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Valley High Grad Wins College Scholarship

Valley High Grad Wins College Scholarship

A Valley High graduate and North Las Vegas resident was honored Wednesday by the city with a college scholarship.

Nika Sewell earned the Nevada League of Cities Youth Scholarship worth $1,000 for her academic achievement and community volunteerism. This is the second consecutive year the scholarship went to a North Las Vegas resident.

Sewell, 18, is a recent graduate of Valley High School in the International Baccalaureate Magnet Program. She was a flutist in the marching band and advanced concert band. She volunteered with 10 community service organizations, including the West Las Vegas Cultural Arts Center, Valley Hospital and the Walker African-American Museum. Sewell also organized a church teddy bear drive that benefitted nursing home residents and children’s hospitals.

Four Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

Four Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

Four local students will receive $5,000 college scholarships from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Information from the organization credits Steve Wynn with making the awards possible. Recipients were chosen based on commitment to education, dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence.

The winners are:

Steven Brooks Appears in California Court

Steven Brooks Appears in California Court

Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was in a California court Friday as part of a bid to enroll him in a mental health diversion program.

Brooks appeared in a Victorville, Calif. courtroom on charges stemming from a car chase and a police confrontation in March.

His lawyer asked earlier this week that Brooks be placed in a mental health court, which diverts people into treatment and holds them accountable along the way. A judge was expected to rule on his eligibility Friday.

Now, San Bernardino prosecutors are disputing whether Brooks should be transferred to a mental health court. They want him to stay in the criminal court system.

Brooks has pleaded not guilty to resisting an officer, felony evading and assault on a police animal charges filed after his March 28 arrest in Victorville.

The arrest was his third in a matter of months, and followed bizarre behavior that prompted lawmakers to expel him from the Assembly.

Buck Files to Run for Second Term

Buck Files to Run for Second Term

 

North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck filed Tuesday to run for a second term.

One confirmed challenger for the office with be State Sen. John Lee.

The city has gone through major financial trouble during Buck’s tenure, though some problems originated during the major recession that began before she took office.

“I didn’t ask the people of North Las Vegas for the job of mayor because I thought it would be easy,” Buck said. “I asked for their vote because I love this city and I knew I could help guide it through some rough waters.

“We have made tremendous progress, but my job is not done. I’m ready to keep working.”

 

Lee Named NLV Justice Court Chief Judge

Lee Named NLV Justice Court Chief Judge

 

North Las Vegas Justice Court has a new Chief Judge.

North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Chris Lee has been named Chief Judge of North Las Vegas Justice Court. His two-year term begins Monday.

Lee will oversee North Las Vegas Justice Court, working with former Chief Judge Natalie Tyrrell and newly elected Judge Kalani Hoo, who replaced Stephen Dahl after he retired in 2012.

Couple Celebrates 70 Years Together

Couple Celebrates 70 Years Together

A North Las Vegas couple is celebrating an astonishing anniversary. Rose and Gordon Uhlman have been married for 70 years this month.

Gordon is 95 years old. Rose is 92. The couple met in North Dakota in 1941. He was a new kid in town, and they met at a bar. Gordon joined the Army and moved to Tacoma, Washington. She later joined him, and they married in May 1942. He served in World War II, driving a tractor that pulled a howitzer in the Battle of the Bulge. Rose worked at home in Washington.

They say putting the needs of their spouse above their own was a key to 70 years of wedded bliss.

"I always called my wife 'sweetheart'. I always tried to help as much as I could and be a good listener if there was something she needed to say, I listened. That worked both ways," Gordon Uhlman said.