Coaching kerfuffle threatens sports in Las Vegas schools

Coaching positions at several Las Vegas, N.M., schools are in jeopardy – including the one for West Las Vegas High’s girls soccer team that starts play next week – after the city manager said a group of ranking Las Vegas police officers didn’t follow proper procedures for outside employment when they took coaching jobs.

The issue arose Monday at a Las Vegas City Council meeting when City Manager Richard Trujillo nixed the idea of Deputy Chief Ken Jenkins, Commander Eric Padilla, Commander Chris Lopez and Lt. Pam Sandoval coaching.

“There’s a process,” said Trujillo. “You have to apply for outside employment. That’s part of the process. It has to go through the chief and then my office. I review the submission of that application. There can be no conflicts with their primary job or any other employment. That process was not followed, so we’re having to address that internally.”

But Police Chief Juan Montaño said he has been operating under a city law granting department heads the authority to approve off-duty jobs.

The jobs and their small stipends are secondary to the more important task of providing a strong authority figure for the students, he said.

“It’s not a factor about the money,” Montaño said. “It’s about mentoring and nurturing the kids. They need a strong representative, somebody who’s going to be there for them in their hardships.”

While city officials say the dispute boils down to policy, Montaño said it’s become more of a personal issue dating back to last year when Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron’s daughter was arrested on suspicion of DWI.

“Ever since then, our relationship has been dwindling away,” he said.

The mayor said the coaching issue is not related to her daughter.

The DWI “had nothing to do with Juan Montaño, none of it ever did,” she said. “It’s absolutely untrue and unfounded, and a disgrace for Juan Montaño to make a statement like that. This is based on policy.

“The chief has to go through the city manager for approval. What has happened historically during his reign is he had made all decisions for personnel without seeking any help from human resources or anything, but there is a policy that supersedes SOP (standard operating procedure), an ordinance. The law states that he must also to go to the city manager for approval.”

The kerfuffle has come as a complete – and unwelcome – shock to Las Vegas residents, said City Councilor Barbara Perea-Casey, who found out about the situation shortly before Monday’s council meeting.

“My phone won’t stop ringing,” she said of the reaction on Tuesday. “I’ve been on the phone all day. Everybody is up in arms. I have a friend on the school board and she’s very distressed. They’re great role models for the kids. They mentor the kids, they know them, encourage them to stay out of trouble and really work with them. They buy equipment out of their own pockets, buy meals.”

City Manager Trujillo said, “Every other department did submit employees’ names to my office.”

West Las Vegas schools Superintendent Chris Gutierrez called the coaching cops “good role models for the kids.”

Gutierrez and Chief Montaño say Padilla – the West girls soccer coach – and the other officers who are coaches will continue in their dual community roles.

“We’d be put into a predicament of maybe opening up a position when we didn’t have to,” Gutierrez said. “I’ll go down the road when I get there. Right now, my coaches are coaching. It’s not my position to let them go. It’s their primary employer who they’re having to deal with, not me.”

Trujillo said he will review the applications for the officers’ outside employment that he recently received and then make a decision on them next week.

“It depends on what department they’re working in, what priorities they are responsible for and how well the department is being run at that point, and making sure their primary job is taken care of and to make sure that there is coverage while away from job,” he said.

The officers were all encouraged by Chief Montaño to take the positions, the chief said, particularly since they are primarily administrative personnel and not active patrol officers.

As for the other officers involved in the controversy, Jenkins coaches girls basketball at Memorial Middle School in the East Las Vegas Schools District, Sandoval coaches Dons softball and Lopez runs junior wrestling for West Las Vegas schools covering elementary age to 14-year-olds.

In addition, Montaño is the Dons wrestling coach and his status was not in jeopardy, Trujillo said, because he had an arrangement with a prior administration.

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The Weeknd Checks Out a Concert With Friends in Las Vegas!

The Weeknd Checks Out a Concert With Friends in Las Vegas!

The Weeknd had a guts night out with some friends!

The 27-year-old entertainer was spotted hanging with some friends at Drai’s nightclub on Sunday evening (August 13) at The Cromwell in Las Vegas.

The group had their own stage side VIP booth as they checked out a performance from Fabolous, who was spotted chatting with The Weeknd after the show.

Earlier that weekend, the entertainer and his girlfriend Selena Gomez hit up a comedy club in Hollywood for date night.

The cute couple enjoyed the performance as they laughed and spent the night with a few friends.

