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July 22, 2018

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Mick Akers


Mick Akers joined the Las Vegas Sun in 2017 after two years at the Pahrump Valley Times, where he earned the 2016 Nevada Press Association's Outstanding Journalist award in the intermediate category. He reported on the Lamar Odom brothel overdose situation, the dire health care situation in Nye County and the Nye County School District. Mick is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an International Boxing Hall of Fame voter. He is a graduate of UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.

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Weekend work: U.S. 95 to close in both directions at I-15
Friday, July 20, 2018
This weekend motorists should brace for the latest U.S. 95 closure in both directions near the Spaghetti Bowl ...
Official: Trump's tariffs on imported steel won't change price of Las Vegas stadium
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Tariffs on imported steel put into place by President Donald Trump aren’t expected to change the Las Vegas stadium project’s overall cost, officials said today during a ...
LV Sands commits $75 million to MSG Sphere arena project
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Las Vegas Sands Corp. will contribute $75 million to the MSG Sphere arena project being built behind two of its Las Vegas Strip properties. Documents filed Wednesday to the Securities and Exchange Commission show Sands will pay out the money to Madison Square Garden Co. incrementally upon construction milestones being met on the site owned by the gaming giant. The project's final price has yet to be revealed. The 360-foot-tall by 500-foot-wide facility features a ...
Unconventional farm aims to 'redefine the meaning of fresh produce to Las Vegas'
Thursday, July 19, 2018
A half-dozen workers covered head to toe in protective garb use tweezers to carefully place tiny seeds, one-by-one, to ensure each is planted in its precise space. The workers are just a few of the almost 140 employees who carry out various farming jobs ...
Club level at Raiders' Las Vegas stadium to offer fans special views and perks
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Club level seats at the $1.84 billion, 65,000-seat domed Las Vegas stadium will feature climate-controlled environments, expanded stadium access, and chef-inspired ...
UNLV breaks ground on research and tech park
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
UNLV broke ground today on the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park. The university marked the start of construction on a $35 million, four-story building, the first ...
Construction worker injured at Las Vegas stadium site
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
A construction worker was rescued today after suffering an injury three stories off the ground at the Las Vegas stadium site, according to the Clark County Fire Department and ...
$1 billion solar farm near Apex could feature battery storage
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The Gemini Solar Project will be constructed on 7,100 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management ...
8 months in: Raiders stadium project has cost $285 million so far
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
In the eight months following the groundbreaking ceremony for the Raiders stadium in Las Vegas, $285 million worth of work has occurred on the $1.8 billion project. The money spent to date represents 16 percent of the project’s budget, according to a stadium project status report to be reviewed at Thursday’s Las Vegas Stadium Authority meeting. Thus far, $116.8 million has been spent on design, engineering and soft costs; $80.56 million on ...
Caesars breaks ground on $375 million conference center
Monday, July 16, 2018
Caesars Entertainment has booked $70 million in business for its new Caesars Forum conference center, even before any work on the project is underway. “That’s just ...
Las Vegas homeless are finding steady jobs, thanks in part to this foundation
Thursday, July 12, 2018
William Mitchell lost his manufacturing job in California and was evicted from his house. He moved to Las Vegas for a fresh start. But Mitchell didn’t have his birth certificate or Social Security card, meaning he ...
Palms shows off revamped guest rooms as part of $620M overhaul
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The $620 million overhaul of the Palms is coming into focus with the unveiling of its revamped hotel rooms, including a $40,000 per night villa that accommodates 52 guests ...
Vdara employs a pair of robots to deliver room service
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
When guests order an item to their room at one Las Vegas resort, a robot is likely to show up at their door ...
This Terrible's in Jean, touted as world's largest Chevron, aims to be tourist draw
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Billed as the largest Chevron in the United States, Terrible’s Road House travel center, located across I-15 from the Gold Strike hotel, boasts 96 gas pumps, 60 restroom ...
Revisiting the place that put poker on the map
Sunday, July 8, 2018
While thousands of people packed the Rio for the 49th edition of the World Series of Poker, some of the game’s biggest stars reflected on the place where it all started with just a single table at a Las Vegas gambling hall ...
