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.
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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.
What kind of people would shimmy up a metal pole, crawl along a narrow ledge some 40 to 50 feet above steadily moving traffic on a major freeway and risk their lives just to pull spray cans from their pockets and deface two of those large, green traffic signs, with the ultimate purpose of creating havoc for drivers?
In case you hadn’t noticed, Senate Bill 165, sponsored in the last legislative session by Democratic Sen. Aaron Ford, was approved, offering tax credits to the film industry. So what does this mean for Summerlin? It could mean more than a whole lot.
Could you imagine all of Summerlin being developed as an industrialized site “to test new and improved radar control and guided missile devices for the military?” Unthinkable, but not if Howard Hughes had had his way.
Yes, we all began paying more for water as of Jan. 1. And yes, the worst drought to hit Southern Nevada in more than a century is one part of the reason. Another part is the cost of providing the necessary infrastructure to deliver water to a growing population in the valley.
I waited my turn at the three-way stop, then watched incredulously as a woman tearing along in her Lexus never touched the brake pedal as she roared past the stop sign and headed south on Anasazi Drive. And the stop sign had a blinking red light.
Here’s something you might care to dwell on with more than just a bit of candor: Hundreds of military veterans in the state who are in need of full-time nursing home care are being turned away from the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, due to insufficient facilities.
You might ask what kind of a misfit would deliberately destroy a tiny forest of pine trees on a golf course, so they might have a better view of the Strip, or a better view of somebody hitting a golf ball, or maybe just to satisfy some kind of dysfunctional jollies? Well, that’s what happened to approximately 13 stately pines at Highland Falls Golf Course in Sun City Summerlin.
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a pedestrian bridge that now straddles Far Hills Avenue, just west of the 215 Beltway. It wasn’t there as recently as a few weeks ago, and at first glance it appears that this beautiful walkway might be a bridge to nowhere.
The adage “shop ‘til you drop” is old and hackneyed. Still, that’s the way it’s going to be a year from now when more than 125 retail operations known as The Shops at Summerlin are expected to be open for business. More than likely, it will be in advance of Black Friday 2014, and as one might expect, Christmas shoppers will indeed be falling over one another.
Gather up those old prescription bottles lying around your medicine cabinet, or maybe stuck away in some drawer. Pack them into a plastic bag but do not remove the contents from the bottles. Then take them to the closest Metropolitan Police Department substation. For most Summerlin residents, that is the Northwest Area Command, 9850 W. Cheyenne Ave.
You talk to Stavros Anthony about the pitfalls of storing the country’s nuclear waste only 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and you end up with growing confidence that good sense will somehow overcome the 2002 act by a Congress that voted with self-interest as its priority.
It was Oct. 12, 1972, and the big guy playing left field for the Detroit Tigers was Duke Sims. He was also playing for the right to go to the World Series, which would begin two days later. Sims was normally a catcher, but he carried a big bat, and he was a left-handed hitter. Tigers manager Billy Martin wanted to get that bat into his lineup.
Try this on for size: In the 12 months ending last June 30, approximately 1,200 criminal complaints were opened against unlicensed contractors in the state. That includes a goodly percentage in Summerlin. Certainly any area with a heavy concentration of senior citizens, and especially those in Sun City Summerlin, is highly vulnerable to scammers.
Summerlin Parkway has always been viewed as one of the crown jewels of roadways in all of Las Vegas. It’s a scenic highway lined with beautiful foliage and centered in some locations by magnificent, towering royal palms that serve as a majestic welcoming spectacle for motorists entering Summerlin.
Two of the most spirited swimming meets this year in all of Nevada are on tap in October, and both meets will engage a horde of swimmers from Summerlin. The Nevada Senior Games are set for Oct. 5-6 at the Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility, and Slam the Dam is scheduled for Oct. 5 at Lake Mead.