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Young Poets Compete for Scholarship

Young Poets Compete for Scholarship


Some of Clark County’s finest young poets will square off Tuesday for the chance to win a scholarship.

Thirty students selected from more than 1,000 entries across Clark County will perform their finest poetry recitations in the Poetry Out Loud semi-finals. The participants represent 15 local schools, and the winners will advance to the Nevada finals in Reno on March 16 to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 for their school’s literary programs.

Poetry Out Loud encourages kids to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The state winner will compete at the national level in Washington D.C. for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes.

The event takes from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Charleston Library Theater, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.

Driving You Crazy: No Street Lights on 215 Beltway

LAS VEGAS - A viewer wants to know why the street lights are out on 215 between Summerlin Parkway and Cheyenne Avenue.

Driving You Crazy recently explained there are few street lights within the boundaries of Summerlin due to restrictions put in place by the Hughes Corporation, when the company granted right-of-way access to Clark County.

After that story aired, Traffic 8 received a flurry of e-mails people who drive along the 215, saying lighting along the western 215 beltway is not working. It's a different issue than the one previously discussed on Driving You Crazy and a distinct problem.

Traffic 8 contacted Clark County officials, and they are working on the problem. They currently have a contractor repairing lighting on 215. Crews are working along the western section of the beltway.

The lighting on nearby Summerlin Parkway - those dark on/off ramps - already has been replaced.

Las Vegas Home Prices Up in January

Las Vegas Home Prices Up in January

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Real estate agents say home prices in the Las Vegas area were up 27 percent in January as supply stayed tight.

Statistics released Friday by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors show six weeks' worth of inventory left at the end of the month.

The median price for a single-family home sold in January was $150,000, up 0.7 percent from the previous month.

Realtors report the price increase is prompting more traditional sellers to close deals, as opposed to lenders selling foreclosed or short-sale homes.

Short sales were slightly down in January and accounted for 36 percent of sales. Foreclosures accounted for about 13 percent of sales.

New Traffic Light Switched On at U.S. 95 Ramp


A new traffic signal has been switched on at U.S. southbound off-ramp at Rock Springs and Lake Mead Boulevard.

The light was installed as part of the U.S. 95 widening project in that area. The signal was flashing red in all directions, when it was first installed, until it was switched to the normal green-yellow-red at around 9 a.m. Thursday.



Home Depot to Hire 600 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Home Depot announced Wednesday that it plans to hire 600 seasonal workers in the Las Vegas valley.

Company officials say they are preparing for a busy spring selling season. They also add, seasonal jobs often turn into permanent positions. Last year, nearly half of the people hired ended up with permanent jobs.

Nationwide, the company is hiring 80,000 workers.

Applicants can apply through this link.

Military members and veterans are also encourage to apply through the Online Military Skills Translator.

The Meadows Wins Nevada Science Bowl

The Meadows Wins Nevada Science Bowl


Students from The Meadows School claimed the title in the Nevada High School Science Bowl last Friday.

The Meadows competed against 32 other teams from across the state in a regional competition of the 23rd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, and is now eligible to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C., at the end of April.

The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy, and math.

The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields.

CCSD Announces 3 New Turnaround Schools

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District is taking drastic measures to fix three struggling schools. The schools have been placed into the Turnaround Program.

The schools are: Cimarron-Memorial High School, Sunrise Mountain High School and Elizabeth Wilhelm Elementary School. The schools were chosen because of their low performance.

Under the turnaround model, these schools will receive extra money and support. The schools will also have a change in principals and some staff members.

Superintendent Dwight D. Jones said it is important for the community to understand that schools designated for turnaround are not being punished.

"We cannot leave these kids in a situation where their chances for success aren't the same as others in the district," he said.

At Cimmaron-Memorial, students learned Monday they will get a new principal and 10 new teachers. Their feelings were mixed.