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Drive offers school supplies to child abuse victims
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009
This month, children will receive school supplies from donations to Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and preserving the family. The annual back-to-school drive, which began in mid July, is fueled by organizations and families who donate backpacks, paper, folders, pens and pencils to Olive Crest. Gift cards are also accepted.
UNLV, UNR make Forbes' list of the nation's top 500 colleges
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009
Two Nevada public schools made Forbes’ list of America’s Best Colleges this year. UNLV placed 486 while UNR came in at 406.
Las Vegans react to Sotomayor confirmation
Group gathers to watch historic vote that saw Reid, Ensign split
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009
The Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. The vote was 68-31 for President Barack Obama's first high court nominee as she becomes the 111th justice and just the third woman to serve. Sen. Harry Reid voted in favor and Sen. John Ensign voted against the confirmation. Members of the Las Vegas Hispanic community who gathered to watch the confirmation at Esmeralda’s restaurant on East Charleston Boulevard were jubilant Thursday afternoon.
Titus outlines concerns with health care bill
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) brought her concerns about health care reform to the Boulder City Rotary Club today, explaining why she opposed the first version of the bill in the House, answering questions and listening to comments.
Man sentenced in shooting death of Palo Verde freshman
Parents of Christopher Privett express sorrow over loss of their son
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009
Ezekiel Williams was sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of eight years on one count of voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon and one count of accessory to murder in the shooting death of a high school freshman last year. The decision was handed down by District Court Judge Stefany Miley. Williams pleaded guilty June 24. On Feb. 18, 2008, Palo Verde High School freshman Christopher Privett was shot in a drive-by shooting.
Community, police come together for National Night Out
Event gives neighbors and police officers a chance to get to know each other
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009
Communities across the Las Vegas Valley came together Tuesday to celebrate the 26th Annual National Night Out. National Night Out is a crime- and drug-prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The event, which began in 1984, is designed to bring neighbors together, heighten awareness about crime and drug activity and strengthen neighborhood and police relations.
Man accused of kidnapping, sex assault arrested
Monday, Aug. 3, 2009
Metro Police detectives arrested a man Monday on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and impersonating an officer.
Residents decry possible loss of post office
Councilwoman says loss would be damaging to elderly, businesses
Monday, Aug. 3, 2009
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian said today that losing the Garside Post Office in her district would make it difficult for senior citizens and residents who rely on public transportation to get to the Post Office. Local businesses would also be affected, she said. Tarkanian held a news conference in front of the Garside Post Office, 1801 S. Decatur Blvd., in response to an announcement that some post offices are being considered for closure.
Camp Cartwheel brings joy to sick children and volunteers
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009
When a Metro Police officer spent his vacation as a counselor at Camp Cartwheel one year, Jeff Gordon, president and CEO of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, was curious to know why. “I said, ‘With all the things you could be doing with your time off, how come you’re coming here?’” Gordon recalled. “And what he said to me next I have never forgotten. He said, ‘I come to Camp Cartwheel to wash the mud from my soul.’”
Two area residents die of H1N1 flu
Five have died so far of flu strain
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Two Clark County residents have died of the H1N1 flu strain in the past week.
Two injured in NLV mobile home blaze
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Two people were injured and a dog was killed in a mobile home blaze Wednesday in North Las Vegas, according to Clark County fire officials.
Brothel owner sentenced for bribe
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Brothel owner Joe Richards was sentenced Wednesday for attempting to bribe a former Nye county commissioner to benefit his business interests.
Woman, intruder shot during home invasion attempt
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
An attempted home invasion late Tuesday in North Las Vegas resulted in an exchange of gunfire and a woman and an intruder being shot.
Two Las Vegans sentenced in separate child porn cases
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Two people have been sentenced in unrelated cases on child pornography charges in Las Vegas. Richard Chase, 47, will serve more than 24 years behind bars for the possession of hundreds of images of child pornography in his home and traveling from Nevada to Utah to engage in sex with a 15-year-old boy, U.S. attorney for Nevada Greg Brower said.
