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Southern Nevada Braces for Cold Weather

LAS VEGAS -- Southern Nevada is bracing for some cold weather with sub-freezing temperatures expected through the end of the week.

A hard freeze warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 9 a.m. Friday. Lows on the Las Vegas Strip are expected to dip into the mid-20s early Thursday, with highs not much above 40 until Saturday.

The winter weather is affecting road conditions for those driving to Mount Charleston. Nevada Highway Patrol is requiring vehicles to have snow tires, chains or 4-wheel drive if traveling into the Spring Mountains. Check the weather in your neighborhood.

The cold snap is prompting local leaders to open several warming stations around the Las Vegas valley for the week.

The following locations will be open Thursday and Friday:

Acts of Kindness: Giovanna Raccosta

LAS VEGAS - Excitement builds at the Boys Town in northwest Las Vegas. The kids are receiving a little cheer for the holidays. The bedrooms, which have not been remodeled in 23 years, are undergoing a major update.

"A lot of these guys come from nothing. They don't have anything nice to call their own. They come in with a small little box in their hands," said foster parent Doug Spellman. "To have something brand new, they're going to freak out."

There are three homes for boys and two for girls. Each is structured with a host couple. Originally founded as a nonprofit dedicated to caring for orphaned boys, Boys Town now helps all kids who are going through troubling times.

Cowboy Christmas Returns Saturday

Cowboy Christmas Returns Saturday

The Cowboy Christmas and Car Show is returning to Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs this Saturday.

Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross is hosting the event, which is free and open to everyone.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families can enjoy a car show, hay rides, petting zoo, arts and crafts, games, a jump house and a visit from Santa Claus.

The cars will be decorated for the season and guests will get a chance to vote on their favorite decorated car.

The Marines will also be collecting toys for their annual Toys for Tots drive and organizers will be collecting food for the senior food pantry.

There will also be performances from local school choirs including Centennial, Shadow Ridge and Arbor View, Saville, Scherkenbach, Escobedo, Lied and Cadwallader. 

Coroner IDs Las Vegas Biker Dead after Hitting Tree

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 28-year-old motorcyclist who died after driving off the road in Las Vegas and slamming into a palm tree.

Clark County coroner's officials say Las Vegas resident Johnny Jay Hopfe was killed in the crash that happened about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on Centennial Center Boulevard south of Azure Drive.

Authorities say Hopfe was riding his 2011 Yamaha R1 northbound on Centennial Center Boulevard when he veered off the right side of the road and hit the tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This marks the 98th traffic-related death in Las Vegas police jurisdiction so far this year.

One Killed in Motorcycle Accident

LAS VEGAS -- A 28-year-old man is dead following a motorcycle accident Wednesday night.

The crash happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. near Centennial Center Boulevard and Azure Drive. Police say the motorcycle was traveling northbound on Centennial Center, when the rider lost control of the bike and struck a tree.

The rider died at the scene of the accident. The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify him once next of kin have been notified.

Sleigh Rides Start Friday at Gilcrease Orchard

Sleigh Rides Start Friday at Gilcrease Orchard

While Gilcrease Orchard is closed for the season, it will be open for holiday sleigh rides starting Friday. The rides end Dec. 23. 

The orchard is partnering with Double Tree Carriage to offer horse-drawn sleigh rides through the orchard, ending with a visit to Santa Claus.

The rides will go daily, every 15 minutes between 3 and 8 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. The rides must be booked in advance, go to thegilcreaseorchard.org to book a ride.

If you were wondering about the lack of snow, the sleighs are actually equipped with wheels.

Christmas Tree Cutting Not Allowed on Mt. Charleston

Christmas Tree Cutting Not Allowed on Mt. Charleston

It might be tempting to head up to Mt. Charleston to chop down a fresh Christmas tree, but the U.S. Forest Service is reminding people that Christmas tree cutting is not allowed in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area.

The manager of the recreation area is reminding people that the area is actually a small forested area with a limited number of trees.

Law enforcement regularly patrol the mountain looking for people illegally cutting down trees. People who cut down trees can face misdemeanor charges and also get a fine of $500 per tree.

The Bureau of Land Management issues Christmas tree cutting permits for Caliente. Contact that office through blm.gov or call (775) 726-8100.

There are also places in Utah to cut down forest trees, call the Public Lands Information Center in St. George at 435-688-3200 for more information.