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Jul 7, 2020

Bullhead City to close beaches on weekends through September

Bullhead City Press Release
Bullhead City to close beaches on weekends through September
BULLHEAD CITY, AZ., - July 7, 2020 – Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady issued a proclamation today closing down all City beaches and boat launches on weekends. The proclamation declares that all City beaches, boat launches and associated parks will be closed for the remainder of the summer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to slow the spread of COVID-19. The parks will be open to the public Monday-Thursday.
Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
·        Community Park will be closed entirely. The park will be fully fenced with no public access. 
·        The Colorado River Nature Center will be closed entirely. The main gate will remain locked and no foot traffic will be allowed.  
·        Sunshine Marina will be closed entirely. Gates will be installed to prevent all vehicles and all foot traffic.
·        Rotary Park will be closed to most vehicular access. All beaches will be closed, but access will be granted to basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, skate park, walking trails, ballfields and dog park. Gates and fencing will be installed to prevent beach and boat launch access. All parking lots will be closed except for the parking lot closest to the pickleball courts. 
·        Various City street ends with access the Colorado River, such as Trane, Park Lane, Third Street and others will be closed entirely.

In issuing the proclamation, Mayor Brady offered the following comments:
     Today I am issuing an order to close the beaches and boat launches in Bullhead City parks from Friday through Sunday of each week through Labor Day weekend.  This decision, along with the decision regarding the wearing of face coverings, has been an extremely difficult one to make, and it is done with a full understanding of the repercussions to our citizens and our business community. 
     Throughout this entire pandemic, I, as well as the city manager and police chief, have been involved in countless daily meetings and briefings with the top medical professionals, health care administrators, first responders and the governor’s office. Our top priority in every decision has been the ability of our medical community and first responders to safely deliver all the resources necessary to those who need treatment from this disease.  This includes hospital beds, ventilators, personal protective equipment, testing, and adequate staffing to name just a few.  Until recently, the information we received locally was that we were prepared and our number of confirmed cases was low.
     Now we are being told that hospitals elsewhere in Arizona are being overrun and that they are transferring them to rural hospitals that still have capacity.  That hasn’t happened yet in Bullhead City, but our number of positive cases is spiking and our hospital admissions are climbing enough that it is time to take further actions.
     Initially we resisted the mandatory face covering order and strongly encouraged our citizens and businesses to voluntarily comply.  That didn’t work and with the numbers rising dramatically, I was forced into the hard decision of making them mandatory in all indoor public spaces. 
     I had hoped that since we control only a few areas of the Colorado River shoreline, we could keep them open by reducing the numbers of visitors allowed to an acceptable level for social distancing.  However, last weekend our out-of-towners figured out a way to thwart our plan, and they crowded our beaches to socially unacceptable levels.  In trying to control large crowds moving forward, I now realize our limitations and believe that no matter what the City does, non-compliance and overcrowding will continue to occur, which is not acceptable in trying to stem the spread of this virus.  As such, under a new proclamation with further details, I am closing city controlled beaches and boat launches and associated parking lots on Fridays through Sundays. 
     Together we will get through this pandemic, but it requires each of us to do our part in stopping the spread.  Let’s all pray that it ends quickly with no more suffering or fatalities.

City of Bullhead City Emergency Proclamation No. 2020-3

Jun 16, 2020

Grocery Store in Laughlin obtains grant and approval to open by August 30, 2020



Laughlin, NV

The Market in Laughlin, Inc. has received a grant and approval to open a grocery store in Laughlin by August 30, 2020. 


Laughlin has been without a grocery store since Aldape's Market closed in March of 2020.  The new store will be in the same location using units 300 and 400 at 3100 Needles Hwy. 
This is located in the Town Center Shopping Plaza.

The BCC* passed a $120,000 grant to a new tenant, The Market at Laughlin, Inc. to help open a Grocery Store in Laughlin.  By the agreement, they are to continuously operate an approximately 13,500 square foot full-service grocery store at 3100 Needles Highway in Laughlin. The new tenant has executed a 5-year lease with the property owner. 


As part of the agreement, the new store owners must commence business and be open to the general public by August 30, 2020.   In addition, they must be open to the general public for a minimum of six days per week for a minimum of 10 hours per day.  On or before August 30, 2020, they are also to have hired 20 full-time employees from the local community. The grant qualification period expires on December 30, 2020.


