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Snowy Day on Mt. Charleston

Photo courtesy: Allison Sosa

Mt. Charleston, Nev. -- The snow on Mt. Charleston is being welcomed by many people in southern Nevada and many are taking advantage of it.

Only vehicles with four-wheel drive or chains are allowed on the way up. Trucks are out plowing the road.

At the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, 13 inches of snow accumulated before noon Friday. The resort is set to open on Nov. 29.

The president and general manager say they would need 20 inches of snow, and then one to three days to prepare for an early opening.

"Our phones are ringing off the hook. Social media is off the hook right now. We have huge volumes of people right now just chomping at the bit for us to get open, and they are all asking, 'when are you opening?' 'Why aren't you opening early?' We're trying. We want to open early more than anyone else out there," Kevin Stickelman with the resort said.

Tule Springs Fossil Beds Could Become National Park

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of acres running across the northern outskirts of Las Vegas could become a national park because of its rich fossil beds.

The entire Nevada delegation is supporting a bill to make Tule Springs a national monument. Governor Brian Sandoval and Nellis Air Force base are also supporting the effort.

Paleontologists say you can trip over fossils from the ice age when walking along Tule Springs. They envision a park where one day Las Vegans and tourists can watch as gigantic animals like Columbian mammoths, dire wolves, and camels are unearthed. It would all happen only a few steps from northwest Las Vegas neighborhoods.

"There is a history that predates Bugsy Seigel. There were animals that lived here. We have a fantastically rich history," said Steve Rowland, UNLV professor of geology.

Mt. Charleston Snow Hosts Needed

Mt. Charleston Snow Hosts Needed

The Spring Mountain National Recreation Area is looking for volunteers to spend the winter helping people safely enjoy the Mt. Charleston area.

The recreation area is looking for Snow Hosts to work weekends and holidays. Thousands of people flock to the mountain each weekend and on holidays, but many of those visitors do not know some of the best and safest places to enjoy the snow.

The hosts will help promote safe snow play practices, provide information about the recreation area at roadside stations and educate mountain visitors.

Volunteers are needed to work now through the end of March. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and able to work outdoors in cold conditions. Average shifts range between three and six hours.

Recreation area representatives will hold a Snow Host orientation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the REI in Boca Park, 710 S. Rampart Boulevard.

Police Search for Man Involved in Two Robberies

Police Search for Man Involved in Two Robberies

Metro Police are searching for a man who robbed two convenience stores in October.

According to police, the first robbery happened just after 4 a.m. Oct. 19 at a store in the 3900 block of North Tenaya Way.

The man walked into the store, pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, police said. The clerk gave the man money and he ran from the store southbound towards an apartment complex.

The second robbery happened in the 7500 block of West Cheyenne Avenue just after 4 a.m. Oct. 21. Police say the man followed the same pattern has the other robbery. He used a small black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.

The man police are looking for is described as a black man between 18 and 22 years old, 6 foot and between 170 and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. 

Fire Destroys Two RVs At Northwest Home

Two 40-foot RVs were destroyed by a fire Friday, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue reported.

The fire started just before 1 p.m. at a home near Ft. Apache and Ann Road. Fire crews were worried that the wind would push the fire into nearby buildings, but it did not.

No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Shooting Complex Offering Winter Hours

Shooting Complex Offering Winter Hours

The Clark County Shooting Complex is starting its winter hours.

The shooting range will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The range will be closed Mondays and Tuesday except for special events.

The 2,900-acre complex offers an archery center, sporting clays course, shotgun and rifle-pistol centers. Shooters can bring their own weapons or rent equipment at the complex.

The complex has been under scrutiny lately because of the amount of money it has been losing. It was supposed to be paying for its self but has yet to do that.

Shorter hours for winter are expected to help the range with its budget. 

Holiday Camps Available for Kids

The city of Las Vegas will be offering winter camps for kids during the upcoming holiday break.

Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, is offering winter camps for kids 6 through 11 years old. The camps are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, 2014.

The center will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The cost is $75 per week for the first child and $70 for each additional child.  

Activities will include arts and crafts, games, sports, cooking, and movies. For more information or to register, call (702) 229-1607.

Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Avenue, will offer camps for kids ages 6 to 14 with a range of activities for all ages.

The camp will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, 2014. The center will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.