Las Vegas Stadium for Relocating Raiders Gets Allegiant Name
LAS VEGAS — A $1.9 billion stadium being built for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders when the team moves to Las Vegas next year is being named for Allegiant Travel Co., team and company officials said Monday.
The announcement came during a ceremony marking the installation of the final steel beam for the roof of the 65,000-seat indoor stadium just off the Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel is the publicly traded corporate parent of Allegiant Air, a low-fare carrier serving more than 120 U.S. cities, including 55 nonstop routes to Las Vegas.
Company chairman and chief executive Maury Gallagher said in a statement the facility name will “amplify” the airline’s focus on leisure and vacation travel and its own resort development in Florida.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in May the company had filed to trademark the name “Allegiant Stadium.”
Terms of the agreement weren’t made public, but experts told the Review-Journal the deal might cost up to $25 million annually in cash and in-kind services.
The Raiders are moving after the upcoming season.
Taxpayers are funding $750 million of the stadium, which will also host UNLV football and the collegiate Las Vegas Bowl game beginning in 2020.
Lightning Sparks More than a Dozen Nevada Wildfires
ELKO — Lightning sparked more than a dozen wildfires in northeast Nevada over the weekend and forecasters are warning more are likely as thunderstorms move back into the region later this week.
Three of the fires each have burned more than 4 square miles (10 sq. kilometers) of mostly remote rangeland, including the Goose Fire near the Nevada-Idaho line about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Jackpot.
Another fire in the Ruby Mountains about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Elko forced the closure of a highway and evacuation Sunday night.
But there were no evacuations in place on Monday.
No injuries have been reported or structures damaged.
The National Weather Service says thunderstorms expected to return to the area Wednesday and Thursday will not carry a lot of moisture so new fire starts are a real risk in windy conditions.
DUI Suspect Arrested in Reno; Pedestrian Seriously Injured
RENO — A 38-year-old man has been arrested for suspicion of drunken driving in a crash in Reno that seriously injured a pedestrian over the weekend.
Reno police say Alexis Anastassatos was booked for suspicion of DUI causing substantial bodily harm and failure to use due care. A 50-year-old woman who was struck has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Police say Anastassatos was driving west of downtown Reno near West Fourth Street and Stoker Ave at about 10 p.m. Saturday when he hit the woman who was crossing the street in mid-block in darkness.
The crash shut down the intersection until about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
It’s not clear if Anastassatos has a lawyer or will be appointed one at a pending court appearance.
Detectives investigating the crash are looking for witnesses. Anyone with information should call police at 775-334-2141.
Nevada Sheriff: Robbers got Over $200,000 in ATM Robbery
CARSON CITY — A law enforcement official says robbers got over $200,000 in cash when they robbed a Wells Fargo ATM in Carson City.
Authorities generally don’t disclose amounts of money stolen in robberies but the Nevada Appeal reports that Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong confirmed the amount stolen Monday.
Furlong said there was a lot of cash in the ATM because it had just been restocked and that the robbers “knew what they were doing.”
The robbers who accosted a technician serving the ATM were described as African American men wearing purple hoodies to conceal their faces. They left in a silver car.
Gunman with Infant Hostage Shot, Killed by Nevada Deputies
CARSON CITY — Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a Nevada gunman who was holding an infant hostage at a home in Carson City.
The Douglas County sheriff’s office has taken over an investigation into Saturday’s officer-involved shooting.
The name of the man killed by Carson City sheriff’s deputies hasn’t been released.
No one else was hurt.
Carson City Sherriff Kenny Furlong says the infant’s mother and two other children had escaped the home on the east side of Carson City when deputies were called to a domestic dispute at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
Negotiations continued during a nearly five-hour standoff. But the suspect fired at least five shots and authorities became concerned the infant was in imminent danger so a SWAT team stormed the house and exchanged gunfire with him before he died shortly before 9 p.m.
Renown, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shielf Settle Dispute
RENO — The largest hospital in Northern Nevada has settled a contract dispute with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield that had jeopardized health care access for thousands of people covered by its insurance plan.
Renown Health and Anthem reached a new agreement Thursday just as their previous operating agreement was set to expire.
It ensures that Anthem members with continue to have in-network access to all Renown hospitals and physicians.
More than 6,000 employees of the Washoe County School District are among those covered by the Indiana-based insurer.
Renown President and CEO Anthony Slonim says they appreciate the collaborative approach by both sides to reach a resolution.