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Next foreclosure wave building with defaults on fixed-rate loans
Monday, June 8, 2009
Back in 2000, long before subprime lending to credit-risky homebuyers overheated the housing market, Rosemary Murphy used her financial good standing to pay for a house the old-fashioned way. She’s now in trouble.

Col. Chris Chambliss
Commander, 432d Wing And 432d Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech Air Force Base
Monday, June 1, 2009
After two years as the first commander of the Air Force’s only dedicated unmanned aircraft wing, Col. Chris Chambliss hands over the reins today in a typical rotation of command.
Transfer order doesn’t wait for real estate to rebound
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Brian O’Neill bought his house in Aliante in April 2006 for $360,000. It’s now worth less than half that. His is a familiar story in the Las Vegas Valley, but he’s in a worse predicament: Uncle Sam has ordered him to move.
Obama finds Bush-era language a sticky thing
Administration dislikes but can’t quite shake phrase ‘Global War on Terror’
Thursday, May 21, 2009
President Barack Obama hasn’t been shy about trying to scrub his predecessor’s lexicon from popular parlance, most notably ditching “Global War on Terrorism.” Obama prefers “Overseas Contingency Operation.”
Helicopter pilot school at Nellis on hold so trainers can fly in Afghanistan
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The war in Afghanistan is stretching the ranks of the Air Force’s search-and-rescue helicopter pilots so thin, the service had to cancel an advanced training course so it could send the instructors to the front lines.

He brought limo service to Vegas
Entrepreneur who made his living off luxury was not afraid to roll up his sleeves
Friday, May 8, 2009
Jim Bell moved to Las Vegas from Montana in 1967 to join his uncle’s Whittlesea Taxi Service.
Find a voice, sure, but find a paycheck, too
Hollywood veteran teaches writers to be pragmatic
Thursday, May 7, 2009
John Hill has a message for wannabe writers: Forget heart and think commercial.
Who’s friending you next? The U.S. military
Brass takes cautious steps onto Web’s social networks
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The U.S. military, long a champion of rigid, no-nonsense communications, is stepping into the freewheeling realm of social media.

Antiseptic made here can’t sanitize hands here
It can help prevent swine flu, its maker says, but it’s not approved for that use in U.S.
Monday, May 4, 2009
A Las Vegas company that makes a hand sanitizer capable of warding off the swine flu virus for four hours has been fielding calls madly from Canada, Great Britain, Mexico and from across the United States.
Nellis earns honors in Air Force competition
Friday, April 24, 2009
Nellis Air Force Base is runner-up in the competition for best installation worldwide in the Air Force.
Sheriff’s anti-terror force: Strip workers
He’s lobbying for analyst to field their tips, but privacy advocates cry foul
Friday, April 24, 2009
Law enforcement has long counted on casino security chiefs to report tips about suspicious behavior. To increase vigilance, authorities are leaning more than ever on casino and hotel employees for help — a strategy that may put hotel employees in uncomfortable positions.
More businesses say: We didn’t pay them ’cause we can’t
Recession brings on group wage complaints
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Recently the doors at both Adam’s Ribs restaurants abruptly closed, hitting employees on their way out sans paychecks.
Fighter jet to go from Nellis to Creech, by helicopter
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. an F-15 fighter jet is taking a 50-mile flight from Nellis to Creech Air Force Base - by way of helicopter.
Air trained, ground tested
Changing nature of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan is putting more airmen in the ground fight — and earning them the Bronze Star with valor
Thursday, April 16, 2009
With his Humvee on fire after being ambushed by insurgents, injured Airman 1st Class Antonio Antunez pushed the squad’s translator out a door, escaped through the turret and then, under fire and the only one with a weapon, led his team to safety. Those actions in Iraq earned him a Bronze Star with valor. Antunez, stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, is one of 282 airmen who have earned the commendation for combat actions since Sept. 11, 2001. It’s a small number when compared with the 3,235 soldiers and 1,039 Marines who have earned them, but it reveals a changing warfare trend: Air Force personnel are increasingly involved in ground combat.
Restaurants in a time of struggle
With no ‘template’ for closing, process got ugly — especially for workers who haven’t been paid
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Imagine going into a popular rib joint and being told you can order anything you like — except ribs. That’s what happened to customers of the two Adam’s Ribs restaurants in town, a foreboding sign of what was coming.
