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Bicyclists and Hikers May Pay at Red Rock

Bicyclists and hikers on foot would no longer get in free at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area under a proposed federal Bureau of Land Management fee increase.

A BLM spokeswoman says the new fees could go into effect in March at the area west of Las Vegas. Bicyclists and hikers would pay $3, and fees for vehicles entering the 13-mile scenic drive would rise from $5 to $7 per car and $2 to $3 per motorcycle.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Suggestions Wanted on Bicycle Trail

The federal Bureau of Land Management plans an open house Thursday, January 8th to collect suggestions about a planned bicycle trail in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

This will be the third public session looking at proposals for the trail roughly parallel to State Route 159.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

2 Men Shot in Possible Domestic Violence Situation

Two people are recovering after a shooting during an argument. It happened in a home near Buffalo and Grand Teton at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Metro says the two men, who were in their 20's, were roommates. They each shot the other multiple times.

Both were rushed to UMC. Their wounds were said to be non-life threatening.

Metro is considering this to be a domestic violence situation.

Mervyns Will Close 4 Nevada Stores

Mervyns will close four stores in Nevada, including all three locations in northern Nevada, as part of a cost-cutting move.

The Hayward, Calif.-based department store chain, which operates about 175 stores primarily in California, cited "under-performance" for closing stores in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Las Vegas. The Las Vegas location that is closing is located at 4265 S. Grand Canyon Dr.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that they're among 26 stores that will be closed companywide. The chain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, has seen its sales drop as California is among the hardest hit by the real estate slump.

Mervyns Chief Executive Officer John Goodman says the company will focus attention on remaining stores that meet performance objectives in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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Metro Investigates Homicide at Centennial Hills Gas Station

Metro are at the scene of a murder at a gas station on Sky Pointe and Cimarron in Centennial Hills.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. when an employee at Guru Market Express was shot several times in the office.

Metro investigators said that an employee was shot several times inside of the back office. Metro crime scene investigators are there working the case inside. They are also waiting on the coroner's office to come and positively I.D the victim.

Police officials said that a store employee was in the back office having a conversation with another man who they believe may have worked there as well. A witness says they heard several shots.

Investigators say that nine people were inside the store when the shooting happened.

Child Playing With Matches Causes House Fire

A child playing with matches caused a house fire Monday. The fire was reported just before noon at Farm and Tule Springs in the north part of the valley.

The child's grandmother tried to put out the flames and received minor burns. She was taken to UMC for treatment.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

7 More Schools May be Added to Drug Testing Program

Drug testing for student athletes is set to expand dramatically at local schools. If it's approved by the school district, seven more schools will begin the program.

Centennial is one of those schools planning to use the program. The high school takes pride in girls basketball, volleyball and soccer. Behind the success are the 450 student athletes.

If a nearly $500,000 grant is approved, drug testing will begin there in July.

Principals like Trent Day have been watching the results of the first pilot program at Green Valley High School. He thinks the program can work at Centennial too.