Attorney to be honored as angel

Around the local justice system, Al Marquis is known as a longtime attorney. In his spare time, he gets his hands dirty as a gentleman rancher out in Sandy Valley.

But Marquis became a hero to dozens of local children touched by cancer when he graciously hosted them at his Kingston Ranch for Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s 17th annual Camp Cartwheel. The camp was originally set for Torino Ranch but had to be canceled because of last month’s Carpenter 1 fire. Marquis stepped up and saved the day.

Now the NCCF is thanking Marquis by presenting him with its Community Angel Award at its annual Profiles of Courage Gala fundraiser Nov. 23 at Bellagio. (Information: 735-8434 or nvccf.org.)

Word of the award accomplished something none of Marquis’s friends thought possible: It left the attorney speechless.

SHERIFF RACE: Now that Sheriff Doug Gillespie has ended months of department speculation by announcing he won’t seek a third term, his friend and Assistant Sheriff Joseph Lombardo leads the group of veterans rumored to be interested in the job.

Recently retired Metro veteran Ted Moody is another name frequently mentioned, and police insiders have already touted the potential of the much-respected Larry Burns.

CHALK IT UP: District Attorney Steve Wolfson did the right thing in announcing his office would drop the gross misdemeanor graffiti charges facing five local “chalk” protesters. Their sidewalk scribbles were critical of Metro’s use of force, but amounted to constitutionally protected speech.

Whether making the right call is enough to stave off the obvious litigation potential surrounding the incident is another question.

RODEO TRIPPED: There won’t be any horse roping in Southern Nevada, but that also means there won’t be a Mexican rodeo, either.

The cancellation of the Mexican charreria rodeo event last week at the Clark County Commission was an obvious victory for animal rights activists, but it raises an interesting question about the future of events that could be dangerous to animals. It’s hard to imagine a similar protest over the National Finals Rodeo winning the day before those same commissioners, who appreciate the importance of the December event to the local economy.

Although South Point officials downplayed the hit the host casino and hotel were taking with the cancellation, they were wise enough to realize the last thing they wanted to be associated with was a controversial event involving animals.

WILDCATS UNITE: Graduates of historic Las Vegas High are set to celebrate another reunion Sept. 7 at The Orleans. The grads not only get together to drink legally, but they also donate $10,000 in scholarships to the high school.

The deadline to reserve a table was Wednesday, but just tell Patty Haack the dog ate your homework. She will understand and may be reached at 876-6660 or at lvowl@aol.com.

FOREVER SPRING: The end of summer is here, but I have it on good authority spring will come again. Why?

Because the beloved Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has announced he will return to the booth for the 2014 season. At 85, Scully can still bring it with the best of them.

From my seat in the bleachers, the voice of spring and summer belongs to Scully.

ON THE BOULEVARD: If he can keep his life together, former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson looks like a natural as a fight promoter in an era when the sweet science is being eclipsed by the popularity of mixed martial arts.

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