Newsmakers, April 24-30, 2014

Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Watkins, an equipment operator and 1999 Las Vegas High School graduate, is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the Naval Construction Training Center specializing in advance base construction, battle damage repair, contingency engineering, humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery support to fleet and unified commanders.

Claudia Newbury has volunteered more than 1,100 hours at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts as a docent giving tours of the campus, directing students during the matinee program and serving as an usher during shows.

Florence Rogers has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Nevada Public Radio by the Board of Directors. Rogers joined Nevada Public Radio in 2001 as program director. Since becoming general manager in 2007, she has expanded the organization to include broadcast, digital and print mediums. She oversees operations at two stations, News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV, the monthly magazine Desert Companion and the nonprofit’s public affairs program, KNPR’s State of Nevada, which she co-founded in 2003.

Air Force Airman Brendon T. Dillman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Dillman is the stepson of April Dillman and grandson of Terry Bowman, both of Safford, Ariz. He is a 2013 graduate of East Career and Technical Academy.

Local 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholar Anton Sorkin from Advanced Technologies Academy recently spent several days in Washington, D.C., for the annual National Scholars Conference, which took place in conjunction with the 67th Horatio Alger Awards induction ceremonies. Sorkin was joined by the other 105 scholarship recipients from across the country. During the multiday event, the 2014 National Scholarship recipients learned more about the association and were given an opportunity to meet and learn from the Horatio Alger members.

Jared J. McBride has been selected for promotion to the rank of sergeant 1st class in the U.S. Army. McBride is serving as Weapons Specialist with Defense Threat Reduction Agency — Europe, Kleber Kasearne, Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has served in the military for 11 years. McBride is the son of Jeff N. McBride of Las Vegas and Dee A. Therrien of Hemet, Calif.

Vincenzo Fresquez of Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis participated in entrepreneurial and service projects throughout the year as a member of nonprofit Enactus, including teaching the importance of financial literacy to approximately 700 middle school students. Fresquez is a senior from Las Vegas, who is majoring in management.

The Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus presented the Health Care Advocate Award to UnitedHealthcare at the Cesar Chavez Dinner and Dance. Alejandro Juarez, manager of communications and education for UnitedHealthcare, accepted the award, recognizing the company’s advocacy in the Latino community.

Seventy-year-old Las Vegas resident William “Bill” Blair has been honored as the Nevada winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service award. Blair is recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work at Helping Hands of Vegas Valley. Blair uses his vehicle to transport home-bound seniors to and from their medical and other critical appointments. As one of 50 state winners, Blair earned $500 for his charity of choice and will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on

Northwest Career and Technical Academy health teacher Laura Champeau received the 2014 Health Advocate Award for making “an exemplary contribution to improving the health status and well-being of people in Southern Nevada” during a ceremony March 19. Community Partners for Better Health presented the award.

The National Art Education Association honored Liza Amor with the 2014 Nevada Art Educator of the Year Award for her service and contributions to art education. Amor teaches art at Kim and Lundy elementary schools and has been with the Clark County School District for nine years.

City of Las Vegas Ward 6 resident Caitlin Beglinger is a sophomore at Northwest Career and Technical Academy and an officer of the school’s Health Occupations Students of America Club. She attended the HOSA Nevada State Conference in Reno in March, which consisted of health-oriented categories for competition and seminars. Beglinger competed in the Community Emergency Response Team category. Out of more than 50 participants, she was awarded the bronze medal, qualifying her to compete at the national level.

Northwest Career and Technical Academy student Taylor Jump was the school’s Student of the Month for February 2014. She was nominated by teacher Mary Abbott, who described Jump as “an excellent student, dependable, respectful, and a role model to her peers.”

Natalie Pinkney, a junior studying psychology from Las Vegas, was elected to the executive board of the PanHellenic Council at Marquette University in Milwaukee. A Greek governing council, the PanHellenic board is representative of Marquette’s eight social sororities.

Chrissy McDowell of Las Vegas was named to the fall 2013 Honor List of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division of Emory University in Oxford, Ga.

Vincenzo Fresquez of Las Vegas has received the fall 2013 President’s Citation at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.

Tessa Lepore of Las Vegas has been awarded a departmental scholarship based on grade point average, ACT/SAT test scores and major at the Oklahoma City University.

The following local individuals have been awarded a merit scholarship based on grade point average and ACT/SAT test scores at Oklahoma City University: Aurora Watts and Daniel Munoz, both of North Las Vegas; Bailey Saxe, Casey Andrews, Isabella Abel-Suarez and Tessa Lepore, all of Las Vegas; Keegan Keith, Kevin Dort and Taylor Paulson, all of Henderson. Merit scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $7,500.

Henderson resident Megan Watkins made the academic fall 2013 Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.

Army National Guard Pfc. Eric S. Fontanilla has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Fontanilla is the son of Mercedes Pelayo of Henderson and is a 2013 graduate of Liberty High School.

