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Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 250,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 15,000 were recycled last year. 

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch which is used in public gardens and parks across the valley.

There is no fee to recycle a tree. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 2015. Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (891 Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

· Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
· Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne at Pecos
· Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215
· Lowe's - 2570 E. Craig Road
· Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W.

I-Team: SNWA approves water rate hike

 LAS VEGAS --Water rate payers will see an increase in their water bills following the approval of a rate hike by the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

The increase will be used to pay for a $650 million pumping station at Lake Mead. The increase for the average homeowner could be anywhere from $2.50 to $5 a month. Businesses will pay more.

“The tunnel boring machine, after excavating three miles under Lake Mead and over the past three years, encountered and began penetrating intake structure which has been patiently waiting on the bottom of Lake Mead,” said Marc Jensen, Dir. Engineering SNWA.

When the announcement that the machines finally punched through miles of rock opening up a new intake tunnel to Lake Mead Friday, it was met with cheers and applauds.

WalletHub slams North Las Vegas in fitness rankings

LAS VEGAS -- Having endured a nightmarish past several years due to budget shortcomings, North Las Vegas is now confronted with news that it is one of the worst cities to pursue an active lifestyle, according to rankings released Wednesday by consumer information website WalletHub.

Of the nation's 100 most populated cities, North Las Vegas ranked 95th. That contrasted with the fourth place ranking assigned to Reno, as well as the 22nd and 27th place rankings given to Las Vegas and Henderson respectively.

The fittest city in America was awarded to Omaha, Neb., while Laredo, Texas, finished dead last.

Dept. of Welfare building evacuated in North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A North Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman says graffiti cleanup is to blame for sickening a few people inside a welfare office.

Capt. Cedric Williams said Tuesday that firefighters shut down the office at 3223 West Craig Rd. earlier after receiving reports that people inside were feeling nauseous.

He says firefighters treated three people at the scene and one woman was sent to a local hospital in stable condition.

Williams says firefighters tested the air quality and eventually determined that an effort to clean up graffiti on the building's backside was sending fumes through an air vent.

He says the fire department recommended the office stay closed for the rest of Tuesday to allow it to air out before employees return to work Wednesday.

Two people hurt in North Las Vegas fire

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Two people were hurt in a fire near Decatur Boulevard and Washburn Road, according to a spokesperson with the North Las Vegas Fire Department.

Officers said the fire at 4515 Buddy Holly Ct. happened around 4:33 p.m. in a single story home.  It was a fire that accidentally started in the garage, according to NLV Fire. 

Fire officials were able to put it out quickly, but it still caused $75,000 in damage. 

A man was treated at the scene, but he and the woman victim were both taken to the hospital.  The woman's condition is stable.

The Red Cross is assisting them.  North Las Vegas Fire is investigating.

Conflict between state, county could affect medical marijuana dispensaries

LAS VEGAS -- Medical marijuana stores could be up and running in the valley as soon as January; but that doesn't mean a lot of dispensaries will open when that happens.

In all, only 40 dispensaries are allowed to open across the valley. Eighteen of those will be in unincorporated Clark County.

Local commissioners chose 18 applications, but the state only approved 10 of them, so this has caused disagreements between Clark County Commissioners, and the state, which is causing a hold up.

In the end, this may cause fewer dispensaries to open up.

"I guess that's a potential. I certainly hope it doesn't come to that because ultimately who is going to suffer -- the patient,” said Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner.

Commissioner Sisolak said he's hesitant to grant permits to applicants the state chose without getting approval from the county first.

Father charged with abusing daughter

Terrance Dixon

 NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas father is facing a charge of child abuse in a case involving his 2-year-old daughter.

According to police, Terrance Dixon took his daughter to the hospital on Oct. 20 claiming she had fallen and suffered several injuries, but police say the injuries were not consistent with a fall. The girl did survive.

Dixon was arrested on Nov. 21 at a home on Azure Avenue.