Return to home Facts & Links: http://www.50states.com/nevada.htm Nevada means "snow-capped" in Spanish. The Mountain
Bluebird (Sialia Artica, also commonly known as the "Arctic
Blue-bird") is the official state bird and the Sagebrush is the
official flower. The state motto is "All for our country," and the
state slogan is "Battle Born." Its size is 110,561 square miles.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.E3)(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)
Before whites arrived the Indians around Pyramid lake called the
lake Cyui-ui Pah and called themselves Kuiyuidokado (eaters of the
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A20)
The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) owned about 85% of Nevada.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.37) 230Mil BC The Panthalassa
Ocean covered much of what later became the western United States.
Sediments later called the Luning Formation were deposited in what
later became the mountain ranges of central Nevada. Fossil
ichthyosaurs included Shonisaurus popularis.
225Mil BC Icthyosaur fossils first found in 1928
by Prof. Seimon W. Muller of Stanford 150 miles SE of Reno, dated to
this time. An inland sea linked to the Pacific and submerged
California and Nevada during the Triassic.
145Mil BC The seas over Nevada receded.
(SFC, 12/2/06, p.A6)
112Mil BC-99Mil BC Most of Nevada was a flood plain and supported
dinosaurs including the raptor dromaesaur, sauropods,
tyrannosauroids and iguanodonts.
(SFC, 12/2/06, p.A6)
50Mil BC The collision of the North American and
Pacific Farallon plate, began lifting the Sierra Nevada about this
time. The Clear Lake basin of California rose above sea level. The
rise of the Sierra Nevada continued for another 20 million years.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.C8)(SSFC, 1/16/11, p.C2)
23-5 Million BP Mastadons, mammoths and rhinos
roved Nevada during the Miocene.
(SFEC, 4/16/00, p.C5)
15590 BC Saber tooth cats roamed the hills north
of Las Vegas about this time. Fossils of the front legs of such a
cat were identified in 2012.
(SFC, 12/17/12, p.A5)
c10,000BCE Petroglyphs dating to this time were
later discovered in the Big Smokey Valley of Nevada, where Lake
Tolyabe and Lake Tonopah provided for human habitation.
8000 BC In Nevada about this time the Lathrop
Wells Cone erupted. It is less than a mile from Yucca Mountain, a
site later proposed for the long-term storage of radioactive waste.
(Smith., 5/95, p.44)
c0AD The last small lake disappeared
from the Death Valley basin about this time. At least 4 lakes
covered the valley floor in Earth's history.
(SFEC, 1/3/99, p.T5)
1843-1844 John C. Fremont discovered that Nevada
lies within the Great Basin, where all waters run inward without
outlet to an ocean.
(SFEC, 10/31/99, BR p.10)
1844 John Fremont discovered
Pyramid Lake in Nevada. For a number of reasons the lake’s native
trout went extinct in the 1940s. Federal officials in 2006 began
restocking the lake with the native Lahontan cutthroat found near
Pilot Peak and the trout fluorished.
(SFC, 5/1/13, p.E8)
1845 John C. Fremont led his
3rd surveying expedition through the central Great Basin of Nevada.
He was accompanied by Thomas E. Breckenridge, a Missouri fur
(BLM, 2001)(ON, 12/06, p.5)
1846 Oct 31, Heavy snows
trapped the Donner party in the eastern Sierras near what is now
1846 Dec 16, In desperation 10
men and 5 women of the Donner Party left on snowshoes to cross the
Sierra Nevada. The 5 women and 2 men survived. All but one of the
dead were eaten. Of the 89 members in the whole group 42 died.
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.C1)
1846 The Applegate Trail across
northwest Nevada and northeast California was blazed as a southern
approach to Oregon's Willamette Valley.
(SFEC, 1/23/00, p.T7)
1849 The first white settlement
was by Mormons at Genoa near Carson City, then called Mormon
(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)
1849 Peter Lassen pioneered a
new route to California that bypassed the 40 Mile Desert in Nevada.
The trail led from Nevada to Oregon and was combined with another
trail that led past his ranch and trading post near Chico. The trail
however led across more desert and came to be called "The Death
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A13)(SFC, 8/25/98, p.A1,9)
c1850 Peter Lassen pioneered a new route to
California that bypassed the 40 Mile Desert in Nevada.
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A13)
1851 A Mormon trading post in
Carson Valley, later called Genoa, became the 1st permanent white
settlement of Nevada.
(SFEC, 7/9/00, DB p.67)(SSFC, 6/22/14, p.N22)
1853 Kit Carson herded some
7,000 sheep through Eagle Valley, where Carson City was later
(SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T7)
1856 Jan 3, John Thompson
(1827-1876), Norway-born immigrant, departed Placerville, Ca., with
skies and snow shoes on his first mail run to Carson City, Nevada.
By the spring of 1857 he made 31 crossings of the Sierra to deliver
(ON, 4/10, p.7)
1859 May 26, Captain James
Simpson and his party, looking for the shortest route across Nevada,
crossed the Hickison Summit into Big Smoky Valley. Their path was
later followed by the Pony Express (1860) and the Overland Mail and
1859 Jun 11, The Comstock
silver load was discovered near Virginia City, Nevada. Prospector
James Finney stumbled across thick, bluish clay in western Nevada. A
fellow minor, Henry Comstock, gave his name to the lode, the most
lucrative silver ore mine in history. Ott’s Assay Office in Nevada
City, Ca., first assayed samples of the rich Comstock Lode of
Nevada. Four Irishmen known as the Bonanza Kings bought up shares in
the Comstock mines and became rich. They were John Mackay
(1831-1902), James Fair, James Flood, and William O’Brian. Ore from
the Comstock lode was hauled by horse-drawn wagon over Donner Pass
to SF. In 2018 Gregory Crouch authored "The Bonanza King: John
Mackay and the Battle Over the Greatest Riches in the American
(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T6)(SFC, 4/14/96, T-3)(SFC,
5/19/96, City Guide, p.17)(RFH-MDHP, 1969, p.107)(SC, 6/11/02)(SFC,
1859 Colonel Frederick W.
Lander led an expedition to the West to survey a railroad route
across Nevada to California. Artist Alfred Bierstadt accompanied the
1859-1860 The International Hotel was built in
Virginia City. In 1863 it was taken down to make room for a larger
version. The original was moved to Austin, Nevada.
1860 Aug 11, The first US
successful silver mill began operation near Virginia City, Nev.
1860 John Wagner established
Nevada's longest-operating brewery in Carson City during the rush to
Virginia City. The Carson Brewing Co. built a new two-story brewery
in 1865 in the commercial form of Classical Revival, on the corner
of Division and King streets, where it was later turned into an arts
and performance center.
1861 Mar 2, The Territory of
Nevada was created by an act of Congress. The first elected governor
of the state was Henry G. Blasdel
(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)(SFEC, 7/9/00, DB p.67)
1861 Orion Clemens was
appointed Secretary of the Territory of Nevada. He took along his
young brother, Sam Clemens (Mark Twain).
(SFEC, 9/17/00, Z1 p.2)
1862 Jan, In California an
extensive flood caused when warm rain melted a heavy snowpack.
Marysville, Yuba City, Colusa and Stockton were all flooded along
with all the other towns of the state's Central Valley. One-quarter
of California's estimated 800,000 cattle were killed by the flood,
accelerating the end of the cattle-based ranchero society. The Great
Flood of 1862 was the largest flood in the recorded history of
Oregon, Nevada, and California, occurring from December 1861 to
p.A13)(SFC, 4/24/18, p.A1)
1862 Mar 2, Gen’l. Frederick W.
Lander (b.1821), transcontinental engineer and Union General, died
of “congestion of the brain" at Paw Paw, Virginia. He was the chief
engineer of the Central Overland route. In 2000 Gary L. Ecalbarger
authored “Frederick W. Lander: The Great Natural American Soldier."
1862 Dec 19, Lander County,
Nevada, was formed and took in the eastern third of the state with
the 1st county seat at Jacobsville. It was later broken up into
Lander, Eureka, White Pine and Elko.
1862 Austin, Nevada, was born
when a horse kicked loose a rock revealing rich silver ore.
1862 David Walley of New York
discovered natural hot springs about 90 miles south of Carson City.
(SSFC, 12/18/05, p.F4)
1863 Feb 3, Samuel Clemens
became Mark Twain for 1st time. In Nevada the Territorial Enterprise
in Comstock printed some humorous letters from a reader named
“Josh." The editor hired the man, who was Samuel Clemens, for $25 a
week. Clemens accepted and changed his pen name to Mark Twain. Sam
had dropped the penname "Josh" and first signed himself "Mark Twain"
in a letter written on January 31, 1863. The Territorial Enterprise
published the letter in its Tuesday, February 3, 1863 issue.
(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.6)
1863 Mar 3, Congress authorized
a US mint at Carson City, NV, and Gold certificates as currency.
1863 May 16, The Reese River
Reveille, Nevada’s oldest newspaper, began publishing and continued
until June, 1993.
1863 The Sears-Ferris House was
built in Carson City, Nev. It was the boyhood home of Gale Ferris
(1859-1896), the inventor of the Ferris Wheel.
(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.F10)
1863 Austin, Nevada, got itself
declared the official Lander County seat.
1863 In Virginia City, Nevada,
a 3-story brick mansion was built as the office and residence for
the owners of the Chollor-Potosi mining company.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T6)
1863 The Kingston silver mine
was discovered in central Nevada.
1863 In Nevada the Livingston
Exchange, a saloon, opened in Genoa. It later became known as the
Genoa Bar and Saloon.
(SSFC, 6/22/14, p.N22)
1864 Oct 31, Nevada became the
36th state under a proclamation signed by Pres. Lincoln.
(AP, 10/31/97)(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)(HN, 10/31/98)
1864 The Clemens House was
built in Carson City, Nev., by Orion Clemens, brother of author
Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Orion served as the
first and only Territorial Secretary (1861-1864), and at times,
acting governor of the Nevada Territory.
1864 William Sharon (44) was
sent from SF to Virginia City as manager of the Nevada branch of the
Bank of California.
(Ind, 7/1/00, p.5A)
1864 Ruel C. Gridley (d.1870),
owner of the Gridley Store in Austin, Nevada, lost an election bet
and had to carry a 50 lb. sack of flour the length of Austin to the
tune of “John Brown’s Body." The sack was auctioned and the proceeds
went to the Sanitary Fund, a forerunner to the Red Cross, to help
relieve suffering created by the Civil War. The sack was resold many
times and soon other towns called for a similar auction. The last
auction was at the St. Louis World’s Fair.
1865 William Brown opened the
Boston Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, for black patrons. It burned
down in an 1876 fire.
(AM, 11/00, p.23)
1865 In Nevada the town of St.
Thomas was settled as an agricultural center and way station on the
Arrowhead Trail between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. In 1936 the
town was submerged under Lake Mead following the completion of the
(SSFC, 5/6/18, p.F7)
1868 Jan 15, The Masonic-Odd
Fellows Hall in Austin, Nevada, formally opened with a ball.
1868 The Central Pacific
Railroad came through Reno. The town had been founded on the banks
of the Truckee River by Myron Lake and was named after a Civil War
general. Lake's land was bought up by Charles Crocker, who had
surveyors lay out streets and a town for which he sold lots. The
Crocker land eventually came under the control of the Pacific
Improvement Co., controlled by Crocker, Huntington, Hopkins and
(SFC, 2/16/00, p.A12)
1868 The Virginia and Truckee
railroad line was built to serve Virginia City, Nv., site of the
richest silver strike in history. Ted Wurm (d.2004) later
co-authored with Harre W. Demoro "Silver Short Line," a history of
(SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A25)
1868 St. Peter’s Episcopal
Church was built in Carson City, Nev.
(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.F10)
1869 The courthouse in Austin,
Nevada, was built.
1869 Gambling in Nevada was
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)
1869 The first assay report
from Berlin Canyon was filed.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T10)
1869 A fire at Yellow Jacket
Mine near Virginia City killed 45 people.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T7)
1870 Nov 4, Reuel Gridley,
supporter of the Civil War Sanitary Commission, died in poverty. He
had been a co-partner of the Gridley, Robert and Jacob Store in
1870 Palisade, Nevada, was
established and became a railroad transfer point for ore from nearby
(SFC, 4/27/05, p.A2)
1870 A US Mint began operations
in Carson City, Nev., and continued to 1893, after which it was
turned into the Nevada State Museum.
(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.F10)
1870s George Hearst (d.1891)
built the Charcoal Kilns in Death Valley.
1871 Sep 9, A cornerstone was
laid for the Lander County Courthouse in Austin, Nevada.
1871 The silver-domed state
capital in Carson City was completed. It was completely rebuilt
(SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T7)
1871 In Reno, Nevada, Jacob W.
Davis (born as Jacob Youphes), a Jewish tailor from Latvia, custom
made a pair of work pants using rivets to reinforce the pockets.
(ON, 4/05, p.11)
1872 Jul 2, Jacob W. Davis of
Reno, Nevada, sent Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco a sample
of his work pants and a business proposal for Strauss to apply for a
patent in exchange for a half share in the patent. Davis soon sold
his half share to Strauss and moved to San Francisco to supervise
the manufacture of the work pants.
(ON, 4/05, p.11)
1872 Mark Twain wrote "Roughing
It." It chronicles the night he and 2 friends spent in a blizzard
only 15 steps from the Desert Wells Trading Station in Nevada.
(SFEM, 9/15/96, p.24)(AM, Jul/Aug ‘97 p.19)
1872 In Nevada Francis Marion
"Borax" Smith (d.1931) found borax in Peel’s Marsh. In 1890 he
developed the Pacific Coast Borax Company to transport the borax on
a 1-day, 169-mile trip from Death Valley to a railhead at Mohave
with the famed 20-mule team. He later consolidated the SF Bay Area
trolley lines into the Key System.
(SFC, 11/6/98, p.D5)(SSFC, 10/20/02, p.A19)
1873 The "Big Bonanza," a huge
silver deposit, was found by miners working for the Comstock Kings
in Virginia City. The 1999 book "The Roar and the Silence" by Ronald
James described the silver boom in Virginia City.
(SFEC, 2/14/99, Z1 p.4)
1874 Trinity Church in Nevada
City was established.
(SFC, 7/15/98, p.A20)
1874 The Nevada state
legislature overrode the Governor’s veto and approved a railroad
from Austin to Battle Mountain. Construction only began 4 ½
1875 William Sharon of SF was
elected to a 6-year term as Senator. It is believed that he spent
some $1 million to get elected.
1876 The Fourth Ward School in
Virginia City, a gem of Second Empire architecture, was built on C
(SFEC, 2/14/99, Z1 p.4)
1878 A tunnel to drain and
ventilate the silver mines at the Comstock Lode was completed by
(G, Winter 98/99, p.1)
1879 The Bliss Mansion was
built in Carson City for Duane Bliss, a lumber magnate. He supplied
lumber to the Comstock mines.
(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.F10)
1879 Adolph Sutro returned to
SF after becoming a millionaire from building a tunnel at the silver
mines of the Nevada Comstock Lode.
(G, Winter 98/99, p.1)
1879 In Nevada the "Great Fire
of Reno" claimed six lives.
1880 Feb 9, Austin, Nevada,
extended its city limits in order to obtain a railroad subsidy that
required the completion of a road by midnight.
1880 Jacob Bressman left
Pennsylvania with his family and homesteaded in the what later
became Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.C5)
1885 Dec, A Nevada Circuit
court reversed the 1884 SF ruling against William Sharon and ruled
that the marriage certificate and letters of Sarah Althea Hill were
forgeries. Hill later married one of her attorneys, David Terry.
1885 Piper's Opera House in
Virginia City was rebuilt a third time. It had been founded by John
(SFEC, 2/14/99, Z1 p.4)
1885 Emma Nevada (d.1940),
opera singer born in Austin, Nevada, as Emma Wixom, returned to
America and her home town for a triumphal tour.
1887 Ely, Nevada, was
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A12)
1887 Charles Lux died. His
firm, Miller and Lux, by this time owned some 700,000 head of cattle
in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Over 700 miles of private telegraph
lines connected their ranches.
(SSF, 1976, p.2)
c1890s In the late 1800s
soldiers found garnets in the mountains of eastern Nevada and named
the area the Ruby Mountains.
(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.C4)
1894 A fireball was seen
streaking across the skies of southern Nevada. 14 years alter a
prospector found a 1.45 kg meteorite that was named the Quinn Canyon
1895 The Berlin Mine was
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T10)
1897 Anson Phelps Stokes, an
eccentric business man in the Reese River Valley, built his 3-story
Stokes Castle in Austin, Nevada. He built the 92-mile Nevada Central
Railroad from Battle Mountain to Austin.
(SFCM, 3/28/04, p.43)(ACC, 2004)(SSFC, 6/22/14,
1900 Robert LeRoy Parker and
Harry Alonzo Longabaugh (aka Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and
their Wild Bunch went to Fort Worth after their last holdup of the
First National Bank at Winnemucca, Nevada. They posed for pictures
at John Swartz’s photo studio.
(HT, 4/97, p.45)(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A10)
1900 Major silver and gold
deposits were found at Tonopah.
(SFEC, 7/9/00, DB p.67)
1902 Aug 23, Gold was
discovered in Goldfield, Nv., near Tonopah. By 1907 Goldfield grew
to 20,000 residents.
(SFC, 8/31/02, p.A2)
1902 The US Newlands Act
established the Bureau of Reclamation and began to enact some of the
ideas of John Wesley Powell concerning control of water resources in
17 western states. Results included the Newlands Irrigation Project
in Nevada’s Fallon area that diverted water from the Carson and
Truckee Rivers to new farmland.
(HFA, ‘96, p.128)(SFEC, 7/9/00, DB p.67)(SFC,
1903 Major silver and gold
deposits were found at Goldfield.
(SFEC, 7/9/00, DB p.67)
1904 California’s Wells Fargo
merged with the Nevada Bank, owned by Isaias Hellman, making it one
of the West’s largest financial institutions.
(SSFC, 11/30/08, Books p.3)
1905 Las Vegas, a Mormon
outpost, railroad burg and silver mining camp, rose to township
(SFEM, 4/30/00, p.19)(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.T8)
1905 In Nevada the Virginia
Street Bridge was built over the Truckee River in Reno. In 2014 it
was set for demolition and reconstruction as part of the Truckee
River flood project.
(SFC, 5/28/14, p.E2)
1906 Jan 13, The Golden Gate
Hotel opened on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nev..
(SSFC, 11/13/05, p.F4)
1906 Sep 3, Joe Gans
(1874-1910), born as Joseph Gant, defended his lightweight boxing
title against Battling Nelson in Goldfield, Nevada. He was the first
African-American World Boxing Champion, reigning continuously as
World Lightweight Champion from 1902 to 1908. In 2012 William Gildea
authored “The Longest Fight: In the Ring with Joe Gans, Boxing’s
First African-American Champion."
1906 The Hotel Nevada opened in
Las Vegas shortly after the rail lines from Los Angeles and Salt
Lake City met nearby.
(WSJ, 5/29/98, p.B1)
1908 The Goldfield Hotel was
completed in Goldfield, Nevada, to accommodate a gold-mining frenzy.
In 2004 the hamlet had shrunk to 356 people from 25,000 at its peak.
