The Las Vegas City Council ratified the appointment of William
McDonald as the new fire chief. McDonald, who most recently served as
the San Jose, Calif. fire chief, was selected for the position by City
Manager Betsy Fretwell.
McDonald will succeed former Clark County Fire Chief Steven Smith, who
has been providing interim leadership at the fire chief level since
April 22. The process to find a replacement involved a national search
with more than 60 candidates considered from across the nation, to
include local and internal candidates.
“I’m very happy to be joining the city of Las Vegas team led by City
Manager Betsy Fretwell,” McDonald said. “I’m looking forward to
advancing the work being done by the Las Vegas Fire Department in the
field of pre-hospital emergency care, as well as continuing the
department leadership to achieve service efficiencies through
McDonald has served as the fire chief in the city of San Jose, Calif.
for approximately two-and-a-half years. He previously served as the
fire chief in the cities of Foster City, Calif.; San Mateo, Calif.;
Fremont, Calif.; and Scottsdale, Ariz. He has more than 35 years of
continuous service as a firefighter and has served as a fire chief
since Feb. 1, 1993.
McDonald holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from
California State University, Hayward, and a bachelor’s degree from
California State University, Fresno. He has also completed the state
and local government program at Harvard University in 2000 and the
Certified Public Manager Program at Arizona State University in 2007.
He is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer’s Program through
the National Fire Academy.
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“Mr. Wonderful,” Light Heavyweight Phil Davis and Octagon Girls
Vanessa Hanson and Chrissy Blair visited the Golden Nugget on
Saturday, July 6.
Davis was on hand to sign autographs during the Golden Nugget’s live
UFC 162 viewing party in the Grand Ballroom where over 600 fans
cheered on their favorite contender in Silva vs. Weidman fight.
Fight fans enjoyed food & drink specials while watching the heart
pounding action on jumbo projection screens. Internet Gaming: Challenges and Opportunities” published by UNLV enjoyed food & drink specials while watching the heart
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Lewis and Roca LLP is pleased to announce that partner and gaming law
thought leader Anthony Cabot co-edited a book titled “Regulating
Gaming Press. The book will be available to order July 15.
“Internet gaming is an emerging field, especially in the U.S., and
government officials accustomed to regulating land-based casinos will
find regulating the Internet to be far different and more
challenging,” said Cabot, who authored the first chapter on Licensing.
Cabot is a partner and former Practice Group Leader of the firm’s
Gaming practice group. He helps clients in the areas of gaming law,
Internet gambling, sweepstakes and contests. Covering the entire
gaming spectrum, his clients include casino owners, game developers,
Internet gambling sites, and companies that run contests and
sweepstakes. Cabot provides legal counseling related to all types of
games, encompassing online games, casual games and complex skill-based
“Regulating Internet Gaming: Challenges and Opportunities” is a
comprehensive 400-page book addressing the various regulatory
considerations necessary for proper regulation of internet gambling
from licensing to technical standards. This book is a timely
collection of 11 chapters written by leading regulatory experts
discussing key considerations and model approaches to internet gaming
regulation and outlining the important questions and emerging answers
to regulating gaming activity outside of land-based casinos.
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The estate planning law firm of Jeffrey Burr announces that Sandy
Simpson assumes a new position as Marketing Coordinator, in addition
to her continued role as Family Services Representative for the Elder
“Sandy has a long history of hard work and success with the firm, so
this was a natural step for her,” says Jeffrey L. Burr, Founder. “Over
the past few years, Sandy’s work as the Family Services Representative
has earned her the respect of the community, clients and colleagues.
Not only are we pleased with her work thus far, we are excited to see
where her efforts will take the firm in the future.”
Sandy Simpson joined the law office of Jeffrey Burr in 2005 as a
Paralegal, and quickly built a successful career establishing
relationships with clients and assisting attorneys in creating estate
plans. In 2010, Sandy assumed the position of Family Services
Representative for the Elder Law Division of the firm, and continues
in that role. Sandy is involved with and serves as a committee member
for Nathan Adelson Hospice, Aging Services Directors Organization and
the Alzheimer’s Association, where she spoke at the Walk to End
Alzheimer’s event alongside a prestigious panel, including Mayor
The law firm of Jeffrey Burr was founded in 1983 and focuses its
practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, trusts, probate,
asset protection, guardianship and tax planning solutions to meet
individual and business needs. With over thirty years of experience in
southern Nevada, the law firm of Jeffrey Burr serves clients from two
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Residents of Trout and Lovell canyons will be allowed to return to
their homes after an evacuation from the Mt. Charleston fire starting
at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 14, officials announced.
It has not yet been determined when the residents of Lee and Kyle
canyons will be able to return.
Those returning to Trout and Lovell canyons will pass through
checkpoints staffed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,
Nevada Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officers, American Red
Cross representatives, the Clark County Fire Department and
volunteers. The returnees will be asked for proof of residency, which
can include driver’s licenses or utility bills.
Reentry into these mountain communities is being allowed following the
determination by fire unified command that it is safe once again to
occupy these areas. Officials have been paving the way for a safe,
orderly and efficient return that ensures public health and safety.
This includes the restoration of essential public services, the
protection of critical infrastructure and the removal and mitigation
of potential hazards.
Officials anticipate that 24 hours after reentry to Trout and Lovell
canyons by the residents, the checkpoints will removed and there will
be full public access.
The Carpenter 1 fire has been burning since July 1, scorching 27,881
acres. The fire has been deemed 45 percent contained.
There are about 30 residents in Trout and Lovell canyons who occupy
some 40 homes, about half of which were unoccupied (they’re
Lee Canyon has about 50 residents and Kyle Canyon has about 300 residents.
The fire started July 1 and the evacuations started July 4.
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Anthem students will hold bottle water drive to benefit Salvation Army
and the local homeless community.
With recent record-high summer temperatures, Anthem Institute in Las
Vegas decided to host a bottled water drive, which is currently
underway, through July 26, with donated bottled water going to the
Salvation Army and the local homeless.
Bottled water can be dropped off at Anthem Institute, 2320 S. Rancho
Drive (702-366-4119), between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. They will
appreciate all donations for this noble cause.
CONTACT: Lisa Oakes, Team Lead/Instructor at Anthem Institute – Las Vegas
INFORMATION: 702-366-4119 and LOakes@anthem.edu
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