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Silverton Having Trouble Finding Employees

LAS VEGAS -- It's an unusual problem impacting a Las Vegas resort -- having dozens of job openings but no one to fill them. The Silverton Casino has been trying to fill more than 35 positions, but are not having any luck.

It sounds so unbelievable, but Silverton President Craig Cavileer says it's real. Right now, they have several openings including servers, managers, table dealers, and even engineers, but unlike the bigger mega-resorts, the Silverton can't seem to find what they're looking for.

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"We even went to our casino database, which is really unusual, and sent out a blast that said refer a friend to the casino that you have already shown loyalty to," said Cavileer.

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Sahara in Vegas Donating Sign to Neon Museum

LAS VEGAS  -- Owners of the closed Sahara hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they're donating one of the property's iconic signs to the Neon Museum, a collection of Sin City's historic markers.

SBE Entertainment officials tell The Associated Press that the donation is part of celebrating the cultural significance of the casino that closed last month after 59 years. The sign faced Sahara Avenue at the back of the casino, near a porte-cochere. Neon Museum Chairman Bill Marion says the sign is a classic example of Las Vegas' storied past and the historic art form of neon signs. The museum, also known as the Neon Boneyard, is often referred to as the place where neon signs go to die.

The donation comes as SBE mulls what to do with the space.

 

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

Man Arrested in Strip Stabbing Death

LAS VEGAS -- A man has been arrested in a fatal stabbing that occurred on the Las Vegas Strip early Saturday morning.

Police arrested 25-year-old Victor M. Quijano for the murder and attempted murder of two men.

Police say they were called to a fight on the walkway between MGM Grand and the New York, New York casinos. When they arrived, they found two men stabbed. Both were transported to University Medical Center, where one died. The second man is expected to recover.

Quijano has been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon. He is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.

Cash-Starved Performers Hit Vegas Streets for Tips

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Las Vegas Strip is teeming with Spidermen, Elmos and Elvis Presleys of all waistlines.

Nevada's woeful economy has inspired dozens of jobless and under-employed men and women to dress up like celebrities, movie characters and cartoon heroes in pursuit of a buck. In the past year, fat and fit Elvises, as well as would-be Homer Simpsons, Mad Hatters, and Batmen, have set up shop on bustling sidewalks across this city of vice and excess, offering tourists the chance to pose for a snapshot with someone who kind of looks famous.

The gratuity-driven performances have created tension between Las Vegas' mighty gambling industry and free-speech advocates who defend the constitutional rights of adults in spandex pants, rainbow wigs and foam muscles.

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Man Fatally Stabbed on Las Vegas Strip Early Saturday Morning

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating a stabbing that left one man dead and another man seriously injured on the Las Vegas Strip early Saturday morning.

According to police, around 4:15 a.m. officers were called to the walkway between MGM Grand Hotel and the New York New York Hotel for a fight involving several suspects and a possible stabbing victim. When officers arrived, they found two Latin men on the walkway suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Both men were transported to University Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead. The second victim was taken into surgery and is expected to survive his wounds.

Officers were able apprehend two suspects in the area where the stabbing took place and took them both into custody. Both are being interviewed by homicide detectives and police expect arrests to be made.

Restaurant Critic: Our Usual at BEIJING NOODLE #9

Restaurant Critic: Our Usual at BEIJING NOODLE #9

Restaurant critic John Curtas raves about Chinese places that takes the simple to the sublime.

The food at Beijing Noodle #9 is so delicate, polished, and hyper-delicious, it’s almost scary. Chef de Cuisine Li Yu and his cooks present Chinese food on a level most Americans are unfamiliar with –  taking classics like kung pao chicken, black pepper beef and soup dumplings and elevating them to an almost pristine level of refinement that you will not find outside of a formal Chinese banquet. (For the uninitiated, Chinese banquets represent the ne plus ultra of their cooking arts.)

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Girl Scouts a Hit on Strip Stage

 

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada hosted a two-day workshop on June 17 and 18, where girls were challenged to learn about the music industry to earn their Making Music and Music Fan badges.

The girls participated in a three-hour program with musician Ryan Ahern, star of Piano! Las Vegas at his private rehearsal studio on June 17. Ahern worked with the girls to create musical instruments, rehearse for the performance, discuss the history of music and explore career possibilities.

The program culminated with 23 girls performing the song “Rainbow Connection” during Ahern’s show Piano! Las Vegas.