(WSJ, 12/7/04, p.A1)
1909 The governor's mansion in
Carson City, built in Southern Colonial style, was completed.
(SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T7)
1910 Jul 4, African-American
Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in the 15th round of a
heavyweight boxing match in Reno, Nevada. As Johnson entered the
ring a band played “All Coons Look Alike to Me." Johnson’s victory
prompted race riots in major cities across the United States leaving
as many as 26 people dead. Jack London covered the match and coined
the phrase "The great white hope" in his story.
(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.B10)(Econ, 6/21/08, p.104)(ON,
1910 Oct 1, At midnight a
strict anti-gambling law became effective in Nevada. It even forbid
the western custom of flipping a coin for the price of a drink.
Illegal but accepted gambling flourished until 1931 when the Nevada
Legislature approved a legalized gambling bill authored by Phil
Tobin, a Northern Nevada rancher.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB
1911 Nevada, in an effort to
raise revenue, began offering divorces in 6 weeks, the quickest in
(Econ, 7/10/10, SR p.11)
1911-1931 The Nevada state ban on gambling went
(SSFC, 5/8/05, p.F4)
1912 Mar 16, Thelma Catherine
Patricia Ryan Nixon, first lady (1968-75) to Richard Nixon, was born
in Ely, Nevada.
(HN, 3/16/01)(MC, 3/16/02)
1913 In Goodsprings, Nevada,
the Pioneer Saloon opened. In 2006 Noel Scheckells, a Las Vegas
entrepreneur, purchased it. In 2007 Nevada added the saloon to its
Register of Historic Places.
(SFC, 4/26/08, p.A6)
1914 The Krebs-Peterson House
was built in Carson City, Nev. It was featured in actor John Wayne's
last movie, “The Shootist" (1976).
(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.F10)
1916 Drillers on the 30,000
acre Fly Ranch in the Hualapai Flat struck geothermal water and gave
birth to the Fly Geyser. It transformed the area into a desert
(NH, 7/98, p.83)
1919 Jul 4, In Mountain City
the grand old Overland Hotel was torn down.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, BR p.8)
1920 Pat McCarran represented
Mary Pickford in a divorce that freed her to marry Douglas
(SFEC, 1/2/00, BR p.12)
1922 The Mizpah Hotel was built
in Reno, Nev. In 1984 it was placed on the National Register of
1922 The Colorado River Compact
allocated 7.5 million acre-feet of water from the upper basin states
(Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico) to be delivered to the
lower basin sates (California, Arizona and Nevada) plus the rights
to divert another 1 million acre-feet from the river’s lower
(SFEC, 8/24/97, p.A10)(SFCM, 7/17/05, p.6)
1923 Mar 5, Montana and Nevada
passed the U.S.'s first old age pension grants, giving $25 per
1924 Feb 8, The gas chamber was
used for the first time to execute a murderer. Major D.A. Turner of
the US Medical Corps used hydrocyanic gas on an alleged Chinese Tong
member named Gee Jon at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, Nev.
(HN, 2/8/98)(SFC, 6/27/98, p.E4)(AP, 2/8/99)
1924 Four school boys
discovered Hidden Cave near Fallon, Nevada.
(SFCM, 3/28/04, p.41)
1925 Dat So La Lee, famous
Carson City Washoe weaver, died at age 90.
(SSFC, 2/4/01, p.T5)
1927 The Pacific Borax Co.
opened the Furnace Creek Inn as a luxury resort in Death Valley.
(SFEC, 1/3/99, p.T5)
1927 Las Vegas instituted the
90-day divorce to attract more visitors. The residential requirement
was later reduced by half.
(WSJ, 3/23/00, p.W12)
1928 Ichthyosaurs fossils were
first found by Prof. Seimon W. Muller of Stanford near Berlin, 150
miles SE of Reno.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T10)
1929 Lora Knight, eccentric
heiress, built a teahouse on Lake Tahoe’s Fanette Island. Her 1929
home was named Vikingsholm and later became a part of Emerald Bay
(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.C8)
1929 Neon lights first came to
(SSFC, 11/17/02, p.C12)
1930 Jul 7, Construction began
on Boulder Dam on the Colorado River. It is now known as Hoover Dam.
1931 Mar 19, Nevada legalized
gambling a 2nd time to raise tax revenues and stabilize the state’s
economy. Gov. Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legalizing casino
gambling. The Northern Club on 15 E. Fremont was soon issued the 1st
(HN, 3/19/98)(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)(SFEC,
7/9/00, DB p.67)(AP, 3/19/07)
1931 The Vatican assigned
the first Catholic bishop in Nevada to Reno.
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A23)
1932 Nov 8, Patrick McCarran of
Nevada won a US Senate seat.
(SSFC, 10/3/04, p.M3)
1933 Feb 11, Pres. Hoover
declared Death Valley a national monument.
(SFEC, 1/3/99, p.T5)
1933 Mar 10, Nevada became the
first U.S. state to regulate narcotics.
(HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)
1933 Sep 1, Groundbreaking
ceremonies were held for the boulder Dam Hotel. The Colonial style
hotel opened Dec 15.
(SSFC, 5/30/04, p.D5)
1936 Sep 11, President
Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key
in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric
generator in Nevada.
1936 Oct 26, At Boulder Dam the
first of the five power units to be installed under the initial plan
went into operation.
1937 Mar 26, The state slogan:
"Battle Born," was adopted.
(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)
1937-1955 Gov. Pat McCarran entered legislation at
every session on behalf of Italian American squatters on reservation
lands of the Pyramid Paiutes.
(SFEC, 1/2/00, BR p.12)
1938 Jun 23, The Civil
Aeronautics Authority was established. Nevada Sen. Patrick McCarran
wrote the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, which put the government in
charge of regulating airline fares and accident investigations.
1939 George Whittel Jr.
(1881-1969), heir to a SF family wealthy from the gold rush,
completed his Thunderbird Lodge at Lake Tahoe. He had acquired some
30,000 acres along the Nevada shore since 1936. It was begun in 1937
and designed Nevada architect Frederick De Longchamps. He deeded
most of the land to the US Forest Service.
(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.C8)(SFC, 7/21/07,
1941 The El Rancho Vegas opened
with 63 rooms. It was the first major resort built on the Las Vegas
strip. It was destroyed by fire in 1960.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)
1942 Jan 16, Actress Carole
Lombard and her mother were among some 20 people killed when their
plane crashed near Las Vegas while returning from a tour to promote
1942 Dec 21, The US Supreme
Court ruled all states had to recognize divorces granted in Nevada.
1944 In Nevada piano prodigy
Walter Liberace (25) performed at the Last Frontier in Las Vegas,
starting a relationship with the city that lasted until his death in
(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.F4)
1944 Singer-comedian Sophie
Tucker played the last Frontier, the first legitimate star to
feature in fledgling Las Vegas.
(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.F4)
1945 Bill Miller (d.2002 at 98)
bought the Las Vegas hotel Riviera. It closed in 1953 to make way
for the Palisades Parkway.
(SFC, 12/17/02, p.A23)
1945 Sophie Tucker agreed to
entertain at the El Rancho for $15,000 a week.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.T6)
1946 Dec 26, The Flamingo
casino opened. Billy Wilkerson designed the Flamingo and sold a
controlling interest to Bugsy Siegel when his money ran out. It was
the 3rd hotel casino built on the Las Vegas strip.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.T8)
1946 The Nevada Club (d.1997)
in downtown Reno opened. It used slot machines made by the Jennings
company of Chicago.
(SFEC, 1/25/98, p.D3)
1947 Dec, In Reno the Mapes
Hotel, a 12-story art deco building, was constructed for use as a
hotel, casino, restaurant and entertainment facility under one roof.
It became vacant in 1982 and was added to the National Register of
Historic Places in 1984. Implosion was scheduled for Jan 30, 2000.
(SFC, 12/23/99, p.C4)(SFC, 1/18/00, p.A11)
1947 In Nevada singer-actress
Lena Horne opened at the Flamingo. She and other African American
performers would not be allowed to dine or stay at hotels in las
Vegas until 1955.
(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.F4)
1947 The Las Vegas Vic was
unveiled. It was replaced by a newer version in 1951 and its
sidekick, Vegas Vicky (aka Sassy Sally), was built in 1980.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)
1947 Kirk Kerkorian
(1917-2015), Fresno-born former RAF pilot, bought a tiny charter
line and renamed it Trans Int’l. Airlines. Nearly two decades later
he took the TIA public and used cash from the stock to build the
Int’l. Hotel (later renamed the Westgate Las Vegas). In the 1970s he
opened the first MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
(SFC, 6/17/15, p.D5)
1948 Bill Harrah married
Scherry Teague (d.2000).
(SFC, 9/21/00, p.C6)
1948 The Pine Lodge was
established in Lamoille at the foot of the Ruby Mountains.
(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.C5)
1949 A.J. Liebling, New York
reported, arrived in Nevada for Reno divorce, which required a
6-week residency. He began a series of articles for the New Yorker
on the Pyramid Paiutes and their struggle with Italian American
squatters over water rights. In 1999 the collected stories were
edited by Elmer Rusco and published under the title "A Reporter At
Large: Dateline: Pyramid Lake, Nevada."
(SFEC, 1/2/00, BR p.12)
1950 Sep 23, Congress adopted
the Internal Security Act, which provided for registration of
communists. The Act was ruled later unconstitutional by the US
Supreme Court. US Sen. Pat McCarran (Nevada) legislated the Internal
Security Act, which included a jumble of restrictions on speech and
association. Pres. Truman attempted an unsuccessful veto of the
McCarran Act, which gave the government unprecedented powers.
(WSJ, 3/18/99, p.W17)(MC, 9/23/01)(WSJ, 10/13/04,
1950 The Desert Inn opened in
Las Vegas, Nv., with 300 rooms and a 3rd floor Sky Lounge.
(WSJ, 5/17/05, p.D10)
1950s Howard Hughes bought
25,000 acres around Las Vegas.
(WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A1)
1950s Las Vegas casinos began
to require work cards for workers.
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.C3)
1951 Jan 27, Atomic testing
began in the Nevada desert as an Air Force B-50D from a base in New
Mexico dropped a one-kiloton nuclear bomb on Frenchman Flats, Clark
County, 65 miles NW of Las Vegas. Over the next 40 years 928 nuclear
devices were exploded at the site.
(AP, 1/27/98)(WSJ, 4/12/05, p.D8)(www.ntshf.org)
1951 Feb 1, The third A-bomb
test was completed in the desert of Nevada.
1951 Jun 1, The first
self-contained titanium plant opened in Henderson Nevada.
(DT internet 6/1/97)
1951 Oct 24, Dr. Albert W.
Bellamy, chief of Radiological Services for the California State
Civil Defense, held a press conference to assure state residents
that there would be no ill effects from the atomic test explosions
near Las Vegas.
(SFC, 10/19/01, WB p.6)
1951 Nov 1, The 1st atomic
explosion, witnessed by troops, was at Yucca Flat, Nevada. Members
of the 1st Battalion, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment from Ft.
Campbell, Kentucky, were the first unwitting test participants to be
sent to that facility by the Atomic Energy Commission and The
Department of Defense in a series of nuclear tests, code named
1951 Benny Binion, a former
bootlegger and numbers runner from Dallas, went to Las Vegas and
bought the El Dorado casino and hotel. He renamed it The Horseshoe
and promised to take any bet, no matter how high. In 1953 he was put
into prison for income tax evasion and served 3 years and 3 months.
(WSJ, 8/24/98, p.A5)
1951-1962 The US conducted 100 nuclear atmospheric
tests at the Nevada Test Site over this period.
(AH, 6/02, p.72)
1951-1992 Some 928 bombs were exploded over this
period at the Nevada Test Site. In 1999 the area began to be used as
a training ground against terrorism.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.A1)
1952 Apr 22, An atomic test
conducted at Yucca Flat, Nevada, became the first nuclear explosion
shown on live network television. Over the next four decades America
conducted 928 nuclear tests in Nevada. The last one took place on
Sept. 23, 1992.
(AP, 4/22/99)(SFC, 4/19/02, p.G3)(Econ., 6/27/20,
1952 May 1, Marines took part
in an atomic explosion training in Nevada.
1953 May 25, The first atomic
cannon was fired, in Nevada.
1953 May 25, The first atomic
cannon was fired at Frenchman Flat, Nevada.
(HN, 5/25/98)(SC, 5/25/02)
1953 Jun 4, An atomic bomb test
explosion took place at Yucca Flats, Nevada, equivalent to 50,000
tons of TNT. This was double the 1945 blast over Hiroshima.
(SFC, 5/30/03, p.E7)
1953 The Davis Dam was
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.T6)
1953 The Algiers Lounge in Las
Vegas first opened.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.T6)
1954 Aug 23, A rolling
earthquake measuring 6.5 hit northern California and Nevada.
(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.F4)
1954 Sep 28, Patrick McCarran
(b.1876), Nevada US Senator since 1932, died in Hawthorne, Nevada.
In 2004 Michael J. Ybarra authored “Washington Gone Crazy: Senator
Pat McCarran and the Great American Communist Hunt."
1954 A.J. Liebling, New York
reporter, returned to Pyramid Lake and wrote some stories on mustang
buzzing, the practice of chasing wild mustangs with small planes
into corrals to sell them for pet food.
(SFEC, 1/2/00, BR p.12)
1954 The Congo Room of the
Sahara Casino gave birth to the lounge show concept. Ragnar Qvale
(d.2001), actor turned architect, designed the original Sahara
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.T7)(SFC, 10/2/01, p.A15)
1954 The 1st major neon sign in
Las Vegas was the Young Electric sign Co.’s project for the Boulder
(SSFC, 11/17/02, p.C12)
1955 Mar 6, A US Atomic Energy
Spokesman said a cloud from the atomic blast at Nevada’s Yucca Flat
passed over the Central California coastline.
(SFC, 3/4/05, p.F3)
1955 Apr, The Riviera Casino
(SSFM, 4/29/01, p.31)
1955 May 5, The US detonated a
29-kiloton nuclear device in Nevada. "Apple 2" was the 2nd of 40
tests of Operation Cue, meant to study the effects of a nuclear
explosion on a typical American community.
(AH, 6/02, p.72)
1955 May, The Moulin Rouge
opened at a cost of about $2 million under a group of investors led
by NY restaurateur Harry Ruben. It was highly successful with an
all-black staff except for the card dealers. It closed down after 6
months due to possible skimming and/or pressure from other casinos
who lost customers due to the Moulin’s successful late night
entertainment. In 1992 it was granted a listing on the National
Registry of Historic Places.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.31)
1955 Jun, The Dunes Casino
(SSFM, 4/29/01, p.31)
1955 Noel Coward, British
playwright, actor and composer, accepted a $35,000 per week offer to
do a cabaret act at the Las Vegas Desert Inn.
(SFC, 12/1/99, p.E1)
1955 The Hotel Nevada in Las
Vegas was purchased by 5 investors from SF and renamed the Golden
Gate Hotel with a street level casino.
(WSJ, 5/29/98, p.B1)
1955 Union Canyon was
designated as the Ichthyosaur Paleontological State Monument and in
1970 became the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.
(NH, 6/01, p.24)
1957 Jun 24, A 37-kiloton
nuclear fission bomb, code-named Priscilla, was exploded in the
Nevada desert at Frenchman Flat. The security of a bank vault was
tested in the experiment. At this time the US was manufacturing 10
nuclear bombs a day.
(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.E1)
1957 Sep 19, The United States
conducted its first underground nuclear test, code-named "Rainier,"
in the Nevada desert.
1957 The Dunes casino
introduced topless showgirls.
(WSJ, 7/6/01, p.A4)
1957 The Tropicana casino was
opened by the Chicago mob.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.T6)
1957 The Berlin Icthyosaur
State Park was established in central Nevada to protect North
America’s most abundant collection of Icthyosaur fossils.
1958 Jan 29, Actors Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward were married in Las Vegas.
1958 The film "I Want To Live"
starred Susan Hayward as the death-row inmate Barbara Graham. It was
directed by Robert Wise and based on the Santo gang murder trial in
(TVM, 1975, p.270)(SFEC, 3/1/98, DB p.49)(SFC,
1958 The 1,500 room Stardust
casino-hotel opened in Las Vegas, Nv. In 2006 Boyd Gaming Corp.
planned to tear it down and build a $4 billion complex.
(SFC, 1/5/06, p.C1)
1959 Sep 12, NBC launched
"Bonanza," the first color western on TV. 428 episodes were produced
and the show ran to 1973. 431 episodes were filmed at the 570-acre
site in Incline Village, Nevada. Michael Landon (d.1991) played
Little Joe, Lorne Greene (d.1987) played Ben Cartwright, and Dan
Blocker (d.1972) played Hoss. [see Jan 16, 1973]
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.A29)(SSFC,
1960 The film "Ocean’s Eleven"
starred Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.
and Joey Bishop, the 5 members of the Rat Pack. Sinatra leads an
11-man team to rob 5 Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.
(SFC, 5/16/98, p.E6)(SFEC, 8/16/98, DB p.56)
1960s Chandler Laughlin (aka
Travus T. Hipp) and a group of Berkeley friends took over a Virginia
City building and began the Red Dog Saloon. They imported music by
the Charlatans with Dan Hicks on drums and advertised with a poster
later called "The Seed" for its influence on psychedelic art.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T6)
1961 Sep 15, The US resumed
underground nuclear testing. Operation Nougat began a series of 45
nuclear tests conducted (with one exception) at the Nevada Test
1961 Geologist John Sealy
Livermore (1918-2013), along with a Newmont Mining colleague,
discovered widely dispersed gold particles near Carlin, Nevada.
Their find became known as the Carlin Trend. By 2013 it had produced
over 70 million ounces of gold valued at around $85 billion.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.E5)
1962 Mar 1, US-British nuclear
test experiment took place in Nevada.
1962 Apr 25,
Operation Dominic began with a test blast on Christmas Island. The
operation was a series of 105 nuclear test explosions conducted in
1962 and 1963 by the United States. Those conducted in the Pacific
are sometimes called Dominic I. The blasts in Nevada are known as
1962 Jul 6, The US tested a 104
kiloton nuclear device in Nevada in "Project Sedan" and blew a hole
1,280 feet wide and 320 feet deep. It was one of many "Plowshare"
experiments to see if atomic detonations could be used for large
scale peaceful purposes.
1962 Jul 7-1962 Jul 17,
Operation Sunbeam was a series of four nuclear tests conducted at
the United States of America's Nevada Test Site.
1962 Dec 7, Great Britain
performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
1962 A fire at the Golden Hotel
in Reno, Nev., claimed 6 lives.
1963 Amtrak began offering its
weekend Fun Train service from the SF Bay Area to Reno.
(SSFC, 1/22/06, p.E5)
1964 Aug 6, In Eastern Nevada a
bristlecone pine tree, Pinus longaeva, near Wheeler Peak was cut
down for scientific study of its age. The tree had been named
Prometheus (WPN-114) for its age which turned out to be about 4,900
(SFEC, 8/23/98, Z1 p.1,4)
1964 In Nevada the Sahara
casino paid the Beatles $25,000 to play two shows in Las Vegas. The
show was moved to the convention center when the 600-seat Congo Room
was deemed too small.
