Joe Bartels, ABC 13 Las Vegas

Joe Bartels

ABC 13 Las Vegas

Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Past articles by Joe:

ARRIVING SOON: FAA changes aircraft navigation maps to Harry Reid International Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration appears to be working on administrative tasks in order to reflect the name change of the largest airport in Las Vegas to Harry Reid International Airport. → Read More

SWITCH FLIPPED: Vegas live entertainment support business sees signs of life

There is another sign that the pandemic's grip on the economy is loosening as Las Vegas live entertainment and shows make a comeback and the demand for equipment to support the industry is seeing more demand. → Read More

Las Vegas airport sees rebound in travel, more TSA security officers needed

The airport servicing one of the busiest travel destinations in the United States continues to see passenger volume grow as the economy recovers and now federal authorities are asking for people to apply for several open TSA security officer positions. → Read More

Nevada set to unveil vaccine 'raffle' for prizes in effort to boost vaccination rates

Nevada is getting closer to unveiling a new raffle to help get the state, and the nation, closer to a July 4th goal of having more than 70% of eligible Americans fully vaccinated. → Read More

ROOM RATES BOOM: Las Vegas primed for massive Fourth of July fireworks show on Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is back to booming again with plans for an epic Independence Day fireworks show rivaling a New Year's Eve-style party, which has sent some room rates soaring for the Fourth of July weekend. → Read More

BACK TO BUSINESS: Las Vegas shines as final COVID-19 restrictions eased, visitors rejoice

Las Vegas feels like 'normal again' after the final covid-related restrictions were allowed to expire at midnight on June 1 and visitors to Sin City say they feel safe and relieved the restrictions are over. → Read More

El Cortez Hotel & Casino turns pandemic pause into renovation opportunity

One of the oldest and most historic properties in Las Vegas took the pandemic slow down and turned it into an opportunity to renovate the property. → Read More

Live music returns to Fremont Street Experience after year long pandemic pause

The Fremont Street Experience, the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, announced its long-awaited return of free live music to its iconic stages. → Read More

Vegas wedding bells ringing as business picks up

Weddings were put on hold in Vegas, along with everything else, when the pandemic hit. But good news, locals in the industry say wedding bells are ringing again. 13 Action News reporter Joe Bartels says happy couples are flocking to Vegas, where you can have your wedding cake, and eat it too. → Read More

Billionaire businessman, current owner of NBA Brooklyn Nets to own new Las Vegas pro Lacrosse team

Las Vegas is getting a professional lacrosse team. → Read More

Las Vegas welcomes Wrangler National Finals Rodeo after pandemic pause

Las Vegas is the entertainment capitol of the world and is getting back to its usual form as one of the biggest events, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, will return after a pandemic pause. → Read More

BACK TO WORK: Can remote employees be forced back to work in-person?

The pandemic changed a lot of aspects of life as we know it but as the situation continues to improve across the United States, some workers are now grappling with another issue: the transition from remote to in-person work for the first time in more than a year. → Read More

Tentative settlement reached in ongoing Alienstock legal saga

13 Investigates has learned a tentative settlement has been reached in the ongoing Alienstock legal saga. → Read More

BACKYARD BONES: Las Vegas pool installation reveals 14,000-year-old surprise

A Las Vegas couple says their ongoing pool construction hit a little bit of a snag after workers unearthed a set of bones which turn out to be rare find believed to be up to 14,000 years old and date back to Earth's most recent ice age → Read More

Former friend, business associate of Tony Hsieh sues for millions of dollars

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A former friend and business associate of Tony Hsieh is suing his estate for millions of dollars. Tony Lee, who says he worked in finance, says Hsieh offered him a job to handle finance for a project in Park City, Utah. As 13 Investigates has previously reported, Hsieh, the former Zappos CEO worth upwards of a billion dollars, was attempting to turn the ski town into a similar… → Read More

Small group marches on Las Vegas strip demanding big local changes after Chauvin verdict

A small group met face to face with some Las Vegas Metro police officers on Tuesday night in front of the Venetian hotel and casino before a short march to demand justice in another high profile police shooting death. → Read More

Tiny town for sale in California looks to future after marijuana idea goes up in smoke

The tiny town of Nipton California is getting some attention from perspective buyers after the idea to turn the outpost into a cannabis consumption destination went bust and pandemic added further pain and forced a foreclosure. → Read More

Bikers want answers after arrests, citations issued in Las Vegas confrontation

Some bikers are asking for an explanation after a large bike ride around downtown Las Vegas ended with some of them, including minors, in handcuffs. → Read More

Las Vegas casinos rush to vaccinate employees, new memo reveals capacity limit incentive

A slew of Las Vegas casinos have announced they are taking steps to ensure their employees have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, and a newly released memo from the Gaming Control Board points to incentives and possible punishment for operators who fail to act. → Read More

Las Vegas police explore drone technology, new uses for safety and taxpayer savings

They are sworn to protect, serve and fly. 13 Investigates was given a rare, inside look at the small drone program within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department making a big difference to document crimes and someday even save lives. → Read More