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Flood Control Projects Slated to Begin in Northwest

Flood Control Projects Slated to Begin in Northwest

Two project are slated to begin in the new year to address the flooding that happened along Grand Teton Drive this past summer.

The first project will start in January. Crews will be installing box culverts along Grand Teton Drive between Durango Drive and Rainbow Boulevard.

The $12 million project will take about 14 months to finish. The project will start on the east end near Rainbow and proceed west.

A second project is scheduled to start in the spring. Crews will be adding box culverts along Grand Teton between Hualapai Way and Tee Pee Lane. Construction is expected to be finished by the end of 2014.

This past summer several thunderstorms hit the same area of the Las Vegas valley overwhelming the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin. The water rushed in the northwest part of the valley, filling roads with debris and mud.

The box culverts will help keep water off the roads and better direct it into washes and detention basins. 

Mount Charleston Fire Services Shift to Clark County in June 2015

July 2013

LAS VEGAS -- When the Carpenter 1 wildfire blackened Mount Charleston in July, it destroyed forest land and kept hundreds of people out of their homes.

The Mount Charleston Fire Department couldn't fight it alone. The federal government sent in hotshot teams from across the country. They worked with Clark County firefighters and Mount Charleston volunteer firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

8 News NOW has learned the Mount Charleston community may be facing cuts to its fire department. Next summer, the state is shifting the cost of running that small fire department to the county. Clark County Commissioners say it could mean staff reductions which has mountain residents concerned.

"After the fire, this became even more sensitive as far as the fear that many of the residents have," Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said.

Driving You Crazy: Graffiti on Highway Signs

LAS VEGAS - Drivers are upset about graffiti along U.S. 95. The graffiti appeared on highway signs for the Lake Mead Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard exits.

The Nevada Department of Transportation says crews will have the signs cleaned by Christmas. The work was scheduled for late November, but rain postponed it.

NDOT is also considering installing barriers with the hope of preventing graffiti in the future. Some signs in Los Angeles are surrounded by barbed wire, but that is not allowed in Nevada.

In 2011, Traffic8 reported on technology to fight graffiti: high delineated signs. The signs are reflective, so they don't need lights. That eliminates the need for the cat walk in front of the sign that taggers use to spray graffiti on road signs.

No Injuries in Northwest Valley House Fire

LAS VEGAS -- A two-alarm house fire in the northwest valley left two people displaced, but caused no injuries.

The fire erupted shortly before 9:38 p.m. Wednesday at a home on Conquistador Street near Lone Mountain Road and the Bruce Woodbury Beltway. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue officials say flames first appeared from the home's attic area, but quickly spread to the roof.

Firefighters, at first, struggled to put out the blaze because of a lack of fire hydrants in the area, but crews brought the fire under control within an hour.

The people inside the home, a man and woman, say they were burning wood in their fireplace, when they noticed smoke entering the living room. The man inspected the attic and discovered the fire.

Neither the man nor woman suffered injuries. Fire investigators are determining the cause of the fire.

Ski Resort Setting Off Avalanche to Keep Skiers Safe

LAS VEGAS -- Lee Canyon has fresh powder, and hundreds of skiers have been testing the slopes at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

However, many of them don't know an avalanche will happen on those slopes in a few days. While it sounds dangerous, it will be a man-made avalanche when no one is around.

The safety managers of the resort make the difficult climb through the steep terrain of Lee Canyon about three times a week to several areas of the resort and start digging.

They test the snow's strength and measure the layers of snowfall to make sure a natural avalanche doesn't happen on their watch.

"I see three, for sure, definitive layers," snow safety manager Greg French said.

In the past couple weeks, about two feet has fallen.

"Snow doesn't have to be deep to cause an avalanche, it just has to be a certain recipe," French said.

Master Planned Housing Community to be Built in NW Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Olympia Companies in Las Vegas is announcing a new 1,700-acre community in the northwest part of the city called Skye Canyon.

The $300 million project will have 9,000 homes when completed. It is the first major master-planned community to be built since the Recession.

In 2010, 70 percent of Nevada homes were underwater. In today's market, it's about 30 percent.

Olympia Companies, known for its Southern Highlands community, wants a head start on an improving economy.

Olympia Companies CEO Garry Goett says the new northwest housing community will feature the great outdoors. Special emphasis will be placed on amenities. There will be several parks, a farmers market as well as bike and hiking trails.

Master-Planned Community Announced for Northwest

Master-Planned Community Announced for Northwest

Plans have been announced for the first master-planned community in southern Nevada since the recession.

The Olympia Companies announced plans to build Skye Canyon, a 1,700-acre community near Grand Teton Drive and U.S. 95 Wednesday. Plans include 9,000 homes along with commercial development and gaming uses.

There are also plans for a hiking and biking trial system and parks designed for outdoor activities.

The same company developed the Southern Highlands master-planned community in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley and the Southern Highlands Golf Club.

Groundbreaking for the new community is set for the spring.