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Las Vegas holds off Chihuahuas

Las Vegas holds off Chihuahuas

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It was hardly a fit night out for desert creatures, desert dwellers — and pitchers.

More than a few El Paso baseball fans waited through a one hour and seven minute rain delay on a cool, wet Friday night at Southwestern University Park. But their patience went unrewarded as Las Vegas held off all late Chihuahua charges to take an 8-7 win in front of an official attendance of 8,188 fans.

It was hardly a fit night out for pitchers, either. The Chihuahua moundsmen gave up 16 hits while the Las Vegas pitchers gave up 13 base knocks. The two teams combined for 29 hits and 15 runs.

In short, it was not a night for pitchers.

It was also a disappointing night for the Chihuahuas. The El Paso club is in the hunt for a third straight Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division title. But the Chihuahuas failed to gain ground Friday against a club they should gain ground against.

Sacramento dropped Salt Lake 5-3 Friday and Albuquerque was rained out. The standings are still almost a dead heat. Salt Lake is 59-60. Albuquerque is in a virtual tie with a 58-59 mark. El Paso is still just two games out with a 57-62 record.

Las Vegas has struggled this season and the 51s are now 45-74. But the Chihuahuas could not get enough runs to get past them on this cool, damp evening.

Las Vegas struck early and never trailed. The 51s got a pair in the top of the first but El Paso’s Franchy Cordero countered with a solo home run. But Las Vegas stuck three more on the board in the top of the second and led 5-1.

Then, with two out in the bottom of the second, a huge bolt of lightning struck near the stadium. That was followed by a booming clap of thunder and that was followed quickly by a stiff rain.

The tarp was pulled and quite a few fans waited through the one hour and seven minute rain delay. They pulled the tarp and got back to raining base hits just after 9 p.m.

It remained 5-1 until Rocky Gale got an RBI single in the fourth, trimming the lead to 5-2.

Diego Goris got an RBI double in the fifth and Rafael Ortega followed with an RBI ground out and Nick Buss added an RBI single and, presto, this dance was tied at 5-all.

For a few minutes.

Cody Decker, the El Paso favorite who hit 48 home runs in the first two season’s of this franchise’s existence, stepped to the plate to lead off the sixth for Las Vegas. Bam. Decker did what Decker does. He hit his 185th minor league home run, this one a line shot over the right center field fence.

Las Vegas would not trail again.

The 51s pounded across two more runs in that sixth frame, leaving the home team to climb out of yet one more hole.

Cordero got a triple in the bottom of the sixth and trotted home on a Diego Goris single. The 51s lead was then 8-6 … 8-6 with a possible exciting finish for the home team.

Chase D’Arnaud pulled the Chihuahuas one heartbeat closer to an exciting finish with a solo home run over the left field wall in the eighth. All of a sudden, it was 8-7 with all sorts of possibilities looming in that exciting bottom of the ninth.

But, on this night that was hardly fit for pitchers, Las Vegas reliever Kevin McGowan thought otherwise. He retired the Chihuahuas one-two-three in the ninth, striking out two of them and draining every bit of drama smack out of this one.

Decker had a solid night on his return to El Paso, walking twice and launching that go-ahead home run.

In the end, it was a beautifully cool, uncomfortably wet night … a night that was hardly fit for pitchers and a night with a huge dose of what-if for the Chihuahuas as they continue to chase a championship.

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How Drake got his giant CN Tower replica from Las Vegas to Toronto

How Drake got his giant CN Tower replica from Las Vegas to Toronto

Toronto rapper Drake recreated his famed album cover for Views Monday night atop a replica CN Tower. The set was built over three weeks in Las Vegas and shipped to Toronto piece by piece in five tractor-trailers for OVO Fest. (champagnepapi/Instagram)
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Under a gigantic, glowing replica of his beloved CN Tower, rapper Drake told the Toronto crowd gathered at Monday’s OVO Fest he had called "19 companies" to build it and they all said no.

So when Eric Pearce got the call, he too was a little skeptical it could be done.

"They came up with the concept of the design for this show rather late," said Pearce, owner of Las Vegas’ Show Group Production Services (SGPS), the outfit that helped design and build the faux tower. "It’s pretty large."

The cover of Drake’s 2016 album, Views. (OVO Sound)

The idea stemmed from the cover of the rapper’s 2016 album, Views, which features Drake perched atop the CN Tower, a moment he recreated with the replica during the show.

