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Sheriff: ‘Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best’ when it comes to ‘Storm Area 51’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It is now exactly one month from the day millions of people say they’ll storm Area 51. The man who created the now-viral Facebook page says it was supposed to be a joke.

But that joke has turned into much more and it’s raised concerns for those living near the base.

Organizers and county officials met Monday in Pioche to discuss what happens ahead of any “Storm Area 51” events, such as “Alienstock” which is supposed to include live bands. Lincoln County officials are worried it has become something they can’t handle.

A public meeting is held in Pioche, Nevada to discuss the upcoming “Storm Area 51” events. (KLAS-TV)

They’ve pre-approved an emergency declaration ahead of the events scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 20 and have found some money in the county coffers to help support their efforts... Read More

Report: 6 million acres of state lands in West inaccessible

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — More than 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares) of state property scattered across 11 states in the U.S. West are landlocked by private property and largely inaccessible to hunters, anglers and other recreational users, public lands advocates said Monday.

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and onX, a Montana-based land data company, analyzed land ownership patterns for a report detailing the extent of state-owned parcels that lack public access.

Montana, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming each have more than 1 million acres (0.4 million hectares) of state lands surrounded by private property, according to the report. Nevada has the least amount with less than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) landlocked... Read More

72-year-old Reno man convicted of murder after stabbing victim 250 times

RENO, Nev. (AP) — 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 weeklong 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 blood-stained 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... Read More

Man banned from Winnemucca forever before judge’s ruling overturned

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Appellate Court has issued an order saying a district judge had no authority to permanently ban an offender from Winnemucca.

Officials say the offender, John Pugh, was sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to illegally using a stun gun.

District Judge Michael Montero added an additional condition following Pugh’s release from prison, telling him he was permanently trespassed from Winnemucca, about 470 miles from Las Vegas.

The Nevada Appeal reported Monday that the court order removes that condition from Pugh’s sentence because it is an abuse of discretion.

Officials say the district court can prohibit the offender from being in a certain region, but does not have the ability to permanently ban them from part or all of the state once the sentence is complete... Read More

Scott Roeben shares his scoops in Vital Vegas for Monday, Aug. 19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas will close temporarily close its doors in six months. Initially, the resort was going to remain partially open during its renovation to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, but, now the owners’ vision is to close the Hard Rock for eight months during the remodeling.

Some Vegas Golden Knights players are partnering with Wolfe Gang Puck to create a sports lounge/ restaurant.

And the Gamblers general store has moved from its original location.

Vital Vegas founder Scott Roeben has everything you need to know about these subjects... Read More

Join The Killers, Neon Museum in honoring Tim Burton at Boneyard Ball

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Can’t wait until Oct. 15 to get your fill of Tim Burton-inspired fun? Now you don’t have to.

The Neon Museum will honor Burton with its Glow Award at the 2019 Boneyard Ball at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Oct. 12. The event will feature a special appearance by world-renowned band The Killers.

Individual tickets are $600, not including VIP cocktail hour. Silver, gold and platinum table sponsor options are also available. And while the museum does mention Burton will be in attendance, they are not guaranteeing in-person meetings.

Regardless of whether or not you come face-to-face with the genius behind so many beloved works or art and films, it’s guaranteed to be an amazing time. ... Read More

Donny and Marie to receive keys to The Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Iconic siblings Donny and Marie Osmond are set to end their long-running Las Vegas residency later this year, but not before being honored. The duo will receive keys to The Strip coming up this week.

The Osmonds’ residency will come to a close on November 16 after over 11 years at Flamingo Las Vegas. Their residency started as a six-week engagement, but was brought back again and again due to popular demand.

Fans are encouraged to come out to the see Donny and Marie get their keys to The Strip. That is happening Friday, August 23 at 2:30 pm at the entrance to the Flamingo from the LINQ Promenade... Read More