Apr 26 Laughlin Readies
The first of more than
70,000 bikers expected to descend on the towns of Laughlin, NV,
and nearby Arizona communities have arrived for the annual Laughlin
River Run. The five-day event began Wednesday, with motorcycle
enthusiasts roaring into Laughlin and the Arizona towns of Bullhead
City, Oatman and Kingman.
Law enforcement officers
from Nevada and Arizona were ready, wary of a repeat of violence
between motorcycle gang members that erupted at a casino during the
Laughlin River Run in 2002. The brawl left three bikers dead and
dozens injured. Authorities expect the largest number of bikers in
the 25 years the event has been held, said Las Vegas Police Lt. Tom
Smitley. Bullhead City Police Lt. Steve Smith said said he expects
70,000 to 75,000 bikers to show up this year, based on the area's
Uniformed and undercover
Metro police officers will be assigned specific areas of Laughlin to
ensure safety, Smitley said. In addition, a task force to prevent
motorcycle thefts will be on the job. The detail decreased the
number of bike heists from 27 in 2004 to just three during the 2006
River Run. "Steal-me" motorcycles with GPS tracking devices will be
placed in areas that will be monitored in an effort to catch
motorcycle thieves, Smitley said.
The Mohave County, AZ,
sheriff's office plans sobriety checkpoints Friday and Saturday
nights, and will increase manpower throughout the weekend.
Jan 17, 2007 Hells Angels
member gets 51 months
Hells Angels member Calvin Shaefer was sentenced for his role in
the 2002 Laughlin River Run brawl between the Hells Angels and
Mongols outlaw motorcycle gangs, today announced John A. Torres,
Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Division. Six Hells
Angels members each pleaded guilty to one count of Violent Crime in
Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) in October 2006.
On Jan. 12, 2006, in a Nevada federal courtroom, U.S. District Court
Judge James Mahan, sentenced Shaefer to 51 months in federal prison
to run concurrent with a 54 month sentence Shaefer received
previously in Arizona. Shaefer's sentence is a result of a plea
agreement reached with the government while on trial with 40
additional members of the Hells Angels operating as part of a
racketeering enterprise. During the melee, Shaefer fired a firearm
at Richard Nolan and Benjamin Leyva injuring both men.
Five additional Hells Angels are scheduled to be sentenced in
February 2007. They include: Rodney Cox who pleaded guilty to
striking a Mongol with a wrench; Maurice Eunice who pleaded guilty
to shooting a firearm and striking a Mongol; Raymond Foakes who
pleaded guilty to kicking a Mongol, which started the brawl between
the two outlaw motorcycle gangs; James Hannigan who pleaded guilty
to stabbing a Mongol; and Dale Leedom who pleaded guilty to stabbing
Nov 27 Tribal casino
tries to dip into Laughlin's customer base by
When Nevada's first American Indian-run casino opened here in
1995, it didn't draw much attention. The Fort Mohave Tribal Council
built the Avi for just $47 million and its 25,000-square-foot casino
wasn't considered competition to the corporate-owned properties near
the Colorado River gaming community.
But 11 years later, Laughlin casino operators are noticing.
"It doesn't really get reported much, but they've probably been the
most active in the market in terms of upgrading their product,"
Harrah's Laughlin General Manager Wade Fall said of the Avi, which
is about 10 miles south of the Laughlin casino cluster near the
Nevada-California border. When it opened, the tribe spent $2.3
million to build a bridge across the river to connect the casino
with customers in Bullhead City, Ariz.
"They're doing a good job at taking a run at us," Fall said.
The Avi recently doubled the size of the casino and increased the
number of hotel rooms to 455.
The Avi also enlarged its banquet and entertainment venues and added
an eight-screen movie theater.
The Avi has six restaurants, a private white sand beach on the banks
of the Colorado River, a recreational vehicle park and an 18-hole
championship golf course.
Avi media manager K. Dee Ignatin said she's glad the competition
knows the property is drawing customers.
"We're glad everyone is taking notice," Ignatin said. "We really
view ourselves as the only true resort on the river. We're very
competitive, but we do work together as a community. The Avi is
considered a major competitor."
Because the Avi is a tribal casino, its gaming revenues are private
and not included in the statistics reported monthly by the state.
