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VIDEO VAULT: UNLV Student Ambassador 30 Years Later 
Channel 3 profiled a young student making an important choice in 1985, and returned 30 years later for a follow-up.
VIDEO VAULT: The man who brought gambling to Nevada 
Most people residing in the Las Vegas Valley today would not be were it not for legalized gambling. It's the lifeblood of our this area and the economic driver for the entire state. But that wasn't always pre-ordained.
95.5 FM KWNR (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Las Vegas Radio Snapshot: Summer 1995 
Twenty years ago, the equipment, music, hair and clothing were different. But many of the DJs were the same. Just on different stations back then.
Early 1990s (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Fong's Garden family influential in Las Vegas 
From the mid-1950s into the early 2000s, many people were familiar with the popular dining establishment on East Charleston. But the Fong family influenced Southern Nevada with more than just cuisine.
July 28, 1995 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Huntridge Theater roof collapse of 1995 
Fifty-one years after the Huntridge Theater first opened its doors, tons of roofing crashed down in the audience area. It was a matter of timing that saved many lives.
Captured in Las Vegas (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Maximum security escape evokes Las Vegas memories 
When Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from a maximum security prison in June, the manhunt may given Las Vegans a sense of déjà vu.
Alternative new horizons explored at Pluto's in Las Vegas 
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft delivered an up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday from 3 billion miles away. In Las Vegas during the mid-1980s, there was a different establishment exploring new horizons with a more salacious approach.
Video Vault | The Lawman and The Stripper 
In his last TV interview, former Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb told a variety of stories to News 3, all of which have already aired, except for one. The final tale from the interview concerns stripper Lili St. Cyr.
Flamingo & Paradise, NE Corner (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Trouble at Paradise Market, Part 2 
There was nothing that outwardly remarkable about the strip mall that used to be at Flamingo and Paradise. But it turned out to be part of a Las Vegas/Los Angeles mob turf war.
Video Vault | Trouble at Paradise Market, Part 1 
The Strip Mall that used to be on the northeast corner of Flamingo and Paradise was in the news a lot in the early 1980s, for all the wrong reasons.
September 24, 1990 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Rodney Dangerfield feels disrespected 
In 1990, the bug-eyed comedian took Caesars Palace to court over a steam room incident which the comedian said left him injured.
Introduced March, 2015 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | A Quick History of Channel 3 
Over the course of 60 years, this station has had three sets of owners, three sets of call letters and two dial positions.
Late 1970s (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Video Vault | Hot times at Jubilation/Shark Club 
These days most of the hot dance clubs are in Las Vegas Strip resorts. But in the mid-1970s through late '90s, the place to party was on Harmon Avenue.
Summer of 1982 Prison Interview (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Jimmy Chagra, Part 2: Accused Assassination Mastermind 
El Paso drug kingpin and Las Vegas high roller Jimmy Chagra was facing a long sentence in federal prison, when the presiding judge was shot the morning the trial was supposed to start.
Undated 1970s Film (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Jimmy Chagra, Part 1: Gambler and Drug-Smuggler 
Jimmy Chagra was based out of his hometown of El Paso, but loved the Las Vegas lifestyle so much he bought a mansion here. So where did all that gambling money come from?
Unidentified News Team, Late 70s (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Traditions remain strong for Helldorado 
Helldorado is an annual Las Vegas event with a parade, carnival and rodeo dating back to the Depression era.
Current View (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | 1884 Murder at Kiel Ranch 
The wealthiest man in southern Nevada is taken down in a gunfire ambush. Not recent history, but going back to 1884.
Winchester Community Center, 1994 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Legendary jazz vocalist Joe Williams 
May is Jazz Month in Las Vegas, and a great time to look back at a great jazz vocalist who spent the last couple of decades of his life living here.
Wet 'n Wild on the Strip (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Original Wet 'N Wild on Las Vegas Strip 
Long before the current two water parks servicing the Las Vegas Valley on the outskirts, there was a very popular place called "Wet 'N Wild" – no relation to today's park – on the Strip.
Video Vault | Bringing 'The Ant' to trial in 1986 
It was a case that took years of times and millions of dollars to build, featuring some of the most infamous names in Southern Nevada.
Video Vault: Deep trouble erupts at '73 rock concert 
It was one of the most memorable events ever to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center – and not in a good way. A triple-bill rock concert where the situation went south.
Video Vault: Celebrating 1990 Rebels' NCAA title 
April 2, 1990, is when UNLV's Runnin' Rebels won the College Men's Basketball Championship, and southern Nevada residents celebrated.
August 27, 1980 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Tom Hawley revisits the 1980 Bombing of Harvey's Casino 
In August of 1980, two men wheeled a large container into the offices of Harvey's Casino at State Line, Nevada, in what became the most infamous extortion case in state history.
Video Vault | 'Bugsy' Siegel's Las Vegas years 
A talk with Dr. Larry Gragg about his new biography of Bugsy Siegel.
Carla Rea in 1992 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Carla Rea marks 30 years in comedy 
Carla Rea has been doing the comedy thing for quite a while now. In fact, in the early 1990s, some of her material made its way to the News 3 Video Vault.
February 6, 1909 (Las Vegas Age)
Video Vault | A Tale of Two Clarks 
Drive around the Las Vegas Valley and you will encounter a Clark High School and a Clark Street ... both of which are in Clark County. But they are not all the same Clark.