Nellis flier gets pilot project
He’s tapped to master new aircraft, pass knowledge along — a “once in a lifetime” chance
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
As one of the 10 Air Force pilots hand-picked to be the initial cadre of instructor pilots for the military’s newest aircraft, Maj. Ben Bishop will essentially be writing the book on how to fly the F-35 for an entire generation of fighter pilots.
For lasting stimulus, parties have to play nice
Brookings report says collaboration, regional planning would pay off big
Monday, April 6, 2009
If Southern Nevada’s government leaders scramble for federal stimulus money like it’s candy spilling from a piñata, they could squander an opportunity to pursue grander valleywide projects that would do more than just boost the economy, a public policy think tank warns.
Obama’s checkbook for defense
In a changed world, should he close it to some fighter jets?
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
In promising to reduce the deficit eventually, President Barack Obama recently told Congress he would “reform our defense budget so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use.”
In this time of economic struggle, sewing's back
Monday, March 30, 2009
For all the ways the recession has affected our lives, this one is downright nostalgic: The old-fashioned and somewhat forgotten skills of sewing and mending are making a comeback.
Maj. Gen. Scott Smith, Director of the Institute of Security Studies at UNLV
Monday, March 30, 2009
Retired Maj. Gen. Scott Smith served in the Army for 33 years and has a broad view of veterans issues.
In a recession, a delay could be seen by rivals as a positive development
Saturday, March 28, 2009
If CityCenter gets mothballed, is that good or bad for the other properties on the Strip?
For the military in Nevada, not much stimulus
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Out of the very large stimulus pie, defense-related projects are getting only a crumb.
Proudly catering to whales’ whims in their Mansion away from mansion
Thursday, March 19, 2009
In a city where hospitality is the reigning industry, the pressure is on Wu Ly Ping to be the most hospitable of all.
When in doubt, whip Las Vegas
This time it’s McCain, ranting against money sought by UNLV
Friday, March 6, 2009
Railing this week against “pork barrel corruption” in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill, Arizona Republican John McCain called the more than 8,500 earmarks in it an “outrageous insult to the American people.” Among the dozen examples he ticked off while venting on the Senate floor was one that, of course, mentions Las Vegas — specifically, $951,000 for a “sustainable Las Vegas” project. “What does that mean? What does sustainable Las Vegas mean?” the senator huffed, incredulous.
Combat tactics refined at Nellis
Local base plays key role in developing methods and equipment to adapt to new challenges
Sunday, March 1, 2009
With the desert north of Las Vegas serving as Iraq and Afghanistan, Nellis solves almost all of that kind of air-related problem faced by U.S. forces in the Middle East.
Nevada to serve as pilot state for injection safety
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009
A hepatitis C outbreak in Las Vegas last year led to the discovery of a troubling lack of infection control standards in outpatient clinics nationwide.
Nellis in race for best Air Force base
Winner will get $1 million for improvements
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009
Around the Air Force, Nellis has a bit of a reputation — and it could be officially acknowledged soon.
Court seeks to insulate veteran defendants
Program would offer special treatment, peer mentors, focus on rehabilitation
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009
Military veterans facing criminal prosecution in Clark County and who have underlying drug or mental health issues could soon be shepherded to a courtroom of their own.
Lessons of Depression up for fresh discussion
Economists, politicians still haven’t pinned down the actions that ended it
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009
As senators wrangle this week over Washington’s plan to stimulate the economy, the debate is laced with competing interpretations of something that happened seven decades ago: the Great Depression.
Air Force: Dogfighters out, warthogs in
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
Its nickname is “warthog.” That’s the first clue that flying an A-10 is not the Air Force’s most glamorous mission.
Man involved in military fire investigation in Iraq returning to Las Vegas
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Justin Price, a civilian contractor in Iraq who had been facing a potential court martial, will soon be reunited with his wife and 9-year-old stepdaughter.
Veterans keeping wish-list moderate
Agency chief hopes lawmakers will preserve benefits, services in a budget season marked by deep cuts
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
For military veterans, the small things matter. Like being able to take advantage of disabled parking privileges and still have a Purple Heart license plate.
Civilian from Vegas won’t face court martial, will return home
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Las Vegan Justin Price won’t be court martialed in connection with a fire that damaged a Predator drone at an air base in Iraq, military authorities said Thursday.
