The “Loop” to the Stadium?

It looks like the Elon Musk tunneling company’s underground transportation system will soon be expanding. The Boring Company has submitted its special use permit application to the City of Las Vegas and intends to file a land use application in Clark County shortly. The first step in the process to construct The Vegas Loop transportation system.

Proposed as a transportation solution to reduce congestion in the Strip Corridor, the Vegas Loop will consist of underground tunnels connecting downtown Las Vegas, the Strip corridor and reaching as far south as the Allegiant Stadium

What is “The Vegas Loop”?

The Vegas Loop project envisions underground tunnels stretching the length of the Strip and as far south as the newly finished Allegiant Stadium. The tunnels will use electric Tesla “sleds” to transport passengers. Its plan was to eliminate the often criticized monorail project with a more reliable and more personal mode of public transportation in the Las Vegas tourist corridor.
Image: Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau

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Virgin Hotels Las Vegas announces opening date

Virgin Hotel Las Vegas
What was The Hard Rock Resort and is currently transitioning to be The Virgin Hotel Las Vegas, has finally announced its opening date. If all stays on course, the remodeled and rebranded property will open its doors on Jan. 15, 2021

The hotel-casino had said in August that it may not open this fall as originally planned. The original date was in December. Like many other projects in Las Vegas, things either slowed down or were halted due to the COVID restrictions that led to major cancellations of conventions and events.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be home to the first tribal casino in the city.  The casino will be known as the Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.  This will be an immersive 60,000-square-foot casino, operated by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.

The property will also offer more than 130,000 square feet of re-inspired meeting and convention spaces and will be home to over five acres of luxury poolside and outdoor venues amidst a desert landscape.  The outdoor centerpiece will be “The Event Lawn”, a 13,000 square foot outdoor entertainment space for concerts, private parties, and other events.

 

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NFR Moving to Texas for 2020

NFR Las Vegas
Nevada Governor Sisolack’s politically motivated closure of Nevada’s economy claims another major event.  The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) announced its decision to hold the 2020 event in Texas.

The annual ten-day event is contracted to take place in Las Vegas until 2025.  In exchange for this move, one year has been added to the Las Vegas contract.

The governor’s restrictions limiting seating and ticket sales to live events amid the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to hold the event here. (Exceptions are made for BLM and Anti-Police protests and riots, of course)

“The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) on Wednesday announced that the event is moving to Texas in December 2020. It will be held at Arlington’s Globe Life Field, marking the first non-baseball event to be held at the park.”

The NFR 2020 will be held at Globe Life Field, which has a retractable roof and seats 40,300 people, is the new home stadium of the Rangers MLB team.

The annual event got its start inTexas in 1959. before it moved to Los Angeles, Oklahoma City.  Finally, the boosters of Las Vegas resorts got together and brought there in 1985, and its been here ever since.

The event has an economic impact of an estimated $200 million every year and jobs for hundreds of Las Vegas residents.  Small business owners and tour related freelancers see this as the last big event of the year and the final time to make any money before we go into hibernation for the rest of the year. Tour season usually starts back up in late March, early April.

As well as the actual rodeo, Cowboy Christmas, the annual western shopping extravaganza, is also moving to Fort Worth for the 2020 event. Cowboy Christmas for Las Vegas is a 440,000-square-foot shopping and interactive experience that takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center.

With more than 350 exhibitors from across the United States, Cowboy Christmas caters to the Western lifestyle and includes live entertainment, specialty food and beverage, and Western exhibits.  Meaning a lot of extra sales tax revenue is gone as well.

Organizers for the Texas 2020 event said that seats will be sold in groups of four with proper separation between the groups. Contact-limiting measures, such as mobile tickets, have also been implemented throughout the event. Plus, there will be a mask requirement at all times while inside Globe Life Field. Additional handwashing and sanitizing stations placed throughout the building, officials said.

Dates: Wrangler NFR is scheduled to return to Las Vegas, December 2-11, 2021
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Editors Note:
If I sound Pissed Off, I am. There is no reason, other than his usual desire to play politics, for this and other events to not happen in Nevada. His desire to hurt the Las Vegas economy strictly for political points is hurting families and killing jobs. Fourteen days to flatten the curve ended five months ago and the curve is so flat now it’s bending the other way!

Official Name of Event: Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR)

Photo: Tom Donoghue

Your August Covid-19 State by State Quarantine update

Currently, twenty-one states have some sort of travel restrictions related to the COVID 19 virus or the pandemic. or whatever you want to call it.  Here is the August update on what states have it and what the new rules are you should follow if traveling to these States.

Click the state name and the link goes to that state’s webpage for more information.

Basically, if you plan to travel to any of these states, get ready to be tagged and followed by Big Brother…
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Alaska

The great state of Alaska has a “Keep COVID Out of Alaska” program.  All non-residents must arrive with a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours before departure or proof of a pending test result. The negative result must be uploaded into the Alaska Travel Portal and tourists must quarantine while waiting for confirmation.

No Test?  Not good.  A non-resident arriving without a pre-test must pay out of pocket for the procedure, which is available for $250 per test. The traveler will be required to quarantine while waiting for results.

For Alaska residents, testing remains available at no cost, and those traveling back home to rural areas will now have the option of testing at the airport sites to prevent bringing the virus into our small communities.

Colorado

Travelers who visit this great state and begin showing symptoms of COVID-19 are advised, properly, to stay away from others and to follow the instructions on how to isolate and how to get tested. Public health orders may limit travel or even require visitors to stay in Colorado during quarantine or isolation, at their own expense (of course).

