Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim Offers Tranquility, Fewer Crowds


Enjoy Historic Accommodations, Scenic Views, Excellent Hiking Trails at the Grand Canyon’s Less-Traveled North Rim

View from Grand Canyon Lodge
(Photo Courtesy of Forever Resorts)

When seeking to experience nature on its grandest scale, look no further than Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim inside Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Sitting at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet, the comparatively tranquil North Rim gets just one-tenth of the visitation of the South Rim and is known for its recreational activities including hiking trails, mule rides and exploring the local flora and fauna.

As a part of this scenic spot since 1928, the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, open seasonally from May 15 – Oct. 15, sits just above the canyon with a variety of cabin and motel room choices and dining options.

Cabins at the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim sit close to the rim, while motel rooms are located within a short walking distance from the lodge. Accommodations offered at the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim include the following:

  • Western cabins are nestled in the pines and offer two queen-sized beds, a full bath and a front porch.
  • Pioneer cabins sleep up to six people in two bedrooms separated by a ¾ bath with a shower. These cabins offer a queen, a full and a twin bunk bed.
  • Rustic Frontier cabins sleep up to three people with one double bed and one single sized bed. The rooms include a ¾ bathroom with a shower.

All rooms include ceiling fans, standard-view and rim-side views.

The Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim offers several dining choices from quick bites to restaurant options:

  • The Main Lodge Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and includes regional dishes as well as cuisine from the 1930s. Offering the freshest and healthiest ingredients, the Main Lodge Dining room serves free-range poultry products, observes the Monterey Seafood Watch program for seafood offerings and serves organic salad greens and pasta.
  • The Coffee Shop is open from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. for light breakfast options including breakfast burritos, assorted muffins, scones and cinnamon rolls. Also, offered is freshly brewed espresso, cappuccino and coffee.
  • The Roughrider Saloon is available from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. for a cold beverage and assorted snack options. The Saloon captures a bit of the history of the area and provides and alternative dining option for dinner.
  • The Deli in the Pines is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for lunch and dinner and offers pre-made salads and sandwiches and other carry-out options.

Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim is the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim. Located at Bright Angel Point, the Lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The original Lodge was constructed in 1928 and burned in 1932. The current Lodge was rebuilt in 1937 using as much of the original structure as possible. Here guests may enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim while enjoying comfortable guest rooms and cabins.  Our cabins were constructed in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  While restrooms and showers have since been added, these cabins retain their original rustic charm.  To this day, not one of the cabins has a television or radio. The Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It features regional cuisine; all-natural beef and poultry products are antibiotic and hormone free and the wine list showcases American organic selections available by the glass. Meanwhile the Gift Shop purveys Grand Canyon souvenirs, clothing and accessories. Free self-parking, bus, truck and RV parking are available. For more information about the lodge, visit or

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Back On The Road For Friday Match At Northern Arizona




UNLV will make the short trip to Flagstaff, Arizona for its lone game this weekend, a Friday night contest against the Lumberjacks
UNLV women’s soccer went on the road for the first time in 2017 and came out of the weekend with an even 1-1 record to move to 5-1 on the season. Friday’s 1-0 loss at Sacramento State was a heartbreaker as the Rebels gave up a goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game for their first defeat of the year. UNLV rebounded on Sunday with a 2-1 victory at UC Davis to get back in the win column. The Rebels will have a chance to make history in their lone game of the weekend, which is set for Friday, September 8 at Northern Arizona. A win against the Lumberjacks will give UNLV a 6-1 record through the first seven games for the first time in program history. Friday’s kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. PT.


UNLV (5-1) at Northern Arizona (4-1)
Friday, Sept. 8 
7:30 p.m. PT | Lumberjack Stadium | Flagstaff, AZ
UNLV leads the all-time series 7-1-2

Against Sacramento State, it looked as if the game was headed for overtime until a header goal on a corner with less than five minutes remaining ended UNLV’s chance at setting a program record for best start to a season at 5-0.

The Rebels bounced back Sunday against the Aggies thanks to a big performance by junior transfer Cailtyn Kreutz, who assisted on Micheala Morris’ first-half goal and then nailed the eventual game-winner in the second half of the 2-1 victory, helping UNLV to its first road win of 2017. Kreutz was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week – the third straight week a Rebel has earned the honor – and was also selected as UNLV Athletics’ Outstanding Rebel of the Week for her performance.

Despite UNLV’s winning streak ending at four and its regular-season unbeaten streak coming to a halt a 14, there is still another one that continued. The Rebels haven’t lost two games in a row in almost two years – a span of 39 games – dating back to the end of September of 2015. The Scarlet and Gray will look to continue that streak throughout the rest of the season.



  • Northern Arizona enters Friday’s match at 4-1, having won four straight after a season-opening loss at Houston. This will be the sixth straight season the Rebels and the Lumberjacks have met during the regular season with UNLV looking to make it four wins in a row over NAU. Overall, the Rebels own a 7-1-2 record over the Lumberjacks. NAU has only scored six goals on the season, but has recorded four straight shutouts after giving up four goals in the loss to the Cougars, so look for it to be a defensive battle Friday night.




