Daily Archives: October 23, 2009

U2 Blowout Crowd Expected in Las Vegas Momentarily

If you haven’t got tickets yet, just forgedaboutit.   In a few hours from now more than 40,000 people are expected to jam Sam Boyd Stadium for their 360 Tour until it probably bursts wide open, surely setting a record for the largest concert ever held at the venue. 

It took 135 trucks to haul in the 500,000-plus pounds of equipment used to construct the foreboding claw-like structure that will surround the band.  The massive stage will stand more than 150 feet tall.  And, if that’s not enough, they’ll show off a new cylindrical video display of connected LED panels held high by a 150-foot steel frame. 

Compared to their November 2001 show during their Elevation Tour, only 18,000 people came.  But that was a memorabable event nonetheless, as No Doubt opened for them and rocked out for 30 minute.  Not to be outdone, freelance photographer Denise Truscello, who still photographs in Las Vegas, got an impromptu makeout session with Bono when he ducked his head into the photographers’ pit. 

But what everyone remembered was not Truscello, but when the glowing LED screen behind the stage rolled with the name of every person killed in the attacks of Sept. 11 as Bono sang out “One.” A band capable of evoking any emotions onstage reduced 18,000 fans to tears. 

U2 always does something unpredictable when they perform in Las Vegas during their 16-city U.S. tour.

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Pets Rest Easier as Proposal Withdrawn for Placement of a Carl’s Jr. next to their Cemetery in Las Vegas

A controversial request to build a fast-food restaurant next to a a 30-year-old pet cemetery in Las Vegas has been withdrawn, but cemetery supporters remained wary because the property at issue could still be rezoned for commercial use.

Property owners CT-1 LLC asked for a one-acre parcel at Craig Road and Tenaya Way in Las Vegas to be reclassified from residential to commercial property, and applied for a permit to build a fast-food restaurant there. 

That raised the ire and angst of people to the boiling point that are connected to the 30-year-old Craig Road Pet Cemetery next door, who felt that a 24-hour restaurant would severely mar the corner’s peace and tranquility. 

This week, CT-1 released a statement saying it would not seek a permit for a Carl’s Jr. restaurant at that corner. 

Their statement does not mention the requests to change the property use from residential to commercial, though, and so opponents are not letting down their guard, said Curt Weiman, the cemetery’s manager. 

“We all believe something should go there,” Weiman said today. “It needs to be something that fits with the community. A food joint is not going to do anything for this area.” 

The items were scheduled to be before the Las Vegas Planning Commission on Thursday evening, but the meeting has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Warren Hardy, a consultant who is working with the property owners, said it hasn’t been decided whether the remaining requests will stay on the agenda or be delayed.

 “We would like to have some conversations with the residents out there and see if there’s something we can bring to that project that is more acceptable,” he said. 

There is commercial development on the east side of Tenaya Way, but the development surrounding the cemetery is entirely residential. 

The cemetery occupies four acres on the northwest corner of Craig and Tenaya — almost the entire block, except for the one-acre parcel owned by CT-1. The site is about two blocks south of Bunkers Memory Gardens Cemetery.

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Greenspun Media Group Empire in Las Vegas Continues to Crumble

The Greenspun Media Group empire continued to shrink Wednesday with the announcement that the company was suspending publication of two of Southern Nevada’s oldest community newspapers, the Henderson Home News and Boulder City News. 

The news follows Tuesday’s report that Greenspun has pulled the plug on its “News One at 9” broadcast on Las Vegas One television channel and last week’s cancellation of 702.tv, a Las Vegas-based news and entertainment video Web site that has been up for the past four months. 

The Boulder City News was established in 1937, when Boulder Dam was being built, and has a circulation of 7,500, according to the Nevada Press Association.

Henderson Home News was established in 1951 and has 27,600 circulation. 

Both publications are owned by Greenspun Media, a family business founded by the late Hank Greenspun more than 60 years ago. 

Media advertising revenues have dropped substantially in the past 18 months, as soaring unemployment and declining retail sales have forced cuts in marketing budgets. Newspapers across the country have closed or imposed significant cuts in the face of the advertising crisis. 

“Given the present environment, we sadly have no choice but to take a break from the community newspaper business,” Bruce Deifik, president of Greenspun Corp., said in a company statement. “We apologize to our communities for the suddenness of this news, and we hope our many loyal readers will now turn to our websites and our other outstanding publications for their news needs.” 

While scaling back its local newspaper enterprise, Greenspun will continue to deliver local news content through its LasVegasSun.com Web site, affiliated interactive media and other regional publications, Deifik said. 

Greenspun still publishes the Las Vegas Sun via a joint operating agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Other Greenspun print holdings include Las Vegas Magazine, Las Vegas Weekly, Vegas Magazine and In Business Las Vegas, along with the Niche Media group of 12 lifestyle magazines. The Greenspun family also owns Vegas.com and has a substantial interest in KTUD-TV Channel 14.I

In recent years the Greenspun Media Group, as well as many other media organizations around the U.S., have concentrated on the development of online and interactive media. 

“We’ll still be delivering local news and information. The only difference is that it won’t be on newsprint,” says Deifik.

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