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Derek Stevens is ready for the next evolution of downtown Las Vegas

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Derek Stevens, owner of the D, poses for a photo outside his casino, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.
Derek Stevens, owner of the D, poses for a photo outside his casino, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.

By Brock Radke
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 | 2 a.m.
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Derek Stevens is quick to dismiss any comparisons between his gaming and hospitality achievements in downtown Las Vegas and those of the well-known casino visionaries who have come before him.

But there are legitimate similarities. Jackie Gaughan, Bill Boyd, Benny Binion and others were known for working hard, paying attention to every detail of their business and being unafraid to take risks. That’s the only way to achieve true innovation.

“I always thought of myself as not the smartest guy in any room but I always thought, if nothing else, I’ll always be able to work as hard as anybody in the room,” Stevens says from an upper-floor conference room at The D, one of two Fremont Street casino resorts the Michigan native owns and operates with his brother, Greg. “It probably goes back to well before we were in Las Vegas, to our manufacturing plants. When I was younger I always tried to be the guy that showed up first and the guy to go home last. In Las Vegas, that’s not really possible because the doors never close and somebody’s always here. But I’ve stuck with that principle for a long time.”
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Stevens has become the new face of gaming downtown after acquiring and renovating the Golden Gate (the oldest hotel in the city), The D (formerly Fitzgerald’s) and a new casino-hotel he’s building from the ground up on the site of the former Las Vegas Club. He’s also snatched up other downtown parcels for future projects, including the block behind The D that’s been transformed into the multi-use Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, which hosts plenty of concerts, football and hockey watch parties and more.

He’s been able to get creative and sometimes experimental as he helps rejuvenate the Fremont Street area because he’s captivated by downtown Las Vegas and is always around. Stevens spends as much time as he can in his casinos meeting with staff and guests, always gathering information.

“I want to be around people that love being here and I try to bring that energy with all of our people and our customers,” he says. “The more you’re here the more you get to see and pick up on. I don’t want to spend my business career relying solely on reports. I like to be in the mix and really see what I like and what I don’t. If a light bulb is out, I want it changed in a few minutes, not changed on a normal review once a week. Those things have always meant a lot to me.” Continue reading…
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The exact time of the Full Harvest Moon is: Monday; Sep 24 7:54 P.M. Pacific Time

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Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon

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Often, the September full Moon is called the Harvest Moon instead of the Full Corn Moon. Unlike other full Moon names, which are specific to their respective months, the Harvest Moon is tied to an astronomical event: the autumnal equinox. The full Moon that falls nearest to the equinox (September 22) takes on the name “Harvest Moon,” rather than its traditional name. This means that a Harvest Moon may occur in either September or October.

The Harvest Moon provides the most light at the time when it’s needed most—to complete the harvest!
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Other traditional September full Moon names include:

“Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux Native Americans.
“Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha Native Americans.
“Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux Native Americans

Learn more about Full Moon names and their traditional meanings.

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More safety barriers to be installed on Las Vegas Strip

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More safety barriers to be installed on Las Vegas Strip
Construction crews pour cement where they began installing steel posts on the Strip near Aria hotel-casino Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 to protect pedestrians, locals and tourists walking along Las Vegas Boulevard

By Michael Scott Davidson / Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 10, 2018 – 3:34 pm
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Construction will begin this week on another 650 steel posts along the Las Vegas Strip to protect pedestrians, Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said.

Kulin said the posts, known as bollards, will line sidewalks on both sides of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Tropicana Avenue.

The bollards are 15 to 18 inches beneath the ground and anchored by interconnected, underground steel frames. The posts are about 4 feet tall and strong enough to stop a flatbed truck traveling 55 mph, the county has said.

Construction is expected to take about 60 days, Kulin said. The county has entered a $3.9 million contract with Unicon LLC to install the bollards.

Workers began placing bollards along the Strip in October, and some 840 posts are already standing.

Kulin said another 3,800 bollards could be installed before the end of February.
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Concrete barriers will be temporarily placed in some areas that were planned to have bollards, Kulin said. Those locations are slated for development and any bollards installed would need to be removed during the construction.

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Construction of $935.1M Las Vegas Convention Center starting

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A design rendering, released April 10, 2018, showing how the Las Vegas Convention Center District Phase Two Expansion is expected to look on completion. (tvsdesign/Design Las Vegas
A design rendering, released April 10, 2018, showing how the Las Vegas Convention Center District Phase Two Expansion is expected to look on completion. (tvsdesign/Design Las Vegas

By Richard N. Velotta / Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 11, 2018 – 4:41 pm
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Construction of $935.1M Las Vegas Convention Center starting

The last puzzle pieces for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s $935.1 million expansion fell into place Tuesday and construction equipment should begin moving into place on the site within days.

