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SNHD continues to schedule appointments for frontline workers: Are you eligible?

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues in Nevada, with the Southern Nevada Health District scheduling appointments for more frontline workers.

"We're excited because we deal with the most vulnerable," said Juan Salinas, Director of Social Services of The Salvation Army Southern Nevada.

Salinas and some of his colleagues will get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend. Salinas says staff has done everything from setting up shelters to providing daily meals in-person throughout the pandemic.

"There's constant interaction with the clients on a daily basis, and we need to be there," Salinas said. "We don't have that option to just work from home."... Read More

Neighborhood 'Terror': Some in Southern Highlands concerned about violence

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Concerns are developing in the southwest valley's Southern Highlands community. Some who live there are turning to social media to express frustration over what they are calling 'terror in their own neighborhood.'

They say a group of young people has been jumping pedestrians, breaking into cars and riding their bikes in traffic while trying to run cars off the road.

This has allegedly been happening for months, and neighbors are now scared to walk around outside.

"They've just wreaked so much havoc, and everyone is so scared," shared neighbor Chelsea Bell. "A lot of parents are saying they don't feel safe taking their kids to the park, like me just taking her without your significant other or some sort of protection." ... Read More

Metro Police: 18-year-old shot, killed while group was hanging out in car in northeast valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- An 18-year-old woman is dead following a shooting in the northeast valley near Charleston and Lamb boulevards Monday night. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of East Charleston.

Police say they responded to a report of a female who was shot. The victim was transported to UMC Trauma, where she was pronounced deceased.

According to Metro Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer, the preliminary investigation indicates a group of juveniles and young adults was hanging out and listening to music in a car. The vehicle was parked in an apartment complex at the time.

One of the back-seat occupants was armed with a hand gun at one point, Spencer says, and they allegedly fired a round in the vehicle, striking and killing the victim. He notes that it is currently unclear if the shooting was accidental or intentional. ... Read More

Pahrump bailiff dies from complications due to COVID-19; deputies escort body back to Nye County

NYE COUNTY, Nev. (KLAS) -- Nye County sheriff's deputies escorted the body of Pahrump Justice Court Bailiff Gerald "Bear" Smith back to Nye County after his passing.

Photo courtesy: Nye County Facebook page.

Nye County reported the sad news on its Facebook page along with pictures Monday night.

According to Nye County Sheriff, Smith was in a hospital in Las Vegas battling COVID-19 before he passed away due to complications from the virus.

Nye County said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, court staff, and his Nye County law enforcement family."... Read More

COVID-19 is still affecting small businesses; local restaurants plan to reapply for Paycheck Protection Program

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada business advisors say some of the reasons why many businesses weren't able to secure funding through the Paycheck Protection Program was because they lacked proper documentation, and there was a lot of misinformation. But soon, more help could be on the way.

8 News Now spoke with the director of operations for Don Tortaco Mexican Grill. Rodrigo Ibarra says they may consider applying again.

"When we were applying for the loan, it was mostly because businesses were hurting," Ibarra said.

According to Ibarra, last year, Don Tortaco Mexican Grill applied for the Paycheck Protection Program, all in an effort to keep employees employed.

"Our options were to save money; we had to cut hours, lay people off and pretty much do things that we don't want to do. People were already hurting.

The general manager of the West Flamingo location of Lindo Michoacan says he can relate... Read More

Logistical, website issues cause CCSD teachers to question the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada educators are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but there's just one problem: They're still unable to register to receive the dosage.

According to teachers like Patrick Mohrbacher, who works at Sunrise High School, "Just the website is down, and it just says 'come back later,' and you know we all have lives to live, and we're not just going to be sitting around waiting for a computer screen to load constantly."

The Clark County School District does not require educators to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but some want it before returning to the classroom.
However, educators seem to face some issues.

"What we've seen so far has been frustrating, and it seems super disorganized," said Vicki Kreidel, NEASN president and 2nd-grade CCSD teacher.

Although scheduling remains a problem, Kreidel says she was able to get an appointment... Read More

UNLV cancels 2020-21 hockey season due to COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- UNLV announced the cancellation of its 2020-21 hockey season on social media Monday night, citing "continuous national hardships" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hockey program stressed its priorities are the health and well-being of its student-athletes, coaches, staff and fanbase.

We have tried everything, exhausted every option and still came up short. Thank you to all of our fans for supporting the program and we will see you in the stands for Fall of 2021. pic.twitter.com/75b699TpZ6

— UNLV Rebel Hockey (@UNLVRebelHockey) January 19, 2021

UNLV also noted, "As it stands today, the local government determined that a safe enough path for competition could not be found for Spring of 2021." ... Read More