Pearce and his team had about three weeks to take it from design to delivery, working around the clock, seven days a week in their Las Vegas factory to build it on time. They came up with the plans on how to build it in a single weekend.

"We didn’t have time to make any models. We simply looked at photographs," he said. The rapper’s team provided a scaled reference and imagery of the tower.

Carried in 5 tractor-trailers

SGPS has handled production for Guns N’ Roses, Justin Bieber and Roger Waters’ The Wall tour. They’ve also worked with Drake on his past tours, which is why Pearce decided to say yes despite the time crunch.

It was a "very difficult" task — Pearce said a replica of that size would normally take six to eight weeks to build. The finished product took up the bulk of the stage and was clad with all of the observation deck’s features, including its signature red stripe and the Edge Walk’s trolley equipment.

"The scale of the set is two or three times the traditional rock and roll star set," Pearce said.

Once the set was built, it was tested in Las Vegas before it was shipped to Toronto for Monday’s show. The tower’s pieces filled up five tractor-trailers, which took a few days to get to Canada. The cargo was kept a tight secret the entire time.

"There was simply very little time for the word to spread," Pearce said.

The rapper posted what appeared to be blueprints for the set piece, with the caption ‘I got big plans’ the day after the concert. Eric Pearce, one of its builders, said the tower is headed back to Las Vegas for storage and is uncertain what happens to it next. (champagnepapi/Twitter)

When the tower got to the Budweiser Stage, a local crew pieced it together under the supervision of a team SGPS sent up from Las Vegas.

And now that the show’s over, Pearce said it is already on its way back to Las Vegas, where it will sit in storage for now. He’s unsure what happens next but knows that it is far too big for "conventional touring."

Pearce won’t say how much the tower cost to build or whether all the work was worth it for its short stint on stage.

"The economics of it are something you have to ask the client about."

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Farrah Abraham Shows Off Her Bare Booty in Sheer Jumpsuit in Las Vegas

Farrah Abraham Shows Off Her Bare Booty in Sheer Jumpsuit in Las Vegas

Farrah Abraham arrives at the Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club to host a VIP Back Door Key Party celebrating the launch of the club’s new VIP membership program on August 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Revenge red carpet look? Farrah Abraham showed off her bare booty in a sheer jumpsuit during an appearance in Las Vegas on Friday, August 4.

The Teen Mom OG star, 26, debuted her new flame-red hair as she took to the red carpet before an appearance at Crazy Horse’s VIP Back Door Key Party in Sin City.

The mom of one wore a black lace jumpsuit that left very little to the imagination with its plunging neckline that exposed her tan lines and sheer fabric that revealed her nipples and bare butt.

Farrah Abrahamm arrives at the Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club to host a VIP Back Door Key Party celebrating the launch of the club’s new VIP membership program.

Abraham teased her new hair color on Instagram on Friday, asking fans, “What color should I color my hair ? Single Revenge Hair ??”

The sex tape star has been involved in a public spat with ex-boyfriend Simon Saran on social media over the past few weeks.

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The pair hurled insults at each other on Twitter in mid-July after Saran mocked Abraham’s upcoming show, Single AF, and she slammed him for using her for money.

“Why are you trying to get attention, you’re pathetic & I’m a great mother, professional, friend & women. Go STOP using me for money,” she tweeted on July 11. “I’m happy I get to travel the world and meet great people unlike you at home stalking my dates and social Thank me for making you! Jealous.”

Abraham subsequently told Us Weekly that she’d served Saran with a cease and desist order.

“I’m no longer trying to be cordial or friends with my ex,” she told Us on July 19, claiming that Saran had been contacting her friends, trying to determine her whereabouts and allegedly “ruining business deals” and “stalking” her on social media.

Saran and his legal team declined to comment on the allegations at the time.

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Las Vegas From The Inside

Las Vegas From The Inside

Touring the awesome sights and sounds of Las Vegas has been an experience for millions of entertainment seeking people from all regions of the world. The big casinos and luxurious accommodations in and around the Las Vegas strip are amazing. Many visitors have tried to take in all of the attractions in a very short period of time. Needless to say, this small corner of the world that is known as Sin City holds far more than what can be experienced in one weekend.

Entertaining adventures such as The Fremont Experience and Circus Circus each can take up a full days time. Visitors most definitely need to make plans ahead of time in order to enjoy as much excitement as possible during their time in the city. That recommendation applies very much to families, tour groups and others that feel more comfortable operating off of structured plans.

