Reporters' Notebook

During a July 24 hiking trip at Zion National Park in Utah, Las Vegas resident Joe Cain fell 40 feet from a cliff while he and two buddies were being washed down a canyon in a flash flood.

The fall left him with bruises, cuts and a busted tailbone.

As he waited two hours to be rescued by park rangers, a bee stung him on the leg.

Cain joked during an interview recapping his ordeal that it was "as if Mother Nature was out to get me."


As you drive into the Lincoln County town of Alamo, one of the first things you see is a campaign sign declaring the area "Reid Country."

It's a little surprising, frankly, since you keep hearing how unpopular Sen. Harry Reid is in rural Nevada these days.

Then you spot the second sign about 50 feet down the road: "Now leaving Harry Reid country. Sorry for the trouble."


In education-speak, a cell is a category of students judged by the standards of No Child Left Behind. A new education reporter from a competing newspaper was apparently frustrated with the jargon when he asked Superintendent Walt Rulffes for clarification during a news conference.

"Can you please tell us what the hell they are?" the reporter said.

"Cell? It's where we put people when they're bad," Rulffes replied.


Gresso, a leading manufacturer of "luxury communication DEVICES," is marketing the ultimate in fancy cell phones: a $1 million device with a Las Vegas theme.

The extremely limited-edition phone is made of pure gold encrusted with more than 45 carats' worth of black diamonds, with a keypad comprised of individual crystal sapphires.

So which resort would use a device this opulent and exquisite?

The phone is called the Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot. Order one today.