The order means that travelers may not be able to leave the state, regardless of how you arrived there.  Which ensures the safety of the tourist and those they come in contact with while on the trip home.


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ConnecticutNew Jersey and New York

All three states are working together.  As part of a partnership between all three states, anyone traveling to the region from an area boasting a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average is directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of the last contact within the identified state.

Anyone entering from one of the 36 states and jurisdictions on the travel advisory list must also fill out a Travel Health Form, with failure to do so potentially resulting in a $1,000 fine and mandated quarantine completion.

Washington D.C.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued an order for all travelers arriving for non-essential reasons to self-quarantine for 14 days if they are returning from one of the 29 states on the high-risk list. For those embarking on essential travel, they are required to self-monitor for symptoms and to limit activities.

Florida

Here, Governor Ron DeSantis has modified a travel mandate that requires most people arriving from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York or Louisiana for non-essential reasons to self-quarantine for 14 days.


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Hawaii

Hawaii is not giving in.  All travelers arriving in the islands from out of state must quarantine for 14 days, except for those who perform emergency response or critical infrastructure functions. Officials also revealed interisland travelers who arrive in Kauai, Hawaii, Maui or Kalawao must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Starting September 1, travelers arriving in Hawaii from out of state must show a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 14 days.

Illinois

There are no statewide restrictions currently in place for Illinois. However… Chicago has issued an Emergency Travel Order that requires a 14-day quarantine for both visitors and returning residents who come from 21 areas experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases.

Kansas

Kansas residents returning to the state or arriving from Florida or Arizona must quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. In addition, anyone entering the state after traveling to a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice will have to quarantine, including Brazil, China, Iran, Europe’s Schengen area, Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Kentucky

Update: Kentucky issued a new travel advisory in July that recommends a 14-day quarantine for those entering the state from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Maine

The state has recently issued a modified travel mandate requiring anyone visiting Maine who plans to stay in a lodging establishment to show a negative COVID-19 test or opt to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers from five states, including Vermont and New Hampshire, are exempt.

Maryland

Travelers arriving in Maryland are “encouraged” to undergo a test within 72 hours before departure or promptly upon arrival, self-quarantining until the results are known. As for residents, they should get tested and self-quarantine when returning from any state with a COVID-19 test positivity rate of ten percent or higher.

Massachusetts

Returning residents and any tourists heading to Massachusetts will be required to quarantine for fourteen days or provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours before their arrival.

Failure to comply with this directive will result in a $500 fine per day. Travelers over the age of 18 or unaccompanied minors are also required to fill out an online Massachusetts Travel Form.


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New Hampshire

Travelers entering New Hampshire from non-New England states for “an extended period of time” are still being instructed to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, though the government’s “Safer at Home” guidance does not specify any enforcement measures.

New Mexico

All out-of-state travelers staying overnight in New Mexico and not meeting exemptions are now required to quarantine for 14 days upon entry into the state, whether they’re arriving by plane or via ground transportation.

Ohio

Travelers entering Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher based on a seven-day rolling average are “advised” to quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival.

Pennsylvania

Here, anyone coming from 19 states with high COVID-19 case counts is required to quarantine for 14 days.  However, there is no word on how the mandates are being enforced or the possible penalties.

Rhode Island

Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced that anyone arriving in Rhode Island from an area with a stay-at-home order still in effect must self-quarantine for 14 days.

South Carolina

The state of South Carolina recommends travelers coming from any region with widespread viral transmission adhere to quarantine for two weeks from the date of their departure for South Carolina.

Vermont

Residents arriving in a personal vehicle from the Northeast are permitted to enter without quarantining.  Any out-of-state visitors from outside the region must either undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival or may complete a seven-day quarantine, followed by a negative test in their own state.

All out-of-state travelers utilizing lodging, campgrounds or other accommodations must complete and submit a Certificate of Compliance form or verify compliance via a digital checkbox.

 

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To Live and Work in Death Valley

Death Valley is Hot

That’s me from a few years ago. It’s a Dry Heat!!

If all things stay as they are, on Sunday, Death Valley National Park had the highest temperature ever “reliably recorded” on Earth, a toasty 130F (54.4C). And to think, some people call that place home!

We are still waiting for the final verification from the people who do that stuff.

Is It Really That Hot?

They are using the term “reliably recorded” because there are two higher temperatures in the record books. One, in Furnace Creek, happened in 1913 – 134F (56.6C).  The other in Tunisia in 1931 – 131F (55C). But there have been arguments over how they were recorded and if they really happened.

To the surprise of many, Death Valley, non-pandemic, is usually open all year.  In the summer, you mostly have the daredevils who want to say “they were there” when it was hot enough to fry your brain. Although most people try to avoid the place in the summer months.

Working in Death Valley?

There are several hundred people who live and work in the park all year long. Not only Park Rangers and hotel personal, but you also have tour people, maintenance, and safety for the roads and shelters. You have Military people who work in the nearby bases who need to monitor air traffic through the valley.

Someone has to keep the golf course looking green and to keep the hotels running right!  Besides, it’s a “dry heat”! After a few days, you start to think anything under 80 degrees (F) is cold and you need a jacket.

Similar to dealing with the Las Vegas heat, you try to do your outside work in the early morning or evening hours.  Stay Hydrated and do not overexert yourself.

Except in  Death Valley, you need to really watch out for all the strange critters who are also trying to keep out of the heat and need to venture out for food and water in the cooler times of the day!

Check this article out: BBC: Death Valley: What life is like in the ‘hottest place on Earth’ 

 

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