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Sep 23, 2016

Community Achievement Awards Finalists

Laughlin, Nevada
Community Achievement Award Finalists for 2016

Congratulations to all those nominated and the finalists for the 19th Annual
Community Achievement Awards. It is wonderful to see several members of our group being honored. The black tie event will be held at the Aquarius Casino on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. Tickets are available from the Laughlin Chamber.
Here are the finalists for each category.
Youth Citizen of the YearJalynn Quibell (Laughlin High School), Taylor Evans (River Valley High School), Nicholas Achor (River Valley High School), and Paul Stoddard (Laughlin Jr./Sr. High School).
TourismLloyd Shires (Riverside Resort), and Mark and Denise Villalovos (Run Laughlin).
Civic ServiceHeather Petrillo, Erroll "Shorty" Spencer, and Fred Bruno.
Public ServiceOfficer Brian Morin (Bullhead City Police Department), Chief Rick Southey (Bullhead City Fire Department), and Lt. John Healy (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department).
Humanitarian AwardCassandra Cyril, Fred Doten, Karole Finkelstein, and Patty Dion.
Educator of the YearJessica Sessions (Mohave Accelerated Learning Center), Bryan Crabtree (Laughlin Jr./Sr. High School), Taryn Strong (Hualapai Elementary School), and Christine Williams (Colorado River Union High School District).
Community/Social Service Organization Award S.A.I.N.T. Organization, Colorado River Women's Council, Northern Arizona Veteran's Resource Center, and Laughlin Elks 2872.
Entrepreneur of the Year AwardJake Williams (Sugar Shack), Anita Bray (Javalina's Coffee Express), Renata Faccioli (Starlight Montessori School), and Jim Theodoredis and Samantha Serrano (The Bearded Gentleman).
Small Business of the YearTotally Awesome Printing By Colorado River Tees, Bug Emergency, Desert Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Garden, and Bentley Place Hair Design.
Large Business of the YearHarrah's Laughlin, Golden Nugget Laughlin, Edgewater Hotel Casino Resort, and Sam's Club.
Green Business of the YearGolden Nugget Laughlin, Aquarius Casino Resort, Mohave Electric Cooperative, and Mohave Shred.
Communications Cat Smith, Rodd Cayton, Bill McMillen, and Brie Tyler.

Good luck to everyone! 


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Sep 22, 2016

Humberto's in Laughlin hit with 35 demerit, C grade Health Inspection

Southern Nevada Health District  
Restaurant Inspection September 19, 2016

In an inspection on 9/19/2016 Humberto's received 35 demerits and a C grade from the Southern Nevada Health District.   Humberto's is located in the Town Center on Needles Hwy in Laughlin. 

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

Violations resulting in the 35 demerits included the following.  Normal procedure is to close any establishment that receives more than 40 demerits in an inspection.


The most recent inspection before this latest one was an A grade in December of 2015 with 9 demerits.  Prior to that they have had several B grade inspections dating back to 2009. 

When a re-inspection occurs we will update this post.

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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.  

Sep 18, 2016

Will there be a Bullhead City River Regatta in 2017?

 The Bullhead City regular city council meeting is coming up on Tuesday, September 20th. 
This is your chance to hear the latest and/or give our input.
1255 Marina Boulevard, Bullhead City, Arizona
Item 5 on the agenda is:
PUBLIC HEARING. Discussion and action regarding the possibility of conducting an 11th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta
See this link for more information on the agenda item:…
Feel free to share with interested parties.

Will there be a River Regatta in 2017?    The smart bet is Yes there will.   We will find out on Tuesday. 

Sep 17, 2016

"AG for a Day" coming to Laughlin

Laughlin, Nevada

"AG for a Day" coming to Laughlin

Nevada Attorney General Paul Laxalt will visit Laughlin on September 20th during his “AG for a Day” tour of Southern Nevada.  

The event takes place at 10 AM at the American Legion post, 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive.

This is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

The purpose of the tour is to take state government directly to the people. Presentations will be given by Attorney General Laxalt his staff.  These will include topics such open government, guardianships, elder abuse, consumer fraud, domestic violence, taxation, local government finance and military legal services.

Following the presentations, Attorney General Laxalt and his staff will be available to answer questions or hear concerns from members of the community.


Mark your calendars for another important event coming up on September 22nd.

District 3 candidate Jerry Tarkanian to speak at Laughlin Leadership Forum at 5 P.M. on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the American Legion Hall. The public is invited and admission is free; the Forums are sponsored by the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation.  