Project Neon freeway project reaches major milestone
Saturday, July 7, 2018
The third and final major phase of Project Neon, dubbed the Main Event, reached the halfway point in its construction this week ...
Fans can make deposit next week for 2019 season at new ballpark in Summerlin
Friday, July 6, 2018
Fans looking to secure seats at the under-construction $150 million, 10,000-seat Las Vegas Ballpark for 51s games next season can get a head start next week. Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, potential season-ticket holders can place $100 deposits per seat in their desired seating level at the Downtown Summerlin stadium for the Triple-A team’s 2019 season. Those who are already ...
LeBron Effect: Ticket demand on the rise for Lakers’ local preseason game
Thursday, July 5, 2018
After NBA superstar LeBron James announced Sunday that he was joining the Los Angeles Lakers, fans swarmed virtual box offices in order to secure tickets for a first look at the new team. ...
G2E to welcome innovation pitches in 'Shark Tank'-like contest
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Looking for the next big idea in gaming and hospitality, industry experts will turn to up-and-coming innovators at the Global Gaming Expo in a reality TV show-style contest ...
Suspect shot at by Metro officer has long criminal history
Monday, July 2, 2018
The suspect in an officer-involved shooting last week in the east valley is a five-time convicted felon ...
Officials want round-the-clock work on Convention Center expansion
Monday, July 2, 2018
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority wants to carry out construction on the $1.4 billon project at all hours of the day when needed, including overnight ...
The Rio offers esports experience with new Wall Gaming Lounge
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Marking Caesars Entertainment’s first foray into a permanent esports venue, the Wall Gaming Lounge at the Rio offers players an immersive gaming experience ...
Nevada gaming revenue again tops $1 billion
Friday, June 29, 2018
Nevada gaming revenue increased 5.29 percent to $1.04 billion in May compared to the same month last year, the fourth time in the last five months revenue has topped the ...
Amazon invites entrepreneurs to start delivery businesses
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Looking to take the delivery side of operations into its own hands, Amazon is enlisting the help of entrepreneurs to develop a nationwide delivery system in ...
New York expected to overtake Nevada as top U.S. sports betting market
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The Supreme Court's recent overturning of a federal ban on sports betting could clear the path for New York to become the largest U.S. sports wagering market. By 2023, New York is projected to rake in $700 million annually from sports bets, according to new projections by GamblingCompliance, an independent service that ...
Las Vegas airport has busiest month on record
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The Las Vegas airport had its busiest month on record in May, with 4.36 million passengers passing through its gates. The previous single-month record was set last October, when ...
Star Wars blaster sells for $550,000 at Las Vegas memorabilia auction
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Han Solo’s blaster gun from the Star Wars movie “Return of the Jedi” sold for $550,000 over the weekend at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia in Las Vegas. Julien’s Auctions hosted the Hollywood Legends auction on Saturday at ...
Nevada gets $2 million to cover costs from Las Vegas mass shooting
Monday, June 25, 2018
The Department of Justice today awarded just more than $2 million to Nevada to help cover law enforcement costs related to the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. The money supplements $1 million Nevada received in ...
Richard ‘The Old Man’ Harrison of 'Pawn Stars' dies at 77
Monday, June 25, 2018
Richard Benjamin Harrison, better known as “The Old Man” on the Las Vegas-based reality TV show “Pawn Stars,” died over the weekend, according to son Rick Harrison’s ...
Gamers flocking to Las Vegas for 'Fortnite' tourney
Monday, June 25, 2018
Players of the video game phenomenon "Fortnite" will face off this weekend on the Strip, with about 100 people expected to take part in the Fortnite in the Park tournament from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at ...
Forbes editor on Golden Knights’ valuation: ‘They’re not a Carolina, Florida or Arizona’
Monday, June 25, 2018
Four NHL teams — the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks — were valued at more than $1 billion coming into this season ...
Project Neon work to close U.S. 95 in both directions at I-15
Monday, June 25, 2018
Traffic overnight Tuesday will be shuttered in both directions on U.S. 95 near Interstate 15 ...
