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Report shows how A's plan to give back to Las Vegas community 

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With the Oakland A’s set to move to Las Vegas ahead of the 2028 Major League Baseball season, we now know a little more about how the team plans to invest in the Southern Nevada community.

According to a proposed community benefits agreement — released ahead of Thursday’s Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board meeting — the team has a number of areas it plans to address.

That includes a grant program to benefit local organizations that provide assistance to veterans, a small business fund, and monies for improvement and restoration of community ball fields.

MORE: Nevada Supreme Court sets hearing date for A’s funding lawsuit

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On Monday, the A’s also announced that they have already provided $200,000 to more than 70 leagues across Nevada in support of youth sports.

“We’re proud to provide a donation to every youth baseball and softball league across the state of Nevada,” said A’s President Dave Kaval in a news release. “We are eager to continue engaging with the Nevada community and expand our commitment to supporting youth baseball and softball, education and civil engagement.”

The community benefits agreement is tied to the $380 million in public funding that the Nevada Legislature approved during a special session last year for a planned new $1.5 billion A’s ballpark on the Strip.

The stadium is set to go up at the current site of the Tropicana Las Vegas, which is scheduled to close for good April 2.

After that, the facility will be demolished to make way for the ballpark, and an adjacent Bally’s Corporation casino resort (Bally’s owns the Tropicana).

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A’s assistant general manager and director of player personnel Billy Owens says giving back is something the team has always been interested in.

“You gotta truly invest in a community,” Owens said during a Zoom interview with Channel 13 on Monday. “Whether it’s education forums, athletic forums, really in all avenues, it’s huge to be invested.”

Also as part of the proposed community benefits agreement, the team says it plans to offer a stadium suite for community use during each home game at the new ballpark, which is scheduled to be ready for play in early 2028.





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Who has the most prep baseball state titles in Nevada?

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The root of Southern Nevada’s rich baseball history starts with the high school game. Many of the MLB players from Las Vegas started their ascension to stardom by winning state titles in high school.

The next potential big leaguers are gearing up to win their first state title or help their programs add to their history of winning with the high school playoffs approaching.

Here’s a look at who has won the most Nevada high school baseball state championships:

T5. Five schools with 8

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Bishop Manogue, Boulder City, Green Valley, Needles and Rancho are tied for the fifth-most state titles with eight.

Green Valley won six straight titles from 1993 to 1998 under legendary coach Rodger Fairless, which is the second-most consecutive state titles behind Bishop Gorman’s seven (2006 to 2012). Green Valley’s last title was in 2003 with current College of Southern Nevada coach Nick Garritano leading the Gators.

Rancho won three straight titles from 1959 to 1961. Its last title came in 1976. Boulder City’s most recent title was in 2017.

No. 4 Bishop Gorman (9)

Gorman added to its baseball legacy by winning its ninth state title last season. The Gaels rolled to a 35-2 record to win their first state title since 2015.

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The Gaels won their first baseball state title in 2006 and went on to win seven straight. Coach Chris Sheff led Gorman to titles from 2006 to 2010 and last season.

Gorman’s 2009 title-winning team could be considered the most dominant, as the Gaels set the state record for most consecutive wins (35), runs scored (561), hits (572) and team batting average (.463) that season.

T1. Three schools with 10

Virgin Valley, Churchill County and Lincoln County are tied with the most state titles with 10 each. Virgin Valley’s last title came in 2022.

Churchill County, located in Fallon, won the third- and fourth-ever baseball titles in state history (1957 and 1958). Its last title came in 2015.

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Lincoln County, located in Panaca, won four straight titles from 2016 to 2019, which was its most recent title.

Contact Alex Wright at awright@reviewjournal.com. Follow @AlexWright1028 on X.





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Fury erupts in Las Vegas community as residents push back against massive Mormon temple that would stand 216-feet high and tower over their quiet streets

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Fury erupts in Las Vegas community as residents push back against massive Mormon temple that would stand 216-feet high and tower over their quiet streets


Angry residents in a Nevada town are doing everything they can to stop the Mormon church from erecting a 216-foot temple in their neighborhood.

Although residents in the Lone Mountain neighborhood of Las Vegas insist that their frustration doesn’t stem from any issue with the Mormon religion, they are nevertheless opposed to the temple’s construction. 

The Lone Mountain townsfolk fear that the proposed 87,000-square-foot temple will disrupt their rural lifestyle and lead to further development.  In particular, they are concerned with the temple’s planned height- 216 feet- which will dwarf the rest of the buildings in the area.

‘It’s going to stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of a rural setting,’ resident Brinton Marsden told 8news.

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Residents of Lone Mountain, a small and sleepy community in Las Vegas, are up in arms about the Mormon church’s plans to construct an enormous temple in their neighborhood, pictured: a mock-up of the proposed temple

In Lone Mountain, homes are required to stand no higher than two stories. The 216-foot temple would dwarf all buildings in the area. In order to illustrate just how much taller the temple would be, some residents floated a balloon 216 feet high in the air on Saturday

In Lone Mountain, homes are required to stand no higher than two stories. The 216-foot temple would dwarf all buildings in the area. In order to illustrate just how much taller the temple would be, some residents floated a balloon 216 feet high in the air on Saturday

In late March, 12 locals and members of the Northwest Rural Preservation Association, an organization that aims to preserve the rich rural culture in the Lone Mountain area, expressed their anxiety about the project.

