March 23, 2023 | Partly Cloudy, high 61, low 44
Don’t throw away those masks just yet. Even though Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced that Nevada will lift all statewide social distancing mandates on May 1, the mask requirement isn’t going anywhere. Also, social distancing won’t exactly disappear then, it’s just that the state will no longer set the policy for that particular safety protocol after that date. May 1 is still the target for when mitigation authority will transfer to local governments. All of this is being done with the goal of reopening the entire state to 100 percent capacity by June 1. Locals are rejoicing.
- Christopher Lawrence
Death penalty ban clears hurdle
After being passed by the state Assembly, a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Nevada is headed to the Senate for the first time. The ban on capital punishment, though, still faces potential opposition there as well as from the governor’s office.
Vaccine pause
Nevada called a temporary halt to the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, heeding the recommendation of federal regulators who are investigating six cases of a serious, but rare, side effect of blood clots in women.

Spending for sports
The LVCVA has agreed to shell out nearly $9 million to sponsor six sporting events at Allegiant Stadium. In addition to the next five Las Vegas Bowls, each of which will get between $1.6 million and $1.8 million, the authority will spend $475,000 for the Aug. 1 Concacaf Gold Cup Finals. Here’s a closer look at that tournament, which will open with 16 of the best men’s national soccer teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Healing through bicycling
Bella Hawkins, 15, left, and Aiyana Castro, 12, are trying to collect more than 200 new and gently used bicycles and tricycles to help area youth. Their hope is that being able to get outside and ride will give children and teens the chance to improve their mental health after more than a year of pandemic-related stress and isolation.
Amtrak’s past, future
With news that Amtrak is looking to restart its long-dormant route between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, we take a look back at the Desert Wind, the company’s last service that included Las Vegas and ceased operations in 1997.
Quick takes
From the RJ archives
On this day in 1941, readers of the Las Vegas Evening Review-Journal were introduced to what would become the El Cortez. Under the headline “Work Is Started on New $245,000 Las Vegas Hotel,” we wrote about the new three-story, 91-room project. “It will be modern in every respect and is expected to help in answering the growing problem of housing facilities for the increasing number of tourists who are coming to Las Vegas,” we wrote. The building we be air-conditioned, we added, and “there will be sun decks on the roof and a patio in the rear of the hotel for those who desire sun bathing on the desert.”
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