With early voting under way and Election Day fast approaching, the Battle Born State looked more like a battleground last week.
During a Thursday stop in Las Vegas to stump for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared Nevada the "epicenter" of the midterm election.
The onslaught began Monday when GOP star Sarah Palin swung through Reno to plug Angle’s Senate bid and to launch a pre-election Tea Party Express bus tour across the country.
Phoenix area Sheriff Joe Arpaio stumped for Angle in Las Vegas on Tuesday, and Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Reno on Wednesday for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Then on Friday, the biggest star of all: President Barack Obama, in his third Las Vegas visit this year to support Reid.
The president spoke at an outdoor rally at Orr Middle School and then attended a private Democratic fundraiser before jetting away on Air Force One on Saturday morning.
Say what now?
Sharron Angle came under fire as a video went viral of remarks she made at Rancho High School on Oct. 15, when a group of Hispanic students questioned her about one of her campaign ads on illegal immigration.
Angle, in what appeared to be a bungled message about multiculturalism, gave this response: "I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me."
Bridge opens to traffic
The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, better known as the Hoover Dam bypass, quietly opened, sparing motorists the slow crawl across the dam.
The visitor parking lot and pedestrian walkway across the bridge remained fenced off as workers appeared to be putting the finishing touches on the parking area and pathway up to the structure.
Officials said the lot and path could open this week.
Vegas employees: TGIT!
Most Las Vegas city offices will close on Fridays starting in January, when city employees convert to a four-day, 9.5-hour-a-day workweek under newly approved contract concessions.
Members of the Las Vegas City Employees Association, the city’s largest union, ratified the concessions Tuesday night, and the City Council followed suit on Wednesday.
Henderson, North Las Vegas and Boulder City also work a four-day week that has most city offices closed on Fridays.
Jury: Shooting justified
The wife of a man shot dead by Las Vegas police on Aug. 27 said her husband started committing armed robberies after he lost his job, his home and his car.
Wendy Whitfield told a coroner’s inquest jury that Robert Mills, 38, was a devoted husband and father before desperation pushed him into crime and finally a fatal confrontation with police.
The jury ruled officers acted justifiably when they shot Mills at a convenience store at Nellis and Charleston boulevards.
Joblessness hits high
Unemployment in Las Vegas jumped to a record in September: 15 percent, up from 14.7 percent in August.
According to the latest figures, statewide unemployment held at 14.4 percent from August to September.
It’s the first time since January and just the second time in three years that Nevada’s jobless rate did not increase from month to month.
In all, 196,200 Nevadans lack jobs and are seeking work, including 145,400 people in Las Vegas.Week In Review
Years since Lake Mead was as low as it is today. In 1937, the reservoir was being filled for the first time. Drought and overuse are the culprits today.
Times this year the power has gone out during a North Las Vegas budget hearing. The latest bit of heavy-handed symbolism hit the cash-strapped city Wednesday night.
The length in feet of a new zip-line attraction that starts at a height of about six stories and carries people over the heads of tourists on Fremont Street.
The length in inches of Stewie, a Maine Coon cat in Reno that just broke the Guinness record for the world’s longest domestic cat.
“I always heard Nye County was crooked. I guess it’s true. It’s crooked as hell.”
Owner of the Shady Lady Ranch bordello in Nye County, after learning that one of her competitors, Maynard “Joe” Richards, will be allowed to stay in business despite pleading guilty to bribing a county commissioner.
“I hate this lady.”
A Rancho High School student talking about Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle. The girl’s comment came after Angle tried to defend her ads on illegal immigration by telling Hispanic Student Union members that to her they looked kind of Asian.
“He always wanted to be either a teacher or a weatherman. He’d create tests for me when I was little so he could grade them, and send out weather reports to our family and friends.”
Talking about her older brother, Timothy VanDerbosch, an Eldorado High School science teacher who was robbed and killed Wednesday during his morning walk to work.
“I don’t want to offend my neighbors. But I was here before we had neighbors.”
On the controversy surrounding his plan to offer tours at casa De Shenandoah, his valley home for the past 44 years.
• VIDEO AND SLIDE SHOW: President Barack Obama campaigns for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
• VIDEO: Wayne Newton talks about Casa Shenandoah tourist attraction
• VIDEO AND SLIDE SHOW: Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio stumps in Las Vegas for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle