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December 19, 2013

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AsWeSeeIt OPINION + POLITICS + HUMOR + STYLE THINGS WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THIS WEEK … Erin Ryan STAFF WRITER PHOTOBAMA It's easy to be cynical when it comes to the holidays and politics, but I challenge you to fight the cuteness of the Obama family portrait with a photobombing elf. Don Chareunsy CONTRIBUTING EDITOR CRITICAL MESS Both Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus are performing in Las Vegas on December 27. Rad! Or a wrecking ball? Ken Miller > THROWN FOR A LOOP Locals are having a hard time picturing the holidays without the NFR. RIDING INTO THE SUNSET? Dear Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association: We started feeling insecure in 2010, when Cowboys Stadium in Dallas seemed to catch your eye. But the head of your outfit brushed it off, said you weren't actively seeking a sexy new partner for the National Finals Rodeo. You were happy with us. Looking back on three decades of mutual affection, the sellout crowds at the Thomas & Mack and the entire city celebrating you to the point where you felt like "kings of the castle," it's hard to believe you could A S S O C I AT E E D I T O R walk away. We know it's complicated. Las Vegas Events wanted to renew vows with another 10-year contract. You rejected it GIVING A FOOT A HAND Some after more than a year of consideration. All the news said NFR was bound for Florida in 2015, with plans green-lighted for a guy in China had his severed hand reattached—but only after doctors grafted it to his ankle until his arm was ready. Is it wrong that I look at that photo and can only think of The Human Centipede? $100 million, 24,000-seat arena. In our heads, we appreciated that the extra $4 million in the Florida contract would mean the Mike Prevatt NIGHTLIFE EDITOR cowboys and cowgirls get more prize money for their sweat. In our hearts, we felt like Dolly singing to Burt about bittersweet memories. It's not just the $92.8 million in non-gaming economic impact you brought to our lives in 2012. It's the way you made us feel, filling our streets with chivalrous folks, Wrangler butts and the spirit of the West. When we heard that maybe you were just playing hard to get, hoping for more negotiation, our hearts fluttered. But LVE said it had to move on and start planning another rodeo event, as it might be left holding the reins anyway. We're not sure how to feel or what's next. But if we do ride into the sunset of this NFR era next Christmas, we can't look back. That's one thing Las Vegas never does. –Erin Ryan SLOTZILLA FEVER I'm literally overlooking the hideous eyesore all but clotting Fremont Street. The 112-foot-high "zoom line" at its tippy-top is where I anticipate being propulsion-launched toward the Plaza like Superman on a Lois Lane booty call. Sarah Feldberg EAT LIKE A CHEF There's no higher culinary praise than the presence of a fellow chef in the dining room. So want to know where the white coats eat? Check Chefs Feed, an app and site where kitchen pros recommend their favorite dishes around town. Credit that will be applied to all Las Vegas customers of NV Energy following the Public Utilities Commission's approval of the utility's $5.6 billion sale to Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy. The total credit is $20 million. NFR PHOTOGRAPH BY L.E. BASKOW EDITOR $ 13 TREE SENSE You recycle paper, cardstock and boxes, so why wouldn't you do the same with the noble fir that produces those products? Each year local public and private organizations team up to collect and recycle Christmas trees, which are in turn made into mulch that gets distributed among Valley parks and public gardens like the Springs Preserve. This year, the environmental effort has been amped up, with Boulder City participating for the first time and 13 drop-off sites added to the (already) lengthy list. According to the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Project, last year's recycling effort spared the local landfill 2,113 cubic yards—that's about the size of eight (!) school buses. While that number seems high, the project estimates that of the 200,000 trees sold this year in the Valley, only 7 percent (!!) will end up being recycled. So, if you're used to dumping your tree curbside, reconsider—just like Christmas trees, environmentalism is evergreen. For more information, visit –Mark Adams 12 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 19–25, 2013 12_AWSI_Opener_20131219.indd 12 12/18/13 1:27 PM

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