However, the casino is regulated by the Gaming Control Board and
must comply with all state gaming statutes.
"We don't look at ourselves as a typical corporate entity," Ignatin
said. "We can be much more responsive to the customer."
She said visitation has picked up since the expansion finished.
Hotel occupancy was better than 90 percent between Memorial Day and
Labor Day, Ignatin said.
"Our great strength is our appeal to families," Ignatin said. "We
offer free boat parking."
During a recent fireworks show and celebration at the resort,
Ignatin said town founder Don Laughlin flew his helicopter overhead.
"Even he's noticed us," she said.
Nov 14 Laughlin September
Visitors down 16% from last year
Enough people to populate a small nation poured into Las Vegas
in September, setting a record for the month and keeping Southern
Nevada on pace to attract 38.7 million visitors this year. The 3.2
million Las Vegas visitors in September, roughly the number of
people who live in Armenia, represented a 3.3 percent increase over
the previous September record set last year. The increase
happened despite a 30 percent decline in convention visitors
compared to 2005. "We've had some strong leisure demand coming into
the fall," said John Piet, senior research analyst for the Las Vegas
Convention and Visitors Authority.
In Laughlin the picture
wasn't nearly as rosy. Visitor volume in the riverside gambling town
fell to 251,770, nearly 16 percent lower than the previous
In Mesquite, an emerging
resort community in the northeast corner of Clark County, visitor
volume for September rose nearly 11 percent from 2005 to 125,862.
Oct 16 Mirage to sell
Colorado Belle and Edgewater properties
MGM Mirage says it plans to sell it's two casinos in Laughlin,
Nevada, to a private investment group for 200 million dollars. Las
Vegas based MGM Mirage acquired the two properties, the Colorado
Belle and the Edgewater, when it bought Mandalay Resort Group in
Combined, the two Laughlin properties have 2500 rooms and 138
thousand square feet of casino space on the Colorado River. They are
two of the 23 hotel/casinos that MGM Mirage owns or manages,
including 10 on the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM Mirage operates two casinos in Mississippi, the Beau Rivage in
Biloxi and the Gold Strike in Tunica.
Trail Begins for 11 Hells Angels
Jury selection was to begin Monday
in the trial of 11 of 42 Hells Angels bikers indicted on
racketeering and firearms charges for the brawl in Laughlin that
killed three people during Biker Weekend in 2002
Aug 21 Laughlin Resident
Arrested on Felony Warrant
Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mark Robert Rautenberg,
48, of Laughlin, Nv., early Monday (8/14) evening on a fugitive from
justice felony warrant issued out of San Bernardino County in
California. Approximately 6:07 p.m. deputies conducted a traffic
stop at El Rodeo Road and Calle Del Media and contacted Rautenberg.
A record check showed Rautenberg to have an active warrant.
Rautenberg was taken into custody without incident. He was
transported and booked into the Mohave County District II
Aug 11 Fiscal Year 2006
Thursday's figures from the state Gaming Control Board, listing
the casino win for fiscal 2006 and for the month of June 2006:
STATEWIDE: $12.2 billion win in fiscal 2006, up 10.8 percent. In
June, clubs won $921.1 million, down 3.5 percent.
LAS VEGAS STRIP: $6.4 billion fiscal-year win, up 14.6 percent. June
win $454.8 million, down 7.1 percent.
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS: $647.9 million fiscal-year win, down 1.8
percent. June win $44.6 million, down 13.2 percent.
NORTH LAS VEGAS: $313.2 million fiscal-year win, up 10.5 percent.
June win $23.3 million, down 13 percent.
LAUGHLIN: $627.8 million fiscal-year win, up 4 percent. June win
$45.8 million, down 6.5 percent.
BOULDER STRIP: $915.8 million fiscal-year win, up 7.2 percent. June
win $67 million, down 13.4 percent.
MESQUITE: $150.7 million fiscal-year win, up 14 percent. June win
$12.3 million, up 3.8 percent.
RENO: $774.8 million fiscal-year win, up 5.9 percent. June win $63.8
million, up 1.9 percent.
SPARKS: $170.7 million fiscal-year win, up 5.4 percent. June win $14
million, up 4.9 percent.
