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May 23, 2017

Mayor Lee of North Las Vegas addresses Laughlin Leadership Forum

Mayor Lee, North Las Vegas 

Merging best business, government practices

Considered to be 1 key to saving large city

Mayor Lee of North Las Vegas addresses Laughlin Leadership Forum


LAUGHLIN, Nev. – Selecting the best business practices and joining them with the best practices for effective local government is one of the keys to keeping a metropolitan government clear of bankruptcy.

This was one of a multi-part effort cited by John Lee, now in his second term as Mayor of the City of North Las Vegas, when he spoke to about 30 persons on May 18 in a Laughlin Economic Development Corporation Leadership Forum speech at the Richard Springston American Legion Post 60 in Laughlin.

And it started when he said he could not bear the thought of his hometown being dissolved because of bankruptcy. To do something about it, he ran for the mayorship, won, and recently was re-elected by an overwhelming.

Lee described the lawsuit-infested atmosphere when he began cleaning house of excessive staffing that had grown to the point where 3 employees were on the payroll to do the work of 1 staff member.
Another key was recruiting highly-talented managers, one of whom began telling the public about the new administration’s side of the story to counteract all the negative publicity as the city fought to prevent going into bankruptcy with a debt of some $156 million. Lee told the audience that all has been repaid, in just 4 years.

The Mayor also pointed out that as he contacted local governments which had been or were in the same situation as North Las Vegas, it was emphasized that a large city such as Detroit, San Bernardino, or North Las Vegas, has an expensive regional, state, and/or international negative impact on the bonding capacity of all entities. Bond underwriters would refuse or be extremely restricting in the conditions and charge higher interests to the survivors.

Another factor Lee cited was getting the public employee unions to agree to changes.

It got so bad that he called Gov. Brian Sandoval into a meeting with the union negotiators. Lee said the discussions were not advancing towards a goal of saving the city. So he threatened to leave, meaning he would have to close down the police department – and thus the Governor would have to call in the Nevada National Guard – and would do the same with the fire department. This is a point Laughlinites related to as about 95% of the dedicated Laughlin Township budget goes to the Clark County Fire Department and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for a local staff of about 75 firefighters and police officers.

The Mayor also pointed to the streamlining of the development code process and the building permit system in which applicants could get building permits within a few days by using a system in which private sector principals were trained and certified in the city’s greatly reduced bureaucratic steps. He indicated it was the fastest timeline among the Vegas Valley governments.
Lee was on the Nevada Senate Government Affairs Committee and joined Dr. Joe Hardy, whose 12th District includes Laughlin Township, in championing the right to vote for the first time on the question of local cityhood was approved. Citizens declined to take the step to independence, leaving local government in the hands of more than a dozen Las Vegas-based districts.

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May 21, 2017

2017 Best of Laughlin Award Winners

For Immediate Release

LAUGHLINNV –  May 21, 2017

Laughlin Buzz is proud to announce the 3rd Annual, 2017 Best of Laughlin Award Winners.  

Best Overall Awards

Best Casino Resort -  Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Hotel - Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Restaurant - Saltgrass Steakhouse, Golden Nugget Laughlin
Best Local Casino/Bar  - Old Town Saloon
Best Customer Service - Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Chef - Executive Chef Ron Williams, Harrah's Laughlin 

Best Casino/Gaming Awards

Best Slots -  Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Table Games - Aquarius Casino Resort 
Best Video Poker - Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Live Poker - Harrah’s Laughlin
Best Video Keno  - Riverside Resort 
Best Live Keno - Riverside Resort
Best Bingo - Tropicana Laughlin 
Best Casino Bar for Gaming  - River Bar, Edgewater Casino Resort 
Best SportsBook - Aquarius Sportsbook, Aquarius Casino Resort 
Best Players Club - AcePlay Players Club, Aquarius Casino Resort 

Best Restaurant Cuisine Awards

Best Breakfast - Bumbleberry Flats, Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall
Best Buffet - Fresh Market Buffet, Harrah’s Laughlin
Best Buffet Crab Legs  - Fresh Market Buffet, Harrah's Laughlin   

Best Fine Dining - The Range Steakhouse, Harrah's Laughlin
Best Special Occasion Dining - Saltgrass Steakhouse, Golden Nugget Laughlin
Best Steakhouse - Saltgrass Steakhouse, Golden Nugget Laughlin

Best CafĂ©/Diner - Daniel’s Restaurant, Regency Casino
Best Late Night Eats - Bumbleberry Flats, Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall
Best Cheap Eats - Daniel’s Restaurant, Regency Casino
Best Sub/Sandwich - Capriotti’s, Edgewater Casino Resort
Best Coffeehouse - Duet Coffee & Wine, Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Bloody Mary - Bumbleberry Flats, Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall

