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by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / NHL.com Senior Writer
Southern Nevada has seen many boom periods in its history. Another boom is now unfolding across Southern Nevada, with planned, proposed and construction projects underway totaling as much as $15 billion, according to Jeremy Aguero, a principal at Las Vegas-based Applied Analysis.
Laborers Union Local 872 workers regularly rally at Las Vegas Stadium Authority meetings, offering a can-do spirit. They say they will absolutely be able to complete the stadium project by the beginning of the 2020 football season.
But data suggests Nevada does not have enough construction workers to accommodate the timing needs of the stadium along with several existing and future major construction projects, including a Strip megaresort, two highway projects and a manufacturing plant.
10,000 construction workers short
“We’re about 25 percent above the national average for construction workers,” said Bob Potts, research director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “But, our growth is exceeding that 25 percent. That means we don’t have enough of those workers for the current demand that exists.”
How short is Southern Nevada?
Aguero estimates Southern Nevada will be about 10,000 construction workers short of planned projects in the pipeline.
Construction industry professionals have said the most acute shortage may occur among professionals and specialists, such as architects and engineers.
On the rebound
Construction is currently the second-fastest growing industry as it rebounds from the major hit the industry took during the recession.
“Construction is dependent on growth that comes from a primary industry,” Potts said, referring to hospitality or manufacturing.
Likewise, its decline also depends on a primary industry.
While the hospitality industry lost 30,100 jobs between 2007 and 2010, the construction industry shed 75,400 jobs, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
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Think you know Las Vegas? Think again. There’s so much more to this city than fountains and gambling tables and star-studded concerts. And no matter how many times you’ve been, there’s a hidden Vegas that the residents keep to themselves. I tapped into a handful of in-the-know experts and convinced these lady bosses to share their favorite secret finds. From places where artists go for inspiration to secret celebrity shopping spots to the coolest off-the-Strip gems, this is the Las Vegas list you need to have. (For more amazing Vegas addresses, check out “Best Las Vegas Restaurants: 25 Secret Spots Where The Locals Eat.”)
What: A Secret Light Show
Recommended By: Jessica Galindo, fine artist, leatherwear designer and owner of Leather Couture in Summerlin
What: One of artist James Turrell’s most dazzling installations, Akhob, is tucked away inside a Louis Vuitton store. It’s exquisitely executed and such an experience that you must have a reservation to see it, no shoes, only a few people at a time. You are escorted by an exhibit representative who explains the magnitude of the experience. Yes — it’s more an experience than a visual art show. If you allow it, it takes you out of Las Vegas and out of your own thoughts. An amazing must-see. In fact, the permanent installation is so exciting that it has inspired Vegas to install other permanent art fixtures around the city. Reservations book up a month out, so call ahead.
What: Landscapes Worth the Drive
Where: I love going to the Valley of Fire, which feels like a work of art. It is roughly a 40-minute scenic drive from Las Vegas. White Domes is one of my favorite sections: This is where you will see fiery red rocks and sandstone formations with brilliant contrasting colors of white, lavender and purple. Aside from the visual aspect, people enjoy coming to this park for the spiritual aspect, using the area to meditate and connect with their inner selves. There’s a purity and serenity that surrounds this desert wilderness.
What: Top Golfing
Where: There are only so many shows, slot machines and clubs you can take before you need some sunshine and fresh air. Topgolf is a four-level sporting and entertainment complex at the MGM Grand. Grab a climate controlled bay on the third floor for the best views of the enormous TV screens and driving range. Hackers to competitors will enjoy swinging clubs and hitting targets with balls that score themselves. You can take a dip in the sexy swimming pool or settle in to watch sports on one of the hundreds of HDTV’s. Topgolf is a fun spot for a corporate event or with family — everyone will find something to enjoy here.
What: Once-in-a-Lifetime Views
Recommended By: Amy Rossetti, founder and CEO, Rossetti Public Relations
Where: Las Vegas is surrounded by many must-see natural wonders, such as the grandiose Grand Canyon, red sandstone-brimming Valley of Fire and post-volcanic Fortification Hill, as well as structures like the Hoover Dam and the beautiful resorts of the Strip. So what better way to experience it all than with a bird’s-eye view on Maverick Helicopters’ Dream Catcher Sunset Tour, which takes guests across Nevada and Arizona in four hours. For a unique experience, guests can request their preferred music by speaking with their pilot, which really personalizes the trip. I can’t tell you how much I loved flying over the Strip at sunset while listening to Frank Sinatra — it was truly breathtaking. (Another place to get a great view: a terrace from a room at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, located in the heart of the Strip.)
