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Survey: Las Vegas is Growing and Residents Hopeful

LAS VEGAS -- Believe it or not, Las Vegas is growing. The new Las Vegas Perspective was released Tuesday detailing what parts of the valley grew, what shrank and where the city is going.

There's a lot of good news in the book. Surprisingly, the population grew despite the number of construction and other jobs lost.

The number of occupied houses also rose and so did the average household income.

The population surpassed 2 million in Clark County last year. All urban areas, with the exception of Boulder City, reported growth.

The average age in the valley is 36 and it's split almost 50-50 along gender lines.

Fifty-two-percent of residents are Caucasian, 28-percent are Hispanic, 9-percent are African American and 6-percent are Asian, along with a handful others.

Experts say most of the people surveyed are more concerned about health care and education than about the foreclosure crisis.

CCSD Wants Community Input on School Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Parents, students, teachers, and other community members are now weighing in on the tough issue of school budget cuts. An online survey will gauge where everyone feels the cuts should or should not be made.

The 16 question survey only takes a few minutes to fill out.  The questions deal with critical issues such as campus security, school transportation, teacher layoffs, and even closing schools.

Strong opinions are pouring in. Some of the questions come as little surprise and garner a mixed reaction. For example,  should sports and extra-curricular activities be eliminated to save a combined $11 million dollars?

"Let the kids be kids; let them have their sports," said one parent.

"Out of everything, maybe it is sports I would cut," said another person.

More than $19 Million in Unclaimed Tax Refunds

LAS VEGAS -- The IRS has more than $19 million in unclaimed refunds for Nevada taxpayers and the deadline to claim the money is nearing.

According to the IRS, the refunds are for people who did not file a tax return for 2006. The owed money equates to a median refund of about $575 for 19,000 taxpayers.

"There is about $19 million for about 19,400 Nevadans. The window of opportunity to claim this money is about to expire and they really need to act," said Jesse Weller, IRS.

To collect the money, a 2006 tax return must be filed by April 15, 2010.

"Why should I just let it go to the IRS?" said Steven Hansen a taxpayer who made the mistake of doing that once before. He's learned his lesson, and today it's a much different story.

"That could've been money for anything medical bills, even my rent."

Pilot Killed in Boulder City Plane Crash Identified

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- The man who crashed a small plane just south of the Boulder City airport has been identified.

The Clark County coroner says 45-year-old Brett Dean Beuckens of Queens Creek, Arizona was killed in the Friday evening crash.

Officials say the plane was flying to Henderson from the Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix.

Beuckens was over Lake Mead in the Beechcraft BE35 Bonanza when he radioed in saying he was running out of fuel.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

85 Guns Belonging to Constable Confiscated

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Boulder City police say they confiscated 85 guns from the home, storage areas and office of Chief Constable Larry Markotay. Also, drug paraphernalia and two dozen badges, including a Boulder City police captain's badge were seized.

Markotay was arrested on February 22 for DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident. At that time, police discovered guns in his vehicle that had been reported stolen.

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Markotay is now facing several felonies including burglary while in a possession of a firearm. He has held his position of Chief Constable for 12 years. In his position, he is permitted to order firearms for law enforcement use. Police say there were no detailed records of such transactions.

The DEA and the ATF were also involved in the execution of the search warrants.

Plane Crashes at Boulder City Airport

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Crews are investigating a plane crash at the Boulder City Airport. Sources say the plane from Phoenix ran out of fuel over Lake Mead and clipped a power line.

A spokesperson says at about 4:30 p.m., the pilot tried to land at Boulder City Airport but crashed just east of the runway. Emergency crews responded and the pilot was pronounced dead on the scene.

The pilot was the lone occupant of the Beechcraft BE35 Bonanza. Witnesses on the scene say he missed the runway by about 200 yards.

"I was at baseball practice, and I saw ambulances and sirens," said Joseph Miller, a Boulder City resident. "I'm just happy he did not hit any homes. It could have been tragic," said Robby Jackson, a Boulder City resident.

The plane was en route from Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix to Henderson.

Hundreds of Teachers Face Uncertain Job Future

LAS VEGAS -- Unless the Clark County School District can find other ways to cut about $125 million from its budget, more than 500 local teachers could get pink slips in May.

The Clark County Education Association which represents teachers says it's in negotiations with the school district to try to save as many teaching jobs as possible.

While schools brace for the worst-case scenario, the union is telling its members not to panic and not to believe every thing they hear.

"I've always said that a teacher's working conditions are a student's learning conditions so when you have teachers who, on top of everything else they have to deal with, testing, mandates, lesson plans, are now worried about whether they're gonna have a job or not, it's just another added pressure," said Ruben Murillo, Clark County Education Association.