Daily Archives: November 23, 2009

Disaster Planned for Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is the designated epicenter for a mock nuclear explosion planned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

FEMA had planned to simulate a nuclear explosion right on the Las Vegas Strip to test for emergency preparedness. But the plan is meeting a lot of opposition from all the key players, including Boyd Gaming, MGM Mirage, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas Convention and Vistors Authority (LVCVA). 

Critics say a mock nuclear explosion should happen at a place where the damage would have a greater impact, like the Hoover Dam. But the actual site selected will be a step-by-step process and the first battle won is moving the exercise away from the Strip and over to Sunset Park.   

LVCVA says a flood or earthquake drill would be a better alternative over a nuclear blast drill. 

FEMA is continuing to reach out to key stakeholders, including state and local officials, to receive their input on site preferences. 

The exercise is scheduled for May 17, 2010 and is expected to bring 10,000 people to Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Pitches for Fossil National Park

Las Vegas is making a pitch to have an area including fossil beds northwest of Las Vegas designated as a national park. 

A Clark County spokesman says commissioners endorsed the idea last week and officials say Las Vegas and North Las Vegas are expected to take similar action this week. 

Dubbed the Upper Las Vegas Wash, the area is more than 10 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas. 

Local officials cite fossil finds from the Pleistocene age and the work of scientists in 1962 who catalogued the remains of ice age mammals such as the Columbian mammoth, American lion and ancient horses.   

No word on whether any mobster remains may be there. 

The legislative resolution asks Congress to designate the area a national park with visitor facilities and working field sites where the public could observe scientific research.

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