The lease for the new store was signed on June 16, 2020.  Actual opening date and details about what will be included in the store are pending and have not been announced by the new owner  

*The Small Business Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Grant Agreement Between Clark County, Nevada and The Market At Laughlin, Inc. includes details and exhibits such as the lease and location. This can be viewed at the June 16, 2020 meeting agenda and supporting documents for Item 67:  https://agenda.co.clark.nv.us/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=2106&doctype=agenda 






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May 31, 2020

Laughlin Casino, Hotels and Gaming Reopening List

Laughlin, NV 



Most Laughlin Casino Resorts and Gaming Taverns are preparing to reopen on June 4th. 
The following list is the most current information and is subject to change by the properties.  We will update this list as needed. 
Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort  - Opens June 4th at 8am 
Aquarius Casino Resort - Hotel opens at 3pm on June 3rd. Gaming machines turned on June 4, at 12:01am 
Edgewater Casino Resort - Hotel opens at 3pm on June 3rd. Gaming machines turned on June 4, at 12:01am 
The New Pioneer - Gaming opens on June 4 at 9am
Golden Nugget Laughlin -  will open on June 3rd at 3pm for hotel guests. The casino opens on June 4th with slots opening at 12:01am and table games opening at 10am.
Tropicana Laughlin - will open on June 4 at 10am 
Laughlin River Lodge - will open on June 4th 
Harrah's Laughlin - will open on June 4th at 10 am. 
Avi Resort & Casino - has not yet announced an opening date. They are testing all employees prior to reopening. 
The Regency Casino - Gaming opens on June 4th at 6am
Gilligan’s Tavern - Reopening June 4th at 10am 
Gnat's Landing - Reopening on June 4th at 10am 
Beside The Pointe - Reopening on June 4th at 10am 
The Hideout Laughlin - Opens June 4th at 8am
Blue Lagoon -  Gaming reopens on June 4th at 8am.  Located in the Bayshore Inn. 
Jackpot Joanie's  - Gaming reopens on Thursday, June 4th at 12:01am.   
Old Town Saloon - Opening Date Not Announced 
Spirit Mountain (located in AZ) - No reopening date yet. They are testing all employees prior to reopening. 



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May 30, 2020

As expected due to the pandemic, Laughlin visitors numbers dropped for April of 2020

Laughlin, NV 



Nevada's casino's have been closed since March 17, 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.  Laughlin Casinos and Hotels are slated to start reopening on June 4th.  

As expected due to the closure of the Casinos and Hotels, Laughlin visitor volume was down -97.3% for the month of April (2020), compared to April (2019).  

April of 2019 data showed 160,200 visitors, while April of 2020 had a count of just 4,300.



Sources: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; Mohave County Airport Authority; Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT); Nevada Gaming Control Board. Note: Air passengers and auto traffic counts are a blend of commercial, pass‐thru and resident traffic in addition to visitors. LVCVA.com    * Insufficient data to report     r ‐ revised



May 29, 2020

Laughlin Gaming Revenue - April 2020 (Gaming Suspended due to Pandemic)


Laughlin, NV

All Gaming in Nevada was shut down on March 17, 2020 at Midnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Source:
 https://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=16775

2019 April Gaming Revenue as 45,391,501,  As expected with no Casinos open the number for April of 2020 was -14,243. This amounts to a decrease of -100.03%.   
 Laughlin Gaming Revenue Overall for 2020
January  +0.88%
February +5.84%
March     -38.2%
April       -100.03%
Laughlin Casinos and Resort Hotels will be able to re-open as of June 4, 2020.  



May 18, 2020

Colorado Belle Casino Resort in Laughlin, NV to Close Indefinitely

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Laughlin, NV
May 18, 2020

When Nevada Governor Sisolak and the NV Gaming regulators authorize Casinos to re-open, the iconic Colorado Belle Casino Resort will remain closed.

400 employees were notified by a letter that they would be laid-off and benefits would end at the end of May. Employees were invited to apply for positions at other properties. 

Golden Entertainment Inc., also owns the Aquarius Casino Resort and the Edgewater Casino Resort in Laughlin.    In addition they own The Strat and two Arizona Charlies Casinos in Las Vegas plus a network of PT's Gold and Sierra Gold taverns across Nevada.  

Charles Protell, President and CFO, Golden Entertainment, Inc. released this statement: 
The significant economic impact from the Governor’s ordered closure of our industry and continued uncertainty of when we will be allowed to fully resume operations has caused us to make the difficult decision to extend layoffs indefinitely for approximately 400 team members at the Colorado Belle in Laughlin. We will continue benefits coverage for effected team members through May and will try to place these team members with our other properties that may have open positions.  This decision has not been made lightly, but unfortunately we see this as our only recourse to mitigate ongoing expenses and anticipated reduced business levels while facing competitive pressures from neighboring states allowing their casinos to reopen.

In addition to the hotel and gaming closing, several restaurants located inside including a long time favorite Pint's Sports Bar will remain closed.   The Big Easy Deli, the Loading Dock Bar and Grille, a snack bar round out the dining areas.   Music on the outdoor Loading Dock Stage and inside at the River Lounge will also disappear with the closer news. 

Economic factors and lower visitor numbers to Laughlin had already forced some changes at the Colorado Belle prior to closure.  The Poker Room had been closed, Live Keno was discontinued, and Table Games were only open on select days. 
As soon as word of the closure was announced, people soon started asking what will happen to the Laughlin Riverwalk area.   The Riverwalk runs from the Riverside Resort all the way to the Laughlin River Lodge. However, at the Colorado Belle, a quick detour through the Casino to continue was necessary to continue on to the New Pioneer section of the Riverwalk and beyond.   

