Month: September 2022

Station Casinos new resort in North Las Vegas clears hurdle

Station Casinos cleared a hurdle in its quest to build a new resort in North Las Vegas, as the company shakes up its real estate portfolio.

The North Las Vegas Planning Commission last week approved Station’s plans for a 67-acre hotel-casino at the northwest corner of Losee Road and the 215 Beltway in a hearing that featured pushback against a company that is also tearing down hotels in Southern Nevada.

Station’s newest project would be built in two phases and calls for a total of 600 hotel rooms and more than 75,700 square feet of casino space. It would also feature restaurants, a movie theater, banquet facilities and other amenities, city records show.

The proposed development would provide more than 1,100 construction jobs and, at full buildout, up to 840 permanent full-time jobs, Station representative Rebecca Miltenberger, an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, told the commission.

The proposal is

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A surf resort. In a desert. During a drought. Really, Coachella Valley?

La Quinta, California-Sept.  14, 2022-A new housing development, called Cantera at Coral Mountain goes up near Coral Mountain in La Quinta.  A large wave pool / surf park is planned for Coral Mountain in La Quinta, California.  Local residents are concerned about the development.  (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Construction on a new housing development, called Cantera at Coral Mountain, is in progress in La Quinta. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

To the editors: I am among the outraged by your article, “Surfing in the California desert? Developer’s plan sparks outrage over water use, drought.”

Apparently politicians beholden to developers will continue to allow projects like this to proceed until the rest of Southern California looks like the Coachella Valley, a desert with endless golf courses and water-intensive developments. The almighty dollar will continue to rule.

The surf pool in La Quinta is only the most egregious component of this proposed monstrosity. Do we need to be able to surf in the desert, when the state already has some of the best surfing in the world? I hope the developers will have overplayed their hand and someone with the power to stop these kinds of things will finally

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Upper Peninsula snowmobile trail closed after resort owner pulls permits

WAKEFIELD, MI— Snowriver Mountain Resort, formerly known as Big Snow, has permanently pulled trail permits on their property.

They recently purchased Blackjack and Indianhead Mountains in Gogebic County.

The change means Snowmobile Trail 2 through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will no longer connect Gogebic County from east to west.

Snowmobilers will have to take a large detour through Vilas County, WI.

The towns of Bessemer and Ironwood Michigan would no longer be accessible from the east via UP snowmobile trails.

Several Wisconsin towns would also be impacted by the closure.

Snowriver Mountains responded to public outcry via Facebook Wednesday:

“There has been a great amount of commentary and discussion on the meeting that took place over the snowmobile trail through the resort.

The management of Snowriver Mountain Resort, formerly known as Big Snow, appreciates the feedback we’ve received from snowmobilers over the past few days, and we recognize the huge economic

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US Resort Claims Second Place

It’s not too early to start planning where you’re going to carve your way through fluffy, powdery snow this winter and a new report from Money shows which resorts around the world people are most interested in skiing at. Bansko, Bulgaria ranked first place on the list, but the second most desirable resort is right here in the US: Aspen!

Nobody will be surprised that Colorado’s famous, glitzy mountain landed so high up on the list. Last year, Aspen also took silver in the Savills Ski Resilience Indexdue to the quality and reliability of snowload as well as resilience to contend with climate change challenges (Zermatt in Switzerland took gold).

Other US resorts did well on this list, with Lake Tahoe taking eighth place, Vail taking 16th and Jackson Hole at 27.

Now, if you’re interested in where US residents are looking to ski and board, the list alters

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Elite and super-luxe, the Smoky Mountains’ Blackberry resorts are a getaway above the rest | Entertainment/Life

Start with superior hospitality and luxury accommodations. Blend with legendary cuisine and libations. And baste with the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

That’s the recipe for a truly delectable vacation at Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain, sister properties in Walland, Tennessee, just 18 miles southeast of Knoxville’s McGee Tyson Airport and 13 miles northwest of the Townsend entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains Park. Don’t look for commercials or ads about the venues; word of mouth and media mentions keep both properties heavily booked nearly year-round.

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Andrea Rule, brand manager at Blackberry Mountain, said staying at either Blackberry property is a bucket list experience.

“Food and wine and a well-done cocktail are certainly the Blackberry experience. It’s Southern hospitality at its finest,” she said.


Blackberry Farm dates to the 1930s, when the main house was built by Chicago businessman Dave Lasier and his wife, Florida, to

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