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Shrimp Farm Opens in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Around 90 percent of the shrimp eaten in Las Vegas come from Southeast Asia and China. But there's a new fish farm in North Las Vegas growing local seafood and providing local jobs.

The shrimp from Asia are injected with preservatives and frozen before shipped. But for the first time, Nevadans are finding jobs growing our own shrimp.

"We consume more shrimp per capita in Las Vegas than anywhere else in the world -- 22 million pounds of it annually," said Greg Orman with Ganix Bio Technologies.

Dozens of tanks filled with 50,000 shrimp each is the work of Ganix Bio Technologies. They opened southern Nevada's first shrimp farm at Apex, near I-15 and U.S. 93. New water recycling technologies allow the shrimp farm to exist in the desert, closer to the Las Vegas restaurant chefs looking forward to using this fresh shrimp for their menus.

Dozens of Fires Blamed on Fireworks for Fourth

Dozens of Fires Blamed on Fireworks for Fourth

The City of North Las Vegas says its fire department doused dozens of fires caused by fireworks in the days surrounding the Independence Day holiday.

The fire department says in all, crews responded to 34 fires around the city between June 28 and July 4. Sixteen of those fires were brush or grass fires, seven house fires, four arson vehicle fires and seven trash fires. Firefighters estimate the damage at $140,000. No one was hurt.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges everyone to use fireworks with caution before, during and after their fireworks display. That includes properly storing the fireworks and making sure they are totally out before they're put in the trash. Now that the holiday is passed it is illegal to set off fireworks in Clark County.

 

Las Vegas Fire Officials Urge Proper Disposal of Fireworks

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - In a matter of minutes, a boarded-up garage near Tropical Parkway and Pecos Road went up in flames Sunday night. The fire destroyed everything inside. The car was damaged beyond repair.

"Everything in the garage is just disintegrated, melted away," said homeowner Henry Oliva. "I mean car, wheels - that just melted into liquid metal. So, I mean the heat was intense. Definitely nothing in there is noticeable."

"Nobody was home, so, fortunately, the house was empty. But, I mean it probably took a half an hour for everything to burn up, so it just burns up quick," Oliva said.

Fire officials blame the fire on inappropriately disposed fireworks. Oliva thought he took all the precautions to prevent this $125,000 mistake.

"According to the fireworks not being fully extinguished, they were able to catch back on and burn whatever was surrounding them and spread from there," he said.

Judge Blocks Layoffs of NLV Police Officers

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- District Judge Nancy Allf has ruled in favor of the North Las Vegas Police Officers association halting the layoff of police officers for at least 90 days.

After hearing lasting three days, Judge Allf issued a preliminary injunction that impacts about 40 public safety employees, including more than a dozen police officers.

The police officers began receiving pink slips this week as part of the city's plan to balance the budget. The police union argued the layoffs would cause public safety issues and violated a contract agreement made with the city to not have layoffs after the last round of wage concessions.

"I can't sit back and let the city breach this contract when it has potential ramifications to the community," said Judge Allf.

North Las Vegas, Police Union Argue Over Budget

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The City of North Las Vegas is in a financial crisis. Layoffs have taken place across all departments, but the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association is trying to stop layoffs of police officers.

Twelve police officers, five marshals and 21 corrections officers recently received pink slips.

Wednesday and Thursday, attorneys for the city and the police union poured over financial documents and page after page of the budget.

They focused on everything - from how much money was spent on furniture at the new city hall to collective bargaining and a memorandum of understanding between North Las Vegas and the police union.

The city council agreed to send out the pink slips, because North Las Vegas' fiscal crisis has gone from bad to worse.

North Las Vegas Special Election Dates Set

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The North Las Vegas City Council voted Thursday to schedule dates for the special election to determine the winner of the Ward 4 City Council race.

Some of the residents who live in the ward should receive notice no later than Tuesday.

Under the council's decision, early voting will run from July 11 through July 15. Election Day is scheduled July 19. Voters have until July 12 to request absentee ballots.

The special election was called after election officials discovered an illegal vote was cast by a person who voted in the wrong precinct. The race between Wade Wagner and incumbent Richard Cherchio was already contentious. Wagner won by just one vote.

North Las Vegas residents voiced their opinions Thursday night on whether another election should be held in that race.

Illegal Fireworks Blamed for Two Fires

The North Las Vegas Fire Department is blaming two fires in three days on illegal fireworks.

The latest fire happened this morning at a house near Losee Road and Centennial Parkway. The homeowner called firefighters when he found his car on fire in his driveway.  When crews arrived they found the homeowner trying to dose the flames with a garden hose. They helped put the fire out then called a fire investigator to look for a cause. The fire investigator found evidence that the fire was started by illegal fireworks. The investigator has ruled the fire as arson. Damage to the car is estimated at $3,550

The fire department is encouraging anyone who sees people possessing or using illegal fireworks to call police or the fire department. Only fireworks designated as Safe and Sane are allowed in Clark County.