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Not your typical summer camp

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Summer camp isn’t just for kids. About 60 people just spent three days and two nights on Mount Charleston at Camp Silver Pines. This particular camp caters to those young at heart. Everyone was at least 50 years old.

The camp includes a half-dozen or so multi-bunk cabins where the campers could enjoy the cool mountain air, as well as the recreation hall for a line dancing class, and the tee-pee classroom where 8 News Now traffic anchor Nate Tannenbaum played the flute and talked about weather.

This is just one of the older photos that was among the collection.

A guest speaker from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority was also there with a large selection of old Las Vegas photographs. The LVCVA is working with the Nevada State Museum and Las Vegas News Bureau to see if Las Vegans can help identify some of the famous, and not so famous, people in photographs taken over the years. ... Read More

The ghost of Project Neon lives on

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) – Even though the Nevada Dept of Transportation held a celebration last month to mark the end of the state’s biggest, most expensive construction project, work crews are not done.

NDOT’s Tony Illia has explained multiple times since the ribbon cutting that the ceremony marked what’s known in the construction industry as “SUBSTANTIAL” completion – which, in Project Neon’s case – meant work was 98% done.

The remaining 2% includes a three-night closure of the ramp southbound US95 to southbound I-15. The work is scheduled to run from 10pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights until 5 each of the following mornings.

Drivers will basically take the same ramp that eventually leads to the I-15, but, instead, they’ll be coned off at Charleston, where the exit ramp leads right to the Charleston on-ramp to the south 15... Read More

World’s biggest bounce house coming to Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The world’s largest bounce house is coming to Las Vegas. The bounce house was set up in Chicago over the weekend giving visitors 10,000 feet of pure bouncy fun. It’s on a 27-city tour across the country right now.

The giant castle includes a basketball court, a massive slide, huge ball pit, dance stage, obstacle course, DJ and much more.

It’ll be in Las Vegas at Craig Ranch Regional Park from September 28 through October 13. All age groups are welcome... Read More

Sentencing set for man who killed Garrett Meriwether in drunk driving crash

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Sentencing for 19-year-old Alexander Brewer is set for Monday. He’s the man charged in the DUI crash that killed 18-year-old Garrett Meriwether.

It’s been almost three months since that deadly crash. On Monday, the Meriwether family will be in court to watch as the man charged in their son’s death is sentenced… on a day that was already important to the family for a different reason.

It’s the same day as Garrett’s
19th birthday.

It’s the first time the
family won’t be celebrating with their son. Instead, they’ll be in a courtroom.

“I visit Garrett every
single day to take care of his grave because that’s all I have left to do for
my son,” Garrett’s mother Debra said. “Being a mom and losing your
baby, even though he was six-foot-tall, that is just overwhelming.” ... Read More

VICTORY: Martin Truex Jr. takes NASCAR South Point 400 race

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing emerged the winner of the NASCAR South Point 400 race amidst the heart-pounding excitement at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

VICTORY LANE: Martin Truex Jr. wins the South Point 400

Posted by 8 News Now on Sunday, September 15, 2019

The race was the start of NASCAR’s 10-race playoff series, and Truex’s victory clinched him an automatic spot in the second round.

It was a bit of a heartbreaker for Las Vegas, as native Kurt Busch fell out after a flat tire caused his car to crash.

The top nine finishers were: ... Read More

Clark County teen tech labs are haven for next generation of innovators

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Libraries in Clark County have become far more than just quiet places to study and read. They’re not just offering their standard materials, they’ve expanded to things like music, virtual reality and everything in between.

The county has the ‘Best Buy Teen Tech Center‘ in libraries across town. There are things like 3D printers, editing, coding, robotics, movie production, video game development and so much more!

The program encourages students to strengthen their tech skills. From exploring new passions to creating and collaborating, the teen tech lab is a place for the next generation of innovators.

Library staff says no prior tech skills are necessary, just come ready to explore and have fun. ... Read More

Police: Rock star Ric Ocasek found dead in NYC apartment

NEW YORK (AP) — Ric Ocasek, famed frontman for The Cars rock band, has been found dead in a Manhattan apartment.

The New York City police department said officers responding to a 911 call found the 75-year-old Ocasek at about 4 p.m. on Sunday. They said there was no sign of foul play and that the medical examiner was to determine a cause of death.

The Cars chart-topping hits in the late 1970s and 1980s included “Just What I Needed,” ”Shake It Up” and “Drive.” The band was inducted last year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In May of 2018, model and actress Paulina Porizkova announced on social media that she and Ocasek had separated after 28 years of marriage. The pair first met while filming the music video for “Drive.”... Read More