STATELINE: $343.4 million fiscal-year win, up 4 percent. June win
$27.5 million, up 7.5 percent.
ELKO COUNTY: $263.4 million fiscal-year win, up 6.6 percent. June
win $21.3 million, up 0.9 percent.
CARSON-GARDNERVILLE-MINDEN: $124.7 million fiscal-year win, up 4.4
percent. June win $11.2 million, up 7.3 percent.
CHURCHILL: $23.5 million fiscal-year win, up 13.6 percent. June win
$1.9 million, up 4.9 percent.
HUMBOLDT: $20 million fiscal-year win, up 5.3 percent. June win $1.7
million, down 4.7 percent
Dry Camping Issue Resolved
RVer's will be allowed back this fall.
Prescott Capital buys Laughlin Mall
Prescott Capital Management, LLC, the investment and asset
management unit of The Prescott Group, LLC, announced today its
acquisition of a portfolio comprising six outlet center properties
totaling 1,336,000 square feet from affiliates of Horizon Group
Properties, Inc. of Chicago for $110.4 million, or $82 per square
foot of gross leasable area.
The Laughlin property
includes 256,741 sf of gross leasable area with additional expansion
potential, and is currently 89% occupied. Major tenants include Gap,
Reebok, Factory Brand Shoes, Dress Barn, and Oshkosh B’Gosh
July 29 Hells Angel
state case pushed back
A Nevada judge pushed back the long-delayed date of a state
murder trial for eight Hells Angels motorcycle gang members to
follow a pending federal trial stemming from a deadly 2002 brawl in
a Laughlin hotel-casino.
Calvin Schaefer of Chandler,
Ariz., and seven other Hells Angels charged in state court are among
42 club members from five Western states awaiting trial on federal
racketeering, violence and weapons charges that could carry the
possibility of life in prison.
The first 11 defendants in
that case go on trial in September before U.S. District Judge James
Mahan. Forty-four Hells Angels were originally charged.
July 16 Greenway Trail
The Laughlin Regional Heritage Greenway Trail System is one step
closer to being after a meeting at the Laughlin Civic Center last
week. The plans are for a series of trails, fishing docks and even a
day use area across from Davis Dam. The day use area could have a
manmade lagoon, swim area, kid's playground, fishing areas and
bike/hiking paths. A pedestrian bridge is also being looked into for
crossing Highway 163 (that's the bridge road).
The public is invited to
comment on the project until Aug 13th. Comments may be e-mailed
online to firstname.lastname@example.org. For regular mail, send comments to:
LRHGTS EA Project Manager, NewFields, 8250 W. Charleston Boulevard,
Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89117.
July 11 Casinos keep
Nevada casinos beat gamblers for $1.3 billion in May. This was a nine percent gain over the same month
The May win reported was the second
highest ever for the casinos. The previous record was set in January
the clubs pulled in $1.4 billion. May was also the 22nd positive
month in a row for casinos.
STATEWIDE: $1.13 billion win, up 9 percent.
LAS VEGAS STRIP: $603.8 million, up 10.7 percent.
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS: $58.3 million, up 0.4 percent.
NORTH LAS VEGAS: $30 million, up 2.2 percent.
LAUGHLIN: $55.1 million, up 7.3 percent.
RENO: $67.2 million, up 3.4 percent.
SPARKS: $14.2 million, up 5.4 percent.
STATELINE: $25.8 million, down 7.6 percent.
ELKO COUNTY: $22 million, down 0.2 percent.
CARSON-GARDNERVILLE-MINDEN: $9.6 million, down 9.5 percent.
CHURCHILL: $2 million, up 6.7 percent.
HUMBOLDT: $1.9 million, up 17.7 percent.
July 7 Harrah's
Entertainment may join Hall and Oates lawsuit.
As a result of their last-minute cancellation of Saturday's show at
Lake Las Vegas, Hall & Oates could wind up in Clark County District
Court. The "blue-eyed soul" practitioners backed out of the show on
the floating stage at Reflection Bay on Saturday afternoon,
prompting Lake Las Vegas to take legal action, Lake Las Vegas
Director of Marketing Cary Krukowski said Thursday afternoon.