Best Shrimp Cocktail - The Cove Bar & Lounge, Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Seafood - Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co., Golden Nugget Laughlin
Best Burger - Daniel’s Restaurant, Regency Casino
Best Prime Rib - Prime Rib Room, Riverside Resort

Best Barbecue - Blaze N Blues BBQ, Old Town Saloon
Best BBQ Ribs - Blaze N Blues BBQ, Old Town Saloon

Best Pizza - Mama's Pizzeria, Laughlin Town Center 
Best Mexican Food - Casa Serrano, Riverside Resort          
Best Italian Food - The Vineyard, Aquarius Casino Resort 
Best Hot Dog/Sausage - Bourbon Street Casino, Laughlin River Lodge 
Best Chicken Wings -  Pint’s Brewery and Sports BarColorado Belle Casino       

Best Desserts/Sweets - Duet Coffee & Wine, Aquarius Resort Casino
Best Ice Cream - Dips and Dogs, Tropicana Laughlin 

Best People, Places, & Services

Best Place for Happy Hour - Old Town Saloon
Best Casino Floor Drink Service - Harrah’s Laughlin
Best Place to Watch Sports - Bourbon Street Casino, Laughlin River Lodge

Best Pool -  Aquarius Casino Resort 
Best Beach - Avi Casino Resort 
Best Casino Gift Shop - Harrah’s Laughlin
Best River Cruise - Celebration, Laughlin River Tours at Aquarius Casino Resort 
Best Spa Services - Harrah’s Laughlin

Best Wedding Venue - Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Caterer - Blaze N Blues BBQ, Old Town Saloon 
Best Security - Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Valet -  Golden Nugget, Laughlin 

Best Lounge for Live Music - Tango's Lounge, Tropicana Laughlin
Best Lounge for Dancing - Gold Diggers, Golden Nugget Laughlin
Best Concert Venue - Laughlin Event Center
Best Manager - Sean Hammond, Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Casino Host - Sharon Almquist, Aquarius Casino Resort
Best Bartender - Star Sawyer, The Hideout
Best Casino Cocktail Server - Luck Hooper, Aquarius Casino Resort 
Best Restaurant Server - Carly Anderson, Pint’s Brewery & Sports BarColorado Belle Casino 
Best Barista - The Cowboy, Wild West Coffee at the Laughlin Outlet Center 
Best Customer Service Employee - Lisa Hardin, Colorado Belle

Best Local Business Owner - Margaret and Marty Chiotti, Mama's Pizzeria 
Best Local Business Employee - Paul Hallmark, Old Town Saloon
Community Award - Team Aquarius & Sean Hammond, Aquarius Casino Resort

Best Wi-Fi - Laughlin River Lodge 
Best Place to Shop - Bath and Body Works, Laughlin Outlet Mall
Best Movie Theater - Riverside Resort
Best Casino Sign - Tropicana Laughlin
Best Casino Exterior Look - Golden Nugget Laughlin
Best Riverwalk Area -  Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall  
Best Special Event or Holiday - Laughlin River Run
Best Hidden Gem -  Big Bend State Park 
Best Local Attraction (non-gaming) - Colorado River

 Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who voted.  We encourage everyone to continue to support Laughlin local businesses, services, organizations, events, and attractions. By doing so you are helping the economy, growth and vitalization of the community and local area.
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May 20, 2017

Breakfast at Black Bear

Bullhead City, Arizona
Black Bear Diner

The Black Bear Diner is just a short drive across the river from Laughlin, NV.  We had not been there since long before the fire and subsequent remodel.  

We were early for an appointment so decided to stop in for Breakfast.  The place seems very popular, especially on weekends.   Our visit was on a weekday but they were still busy. 

We were seated quickly, our server was fast too, taking drink orders, bringing out our coffee. 

The menu is a newspaper, which is a unique idea but they seem to get tattered and worn.  For some reason he told us we could keep then and take them home if we wanted.   No, thanks. 

All three of us ordered a version of the Basic breakfast, 2 eggs with choice of bacon or sausage, choice of potato, toast.  Portions are huge, everything was really good.  Especially the thick cut bacon and sausage links.   For $8.99 it is a pretty good deal.  Coffee was $2.49 a cup, with refills as much as you wanted.  

Black Bear has dozens of other choices for breakfast.  Most, except the smaller portion section, are priced higher than $8.99.   Plus they have many desserts including these ones on display at the check out counter.   

