenced in loss at Fresno
Friday, April 11, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s scored in the first inning today at the Fresno Grizzlies in their first road game of the season, but could muster any offense the rest of the game in a 5-1 defeat.
Five-run eighth inning helps 51s rally past Sacramento
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s used a five-run eighth inning today against visiting Sacramento to erase a four-run deficit and claim the final game of the Pacific Coast League series with a 6-5 win.
Boyd Gaming, IGT team on progressive jackpot network in Nevada, New Jersey
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Las Vegas-based slot maker IGT this afternoon announced it was rolling out the nation’s first multistate progressive jackpot network. Powerbucks is being released at Boyd Gaming properties in Nevada and New Jersey. It will be expanded …
Mayweather tweets about $75K in winnings with bets on UConn in Final Four
Thursday, April 10, 2014
“Money” is at it again. Boxing champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather took to Twitter this week to brag about winning a combined $75,000 in two Final Four bets …
Top prospect takes loss for 51s in defeat against Sacramento
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s were limited to eight hits today against visiting Sacramento in a 7-4 loss at Cashman Field to snap a three-game winning streak.
51s beat Sacramento, 7-6
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s today won their third straight game by one run. Eric Campbell’s two-run home run in the seventh inning lifted ...
Culinary workers to picket downtown casinos Saturday
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members will be on the picket line this weekend to voice their dissatisfaction over the lack of new contracts with 10 downtown casinos. The union, in a media advisory posted this evening on its website, said members would picket from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Las Vegas. Union members from Strip casinos will …
SLS Las Vegas taking room reservations, offering special rates
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
SLS Las Vegas announced today that it is taking room reservations online for visits starting Aug. 25, just ahead of the casino’s grand opening...
Nevadans getting nickel-and-dimed as gas prices climb
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The temperature isn’t all that’s rising across Nevada this spring; AAA reports gasoline prices are up more than a dime a gallon since March. The average cost...
Police: Man shot after aiming assault rifle at officers
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A Metro Police SWAT officer shot and killed a man this morning after he aimed an assault rifle at officers during a...
51s win another game in the 9th inning
Monday, April 7, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s are making of a habit of playing games decided in the last inning. Matt den Dekker’s run-scoring single today with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning plated Cesar Puello with the ...
Mojave Max leaves his burrow, signals spring in Southern Nevada
Monday, April 7, 2014
Maybe Mojave Max was just waiting for a 90-degree forecast before emerging from his burrow and heralding the arrival of spring in Southern Nevada? The desert tortoise officially emerged …
51s beat Fresno in ninth inning; take three games in season opening series
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Zach Lutz’s game-ending RBI double scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the winning run today for the Las Vegas 51s in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 6-5 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies at Cashman Field.
One strike away from winning, 51s give up 7 runs in ninth inning
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s had a five-run lead today in the ninth inning and were one strike away from beating visiting the Fresno Grizzlies for the third straight day to open the season.
51s score 4 runs in first inning, beat Fresno again
Friday, April 4, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s won their second straight game to open the season today, using a four-run first inning and pounding out 12 hits in an 11-6 victory against the visiting Fresno Grizzlies at Cashman Field.
The tax man is coming: What will he say?
Friday, April 4, 2014
Tax Day is rapidly approaching and we're going to celebrate with a return of the Smithereens Cartoon Caption Contest.
Midday shooting leaves 1 person wounded
Friday, April 4, 2014
Metro Police are on the scene of a shooting early this afternoon in the Vegas Heights neighborhood. In a news release, Metro said one victim was shot and transported to University Medical Center with injuries …
Grand slam propels Las Vegas 51s to victory in season opener
Thursday, April 3, 2014
One swing from Zach Lutz today helped the Las Vegas 51s start the season in grand fashion. Lutz connected on a seventh-inning grand slam in a five-run frame to help the 51s down the visiting Fresno Grizzlies 8-2 on Opening Day of the Triple-A season at Cashman Field. The 51s, the top affiliate of the New York Mets, picked up where they ...
Hunt for autistic Florida boy missing for a month ends with arrests in Henderson
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A monthlong search for an autistic 3-year-old Florida boy who allegedly was kidnapped by his parents ended today in Henderson. Authorities in Crestview, Fla., said Emmanuel Menz was recovered unharmed …
New restaurants coming to Galleria at Sunset mall in $24 million expansion
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson will break ground Thursday on a $24.1 million expansion that will include six new restaurants, a valet, new entrance and an outdoor plaza. Restaurants will include...
Squatters blamed for fire at vacant house
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Squatters are being blamed for a fire this morning in a vacant Las Vegas house that caused an estimated $5,000 damage, officials said. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue crews responded...
Woman, 45, struck and killed crossing Spring Mountain Road
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
45-year-old woman crossing Spring Mountain Road outside a marked crosswalk was hit and killed by a minivan this morning, Metro Police said. The accident happened...
Siegfried & Roy announce death of their beloved Montecore
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Montecore, the white tiger that injured Roy Horn on a Las Vegas stage over a decade ago, has died. Horn never blamed the cat. Today he called Montecore his …
Thriving in Las Vegas: Tips from therapists for how to beat the blues
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Las Vegas can make us dysfunctional, if not outright crazy, or deeply depressed, or filled with anxiety. Who ya gonna call? Your therapist. And oh, the stories they hear ...
Outage leaves 430 Henderson residents without power
Monday, March 17, 2014
A power outage Monday night affected about 430 customers in Henderson, NV Energy officials said.
After hitting mid-80s today, Las Vegas temperatures to drop
Monday, March 17, 2014
Hope you weren’t getting used to those temperatures in the 70s and 80s that Las Vegas has enjoyed the past several days. If so, Tuesday could be a little jolting. A cold front is expected to push across the Mojave Desert this evening, and forecasters say to expect Tuesday’s high temperature to be …
‘Mall Cop’ sequel scores $4.3 million in Nevada tax credits
Friday, March 14, 2014
Sony Pictures’ sequel to “Mall Cop,” set to be filmed in Las Vegas, is the premiere recipient of Nevada’s new film tax credit. Filming is expected to take place at...

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