The other tourism option for swimming in the Vegas pool of enjoyment is simply to jump right in and flow with the wind, so to say. This is the option that many couples and singles have chosen for many years. Spontaneity can be a good thing when it comes to having a fun filled time.

There is a great deal of construction and refacing taking place in this city currently. North LV Boulevard is experiencing a major facelift that is sure to change the local communities that it flows through. As if there is not already enough to enjoy, there is also a major sports team making the move to this wonderful city. The fan base already exists and the team is not very far from the state that it existed in for many many years.

One of the best experiences a visitor can have is to set aside a day or two for exploring local communities and the excitement they offer.

Adidas Reportedly Told Referees to Lay off Lavar Ball at Las Vegas Tournament

Adidas Reportedly Told Referees to Lay off Lavar Ball at Las Vegas Tournament

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Referees at Adidas’ AAU basketball tournament in Las Vegas this week have been implored by the shoe company to let LaVar Ball’s sideline antics slide, because of the blustering patriarch’s drawing power and also because the brand may be interested in signing his son, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, to an endorsement deal, reports.

A source told the website that refs have been told by Adidas officials to “put three officials on the game who will keep (LaVar) in the building” while the Big Baller Brand squad he coaches is competing.

One referee either didn’t get the message or ignored it, as she slapped Ball with a technical foul Friday. After he threatened to pull his team off the court, she was removed from the game.

Adidas acknowledged it was the company’s decision to take the ref off the game.

“There was some miscommunication,” said Chris Rivers, Adidas director of global basketball sports marketing, per ESPN. “The NBA don’t put certain people with certain guys, either. If there’s a history or miscommunication, that happens.”

During his team’s win Thursday, Ball told a different ref, “You’re the worst (expletive) ref who ever lived.”

Said the source, “Under normal circumstances, the sideline behavior, including profanity and sideline antics, would have demanded a technical foul under the category of disrespecting the game.”

Ya think?

But, the source added, “Due to strong messaging (from Adidas) to extend those guidelines in an effort to keep (LaVar Ball) in the gym, the officiating crew felt uncomfortable enforcing the technical foul rule for actions that clearly warranted (action).”

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CIRCUS 1903 Brings the Golden Age of Circus Back at Paris Las Vegas

CIRCUS 1903 Brings the Golden Age of Circus Back at Paris Las Vegas

In a Las Vegas premiere event, the producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to bring a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular to the Las Vegas Strip. Jointly promoted by Caesars Entertainment, Red Mercury Entertainment and Producing Group, CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus will debut inside the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas July 25, 2017.

Coming off of successful runs in Los Angeles at Hollywood Pantages Theatre and New York at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus has all the thrill and daredevil Entertainment One would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist. Sensational puppetry put elephants back in the ring as never seen before by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby. Led by a cunning ringmaster, the production features a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers to high wire and much more.

“After playing to sell-out theaters and enthralling audiences of all ages through Australia and North America, we are thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to present our acclaimed, spectacular production in such a perfect theater at Paris Las Vegas,” said creative producer Simon Painter of the Works Entertainment. “We are grateful to our local partners for their invaluable support and look forward to being part of the entertainment tapestry at Caesars Entertainment for years to come.”

“We and our co-promoters are thrilled to welcome CIRCUS 1903 to its new home in the Paris Theater,” said David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Paris Las Vegas. “Paris Las Vegas has long history of hosting world-class entertainment lineup and we look forward to offering another top notch, enthralling show to our guests.”

Tickets begin at $49, plus all applicable taxes and fees, and go on sale Friday, June 30 at 10 a.m. CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus will perform in the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m., with additional performances at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and will be dark on Monday. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (702) 777-2782 or by visiting the Paris box office. For groups of 10 or more, please call 866-574-3851 or email

CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus is produced by Simon Painter and Tim Lawson for The Works Entertainment and MagicSpace Entertainment. Painter and Lawson have created and produced Le Grand Cirque, Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline and The Illusionists in over 300 cities in 30 countries breaking multiple records from Broadway to London and beyond, as well as presenting A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fiddler on the Roof through Australasia. MagicSpace Entertainment has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years, including The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible, Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, American Idiot, RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway, Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and national concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher and Fleetwood Mac, to name just a few.