(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.F4)
1964 Don Laughlin sold his 101
Club in Las Vegas.
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.T6)
1965 Mar 3, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1966 Jun, Allen and Beatrix
Gardner of the Univ. of Nevada began teaching sign language to a
10-month-old female chimpanzee named Washoe (d.2007).
1966 Jul 14, German-born
playboy Gunter Sachs (1932-2011) married Brigitte Bardot in Las
Vegas. They divorced in 1969.
1966 Jul 28, Operation
Latchkey, a series of 38 nuclear test explosions conducted in 1966
and 1967, began with the Saxon blast at the Nevada Test Site. All
but one of the tests took place in Nevada.
1966 Oct 15, US Congress passed
the Endangered Species Preservation Act. It was expanded in 1973 as
the Endangered Species Act. The Devils Hole Pupfish of Death Valley
were among the first species protected. By 1972 only 124 remained.
By 2007 only 42 were left.
1966 Caesars Casino opened with
its 1,000 seat Circus Maximus showroom. Andy Williams performed on
opening night. Dave Rogers (d.1998) was the sound engineer and made
tapes of many of the live shows.
(WSJ, 3/19/00, p.A1)
1966 Don Laughlin opened his
Riverside Hotel and Casino in South Pointe, Nevada. The town was
renamed Laughlin in 1968. In 2006 it was reported that Laughlin
planned have his body frozen upon death and had created a personal
revival trust to guarantee an income should he be revived in the
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.T6)(WSJ, 1/21/06, p.A1)
1967 Feb 10, The 25th Amendment
to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and
succession, went into effect as Minnesota and Nevada adopted it.
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 2/10/08)
1967 Mar 2, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1967 Mar 3, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site. [see Mar 2]
1967 May 1, Elvis Presley (32)
married Priscilla Beaulieu (20) in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel.
They divorced in 1973. They had met when she was 14 in West Germany.
(AP, 5/1/97)(SFEM, 1/25/98, p.66)
1967 Dec 31, Evel Knievel
(1938-2007) failed in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain.
1967 The Mustang Ranch brothel
opened in Storey County. Joe Conforte, a one-time cab driver in San
Francisco who used to deliver his passengers to prostitutes in the
1960s, took over the 104-room brothel when prostitution was illegal
in Nevada. The government closed it in 1990 following bankruptcy for
IRS taxes. It reopened in 1992. [see 1971]
(SFC, 8/10/99, p.A3)(AP, 7/1/05)
1967 In Incline Village,
Nevada, the Ponderosa Ranch Western Studio and Theme Park opened to
the public. "Bonanza," the first color western on TV had begun
filing there in 1959. In 2004 it was sold to PeopleSoft founder
(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.D2)
1968 Apr 26, The United States
exploded a 1.3 megaton nuclear device called "Boxcar" beneath the
1968 Jun 7, Michael Robert
Smith (25) escaped from California’s Soledad prison while serving
time for a robbery conviction. He headed to Nevada, then New Jersey
and into a marriage that didn't work out. In 2001 Smith moved to a
tiny trailer in a heavily wooded area of Creek County, Okla., where
he was recaptured in 2006.
1969 Jul 2, Kirk Kerkorian
(1917-2015) opened his International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the
largest hotel in the world. It later became the Las Vegas Hilton. He
built the world's largest hotel in Las Vegas three times: the
International Hotel, the MGM Grand Hotel (1973) and the MGM Grand
4/21/07, p.A6)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.57)
1969 Jul 2, Barbra Streisand
(b.1942) opened for a 4-week engagement at the Las Vegas
1970 Jan 14, Diana Ross and the
Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier
Hotel in Las Vegas.
1970 Mar 23, US performed the
Shaper nuclear test in Nevada.
1970 Apr 29, Andre Agassi,
tennis star and winner of an Olympic gold medal in 1996, was born in
Las Vegas, Nev.
1970 Dec 18, An atomic leak in
Nevada forced hundreds to flee the test site.
1970 California and Nevada
approved The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A10)
1970 Lester "Benny" Binion,
owner of the Horseshoe Casino, founded the annual World Series of
(WSJ, 1/14/04, p.B3)
1970 Kirk Kerkorian opened his
International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the largest hotel in the
world. It later became the Las Vegas Hilton.
1971 Jan 5, Sonny Liston
(b.1932), World Champion boxer (1962-64), was found dead in his Las
1971 Hunter S. Thompson
(1937-2005, "gonzo journalist," wrote "Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas." It was made into a film in 1998. The term gonzo was 1st
applied to Thompson by his journalist friend Bill Cardoso (d.1006 at
68). The term had kicked around Boston for some time and was used by
youth in the 1950s to describe something as over the top.
(SFC, 5/22/98, p.C1)(SSFC, 3/5/06, p.B7)
1971 The Mustang Ranch became
the state's first legal bordello.
1971 Michael Oliver, a Las
Vegas-based libertarian activist, created the Republic of Minerva by
dumping sand on the Minerva Reefs 310 miles southwest of Tonga. He
proclaimed independence in 1972, but Tonga annexed the place and it
(Econ, 12/24/05, p.84)
1971 The Lake Tahoe State Park
in Nevada was officially dedicated.
(SFC, 6/6/06, p.B5)
1972 Artist Michael Heizer
(b.1944) began work in Nevada on his monumental earth art titled
City, one of the largest sculptures ever created.
1973 Mar 23, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1973 Dec 24, The MGM Grand in
Las Vegas opened to the public.
1974 May, William Bennett
(d.2002 at 78) and William Pennington bought Circus Circus
Enterprises. They took the company public in 1983.
1974 Gladys Mapes, aka "Mrs.
Reno," died. The Mapes Hotel went to her son Charles Jr. who lost
the property in 1980 to foreclosure following some unwise
(SFC, 1/18/00, p.A11)
1975 The Salt Wells and the
Lazy B Ranch brothels opened in Churchill County, Nevada.
(WSJ, 10/20/04, p.A12)
1976 Feb 26, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1976 Nov 22, Phillip Garrido
kidnapped Katie Hall in South Lake Tahoe and drove her to Reno,
where he raped her at a storage unit. Garrido was convicted in 1977
and sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was paroled in 1988. In 1991
He kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard (11) in South Lake Tahoe and kept her
in Antioch, Ca., until his arrest in 2009.
(SFC, 9/2/09, p.A15)(SFC, 9/23/11, p.C3)
1976 Argentinean boxer Oscar
Bonavena was killed at the front gate of the Mustang Ranch. Ross
Brymer (d.2000 at 55), a ranch bodyguard, pleaded guilty to
(SFC, 6/30/00, p.D7)
1977 May 25, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1977 Sep 3, Lisa Marie Bonham
(6) of Martinez, Ca., was abducted from Idlewild Park in Reno. Her
body was found by hikers after 2 months. In 2000 Stephen Robert
Smith, a convicted sex offender, was charged with the murder
following a DNA match.
(SFC, 7/27/00, p.A18)
1978 Mar 23, US performed
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1978 Jun 8, A jury in Clark
County, Nev., ruled the so-called "Mormon will," purportedly written
by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery.
1978 Oct 9, Larry Singleton
(1927-2001), rapist, was arrested in Sparks, Nev. He was later
convicted of raping and mutilating Mary Vincent (15) of Las Vegas.
1978 New Jersey legalized
gambling and ended the Nevada monopoly on casino gaming.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)
1979 Feb 1, Julia Woodward (21)
left her family's California home to go job hunting in Nevada. Two
months later her body was found in a canyon in Hungry Valley, about
20 miles north of Reno.
(ABC News, 11/17/19)
1979 Apr 15, The Liberace
Museum opened in Las Vegas at 1775 E. Tropicana Ave.
(SSFM, 4/29/01, p.22)
1979 Jun 24, Brenda Lynn Judd
and Sandra Colley were kidnapped in Reno, Nevada, by Gerald Gallego
(b.1946) and Charlene Williams. The bodies of Judd (14) and Colley
(13) were found in Dec 1999 in Lassen Ct., Ca. Gallego died in 2002
at age 56.
p.A17)(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A15)
1979 Nov, The first annual
COMDEX trade show opened in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. It was a
trade show for business related computer hardware and software. The
acronym used to stand for Computer Dealer Expo, but since 1984, the
D has stood for Distribution.
1979 The Nevada Supreme Court
ruled to uphold a May vote to move the Lander County seat to Battle
1979 Ralph Engelstad (d.2002 at
72) opened the Imperial Palace on the site of the old Flamingo
(SFC, 11/28/02, p.A30)
1979-1983 Robert List served as governor of the
(WSJ, 10/24/97, p.B18)
1980 Nov 21, In Las Vegas 87
people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino.
1980-1990 The US Dept. of Defense allowed the open
pit burning of highly toxic classified materials at a top secret Air
Force base called Area 51, 125 northwest of Las Vegas. Workers later
complained of strange skin diseases and other health problems and
file suit against the DoD. Government lawyers use the "mosaic
theory" argument in defense and claim that they can't acknowledge
seemingly innocuous facts without creating a mosaic that an enemy
could use to figure out military secrets.
(WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-1)
1981 Feb 10, Eight people were
killed, 198 injured, when fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton
1981 May 30, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1981 The Tahoe Regional
Planning Agency put a moratorium on new housing around the Lake
Tahoe to maintain water quality.
(SFC, 1/8/02, p.A3)
1982 Jan 18, Four Thunderbird
USAF pilots died when their T-38 Talon jets crashed at Indian
Springs Auxiliary Airfield, Nv. Mechanical failure was cited as the
cause. Shortly after, the precision flying team began flying F-16
fighter jets. It was the worst accident in the Thunderbirds'
history. In all, 18 pilots and one crew member have died in
(www.reviewjournal.com)(SFC, 8/30/03, p.A22)
1982 Jul, In Nevada the body of
Mary Edith Silvani was found on a hiking trail near Incline Village,
Lake Tahoe. In 2019 forensic genealogists identified her killer as
James Richard Curry, an inmate who had hanged himself and died on
Jan. 7, 1983. Curry had recently confessed to shooting a San Jose
couple to death on Jan. 2.
(SFC, 5/9/19, p.C2)
1982 Oct 4, Frank Rosenthal
(1929-2008), Las Vegas casino operator, survived a car bomb when his
Cadillac exploded as he turned the key. He ran the mob-owned
Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda and Marina casinos. In 1995 Martin
Scorsese made his film “Casino," based on the life of Frank
(SFC, 10/17/08, p.B8)(Econ, 11/1/08, p.99)
1982 Dec, The Mapes Hotel and
Casino was closed.
(SFC, 1/18/00, p.A11)
1983 Mar 26, US performed a
nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1984 Jun, In Nevada Gerald
Gallego was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death.
Charlene Williams, his former accomplice and mother of his child,
testified against Gallego. They were involved in sex-slave murders
in the late 1970s. Charlene was released from prison in 1997.
(SFC,10/28/97, p.A17)(SFC, 1/21/02, p.B2)
1984 Art Bell began
broadcasting a late-night radio talk show from Pahrump. In 1998 it
was the 4th most listened to show in the US.
(WSJ, 12/3/98, p.W17)
1985 The 1st Cowboy Poetry
Gathering was held in Elko, Nevada. Baxter Black and Waddie Mitchell
were among the performing poets. It became an annual event held in
the last week of January.
(WSJ, 3/5/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 5/5/02, p.M2)
1985 Gov. Richard Bryan honored
Ben Dasher (d.2004), Reno benefactor, with a Benedict J. Dasher Day.
Dasher helped open the National Automobile Museum in Reno (1989).
(SFC, 1/10/04, p.B4)
1985 Las Vegas began hosting
the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), which began around 1959.
(WSJ, 1/4/00, p.A20)
1986 The Hot August Nights
festival was begun in Reno to earn money for the Easter Seal
Society. It became an annual festival touted as the world’s largest
(SFEC, 6/14/98, p.T10)
1986 The bodies of Tony (48)
and Michael (41) Spilotro were found buried in an Indiana cornfield.
Tony “The Ant" Spilotro was a top mob figure in Las Vegas. In 2005
prosecutors indicted 11 Chicago mob figures for at least 18 murders,
including the Spilotros.
(SFC, 4/26/05, p.A5)
1986 Nevada’s 77,000-acre Great
Basin National Park was dedicated.
(SSFC, 7/18/04, p.D7)
1987 Feb 1, Terry Williams of
Los Gatos, CA, won the largest slot machine payoff to that time. He
put $4.9 million in his pockets after getting four lucky "7s" on a
machine in Reno, NV.
1987 Mar 2, Two sets of
quintuplets were born on the same day in the USA as Rosalind Helms
delivered a basketball team of bouncing babies in Peoria, IL and
Robin Jenkins became the mother of five in Las Vegas, NV,- beating
the odds there, to be sure.
(HC, Internet, 2/3/98)
1987 Jul 15, Izzatullah Wasifi
(29) was arrested at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for selling 650
grams (23 ounces) of heroin. Prosecutors said the drugs were worth
$2 million on the street. Wasifi served three years and eight months
in prison before winning parole. In 2007 Wasifi, a long time friend
of Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai, was appointed as general-director of
Afghanistan’s General Independent Administration of Anti-Corruption
1987 US Congress amended the
Nuclear Waste Policy Act and directed DOE to study only Yucca
Mountain, Nevada, located within a former nuclear test site.
1987 Nevada opened a
maximum-security prison 10 miles from Ely.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A12)
1987 The Texas Bass family
bought an undeveloped property 17 miles from Las Vegas and began the
$500 million Lake Las Vegas development.
(WSJ, 6/21/00, p.B12)
1989 Steve Wynn opened his
3,000-room “The Mirage" casino resort in Las Vegas.
(Econ, 10/8/16, p.57)
1989 The Mormons dedicated a
new temple in Las Vegas.
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A23)
1989 Benedict J. Dasher helped
open the National Automobile Museum in Reno.
(SFC, 1/10/04, p.B4)
1989 Lester "Benny" Binion,
founder of the Horseshoe Casino, died.
(WSJ, 8/24/98, p.A1)
1990 Apr 2, The University of
Nevada at Las Vegas won the NCAA college basketball championship,
defeating Duke 103-73.
1990 Pahrump, Nevada, had 7,600
residents. The town had no police, no income tax, 5 brothels and no
need for building permits. By 1998 it grew to 24,000.
(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A3)
1990 Arthur Goldberg, head of
an East Coast trucking business, bought a 5.6% share of Bally
Entertainment and began a 10 year creation of the world’s largest
(SFC, 10/24/00, p.A26)
1991 Mar 18, In Nevada Irish
boxer Pat Lawler (27) defeated Roberto Duran in a 6th round
technical knockout in Las Vegas. Lawler, a resident of San
Francisco, was an 8-1 underdog for the fight.
(SSFC, 3/113/16, DB p.50)
1991 Sep 1, The Burning Man
Festival came to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada from Baker’s Beach
in San Francisco.
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A15)
1991 Sep 21, Union members of
the Frontier Hotel-Casino went out on strike. The strike ended in
1998 under new owner, Phillip Ruffin.
(SFC, 2/2/98, p.A5)
1991 Sep, A scandal arose from
the US Navy Tailhook convention in Las Vegas. Navy officers were
accused of sexually assaulting female officers. The incident was
documented by Gregory Vistica in his book "Fall from Glory, the Men
Who Sank the US Navy." Paula Coughlin, a Navy lieutenant, pressed
the initial charges and more than 80 women made similar claims.
(WSJ, 7/10/96, p.A19)(WSJ, 10/14/96, p.A14)(SFC,
1992 Oct 28, The US
Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was enacted.
It banned betting on sports with exemptions to Delaware, Nevada,
Oregon and Montana.
(Econ, 9/26/09, p.42)(http://tinyurl.com/yenf89a)
1993 Jan 6, Authorities rescued
Jennifer Stolpa and infant son after her husband found help after an
eight-day ordeal in the snow-covered Nevada desert.
1993 Oct, Heather Catherine
Tallchief (21) drove away from the Circus Circus hotel casino in Las
Vegas in an armored car with $2.5 million. In 2005 she surrendered
and said she had been influenced by her boyfriend Roberto Solis, who
remained a fugitive. The 2 had fled to Amsterdam after the heist.
(SFC, 9/16/05, p.A3)
1993 The Roman Catholic Shrine
of the Most Holy Redeemer opened in Las Vegas with seating for
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A23)
1993 In Cactus Springs a small
shrine, dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, opened. It was
built be a female construction crew sponsored by Genevieve Vaughan
of Texas and cared for by Patricia Pearlman, a Crone Witch from New
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/17/00, p.A1,6)
1993 Nevada rancher Cliven
Bundy quit paying grazing fees on government land after the
government designated the Gold Butte area as protected habitat for
the endangered desert tortoise and cut his allotment of cows. The
BLM cancelled his grazing permit and ordered him to remove his cows.
Federal judges later upheld the action.
(SSFC, 4/20/14, p.A11)
1994 Jan, Alvaro Calambro, a
Philippine native, used a hammer and crowbar to murder 2 U-Haul
employees in Reno. Calambro was executed in 1999.
(SFC, 4/6/99, p.A3)
1994 Dec, Ron Rudin (64), a
millionaire real estate developer, disappeared.
(SFC, 2/2/98, p.A3)
1994 In Cactus Springs, Nv., a
small shrine to the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet was built. It was cared
for by Patricia Pearlman, a Crone Witch from New Jersey.
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A3)
c1994 Robert T. Bigelow donated
$3.7 million to the Univ. of Nevada, LV, to establish the Bigelow
Chair in Consciousness Studies. Bigelow established his fortune
building extended stay hotels and later set up Bigelow Aerospace for
a hotel in space circling the moon.
(WSJ, 8/23/99, p.A1,8)
1995 Jan, The charred body of
Ron Rudin (64), a millionaire real estate developer, was found in
the desert. His 5th wife, Margaret, was suspect but there was
insufficient evidence to arrest her.
(SFC, 2/2/98, p.A3)
1995 Dec 18, A powerful
fertilizer bomb was found outside an Internal Revenue Service office
in Reno, Nevada, but fizzled before its lit fuse could do much
1995 Pope John Paul II created
a separate diocese in Las Vegas under Bishop Daniel F. Walsh.
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A23)
1995 James Chic-Cheng Chen
built America's 1st "master-planned Chinatown" in Las Vegas.
(WSJ, 4/28/04, p.A1)
1995 Harold’s Club in downtown
Reno, owned by the Fitzgerald Gaming Corp., was closed down. It was
known for a large gun collection.
(SFEC, 1/25/98, p.D3)
1995 Golden West Sports Tours
opened a shooting gallery in Las Vegas.
(WSJ, 6/16/99, p.A24)
1996 Jul, Bruce Weinstein, a
professional gambler, was killed in his bed. His decomposed body was
found a month later in the desert. His girlfriend, Amy DeChant, was
charged in the crime. She was found in Florida in 1998 hiding at the
Sunnier Days nudist camp.
(SFC, 2/2/98, p.A3,5)
1996 Sep 7, Rapper Tupac Shakur
was shot on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.