Neighbors band together, condemn shooting of 8-year-old boy
Police activate task force in northeast Las Vegas neighborhood after weekend shooting
Monday, July 27, 2009
A recent act of violence in one northeast Las Vegas neighborhood prompted a swift response from police and neighbors, who gathered Monday night to decry the Saturday shooting of an 8-year-old boy. Metro Police and many who live in the area of Marion Drive and Kell Lane banded together as part of Safe Valley United, a partnership between police and community leaders designed to spread a message against violence, as well as ways to prevent it. Pastor Troy Martinez, of the East Vegas Christian Center, said the event offers an opportunity to reach out to the community in a time of need.
Children hit the water for annual cardboard boat races
Thursday, July 23, 2009
In most boating competitions, there’s no trophy for the funniest- or most futuristic-looking ship. But then again, it probably wouldn’t be made out of cardboard, either.
Las Vegas soldiers return home from Afghanistan
Families greet soldiers at McCarran after year-long deployments
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
About a dozen soldiers from the Nevada Army National Guard's Embedded Training Team returned home Wednesday afternoon from Afghanistan. Families met their loved ones at McCarran International Airport's south baggage claim after one-year deployments. The soldiers returned on civilian flights arriving at 3:08 p.m., 3:32 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. When Master Sgt. Donald Sander came down the escalator, he greeted his wife, Natalie, and mother, Denise, with hugs and kisses. He and his wife embraced tightly, almost oblivious to the video cameras and bright flashes around them.
Boulder City church welcomes new priest
Monday, July 20, 2009
St. Andrew Catholic Community Church has a new face leading its parish -- Father Bob Stoeckig.
Census estimate shows slight decline in Boulder City population
Estimate by county is higher, but methods are subject to error
Saturday, July 18, 2009
According to recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Boulder City’s population fell from 14,821 in 2007 to 14,720 in 2008. But the latest county demographics brochure dated June 2009 estimates a population of 16,684. State demographer Jeff Hardcastle said the discrepancy could be caused by a combination of factors, including where the data comes from.
Habitat for Humanity hands over three Las Vegas homes
Families move into homes they helped to build since January
Friday, July 17, 2009
Three families received keys to their new Habitat for Humanity homes Friday. Guy Amato, president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas, said the project broke ground in January. He said in the fiscal year ending June 30, the organization has built 10 homes and logged more than 30,000 hours of volunteer work. "It's a real significant number and a real compliment to the community because it's all volunteers from around the valley," Amato said. A group gathered outside the homes to recognize those who donated their time, money and efforts to help make the dedication possible.
Tourists on Strip sweat it out as mercury rises
Temperatures hit year-to-date high of 110, expected to climb higher
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Temperatures on Wednesday climbed to 110 degrees — the highest of the year so far — and were forecast to reach 111 today and 112 on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Andrew Gorelow, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, said the normal high this time of year is about 105 degrees. The record high for today’s date was 116 degrees set in 1998.
Vandals hit 'Fabulous Las Vegas' sign
Red letters scrawled on sign and leg holding up the structure
Monday, July 13, 2009
As tourists lined up to snap photos of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign Monday morning, many noticed something amiss.

Red graffiti was scrawled on the famous landmark, defacing the main face and one of its structural legs.

Cameron Randall and friend Kevin Daniels, visiting from North Carolina, noticed it right away and were disappointed someone would damage the popular tourist attraction.
Reward offered for information in fatal DUI crash
Driver charged in death of motorcyclist has missed court appearances; groups offer $2,000
Friday, July 10, 2009
Members of STOP DUI and Crime Stoppers said today the groups are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who has been charged with driving under the influence in the March death of a motorcyclist near Tropicana Avenue and Interstate 515.
Family speaks out after toddler’s drowning death
Thursday, July 9, 2009
After losing their 2-year-old son, Dayne, in a June drowning accident, Patrick White and Heather Cerrillo spoke at a news conference by their back yard pool Thursday to caution other parents to watch their children closely.
