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Hundreds of Miles of Flood Channels Keep Streets Dry

LAS VEGAS -- Most of the year, Las Vegas rarely sees rain.

However, the summer is far from dry.

We have all seen what the summer monsoons can do. It is the dozens of channels and detention basins that keep the monsoons from flooding the entire valley.

Summer monsoons have flooded Las Vegas neighborhoods in minutes. But how is it that less than a mile away, some areas look like they've barely seen a raindrop?

"We do not want that in our people's neighborhoods, and we don't want it in our streets," Erin Neff with the Regional Flood Control District said.

The Regional Flood Control District says it is the miles of channels and detention basins it has built over the past 25 years, that have prevented widespread flooding.

"We've built 90 detention basins. 580 miles of channel," Neff said.

The district's newest creation is a wash on Las Vegas Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue.

Community Event Highlights Programs for Kids and Adults

Community Event Highlights Programs for Kids and Adults

A community night out Friday in North Las Vegas combines family fun with educational information.

The city of North Las Vegas presents Safe Summer Nights from 3- 7 p.m. at Richard Steele Health and Wellness Center, 2475 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 120.

The free event includes family games, music and face painting. In addition to the fun for kids, there will be money management programs and educational opportunities, as well as information on weatherization programs and health services.

Free immunizations for children will be available. Shot records must be provided.

For more information, call North Las Vegas Community Outreach Manager Kathi Thomas-Gibson at 633-5632.

One Man Killed in North Las Vegas Crash

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- One man is dead in an early morning crash in North Las Vegas.

According to North Las Vegas Police officials, officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of West Lake Mead Boulevard and Texas Star Lane around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Arriving officers found a 37-year-old man lying in the roadway unresponsive. He was pronounced dead on scene by responding medical personnel. Three other men were transported to UMC with non-life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates the 37-year-old driver of a Jeep was involved in a minor crash in the parking lot of the Texas Station. Witnesses say he attempted to flee from the crash when he drove northbound on Lake Mead, running a red light as he exited the parking lot and colliding with the sedan that was traveling eastbound on Lake Mead.

Luxury Theaters Coming to North Las Vegas Movie Theater

Luxury Theaters Coming to North Las Vegas Movie Theater

The theater that successfully transformed a movie theater in Green Valley is expanding and is already bringing its luxury brand of movie-going to North Las Vegas.

Galaxy Theatres announced Friday it was upgrading the Galaxy Cannery Theatres, inside the Cannery Casino and Hotel.

The theaters will feature fully-reclining cushioned seats with powered footrests and snack tables. Tickets to the movie stay the same prices as regular theaters.

The theater will remain open to the public during the changeover. Crews started remaking the theaters Monday and are expected to finish in December.

Galaxy Theatres already transformed a theater along Sunset Road. The company says response from customers has been overwhelming.

I-15 Road Projects Causing Traffic Headaches

LAS VEGAS - A few construction projects are slowing traffic along Interstate 15. Three projects are under way, but transportation officials say the roadwork will help ease future commutes.

Crews are building a bridge on North 5th Street between Losee Road and E. Carey Avenue. The bridge will run over I-15. Construction will affect traffic between Lake Mead Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, that project should be completed by the end of this summer.

The second project is the re-opening of F Street under I-15, which causes a shifting of lanes as drivers approach the construction area. F Street was closed in 2008. State lawmakers mandated in 2009 that it be re-opened – requiring a new bridge for that underpass. NDOT officials say drivers can expect traffic delays in that area for at least six to eight months.

One DUI Arrest Made, Dozens of Citations Issued in Saturation Patrol

One DUI Arrest Made, Dozens of Citations Issued in Saturation Patrol

North Las Vegas Police gave out dozens of citations during a Joining Forces saturation patrol.

Officers patrolled some of the major streets of the city on July 6. During the patrol, officers made one arrest for driving under the influence, one felony arrest and issued 47 citations for speeding violations.

Citations were also issued for driver's license violations and registration violations.

The event was planned under the statewide campaign known as Joining Forces. It was made possible by a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety. 

Brooks Due in Court for Latest Hearing

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks is set to appear in court on charges stemming from a southern California car chase and police confrontation in March.

Court records show Brooks was ordered to appear at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in a Victorville, Calif. courtroom.

Forty-one-year-old Brooks has been in a San Bernardino County jail since his March 28 arrest along Interstate 15 in Victorville.

That came the same day Nevada lawmakers voted to expel the Democrat from the Legislature following his streak of erratic behavior.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of evading an officer, resisting police, throwing a substance at a vehicle and harming a police animal.

Brooks' defense previously asked that he be enrolled in a mental health court program, but that plan was rejected.