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At 76, the beat goes on for drummer Sandy Nelson

These days drummer Sandy Nelson qualifies as an All-American oldie but goodie. At 76, Nelson moves with a little less pep than in his prime as a versatile drummer in Los Angeles for three decades before moving to Boulder City, where he's resided the past 27 years and remains a treat to watch play.

Prosecutors give key HOA player a big break

After many years and countless hours of investigation, this week we learned that federal prosecutors in the massive HOA fraud case are more than vouching for the character of the multimillion-dollar scheme's No. 2 defendant, Ralph Priola.

Filmmaker puts focus on Las Vegas Paiute Tribe

Independent filmmaker Stan Armstrong is once again telling an intriguing story from the heart of the real Las Vegas. His latest effort is "City Within a City," which focuses on the century-old Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and its diminutive reservation not far from Fremont Street.

Nevada needs a new state bird

Its feathers are positively cerulean. Its morning chirrup and late-day warble are music to the wanderer's ears. As Nevada's official state bird, it holds an honored rank befitting its beauty and song.

PBS phenomenon takes over book festival

Visitors to the Saturday session of the 2015 Vegas Valley Book Festival at Historic Fifth Street School had the opportunity to meet a wide variety of wonderful authors. They also saw a long line that flowed from the courtyard, down a hall and into the middle of the poetry jams. Who was this literary rock star?