  • NCAA: The Rebels currently boast a top-15 offense in the country, ranking tied for 14th in total points (45), tied for 15th in total goals (15) and tied for 11th in total assists (15). Individually, Sophie Cortes is tied for 20th in the country in total points (11).
  • Mountain West: The Rebels lead the MW in nearly every major statistical category, including shots (113), goals, points and assists, while they are fourth in goals-against-average (.83). 




  • UNLV started the season 5-1 for the second straight season, dropping their first game of the year on the road this past weekend.
  • UNLV’s 14-straight regular season unbeaten streak also came to an end with the loss to Sac St.
  • For the third straight week, a Rebel was one of 11 players nationally named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week as Kreutz earned the honor this week.
  • Midfielder Sophie Cortes has been stellar through the first three weeks, already matching her goal output from a year ago with four to go along with three assists. Her 11 points rank tied for 20th in the country.
  • The Rebels sit atop the Mountain West standings and are one of only two teams with one loss or less.
  • Chris Shaw is in his fourth year with a 41-23-5 overall record.
  • The Rebels were picked to finish third in the Mountain West preseason coaches poll, their highest spot in the poll since 2013. San Diego State and San Jose State were picked to finish one-two, but UNLV’s five first-place votes were the most of any school.
  • Akubuilo, the reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, collected several preseason honors. She became the first Rebel to be named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, the most prestigious award in collegiate soccer. She was also named to’s Women’s DI Best XI Third Team and is ranked No. 32 on the site’s Women’s Collegiate Top 100.
  • The Rebels return two All-Conference First Team selections in Akubuilo and Cortes, a second team selection in Jordan Sallee and two Mountain West All-Newcomer team selections in Paige Almendariz and Georgia Kingman.
  • Sallee also garnered preseason honors as she was ranked No. 66 overall and the No. 9 senior keeper on Everybody Soccer, a site dedicated to collegiate goalkeepers.


UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebel Mini-Plans To Go On Sale


Runnin’ Rebel fans can choose to purchase three or six-game plans for the 2017-18 season

Purchase Season Tickets | 2017-18 Schedule | @TheRunninRebels

Runnin’ Rebel fans who cannot make all 17 home men’s basketball games during the 2017-18 season at the Thomas & Mack Center now have the flexibility of choosing from two mini-plan options.
An online only presale begins tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m., while the official public on sale starts Monday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.
The two mini-plan options for this season include upper and lower bowl seats:
Pick-3 Plan: 
One premium game (Arizona, San Diego State or Nevada, Reno) plus two non-premium games (non-conference or conference). Prices range from $42-177 depending on seat location.
Conference Plan: 
Six pre-set games (Utah State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Nevada, Reno). Prices range from $72-342 depending on seat location.
Fans can take advantage of the mini-plan pre-sale exclusively online at Starting Monday at 10 a.m., mini-plan tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office during regular business hours.
UNLV, which is under second-year head coach Marvin Menzies, has brought in a recruiting class that has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the country. Seven new players have been added to the roster for the 2017-18 season, including McDonald’s High School All-American Brandon McCoy and the National Junior College Player of the Year Shakur Juiston.
This season’s non-conference schedule features five opponents coming off postseason appearances, each boasting at least 20 wins last season. Home schedule highlights include games against Arizona, San Diego State and Nevada, Reno.
After hosting Alaska Fairbanks in an exhibition game Nov. 3, the Runnin’ Rebels open the regular season Nov. 11 vs. Florida A&M at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Season tickets, which are on sale now and start as low as $119, may be purchased at, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
CLICK HERE for the full 2017-18 UNLV men’s basketball schedule.

Finger-Lickin’ BBQ, Carnival and Mini Golf Tournament Take Over Mesquite, May 6-8



Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days and Eureka Miniature Golf Tournament Make Mesquite the Ultimate Weekend Getaway


Mesquite is the ultimate destination the weekend of May 6-8. With three exciting events, the city will be a hub of activity and excitement for all visitors with a delicious BBQ competition, carnival, parade, vendor booths, miniature golf tournament and more.


Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days
Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days will combine the mouth-watering BBQ from Smokin’ in Mesquite and the various entertainment, excitement and fun from Mesquite Days into one large event. The first Smokin’ Hot Mesqutie Days will feature award-winning BBQ teams from California, Arizona, Nex Mexico, Texas and various other states in a championship sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecuqe Society. More than 40 of the biggest names in BBQ will fire up their grills to prepare an irresistible variety of ribs, chicken, pork and beef brisket on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at the CasaBlanca Resort. In addition to the delicious tastings, there will be a carnival, zumba-thon, parade, City of Mesquite Mayor’s Panckae Breakfast, various vendors, live music, entertainment and more starting as early as Wednesday, May 4 and lasting through the weekend. A full schedule of events, dates, times and locations can be found at


Eureka Miniature Golf Tournament
Eureka Casino Resort is hosting a miniature golf tourament as part of the weekend festivities. The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m. The 18-hole tournament is open to the public, with the chance to win a variety of cash and prizes. There will be two rounds, with a portion of entry fees for the first round being donated to the players’ chosen alumni association. The second round will be open to those not part of an alumni association. In additiion to the tournament winnings, creative golfers can win prizes for the ugliest pants, craziest socks, most school pride, best dressed and more. Food and beverages will be available at the event. Additional details can be found at