Local Videos
Butterflies At The Springs Preserve
The butterfly habitat is now open at the Springs Preserve. Learn about butterflies and take in the peaceful surroundings. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
The Bellagio Conservatory's spring display has a Japanese theme
The Bellagio's conservatory is hosting around 65,000 flowers, to form a Japanese theme this spring. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Bonnie Springs closes (Caroline Brehman/Kimber Laux)
Bonnie Springs Ranch near Las Vegas officially closed its gates Sunday, March 17, 2019. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Honoring a fallen North Las Vegas Police officer at his namesake school
The 20th Annual Raul P. Elizondo Honor Day celebrates the fallen North Las Vegas Police officer's legacy at his namesake school. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Windy day in Las Vegas Valley
The Review-Journal's camera on the under-construction Las Vegas Stadium the was buffered by high winds on Wednesday, March 14, 2019. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
March gloom falls on Las Vegas
After a rainy overnight, gloomy skies hover over Las Vegas Tuesday morning. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
John Katsilometes gets his head shaved at St. Baldrick's
Las Vegas Review-Journal man-about-town columnist John Katsilometes gets his head shaved by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman during St. Baldrick's Foundation shave-a-thon on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York in Las Vegas Friday, March 8, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
The Blue Angels take flight over Las Vegas Strip
The Blue Angels’ U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron flew their signature Delta formation over a part of the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport and east Las Vegas and were scheduled to fly over Hoover Dam. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88s
Gross World Records
A group of about 20 children gathered around a TV at Sahara West Library on Feb. 27 for a history lesson on the most disgusting world records.
Graduation for Renewing HOPE program
The Renewing HOPE program graduation for homeless who spend nine months in Catholic Charities program. Graduates are preparing to enter the workforce. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Car crashes into Starbucks near Las Vegas Strip
Lt. William Matchko of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police gives details about a car crashing into a Starbucks at Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road, near the Las Vegas Strip, on Friday, March 1, 2019. (Jessica Terrones/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Car crashed into PT’s Gold
A 60-year-old man who police believe was impaired drove into a PT’s Gold at Silverado Ranch and Decatur boulevards Thursday night, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. William Matchko said. The driver was hospitalized and is expected to survive. A man inside the bar was hit by debris but drove himself to the hospital, Matchko said. (Katelyn Newberg/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Driver crashes vehicle into PT’s tavern in south Las Vegas (part 1)
A driver suspected of impairment crashed a vehicle into the wall of a PT’s Gold tavern, at 4880 W. Silverado Ranch Blvd., in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (Katelyn Newberg/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Driver crashes vehicle into PT’s tavern in south Las Vegas (pullout)
A driver suspected of impairment crashed a vehicle into the wall of a PT’s Gold tavern, at 4880 W. Silverado Ranch Blvd., in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (Katelyn Newberg/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kids Read Books To Dogs At The Animal Foundation In Las Vegas
Kids from local Las Vegas elementary schools took part, Thursday, in a program at the Animal Foundation, where they read books to dogs. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Pioneer Trail highlights historic locations in West Las Vegas
The Pioneer Trail, a 16-site route of historically significant locations in Las Vegas, starts at the Springs Preserve and snakes east until it reaches above the brim of downtown. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutefsya
Vegas Warm Weather Hits Las Vegas Valley
Between Feb. 20-21, parts of the Las Vegas Valley were hit with 7.5" of snow. Less than a week later, it was sunny with temperatures in the 70s. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dr. S. Jay Hazan, a World War II veteran, talks about his arrest at the VA Hospital
Dr. S. Jay Hazan, a World War II Army veteran, was arrested in November after he caused a ruckus at the VA Hospital in North Las Vegas and stole his driver's car keys. He was arraigned on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, and the charges will be dropped after 60 days. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Claytee White talks about Black History Month
An interview with Claytee White, director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Reflecting on the Moulin Rouge and a segregated Vegas
Former employees of the Moulin Rouge, the first integrated hotel-casino in Nevada, talk about what it was like in the brief six months the casino was open. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas home prices
Home prices rose in every ZIP code in the Las Vegas Valley in 2018 for the second year in a row, according to SalesTraq. Prices grew fastest in older, more centrally located areas. But prices were highest in the suburbs. The top three ZIP codes for price growth were 89119 (29.8%), 89146 (25%) and 89030 (24.6%). The top three ZIP codes for median sales prices were 89138 ($464,500), 89135 ($420,500) and 89052 ($370,000).
Wagonwheel Drive overpass reopens after ice closure
Overpass at Wagonwheel Drive reopens after ice on the onramp caused the ramp to be shut down, Feb. 22, 2019. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Keeping warm at the city of Las Vegas’ homeless courtyard
With help from the city of Las Vegas, a Salvation Army shelter stays open during the day Thursday and Friday, offering a safe place for the homeless to find respite from freezing temperatures and snow. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sloppy, Slushy Road Conditions Lead to Slow Traffic
Traffic slowed to a crawl on Jones are near Russell as conditions worsened Thursday. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Winter storm blankets west side of Las Vegas Valley
On Wednesday evening through early Thursday a winter storm dumped more than 7 1/2 inches of snow on some parts of the Las Vegas Valley. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas snow day for children
Las Vegas kids play in the snow that fell on Feb. 21, 2019. (Belinda Englman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow closes Red Rock Canyon, residents enjoy rare snowfall
The greater Las Vegas area was hit with snowfall on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2019. This video shows the areas surrounding Red Rock Canyon and the Summerlin community. Video by: Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas kids attend school in the snow
Las Vegas children attend school during a rare snowstorm on Feb. 21, 2019. Staton Elementary School and other CCSD schools remained open. (Glenn Cook/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
People enjoying the snow in Summerlin
Fox Hill Park in Summerlin was busy Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2019, with people enjoying the rare snow that fell overnight. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NHP advises motorists to take caution during Las Vegas snowstorm
NHP advised motorists to take caution during the snowstorm in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
It is a rainy Valentine's Day in Las Vegas - Video
These scenes come from the Las Vegas Stadium LiveCam (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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