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Residents of F Street Applaud City's Decision

Residents of F Street Applaud City's Decision

People living in the area of F Street in downtown Las Vegas are applauding the decision by the city to reopen the closed street.

The city council approved a bond Wednesday that will fund the reopening of the street. F Street was closed four years ago for the widening of I-15. People living in the area were outraged. They said they were not informed of the plans to close the street and the closure cut them off from the rest of downtown. They held protests and even filed a lawsuit. In the end, the legislature voted to reopen it.

"This was easier access for me and some people that do not have cars it was easier for them. It never should have been closed in the first place. Why should you fix something that is not even broke in the first place?" 15-year resident Paul Lankford said.

Mother May Face Charges in Downtown Fire

LAS VEGAS -- Three small children remain in critical condition Thursday after a fire broke out in their downtown apartment while they were home alone.

Their mother was not home last night when the fire broke out just after 8 p.m. Wednesday. The apartment now sits empty, and the kids are still at University Medical Center. Their mother could soon be heading to jail.

The kids apparently started the mattress fire with either some matches or a lighter. When firefighters arrived, they found them unresponsive, suffering from smoke inhalation.

Several neighbors said the mother was hardly home and the kids were often left to fend for themselves.

"They used to come around and play with mine. I would give them snacks and feed them, but she's never home," said neighbor Mariah Gandara.

Fire Damages Apartment Complex

Fire Damages Apartment Complex

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in a downtown apartment complex. A dog was killed in the fire.

The fire started after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the New York Apartments, which are close to the Stratosphere Casino. Fire investigators have not determined the official cause of the fire, but they say it may be traced to careless smoking.

The American Red Cross has stepped in to help the more than seven people displaced by the fire. They are getting help to find a safe place to stay along with food, clothing, medication and other essentials.

City Council Votes to Reopen F Street

City Council Votes to Reopen F Street

The Las Vegas City Council voted to reopen F Street in downtown Las Vegas.

The council voted 5-1 Wednesday to move ahead with bonds to pay for the project. F Street was closed to accommodate the I-15 widening project. Strong objections from people living in the area forced lawmakers to rethink the closure.

Councilman Bob Coffin was against the reopening. He said people living in the area knew the closure was coming. It will cost about $16 million dollars to reopen the closed street.

New Health Card Office Set to Open


A new health card office will soon open in east Las Vegas.

Health card services offered by the Southern Nevada Health District at its East Las Vegas Public Health Center will be unavailable Thursday, Feb. 16 while the program is moved to a new location in the same complex.

The new health cards office, 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Ste. E-12 will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. For more information, visit the health district website, www.SNHD.info.

The East Las Vegas Public Health Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (closed on Friday). Services include health cards, birth/death certificates, family planning services (by appointment), children’s exams (by appointment), women’s healthcare services, and immunizations for adults and children.

Health district public health centers are located at: 

Councilman Settles Vote on How to Replace Him by Phone from Hawaii

LAS VEGAS -- A divided Las Vegas City Council voted Wednesday morning to hold a special election to replace Steve Wolfson, who recently won appointment as Clark County District Attorney.

In a bizarre twist, a gridlocked council contacted Wolfson via cell phone while he is vacationing with his family in Hawaii to receive his input. Wolfson said he preferred an election, joining Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Stavros Anthony and Steve Ross. Rikki Barlow, Lois Tarkanian and Bob Coffin voted against it.

Wolfson's last day as city councilman is Feb. 20 and the election is scheduled for March 20.

Ward 2 residents interested in running for the open seat must file for candidacy. Filing will take place from 8 a.m. Feb. 21, through 5 p.m. Feb. 22, in the City Clerk's Office located in the new City Hall at 495 S. Main Street. The last day a potential candidate could have become a resident of Ward 2 was Jan. 23.