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Hyde Park Middle School Claims Science Bowl Title

Hyde Park Middle School Claims Science Bowl Title


Students from Hyde Park Middle School will head to Washington, D.C., for a national competition following their win in the Nevada Science Bowl.

Hyde Park won a nine-hour competition, winning $1,000 for their math/science department and also an expenses-paid trip to Washington to represent the state in the National Science Bowl in April.

Saturday’s competition began with 29 middle school teams from Las Vegas facing off in a “Jeopardy-style” format. The double-elimination tournament tested students’ knowledge of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics and physics.

The event was held at Henderson International School.

Winning Schools:

  • Hyde Park Middle School -Blue – First Place - $1,000 and trip to Washington, D.C.
  • Roy Martin Middle School – Second Place - $600
  • Faith Lutheran Junior High – Third Place - $350
  • Hyde Park Middle School - Green – Fourth Place - $250

Discovery Children's Museum Opens Its Doors

LAS VEGAS -- In true Las Vegas fashion the Discovery Children's Museum grand opening was a celebration with years of planning and determination.

The idea behind the museum was to be hands and to capture the youngest of imaginations with 52,000-square feet, three floors of excitement and learning according to developers.

"It's been years of columniation of excitement, this was a brown field for heaven's sake, we were in a terrible pit and look at what's happened," Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. "This is imagination, creativity, science, and everything every child should experience."

While the museum is just days away from its official opening to the public, the celebration is part of the rebirth of the downtown area that's already been evolving.

"It really puts us on the map with regards to a children's museum that will essentially be the best in the United States," Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said.

Lanes on I-15 Closing This Weekend for Graffiti Cleanup

Lanes on I-15 Closing This Weekend for Graffiti Cleanup


Crews will be closing lanes and restricting on-ramps along north and southbound I-15 this weekend to clean up graffiti.

From 7:30 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday, on I-15 just south of Lake Mead Boulevard, travel lanes will be reduced to two lanes in both directions so Nevada Department of Transportation crews can clean an overhead sign of graffiti. Crews will also be installing cages on the sign to prevent future graffiti problems.

Besides the lane closures, crews will also close the northbound I-15 on-ramp from Washington Avenue and the southbound I-15 on-ramp from eastbound Lake Mead Boulevard, during the same time period.

The same areas will also be closed at 8 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday.

City Looking for Participants for Helldorado Parade

City Looking for Participants for Helldorado Parade


The city of Las Vegas is now accepting applications for the 2013 Helldorado evening parade.

The city is looking for floats, equestrian units, marching bands, performers, car and motorcycle clubs and other type of entry will be welcome.

The entries should be themed on the traditions of past Helldorado Days, what the celebration means then and now or the birthday of the city of Las Vegas.

The parade is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18 and should last about two hours. The parade route will head north on Fourth Street from Gass to Ogden avenus.

There is no fee to participate. An application can be downloaded from the city's website at lasvegasnevada.gov/helldorado. They must be submitted by Monday, April 29. Only the first 120 qualified applications will be accepted.

SUV Hits, Kills Pedestrian in Las Vegas, Fails to Stop

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas police say they have few details about a dark-colored SUV that fatally hit a person and left the scene Wednesday night.

Authorities say the crash happened about 10:30 p.m. when the pedestrian was crossing Torrey Pines Drive north of Casada Way.

Police say it appears the pedestrian was outside a marked crosswalk at the time. Details about the person's identity, age and gender were not immediately available.

The vehicle continued north on Torrey Pines Drive without stopping. It's described as a mid-size or large SUV.

The crash marks the 23rd traffic-related fatality this year in Las Vegas police jurisdiction.


West Vegas Residents Push for Positive Change

West Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- One of the oldest communities in the Las Vegas valley has seen many changes and experienced a decline since its glory days during the last century.

Even so, historic west Las Vegas is still home to many people who love it.

Located in the present day in a central portion of the valley, its name stems from when it was west of the railroad tracks in the mid-1900's.

SLIDESHOW: Historic West Las Vegas

Today, the area is known for its blight, casting a dark shadow that was home to the valley's first black residents.

"There's a level of distrust that's happening in our community," said Cedric Crear, a west Las Vegas resident.

Few are shocked when a drug bust or shooting strikes this predominantly black community.

West Las Vegas Rich in History

Westside School in the 1930s

LAS VEGAS -- Historic west Las Vegas, one of the oldest communities in the valley with a rich history, has declined since its heyday.

Starting in the 1930s, historic west Las Vegas served as an example of the racism that divided the nation and city.

Today, the area is in the central part of the valley, between US 95 and Interstate-15.

The area was founded as the McWilliams townsite, later becoming known as "Westside" because of its location west of the railroad tracks.

The area was a crucial transportation hub for white miners in 1905 and by the 1930s, blacks began purchasing land and running businesses.

SLIDESHOW: Historic West Las Vegas

But Jim Crow laws segregated black Americans to the Westside, creating a close-knit community.