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Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard opens Saturday

 LAS VEGAS --  After an unseasonably warm weather, the winter season at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort starts Saturday, Dec. 13 when the resort opens to the public.

The Rabbit Peak lift which serves the area's beginner terrain area will be running. The cost is $20. Scenic chair lift rides on the new Bluebird quad chair lift will be available for $10 for adults and $5 for children. Both lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The resort is continuing its snowmaking efforts through the weekend. There is also natural snow expected over the weekend.

"We are excited finally kick off our winter season and appreciate the community's patience during this unseasonably warm weather," said Kevin Stickelman, LVSSR president and general manager.

The snow tubing area is expected to open on Dec. 20. Tickets for tubing are $20 and include inner tube rental.



Report: Suspect killed man over cleaning supplies, fried chicken

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said they've arrested the man accused of beating another man to death in the desert Saturday.  A police report shows it all started over stolen cleaning supplies and chicken.  

Officers said 33-year-old Coleman Vaoga crushed and killed Jeffrey Harry Clabaugh with a 63 pound boulder.  Vaoga confronted the 51-year-old after he saw him taking a box of Church's Chicken and a bucket of cleaning supplies from his car, according to the report.

Vaoga was inside of a convenience store in the 4300 block of North Nellis Boulevard when the alleged thievery happened.  Metro said witnesses told them Vaoga ran out of the store and started chasing Clabaugh.  

The report said at one point Vaoga stopped and asked another man to switch shoes with him so that he could continue running.  Vaoga was originally wearing flip flops.  



Driving You Crazy: Lanes needed at Charleston and 215

LAS VEGAS - Numerous drivers say they want an extra lane from northbound 215 to eastbound Charleston Boulevard. They say there is currently only one lane, causing back-ups.

Hughes Park Drive, the street that runs parallel to 215, is one of the problems. That road funnels traffic from Downtown Summerlin to Charleston and the beltway. Since its opening a few months ago, Downtown Summerlin has increased traffic on Hughes Park Drive.

Vehicles exiting at Charleston have to maneuver through Hughes Park traffic, and it can get messy. Drivers say vehicles will stop on the 215 off-ramp, so they can get to eastbound Charleston.

County representatives say they are evaluating the off-ramp to see what improvements can be made. They should have a design plan to propose in the next four to six weeks. Traffic8 will follow up at that time.

Median Las Vegas-area home prices back above $200K

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Southern Nevada real estate agents say the area's median home price has climbed back above the $200,000 mark in November.

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that the median home price of $202,000 is up 1.1 percent from October, and up 10.4 percent from the same time a year ago.

Association chief Heidi Kasama says real estate agents are selling fewer properties overall each month, but more in the higher price brackets.

She says she expects the housing market to remain fairly stable through 2015.

Home prices remain well below their June 2006 peak of $315,000, but above their January 2012 trough of $118,000.

The total number of homes sold in November was nearly 2,500, down about 400 from October.

Suspect in barricade situation arrested

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said a barricade situation Sunday near Cheyenne Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive ended with the suspect being taken into custody.

Officers said they first received the call about the domestic dispute around 12:12 p.m. Apparently, the son was threatening his mom with a knife at a home in the 6500 block of Old Oxford Avenue, according to police.

Authorities said officers tried to get the suspect to come out of the garage he was hold up in, but he refused, so SWAT was called.  Neighbors described the scene as chaotic.

"Cars just came from everywhere! The helicopter was in the air; it was really scary. It was like a bomb threat or a terrorist threat. It was really scary. They had the street taped off. It was unexpected, very much unexpected,” said Jacobi Williams, neighbor.

Suspect accused in fatal shooting near Jones, Lake Mead ID'd

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police released the name of the man they think shot and killed another man near Jones and Lake Mead early Saturday morning.

Officers said they first received the call about the shooting in the 19000 block of North Jones Boulevard around 3:22 a.m. The suspect, 29-year-old Kolby Edwards had an argument with another man and it escalated into a shooting, according to police.

Police said when they arrived to the apartment complex they found the victim, whose identity wasn't released, with two gunshot wounds. Edwards was no where in sight.

The victim was taken to University Medical Center where he later died. The Clark County Coroner's office will release his name, age and the manner in which he died later.

Edwards, is described as a light-skinned black man, who's 5'7” and weighs 180 pounds.

Las Vegas Ski delays opening, hopes for snow

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort officials say the destination won't be opening Friday as planned while they wait for a storm to bring snow this weekend.

Resort spokeswoman Veronica Kawka said Tuesday that the resort is hoping its winter season gets a Dec. 5 start.

The resort is reliant on the cold kindness of mother nature but it also plans to help blanket its slopes by borrowing extra snow-making machines from Utah resorts.

Weather conditions have been warmer than usual for the skiing and snowboarding destination.

It's about an hour northwest of Las Vegas.

Kawka says the resort will have a new chair lift to accommodate twice as many people per day and a snow tubing course when it opens for the season.