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Firefighters and City Come to Tentative Agreement

Firefighters and City Come to Tentative Agreement

The City of North Las Vegas and the firefighters union have come to a tentative agreement that will save 35 jobs.

The firefighters union announcement the agreement Monday afternoon. It includes a 5 percent reduction in base pay along with cuts in incentives. Under the deal the city agrees to no layoffs from now until January 2012.

"The North Las Vegas Firefighters haven't received a raise since 2008, and this is our sixth round of concessions," said Jeff Hurley, president of North Las Vegas Firefighters Local 1607. "For the City's financial stability, we did this for public safety."

The firefighters union and the city will come back to the bargaining table in January of next year if budget projections show that the city needs to make further budget cuts.

 

Judge Rules Against New NLV Election

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County district court judge has stopped a special election in North Las Vegas. Wade Wagner will apparently be declared the winner after one vote separated him and his opponent in the North Las Vegas City Council race last month.

The council ordered the special election after discovering a poll worker's mistake allowed a person to vote who shouldn't have. The ruling means Wagner wins, but the legal fight may not be over.

Judge Elizabeth Gonzales ruled that city leaders violated open meeting laws and acted arbitrarily when calling for a new election.

Wagner won the Ward 4 seat over incumbent Richard Cherchio by one vote. But a ballot error snowballed into controversy. Wagner sued the council trying to stop the new election and former Mayor Mike Montandon joined the fight, getting a temporary restraining order because he says the public didn't get a chance to give their input.

Price of Pork Expected to Spike

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The price of pork is about to reach new highs this summer. Rising operating costs hit farmers, who are passing on the price to restaurants and grocery stores.

Rising corn prices make it costlier to feed pigs. At R.C. Farms rising costs are getting passed on to our plates.

"When corn is expensive, then the costs to raise that pig, which was fed mostly corn, is more expensive to produce that pig. In many cases, people quit and there became a shortage. It's a supply and demand issue," said R.C. Farms owner Robert Combs.

R.C. Farms feeds younger pigs a mix of corn feed. Their adult pigs get fed scraps from casino restaurant leftovers.

But rising corn prices are forcing pig farmers to raise the price of their pigs nearly twice what it was this time last year. Farmers also getting hit by rising fuel and vehicle costs.

Ethics Complaint Filed Against 2 NLV City Council Members

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The North Las Vegas Police Supervisor's Association has filed an ethics complaint against city councilwoman Anita Wood and city councilman Robert Eliason.

Both Wood and Eliason voted there should be new election in Ward 4 after Wade Wagner defeated Richard Cherchio by one vote in the General Election.

The union is making the case that Wood and Eliason both admitted to giving Cherchio campaign money and should have abstained from voting.

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.