The LVCVA’s board of directors approved a guaranteed maximum price of $758.1 million on a 1.4 million-square-foot building that will include 600,000 square feet of new exhibition space at the northwest corner of Paradise Road and Convention Center Drive. (Wes Rand/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The guaranteed maximum price is a part of a $792.1 million construction-manager-at-risk contract the LVCVA has with a joint venture of New York-based Turner Construction and Martin-Harris Construction of Las Vegas.

Under a construction-manager-at-risk development method, the manager provides a maximum price and must deliver the building by a set deadline with failure resulting in a series of financial penalties. The LVCVA is counting on a completion of the new exhibition hall by Dec. 1, 2020, in order to prepare for the arrival of CES 2021. The contract with Turner Martin-Harris includes $34 million in contingencies.
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In addition to that contract, the LVCVA, guided by consulting project manager Terry Miller of Cordell Corp., agreed to three additional related projects as well as locking in a 67-foot shift of the entire project footprint to the west.

The new projects will include building landscaping and wall buffers along Paradise Road and Elvis Presley Boulevard and a canopy over the building’s loading docks for a total of $10 million. The LVCVA also is contributing $10 million for hazardous materials remediation and site improvements for newly acquired land west of the building.
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Full Buck Moon July 27 at 1:22 P.M. Pacific Time

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This information is from The Old Farmer's Almanac
JULY FULL BUCK MOON

Farmer’s Almanac “Native Americans’ Full Moon names were created to help different tribes track the seasons. Think of it as a “nickname” for the Moon! See our list of other full Moon names for each month of the year and their meanings.”

FULL BUCK MOON

JULY FULL MOON NAMES
July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This Full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

How did the Full Moons get their names? The Full Moons have descriptive names that come from Native American tribes who used the Full Moons as a sort of calendar to keep track of the seasons. The Almanac tends to use the names of the Algonquins who were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

JULY’S FULL BUCK MOON VIDEO
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TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE 2018: A BLOOD MOON?

This year, a total lunar eclipse will occur with the full Moon on July 27. However, this eclipse won’t be visible from the U.S. or Canada. (The next total lunar eclipse visible in North America will occur in January 2019—not too far off!) See our eclipse page for more information.

For sky watch buffs, it may be interesting to know that this is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. From start to finish, the event will last four hours, with the totality lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes.  You’ll hear some media outlets call this event the “Blood Moon” Eclipse. This is an increasingly popular name used for a total lunar eclipse, but is not an official, scientific term. Put simply, the fully-eclipsed Moon turns a red-orange, similar to a sunset color; with less direct sunlight hitting the Moon during the eclipse, you only see the reddish wave lengths.

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Jul 27 at 1:22 P.M.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas

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Sin City is fun, but a visit to these dispensaries could make your trip even more memorable.
Sin City is fun, but a visit to these dispensaries could make your trip even more memorable.

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Published 2 days ago on July 2, 2018 By Rob Kachelriess

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Buying legal weed in Las Vegas has suddenly become ridiculously easy after being frustratingly difficult for years—often in ways that are hard to explain. Nevada voters approved marijuana for legal medical use way back in 2000, but dispensaries to actually sell the stuff weren’t approved by the state legislature until 2013. So for more than a decade, the most feasible law-abiding way to light up was by growing your own plants. Dispensaries finally opened in 2015, and after voters gave recreational marijuana the thumbs up in 2016 it was just a matter of how to handle the floodgates.

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Whether on the Strip, in Henderson or throughout the suburbs, a dispensary is now a short drive away. Customers just need to show a valid ID to prove they’re over 21. That includes those from out-of-state as well—linking yet another vice to the economic driver of tourism, which is really what Las Vegas is about in the first place.

Although Sin City allows open containers of alcohol in tourist areas like the Strip and Fremont Street, the same can’t be said for marijuana, which is expected to be consumed privately. Unfortunately, most hotels have a policy against smoking (pot or any other kind at this point) but are relatively lax in enforcing punishment against it. Be aware—room cleaning fees aren’t cheap.

 Buying legal weed in Las Vegas has suddenly become ridiculously easy after being frustratingly difficult for years—often in ways that are hard to explain. Nevada voters approved marijuana for legal medical use way back in 2000, but dispensaries to actually sell the stuff weren’t approved by the state legislature until 2013. So for more than a decade, the most feasible law-abiding way to light up was by growing your own plants. Dispensaries finally opened in 2015, and after voters gave recreational marijuana the thumbs up in 2016 it was just a matter of how to handle the floodgates. Whether on the Strip, in Henderson or throughout the suburbs, a dispensary is now a short drive away. Customers just need to show a valid ID to prove they’re over 21. That includes those from out-of-state as well—linking yet another vice to the economic driver of tourism, which is really what Las Vegas is about in the first place. Although Sin City allows open containers of alcohol in tourist areas like the Strip and Fremont Street, the same can’t be said for marijuana, which is expected to be consumed privately. Unfortunately, most hotels have a policy against smoking (pot or any other kind at this point) but are relatively lax in enforcing punishment against it. Be aware—room cleaning fees aren’t cheap. The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas Courtesy of Essence Essence Multiple Locations Sleek and stylish with three locations and tons of product
Essence
Multiple Locations
Sleek and stylish with three locations and tons of product

