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100_6710Our resolve is steadfast strong. Man cannot destroy a nation built upon the foundation of Freedom & Independence for all. Evil can take some of our loved ones, and a few of our heroes and heroines, but it cannot take our souls. It is our souls that shall defeat evil.

 

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Blazing Heat Wave Inflicts Vegas Valley

Wildfire In California

Wildfire In California

LAS VEGAS—Torrid three-digit temperatures scorches the West. Wildfires dangerously spread across western states and engulfs dry areas threatening large numbers of homes, wildlife and natural habitat. It’s way too early for this kind of heat. It’s only spring. We are being engulfed by the flamethrower of nature, unrelenting heat. Shortly after 1:00 AM this morning, the National Weather Service issued an urgent weather message proclaiming Excessive Heat Warning for Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, the Mojave Desert and a wide area of the West, including Arizona.

We are being set ablaze with July-August, summer-like temperatures, not May-June spring climate.

A bummer for Las Vegas tourists and locals alike. It’s a party town and tourists who come from cooler weather are going to be toasted to something other than drinks. To be outside in Vegas in this extreme climate, walking around and exerting energy while sightseeing and adventure seeking could spell disaster if precautions aren’t taken.

I know this sounds counter productive, but if you insist on drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages while outside or going outside in this extreme heat, then drink at least 12-16 ounces of cold water for every alcoholic drink you consume. The same for at least every 2-3 cups of caffeinated drink. Alcohol and caffeine dehydrates your body, while water replenishes those loses and hydrates your body. You need plenty of water to balance the forces of partying. Too, in these temperatures, water, or any liquid will get extremely hot fast. Test any fluids before giving to children or pets for suitable consumption temperatures. If available, use those small ice packs to keep beverages cold, or at least cooled. Foil will act as an insulator as well.

For well beyond a week, temperatures will climb to at least 112 degrees in the Vegas Valley and over 121 degrees in nearby Death Valley. Be aware these are air temperatures. Ground temperatures, that is the surface temperature of the infrastructure, street pavement, sidewalks, buildings and so forth, can be ten to fifteen degrees higher. Vehicle temperature or the inside temperature of any space with metal, glass or other material enclosed can reach well over 150 degrees, a fatal temperature. Such extreme temperature for anyone, even adults, left in vehicles without air condition can turn fatal in a hurry. Confusion and disorientation can set in and disturb normally thinking minds. Brain damage and stroke can quickly be inflicted. Machines, such as cars and air conditioning can fail and suffer mechanical problems, don’t risk leaving someone unattended.

OCEAN & GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS BE AWARE OF DEADLY “RIP CURRENTS.”
SUMMER SEASONS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT DRIVES US TO THE BEACH–HERE’S HOW TO SURVIVE:
HOW TO SURVIVE DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS
Educate me on RIP CURRENTS

Don’t over do it. Get inside, refresh, take breaks, drink plenty of water and stay alert. Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles, even momentarily. Keep your eye on your children constantly while near swimming pools. Sun strokes, heat exhaustion, heat-related health issues, be aware of signs of these health problems. If you suspect the signs, get help, quick. Every year we hear of the weather-related disasters, often fatal, that consume lives locally and around the nation. Stay alert.

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“Only you can prevent forest fires!” By Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council.

Every year thousands of acres and homes burn in the Western region of the United States. Dry periods and extreme heat are almost always a condition that will spark an inferno, rapid moving wildfires and consuming flames of property and nature. The spark that ignites these fires come from lightning as much-wanted rain comes, but unfortunately the rain comes with torches of lightning bolts that set forests ablaze. Careless campers failing to properly extinguish their campfires or carelessly starting one that shoots embers into dry forests with kindle-dry wood. Once a forest fire starts, it spreads rapidly, and if there is a high wind, it will likely burn out of control.

Travelers on expressways and roadways are at fault for many forest fires.
Accidents spark forest fires, too. The current California fire was started by a truck accident when electrical wires sparked a fire. Flicking a cigarette out a window along a dry highway is only asking for trouble. Careless smokers destroy thousands of acres and homes every year. All of these conditions are weather related and heat related. But commonsense and education can reduce the human and animal fatalities, injuries, loss of homes, businesses, buildings, domestic pets, and our natural resources, our forest and wildlife.

Careless Smoking & Careless Campfires Start Many Forest Fires

Careless Smoking & Careless Campfires Start Many Forest Fires

Be smart. Be safe. Think and be prepared to reduce the harm excessive heat can bring humans and animals. It all begins in your heart with a little bit of care and a whole lot of tender love for life and environment.

Rather you are visiting Vegas or the Western region, traveling along dry roadways, camping, hiking or spending your time outdoors in other adventures, use wisdom to make your life and the life of other’s pleasant and not remorseful.

It appears that we are in for a long, hot summer. Buses overheat. Schedules often run late. Transportation breaks down. Be prepared. Don’t get caught out in that extreme heat without protection. Sunscreen, long-sleeve shirts, sunhats, umbrellas, water, cooling fans, cell phones are all part of the self-defense arsenal, use them, keep them by your side while being inflicted by Nevada’s torrid heat.

Have fun, but stay cool as possible and stay safe.

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A Wildfire

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Dancing Flames

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Flames


The Plaza at Fremont Street Experience

The Plaza at Fremont Street Experience

The Plaza at Fremont Street Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plaza Hotel & Casino as seen from the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown, Las Vegas. This image was taken in 2010 just before the closing for renovations. The Plaza has since reopened.