Krukowski said she expects to have the suit filed by the end of
today. Also expected to take action are officials with Harrah's
Entertainment - Hall & Oates also canceled a show last Friday at Rio
Vista Outdoor Amphitheatre in Laughlin
Edison to abandon Mohave station
By Kevin Smith, Daily Bulletin Staff
Southern California Edison announced Monday it has abandoned plans to
return its Mohave Generating Station to service.
The coal-fired facility in Laughlin, NV, was shut down in late
December for failing to meet air pollution standards. The plant had
generated about 7 percent of the Southland's electricity although it
reportedly produced high levels of sulphur dioxide emissions
American approved to buy Flamingo Laughlin for $170 million
A subsidiary of American Real Estate Partners LP won unanimous
approval Thursday from gambling regulators to purchase the Flamingo
Laughlin hotel-casino from Harrah's Entertainment Inc. for $170
May 12 Casinos Win Big
Just over $1 billion in March -- the second-highest monthly win
ever. March was the 20th month in a row to show a statewide
STATEWIDE: $1.06 billion win, up 3 percent.
LAS VEGAS STRIP: $546.1 million, up 6.2 percent.
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS: $59.5 million, down 5.8 percent.
LAUGHLIN: $61.8 million, up 0.4 percent.
RENO: $60.3 million, down 3.5 percent.
SPARKS: $14.4 million, up 2.3 percent.
STATELINE: $20.5 million, down 40.2 percent.
ELKO COUNTY: $23.3 million, up 5.2 percent.
CARSON-GARDNERVILLE-MINDEN: $10.5 million, up 8.5 percent.
CHURCHILL: $2.2 million, up 14.5 percent.
May 10 Sheriff Bill Young
says he will not run for re-election.
This morning, Young said that recent family deaths of his Mother and
an Uncle plus the death of a Las Vegas Metro Police Sergeant made
him realize he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Bill Young was first elected as Clark County Sheriff in 2002. He has
indicated he will serve out the remaining eight months of his term.
He also has urged Under-sheriff Doug Gillespie to run for the his
Las Vegas Metro police operates under Sheriff Young in the Laughlin
April 30 "Biker Week"
Calm - 111 Arrests includes Big Drug Bust
The annual biker week in Laughlin
resulted in 111 arrests and a few major drug busts, no fatalities
This years 24th "Laughlin River Run" attracted more than 75,000
people to this year's event.
Nevada and Arizona Highway Patrol checkpoints were operated on
Friday night and resulted in confiscating major batches of illegal
drugs which included 140 pounds of marijuana and over five pounds of
Authorities said "What's predictable is preventable and that's what
Several law enforcement
agencies from California, Nevada and Arizona planned for this event
for several months and the result prevented any major breakouts of
violence that were prevalent in years past. This annual event
was marred by violence in 2002, when a brawl, between the Mongols
and Hells Angels motorcycle gangs, turned deadly inside of Harrah's
Laughlin Hotel and Casino along with several other altercations
along the "Strip."
Even though this years "Biker Week" was the largest in memory,
authorities reported that the overall crowd attitude was very
positive and friendly. "Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and they
seemed to appreciate the police presence at the event" authorities
Police made 111 arrests, including 93 for misdemeanors which were
mostly alcohol related, for fighting, exposure and disorderly
conduct such as spinning wheels. Also reported was 10 arrests on
felony charges such as possession of drugs or stolen vehicles and
nine misdemeanor arrests for crimes such as concealing a weapon.
There were 89 arrests last year and 127 in 2004.
The number of motorcycle thefts fell to 3 from 13 last year and 27
in 2004 thanks to heavy security at parking areas and the constant
surveillance of the Mongols, an outlaw biker gang that had targeted
the rally primarily to steal bikes.
April 11 Nevada Casinos
Win $1 Billion in February
Nevada casinos won just over $ billion from gamblers during
February for a nearly 13-percent gain over the same month a year
earlier, according to a new state report.
The win is a record for any February. It was the money left over
after gamblers bet nearly $14 billion.
Frank Streshley of the control board says February was the 19th
month in a row to show a statewide percentage gain. He adds that
factors in the gain included a good Superbowl weekend, the
Mosley-Vargas junior middleweight fight in Las Vegas and strong
Chinese New Year play.