Civilian challenging his expected court martial
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
In what could be a landmark case, a Las Vegas-based aircraft mechanic is challenging whether it’s constitutional for the U.S. military to court-martial civilians.
Next goal: Capitalize on election momentum
Union turns focus on policy setting, as business lobby gears up its opposition
Monday, Jan. 19, 2009
Unions, so integral to the Democratic victory in November, are staying in high-energy campaign mode, hoping to ride the momentum of their election efforts to win support for what they’ve identified as working-family priorities, such as changes in labor law and health care.
Left relieved by Obama’s words on card check
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009
Incoming president Barack Obama has made his most detailed statement since being elected about organized labor’s No. 1 priority, the Employee Free Choice Act.
Union group launches TV ad campaign
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
So Obama’s the new FDR, but Reid in tough spot
Author of new book on Roosevelt says history can be incoming president’s guide — to a point
Friday, Jan. 9, 2009
As the nation waits for Washington to find a way to fix the economy, two things are certain: The initials FDR are on everyone’s lips, and Sen. Harry Reid has the toughest job in town. If President-elect Barack Obama’s economic agenda falters, it will be in the Senate, where Reid manages a precarious majority.
Older workers ‘bumping’ young down jobs ladder
Those who need experience most are finding it ever tougher to get
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009
For a variety of reasons, young adults are being forced out of the labor market as older workers take part-time and retail jobs that were once the province of the younger and less experienced.
Jobs secure, airmen still feel recession’s sting
Store at Nellis helps some stretch pay
Monday, Jan. 5, 2009
A pregnant woman, a couple huddling together and two others bounced on their toes and shuffled their feet trying to stay warm the other day, waiting for a volunteer-run secondhand shop to open its doors at Nellis Air Force Base.
A fitful effort to organize as business goes corporate
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008
There have been growing pains at MedicWest, one of the two ambulance companies that serve the Las Vegas area, after national giant Emergency Medical Services Corp. bought the local company in summer 2007.
Nevada roads less traveled
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008
Nevadans are leading a national trend among motorists: In the past two years, we’ve been putting in fewer miles behind the wheel.
Lobby cheers Obama’s pick of union supporter
But many want labor secretary on economic team
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008
After some grumbling about President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet picks being too centrist, the left is feeling good about his choice for labor secretary: California Rep. Hilda Solis.
Wall Street bailout hasn’t brought needed mortgage relief
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008
The Treasury Department has been practically throwing money off the top of buildings on Wall Street — more than $300 billion — but so far the wind hasn’t blown much of it to Nevada.
Economy has many enlisting, reenlisting
In a recession, the promise of a paycheck, benefits is motivation for the jobless
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008
Jason Rainey has given himself a March deadline: If he hasn’t found a job in Las Vegas by then, he’s going to join the Army.
Six Questions for Francisco Pinedo
VA hospital chief of prosthetics
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008
Francisco Pinedo, chief of prosthetics at the VA hospital, lost part of his right arm in an ambush in Iraq when he was a 25-year-old Army staff sergeant. Now he is in charge of equipping veterans with prostheses such as hearing aids, implants and artificial limbs.
Found money has a keeper that wants it
Veterans office must give up $1.9 million — and make cuts
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008
Rare is the time one desperately needs cash, and a check falls in your lap.
Wearers of sandals, crew cuts join forces
Conservationists, Nellis align to fight development
Friday, Dec. 12, 2008
Members of the conservation coterie Protectors of Tule Springs wear matching safari hats and shirts. One drives a Hummer. And that’s about all the environmental activists would seem to have in common with the U.S. military.
Area’s growth a threat to Nellis
Base tries to work with local governments but lacks clout
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
The Las Vegas of 1941, when the Strip was still U.S. 91 and not even 10,000 people lived here, seemed a practical place to build a military base. The notion that it would be overtaken by suburban sprawl remained far-fetched for decades. But then the 1990s came, and no other metropolitan area in the country grew faster than the Las Vegas Valley, and it has remained among the top five fastest-growing since 2000.
A boom era for Nevada bankruptcy lawyers
When the economy is at its worst, their business does best
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008
These are rich times for bankruptcy lawyers. “We don’t like to celebrate that fact,” one well-dressed attorney said this week outside Courtroom 2 of U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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