Henderson expects continued fall in consolidated tax revenue until late 2010
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Consolidated tax revenue — on the decline for more than two years — is expected to level off late next year and start to increase slightly by December 2010, Henderson Finance Director Steve Hanson said.
City planner appointed to fill seat Hafen vacated
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Debra March was appointed to Henderson City Council Wednesday, filling the seat left vacant by Mayor Andy Hafen in Ward 2.
Henderson City Council holds off distributing museum money
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Henderson City Council voted Tuesday to hold off on distributing $21 million earmarked for a new space and science museum until later, when the money is needed, instead of giving it to the museum’s advisory board up front. It is estimated that the advisory board will need to raise a total of $61 million to fund the project.
Police: Self-proclaimed 'prophet' likely has other abuse victims
Man says any activity was 'God's doing' and he's not to blame
Monday, July 6, 2009
Authorities said a man who runs a church out of his Las Vegas home likely has other sexual abuse victims. He allegedly told police that if he did have sexual interactions with minors, it was "because he was full of 'the spirit' and can't help what he does when he is full of the spirit."
Crowds flock to Station casinos across valley for fireworks
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The rockets glared brightly as the music of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp blared and all eyes stared skyward at Red Rock Resort on Saturday night for Station Casinos’ 4th of July Blast.
Hundreds of people gathered with family and friends and filled the lawn near the resort’s pool for a nine-minute fireworks show choreographed to music paying tribute to America — with Sinatra and Elvis thrown in to recognize the hometown spirit. Billed as the valley’s largest fireworks show, Red Rock was one of nine Station casinos to simultaneously light up the sky starting at 9:30 p.m.
Six decades later, Damboree still unites Boulder City
Residents line up for parade, stay for food and games
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thousands gathered Saturday in Boulder City for the Independence Day festivities. A flyover by the Boulder City Veterans Pilot group kicked off the morning parade. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a quick appearance at the beginning of the parade. About 75 groups participated in the parade, including Boulder City High School cheerleaders and local baseball and softball teams.
Armed man sought in business robbery
Friday, July 3, 2009
Metro Police are searching for a man who robbed a store at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday in the 2800 block of Maryland Parkway.
Las Vegas welcomes 102 new citizens in ceremony
Officials praise diversity as group represents 35 countries
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Feelings of patriotism ran high today at Las Vegas City Hall as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomed 102 new U.S. citizens during a ceremony in the council chambers. In all, the new citizens represented 35 countries, from Australia to Vietnam. The largest group hailed from the Philippines. An oath of allegiance sounded throughout the chambers as all 102 stood to recite it. Afterward, they waved their small American flags in the air, their smiles lit up by the camera flashes of friends and family. Mayor Oscar Goodman said his family came to the U.S. from Europe not knowing the language or anyone here.
New parking rules in place for Boulder City Damboree
Thursday, July 2, 2009
New parking rules, including a charge in the evening, will be enforced this year at the 61st Annual Damboree Festival.
BC Veterans Pilot Group helping Damboree take off
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Before retired Air Force pilot Mike Smith took off, he smiled into his headset and said, jokingly, “You know, I haven’t had much experience doing this.” The engine of his RV-7/7A airplane roared. “Just 45 years,” he said.
Miss Boulder City to make first appearance at July 4 parade
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Michelle Coe said her friends jokingly refer to her as “Miss B.C.” or “Miss Boulder City.” “It’s like they’re making fun of me, but I won’t take that,” Coe said, smiling. “I just proudly nod my head and say, ‘Yes, I am.’”
Program expanded to help more underwater homeowners
Reid, Titus tour Las Vegas neighborhood hit hard by foreclosures
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Homeowners struggling with mortgage payments now have expanded options for relief, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today in Las Vegas. The program has been expanded to include borrowers who are up to 125 percent underwater on their mortgages.
Reid, Titus, Horsford: Green energy means more Nevada jobs
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Nevada elected officials and local business leaders met today with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to discuss the Silver State’s future as a green state and to brainstorm ways to create more jobs through energy efficiency during a meeting of Reid’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Energy at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.
