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Cher lies low when in Sin City

Cher’s concert stand in Las Vegas may be the ultimate representation of Sin City: It’s decadent, glitzy, oversized, over-the-top and a thrill-a-minute experience. But when she leaves the Colosseum at Caesars Palace at the end of her performance, the 62-year-old singer leads a lifestyle quite opposite from the kind that Las Vegas has come to represent.

Las Vegas on the cheap

LAS VEGAS – Things are noticeably quieter on the Las Vegas Strip these days, and casinos usually known to boast excess are dropping prices to cope with a bad economy that has hit Sin City particularly hard. It might seem weird, since people generally think one thing when they come to Las Vegas: Big money. But enough inexpensive fun exists here to fill a trip without stinging stakes. Examples: $45 rooms at the Monte Carlo, slow-paced poker games and free attractions, from lion-watching to a manmade volcano. Among the low-cost options: Free entertainment: Lounge acts and good people-watching posts are plentiful on the Strip, but it’s tough to beat the beauty of the fountains at Bellagio.

The Whitaker family

The Whitaker family's move to Spokane took 10 visits and nearly two years. Scott Whitaker began the family's journey here from Las Vegas when he applied to be a Spokane Valley firefighter in 2005. After that, he traveled to Spokane for the written exam, the interview, the physical and psychological evaluations, and on trips with his wife to get her sense of the place.