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Immunization Clinics Available During Special Event Week

Immunization Clinics Available During Special Event Week


Nevada Infant and Immunization Week will provide a number of opportunities to improve the health and well-being of your children starting Saturday.

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition (SNIHC) and many health partners and providers will sponsor a week of immunization clinics during Nevada Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) April 20-27, beginning with a kickoff event hosted by the Southern Nevada Health District.

Nevada Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases, and serves as a call to action for parents, caregivers and healthcare providers to ensure infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age 2.

Driving You Crazy: Loop Ramp Near Premium Outlets Mall

LAS VEGAS - A viewer wants to know why drivers must navigate a seemingly unnecessary loop near the Premium Outlets Mall downtown to access I-15.

The viewer refers to the entrance to I-15 near Charleston Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway. The route forces drivers to take the loop around the mall in order to enter the freeway.

This is called a loop ramp or jug handle. The design and construction of this area was done in the early 1990's. It was built like this to eliminate conflict between left turns and through traffic, which is a major factor in the safety of intersections. In addition to reducing conflicts, they are supposed to reduce time.

A future cone zone called Project Neon will widen I-15 near the Spaghetti Bowl and add collector and distributor roads. It will eventually eliminate this jug handle. Depending on funding, this may not be done until 2030.

Until that future construction is complete, the jug handle remains.

Downtown Arts District Getting New Signs to Stand Out

Downtown Arts District Getting New Signs to Stand Out


New signs started going up Monday to help the 18B Arts District downtown stand out.

Crews with the city of Las Vegas will be placing 50 new metallic banner signs on streetlights in the district, which is bounded by Fourth Street to the west, Colorado Avenue to the north, Hoover Avenue to the south and Commerce Street to the east.

The project is expected to be finished by the end of summer. There will also be 17 new streetlights installed in the district. 

Gold Spike Casino Closes Doors After 36 Years

Gold Spike Casino Closes Doors After 36 Years

After 36 years in downtown, the Gold Spike Casino closed its doors Sunday. It will eventually become the newest addition to the Downtown Project.

The Downtown Project has invested millions in downtown Las Vegas. There are no details on how much was paid for the Gold Spike, but there are big plans ahead.

"The way downtown is going right now it's blowing up," said Benjamin Ortiz, who started as a server at Gold Spike and now works in sales at the Siegal Group. "Last night was nuts down here. We had a great time, sent this place off with a bang. We really are going to miss this place. I'm getting a little emotional; I think it's for the better."

It was a bittersweet day for most, and for some it was worse.

"To be honest with you I'm really sad to see my customers and coworkers go," said Chris Gutierrez who lost his job as a bartender at Gold Spike. "For real, it's sad."

Coroner Identifies Man's body Found in Roadway

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a man found dead earlier this week in a street northwest of downtown Las Vegas.

Clark County coroner's officials say 37-year-old Abraham M. Mathew was the person found dead Wednesday morning on Sandy Lane. That's near the intersection of Owens Avenue and Pecos Road.

Officers initially had trouble identifying him, and released photos of the man's distinctive jacket emblazoned with the words "Phat Farm" in hopes of generating tips.

Homicide detectives were investigating the case, but the coroner's office has not yet released a cause or manner for Mathew's death.

After 51 Years at Same Company, Worker's Job Eliminated

Lois Tafoya took a job at J.C. Penney's 51 years ago, and never quit.

LAS VEGAS -- In a weak economy, it's tough enough to find a job, but a Las Vegas woman managed to hold onto hers for more than 50 years.

Lois Tafoya was not only able to hold on to her job for 51 years, she did it at a sole company: J.C. Penney Co.

Tafoya, now 72, got quite a send off for her last day.

Her husband, Joe, jokes that J.C. Penney was his wife's first love, and he was her second.

"Fifty-one years with Penney, 47 with me," Joe Tafoya said. "It's not bad."

Fifty-one years at one job may seem like a feat in itself, but what makes her story even more impressive was that it almost never happened.

"It was a lot of discrimination and it was really rough," Lois Tafoya said.

As a Hispanic woman, Tafoya said employers back in the 1960s were quick to shut the door.

"They would make an excuse," she said. "You could tell, because they saw who I was and they didn't want me."

Kids Get Lesson in Healthy Eating from Local Chef

Kids Get Lesson in Healthy Eating from Local Chef


A local nonprofit along with a local chef brought the message of healthy eating directly to kids in a demonstration at a southern Nevada school Thursday.

Create A Change Now brought Chef Shane Stuart to McWilliams Elementary School to show kids about healthy eating and teach them how to make a fresh garden smoothie.

The effort goes beyond just Thursday's event. Create A Change Now also helped plant a garden at the school to show the students where fresh food comes from and how to use it.

The chef took the ingredients for the smoothie from the garden planted by the children.

"We are hoping to effect our rates of childhood obesity. In the state of Nevada, we are 11th in the nation and it is time for us to start caring about our next generation," Create A Change Now founder Candace Maddin said.