The headlines have not been kind to the Nevada public school system.
It was shortly after 7 a.m. on Nov. 21, 1980, when a plume of smoke emanating from the Las Vegas Strip could be seen by residents throughout the valley.
Small businesses will become a beacon of light the day after the Black Friday chaos ends and people grow sick of watching fights break out over a 32-inch television at big box retailers.
When former Nevada First Bank president Arvind Menon was chosen to open Meadows Bank eight years ago, his biggest challenges involved attracting customers in the midst of a recession and growing the community bank's business in Las Vegas.
"It was still more of a stoner crowd two years ago (at a cannabis event) in Denver," Saxton said. "This time, there were thousands of people in suits. It was much more of a professional crowd."