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September 25, 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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Forbes: Raiders valuation soars to $2.4 billion after news of Las Vegas move
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
The Raiders have increased in value by nearly $1 billion since they initiated plans to move from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2016, according to Forbes. The franchise is valued at $2.42 billion in the financial publication’s latest listing, making the Raiders the ...
NoMad Las Vegas now taking room reservations for Oct. 12 soft opening
Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
Room reservations for NoMad Las Vegas are now available for booking. The luxury hotel, located on the top floors of the newly renamed and remodeled Park MGM, will host its soft opening Oct. 12. The 293-room hotel includes a high-limit casino, a Moroccan-style pool ...
Las Vegas medical group using robot technology in surgery
Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
One Las Vegas surgical center is utilizing robotic technology to enhance the medical experience by making procedures less invasive ...
Plans for Raiders’ practice facility in Henderson presented to city
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
The Raiders training facility and team headquarters in Henderson will feature the team office, indoor and outdoor practice fields, a weight room ...
Nonstop flight from Las Vegas to Amsterdam will debut next summer
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is expanding its nonstop flights to include Las Vegas beginning in June. The Las Vegas flights will ...
Animation shows completion of Raiders' Las Vegas stadium
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
As the Raiders' Las Vegas stadium project advances, motorists passing the work site that abuts Interstate 15 will notice the progress on their daily commutes ...
MGM concerned with parking plan for Las Vegas stadium
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
Parking proposed for Raiders games at the new Las Vegas Stadium was met with concern from Las Vegas’ largest casino company at today’s Las Vegas Stadium Authority board meeting ...
PT’s Entertainment buys 3 T-Bird lounges
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Local pub giant PT’s Entertainment Group has purchased Las Vegas mainstay T-Bird Lounge & Restaurant’s three valley locations. The acquisition ...
Nevada State College president talks expansion, on-campus housing
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Nevada State College has experienced a 30 percent growth in enrollment over the last two years to nearly 5,000 students. With that growth comes an opportunity to expand the four-year college’s infrastructure, President Bart Patterson said Tuesday in his annual state of the college address. The Henderson school sits on 500 acres, most of which hasn’t been developed as officials work to secure funding for new projects. Patterson laid out ...
Brightline taking over Las Vegas-California rail project
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
A long planned high-speed train project to link Southern California and Las Vegas has new ownership. Brightline, a rail service with operations in Florida, announced today that it has acquired XpressWest, a ...
Exhibit features portraits of Oct. 1 shooting victims
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
Ellen Abramo and her cousin Kortney Struempf of Nazareth, Pa., began searching for 58 artists to create the portraits, which are on display with white wooden crosses placed at ...
RTC boss Quigley, in D.C., touts teamwork behind Las Vegas' innovation efforts
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
“There must be a partnership between the local and the federal government. There must be that flexibility to make sure that emerging technology can continue to innovate, and at the same time, we as the federal government and the regulatory agencies, recognize the need for that flexibility.”
String of crashes on new stretch of Interstate 11 spurs concern
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018
There have been three crashes in about one month on the newly opened Interstate 11, resulting in four deaths and causing concern with transportation officials ...
Strip shooting survivors, lifesavers reunite as Oct. 1 anniversary approaches
Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
Stories of survivors transported to the hospital in pickup trucks, doctors and nurses working around the clock and other heroic details from the Oct. 1 mass shooting were recounted ...
In address, Marta Meana lays out her vision for UNLV
Acting president says achieving Tier-1 university status remains key goal
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Putting the “U” in UNLV is how acting President Marta Meana described those at the university who are helping bring it future successes. The faculty, staff and the students are ...
Teenager struck by car while skateboarding, taken to hospital
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
A teen was hit by a car and injured this morning while skateboarding along a street near Green Valley High School, according to Henderson Police. The 17-year-old was ...
Henderson Police shoot, kill man armed with box cutter
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Henderson Police shot and killed a man early this morning after he charged at officers with a box cutter, authorities said. Officers were dispatched ...
