Cost of Spherical Vegas Strip Venue Put at $1.2 Billion-Plus
LAS VEGAS — Company and project officials are estimating the costs of a spherical entertainment venue under construction on the Las Vegas Strip at between $1.2 billion and $1.7 billion.
Madison Square Garden Co. President Andrew Lustgarten disclosed cost projections Tuesday along with quarterly company earnings.
The 18,000-seat arena, called MSG Sphere, is a partnership between MSG and Las Vegas Sands, the owner of the adjacent Venetian and Palazzo resorts.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the company and general contractor AECOM are negotiating a final cost.
It could be more than four times the $375 million it took to build T-Mobile Arena, which opened in 2016 about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) down the Strip.
MSG Sphere is scheduled to open in 2021 with a huge interior wrap-around LED screen and immersive audience experience technology.
Ms. Nevada State 2019 Loses Title in Move Tied to Politics
LAS VEGAS — The Ms. America Pageant has taken away a woman’s Ms. Nevada State 2019 title and both sides agree it stems from politics.
Las Vegas media outlets report that Katie Jo Williams said she was stripped of the title because she’s a supporter of President Donald Trump and that she’s a victim of political bias, while the pageant says Williams violated a rule against contestants publicizing their political beliefs on social media related to the pageant.
Losing the title means Williams is disqualified from competing in the pageant to be held Thursday through Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.
Nevada Man, 72, Guilty of Murder; Stabbed Victim 250 Times
RENO — A Washoe County jury has convicted a 72-year-old man of first-degree murder in the February killing of an elderly man he stabbed at least 250 times.
Ralph Goad faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing set for Oct. 2.
The Washoe District Court jury found him guilty following a week long trial in the death of 76-year-old Theodore Gibson in his Reno apartment.
Detectives say there were signs of a struggle in the room where Gibson’s body was found along with his empty wallet, a blood-stained knife and bloodstained pair of scissors.
Prosecutors say surveillance footage shows Goad spent nearly 24 hours in a Reno casino after the murder before he fled the area.
U.S. marshals tracked him down in Sacramento, California and he was extradited back to Nevada to face charges.
Washoe County Resident Dies from Hantavirus; 1st Since 2017
RENO — A Washoe County resident who contracted hantavirus has died.
Health district officials say it’s the second fatality in the county since 2017 that resulted from the disease that is spread through the droppings, urine and saliva of infected rodents.
Dr. Randall Todd said Tuesday hantavirus is extremely rare, but when it does occur the disease is fatal 38 percent of the time.
The virus is most commonly spread through deer mice, and can be transmitted to people when they breathe air contaminated with the virus or touch something contaminated.
Places particularly prone to hantavirus contamination include storage spaces, garages, sheds, cabins and barns.
1st African American Adjutant General of NV National Guard
RENO — A 32-year veteran of the Nevada Air National Guard who worked as assistant Reno police chief and a casino executive has been named the Nevada National Guard’s first African-American adjutant general in its 154-year history.
Gov. Steve Sisloak announced 60-year-old Ondra Berry’s appointment on Monday.
He says Berry’s exemplary military experience combined with his background in senior leadership roles in law enforcement and business gives him an invaluable perspective on the qualities and skills necessary for the job.
Berry of Sparks served 25 years as a Reno police officer. He retired as assistant chief in 2005 and became senior vice president for diversity and inclusion at MGM Resorts. He’s been the Nevada Air Guard’s assistant adjutant general since 2015.
Berry says he’s honored and humbled to be selected to replace retiring Brig. Gen. William Burks effective Sept. 1.
PGA’s Barracuda Seeks New Reno-Tahoe home; Leaves Montreux
RENO — The PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship is looking for a new home after the private club that’s hosted the event since it began in Reno in 1999 pulled out.
Montreux Golf & Country Club’s board of directors voted last week against holding the 2020 event at the mountain course between Reno and Lake Tahoe.
Board Tim Slapnicka said the decision was made after a months-long review based on the impact on club finances, facilities, members and homeowners.
Next year’s event is scheduled to run the Fourth of July weekend for the first time, July 2-5, due to the Summer Olympics in Japan.
Tournament director Chris Hoff told the Reno Gazette Journal they’re exploring alternative venues in the market. He said Barracuda is close to finalizing renewal of its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour stop in Reno, the only one that uses a modified Stableford scoring system.
Man Who Botched 2 Casino Robberies Later Killed by Police
LAUGHLIN — A man shot and killed by Las Vegas police in the Colorado River resort town of Laughlin botched two casino robberies within 30 minutes and had a gun in his hand when he got out of a vehicle after a nearly seven-hour stand-off, police said Monday.
Cashiers at both the Golden Nugget Laughlin Hotel and the Aquarius Casino Resort refused to hand over cash even though the man placed a handgun on the counter in both attempted robberies, about 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., Las Vegas police Capt. Nichole Splinter said.
The man, whose name, age and hometown were not immediately made public, fired one shot toward a security guard who followed him out of the Aquarius toward a parked vehicle, Splinter said. The guard wasn’t injured.
Police surrounded the man in the vehicle and tried for several hours to talk him into surrendering before SWAT officers arrived.
Splinter says the man had a gun in his hand and was getting out of the vehicle after 7 a.m. when he was shot and killed by officers.
The names of the officers who fired shots were not immediately disclosed. They will be on paid leave pending the results of departmental and district attorney reviews of the shooting.
Las Vegas police cover most of Clark County including Laughlin, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of Las Vegas. The city is across the river from Bullhead City, Arizona.
The Aquarius has two 18-floor towers and about 1,900 rooms. The Golden Nugget has about 300 rooms.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Coming to Nevada
GARDNERVILLE — Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is the latest high-profile conservative to commit to a big Republican fundraiser in rural northern Nevada next month.
Morning Nevada PAC announced Friday Mulvaney will attend its fifth annual Basque Fry Sept. 14 at a ranch near Gardnerville south of Carson City.
The American Conservative Union is co-hosting this year’s outdoor barbeque and rally in the key western battleground state.
Event co-founder and former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt says Mulvaney long has been at the forefront of the fight for conservative values that Laxalt says are increasingly under assault from radical, left-wing Democrats.
Others who plan to speak at the gathering include President Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, ex-White House aide Mercedes Schlapp and her husband, Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union.