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Photo credit: Las Vegas News Bureau




Close to home and yet a world away! Mesquite is located 90 miles north of Las Vegas and offers visitors an excitingly laid-back experience. Choose from several fabulous championship golf courses; explore astonishing, nearby national and state parks; or lounge by a sparkling pool. If you’d rather play indoors, then unwind and be pampered at a luxurious day-spas, practice your skill at bowling, dance the night away, or try your luck at the tables and slot machines. For more information on the destination, visit

Pac-12 Announces Agreement to Host Men’s Basketball Tournaments at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas


Three-Year Agreements with T-Mobile Arena and Las Vegas Events Announced 

The Pac-12 has reached an agreement with T-Mobile Arena and Las Vegas Events to keep the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas for the next three years, the Conference announced today. The tournament will be played in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas’ newest sports and entertainment venue being developed by joint venture partners AEG and MGM Resorts International and set to open April 6, 2016. 

The Pac-12 originally brought the tournament to Las Vegas in 2012 after more than a decade in Los Angeles. Last year, the Pac-12 extended its agreement to host the 2016 tournament in Las Vegas, and now the Pac-12 has committed for the next three years.

The season-ending conference championship tournaments in Las Vegas have drawn great attendance over the four years at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, culminating with a sellout of all sessions this year, and provided an exciting experience for Pac-12 student-athletes and fans. 

“In only four years, we have created one of the very best post-season tournaments in all of college basketball here in Las Vegas,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our fans have responded, the atmosphere has been electric, and our student-athletes have really enjoyed playing in front of great crowds. We are now thrilled to build on our success in the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena and deliver a world-class experience to more Pac-12 fans.”

This year’s tournament continues tonight at 6 p.m. PT at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as the top four seeds – Oregon, Arizona, Utah, and California compete in the semi-final round. The 2016 championship game will take place tomorrow night at 7 p.m. PT with the conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. 

Dan Quinn, general manager of T-Mobile Arena, said, “T-Mobile Arena is thrilled to be the new home of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas.  Over the last four years the Las Vegas community and college basketball fans nationwide have watched the tournament grow in popularity and we look forward to continuing its success as we showcase the city’s newest sports and entertainment venue.”
T-Mobile Arena will seat nearly 18,500 Pac-12 fans for the tournament and offer an unparalleled fan experience. The venue is scheduled to host more than 100 events annually including UFC, boxing, college basketball and other sporting events; major headline entertainment, awards shows and special events.  The newest landmark, located on the Las Vegas Strip, will have a significant impact on the city’s entertainment landscape while providing Las Vegas visitors and the local community a guest experience second to none.

Dan Beckerman, president & CEO, AEG, said, “T-Mobile Arena, which is being created to present the most important sporting events, concerts, awards shows and special events will be the perfect setting to host the always exciting and newsworthy Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.  When we first began to discuss events we wanted to bring to the arena with our joint venture partners MGM Resorts, the Pac-12 Tournament was at the top of our list.  Together with the Pac-12 and Las Vegas Events, we believe we can further raise the profile of the event to even greater heights in 2017 when we begin to call T-Mobile Arena the home of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.”  

In addition to the agreement with T-Mobile Arena, the Pac-12 re-upped its partnership with Las Vegas Events (LVE) for three years.  LVE has been a champion of bringing the best college basketball tournaments to Las Vegas and has been a valuable partner for the Pac-12 since its move to Las Vegas four years ago.

Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, said, “Las Vegas is committed to hosting high-profile championship events each year, and the extension with the Pac-12 Conference through 2019 is representative of that vision.  The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament brings great energy and enthusiastic fans to our destination.  Through this partnership, Las Vegas will continue to work with the Pac-12 to create a unique atmosphere for fans, while providing an outstanding venue for student-athletes to pursue excellence on the court.”

About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 49 of the last 55 years, with 480 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. 

About T-Mobile Arena
T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded indoor arena set to open in April 2016.  The 20,000 seat venue, located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, is expected to host more than 100 events annually, including UFC, boxing, hockey, basketball and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows, family shows and special events.  Las Vegas’ newest landmark will feature 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none.  The Arena has partnered with international iconic brands including Coca-Cola, Schneider Electric, Toshiba American Business Solutions Inc. and Cox Business, as the venue’s first “Founding Partners.” These Founding Partners will introduce and brand signature fan initiatives, displays and interactive spaces including Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre entertainment space which will feature a performance stage, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas.  Industry-leading architect Populous designed the venue to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information visit the T-Mobile Arena website at

About Las Vegas Events
Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city.  Founded in 1983, LVE is funded by hotel room tax. Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 700 events.

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Offer Special Rates in June for Educators



As a “thank you” to educators, The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas are offering special rates in June to members of the teaching community in Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona, starting at $99/night plus tax and fees.

Visitors will have a chance to enjoy the many amenities of The Venetian and The Palazzo, including pampering at Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, time to lounge poolside, a meal at dozens of restaurants, or even a splurge on new clothing at Grand Canal Shoppes.

