MGM to use Vegas Shooting Site as Community Center
LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts plans to convert the shuttered Las Vegas Strip festival grounds that were the site of a 2017 mass shooting into a community and athletic center and parking for the new stadium being built for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, the company announced Tuesday. It will also create a space on the property to remember the victims.
The festival grounds “will forever be linked to the tragic loss of life that took place there,” MGM said in its statement. “We will never forget the victims, and all of those impacted by that evening.”
The company owns the site of Route 91 festival grounds and the Mandalay Bay casino-resort, where a gunman in a high-rise suite opened fire on the crowd of 22,000, killing 58 people in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The company did not release a timeline for the plans, but says it wants to create a community and athletic center on the north end of the property, which MGM says it hopes will host high school basketball tournaments, indoor soccer for children and a practice space for the WNBA team, the Las Vegas Aces.
“It was important to us that the long-term use of the property include the community in some way,” the company said in its statement.
MGM said that until the community and athletic center is completed, the property will serve as parking for games and concerts at the new $1.9 billion stadium being built for the Raiders when the team moves to Las Vegas next year.
State Upholds Water Permit for Huge Nevada Mine
Nevada’s state Environmental Commission has rejected conservationists’ appeal of a water pollution control permit granted last year for a huge open-pit mine planned near Eureka about 250 miles (402 kilometers) east of Reno.
The Great Basin Resource Watch urged the panel Wednesday to rescind the permit for a molybdenum (muh-LIB’-duh-nuhm) mine the environmental watchdog says could pollute groundwater for centuries.
It says the permit granted for a subsidiary of Denver-based General Moly Inc. was based on a flawed calculation that dramatically underestimated the amount of contamination that will flow into the mile-wide (1.6 km-wide) pit when mining is complete and it begins to fill with water.
After hearing more than eight hours of testimony Wednesday, the commissioners upheld the permit on a 3-0 vote but issued a special directive for state environmental officers to work with the group to address its ongoing concerns.
Numbers Show Democrats made Slight Gains with Nevada Voters
CARSON CITY — New voter registration numbers show Democrats made slight gains in Nevada last month, maintaining their edge over Republicans.
Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office reported this week that the Democratic Party registered more than 5,300 voters in August, while Republicans registered about 3,600 voters.
About 4,400 people registered as nonpartisan voters.
Cegavske’s office reports that Democrats constitute about 38% of active, registered voters while Republicans make up 33% and unaffiliated voters make up 22%.
The Independent American Party has 4% of the active registered voters, while the Libertarian Party has just over 1%.
Rapper Arrested on Suspicion of Assault in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of assaulting three employees at a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino, police said.
The 28-year-old artist, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, was arrested early Sunday on three counts of battery after an incident at the Mirage, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.
Charging documents have not yet been filed.
An email seeking comment from Daniel Kim, who has previously represented Maxwell, was not immediately returned.
TMZ first reported that Maxwell punched three people during a fight with a parking valet.
A message seeking additional details from police was not immediately returned.
MGM Resorts, which owns the Mirage, declined to comment Tuesday.
Fetty Wap performed at the MTV Video Music Awards last week. He was previously arrested in November 2017 and charged with DUI after police say he was drag racing on a New York City highway.
Iowa Ice Cream Maker Buying Nevada Plant
The Iowa company that makes Blue Bunny ice cream is buying a plant in Nevada, making it its fifth U.S. production facility.
Wells Enterprises said Tuesday that the Unilever plant in Henderson will help Wells meet the growing demand for its products in the western United States. Besides Blue Bunny ice cream, Wells makes Bomb Pops and private label ice cream and packs products for other companies.
The family owned Wells declined to say how much it is paying for the Henderson plant, which has about 250 employees who are expected to be retained.
Two of Wells’ four existing manufacturing plants are in Le Mars, Iowa. It also has one in Dunkirk, New York, and one in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Clark County Raises Sales Tax for Education, Social Services
LAS VEGAS — Commissioners in Clark County have approved a sales tax increase to pay for education and social services.
The commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday for the one-eighth of a cent tax hike. They also set up a way for the Clark County School District to apply for grants from the money raised.
The tax is set to expire in June 2021. The commission can vote to extend it.
The state Legislature earlier this year passed a bill that allows county commissions to raise sales tax by up to one-quarter of 1 percent of retailers’ gross receipts.
Under the bill, the money can be used to pay for early childhood or adult education, programs to reduce truancy or homelessness, workforce training, or recruiting and retaining teachers.