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Halloween haunts for the family in Southern Nevada
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
The anticipation of Halloween is almost as thrilling as an '80s horror film marathon. Adults deliberate over their costumes with childlike enthusiasm, teens trot to haunted houses for a scare and children plot their routes to maximize their candy bounty. If you’re looking to celebrate all things scary but ...
Connecting tea lovers directly to farmers around the globe
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Elyse Petersen, the founder of Tealet, began her career as a food scientist and eventually found herself working at a green tea plant in Japan. After realizing the origins of many tea powders can’t be traced and that farmers struggle to compete with large corporations that sell tea for less than it costs to grow, Petersen decided to create a transparent wholesale market that bridges the gap between small farmers and tea lovers worldwide.
School lunch tips for meal-prepping parents
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
When most adults reminisce about their school lunches, it’s usually memories of smashed PB&J sandwiches from a brown paper bag or school meals filled with mystery meats. But Peter Gilhooly, chef and father of a 7-year-old daughter, is challenging those notions with his team of more than 100 chefs.
Award-winning documentary to be showcased at CSN event
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Billy Ward flew to South Africa to film American veterans protecting rhinos from poachers and then edited the 30 hours of video into a 14-minute documentary for a class at the College of Southern Nevada ...
Help a local child affected by cancer at Ballsfest
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
After surviving testicular cancer, Frank DeBlasi founded the nonprofit, Ballsfest to provide children, young adults and families affected by cancer with uplifting experiences.
Las Vegas teen starts nonprofit group for art supplies
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
When Salomee Levy learned that her school's art teacher often had to purchase supplies for the classroom, the teenager got to work on a solution.
Elementary school merges symbol of healing with anti-bullying message
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
More than 1,000 paper cranes billowed in the October wind at the Paul E. Culley Elementary School garden in Las Vegas. Students sprawled across the courtyard clapping to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” during Thursday’s event to encourage a safe and respectful learning environment ...
UNLV hosts lecture on law and #MeToo
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
UNLV will host a free lecture on the roles of lawyers during the #MeToo movement on Oct. 8, at 4 p.m.
How Community Ambulance has altered its approach to mass-casualty incidents
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Glen Simpson didn’t realize how anxious he would feel. Simpson, the director of special events at Community Ambulance, was working a music festival last weekend when he started to experience anxiety from working at an outdoor music venue ...
St. Jude’s Ranch pursues new campus
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, located in Boulder City, announced on September 18 a plan to develop the first-of-its-kind residential treatment center for child sex trafficking victims. The exact location of the center will not be released for safety reasons.
Oct. 1 shooting shined a spotlight on our strained mental health system
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
Nevada placed last in the nonprofit organization Mental Health America’s 2017 annual rankings, indicating a high prevalence of mental illness and difficulties accessing care. In Nevada, 67.5 percent of adults with mental illness go untreated, according to the same report—the highest in the nation.
Resource group at UNLV helps diverse students find way
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
UNLV is ranked as the most diverse university for undergraduates on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing for the Best Ethnic Diversity category. With that ranking now comes ...
Program aims to help foster youth pay for college credit fees
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents passed the Nevada Foster Care Fee Waiver unanimously during a Sept. 6 meeting.
Support for children affected by the Oct. 1 shooting
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
Clark County, Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, the Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and more community partners will host two free workshops dedicated to helping support children who were affected by the Oct. 1 shooting.
UNLV group aims to serve Latino pre-med students
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018
Kevin Ashi, 21, spent his childhood between his parents’ countries and the United States. The UNLV student hopes to draw on his experiences in both rural Mexico and in Syria to help solve public health challenges in ...
Hope for Prisoners helps ex-offenders reenter society — and inspire others
Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
A young boy asked if he was on the right bus route to a casino on Boulder Highway. Veronica Adwell, the driver, guesses the boy was about age 8 or 9 years. Adwell, 36, was working overtime for bus company Keolis, driving the Boulder Highway route when ...
Celebrating national hispanic heritage month
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
North Las Vegas will host a free movie screening for the HBO film WalkOut
Coffee events help new school superintendent get vital feedback
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018
New Clark County Schools Superintendent Jesus Jara, in an attempt to become more familiar with how the district functions, is hosting “Java with Jara” discussions this month ...
His love of teaching math equals a half-century in CCSD schools
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018
Throughout his 50 years of teaching, he has mustered up more than a few ways to keep students engaged in learning concepts from puzzles that illustrate geometric principles to prime numbers used in factoring ...
Achievement gap hire aims to improve educational equality throughout Southern Nevada
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Schools across the country have an achievement gap between high-performing racial and ethnic groups-—whites and Asians—and low-performing groups, blacks and Hispanics. Clark County School District is no different, and similar to schools nationwide, it’s working to bridge the divide.
Latino outreach group urges Congress to preserve funding source for Nevada parks
Monday, Aug. 27, 2018
The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire Sept. 30 unless Congress renews it, is responsible for funding more than 300 projects in Nevada ...
DNA test solves decades-long family mystery for Las Vegas man
Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
Richard Bodager knew he was adopted the way he knew he wanted to be more than a fry cook at a West Virginia fast-food chicken joint as a teenager ...
Laxalt’s office joins effort to support human trafficking victims
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
Tickets to the event cost $75 per person or $700 for a table of 10. Sponsorships start at $2,500.
Faith Lutheran students launch effort to help alleviate poverty in Kenya
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
A group of students at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School is teaming with nonprofit World Vision to help sponsor impoverished children in two Kenyan villages ...
As school starts, a reminder for drivers to be mindful of pedestrians
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
The Clark County School District and Metro Police are bringing awareness to pedestrian and driver safety before a new school year starts on Monday. During a joint event ...