In addition to the suite, several Venetian and Palazzo restaurants are offering on-site discounts, including Aquaknox – Global Water Cuisine, B&B Burgers and Beer, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Dal Toro Ristorante, db Brasserie, Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge, and Zeffirino Las Vegas.  For more details, visit The offer is valid for stays June 5 through June 17, 2015.

For reservations assistance please call 866.659.9643 and mention code: EVEDUOF for The Venetian or EPEDUOF for The Palazzo. Guests are required to present valid teachers identification at check-in from one of the following states:  Nevada, California, Utah or Arizona.

Terms and conditions are listed on website at  Blackout dates do apply. Any additional nights are at the prevailing rate. Must be 21 years of age or older. Rates and dates are subject to availability, and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer within a 5 day period. Offer is based on single or double occupancy and added charges may apply for additional guests. Offer is restricted to nine suites or fewer and is not valid on any group bookings or for existing reservations. First night’s room and tax deposit required, and is fully refundable if cancelled at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Rates are non-commissionable to travel agents. The Venetian management reserves all rights.

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants by celebrity chefs and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 4,028 elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino and The Strip’s largest poker room; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space.  Dynamic live entertainment includes concert headliners at The Venetian Theatre;  ‘80s rock musical “ROCK OF AGES;” Motown favorites from the multi-platinum quartet Human Nature; and the all-female comedy series LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP. For more information, visit, @venetianvegas and

The Palazzo Las Vegas takes luxury on the Las Vegas Strip to discerning new heights with more than 3,000 suites including the largest standard suites on The Strip, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment. The all-suite resort features premier restaurants from award-winning chefs including CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Carnevino by Mario Batali, and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Resort highlights include Canyon Ranch SpaClub; Azure luxury pool experience; LAVO restaurant and lounge; the Grand Canal Shoppes,  anchored by a flagship Barneys New York; a 105,000-square-foot casino; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space. Live entertainment at The Palazzo includes “FRANK – The Man. The Music.,” a must-see theatrical tribute to the life and music of Frank Sinatra. For more information, visit, @palazzovegas and

The names and brands mentioned above are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.



Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada Joins New Sickle Cell Disease Collaborative

Children’s Specialty Center

Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada Joins New Sickle Cell Disease Collaborative

Partnership Brings Better and Consistent Care To Those With Sickle Cell Disease

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will join other well-known regional treatment centers in the Western United States to improve available services, as well as the long-term health, of those affected by sickle cell disease (SCD), the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States.

The Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative (PSCRC) part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will specifically address the unique needs of those affected by sickle cell disease. 

The vast majority of those with SCD are of African American and Hispanic descent. In many communities, economic disparities often pose barriers to receiving treatment. The sickest of those with SCD are often unable to work and must rely on Medicaid. However, fewer providers are willing to see these complex patients due to low reimbursement rates. Additionally, few physicians working with adult patients are trained to manage SCD and there are dwindling numbers of hematologists working with adult patients.

As such, health related quality of life is often poor for those with SCD and the lifespan is significantly shortened based on the absence of knowledgeable health care providers. 

PSCRC outlets, including the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will provide:

  • Sickle Cell Comprehensive Care Team – knowledgeable health care providers who are up-to-date on the latest treatment methods, best outcome practices and clinical trials. Team members provide consistent medical access to SCD patients improving overall health and life expectancy.
  • Shared measurement and data monitoring – allows best treatment methods to be tracked and ultimately shared to providers in and outside of the collaborative.
  • Family to Family community based organizations – to help access patients/families in need of services.

“It is truly a great honor to be included with this great endeavor,” said Alan Ikeda, M.D., Director of Oncology at the Children’s Specialty Center.  “In addition to the ongoing clinical trials that are evaluating the efficacy of new therapeutic agents at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, the PSCRC will increase the cooperative interaction with other providers that treat sickle cell disease in order to identify other needs and decrease suffering for patients affected with sickle cell disease.”

“This is the type of collaboration that is much needed in our community and will provide access to a wider range of research for our sickle cell patients,” said Nik Abdul-Rashid, M.D. “To be able to work in close communication with the leading experts in this field is truly exciting.”

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will join other sickle cell disease treatment centers including, Providence Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska; University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona; St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, Boise, Idaho; Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington. 

The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and The Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada are programs of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization founded in 2007.

Alan Ikeda, M.D.

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Nik Abdul-Rashid, M.D.   




Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to provide funding and access to the latest medical treatments for those facing life-threatening diseases such as cancer, rare and ultra rare diseases, inherited bleeding disorders and rheumatological conditions.  Dr. Jonathan Bernstein founded Cure 4 The Kids Foundation in 2007. Bernstein saw firsthand the difficulties faced by families whose children were affected by major diseases but didn’t have the financial resources or health insurance to receive treatment.  Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was created with these families in mind.  Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program ensures patients at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and the Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada receive medical treatment regardless of family income or presence of health insurance.