What: The Show You Must See
Where: Shannon McBeath: Absinthe is my pick for best show on the Strip and my go-to when friends are in town. Circus-style entertainment (think Cirque du Soleil) with breathtaking acts combined with incredibly funny and provocative humor in an intimate setting. Love the tableside VIP champagne tables.
Jessica Galindo: Favorite show to date. Smushed into a cozy, almost too-close-for-comfort seating arrangement inside a tent in the back of Caesars hotel, this show is ballsy, scary, thrilling, jaw-dropping and badass. I recommend everyone see it once, and I feel like it’s a show that locals can see over and over again and not be bored of it. It’s a bit brass, but the acts are just incredible. Once isn’t enough.
READ FULL ARTICLE AT FORBES.COM: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2017/06/07/secret-las-vegas-35-insider-tips-from-the-locals/#53e6bef212d3
Why watch one performance when you can watch dozens in one place? That’s the beauty of a music festival, and it’s even better when it takes place in Las Vegas.
Three nights of nonstop electronic dance music on multiple stages from the top music producers on the planet. There’s nothing like the Electric Daisy Carnival, June 16−18, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Multiple stages pumping out pulsating sounds, combined with carnival rides you won’t believe, art installations, and more. It’s where technology meets nature, where you can follow a path from a green garden into an expansive, majestic field, filled with other kindred music-lovers, all moving to the same beat.
Wander, explore, and unlock the energy while you make your way to Carnival Square, a social hangout with more free games, a central stage for performers, photo ops, a light painting booth and much more. It’s a weekend you’ll be talking about year-round.
SEE WHY LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL IN LAS VEGAS
Downtown Las Vegas becomes one huge party Sept. 22−24 when Life Is Beautiful returns. Along with some of music’s top acts like Chance the Rapper, Muse, and the Gorillaz performing on four stages throughout Fremont Street and neighboring blocks in the heart of historic downtown Las Vegas, Life Is Beautiful features the best local cuisine in the culinary villages. You can listen to powerful speakers in an amplified setting, laugh at the comedy showcase, and be visually stimulated by murals and immersive artwork throughout the festival grounds.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL
Country music fans, giddy up to Las Vegas from Sept. 29−Oct. 1 for three days and nights of singing, dancing and celebrating with your favorite artists! The Route 91 Harvest Festival returns to the Las Vegas Village and features such country superstars as Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, Big & Rich, and many more. It’s a party you won’t wanna miss, right on the Las Vegas Strip!
Movies, pro boxer Chuck Wepner, and Philadelphia have a checkered history.
Philadelphia is where Sylvester Stallone made Rocky, the movie inspired by Wepner’s 15-round, go-the-distance fight with Muhammad Ali in 1975, but it’s also the site of a less-heralded episode featuring Wepner and the Rocky franchise.
After the film was released, won the Oscar in 1977, and became a cultural phenomenon, Wepner and Stallone became pals – in fact, Stallone offered him a part in Rocky II as a sparring partner. It could have been a big break for Wepner, but he was in the midst of a drug and booze binge and drove all night from North Jersey for his audition with Stallone at a Center City hotel.
“That’s exactly the way it was,” said Wepner. “I should have taken more time, should have studied the script. Stallone did everything he was supposed do, and if I would have done better, maybe I would have gotten the part.”
He wasn’t ready, and he blew it – a sequence of events depicted with unblinking honesty in the new movie Chuck, based on Wepner’s colorful and ultimately inspiring life story.
Chuck – which opens here Friday – ends on an upbeat note. The tenacity that helped Wepner succeed in the ring allows him to outlast the mistakes of his life. Still, the movie does not skip unflattering details.
“I like the movie a lot. You know, it tells the truth. I was living through a tough stretch at that point. I did a lot of partying. It was a wild time in my life. But I’ve been straight and clean for 30 years now. I can tell you, it’s a better way to live,” said Wepner, 78, who will be in Philadelphia to host a private screening Thursday, along with producer (and Philadelphia native) Mike Tollin.
Chuck touches upon the relationship between Stallone and Wepner, who later sued Stallone over parallels between his life and that of the fictional Rocky Balboa. But that was lawyer stuff – they are still friendly, and Stallone reviewed and approved the script for Chuck.
“He was very cool with it,” Wepner said, “saw the script, and his feeling is that we portrayed him true to life.”
