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Country trio Gloriana playing Santa Fe Station

A new configured country band with a new album will be playing Santa Fe Station.

Two possible ways to avoid the so-called "sophomore slump."

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Permits for Firewood Available Starting Next Week

Permits for Firewood Available Starting Next Week


Permits to get firewood from the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area are set to go on sale September 6.

The permits will be sold from 8 a.m.. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at a lot near mile marker five along Kyle Canyon Road, which is State Route 157. Permit holders are encouraged to bring a chainsaw since most of the wood has not been cut into lengths that can moved easily.

Firewood will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. About 800 cords are available. The wood is mostly ponderosa pine with some mahogany and fir. Each cord cost $20. Each household is limited to five cords. Cash and personal checks will be accepted. Credit cards will not.

All firewood purchases must be finished and picked up by 4:30 p.m. September 30. Any wood that has not been removed by that time will be forfeited. The forest service recommends that people get their wood the same time they get their permits. 

Police Search for Bank Robber

Police Search for Bank Robber

Metro Police are searching for a man who robbed a bank Friday.

According to police, the suspect walked into the bank near Craig Road and Jones Boulevard just after 2 p.m. The suspect approached the teller and gave him a note demanding money. The teller gave the man money, and he left the area on a dark colored mountain bike.

The suspect is described as a white man between 35 and 40 years old. He is between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-9 and weighs between 165 and 175 pounds. He is clean shaven but was wearing a long, gray, shaggy wig. He also had on a camouflage hat, black and gray gloves, long sleeve dark shirt and dark pants.

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

I-Team: CJ's Journey from Las Vegas to a New Home

LAS VEGAS -- A chimpanzee known for her dramatic escapes into Las Vegas neighborhoods will travel no more.

CJ, which is short for Calamity Jayne, was transported last week from Las Vegas to a chimp sanctuary in Bend, Oregon.  Her route was kept a secret from the public, but not from the I-Team, which was allowed to tag along.

The I-Team has taken its share of road trips through the outback of Nevada, but never with a chimpanzee, and never an odyssey quite as convoluted. Two days became five, mostly because of nitpicking and paper pushing. Add to the mix a heat wave, gigantic wild fires, and veterinarians who seemed remarkably nonchalant about the welfare of one special animal, and it all makes for a memorable a jaunt.

SLIDESHOW:  On the Road with CJ the Chimp

Neighborhood Party Planned for CJ the Chimp

Neighborhood Party Planned for CJ the Chimp

A neighborhood block party is planned for Saturday to say goodbye to CJ the chimp and to raise money for her owner.

The chimpanzee gained national attention in July, when she and a male chimp called Buddy escaped from their enclosure at a northwest home.

Buddy was shot and killed by police, and CJ was recaptured. A few weeks later, CJ escaped again and was recaptured. That second escaped expedited plans to move her to an accredited wild animal sanctuary in Oregon.

A neighborhood block party will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., at Polly Gonzalez Memorial Park, which is on the corner of Bradley Way and El Campo Grande.

Admission to the party will be free, but vendors at the event will be donating part of their proceeds to the animal's owners to help pay for CJ's care at the facility. It costs $1,200 a month to house the chimpanzee at Chimp's Inc. Organizers hope to raise $20,000 to pay for a year of care. 

Drug Traffickers Set up Shop on Nevada Public Lands

LAS VEGAS -- Drug traffickers are setting up camp on Nevada's public lands, growing marijuana, and destroying the environment in the process.

Law enforcement officials say the number of outdoor pot farms in Nevada has tripled in recent years. Details are now emerging about a once-secret, seven-state crackdown, called Operation Mountain Sweep.

Federal officials say large grow operations on public lands have increased at an alarming rate. Drug traffickers, often carrying high-powered assault rifles, are hiding out on federal lands and making millions harvesting marijuana.

"These are organized groups who employ a lot of people to go out there and to cultivate this marijuana, and it's intolerable," Metro Assistant Sheriff Greg McCurdy.

SLIDESHOW: Marijuana Bust

Police: Street Racing Resulted in Double Fatal

LAS VEGAS --  Police say a street race left two men dead and a woman fighting for her life Sunday at University Medical Center. Police say one driver lost control during the race, and the other driver sped off and hasn't been located.

Centennial Center Boulevard is a winding road with a 35 mph speed limit in the northwest part of the valley. Numerous businesses dot both sides of the street.

Sunday's tragedy has prompted officials to call for increased enforcement on the street which has been the scene of other accidents.

Eyewitness Brian Castaneda saw the wreckage and knew it was bad. He works along Centennial Center Boulevard and said he has seen other wrecks.

"I can count at least six times," Castaneda said. "I know there's a couple memorials down the road there for some folks that passed on not to long ago."