The Big Game Party at Silverton Casino Hotel


Football Fans Get Fired Up For The Big
Game, Desert Duel Party at
Silverton Casino Hotel

Silverton Casino Hotel


Silverton Casino Hotel’s Big Game, Desert Duel Party is the number one way to get a front row seat to the most anticipated football game of the year. Guests can enjoy all-you-can-eat while watching the Big Game with their fellow football fans and family. This year’s Big Game will be held in the desert oasis of Phoenix, Arizona where downtown will be transformed into the epicenter of all things football, including an autograph stage, interactive and experimental activity zones, beer gardens, concert stages and fireworks shows. For the fans that are not able to make it to Arizona, they can experience the next best thing, right here in Las Vegas inside Veil Pavilion. The $55 entry includes all-you-can-eat and two drink tickets which include draft beer, house wine, and well cocktails. This year’s Big Game Party is featuring a beer garden to keep the tailgate party going, as well as multiple giveaways including a 60″ HDTV. The game will be broadcast on massive screens in high definition and you won’t miss a second of the action while placing bets, thanks to CG Technology Mobile Gaming. Tickets are available at the Silverton Box Office, by calling 702.263.7777 or online at Guests must be 21 years of age or older.


Sunday, February 1
Doors open at 2:30 p.m.


Silverton Casino Hotel
Veil Pavilion
3333 Blue Diamond Road
Las Vegas, NV 89139

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About Silverton Casino Hotel
Silverton Casino Hotel offers 300 deluxe rooms and suites and world-class amenities all located within an upscale, contemporary luxury lodge-themed resort. Silverton Casino Hotel is home to a variety of restaurants and dining options, including the Seasons Buffet, the 24-hour Sundance Grill, Shady Grove Lounge, Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Starbucks and Johnny Rockets. In addition to the flagship 165,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Silverton offers 90,000 square feet of gaming with more than 1,600 slot machines and 30 table games and the Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge. The property features a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with more than 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish, which was voted “Best Free Attraction” in the Best of Citysearch®. Silverton is located at I-15 and Blue Diamond in Las Vegas. For more information, please call 702-263-7777 or visit

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Host No. 3 Arizona Tuesday Night At TMC



UNLV in midst of playing three top-15 teams in 16 days, toughest stretch in program history

The UNLV men’s basketball team will host No. 3 Arizona on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runnin’ Rebels are in the mist of their toughest stretch of schedule in program history as they are facing three top-15 teams in 16 days, with a trip to Wyoming also sandwiched in between. UNLV has never before faced three top-15 teams in such a short period.
The Runnin’ Rebels had won three straight games and five of six before falling to No. 14 Utah, 59-46, at the MGM Grand Showcase on Saturday night, in the program’s first game on the Las Vegas Strip.


UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, has used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.3 ppg, which also ranks first in the Mountain West. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has six double-doubles this year, which ranks ninth in the country, and has averages of 12.9 ppg and team highs of 9.6 rpg and 3.1 bpg (10th in the country). Wood also leads the MW in rebounding and blocks. Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh is tied for the team lead in blocks at 3.1 per game, also 10th in the nation and tops in the conference. Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW  with 4.9 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.5, which is fifth-best in the country.


As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are second in the nation in blocked shots (7.9 bpg) and are 21st in field-goal percentage defense (36.9).


Tuesday’s game against the Wildcats will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn and Doug Gottlieb calling the action, and Jamie Erdahl on the sidelines. The Wildcats are the highest-ranked team to play at the Thomas & Mack Center since No. 4/3 Cincinnati on Dec. 19, 1998. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at

GAME #11

No. 3 Arizona (12-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 


UNLV (7-3, 0-0 Mountain West)

 Tuesday, December 23, 2014
 7:05 p.m.
 Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network – Carter Blackburn, Doug Gottlieb, Jamie Erdahl (sideline)

RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App &



Grand Canyon White Water Rafting With Hatch River Expeditions

Hatch River Expeditions


The Hatch Family are still doing what their grandfather did three generations ago and that is take people down the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River’s white water rapids in a raft.

This year Hatch River Expeditions and owner Steve Hatch are celebrating 80 years of their family owned business. While a corporation purchased his relative’s name and their business Don Hatch Expeditions, Steve Hatch is the only true descendant of Bus Hatch and the original Grand Canyon river trip.

Hatch River Expeditions is a small family run business now in their third generation of Hatch leadership. Hatch is the oldest commercial rafting company in North America. They specialize in multi-day white water rafting trips on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Guests can choose from trips ranging from 4-12 days with all amenities while on the river included. Attractions along the river may include visiting the turquoise waters of the Little Colorado River or Havasu Creek or hiking to ancient Puebloan granaries. Some of the most famous whitewater on the planet may be seen on our rafting trips including the infamous Lava Falls.

Hatch River Expeditions provide wilderness trips ranging from the novice camper to the experienced hiker. Hatch has accommodated guests from 9-90 years old.

Hatch River Expeditions is located in Flagstaff, Arizona and their website can be found at

Hatch River Expeditions

Hatch River Expeditions

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels’ Mountain West Schedule Announced



Seventeen of UNLV’s 18 conference games will be available on ESPN networks or CBS Sports Network; TV coverage for Arizona, Kansas and Utah games also announced

2014-15 Runnin’ Rebel Schedule | Ticket Information

The 2014-15 UNLV men’s basketball Mountain West schedule was announced Wednesday by the athletics department. As part of the announcement dates and television coverage on ESPN networks and CBS Sports Network were included. Game times and any other television appearances will be announced as they are confirmed.

