Newsmakers, July 17-23, 2014

Mikayla Kelly, a graduate of St. Viator School, was recently crowned Miss Jr. Teen Nevada United States 2014. She will go to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national title against other girls 13 to 15 years old in July. During her yearlong reign, she will make appearances throughout the state and raise awareness about her personal platform, food allergies with the support of FARE: Food Allergy Research & Education.

The Clark County Medical Society announced the 2014 recipients of its Winged Heart Award and the Student Rising Star Award. Local nurse Janet Maran and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a local nonprofit, are the 2014 Winged Heart Award recipients. This year’s recipients of the Student Rising Star Award are Ori DeVera from Touro University Nevada and Elizabeth Telles-Richardson from University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Seaman Apprentice Deun Parks, a yeoman from Las Vegas, is serving aboard the USS Ohio Gold Crew in the U.S. Navy, one of the country’s most advanced submarines.

Dignity Health Medical Group, affiliated with the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital system, welcomed Dr. Amy Darukhanavala (“Dr. Daru”) to practice at its Dream Fund Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic in Henderson. Daru completed her training in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Chicago and has been practicing in Southern Nevada for two years.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Cancio, a missile technician from Las Vegas, is serving aboard the USS Alabama Blue Crew in the U.S. Navy, one of the world’s most advanced submarines.

The Folklife Program of the Nevada Arts Council named Las Vegas residents Gary and Sheldeen Haleamau as recipients of the 2015 Nevada Heritage Award. The Haleamaus are recognized for preserving, perpetuating and presenting their native Hawaiian culture throughout Nevada.

Sgt. Damien Lujan is returning to Las Vegas after six years in the Army. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 3rd Ranger Batalion. The husband of Yolanda Lujan, he is a 2008 graduate of Del Sol High School and has been admitted to the UNLV kinesiology program.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Portia S. Gonzales graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Gonzales is the daughter of Risha and Eduardo Gonzales of Las Vegas and is a 2010 graduate of Mojave High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Ashley D. Royster graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Royster is the daughter of Kimberlita Span of Henderson and Dennis Royster Sr. of Matteson, Ill. She is a 2006 graduate of Canyon Springs High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada named Diana Bennett, Wynn Resorts, Fred Keeton, HRC Las Vegas Steering Committee and David “Bootsy Carmichael” Heckman and Rob Haggard as The Center Honors recipients for 2014.

The Nevada Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2014: Victor Arbalaez and Rich Welsh, recognized for their dedication toward the growth and development of youth soccer in Nevada. Arbalaez died in October 2007, and Welsh died in March 2013, both from health complications.

City Lights Artists’ Co-op announced Katy L. Poole as the recipient of a 2014 $1,000 scholarship. The City Lights Scholarship is awarded to a deserving student who plans to pursue a career in the visual arts. A recent graduate of Silverado High School, Poole was recommended by her art teacher, Karen Heater. She plans to attend classes at the College of Southern Nevada this fall.

Ryan Williams of Henderson earned spring 2014 Faculty Honors at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Sitong Huang and Kristine Jones of Las Vegas made the spring 2014 Dean’s List at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Drew Redmond of Henderson graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky., May 25. Redmond is the son of Pierre and Laurie Redmond of Henderson.

Lauren Simpson of Las Vegas graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Paul McKay of Henderson and Shelby Nelson of Las Vegas were named to the spring 2014 Dean’s List at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. McKay is the son of Elizabeth and Warren McKay. Nelson is the daughter of Daniel and Joyce Nelson.

Army National Guard Pvt. Arthur D. Nafarrete has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Nafarrete is the son of Chona Nafarrete of Las Vegas and is a 2012 graduate of Liberty High School.

Air Force Airman Edwin B. Pagdilao graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Pagdilao is the son of Eva Mabandos of Las Vegas and is a 2012 graduate of Arbor View High School.

Christina Bloom, daughter of Jeffrey and Joie Bloom of Henderson, made the spring 2014 dean’s list at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Local Videos
Library director talks about library as community center
Ron Heezen discusses his hopes for the new East Las Vegas Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Property Brothers visit Michael’s in Las Vegas Valley
Twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott are the hosts of Property Brothers, the hit HGTV show where they help couples find fixer-uppers and transform them into dream homes. In 2018, the brothers collaborated with Michael's on their first custom framing program. Today they're releasing new frames into that collection that range from natural to bright looking. Jonathan and Drew discuss their brand and why frames was something they wanted to pursue. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
I-15 traffic jam
A semitrailer stopped in the middle of Interstate 15 near Charleston Boulevard has slowed traffic in central Las Vegas Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rainy Tuesday
The Las Vegas Valley saw cooler temperatures and rain Tuesday afternoon. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Tiger Woods Bettor Collects
James Adducci bet $85k on Tiger Woods to win the Masters. He collected his $1.19M from William Hill sports bet in the SLS today. (Mat Luschek /Review-Journal)
Endangered frogs released at Springs Preserve
Dozens of endangered Relic Leopard Frogs were released at the Cotton Grove inside Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Vintage World War II aircraft arrive at Henderson Executive Airport
The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom tour comes to Henderson Executive Airport with a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang and a P-40 Warhawk. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Honoring Pearl Harbor veteran
Ed Hall, a Pearl Harbor veteran in Las Vegas, is honored with Quilt of Valor during an event in a Las Vegas. (Erik Verduzo/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UNLV Anthropology professors excavate Maya ruin site of Caracol, Belize for 36 years
The husband-and-wife team of UNLV anthropologists has spent several months a year at the remote site of Caracol in the jungles of Belize, excavating ruins and uncovering secrets from the region’s once-dominant civilization. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Things to remember when adopting a rabbit this Easter season
As Easter and spring time approach, some people may be tempted to adopt a rabbit for the holiday. But like adopting any animal, it is important to be responsible and know what a rabbit requires to be a happy, healthy pet. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Bike Giveaway in Las Vegas - Piero’s Italian Cuisine
Evan Glusman of Piero’s Italian Cuisine hosted a party in the restaurant’s parking lot to distribute over 150 bikes to local kids. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Charleston/I-15 ramp configuration
The new Interstate 15/ Charleston Boulevard ramp configuration was unveiled Tuesday morning. (Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Northwest Vegas farm's abandoned pig problem
Someone abandoned a several hundred pound pig at Sharon Linsenbardt's farm. Her farm is a rescue for animals, but she doesn't have room or resources to take on another such creature, so she's asking the community for help. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Chalk Talk: Black Student Union
Students talk about the Black Student Union in the latest episode of Chalk Talk. (Angus Kelly and Amelia Pak-Harvey/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Individuals with Parkinson's participate in dance class
Pamela Lappen leads a dance class for individuals with Parkinson's Disease at the Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Caroline Brehman/Review-Journal
Animal Foundation Preps Pups For Best In Show
The Las Vegas Animal Foundation is preparing its prime pups for their 16th annual Best in Show event, which takes place at the end of April. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Dog Yoga At Hydrant Club
The Hydrant Club in downtown Las Vegas, is a social club for dogs and their people. Recently the club started hosting dog yoga. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
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)
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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