We don't dine in Bullhead City often.  However, if looking for breakfast over there, it seems like you can't go wrong with choosing Black Bear Diner.  Denny's located right across the street didn't look busy at all.   

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May 8, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend in Laughlin (2017)

Laughlin, Nevada

Memorial Day Weekend Events, Shows, Activities going on in Laughlin, NV and the local Tri-State area. 

More events will be added to this article as they are announced.  Check back. 

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Memorial Day Weekend and Memorial Day is always a busy one in Laughlin. 

Although summer isn't officially until next month, the warm temperatures begin and there is increased activity on the Colorado River, Laughlin Riverwalk, and at the Casinos.  

Memorial Day isn't just about enjoying the water, barbecues, music, gaming, or partying.  Enjoy some time in the sun or on the water but be sure not to forget the true reason for Memorial Day. Remembance.  Take some time and attend one of the various ceremonies going on in the area.  

(Ceremonies will be listed here as soon as they are announced, please stop back).

Two Fireworks shows are scheduled in Laughlin.  

One of them is best viewed along the Laughlin Riverwalk and the other one is at the Avi Casino near their beach area.

Salute To Our Heroes - Patriotic Fireworks Display
• Sunday, May 28th: Memorial Weekend Fireworks – (8:30 p.m.)

Thunder in the Sky Fireworks Celebration
Avi Casino - Beach Area 
Sunday, May 28, 2017
(Begins at dusk)

9th Annual Rock ‘n’ Ribs
Colorado Belle - Riverwalk 
May 26-28, 2017
Barbecue and Entertainment on the Laughlin Riverwalk.

Free live entertainment on the outdoor Loading Dock stage.
The Neil Morrow Band 
Sweet Home Alabama 

Food and cold drinks available for purchase 

Tone Loc and Coolio - Harrah’s Beach Party
Saturday, May 27, 2017 
(8 p.m.-midnight), No Cover
Ages 21 and over.

Ramon Ayala Y Sus Bravos Del Norte
Edgewater E Center 
Saturday, May 27, 2017
(8 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m.)
After party featuring DJ Azteca

The Bluzmen 
The Ultimate Tribute to The Blues Brothers!
Starring Eric Martin & Carmen Romano
Riverside Resort - May 24th-28th - 8pm 

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May 7, 2017

Laughlin Town Advisory Board - May 2017 Meeting

Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin Town Advisory Board Meeting

May 9, 2017   1:30PM

Come out to the Laughlin Town Advisory Board (LTAB) meeting.  Get involved and learn what is going on in YOUR community.  

The public is welcome and there is also time set aside for public comment.  

Many items on are the agenda, including 17 Informational items.   Among them are:

Town Board / Town Manager’s Recognition (for discussion only):                                               

- Present a resolution to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority – Laughlin Bureau proclaiming the week of May 7 – 13, 2017, as National Travel and Tourism Week in Laughlin. 

-Present a resolution to American Public Works Association proclaiming the week of May 21 – May 27, 2017, as National Public Works Week in Laughlin

A report from Lt. Harry Fagel with Metro Police regarding activity and statistics during the past month and other area crime concerns (for discussion only)

A report from Bob Bilbray and Martin Knauss with Laughlin Economic Development Corporation regarding current economic development activities in Laughlin. (for discussion only)

An update from Bob Stiens, Government Affairs Representative, Southern California Edison, Keith Spencer, First Vice President, CBRE, Inc., and representatives from NV Energy and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power regarding Mohave Generating Station site proposed land sale. (for discussion only)

Laughlin Town Advisory Board Members are: 
  • Stephanie Bethards
  • Kathy Ochs - Vice Chair 
  • James Maniaci -Chair 
  • Bruce Henry
  • Gina Mackey

Secretary: Tammy Harris, (702) 298-0828,

County Liaison: Brian Paulson, (702) 298-0828,

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Daniel's Restaurant in Regency Casino - Health Inspection

Laughlin, Nevada 

Daniel's Restaurant - Southern Nevada Health District Restaurant Inspection 
May 3, 2017

Daniel's Restaurant received a B grade and 19 demerits on May 3, 2017

The list of violations are listed below:

A look at their previous inspection history shows they received an A grade in their previous inspection in February of 2016 but had another B grade back in September of 2015.   

It appears Laughlin restaurants get inspected on average only once per year.

Daniel's recently had a remodel in November of last year.  See pictures here.

They have won the Best of Laughlin Award for Best Burger two years in a row (2015 and 2016). 

This article will be updated when they have a re-inspection.  Establishment are required to post their most recent Grade Card near the entry or cashiers.    It doesn't hurt to look when you go out to dine. 

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