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Sep 12, 2018

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LEDC-led efforts result in 99% recovery for property owners


LEDC-led efforts result in 99% recovery for property owners

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A campaign by the Laughlin EconomicDevelopment Corporation resulted in local property owners recovering $4.06 million of $4.09 in unused bonds from three Clark County Special Improvement Districts for Needles Highway, Unnamed Wash, and Hiko Springs Dam and flood control channels. Only about $28,000 went unclaimed by the deadline. That was the word given by Bob Bilbray, Strategic Development Advisor for the LEDC, at the Sept. 11 Town Advisory Board meeting.

The Laughlin situation will result in changes to Nevada law when the Legislature meets from Feb. 4-June 3. Bilbray said Dr. Joe Hardy, R-District 23 (including Laughlin and Searchlight), has an early bill draft request to amend state law to, among other things, increase the 60-day limit for property owners to reclaim their share of a district's unused bonds. In Laughlin's case the funds sat in the Clark County Treasurer's Office for 12 years. Treasurer Laura Fitzpatrick agreed that feature and some others need to be changed to allow more time, similar to the deadlines the Nevada Revised Statutes impose on tax lien sales by the County Assessors' Offices. Joining the effort will be Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak, whose district includes Laughlin and Searchlight), and Jim Gibson.
In its effort, the LEDC even mailed reminder cards printed in red to those owning residences, sent out news releases, made personal contacts, and did everything it could to make this "the most successful bond refund in Clark County history, but only because this community got up and yelled like h---," Bilbray said.

The strategic advisor noted that 1,575 checks were received (some persons owned more than one affected parcel and thus received a check for each parcel). Only two owners failed to file within the deadline, and he said a letter to the editor by one of them was not a valid complaint against the county, since the time limit was set by the Legislature. He spoke at the end of the meeting when the LTAB hears public comments about matters not on its agenda. 

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Sep 5, 2018

Laughlin Gaming Revenue UP for July 2018


Laughlin, NV



Nevada gaming revenue decreased 0.16% to $996.4 million in July of 2018 compared to the same month a year ago.  Locally, in Laughlin, gaming revenue was $41,363,521 in July of 2018 compared to $40,647,163 in July of 2017.  This is a 1.76% increase.



Source:
https://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=13611


The gaming win percentage broken down by area shows Nevada statewide was down slightly, -0.16%.

The Las Vegas strip was the primary reason, all other areas reported showed increases.  Have out of control resort fees and parking fees affected gaming and visitors to the strip locations?

The gaming revenue percentage change for July by area:

Statewide (NV)               -0.16%

Las Vegas Strip              -5.75% 

Downtown Las Vegas     +8.22% 

North Las Vegas             +14.99 

Laughlin                        +1.76% 

Boulder Strip                  +18.53%

Mesquite                        +5.92%

Clark County                  -1.12%

All data is from the Nevada Gaming Control Board



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Aug 12, 2018

Laughlin Gaming Revenue Down for June 2018

Laughlin, NV
 

Laughlin gaming revenue numbers were down by 1.87% for June of 2018, compared to the same period last year.

However, overall for the fiscal year to date Laughlin is still up 4.34%. 

Source: https://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=13543


Laughlin  
June 2018   $36,356,162
June 2017   $37,048,292
-1.87%   



The gaming win percentage broken down by area shows Nevada statewide was up 4.17%, led by an increase of +5.36% on the Las Vegas Strip.

Statewide (NV)               +4.17%

Las Vegas Strip               +5.36% 

Downtown Las Vegas     -4.41% 

North Las Vegas             -4.02% 

Laughlin                        -1.87% 

Boulder Strip                  +3.67%

Mesquite                        +10.34%

Clark County                  +3.45%


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Aug 9, 2018

Laughlin Town Advisory Board Meeting - August 14, 2018

Laughlin Town Advisory Board Meeting

August 14, 2018
1:30 p.m.