The Future of Vegas

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View of the backside of the Strip from West Tropicana Ave. over I-15. By Cliff Harrison

The struggles of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas could give a glimpse of the future of Vegas. It was much easier to unload an unprofitable casino back when casinos were only valued in the multimillion dollar range. There were far more eligible buyers. There were far more opportunities to the seller. The Cosmopolitan is playing roulette and it has all its bets on just one number.

Now that casinos in Vegas are in the multi-billion dollar class when they get in trouble it will be much harder to find willing buyers brave enough to part with their money on losing casinos. The Cosmopolitan has never done well. It’s never made money. The Cosmo is a loser–for six years out of six years in business, it’s been losing. From day one it never turned a profit. It was a foreclosed property with the original developer going south and then the bankers took over and completed the project.

When you run a casino that big you better have experience running big casinos, because the competition around you does have that kind of experience. Usually, when a casino magnate has billions of dollars to invest, he’ll build his own casino rather than inherit someone else’s problems, unless of course he tears one down and builds a new one.

To risk nearly your entire net worth on a casino doesn’t seem likely nor make much economical sense. It’s not a wise investment. It’s like putting your entire bankroll on a single game and a single bet. Even the dumbest gambler isn’t that stupid. Billionaires don’t become billionaires by making stupid moves, they become billionaires by making brilliant moves and buying low and selling high and managing right. They are winners. There is a reason they are winners. It’s not because they make bad investments that can wipe them out. With a 4 billion-dollar value/price tag on the Cosmopolitan, Australian billionaire James Parker is only worth a little more than a couple billion more, 6.5 billion dollars to be exact. Too much leverage and putting too much into gambling and hoping could spell doom for any future owner.

The Cosmopolitan won’t clear 4 billion or even half that. If Deutsche Bank gets anywhere between 1 billion and 2 billion for the Cosmo, they’d better take their money and run, and fast. When you lose your money, learn to lose.

At stake is the future of Vegas itself and if one compares the performance of the last decade, there is nothing there to brag about–or invest in. Vegas has been a loser. Nothing indicates that is going to change except piss in the wind. Big casinos spell big trouble when things go south. The era of the multimillion-dollar casinos were much easier to handle in the day of gloom and bust than the big billion dollar casinos which are not too big to fail. Despite what some sources claim, the Vegas valley has never fully recovered from the Great Recession.

During the 20-year boom, Las Vegas was the fastest growing city in American. People won more often, were comped more and had more fun. People came back to Vegas more frequently. Slot and video machines were looser and table games were easier to win on and when you won you won more. The current management of Vegas casinos took all the fun away from the world’s number one gaming mecca. And in the end, they, and not the people who play here, will pay for it.

If Vegas returns to a recession as some indicators point to the idea that it will, or at least might, then big casinos will be extremely hard to unload, much harder than the multimillion dollar casinos were that preceded them. There comes a time when those of us who preferred the Old Vegas, and the way things were, can wink and say, “The old way was better for everybody.” The bigger the chips, the harder they fall. The bigger the chips, the louder they fall, too.

I have a feeling there are going to be some very hard and loud falls coming to the future of Las Vegas.

When those too big to fail corporations lose, there is going to be a lot of noise.

The Right Billionaire Could Save the Cosmo
Deutsche Bank Said to Seek Sale of Cosmopolitan
Cosmo Lost 30 Million in fourth quarter of 2013


Use Your Computer to Tour Las Vegas

 

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Encore Beach Club Hop On Hop – Off Tour Bus

VISIT LAS VEGAS FOR FREE!
LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley)–Using this map you have unlimited access to touring Las Vegas in a virtual reality.  EXPLORE thousands of picture of the Vegas Valley including street views. These are not current images but you will become familiar with Sin City from the safety behind your own computer. Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas! Dream, enjoy and then come visit us for real. We’d love to have you visit for tourism is our livelihood. Explore, experiment and enjoy!  Then, make Vegas your next vacation-destination wonderland.

Take A Virtual Tour
Map & Photos of Las Vegas Valley

Hint: Select the area of the Vegas Valley you want to visit then point and click. The system will automatically load the compatible photos and street tour. You may select various maps such as street, satellite and terrain.  Come and see where we live and enjoy our expanding community.

Click “directions” and enter a second location such as your hometown and receive the stats for the trip.  Or click the little eye in the right bottom of the screen and have your location automatically loaded.

Have fun in the sun.

Ready to leave Vegas? Oh, we are so sorry to see you go. Type another location in the search box and enjoy the fastest virtual flight you will ever make.  Please come back when you can.

 


House of Blues is Blue this Morning in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley)–News made it out of Vegas about the Mandalay Bay Resort’s visit by Las Vegas Vice. What happens here might not always stay here. The truth is, Mandalay Bay, as well as every other casino in the Vegas Valley has its share of prostitutes and drug activity. What sets this truth apart from the norm is that employees of the House of Blues’ Fountain Room inside the Mandalay Bar Resort were allegedly involved in providing customers with vice. A sting operation by Metro Police Department detected the occurrence leading to the firing of at least 10 accused employees. For inside details refer to one of the trusted local news sources, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, which is covering the news coming out from one of MGM Resort International’s gaming locations. You can always find a link to the RJ in Vegas Valley “News Links” found in the navigation bar above, along with other local news publication to keep you current on up-to-the-minute reports as well as any breaking news that there may be.

Be sure to read the comments in the local news reports to get a feel of how area residents and tourist feel about the story.

The Vegas Valley will be covering this story and creating related stories concerning prostitution and illicit drug use in the Vegas Valley.