HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU: The echo of the late Roy Rogers might still be heard as a local company starts beating the drums for commuter flights it plans from Victorville, Cal., to Las Vegas.
"Sure, the company’s efforts to have commuter flights to Long Beach and Burbank didn’t pan out," said a pipe, "But this is different. It’s Vegas and everybody knows there’s lot more interest in going to Vegas than to those other two places."
The company, Valley Air Express, told the San Bernardino County Sun that a marketing survey listed Las Vegas as the most popular destination within a 200-mile radius of Victorville.
Of course Victorville, smack in the middle of the California high desert, also counts Mirage Dry Lake and California Aqueduct as scenic landmarks.
An official of the company said they would be ready to go as soon as escrow closes on a near-new $1.2 million Cessna Grand Caravan airplane that will accommodate nine passengers.
Nine passengers? I don’t think McCarran is concerned about over crowding.
LOOK TO THE ”˜OTHER SIDE’ FOR ANSWERS: Ever thought there might be an easier way to pick a winner? Why not ask someone on the "other side."
Next weekend, Sam’s Town is hosting two acclaimed psychics, Dennis Jackson and Alice Best, who will hold séances in order to receive messages from "beyond."
The pair claims they provide healing messages from friends, loved ones and even pets who are on the other side.
Pets? Actually, I’d love to know some of my long lost pets are doing. Maybe they can advise me as to which team to pick in the Super Bowl futures.
CANNIBALS MAY BE STIRRING: According to Prince Nagim, our Louisiana pipe, there’s less than jubilation in Louisiana regarding a slowdown in gaming revenues.
Said the prince, "There were more gambling opportunities in Louisiana during the last fiscal year, what with slot machines being offered at both Delta Downs and in May, Louisiana Downs. But in the final tally, the State Police auditors found that gaming revenue was up just 4.3%. That doesn’t compare with last year’s 7% increase."
Those numbers didn’t sit well with state officials who now consider gaming revenues as important to the state’s well being as the oil and gas revenues used to be, said the prince.
Reporting on the numbers, Prince Nagim said that the total revenue from the state’s 14,000-plus slot machines, two racetracks, 14 riverboat casinos and the Harrah’s land-base casino in New Orleans, totaled $2.56 billion for the fiscal year.
AREA 51 BELIEVERS CAN’T WAIT: Leave it to Midway Games Inc. to come up with the ultimate sci-fi meets government cover-up video game involving the top-secret facility Area 51.
In its promotion of the new PlayStation 2 and Xbox Live game that will hit the stores sometime next year, the company said gamers will be able to "infiltrate the U.S. government’s most top-secret and heavily guarded military instillation" located just a few miles north of Las Vegas.
Featured role in the game is played by Lt. Nick Cross, a hazardous biological waste specialist sent to investigate the facility. During his investigation, Lt. Cross stumbles across alien (George Knapp where are you?) creatures and becomes infected with a biological mutagen that eventually transforms him into something not quite human. To save the earth and himself, Lt. Cross must fight to solve the enigma of Area 51.