Newsmakers, June 18-24, 2015

Brittany MacDonald, 18, was named the 2015 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Honored Hero for being an example to others with digestive diseases or inflammatory bowel disease by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America — Las Vegas Chapter. She has participated in and fundraised for the Take Steps Walk since she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease seven years ago.

Natalie Vaughn, a 17-year-old Las Vegas resident, recently returned from the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She designed the cover for the book, “East Timor Through A Selection of Ethnographic Artifacts,” that accompanies the East Timor exhibit in Geneva and was invited to attend the exhibit’s grand opening. She also created the image for the grand opening invitations and met several dignitaries during her visit. Her parents are Dr. Philip Vaughn, a neonatologist at Valley Healthcare Systems, and Dr. Ami Vaughn, a retired pediatrician.

During her time at Bishop Gorman High School, Erica Korbel collected items from fellow students and donated them to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. A Summerlin resident, she began the end-of-the-school-year supplies drive effort while still a student at Las Vegas Day School. Korbel is set to enroll at Boise State University in the fall and study to become a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. She is the daughter of Lorena and Rick Korbel of Las Vegas.

Gideon Alwood, a 2015 Nevada State High School graduate, recently earned his Eagle Badge. He plans to attend the College of Southern Nevada in the fall to continue working toward his Associates in Science and to assist Troop 238 by leading his fellow Scouts to reach their Eagle Badges. He is the son of Brian and Janine Alwood of Las Vegas.

Ron Drake-Frame, a senior at Sierra Vista High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston June 28-30. Drake-Frame was nominated by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Sierra Vista based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology. In addition, the Sierra Vista Orchestra, in which Drake-Frame is a cellist, was selected to compete in the 2016 National Orchestra Festival in Tampa, Fla. The orchestra’s Go Fund Me site is at Drake-Frame’s youngest brother Ramsay Drake has debuted on Disney Junior’s “Muppet Moments.” They are the sons of Marlene and Terrell Drake of Las Vegas.

The Outside Las Vegas Foundation was named a 2015 Outstanding Organization by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board for its advocacy and promotion for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians across Nevada.

Army Pvt. Ivan A. Angvlo graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Angvlo is a 2012 graduate of Clark High School.

Malek Baxter of North Las Vegas and Courtney Dramm of Henderson were offered scholarships and admitted to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

In April, Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, honored Angelica Hall of Las Vegas with the Dominique Hudson Distinguished Service Award and Jessica Reed of Las Vegas with the Madonna Cutsinger Award, Winifred Van Etten Award, Bruce T. Riley Award and membership in Mortar Board 2015-16.

Alexander Barnes of Las Vegas graduated from East Central University in Ada, Okla., on May 9.

Air Force Airman Charisse P. Centeno graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Centeno is the wife of Alvin Accad and the daughter of Crisanto and Lani Centeno and granddaughter of Erlinda Pamintuan, all of Las Vegas. The airman graduated from Southeast Career Technical Academy.

Mary Collins, James Forehand, Brett Neighbors and Debbie Rea, all of Las Vegas, made the honor roll at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. Local students include: Jake H. Lee, Amar Shah and Timothy Ryan Shaw, all of Henderson; and Fadi M. Azar, Cameron P. Both, Daniel Chen, Dakota D. Jones, Arbab Khalid, Alex Lu Wang, Claire C. Ong and Tristan Sun, all of Las Vegas.

Steven Paul Young of Las Vegas graduated from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.

Army Pvt. Linda I. Buckmon graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Buckmon is the daughter of Sherri L. Parmer of North Las Vegas and is a 2014 graduate of Legacy High School.

Army Pvt. Christian M. Aquino graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Aquino is the son of Christine Mirasol of Las Vegas and is a 2014 graduate of Bonanza High School.

