Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 30, 2002

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! My apologies for the weather over the weekend. Last week I talked about the 85 (F) and sunny we had for most of October. Wouldn’t you know it — the very next day highs plummeted to the low 70’s and it rained overnight both weekend nights (although pleasant during the day). Today is a chilly 72 so I guess fall will be banging on the door in a few more weeks.

Someone wrote a recent letter to the editor of the Review-Journal (our morning paper) criticizing Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman’s endorsement of Bombay Sapphire gin. The $100,000 endorsement fee is going to charity.á The writer noted that he moved to Las Vegas from the east coast 10 years ago. I’m hoping he leaves soon. If you are thinking about moving to Las Vegas, move to Las Vegas. Accept Las Vegas. If the way we do things here isn’t your cup of tea, please move elsewhere!

Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Floridian Nets $10,000 At Riviera – In town to attend the marriage of their niece at the Riviera Hotel and Casino’s wedding chapel, Mike and Elizabeth McGowen were dancing when their slot machine hit a $10,000 jackpot. The Clearwater couple was very, very happy to say the least. Mike, a retired policeman, stated, “we have no plans at the moment. Maybe a trip back to the Riviera to celebrate our niece’s marriage would be nice.”

Splash Welcomes Bronze Medallist – Splash at the Riviera Hotel & Casino welcomed back to the ice 1998 American Open Figure Skating Pro Championship Bronze Medallist Mikhail Panin with a new partner international skating champion Margarita Barber. With his new partner Barber, Panin now once again performing a breathtaking ice ballet with Barber – an enchanting ice dance of spirals and spins – as well as an acrobatic adagio routine that is leaving audiences sitting on the edge of their seats. Click here for full story.

New Year’s Eve – We have lots of new readers and everyone is curious about what the party capital of the world does for New Year’s Eve. I could tell you, but we have over 100 photos and streaming video from the last two years online for you at no charge. Go check out New Year’s Eve Las Vegas!

Coinless Slots – A major agreement has been reached for MGM/Mirage to convert to coinless ticket in-ticket out technology. Are you going to miss the “plunk, plunk, plunk” of coins hitting the tray, or do you like cashing out with a ticket you can use in another machine? We’ve posted the full story in our forums so you can read it and share your thoughts!

Jillian’s – has opened downtown at Neonopolis on the Fremont. St. Experience. A recent Friday visit showed a lively venue that is a lot of fun! Imagine a two story, upscale arcade, sports bar, lounge, and bowling ally and you have Jillian’s.

Construction Updates – Steve Wynn is scheduled to break ground Thursday October 31 on his new megaresort La Reve. Ground has been broken on the Hoover Dam bypass road and bridge. I can hear a big cheer for our friends who drive in from Arizona, New Mexico and points Southeast of Las Vegas. It won’t be done until 2007 but will cut serious time off of the trip when finished.

Phase 1 of the billion dollar Fashion Show Mall (just north of Treasure Island) is complete, introducing Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s Home to this area among the other well known department stores already part of the mall. We’ll keep you up on these projects as they progress.

Shopping – Speaking of shopping, we have just updated and expanded our Las Vegas Shopping Guide.

Calendar For Charity – Now is the time to get a 2003 Las Vegas calendar and help a good cause. These are the same high quality Las Vegas calendars you find in hotels and gift shops at or below the gift shop price with all proceeds going to charity. See the beautiful photos and purchase info atá 2003 Las Vegas Calendar.

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Restaurant Review: Alize

Top of the Palms Casino Resort
By Chef John Guinivere – ChefLive.Com

Well folksà I now have a new favorite restaurant here in Las Vegas and I can gladly recommend it. This new restaurant is a chefÆs dream! It sits on the top of a beautiful hotel and has one of the best views in the entire city. The dining room has very high ceilings, which lets in even more for the eyes to see. The interior, from tables, chairs and carpet are all wonderful together. They could serve burgers and beer and you would thoroughly enjoy your visit. But they donÆt server burgers; they serve some of the best food in town!

Click Here To Read The Rest Of This Review

Featured Tour: Hummer Desert Exploration

Hummer Desert Exploration Tour – The mysterious Desert…only minutes from the Strip… rough terrain and dry crushing heat destroys anything not especially equipped to be there. But you are in the most powerful, safest off road vehicle ever built … HUMMER! Keep cameras ready — we may encounter Big Horn sheep, wild Burros, mustangs and even the elusive Kit Fox. This is a three hour adventure, morning and afternoon departures available.

Additional Tours Including Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, City, Scenic, National Parks, and Adventure

Featured Golf Course: Man O’ War

Man O’ War – The Man O’ War course was the first built at Stallion Mountain and was a host course in 1991 for the PGA Tour’s Las Vegas Invitational. Chip Beck shot a 59 that year, joining Al Geiberger (at the time) as the only men in history to shoot that score. Recently, Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley redesigned it, creating a distinctive layout with undulating greens guarded by bunkering.

Additional Las Vegas Golf Courses and Golf Vacations

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Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

Senior Content Editor

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October 30, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770