UPCOMING & ONGOING
• 2012 Las Vegas Relay for Life, starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4 at West Las Vegas High School. There will be live performances, entertainment, and activities for the whole family. Open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. This is a non-alcohol and non-smoking event.
Two things stand out from Gov. Susana Martinez’s visit to Las Vegas last week. One is that she got an up-close look at one of our potential disasters, Peterson Dam, and came away convinced that it needs to be a priority expense. The other is that, when it comes to her estranged relationship with the state Legislature, she’s maintaining an offensive stance.
When it comes to professional sports, high-profile seasons give way to higher-profile playoffs, which lead to championship matchups. And while the backstories — the personal stories that lead to the big showdown — add drama to the mix, in the pros it typically boils down to who wins and who loses.
LONDON — Ryan Lochte strolled the deck of the Olympic Aquatics Centre wearing diamonds in his mouth and lime-green sneakers on the feet that powered him through the water faster than anyone else. Beaming, he chomped playfully on his gold medal while Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” blared throughout the massive arena.
The green grass and fountain-like sound of water under most any other circumstances would be welcome, a serene oasis amid the parched land that Las Vegas residents have become accustomed to.
But as Gov. Susana Martinez stood at the site — the base of Peterson Dam — she used words like “ridiculous” and “disgusting” as she watched hundreds of gallons of the city’s drinking water spill out onto the ground from holes in the 101-year-old concrete structure.