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County Commission Honors Honest Cab Driver

County Commission Honors Honest Cab Driver

The Las Vegas cab driver who made headlines after a big discovery in his back seat, was honored Tuesday.

In December, Gerardo Gamboa discovered a bag left in his car and opened it. It contained $300,000 in cash. The bag belonged to a professional poker player who accidentally left it behind, who Gamboa had just picked up from the Bellagio. 

Tuesday, the Clark County Commission honored Gamboa for his honesty with a proclamation. He says he has received a lot of attention since the incident.

"A lot of people, if they find out I'm the driver they asking for pictures of me. They say, 'can I take a picture of you?' I say, 'sure why not? Yeah.' Some people they just open something and say, 'ooh! Do you know the guy who found the money?' And I say, 'you know what folks, I was the guy who found the money.' Gamboa said.

The poker player chose to remain anonymous, but he did give Gamboa a $10,000 reward.

Las Vegas Sign Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Las Vegas Sign Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is sporting a new color. It is now pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Clark County commissioners turned the lights from yellow to pink during a ceremony Monday.

The idea is to not only celebrate survivors and honor those who died from the disease, but to also remind everyone of the importance of early detection and regular examinations.

University Medical Center will be offering free clinical breast exams on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 24 at the UMC Cast Clinic, 1000 Shadow Lane.

The exam does not include a mammogram. For more information, call (702) 207-8265. 

Las Vegas Sign Features Rainbow Lights ahead of Pride Parade

Las Vegas Sign Features Rainbow Lights ahead of Pride Parade

The iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign the greets visitors to our city at the far south end of Las Vegas Boulevard will feature rainbow colored lights for the next 11 days in honor of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.

The sign was relit with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple in honor of the LGBT rainbow flag ahead of the Las Vegas Pride celebration.

The Pride celebration includes a series of festivities, ending with the Pride parade and festival downtown Las Vegas next weekend. For information on that party, go to www.hrc.org/lasvegaspride.

The Human Rights Campaign, Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority were at Friday's sign relighting.

Safe Summer Nights Events for Free Family Fun

Safe Summer Nights Events for Free Family Fun

 

The city of Las Vegas is hosting a handful of Safe Summer Nights events to draw residents out for community gatherings.

The events will include music, children’s games, face painting and free hot dogs and water while supplies last. City of Las Vegas staff will be joined by local non-profit representatives, neighbors and others to provide information about summer youth activities, health services, community safety, adult education opportunities and more at these events.

Safe Summer Nights events will be held at the following locations:

Welcome Sign Going Blue for Foster Kids

Welcome Sign Going Blue for Foster Kids

The iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign became blue Wednesday for National Foster Care Month.

May is dedicated is raising awareness of the 400,000 children and teenagers in foster care around the country.

In Clark County, more than 3,000 children are in foster care system on any given day. Many of those children cannot return home because their families are in crisis.

"We really need to get more of our community together and try to help the foster kids that are out there. My foster parents have been the most amazing blessing to me, and I just love to see all this advertisement for it," foster child Anny Anderson said. 

The county's Department of Family Services would like to people to be aware of the ways they can help these kids in need.

Free Golf for Veterans on Memorial Day Weekend

Free Golf for Veterans on Memorial Day Weekend

 

All active and retired military members can receive a free round of golf on Memorial Day weekend at Walters Golf facilities.

On Sunday, May 26, all with military-issued ID are invited to enjoy a free 18 holes of golf at Bali Hai Golf Club, Royal Links Golf Club, or Desert Pines Golf Club.

Space is available on a first-come, first-to-reserve basis and is based on available space. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 450-8159. For more details, go to http://www.WaltersGolf.com/MemorialDay.

Welcome Sign Going Green

Welcome Sign Going Green

The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign turned green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

The sign that has welcomed visitors to the Las Vegas Strip for years was turned green Wednesday night by former city of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Kathryn Thomas, a judge from the Irish TV show "The Voice Ireland."

The sign is one of several iconic structures around the world that is going green for St. Patrick's Day, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Leaning Tower of Piza and the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janiero.

The color change is part of a partnership between the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Tourism Ireland.

This is not the first time the sign has switched its color. It was turned pink in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. That same month it turned purple to show solidarity against bullies.