Marsden, a member and long-time inhabitant of the area, said the large building would be lit up ’24/7′ over their quiet town.

Marsden also cited the Interlocal Agreement between the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, a document meant to protect the community from more populous urban planning.

‘For instance, no home can be built on less than a half-acre,’ he said.

‘It has to be a single-family home no taller than two stories.’ 

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The organization’s treasurer, Erin DeLoe, expressed a fear the area’s pleasant and serene dark skies would vanish once the temple, with all its bright lights, was constructed.

About 15 other members of the community joined the resident when he launched the balloon

About 15 other members of the community joined the resident when he launched the balloon 

Brinton Marsden (pictured), a longtime member of the community, said the temple was 'going to stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of a rural setting'

Brinton Marsden (pictured), a longtime member of the community, said the temple was ‘going to stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of a rural setting’

Northwest Rural Preservation Association treasurer Erin DeLoe (pictured) said: 'We have no streetlights, no curbs, no gutters, and no sidewalks, and that's what we like'

Northwest Rural Preservation Association treasurer Erin DeLoe (pictured) said: ‘We have no streetlights, no curbs, no gutters, and no sidewalks, and that’s what we like’

‘We have no streetlights, no curbs, no gutters, and no sidewalks, and that’s what we like,’ DeLoe said. ‘This structure will be as tall as the Durango Casino.’

Both Marsden and DeLoe were adamant their objection to the temple had nothing to do with the Mormon faith.

‘If the Catholic Church wanted to build a basilica across the street, I’d be against that too,’ Marsden said. ‘This is not a religious thing at all.’ 

DeLoe added: ‘I value their faith, and what they have taught their people.’

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‘I don’t want this to be taken as an affront to their beliefs because that’s not it at all, it’s the building.’

This past Saturday, residents in Lone Mountain took action to illustrate the proposed height of the new Mormon temple.

An aggrieved local purchased seven-foot helium balloon, which they then floated above the Lone Mountain area at 216 feet – the proposed height of the temple.

The balloon, which could withstand 15mph, was affixed to two cinderblocks to anchor it. Around 15 community members walked over to the balloon’s launch site and stood in solidarity.

Matt Hackley, a Lone Mountain resident, said: ‘We as the neighbors are trying to battle against this project.’

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‘It does not fit the neighborhood.’

Like Brinton Marsden, Hackley also invoked the Interlocal Agreement. 

‘It does not fit along within the guidelines of what the rest of the neighborhood has to follow.’ 

‘Our homes are asked to be 35 feet maximum, and the LDS community is asking for their temple to be 216 feet.’

Although the Interlocal Agreement could indeed tie up future construction on the temple, a recent report conducted by the City of Las Vegas concluded that the Mormon temple would not be in violation – as the agreement does not address religious or government facilities. 

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One local resident complained that their houses were required to be under 35 feet in height, while the proposed temple would be 216 feet tall

One local resident complained that their houses were required to be under 35 feet in height, while the proposed temple would be 216 feet tall

The lot (pictured) on which the Mormon church hopes to build encompasses some 20 acres- enough to contain the proposed 87,000-square-foot bulk of the temple

The lot (pictured) on which the Mormon church hopes to build encompasses some 20 acres- enough to contain the proposed 87,000-square-foot bulk of the temple

Bud Stoddard, stake president of the Las Vegas Lone Mountain Stake of the Mormon church, told 8news that he believed that the 3,000 members he represents approve of the temple.

Stoddard explained he was aware of the community’s concerns, but the power to alter the temple’s height was not vested in him.

The lot the Mormon church hopes to build on amounts to 20 acres.  

The massive temple would stand between North Grand Canyon Drive and Tee Pee Lane. The Lone Mountain temple would be the second Mormon temple in Las Vegas and the fourth in the state of Nevada.



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Crush of lawsuits over voting in multiple states, including Nevada, creates a shadow war for the 2024 election

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CHICAGO (AP) — As President Joe Biden and Donald Trump step up their campaigning in swing states, a quieter battle is taking place in the shadows of their White House rematch.

The Republican National Committee, newly reconstituted under Trump, has filed election-related lawsuits in nearly half the states. Recent lawsuits over voter roll maintenance in Michigan and Nevada are part of a larger strategy targeting various aspects of voting and election administration.

It’s not a new strategy. But with recent internal changes at the RNC and added pressure from the former president, the legal maneuvering is expected to play an increasingly significant role for the party as Election Day in November approaches. The lawsuits are useful for campaign messaging, fundraising and raising doubts about the validity of the election.

Danielle Alvarez, a senior adviser to the RNC and the Trump campaign, said the lawsuits were one of the organization’s main priorities this year.

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“This is something that’s very important to President Trump,” she said. “He has said that this is something the RNC should do year-round.”

