However, in order to be as fair as I like to believe that I am, I have taken the time to sacrifice and deprive myself of watching Channel 8 News Now and have turned the channel to other local stations to compare.
This weekend I turned my television to Channel 13 with Victoria Spilabotte and Channel 3 with an unknown news anchor because her name does not appear anywhere on their website; unfortunately, I did not see much difference. In fact, I noticed — with the help of the Las Vegas Tribune’s own “Joan and Melissa Rivers” — that Victoria may go to work with comfortable flat shoes and wear the feminine high heels only to conduct an on-camera interview with guests, but the high heels that she may keep in her dressing room did not match with the beautiful black dress she was wearing Saturday morning.
I know I am not computer savvy — I always explain to everyone that when I went to school, computers did not exist — but I manage to find things when I need them, and I can tell you that the most difficult website is that of Channel 3 in Las Vegas.
I believe they have all the states on their website in which they have their television stations, and when one thinks that the information found is information about Channel 3 Las Vegas, one is really reading Reno or California information.
By next week I will have a little more knowledge of Channel 3 and 13 newscast programming and will give out my personal opinion, always making it clear that I am a news junkie and I may be a little unfair — but it is just MY opinion, my point of view, as this column is named.
Later I will really sacrifice myself and review Channel 5 news in the morning and I promise that I will not be one-sided just because I used to have my show on that station before any of those working now were even born (1965), which was before the late Johnny Carson bought the station. That is a real sacrifice because I personally don’t like either of the anchors on that station since my favorite, Heidi Hayes,
left the station to join the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Authority; I used to watch the Channel 5 morning news exclusively for
Monica was not too bad when she was in Detroit, but after she got here she had a 360-degree change and not for the better; she got too close to her male co-anchor, who liked to make fun of everyone — if someone got arrested, he laughed; if someone died, he laughed; everything was a laugh for that Jason guy and I think that is very unprofessional.
However, Channel 5 is the only news station in Las Vegas that has local news from 7 to 9 in the morning while every other station has national news / magazine shows, and I am all for local news because if I want to know what is going on anywhere else, I turn to Fox, CNN, NBNBC or any other national news organization.
I have lived in Las Vegas for sixty-three years; I care for Las Vegas and I believe that those of us who lives here should care about Las Vegas before any other city. I had places in Detroit, Michigan; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, but always have kept my official residence in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the day that I am more interested in what is going on in those places instead of Las Vegas, I will move permanently to those places.
I check the weather report in the morning to see how I am going to dress, and because I am going to dress for Las Vegas weather I can give a blip how the weather anywhere else is; that is why I get upset when the local weather person stands in front of what the weather is going to be today because I am going out today, not tomorrow or the next day.
Another thing that bothers me is when the weather person starts talking about the weather in Summerlin, Green Valley… etc.
I know that I am not the most normal person on earth; I am not a tourist type of person. People cannot believe that in all the years I have been here I have never been to Mt. Charleston or Lake Mead, the most popular attractions in our city; to me Las Vegas is from Lake Mead Boulevard to Tropicana Avenue, and from Boulder Highway to Rainbow Boulevard (Fort Apache is way too far for me); that is why I have never been able to understand how lawyers can open offices on Fort Apache or how the Social Security Office can be that far outside the Las Vegas city limits.
I don’t want to get too deep into this issue because it may interfere with an article that I am preparing for a future publication, but that is why I cannot understand why the utility companies don’t have offices in Las Vegas to serve the Las Vegas community.
I have said it a million times already; people come to Las Vegas because they like what they see, because they like what we have to offer, and yet as soon as they settle in our city they start changing our city to what they have left behind.
Either you like our desert or you don’t; if you do, welcome to our city; but if you don’t, I will appreciate it if you don’t change
anything and I would be happy to waive good-bye to you, but don’t call us a “Valley” because this is the most beautiful and wonderful piece of desert anyone has seen.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-868-NEWS (6397)