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Grand opening of Historic Westside Legacy Park

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)--City leaders officials dedicated the new Historic Westside Legacy Park Saturday.

The park is a partnership between the city of Las Vegas and Clark County and it serves as a tribute to the many trailblazers who have led that community through the years.
 
“This is a truly beautiful park that brings the history of West Las Vegas to the forefront,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “Legacy Park will serve the community as an inviting gathering place and also a place of education where the residents and founders of the Historic Westside are being recognized.”

It includes the stores of dozen of leaders that have had a lasting impact on our city.

"It's important to learn about respect and engage with the stories and experiences with those that came before us. This park is designed to be a monument to honor the legacy of our wonderful community," said Cedric Crear, city councilman. ... Read More

Deadly crash on State Route 159 near Red Rock Canyon

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Nevada State Police are investigating a deadly crash near Red Rock Canyon Rd & Blue Diamond Rd Saturday.

The crash happened around noon.

#FASTALERT 4:30PM Dec 04 2021 =UPDATE=
Blue Diamond Rd-SR160 At SR159 - Red Rock Canyon Road.
Highway Now Open.
Caution Slow Traffic.

— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) December 5, 2021

Blue Diamond Road is open after being closed for hours for a deadly crash.

No other details are available at this time.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates... Read More

'National Finals Rodeo' return signals big economic boost for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As thousands flock to the Thomas & Mack Center for the triumphant return of 'National Finals Rodeo,' experts are citing the event's major boost to our recovering economy. 

The energy was electric Friday night, as boots, broncs, and 10-gallon hats took over the city. 
"We are so excited to be here," Jackie Neff, who was visiting Las Vegas from Texas, said. 

"This is my first rodeo," another NFR attendee admitted to 8 News Now; and while it may be her first rodeo, it's certainly not Southern Nevada's. 

National Finals Rode - 2021

Our city has hosted the popular event since 1985, except for 2020, when COVID-19 concerns caused it to go dark. 

"Real glad to have it back here in Las Vegas," another NFR attendee told 8 News Now. 

Those who spoke with 8 News Now Friday said they were itching to get back in the saddle after last year's hiatus. ... Read More

DMV to survey customers regarding digital transition

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is moving forward with plans to transition most of its services online over the next four years.

By next week, the DMV will be asking customers for their input by sending out a questionnaire via email on Monday, Dec. 6.

The questionnaire will ask participants about their most recent DMV experiences as well as their technology preferences and concerns.

Customers will also be asked whether they would like to participate in transformation focus groups formed in early 2022.

“We want the public’s input on what the future looks like for the DMV,” Julie Butler Nevada DMV director said. “Customers are key to helping us enhance the DMV experience for all Nevadans.”

Participation in the survey is voluntary, but responses are anonymous, so recipients are encouraged to take part. ... Read More

CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara releases statement on future with school district

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County School District Superintendent, Dr. Jesus Jara has released a statement regarding his future with the school district on Friday evening following a tense few months with school board trustees.

In his statement, he announced that he will return as acting superintendent on Monday, Dec. 6.

His full statement is as follows below.

This afternoon I reached an agreement with the majority of the board on the best path forward for the 305,000 students of Clark County, and on Monday, December 6th I’ll return to serving our community as Superintendent. ... Read More

Police joining forces in targeting impaired drivers in North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- The North Las Vegas Police Department and other Nevada law enforcement agencies are making plans to keep our state roads and highways safe by emphasizing the dangers of driving while impaired this weekend. 

Police say the goal is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving. 

The event starts on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 8:00 p.m. and runs until Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 a.m.

During this time range, officials say it will be dedicating extra enforcement officers to enforcement to reduce tragedies caused by people driving while impaired in North Las Vegas.

Funding for the extra patrols is made possible by Joining Forces. Joining forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program funded by the Office of Traffic Safety, aimed at reducing injuries and crashes through statewide enforcement of traffic safety laws. ... Read More

'This is very difficult,' family heartbroken after teen, dog hit, killed in crash

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- A North Las Vegas family is trying to come to terms with the death of a teen and his dog as they were hit and killed on a busy road Thursday.

The teen has been identified by the family members as 14-year-old Kevin Gonzalez.

Police say he was chasing after his dog at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard near Carey Avenue when they were both hit by a silver sedan.

Gonzalez's aunt described the teen as someone who was passionate about pizza and dogs.

"He loved dogs and maybe that's why he sacrificed himself for his dog," said Natividad Burgos.

Gonzalez was just steps away from his home.

"Kevin was a kid that was always on alert. It's hard to talk about him because it hurts to know that he is no longer with us," Burgos added.

His family says Kevin and his cousin were bringing home groceries when his 9-month-old dog Charlie got loose. ... Read More