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Urban youths get outdoors education through nonprofit group

Instead of sidewalks, they trekked along a dirt trail. Instead of climbing stairs, they scrambled over boulders. On Dec. 6, the nonprofit Las Vegas Inspiring Connections Outdoors took a group of students who previously knew only city life on a hike in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation.

Grant helps expand childhood cancer follow-up care at clinic

The Children’s Specialty Center provides treatment to children with blood disorders and cancer regardless of their ability to pay for services. A recent grant from the nonprofit St. Baldrick’s Foundation awarded $245,000 to the center to expand its Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic, which provides follow-up care for childhood cancer survivors up to age 40.

Holly Daze event gives mental health tips for traversing holiday season

The holidays are supposed to be filled with good cheer, but for some it can be tough to smile. On Nov. 20, the Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Center-West hosted a Holly Daze open house to discuss combating seasonal affective disorder, or what some refer to as a depressive state known as “the holiday blues.”

Boy Scout helps fulfill Ronald McDonald House wish lists

As part of a project to earn a merit badge on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout, 13-year-old Phillip Bouchard raised over $1,400 dollars in gift cards and cash donations for the Las Vegas charity that helps families with critically ill children.

Healing her heart: Genetic condition had 17-year-old getting a pacemaker

Kat Doyle’s early life was filled with dancing and school activities, until the day she went to the doctor for pink eye at 17. The nurse practitioner who saw her noticed that Doyle had a heart murmur and ran an EKG. Doyle, who’d experienced moments of lightheadedness and heart arrhythmia, underwent open heart surgery and had a pacemaker placed in her chest.

Amboy offers a look at history and ancient lava crater

For some reason doubtless buried in our prehistoric past, most humans find volcanos interesting, as long as they’re not spewing molten rock and poison gas. If you’d like to visit one that has behaved itself for about 10,000 years but still shows the interesting geologic features acquired in its flaming youth, Amboy Crater makes a fine day trip this time of year. The temperature will be 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the same day in Las Vegas, and the route I suggest will take you through the Mojave National Preserve, an agreeable place in early winter.

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