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Students Plant Trees to Mark Arbor Day

Las Vegas Councilman Steve Wolfson and Fertitta Middle School students participated Thursday in an Arbor Day Foundation tree planting ceremony at All American Park, located at Buffalo Drive and Oakey Boulevard.

The ceremony was held to coincide with Arbor Day, which is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care, marked on the last Friday in April. The city was also recognized for being a Tree City USA for 19 years because of its program to care for community trees.

Wolfson was joined by Mark Blankensop, regional forester from the Nevada Division of Forestry; Victoria Fertitta Middle School Principal Lisa Campbell; and students from the middle school for the ceremony. The students and guests planted five trees at the park during the ceremony. The students took part in an afternoon of fun activities afterward. 

CAI Nevada Accepting Nominations for Annual Heroes Awards

CAI Nevada Accepting Nominations for Annual Heroes Awards

The Nevada chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national membership organization for HOA management companies, volunteer board members, professional service providers and business partners, is hosting its annual Heroes Awards to honor everyday individuals who have displayed acts of bravery and community mindedness in the spirit of 9/11.

The Heroes Awards originated in 2002 from an overwhelming desire to remember those lost and to recognize those involved in the relief efforts of 9/11. It is now an annual commemorative event for CAI Nevada.

Tivoli Village Officially Opens

LAS VEGAS -- The opening of Tivoli Village was rescheduled twice over the course of two years, but the wait is now over. The ribbon has been cut and the new shopping development is officially open for business.

Thirty to 40 shops are open as of 10 a.m., and one of the new shop owners is sure it will be a success.

"It was worth it because it's so special. I think people, they come down, they see what we have here, they see what the project looks like and they appreciate it. I think it will be fun," said Guy Penini with Leone Cafe.

If you are not familiar with the difficulties this place has had, it was originally supposed to open in the fall of 2009. That was delayed when the economy went bust, and now that the economy is starting to come back, developers and tenants felt it was the right time to bring this kind of luxury shopping atmosphere to the locals of Las Vegas.

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Fire Captain Cited in Hit and Run

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police say a fire captain has been cited after he allegedly struck a light pole and left the scene of the accident.

Police say Las Vegas Fire Captain Dean Fletcher was cited for two misdemeanor traffic violations after his car was found at the scene of an accident on Park Run Drive and Pavilion Center Drive last week.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene of the accident, Fletcher's car was there, but the driver was gone. Officers went to Fletcher's house a few blocks away but were unable to find him.

Witnesses reported seeing a white man in his mid to late-40's, five feet seven inches tall with gray hair and a crew cut fleeing the scene on foot.

Gas Stations Giving Breaks to People with Cash

LAS VEGAS -- More gas stations nationwide are offering discounts for fuel purchases made with cash as high oil prices eat into their profits. In some cases, it can be a difference of at least five cents per gallon at the pump just for paying with cash.

The Sinclair station near Durango Road and Summerlin Parkway charges $3.83 for unleaded gas using cash and six cents more using a credit card. The owner says it might not sound like a lot, but amounts to thousands of dollars in the long run.

"It's $5,000 to $10,000 a month in credit debit card processing. Now multiply that times 12 months over five years, you're talking about the single largest expense in the petroleum industry next to labor," said store owner Murray Peterson.

Because banks charge Peterson a credit card processing fee, he has to charge consumers. But he refuses to charge everyone, which is why he offers an option of paying six cents less for gas with cash.

Tivoli Village Opens This Week

LAS VEGAS -- After years of anticipation, we are now just days away from the grand opening of Tivoli Village. The shopping center is set to open Thursday.

But during tough economic times, some wonder how a brand new shopping center can survive, especially just feet away the popular Boca Park shopping area.

Tivoli Village was originally supposed to open in the fall of 2009. Then it got pushed back to March of 2011. Now everyone is excited for it to open on Thursday.

Part of the excitement over the development is the unique architectural aspect that owners believe gives them a distinct advantage. That's why the developer and the tenants aren't worried about opening retail shops and restaurants right across the street from retail shops and restaurants at Boca Park.

Also, tenants feel there really isn't this type of luxury available to locals off the Las Vegas Strip.