Will this be the year the recovery begins in earnest for Las Vegas? Or will it be a repeat of 2012 — a year of mixed results? In a two-part series, local residents from various walks of life give their outlook.
With fireworks, fanfare and frivolity, Las Vegas once again showed the world Monday night how to put on a New Year's Eve party as 300,000-plus New Year's Eve revelers on the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street braved sub-freezing temperatures to toast the first few ticks of 2013.
Despite a nip in the air as temperatures drop into the 30s, Las Vegas is giving its traditional warm New Year's Eve welcome to hundreds of thousands of visitors tonight throughout the Strip and in the downtown's Fremont Street. As the expected gathering of some 314,000 revelers celebrate, Sun reporters and photographers will be capturing the sights and sounds of celebration.
Just before midnight, when hundreds of thousands of people on the Strip look toward the sky for the $500,000 fireworks show, Felix Grucci Jr. will be nervously awaiting the climax of what has been a year of preparation. “I’m 61 years old. I’ve been doing this all my life,” he said. “I still get nervous. When you push that button, is it going to work? Will everything work?” Any number of factors – high winds, rain or technical difficulties with the charges – can put a crimp in the fireworks display.
Jennifer Peltz and Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
From teeming Times Square to a once-isolated Asian country celebrating its first public New Year's Eve countdown in decades, the world looked to the start of 2013 with hope for renewal after a year of economic turmoil, searing violence and natural disasters.
Lavish fireworks displays ushered in 2013 across the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, and Europe was holding scaled-back festivities and street parties in the hope of beginning a new year that will be kinder to its battered economies.
Local law enforcement officers will begin restricting access to the Las Vegas Strip at 5 p.m. Monday in preparation for the hundreds of thousands of revelers that will flood the boulevard to ring in the New Year, Metro Police said Friday. Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed from Russell Road to Sahara Avenue on Monday night and early Tuesday morning due to the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
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Metro Police Officer Kelly Korb was on the beat in downtown Las Vegas when she spotted a man she suspected was selling crack cocaine. As he noticed Korb coming toward him, the man started to run. Korb took off after him, chasing him into the Western Casino, which would cause a commotion in any case, but even more so because Korb was riding a 1,200-pound police horse at the time.
The west wing of the Bellagio’s main tower had intermittent power outages throughout the afternoon and early evening Saturday, leading to the New Year’s Eve day closure of the buffet and the loss of power to several hundred hotel rooms.