Stolen NV Energy uniform prompts scam warning
Thursday, June 21, 2018
NV Energy is warning customers about possible scams after a uniform was stolen out of an employee’s personal vehicle last week. There have been no reports of any scams employing the uniform, but NV Energy wanted to ...
Photos: Palace Station’s 2-year modernization project is almost done. Here’s a look
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Palace Station’s $192 million modernization is nearly complete, enhancing the flagship Station Casinos property with upgrades to amenities, gaming and dining. The ...
Nevada Partners breaks ground on workforce training center in NLV
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Nevada Partners will break ground today on a $2.9 million, 16,800-square-foot Regional Workforce Development Center in North Las Vegas ...
Water main break at Mandalay Bay floods part of convention center
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
A water main break in the loading dock zone of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center flooded an area between the first and second floors of the facility Tuesday afternoon ...
Wheel of Fortune jackpot at Silverton is property's largest ever
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The Silverton saw a gambler hit the largest jackpot in the property’s history. An unidentified player won $3.2 million June 9 with a $5 wager ...
Charleston at I-15 to close for two nights, starting today
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Charleston Boulevard will be closed to traffic near downtown for a pair of nights this week ...
County expected to OK contract for more bollards along Strip
Thursday, June 14, 2018
The installation of steel posts along the Las Vegas Strip to protect pedestrians from cars is set to resume with a new contractor. The Clark County Commission on Wednesday is expected to approve a $3.9 million bid by Unicon LLC to install more than 600 bollards on the east side of the Strip between Spring Mountain Road and and Tropicana Avenue and on the west side beginning at ...
The Convention Center’s 2020 expansion aims to keep Las Vegas competitive
Thursday, June 14, 2018
It will draw 610,000 new convention attendees per year and create an additional 7,800 additional full-time jobs, according to the LVCVA.
How the Stadium could change the game in Las Vegas
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Skeptics say the money should have gone to education, but Mark Davis believes the benefits of having the Raiders here will help ease tensions.
Power back on at McCarran after morning outage
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
NV Energy was on hand to address the problem, and airport spokesperson Christine Crews said the power was restored just after 9 a.m. Although lights were back on, Crews said it would be …
Greg Anthony sees Golden Knights as ‘very comparable’ to UNLV in the 90s
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
As the Golden Knights’ inaugural NHL season progressed into a championship run, comparisons to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball teams of the early 1990s came naturally. ...
CD3 winners Tarkanian, Lee confident as they pivot to next battle
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Danny Tarkanian and Susie Lee are set to square off for Nevada's Congressional District 3 seat after emerging victorious in their respective primary election races ...
51s: Las Vegas Aviators one of 5 names being considered in rebrand
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The Las Vegas Aviators surfaced Monday as a possible option, as 20 trademark filings were made June 6 by the Las Vegas Baseball Cub, LLC. The filings were to ...
Gambler hits $1.1 million jackpot at Venetian
Monday, June 11, 2018
A lucky gambler hit a $1.1 million jackpot over the weekend on the Las Vegas Strip. The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, hit the jackpot while playing a $1 Wheel of Fortune slot machine early ...
Trailblazing officer says goodbye to Nellis Air Force Base
Monday, June 11, 2018
Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, who departed Friday as commander of the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, has been a trailblazer throughout her Air Force career. In 1993, she became the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot. She was later the ...
For fans outside arena, emotion takes over after season-ending loss
Friday, June 8, 2018
With the Golden Knights facing elimination, the atmosphere's intensity was palpable. Yet there they were, chanting "Go Knights Go!" and they reveled in blocked shots as fiercely as they did their team's three goals ...
Wynn, Encore first Strip resorts to dump parking fee
Thursday, June 7, 2018
The Wynn Las Vegas and Encore have become the first major Strip resorts to back away from parking fees implemented last year. Wynn Resorts announced that ...
Spago restaurant opens at Bellagio overlooking fountains
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago, which closed in January at the Forum Shops at Caesars, is opening today at the Bellagio, overlooking the ...

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