1996 Sep 13, Rap star Tupac
Shakur (b.1971) died of gun shot wounds in Las Vegas after he was
wounded Sep 7 in a drive-by shooting as he was leaving a Mike Tyson
fight in Las Vegas. He had just finished filming "Gang Related"
later retitled "Criminal Intent." He was buried at Stone Mountain,
(SFC, 9/14/96, p.A1)(AP,
1996 Jack Lee Harelson was
convicted for stealing Native American artifacts from a cave in the
Nevada desert. In 2004 Harelson faced a trial in Oregon over charges
that he tried to hire a hit man to murder 4 people involved in his
(Arch, 1/05, p.10)
1996 The Neon Museum was
established in Las Vegas.
(Sm, 3/06, p.26)
1997 Jan 2, In the US Northwest
a week of heavy rain and melting snow caused many rivers to
overflow. Downtown Reno was under water and casinos closed. More
than 2,000 visitors were trapped in Yosemite National Park for more
than two days as a rockslide swept away a section of Highway 140.
The park was closed until March. Highway 50 to Lake Tahoe was closed
and expected to be out for a month. The Feather River between
Marysville and Yuba City crested at just over 78 feet and 50,000
Californians were forced to evacuate the area.
(WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A1)(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A1)(SFC,
1/6/97, p.A13)(AP, 1/2/98)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A10)
1997 Jan 3, Las Vegas had a
total of 101,106 hotel rooms as of this date.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)
1997 May 25, In Las Vegas
Jeremy Strohmeyer (20) raped and killed 7-year-old Sherrice Iverson
in the Primadonna Casino. Strohmeyer’s friend, David Cash, saw the
initial struggle, but failed to stop it. Cash was later plagued by
fellow students in Berkeley for his non-action. Strohmeyer admitted
his guilt in 1998 in exchange for life in prison. He was sentenced
to life in prison in Oct, 1998.
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A14)(SFC, 8/27/98, p.A17)(SFC,
9/9/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/15/98, p.A3)
1997 Jul 1, Nevada Athletic
Commission suspended Mike Tyson for biting Holyfield.
1997 Jul 26, Pres. Clinton
visited Lake Tahoe and announced that the Forest Service would allot
350 acres to the Washoe Indian tribe for a cultural center and give
tribal members access to the edge of Lake Tahoe. He also made an
executive order for $50 million over 2 years and 25 initiatives to
improve the water quality of Lake Tahoe. He brought with him $26
million worth of natural gas postal trucks and sewage pipes to help
preserve the lake.
(SFEC, 7/27/97, p.A1,14)(AP, 7/26/98)
1997 Aug 27, The annual Burning
Man Festival began near Gerlach, Nevada, on a private ranch on the
Hualapai Playa, a prehistoric lakebed. Some 20,000 people came to
the instantly created "Black Rock City" for the torching of the
(SFEC, 8/24/97, p.A3)(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A1, 15)
1997 Oct 13, A British jet car,
Thrust SSC, driven by Andy Green of the Royal Air Force set a land
speed record of 764.168 mph in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The
record was not recorded as official because turn around time went
over an hour due to braking problems. Green officially broke the
record two days later.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A1,7)(AP, 10/13/98)
1997 Oct 15, A British
jet-powered car driven by pilot Andy Green broke the land speed
record with an average run of 763.035 mph at Gerlach, Nevada. The
Thrust SSC was powered by two 110,000-horse-power Rolls-Royce Spey
205 engines. The vehicle was 54 feet long, 12 feet wide, and weighed
(SFC,10/16/97, p.A3)(AP, 10/15/98)
1997 Oct, In Nevada a US
district court convicted Jose B. Uribe for attempting to swap world
famous paintings for 110 pounds of cocaine. At least some of the
paintings, that included work by Matisse, Renoir and Dali, were said
to be owned by entertainer Wayne Newton. Newton, embroiled in a
bankruptcy suit, initially denied ownership but later changed his
mind and claimed ownership.
1997 Dec 28, The Nevada Club
owned by the Fitzgerald Gaming Corp. in Reno closed down after being
sold to a private party. Everything inside was auctioned including
200 old mechanical slot machines that sold for $600 when new.
(SFEC, 1/25/98, p.D3)
1997 Louise Driggs, a
descendant of John Piper, sold the Piper Opera House of Virginia
City to the nonprofit Piper's Opera House Historic Programs.
(SFEC, 2/14/99, Z1 p.4)
1997 The streets of Reno
flooded as the Truckee River overflowed.
(SSFC, 8/3/03, p.C7)
1998 Jan 7, In Mustang, Nevada,
two blasts at the Sierra Chemical Co. plant left 4 workers feared
(SFC, 1/8/98, p.A3)
1998 Feb 11, KVBC-FM (Las
Vegas) offered Monica Lewinsky $5M for an interview.
1998 Feb 19, Federal officials
in Henderson, Nevada, arrested Larry Wayne Harris and William Job
Leavitt for possession of suspected anthrax bacterium. Harris had
earlier published the 131-page book: "Bacteriological Warfare: A
Major Threat to North America." The substance turned out to be a
harmless veterinary vaccine. Harris was later sentenced to 6 months
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A1,8)(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A11)(SFC,
1998 Aug 8, A riot broke out in
Reno during the annual "Hot Autumn Nights" festival. There was some
property damage and a few minor injuries. 130 people were arrested.
(SFC, 8/10/98, p.A2)
1998 Sep 4, In Nevada two Air
Force helicopters crashed during training and all 12 people aboard
(SFC, 9/5/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 6, In Gerlach, Nevada,
15,000 people gathered at Black Rock City to watch the 13th Burning
Man go up in flames and end the 8 day arts festival.
(SFC, 9/7/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep, Lonnie "Ted" Binion
(55), son of Benny Binion, died from a suspected drug overdose. 6
months later the coroner declared that his death was a homicide.
Sandy Murphy (26), Binion's girl friend and her lover, Rick Tabish,
were considered prime suspects. 36 hours after Binion's death police
arrested Tabish digging up Binion's buried vault in Pahrump that
contained $4 million in silver bars and was built by Tabish. Murphy
and Tabish were arrested in 1999 and convicted of 1st degree murder
(SFC, 5/24/99, p.A3)(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A4)(SFC,
1998 Oct 18, The new Steve Wynn
$1.6 billion, 3,000 room Bellagio Casino opened in Las Vegas. It was
built over the site of the old Dunes casino. It was named after the
Italian town of Bellagio whose name means place of relaxation.
(SFC, 10/19/98, p.A1)(SFEM, 11/29/98, p.13)
1998 Oct 19, Mike Tyson got his
boxing license back after pleading with the Nevada Athletic
Commission not to "torture" him anymore for biting Evander
Holyfield's ears in the ring 15 months earlier.
1998 Nov, Voters approved the
medical use of marijuana with a 59% margin.
(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.A20)
1998 Dec 29, In Nevada 31 wild
horses were found shot to death by rifle fire at close range at
Devil's Flat near Washoe Valley.
(SFC, 12/30/98, p.A3)
1998 Bart Maybie, Canadian
entrepreneur, bought the defunct Moulin Rouge for a reported $3
million. A re-opening was scheduled for 2003.
(SSFM, 4/29/01, p.34)
1998 The Nevada nuclear dump
site at Yucca Mountain was originally scheduled to open this year.
In 2006 the US Dept. of Energy announced that it would not open
(SFC, 7/24/06, p.A1)
1999 Jan 4, A sniper hit at
least 4 vehicles on I-80 between Reno and the California border.
Police arrested Christopher Lee Merritt (20) of Mankato, Minn., who
hoped to rob the drivers after they crashed. Merritt pleaded guilty
in 1999 and was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison in 2000.
(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A2)(SFC,
11/6/99, p.A6)(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A7)
1999 Jan 12, A Reno
construction worker, Anthony John Merlino (21) was arrested for the
slaughter of 34 wild horses. Two marines were also charged, William
Brendle (22) and Darien Thomas (21).
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 8, Nevada lawmakers
voted to oppose federal plans for a nuclear storage dump northwest
of Las Vegas.
(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A3)
1999 Apr 4, A medical
helicopter crashed about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas and the
pilot, James Bond Jr., and 2 nurses, Kathy Batterman and Leroy
Shelton, were killed.
(SFC, 4/5/99, p.A4)
1999 May 3, The new $1.4
billion Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino opened at the former site
of the Sands Hotel. It was developed by Las Vegas Sands, Inc.
(SFEC, 5/2/99, DB p.70)
1999 May 4, The Las Vegas
primary mayoral election were scheduled. Lawyer Oscar Goodman (59)
led a 9 person filed with 49% of the vote.
(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.C5)(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A3)
1999 Jun 3, Zane Floyd (23), a
former Marine, killed 4 employees at an Albertsons supermarket in
Las Vegas before being arrested by police.
(SFC, 6/4/99, p.A4)
1999 Jun 8, A general election
(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A3)
1999 Jun 4, Senators Diane
Feinstein of California and Harry Reid of Nevada announced the Lake
Tahoe Restoration Act. The bill authorized $300 million over 10
years to restore clarity and health to Lake Tahoe.
(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 8, Oscar Goodman was
elected mayor of Las Vegas with 63.8% of the vote over Arnie
(SFC, 6/9/99, p.A3)
1999 Jul 8, Heavy rains poured
3 inches onto Las Vegas and caused the worst flooding in 15 years.
(SFC, 7/9/99, p.A3)
1999 Aug 5, Lightning sparked
over 75 fires and blackened some 500 sq. miles of Nevada range.
(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A3)
1999 Aug 9, The US government
took over the Mustang Ranch brothel following successful fraud and
(SFC, 8/10/99, p.A3)
1999 Sep 3, An estimated 18,000
people were in attendance at Black Rock Desert for the Burning Man
festival. Local veterans complained that spontaneous art projects
started giving way to carefully laid plans and agendas.
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.B1)(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A20)
1999 Sep 4, The 14th Burning
Man festival drew 23,500 people.
(SFEC, 9/5/99, p.C10)
1999 Sep 1, The $760 million
Paris-Las Vegas Hotel Casino, owned by Park Place Entertainment,
held its grand opening. Arthur Goldberg (d.2000 at 58) delivered the
hotel on time and on budget at $785 million.
(SFEC, 10/24/99, p.T10)(SFC, 10/24/00, p.A26)
1999 Nov 22, Raymond Edward
Wong called Pinole, Ca., police to report that Alice Sin (21) of
Pinole, Ca., had not come home. Sin’s decomposed and bullet-riddled
body was found Jan 25, 2000, in Churchill County, Nevada. In 2011
police in Pinole, citing new evidence, arrested Raymond Wong, the
father of her child. Wong’s 2nd girlfriend, Jessica Tang, later
testified that all three had driven into the desert and she and Wong
shot and killed Alice Sin, who was reportedly pregnant at the time.
(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A1)(SFC, 12/31/11, p.C2)(SFC,
1999 Nov 30, Five white
supremacists attempted to firebomb the Emanu-El synagogue in Reno.
They pleaded guilty at their 7/14/00 trial.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A3)
1999 Dec, The $70 million
Cirque du Soleil show called "O" began playing at the 1,800 seat
(SFC, 12/15/99, p.AA2)
1999 David Littlejohn edited
"The Real Las Vegas: Life Beyond the Strip," a collection of 13
essays by journalism graduates of the master's program at UC
(SFEC, 10/17/99, BR p.5)
1999 David Thompson published
"In Nevada: The Land, The People, God and Chance."
(SFEC, 10/31/99, BR p.10)
1999 Arthur Goldberg of Park
Place Entertainment acquired Caesar’s World for $3 billion.
(SFC, 10/24/00, p.A26)
2000 Jan 30, The Mapes Hotel
and Casino, listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's
as one of the most endangered landmarks, was blown up at 8 a.m. as
10,000 people watched.
(SFC, 1/18/00, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 6, MGM Grand Inc. led
by Kirk Kerkorian acquired Mirage Resorts, founded by Stephen
A. Wynn, for $4.4 billion in cash.
(SFC, 3/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 8, In Nevada a van
crashed on I-15 at jean and 8 people were killed with 5 injured.
(SFC, 3/9/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 19, In Nevada 5 youths
on a juvenile offenders cleanup crew were killed by a speeding
minivan on I-15 in Las Vegas.
(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A11)
2000 Mar 19, Krystal Steadman
(5) disappeared from a playground at Stateline. Her body was found
the next day off US 50 and Thomas Robert Soria (19) was arrested.
(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A5)
2000 Mar 30, In Reno there was
an arson fire at a construction site. By the end of May a serial
arsonist was suspected in setting 12 fires with damages over $2
(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A6)
2000 Jun, Jose Manuel Vigoa
Perez robbed the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, continued a string of
robberies that began in 1998. He was soon caught and imprisoned. In
2008 John Huddy authored “Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born,
Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five
World-Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars."
(WSJ, 8/30/08, p.W7)
2000 Jul 4, In Jarbridge the
Jarbridge Shovel Brigade reopened access to South Canyon Road, which
had been closed by the US Forest Service to protect endangered bull
trout in the Jarbridge River.
(SFC, 7/5/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 15, The new $97
million Las Vegas federal courthouse opened.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 2, Some 28,000 people
gathered for the finale of the Burning Man festival in the Black
(SFEC, 9/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 12, Syl Cheney-Coker
(55), a poet from Sierra Leone, was named as the Las Vegas resident
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.A10)
2000 Oct 19, Arthur Goldberg,
head of Park Place Entertainment, died at age 58. In 1999 Park Place
generated $4.6 billion in revenue.
(SFC, 10/24/00, p.A26)
2000 Dec 15, US Congressional
compromise included federal protection for the Black Rock
Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area,
1.2 million acres in northwest Nevada.
(SFC, 12/16/00, p.C2)
2000 Dec, Harper's magazine ran
an article by Jim McManus, a "rank amateur," who had made a
successful run in the 2000 World Series of Poker. In 2003 the
article was expanded into the book "Positively Fifth Street:
Murderers, Cheetahs and Binion's World Series of Poker.
(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.M1)
2000 Gregory Martin authored
"Mountain City," a personal look at the northern Nevada mining town.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, BR p.8)
2000 Switch began building a
series of colocation centers in Las Vegas. Its business got a boost
in December 2002, when it acquired a former Enron broadband services
facility out of bankruptcy. In 2010 the SWITCH SuperNAP, a huge data
center, opened near the Las Vegas airport.
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.28)(http://tinyurl.com/7r3deaq)
2000 In Nevada mine operator
Arimetco abandoned a WW II-era mine and left behind a stew of
uranium, arsenic and other chemicals. In 1994 the EPA determined
that the site qualified for priority Superfund status but did not
formally propose the listing until 2016. State regulators had first
accused the Anaconda Mining Co. of discharging pollutants there in
1985. In 2018 the local Yerington Paiute Tribe fought against
efforts to put the state and current owner Atlantic Richfield in
charge of the cleanup, instead of the EPA.
(SSFC, 4/29/18, p.C11)
2001 April 5, Michelle Curran
(16) was reported missing in Las Vegas. She was kidnapped as she
hitchhiked, sexually abused for three weeks, and then shot in the
head. In 2006 Michael Thorton (50) and Janeen Snyder (26) were both
found guilty of murder, rape with a foreign object, and burglary.
The pair were sentenced to death.
(http://tinyurl.com/fww93)(SFC, 9/9/06, p.B2)
2001 Apr 14, It was reported
that 8 cases of childhood leukemia were recorded in 2000 in the area
of Fallon, Nevada. 12 children were diagnosed with leukemia since
1997 and high levels of arsenic in the drinking water was suspected.
Jet fuel at a nearby air base and a nuclear detonation in 1963, and
pesticides were also cited as possible causes. In 2002 a 16th case
(SFC, 4/14/01, p.A6)(SFC, 7/29/02, p.A4)
2001 Apr 21, Stephanus Bridges
(37), a South African national, was executed for the shooting Hunter
Blatchford and leaving him to bleed to death in the desert outside
Las Vegas. Bridges denied the killing.
(SFC, 4/23/01, p.A7)
2001 Jun 4, Nevada lawmakers
approved a bill to legalize Internet gambling and passed a medical
(WSJ, 6/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 18, Thousands of
firefighters fought the Martis fire at Floriston near Truckee that
covered 12,300 acres since Jun 17. The fire on the California-Nevada
border reached 14,500 acres with 2/3 in Nevada.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A3)(SFC,
2001 Jul 28, Martin Stern Jr.,
architect of much of the Las Vegas skyline, died at age 84.
(SFC, 8/2/01, p.C2)
2001 Aug 17, Adam Ezerski (19),
wanted for 2 recent murders in Florida, was arrested at the Holiday
Inn in Reno as the city kicked off its gay pride celebration.
(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 27, In Gerlach,
Nevada, thousands of people gathered at Black Rock City for the 16th
Burning Man arts festival. This year’s theme was the Seven Ages,
from the cradle to the mausoleum
(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A1,9)
2001 Sep 2, The Burning Man
festival came to a close. Also burned was "The Mausoleum," a plywood
temple built over several weeks and dedicated to the dead.
(SSFC, 9/9/01, p.B3)
2001 Sep 22, Volunteers
celebrated the completion of the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 150-mile loop
around Lake Tahoe that began with an idea by US Forest Service
ranger Glenn Hampton in 1980.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A13)(SSFC, 4/14/02, p.C5)
2001 Oct 15, Anthrax in a
letter to a Reno Microsoft office was reported to be from Malaysia.
2 anthrax-tainted letters were reported to have been mailed from
Trenton, New Jersey and 2 postal employees there showed symptoms.
(SFC, 10/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Sally Denton and Roger
Morris authored "The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas
and Its Hold on America 1947-2000."
(WSJ, 3/23/00, p.W12)
2001 Richard L. Orndorff,
Robert W. Wieder and Harry F. Filkorn authored "Geology Underfoot in
(NH, 6/01, p.22)
2001 Dwayne Jackson was
arrested on kidnapping and robbery charges in Nevada. He spent 4
years in prison until his release in 2006. In November, 2010, an
error regarding DNA evidence indicated that the wrong man had been
sent to prison.
(SFC, 7/8/11, p.A6)
2002 Jan 10, US Energy Sec.
Spencer Abraham said he found the Nevada site at Yucca Mountain
"scientifically sound and suitable" as a nuclear waste repository.
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan, The 18th annual
Cowboy Poetry Gathering was held in Elko.
(SSFC, 5/5/02, p.M2)
2002 Feb 15, Pres. Bush
approved the Nevada Yucca Mountain site for nuclear waste. Nevada
filed suit to block the decision.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A7)
2002 Apr 8, Gov. Kenny Guinn
vetoed the Pres. Bush’s endorsement of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear
(SFC, 4/9/02, p.A5)
2002 Apr 23, The US Supreme
Court ruled that property owners were not entitled to compensation
in cases where a temporary freeze stops development. The ruling
stemmed from a development freeze around Lake Tahoe.
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 27, In Laughlin, Nev.,
members of the Hells Angels clashed with members of the Mongol gang
and 3 people were killed in a shootout at Harrah’s. Some 80,000
bikers were in town for the annual Laughlin River Run party.
Investigations led to arrests on Dec 3, 2003.