Democrats and legal experts are warning about how the lawsuits might overwhelm election officials and undermine voter confidence in the the results of the balloting.

The Democratic National Committee has a legal strategy of its own, building “a robust voter protection operation, investing tens of millions of dollars,” to counter the GOP’s efforts that seek to restrict access to the polls, spokesperson Alex Floyd said.

“The RNC is actively deploying an army of lawyers to make it harder for Americans’ ballots to be counted,” he said.

Election litigation soared after the 2020 election as Trump and his allies unsuccessfully challenged his loss to Biden in dozens of lawsuits.

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Experts that year wondered whether the blitz of legal action was an aberration caused by false claims of a stolen election and changes to voting processes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Miriam Seifter, attorney with the State Democracy Research Initiative at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

They quickly realized that wasn’t the case as the 2022 midterms also generated a high number of election-related lawsuits. This year is projected to be similar, she said.

“Litigation seems to now be a fixture of each parties’ political and electoral strategies,” Seifter said.

Voter ID rules, mail ballots and voter roll maintenance are among the RNC’s litigation targets. The latest is a lawsuit this month alleging that Michigan has failed to keep its voter rolls up to date.

Maintaining accurate voter rolls by updating voters’ status is routine for election officials, who watch for death notices, changes in motor vehicle records or election mail being repeatedly returned. Michigan also uses ERIC, an interstate data-sharing pact that helps states update voter lists but has been targeted by conspiracy theories.

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Opponents of the lawsuit have said it relies on unsubstantiated, flawed data and runs the risk of purging legitimate voters.

“They’re claiming there’s a problem because one piece of data doesn’t match another piece of data,” said Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School professor. “But the pieces of data they’re trying to match don’t measure the same thing. It’s like saying, ‘I just looked at the clock and it’s different from the temperature on my thermometer.’”

This is not a new tactic, said Caren Short, director of legal and research for the League of Women Voters, which has filed to intervene in the Michigan lawsuit. She said most previous lawsuits have been from “more fringe groups” rather than directly from the RNC.

“Now seeing a prominent political party attempting to purge people from the rolls, it’s very concerning,” she said.

In the past four years, Michigan’s voter rolls have been targeted in three similar unsuccessful lawsuits. Just days after the Michigan lawsuit was filed, the RNC filed a similar one in Nevada.

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A federal appeals court earlier sided with the RNC in a lawsuit in Pennsylvania questioning whether officials should count improperly dated absentee ballots. A Wisconsin lawsuit is targeting absentee voting procedures and ballot drop boxes. An RNC lawsuit in Arizona is aiming to invalidate or adjust the state’s 200-page elections manual while another in Mississippi seeks to prevent mail ballots from being counted if they are postmarked by Election Day but received days later.

Various other groups have filed similar litigation recently, including a lawsuit against the Maryland State Board of Elections claiming the state’s voting system is not in compliance with federal and state law.

Marly Hornik, CEO of United Sovereign Americans, one of the groups behind the Maryland lawsuit, said more lawsuits are intended in other states this year. On its website, United Sovereign Americans, which Hornik said formed last summer, announced plans to file lawsuits in 23 states.

The GOP and affiliated groups are involved in dozens of other cases with more on the way, RNC officials have said. In this election cycle, the RNC’s legal team has been involved in more than 80 lawsuits in 23 states, said Alvarez, the RNC spokesperson.

She said part of the reason for the flurry of lawsuits was the lifting of a federal consent decree in 2018 that had sharply limited the RNC’s ability to challenge voter verification and other “ballot security.”

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During an interview this month with Fox News, the RNC chairman, Michael Whatley, emphasized the party’s plans to prioritize election-related litigation. He said the RNC is recruiting and training tens of thousands of poll observers and working with thousands of attorneys.

On Friday, the RNC announced plans to train poll watchers, poll workers and lawyers and send out more than 100,000 attorneys and volunteers to monitor vote-counting across battleground states in November.

Prioritizing election litigation also is reflected in recent changes within the RNC since Whatley and Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, took control and reshaped the organization with a renewed focus on “election integrity.” The RNC now has “election integrity directors” in 13 states.

Christina Bobb, who has promoted false claims of a stolen 2020 election and was part of a Trump-backed fake elector scheme, was tapped to lead the department.

“One of our biggest changes from last cycle to this cycle was making the election integrity department its own department with its own dedicated budget and focus,” Alvarez said.

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Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said most of the lawsuits are unlikely to win in court but “serve as a basis for fundraising and are trying to keep this issue front and center as a campaign issue.”

Democracy groups and legal experts said the lawsuits could pave the way for false narratives challenging the validity of the 2024 election while consuming time and staff at election offices across the country. Post-election lawsuits also could delay or obstruct certification of the results.

“I worry about these lawsuits that are not designed to clarify the rules but instead to lay the groundwork for false claims that an election their side lost was stolen or rigged,” said David Becker, founder and executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, which advises local election officials nationwide. “We saw this in 2020. We saw it in 2022. And we’re beginning to see the planting of seeds of doubt in the minds of the electorate again in 2024.”

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Associated Press writer Joey Cappelletti in Lansing, Michigan, contributed to this report.

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