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'Just know I will be okay, Nathan will be okay': Vigil held to remember UNLV student who died after boxing match

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Family and friends gathered Saturday night to honor Nathan Valencia, on what would have been his 21st birthday.

A candlelight vigil was held at the University of Nevada in remembrance of Valencia Saturday night.

“Just know I will be okay and Nathan will be okay,” said Lacey Foster, Nathan’s girlfriend of almost two years.

Foster spoke to the crowd about the love they shared. 

“ I promise to keep your memory alive. My life is now a celebration of yours.” Foster added.

A vigil is about to start for UNLV student Nathan Valencia who died last week after participating in a charity boxing match for a fraternity. Today would have been his 21st birthday. @8NewsNow #8NN pic.twitter.com/IWNy9OSYMB... Read More

Small Business Saturday: Time when people encouraged to shop local

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Shoppers Saturday explored locally owned businesses along Henderson's Water Street during Shop Small Henderson, considered by some store owners as the busiest day of the year.

The event was one of several held in Nevada in connection with the national shopping holiday known as Small Business Saturday.

Business leaders in Henderson say events like this are essential because the area doesn't get much attention.

"We're hoping to get past the pandemic feel of everything and bring life back to downtown," said Stephanie Rose, president of City Lights Art Gallery. "I'd love to see people walking up and down the street all hours of the day and night, and right now, we don't have that."

Rose says the pandemic hit those local businesses hard, and they're working to survive. ... Read More

Traffic Alert: Major backup on Interstate 15 Saturday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Visitors leaving Las Vegas Saturday afternoon are dealing with heavy traffic on the Nevada/California State Line on Interstate 15 near Primm.

#FASTALERT 2:00 PM, Nov 27 2021
Travel Alert:
I-15 Southbound To Nevada/California State Line,
19 Mile Backup. Prepare for major delays.

— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) November 27, 2021

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has issued a travel alert warning following a 19-mile backup on Interstate 15 heading south.

The backup is normal for drivers who travel between Nevada and California.

As of 6 p.m, RTC says it is a 10-mile backup. ... Read More

Driver killed in single-car crash that splits car into 2 pieces, Metro police say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- One person is dead after a high-speed single-vehicle crash late Friday in the east valley that split the vehicle into two parts, according to Metro police.

Metro police report the driver of a burgundy 2006 Chrysler 300 was southbound on Hollywood Boulevard when the vehicle spun and hit a large utility support pole at Turtle Hill Road, just south of Stewart Avenue.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened at about 11:50 p.m. Friday, according to police.

The driver lost control and the car began to rotate counterclockwise as it slid to the southeast, crossing the northbound lanes of Hollywood.

The driver's death marks the 131st traffic-related fatality in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction for the year 2021.

The collision remains under investigation... Read More

'A lot didn't make it,' Store owners encourage hope for 'Small Business Saturday' boost after pandemic hardships

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As many turn their attention to holiday shopping after Thanksgiving, store owners are encouraging Las Vegans to shop local for 'Small Business Saturday.'

"We just have to make sure that we take care of our own," Dolores Wiarco told 8 News Now Friday, while out shopping. 

She is one of many who was headed out to shop as part of a time-honored, American tradition. 
'Black Friday' is always big, but this year, a lot of people are focused on supporting local stores, as they slowly rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic's economic punch. 

"They struggled," Wiarco said of small businesses in 2020. "A lot and a lot of them didn't make it."

Laura Reyer, who owns 'Las Vegas Chocolate Bar' in Downtown Las Vegas' Container Park, told 8 News Now the last year hasn't been easy. ... Read More

Shadow inflation: What it is and how you're already paying it

(NEXSTAR) – Inflation means the price of just about anything and everything is going up right now. It's obvious at the gas pump and the grocery store. But there's a sneakier force at play, too – a force economists are calling shadow inflation.

Shadow inflation refers to a type of inflation that is much harder to capture in the consumer price index. That's because the price of a good or service may stay the same, but the quality has gone down.

Say you're checking into a hotel, explains Daniil Manaenkov, economics researcher at the University of Michigan. "You used to come into a hotel, get greeted, chat with people at reception, every morning you got a decent sized continental breakfast, you sat in the lobby and observed other guests. ... Read More

I-Team: UNLV student’s family calls fraternity boxing match, 'school-sanctioned amateur fight that cost him his life'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The family of a UNLV student who died after a fraternity boxing match is demanding answers.

The I-Team has learned that Nathan Valencia collapsed after the fight ended on November 19th.  He passed away four days later. 

His family told the I-Team he suffered brain injuries which he could not recover from.  

“We will leave no stone unturned to determine how a 20-year-old ended up in a school-sanctioned amateur fight that cost him his life,” the family wrote in a statement sent through their attorneys, Nick Lasso and Ryan Zimmer of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

“I was like this, this thing, it’s like an underground fight club,” Joe Castro said. 

He told the I-Team that he is a longtime friend of Valencia’s. 

Castro said Valencia did not have boxing experience but wanted to participate in the charity event as a member of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.  ... Read More