(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A9)(SFC, 12/5/03, p.A25)
2002 May 7, Lucas John Helder
(21) of Pine Island, Minn., was arrested following a car chase near
Lovelock, Nevada, and charged for the recent series of mailbox pipe
bombs. Helder said he was trying to make a "smiley face" pattern on
the map of his bombings. His series of rural mailbox bombings left
six people wounded in Illinois and Iowa. Helder has since been found
incompetent to stand trial.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A3)(AP,
2002 May 13, A crash on I-80
east of Reno left 5 members of a Utah family dead. Stephen Scharosch
later admitted he was drunk and under the influence of marijuana. In
2003 Scharosch (52) was sentenced to up to 80 years in prison.
(SFC, 1/18/03, p.A15)
2002 Jul 9, The US Senate
approved a nuclear waste burial site at Yucca Mountain in the Nevada
desert. The Senate voted to entomb thousands of tons of radioactive
waste inside Yucca Mountain, rejecting the state's fervent protests.
Gov. Kenny Guinn vowed to continue fighting the plan.
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A3)(AP, 7/9/03)
2002 Jul 23, Pres. Bush signed
legislation designating Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as the nation’s
nuclear waste repository.
(WSJ, 7/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 31, The Burning Man
was put to flames at Black Rock, Nv. Some 29,000 people attended the
event, which featured a 78-foot Temple of Joy, created by David
Best, that was burned down Sep 1.
(SFC, 8/31/02, p.A3)(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug, In Gerlach, Nevada,
the 17th Burning Man arts festival was scheduled. Founder Larry
Harvey summarized the event as an example of a gift economy, where
"value is transmitted through people, from heart to heart."
(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.E6)
2002 Oct 5, In Nevada the
partially clad body of Jay R. Smith (87), a former star in “The
Little Rascals," was found wrapped in a sheet near Interstate 15.
Charles Wayne Crombie (d.2014), a homeless man befriended by Smith,
was later convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 20 years
2002 Dec 1, The US federal
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began rounding up over 2,650 wild
horses in Nevada to prevent starving and rangeland destruction.
(SFC, 11/29/02, p.J7)
2002 Dec 4, John Weaver,
historian, died in Las Vegas. His books included "Los Angeles: The
Enormous Village" (1980).
(SFC, 12/7/02, p.A25)
2002 In Nevada Jeremiah Miller
was robbed, killed and dismembered at a Las Vegas hotel. In 2007
Scott Raymond Dozier was sentenced to death for killing Miller, who
had come to Nevada to buy ingredients for making meth.
(SFC, 7/12/18, p.A14)
2003 Mar 21, A young man from
LA visiting Las Vegas hit pay dirt, a world record $39 million on a
2003 Mar 25, Celine Dion opened
a three-year gig in the new $95 million Colosseum theater at Caesars
2003 May 24, The $16 million
Nevada Museum of Art opened in Reno.
(SFC, 5/27/03, p.D2)
2003 May 24, In Las Vegas Chris
Moneymaker (27), an accountant, walked away with $2.5 million and
the title of champion in the 34th annual World Series of Poker.
2003 May 29, A fire destroyed
the Moulin Rouge casino in downtown Las Vegas.
(SFC, 5/30/03, p.A18)
2003 Jun 22, It was reported
that Elko, Nevada, besieged by Mormon crickets (shield-backed
katydids), had spent $56,000 for 18 tons of the pesticide carbaryl
to stop the infestation. The 4-year Nevada plague, the worst in 5
decades, had missed Elko until this year.
(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 20, Floodwaters
receded in Las Vegas following the worst flood since 1999.
(SFC, 8/21/03, p.A2)
2003 Aug 30, In Gerlach,
Nevada, a woman riding an "art car" at the counterculture Burning
Man festival died when she accidentally fell under the vehicle's
wheels. The weeklong festival, theme name "Beyond Belief," peaked
Saturday night with the torching of a 70-foot-high wooden effigy of
(AP, 8/31/03)(SFC, 9/1/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 31, In Gerlach,
Nevada, the "Temple of Honor" by David Best went up in flames. Some
30,500 people attended the weeklong "Burning Man" event.
(SFC, 9/1/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 3, In Las Vegas a
tiger attacked magician Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy during a
performance. It was Horn's 59th birthday.
(SFC, 10/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 25, A small plane
crashed after takeoff at the North Las Vegas and 6 family members
(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A3)
2003 The US Bureau of Land
Management auctioned off the assets of Mustang Ranch on eBay. Lance
Gilman paid $145,000 for the brothel’s trademark and pink stucco
building, which he airlifted to his Wild Horse bordello in Storey
(Econ, 1/29/05, p.33)
2004 Jan 13, Harrah's agreed to
buy Binion's Horseshoe casino. It had just been shut down by federal
agents for failure to pay pension and health benefits to its
(WSJ, 1/14/04, p.B3)
2004 Jul 9, An appeals court
rejected Nevada’s claim against the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste
repository, but ordered leak plans beyond 10,000 years.
(WSJ, 7/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 14, Harrah’s reached a
deal to acquire Caesars for about $17 a share.
(SFC, 7/15/04, p.C1)
2004 Jul 15, The new $650
million, 4.4-mile Las Vegas Monorail began operations with stops at
7 stations between Sahara and Tropicana avenues.
(SSFC, 7/25/04, p.D2)
2004 Jul 16, The Waterfall Fire
in Carson City, Nev., consumed over 7,600 acres and threatened some
1,000 homes. 14 homes were already destroyed.
(SFC, 7/17/04, p.B1)
2004 Aug 30, In Gerlach,
Nevada, the annual Burning Man Festival began.
(SFC, 8/30/04, p.B1)
2004 Sep 5, The 19th Burning
Man went up in flames in Gerlach, Nevada, where some 35, 664 people
had gathered for the annual festival.
(SSFC, 9/5/04, p.B1)
2004 Nov 16, US Senate
Democrats selected Harry Reid of Nevada as party whip for the 109th
(SFC, 11/17/04, p.A3)
2005 Feb 21, The new Atomic
Testing Museum opened in Las Vegas.
2005 Mar 9, In Las Vegas 2
retired NYC police detectives, Louis Eppolito (56) and Stephen
Caracappa (63), were arrested on federal charges of taking part in 8
murders on behalf of the Mafia. In 2009 both men were sentenced to
life in prison.
(SFC, 3/11/05, p.A3)(SFC, 3/7/09, p.A5)
2005 Apr 28, The new 2,700 room
Wynn Las Vegas was scheduled to open.
(SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F10)
2005 Apr 21, Anna Ayala, the
woman who claimed she found a finger in her bowl of Wendy's chili
last month in San Jose, Ca., was arrested at her home in Las Vegas.
(AP, 4/22/05)(SFC, 4/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 26, The 160-acre 1870
ghost town of Palisade, Nevada, was auctioned off in SF for
(SFC, 4/27/05, p.A2)
2005 Apr 28, Steve Wynn opened
the new $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas casino-resort. It was built on
the site of the historic Desert Inn.
(SFC, 4/29/05, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/17/05, p.D10)
2005 May 23, Kansas City rapper
Anthony “Fat Tone" Watkins (24) and another man were found shot dead
in the Southern Highlands area of Las Vegas. Police later said that
a SF rap promoter named Andre Dow, aka “Mac Minister," and Jason
Mathis killed the 2 men to avenge the Nov, 2004, killing of Andre
“Mac Dre" Hicks in Kansas. Mathis was arrested in 2005 in SF. Dow
was arrested in 2006 in SF.
(SFC, 5/26/05, p.B5)(SFC, 11/29/05, p.A1)(SFC,
2005 Aug 22, Harrah’s said it
has agreed to buy the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas for $370 million.
(WSJ, 8/23/05, p.D6)
2005 Aug 29-2005 Sep 5, The
annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada planned to introduce BORG2, an
event within the main event concentrating on art projects.
(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A20)
2005 Sep 3, In Nevada over
35,000 people gathered in the Black Rock Desert for the 20th burning
of the Burning Man.
(SFC, 9/3/05, p.A25)
2005 Sep 21, Stephen M. Ressa
(27) of Rialto, Ca., drove a stolen car into a crowd on the Las
Vegas Strip killing 2 people and injuring dozens.
(SFC, 9/23/05, p.A6)
2005 Sep 22, Boxer Leavander
Johnson (35) died from injuries suffered in a Sep 17 Los Vegas
boxing match with Jesus Chavez. The match was telecast on HBO.
(WSJ, 9/29/05, p.D10)
2005 Oct 8, In Nevada 23
robotic vehicles competed over a 150-mile course for a $2 million
prize sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,
Darpa. 4 robotic vehicles finished the race across the Mojave desert
over a rugged 132-mile course without a single human command.
Stanford University's Sebastian Thrun, a customized Volkswagen,
crossed first in 6 hours and 59 minutes. Race officials planned to
resume the race Oct 9 so the sole remaining vehicle, a mammoth
six-wheel truck, could compete in daylight.
(SFC, 10/8/05, p.C1)(AP, 10/9/05)(Econ, 10/15/05,
2005 Oct 9, A driverless
Volkswagen won a $2 million race across the rugged Nevada desert,
beating four other robot-guided vehicles that completed a
Pentagon-sponsored contest aimed at making warfare safer for humans
[see Oct 8].
2005 Nov, The US Bureau of Land
Management auctioned 3,000 acres of Nevada land in the Las Vega area
for $800 million.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.37)
2005 William L. Fox authored
“In the Desert of Desire," a wandering meditation on Las Vegas.
(WSJ, 11/25/05, p.W3)
2006 Jan 21, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao avenged his defeat 10 months ago and handed Erik Morales
the worst beating of his career before finally stopping him in the
10th round of their 130-pound showdown.
2006 Jan 21, In Las Vegas
Jennifer Berry, a 22-year-old ballerina from Oklahoma, was crowned
Miss America. The pageant went without coverage from a major
television network for the first time since 1954, but aired on
Country Music Television.
2006 Feb 7, Nevada’s State
Gaming Control Board sent a letter to casinos expressing concern
about “gangster rap."
(WSJ, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006 May 5, A spokesman for
Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn said Nevadans will be able to buy
prescription drugs from Canada over the Internet starting next week,
despite objections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
2006 Jun 12, Charla Mack was
slashed to death in Reno, Nevada. Judge Chuck Weller (53) was shot
and wounded the same day by a sniper. Police issued a murder warrant
for Charla’s husband, David Mack (45), the next day and declared him
a suspect in the shooting of Weller. Mack surrendered to Mexican
police on June 23. In 2008 Mack was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/16/06, p.B6)(WSJ, 6/24/06, p.A1)(SFC,
2006 Jul 11, Kathy Augustine
(50), Nevada state controller, died suddenly. Her husband, Chaz
Higgs, said it was a heart attack and chalked it up to the stress of
an uphill election battle for state treasurer. But just days after
her death, Higgs tried to kill himself by slitting his wrists. On
Sep 29 Police arrested Higgs in Hampton, Va., after toxicology tests
found a drug in his wife’s system that would have paralyzed her.
Higgs was convicted on June 29, 2007, of killing Augustine by
injecting her with succinylcholine, a paralyzing drug. He was
sentenced to life with a possibility of parole after serving 20
(AP, 7/21/06)(SFC, 9/30/06,
2006 Jul 22, Some 3,000 people
gathered at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas for the annual
Lifestyles conference, a five-day, $700-per-couple event that offers
a mix of seminars, socializing and sex.
2006 Aug 11, Jamie Gold (36), a
former Hollywood talent agent, won the $12 million grand prize in
the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nv.
(SFC, 8/12/06, p.A2)
2006 Aug 29, Warren Steed Jeffs
(50), a fugitive polygamist, was arrested in Nevada. He was on the
FBI’s 10 most-wanted list for sex crimes in Utah and Arizona.
(SFC, 8/30/06, p.A11)
2006 Aug 31, The United States
carried out a subcritical nuclear experiment successfully at an
underground test site in Nevada, the 2nd this year and the 23rd such
test since 1997.
2006 Oct 31, In Reno, Nev., a
fire at the Mizpah Hotel killed 12 people. Valerie Moore (47), a
casino cook, was arrested the next day for starting the fire.
(SFC, 11/2/06, p.A4)(AP, 11/5/06)(SFC, 11/6/06,
2006 Nov 4, Katherine Jefferts
Schori (52) took office at Washington National Cathedral as the 1st
woman to lead the US Episcopal Church and the 1st female to head an
Anglican province. The former bishop of Nevada was elected at the
Episcopal convention in June.
(SSFC, 11/5/06, p.A9)
2006 Nov 9, The Nevada Supreme
Court upheld a Las Vegas city regulation barring erotic dancers from
raunchy physical contact with their customers, in a ruling that runs
counter to the gambling city's sinful reputation.
2006 Nov 14, US Sen. Harry
Reid, a moderate Nevada Democrat, was elected by colleagues as US
Senate majority leader for the 110th Congress that will convene in
2006 Dec 4, Station Casinos of
Las Vegas said it received a $4.7 billion buyout offer from its
founding family and affiliate of Colony Capital LLC, a private
(SFC, 12/5/06, p.C3)
2006 Dec 21, The US Census
Bureau said Arizona had deposed Nevada as the fastest growing US
(WSJ, 12/22/06, p.A1)
2007 Jan 2, Jim Gibbons, former
Republican Representative in Congress, was sworn in as governor of
Nevada. He soon faced FBI investigations over unreported gifts while
serving on the House Intelligence and Armed Services committees.
(WSJ, 2/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan, The culinary workers’
union in Nevada numbered some 51,000 members representing hotel and
(Econ, 1/13/07, p.30)
2007 Apr 11, Joe Francis
(b.1973), the creator of the “Girls Gone Wild" video series, was
indicted in Reno, Nevada, on federal tax charges. In September 2009,
Francis pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and bribing
Nevada jail workers. On November 5, 2009, US District Judge S. James
Otero accepted Francis’ deal on the grounds that a key witness
withheld information from prosecutors.
2007 Apr 21, Police in Las
Vegas raided illegal brothels as part of “Operation Dollhouse," a
sting aimed at prostitution and human trafficking with suspected
links to Asia. Prostitution is legal in most counties of Nevada, but
not in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.
(SFC, 4/25/07, p.B5)
2007 May 5, In Las Vegas Floyd
Mayweather Jr. won his boxing match against Oscar De La Hoya in a
12-round split decision. A sellout crowd of 16,200 paid a record $19
2007 Jun 27, Nevada Solar One,
the first large CSP (concentrating solar power) plant built since
the 1980s, went online with a capacity to generate 64 megawatts.
2007 Jul 6, In Las Vegas Steven
Zegrean (51) opened fire on gamblers at the New York-New York casino
and wounded 4 people before he was tackled by off-duty military
reservists. On Oct 19, 2009, Zegrean was sentenced to 26-90 years in
(SFC, 7/7/07, p.A5)(SFC, 10/20/09, p.A5)
2007 Jul 7, Wildfires in
California consumed 17,000 acres in Inyo National Forest and 7,500
acres in Los Padres National Forest. An 8,000-acre wildfire
forced hundreds of people in the town of Winnemucca to leave their
homes, one of more than a dozen blazes that charred a combined 55
square miles in northern Nevada. In Utah a 160,000-acre wildfire
forced evacuations at Cove Fort and the Blundell Geothermal Power
Plant. Wildfires also burned in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and
(AP, 7/8/07)(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.A5)
2007 Aug 21, The board of MGM
Mirage approved a deal with Dubai World in which the holding company
for the Persian Gulf state will eventually acquire a 9.5%
stake and 50% ownership in the Las Vegas CityCenter project.
(WSJ, 8/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 28, Burning Man became
Burnt Man four days early, and a San Francisco performance artist
was arrested on suspicion of igniting the signature figure of the
counterculture festival in the remote Nevada desert.
2007 Sep 3, Steve Fossett
(b.1944), tycoon turned record seeker, disappeared in Nevada after
flying from the Flying M Ranch, owned by billionaire Baron Hilton.
In 2002 Fosset became the 1st person to fly around the world in a
balloon. In 2006 Fossett authored his autobiography “Chasing the
Wind." A search was formally suspended on Oct 2. On Feb 15, 2008, an
Illinois court declared him legally dead. In 2008 wreckage of his
plane was found on Oct 1 in the rugged eastern mountains of
(SFC, 9/5/07, p.A8)(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A1)(SFC,
2/16/08, p.B5)(Econ, 2/23/08, p.106)(Reuters, 10/2/08)
2007 Sep 8, In Nevada Darrin
Tuck (26) handed in a videotape to Nevada authorities. The graphic
video depicted a 2003 sexual assault on a 2-year-old girl. Chester
Arthur Stiles was tracked down following a nationwide manhunt. In
2009 Stiles was sentenced to 21 terms of life in prison.
2007 Sep 11, Douglas Eugene
"Gene" Savoy, explorer, died at age 80 in Reno, Nev. He discovered
more than 40 lost cities in Peru and led long-distance sailing
adventures to learn more about ancient cultures. Savoy wrote dozens
of books, including "Antisuyo: The Search for the Lost Cities of the
Amazon" (1970) about his early discoveries in Peru, and "On the
Trail of the Feathered Serpent" (1974) about some of his sea
2007 Sep 14, Two airplanes
collided at the Reno National Championship Air Races, killing one
pilot and injuring another in the third fatal crash at the event in
2007 Sep 16, Police in Las
Vegas arrested O.J. Simpson saying he was part of an armed group
that broke into a hotel room on Sep 13 and snatched memorabilia that
documented his sports career. Simpson (60) was booked on five felony
counts, including suspicion of assault and robbery with a deadly
weapon. On Sep 18 DA David Roger filed the felony charges and
added five other felonies, including kidnapping and conspiracy to
(SFC, 9/17/07, p.A1)(AP, 9/18/07)
2007 Nov 13, In Las Vegas the
New Frontier casino, opened in 1942, was imploded to make way for a
$5 billion megaresort. It earned historical notations by becoming
the Strip's first theme casino and hosting Elvis Presley's debut in
the city. Phil Ruffin sold the 34.5-acre site to Elad, owned by
Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva, for $1.24 billion in May. Ruffin
had bought the Frontier in 1997 for $165 million and quickly settled
a nearly 6 1/2-year strike by 550 hotel workers, one of the longest
job actions in US history.
2007 Nov 15, During a feisty
Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her
closest rivals, Barack Obama and John Edwards, of slinging mud
"right out of the Republican playbook" and sharply criticized their
2007 Nov 25, Kevin Dubrow (52),
lead singer for the 1980s heavy metal band Quiet Riot, died in Las
Vegas from an accidental cocaine overdose.
2007 Nov 28, O.J. Simpson
pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to charges of kidnapping and armed
robbery stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia
dealers. Simpson and a co-defendant were convicted in October, 2008.
2007 Dec 7, US federal
officials outlined a new plan on how to allocate water to
California, Arizona and Nevada from the Colorado River in case of
(SFC, 12/10/07, p.A9)
2008 Jan 5, A levee break
flooded hundreds of homes In Nevada as a storm that has pummeled the
West Coast with high wind and heavy rain dropped a thick blanket of
snow on the Sierra Nevada.
2008 Jan 19, In Nevada Hillary
Clinton defeated rival Barack Obama 51-45% in a tight Democratic
contest. Her delegate count increased to 236 followed by Obama with
136 and 50 for Sen. John Edwards. Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts
governor, cruised to victory in the little-contested GOP Nevada
(AP, 1/20/08)(SSFC, 1/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 20, Brianna Denison
(19) last was seen at the edge of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Her body was found Feb 15, 8 miles away near a business park and an
autopsy confirmed that she died of strangulation. DNA evidence
linked her kidnapping to two other attacks on women near the
university late last year.
