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Elizondo, Ullom Students Win in College Savings Contest

Elizondo, Ullom Students Win in College Savings Contest

Two Las Vegas elementary school students scored a cash prize in a statewide contest.

Shayla Embriz, a fourth-grader at Elizondo Elementary, and Angel Gonzales, a fifth-grader at Ullom Elementary, both won $529 in the Third Annual Nevada $529 College Savings Day Contest.

Co-sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office and the Nevada Bankers Association, the contest was open to all Nevada Kindergarten through fifth-grade students, with the prize being a $529 gift to be used to open a college savings plan account or to enhance an existing account through Upromise, Nevada’s College Savings Plans program administrator. 

The Nevada Bankers Association once again donated the $529 prizes. The five winners were selected via random drawing: two from Clark County, one from Washoe County, and one each from a northern and southern Nevada rural community. 

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is now accepting camper registrations for its 2011 resident summer camp sessions June 19 to August 14.  Download the camp book and register on-line at girlscoutsnv.org.

Established in 1949, Camp Foxtail, located in the Toiyabe National Forest, provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 years old with traditional resident camp experiences.  Programs encourage leadership through activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, campfires and much more.

Session prices range from $300 to $350 and girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend Camp Foxtail. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as camp sessions.

To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.

Police Put Down Badges and Pick Up Serving Trays

Police Put Down Badges and Pick Up Serving Trays


Tip-a-Cop and help the Special Olympics.

Police will being turning in their badges for serving trays for the annual Tip-a-Cop event to benefit the Special Olympics. The officers from Metro, North Las Vegas, Nevada Highway Patrol, Henderson Police, even School Police will be working as waiters at Applebee’s around the valley to raise money for the charity. Last year's event raise more than $35,000 dollars.

Special Olympics is a free, year-round sports training for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Dinner service starts at 5 o’clock until 9 o’clock tonight. Here’s a list of the participating restaurants and law enforcement agencies:

500 N. Nellis, Metro Northeast  Area Command

1635 W. Craig Rd., North Las Vegas Police

2070 N. Rainbow, Metro Northwest Area Command   

3501 S. Rainbow, Metro Enterprise Area Command    

Contest Could Net $10,000 for City's Independence Day Events

Contest Could Net $10,000 for City's Independence Day Events

North Las Vegas could receive $10,000 toward its Independence Day celebration as part of the Bring Back the 4th Contest, sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

Through June 14, the online contest allows cities and towns across America to compete for one of ten $10,000 grants to support official 4th of July celebrations. To participate, go to www.BringBackThe4th.com to take a brief quiz on "Responsible Moments in U.S. History." The quiz features eight questions about Americans who helped shape our nation and inspire others, from historical icons to everyday people who made important contributions.

Facing a budget shortfall of more than $22 million, North Las Vegas plans to charge a $2 admission fee this year for its previously free Independence Day Jubilee on July 2. Officials believe the fee could generate about $50,000 toward the $117,000 cost of the events.

Firefighters Build Ramp for Homebound Couple

Firefighters Build Ramp for Homebound Couple

The North Las Vegas Fire Department stepped up to help a couple in need.

The department teamed with workers from Home Depot to build a wheelchair ramp at the home of Ben and Lucille Gonzalez. The Gonzalez family couldn't attend a pancake breakfast hosted by the fire department because they didn't have a wheelchair ramp at their home. When the firefighters heard about the problem, they decided to do what they could make Mr. Gonzales more mobile.    Home Depot donated all the building materials for the ramp. Ben Gonzales is a veteran. He was awarded the purple heart for his service in the Korean War. They say having the ramp will give them their independence back.   

Trauma Support Program Seeks Volunteers

The non-profit Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada, Inc. is currently recruiting compassionate citizens to serve on its emergency response crisis team to help people on the worst day of their life.

TIP of Southern Nevada began serving the citizens of Clark County in 1994. TIP is committed to helping those in crisis by providing immediate on-scene support to those emotionally traumatized. TIP volunteers are requested by local police, fire and hospital personnel to respond to scenes of sudden or unexpected death, violent crimes, sexual assault and other traumatic events to provide emotional and practical support to family, friends, witnesses or victims.

TIP volunteers must have a clean criminal and driving history. Volunteers are required to attend a training academy, pass a three-month field training program and attend a monthly continuing education meeting. Volunteers are also required to commit to three 12-hour shifts per month.