LAS VEGAS – Sergio Portesan’s middle name is Elvis, and he has a tattoo of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on his left bicep.
The 26-year-old Colorado man visits this gambling and entertainment mecca every chance he gets, the last time for his birthday in January, weeks before casinos went dark as the coronavirus crisis deepened.
So no one was going to keep him from the reopening party that kicked off Wednesday – except his mother.
She’s a nurse in Minnesota, and Portesan wanted her blessing, given continuing coronavirus concerns.
“I was like, if you tell me no, I’ll cancel,” Portesan said. “She’s like, do it. It’s important to you. It’s historic. You’ll never see it again. You’re young and healthy.”
Frontier Flight 260 was bound for Tampa, Florida was diverted back to Las Vegas to make an emergency landing following an “engine malfunction.”
Frontier Airlines released the following statement:
“During takeoff on Frontier flight 260 from Las Vegas to Tampa this morning, a section of an engine cover called a cowling came loose and separated from the aircraft. Our pilots followed procedure and immediately returned to the airport. The engine continued to operate normally and the aircraft, an Airbus 320, landed safely. Safety is our top priority at Frontier Airlines and we would like to acknowledge the professionalism of our pilots and flight attendants. We are working to get our passengers to their destinations as quickly as possible.”
Celine Dion announced she will be ending her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace after eight years. Her last show will be on June 8, 2019 and the singer says in a facebook post on Monday “I definitely have mixed emotions about this final run”. She added, “Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years. Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special.”
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