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Officials Mark Reopening of Cathedral Rock Area


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Forest officials are marking completion of a 10-month project that expanded and renovated a popular picnic area and trailhead high on Mount Charleston about 30 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Christie Kalkowski said Tuesday the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area has reopened at the end of Kyle Canyon Road.

Kalkowski says the $8 million project installed more than 80 individual and group picnic spots, a water system, toilet facilities and interpretive signs featuring the Civilian Conservation Corps.

She says workers also removed more than 1,000 cords of wood and undergrowth from the piney and scenic mountain site. It is at elevation of about 7,600 feet above sea level.

Mount Charleston is part of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Metro Investigating Body Found in Home

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased woman in a home in northwest Las Vegas.

According to Metro, a person arrived at the home in the 8000 block of Green Pasture Avenue near Cimarron Road and W. Lone Mountain Road and discovered the body. The call was made to police just before 11 a.m.

8NewsNOW.com is following this developing story and will add more information as it becomes available.

Las Vegas Urology Agrees to $1 Million Settlement

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Tuesday.

The federal government contended that Las Vegas Urology engaged in improper billing between January 2005 and June 2010 to Medicare, TRICARE, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and the Railroad Retirement Medicare Program. In a settlement agreement effective May 17, the parties agreed to resolve the government's claims.

Students Plant Tree at Northwest Park

Students Plant Tree at Northwest Park


The City of Las Vegas and a third-grade class from Kay Carl Elementary School worked together to plant a tree at a northwest park in honor of Arbor Day.

The students and city officials gathered Monday to plant a tree at Polly Gonzalez Memorial Park, 5425 Corbett Street, at the corner of West El Campo Grande and North Bradley Road.

Besides the Raywood ash tree that was planted, the kids placed a time capsule in the spot that includes short essays from the students about what is happening environmentally in Las Vegas and around the world.

"We had a time capsule where we did research on environmental issues in Las Vegas and Nevada and we planted them so that when we open up the time capsule in 50 or 100 years, they will know exactly the environmental issues of the day," Sue Rodrigues from Carl Elementary School said.

The city has had a program in place since 1950 to plant trees at parks around southern Nevada.

Volunteer HS Coach Facing Student Sex Charges

Angela Hensey, 24

LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.

According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach, Angela Hensey, 24, was arrested Thursday on two charges of sex with a student and a charge of luring a child.

Clark County Schools Sgt. Mitch Maciszak said school police were first made aware of a possible inappropriate relationship between Hensey and two students on Jan. 30. The students were two girls, 15 and 16 years old, Maciszak said.

Maciszak said 16 years is the age of consent, but because Hensey worked in the school district, the relationship was illegal.    

The person who reported Hensey became concerned when the volunteer coach drove the girls home in her car, Maciszak said.

Hensey is due in court Monday morning.

Road Work for Next Three Months on Local Streets

Road Work for Next Three Months on Local Streets


Pavement repair work will affect traffic in northwest Las Vegas for the next three months.

Starting Monday, there will be construction on Coke Street from Maggie Avenue to Racel Street, on Racel from Conough Lane to Tenaya Way, on Tenaya from Racel to Farm Road, and on Farm from Rainbow Boulevard to Decatur Boulevard.

Work hours generally will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest


Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are: