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Jul 31, 2016

Players Club Changes coming to the Riverside Resort

Laughlin, NV

The Riverside Resort is implementing a new players club card and system.  

Effective August 1, 2016, the new King of Club cards will have four different levels, from Bronze to Platinum.    Earning periods will run from Aug. 1st to July 31st.  

Reels and Video Slot machines will earn 1 base point for $2 Coin-In
Video Poker will earn 1 base point for $5 Coin-In

See the picture below for other details: 

Oddly enough, discounts that kick in at the Silver, Gold  and Platinum levels are only available for CASH Transactions.    See the ** notation on the chart above.  

* The Riverside Resort is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary.  


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Players Club Changes Coming to Colorado Belle and Edgewater

Laughlin, NV

Colorado Belle Casino

The Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casinos both operate an Access Club Players Card.  However, both have their own card that accumulates points at their property, even though you can use comps accrued at either one.   That is changing in August as they switch to 1 player card for both properties.  Details still have not been announced and as of today the cards have not been available, nor is there anything on their website about it.

We recently did receive a mailer with the following information--

They also were "kind" enough to send us a 21 dollars in FREE play.  But the free play is broken out over several days and only redeemable on the specific ones they assign it to.   Plus, who is going to make a special trip to play $3 in free play on a designated day?  

There have also been complaints of long lines because any free play now awarded has to be redeemed at Casino Services instead of being available directly on the card as it was in the past.   This is supposed to be only for the month until the new system is in place.   It isn't a great start and reflects poor advance planning on the part of management.  At least in our opinion.

Edgewater Casino

Hopefully with their new system also they do away with this method of rewarding free play benefits and allow their customers to use them when they desire.   We are looking forward to seeing what kind of benefits the new players club offers.   With any luck, it will be friendlier to not only local players, but also to visitors from out of the area.

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New at the Laughlin Outlet Mall

Laughlin, NV

Laughlin Outlet Mall 

In the Food Court, a new coffee shop is slated to open on August 1st.    Wild West Coffee already had it sign up and ready several days ago.  Work was going on behind the scenes.

Wild West Coffee 

In addition, one of the other two remaining open spots in the Food Court looks like it will have a new occupant soon.    No firm details have been announced about who or what it will be.

In the main part of the mall, change and new stores have happened slowly.     However, a new store just opened this past week.   Oakes 3-D .  Below are a couple pictures posted by the owners on the Laughlin Buzz Business Community on Facebook  (visit the group here and see more).

The Laughlin Walk-In Care center opened a few months ago at the mall.

In October it will be two years since the since the new owners bought the mall,

Hopefully, some new additions to the stores will finally be forthcoming soon.  There are far too many empty storefronts, especially for a town that gets so many visitors each month.   And in an area (including the local tri-state area around Laughlin) where there is no large indoor mall.  

 The movie theater in the Laughlin Outlet Mall now offers all seats (except 3D movies) for $6 all the time. 

If you are a runner or know someone who is share the Run Laughlin race info with them.
December 3rd will be the 2nd annual race in Laughlin.

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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


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 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%.


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.

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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:

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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