Archive for November, 2010

Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort Celebrates Opening Weekend!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Michelle Sterling Las Vegas Real Estate Team would like to remind everyone that we have a great ski & snowboard facility just 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. When we mention this to people they can hardly believe it, but it’s true! Yes we realize this is the desert southwest and that Las Vegas is much better known for “blast furnace” dry heat, but skiing on Mount Charleston has been around for 47 years even though many people do not know of it’s existence even today. How are current conditions? The base is 12 inches, grooming is excellent and the temperatures are currently in the 20’s with more snow in the forecast. What kind of amenities can you expect from a ski resort you probably never imagined to be less than an hour from the MGM Grand? The Big Horn Cafe has great food and the recently remodeled Sports Shop has all the gear and accessories you need. If you happened to come to Vegas without ski equipment or clothing (a very real possibility) you will find quality rentals available as well. The base lodge sits at 8,510 feet and four lifts take you up to 11 trails that provide great fun for beginners and advanced shredders alike. Darkside Terrain Parks offer a variety of terrain features including table-top jumps and assorted rails for aerial enthusiasts. Locals love the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort and enjoy convenient round-trip shuttle bus transportation from numerous starting points around the valley. Last year was a record season of 181 days and this year looks to be just as promising, so trek up the mountain and join the winter fun!

Las Vegas Foreclosures and Military Families – Operation Home Relief

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

The Michelle Sterling Las Vegas Real Estate Team would like to draw attention to an especially important campaign launched by the National Association of Realtors through  its consumer website The campaign is called Operation Home Relief and one of it’s highly important functions is to engage support and raise money for USA Cares, a nonprofit that provides foreclosure assistance and counseling to post-9/11 active duty and veteran U.S. military service personnel. This is an issue especially close to our hearts here in the Las Vegas community. While we are often thought of as the gaming capital of the world, we are also proud to be home to Nellis Air Force Base in North Las Vegas and Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada (about 45 minutes northwest of the Vegas valley). Both installations are full of men and women that serve our nation faithfully and we care about them deeply. It is an unfortunate fact that military personnel and their families have been hit especially hard by the foreclosure crisis nationwide and Southern Nevada is no exception. HouseLogic and the NAR are there to support USA Cares in their efforts to provide financial and logistical support that keeps more military families in their homes where they truly belong.

On another note of importance to the military culture that makes up such an important part of our community, McCarran Airport recently announced the grand opening of the new USO at McCarran International Airport facility. This is a lounge that provides comforts, services and privacy to military personnel and their families traveling through our city. It is expected that 55,000 troops and family members from all branches of the military will make use of this facility annually. We are so proud to be part of a community that is dedicated to serving the needs of our men and women in uniform in this way. A special thanks goes out to Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak who played an important leadership role in making the new McCarran USO Lounge a reality … and thanks most of all to the men and women that protect our freeedoms every day all over the world!

Las Vegas is Open for Business

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The reports of the demise of Las Vegas, Nevada are premature to say the least and no one ever got rich betting against this town. Although you hear so much “sky is falling” chatter from the national media, the truth is the local facts on the ground are not quite so dire. Are we going through a tough time? Sure, but it’s temporary and this town has too many strengths and unique characteristics to stay behind the eight ball for long. Case in point; the non-profit and nonpartisan (is there such a thing?) Tax Foundation of Washington D.C. has recently released their 2010 rankings for the states with the most “business friendly” tax policies. How did we do? Right behind freezing cold South Dakota, Alaska and Wyoming comes the Silver State (Nevada) as the fourth friendliest tax environment for businesses to operate and grow in.

In case you are wondering how much practical affect this “tax climate” ranking has for how businesses actually make location decisions, consider these two recent examples. California-based Amonix, which is a company that makes solar-power systems, just broke ground a few weeks ago on a new production facility in North Las Vegas. The plant will manufacture photovoltaic systems and run 24/7 and create 278 new Southern Nevada jobs at completion. Another example is U.S. Micro Corporation (a leader in IT asset disposition and data security)  which announced on October 28th that the company will relocate its corporate headquarters from Atlanta to Las Vegas. The new headquarters is designed to meet LEED Gold Certification Environmental Standards and will bring 100 new jobs to Southern Nevada. Jim Kegley, president of U.S. Micro Corporation stated that …

“We chose to relocate to Las Vegas because of the area’s competitive business climate, talented labor pool, state-of-the-art technology and transportation infrastructure, and the city’s proximity to some of the world’s largest information technology markets.”

Las Vegas, Nevada is very much open for business and the reports of our demise are seriously premature. Despite the severity of the current recession, I wouldn’t bet against this town.

First Annual Red Cross Las Vegas Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The RSVP deadline is this coming Friday (Nov 5th) for the first annual Red Cross Las Vegas Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament at Nellis Air Force Base. Affordably priced at $300 per foursome (or $75 per individual), players get a chance to play at the Sunrise Golf Course on Nellis AFB while planes fly in throughout the day to stage for the Aviation Nation air show. The golf course is near the end of the runway so you can always blame a bad game on the jet backwash!

Both individuals and full foursomes can register. This event is open to the public and you do not need to be in the military to play. You also do not need to have base access to play. Upon receipt of registration and payment, Red Cross staff will contact individual players to get some additional personal information in order to obtain base access.

Date:  Thursday, November 11th at 8:00am (continental breakfast and light lunch provided)
Prizes for first, second, and last place. Awards to be presented by senior base command staff and Miss Nevada USA.

Register online at
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Danielle Duncan at or 702-369-3674

Public Computer Centers for Greater Las Vegas

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

A total of twenty nine free public computer centers are in the process of being developed all across Greater Las Vegas.  In fact, fifteen of these new technology learning facilities are already up and running and serving the community, with the rest due to open by the first of the new year. How did something this important come about? It all began when the Las Vegas Urban League was awarded a 4.7 million dollar grant through the Federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program to create Free Public Computer Centers across Southern Nevada. This has been a substantial and cohesive collaboration with the City of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada Housing Authority, Cox Communications and other local partners playing significant roles as well.  The result has been a tremendous advance in educational opportunity for those most in need when it comes to technological literacy.

The Public Computer Centers will offer a mix of open computer sessions and structured class instruction that is completely free to the public. Learning opportunities begin with the basics for those who have yet to join the technology revolution, but will also include more advanced classes on Internet safety, effective online job hunting skills and that bastion of the Internet age … Microsoft Office. It is absolutely critical in the 21st century that no one get left behind as the world becomes more and more computerized. The Las Vegas Urban League (along with their community partners) has accomplished something very powerful that seeks to ensure against a lack of personal resources as a barrier to educational advancement in the technology realm. We enthusiastically applaud their efforts.