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Expanding Eligibility: COVID-19 vaccines for grocery store workers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More Nevadans are becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and among the newly-added groups are grocery store employees.

UMC announced Tuesday that the vaccine is now available for these individuals at its vaccination center at Encore Las Vegas. The sites listed on the Southern Nevada Health District’s (SNHD) page also have available appointments for them.

That is good news for the workers at Mario's WestSide Market, a locally-owned grocery store located near M.L.K. and Lake Mead boulevards in Las Vegas. For nearly a year, the roughly 45 employees have been serving customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Plexiglass was put up around the store to protect them. ... Read More

New $24M Smith's Marketplace in Henderson will create 275 jobs

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- A new retail center is coming to Henderson. Smith's Food & Drug is building a multi-million dollar Smith's Marketplace to anchor the development.

The 31-acre commercial development will be at Cadence Village Center and will also feature several junior retailers and commercial pads. It will be located at Warm Springs Road and Lake Mead Parkway.

The new Smith's Marketplace will feature food, apparel, housewares, decor, hardware and gardening items. There will also be a Murray's Cheese Shop, Starbucks kiosk, Pizza Romana Station, freshly made sushi, floral department, Raider's and Knight's sport apparel, slot machines, a wine and beer tasting station, pharmacy and gas station... Read More

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve offers opportunities for birdwatchers on World Wildlife Day

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Lots of people are picking up new hobbies during the pandemic, and birdwatching is one of them. Birdwatching has surged in popularity over the last year, from simple window feeders to outdoor excursions.

Part of the appeal is being able to bird watch anywhere and during all of the seasons. It also allows people to connect with others while remaining socially distant. Social media has helped the hobby of birdwatching take flight, even attracting younger birdwatchers.

World wildlife day is Wednesday, March 3. Las Vegas Now Host Roqui Theus has more on how the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve offers bird watchers opportunities on World Wildlife Day... Read More

Clark County expands COVID-19 eligibility for more frontline workers; See if you're eligible

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for more frontline workers, and it will impact thousands of people that have provided critical infrastructure throughout the pandemic.

At Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas Tuesday, many newly eligible Nevadans showed up for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They say it is crucial to continue their work in frontline industries.

"It was a very easy, very positive, very simple process to get the vaccine," said Jeff Bradach, Nevada Beverage Company.

Bradach works doing distribution for Nevada Beverage Company. He was one of nearly two thousand to get their first COVID-19 vaccination at the Canyon Springs High School vaccine pod... Read More

Nevada's first confirmed COVID-19 patient talks journey and recovery one year later

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- One year ago today (March 2), Nevada's first confirmed COVID-19 patient, also known as patient zero, was admitted to the hospital. When Ronald pipkins arrived at the VA, the thought of possibly having the coronavirus did not even cross his mind.

One year later, he has a message for others.

"I think of those days leading up [to] going to the hospital," Pipkins said.

In Feb. 2020, Pipkins went on a trip with his family to Washington. During his trip, the symptoms started to hit him.

"I had no taste, the actual last night I was there in Washington -- Seattle," Pipkins said. "I had shivers, [and] I did not know what was up."

But it wasn't until he returned home to Las Vegas when things got worse.

On March 2, he went to the VA Hospital.

"After being there an hour, they said my oxygen level was very low," Pipkins said... Read More

UNLV police identify suspect in string of campus auto burglaries

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- UNLV Police (UPD) have identified the suspect in a string of auto burglary crimes on the university's main campus. They say the incidents happened in various parking lots and garages.

Jason Lee Stokes allegedly conducted most of the crimes during the evening and overnight hours. Police stress he is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see Stokes on campus, you are asked not to approach him and contact UPD emergency dispatch. You can reach them at (702) 895-3669, on the RebelSAFE app or one of the campus' emergency phones. If you have information regarding the incidents, contact UPD at (702) 895-3668. ... Read More

Las Vegas Aviators confirm Minor League season delay, will begin May 6

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas Aviators confirmed the Minor League season will be delayed, saying they are scheduled to start playing at Las Vegas Ballpark on May 6.

Their first game is slated against the Sacramento River Cats.

The team says Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred decided to delay the season by four weeks due to "health and safety reasons."

MLB has made the decision to delay the start of the Triple-A season until May. The Aviators will announce further information regarding ticket policy in the coming days along with the complete revised 2021 schedule when determined by MLB. pic.twitter.com/A94qsSgyTt

— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) March 3, 2021

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