CCSD board narrowly votes to enact polarizing gender diversity policy
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Trustees Deanna Wright and Linda Cavazos said the deciding factor in their votes for the policy was administrators and principals asking for guidelines in dealing with ...
Census may leave thousands of Nevada’s children uncounted
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
The outcome could jeopardize federal funding on which the state relies to support its children.
Meet the kids who would be affected by transgender policy in schools
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
The Nevada Legislature passed Senate Bill 225 last session, requiring the state Board of Education to institute a policy that protects students who are gender nonconforming, hoping to address ...
Undocumented immigrants brought to U.S. as children still dreaming of citizenship
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
Astrid Silva, one of Nevada’s most outspoken immigrant rights activists, has called Nevada home since she was 5 years old. A year before, a 4-year-old Silva migrated with her ...
Nonprofit shifts focus to helping struggling families around the house
Sunday, July 29, 2018
When interior designer Mandy Telleria started renovating a shelter for homeless teenage mothers in 2014, it wasn’t just a matter of making her community a better place ...
Father reunited with 5-year-old after separation at border
Friday, July 27, 2018
A father and his 5-year-old daughter have been reunited after being separated under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy for immigrants suspected of ...
Is your child up to date on vaccinations?
Friday, July 27, 2018
If not, there are a variety of clinics and fairs throughout the Valley offering back-to-school immunizations.
Here's where cooling stations are in Las Vegas
Thursday, July 26, 2018
After the death of three homeless individuals last week from heat-related causes, Southern Nevada officials are encouraging at-risk populations ...
Heller: Nevada held detainees under zero-tolerance policy
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Nevada has held detainees under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy for prosecuting immigrants captured while crossing the border illegally ...
Q+A: NLV city manager on impact of Apex, reshaping downtown
Monday, July 16, 2018
Ryann Juden has a vision for North Las Vegas — a thriving economy, a diverse downtown, new jobs and much more. But Juden, the North Las Vegas city manager for the past six months, says it’s not a one-person task ...
Program for Las Vegas teens offers opportunities for success via community service
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Syeda Jamshed walks the halls of the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada helping children find their lost backpack or making sure they are where they’re supposed to be during camp ...
Conflict in Central America: Why thousands flee their homeland in search of a safer existence
Friday, July 13, 2018
The journey through cartel-controlled states in Mexico is safer than what they face in Central America’s Northern Triangle, comprised of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Event explores sex-abuse danger facing women in janitorial work
Friday, July 13, 2018
Local advocacy groups are combining to train local businesses and stakeholders on potential acts of sexual assault that can occur during the night shift ...
Forced into shadows: Deportation fears silence undocumented crime witnesses, victims
Thursday, July 12, 2018
“The biggest thing for an undocumented person is to just stay off of ICE’s radar. If interaction with local police puts you on ICE’s radar, it becomes a good reason for a person to ...
Donation helps hearing-impaired enjoy Smith Center
Saturday, July 7, 2018
The Smith Center now has new assistive listening devices to help audience members who need hearing assistance during live shows.
How to navigate suicide prevention resources in Las Vegas
Friday, July 6, 2018
Both Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade died by suicide in June and left behind friends, family and mourning fans. But they weren’t the only ones. On average, 123 people die by suicide each day in the U.S., and many display warning signs.
Funding challenges, teacher shortages reach Clark County classrooms
Thursday, July 5, 2018
This past year, Angie Manzanares, a Leavitt Middle School science teacher, sold her break time between classes back to the Clark County School District so she could teach an additional class. Not only did this earn her $6,000 more a year, but it also made her class sizes smaller, which benefited her students. It was a ...
Fireworks booth raises money for childhood cancer foundation
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
MaKenzie Hanover wasn’t especially fond of fireworks, but she had an energetic personality and a “fiery sarcasm,” says cousin Jeff Helvin. So it’s fitting, in a way, that Helvin uses a fireworks booth to raise money in honor of her.
Activists rehome hundreds of abandoned pets from feral rabbit dumpsite
Monday, July 2, 2018
Near Easter, pet shops fill up with baby rabbits and sell them to parents for their children. But shortly after the holiday ends ...
Everyday activism: Marches aren't the only places to make your voice heard
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Immigration, Black Lives Matter, March for Our Lives, Women’s March—there are more than a few causes on our minds.
Unbreakable bond: Las Vegas couple celebrate 70 years together
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Jim and Joyce Ekstrom’s love story started at a hospital in Duluth, Minn. Jim, who had recently returned from serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, accompanied his younger sister to visit a sick friend. Joyce was there visiting the same patient. They locked eyes and a love story was ...
Family delights in its opportunity to celebrate with nontraditional dad
Sunday, June 17, 2018
From time to time, the Las Vegas couple talked about adoption, but they never acted on the thought until the day Mark Goldstrom saw 14-year-old Randy on “Wednesday’s Child,” a Las Vegas TV show that helps foster children find homes. Mark knew then he wanted to be …
School Board reviews draft policy protecting gender-diverse students
Friday, June 15, 2018
Clark County School Board trustees voted 4-3 late Thursday to move forward with a policy that protects students who are trans or nonbinary in their gender expression. The vote doesn’t enact the policy but ...
Keep your kids on the learning track during summer break
Friday, June 15, 2018
As teachers dismiss their classrooms for the last time, students rush to embrace a summer free of math tests, book reports and science projects. But many in the Las Vegas Valley will experience summer slide, or the loss of knowledge during break.
Picking the perfect tea for you
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Here’s a quick guide to the types, uses and health benefits of this leafy wonder, which is filled with antioxidants and flavor.

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