Wepner was even closer with Ali, and was among those who attended the champion’s funeral in June in Kentucky. He got to know Ali well in the days leading up to their Cleveland title bout, during which Wepner earned the champion’s respect.
“Like he said after the fight, ‘I wouldn’t want to fight that Chuck Wepner in an alley.’ I mean, what I tried to do was rough him up. I couldn’t outbox him, he was so great. I remember that as a great time. He was a great man, and I feel very sad about his passing.”
The two made several appearances together over the years, and even cooperated on a four-day tour, staging a comic version of their fight.
Wepner said that Chuck has capture his essence as a fighter and that star Liev Schreiber was perfect in the role.
byMay 9, 2013
Mother’s Day is arguably the most popular dining day of the year, thanks to its constant celebration on Sundays, making it great time to enjoy a meal with the family during brunch or dinner. This year, restaurants are making sure that moms are well taken care of with plentiful champagne, mimosas, Bellinis, bloody marys and more. While some places are doing prix-fixe menus, many just offer their standard menus along with some decadent specials for the day. These tables fill up quickly so best make a reservation soon. Herein, Eater presents a Handy Guide to Mother’s Day in Las Vegas.
Along with the regular brunch menu, Honey Salt will be serving a Monte Cristo and Crab Cake Benedict. Moms in attendance will get a special surprise, while the bloody mary cart will be in full operation.
Thomas Keller’s classy bistro at the Venetian is doing some special courses for Mother’s Day dinner. Think chilled melon and cucumber soup, lobster ravioli, Coquilles Saint-Jacques, and Chateaubriand. Of course dessert is delectable, with strawberries and cream featured.
Top chef Carla Pellegrino is doing an affordable take on Mother’s Day for $24.95 per person. The four-course spread includes a salad, appetizer, mains like rigatoni tossed in meat sauce, and desserts like bananas foster.
LAS VEGAS – The roars of 20,000-plus shook T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, and from his seat in the lower bowl Gennady Golovkin let all of it wash over him. For all of Golovkin’s accomplishments — the championship fights, the headlined pay per views, the millions in career earnings — he had never had this. More than a decade into his professional career, a super fight had eluded him.
No longer. An anticipated showdown between Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was made official on Saturday, announced with a WWE-style production designed to make the audience forget the $70 Golden Boy just swiped from them. Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was unwatchable, a 36-minute sparring session that took the momentum boxing built with Anthony Joshua’s spectacular knockout win over Wladimir Klitschko last month and ground it to a halt. Yet the sight of Golovkin and Alvarez in the ring together was enough to ramp it back up again.
Golovkin wanted this. Asked for this. Craved this. Canelo was anointed from an early age. Golovkin? He had to earn it. His first promoter, Universum, ignored him. U.S. promoters showed little interest in him. Opponents ran from him. Had HBO not invested in Golovkin, anonymity might have defined him.
That isn’t meant to slight Canelo. His good looks, Mexican heritage and raw power gave him early advantages. His fearlessness and success in the ring let him keep them. He fought Austin Trout when he didn’t need to and Erislandy Lara when his promoter begged him not to. He didn’t duck Golovkin last year. He doesn’t duck anyone.
The Vegas Golden Knights have various elements to address while building an expansion hockey team from scratch. Needs will take a front seat when it comes time to select a roster of unprotected players around the NHL, but there are other aspects to consider.
Should general manager George McPhee draft as many quality veterans as possible in hopes of making the playoffs within the next year or two? Or should he take young players with untapped upsides? What will contending teams be willing to give up in terms of draft picks or prospects to prevent the Golden Knights from selecting particular players?
The list of questions is seemingly endless. One facet that seems to fly under the radar a bit is Las Vegas’ need to find a proverbial face of the franchise. The player who’ll be on the cover of programs next October. The guy who’ll be tasked with going on local sports talk radio shows to chat up the Golden Knights. The person who first comes to mind when you think of hockey in Nevada come 2018.
It doesn’t have to be an All-Star stud like Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid, and frankly, those kinds of players won’t be available to Las Vegas right away. And while likability probably isn’t the highest-ranked intangible on McPhee’s list, the fact remains: the Golden Knights need to make an impact in their inaugural season, and landing the right marketable player would be a massive coup for the franchise.
In the end, it the job likely won’t fall to an individual, and certain players will evolve into fan favorites naturally. That takes time, though, and the Golden Knights will need someone to carry the torch while prospects evolve and roles take shape.
