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At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

School principals from 10 at-risk schools learned Friday they would be getting money from Station Casinos.

For the 13th year in a row, the company is partnering with the schools to provide them $5,000 each, to pay for programs to meet education goals.

The Smart Start school partnership was announced during a special breakfast at Green Valley Ranch Resort. The company also announced that its employees had gathered backpacks, crayons, pencils and other school supplies to give to their designated school.

"When they come to our school, they just don't bring the stuff. They with them energy and love and support. So to me, they're giving these kids hope, because they now know that someone else loves them and cares for them and values them enough to stay in school and get an education," Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn said.

Nature Center Named Project of the Year

Nature Center Named Project of the Year

The new Nature Center at the Clark County Wetlands Park is winning accolades both locally and nationally.

The 45,000-square-foot center, which opened in April, has been named Project of the Year and Special Project of the Year by the Nevada Recreation and Park Society.

Visitors can get a dramatic view of the wetlands from the 15,000-sqaure-foot deck at the center. The center also features interactive exhibits and displays that explain the wetlands' importance in southern Nevada's ecosystem.

The center has also been recognized by the Engineering News Record as the Southwest Region's Best Project in the Cultural/Houses of Worship category.

Admission to the Nature Center is free. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but visitors can visit the Wetlands Park and Nature Preserve from dusk to dawn, which are some of the best times to see the more than 200 species of birds that use the park.

Man Arrested in Series of Dumpster Fires

Man Arrested in Series of Dumpster Fires

Clark County Fire Investigators have arrested a Las Vegas man in connection with a series of fires that were set Wednesday.

According to fire investigators, 28-year-old Paul Joyner set several dumpster fires and one car fire near Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road over several hours.

The first fire was reported just before 5:30 a.m. at an apartment complex on Rochelle Avenue near Maryland Parkway. Several more fires were reported in the same area over the next two hours.

After a lull of several hours, more fires were reported starting at 4:30 p.m. The car fire was reported just a few minutes later at a business park along Maryland Parkway just north of the Flamingo Road intersection.

Fire investigators say Joyner set a 2012 Audi convertible on fire. Damage to the car is estimated at about $20,000.

Investigators arrested the suspect at around 5:30 p.m. near a strip mall on Maryland Parkway, while responding to another dumpster fire.

College Football Coaching Carousel Doesn't Include UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV Head Football Coach Bob Hauck has been able to stay off the coaching carousel despite winning just nine games in parts of four seasons.

College coaches must have thick skin.

"If I went to somebody's place of business and critiqued and yelled at them, and told them everything they were doing wrong, I don't think they would appreciate it much," Hauck said. "that is the world we've chosen for live in."

Coaching is a volatile business. Twenty-three head coaches started their jobs in 2010, only 10 remain in the same position. Each year newspaper headlines read who is going to get fired first.  

Southern Mississippi fired Ellis Johnson after just one season. He went 0-12. Florida International fired Mario Cristobal after he compiled a 27-47 mark in six years.

Officials Investigate Cause of Two-Alarm Garage Fire

LAS VEGAS -- Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire that broke out at a home near Flamingo Road and Eastern Avenue Tuesday night.

The fire started at approximately 11 p.m. in a garage at a condo complex on Flamingo Crest Drive. Fire officials say the blaze spread quickly, prompting them to call the second alarm.

"We arrived and found a fully-involved two-car garage with a vehicle inside, and the fire was spreading to adjacent garages," said Eric Poleski with the Clark County Fire Department. "The complex here has a long strip of garages side by side, and the fire was spreading in both directions from the garage of origin."

Fire officials say the building is old, so it lacks drywall in its rafters. This caused the fire to spread quickly.

No one suffered injuries.

Volunteers, County Planning Neighborhood Clean Up

Volunteers, County Planning Neighborhood Clean Up

Volunteers will be out in force Saturday to clean up the neighborhoods around Tropicana Avenue and Boulder Highway.

Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow will host a neighborhood cleanup day from 8 a.m. to noon.

Residents and volunteers will gather at the Whitney Recreation Center, 5712 East Missouri Avenue, at 8 a.m. From there, they will fan out through the neighborhood cleaning up trash and painting over graffiti.

Dumpsters will be placed at the corner of Missouri and Clark avenues and at the corner of Dodd Street and Whitney Avenue for people to throw out unwanted items.

Tickets on Sale for RenFest

Tickets on Sale for RenFest

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival presented by Clark County Parks and Recreation.

The festival is October 11, 12 and 13 at Sunset Park, starting at 10 a.m. every day and ending at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the event will end at 5 p.m.

People will be able to immerse themselves in the old world with diverse entertainment, including dancers, swordsman, live music, comedy troupes and more. Stained glass artists, woodworkers, toy makers, potters and sword makers are just a few of the artisans who will be creating and selling their wares.

Vendors will also be offering food of all kinds for sale. Alcohol will be available for purchase starting at 2 p.m. Friday and end at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, alcohol sales will end at 4 p.m.