STATEWIDE: $1.03 billion win, up 12.8 percent.
LAS VEGAS STRIP: $551 million, up 19.1 percent.
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS: $53.9 million, down 7 percent.
LAUGHLIN: $57.6 million, up 4.7 percent.
RENO: $61.3 million, up 10 percent.
SPARKS: $13.9 million, up 9.7 percent.
STATELINE: $25.4 million, up 13.7 percent.
ELKO COUNTY: $22.4 million, up 1.6 percent.
April 3 PUBLIC'S
ASSISTANCE - KINGMAN
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance
in locating Robert James Dodd, 33, of Kingman. Dodd is wanted for
aggravated assault and misconduct involving a weapon, felonies.
Deputies responded to a firearms assault call Sunday (4/2) afternoon
at the intersection of Thompson Avenue and N Melody Street in
Kingman where two adult male subjects were involved in a verbal
altercation with Dodd which escalated into a shooting.
Investigations determined that Dodd shot numerous times at the two
male subjects, hitting one of them, and leaving the scene driving a
black Cavalier with black rims and dark tinted windows. The weapon
used is described as an assault type weapon. The shot victim is
identified as Michael David Bernat, 35, of Kingman, and is currently
listed in stable condition at Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Dodd is a white male, 6'0 at 180 lbs, with hazel eyes and brown
hair. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous. The public
should not approach or contact Dodd.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Dodd is asked to
contact Detective Parker, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at (928)
753-0753 or Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780.
Mar 31 Biker Case - Murder Count
The Nevada State Supreme Court has dismissed a murder count
against 14 Hells Angels and Mongols motorcycle gang members. The
charge stemmed from the brawl at Harrah's during the 2002 Laughlin
River Run that left three bikers dead.
Justices also ordered revisions to many of the 52 remaining counts
against biker gang members.
The count charging those accused of being involved in the stabbing
death of Mongols member Anthony Barrera was erased because the high
court ruled it wasn't quote "precise as to who is alleged to have
Mar 30 Lake Mead NRA
Proposes Wireless Telecommunication Facility Plan
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) receives numerous
inquiries from wireless telecommunication companies seeking to
develop sites within the park to provide cellular phone service.
Currently, there are four companies doing business at three existing
cell towers located within the park, but demand is increasing.
Officials at Lake Mead NRA are proposing to develop a plan to
address the park’s future needs.
The proposed wireless telecommunication facility plan would be used
to determine the level of wireless coverage appropriate for the
park, to identify suitable locations for new facilities, and to
develop a strategy for addressing future requests from wireless
Wireless telecommunication companies are required to obtain a
right-of-way permit to do business in a national park. In addition,
all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act must be
satisfied before any new facilities can be constructed on federal
land. Completion of a park-wide plan would help satisfy these
requirements and facilitate timely responses to future requests.
An environmental assessment will be prepared to identify and
evaluate potential alternatives, including no action, for the
proposed plan. Officials at Lake Mead NRA are seeking public input
on alternatives, issues, and impacts to be addressed in the
environmental assessment. Written comments, which must be received
by April 30, 2006, should be sent to: Superintendent, Lake Mead
National Recreation Area, Attention Compliance Office, 601 Nevada
Way, Boulder City, Nevada 89005.
Mar 24 Nevada Visitors up, Laughlin slips
The number of visitors to Nevada grew nearly one percent last year
to an all-time high of 51.6 million.
Tourists to Las Vegas grew 3% to a record 38.6 million. Washoe
County, which includes Reno, Sparks and the north shore of Lake
Tahoe, took an 8% hit, falling to 5.1 million.
A state tourism spokeswoman said the absence of a women's
bowling convention, that does not meet every year, impacted Reno
The April opening of Steve Wynn's new resort on the Strip may have
boosted numbers in Las Vegas. Convention numbers also hit a record
high in Las Vegas.
Visitors to Laughlin decreased 4% to 3.9 million and visitors to
Mesquite fell 9.4% to 1.6 million. The Las Vegas Convention and
Visitors Authority says visitor numbers to those southern Nevada
cities dropped as they focused on attracting higher paying
Mar 23 Arizona Man arrested for stealing
Tommy Lee Dixon Jr., 20, of Golden Shores.