Can Las Vegas meet NFL's demands for hosting a Super Bowl?
Committee explores what would it take to bring large-scale sporting events to town
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Las Vegas is well regarded for successfully hosting marquee events, everything from championship fights and the NBA Summer League, to the Miss Universe Pageant and other entertainment events on the Strip. So what would it take to bring large-scale sporting events like the Super Bowl, Final Four and the College Football Playoff to ...
Whole Foods delivering in Las Vegas via Amazon
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
Starting on Wednesday, Amazon Prime members in the Las Vegas Valley can save a trip to their neighborhood Whole Foods Market and have their groceries delivered. Amazon, which last year bought the grocery chain that promotes organic and natural items ...
AT&T to launch 5G service in Las Vegas early next year
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
Las Vegas will be among the first cities to receive AT&T’s 5G mobile service when the company brings the high-speed technology to the valley in ...
Convention Center expansion price set at $935 million
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
The project originally was budgeted for $860 million. The increase reflects a $10.5 million acquisition of a neighboring property, construction additions and changes in ...
Tourism board OKs $375,000 salary for new CEO
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Chief Executive Officer Steve Hill will receive a $375,000 annual contract. The board unanimously approved Hill’s new ...
Sign installations to close southbound I-15 overnight Wednesday
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
A stretch of southbound Interstate 15 will close to traffic overnight Wednesday ...
To avert more bus-stop tragedies, officials consider adding steel posts
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
The Regional Transportation Commission wants to install steel bollards in front of 20 transit shelters across Las Vegas in 2019, similar to what has been done on the Strip ...
Ride-sharing is hurting RTC bus ridership on Strip
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
With Lyft and Uber now a popular transportation option for Las Vegas visitors, especially on the Strip, revenue from the Regional Transportation Commission’s bus routes along Las Vegas Boulevard has ...
Linq incorporating tech to enhance sportsbook experience
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018
Looking to put a new twist on the traditional sportsbook, The Linq is has placed technology front and center, giving fans the ability to conveniently place bets, order food and drinks, and play games on tablet computers. The Book, a 6,000-square-foot betting parlor, features ...
Marshawn Lynch on Las Vegas: When you ‘come out here, you expect to enjoy yourself’
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
Comparing his football career and his recent foray into the business realm, Lynch said football is more challenging, despite some natural ability, but there are similarities between the two ...
Program offers free online education for MGM Resorts employees
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018
MGM Resorts and the Nevada System of Higher Education have entered into a partnership to provide the gaming giant’s employees free online education. Marking the first partnership between ...
Five things to know about the Raiders’ future home
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
It won’t have a retractable roof.
Officials: Remote parking will ease congestion around new stadium
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
The parking plan for the Raiders stadium in Las Vegas will spread out the game-day experience, easing congestion and benefitting businesses near several remote lots, team and Clark County officials said today at ...
Driverless vehicle programs see 3 accidents in 32,000 trips
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
Despite some high-profile crashes in other cities, there have been only three minor wrecks involving driverless vehicles in Las Vegas in more than 32,000 trips, according to Metro Police and the companies behind two programs. Two crashes involved self-driving cars on ...
Nevada aiming to blaze trail for wireless internet service at state parks
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
Nevada's goal of becoming the first state to connect visitors to Wi-Fi coverage at all state parks is coming into focus ...
Las Vegas considering funding for municipal courthouse
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday will consider issuing bonds to help build a $56.2 million municipal courthouse downtown. The four-story, 139,431-square-foot courthouse would be located on about an acre of land off Clark Avenue ...
Project Neon work to close I-15 overnight in resort corridor
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018
A portion of northbound Interstate 15 in the resort corridor is set to be shuttered overnight for the second time in the last month ...
Testing waters for presidential bid, Avenatti visits Las Vegas
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Known for leading adult film actress Stormy Daniels' legal fight against Donald Trump, attorney Michael Avenatti could soon take on the president in a much larger role ...
