Newsmakers, May 28-June 3, 2015

Eric England of Henderson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy May 22 with a bachelor of science degree in general engineering and a commission as a U.S. Navy ensign. His father is Reggie England of Henderson. Eric England is a graduate of Foothill High School.

Michelle Henderson of Henderson has accepted an appointment to the Air Force Academy. She is a senior at Coronado High School, due to graduate June 6. She is the daughter of Lt. Col. Allen and Barbara Lynn Henderson of Henderson.

Elizabeth Trosper, principal of Trosper Communications, recently announced the promotion of Frank Fuentes to communications and social media director. Fuentes previously served as a communications and social media coordinator. Also, Sue Smuskiewicz has taken the role of director of administration. Smuskiewicz joined the firm in 2010 as chief copywriter and core reader. In her new role, Smuskiewicz will continue her previous duties, manage and maintain the firm’s administrative functions and assist in human resources and accounting. Trosper also announced the hiring of Kelsey Hand as the firm’s executive director of media and client relations. Hand was previously the public information coordinator for the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

Blake Edward Harrison of Troop 912 recently earned his Eagle Scout badge for coordinating a book drive with Barnes & Noble for Spread the Word Nevada, collecting more than 850 books and $1,700 in donations. His parents are Ted and Cheryl Harrison of Las Vegas.

Jamillah Ali-Rahman, executive director for Friends of Parkinson’s, was recently named the Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation, an international and interreligious network of individuals and organizations, including representatives from religion, government, civil society and the private sector, dedicated to achieving world peace. Ali-Rahman will help promote reconciliation, overcoming barriers and building peace while forming a global network representing the diversity of the human family and all disciplines of endeavor.

In support of local nonprofit groups, the Stratosphere presented a $1,000 donation to the Nevada SPCA during the property’s Celebrity Happy Hour event at McCall’s Heartland Grill April 9.

Vegas PBS has received a Telly Award for a public service announcement related to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative and the station’s supporting It Pays to Stay campaign. The PSA features a local student, Jessica Suarez, who had dropped out of high school but returned due to the efforts of school administrators and Communities In Schools of Nevada coordinators. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions and Web-based work. To view the PSA, visit

The Las Vegas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals donated $2,000 to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation. This donation will benefit the library district’s Southern Nevada Nonprofit Information Center at the Clark County Library and will augment the library’s collection of books on fundraising and philanthropy-related topics available in all branches across the county.

In New York, the Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts honored student achievement in writing with the presentation of the 2015 Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Writing Award on April 3. Awardees included Joshua Schussler, a physics major from Las Vegas, representing the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, with “Boule e Suif Blog.”

Army Pvt. Mario Y. Falcon graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Falcon is the son of Felipa Falcon of Las Vegas and is a 2014 graduate of Western High School.

Army Pvt. Thomas T. Siomon graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Siomon is the son of Siomon Taykay of Henderson and Freta Zese of Las Vegas. He is a 2014 graduate of Coronado High School.

Army Pvt. Aaron P. Mayorga graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Mayorga is the son of Juan J. Mayorga of Henderson and is a 2013 graduate of Foothill High School.

Sarah Elizabeth Fanning of Henderson was named a high scholar at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Sarah M. Kirksey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. She is a 2005 graduate of the Community College High School.

Roland Cox of Las Vegas was selected as a 2015 NROTC Scholarship recipient by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, which conducted the Pedro Del Valle and Frederick C Branch scholarship boards in April.

Army Spc. Jamee C. Finley graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Finley is the daughter of Denise Finley and sister of Jade Finley, both of Las Vegas. She is a 2005 graduate of Valley High School.

Air Force Airman Alvin V. Accad graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Accad is the son of Angelito and Evelyn Accad of Las Vegas and graduated in 2012 from Durango High School.

In April, The Citadel’s Commandant of Cadets designated commanders, regimental staff, sergeants major and first sergeants for the class of 2016. Cadet Angelica McNerny of Las Vegas was honored with the role of Fifth Battalion V Company first sergeant.

Air Force Airman Yea Chan Lim graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Lim is the son of Sun Kyu Koag and Myung Jin Lim of Las Vegas.

Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Longtime Las Vegas attorney John Momot dies at age 74
Criminal defense attorney John Momot, who represented mob figures and even played himself in the movie “Casino,” has died.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
5 things connecting Las Vegas and Marilyn Monroe
1. Marilyn Monroe, known then as Norma Jeane, obtained her first divorce in Las Vegas at the age of 20 on September 13, 1946. 2. According to some biographers, Monroe lived at 604 S. 3rd Street for four months during the summer of 1946. The house has since been torn down and is now the site of a parking lot. 3. In 1954, Monroe almost married Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas but the wedding was called off last minute. The wedding was to be held at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas which was located on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. 4. Las Vegas has at least one road dedicated to the star. Marilyn Monroe Avenue is located in east Las Vegas and intersects with Betty Davis Street and Cary Grant Court. 5. There are currently more than 20 Marilyn Monroe impersonators for hire in the Las Vegas Valley.
Sir Richard Branson announces purchase of Hard Rock Hotel
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has acquired the Hard Rock Hotel with partners and plans to turn it into a Virgin-branded property by the end of 2019.
3 Centennial High School students killed in Calif. crash (Full)
Three Centennial High School students were killed Thursday morning in Southern California when their vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver while they were enjoying their spring break, according to a family member of one of the victims.
Retail Restroom Sexual Assault Suspect
Las Vegas police are asking for help finding a man they said groped a woman in a south Las Vegas Valley restroom. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Calvary Christian Learning Academy, “There was no fair warning.”
Samantha O’Brien, whose three-year-old daughter attended the Calvary Christian Learning Academy daycare, found out Monday night when her daughter’s teacher called about the school closing.
Mojave Max at Springs Preserve
File footage of Mojave Max at Springs Preserve. (Springs Preserve)
Companies bet their futures on cryptocurrency
Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs talk about finding their niche in blockchain enabled technologies and digital currency.
Solar panels reduce energy bill for CCSD
Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School is one of 42 CCSD schools with solar panel installations, saving approximately $514,000 per year in energy costs.
Red carpet at MGM for Dan Reynolds Believer screening
Kats on the red carpet for the VIP screening of "Believer," the documentary by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.
Driver dies in single-vehicle crash
One person is dead after an early Wednesday morning crash in the northwest valley. The single-vehicle crash was called in about 1:35 a.m. on Jones Boulevard just north of Deer Springs Way, according to Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Robert Stauffer. The driver, who was the only person inside the vehicle, died at the scene.
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services On Thursday, Uber launched its Uber Health platform for healthcare providers. Medical facilities, rehab centers, clinics and hospitals can book rides for patients from a centralized dashboard – no app required. According to Techcrunch, Uber Health general manager Chris Weber noted some 3.6 million Americans miss appointments due to lack access to reliable transportation. Uber’s endeavors into health care trace back to 2014, when Uber first offered on-demand flu shots in large markets across the U.S. Since then there have been similar efforts throughout the world, from diabetes and thyroid testing in India, to subsidized rides for breast cancer screening in the U.S., to many more. Last summer, over 100 healthcare organizations joined the platform during a private beta. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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