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Hottest Latin-inspired bites around the Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It's no secret Las Vegas is known for its culinary scene, on and off the Strip. But there is another trend that is sweeping the valley that promises to make you set aside your diet.

You'll miss it if you're not connected on social media.

8 News Now explored some of the most popular Latin-inspired bites at must-visit spots. You'll find them around the valley, from Mexican food, vegan and even something sweet that owners say business is hot thanks to all the social media buzz.

"People are doing their social media, and that is what is basically pushing us," said Oscar Chavira, owner of Birrieria y Taqueria.

Birria is making waves with its variety of plates infused with mouth-watering flavors that will have you rolling your r's from excitement. ... Read More

Skye Canyon Market Place still booming; multiple businesses and new homes keep popping up

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Over the past year, many businesses and families have moved to Skye Canyon located in the northwest valley.

Some of the newer developments are focused around Skye Canyon Park Drive and Skye Village Road. It's located off U.S. 95.

Throughout 2020 Skye Canyon Marketplace welcomed one business after another.

"It's definitely exciting; we see a lot of vacant spaces, and we're just excited to see what's coming in and all the new restaurants," said Robin Hargett, resident of the Northwest valley.

Over the next few months, even more businesses will open in the area that is bustling, including a barbershop, a sushi restaurant, bob's big boy, and a locally-owned pet hospital.

"We're going to be doing low-cost vaccines, low-cost dental cleanings," said Dr. Gill of Skye Canyon Pet Hospital. [Along with] "surgeries ranging from basic spay and neuters to more complicated orthopedic surgeries."... Read More

Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine first doses resumes after delay

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- First doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are once again being administered in Clark County. This comes after a major winter storm caused significant delays in shipments around the country.

Both Cashman Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center were back in full swing Wednesday.

So far, about 10% of people in Clark County have received at least one dose.

Those 65 years and older are now eligible to get their shot. Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) Chief Health Officer Dr. Fermin Leguen says they are hoping the delay won't impact moving forward with the next group of people to get the vaccine.

"Last week, we missed a shipment, and now, we are trying to recover from that," he explained. "Once we feel comfortable in those areas, we will move to additional groups, in coordination with the state." ... Read More

DETR addresses Bank of America problems plaguing some out-of-work Nevadans

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) released an update Wednesday about the issues Bank of America customers were having when it comes to collecting unemployment. Many say their accounts are frozen with a B.P.C. Identity Verification Notice.

According to DETR, claimants who find they have this "questionable identity person id check" notification under payments should contact them directly.

First, you need to submit the required documents to BPCmail@DETR.NV.gov -- wait 24 hours, and then call 775-684-0475... Read More

Parents react to CCSD's plan to bring all students back

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Clark County School District's plan to bring all students back is evoking a lot of mixed emotions for some parents. Some tell 8 News Now they are excited to have the kids go back into the classroom, while others tell us that will not be happening on their end.

Some are stuck in the middle.

"I'm just really excited," said Kristan Nigro, CCSD teacher and parent. "It's time to get back to normal."

Nigro shared her perspective as an educator and mother of a Kindergartner:

"To be quite honest, I have been looking forward to this date because I know as a teacher, as well as a parent, I see these poor kids and the way that they struggled this school year."

She hopes that by putting kids back into the classroom, it will boost their academic confidence. ... Read More

CCSD athletes welcome opportunity in returning to sports

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) - As students get back into the classrooms, the Clark County School District are rolling out plans for Spring sports.

With Governor Sisolak giving a thumbs up and CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara's blessing for contact sports to resume, some of the valleys best athletes will soon be back on school campuses.

8 News Now Sports Director Chris Maathuis has the story on the plan and reaction... Read More

Local foundation to host virtual event, raising awareness during World Rare Disease Day

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- If you are planning to hike, run or walk this weekend and want to make a difference in the lives of local kids battling rare diseases, you have a wonderful opportunity!

World Rare Disease Day is Sunday, Feb. 28, and the Henderson-based Little Miss Hannah Foundation puts on an event each year to heighten the awareness of childhood rare diseases. It also raises money to provide families necessary devices and medical equipment for their children for free.

Parents Carrie and Robert Ostrea started the foundation in honor of their daughter Hannah, who lost her battle with a rare disease at the age of the 3.

8 News Now has covered their 5k walk and runs over the years, and Kirsten Joyce has been honored to be an emcee at their events.

This year, they have gone virtual for the safety of everyone. ... Read More