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Government Closures Vary Throughout Holiday Week

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Federal, state and local offices are closed Monday, and city offices in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas are going to remain closed until next week to mark the holidays and as a cost-cutting measure.

City halls in Henderson and Boulder City are closed Monday, but reopen Tuesday. Officials in each city say essential police and fire services will continue uninterrupted.

Clark County schools are closed until Jan. 2.

In Las Vegas, most offices will be closed but city parks will be open, and Las Vegas Municipal Court will reopen Tuesday.North Las Vegas City Hall is closed Monday, and many services will remain closed all week. City golf courses, municipal court and utility payments offices will be open Tuesday through Thursday.

Security Firm Picked for Nevada Nuclear Test Site

Security Firm Picked for Nevada Nuclear Test Site


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Federal officials have picked a successor to a firm that used to have the job to again provide security at the vast national nuclear proving ground in Nevada.

The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Thursday that G4S Government Solutions Inc. was awarded the nearly $234 million contract for services at the Energy Department's Nevada National Security Site north of Las Vegas and at NNSA Nevada Site Office facilities in North Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base.

The company used to be Wackenhut Services Inc. The contract runs for three years, plus two one-year options.

Beginning Jan. 1, G4S will be responsible for patrols and protection of facilities and nuclear materials associated with national stockpile experiments and safety training.

The site was formerly known as the Nevada Test Site.

Closures for City Services During Holiday Period

Closures for City Services During Holiday Period


North Las Vegas will implement intermittent closures of city services during the holidays to deal with furloughs.

Several city facilities and services will be closed beginning Friday, Dec. 23 and will re-open Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. The furloughs are part of the Teamsters Local 14 agreement with city officials to avoid layoffs and maintain a balanced budget.

Police and fire emergency services will operate normally during the furlough week. Safekey Holiday Day Camp also will continue.


Fatal Accident in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A man is dead after a serious motorcycle crash in a North Las Vegas neighborhood. The crash happened at about 3 p.m. near Hassell and Carver Avenues.

North Las Vegas Police are investigating the crash. Officers shut down a portion of the neighborhood with yellow tape.

Neighbors say they heard someone driving a motorcycle very fast up and down Carver Avenue before this crash. Police have not yet identified the victim.

Pilots Remember Airport Opening Cut Short by Pearl Harbor

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack is significant for the people who founded the North Las Vegas Airport. The facility was set to be dedicated on December 7, 1941, but that opening ceremony did not happen as planned.

The airport was originally named Sky Haven and was set to be open to the public on December 7th, but during the dedication ceremony, an Air Force lieutenant flew in from Nellis Air Force Base and told the crowd that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. was going to war.

"The airport was open and closed within a couple of hours, so they have a distinct history of being the shortest lived airport, probably, in history," said pilot Kathleen Snaper.

Homeless Man Dies from Burns

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A 62-year-old homeless man found badly burned on Nov. 24 died Saturday from his injuries.

The man was found when the North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a dumpster fire near Las Vegas Boulevard and Carey Avenue. When fire crews arrived on the scene, they found the dumpster and the man on fire. They quickly put the fire out.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to University Medical Center's burn unit. The fire did not damage any surrounding buildings. Fire investigators are still looking into the cause and origin of the fire. The fire department is asking anyone with information about the fire to call 633-1102.

Alleged Robbery Suspects Injured Trying to Flee

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a possible robbery and a stabbing that happened near Las Vegas Boulevard and Pecos Road.

Police say a family on Del Rio Drive was holding a surprise party when a family member was stabbed outside the home. The victim was transported to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect tried to flee the scene but smashed into a wall and then hit a truck. He was injured and detained by the family until police arrived. 

The suspect and another person were also transported to UMC Trauma with non-life threatening injuries. Police are still investigating.