2008 Feb 28, In Las Vegas two
vials of ricin were found a manager at the Extended Stay America
motel. 2 days earlier police had found firearms and an “anarchist
type textbook" there. Roger Von Bergendorff (57) was the last to
stay in the room, and has been in critical condition since calling
an ambulance on Feb. 14 complaining of respiratory distress. In
April Bergendorff was indicted on federal charges that included
possession of a biological toxin. Bergendorff was convicted and
sentenced in November to 3½ years in federal prison.
(AP, 3/1/08)(SFC, 3/3/08, p.A4)(SFC, 4/23/08,
p.A3)(SFC, 11/18/08, p.A8)
2008 Mar 6, In Nevada letters
began arriving this week to patients who received injected
anesthesia at the endoscopy center from March 2004 to mid-January
were urged to get tested for hepatitis B and C, and HIV. The Las
Vegas clinic was found to be reusing syringes and vials of
medication for nearly four years.
2008 Apr 11, Crystle Stewart
(26), of Missouri City, Texas, was named Miss USA, besting 50 other
beauty queens for the coveted crown in Las Vegas.
2008 May 12, Oakley Hall
(b.1920), prolific author and writing teacher, died in Nevada City.
His books included “Warlock" (1958) and “The Art and Craft of Novel
(SFC, 5/14/08, p.A1)
2008 May 28, In Reno, Nevada,
30 monkeys were found essentially cooked alive after a repair
technician left a heater on at a lab owned by Charles River
Laboratories. Two other monkeys had to be euthanized. The company
was fined $14,000.
(SFC, 3/18/10, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/yab2maj)
2008 Jun 6, Pres. Bush signed a
transportation bill that freed $45 million for environmental studies
for a levitating train planned to run from Disneyland to Las
(SFC, 6/7/08, p.C2)
2008 Jun 28, A small plane
crashed outside Las Vegas killing 4 residents of Oakley, Ca.
(SFC, 6/30/08, p.B1)
2008 Jul 25, US regulators took
over two banks and sold them to Mutual of Omaha Bank, the sixth and
seventh bank failures this year as financial institutions struggle
with a housing bust and credit crunch. The Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency said it closed First National Bank of Nevada and
First Heritage Bank NA of California.
2008 Aug 22, In North Las
Vegas, Nevada, an experimental aircraft crashed into a house killing
the pilot of the Velocity 173 RG and 2 people in the home.
(SFC, 8/23/08, p.A4)
2008 Aug 30, In Black Rock
City, Nevada, the 40-foot Burning Man was set aflame. This year’s
festival, themed the American Dream, was marked by a 10-story steel
frame tower built by union workers of recycled materials. The annual
guidebook reached 77 pages.
(SSFC, 8/31/08, p.B2)
2008 Sep 1, In Nevada an air
tanker being used to drop retardant on a wildfire in the Sierra
Nevada crashed after taking off for its last flight of the day,
killing all three crew members.
2008 Sep 5, US bank regulators
shut down Silver State Bank, saying the Nevada bank failed because
of losses on soured loans, mainly in commercial real estate and land
development. It was the 11th failure this year of a federally
2008 Oct 3, O.J. Simpson was
found guilty of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint
in a Las Vegas hotel room on Sep 13, 2007. This was 13 years to the
day after being acquitted of killing his wife and her friend in Los
Angeles. Four other men charged in the case struck plea bargains
that saved them from potential prison sentences in return for their
2008 Nov 4, Voters in Nevada
favored Barack Obama and ousted 2 Republicans to give Democrats a
majority in the state senate.
(WSJ, 11/10/08, p.A10)
2008 Dec 5, O.J. Simpson was
sentenced in Las Vegas from 9 to 33 years in prison for kidnapping
and assaulting two sports memorabilia dealers with a deadly weapon.
2008 Dec 9, Nevada state and
federal authorities said they arrested nearly two dozen people, many
with ties to Eastern Europe, in a credit card fraud and identity
theft scheme that cost Las Vegas businesses and consumers about $1.5
2008 Dec 22, In Nevada the
Encore, Steve Wynn’s vaguely Chinese-themed hotel, opened.
(Econ, 2/7/09, p.29)(http://tinyurl.com/byf3qk)
2008 Dec 27, In northern Nevada
a 13 rail cars containing grain were involved in a derailment along
the Humboldt River. The derailment triggered the collapse of a
102-year-old bridge spanning the river.
(SSFC, 12/28/08, p.B2)
2009 Jan 24, In Las Vegas Miss
Indiana Katie Stam was crowned Miss America 2009 by Miss America
2008 Kirsten Haglund.
2009 Apr 17, Great Basin Bank
of Elko, Nevada, became the 25th US bank to fail this year.
2009 May 1, Danny Gans (52),
one of the most popular entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip for the
last decade, died in his sleep at his home in Henderson, Nev. A
coroner later said Gans' death was accidental, caused by a
(AP, 5/2/09)(AP, 6/9/09)
2009 May 13, RealtyTrac Inc.
said new data indicated that the number of US households faced with
losing their homes to foreclosure jumped 32 percent in April
compared with the same month last year, with Nevada, Florida and
California showing the highest rates.
2009 May, Dr. Conrad Murray
(56), a Las Vegas cardiologist, signed on as Michael Jackson's
personal physician at $150,000 a month. He was in dire financial
shape at the time and owed a total of at least $780,000 in judgments
against him and his medical practice, outstanding mortgage payments
on his house, delinquent student loans, child support and credit
2009 Aug 14, Real estate lender
Colonial BancGroup Inc. was shut down by federal officials in the
biggest US bank failure this year. The FDIC, which was appointed
receiver of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Colonial and its about $25
billion in assets, said the failed bank's 346 branches in Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas will reopen at the normal times
starting on Aug 15 as offices of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T.
Regulators also closed four other banks: Community Bank of Arizona,
based in Phoenix; Union Bank, based in Gilbert, Ariz.; Community
Bank of Nevada, based in Las Vegas; and Dwelling House Savings and
Loan Association, located in Pittsburgh. The closures boosted to 77
the number of federally insured banks that have failed in 2009.
2009 Sep 30, In Nevada Karamjit
Kaur (16), a high school sophomore, disappeared in Reno. Police
suspected foul play. She was found with her brother-in-law on Oct 5
at a hotel in Merrillville, Ind.
(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.A10)(SFC, 10/5/09, p.A5)
2009 Nov 19, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao of the Philippines demolished Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto to
become the only man in history to win seven titles in as many weight
2009 Dec 16, In Las Vegas,
Nevada, the 76-acre CityCenter opened at a cost of around $8.5
billion. It was the largest privately funded construction project in
(Econ, 7/10/10, SR
2009 Dec 28, In northern Nevada
federal officials began a 2-month roundup of some 2,500 wild horses
due to overpopulation. Federal managers on Feb 5 said the roundup
was completed with 1,922 mustangs removed from the Calico Mountains
Complex. 86 horses died in the government roundup, mostly from
stress and trauma.
(SFC, 12/29/09, p.A8)(SFC, 2/6/10, p.A6)(SFC,
2009 Nevada, with a population
of about 2.6 million, touted its limited reporting and disclosure
requirements for corporations incorporated there. Over 400,000
companies were registered in the state with some 80,000 new firms
added per year.
(Econ, 3/28/09, p.87)
2010 Jan 4, In Nevada Las Vegas
Johnny Lee Wicks (66), disgruntled over cuts in his Social Security
benefits, opened fire in the lobby of the federal court house in Las
Vegas killing a court security officer and wounding a deputy. Police
officers returned fire and Wicks was killed as he fled across the
(SFC, 1/5/10, p.A6)
2010 Jan 9, A company called
TrueCompanion premiered the "lifelike" sex robot, Roxxxy on the
floor of the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.
(http://tinyurl.com/yb7w8gr)(Econ, 4/2/11, p.65)
2010 Jan 30, In Las Vegas
Caressa Cameron (22) of Virginia became the nation's newest Miss
America, emerging from a field of 53 contestants picked for their
beauty, compassion and interview savvy. Cameron, the first black
Miss America since Ericka Dunlap in 2005, said she wants to get a
master's degree and eventually become a news anchor.
2010 Feb 19, Pres. Obama,
speaking in Nevada targeted Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan
and Nevada in a $1.5 billion “innovation fund" to assist homeowners
struggling against foreclosure.
(SFC, 2/20/10, p.A1)
2010 Mar 19, In Las Vegas a
fire at the private Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary killed over 250
exotic birds and a dog.
(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Mar 31, The CalNeva casino
on the north shore of Lake Tahoe closed due to declining gambling
(SFC, 4/1/10, p.C5)
2010 May 16, Rima Fakih
(b.1986), a Lebanese-born immigrant and crowned as Miss Michigan,
became the first Arab-American woman to win the Miss USA pageant at
the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
2010 May 28, US Regulators shut
down three banks in Florida and one each in Nevada and California,
bringing the number of US bank failures this year to 78.
2010 Aug 12, In Nevada 2 gold
miners were killed in an accident at the Meikle mine.
(SFC, 8/13/10, p.A6)(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.A9)
2010 Aug 23, In Las Vegas
Mexico's Jimena Navarrete (22) was crowned Miss Universe in an upset
victory that stunned a pageant world which had predicted a winner to
emerge from Ireland, Venezuela or the United States.
2010 Oct 8, The remains of
Lexis Roberts (12) from Nevada were found in Louisiana. A warrant
was later issued for Thomas Steven Sanders (53). In 1994 family
members had declared Sanders dead, seven years after he vanished. In
November the remains of a woman, believed to be her mother, Suellen
Roberts (31) were found in Arizona.
p.A8)(SFC, 11/16/10, p.A18)
2010 Oct 9, It was reported
that Madeleine Pickens, the wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens,
has acquired a Nevada ranch for use as a wild horse sanctuary, the
Mustang Monument Preserve. The 14,000 acre property included grazing
rights to 540,000 acres of public land. She was also said to be
negotiating for and adjoining 4,000-acre ranch with grazing rights
to 24,000 acres. She hoped to return all 34,000 in government funded
holding facilities and pastures to their natural habitat.
(SFC, 10/9/10, p.A7)
2010 Oct 14, On the Arizona and
Nevada border a soaring bypass bridge high above the Colorado River
near Hoover Dam was dedicated after nearly eight years and $240
million worth of work. The bridge, which officially opens next week,
is named for former Nevada Gov. Mike O'Callaghan and Pat Tillman.
2010 Nov 3, A federal judge in
Reno ordered 6 months of prison time for 2 men who admitted to
shooting wild horses while drinking and leaving them to die.
(SFC, 11/4/10, p.A9)
2010 Nov 3, In Colorado Richard
Paul (34) was arrested and federal agents seized five pounds of C-4
military explosives from his home in Durango. In Las Vegas Andrew
Kaufman (36) was arrested. In San Diego Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle
(33) was arrested. They were accused of conspiring to smuggle and
sell weapons to an undercover federal agent in Nevada and Colorado.
Bickle, his close friend Paul, and their associate Kaufman allegedly
sold machine guns for $1,300 to $2,400 each, and handguns for $300
to an undercover federal agent who told them they would be shipped
2010 Dec 4, A Nevada panel
voted to establish the state’s first-ever bear hunting season. Some
200-300 lived along Nevada’s eastern Sierra.
(SSFC, 12/5/10, p.A14)
2010 Dec 14, In Nevada an armed
bandit escaped on a motorcycle after stealing $1.5 million in casino
chips from the Bellagio resort. On Feb 3 police identified suspect
Anthony M. Carleo (29) of Las Vegas as the bandit. Carleo was booked
under the name Anthony M. Assad. On Aug 23, 2011, Carleo was
sentenced to at least 3 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/15/10, p.A8)(SFC, 2/4/11, p.A7)(SFC,
2010 Dec 15, In Las Vegas the
new $3.9 billion Cosmopolitan resort opened with 2,995 rooms and
100,000 square feet of casino.
(SFC, 12/13/10, p.D4)
2010 Dec 17, The states of
Arizona and Nevada sued Bank of America Corp., accusing the largest
US bank of routinely misleading consumers about home loan
2011 Jan 7, In Nevada a tip led
police to the body of dancer Deborah Flores-Narvaez (31) in downtown
Las Vegas. Police booked her boyfriend, Jason Griffith (32), on
suspicion of murder. Griffith told police he had killed
Flores-Narvaez at his home on Dec 12. He chopped off her legs and
encased her naked body in concrete.
(SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A10)(SFC, 1/11/11, p.A6)
2011 Feb 9, US federal
prosecutors announced charges against 41 alleged gang members for
activities ranging from racketeering conspiracy to drug and gun
trafficking and murder in four states and Washington D.C. Some 29
defendants were arrested and more arrests are expected in connection
with the separate cases from Los Angeles; McAllen, Texas; Kansas
City; Washington D.C.; and Las Vegas.
2011 Mar 3, In Nevada Micaela
"Mickey" Costanzo (16), disappeared after track practice at West
Wendover High School. Her body was found March 5 in a shallow grave
in a remote desert area about five miles west of West Wendover, near
the Utah border.
2011 Apr 9, In Las Vegas Elena
Caro (42) died after a botched buttocks enhancement surgery in the
back room of a tile business. Two Colombia nationals, Ruben Dario
Matallana-Galvas (55) and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez (47), were
soon arrested as they tried to board a plane to return home.
(SFC, 4/12/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 21, Nevada Sen. John
Ensign (52) announced that he will resign amid an ethics
investigation revolving around and extramarital affair with Cynthia
Hampton, a member of his campaign staff and providing lobbying work
to her husband. In April, 2008, Ensign’s parents had paid Douglas
and Cynthia Hampton $96,000. In 2009 Douglas Hampton said it was
(SFC, 4/22/11, p.A6)(SFC, 4/23/11, p.A4)
2011 May 16, Las Vegas marked
the end of an era as one of the US gambling mecca's last original
"Rat Pack" casino-hotels, the Sahara, closed its doors.
2011 Jun 8, In Nevada, Carolyn
Goodman, wife of popular Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, succeeded
him in office. She was easily elected, receiving 61% of the
(Las Vegas Sun, 6/811)(AP, 6/8/11)
2011 Jun 24, In Nevada a
tractor-trailer slammed into an Amtrak’s California Zephyr train on
Highway 95 killing at least 6 people including rig driver Lawrence
Valli II and a train conductor.
(SFC, 6/25/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/11, p.A1)(SFC,
2011 Jun, In Elko, Nevada,
Stephanie Gonzalez was killed in her home. An Elko justice of the
peace issued a warrant the arrest of Eduardo Puentes Estrada for
murder four days after her death. On Oct 26, 2014, Estrada (32) was
taken into custody after he apparently was involved in a fight in
2011 Jul 14, Nevada authorities
said federal and Las Vegas police seized 212 pounds of drugs,
$280,000 in cash, 6 guns and 9 vehicles after searching homes in Las
Vegas and Henderson. 8 illegal immigrants from Mexico were arrested
on drug trafficking charges.
(SFC, 7/15/11, p.A7)
2011 Aug 16, California Gov.
Jerry Brown and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a pact with the
federal government to increase the clarity of Lake Tahoe by half a
foot per year for the next 65 years.
(SFC, 8/17/11, p.C1)
2011 Sep 4, In Nevada the
annual burning Man festival in Black Rock Desert drew nearly 54,000
people, more than the 50,000 allowed under its permit.
(SFC, 9/5/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 6, In Nevada Eduardo
Sencion (32), armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, shot an entire
group of five uniformed National Guard members eating breakfast at
an IHOP, killing 3 of them and another person in a hail of gunfire.
Sencion of Carson City, also shot himself and later died at a
(AP, 9/7/11)(SFC, 9/12/11, p.A4)
2011 Sep 16, In Reno, Nevada, a
World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane competing in an event
described as a car race in the sky suddenly pitched upward, rolled
and did a nose-dive toward a crowded grandstand. 9 people were
killed and more than 60 injured. Pilot Jimmy Leeward (74) was among
those killed. A 10th victim died on Sep 19.
(AP, 9/17/11)(AP, 9/18/11)(SFC, 9/20/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 23, In Nevada Jeffrey
Pettigrew, president of the San Jose chapter of the Hell’s Angels
motorcycle club, was shot and killed by Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez
(53), an alleged member of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang, at John
Ascuaga’s Nugget casino. Gonzalez was arrested 6 days later in San
Francisco. On Oct 15 Steve Tausan was shot and killed in San Jose,
Ca., at the funeral of Pettigrew. Police sought Steve Ruiz (38) for
the killing of Tausan. On Feb 25, 2012, police arrested Tausan at a
motel in Fremont, Ca.
(AP, 9/24/11)(SSFC, 10/16/11, p.A15)(SSFC,
10/23/11, p.A11)(SFC, 2/27/12, p.C1)
2011 Sep 23, In Nevada Cesar
Villagrana, a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, shot a
Vagos motorcycle gang member in the leg at John Ascuaga’s Nugget
casino. In 2013 Villagrana (38) pleaded guilty to the shooting and
faced 15 years in years.
(SFC, 7/23/13, p.A5)
2011 Sep 26, In Nevada Arthur
Gerald Jones (73), a former Chicago commodities trader arrested in
July, pleaded guilty to fraud. He had disappeared over three decades
ago from Highland Park, Illinois, and was discovered living in Las
Vegas under the assumed name of Joseph Richard Sandelli.
2011 Oct 7, A federal jury in
Las Vegas convicted Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle on charges that he led
a scheme to sell machine guns and explosives from Iraq and
Afghanistan in the US. On July 17, 2012, Bickle was sentenced to 17½
years in prison.
(SFC, 10/8/11, p.A5)(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A8)
2011 Oct 7, Wired
magazine reported that a computer virus has infected networks used
by pilots who control US Air Force drones in places like Afghanistan
and Iraq. The spyware resisted efforts to remove it from computers
at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.
(SSFC, 10/9/11, p.A12)
2011 Oct 24, President Barack
Obama, speaking in Las Vegas, offered mortgage relief to hundreds of
thousands of Americans, his latest attempt to ease the economic and
political fallout of a housing crisis that has bedeviled him as he
seeks a second term.
2011 Nov 18, In Nevada a fire
swept throught an upscale community in the sierra foothills in
southwest Reno destroying 32 homes. Nearly 10,000 people were forced
to evacuate the area.
(SSFC, 11/20/11, p.A16)
2011 Dec 7, In Nevada 5 people
were killed when a helicopter flying tourists over the Hoover Dam
crashed into a mountain range bordering Lake Mead.
(SFC, 12/9/11, p.A11)
2012 Jan 13, In Nevada a
Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe (59) was sentenced to 3 years and one
month in prison and ordered to repay $650,000 he acknowledged
siphoning from his Las Vegas parish to support a gambling habit.
(SFC, 1/13/12, p.A6)\
2012 Jan 14, Laura Kaeppeler
(23), a beauty queen from Wisconsin, won the Miss America pageant in
Las Vegas after singing opera and strutting in a white bikini and
black beaded evening gown.