Seventeen of UNLV’s 18 conference games have been selected for ESPN networks or CBS Sports Network. The Runnin’ Rebels will have 10 MW games on CBS Sports Network and seven on ESPN networks (ESPNU or ESPN3). It is also possible that some games may still be shifted from Wednesday to Tuesday or Saturday to Sunday for television purposes. Any such changes will be announced.

The Runnin’ Rebels will open their MW schedule this season on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Wyoming, then will play their final non-conference game of the season at Kansas on Sunday, Jan. 4 before opening the home portion of conference play on Wed., Jan. 7 against Nevada, Reno at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV’s game at Nevada, Reno does not yet have a set date. It will be played on either Tuesday or Wednesday, Jan. 27 or 28.

UNLV’s one-time opponents for the 2014-15 conference season are Colorado State (will not host the Rams) and Fresno State (will not play the Bulldogs on the road). The Runnin’ Rebels’ bye date will be on Wednesday, Feb. 4. UNLV will play at Kansas instead of having a second bye date.

The MW Championship will once again be held at the Thomas & Mack Center on UNLV’s campus, running this year from March 11-14.

UNLV’s non-conference schedule was released in June. Three of those games have been picked up by ESPN networks or CBS networks and are: vs. Utah on Saturday, Dec. 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. PT), vs. Arizona at home at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Dec. 23 (CBSSN) and at Kansas (CBS).

UNLV men’s basketball head coach Dave Rice is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Runnin’ Rebel program. He has led UNLV to 71 wins over his first three years, which ranks second all-time at UNLV only to Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian (73 wins in his first three seasons in Las Vegas).

Under Rice, UNLV has won at least 20 games all three seasons and has played in two NCAA Tournaments (including earning its highest seed in 22 years). In addition, his teams have recorded seven victories over ranked teams, including one over the nation’s No. 1-ranked squad (North Carolina in 2011).

The Runnin’ Rebels recorded an overall mark of 20-13 last season and have a streak of 20 or more wins in each of the last eight years.

This year’s team welcomes eight new players to the 2014-15 roster. The 2014 recruiting class has been ranked as the fourth-best in the country by, only behind Duke, Kentucky and Arizona, and ahead of North Carolina, Louisville, Kansas, UCLA, Georgetown and Maryland.

A limited number of season tickets in the lower bowl of the Thomas & Mack Center for the 2014-15 UNLV men’s basketball season went on sale to the public on Monday. Seats are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis and may be purchased in person at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or online at

Reels to Wheels Red, White & Blue Winner Announced at LVH Casino at Westgate Las Vegas Resort


Reels to Wheels Red, White & Blue Winner Announced
at LVH Casino at Westgate Las Vegas Resort

On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Las Vegas resident Linda Shoals’ name was called out as the Reels to Wheels Red, White & Blue winner at LVH Casino at Westgate Las Vegas Resort. Linda won a 2014 Jeep Patriot from Chapman Jeep valued at $16,932.

As part of the Reels to Wheels Red, White & Blue promotion, Players Club members receive one ticket per drawing and additional tickets for every 100 points earned on reel slots. Other prizes include cash, resort stays, show tickets, meals gift cards and more. The Reels to Wheels Red, White & Blue promotion ends August 17 when the final Jeep winner will be announced.


Linda Shoals of Las Vegas, Nevada poses in front of her brand new 2014 Jeep Patriot as part of the Reels to Wheels Red, White & Blue promotion at LVH Casino at Westgate Las Vegas Resort.

Linda Shoals of Las Vegas, Nevada poses in front of her brand new 2014 Jeep Patriot as part of the Reels to Wheels Red, White & Blue promotion at LVH Casino at Westgate Las Vegas Resort.

Las Vegas Hotel & Casino became part of Westgate Resorts on July 1, 2014. The casino will be called LVH Casino at Westgate Las Vegas Resort during the transition to Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. LVH Casino at Westgate Las Vegas Resort offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market and the world’s largest race and sports SuperBook™.

One of the largest privately owned timeshare companies in the world, Westgate Resorts features luxury resorts in premier travel destinations such as Orlando, Florida; Park City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; Miami, Florida; Mesa, Arizona; and Tunica, Mississippi. Founded in 1980 by David A. Siegel, Westgate Resorts develops and operates uniquely themed destination resorts that include luxurious accommodations, destination health spas, water parks, restaurants and retail shopping outlets. For more information about Westgate Resorts, visit


UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 23 Rebels To Play In Tucson This Weekend




National Invitational Tournament will be held Friday-Sunday, March 14-16

The No. 23 UNLV men’s golf team is in Tucson, Ariz., for the National Invitational Tournament, which will be played at Omni Tucson National Golf Club’s Catalina Course (par 72, 7,094 yards) on Friday-Sunday, March 14-16.

The 14-school, 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes played each day beginning at 8 a.m. MT. This year’s field is made up of Arizona, California, Marquette, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, San Diego, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming.

The Rebels’ lineup includes junior Kurt Kitayama, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney, freshman Taylor Montgomery and sophomore Zane Thomas. Freshman Chris Tuulik will compete as an individual. UNLV finished ninth (out of 16 teams) at last year’s NIT at 5-over 869. New Mexico won the team title by one shot at 20-under, while individual medalist honors were captured by TCU’s Julien Brun by a stroke at 8-under. Kitayama was the Rebels’ top finisher as he tied for 22nd at even par.

