Hello From Las Vegas! – Things are looking amazing for New Years Eve! After a couple of really cold ones (freezing temps at midnight), we’re looking at a high of 61F and an overnight low of only 41F. We’ll have a full report on how you can take part from right where you are (or wherever you will be on the 31st).
Other than that, we’ll spend this issue cleaning up odds and ends!
New Years Eve Live From Las Vegas – If that boring ball drop from New York doesn’t put you to sleep, we’ll show you how it is REALLY done. Two of our local TV stations not only go all-out on coverage from up-and-down The Strip and Fremont Street, but they stream it LIVE for the rest of the world:
– 8 News Now will start live streaming coverage at 8 PM Pacific this year. They plan to show
celebrations from across the US, leading up to ours. Hence, you can tune in and not miss the ball drops, peach drops, and other celebrations from across the country. Finishing up with ours at midnight Pacific.
– NBC 3 News starts their coverage at 10 PM Pacific with similar coverage in all of the tourist areas.
As this is live streaming, and a live event, sometimes the streams are not available on their site for the first few minutes. If you are ever thnking of doing New Years here, or just love Las Vegas and want to see how we handle the biggest party night of the year, tune in!
Rain-Free Record – In the past, I’ve noted that if it rains while you are in Las Vegas, play the Megabucks because you are already bucking very unusual odds! Christmas Eve set a new record of 102 straight days without even a trace of precipitation. Keep in mind that the official records for Las Vegas are kept at McCarran Airport, so you are talking about the same weather The Strip has.
Mt. Charleston (45 minutes northwest of town) has already seen precipitation, and up there, it is in the form of snow. While we aren’t considered a skiing destination, locals so inclined enjoy gettting up there to the slopes during the winter months. Also, if you have deep pockets and want to live near Las Vegas, but not be subject to our climate, there are homes up on the mountain, and the yearly average temperature is around 30 degrees cooler than here in the valley!
To those wondering if the lack of rain is a bad thing given the condition of Lake Mead, it is a moot point. It takes days and days of monsoons in Las Vegas to even raise the level of the lake by an inch or two. What we carefully watch is the rain and show in the mountains of Western Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Northern New Mexico. These feed the Colorado River, which then runs past our back door.
Also of note is that even with our growth, conservation efforts over the past decade have Nevada using LESS than our allotted supply of water from the river. Speaking of…
History Has Closed – Wynn/Encore has closed their golf course to make way for their Paradise Park, which itself will feature a pretty large man-made recreational lake. In one form or another, a golf course has been at that location (fomerly the Desert Inn) since the 1950’s. Given how intensive water use is to keep golf courses green, the impact of the lake on water supply and use will probably be a wash. I do know that if you have a pool in your backyard here, it is using less water than if you had a lawn!
Live Bus Video For Law Enforcement – January of 2018 will bring the implmentation of live streaming video on our busses. Should anything criminal or dangerous happen, police will be able to tap in and monitor exactly what is going on, so they can best aid the riders and get the bad guy!
You Can Get A Drink Served By A Pawn Star – Rick Harrison, star of Pawn Stars, is also a certified (by the county) food and beverage handler. He took the classes so that he could tend bar at his Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ and Tavern in the Pawn Plaza (next to the famous shop a mile south of Fremont Street on Las Vegas Boulevard).
He’s there Friday and Saturday nights unless he’s out-of-town. You may wish to call ahead and find out.
$50,728 – If you want to buy an average house in Las Vegas, that is the household income number they suggest you need. In Los Angeles? $115,068.77. Which is leading to a heavy migration from the Golden State.
Rat Pack Radio – A local group has started a low-power FM station speciazing in the kind of music you would have heard in the lounges of Las Vegas during the 50’s-70’s. If you are cruising The Strip, simply tune into 107.1 FM. Anywhere else in the world, they
provide the ability to listen online (see How To Listen To KIYQ).
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
Ted Newkirk, Publisher
Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler
Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley
The feature in the current Newsletter about Hot Air Balloon rides reminds my wife and I about our one and only trip over Vegas with D&R Balloons back in May 2011, which ended up with us making the local news! (links below)
It was an exciting end to our flight and we can only praise Doug Campbell, the pilot for his professionalism and skill in landing us safely in the neighborhood street without touching any of the roofs or street furniture.
It goes to show that balloons can only go where the wind takes them and “what goes up must come down”.
In spite of the unusual landing site we really enjoyed our flight – the worst thing about it is the incredibly early start – we were picked up at our hotel at 4:30am.
We would encourage anyone who’s thinking about this flight to go for it – it’s a once in a lifetime experience and the views are spectacular.
Looking forwards to our next trip to LV next April.
Barbara & Bob Byrne
Thanks for the great report and the news stories to share with our members! I recently watched a short film on the Albuquerque Balloon Festival (the most notable in the US), and was amazed at the amount of control these pilots fortunately do have. I have yet to go up (mainly due to the early hour, I’m a night owl), but it is definitely on the bucket list.
Just a reminder that sunrise/sunset and weather-related activities vary greatly throughout the year regarding when and what you can do. Every few months, we remind you how great it is to view the sunset and watch The Strip (and the entire city) light up from the top of the Stratosphere. The sun is pretty much GONE by 5 PM this time of year in our area. (We sit on the very eastern edge of Pacific time and are cursed with an early sunset).
However, you can take advantage of this! The 107 Skyfall lounge has happy hour from 4pm – 7pm with 1/2 price appetizers and 2-for-1 cocktails. And, if you let them know you are going up to the lounge, the ride to the top is FREE! (Two drink minimum).
Sunrise balloon rides won’t require you to get up so early, but keep in mind our overnights and mornings are downright chilly (or so they are to us). Do not be surprised at temps in the 30’s F. On the flip side, this is a great time of year for an early afternoon tour to Hoover Dam. The lake is usually a few degrees warmer (a plus in the winter), and you won’t be walking around all of that concrete in scorching temperatures. Our recommended and approved Hoover Dam tours (and all of our approved tours) are available at AccessVegas.com/Tours.
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Thought you had all the time in the world to watch Jennifer Lopez hit the stage live? Think again. The 48-year-old Latin pop star has released the final dates for her Las Vegas All I Have residency at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and it’s time you book your flights and tickets, ASAP.
Designed to be an experiential and immersive destination restaurant, guests to Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN at Caesars Palace will feel transported to the studio set of the globally-popular FOX television show. As of today, fans can begin placing reservations to be one of the first to experience Ramsay’s newest culinary venture, with the first reservations set for Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, located at Lee Canyon in the Spring Mountains, opened its gates to welcome skiers and snowboarders Friday for its 55th winter season. Due to unseasonably warm weather, Rabbit Peak was the first to open this season with some terrain park features.
The demolition of the Las Vegas Club continues in downtown Las Vegas on Friday. The property was purchased by Derek and Greg Stevens in 2015. An entire city block is being demolished to make way for a new resort. No definitive plans for the new resort have been announced.
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Lounge music in Las Vegas is not dead! David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra plays weekends starting at 10 PM inside Caesars Palace at the famed Cleopatra’s Barge.
Take a walk with me thru the Aria Resort & Casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. Aria is the centerpiece to City Center Las Vegas which was a 9.2 billion dollar project shared by MGM & Infinity World Development. The project was completed in 2009, which was one of the worst times for Las Vegas.
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