AZ was arrested and charged with criminal damage, domestic violence,
two counts of criminal damage and possession of stolen property, all
Dixon's girlfriend reported to Kingman Police that Dixon kicked open
the front door of her residence in the 2800 block of Georgia
Ave. and confronted her.
After the altercation the girlfriend said Dixon left the scene
driving a large motorhome. Police officers located the motorhome in
the downtown area of Kingman and tried to perform a traffic stop.
At that point, Dixon took off in the motorhome, driving erratically
and through yards, fencing and striking the roof of one home in the
area of Copper Street. Dixon abandoned the motorhome near Turquoise
Street, fleeing on foot.
A Mohave County Sheriff's Office police dog and the highway patrol
helicopter aided in the search and Dixon was found hiding in the
attic of a residence in the 100 block of Oak Street.
The nearly quarter million dollar RV was believed stolen from
Everett's RV next to the Horizon Outlet Mall in Laughlin. The RV was
at Paul Everett's for servicing. It received substantial damage.
Plant's Future Still Up in the Air
For the Mohave Generating Station, there may
be life after death. But nothing's sure yet.
The coal-burning, emission-spewing, 35-year-old power plant at
Laughlin was expected to close Dec. 31 because the plant owners,
which include Nevada Power Co., have not installed $500 million in
pollution-control equipment required under a federal court
Three environmental groups, who sued the Mohave plant owners, won
federal court approval in 1999 for an order that allowed Mohave to
continue operation for a few years. But the order also requires the
owners to close the power plant at least temporarily if pollution-
reduction equipment hasn't been installed by the end of this year.
Feb 23 Laughlin Marina designer wins
Samuel Wacht, a Calabasas resident and member of the San
Fernando Valley chapter of the American institute of Architects, was
awarded the Best Community Development award for his design and
development of the Laughlin Bay Marina.
Wacht received the prize on Jan. 21 at an awards presentation and
banquet at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.
The Laughlin Bay Marina is the first major new development in
Laughlin, Nv. in more than 15 years and the first private marina in
Nevada built entirely on private property.
Located on Needles Highway at Casino Drive, the development spans 32
acres with 1,250 feet of frontage on Laughlin Bay Lagoon with direct
access to the Colorado River.
The environmentally-conscious marina is the first marina in Nevada
designed to comply with voluntary clean marina standards to help
protect the natural habitat in the lagoon.
Laughlin Bay Marina offers such amenities as preferred vessel
service and launch reservations, 110 boat slips in the lagoon, dry
storage and maintenance, facilities for an additional 240 boats and
watercraft, a three-lane launch ramp, a lighted boardwalk, shop
store, full-service restaurant, cocktail bar and a sandy beach area.
Construction will begin this year on a gated, river-view residential
community of 499 condominiums and townhouses, which will include a
clubhouse with a fitness center, community pool and spa, barbecue
facilities and fire pits.
Watcht formed his architectural firm, Samuel Wacht Associates, in
1957. The firm includes architects, engineers, planners and
consultants who provide a comprehensive scope of services for a
broad client base.
Watcht has designed projects across the nation, including more than
60,000 housing units, as well as 6,000 units of congregate and
healthcare facilities. Other projects designed by the firm include
office buildings, self storage facilities, industrial buildings,
shopping centers, hotels and casinos.
Watcht is a member of the American Institute of Architect’s National
Chapters and the San Fernando Valley Chapter, a previous member of
the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), National
Association for Senior Living Industries, American Society on Aging,
National Council of Residential Care Facilities and the National
Council on Aging.
He has been a faculty speaker for Multi-Housing news, Crittenden
Conference Programs and the NAHB. The firm has won numerous design
Wacht received a bachelor’s of architecture in 1955 from USC and
resides in Calabasas with his wife, Jo Ann.
Feb 15 High winds close highway to Las
High winds and blowing dust are forcing the closure of a highway
in southern Nevada between Las Vegas and Laughlin.
N-Dot says U-S 95 is closed in both directions between the town of
Searchlight and Railroad Pass near Boulder City.