UNLV is coming off its second victory of the season, a team win at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas on March 9. Golfweek named UNLV its National Team of the Week after the win at the prestigious tournament, which annually features one of the toughest fields in college golf. Last weekend’s event included seven of the top-10 ranked teams in the country. In addition, 11 of the 15 teams competing were ranked in the top 20 and all participants were among the nation’s top 50. The field also featured 20 of the top-30 ranked individuals.

The victory was UNLV’s second in three years at the event, fifth in the last seven and seventh in the last 10. Kitayama tied for second individually, while Jonson also finished in the top-10 in a tie for eighth.

Live scoring of the NIT will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at

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UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels To Tee Up Spring Season In Hawaii



Rebels will play at John A. Burns Intercollegiate Wednesday through Friday

The UNLV men’s golf team will open its spring season in Hawaii at the 38th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which will be played Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 19-21, on Kauai’s Wailua Golf Course (par 72, 6,991 yards).

The tournament, which is making a return trip to the Garden Island where it was held in 1978, features a 16-team field with five teams currently ranked in Golfweek’s Top 50: three-time defending champion and No. 2 California, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 15 New Mexico, No. 28 UNLV and No. 37 BYU.

Also competing are Arizona, Colorado State, Fresno State, UH-Hilo, Long Beach State, Nevada, Reno, Pacific, Saint Mary’s, UTEP and Washington State.

A municipal course located in Lihue, Wailua has played host to three USGA National Public Links Championships and has a top 10 rating by Golf Digest as one of the best courses in the state of Hawaii.

The 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes each day. The first and second rounds will begin at 8 a.m. HST, while the final round on Friday will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. HST.

In the lineup for the Rebels this week will be junior Kurt Kitayama, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney, freshman Taylor Montgomery and freshman Chris Tuulik.

This year marks the third that the Burns has traveled off the island of Oahu.

In last year’s tournament, Cal won going away by 27 strokes at 14-under, while Joel Stalter took medalist honors by eight shots with a 12-under 204 total. As a team, UNLV finished sixth at 25-over. The Rebels’ top returning finisher from last year’s Burns is McInerney, who tied for 17th at 7-over. Johnson is the only other Rebel from last year to return to the Burns this week. He finished tied for 37th at 12-over.

Live scoring of the tournament will be available off a link at, courtesy of Golfstat, and may be accessed by clicking here.

UNLV played in four events during the fall season, recording three top-five finishes, including a victory at the season-opening Carmel Cup. Rebel individuals have turned in six top-10 performances so far this season.

Follow UNLV men’s golf on Twitter – @UNLVGolf

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Fall In Season Opener At Arizona




The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dropped their season opener on Friday afternoon at Arizona, with the Rebel men falling by a 208-91 score to the 23rd ranked Wildcats, and the UNLV women suffering a 183-109 loss.

On the men’s side, UNLV did post a total of four first-place swims on the afternoon. Matt Roe won the first individual race of the day, touching first in the 1000 free in 9:24.44. Balint Batka claimed the 200 fly in 1:48.76, while Dillon Virva posted a winning time of 20.26 in the 50 free. The final win for the UNLV men was in the 200 IM, with Giacomo Gremizzi placing first in 1:50.18.

Two Rebel women each won one event against Arizona. Jessica Heim placed first in the 500 free, posting a time of 5:02.99. The other win came from Katelyne Herrington in the 100 fly, thanks to a first-place time of 54.95.

UNLV stays in the state of Arizona for its next competition, on Saturday at Arizona State in Tempe starting at 12 pm.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 16 Rebels Back In Action Monday-Tuesday



Rebels in Alabama for the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, Oct. 7-8

The UNLV men’s golf team, which moved up to No. 16 in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings on Friday, will be back in action this week on Monday, Oct. 7, and Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, which will be played at Old Overton Country Club (par 70, 7,204 yards) in Vestavia Hills, Ala.

The 12-team field includes host No. 1 Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, North Carolina-Charlotte, Texas, No. 2 Texas A&M, Texas-San Antonio, No. 12 UAB, No. 16 UNLV and No. 17 Vanderbilt. The 54-hole stroke-play tournament will consist of 36 holes (first and second rounds) on Monday and 18 holes (final round) on Tuesday. Mondays’ first round will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT, with round two scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT.

Competing for UNLV will be junior Kurt Kitayama, sophomore Zane Thomas, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney and freshman Chris Tuulik.

Alabama has won the JPNI in five of the last seven years, including last season by four shots with a score of 17-over 857. The Crimson Tide’s Justin Thomas won medalist honors at the event last season by one shot at 2-under 208. UNLV finished fourth at last year’s JPNI at 28-over. McInerney was UNLV’s top finisher at the event among the players competing this year for the Rebels as he tied for 11th at 8-over 218. Jonson tied for 31st at 15-over, while Kitayama tied for 49th at 23-over.

Live scoring of the JPNI will be available courtesy of through a link at or by clicking here.