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Bright, clean, and neat with lots of white decor, Essence likes to think of itself as the “Apple Store” of the local pot economy. Depending on where you mark your boundaries, the flagship location is the only dispensary actually on the Strip — near the south end by the Stratosphere, SLS and other Las Vegas landmarks. Additional locations include Henderson and Spring Valley, making sure a good chunk of the valley is covered. The idea is to be a one-stop-shop with everything from popcorn, to lotion, to flower (including Cookie Face and Dayglow, among the most popular of the more than 50 strains).

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas

Essence, Multiple Locations
Reef, Off the Strip
Nuleaf Naturals, East Valley
Acres, Industrial Corridor
ReLeaf, Off the Strip
Apothecary Shoppe, Off the Strip
The+Source, West Valley
The Grove, East Valley
Pisos, East Valley
The Apothecarium, West Valley

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Monte Carlo to be renamed Park MGM Wednesday

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Monte Carlo to be renamed Park MGM Wednesday
Monte Carlo to be renamed Park MGM Wednesday

By Todd Prince / Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 8, 2018 – 3:30 pm
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The Monte Carlo is officially no more.

The 3,000-room property on the Strip will be rebranded Park MGM on Wednesday.

MGM Resorts International is investing $550 million to upgrade and rebrand the 22-year old property as it seeks to attract higher-end customers. MGM is teaming up with Sydell Group, a developer and manager of boutique hotels, on the property overhaul.

The Park MGM sign was hoisted up the 32-story building in April. The hotel began sending emails to guests advertising the property as Park MGM since last month.

Though the name change is complete, the construction work is far from done.
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The 292-room boutique NoMad Hotel Las Vegas within Park MGM will open later this year as will Eataly and Roy Choi’s restaurant.

A SUPERMOON, BLUE MOON, AND LUNAR ECLIPSE ON JANUARY 31 at 6:25 PM Las Vegas Time

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Heard about this “Super Blue Blood Moon” on January 31? Let’s break this down: That’s a Supermoon, a Blue Moon, and a Blood Moon on the same night, thanks to a total lunar eclipse. A convergence of all three events last happened 150 years ago. Find out the best places to see this event.
Heard about this “Super Blue Blood Moon” on January 31? Let’s break this down: That’s a Supermoon, a Blue Moon, and a Blood Moon on the same night, thanks to a total lunar eclipse. A convergence of all three events last happened 150 years ago. Find out the best places to see this event.

From Almanac.com
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A SUPERMOON, BLUE MOON, AND LUNAR ECLIPSE ON JANUARY 31 6:25 PM Las Vegas Time

SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE

Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse” is the description many Web sites are giving for the full Moon coming up. So, what does this mean? A Moon that’s super-big? One that’s blue? One that’s blood red? Maybe a combination of blue and red! A purple Supermoon?

A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth during its orbit, and theoretically larger than average.

A Blue Moon is the popular name for a second full Moon in the same calendar month.

A ”Blood Moon” refers to the Moon’s hue on the night of a total lunar eclipse; it normally turns a coppery red.
Put ‘em all together and that’s what you’ve got.

Actual astronomers smile and shake their heads at these catchy names. They really want more people to watch the sky, and having names for things helps with publicity.

Call it what you wish! Each celestial event is interesting in itself. When you put them together so they occur on the same night, it’s unique. Sometimes the celestial rhythms just sync up to make us wonder.
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SUPERMOON
January 31 is also the grand finale of a trilogy of Supermoons that have been taking place since early December.

“Supermoon” is a new term. No one used it until a few years ago. Instead, the Moon’s closest approach to Earth—full or otherwise—was called a Perigean Moon. The problem is that even the very closest Moon does not look any larger than your average normal Full Moon. The size difference is too small for the naked eye to detect. But, okay, call it super.

A Moon at perigee can appear up to 14% bigger. January 31’s total lunar eclipse will occur 1.2 days after perigee so the Moon’s diameter will appear about 7% bigger than average. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The “Supermoon” term has not been used merely for the closest Moon of the year, but also for the second closest, and third closest, and so on. This one coming up on January 31 is, for example, the third of a trilogy and the second closest of 2018. It’s 358,816 km away, as compared with the January 1 Full Moon which was 356,565 km away.

