14 Noteworthy Las Vegas Moments

The year in review from the pages of Vegas Seven and beyond

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1. January 14 Issue: Faraday Future and Hyperloop test-drive North Las Vegas’ Apex Industrial Park.

Matilda Temperley

2. March 24 Issue: “The People of El Cortez” chronicles the characters encountered during one night at Downtown’s iconic El Cortez Hotel & Casino, months ahead of its 75th anniversary.  Written by DTLV.com editor Jessie O’Brien and photographed by Matilda Temperley, this story won Best Multiple Photo Essay from the Nevada Press Association.

Krystal Ramirez

3. April 7 Issue: T-Mobile Arena opens on April 6 with a blow-out performance by The Killers, Wayne Newton and Shamir.


4. May 12 Issue: Project Neon’s major Spaghetti Bowl closures make us late to work.

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

5. May 19 Issue: Art Production Fund, New York and Nevada Museum of Art, Reno bring Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains” and hundreds of visitors out to the Mojave.

6. December 1 Issue: At long last, Las Vegas gets a professional sports team, and they shall be known as the Golden Knights.

7. August 4 Issue: Caesars Palace celebrates 50 years. Also in 2016, Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Casino reach milestones of 15 and 10 years, respectively.

Bobby Jameidar

8. J. Cole gets thousands of people to put their arms around each other’s shoulders for a moment of mass unity during his set at Life Is Beautiful on September 24, marking the ultimate feel-good moment of the year.

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9. On October 19, a wall of taco trucks line up in front of Trump International Hotel.

10. Nevada says yes to Question 2 and the legalization of recreational marijuana on November 8.

11. The W Las Vegas gets lit on December 1 to announce its arrival at SLS Las Vegas. 

Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

12. On December 8 Lucky Dragon becomes the latest Las Vegas casino to open since The Cosmopolitan in 2010.

Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas News Bureau

13. Park Theater opens with Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders on December 17.

14. The Bundys go to jail for their armed occupation of public land … and then get acquitted on October 27.