It’s time to cowboy up and get in touch with Las Vegas’ Wild West roots. Helldorado Days, featuring a parade, a rodeo, a carnival and the whiskerino contest, gets rolling Thursday night and lasts through Sunday.
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Las Vegas tied the record high for May 17 at 102 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
“Viva Las Vegas,” the 1964 musical directed by George Sidney and starring Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley, is considered by aficionados of Elvis’ cinematic oeuvre to be one of the best, if not the best, film he ever made. It was released 50 years ago this month.
Members of Opportunity Village believed they had a real-life guardian angel watching over the organization for 60 years.
Take a look elsewhere in today’s newspaper — or, if you’re reading this online, elsewhere on the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s website — and you’ll see that the most exciting day of the year has arrived.
No free buffet for you if you can’t name the state’s most populous city and county. The 2010 census showed Las Vegas, at 584,000 people, and Clark County at 1.95 million, as the far-and-away leaders in Nevada, a state with 2.7 million.
Las Vegas was once regarded as an “open city” for more than two dozen Mafia families across the country. Many had representatives in Las Vegas for decades, with Chicago being the most dominant.
Clarence Piggott Elementary School’s namesake was a counselor at Valley High School who was shot by a student in 1982.
Students at Nevada Stage College are rallying to get the mountain range behind the school officially named Mt. Scorpion.
Even after working for the Clark County School District for 35 years, Dr. Carolyn Reedom still cannot get enough of teaching. She is the namesake of Reedom Elementary School at 10025 Rumrill St., which opened in 2008.
Las Vegas police are investigating a possible suicide near the Stratosphere, in the 2000 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South.
After serving as a police officer, judge and philanthropist, Ken Proctor was recently honored by becoming the most recent namesake for a park in Henderson.
By the 1980s, Las Vegas had built instant recognition as the world’s gambling capital. Late in the morning of May 4, 1988, many people, including locals, would learn that it was also the manufacturing center for a white powder called ammonium perchlorate.
A good crowd of family members and friends turned out Friday morning at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Mustang Avenue for the funeral of former Metro Intelligence Bureau Commander Kent Clifford.
Racial riots became so prevalent at Rancho High School during the late 1960s and early 1970s that the National Guard was called in.
Rather than just bash down the Dunes and haul away the scrap, Steve Wynn opted for a spectacular implosion of one of the towers on Oct. 27, 1993, starting a trend that now has claimed about 15 towers.
Judy Bayley, namesake of the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV, was once known as the first lady of gambling, and it’s a title she earned by reinventing herself and having a hand in many changes in the valley.
When giving friends and dates directions to her house in the early ’60s, Judy Michaels would give them a simply instruction. “Look left for the wigwam,” she said. “You could see it from the highway. It was a good earmark.”
Historians Michael Green, a professor at the College of Southern Nevada, and Claytee White, the director of oral history research at UNLV, are expected to present at the first seminar in the Green Valley Library’s new series “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.”
Zack Hale Jr., the voice of the iconic neon Vegas Vic cowboy that fronts the Pioneer Club on Fremont Street, died Dec. 28. He was 87.
When you think of holiday travel, certain images probably pop into your head: crowded airports, clogged freeways, frenzied schedules, frazzled nerves. But a more leisurely journey awaits adventurous Southern Nevadans this holiday season: a trip back in time.
Clark County commissioners made it clear Tuesday that they think there are better ways to spend the nearly $16 million that has gone toward conservation efforts to aid the desert tortoise since 2001, but not everyone agrees.
Our state could have been called Deseret instead of Nevada. Seriously.