Laughlin Leadership Forum - September 22, 2016

District 3 candidate Tarkanian to speak at Laughlin Leadership Forum on 22nd


LAUGHLIN – A candidate for Nevada Congressional District 3, Danny Tarkanian, will be the speaker at the next Laughlin Leadership Forum program at 5 P.M. on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the American Legion Hall.
The public is invited and admission is free; the Forums are sponsored by the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation. The Legion post is at 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive about a half-mile downhill from the Needles Highway.

Tarkanian, the son of famous University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, won the Republican Party nomination for the upcoming election to succeed Dr. Joe Heck, who is seeking to become one of the two U.S. Senators for Nevada. Tarkanian is facing Democrat Jackie Rosen of Henderson, who also has been invited to be a Forum speaker on the available Thursday Forum dates.
His platform for the 2-year term includes 13 planks, starting with make America safe and secure again, reduce middle-class health care costs, and balance the national budget with fair trade for the U.S. economy. He also wants to preserve Social Security, fix the broken immigration system, and overhaul the self-serving culture of the national government.
Other planks include growing the economy for everyone, make American self-sufficient in energy, end crony capitalism, cut taxes to disarm the national bureaucrats, all lives matter so life and liberty must be protected for all, empower parents instead of national bureaucrats with no Common Core Curriculum in education, make America respected and feared again with no apologies, and a vigilant defense of the Second Amendment right of citizens to keep and bear arms.

Tarkanian and wife Amy have 4 children. He graduated from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, earned a degree at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and his law degree from the University of San Diego. The owner of a real estate business, he also established a basketball academy for youth. Tarkanian has run for elected office in Nevada 4 times, for Secretary of State (twice), U.S. Senate, and the Nevada Fourth Congressional District.

Other upcoming L.E.D.C. Forum dates and events are:

Laughlin Town Advisory Board candidates night, 4 P.M. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Glady Laughlin Fellowship Hall of Laughlin Community Church on the Needles Highway between the U.S. Post Office and the Laughlin Town Center shopping plaza;

Dr. Joe Heck, candidate of U.S. Senator, 5 P.M. Thursday, Oct. 27, American Legion. Heck’s Democratic Party opponent, Catherine Cortez Masto, also has been invited to choose a Thursday Forum date.

Early voting in Laughlin will be at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library Branch on Saturday, Oct. 22, the first day of the 2 weeks of early balloting. General Election Day at the library will Tuesday, Nov. 8.

For more information on the L.E.D.C. go to
Contact or 505-879-3142

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Sep 16, 2016

Laughlin Visitation Numbers up for July 2016

Laughlin Visitor Numbers up for July 2016
Laughlin, Nevada

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that visitor volume to Laughlin for July 2016 was up 3.1%

July of 2015 had 188,537 visitors versus July of 2016  which had  194,461  visitors

For the year to date, Laughlin Visitation is up 2.1%
Occupancy rates were up  3.7% higher than the same period in 2015.  The average daily room rate was up 12.3%.

Meanwhile Gaming revenue for July in Laughlin was down slightly -1.6%

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

July         2016     188,537     2.1%        compared to July of 2015
June        2016     165,670     6.0%        compared to June of 2015
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

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Aug 25, 2016

Changes at Bumbleberry Flats in the Pioneer Casino

Laughlin, NV
Bumbleberry Flats in the Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall

In the August 25, 2016 (online) report in Food and Beverage magazine the management of the very popular Bumbleberry Flats restaurant announced a change in their executive chef.

Multiple award winning Chef Craig Pinkard is out with new Executive Chef Johnny Flores set to take over the culinary gem hidden in the otherwise unspectacular setting of the Pioneer Casino.

Chef Pinkard was the creative force and passion behind  Bumbleberry Flats.  He helped build it from the inception as an unknown spot with a strange sounding name into a favorite among locals and visitors to the Laughlin area.  

Bumbleberry Flats opened in January of 2014 and from the onset the restaurant under Pinkard's leadership began to win awards from local Best of Polls and Food Fests.

We are very sad to see Chef Pinkard go and wish him success in his future endeavors.  Hopefully, we will see him remain somewhere in the local Laughlin or Tri-State restaurant scene.

Now the question* is what will happen to the Bumbleberry Flats so many have come to love?

New, Executive Chef Johnny Flores has an impressive resume (coming from Las Vegas).  The only constant is change, so stay tuned for reviews and further information soon.

*Another unanswered question might be why the change?   

