Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson are forever cemented in Hoover Dam’s history. The four legendary singers, along with National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jimmy Webb, all played a big role in the song “The Highwayman.”
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Ralph Denton is widely considered the father of our city’s controlled-growth ordinance. He served multiple times as interim city attorney and had a big hand in drafting the original 1979 version.
In 2004, I was sitting in a movie theater watching “Miracle” starring Kurt Russell. I couldn’t wait to see what Disney had done with the true story about the infamous 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team. Shortly after the movie started, I spit my drink out. There, on the screen staring back to me as the captain of the Soviet hockey team, was my friend and former Las Vegas Thunder International Hockey League player, Sasha Lakovic.
Earth Day was celebrated in April and, while it seems obvious that we live on one very beautiful planet, we often act as if it is as disposable as the trash we throw away every day.
Imagine you’re an actress with the exact same height, eye color, hair color and physical measurements as Marilyn Monroe. Now, imagine a movie company puts you under contract not for your talent, but simply because of your resemblance to Monroe. This was what life was like when actress Sheree North decided to start making movies.
Many individuals, especially those who follow issues concerning veterans, have more than likely heard of the Honor Flight Network. The mission of the group is to honor select veterans, especially those who served in World War II, by taking them on all-expense-paid excursions to Washington, D.C., to visit military memorials.
I’m old enough to remember a time when adults were the authority on everything. If you were a kid, what you said didn’t really matter, because the adults knew best. As a teenager, this was changing, and authority was being questioned.
Let me ask you a couple of questions. When is it OK to deny access to someone’s driveway for months on end while roadwork is being completed? Is it fair to caution-tape their driveways and put No Parking signs in front and to the sides of their residences for weeks at a time? And when is it OK for the city police to threaten residents who have to unload groceries and ferry young children to school and need to park for a limited time in front of their homes?
In 1984, Doug Broadbent, the son of former Mayor Robert Broadbent, was looking for refuge. He was working in the accounting office for the Stardust when the Nevada Gaming Commission raided the casino’s offices. Many people were fired, and several ended up in jail. The commission fined the casino $3 million and revoked its gaming license.
Many Hollywood actors have come through Boulder City either to work on a film project or to visit our charming landscape. It seems one doesn’t have to dig deep to discover ties to past and present A-list stars.
The law of opposites. It’s the eternal law that we love to hate. Health and sickness. Virtue and vice. Light and darkness. Pleasure and pain. Victory and defeat. War and peace. Why can’t life just be full of happiness and ease without so many sorrows and difficulties along the way? And why does every worthwhile endeavor seem to spawn so much opposition?
March 13 saw me at the Boulder City swimming pool at 5:45 a.m. preparing to take the 7 a.m. water aerobics class. Why so early? Because it was the first Monday after we “sprang forward” to daylight saving time. Was I awake? No. Did I get a look from the aerobics instructor because I was not paying attention? Yes. That hour makes a difference.
Southern Nevada resident and former Army Sgt. Richard “Dick” L. Moyer was presented with a Bronze Star Medal with a “V” for valor this month for his heroic efforts during the Vietnam War.
“These days I am a teetotal, mean-spirited, right-wing, narrow-minded, conservative Christian bigot, but not a racist.” Those are the words of actress Jane Russell as reprinted in her obituary via the New York Times. She was an actress who lived her life on her terms, including a stint in rehab at age 79 for alcoholism.
As a veteran teacher at Boulder City High School, I wish to acquaint our community with an issue of some concern. Our projected enrollment for next year is 587 students, and at that number we will be forced to lose three staff positions — after losing two last year.
April 4 is primary election day in Boulder City for new City Council members, and this year we have a good choice of candidates. Their election goals are fairly similar.
In the years I’ve been writing Sunshine Week columns, rarely have I turned around the lens to examine the responsibilities of the press in making sure our role in democracy is transparent and honest.
Producer, actor and writer Eli Roth and I have a lot in common. We both speak Russian. We are both rooted in the East Coast. We both have a love for David Lynch’s work. We both went to school for filmmaking. And we both were in Boulder City during 2014.
Three and a half million dollars is a lot of money. It’s more money than most of us will ever accumulate in our lifetime. But that is approximately how much more money it will cost to bury a portion of power lines between substation 3 and substation 6, according to an alternatives study on the 69kV power line funded by the city. This would nearly triple the cost of the proposed over-ground option.
Apart from the original American Indians, all current U.S. residents are immigrants or descended from immigrants. We are familiar with the historic photos of ships passing the Statue of Liberty with hopeful families gazing at the promised land.
Boulder City Municipal Airport is an important economic tool for the city and has the potential to become an even greater one. While the airport is a public enterprise, it also supports several for-profit aviation-related businesses, employs over 400 people, and brings hundreds of visitors to our town each day.
When people think about gambling addiction or Tony Curtis, they normally don’t associate it with Boulder City. However, for today’s Throwback Thursday, gambling addiction and Tony Curtis make perfect sense.
At this time of year, just when the Dam Short Film Festival comes and goes and the cold winter rains and winds die down, spring returns to Boulder City. It is still too early for the blooming of the colorful desert flowers, but observant walkers can record the stirrings of new growth in the town.