People post telephoto pictures on social media, depicting enormous-looking Moons in the sky. So astronomers like myself are concerned that the public will look up, see nothing unusual, and just shrug. Read more…

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BLUE MOON
“Blue Moon” has become a popular term for the second Full Moon in a month; the name arose because of a Depression-era mistake in an astronomy magazine. The term was never used by astronomers or the ancient Greeks, or Native Americans, or anybody else. Despite the name, the Moon won’t look blue at all. Indeed, the expression “once in a Blue Moon” doesn’t apply since it’s not that rare; the event occurs every 2-½ years.

That said, the Total Eclipse of a Blue Moon hasn’t occurred since March 31, 1866. That’s 152 years ago!
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Read more about Blue Moons

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ALIBI: Clue-driven treasure hunt leads you through downtown Las Vegas

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Penny Cuddles Wiggins of Las Vegas, 56, left, leads a group down Fremont Street during the Alibi Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Joel Angel Juarez Las Vegas Re ...Penny "Cuddles" Wiggins of Las Vegas, 56, left, leads a group down Fremont Street during the Alibi Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Joel Angel Juarez Las Vegas Review-Journal @jajuarezphoto
Penny Cuddles Wiggins of Las Vegas, 56, left, leads a group down Fremont Street during the Alibi Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Joel Angel Juarez Las Vegas Re …Penny "Cuddles" Wiggins of Las Vegas, 56, left, leads a group down Fremont Street during the Alibi Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Joel Angel Juarez Las Vegas Review-Journal @jajuarezphoto

By Steve Bornfeld • Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 6, 2018 – 12:32 pm
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There are texts. Then there’s this text.

“Hi it’s Cuddles the Showgirl. Can U help me? Meet me @ the Big Heart outside Container Park (707 Fremont St.) @ 11:45 a.m./tomorrow.| Don’t be late sweetie!!!” Whatever you say, honey-bunny.

With that Friday evening missive, we’re prepped for a Saturday morning excursion into oddness called “Alibi Las Vegas,” a weekly, kooky combo platter of downtown walking tour/interactive scavenger hunt/restaurant crawl/detective challenge/street-side improv/joie de vivre soiree. Which is to say: a Vegas show that wouldn’t be caught dead in a Vegas showroom. (Nor would Cuddles.) Rather than sit, applaud and gaze at a stage, this bonkers entertainment brew, concocted in 2014, plunges us into a surreal scenario in which we wind up ferrying ill-gotten booty for a shadowy no-goodnik through our colorful streets.
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I did a similar experience in New York called ‘Accomplice,’ and I thought with all our rich history, we could have one customized to Vegas. The moment you arrive, it’s already started.
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Las Vegas is expanding its self-driving shuttle experiment (Including update)

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Three stops on a 0.6-mile loop downtown
Three stops on a 0.6-mile loop downtown
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Updated: Las Vegas’ Self-Driving Shuttle Service Crashes In First Hour Of Service

Update: In only its first hour of service, Las Vegas’ driverless shuttle got into a minor collision with a delivery truck that was backing up.

None of the shuttle’s eight riders were injured, nor was the truck driver; the shuttle’s front bumper reportedly bore the brunt of the damage. A representative of AAA on Twitter attributed the accident to “human error.” According to an official statement posted by Las Vegas City, “the autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown. The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle.” Read entire article…
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Original post from:
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by Andrew J. Hawkins@andyjayhawk Nov 6, 2017, 3:40pm EST

The city of Las Vegas is expanding its experiment with autonomous technology, offering members of the public free rides on a self-driving shuttle bus making stops in the city’s congested downtown. The shuttle will only make three stops on its 0.6-mile loop, but its operators are calling it “the largest self-driving pilot project in the US.”

The shuttle, which is designed by a French startup called Navya, can seat up to eight passengers, including a safety driver. So while the vehicle’s hardware and software will be handling all the driving operations, it won’t literally be a “driverless” experience.

IT WON’T LITERALLY BE A “DRIVERLESS” EXPERIENCE
The shuttle is outfitted with LIDAR, GPS, and cameras, in addition to V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) technology that will allow it to communicate with sensors embedded in Las Vegas’ traffic signals to better manage the flow of traffic. (The Verge’s Casey Newton recently got the chance to test out an Audi equipped with V2I technology in Las Vegas, and he found the experience to be much less stressful than usual.)
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Starting November 8th, the shuttle will begin accepting passengers at any of the limited route’s three stops located on Fremont Street and Carson Street between Las Vegas Boulevard and 8th Street. The service is operated by Keolis, the largest private transport company in France, and will also be sponsored by AAA, which plans to use the year-long project to survey rider attitudes toward autonomous vehicles.

The shuttle project is an expansion of a two-week experiment conducted by Navya and Keolis in Las Vegas last January. At the time, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said she hoped to have a fleet of autonomous vehicles operating in the city by the end of 2017 Read more…
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