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Jul 14, 2016

Town Manager, Clark County Economic Development Liaison to speak July 21 At LEDC Leadership Forum program


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Town Manager, Clark County Economic Development Liaison to speak July 21 At LEDC Leadership Forum program

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LAUGHLIN – Laughlin’s new Town Manager, Brian Paulson, will join with Clark County’s new Economic Development Liaison, Philip Klevorick, as the next Laughlin Leadership Forum program. The public is invited, and admission will be free with refreshments to be served.

The sponsoring Laughlin Economic Development Corporation speakers program will start at 5 P.M. on Thursday, July 21, at the Richard Springston American Legion Post 60 at 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive, a half-mile east (downhill) of the Needles Highway.

Both men have extensive economic development and growth backgrounds along with decades of experience in the Clark County government. They are part of a new push by District A Commissioner Steve Sisolak to bring more businesses, industries, and residents into the county’s southern-most township.

“The recent changes in personnel point to an increased intensity by county officials, led by our commissioner, in the campaign for Laughlin to add industry and a larger commercial sector to its current economic bases of the hospitality industry and better-off financially retirees,” explained LEDC  President Jim Maniaci.  He added, “Dr. Paulson has bought a place to live in Laughlin and has been busy meeting residents as he adds to his knowledge of the community. While being in charge of the county’s Community Development Block Grant program for many years, he was deeply involved in the construction of the Spirit Mountain Activity Center in our beautiful Mountain View Park.”  He began his work in Laughlin on June 6. An Iowa native, he received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science, and his Master of Public Administration from Iowa State University in Ames, and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of LaVerne in southern California.  He immediately went to work in 1989 as a charter employee of the County Manager’s Office’s management intern program, a 12-month position that resulted in him being hired as a full-time employee. He worked for 26 years in the County Manager’s Office and the Comprehensive Planning Department’s Community Resources Management Division. His responsibilities included Community Development Block Grants and fair housing programs.

Klevorick was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada – a very rural and small community-based province in the eastern-most part of America’s northern neighbor. The province (state) has tremendous resources and recreational opportunities, but also is economically challenged.  Hired in May as the Clark County Economic Development Liaison, Klevorick has been the program manager for the Clark County Department of Comprehensive Planning Nuclear Waste Division, primarily in a regulatory oversight capacity of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Depository proposed project. He also worked in Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management as a Permitting Specialist-Enforcement Officer. Klevorick has been the Clark County liaison for the Nevada National Test Site Specific Advisory Board, since 2009.  Prior to joining Clark County in 1999, he was a police constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a federal warden with the U.S. National Parks Service, an environmental specialist dealing with hazardous emergency response and cleanup for a provincial government, and a ranger with U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Klevorick has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and undergraduate degrees in business administration, forestry, and wildlife management.  He has played rugby for both Canadian and American clubs and in foreign competitions. He has coached men’s and women’s rugby clubs in Las Vegas, elevating competition to national levels in Division II rugby. And he coached the UNLV rugby club for 2 years. He became a referee in 2004 after a severe motorcycle accident. After becoming one of the top referees in the region he now focuses on the development of rugby referees. He was elected president of the regional referee society more than two years ago and plans to continue in this capacity for several more years.  Klevorick is married with four children. His Labrador Rolexx is his trusted companion when he is quadding, hiking, or exploring abandoned mines in the southern Nevada region.

The LEDC’s Laughlin Leadership Forum speakers program, organized by Bob Bilbray, assisted by LEDC Board Member Gina Mackey, brings top-notch government, political, and business leaders for Laughlin residents to meet face-to-face.

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Jul 13, 2016

Laughlin Live 2016 - Jazz Festival

Laughlin, Nevada



1st Annual Laughlin Live 2016 - Smooth Jazz Festival



September 3rd and 4th at the Laughlin Event Center


 

Info on the Laughlin Event Center website* includes the following performers:

David P. Stevens 
A versatile musician, Stevens grew up playing piano, drums and guitar, developing a dynamic performance style. David P. Stevens has headlined alongside stars Najee, Jeff Lorber, Rick Braun, Phil Perry and Alex Bugnon on the 2013 Capital Jazz SuperCruise.

Dirk K
He is an accomplished guitarist, whose career begun in the early 1990s. Releasing 14 CD's as a Recording Artist on Sony, Bellaphon, Fuzzy Music and on his own independent label DIP Records.

