Academics have a reputation for whiling away hours in the arcane. Not so for UNLV’s Scott Abella, especially this time of year, when our parched landscape is filled with the tinder of undergrowth and non-native grasses, the ecologist’s copious studies on how wildfires affect everyone in the region. As director of UNLV’s Desert and Dryland Forest Research, he is developing ways to address the wildfire hazards that arose from fire-suppression techniques that have backfired on us. Such work is already changing practices in the Spring Mountains, where managers are thinning forests to mimic the natural fire patterns found in forests a century ago.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products