Thursday, May 23 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:36:46 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Air Force pilot Scott Powell returned home three weeks early from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, surprising his children at school. Two hours after landing in Las Vegas, Maj. PowellMore>>
Air Force pilot Scott Powell returned home three weeks early from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, surprising his children at school.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:57 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:57:30 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A pedestrian was critically injured Thursday after being hit by a car about 6 p.m. at Maryland Parkway and Sahara Avenue, Metro Police said. The pedestrian, who was taken to a hospital,More>>
A pedestrian was injured Thursday after being hit by a car about 6 p.m. at Maryland Parkway and Sahara Avenue, Metro Police said.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:17:16 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas aerospace company is preparing to boldly go where few have gone before -- a public-private partnership with NASA that could be the start of the next space race. Nevada'sMore>>
A North Las Vegas aerospace company is preparing to boldly go where few have gone before -- a public-private partnership with NASA that could be the start of the next space race.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:05:26 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- One of the biggest killers of children in the state isn't the heat, but pools. Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children and officials are urging parents to be on high-alertMore>>
Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children and officials are urging parents to be on high-alert this summer near swimming poolsMore>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:44:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- An independent review of a state-run mental health hospital gave high marks for patient satisfaction, but said options for people needing mental health care are limited. The review was orderedMore>>
An independent review of a state-run mental health hospital gave high marks for patient satisfaction, but said options for people needing mental health care are limited.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:06 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:06:34 GMT
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada is one step closer to giving voters another chance to allow same-sex marriage in the Silver State. The Assembly voted 27-14 Thursday in favor of SJR13 which repeals languageMore>>
Nevada is one step closer to giving voters another chance to allow same-sex marriage in the Silver State.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:58:38 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The woman found dead in her home earlier in the week has been identified as 75-year-old Jean Main, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. Main died from a gunshot wound to the head,More>>
Metro Police have released a photo of the purse that belonged to a 75-year-old woman who was found shot to death in her northwest home.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:27:35 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- As the weather heats up, officials have a life-and-death warning. Eleven Nevadan children have died over the last 15 years while being trapped in a hot car. Even with the window cracked,More>>
As the weather heats up, officials have a life-and-death warning. Eleven Nevadan children have died over the last 15 years while being trapped in a hot car.More>>
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Nearly all of its neighbors thought a water reclamation facility in North Las Vegas was of waste a money. But that didn't stop city leaders from spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build it -- an investment that some fear may never pay off.
The North Las Vegas City Council approved the water reclamation facility back in 2004 to ultimately reduce the city's wastewater treatment costs. Though now essentially complete, the plant stands idle.
Media releases for the reclamation facility tout its state of the art technology, modern automation and stringent treatment requirements -- features highlighted by acting Utilities Director Reed Scheppman during a recent visit to the plant. Yet all of that innovation has yet to resolve the one issue stalling the project -- where to flush the sewage once it's treated.
During an interview last March, North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Anita Wood said the city had all the permits needed for the daily discharge of 25 million gallons of treated water to the Sloan Channel. Planning documents related to the water reclamation facility list the channel as a possible option for the water. But five days later, apparently to Wood's surprise, the Clark County Commission blocked the plan, rejecting North Las Vegas' use of the channel in exchange for $50,000 a year in maintenance fees.
Commissioner Tom Collins, whose constituents live near Sloan Channel, is critical of the project.
"Their response has been, 'You give to us and we ain't got nothing to give.' It's been a one way deal so it's their problem," he said.
Instead, Collins proposes a regional pipeline similar to the project long planned by North Las Vegas to carry its effluent to Lake Mead.
But, funding for the pipeline from the Clean Water Coalition dried up last year, leaving North Las Vegas holding a $40 million bag.
Only half-joking, Collins offers this funding solution, "The Losee land and the gym would pay for the pipe. Oh my goodness, what a startling revelation."
The city spent more than $16 million on the Losee land, acreage initially selected for the facility and then abandoned in favor of the current site near Nellis Air Force Base. Another $25 million went to the gym currently under construction on the base as part of its lease agreement with the Air Force.
These expenses on top of design and construction contribute to the water reclamation facility's more than $315 million price tag.
"Why would you do something like that so impractically? It doesn't make sense, but it's done," said Collins.
To secure its investment, the city is spending more money -- $10,000 in the last two months -- for former Senator Richard Bryan to lobby on its behalf.
At a recent commission meeting, Bryan explained North Las Vegas can't pay the debt service on the state of the art facility unless it opens.
"We have a situation where the city literally has a financial gun at its head," he said. "That's where I am -- can we get something on track to get this thing worked out?"
The county and the city are now working to reach some sort of agreement. Given what's at stake - hundreds of millions of dollars of public money - a deal appears likely. The animosity between both sides, however, is palpable.
North Las Vegas city leaders declined the I-Team's request for an interview, citing those discussions. It seems no one there wants to do anything that might further jeopardize this project.