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Timeline of Sahara highlights

1952: Milton Prell opens the Hotel Sahara with 240 rooms. The $5.5 million, Moroccan-themed resort is decorated with life-sized camels. Ray Bolger, the scarecrow from “The Wizard of Oz,” headlines in the Congo Room until 1957.

Sahara Hotel’s golden era was filled with stars

Once an entertainment powerhouse, the Sahara has in recent years become a mere shell of itself, known for its less-than-stellar entertainment, if it was known for entertainment at all.

Sahara offers last goodbyes after nearly 60 years

Peter Villalobos will be at his front desk terminal Monday when the Sahara’s final guest checks out at around noon. The nearly 60-year-old Strip resort will cease operations two hours later, a victim of both the recession and of progress.

Closure doesn’t sadden Sahara’s former owner

Paul Lowden is planning to have one last dinner at the Sahara’s famous House of Lords steakhouse tonight.
It seems appropriate.

UNLV graduate earns doctorate despite brain injury

Erin Russell, who graduated from UNLV on Saturday, is one of almost 10,000 college students in Nevada getting a new degree or certificate this month, spread around the state’s seven colleges and universities.

Baseball Region Playoff Schedule

Follow the link for the schedule and results for the regional baseball tournament to be held May 9-14 in Southern Nevada.

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