The National Finals Rodeo kicked off in Las Vegas Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center Here’s a look at the leaders after the first go-round results Bareback riding: Jake Vold, 87.5 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Oakridge, $26,231 Steer wrestling: Tyler Waguespack, 3.5 seconds, $26,231 Team roping: Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.1 seconds, $26,231 each Saddle bronc riding: Hardy Braden, 87.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Hatitude Alpha Dog, $26,231 Tie-down roping: Ryan Jarrett, 7.5 seconds, $26,231 Barrel racing: Nellie Miller, 13.64 seconds, $26,230 Bull riding: Trey Benton III, 90 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Mortimer, $26,231 NFR continues Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center at 6:45 p.m.
The SLS Las Vegas hasn’t turned a profit since opening in 2014 and is on the ‘verge of bankruptcy,’ according to a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County by 60 Chinese nationals who lent money to the project in exchange for citizenship. The investors lent roughly $400 million and each investor paid $45,000 in administration fees. The plaintiffs are seeking $255 million in damages plus attorney fees and other costs. The plaintiff’s investment is at risk of being completely wiped out and some plaintiffs will not be able to get their permanent green cards.
Months after a mass shooting took the lives of 58 people, Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay still grapples with the effects. Several restaurants and amenities in the hotel are taking longer breaks this holiday season. The spa, which shut for five days last year, will be closed for a month. One restaurant will be closed for lunch for six weeks. A restaurateur says revenue in the six weeks after the shooting was down 30 to 50%. The hotel closed several floors this holiday season, including the 32nd, where the shooter stayed. Hundreds of workers’ hours were cut. Many full-time employees were put on a reserve list. The hotel boosted security, including more undercover officers. Meanwhile, Mandalay Bay’s average room price for December is up 5%.
Formula One racing may be coming to Las Vegas. According to documents obtained by the Review-Journal, Formula One Licensings has filed trademark applications for merchandise and other items related to a proposed Las Vegas Grand Prix A city tourism official said the possibility of Formula One returning to Las Vegas is only speculation at this point, but a Formula One spokesman confirmed Las Vegas is on its radar as a future race site. *quote* The timetable for adding a U.S. race or races to the schedule is not known, nor has a location for a proposed Las Vegas race been identified.
The Oct. 1 mass shooting that occurred at the Mandalay Bay raised questions about how the hotel would weather the stigma of the shooting. (Nicole Raz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Conflict of interest arises after unrefrigerated bodies found at deputy attorney general’s funeral home in Reno. Elaine Wilson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Friday’s headlines: 7-year-old boy hospitalized after ingesting meth, chiropractor charged with sexually assaulting girl, motorcyclist killed in crash near the Strip. Elaine Wilson/Las Vegas Review-Journal