2012 Jan 17, Grant Korgan (33),
of Incline Village, arrived at the South Pole on the 100-year
anniversary of the Terra Nova Expedition. Korgan, paralyzed in a
2010 snowmobiling accident, used a device called a Sitski to get
there. The expedition party included paralympian John Davis, two
guides and cinematographers who were shooting for a documentary
called "The Push: A South Pole Adventure." The film is expected to
be released later this year.
2012 Feb 4, Mitt Romney won
Nevada's Republican caucuses, grabbing the largest chunk of the
state's 28 delegates in the race for the Republican presidential
nomination. Romney won 48% of the vote; Gingrich won 23%, Ron Paul
19% and Rick Santorum 11%.
(SSFC, 2/5/12, p.A1)
2012 Feb 8, John Fairfax (74),
a self-proclaimed "professional adventurer," died near Las Vegas. He
became famous in 1969 as the first person to row solo across the
Atlantic Ocean. He also rowed across the Pacific with his
then-girlfriend Sylvia Cook, an ocean crossing that took him a full
year to complete, from April 1971 to April 1972. His exploits
inspired two memoirs: "Britannia: Rowing Alone Across the Atlantic"
and "Oars Across the Pacific," both published in the early 1970s.
2012 Jan 8, The Consumer
Electronics Show opened in Las Vegas. South Korea-based Samsung and
LG introduced their new 55-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED)
(SFC, 3/15/12, p.D2)
2012 Apr 4, It was reported
that Wang Yusuo, founder of China’s ENN Group, has teemed with
Nevada Senator Harry Reid to develop a solar plant in Laughlin,
Nevada. ENN offered $4.5 million for land assessed at $38.6 million.
(SFC, 4/4/12, p.D5)
2012 Apr 15, In Las Vegas
Ignacia Martinez (38) and her daughter Karla (10) were raped and
bludgeoned to death. Arturo Martinez, the husband and father, was
critically injured with head injuries. On April 27 police arrested
Bryan Clay (22) for the attacks.
(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A9)
2012 Jun 3, A Lockheed P2V
aerial firefighter crashed in Utah killing 2 pilots. Another P2V,
fighting a wildfire south of Reno, crash-landed at Minden-Tahoe
(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A8)
2012 Jun 22, North Las Vegas,
after five years of declining property taxes, massive layoffs and
questionable spending, declared a state of emergency, invoking a
rarely used state law crafted for unforeseen disasters.
2012 Aug 25, In Nevada a
single-engine Piper PA32 crashed in South Lake Tahoe killing all 5
(SFC, 8/28/12, p.C2)
2012 Oct 12, UC Berkeley law
students Justin Teixeira and Eric Cuellar were seen laughing and
throwing around the body of a dead helmeted guinea fowl at the
Flamingo casino in Las Vegas. On Dec 28 prosecutors filed animal
cruelty charges against both men. In 2013 Cuellar pleaded guilty and
was fined $200 and sentenced to 48 hours of community service. A 3rd
defendant Hazhir Kargaran (26) pleaded no contest to 3 misdemeanors
and was sentenced to 2 days in jail and 48 hours of community
service. Teixeira pleaded guilty to a felony animal killing was
sentenced to 6 months in boot camp and then probation. On may 13,
2014, Teixeira was sentenced to 4 years’ probation and monthly work
at an animal shelter.
(SFC, 12/28/12, p.A5)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.C8)(SFC,
2012 Oct 24, Police in southern
California arrested Akingide Cole of Palmdale for the theft of $1.6
million in casino chips from the Venetian resort in Las Vegas.
Detectives recovered $396,000 in chips.
(SFC, 10/31/12, p.A4)
2012 Dec 19, In Las Vegas
Olivia Culpo (20), a student at Boston University, became the new
Miss Universe, defeating dozens of contestants from six continents.
An American had not won the Miss Universe title since Brook Lee won
2012 Dec 21, Brenda Stokes
Wilson (50) slashed a co-worker at the Bellagio casino in las Vegas.
It was later learned that she had stabbed to death Jade Morris (10),
her ex-boyfriend’s daughter, whom she was supposed to take Christmas
(SFC, 1/3/13, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/bznkswf)
2013 Jan 12, In Las Vegas
Mallory Hagan, a 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the
Miss America crown after deftly dealing with a question about armed
guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her
2013 Feb 21, Nevada Gov. Brian
Sandoval signed legislation legalizing online gambling.
SFC, 2/22/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 21, In Las Vegas a
Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections
and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames, killing taxi
driver Michael Boldon (62) and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund (48),
of Maple Valley, Wash. Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., the driver of the
Maserati, was killed. Bullets had flown from a black Range Rover at
the Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Strip.
The black SUV was found on Feb 23 as police named Ammar Harris (26)
in connection with the shooting and six-vehicle chain-reaction
carnage. Ammar Harris was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb 28.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/24/13)(AP, 2/28/13)
2013 Mar 5, In Las Vegas
Xiao Ye Bai (26), convicted of being an enforcer for a Taiwan-based
criminal gang, was sentenced to life in a Nevada prison without
parole for murder in a bloody stabbing and slashing that left Wen
Jun Li dead and two people wounded in a Las Vegas karaoke bar in
(AP, 3/5/13)(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 18, In Nevada 7
Marines were killed when a mortar round exploded during a live-fire
training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 30, In Nevada a
freeway crash on I-15 killed five Southern California family members
and injured two others. On April 10 Jean Ervin Soriano (18), a
juvenile detention escapee, was charged with seven felony charges of
driving under the influence. He had a blood-alcohol percentage of
0.12, well above the Nevada legal limit of 0.08 percent.
2013 Apr 6, In Nevada the body
of William McCune (62), the state’s chief insurance inspector, was
found in the Carson River in Carson City. McCune was reported
missing on April 4. Four suspects, believed to have stolen property,
were arrested in the case.
(SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A13)(SFC, 4/8/13, p.A5)
2013 Apr 22, As Nevada
legislators emotionally debated a move toward same-sex marriage,
Sen. Kelvin Atkinson rose to his feet and declared, "I'm gay."
Atkinson says that he quickly picked up hundreds of new friends on
Facebook and followers on Twitter.
2013 Apr 27, British anti-war
protesters demonstrated outside a Royal Air Force base used to
control drone flights over Afghanistan. Until this week, British
drones were operated only from a US Air Force base in Nevada.
2013 Apr 30, A Las Vegas casino
subsidiary launched Ultimate Gaming, the first fully legal poker
website in the US.
(SFC, 5/1/13, p.A8)
2013 May 29, Nevada powerbroker
Harvey Whittemore (59) was convicted by a federal jury in Reno on
three counts tied to almost $150,000 illegally funneled to Sen.
Harry Reid (D-Nev) in 2007.
(SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013 May 31, Nevada's
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill to authorize driving
privilege cards for illegal immigrants in an action that is likely
to win favor in the state's large and growing Hispanic community.
2013 Jun 8, In Nevada officials
of Lake Mead urged people to avoid the Overton Arm of the lake
following the appearance of a mysterious brown foam over an 8-mile
(SFC, 6/12/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 11, Psychiatric
patient James Flavey Coy Brown filed a federal civil rights lawsuit
in Nevada accusing state officials of giving him a one-way ticket to
northern California, where he arrived without money and
identification. The complaint sought class-action status for as many
as 1,500 people that lawyers claim were bused since 2008 from Nevada
to almost every US state.
(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A8)
2013 Jun 16, In Las Vegas Erin
Brady (25) of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the Miss America beauty
2013 Jun 28, It was reported
that a pneumonia outbreak has killed at least 20 bighorn sheep on
Old Dad Mountain in California’s Mohave National Preserve. Nevada
numbered some 10,000 adult animals in at least 60 mountain ranges.
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.D5)
2013 Jun 29, In Nevada Sarah
Guillot-Guyard (31), an acrobat and mother of two with Cirque du
Soleil, died in las Vegas after falling some 50 feet from a
production of “Ka" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
(SFC, 7/2/13, p.A12)
2013 Aug 13, A US federal
appeals court ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been
violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear
waste dump in Nevada.
(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)
2013 Aug 15, A CIA history was
released that referred to Area 51 in Nevada by name and described
some of the activities that took place there.
(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 20, Police in Las
Vegas, Nevada, arrested David Allen Brutsche (42) and Devon Campbell
Newman (67), members of the “sovereign citizens" movement, for
plotting to abduct, torture and kill police officers.
(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/mt5ctzl)
2013 Sep 10, San Francisco City
Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the state of Nevada accusing it of
deliberately giving almost 500 psychiatric patients one-way bus
tickets to California.
(SFC, 9/11/13, p.D1)
2013 Oct 21, In Nevada a boy
(12) opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic Ruger handgun at Sparks
Middle School killing math teacher Michael Landsberry (45) and
critically wounding two students before killing himself.
(AFP, 10/21/13)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)(SFC,
2013 Oct 23, A Nevada jury
found Saudi Arabian air force Sgt. Mazen Alotaibi guilty of sexually
assaulting a boy (13) at the Circu Circus hotel in las Vegas on New
(SFC, 10/24/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 1, In Nevada Lee Hosey
Jr. (25) was sentenced to 24-80 years in prison for a drunken
driving crash in Las Vegas on Sep 13, 2012, that left 4 people dead
and several injured.
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 17, In Reno, Nevada, a
gunman opened fire at the Center for Advanced Medicine killing one
person and wounding two others before killing himself.
(SFC, 12/18/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 30, The US FAA
selected six states (Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas
and Virginia) to test how drones can be more widely used in US
airspace. 24 states had competed for selection.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A6)
2014 Jan 27, In Las Vegas the
Prince and Princess pet store was torched. Firefighters rescued 27
puppies alive. Videos showed Gloria Eun Hye Lee, a US citizen
originally from South Korea, and a man torching the store. Lee was
arrested on Feb 7 and accomplice Kirk Bills was arrested in Indiana.
2014 Feb 11, The websites of
casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. were hacked. These included
sites for a Sands casino in Bethlehem, Pa., as well as casinos in
Nevada and Macao.
(SFC, 2/12/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 13, In Nevada Wayne
Burgarello shot and killed Cody Devine (34) and wounded Janai Wilson
(29) after confronting them sleeping at his vacant duplex in Sparks.
On May 29, 2015, Burgarello (74) was found not guilty after
insisting he was acting in self-defense.
(http://tinyurl.com/pks2m5o)(SSFC, 5/31/15, p.A6)
2014 Mar 1, In Nevada a US
fighter jet crashed during a training exercise because of a snow
storm in mountainous terrain. The pilot was later identified as
Marine Capt. Reid Nannen (32).
(SFC, 3/3/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 12, US officials ended
a stand-off with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert,
calling off the government's roundup of cattle it said were
illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back
to the rancher who owned them.
2014 May 15, A federal judge in
Las Vegas imposed a 20-year sentence on David Camez (22) for his
role in what authorities say is an unprecedented criminal case
involving an international cybercrime syndicate with hundreds of
thousands of US victims. He was already serving a seven-year term in
Arizona for similar crimes. He also was ordered to share in
restitution of nearly $51 million.
2014 Jun 9, In Nevada Jerad
(31) and Amanda Miller (22) ambushed police officers Alyn Beck (41)
and Igor Soldo eating lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant fatally
shooting them at point-blank range before fleeing to a nearby
Walmart where they killed Joseph Wilcox (31), who tried to stop them
with his legal handgun, and then themselves.
(SFC, 6/9/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/10/14, p.A6)(SSFC,
6/15/14, p.A10)(SFC, 6/23/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 8, Federal water
managers said drought in the southwestern US will deplete Nevada’s
vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since the Great
Depression in the 1930s.
2014 Jul 22, In Nevada Nathan
Stoliar (64) of Australia pleaded guilty to charges in federal court
for his role in a scheme to bilk a US biodiesel fuel program out of
more than $41 million. Federal prosecutors said Stoliar and a Las
Vegas man, James Jariv, used firms in Canada and Las Vegas to
fraudulently generate millions of dollars' worth of federally-funded
credits known as renewable identification numbers.
2014 Jul 31, Tesla said that it
broke ground in June at a site outside Reno for a potential
6,500-employee battery factory.
(SFC, 8/1/14, p.A1)
2014 Aug 25, In Nevada the
Burning Man festival in the desert north of Reno, scheduled to open
at 10am, was closed to new arrivals due to rain.
(SFC, 8/26/14, p.C2)
2014 Aug 28, In Nevada a woman
(29) died after falling under a large vehicle at the Burning Man
2014 Sep 4, Tesla Motors
announced plans to build its new $5 billion battery factory in
(SFC, 9/4/14, p.A1)
2014 Sep 8, In Nevada an
experimental plane crashed killing pilot Lee Behel (64) as he
attempted to qualify for the Reno National Championship Air Races.
(SFC, 9/16/14, p.A6)
2014 Oct 7, A US federal
appeals court in San Francisco struck down Nevada and Idaho’s bans
on same-sex marriage. The ruling also applies to all nine states in
the court’s territory and will overturn marriage bans in Montana,
Alaska and Arizona.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 6, A Guam jury
convicted three people of mailing drugs from Las Vegas to Guam. Nine
other defendants signed plea deals in the case.
2014 Nov, SF-based Uber
suspended ride services in Nevada after a state judge banned its
unlicensed operations statewide. Uber had refused to seek licensing
claiming it was a technology company, not a motor carrier.
(SSFC, 11/30/14, p.D2)
2014 Dec 9, In Nevada a woman
and two men from China pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Vegas
to reduced charges in what prosecutors say amounted to a $13 million
illegal Internet gambling operation broken up by an FBI raid at
high-roller suites at Caesars Palace.
2015 Jan 6, The Intl’. Consumer
Electronics Show opened in Las Vegas.
(Econ, 1/3/15, p.48)
2015 Feb 12, In Las Vegas Tammy
Meyers (44) was shot in the head outside her home in a Las Vegas
cul-de-sac shortly before midnight after confrontations that began
when she was giving her daughter (15) an after-hours driving lesson
and the girl honked at a driver she felt was speeding. The mother's
life-support was disconnected on Valentine's Day. On Feb 19 police
arrested Erich Nowsch (19) on suspicion of murder.
(http://tinyurl.com/odzz2sf)(SFC, 2/20/15, p.A7)
2015 Mar, A judge in Las Vegas
ruled that Panama-based Mossack Fonseca and MF Nevada were one and
the same. Under American law this allowed any investigator anywhere
in the world to subpoena Mossack through the Nevada subsidiary for
information relevant to cases in any country.
(Econ, 4/16/15, p.61)
2015 May 2, In Las Vegas boxer
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lost by unanimous decision to
American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 12-round fight.
2015 May 4, In Las Vegas the
2,075-room Riviera Hotel and Casino closed. The 26-acre site was
purchased last February by the Los Vegas Convention and Visitor
(SFC, 5/5/15, p.D4)
2015 Dec 10, Nevada’s Gov.
Brian Sandoval announced plans to offer $335 million in state tax
incentives and infrastructure upgrades to an upstart, Chinese
investor-backed electric carmaker that wants to build $1 billion
production plant in a Las Vegas suburb.
2015 Dec 20, In Nevada Lakeisha
Holloway, with a toddler in her car, swerved multiple times onto a
busy sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip, leaving one dead and 30
2015 Dec 20, In Nevada
Colombian contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing
this year's Miss Universe crown when host Steve Harvey returned to
announce on live television that he had mistakenly read from a cue
card, and that Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the
Philippines, was actually this year's winner.
(AP, 12/21/15)(SFC, 12/22/15, p.E6)
2015 Dec, In Nevada the family
of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson acquired control of the Las Vegas
Review Journal, the state’s largest newspaper. Adelson was a major
benefactor of the Republican Party.
(SFC, 12/30/15, p.C3)
2016 Feb 20, Republican
presidential frontrunner Donald Trump grabbed a big win in the South
Carolina primary, while Democrat Hillary Clinton breathed life into
her sluggish campaign with a victory over Bernie Sanders in Nevada.
2016 Mar 10, In Nevada a drone
made by Flirtey successfully delivered a package to a residential
location in Hawthorne in what was reportedly the first fully
autonomous urban drone delivery in the US.
2016 May 7, In Nevada Airbus
completed a test flight of a glider set to eventually travel to the
edge of space, in a pioneering step into the stratosphere.
2016 Jun 14, In Nevada the
Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was imploded. The Las Vegas
Convention and Visitors Center expected to spend $42 million to
level the 13-building campus with plans for expansion.
(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 10, In northwestern
Nevada 2 federal firefighters were killed when their vehicle crashed
while returning from a patrol for lightning-sparked wildfires.
(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 31, President Barack
Obama opened a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing
conservation efforts before traveling to Asia. Obama visited Lake
Tahoe to speak at a summit dedicated to the iconic lake's
preservation. He then headed to Honolulu, for a speech to a
gathering of leaders of island nations in the Pacific Ocean.
2016 Aug, Steve Wynn opened his
$4.2 billion Wynn Palace in Las Vegas.
(Econ, 10/8/16, p.57)
2016 Nov 8, Former Nevada
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Rep. Joseph J. Heck
(R) in a narrow fight, becoming the first woman of Hispanic descent
to take a place in the Senate.
2016 Nov 8, Voters rendered a
split decision on gun control measures in the election, approving
universal background checks for private firearms sales in Nevada
while narrowly rejecting them in Maine.
2016 Dec 28, Pres. Obama
designated two new national monuments. The Bears Ears National
Monument in Utah encompassed 300,000 acres. Gold Butte National
Monument in Nevada protected 1.35 million acres.
(SFC, 12/29/16, p.A5)(Econ, 1/14/17, p.27)
2017 Jan 4, In Nevada Faraday
Future’s FF91 was unveiled during a press event for CES17 in las
Vegas. The company was backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting.
Production was scheduled to start in Nevada this year with first
deliveries in 2018.
(SFC, 1/5/17, p.C2)
2017 Jan 20, Sheldon Adelson’s
Las Vegas Sands Corp. agreed to pay $6.96 million to US authorities
to end a more than five year corrupt practices investigation of the
firms former relationship with a consultant in China and Macao. This
was in addition to a $9 million payment made in April to settle a US
SEC investigation that found some payments to the consultant were
not properly authorized or documented.
(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A8)
2017 Mar 22, An estimated
17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada went on strike to
protest the handling of work assignments. Technicians and call
center workers returned to work the next day following an agreement
on work assignments.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.C1)(SFC, 3/24/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 25, In Nevada a
gunman, later identified as Rolando Cardenas (55), opened fire on a
double-decker bus on the Las Vegas Strip, killing one person and
wounding another before finally surrendering.
(AFP, 3/26/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A8)(SFC, 3/27/17,
2017 Mar 27, National Football
League (NFL) owners voted 37-1 to approve the Oakland Raiders’ move
to Las Vegas.
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A1)
2017 Apr 24, A jury in Las
Vegas found Gregory Burleson of Arizona guilty of eight charges
related to the armed standoff near Clive Bundy’s Nevada ranch in
2014. Todd Engel of Idaho was found guilty of obstruction and
extortion. The jury deadlocked on charges against four other men
(SFC, 4/25/17, p.A6)
2017 May 14, A Las Vegas police
Officer Kenneth Lopera used a stun gun seven times and an unapproved
neck hold on Toshii Brown (40), an unarmed black man in a deadly
foot chase. The officer reported that Toshii was trying to carjack a
(SFC, 5/18/17, p.A4)(SFC, 5/19/17, p.A5)
2017 Jul 1, Nevada became the
5th US state to let marijuana shops sell recreational pot.
