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Despite High Gas Prices, NASCAR Fans Come to Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Gas prices are not stopping NASCAR fans from coming to Las Vegas for the big race this weekend. Despite the cost, thousands are hitting the road in their RV's.

Some say they spent $300 to $400 in gas just to get to town. Throw in the cost of food and the cost to rent an RV space at the speedway, you are talking about $2,000 to $3,000. But these RV's keep coming and are a sign high priced gas isn't keep them away.

Travelers from South Dakota, Utah, Washington, California and other places have come to town.

Gail Mullick has been at the speedway since Monday with her husband and grandson. But getting here hasn't been cheap.

"We just make due. We watch them rise and keep putting away for it to make sure we've got enough to get to and from where we are going," she said.

Her husband says it's all about planning ahead.

BREAKING NEWS: Westbound Sahara Closed for Accident

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are on the scene of an accident at 5150 east Sahara Avenue, just east of Nellis Boulevard.

Police say a car was traveling west on Sahara when a van pulled out in front of it. A person in the van was ejected and is in extremely critical condition.

Metro's Fatal Accident Investigation Detail is heading to the scene to investigate.

Westbound traffic on Sahara is shut down in the area.

Man Involved in 4th of July Death Cuts a Deal

LAS VEGAS -- The man charged in the death of a 22-year-old killed by shrapnel at a Fourth of July party has struck a deal with prosecutors.

Andrew Molitor has agreed to plead guilty to a gross misdemeanor. He will serve three years probation, pay restitution, and pay $5,000 toward a scholarship fund in the name of the victim, Kasey Barlow.

Police say Molitor packed a cannon with gunpowder and lit it at a neighborhood party. The cannon exploded and killed Barlow.

Molitor was charged with second degree murder. If convicted, he could have served five years in jail. The plea means Molitor will avoid jail time if he carries out all the provisions of the deal.

 

Get Free Pancakes on National Pancake Day at IHOP!

Get Free Pancakes on National Pancake Day at IHOP!

Las Vegas, I hope you're hungry! Tomorrow, March 1st, IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day by giving every customer a free short stack of their signature pancakes! Instead of charging, they ask that people make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year the event raised $2.1 million for charity, and the organizers are hoping to top that number this year.

The local IHOP in Sunrise offering FREE pancakes can be found at:

  • 352 N Nellis Blvd Ste G, Las Vegas NV, 89110

Eastside Cannery Hosts Community Blood Drive February 28th

Eastside Cannery Hosts Community Blood Drive February 28th

This afternoon until 4pm, Eastside Cannery is hosting a community blood drive in their Eastside events center. The need for blood is high right now, and the United Blood Services have stated the donations are down in 2011. So as a thank you to all of the donors who come out to today's blood drive, the casino is offering each donor a voucher for a free buffet for two at the Eastside Cannery Row Buffet! So give blood and help save a life!

Shots 4 Tots Week Offers Free Immunizations in Sunrise

Shots 4 Tots Week Offers Free Immunizations in Sunrise

The Southern Nevada Health District and United Way of Southern Nevada are offering a free childhood immunization clinic during Shots 4 Tots Week in Sunrise. Children needing immunizations must be accompanied by a parent or an adult with written permission from the custodial parent of the child, and the child's immunization records. For more information, call the immunization clinic at (702) 759-0850 or visit www.snhd.info.

The Shots 4 Tots Clinic will be held:

March 14-Friday, March 18 at the East Las Vegas Public Health Center

560 N Nellis Blvd # E11, Las Vegas, NV 89110-5371, (702) 759-1340 from 8 am to 4:30 pm

 

Anti-graffiti Artwork of Local Fifth Graders Unveiled on RTC Transit Vehicle

Anti-graffiti Artwork of Local Fifth Graders Unveiled on RTC Transit Vehicle

LAS VEGAS – The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Krista Kachnik of John Dooley Elementary School as the grand prize winner of this year’s anti-graffiti art contest. Her winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

The RTC vehicle also showcased the artwork of first runner-up Fermin Perez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School. The students’ designs were selected as the top two finalists in the fourth annual art contest designed to educate local students that the difference between art and graffiti is permission.  

The RTC again partnered with the Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Vector Media Las Vegas to sponsor the art contest.