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Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off Locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 200,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 7 percent are recycled. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 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.

8 News Now's Living Green 'Super Recycling' Day offers Christmas Tree recycling on Jan. 11. For more details, click here.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (corner of Sixth and Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

Firefighter Indicted in Estranged Wife's Death

Shauna Tiaffay

LAS VEGAS -- George Miguel Tiaffay was indicted on charges of murder in the killing of Shauna Tiaffay. He is accused of paying a homeless friend, Noel Stevens, $600 to commit the crime, with a promise of more payment later.

Tiaffay and Stevens were both arrested in the woman's death. 

The grand jury indicted Tiaffay and Stevens on the charges of conspiracy to commit murder, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary while in the possession of a deadly weapon, robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, murder with the use of a deadly weapon and burglary. 

Tiaffay's lawyer, Robert Langford, derided the indictment handed up Friday as "outrageous" and based on the grand jury testimony of "deranged" co-defendant Stevens.

Prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo and Stevens' lawyers declined comment.

New Video Shows Bus Exploding in Flames

LAS VEGAS -- There's a better idea of what happened after a tour bus packed with students exploded because it was all caught on camera.

The school district was told back in March the video is not suppose to exist, but surveillance footage forced a civil lawsuit to be filed after lawyers subpoenaed it from the district. It shows the explosion and the panic after the Coach America Bus went up in flames.

The incident severely injured a Las Vegas father that was trying to save the students on board.

Four surveillance cameras were rolling at the West Career and Technical Academy High School in late March when the bus arrived at 10 p.m. after a long drive from a California field trip.

Jason Sylvester said he knew there was something clearly wrong with the bus as there were flames coming from the rear tire area. Sylvester knew right away he had to evacuate the 47 students off the bus.

City of Las Vegas Offering Lifeguard Classes

City of Las Vegas Offering Lifeguard Classes


The city of Las Vegas is offering lifeguard training at two different pools starting in January.

The course will be offered at the Municipal Pool at 431 East Bonanza Road and at Pavilion Center Pool at 101 South Pavilion Center Drive. The training course is required for people who want to be lifeguards and the city will offer an employment opportunity to qualified graduates of the course.

Participants must be at least 15 years old and must pass a prerequisite skills test on the first day.

The skills test include:

Magical Forest Honors Victims of Connecticut Shooting Rampage

Magical Forest Honors Victims of Connecticut Shooting Rampage


 A Las Vegas tradition of the holiday season is doing what it can to honor the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Opportunity Village's Magical Forest is giving free entrance to children under 12 for the next four days starting Monday.

There will also be a special place of reflection for people to remember the children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary Friday.

People are encouraged to bring a holiday message to the people of Newtown and sign a memorial book.

The messages, memorial book and art work created by people in the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment Program will be sent to the citizens of Newtown.

The Magical Forest is near Jones and Oakey Boulevards and features thousands of holiday lights, rides, food and, of course, Santa.  

Cancer Patients Scramble to Find New Care Options

LAS VEGAS -- Come the end of January, the Nevada Cancer Institute in Summerlin will no longer exist.

The owner, UC San Diego Health System, made the official announcement Thursday after talks fell through to try to keep the facility open by leasing part of the building to Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

The closure means hundreds of patients are left scrambling for alternative care options. Oncologists are already getting calls from patients who may run into some challenges getting the care they need.

One of those patients is 74-year-old Joe Huey. He has been diagnosed with both prostate and lung cancer.

"I was shocked. I just heard it a few minutes ago," Huey said.

He says he believes he has received the best care at the institute but for him its mostly about the doctor.

"What we got to do is get someone we can believe in. If we cannot believe in them. let's go get somebody else," the former Marine said.

Cancer Institute to Close By End of January

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Cancer Institute is expected to stop treating patients by Jan. 31, 2013, the institute's owner, University of California, San Diego Health System announced Wednesday.

Current patients will receive notification by mail and information on how to find a new oncology care provider, according to a statement by the university.

"When UC San Diego Health System purchased NVCI out of bankruptcy, its goal was to revitalize and expand the institute's oncology practice," said Dr. Tom McAfee, dean of clinical affairs, UC San Diego Health System. "To succeed, our team determined that we needed to partner with community oncologists to attract local patients and to ensure optimal access to the world-class NVCI facilities."