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2 hurt in fire at North Las Vegas senior apartment complex

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities say one person was taken to the hospital and one was treated on the scene after a fire in a North Las Vegas senior apartment complex.

Firefighters say they responded a little after 4 p.m. Sunday to a complex on Yale Street and found heavy smoke in one of the apartments.

Officials say a man and a woman inside the home at the time of the fire were able to get out by themselves. The woman was taken to the hospital in stable condition, while the man was treated and released at the scene.

No other people were injured.

North Las Vegas officials say there's about $12,000 in damage to the apartment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tree trimmer's death highlights hazards of job

A man died Dec. 22 while trimming this palm tree in North Las Vegas, Nev.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A valley man is dead after firefighters say he got trapped inside mounds of dead palm leaves. The accident happened Monday evening when neighbors say he was trying to trim the tree, got stuck and suffocated.

While the story might sound a little outlandish, tree trimmers say it is more common than you might imagine. All it takes is four years for an overgrown palm to become deadly.

Licensed tree trimmer Chris Donnelly says he clears his mind before going up in a tree. 

"I don't want to think about my job," he said. "I don't want to think about the hazards involved." 

But the reality is, tree trimming is dangerous if not done right. "There's been a lot of guys that have gone down. I've known a few of them. It's just sad."

Man trapped by fronds dies in palm tree

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- A North Las Vegas fire official says a landscaper was high up in a palm tree when he lost consciousness and eventually died after being trapped by cut fronds.

North Las Vegas Fire Capt. Cedric Williams says a high-angle team removed the man's body from the 25- to 30-foot tree Monday evening.

The Clark County coroner didn't immediately identify the man or determine a cause of death.

Williams says the first firefighters arrived in the residential area southeast of downtown North Las Vegas at about 4:30 p.m. He says they couldn't see the man in the tree because of the palm fronds surrounding him.

Crews used a ladder truck to reach the man and cut the fronds away, but they found he was already dead.

North Vegas police seek driver in pedestrian death

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Police are trying to find a hit-and-run motorist after Santiago Sanchez-Adame, 57, of North Las Vegas, was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing a busy North Las Vegas street with his 4-year-old grandson.

North Las Vegas police Officer Steven Wiese says the child escaped serious injury but Sanchez-Adame died after the crash just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday at East Cheyenne Avenue and North Carroll Street.

Wiese says police are looking for the driver and a red Toyota sedan that may have front-end damage.

Investigators say the man and child weren't in a crosswalk when they were struck by the car driving east on Cheyenne Avenue.

A witness, who didn't want to be identified, said the grandfather did all he could to save the boy. "He threw the kid out of the way. And he took the impact. He did a cartwheel. He did at least forty feet in the air."

Looking for love? Avoid Henderson, North Las Vegas, study says

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is a fairly average city for singles but North Las Vegas and Henderson both rate poorly in that category, according to rankings released Monday by consumer information website WalletHub.

Among the nation's 150 largest cities, Las Vegas ranked 71st, while Henderson and North Las Vegas placed 135th and 148th respectively. Reno in northern Nevada came out much better, ranking eighth.

Las Vegas ranked 37th for romance and fun -- including first place for highest number of nightlife options per capita -- but only 120th for its economics of dating. Henderson scored 114th for romance and fun and 116th for dating affordability.

North Las Vegas, which frequently ranks near the bottom in WalletHub studies, placed 139th for romance and fun and 134th for the economics of dating.

Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 250,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 15,000 were recycled last year. 

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch which is used in public gardens and parks across the valley.

There is no fee to recycle a tree. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 2015. Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (891 Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

· Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
· Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne at Pecos
· Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215
· Lowe's - 2570 E. Craig Road
· Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W.

I-Team: SNWA approves water rate hike

 LAS VEGAS --Water rate payers will see an increase in their water bills following the approval of a rate hike by the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

The increase will be used to pay for a $650 million pumping station at Lake Mead. The increase for the average homeowner could be anywhere from $2.50 to $5 a month. Businesses will pay more.

“The tunnel boring machine, after excavating three miles under Lake Mead and over the past three years, encountered and began penetrating intake structure which has been patiently waiting on the bottom of Lake Mead,” said Marc Jensen, Dir. Engineering SNWA.

When the announcement that the machines finally punched through miles of rock opening up a new intake tunnel to Lake Mead Friday, it was met with cheers and applauds.