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Las Vegas Architects Get Green Recognition

LAS VEGAS -- A local architecture firm is getting national accolades, ranking 18th best in the country. But with nearly 60 percent unemployment among local architects, the company says its not just a pat on the back, the honor may keep them in the black.

The company was recently ranked among the top 20 in the country by Architect magazine.

"These are light shelves, they're made of a highly reflective material," said Mike Purtill, an associate with Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects.

Just take a tour of the company's office building and you will quickly see it is all about basics.

"Its materials, it's shape, it's usage of the materials," said Daniel Chenin, Sr. designer. Built in 1996, their Henderson headquarters is where the company designs buildings, and practices what they preach. The use of natural light saves thousands in electricity every year, and all fixtures are energy efficient.

High School Drug Testing Producing Results

HENDERSON -- It's used to be meth, then pain pills but some teens across the Las Vegas valley are taking it a step further and are smoking heroin. DEA officials it's a growing problem that some high schools are experiencing.

The drug problem has prompted some schools in the valley to randomly drug test their student athletes. Green Valley High School even took it a step further. Principal Jeff Horn believes there will be more harm if the community denies there's a problem. It's one of the reasons he's been so vocal about the drug problem his school has faced and is now overcoming even after years of scrutiny.

Memorial Scheduled for LPGA golfer

HENDERSON -- A May 19 memorial has been scheduled for LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg, who died suddenly at her home in suburban Henderson as she prepared for a tournament in Alabama.

Her body was found Sunday afternoon by police responding to a 911 call. They aren't saying how she died or who placed the call. Her agent says she had packed her bags for the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile. Chase Callahan says police haven't given him or her family "any indication of anything."

Police have not said if they suspect foul play. Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said a ruling on a cause of death was pending blood and tissue tests that could take four to six weeks to complete. The memorial will be held at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif. Private burial will follow.

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Winds Slam the Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- It was clean up day after heavy winds whipped the Las Vegas valley overnight. Trees were uprooted and patio furniture was flying. The winds weren't quite as strong Tuesday, but some gusts reached 50 miles per hour.

First Choice Tree Service has been busy trying to keep up with all the calls they're getting to clean up downed trees.

"This is pretty typical, especially for mesquite trees. Unfortunately, we don't have the conditions here in Las Vegas to promote positive root growth," said J Zambo with First Choice.

Zambo has been in the tree business for 15 years and has never seen business so strong because of the recent windy conditions.

"It has been an unusually windy year, and I'd say we have had about 25 calls in the last three days just due to wind damage," he said.

Damage that's keeping his crew and others at First Choice working non-stop. 

More Nevadans Turning to Food Stamps

LAS VEGAS - The economy is taking its toll on many Americans. A record number of people are now seeking food stamp assistance. The need is also growing in Nevada. According to the national non-profit Food Research and Action Center, Nevada is seeing a huge jump in the number of people applying for food stamps.

Yvette Reid is one of those people. Out of work for nearly two years, Reid gets about $200 a month in food stamps. With a 16-year-old son at home, she says the extra money is the only way she's able to put food on the table. "When you are used to living one way and now you have to live another, you have to save and scrounge," she said. "Food stamps are just such a help. If it wasn't for that, I don't know how my family would eat."

LPGA Golfer Dead in Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. — Police and an agent for 25-year-old Erica Blasberg say the LPGA tour golfer has died.

Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said Monday that authorities were investigating Blasberg's Sunday death. It was not immediately clear whether foul play was involved.

Blasberg's agent, Chase Callahan, confirmed her death but declined to provide details because of the investigation.

According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, Blasberg's cause and manner of death has not been determined.

Blasberg played her only LPGA tour event this year two weeks ago in Mexico and tied for 44th.

She found greater success in college, winning six times in two years at the University of Arizona and playing on the Curtis Cup team in 2004. She turned professional that year.

Her death was first reported by Golfweek magazine.

ArtFest of Henderson Celebrates 13 Years

HENDERSON -- The popular art festival, ArtFest of Henderson, will take place this Mother's Day weekend.

The festival will feature paintings, ceramics, jewelry and photography from more than 100 artists. There will also be live entertainment, food vendors and an area for kids to do arts and crafts projects.

This year there will be a special Made in Nevada section. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. Click here for more information.