Winners of the 11th annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Missouri University of Science and Technology included Elizabeth Robinson, a junior in ceramic engineering from Las Vegas. She earned third for research titled Testing of Active Compressions — Decompression Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Jose Guerrero Flores of Las Vegas made the 2014-15 honor roll at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, Calif. Additionally, Drayson Little of Las Vegas made the 2014-15 dean’s list at the academy.

Air Force Airman Roberto J. Diaz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman graduated in 2013 from Innovations International Charter School of Nevada.

Douglas Jackson of Las Vegas, a member of broadcast operations management for Fox Television, has been named a SUNY Oneonta Alumni of Distinction honoree.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Robert James B. Falsis graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Falsis is the cousin of Rodney Balgan and son-in-law of Jaynar Lucero of Las Vegas.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Mike Beltre graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Beltre is the brother of Edwin Beltre of Las Vegas.

Justyn Anderson of Las Vegas graduated from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb., in May.

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
Timelapse of snow at Red Rock Canyon
More than 7 inches of snow fell in the western areas of the Las Vegas Valley, including Red Rock Canyon, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow falls at Fremont Street Experince in Las Vegas
Snow falls at the Fremont Street Experience early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 in Las Vegas. (David Guzman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow in Summerlin
Snow in Summerlin on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Anastasia Hendrix/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Snow At Red Rock Casino
Early morning snow in Summerlin on Thursday, feb. 21, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Northwest Las Vegas sees heavy snow fall
Drivers on the 215 Beltway in northwest Las Vegas faced heavy snowfall on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (David Guzman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow at Red Rock Casino and Resort.
Snow continues to fall Thursday morning in Summerlin. Heaviest snow west of 215.
Snow soccer in Las Vegas -VIDEO
Players enjoy a game of soccer during a snowstorm in the Anthem area east of Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow falls Wednesday evening in Las Vegas
Heavy snow began falling Wednesday evening in the southwestern part of the Las Vegas valley. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Snow falls on the Las Vegas Strip
Snow falls outside the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip as the Golden Knights play the Boston Bruins. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow near Deer Springs and Buffalo
Snow near Deer Springs Way and Buffalo Drive in the northwest Las Vegas Valley on Feb. 20, 2019.(Cassie Soto/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow in Las Vegas at Red Rock Casino Resort
A winter storm brings snow to Red Rock Casino Resort in Summerlin on Feb. 20, 2019. (David Guzman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
February 20 snow in Centennial Hills (Part 2)
Snowstorm in the far northwest valley. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
February 20 snow in Centennial Hills
Snowstorm in the far northwest valley. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NDOT prepares for snow and ice from winter storm
The Nevada Department of Transportation gears up to keep roads open when snow and ice hit the Las Vegas valley.
Developer gets approval to build homes at Bonnie Springs
The Clark County Planning Commission has approved a plan to build 20 homes on the site of Bonnie Springs Ranch. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Working cats at St. John the Baptist Church
Parish councilmember John Koutsulis talks about the two cats St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church have adopted as part of a working cats program.
Lee Canyon snow makes skiers smile
Skiers and snow boarders took advantage of the Presidents Day holiday and the recent snowfall at Lee Canyon, outside of Las Vegas. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Mount Charleston gets fresh blanket of snow
A winter storm drops nearly four inches of fresh snow on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Mount Charleston outside Las Vegas. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow in the Las Vegas Valley
Snow accumulated in the Las Vegas Valley for the first time in more than a decade, with snow falling mostly in the western, northwestern and southern areas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review Journal) @bizutesfaye
Snow at US 95 and Lee Canyon Road
Passers-by pulled off Lee Canyon Road northwest of Las Vegas Monday to play in the fresh snow. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Road truck on an empty I-15
Snow and ice contributed to the closure of Interstate 15 near Primm. Jim Prather/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)
Tony Sanchez wraps up the UNLV season
UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez wraps up the season. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
MAGIC fashion convention showcases men's clothing trends
The MAGIC fashion convention has come to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to showcase some of the hottest clothing trends for men. (Nathan Asselin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Army medic’s Afghanistan story told in new book
The graphic novel “Machete Squad” is based on journals written by Las Vegan Brent Dulak.