There are no plans at this time for the property to be sold.   





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Laughlin Buzz News - May 18, 2020

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Laughlin Hotels and Casinos are still closed.

Watch our group or page on Facebook or follow Laughlin Buzz on Twitter for the latest updates.
We have included a few of the concerts or events that have not yet been canceled or those that have been rescheduled for later in the year. These are subject to change, depending on how long the closures continue.
Photo below by Todd Carnes, see more at laughlinbuzz.com
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Aquarius Casino and Resort
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Laughlin Buzz Poker Chips, Decals, Buttons

We still have our latest Poker Chips available for sale. Due to the pandemic, we are only shipping once a month. If you order one we will let you know when it will be shipped! Go to our Merchandise Page.
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CONCERTS AND EVENTS

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The only concert currently scheduled at the E-Center (located at the Edgewater) is
Charlie Daniels Band
June 20, 2020, 8pm
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https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-laughlin/shows

Daughtry

Live at Harrah's Laughlin
Rio Vista Amphitheater
Please note the Daughtry show originally scheduled for March 21st at Harrah’s Laughlin has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 17th, 2020 Tickets and info
All other concerts that were scheduled at Harrah's Laughlin have been postponed.
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The Pitbull concert originally scheduled for May 24th at the Laughlin Event Center has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 19th at 8:00 PM
See laughlineventcenter.com
for more details/tickets
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Kane Brown

Scheduled to be in Concert on October 31st at the Laughlin Event Center.
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Rockets Over The River

Two Rockets Over the River Fireworks shows are planned for this summer. At the time of this newsletter, they have not yet been canceled due to the pandemic and closures. Watch for updates.
Saturday, June 27th
Saturday, July 4th.
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DINING/RESTAURANTS IN LAUGHLIN

Most dining options in Laughlin closed when the Casinos and Hotels were shut down. The following are ones that are open for delivery or curbside service at this time. *This list is subject to change at any time by the establishments.
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The Chuckwagon inside the Regency Casino was offering a limited menu available for curbside pick-up. They have temporarily stopped it to focus on working with the local governing authorities to open their restaurant for dine-in business. Stay tuned to their page for an update.
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Saltgrass Steakhouse in the Golden Nugget Laughlin
The Saltgrass Steakhouse is offering Curbside Pickup at the Golden Nugget Laughlin. Visit their page for details.
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Other Laughlin Restaurants open for delivery or pickup (check with them).

Bruce's Taste of Chicago located in the Bayshore Inn
Mama's Pizzeria located on Needles Hwy in Laughlin
Jackpot Joanies on Needles Hwy in Laughlin (NO Gaming at this time)
If you own or know of another place that is open in Laughlin, send us an email at LaughlinBuzz@gmail.com to be included in the next issue.

More Laughlin Updates

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The Laughlin Outlet Center is still closed. Certain stores and food court vendors located in the mall may be offering curbside pick up. Check with the Laughlin Outlet Center for details as to which ones may be offering this service.
Big Bend Park State Park is open for Day Use Only. Check with them for times and dates and how to obtain a pass, if you do not currently have one.
Aldape's Market Closed Permanently
North Pointe Market on Needles Hwy began offering produce after Aldapes closed.
South Pointe Market is also open.
Laughlin Nail Salon located on Needles Hwy is open, with social distancing protocols. Reservations are required.
The Laughlin Aquatic Center (pool) is still closed and no opening date has been announced from Clark County.
The Laughlin Library has begun accepting book returns and offering appointments (call ahead) for curbside pick-up of books. Check the website or call them for details: www.lvccld.org
Both Laughlin Family Dollar Stores are open with social distancing protocols.
If you own or manage a Laughlin business and would like to be included in our next update, please email us at laughlinbuzz@gmail.com
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COMMUNITY NEWS

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https://laughlinedc.org/covid19
Visit the LEDC - Laughlin Economic Development Corporation Website to learn more about this local, non-profit. Memberships are available.
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The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation has a COVID-19 Resource page. Visit it at: COVID-19 Resource Page
The Laughlin Buzz FB Page is regularly updated with COVID-19 Information as it pertains to Laughlin and the surrounding area. Follow it Here.
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Dan Rodimer
Event in Laughlin
Tuesday, May 19th at 9am
Read More Details Here
This is shared as information only for Laughlin Residents who may be interested. We are not affilited with it this is not an endorsement.
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Many people have asked where they could get a Laughlin Buzz Coffee Mug similar to this one.
Due to the pandemic, we did not want to stock and have to ship products at this time. So, Lisa created some and made them available in an online marketplace. If you order one these will be shipped (not by us) directly to you. She added a few other items too!
*Disclosure, we earn very little on these, but will still be putting it aside for a future Happy Hour Buzzers get together once it is safe to do so!
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