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New Metal Recycling Center Opens

New Metal Recycling Center Opens

SA Recycling, parent company of 1-800-GOT-SCRAP, recently announced the debut of a new metal recycling center at 2780 N. Nellis Boulevard.

A new service makes cash out of old appliances, steel drums, BBQ sets, dilapidated cars and other metal items. Those bringing in any old metal objects will receive cash right on the spot.

The company says the process is simple.  Gather all of the items you wish to discard and take them to the center where SA Recycling personnel will unload the items, weigh them and, for most items, pay cash on the spot. 

“You might have an old brass lamp, a refrigerator on the blink or malfunctioning tools laying around the garage just taking up space,” said Cristi Rossi, executive vice president of operations for SA Recycling. “Those items may be worthless to you, but not for us.”

Nellis to be New Home for F-35 Fighters

Nellis to be New Home for F-35 Fighters

The Air Force announced Tuesday that Nellis Air Force Base will be a base for F-35 fighter aircraft.

The base will be home to 36 of the aircraft. Besides the new hardware the program will bring 412 new personnel along with new facilities and the demolition of existing buildings.

The new aircraft will be part of the Force Development Evaluation and the Weapons School programs. The aircraft will be flown at the base and the Nevada Test and Training Range just north of the city.

The new F-35 Lightning II will be at the base starting next year.

Lanes Reduced on Las Vegas Boulevard

Lanes Reduced on Las Vegas Boulevard

Be ready for heavy traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard in the far northern part of the Las Vegas valley.

Nevada Department of Transportation is closing lanes along the boulevard from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway north to where the boulevard crosses I-15/U.S. 93. The restrictions start the night of Monday, July 18 and will be in place until the morning of Friday, July 22. Crews will be working on repaving the road. The lane restrictions will be in place both north and southbound.

Feds Looking at Refining Plans for Solar Power Zones

Feds Looking at Refining Plans for Solar Power Zones

 

Federal officials are refining their plan for speeding up solar energy development in zones of public lands in six western states, after receiving about 80,000 comments on the plan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday.

   In December, the Interior Department released a draft identifying 24 solar development zones in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona with the highest potential for large-scale solar development and the fewest environmental conflicts.

   The Bureau of Land Management's deputy director of operations, Mike Pool, said Thursday he anticipates eliminating and reducing some zones but that he couldn't give specifics yet.

 The thousands of comments and concerns on the proposal demonstrate high interest in what the Interior and Energy departments are doing on renewable energy, Salazar said.

Blue Star Moms Collect Items for Troops Overseas

Blue Star Moms in southern Nevada spent Wednesday putting together care packages for our troops serving overseas.

The group, with the help of employees of Albertsons at Durango Drive and Flamingo Road, filled boxes with non-perishable food like granola bars, beef jerky, hard candy, oatmeal packets and tuna pouches. The care packages will be shipped to Las Vegas soldiers outside the country. Each box also has an encouraging note from the Blue Star Moms. It will take about ten days for the boxes to reach their destination.

 

"It is very rewarding to be able to support the troops and to know that were providing something for them that they may not have," said Sara Crusade Second Vice President of Blue Star Moms Southern Nevada Chapter. 

Funeral Held for Nellis Airman Killed in Crash

A funeral was held Friday for the Air Force pilot killed in a crash last month.

Capt. Eric Ziegler was laid to rest in Moorhead, Minnesota. He died when the jet he was in crashed near Caliente. On Thursday friends and family gathered in the football field of West Fargo High School to honor 30-year-old Ziegler. The pilot was president of his 1999 class at the school and helped the football team win a state championship that year. People at the memorial service sent about 40 paper lanterns floating into the sky in memory of the airman.

An investigation is underway into what brought down the F-16 jet.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

Reader Gets More Than Expected in Photo

Reader Gets More Than Expected in Photo

This photo was taken by 8 News NOW reader Bob O'Dea, who works at Nellis Air Force Base. Here's Bob's message:

"This picture was taken this morning near I-15 and Sahara on-ramp. Only intended to get the “GOD” sign. After the picture was taken, I realized I got a bit more than I expected."