The Year in Pictures

Las Vegas has long been one of the world’s most visually appealing cities. 2014 was no different.

NCAA Football: Heart of Dallas Bowl-UNLV vs North Texas

January 1 UNLV’s Marcus Sullivan (18) celebrates a touchdown catch with teammate Devante Davis in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The catch gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead, but would prove to be their only highlight of the game—and, really, all of 2014. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports)


January 7 Every year, once the New Year’s crowd files out of town, the Consumer Electronics Show conventioneers file in, giving the world a virtual glimpse into the future … or is it the past? (Darrin Bush/Las Vegas News Bureau)

Inside The Champs Counter-Culture Trade Show

January 21 It was only a matter of time before our live-and-let-live state embraced the medical marijuana movement, and that time was 2014. Months before all the distillery and distribution debates, a representative from JM Plastics displayed a gas mask modified with a water pipe during the Champs Trade Show. (Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg)


February 13 Our cover story detailing chef Kerry Simon’s courageous battle against the rare and life-threatening disease Multiple System Atrophy was one of our most compelling of the year—as was this cover image that captured the rock ’n’ roll chef without his two signature features: long locks and youthful exuberance. (Anthony Mair)


March 31 The High Roller observation (don’t call it a Ferris) wheel becomes the latest addition to our city’s stunning skyline when it finally welcomed its first riders in early spring. (Anthony Mair)

Controversial Nevada Rancher Sparks Backlash From Previous Supporters After Racist Comments

April 24 With Mr. Peanut by his side, controversial rancher Cliven Bundy departs after a news conference near his ranch in Bunkerville. As 2015 dawns, Bundy remains at odds with the BLM. (David Becker/Getty Images)


June 3 Giada De Laurentiis stirred up Las Vegas’ fine-dining scene with the opening of her namesake restaurant at the Cromwell. (Anthony Mair)

Funeral Held For Las Vegas Police Officer Shot By Extremist Couple

Funeral Held For Las Vegas Police Officer Shot By Extremist Couple

June 12 Andrea Soldo is consoled by family members after receiving an American flag during the funeral services for her husband, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer Igor Soldo, at Palm Northwest Mortuary & Cemetery. Days earlier, Soldo, 31, and fellow officer Alyn Beck, 41, were gunned down by two assailants while on their lunch break at a pizza restaurant in the northeast part of the Valley. Soldo and Beck became the 23rd and 24th Las Vegas police officers to be killed in the line of duty. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


June 22 For the fourth consecutive summer, more than a quarter-million electronic dance music fans flooded Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival. The kids, the DJs, the artwork and the rides return for a fifth year in 2015. (Tony Tran)

July 6, 2014 Summertime fun at Cowabunga Bay

July 6 One year after the long-awaited return of Wet ’N’ Wild, the Las Vegas Valley doubled its number of water parks with the opening of Cowabunga Bay in Henderson. Suddenly, our sweltering summers are becoming just a bit more tolerable. (Gabe Ginsberg)


July 13Vegas Nocturne and Rose. Rabbit. Lie. seemed like an ideal marriage between a unique show and venue. But after just a few months, the marriage ended in a he-said, she-said divorce. (Erik Kabik)

MLB: Baseball Hall of Fame-Induction Ceremony

July 27 355 victories. A career 3.16 ERA. More than 3,300 strikeouts. Four Cy Young Awards (all in a row). For years, there’s been little doubt that Las Vegas’ own Greg Maddux would be giving a Hall of Fame induction speech in Cooperstown, New York, on the final Sunday in July. There was also little doubt that the notorious prankster would slip in a fart joke—which he did. (Gregory J. Fisher/USA Today Sports)


August 3 Mother Nature often goes months without shedding a single tear on our arid grounds. But every summer, like clockwork, she let’s it all out in spectacular monsoonal fashion, giving us scenes like this one over Red Rock. (Anthony Mair)


August 23 There’s nothing quite like the grand opening of a new hotel-casino on the Strip—or in the case of SLS a “new-old” hotel-casino: SLS emerged from the bones of the Sahara, which had sat vacant since May 2011. (Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau)


August 30 In one of the feel-good stories of 2014, the Mountain Ridge Little League team became the first in Nevada history to reach the Little League World Series. Although they fell just short, the players were treated like champions upon returning home. (Gabe Ginsberg)

Mayweather VS Maidana 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV

September 13 Floyd Mayweather lands a right to the jaw of Marcos Maidana during their rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather did what he always does: win (he’s now 47-0) and bank a lot of cash (in this case, at least $32 million). (Erik Kabik)


October 9 For many years, the unfinished Downtown Summerlin project sat as a daily reminder of our struggles during the Great Recession. This year, it served as a symbol of our resilience, opening its doors to great fanfare and critical acclaim. (Jon Estrada)


October 26 Proving it wasn’t just a one-hit wonder, Life Is Beautiful once again drew thousands of revelers Downtown for the three-day music/art/culinary festival. Among the highlights was the festival-closing performance by Foo Fighters. (Wayne Posner)


October 16 Once word became officially official that Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage was no longer, gay couples rushed to the altar en masse to tie the not. It also didn’t take long for Nevada’s tourism industry to start seeing dollar signs, as resorts and chapels up and down the Silver State began marketing wedding packages to same-sex couples. (Jon Estrada)

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November 12 Sweden’s Martin Jacobson turned a $10,000 investment into a $10 million payday when he came from behind to capture the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event championship. (Jayne Furman)


November 16 Anyone got an itch to run 26.2 miles on a chilly night in Las Vegas? Apparently so. This year’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon attracted about 35,000 competitors—or 70,000 exhausted legs. (Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau)

NCAA Basketball: UNLV at South Dakota

November With a roster loaded with young players, the UNLV basketball team figured to stumble out of the gate this season—and that’s pretty much what has happened. But one freshman who has lived up to the preseason hype has been Rashad Vaughn, who is averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

NCAA Football: Nevada at UNLV

November 29 One season after reaching a bowl game for the first time since 2000, it was back to reality for the UNLV football team. The Rebels were crushed by UNR in the season finale, which also doubled as the final game for fifth-year coach Bobby Hauck. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA Today Sports)


November 29 Out to prove that the independent bookstore is not, in fact, extinct, partners Scott Seeley (left) and Drew Cohen gave us a much-needed literary jolt this fall with the opening of Writer’s Block on Fremont East. (Jon Estrada)


December 6 Do you see that? Do you see how far back that line of “Santas” stretches on a brisk Saturday morning? The fact that you can’t spot where the line ends is actually representative of something much bigger than just the annual Great Santa Run—it’s emblematic of the charitable spirit that permeates this great Valley 365 days a year. (Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau)