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Six injured in two-vehicle crash Thursday night

LAS VEGAS -- Six people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Alexander Road and North Durango Drive Thursday night.

Police say the crash happened shortly after 7:30 p.m. A Toyota Corolla and a Chevrolet Malibu crashed into each other in the intersection. The crash sent the Toyota into a nearby metal light pole.

Police say none of the four people inside the Toyota was wearing seat belts. One of the passengers was ejected from the car when it struck the light pole. The male driver and two female passengers were seriously hurt. A third female passenger was critically hurt.

The two people inside the Chevrolet sustained minor injuries.

All of the injured people were taken to University Medical Center.

Portables help ease CCSD's overcrowding woes

LAS VEGAS — Even though school is out for the summer, the Clark County School District is busy trying to come up with ways to accommodate all the new students coming in this fall. The district says they don't have the money to build new schools, so one solution is to bring in more portables.

Portables have been around for a long time in Clark County, but with so many people moving to the area in recent years, the need for the movable classrooms is greater than ever. And they don't come cheap.

When it comes to portables, Dennis Donnelly at CCSD is an expert. He's been with the district for 25 years and now helps oversee some 1,500 portables in hundreds of schools around the valley.

"I believe the most (portables) we have on site is 17." That's at one school and that need continues to grow.

Since December, the district has been ordering 3 portables a week — and hope to have 80 brand new ones to accommodate all students come this fall.

Officials warn of potential for repeat of Carpenter 1 fire

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev.  — Fire prevention advocates, area residents and Clark County officials are marking the anniversary of the start of a massive wildfire on a mountain near Las Vegas with a call for awareness of drought and effects of climate change.

A Tuesday event at the Resort on Mt. Charleston showcased woodland scars, lasting effects and steps toward recovery from the Carpenter 1 fire.

The lightning-sparked burned for more than three weeks last July, forcing evacuations of hamlet homes and charring more than 43.5 square miles while more than 1,300 firefighters battled to contain it about 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

BLM firefighters still aren't over the devastation.

Woman finds dog shot dead in backyard

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas woman let her dog out into the backyard Monday morning and minutes later someone shot and killed him.

Now, the family is grieving the loss and wondering why their dog was killed. The family says they are so shocked and frightened; they are now staying at a relative’s house and are trying to sell their home.

Danielle Jones says their dog Feydor became part of the family six years ago. He was always gentle and affectionate with her two young daughters and says he has never been aggressive towards anyone.

Jones let the dog out into the backyard of their home near the 215 beltway and Cheyenne Avenue and went upstairs to wake up the rest of the family. Five minutes later, she says she heard Feydor barking and then a gunshot.

“I went and looked out the window and saw a van take off down the street and so we went downstairs because he was like, ‘Feydor is not barking.’ We went and looked and he was in the backyard,” Jones said.

Dad seriously burned trying to rescue 2 kids from fatal fire

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LAS VEGAS -- Two children, ages 2 and 4, died in an early morning house fire Thursday in Las Vegas.

According to the Clark County Fire Department, the fire began just after 1 a.m. on Riley Street, which is near Ann Road and Durango Drive.

Officials say the children, identified by a family friend as 4-year-old Cruz Flores and 2-year-old Ella Flores, were trapped in a bedroom.

"He's a miracle child. He was born with a heart condition. He had an operation right after he was born," family friend Craig Freundlich said. "His little sister, Ella, was just a little princess."

Metro officers were first to arrive on scene and found the parents of the children, identified by a family friend as Tony Flores and Stephanie Parriera, outside trying to put out the flames with a hose.

House fire causes $125K in damage

LAS VEGAS -- Firefighters continue to watch flare ups after an early morning fire on Sunday.

The fire sparked just before 9:30 a.m. at 5228 Shady Grove Lane. When fire crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the garage, and three people ,and a dog, standing outside the home.

According to firefighters, the fire also spread to the roof. Crews were able to get flames under control by noon.

About an hour later, winds caused embers to reignite and the fire flared back up. A second crew was called in to help.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The people who lived there told investigators they smelled smoke for a while, but did not know where it was coming from. When they discovered it was in the garage, it was too far along to put out.

One firefighter suffered a knee injury and was taken to the hospital to be treated. The house has been ruled a "total loss," with damage estimated around $125,000.

New master-planned community breaks ground in northwest

LAS VEGAS -- Southern Nevada hasn't seen the start of a major master-planned housing project like this since before the Great Recession.

On Thursday, city leaders, the governor, and developers broke ground for the new Skye Canyon master-planned community in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

There will be a new neighborhood at U.S. 95 and Horse Drive in a couple of years, if plans go accordingly.

The new Skye Canyon community will be aimed at people who want to enjoy the great outdoors and live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross represents this northwest part of the valley, where the new community is being built.

“This is huge for the city of Las Vegas,” Ross said, “It's a lifestyle change.”