11:00 News Opening Sequence (KSNV-TV/Channel-3 )
Video Vault | 'The Herd' and his Las Vegas start 
Colin Cowherd is a well-known ESPN personality and host of a nationally syndicated radio show. But he got his start in broadcasting back in the late 1980s here at News 3.
Video Vault | The Riviera in the 1980s 
The history of the Riviera dates back to 1955. This story is focusing on a particularly tumultuous decade for the property.
February 2, 1990 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | 1990 'Traffic Summit' over Las Vegas 
In February 1990, transportation policy makers from local, state and federal levels went airborne to figure out our traffic problems.
by Dr. Joanne L. Goodman (University of Nevada Press)
Video Vault | Women's evolving roles in Vegas work force 
A new book by UNLV Professor Joanne Goodwin looks at the evolution of women's roles in the Las Vegas work force.
Video Vault | Betting on the Big Game '80s style 
A look back at how News 3 covered Super Bowl wagering three decades ago.
March 1, 1990 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Moby Grape place for rock in Las Vegas 
From the mid-1970s into 1990, one nightclub stood above the others for 20-somethings to rock out in Las Vegas.
Artist Rendition With Canals (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | 'Las Venice' 1991 dream for Downtown 
If you think the Fremont Street Experience is wild, wait until you see the alternative that fell by the wayside first.
Poster For Exhibit (City of Las Vegas)
Video Vault | Midcentury Las Vegas Stage exhibit 
A photography and fashion exhibit is the jump-off point to explore the Las Vegas Lounge scene from decades gone by.
William Nellis Superimposed (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Namesake of Nellis Air Force Base 
Seventy years after he died in World War II's Battle of the Bulge, Video Vault takes a look back at the legacy of William H. Nellis.
1969 at Million Dollar Display (UNLV Special Collections)
Video Vault | Remembering gambling legend Benny Binion 
He was a colorful character with a criminal past, who rose to be guiding force on Fremont. Binion passes away on Christmas Day 1989. News 3 looks back 25 years later.
Video Vault | Soccer stadium site part of city's development 
It’s put up or shut up today for a possible downtown soccer stadium, with the Las Vegas City Council planning a decisive vote on a funding package that would plans to move forward.
February, 1960 (AFP/Getty Images)
Video Vault | JFK's several visits to Las Vegas 
John F. Kennedy famously made a speech at the Las Vegas Convention Center in 1963. But he was here several other times, too.
Speaking to News-3 in 2010 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | 'Hey Reb' great deal for UNLV 
In the 1980s into the early '90s, it was one of the most profitable mascot logos in college sports. But the creator earned just $1.
1940 Performance (Source Unknown)
Video Vault | Myths, truths about Sinatra/'Godfather' link 
There has long been a suggestion that the "Godfather" character Johnny Fontane was loosely based on singer Frank Sinatra. Here is an examination of the scenes in question.
November 9, 1989 (NBC News)
Video Vault | Las Vegas soldier recalls Berlin Wall fall 
It's been 25 years since a symbol of the Communist dominance over Eastern Europe was breached. A Las Vegan who was there at the time remembers.
Undated Photograph (LaMafia.co.il)
Video Vault | 'Handsome Johnny' Roselli: Vegas mob boss 
He is one of the lesser known characters in the pantheon of Las Vegas wiseguys. But make no mistake, John Roselli was in charge from the 1950s through the mid-'60s.
Early 90s (Channel-33
Video Vault | Horror movies with 'Count Cool Rider' 
In the 1990s, it was a Saturday night tradition for local scary movie fans to get their frights from "Count Cool Rider."
A Tale of Three Cities (University of Nevada Press)
Video Vault | 'Reno, Vegas and the Strip: A Tale of Three Cities' 
A new book from the University of Nevada Press by Dr. Eugene Moehring tells the interconnected stories of the three most important gaming centers in the state.
1981 News-3 Interview (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Monk Montgomery and the Jazz Society 
A successful jazz musician who decided to make Las Vegas his home found the music scene lacking. So he did something about it.
Special to Channel-3 (National Park Service)
Video Vault | WW II Bomber in Depths of Lake Mead 
Most of the B-29 "Superfortress" bombers left after World War II were dismantled. But a few still exist, including one that went to watery grave in Lake Mead.
February 18,1981 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Frank Sinatra vs. Harry Reid 
The Chairman of the Board (Sinatra) applied for a Nevada Gaming License in 1980. But the Chairman of the Gaming Commission (Reid) had some serious questions about allegations of ties to known criminals.
Undated Postcard (Source Unknown)
Video Vault | Sinatra at the Sands Copa Room 
Old Blue Eyes performed at countless venues over the decades, but the one he himself remembered most fondly was the Copa Room at the Sands.
Undated Photgraph (Railroad Pass Casino Collection)
Video Vault | The Rich History of Railroad Pass 
Railroad Pass Casino in the process of changing hands. But for most of it's eight decades plus, this has been one of the most stable gambling halls in Southern Nevada.
Tempoary Location on Meadows Lane (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Birth of the Meadows School in Vegas 
Now a local institution in Las Vegas, when The Meadows School opened on Sept. 4, 1984, it was a bold experiment in education.



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