Marion Meadows
Marion Meadows is an American saxophonist, composer, and contemporary jazz recording artist. Meadows has released a total of 13 albums to date. Meadows was born in West Virginia and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of nine. He started playing tenor sax in high school, and then migrated to soprano sax. His passion for various types of music led him down an eclectic musical path.

Paula Atherton
Here she is once again dancing the funk right off everyone’s dancing shoes: saxtress Paula Atherton. The lady has a new label (Maurice White’s Kalimba Music), some slammin’ contributions from one of the coolest guitarist around, Nick Colionne, lovely trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and the wonderfully talented, equally lovely keyboardist Gail Jhonson. Couple that with that same seductive, crystal clear vocal style that has brought her this far and an album of all new, all original material called Ear Candy.

Ray Obiedo
Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Obiedo has had an eclectic musical background during his youth spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sounds of Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini and the popular sounds of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona.

Will Donato 
Will Donato is a smooth jazz composer, alto saxophonist and recording artist whose 2007 release, Will Call is his first with Innervision Records. His earliest musical work was with the mod revivalist band, The Untouchables, who gained a large underground following.  Donato has performed with some of the best known musicians of the genre, namely Al McKay of Earth, Wind and Fire, Bruce Conte of Tower of Power and Steve Reid of The Rippingtons; Donato also fronted Reid's Bamboo Forest for four years. He has worked outside the smooth jazz genre as well, most notably with Gerald Levert and Richard Marx. In addition, Donato frequently tours with his own band, The Art of Sax.

Chillie Willie Groove
William Portela, “Chillie Willie Groove”, was born into a musically inclined family.  His father was a well-known Latin percussionist in the New York salsa scene and whose mother was a singer.  In fact, while Chillie was in his mother’s womb, his father would play Latin rhythms to mother’s womb while baby Chillie kicked and moved her stomach with excitement!   Chillie Willie Groove toured all over in the 1980’s with Angela Bofill, Phyllis Hyman, Tom Browne, and also opened up for Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangion, Tower of Power, El Gran Combo, Marion Meadows, and Poncho Sanchez. Major highlights in Chillie’s music career came when he met and played right beside Tito Puente at the Brian Alden Jazz Festival in Connecticut.


Tickets are available for September 3rd or 4th or a pass for both days.   Prices range from $65-$95 for one day or $120 to $380 for the two day pass (plus any fees).   See laughlineventcenter.com for details.



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Jul 9, 2016

Laughlin, Nevada Visitor Numbers Flat for May

Laughlin Visitor numbers flat for May 2016
Laughlin, Nevada

Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that visitor volume to Laughlin for May 2016 was down slightly, by 0.2% (compared to May of 2015).

Laughlin May visitor volume was down 0.2% to 162,466 visitors compared to 162,819 for the same period last year.

Occupancy rates were flat also coming in 0.1% higher than the same period in 2015.  The average daily room rate was up 2.4%.


Source: http://www.lvcva.com/stats-and-facts/visitor-statistics/



Pioneer Casino in Laughlin, Nevada 



For 2016 thus far, by month, the number of visitors were:

May        2016     162,466    -0.2%        compared to May of 2015
April       2016:    171,516    +5.9%       compared to April of 2015
March     2016:    176,338    +1.3%       compared to March of 2015
February 2016:    157,426    +3.4%       compared to February of 2015
January   2016:    139,869    -5.5%        compared to January of 2015


Kid Rock performed in Laughlin in May 



Laughlin River Lodge


In spite of the flat visitation number for May, Gaming Revenue for Laughlin was up 1.94% to $39.6 million.   Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, visitor volume was down -3.9% and Gaming Revenue was down 11.68% on the Vegas Strip.







2016 Best of Laughlin Award Winners



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Jul 5, 2016

Laughlin Gaming Revenue Up in May, Vegas Strip takes a steep drop

Laughlin, Nevada



The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that Laughlin Casino properties gaming revenue was up for the month of May 2016.  

Meanwhile, a steep 11.68% drop in gaming revenue on the Las Vegas Strip led Nevada into an overall 4% decrease for the month of May (2016).

Elsewhere in Clark County the many other areas saw gaming revenue increases.