(SSFC, 7/2/17, p.C1)
2017 Jul 20, In Nevada O.J.
Simpson (70) was granted parole after more than eight years in
prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his
case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected
America's enduring fascination with the former football star.
Simpson was due to be freed on October 1.
(AP, 7/21/17)(SFC, 7/21/17, p.D1)
2017 Aug 2, Marcus Hutchins
(23), a British cybersecurity researcher, was arrested at McCarran
Int’l. Airport in Las Vegas as he prepared to fly home following a
cybersecurity convention. On August 14 he faced charges in Wisconsin
for committing computer fraud. Four months earlier he had identified
a “kill switch" to slow the outbreak of the WannaCry virus that
crippled computer worldwide. In 2019 Hutchins pleaded guilty to
writing malware in 2015, before changing to a career in
cybersecurity. He was sentenced to time served.
(SFC, 8/1517, p.A7)(SFC, 4/22/19, p.A7)(SFC,
2017 Aug 20, Jerry Lewis
(b.1926), American actor and comedian born as Joseph Levitch, died
in Las Vegas. His many films included “The Nutty Professor" (1963)
and “The King of Comedy" (1982). For years he hosted telethons for
(SFC, 8/21/17, p.A1)
2017 Aug 26, In Las Vegas Conor
McGregor lost his match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as referee
Robert Byrd stopped the bout in the 10th round. Mayweather secured
his place in boxing history to head into retirement with a record
50th straight victory.
(AP, 8/27/17)(AFP, 8/27/17)
2017 Sep 3, In California Aaron
Joel Mitchell (41) died at UC Davis after he ran through two layers
of security the previous evening and into flames of the Burning Man
in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
(SFC, 9/4/17, p.A5)
2017 Sep 30, In Nevada three
boys were killed after they were struck on an east Las Vegas
sidewalk by a driver who may have been trying to pass another
vehicle at a high rate of speed. Driver Joseph Eskandarian (28) was
arrested early the next day.
(SFC, 10/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 1, In Nevada Stephen
Craig Paddock (64) opened fire from inside the 32-floor Mandalay Bay
Hotel and Casino unleashing a hail of bullets on the outdoor Route
91 Harvest Festival below. 58 people were killed in the deadliest
mass shooting in modern US history. Paddock had at least 23 guns in
his hotel suite and investigators found at least 19 additional
firearms at his home in Mesquite. Paddock had stockpiled 47 guns
since 1982. His father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock (d.1998) had tried
to run down an FBI agent in 1960 and escaped from federal prison in
Texas in 1968. Investigators found him in 1978 after he attracted
publicity for opening Oregon’s first licensed bingo parlor.
(AP, 10/2/17)(SFC, 10/2/17, p.A6)(SFC, 10/3/17,
p.A6)(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A9)
2017 Oct 1, In Nevada O.J.
Simpson (70) was released from Lovelock Correctional Center after
serving nine years for a botched hotel room heist.
(SFC, 10/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 27, US Pres. Donald
Trump said he is approving the recommendation of Interior Sec. Ryan
Zinke to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national
monuments in Utah along with Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s
(SFC, 10/28/17, p.A4)
2017 Dec 20, A US judge in
Nevada declared a mistrial in the case against Nevada rancher Clive
Bundy, accused of leading a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents
in a cattle grazing dispute.
(SFC, 12/21/17, p.A6)
2017 Dec 30, In Las Vegas two
security guards were fatally shot Arizona Charlie’ Hotel and Casino
on Decatur Blvd. Gunman Christopher Olague fled the seen but was
soon found at a residence with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)
2017 In Nevada the 82-year-old
Culinary Workers Union Local 216 included some 57,000 members and
represented employees at most of the casinos on the Vegas Strip and
(Econ, 8/12/17, p.21)
2018 Jan 8, A federal judge in
Nevada dismissed charges against Cliven Bundy and his sons. They had
been accused of leading an armed standoff against federal land
managers at the Bundy ranch in 2014.
(SFC, 1/9/18, p.A10)
2018 Jan 18, Allan 'Gut' Terk
(78), psychedelic artist and one of Ken Kesey's Marry Pranksters of
the 1960s, died in Nevada.
(SFC, 2/15/18, p.D3)
2018 Feb 6, In Nevada the board
of directors of Wynn Resorts accepted the resignation of billionaire
casino mogul Steve Wynn. The announcement came less than two weeks
after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said
Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5
2018 Feb 25, In Nevada a
British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery
helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from her injuries,
bringing the total number of deaths from the Feb. 10 crash up to
2018 Apr 4, In Nevada a US Air
Force pilot was killed in the crash of his F-16 Fighting Falcon jet
during training near Nellis Air Force Base.
(SFC, 4/6/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 15, In Nevada Anthony
Wrobel (42), opened fire on a picnic for employees of the Las Vegas
Venetian resort killing a woman and critically injuring a man.
Wrobel fled the scene and his vehicle was found at a local airport.
(SFC, 4/17/18, p.A8)
2018 Jun 1, In Las Vegas
Vietnamese tourists Sang Boi Nghia and Khoung Ba Le Nguyen were
found fatally stabbed at their Circus Circus hotel room. Suspect
Julius Trotter (31) was arrested On June 7 following a car chase in
(SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A8)(SFC, 6/9/18, p.A6)
2018 Jun 9, In Las Vegas
Terence Crawford of Nebraska dropped Jeff Horn of Australia with 50
seconds left in the ninth and sent him into the ropes with a slew of
punches, ending the fight and winning the WBO welterweight title.
2018 Jul 11, A Nevada judge put
the execution of two-time killer Scott Raymond Dozier on hold after
pharmaceutical company Alvogen urged the judge to block the use of
its sedative midazolam, saying the state had illegally secured the
(SFC, 7/12/18, p.A14)
2018 Jul 22, In Nevada John
Kelley O'Connor (48) walked into his Mormon church in Fallon and
opened fire killing one man and wounding another. O'Connor was
charged with murder and battery.
(SFC, 7/24/18, p.A5)
2018 Jul, The US federal Bureau
of land management began rounding up wild horses in Nevada and Utah
as drought threatened their livelihood. Volunteers in Arizona and
Colorado were said to be hauling food and water to dried up grazing
grounds. The region was home to some 67,000 wild horses.
(SFC, 7/24/18, p.A10)
2018 Aug 6, Paul Laxalt (96),
former Nevada governor (1967-1971) and US Senator (1974-1987), died
2018 Oct 16, In Nevada Dennis
Hof (72), Republican nominee to the state Assembly, died overnight
at his Love Branch Brothel, just outside Pahrump. On Nov. 6 voters
chose Hoff over Lesia Romanov for the 36th Assembly District.
Officials planned to appoint a Republican to take his place.
(SFC, 10/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 11/8/18, p.A8)
2018 Dec 29, In Nevada a woman
skipped out on a $35 manicure and used a stolen car to run over and
kill manicurist Ngoc Nguyen (51) in Las Vegas. Krystal Whipple (21)
was arrested on Jan. 11, 2019, in Glendale, Arizona, by a team of
fugitive hunters. In 2020 Whipple pleaded guilty and faced up to 25
years in prison.
(SFC, 1/12/19, p.A6)(SFC, 12/8/20, p.A5)
2019 Jan 16, In Nevada Wilber
Ernesto Martinez-Guzman (20), an illegal immigrant from El Salvador,
fatally shot a Reno couple with it at their home with a gun stolen
from the couple two weeks earlier. The couple had employed him as a
landscaper. His DNA was found on the revolver also used to kill
Connie Koontz and Sophia Renken in their homes in Gardnerville.
Koontz was found dead Jan. 10. Renken's body was found Jan. 13.
Martinez-Guzman was arrested Jan. 19 in Carson City.
(SFC, 1/29/19, p.A5)(AP, 2/8/19)
2019 Jan 19, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao of the Philippines showed flashes of his old speed in
winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Adrien Broner to easily
defend his piece of the welterweight title.
2019 Mar 16, In Nevada a
robbery suspect died following a shootout the previous evening
outside the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
(SSFC, 3/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Sep 1, It was reported
that scientists have detected microplastics at several locations
around Lake Tahoe for this first time this year and they're working
to understand what that means for human health and the environment
of the Tahoe Basin.
2019 Sep 3, It was reported
that authorities have arrested at least 58 people at this year's
Burning Man festival in the northern Nevada desert, 14 more than
last year. The counter-culture gathering wrapped up on Sept. 2 after
attracting more than 70,000 people about 100 miles (160 km) north of
2019 Sep 7, In Nevada two
people were killed and three others injured late today in the crash
of a small private plane near Henderson Executive Airport.
2019 Oct 3, It was reported
that survivors and family of 58 people who were slain in Las Vegas
on Oct. 1, 2017, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US
history, have reached a settlement of at least $735 million with MGM
2019 Oct 6, It was reported
that Nevada Officials are testing dead animals and monitoring
migratory elk and deer at the state line with Utah for signs of
chronic wasting disease, a highly contagious and terminal disorder
that causes symptoms such as lack of fear of humans, lethargy and
2019 Oct 16, Las Vegas police
said the body of a woman missing for five months has been found
encased in concrete in the desert and that a suspect has been
arrested. Christopher Prestipino (45) was arrested on Oct. 11 on
suspicion of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.
Lisa Mort (31) was also arrested for allegedly helping to conceal
2019 Oct 30, A woman in her 40s
was kidnapped in North Las Vegas. Shed was dragged to, Palmdale,
California, by father-and-daughter kidnappers. She was found by
military personnel on Oct. 6 cold but alive after a harrowing,
weeklong kidnapping where she was raped, robbed and left for dead in
the desert. Stanley Alfred Lawton (54) and his daughter Shaniya
Nicole Poche-Lawton (22) were soon arrested.
2019 Nov 15, Charles Gary
Sullivan (73) of Arizona was charged with open murder of Julia
Woodward (21) of San Rafael, California. In 1979 the woman's
bludgeoned body was discovered in a shallow grave near Reno, Nevada.
(ABC News, 11/17/19)
2019 Dec 14, Federal officials
said two programmers in Las Vegas recently admitted to running two
of the largest illegal television and movie streaming services in
the country. An FBI investigation led officials to Darryl Polo (36)
and Luis Villarino (40) who have pleaded guilty to copyright
infringement charges for operating iStreamItAll, a
subscription-based streaming site, and Jetflix, a large illegal TV
(USA Today, 12/16/19)
2019 Dec 21, In Nevada six
people were killed and 13 injured after a fire this morning in a
three-story apartment complex in downtown Las Vegas.
(AP, 12/21/19)(SFC, 12/24/19, p.A4)
2020 Jan 10, In Nevada Margaret
Rudin (76), a socialite antiques shop owner dubbed the “black widow"
while she was a fugitive ahead of her 2001 trial, left a women’s
prison after winning parole from her 20-years-to-life sentence for
the killing of real estate mogul Ron Rudin. The 64-year-old
prominent Las Vegas real estate developer had disappeared in
December 1994. Fishermen stumbled across his skull and some charred
bones a month later near the shoreline of a Colorado River reservoir
about 45 miles (72 kilometers) outside Las Vegas.
2020 Jan 29, Illinois, Nevada
and Virginia, the last three states to pass the Equal Rights
Amendment, sued the archivist of the US government, demanding that
an amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing equal rights for
women be declared valid.
2020 Feb 15, It was reported
that the Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund
11,000 miles (17,703 km) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon,
Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control
2020 Feb 18, It was announced
that billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the Feb 19
Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, marking the first time
he’ll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing
the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define
himself through television ads.
2020 Feb 19, In Nevada
Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised
pointed questions about Bernie Sanders' take-no-prisoners politics
during a contentious debate that threatened to further muddy the
party's urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump.
2020 Feb 22, Nevada Democrats
hosted hundreds of caucuses, the third contest in the state-by-state
presidential nominating process. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won
his second straight contest with a convincing 47% victory in Nevada.
Former VP Joe Biden finished a distant second with 19%.
2020 Mar 18, Nevada shut down
all non-essential businesses, including the Las Vegas casinos at the
heart of the state's economy, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Mar 21, Illinois residents
began sheltering in place following orders by Gov. J.B. Pritzker
restricting movement to combat the coronavirus. Illinois had five
deaths from coronavirus with hundreds more testing positive across
22 counties. Similar shelter-in-place actions were taken by
governors in Connecticut and Nevada.
(Bloomberg, 3/21/20)(SFC, 3/21/20, p.A5)
2020 Apr 27, Nevada joined a
western regional pact to help fight the virus outbreak while moving
closer to reopening businesses and modifying stay-at-home orders.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has not given a date for easing
restrictions. He said the Western States Pact including Colorado,
California, Oregon and Washington has a shared vision that puts
science ahead of politics.
2020 Apr, US diplomats and
security officials privately warned the state of Nevada not to use
Chinese-made coronavirus test kits donated by the United Arab
Emirates over concerns about patient privacy, test accuracy and
Chinese government involvement.
2020 May 8, In Nevada magician
Roy Horn (75, who alongside Siegfried Fischbacher starred in a
popular, long-running Las Vegas act built around rare tigers, died
in las Vegas from of complications of COVID-19.
2020 May 15, In western Nevada
a magnitude 6.5 earthquake was recorded early today in a remote area
west of Tonopah.
2020 May 20, President Trump
threatened to halt federal funding to Michigan and Nevada over the
distribution of absentee ballots in those states amid the ongoing
coronavirus outbreak that has left more than 90,000 Americans dead.
(Yahoo News, 5/20/20)
2020 May 30, US federal agents
arrested Stephen Parshall and Andrew Lynam, along with a third man,
William Loomis, before they allegedly planned to disrupt a Black
Lives Matter protest in Las Vegas. The men were arrested by an FBI
SWAT team while preparing Molotov cocktails in a parking lot near
the site of another protest. Various other explosives and firearms
were found in their cars. All three, who are white and have US
military experience, “self-identified as part of the ‘boogaloo’
movement," a disparate yet growing collection of extremists,
including far-right militias, radical gun rights activists, white
supremacists and neo-Nazis.
(Yahoo News, 6/5/20)
2020 Jun 1, Police Officer Shay
Mikalonis was shot in the head during a Las Vegas Strip protest of
the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He was paralyzed from the
neck down, on a ventilator and unable to speak. Prosecutors later
charged Edgar Samaniego (20) with deliberately shooting Mikalonis
during the protest.
2020 Jun 26, Nevada ended a
two-year legal battle with the US Energy Department over the secret
shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas. The
state's lawyers said they would drop their lawsuit after the federal
government agreed to remove the highly radioactive material already
trucked there and abandon any future plans to send more.
2020 Jun 27, Nevada reported
almost 1,100 coronavirus cases, although health officials later said
hundreds of those cases could be attributed to a delay in lab
testing and were not new cases in the last 24 hours.
(Good Morning America, 6/28/20)
2020 Jul 10, Nevada Gov. Steve
Sisolak said the state will re-implement restrictions on bars and
restaurants in certain counties to prevent further spread of the
coronavirus effective this midnight.
(SFC, 7/11/20, p.A5)
2020 Aug 2, Nevada lawmakers
passed a bill allowing the state to mail active voters ballots ahead
of the November election, joining seven states that plan automatic
mail balloting. Gov. Steve Sisolak was expected to sign the bill.
Pres. Trump the next morning called the bill "an illegal late night
(SFC, 8/4/20, p.A4)
2020 Aug 5, It was reported
that President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the national
Republican Party have sued Nevada to block a new law that will send
a mail-in ballot to every registered voter ahead of November's
2020 Aug 13, Nevada recorded
602 new cases of the coronavirus to bring its total to 58,650. The
death toll grew 34 to 1,030.
(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A6)
2020 Sep 12, President Trump
traveled to Nevada for a campaign rally in Douglas County as he sets
his sights on winning over the state he narrowly lost in 2016.
(The Week, 9/13/20)
2020 Sep 13, Pres. Donald Trump
held an indoor campaign rally near Las Vegas for the first time
since late June. Health officials blamed that June event, in Tulsa,
Okla., for an increase in local virus cases.
(NY Times, 9/14/20)
2020 Sep 18, A federal judge in
Nevada dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump's re-election
campaign that sought to block the state from sending mail-in ballots
to every registered voter, a legal victory for Democrats ahead of
November's election. The order was made public on Sept. 21.
2020 Dec 3, Nevada reported 48
new coronavirus deaths, marking its deadliest day since the onset of
(SFC, 12/4/20, p.A5)
2020 Dec 4, Courts in Arizona,
Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin ruled against
President Trump and his allies in several lawsuits seeking to
overturn the results of the presidential election.
(The Week, 12/5/20)
2020 Dec 8, The Supreme Court
of Nevada rejected an appeal late today from President Donald
Trump's campaign to overturn the election results in the state,
affirming President-elect Joe Biden's win in one of the battleground
states that gave him overall victory.
2020 Dec 10, In Nevada about 20
bicyclists were riding on US Highway 95 south of Boulder City when a
box truck allegedly hit a safety escort vehicle that was following
the cyclists. Five cyclists were killed in the crash. It was later
reported that truck driver Jordan Alexander Barson (45) of Arizona
had a high level of methamphetamine in his system. He was arrested
on Dec. 16 and faced 12 felony charges.
(AP, 12/11/20)(SFC, 12/17/20, p.A4)
2020 Dec 29, Phyllis McGuire
(89), the last surviving member of the three singing McGuire
Sisters, died in Las Vegas. The McGuire Sisters earned six gold
records for hits including 1954's "Sincerely" and 1957's
2021 Jan 13, Siegfried
Fischbacher, who worked with Roy Horn to create the famous animal
training and magic duo of Siegfried & Roy, died (81) in Las
2021 Jan 15, The US Bureau of
Land Management issued a record of decision on Trump’s final Friday
in office for an open-pit lithium mine at Thacker Pass, which is
roughly 53 miles (85 km) north of Winnemucca, Nevada.
2021 Feb 5, In Nevada Clark
County District Court Judge Tierra Jones sentenced Krystal Whipple
(23) to 10-25 years in prison for the 2018 death of Nhu "Annie" Ngoc
Nguyen (51). Whipple had tried to leave a nail salon without paying.
She hit Nguyen with her car while fleeing.
2021 Feb 5, Leon Spinks (67),
former world heavyweight champion, died in Nevada with his wife and
a few close friends and family by his side. He was best known for
defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978.
(The Week, 2/7/21)
2021 Feb 8, Mary Wilson (76), a
founding member of the Supremes, died at her home in Henderson, Nev.
The trailblazing group from the 1960s, formed in Detroit as the
Primettes in 1959, was known for hits like “Where Did Our Love Go?"
and “Baby Love." Members included Florence Ballard and Diana Ross
and helped develop Motown’s legendary sound.
(NY Times, 2/9/21)
2021 Feb 16, In Nevada the
Clark County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a name
change from McCarran International Airport to Harry Reid
(SFC, 2/17/21, p.A4)
2021 Feb 18, Nevada health
officials confirmed the first known case of in the state of a
coronavirus variant that was first identfied in South Africa. The
variant has now been found in 10 states.
(SFC, 2/19/21, p.A6)