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New projections show dire impact of drought on future water levels

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The government released updated 2-year projections Thursday that indicate water levels at Lake Mead will be inching closer to a Tier 2 shortage by the end of next year. A Tier 1 shortage was declared earlier this year.

"At Lake Mead, the October projections indicate Lake Mead will be at elevation 1,050.63 feet at the end of the calendar year 2022, less than one foot above the Tier 2 shortage elevation threshold of 1,050 feet. Recent analysis indicates approximately a 16% chance of a Tier 2 shortage condition in 2023.

These updated projections were the first to include updated climate conditions and forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA uses a 30-year period and just updated it to reflect conditions from 1991-2020. That's significant because it includes the drought which started in 2000 and doesn't include the 1980s which was a wetter decade. ... Read More

Pedestrian struck by a vehicle early Thursday morning in Spring Valley area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Early Thursday morning, police received reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the Spring Valley area near Flamingo and Jones.

According to police, around 3:34 a.m the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Flamingo and Jones.

The pedestrian was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The driver remained on scene and impairment does not appear to be a factor.

Traffic was blocked in both directions on Flamingo Road... Read More

City of Las Vegas to ceremonially name street after longtime journalist Tom Hawley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Councilman Cedric Crear will be joined by Tom Hawley’s family to dedicate a portion of a street in memory of Tom Hawley, a longtime journalist who recently passed away after a fight with cancer.

The dedication will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Foremaster Lane and Bruce Street near Rancho High School where Hawley attended school.

The city uses ceremonial street designations to honor those who have made positive impacts on the Las Vegas community, so it will not constitute an official name change of Foremaster Lane, but honor Hawley's legacy.

The ceremonial street signs that read Tom Hawley Way, will be placed above the official street signs at Foremaster and Las Vegas Boulevard as well... Read More

Temps on a warming trend

High clouds will keep sliding through our blue skies today, and like yesterday, we're not looking for rain from these clouds. Temps will warm up a little more to the normal upper 70s with light winds. We'll stay on this trend a few more days with near-normal highs into the weekend. But parts of the west are setting up for a lot of rain and Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast finally has a chance for some showers coming our way in the desert... Read More

Great ShakeOut prepares Nevadans for earthquakes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada is one of the most seismically active states in the nation, behind California and Alaska. That's why it's very important to know how to prepare for an earthquake and what to do to stay safe during one.

Click here to look at a history of Nevada earthquakes.

Thursday is the Nevada Great ShakeOut which is where businesses, schools, and families will be asked to organize earthquake safety drills. More than 380,000 people in Clark County are registered to participate in the safety drill.

Officials say most earthquake-related injuries happen due to falling objects or breaking glass so the best protection when indoors is to drop, cover, and hold on. ... Read More

'It's the opportunity for us to own a home': Affordable housing project in the works in SW Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Affordable housing continues to be a crisis in Southern Nevada, with the average home price sitting above $400,000.

Amid the rising costs, a new project in the works hopes to make the dream of homeownership a reality for low-income families.

Clark County plans to transform an area of land in the Southwest Las Vegas Valley, off Cactus between Buffalo and Rainbow, into an affordable housing development.

More than 100 homes are expected to be built on the land -- they would be available for purchase, specifically for low-income families.

New affordable housing project in southwest Las Vegas, near Buffalo and Cactus

"It's been difficult to find housing," Las Vegan Ernie Rivas said.

Rivas is a single father of two. For five months, he has lived at the Manor Suites, a weekly just south of the Las Vegas Strip. He is now looking for a home -- but the cost is too high.
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'The greatest thing to ever happen to Las Vegas,' Local casino owner shares excitement over underground tunnel expansion

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- After Clark County Commissioners approved plans to expand the 'Vegas Loop' underground transportation system Wednesday, a local casino owner shared his excitement over the proposal. 

"People talk about the old days," Kenny Epstein told 8 News Now of Las Vegas. "Today is better than it's ever been."

Epstein owns and operates El Cortez Hotel & Casino; he's also dedicated decades to our local gaming industry. 

He and El Cortez Chief Operating Officer Mike Nolan said they can't wait to see the system operate right outside the iconic, downtown property. 

"This has to be the greatest thing to ever happen to Las Vegas," Epstein exclaimed. 

Clark County Commissioners approved plans to expand the tunnel system to 29 miles Wednesday. It will feature 51 stops from McCarran International Airport to the Las Vegas Strip, downtown, and even UNLV. ... Read More