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Ski Resort Announces 2-Day Family-Friendly Festival

Ski Resort Announces 2-Day Family-Friendly Festival

The snow is long gone on Mt. Charleston, but the fun is not.

The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort announced the inaugural Rock the Canyon Rally July 13 and 14.

The event will be a two-day, family-friendly festival featuring live music, vendors, motorcycle rally and an assortment of outdoor activities.

The music starts Saturday at noon and ends at 9 p.m. There will also be local vendors offering food, drinks, motorcycle gear and other items.

There will also be tent and RV camping available. Sites are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids 8 to 17 and kids 7 and under are free. For more information, go to rockthecanyonrally.com.

Summer Food Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Kids

Summer Food Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Kids

Three Square Food Bank and its partners launched the Summer Food Service program Wednesday to ensure southern Nevada children do not go hungry this summer.

When school is out, kids who use the free and reduced lunch program often do not have access to nutritious meals. The summer food program works to fill that gap.

"It is scary when you think about families that can't put food on the table because they are making choices to pay rent, pay their utility bills, that are higher during the summer," president and CEO of Three Square Food Bank Brian Burton said. "These are very unacceptable choices. They shouldn't have to choose to go without food."

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, kids 18 years and younger can receive free lunches now through August 23.

One partner for the program is the YMCA. Lunches are available at all four YMCA's throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Locations include:

Metro Police to Reopen Police Academy

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets.

The police academy graduated its last class in Jan. 2012. The money for the additional officers comes from an .15 percent increase in the Clark County sales tax recently passed by the Legislature.

The new recruits would be patrolling the streets by next summer, but first they must undergo rigorous testing which includes physical, psychological and community-based evaluations. Department officials say they want recruits with good people skills.

"The biggest thing that we're emphasizing, from the minute they walk in the door to the minute they walk in the academy, is how do they interact with people? So they're going to be evaluated as to their communication skills, they're going to be evaluated as to how they act under pressure," deputy chief Gary Scholfield said.

Metro Police Holding Open House for New Recruits

Metro Police Holding Open House for New Recruits

Metro Police is looking for people to join its ranks. A bill passed by the Nevada Legislature and signed by Governor Sandoval approved more money for hiring more officers.

The department will hold an open house starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday for people interested in becoming officers.

The event will be at the Jerry Keller Training Facility, 9880 West Cheyenne Avenue. Academy staff will be on hand to explain improvements to the curriculum and training. They will also be giving tours of the facility.

The initial written tests for full-time police recruits and reserve officers will start in July. For information on the written portion of the application process, go to protectthecity.com.  

New ER Beds to Open at Northwest Hospital

New ER Beds to Open at Northwest Hospital

A local hospital will soon open an expansion that will double its emergency room capacity.

MountainView Hospital will open the beds in late June, bringing its number of private ER beds to 42.

Also opening in late June is the third floor of the hospital’s South Tower with 32 new beds. The tentative opening is scheduled for the week of June 24.

Total construction costs for the new tower are about $70 million.

Mt. Charleston Resort Giving Away Free Wedding

Mt. Charleston Resort Giving Away Free Wedding

Couples have a chance to win a free Mt. Charleston wedding if they are willing to meet with an event coordinator at the resort.

If you visit between now and August 25, you will be entered into a drawing for a free package valued at $7,500, including a wedding and reception for up to 50 guests.

Included in the package are a wedding coordinator, outdoor ceremony, set up of chairs, arbor and aisle runner, minister, floral, one hour of photography, bridal suite and groom’s room, 50-person buffet, champagne toast and wedding and reception DJ. Book your bridal consultation by calling 947-8329 a or visiting http://www.mtcharlestonresort.com/weddings/dream-wedding.php.

Sanctuary May Take More Southern Nevada Chimps

Sanctuary May Take More Southern Nevada Chimps

The chimpanzee sanctuary that took a chimp that got loose in a northwest neighborhood may be taking the chimps that were once housed in neighborhood in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

Chimps Inc. said it is in talks with Mike Casey, the owner of the chimps. The talks come after the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission denied Casey a wild animal permit to keep the four animals in Pahrump.

Casey had applied for the permit after the Clark County Commission denied his request for a permit to keep his chimps at his southwest home.

He was keeping them in a trailer in his backyard, while they were booked for commercials and birthday parties. Animal welfare activists said he had no safeguards in place, if the animals became violent. They also alleged he mistreated his animals.

The county became concerned after the incident in the northwest, when two chimps escaped. Police had to shoot one of them. The other was taken to Chimps Inc. in Oregon.