Cannabis museum in Las Vegas gives sneak peek, will open in September
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Visitors to the Cannabition Cannabis Museum in downtown Las Vegas are welcomed by a 170-foot-long mural that documents historic time periods for cannabis ...
Nevada gaming revenue slightly down in July
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Nevada gaming revenue decreased 0.2 percent to $996.4 million in July compared to the same month a year ago. The minuscule decline, which broke a five-month streak of year-over-year monthly increases, was in large part to a dip in table game win ...
Security a priority for Las Vegas esports venues after Florida shooting
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Las Vegas has positioned itself to become one of the esports hubs in the U.S., with venues opening throughout the valley and major esports competitions scheduled to be staged here. Two of the larger esports arenas in the country call Las Vegas home ...
Authorities step up DUI patrols across valley ahead of holiday weekend
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
In an effort to deter tragedies on Southern Nevada roadways over the Labor Day holiday and beyond, an increased number of patrol officers and troopers are on the lookout for ...
'Radial Symmetry' sculpture installed to anchor Main Street Improvement Project
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
The piece is part of the Main Street improvement project, which wrapped up this month. The project converted Main Street into ...
At this mixed-use project in downtown Henderson, food trucks would be a fixture
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
A proposal for downtown Henderson could make Water Street a landing spot for food trucks. The strEAT mixed-use project calls for a 13,000-square-foot restaurant and esports space with the capability to accommodate ...
Frontier Airlines to start nonstop flights from Las Vegas to Mexico
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Frontier Airlines plans to offer nonstop flights to Mexican resort towns of Cancun and Cabo San Lucas from McCarran International Airport, marking the first such direct international service at the airport from a U.S.-based airline in about 10 years ...
Parking proposal for Raiders stadium includes 4 off-site locations, including the Orleans
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
The parking plan for the $1.84 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium includes 2,375 on-site parking spaces, in addition to using four neighboring sites for a total of ...
Street near Raiders' Las Vegas stadium to be Al Davis Way
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
With work on the future Las Vegas home of the Raiders in full swing, the team’s most iconic figure already has a street named after him ...
Judge restores Dennis Hof's brothel license; Love Ranch to reopen
Hof estimated he lost $100,000 in the three weeks his brothel was closed
Monday, Aug. 27, 2018
A federal judge ordered Nye County to restore and reinstate Dennis Hof’s brothel and liquor licenses for his Love Ranch South brothel 70 miles north of Las Vegas. The Nye County Board of Commissioners voted to revoke Hof’s licenses at an Aug. 7 meeting, citing ...
Group hits jackpot with gamble on Las Vegas condos
Monday, Aug. 27, 2018
When the Las Vegas housing market cratered during the recession. When construction of luxury condominiums and housing developments screeched to a halt ...
New approach: Planned UNLV School of Medicine will be built in two phases
Friday, Aug. 24, 2018
Both buildings will be constructed at the Shadow Lane Campus in the Las Vegas Medical District ...
Las Vegas-area fans with Raiders deposits can choose their seats this week
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
The 60,000 Clark County residents who placed $100 personal seat license deposits toward Raiders season tickets at the new Las Vegas stadium are being contacted this week to pick where they will sit in the $1.84 billion, 65,000-seat stadium. Current Oakland season ticket holders were given the first chance to purchase seats because team officials wanted to ensure Bay Area fans continue to have the opportunity to ...
Some residents back Hof in brothel license flap
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018
Some Nye County residents complained to commissioners today about a previous vote to not renew Dennis Hof’s brothel and liquor licenses for the Love Ranch South in nearby Crystal. In the Aug. 7 vote, commissioners cited ...
Lyft driverless cars hit 5,000 rides in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018
Lyft driverless cars have provided more than 5,000 rides to passengers on the Las Vegas Strip since May. The ride-hailing giant and technology company Apitv outfitted a fleet of ...

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