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July 7, 1999

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This Issue: Stratosphere Fireworks Fiasco, Hard Rock Hotel Expansion

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

Hello from a rainy Las Vegas! We salute those of you on the east coast, where you have been working very hard to beat our high temperatures the past few days (and you have when factoring in the heat index). We truly wish a cooling trend on you. When you need the dry heat, you know where to come.

FREE CIGARS AND FOOD – The Havana Cigar Co. celebrates the grand opening of it’s store in the Tropicana Hotel on Saturday July 10, 1999 from 5-7:00 PM. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, beverages, and cigars will be available. This event is open to the public!

NBA AND NHL IN LAS VEGAS? – Ha, ha, ha … Mirage Resorts CEO Steve Wynn wants to buy a team and bring it to town to. That is, provided that the taxpayers build a new arena for it downtown. The idea is to promote vacation packages for sports fans to come see their team. Las Vegas is the 56’th largest media market in the country and already has 3 arenas: Thomas and Mack Center, MGM Grand Garden, and Mandalay Bay events center. However, Mr. Wynn nor his company controls any of them. City Hall is another story …..

NEW YEARS EVE ROOMS – are going quick and aren’t cheap. Prices range from around $250 a night at Boulder Station to $450 a night at the Riviera and $3000 a night at Caesars.

SPEEDERS REJOICE! – If you drive to Las Vegas, the last meeting of the legislature did you a favor. You already know that the quickest way to get rear-ended or run over on Nevada freeways is to go the speed limit. No one else does. However, now you can breathe much easier and look in your rear view mirror a lot less starting last week. A brand new law took effect allowing you to go up to 10 miles over the speed limit (but not exceeding 75 m.p.h.) on freeways and receive a slap-on-the-wrist fine of $25 with no insurance reporting.

MAKINO TODAI RESTAURANT – advertised as a 160 foot royal Japanese seafood buffet just opened at 3965 S. Decatur, #5 (Decatur near Flamingo). Lunch is around $12 and dinner around $20. 40 kinds of sushi, fresh oysters, tons more. We aren’t much for Japanese food, but if you go feel free to submit a review ( so that we can let everyone else know if this is worth the 10 minute drive from the Strip.

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Quick Concert Notes:

VANESSA WILLIAMS plays The Venetian July 9 and 10’th. (702) 474-4000 for tickets. Room prices and availability can be checked online by going to and clicking on the Venetian link.

EAST COAST ROCK FESTIVAL featuring SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and JOHN CAFFERTY (both with their full bands) at Sunset Station on July 23’rd. Show hotline is (702) 547-7970 and Sunset Station discount rooms are available at (Sunset Station link).

PALACE STATION – DAVY JONES on August 6 and HERMAN’S HERMITS featuring PETER NOONE on August 7. Show hotline is (702) 221-6531 and Palace Station discount rooms are available at (Palace Station link).

HARD ROCK – B-52’S on July 24, CHARLIE DANIALS BAND, TRACY LAWRENCE, ANDY GRIGGS & MONTGOMERY/GENTRY, and ANITA COCHRAN all together on July 27, and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND on July 28. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and and Hard Rock discount rooms are available at Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel Casino

MARILU HENNER joins the cast of CHICAGO at Mandalay Bay from now through August 22. The show’s run has just been extended well into 2000. Tickets are at (702) 474-4000 and discount Mandalay Bay rooms at link above.

COMING CONCERTS include THE EAGLES at Mandalay Bay Dec. 27 and 28, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in September (date not final), and ALANIS MORISETTE with TORI AMON at Mandalay Bay Sept. 24. We’ll announce ticket information as it becomes available.

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


Stratosphere Fireworks Fiasco


Hard Rock Hotel $100 Million Expansion



We do have a Pink Taco sampler plate to giveaway! This special coupon is valid Sunday through Thursday and expires on August 16, so please only enter if you can use it. We’ll send it out to the 25’th entry at (contest closed) Just sent a blank email — we’ll get your address from you if you win.

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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
July 7, 1999

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