AGENDA can be viewed/downloaded at
http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/administrative-services/laughlin/Documents/LTAB%20agenda%2008142018.pdf

Location:

Laughlin Regional Government Center
101 Civic Way,  Laughlin, NV 89029


 Board Members:                    James Maniaci, Chair
                                               Kathy Ochs, Vice Chair
                                               Stephanie Bethards
                                               Gina Mackey
                                                 
Secretary:                              Tammy Harris  Tammy.Harris@ClarkCountyNV.gov                                                 
                                               Phone (702) 298-0828, Fax (702) 298-6132


Commissioner:                       District A- Steve Sisolak

County Liaison:                      Dr. Brian Paulson, bkp@ClarkCountyNV.gov  
                                               Phone (702) 298-0828, Fax (702) 298-6132






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Aug 5, 2018

Gaming Coming Back to Pioneer Casino


Laughlin, NV


Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall to Resume Gaming

(*pending license approval)

The August 8, 2018 9:00 am Nevada Gaming Control Board agenda
shows activity indicating gaming is poised to return to the Pioneer
Hotel & Gambling Hall in Laughlin, NV.

Gaming has been interrupted since the new owners, The New Pioneer LLC, took
over as of May 1, 2018.   See our article about gaming being closed.

Intrepid Gaming, LLC with Jon David Berkley has applied for licensing to do
business as Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall.

Provided the applications are approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board it
will then go to the Nevada Gaming Commission for final approval at their next
meeting in mid August.  If approved by the commission, gaming will be clear to resume.

We are hearing gaming will start just in time for the Labor Day Weekend, on August 31st.  (subject to approvals and an official, not yet made announcement by the company)









The Nevada Gaming Control Board link and source of the license application is below and contains this information:

INTREPID PIONEER, LLC, dba
PIONEER HOTEL & GAMBLING HALL
2200 S CASINO DR
LAUGHLIN, NV 89029

INTREPID GAMING, LLC 100%
Member
JON DAVID BERKLEY
Manager/President/Secretary/Treasurer 

JON DAVID BERKLEY
Manager/President/Secretary/Treasurer
APPLICATION FOR A NONRESTRICTED GAMING LICENSE
APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSURE AS A MANUFACTURER AND DISTRIBUTOR
APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE AS THE SOLE MEMBER
APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE AS A MANAGER AND KEY EXECUTIVE
APPLICATION BY INTREPID PIONEER, LLC, TO RECEIVE A PERCENTAGE OF
GAMING REVENUE FROM THE RACE BOOK AND SPORTS POOL OPERATED BY
BRANDYWINE BOOKMAKING LLC, AT THE PIONEER HOTEL & GAMBLING HA

Source:  
https://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=13571



*All information is subject to changed based on decisions by the Nevada Gaming Control Board/Commission and the owners of the property.  

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Jul 27, 2018

Wes Duncan to speak at Laughlin Leadership Forum on August 15




Wes Duncan to speak at Laughlin Leadership Forum on August 15

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One of Nevada’s biggest problems – persons suffering mental illnesses who live a life with the revolving door of a a jail – is a focus of Wes Duncan, who wants to succeed his boss, Adam Laxalt, as the state’s Attorney General.
Nevadans are invited to hear Duncan speak at 5 P.M. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, during a Leadership Forum sponsored by the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation at the American Legion Post 60 meeting hall at 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive, about a half-mile downhill from the Needles Highway. Admission will be free.

“Laughlin voters have a golden opportunity to hear a candidate for one of the most important elected statewide offices. Please invite your friends to join you to learn more of what Mr. Duncan wants to do, not only for Nevada, but Laughlin,” commented Jim Maniaci, President of the LEDC.

He developed the mental-behavioral health situation as a top priority through round-table discussions with most of the district attorneys offices, many sheriff’s offices, and several police departments during a state-wide tour. The solution, he indicated, involves teaming social workers, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists with police at jails and emergency rooms. Duncan will provide more details during his presentation.

Having served as Laxalt’s First Assistant Attorney General, he strongly supports school resource officers, having identified resources so the AG’s Office can help to make it happen. 

An Air Force veteran who continues to serve in the Reserves as a major, he was assigned to the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad to help the Iraqis with the prosecution of extremist groups and suspected terrorists.
Duncan, 37, and wife Jennifer met at Nellis Air Force Base and are the parents of boys ages 3 and 4.

He faces the other major party’s candidate, Aaron Ford, with Laughlin voters casting their ballots at the Laughlin Branch of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library. Early voting will be conducted from Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, before the Nov. 6 general election. 

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Jul 18, 2018

Guide to Resort Fees in Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin, NV

Resort Fees and Pay to Park Fees are skyrocketing in Las Vegas, especially on the Vegas Strip.

