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Happy birthday El Cortez! Hotel, casino opened doors 75 years ago

A cornerstone in downtown Las Vegas' history reached a milestone Tuesday. The historic El Cortez Hotel and Casino turned 75 years old.

In 1941, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino officially opened with a casino, restaurant, cafe, floor show and 59 rooms, making it the longest continuously running hotel in Las Vegas' history. Seventy-five years later, there are now 360 rooms.

However, the "Vintage Rooms" are still open and available to hotel guests looking for an authentic and historic experience. El Cortez is family owned, and the company credits its longevity to the longstanding generations of employees and customers that have called the venue home.

Lavern Unser, 75, says she's been going to the El Cortez Hotel and Casino for gaming since she was 21 years old.

"Many, many years, Unser said. "My mom and dad were old customers."

So, what makes the El Cortez so special? Is it the vintage charm or is it the old-fashioned coin machines?... Read More

El Cortez Hotel and Casino through the years: Historic facts revealed

A Las Vegas icon celebrated a landmark anniversary Tuesday, Nov. 1. The historic El Cortez Hotel and Casino turned 75 years.

However, the celebration of the landmark was about more than the diamond anniversary. The El Cortez is the longest continuously running hotel in Las Vegas.

During the ceremony, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed Nov. 1 as El Cortez Hotel and Casino Day.

Here are some of the historical events that took place at the hotel through out the years:

1941: El Cortez Hotel & Casino officially opened with a casino, restaurant, cafe, floor show and 59 rooms. The "Vintage Rooms" are still open and available to hotel guests looking for an authentic and historic experience.

1945: Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum and Moe Sedway bought the property from Marion Hicks and J. Kell Houssels for $600,000... Read More

Man shot to death at house party, Metro says

Metro is investigating a deadly shooting that happened Sunday in the 5700 block of W. Auborn Street near Smoke Ranch Road and Jones Boulevard.

Investigators say the shooting happened around 2 a.m. after a fight broke out at a house party. Police said there were around 20 people at the party.

According to Metro, the suspect pulled out a gun during the fight and shot the victim several times.

By the time officers arrived at the scene, the victim had died from his injuries.

The identity of the victim, as well as the cause and manner of death in which he died, will be released by the Clark Coroner's Office.

The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle before police arrived. Immediately following the shooting, many people left the home, Metro said.

This is the 144th homicide investigated by the LVMPD in 2016.

If you have any information about this crime or the suspect please call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.... Read More

Happy Nevada Day! Celebrating the day Nevada was added to the Union

Happy Nevada Day! Nevada Day is a state holiday that is celebrated across the entire state of Nevada.

Nevada Day commemorated the admission of the state of Nevada into the union on Oct. 31, 1864. However, since the 2000s the holiday has always been celebrated on the last Friday of the month.

On Nevada Day holiday all state, county and city government offices are closed, along with most schools and libraries. Some private businesses, like banks, also close to commemorate the holiday.

Here are some facts about Nevada Day courtesy of Piktochart.com:... Read More

Car-nado: Interchange between I-15NB, U.S. 95 north closes Friday

Car-nado continues: The next major closure for the next four months will occur Friday morning at 5 a.m. The interchange between Interstate 15 northbound and the U.S. 95 north will be closed.

At 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the Nevada Department of Transportation closed Interstate 15's south and northbound ramps to U.S. Highway 95.

Traffic will get diverted to the Mart Luther King Boulevard exit and back onto U.S. 95, but there will on be one lane open.

NDOT says drivers will have to be patient.

8 News NOW Report Mauricio Marin has more on the story... Read More

Metro: 2 people struck by car downtown Las Vegas

Two people were struck by a car in downtown Las Vegas late Wednesday night, according to Metro Police.

It happened around 10:15 p.m. Officers say the two victims were walking on the sidewalk when a car left the roadway and hit them.

The driver left the scene of the wreck but crashed into a pole a short time later. The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.

The victims were taken to the hospital in serious condition. No word on their injuries... Read More

'Car-Nado' warning: Spaghetti Bowl ramp closures in downtown Vegas start Wednesday at 10 p.m.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will make 24/7 closures of Interstate 15's south and northbound ramps to U.S. Highway 95 northbound beginning at 10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The closure will continue through late-Feb. 2017. Interstate 15 north and southbound ramps to Martin Luther King Boulevard will also be closed during the same time frame.

In addition, U.S. Highway 95 northbound ramp to Martin Luther King Boulevard will also close starting at 10 p.m. on Oct. 26. That closure will also continue through late-Feb. 2017.

DYC: Alternate routes to help drivers during Spaghetti Bowl closures... Read More