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NASCAR weekend kicks off with return of fans, and a 'Virtual Garage' online

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It's NASCAR weekend, and the sound of stock car racing is returning to Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- with fans in the stands.

More than 12,000 fans are allowed at the speedway. It's one of the biggest in-person events we've seen here in nearly a year.

In a typical year, the outdoor speedway seats 80,000 people, and over the course of the weekend, around 250,000 fans would show up.

Of course, that's not the case this year with strict health and safety guidelines due to the pandemic.

But NASCAR and the speedway are working to still bring an engaging and fun atmosphere to the fans.

Normally this would be the second series on the West Coast, but it's the first this year.

Mike Forde, managing director for NASCAR Racing Communications said this is a special event for NASCAR.

"When we come out to Vegas, it's always a huge deal for NASCAR," Forde said... Read More

Golden Knights, Sharks rivalry set for another competitive chapter

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) - Hate is a strong word, but it's the right word when referring to the Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks rivalry.

The National Hockey League has an array of rivalries through the years where the outcomes determined eventual Stanley Cup champions. The Las Vegas, San Jose clash is a new rivalry that's only going to get better with age. In only four years, it's got everybody's attention locally.

8 News Now Sports Director Chris Maathuis has the story... Read More

Experts talk normalcy after second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It is the million-dollar question right now: after someone gets the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, can they live their life normally again?

The simple answer is — not just yet. Experts say until more Nevadans receive their second shot, everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, should keep practicing the basics when it comes to health and safety.

Henderson resident Stuart Timpa just got his second dose of the vaccine on Thursday. He says although the line at the Las Vegas Convention Center site was long, it was well worth it.

"It is a sense of relief," Timpa said. "I definitely feel more protected against COVID."

But he knows we are not quite out of the woods yet.

"We still have to remain vigilant and cautious and keep ourselves safe, as well as protecting everyone else," Timpa stressed... Read More

Woman claims she lost her job after refusing COVID-19 vaccine; legal expert weighs in on employee rights

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A local woman claims she lost her job after refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, so 8 News Now spoke to a legal expert Thursday to see what others should do in similar situations. 

"We didn't say no," the woman said of she and other colleagues that refused the shot. "We said not right now."

She doesn't want to share her name, but said her employer cited a mandate making the immunization a requirement. 

"There were just a lot of concerns," she added. "But they were just not heard."

Local healthcare attorney and partner at Spencer Fane Ayesha Mehdi told 8 News Now while most institutions aren't implementing COVID vaccine rules so far, private companies do have this power. 

"Employers likely can mandate the vaccine," Mehdi said. "As long as it is for the health and safety for the workplace."

However, there are exceptions for employees, as long as they are proven and legitimate. ... Read More

New exhibition coming to Arts District gallery, featuring renowned artist Frédéric Bonin-Pissarro

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Calling all art lovers! If you're looking to check out a new exhibition, we've got just the thing for you in the Las Vegas Arts District. Renowned artist Frédéric Bonin-Pissarro will be featured at the Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery's latest show, "Life Lines."

Bonin-Pissarro dabbles in figurative expressive painting. According to a news release, he describes his work as "positive images dealing with spirituality, family, friendship, connectivity and togetherness."

And while he's made a name for himself in the world of art, he touts an artistic family connection, being the great-grandson of Camille Pissarro, a 19th-century French Impressionist painter.

Bonin-Pissarro is currently a full-time lecturer at UNLV. ... Read More

Nye County Deputies searching for man who allegedly set house on fire

NYE COUNTY, Nev. (KLAS) — Nye County Deputies are searching for a man who allegedly committed an arson Thursday evening.

Deputies originally responded to the report of an arson in northern Nye County, and when they arrived, they discovered 60-year-old James Edward Conley had been fired from a ranch in the area.

After he was fired, Conley allegedly set the ranch house on fire, then got away in his vehicle. Soon after, he crashed his vehicle and ran on foot.

James Edward Conley

Conley is a wanted fugitive and is facing charges for arson, larceny and leaving the scene of an accident.

He was last seen near SR 376 at mile marker 51.

Conley was wearing a black tank top, but deputies say it appeared he had no pants on.

Residents are asked to be on the lookout for Conley. If you see him, do not approach him. Call 911... Read More

Highlighting the best chocolate spots to satisfy your sweet tooth with Las Vegas Weekly

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We're highlighting some of the top spots across the Las Vegas valley to find some mouth-watering creations.

Cindi Moon Reed of Las Vegas Weekly joined 8 News Now to discuss some favorite chocolate havens around Vegas.

You can catch the full segment in the video above.... Read More