Now Laughlin's Casino "Resorts" are jumping on the Resort Fee trend. 



For those who haven't experienced resort fees these are a fixed fee usually charged per night.  Plus tax. They are not included in the quoted room rates.  Often times they are for amenities guests may not use. 
What does your nightly resort fee get you?



Amenities, which usually do not amount to very much or are things that used to be part of the rate. Generally they will include Wi-Fi, Fitness or spa access, local phone calls, access to a business center, even a newspaper. Pool or beach access you would expect to be part of staying at the hotel is now often bundled in the resort fee.  
This article will be a guide to resort fees you may encounter in Laughlin*.  We will update it as new information is made public.  Our guess is that will be quite often....because once a property institutes a resort fee it is very easy to keep slowly raising the amount. 


Important Notice (disclaimer)
* Always check or ask ahead of time to see exactly what the resort fee might be or if you are qualified for it to be waived. While we try to include accurate information, things change. If you are aware of a change we have not included please email us.


The Resort Fees by Property

Harrah's Laughlin     
$14.00 + $1.75 tax per night (Total $15.75 per night)
Resort Fee waived for Diamond or Seven Stars Players Card Level
Includes various amenities such as WiFi in room, use of beach and pools.

Harrah's Laughin was the first to implement Resort Fees in Laughlin.  This was, no doubt, because they are part of the Caesars Entertainment. All Caesars hotels in Las Vegas have resort fees.  The resort fee at Harrah's Laughlin has slowly increased from an initial price point of about $8.




Edgewater & Colorado Belle
$8.99 + $1.10 tax per night  (Total $10.11 per night)
As of this posting, they still call it a service charge on their website. 
Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms. 
Resort fee includes:
Pool access
Internet access (may be limited)
In-room coffee
The Colorado Belle and Edgewater are both owned by Marnell Gaming (for now).  Big, recent news is that they will be acquired by Golden Entertainment sometime in 2019. 


They quietly began resort fees at around the $1.99 per night level.  The resort fee was initially called a (disguised as) "service fee".  The fee quickly jumped up, a couple dollars each time an is now at: $8.99 per night.  




Aquarius Casino Resort
$10.00 + $1.25 tax per night (Total $10.75 per night)

Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms.  

Aquarius started Resort Fees as of May 2018

Resort Fee Includes:
Access to Fitness center;
Access to Resort Pool;
Unlimited Local and 800# calls;
Self and Valet parking;
Earn 300 base points and receive $10 in FREE slot play
or $10 in FREE bet per stay

Rooms also have free WiFi.  At least you get your first day of resort fee back in free slot play.  All these amenities you are forced to pay for in the resort fee were available to guests before the resort fee was implemented. Notice how free valet and self parking is included in the Aquarius resort fee, but (as of this writing on July 17, 2018).  Yet Valet and Self Parking is still FREE to all guests. Does this mean free parking at the Aquarius is coming in the future?



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Riverside Resort
$10.00 + $1.25 tax per night (Total $11.25 per night)
Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms and  have a Silver or higher level Players Card. 

According to the Riverside Resort Website (as of 7/17/18):
Resort Fee Includes:
In-Room Basic Wi-Fi for two devices
Add two additional devices for $5 per 24 hours
Upgrade to Premium* Wi-Fi for $5 per 24 hours
In-Room Refrigerator
In-Room Coffee for two
Coming Soon - Fitness Center Access
Coming Soon - South Tower Pool, Oasis Bar & Fire Pit Access
Coming Soon – Business Center Access
Coming Soon - In-Room Safes



Tropicana Laughlin
$5.99 + $0.75 tax per night (Total $6.74 per night)
Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms.

Tropicana Laughlin just joined the Resort Fee action. As of July, non-comped rooms are subject to a nightly $5.99 + tax resort fee.
Resort fee inclusions:
Pool access
Internet access (may be limited)
In-room coffee



Laughlin isn't Vegas and the visitors, customers/clientele are not similar to Las Vegas.  However, now that the Resort Fees are in the area they will most likely spread to the rest of the properties.

Golden Nugget Laughlin is owned by a corporation that has properties elsewhere with Resort Fees. So far, no resort fees are in place at the Golden Nugget. The only other two hold outs are the Laughlin River Lodge and the Avi Resort Casino.   Plus, the Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall, which has new owners, and as of today no gaming license and no resort fees.



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