Downtown Las Vegas was up    13.11% to $50.4 million
North Las Vegas was up            27.81% to $27.2 million
Laughlin was up                        1.94% to $39.6 million   
Boulder Strip was up                 25.87% to $77.5 million

Only Mesquite was down 2.76% to $9.6  million  


The Colorado River in Laughlin, NV features boating, jetskis, river cruises, water taxis, floating, and fishing 


All numbers are comparisons to the same period in May of 2015 and are from the Nevada Gaming Board source at:  http://gaming.nv.gov/index.aspx?page=149


Kid Rock performed at the Laughlin Event Center in May 


The Golden Nugget Laughlin is one of the many properties lining Casino Drive in Laughlin, NV








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Jun 29, 2016

4th of July in Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin, NV

Three Fireworks displays will be featured in Laughlin over the long 4th of July Holiday weekend.

2015 Fireworks


Fireworks  Schedule

The 4th of July is on a Monday this year, so there will be two “Rockets Over the River” show by the Casino Drive Casinos and another fireworks show just a bit further down the river at the Avi Casino.

Rockets Over The River - Fireworks Display
Saturday, July 2nd  (9:30pm)
Monday, July 4th    (9:30pm)

Avi Fireworks Display
Monday, July 4th   (9pm)



Rockets Over the River - 2014 Finale

The Rockets Over the River is best seen from the Laughlin Riverwalk, the Tropicana Victory Plaza, Harrah's, or even out on the River itself.   The fireworks are launched from a location directly across the river from the Pioneer Casino.  Patriotic music accompanies the show on speakers and on local radio stations.

The Avi always has a great fireworks show.  The best location to view it is from the Beach Overlook right on the River.



Riverside Resort  - Fireworks Cruise

For the Rockets Over the River fireworks display on Saturday, July 2nd, the USS Riverside is offering a fireworks cruise.  It will leave the Riverside at 7pm, go upriver to the Davis Dam and they come back for viewing of the fireworks near the launch area across from the Pioneer Casino.   Cost is $40 per person and includes a gift bag, snack and bottled water.

The Celebration  - Fireworks Cocktail Cruises

Saturday, July 2nd and Monday, July 4th The Celebration tour boat (leaves from the Aquarius Casino Dock on the Riverwalk) is from 8pm-10:30pm Cost is $50 per person and includes a glass of champagne, hors d’ouvres and a DJ providing dancing music.

You can always go out on the River in your own boat, however, they do keep the area of the River near the launch area clear of vessels and traffic during the show.



Rockets Over the River - 2012 Finale


Our recommendation is go early, pick your favorite spot with a good view of the river, stay hydrated, and enjoy the show.   On Monday you will have to pick between the two shows.  Either on the Riverwalk or down at the Avi.  Both are different but very good.    

Times are an estimate, it always seems closer to 10pm before the show starts, however, the crowds can get pretty big on the Riverwalk.  Many of the Casinos also restrict the bringing of coolers on the Riverwalk during the show.



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Jun 23, 2016

Minato in Laughlin passes re-inspection

Laughlin, NV

Southern Nevada Health District - Restaurant Inspection

Minato Restaurant
Minato Sushi Bar 
2311 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV

Minato received an a inspection on June 9, 2016 for both their restaurant and their sushi bar.   
Both received a B grade with 20 demerits for multiple violations. 
See details of the original inspections here

On June 17, 2016 both were re-inspected by the Southern Nevada Health District and received A grades.   The Minato Restaurant still had 8 demerits for the following violations:




The Minato Sushi Bar has 0 demerits and no violations. 









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*** About the SNHD inspection process:  An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and
when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer view-able.


*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  

Jun 15, 2016

Minato Restaurant and Sushi Bar hit with poor health inspection

Laughlin, NV

Southern Nevada Health District - Restaurant Inspection

Minato Restaurant
Minato Sushi Bar 
2311 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV



Minato received an a inspection on June 9, 2016 for both their restaurant and their sushi bar.

Both received a B grade with 20 demerits for multiple violations.

First the restaurant:


Violations are listed below, and include keeping food protected from contamination, handwashing facilities, having a person in charge with knowledgeable/management certificaiton, plus many others. 



The Sushi Bar inside Minatos: 



The Minato Sushi Bar is listed on the SNHD website as approved to open on 7-2-2015.  

Violations for the June 8, 2016 inspection are listed below. 




We are unaware if Minato has changed ownership or just a name change.  Previously, in the Southern Nevada Health District  reporting they were listed as Minato Japanese and Korean Restaurant. Under that name they had a terrible inspection in 2014, and were one demerit short of being closed by the SNHD.  

January 29, 2014  Inspection results

Here is our reporting of the 2014 inspection under the former name at the same location.

