In the small, Reno-like heart of La Center, card rooms are the engine that keeps the city running. But the closure of La Center's smallest card room earlier this year was enough to wipe out nearly a tenth of the city's operating budget for 2015. After Chips Casino shut down, city officials realized their $4.4 million budget is heading for a $400,000-plus shortfall resulting from a steep drop-off in card room tax revenue.
An Ariel man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday on suspicion of operating a pickup truck while intoxicated and running over a passenger as she left the vehicle. The incident allegedly took place outside a home in La Center.