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Library District launches free summer educational program with kickoff event Saturday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Looking to keep the kids busy this summer? The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District will launch its free Summer Challenge educational program with a kickoff event on Saturday at the East Las Vegas Library.

Summer Challenge is the Library District’s annual reading and learning program, which helps local youth stay active over the summer by sharpening their academic skills.

It starts Saturday, May 15, with a kickoff event that will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ... Read More

Scuba divers begin 6-month effort to rid Lake Tahoe of trash

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Scuba divers on Friday completed the first dive of a massive, six-month effort to rid the popular Lake Tahoe of fishing rods, tires, aluminum cans, beer bottles and other trash accumulating underwater.

The team of between five and 10 divers plans to look for trash along the entire 72 miles (115 kilometers) of shoreline and dig it out in an effort that could be the largest trash cleanup in Lake Tahoe’s history.

They plan to dive three days a week down to 25 feet (7 meters) in depth.

The clean-up effort will cost $250,000 and will last through November... Read More

Teachers, parents split on CCSD decision to keep mask requirement

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Clark County School District (CCSD) is continuing to make masks mandatory for students and staff, but teachers and parents are split on that decision.

CCSD wrote in a message to parents Friday, "At this time, out of an abundance of caution, we must ensure that masks continue to be worn to protect our students and staff. Therefore, we will continue to require masks to be worn at all schools and work locations."

Some CCSD teachers, like Kristan Nigro, say the school district's decision to keep its mask requirement is ridiculous. She says that is especially because she has already gotten the COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

I-Team: A closer look at the Amari Nicholson case

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- We are hearing from the mother of 2-year-old Amari Nicholson for the first time since her boyfriend was arrested for Amari's murder. Tayler Nicholson has stayed out of the public eye after her son's body was found this week.

"He was an innocent soul," she said during an interview with the I-Team. "...He was always a happy baby."

Metro Police say Terrell Rhodes admitted to beating Amari to death on May 5.

Amari Nicholson, Terrell Rhodes

Nicholson tells us she showed up in court Friday to follow her now ex-boyfriend's criminal case. Rhodes faces charges, including murder.

"Because this man betrayed me. He hurt me," she lamented.

On May 5, Rhodes lied to police and said a woman took Amari from their place at the Emerald Suites near Paradise and Twain while Nicholson was out of town.

The couple then talked to 8 News Now, sharing a similar story. ... Read More

Couple calls for help after injured coyote found in SW valley backyard

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas couple got a startling surprise Friday, when the found an injured coyote stuck in their southwest valley backyard. 

"I came out to let my dog out and I noticed a big other dog," Steven Smith recalled. "And it was a coyote."

Steven and Mary Smith weren't sure what to do for the animal and got nowhere after making several calls. That's when they contacted 8 News Now for help. 

"We didn't know what to do," Mary Smith said. "I don't know anything about coyotes."

"I was like someone has to help us," she added. "Because this is crazy!"

8 News Now got ahold of several rescue organizations, which wrangled the animal and safely got him into a crate for a trip to the wildlife veterinarian. 

We then asked what others should do if they run into a similar situation as our city expands?... Read More

Guests sound off on new mask policies at Las Vegas Strip resorts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Several Las Vegas Strip properties have adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new mask guidelines. While some guests welcome the change, others say they are keeping their masks on, for now.

"I always wear my mask inside," shared Lori Hartsock-Kane. "You don't know who is going to be vaccinated, so you just continue to do what is right for you."

Visitors on the famed stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard voiced their opinions, as properties from MGM Resorts and Caesars to The Cosmopolitan, Wynn and Venetian jumped on board with the updated guidance.

"It's like 50/50," said Tom Caron. "We mask up inside in crowded areas, but outside, we feel all right about it because we are vaccinated."

Diamond Berry told us, "You can't really tell who has been vaccinated or not. We were walking around without masks, and we're not vaccinated." ... Read More

Clearing the confusion: Why you should still keep that mask handy

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Mask or no mask? That is the question many people have when they head out in public.

The CDC is saying people who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear it, but businesses can still require it, if they choose.

There is some confusion over the new guidance, so the best piece of advice — keep it handy.

At the Kopper Keg, on Deer Springs and Durango, you don't need to wear it if you are vaccinated, but not all places are jumping on board with these changes.

“There are so many emotions because we have gotten used to it,” said Suzanne Van Buren, bartender at Kopper Keg. “We don't have to tell them, we can't say anything to them or ask anything about it so hopefully everyone abides by the honor system and that is as far as we can go.”

The CDC states if you have been vaccinated for at least two weeks you no longer need it.

Now it is up to businesses... Read More