Plus more info when Action 13 News from Las Vegas visited the Minato after the poor inspection in 2014.



***Be sure to read the information at the end of this article about how the inspection process reporting works.

When re-inspections are posted on the Southern Nevada Health District website we will share them and update this article.   If the establishments contact us and want to comment, we will share those as well.     The SNHD website is   southernevadahealthdistrict.org 



The SNHD also has an APP where you can check recent inspections.  This is not as robust as the website but is a nice, quick way to check the latest inspection results for an establishment you may planning to dine at.  Remember though, inspection results are not posted in real time.  You can look for the most recent Grade on the certificate posted at the restaurant (as required). 



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*** About the SNHD inspection process:  An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and
when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer view-able.


*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  





Saltgrass at Golden Nugget Passes Re-inspection

Laughlin, NV




Golden Nugget Laughlin
Saltgrass Steakhouse

Update

On May 19th, the Saltgrass had a trio of poor health/restaurant inspections.   See the details here.

A June 3rd a re-inspection by the Southern Nevada Health District showed all three areas of the Saltgrass passing with A grades, although one of them (the Saltgrass Bakery) still had 6 demerits.

June 3, 2016 Re-inspection 



June 3, 2016 Re-inspection Kitchen/Bulk



June 3, 2016 Re-inspection Bakery  

 A grade, with 6 demerits for the following violations





The Saltgrass Steakhouse did win Best Steakhouse in the 2016 Best of Laughlin survey. 




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*** About the SNHD inspection process:  An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer view-able.


*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.  


May 31, 2016

Laughlin - Restaurants Inspections for May 2016

Southern Nevada Health District - May 2016 Inspections in Laughlin, NV

Update:  Re-inspection results

The Saltgrass Steakhouse, located in the Golden Nugget Laughlin won "Best Steak" in the 2015 and 2016 Best of Laughlin awards.  The popular restaurant was also named Best Overall restaurant in 2015.

Inspections in May were not so good for the Saltgrass Steakhouse. 




On May 19, 2016 - Three inspections were posted for the Saltgrass, for various parts of the facility.

Saltgrass Steakhouse 
-Received 17 demerits and a grade of "B". Violation/demerits included those
for hand washing, protection of food from contamination, and pest control.  See the data below from the SNHD website.  Previous inspections showed all A grades going back to 2010. 



Violations on May 19, 2016



Inspection history at the Saltgrass Steakhouse



Saltgrass Kitchen / Bulk
-Received 34 demerits and a grade of "C".  Establishments that get more than 40 demerits are
routinely closed by the SNHD until problems are corrected and a re-inspection is passed.
Violation/demerits included those for proper hand washing, protection of food from contamination, pest control, and proper hand washing facilities. 



Violations on May 19, 2016




Saltgrass Steakhouse Bakery
-Received 17 demerits and a grade of "B".  Violation/demerits included those for PHF/TCS's properly cooled, effective pest control, handwashing facilities, and Kitchen/FCS equipment.




Violations on May 19, 2016






Other restaurants that received current inspections in Laughlin during the month of May received "A" grades.  See list below:





***Be sure to read the information at the end of this article about how the inspection process reporting works.


When re-inspections are posted on the Southern Nevada Health District website we will share them and update this article.   If any of the establishments contact us and want to comment, we will share those as well.     The SNHD website is   southernevadahealthdistrict.org 



The SNHD also has an APP where you can check recent inspections.  This is not as robust as the website but is a nice, quick way to check the latest inspection results for an establishment you may planning to dine at.  Remember though, inspection results are not posted in real time.  You can look for the most recent Grade on the certificate posted at the restaurant (as required). 


2016 BEST OF LAUGHLIN Winners 







Visit Laughlin Buzz for more information about the Laughlin area.




*** About the SNHD inspection process:  An "A" grade is the top grade an establishment can receive.  Generally if any grade less than an A is received the restaurant can and does have a re-inspection shortly thereafter after correcting any violations.  Keep in mind there is a lag time between when the inspections are performed and
when they appear on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.  A restaurant may have been inspected or re-inspected (in the case of a low grade) since the data was posted.  When a re-inspection is done the list of violations/demerits from the prior low grade is no longer view-able.


*All content in this blog post are presented for informational purposes only and uses data taken from the Southern Nevada Health District website.   We received no compensation from the properties or restaurants in this blog post and are not in any way affiliated with them.