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Job Hopefuls Arrive at Casino Montelago Job Fair

LAS VEGAS -- New opportunities are opening up for job seekers in southern Nevada as Casino Montelago prepares to re-open at Lake Las Vegas. The opening is at the end of the month, but the job fair for employees is going on Monday.

Casino Montelago is looking to fill 100 positions over the next three days, and in this tough economy, lots of people showed up bright and early to fill out applications hoping to land a job very soon.

"I live in Henderson and with the rise in gas prices, I really don't want to do the commute anymore. It's costing me about $50 a week in gas and I really like the area. I like the venue here. It's beautiful. I come up here and walk around all the time," said job hunter Letitia Krauss.

Krauss, who currently works at another casino on the Strip, hopes her experience will help her stand out. But she will have a lot of competition -- there was a long line out the door at the job fair.

Boulder City Residents Remember Fallen Navy SEAL

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- There is a lot of pride in Boulder City after the Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden. One of their own, Navy SEAL Shane Patton, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005.

The community remembered his contributions Tuesday and that of the other SEALs.

The owners of the Coffee Cup were close friends of Patton. In fact, they have a large picture of him hanging inside to honor his memory.

The news of Bin Laden's death has a lot of customers asking questions about Patton, but there is also a feeling of pride in their Navy SEAL.

"I think he would be very happy. I'm sure he would wish that he was the one that pulled the trigger. That's the way SEALs are, they want to get business done. I think Shane would be very proud right now," said Coffee Cup owner Alan Stevens.

Small Plane Crashes Near Lake Mead

TEMPLE BAR, Ariz. --  An official says a pilot was hurt in the crash of a single-engine aircraft on a dirt strip in northern Arizona near Lake Mead.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said it was not immediately known why the Lancair 320 crashed in Temple Bar on Friday at about 11:30 a.m.

Gregor says the pilot was the only person aboard and was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital. The aircraft is registered to a North Las Vegas resident.

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Lake Mead to Feel Effects of Government Shutdown

LAS VEGAS -- National parks like Lake Mead are already bracing for potential federal government shutdown. Thursday, visitors were given a heads up that if federal funding stops on Friday, they will be forced to close. That means 200 park employees without a paycheck.

Like the rest of the country, park officials are closely watching what's happening in Congress right now. If the spending bill isn't passed, people here will feel an immediate impact.

"Our campgrounds would be closed, our park would be closed, anyone who's staying in an RV park or one of our trailer villages or staying at one of our hotels would have 48 hours to leave the park," said Andrew Munoz with the National Park Service.

Local Pet Rescue Group Faces Foreclosure

Local Pet Rescue Group Faces Foreclosure

One of Nevada's largest animal rescue shelters might have to close if it cannot raise sufficient money to avoid foreclosure on its Amargosa Valley dog sanctuary.

Adopt A Rescue Pet (ARP) has less than 45 days to raise $70,000 to pay off the pending balloon payment for its five-acre dog sanctuary in Amargosa Valley. Private foundation grant funding was to have provided the money in January, but when the foundation suddenly went defunct, the non-profit pet rescue organization found itself in trouble.

"We are deeply concerned about the future of pets in the Las Vegas area if we are not able to secure the funding necessary to keep our doors open," ARP Founder Elizabeth Rubin said.

Rainbow Trout Stocking Ends at Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- Fishermen are calling it the end of an era for Lake Mead. Rainbow Trout will no longer be stocked at the lake.

Friday, the Nevada Department of Wildlife brought Rainbow's from an Arizona fish hatchery to  stock up Lake Mead one last time. It is just getting too expensive to drive the fish to Lake Mea, and the lake's fish hatchery is closed, unable to operate.

"With the water level so low, the water that we take into the hatchery gets too warm in the summer to raise trout," said Doug Nielsen with NDOW. "The second factor is our ever-present friend, the Quagga Mussel, who has set up home in the lower Colorado River system."

When Lake Mead's third straw tunnel is complete, another $5 million project could re-open the local fish hatchery. Some anglers hold little hope.

Children's Literacy Nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada Receives Largest-Ever Grant

Children's Literacy Nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada Receives Largest-Ever Grant

A $100,000 grant has been awarded to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit, the largest ever in its 10-year history.

The $100,000 grant was provided by Windsong Trust, a charitable trust based in Los Angeles, California.

This grant coincides with Spread the Word Nevada's 10-year anniversary. During its decade-long effort, Spread the Word Nevada has provided literacy programs to more than 187,000 low-income children and their families within the Clark County School District and Las Vegas Valley.

The Windsong Trust was established by an American businessman, the late philanthropist Martin Crowley, to support the education of children under the age of 18.