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Season three begins for Golden Knights ‘Ice Guard’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Golden Knights are getting set for their third season in the National Hockey League and that means season number three of ‘Striking Gold.’

In the first edition of the 2019-2020 season and with hockey on the horizon, every Thursday night is about what’s trending with the Golden Knights organization. One of the early sights is on the ice and involves members of the Knights ‘Ice Guard’ along with the competition that comes with it.

8 News Now Sports anchor
Ron Futrell has the story... Read More

California to assist financing of California-Vegas train

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials have put a private company’s plan to build a high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California one step closer to reality.

A state committee chaired by Treasurer Fiona Ma on Wednesday approved $300 million in tax-exempt private activity bonds for the project by Virgin Trains USA. The state will consider approving the same amount again next year.

Officials say that would allow Virgin Trains USA to issue about $2.4 billion worth of debt. That’s roughly half of what it would need to build the train.

California’s move is the first step to financing the project, which has faced delays and ownership changes.

The company wants trains running by 2023... Read More

DRONE VIDEO: Stage being set for event near Area 51 in Hiko, Nevada

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — A stage is literally being set for Earthling visitors who are beginning to descend on the Nevada desert for “Storm Area 51” events galvanized by an internet hoax.

Alon Burton and his band Wily Savage wrestled a tarp Thursday over a wooden frame covering a stage near a motel in the tiny town of Rachel. Burton says bands will play until midnight.

Hundreds have arrived in the desert after a Facebook post inviting people to “see them aliens” got widespread attention and gave rise to festivals this week.

Area 51’s secrecy has long fueled fascination about UFOs and conspiracy theories. The military has warned people not to approach the protected site.

The motel is booked and camping fees have gone into effect on the property. Several dozen campers in trucks and trailers staked space for free on federal land nearby... Read More

CCSD Police to add more officers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Expect to see more
officers at Clark County Schools. The Board of Trustees approved a grant last
week, allowing the largest hiring of officers to the department in a decade.

Funding for the roughly $5 million grant comes from the Nevada Department of Education. That money not only expands positions but equips and trains new officers.

School safety remains a priority for parents picking up students at Spring Valley High School. James Santorufo is a parent, and says he welcomes more officers eventually coming to school campuses.

“I think it’s safe now, but I think there is always room for improvement,” Santorufo said. “The more we have, the better off the students will be.”

CCSD Police plan to hire between 25 and 35 new officers over two years... Read More

Theodore returns to Golden Knights practice

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Defenseman Shea Theodore worked out for the first time publicly with the team Thursday at City National Arena.

Theodore
revealed last week that he had a bout with testicular cancer during the off
season, he underwent successful surgery after the cancer was discovered through
a blood test while he was playing for Team Canada at the World Games.

8 News Now Sports
anchor Ron Futrell has the story. ... Read More

Preparations underway at the Little A’Le’Inn

RACHEL, Nev. (KLAS) — People have already started to arrive in Rachel at the Little A’Le’Inn. 8 News Now’s John Langeler reports — there’s tinfoil hats, an interesting atmosphere and alien references on just about everything.

People from all over the U.S. are filing into the area. Those with the Little A’Le’Inn aren’t sure how many people are going to show up, but they are going to prepare for as many as they can.

Law enforcement will also be out in full force. There will be three command posts in the area.

Entertainment is expected to start around 9 pm Thursday night, but for now it is very much a “wait and see” atmosphere. ... Read More

WEB EXTRA: UNLV professor talks about Area 51 phenom

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Storm Area 51 has everyone talking about the seclude once-secret military base. So, when people look back at Area 51 and when it garnered national attention to now, and how it sprung back into the pop culture spotlight — it’s very apparent the age of social media was a driving force.

8 News NOW spoke with UNLV Associate Professor of Sociology and director of religious studies Michael Borer on how the age of mass communication has launched a massive movement into a global phenomenon... Read More