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Work on SlotZilla Zip Line Underway

Work on SlotZilla Zip Line Underway

 

Crews started putting up the beams for the new SlotZilla zip line downtown.

The zip line is being built along Fremont Street at Las Vegas Boulevard. It is going to be the first permanent, themed zip line ride and should be open in June.

The beams put into place Thursday will support an 11-story slot-machine themed platform.

When finished, there will be two levels for thrill seekers to enjoy. On the top level, riders will zip 100 feet above the ground and zoom 1,700 feet under the Fremont Street Experience canopy.

The second level will take riders 70 feet above the ground and take them 850 feet under the canopy to a mid-point platform.

Bubble Run Set for Saturday, Will Disrupt Bus Service

 

Downtown will host a new take on the 5K charity run this weekend.

The Bubble Run will start at 9 a.m. Saturday. Runners and walkers dress in white and make their way through the course which includes Bubble Bogs. The bogs are full of colored bubbles. By the time runners finish, they are covered in colored bubbles and foam.

The run will benefit the Sign Design Theatre Company, which helps to connect deaf and hearing children through theater using American Sign Language, and Project 150, which helps the hundreds of homeless students in the Clark County School District.  

The bubble fun will disrupt some Regional Transportation Bus routes. From 2 a.m. to 2 p.m., the RTC will have to detour Route 108-Paradise, 109-Maryland Parkway, 113-MAX, 208-Washington, 215-Bonanza, 301-Deuce on the Strip and Boulder Highway Express.

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

 

Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

I-Team: Congresswoman Calls for Abuse Investigation

LAS VEGAS -- A U.S. congresswoman is urging a Nevada state agency to investigate reports of abuse at the Desert Regional Center in Las Vegas.

Parents of adult children with mental disabilities residing at the state-run mental health facility said their children were forced into a fight ring by staff members.

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus wrote a letter to the state's Health and Human Services director, Michael Willden, following an I-Team investigation into the allegations.

"If accurate, these allegations are tragic and unacceptable," Titus wrote. She acknowledged a state investigation that found no wrongdoing, but urged the state to conduct an independent investigation.

Former Motel Used to House Veterans

LAS VEGAS --  A place that helps veterans get back on their feet held a dedication ceremony Wednesday to thank supporters.

Veteran's Village is located near Charleston and Las Vegas boulevards. It's a former motel that is being used to house male and female veterans who need a little extra help.

"It was a run-down motel that was ready for closure and we brought it back to life and repurposed it," Veteran's Village founder Arnold Stalk said.

"It gives them their own little sense of home, something that they can call their own. It's clean, it's safe, I just think it's fantastic," former Marine Greg Brannon said.

Veteran's Village also has a food pantry and gives veterans clothes they can wear for job interviews.

Nevada Senator Comes Out as Gay During Debate

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- As Nevada legislators emotionally debated a move toward same-sex marriage, one lawmaker rose to his feet and declared, "I'm gay."

Nevada state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson says that he quickly picked up hundreds of new friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter.

His statement on the Senate floor late Monday night came after listening to passionate comments from colleagues as they debated Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would abolish Nevada's heterosexual definition of marriage.

Atkinson says he never considered his sexual orientation a secret. His friends and family knows he's gay.

Still, he says, "I just knew it was time."

Experts Review Tourism Safety in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- If it could happen in Boston, a terrorist attack could potentially happen anywhere, including Las Vegas.

The International Tourism Safety Association is meeting in Las Vegas this week to talk about issues involving public safety. Because tourism is such a vital part of the local economy, local law enforcement they are doing everything they can to protect Las Vegas against an attack.

It was the bombing heard around the world when the Boston Marathon was targeted. Security experts say any famous city, including Las Vegas, could be on a terrorist's radar.

"Something can happen anywhere in the world. What we want to do is lower the probability," said Peter Tarlow who is at the safety conference.

Law enforcement from around the world gathered at the conference to share ideas on how to be better prepared.