Officials are concerned about visibility for motorists and about
high-profile vehicles like trucks and motor homes being blown off
The Nevada Highway Patrol plans to reopen the highway as soon as
winds die down.
A wind advisory is in effect until Wednesday
night in deserts of southern Nevada, northwest Arizona and San
Bernardino County, California.
High winds and blowing dust have forced the closure of US 95 in
southern Nevada between Las Vegas and Laughlin.
The National Weather Service says visibility might also be limited
for motorists on Interstate 15 around Primm and the
Nevada-and-California state line.
Authorities also have issued a red flag fire warning due to winds
and very low relative humidity.
The weather service says winds out of the southwest should continue
to blow through the day Wednesday at 30 miles per hour or more
with gusts of over 40.
Feb 14 One injured in Laughlin knife
Two males, one Hispanic and the other Black, were involved in a
fight outside of Aldape's Market in the Town Center Shopping parking
According to the police the two men have had
an on-going dispute. Witnesses say the two were arguing when someone
threw a knife to the black male. As he was trying to open the
folding knife the Hispanic male rush him causing the black male to
cut himself. After the black male cut himself he ran into the
A knife was recovered at the scene. The
black male was transported to WRMAC and the Hispanic was taken to
the substation in Laughlin for further questioning. No arrests have
been made but an investigation continues.
Feb 12 Casinos continue win streak
Continuing a strong fiscal year for Nevada
casinos, December's gambling win rose 6.5 percent over 2004. Silver
State casinos raked in $907.4 million, compared with December 2004's
Since the start of the fiscal year July 1, 2005, casino win is up
nearly 12.2 percent from the equivalent period in 2004-05. Even
downtown Las Vegas showed revenue growth for December, up 2.67
percent, although the area is still down 1.7 percent for the fiscal
year to date.
Although some regions reported double-digit declines from December
2004, Nevada Gaming Control Board analyst Frank Streshley attributed
this to the fact that Dec. 31, 2005 fell on a Saturday and may have
been excluded from many casinos' reporting periods.
"It's the thing of when they do their slot drops. It's a timing
difference," Streshely explained, adding that much of that coin will
show up in January's numbers.
For instance, these reporting disparities resulted in North Lake
Tahoe showing a 30.4 up-tick in gaming win while South Lake Tahoe
displayed a 21 percent decline. Likewise, North Las Vegas and the
Boulder Strip showed aberrant downturns of 15.4 percent and 20
New Year's Eve was good for table game business on the Strip.
Streshley said the craps win was up 32 percent over December 2004,
while the roulette win surged by 43 percent and the ever-volatile
baccarat by 67 percent.
The narrowest difference in gaming win overall was in Laughlin, down
by a quarter of a percent, while Mesquite was the most bullish
market, up by over 46 percent.
SoCal Edison to close power plant in Laughlin
A large coal-fired power plant
in Laughlin will shut down this weekend rather than undertake
expensive pollution-control measures.
Southern California Edison says closing the Mohave Generating
Station won't affect its 13 (M) million customers, because it's got
other power sources.
Environmental groups won a 1999 court order requiring pollution
control upgrades or the closure of the plant by January first, 2006.
Feb 18 - Reward Offered
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is asking your assistance in
locating Gerardo Mendoza, 22, of Oceanside, California, and Darlene
Gonzalez, 20, of Fort Mohave. This past Saturday (1/22) detectives
were called to the 1500 block of Terral Lane in Fort Mohave where
Joseph Alan Gravett, 31, of Bullhead City, suffered a gun shot wound
and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Mendoza is wanted for the homicide of Joseph Alan Gravett. Mendoza
is a Hispanic male, 5'6 at 135 lbs, with brown eyes, a shaved head
and possibly wearing a short goatee. Mendoza is often known to wear
a blue bandanna. Mendoza has an alias street name of Blackie. He is
to be considered armed and dangerous.
Darlene Gonzalez may be with Mendoza and is wanted for questioning.
Gonzalez is a Hispanic female, 5’2 at 99 lbs, with brown eyes and
brown hair. A two year old Hispanic boy may also be with Gonzalez
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Mendoza or
Gonzalez is asked to contact Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at (800)
522-4312 or Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780. A reward up to $500
has been offered for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of Mendoza.
Bullhead City, AZ
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