Below are some of the Awards won by Bumbleberry Flats and Chef Pinkard since they opened.


2016 Best of Laughlin 
Best Restaurant - Bumbleberry Flats
Best Chef - Chef Craig Pinkard, BumbleBerry Flats
Best Breakfast - Bumbleberry Flats
Best Late Night Eats -Bumbleberry Flats
Best Bloody Mary - Bumbleberry Flats
Best Desserts/Sweets - Bumbleberry Flats

2016 Mohave Valley Daily News Best of 2016
Best American Food
Best Burger

Photo from the Mohave Daily News
Taste Of Bullhead 2016 
Under Chef Pinkard, Bumbleberry Flats won the Best EntréeAward at the Taste Of Bullhead 2016 for the 3rd Consecutive Year.   For 2016 the win was with featured the Entrées, Brisket Burger and BBQ Ribs.


2015 Best of Laughlin
Best Chef - Chef Craig Pinkard, BumbleBerry Flats
Best Breakfast - Bumbleberry Flats, Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall

2016 Mohave Valley Daily News Best of 2015
Best American Food
Best Burger

Taste Of Bullhead 2015
Taste of Bullhead Peoples Choice Award for Best Appetizer and Best Entrée 2015

Photo above and below by Mohave Daily News

Chef's Food Fest 2015


2016 Mohave Valley Daily News Best of 2014
Best Breakfast
Best Burger

Taste Of Bullhead 2014
Taste of Bullhead Peoples Choice Award for Best Entrée 2014

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Aug 22, 2016

Laughlin Gaming Revenue Up for June

Laughlin, Nevada

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that Laughlin Casino properties gaming revenue was up 9.57% to $38,644,522  for the month of June 2016.  

Overall in Nevada Statewide Gaming win was up 6.8% to $887 million dollars.

Gaming revenue win by area breakdowns:
Clark County                    + 7.33%
Vegas Strip                        + 9.74%
Laughlin                             + 9.57% 
Mesquite                            + 4.38%
Downtown Las Vegas      + 0.56% 
North Las Vegas                - 1.34%

Boulder Strip                     - 0.10%

For the Fiscal Year-to-Date 7/1/15 to 6/30/16, Laughlin is up 1.14%  at   $472,224,711 

All numbers are comparisons to the same period in June of 2015 and are from the Nevada Gaming Board source at:

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Aquarius Casino Resort posts 2nd Quarter Revenue Increases

Laughlin, NV

American Casino & Entertainment Properties, parent company of the Stratosphere, Aquarius and two Arizona Charlie's properties reported a net income of $12.3 million on revenue of $105.1 million for the second quarter of 2016 (ending June 30th).  For the same quarter in 2015, income was $7.4 million on revenue of $102.6 million.

At the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, NV:
Overall Net Revenue increased 3.1% 
Casino revenue was up 1.7%
Food and Beverage revenue was up 8%
Hotel revenue was up 8.5% due to increased occupancy and room rates

At the other properties in Las Vegas/Nevada:
Stratosphere’s net revenue increased 3.1%  
Arizona Charlie’s net reveue decreased with a 0.1%  

Aquarius from the Laughlin River Walk

Cove Lounge at the Aquarius - from the Laughlin River Walk

Aquarius was the biggest winner in the 2016 Best of Laughlin Awards.  
See who won at the link below.


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"Looking Over The Fence" - Former Mohave Generating Station Site in Laughlin, NV

Laughlin, NV

"Looking over the Fence"- A 12 minute look over the fence at the former Mohave Generating Plant Site in the center of Laughlin, Nevada. 

I know this posting might show a little of the economic development side of our efforts at the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation but the entire tri-state area as been waiting for this sale and private development since the plant closed in 2005. The development possibilities are evident and have been for over a decade. Thank you for taking the time to view.

Description-Former Mohave Generating Station Site- and Griffith Switch Station-approximately 2200 acres will be offered for sale and private development in December 2016 by the four utility company owners. 

Best viewed at 1080HD

Relevant SCE Timeline from the SCE Land Sale Website ( ) is included below for easy reference:

1st & 2nd quarter 2016
─ Complete property disposition map process with Clark County
─ Public Announcement of sale process
3rd & 4th quarter 2016
─ Conduct open sale
─ Co-owners approve sale
─ File for approval by governmental agencies
2nd quarter 2018
─ Obtain final co-owner and governmental approvals
3rd quarter 2018
─ Complete escrow and record sale transactions

Drone flight video and information provided by Robert Bilbray


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