In case you haven’t checked your calendar lately, spring training camps have opened, exhibition games are in full swing, and the start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is only weeks away. But for more than 5,000 kids in Southern Nevada who are connected at various times to the Las Vegas Baseball Academy, baseball season is a year-round experience.
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You have to know Jerry Izenberg to understand why it took him 32 years to write a book about Pete Rozelle, the late, great National Football League commissioner responsible for turning the NFL into the most successful conglomeration of team franchises in the history of American sports.
More than five months ago, an official from the Nevada Department of Wildlife shocked a few hundred inhabitants of Sun City Summerlin when she talked about the overabundance of coyotes living in Las Vegas and especially within the Summerlin area.
More than 900 acres of grass have been removed from Southern Nevada golf courses in the last 12 years, conserving more than 2 billion gallons of water. Now, that’s big. Moreover, those numbers are especially notable when you consider that we live in a desert and a sector of the country that has been suffering from a lingering drought for more than a decade.
If you’re betting that Tivoli Village won’t succeed, then place your bet again, and don’t let recent construction delays deter you.
So you’ve had it with all this stadium and arena talk in and around Las Vegas. Who’s in? Who’s out? We know that soccer is in after the Las Vegas City Council approved a new stadium, provided that major-league soccer awards a franchise to Las Vegas.
The reviews are in. The handful of critics, pessimists and nit-pickers have had their day, but the overwhelming response has been just what many expected: Downtown Summerlin is far beyond the phenomenal success that was expected.
Ward 4 Councilman and mayor pro tem Stavros Anthony insists that public funds generally should not be used to accommodate private interests. For that reason he cast the only opposing vote on Oct. 1 in the City Council’s non-binding decision to proceed with a proposal to build a soccer stadium on the city’s Symphony Park property, across from The Smith Center.
Would you believe there are some folks out there who blame “those geezers,” which is how they refer to residents of Sun City Summerlin, for the need to reconstruct Rampart Boulevard?
You might ask why a tough criminal lawyer would change his career in mid-stream to become a Major League Baseball Players Association certified agent, with four clients presently on the rosters of major league teams.
If you think public utilities are just cold, heartless, regulated monopolies that are forever bent on seeking rate increases, keep reading for another side of the story. Yes, indeed, there is some give-back.
Don’t believe any of that talk about golf losing its popularity. The truth is that golf is gaining in popularity — at least among women. It certainly is in Summerlin, and for sure it is at the three golf courses in Sun City Summerlin.
An increased fuel tax and fuel revenue indexing (FRI) are paying for $12 million in road construction on Rampart Boulevard. FRI ties the increased income to the rate of inflation from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016, resulting in an estimated $700 million in bonding capacity to fund 199 needy transportation projects in Southern Nevada and create as many as 9,400 jobs.
Imagine living in these surroundings: No Summerlin Parkway, no Anasazi Drive, no Suncoast, no JW Marriott, no Summerlin Library, no Summerlin post office and no Summerlin Hospital. Indeed, it will all be recalled by some and rededicated by others starting Oct. 1, when Sun City begins the celebration of its 25th anniversary.
You can’t imagine how I felt when the woman from the Nevada Department of Wildlife said that coyotes live in every state of the continental union. Moreover, “they flourish throughout the entire state of Nevada, including urban areas such as Las Vegas and Reno.”
which has been many years in the making and survived an economic collapse of unparalleled proportion for Las Vegas, may be the first section of the most exciting and innovative “mixed use” project of its kind in America.
Staged accidents are one of the many auto-related fraudulent schemes becoming popular, especially in middle-class communities such as Summerlin, where most motorists carry sufficient amounts of auto insurance.
Remember the accident on Summerlin Parkway back in February, when two travelers in a Toyota sedan died after being hit by a pickup truck that crossed the median near Rampart Boulevard? You may also recall that the truck driver, who was the only survivor in the mishap, was found to be DUI.
By now you probably know that the formal opening date for Downtown Summerlin is Oct. 9. And you probably know that the 106-acre site will contain retail stores, restaurants, a movie theater and a commercial tower. You may not know that this is just phase one and that it will connect with three existing facilities along West Charleston Boulevard to form only one half of a downtown project that eventually will total 400 acres.
When they open the new $65 million stadium in Nashville, Tenn., next April for the 2015 baseball season, Cashman Field, home of the Las Vegas 51s, will become the second-oldest ballpark in the 16-team Pacific Coast League.
It’s not until you sit and talk to Jerry Reuss, then you read his recently published book, that you realize how one of the great major-league pitchers of recent vintage could easily have made it on the stage, as a straight-faced, standup comic, had he not chosen baseball as a career. So what does Reuss have to do with Summerlin and northwest Las Vegas? Well, for one thing, he has lived in these parts for the last 20 years. And, for another thing, he has lots of glowing opinions about the community.
If you’re a 47-year-old guy who has raced in some of the toughest environments on Earth for the last eight years, you might say to yourself that maybe it’s time to relax in a lounge chair and enjoy the fruits of your home life in northwest Las Vegas. But that’s not for Mark Jaget, who began his professional life as a chiropractor, became a successful businessman and is now an adventure racer.
“Think about it, what would happen if your electricity, gas, water — even the ability to make a phone call — were stopped for any length of time, say for three days, or maybe even a week? Suppose you can’t get to the grocery store, and even if you could, you would find that it’s not open?” Those questions were raised by Ward 4 Las Vegas City Councilman and Deputy Mayor Stavros Anthony during an interview.
Mention the name Matt Smith in conjunction with physical therapy, and you’re likely to hear some positive words from prominent athletes, high-profile casino owners, top-tier entertainers and other professionals, not just in Las Vegas but throughout the country.
Say what you will about Summerlin Parkway, but to question its safety may be stretching things a bit. There are legitimate questions, however, surrounding the general vicinity of the Rampart Boulevard overpass.
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