A few names stand out as potential faces, and the first that comes to mind is Cam Fowler, currently a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
The team is reportedly trying to keep the 25-year-old in the fold long term, and the Ducks would like to get an extension in place over the summer. If that doesn’t materialize, then he could be on the move. Odds seem good that Anaheim wouldn’t want to lose him for nothing, but if he’s available via trade, then perhaps McPhee could swing some sort of deal to bring him to Las Vegas.
It’s a bit of a longshot, but if the Golden Knights want to deliver a message to their early adopters, bringing in a former No. 12 pick and top-three defenseman would be a good way to do it.
Another team that could supply Las Vegas with an image boost is the Columbus Blue Jackets — ironic since this is an organization that knows what pushing the wrong face of the franchise can do to an expansion club.
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Apr 20, 2017
Here is a list of 13 things to do around the Las Vegas valley for the week of April 21-27.
1. Las Rageous is happening April 21 and 22 at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center. The 2-day festival will feature bands like Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Anthrax, All That Remains and more. There will also be food trucks and freak circus acts.
2. The annual Pirate Fest has moved to a new location for 2017. The festival, which features cardboard boat races, live entertainment, a variety of vendors, a beer garden, unique pirate games and more, is taking place April 21 through 23 at Craig Ranch Park.
3. American Dreams: The Festival, presented by the Black Mountain Institute and The Believer Magazine, is taking place April 21 and 22 at various locations. The literary festival features multiple authors and begins with Prayers for the American Dream on April 21 in the amphitheater at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
4. John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party returns to the South Point showroom to pay tribute to the final tour of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Fans can sing and dance to the trio’s iconic hit songs of the ’50s including “That’ll Be the Day,” “La Bamba” and “Chantilly Lace.”
5. New York-New York is hosting the 20th annual qualifying event for the 101st annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. The main event will begin at 3 p.m. on the Brooklyn Bridge.
6. The 32nd annual Spring Fine Art Festival is taking place April 22 and 23 in Bicentennial Park in Boulder City. The festival features more than 100 exhibitors from the 7 states of the Lower Colorado Region. It is a juried show. There will also be a variety of food available and live entertainment.
7. The Joshua Tree, a well-known U2 tribute band, performs April 22 at Brooklyn Bowl. The band is led by singer Kiren, who was already a successful recording artist when he joined the band in 2012. The band got its start in 2003.
8. John Mayer performs April 22 at the T-Mobile Arena. It is his first solo tour since 2014. The concert is comprised of a full band, solo acoustic and John’s trio sets of music.
9. Country singer Clint Black performs in the ballroom at the Red Rock hotel-casino on April 22. Black helped transform country music into a multi-million dollar industry in the ’90s. Hit songs include “Killin’ Time,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes The Hard Way,” “No Time to Kill” and “Nothing’ but the Taillights.”
If you haven’t been to Vegas in a while, you may not know that some Strip resorts now charge for parking. Aria, New York-New York, Vdara, MGM Grand and others started charging visitors for self- and valet parking last summer.
But you can still find free parking along the Strip, if you know where to go.
Self-parking is free, but valet is not. Expect to pay $10 for up to four hours, and $15 for four to 24 hours.
Self- and valet parking are free, but only until May 16. After that, you get one free hour of self-parking and will pay $7 for up to four hours and $10 for four to 24 hours. And yes, that applies to hotel guests too.
All parking is free here. Plus, the hotel is the northernmost stop for the Las Vegas Monorail if you want to use public transit.
This iconic spot offers free self- and valet parking.
Not only does this independently owned hotel-casino not charge guests, but it intends to begin advertising as a fee-free parking destination on the Strip.
Only valet parking is offered, but it’s complimentary.
These sister properties are the only remaining mega-resorts that don’t charge for parking. Hotel officials say they have no plans to start charging either.
Self-parking is free, but Wynn and Encore charge for valet services.
Parking is free at several shopping centers along the Strip, including the Shoppes at Mandalay Place (between Mandalay Bay and the Luxor), the Shops at Crystals (in front of Aria and Vdara) and Fashion Show Mall (across the street from Wynn-Encore).
So who’s charging?
Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have implemented fees for self-parking and valet at a broad swath of their properties along Las Vegas Boulevard. This week, MGM Resorts increased fees they started rolling out last year.
Want to pop into Bellagio or Aria for a meal or a show? Plan to fork over $20 for up to four hours in valet parking, double what it was before the increase Wednesday.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT THE L.A. TIMES: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-las-vegas-free-parking-20170413-story.html