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New home sales slow down in July, but Las Vegas trend milder

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell a steep 12.8% in July, but new home sales saw smaller drops in Las Vegas.

The drop comes after revisions that showed June sales at the highest growth in 12 years. The Commerce Department said Friday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units. That’s down from a sharply revised upward rate of 728,000 in June. So far this year, sales have risen 4.1%, a sign that buyers are beginning to respond to lower mortgage rates.

In Las Vegas, initial sales contracts fell 5.5% in July, according to Andrew Smith, president of Home Builders Research. Sales typically drop from June to July every year. There were 758 initial contracts on new homes in July, down from 802 in June, he said.

He said it’s no surprise that Las Vegas is doing better than the national average, as continued population growth helps drive sales... Read More

Healing Garden calls for volunteers ahead of 1 October anniversary

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Downtown in the arts district, you will find a place of healing that grew from the seeds of tragedy into something beautiful.

The Las Vegas Healing Garden is calling on volunteers to help prepare the grounds before the 1 October anniversary. The garden was constructed during the days after the tragedy and officially opened on Oct. 6.

A Facebook post reads, “We’ll do our best to get the garden and cleaned up and ready for Oct. 1.” The first volunteer maintenance event on Sept. 4 has filled up, but a second happening on Sept. 21 still has slots available.

The list of activities volunteers will take part in include: ... Read More

Retail center taking shape at Skye Canyon

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new retail center in northwest Las Vegas is starting to take shape as construction begins on some of the stores in the 30-acre retail center. Sky Canyon Village will have 240,000 square feet of retail space when finished in 2020.

It is located at 9700 W. Sky Canyon Park Drive next to Skye Canyon’s 1,700-acre master community.

The developer, Remington Nevada, broke ground on the first phase of the project, which involves 17 acres, in May. A Smith’s Marketplace will anchor the shopping center.

There are plans to have 50 tenants when completed. So far, some of the tenants include Topical Smoothie Cafe, Chase Bank, Burger King Cafe Rio and some medical offices... Read More

PHOTOS: Instagram influencer Glee the Golden visits with local rescue

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A local Golden Retriever rescue had a special visit from popular Instagram influencer ... Read More

Nevada Museum of Art talks expansion to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Museum of Art is located in the heart of Reno, but it’s working to expand its reach to Sin City.

For several years, there has been an effort to expand to Las Vegas and bring more contemporary art to the area. Heather Harmon, deputy director for the museum, dove into the details with John Langeler.

Harmon says the number of visitors to the famous Seven Magic Mountains largely attest to the need for more art in the region.

“Just last year, 312,000 people visited it. That’s almost 1,000 people a day, and it’s a great barometer for showing that people are very hungry for arts and culture in Las Vegas.”

Symphony Park has been chosen as the future location for a museum, and fundraising efforts are ongoing. ... Read More

No one hurt after small fire at Cortney Jr. High School

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County Fire Department officials say no one was hurt after a small fire in the home economics classroom at Francis H. Cortney Jr. High School.

When fire crews got there, they found fire sprinklers going off over the fire and quickly put out the remaining fire. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental. There are no damage estimates yet... Read More

Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining.

The court said Friday the tumor was “treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”

In a statement, the court said a biopsy performed July 31 confirmed a “localized malignant tumor.” The court said Ginsburg does not need any additional treatment but will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans.

The court said Ginsburg canceled an annual summer visit to Santa Fe but has otherwise maintained an active schedule during treatment.

Ginsburg, who is 86, has had several bouts with cancer beginning in 1999. In December, 2018, she had surgery for cancerous growths on her left lung... Read More