The award-winning team of puppeteers and model makers who created the National Theatre’s War Horse will design, build and bring to life two stunningly beautiful elephants for CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus. Featuring groundbreaking advances in design and expression, the puppets appear throughout the show as the mother teaches her calf the tricks of the trade.

CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus is designed by scenic artist Todd Ivins and set in an extraordinary and decadent circus tent. Act 1 is set in front of the circus with trucks, props and rigging. Act 2 features the tent, flagpoles and rigging being raised into the roof of the theater.

The costumes for CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus are designed by Angela Aaron, whose impeccable recreations of original turn-of-the-century circus costumes are truly a work of art. These were inspired by authentic photographic collections, studying historical museum pieces and discussions with experts and historians.

No circus would be complete without its music. The soundtrack of CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus encapsulates the time period and accentuates the thrill and danger of the acts. It is composed by Evan Jolly, composer of many of Painter and Lawson’s international hits.

Discover the golden age of circus as CIRCUS 1903 sets to captivate audiences of all ages. Follow CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus on Twitter: @Circus1903, Facebook and Instagram: @Circus1903. For more information, visit

Paris Las Vegas brings the passion and sophistication of the City of Light to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, transporting guests to Europe’s most romantic city. Distinctive for its dramatic 50-story replica Eiffel Tower and authentic architectural reproductions, Paris Las Vegas features more than 2,900 hotel rooms and suites. Additionally, the resort offers an 85,000 square-foot casino; the two-acre Soleil Pool; Las Vegas’ first rooftop bar and grill, BEER PARK, spanning 10,000 square feet; Paris Spa by Mandara; two wedding chapels; unique French retail shopping located along the resort’s Le Boulevard District and the opulent nightlife venue Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop. Eleven restaurants include a distinctive array of fine cuisine such as Chef Joho’s acclaimed Eiffel Tower Restaurant, French-bistro Mon Ami Gabi, Steve Martorano’s signature Italian-American dishes at Martorano’s and internationally-renowned Gordon Ramsay Steak. For more information, please visit or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find Paris Las Vegas on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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Red Mercury Entertainment is a Las Vegas-based full service entertainment company that provides comprehensive solutions for entertainment, technical direction, box office operations, showroom management and marketing for resort partners and casinos with more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. For more information on Red Mercury Entertainment, visit

Producing Group is an innovative, diversified entertainment company built on decades of tenacity and ingenuity providing brand management and producing services to the discerning artist. Producing Group has a longstanding history of producing Drama Desk and Tony Award winning hits on Broadway, award winning Las Vegas residencies, and concert touring throughout theaters, arenas and stadiums. Producing Group has a proven track record of creating significant value through both acquisition and development of entertainment properties ranging from online media to real estate with both a knowledge base and skill sets acquired from owning, operating and promoting through the most successful venues in America leading to a series of large scale productions in Las Vegas and touring operations throughout North America.

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Oj Simpson Granted Parole in Las Vegas Robbery Case

Oj Simpson Granted Parole in Las Vegas Robbery Case

The July 20 ruling granted Simpson’s parole request, and he will be released from prison in October 2017. He could be released as early as October 1.

Gray-haired but looking trimmer than he has in recent years, Simpson walked stiffly into the hearing room in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and sneakers.

The four commissioners decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star can be paroled after serving his minimum nine-year term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.

In 1995, Simpon was tried and acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

Simpson, a former football running back who has appeared in almost two dozen movies and television shows, was found not guilty of murder in 1995 after Brown and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside Brown’s Los Angeles townhouse.

He expressed a desire to be a better Christian, and he said that he “lived a conflict-free life”.

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He told the parole board on Thursday that California authorities investigated the ownership of the items shortly after he went to prison, concluded they were his and returned them to him, a turn of events he called “kind of mind-boggling”.

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, author of “The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, said the hearing was “an absolute disgrace”. He said it was “mind-boggling” that he had been incarcerated for trying to retrieve property that was later ruled to be his.

“I thought I was glad to get my stuff back, but it just wasn’t worth it”, he told the board. Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released. “He is my rock”, Arnelle Simpson said, “We just want him to come home”. He also denied that he has ever had an alcohol problem, despite having consumed alcohol before committing the armed robbery in 2007.

Observers pointed to the fact that four of the other men involved in the robbery were merely sentenced to probation after taking plea deals in 2008. All were chasing the ratings achieved by the long-running coverage of Simpson’s murder trial more than two decades ago.

“I’ve done my time”, he said, before adding, “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as I think anybody can”.

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