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Las Vegas Strip casinos reopen with Bellagio fountain show

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After being closed for more than two months, the iconic Fountains of Bellagio commemorated the reopening with a special water show that included the song Viva Las Vegas.

Although Nevada casinos could officially reopen at 12:01 a.m, many of the major resorts on the Las Vegas Strip opted to start opening at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The properties closed in mid-March after Governor Steve Sisolak issued a directive that gaming cease due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gaming properties suffered major revenue losses during the closure and thousands of workers lost jobs pushing the unemployment rate to the highest in the nation per-capita.

Gamblers began playing cards, rolling dice and working the slot machines as soon as the doors of the properties began opening.

Well-known Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton welcomed guest back to Caesars Palace... Read More

Spirit Airlines ramps up flight schedule as Las Vegas reopens

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Spirit Airlines is increasing the number of daily flights into Las Vegas as resorts reopen.

The airline, among the top five carriers into McCarran International Airport, had dropped to five daily flights by the end of May, but now is scheduling 11 daily flights during June, according to a Thursday news release. And the airline plans to increase to 39 daily flights in July.

Through April, Spirit was second only to Southwest Airlines for passenger traffic at McCarran — ahead of Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines.

Recent reports from McCarran have shown the severity of the drop in air passengers — down 96.4% in April compared to April 2019... Read More

Metro releases names of 4 officers involved in deadly shooting at federal courthouse

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The four Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers involved in a deadly shooting Monday night at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse have been identified.

The shooting occurred around 11:22 p.m. in front of the courthouse on South Las Vegas Boulevard. According to Metro, 25-year-old George Gomez, was shot by officers after he reached for a gun while walking toward officers.

The officers are identified as:

  • Sgt. Ryan Fryman, 40, and has been employed with LVMPD since 2007
  • Officer Dan Emerton, 38, and has been employed with LVMPD since 2006
  • Officer Vernon Ferguson, 36, and has been employed with LVMPD since 2006
  • Officer Andrew Locher, 53,and has been employed with LVMPD since 1995

Police said Gomez was wearing body armor, had three guns and ignored police commands... Read More

BACK IN BUSINESS: Las Vegas downtown casinos reopen

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada casinos reopened at 12:01 a.m. and guests were waiting to get back to the tables and machines after a closure that lasted seven weeks causing casino revenues to plunge.

While downtown casinos and others that are spread around the valley opened the major resorts on the Las Vegas Strip will reopening at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Fountains of Bellagio will feature a water show to celebrate the event.

LIST: You can review a list of the properties and opening times.

At midnight, fireworks went on via the Fremont Street’s Viva vision canopy and downtown casinos such as the Golden Nugget, The D, Fremont, and California opened. The Plaza and El Cortez open at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively... Read More

UPDATE: No new COVID-19 related deaths in Clark County reported, 133 more positive cases

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County did not see any new COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Southern Nevada Health District’s (SNHD) latest report. Nine new deaths were reported the previous day.

SNHD is now reporting a total of 7,056 confirmed cases and 355 deaths, according to its dashboard that updates daily. The county’s total number of cases increased by 133 in the last day.

tatewide, the number of COVID-19 related deaths remains at 429 with 8,935 confirmed cases. Currently, there are 429 deaths in Nevada and 8,931 confirmed cases. ... Read More

Boyd Gaming adds cleaning, safety protocols as 9 casinos reopen Thursday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — At a minute after midnight on Thursday, June 4, Boyd Gaming is back, reopening nine of their local properties.

“The light at the end of the tunnel … we’re getting back to business, getting back to what we do best,” said David Stow, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Boyd.

Opening Thursday: The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Aliante, Cannery, Sam’s Town, Fremont, California and Joker’s Wild.

“This was their first day back at work since we closed, and you could see a bounce in their step, and a smile,” Stow said. “It’s hard to see their smile on their face, but you can tell they’re smiling under that mask because they’re happy to be back at work!”

We toured the Suncoast to learn about the strict safety protocols now in place.

Guests will be greeted by thermal imaging cameras at two different entrances to take their temperature... Read More

Flights picking up at McCarran as tourism comes back to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Activity at McCarran International Airport is picking up as Las Vegas casinos reopen.

And it’s not just the passengers coming back at the expense of D Las Vegas owner Derek Stevens, who paid for 1,700 passengers to make the trip.

At least 251 flights are scheduled to come in as Las Vegas resorts reopen through the day Thursday.

Southwest Airlines has 129 flights scheduled for arrival, leading the pack. Allegiant Airlines has 40 flights to Las Vegas, and Frontier is bringing 30 flights in... Read More