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Hammargren Home Open for Nevada Day

Former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Dr. Lonnie Hammargren is again opening his home to visitors Sunday for Nevada Day celebrations.

The home, 4318 Ridgecrest Drive, is loaded with memorabilia. Everything from pieces of long-gone casinos to objects from the space race is on display. The newest items include the sign from the House of Lords Steak House and the entire entrance from the Casbar Lounge, both from the now closed Sahara Hotel and Casino. 

Live entertainment featuring impersonators and tribute artists will be from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Personalities from three shows featuring Las Vegas will be at the home. Rick Harrison from "Pawn Stars", Rick Dale from "American Restorations" and the crew from the new Animal Planet show "Tanked" are expected.

The organizers of the event are asking visitors to park with courtesy to the rest of the neighbors. There will be shuttles to run people from parking lots at Flamingo and Sandhill Roads to the house on Ridgecrest.

Police Arrest Stabbing Suspect After Brief Pursuit

LAS VEGAS -- A suspected car thief led police officers on a brief pursuit Thursday morning which ended in a crash in an East Las Vegas neighborhood.

Metro Police say the incident started around 7 a.m. near Russell Rd. and Stephanie St. when the suspect stole a truck after stabbing the truck's owner.

Police say the suspect dropped his identification at the stabbing scene which allowed police to locate his home address. Police called off their pursuit and sent up their helicopter to look for the suspect. A Metro helicopter pilot located the suspect near his home at Harmon Ave. and Mountain Vista St. where he had crashed into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle is expected to be okay.

The stabbing victim and suspect were both transported to Sunrise Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown.

Local Mall Hosts UNLV Day Sunday

Local Mall Hosts UNLV Day Sunday


Looking to promote more than just its athletics department in the local community, UNLV will host an event at The Galleria at Sunset this weekend.

The mall will host UNLV Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The university will have information and displays available from many of its departments – from admissions to alumni to athletics – for interested students, parents, community partners and athletic fans. There will also be activities for kids introducing them to UNLV and higher education. 

“UNLV is a vital partner in our community and it’s important that we let people know of the opportunities that we offer,” said UNLV President Neal Smatresk. “This will be a great way to find out more about becoming a Rebel and for those who are to celebrate with us.” 

Occupy Las Vegas Occupying New Location

LAS VEGAS -- A group called Occupy Las Vegas has county permission to camp in a vacant lot near McCarran International Airport and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. But they'll have to bring their own toilet paper.

A Clark County spokesman says the group obtained a 30-day permit Friday for the site near the Thomas & Mack Center arena -- and within walking distance of the Las Vegas Strip.

He says the group must provide portable toilets. The arrangement comes after days of negotiations with Clark County officials.

Some demonstrators also planned to change voting registrations to "nonpartisan" on Friday to show that Occupy Las Vegas isn't affiliated with a political party.

The demonstration is modeled after Wall Street protests in New York City blaming corporate interests for the nation's economic pain.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Huge County Auction Upcoming

Huge County Auction Upcoming


The most interesting county auction of the year is on the way.

Clark County and several public agencies will host the last and largest government surplus auction of the year at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The popular auctions are held three times annually at a county storage lot at 4320 Stephanie St., off Flamingo Road near Dog Fancier’s Park. The auctions feature items used or acquired by government agencies ranging from cars and trucks to office equipment and lost and found merchandise.

“The third and final auction of the year is always the biggest,” said David Johnson, manager of the county’s Automotive Division. “Budgets are set for the current fiscal year and any surplus vehicles that are being replaced can be put up for sale. We also expect to see five months’ worth of lost and found items from McCarran, including jewelry, computers, cameras, Kindles and i-Pods.”

Interested participants are urged to preregister as bidders during a three-day preview and preregistration period in advance of the sale. A registration office will be set up on site at the auction lot from Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the preview, the public also can see some vehicles and merchandise being offered for sale.

Wayne Newton to Open Home to Public

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton says he hopes to open his Sin City home for public tours by February.

Newton told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a yearlong effort to transform his sprawling Casa de Shenandoah estate into a tourist destination is almost complete. The attraction was initially slated to open in December, but Newton says the project was delayed because construction permits were not approved as quickly as expected. Revised building plans submitted last month call for expanding the attraction's museum space and a theater where Newton will perform at least occasionally.

Newton received permission last year to turn his lavish home into a tourist venue. Visitors will be able to survey his European antiques and celebrity mementos, including Nat King Cole's watch and a Johnny Cash guitar.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Runnin' Rebels Take Over Fremont Street Experience

Runnin' Rebels Take Over Fremont Street Experience


The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels want to give fans a whole new experience. The athletic department is teaming up with Fremont Street Experience for The Runnin’ Rebel Experience.

The event starts at 6 p.m., Friday at the 3rd Street Stage next to Fitzgeralds Casino. A short program to introduce the team starts at 7 p.m. The festivities are free and open to the public. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the evening.