Technology brings soldier in Iraq, wife together for baby’s birth
Lance Cpl. Jeremy Quintana expects to return home in eight weeks
Monday, June 29, 2009
Lance Cpl. Jeremy Quintana, who is in Al Asad, Iraq, was able to spend some quality time with his wife, Crystal, and new baby, Julian, born Friday in Henderson, thanks to some new technology and a nonprofit group that made it possible. With help from the Freedom Calls Foundation, a public charity that connects troops overseas with families back home, the thousands of miles of desert and ocean between them weren’t able to keep the young family separated.
Michelin: Bad economy means no 2010 guide in Las Vegas
Friday, June 26, 2009
Count Las Vegas out for the Michelin Guide in 2010. A spokeswoman for the company said it will temporarily discontinue guides for Las Vegas and Los Angeles next year because of the economy, though it has plans to resume publishing for both cities in 2011.
Supporters celebrate passage of gay rights bill
Bill became law after Assembly overrode governor's veto
Friday, June 26, 2009
The gay and lesbian community and supporters on Thursday celebrated the passage of a bill granting gay couples the same legal rights as married couples, providing they register with the secretary of state starting Oct. 1. Five groups — the American Civil Liberties Union, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Stand Out for Equality and the Human Rights Campaign — gathered at the Rio to celebrate last month’s passage of Senate Bill 283.
High-end cars available for high-speed test drives
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
If there's anything better than driving 100 mph down a private race track, it's doing it in style.
Goodman honors WWII women with ‘Rosie’ proclamation
Friday, June 19, 2009
During World War II, Rosie the Riveter encouraged women to roll up their sleeves and join the war effort, and while times have changed, some still identify with Rosie’s “we can do it” spirit.
History to come alive at 31ers reunion
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The history of Boulder City will come alive at the 54th annual 31ers Reunion Luncheon later this year. The October luncheon will include historical monologues, skits, research presentations and videos highlighting the city’s history. Organizers describe the program as an educational showcase and hope to expand it beyond the luncheon into the curriculum of local schools, as well as bringing it to other community events. The annual event is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the College of Southern Nevada building, 700 Wyoming St., to honor the city and the people who helped to build Hoover Dam, starting in 1931.
Man rescued after falling into 12-foot trench
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
A man was rescued this afternoon after falling into a 12-foot trench at a construction site near the intersection of Lake Mead Parkway and Boulder Highway in Henderson.
Police make arrest in 15-year-old homicide case
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Metro Police announced today the arrest of a man in a 15-year-old unsolved homicide case in which a 7-year-old girl was sexually assaulted.
'' host takes plunge to show unique Vegas jobs
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 host Denise Spidle trained with an aquatics safety diver at the Silverton Casino last week, then took the plunge two days later for a video shoot.
Gaming pioneer remembered for honesty, education work
Family, friends mourn former Harrah’s executive at memorial service
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Family and friends remembered pioneering casino executive Claudine Williams on Saturday for her honest personality, her loyalty and commitment to education. A memorial service to honor Williams was held Saturday at Harrah’s main ballroom. More than 100 family members and friends gathered at the casino to honor Williams, who died May 13 after a long illness at the age of 88. Williams was the first woman to own a casino, as well as the first to be inducted into the Nevada Gaming Hall of Fame.
Anthony wins council seat with 10 votes to spare
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Stavros Anthony defeated Glenn Trowbridge by the closest of margins Tuesday night in their run for the Ward 4 seat on the Las Vegas City Council. It came down to 10 votes, with 6,608 votes cast. With all precincts reporting, Anthony took 3,309 votes, or 50.08 percent, compared to 3,299 votes, or 49.92 percent, for Trowbridge.
UMC kidney transplant program recertified
Monday, June 1, 2009
University Medical Center announced today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recertified its kidney transplant program.
Michelle Coe named Miss Boulder City
First runner-up goes to Dawniel Selvig
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Michelle Coe was named Miss Boulder City in a packed auditorium Saturday night at Boulder City High School.

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