This will be UNLV’s third tournament of the fall. The Rebels won the stroke- and match-play titles at the Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach in Calif., to open the season, and finished fourth at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M., both in September.

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2013-14 UNLV Men’s Golf Statistics 

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 25 Rebels Win Stroke-Play Portion Of Carmel Cup, To Play For Championship Sunday




Rebels will face Vanderbilt in match play for tournament title on Sunday at Pebble Beach

The No. 25 UNLV men’s golf team shot an opening round 3-over-par 363 and followed that up with an afternoon score of 5-over 365 to win the stroke-play portion of the Carmel Cup on Saturday.

Arizona, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt, who are all receiving votes in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll, are the other three teams competing in the event this weekend.

UNLV’s two-round total of 8-over 728, was two shots better than Vanderbilt’s 730. Texas Tech was third at 750, followed by Arizona at 763. Six players played for each team with the low five scores of each round counting toward the team total.

The morning round was played at Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72, 7,040 yards), while the afternoon session was held at Spyglass Hill Golf Course (par 72, 6,960 yards).

The Rebels will now face Vanderbilt in match play on Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the tournament championship, while Texas Tech and Arizona will face off for third place. Play is scheduled to begin at 7:10 a.m. PT.

Vanderbilt’s Matthias Schwab led all individuals in stroke play at 3-under 141 (73-68). UNLV sophomore Zane Thomas was second at even-par 144 (74-70), while there was a five-way tie for third at 1-over 145 that included three Rebels – junior Kurt Kitayama (73-72), sophomore AJ McInerney (73-72) and freshman Taylor Montgomery (71-74).

Rebel junior Carl Jonson (72-77) was 11th at 5-over 149 and freshman Chris Tuulik (74-78) was 16th at 8-over 152.

There is no live online scoring from this weekend’s Carmel Cup, however a full recap of the action may be found on following Sunday’s round.

Saturday’s Carmel Cup Results

Pairings for Sunday’s championship

7:40 a.m. – Hunter Stewart vs. Jonson; Charlie Ewing vs. Thomas
7:50 a.m. – John Voetsch vs. McInerney; Ben Fogler vs. Montogomery
8:00 a.m. – Matthias Schwab vs. Tuulik; Zach Herr vs. Kitayama

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Jim Livengood Retiring As Athletics Director




 UNLV President Neal Smatresk today announced the retirement of UNLV Athletics Director Jim Livengood, effective June 30.

“It is with deep regret that I announce Jim Livengood is retiring,” Smatresk said. “Jim has been a wonderful athletics director. He has dramatically increased private support and helped restore UNLV Athletics as a national brand. UNLV and Rebel fans will miss him. I wish him luck and an enjoyable retirement with his family, friends, and grandchildren.”

The retirement concludes a run of 28 consecutive years as an athletics director for Livengood at four different institutions — UNLV, Arizona, Washington State, and Southern Illinois. He is a past chair of the NCAA Division-I Men’s Basketball Selection Committee and was named the 2006 Division I-A Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

“With the academic year coming to an end, it’s the time of year in this profession when you need to make these types of decisions about either going forward full-speed or making a change,” said Livengood, 68. “This has been something I have been contemplating for the past year. It’s time I step aside and allow someone else to take the lead with the Rebels and keep moving forward. I’ve enjoyed my time in Las Vegas and I care deeply about UNLV, but it’s the time in my life where my focus needs to be on my wife, kids, and grandkids. I’ve been blessed to be an athletics director for nearly three decades. You can’t ask for much more than that in a career. And I’m proud to end my AD career as a Rebel.”

Livengood was named UNLV’s director of athletics Dec. 17, 2009. During his tenure, Livengood led the construction of the Mendenhall Center, the state-of-the-art basketball practice facility that opened in January 2012. Livengood also selected Dave Rice as head coach of the Runnin’ Rebels men’s basketball team in 2011. In his first two seasons, Rice led the team to a total of 51 wins (a program record for a coach after two seasons) and two NCAA Tournaments as well as saw the largest crowds fill the Thomas & Mack Center for UNLV basketball games since 1991. Livengood also oversaw the hiring of new coaches in football, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s golf, women’s volleyball, and cross country.

During his three and a half years at UNLV, Livengood also will be remembered for playing a crucial role protecting and growing the Mountain West Conference.

“Jim Livengood’s contributions to intercollegiate athletics and most recently the Mountain West will be remembered forever,” said Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson. “During his tenure at UNLV, no conversation ended or a decision was made until we heard his opinion. He is a tremendous voice and friend in all aspects.”

Under Livengood’s leadership, UNLV student-athlete graduation rates have improved. As of fall 2012, 12 teams achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher and in the past year the Mountain West Conference recognized 126 Rebels for academic achievement.

Livengood also was an effective fundraiser and made increasing UNLV’s exposure locally and nationally a priority. Under his leadership, Rebel Athletics tripled its private fundraising revenue.

Prior to his UNLV post, Livengood was director of athletics at the University of Arizona for 16 years. He was also director of athletics at Washington State University (1987- 93), director of athletics at Southern Illinois University (1985-87), associate director of athletics, development and public relations at Washington State University (1980-85), and held several high school coaching positions (1969-1980).

Livengood and his wife, Linda, have two grown children and four grandchildren.