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Las Vegas Sixth Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

Las Vegas Sixth Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

LAS VEGAS -- An advocacy group is ranking Las Vegas as the sixth most dangerous metropolitan area in the nation for pedestrians, and Nevada the eighth most dangerous state.

Transportation for America in Washington, D.C., released a report titled "Dangerous by Design" on Tuesday. It puts Las Vegas behind the Florida cities of Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami, and the California metro area including Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario.

It says that from 2000 to 2009, 421 pedestrians were killed in Las Vegas. That averages 2.5 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents per year -- far above the national average of 1.6 pedestrian deaths per 100,000.

An interactive map with the report shows local areas with the most pedestrian fatalities such as Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo Road, Sahara Avenue, Lake Mead Boulevard and Boulder Highway. 

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

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Year-Round Beer Fest Planned

Year-Round Beer Fest Planned


A year-round beer festival to be held behind Bally’s is in the works.

Businessman Patrick Gagnon today announced plans for the “Las Vegas World Beer Fest”, a year-long beer event. The festival would be open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 11 p.m., beginning October 13. The world's first year-long festival would showcase more than 500 different beers from 100 different brew masters.

The site would be a tent village at a parking lot near Flamingo and Koval.

Philharmonic Ends Season on High Note with Mahler

Philharmonic Ends Season on High Note with Mahler

The Las Vegas Philharmonic opens its next season in November.

Works by Gustav Mahler "are like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Superman, rolled into one and on crack," according to one conductor.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

FAA Approves Skyvue Observation Wheel

LAS VEGAS -- The FAA has approved plans to build a giant observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Developers held a groundbreaking Monday for the 500 foot Skyvue wheel. The FAA found that the wheel will not have an adverse impact on air space.

The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel which will be on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Mandalay Bay Dr. is expected to be completed in 18 months. Developers are still working on financing for the project.

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Groundbreaking Day for Las Vegas' Latest Attraction

LAS VEGAS -- It's groundbreaking day for the latest attraction on the Las Vegas Strip. The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel will giver riders a sky high view of the city.

The wheel will be  on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Mandalay Bay Dr. and should be completed in 18 months. The wheel will be a 500-foot observation wheel that will be able to accommodate more than 800 riders for a great view of the Strip. It will be larger than the London Eye. The middle of the wheel will be 50,000 square feet of LED lights for advertising.

"I know a lot of people have talked about wheels -- doing observation wheel projects in Las Vegas -- but no one's ever been willing to give up their really valuable Las Vegas Strip frontage to do a wheel," said Howard Bulloch, one of the Skyvue developers.

Local Musician Sings for Record and Charity

Local Musician Sings for Record and Charity

A Las Vegas musician is turning his effort to break a world record into a charity event.

Jefferson Montoya will be attempting to put on the world's longest continuous solo concert from Wednesday, June 1 through Friday, June 3. Under the rules set out by the Guinness Book of World Records the artist can have only 30 seconds between songs and only five minutes of rest for every 60 minutes of playing time. Which means Montoya will play 44 hours straight from Wednesday night through Friday morning. And he will also try to beat the world record for the most pieces of music performed by a solo artist in a 24 hour period. The current record stands at 139 pieces of music.

The singer has also decided to turn the event into a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. The money raised at the event will benefit the charity's efforts in areas hit by the devastating tornadoes in Missouri. 

The concert and fundraiser will be held at Tommy Rocker's Cantina and Grill. 

Military Members Get Free Burgers on Memorial Day

Military Members Get Free Burgers on Memorial Day


Smashburger is honoring military members and their families with a free one-third pound Smashburger of their choice from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. this Memorial Day.

During those designated hours, anyone showing a valid military ID card at any of the four Las Vegas Smashburger locations will receive a free burger of their choice (one free Smashburger per person per valid military ID.)

Las Vegas Smashburger locations:

  • 7541 W. Lake Mead Blvd. (Lake Mead and Buffalo)
  • 9101 W. Sahara Ave. (Sahara and Ft. Apache)
  • 5655 Centennial Center Blvd. (Centennial Center and Ann)
  • 4725 S Maryland Pkwy. (Maryland Parkway and Tropicana)

Smashburger is open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.