Newsmakers, Jan. 8-14, 2015

Prudhomme Law Office of Las Vegas was recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the Best Law Firms of 2015. A Best Law Office ranking requires a firm’s attorney be selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America, which represents the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Ed Prudhomme was selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in immigration law.

Austin Dean Shields, 13, of Henderson, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Nov. 20, 2014. He is a member of Troop 565 with Adam Dowd as his scoutmaster and Phil Sanders as his assistant scoutmaster. Shields is the son of Lisa and Kevin Shields (and stepfather James Dupre) and the brother of Adam and Luke. Austin’s Eagle Scout project benefited the Las Vegas Rescue Mission by providing more than 500 hygiene kits to the homeless. He solicited more than 5,500 donated products for the hand-assembled kits. Shields is an eighth-grader at Mannion Middle School and plans to graduate from college and enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association of Southern Nevada awarded three $500 scholarships to local apprentices during a scholarship luncheon Dec. 5. Honorees included Amalia Diaz-Lara, Noe Gaxiola and Santiago Ricoy, who was the sole winner of the scholarship last year. Gaxiola, 20, an apprentice with the Roofers and Waterproofers Local No. 162, is a third-generation member of the union. He also is pursuing a pre-engineering degree at the College of Southern Nevada. Diaz-Lara, 22, is one of two female apprentices in Local No. 162, and she will use the scholarship to reignite her college career in criminal justice. Ricoy is an apprentice at Glaziers Local No. 2001 and a student at the College of Southern Nevada.

The Solera Veterans and First Responders Club in Anthem elected new officers for the 2015 year at its general membership meeting Dec. 15. Ed Kranson was elected president, Howard Spanier vice president, Ann Rodgers secretary and Phyllis Schreiman treasurer.

Connor Dignan of Las Vegas is a member of the Denison University men’s swimming and diving team in Granville, Ohio. Denison closed out 2014 by winning the Miami University Invitational for the second year. Dignan is a graduate of Desert Vista High School.

Navy Petty Officer Legalman 1st Class Miranda Fuller of Las Vegas was selected as Sailor of the Quarter of 2015. Fuller has been in the Navy for 12 years.

Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing and the Clark County School District announced the winners of the inaugural Yes! Think Clean Contest. The contest encouraged students from kindergarten through 12th grade to submit ideas in the form of written essays, drawings and models on how to conserve water in their communities. The six winners are: Emily Ostfeld, Cashman Middle School, first place; Heather Macias-Padron, Cashman Middle School, first place; Maximilian Kegley-Oyola, Scott Elementary School, second place; Mark Jason Ragunton, Scott Elementary School, second place; Yesenia Fernandez, McDoniel Elementary School, third place; and Kenzo Roberts, Scott Elementary School, third place. Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing plans to donate an additional $100 to each of the winning students’ schools.

Air Force Reserve Airman Jada A. Glasco graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Glasco is the daughter of Keshia Rowland and granddaughter of Shirley Davis, Dianne and Richard Glasco and Veda R. Waked, all of Las Vegas. She is a 2014 graduate of Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.

Army Pfc. Brina N. Breyfogle graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. Breyfogle is the daughter of Gary and Vickie Breyfogle of Las Vegas. She is a 2009 graduate of Las Vegas High School and earned an associate degree in 2014 from ITT Technical Institute.

Army Pvt. Rojelio Rojas graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2014 graduate of Rancho High School.

Air Force Airman Russell R. Lee graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Lee is the son of Russell Lee of Chicago and Vickie White of Las Vegas.

Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Star Trek fans on show’s enduring popularity
Star Trek fans at the Star Trek Convention 2018 talk about why they think the show has stayed popular across the years Thursday, August 2, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nonprofit provides clothing for homeless
Sydney Grover of Can You Spare A Story?, talks about how she founded the non-profit organization. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Family remembers deceased mother
Family members of Adriann Gallegos remember her. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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