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Military Families Worried for Shutdown

LAS VEGAS -- The nation's military members are keeping a close eye on what's happening in Washington. If the government is shut down, the military will still have to report for duty, but their pay will be either stopped or delayed until a spending bill is passed.

On base or fighting on the front lines, their biggest fear is becoming their finances.

"We're paying a landlord rent right now. We don't actually own this home, thank goodness, because we might have to foreclose. Some might have to foreclose in the near future because of this situation," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Banfield.

A government shutdown means a stop in pay. But others have it worse -- especially those with a spouse serving overseas.

Pet-A-Palooza Returns Saturday

Pet-A-Palooza Returns Saturday

The 12th Annual Pet-A-Palooza festival in support of animals in need returns Saturday near Sam Boyd Stadium.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and takes place at Star Nursery Fields at Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 Russell Rd.

Admission is an $8 donation for adults and is free to children 3 and under, day of/at the door only - advance tickets will not be available for purchase. Parking is $7 per vehicle.

Attendees can receive $2 off the admission price with a donation of pet canned food item at the gate. Additionally, a portion of every ticket sold will benefit one of the 40 non-profit Animal Rescue groups onsite for the event to help feed Las Vegas' hungry animals.

Those Left Behind Foundation Vaccination Clinic is offering free vaccinations at Pet-a-Palooza. Animals must be eight weeks old and not older than 10 years.

Headline entertainment includes artists Train, American Idol’s David Cook, Andy Grammer and FeFe Dobson.

North Las Vegas Council Race Could Come Down to High Draw

North Las Vegas Council Race Could Come Down to High Draw

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas could turn to a cut of the cards to determine who will advance to a June runoff in one of two contested City Council primary races.

In the city's Ward 2 race, Pamela Goynes-Brown drew 27 percent of the vote in Tuesday's municipal primary. Candidates Tanya Flanagan and Linda Meisenheimer tied for the other place on the ballot, with 328 votes each.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax says either candidate can request a recount. If the result is still a tie, the race could be determined by a draw for high card from a deck of playing cards.

Election results will be canvassed April 20 by the North Las Vegas City Council. Once the canvassing is done, Meisenheimer and Flanagan will have until April 26 to request a recount.

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

Advantages Online Private School invites all Clark County high school students to take part in a $1,500 Scholarship Essay Contest. Students can enter by visiting www.AdvantagesSchool.com, filling out an entry form and completing a 200-word essay. 

The submitted essay should describe, from the perspective of the student, the biggest challenge they face in high school (as related to education) and how they are conquering it.

When the contest concludes on April 29, Advantages founders will select two winners and each will receive a $750 scholarship to cover the cost of a single course. Winners can select from various mathematics, language arts, social science and science courses, as well as Spanish or French I and II.

"We are excited to offer this scholarship contest to public or private school students throughout Clark County," said Pam Dion, director and co-founder of Advantages Online Private School.

Air Force Band to Perform Free Concert

Air Force Band to Perform Free Concert

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West will hold a free public concert at 4 p.m. on April 17 at Eldorado High School.

The band has performed at gubernatorial inaugurations and presidential visits, and band members have worked with renowned artists such as Toni Tennille, Marvin Stamm, Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, Billy Dee Williams, Rich Little, Joan Rivers, Rosemary Clooney, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vince Gill, and the Boston Brass.

The group performs more than 500 shows annually for roughly 1.5 million listeners. They play in civilian communities throughout California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada, and also support events at 10 Air Force Bases, five Air Force Reserve Wings and five recruiting squadrons.

The Band of the Golden West, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., is the only remaining active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies. For more information please visit www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

The American Red Cross invites the public to attend a free Adult CPR Class on Saturday, April 23 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Called "CPR Saturday", the event will train 1,000 people in one day in the lifesaving skill of CPR.

Two sessions will be conducted; one beginning at 8:30am and a repeat session at 1:30 pm. Each session is three hours. A two-year Adult CPR certification will be issued upon successful completion.

Register at www.redcrosslasvegas.org or (702) 531-0237.

Sunrise Hospital to Host Healthcare Seminar

Sunrise Hospital to Host Healthcare Seminar

Sunrise Hospital, in partnership with Nathan Adelson Hospice, will host a Healthcare Decisions Day on Saturday, April 16.

At this free event, people can learn details about Advance Directives, how to talk to your loved ones about Advance Directives, and vital health resources such as the Nevada Lock Box, organ and tissue donation and financial planning. You will also have the opportunity to complete and file an Advanced Directive at the event. After 1 p.m., attendees can hear presentations about community services for older adults.

The event will be held at Sunrise Hospital Auditorium, 3186 S. Maryland Pkwy., and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appetizers will be provided to all participants and community resource organizations will offer additional information. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 233-5454.