Las Vegas man talks about losing his wife
Dwayne Murray, 37, lost his wife, LaQuinta while she was at Centennial Hills Hospital. A jury awarded him $43 million last week after it said the hospital failed to perform the standard of care in administering a drug for her sickle cell disease.
Barber sets up shop in grandfather’s old shop
Andres Dominguez’s new barber shop is filled with memories of his grandfather, who ran the El Cortez landmark for more than 30 years. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Life and times of a 90-year-old horse player
Leo Polito of Las Vegas describes meeting legendary jockey and trainer Johnny Longden on the beach at Del Mar. Mike Brunker/Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Learning the history of singing bowls
Presentation at Summerlin Library teaches residents about the history of singing bowls (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Learning live-saving techniques in Stop the Bleed class
Leslie Shaffer, an AMR paramedic, shows how to control bleeding during a Stop the Bleed course at the Summerlin Library. The class is designed to teach anyone how to control and stop life-threatening bleeding. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vicki Richardson speaks about on the power of art
Artist and arts advocate Vicki Richardson talks about the power of art to inspire and challenge. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
DressCoders pairs tech with haute couture
DressCoders is a startup focused on haute couture garments. The company uses illuminated thread that is washable and can be sewn right into the fabric. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Brava infrared oven
In cooking with the Brava infrared oven,there’s no preheating. the bulbs can reach 500 degrees in less than a second. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sinks Merge Style And Utility
Study could determine cause of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases
Dr. Aaron Ritter, director of clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, discusses his research on how inflammation in the brain impacts Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holocaust survivors talk about tragedy and friendship
Janos Strauss and Alexander Kuechel share their perspectives on life. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
'Siegel Cares' Santa delivers toys to kids at Siegel Suites in Las Vegas
Siegel Cares, the charitable wing of The Siegel Group, delivered toys to families at their apartment complexes in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Revisiting “Christ the King” sculpture
A longtime admirer of the sculpture at Christ the King Catholic Community in Las Vegas shares her perspective. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye)
Henderson couple adds another school to their generosity
Bob and Sandy Ellis of Henderson, who donate to several Clark County School District schools, have added Matt Kelly Elementary in Las Vegas to their list of schools where every student gets new shoes, socks and a toy. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Terry Fator Christmas House
Arguably better than a hotel holiday display, is Terry and Angie Fator's home located in southwest Las Vegas.
UNLV Winter Graduation Packs Thomas & Mack
UNLV's 55th winter commencement ceremony included approximately 2,146 undergraduate and graduate students who recently completed their studies. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Build-A-Bear comes to Reed Elementary School
Students participated in a Build-A-Bear-Workshop at Doris Reed Elementary School in Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the LVRJ
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center art depicts names of God
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center founder Sharaf Haseebullah talks about new diamond-shaped art panels featuring some of the 99 names of Allah at the main entrance the Las Vegas mosque. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday poultry with Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine
Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine explain the different types of poultry available for the holidays. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Catholic Charities hosts early Christmas meal
Students from the Bishop Gorman High School football and cheerleader team helped to serve food at the Christmas meal sponsored by the Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Sunday. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Incarcerated Christmas
This is the fourth year HOPE for Prisoners has worked with the Nevada Department of Corrections to create a Christmas for prisoners to visit their families. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
2018 Homeless Vigil
Straight From The Streets holds its 23rd annual vigil to remember the 179 homeless individuals who died in Clark County this year.
Getting through the Holiday blues
Psychologist Whitney Owens offers advice on keeping your mental health in check during the Holiday season in Henderson, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military program gave meal kits to 200 families at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 in Las Vegas Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. It all started with a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they couldn't afford. A Beam Suntory employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. The program has grown from providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 7,000 nationally this holiday season.K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women at WestCare Women Children Campus in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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