Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:30 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:30:30 GMT
HENDERSON, Nev. -- The killing of a woman in 1996 has police asking the public for help in solving the cold case crime. Diane Hietbrink, 58, was found dead in her home at 302 Nebraska Street on Sept.More>>
The killing of a woman in 1996 has police asking the public for help in solving the cold case crime.More>>
HBO and James Gandolfini's managers say the actor famous for his role in "The Sopranos" has died in Italy.More>>
James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate crime boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" was the brilliant center of one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died...More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-06-20 00:25:44 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a Henderson man to 15 years in federal prison for multiple child pornography offenses. Richard Carl Brown, 35, was convicted in February on several charges,More>>
A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a Henderson man to 15 years in federal prison for multiple child pornography offenses.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:06 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:06:17 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Obesity is an epidemic that's plagued our nation for decades. The American Medical Association now labels obesity a disease. There are 78 million obese adults and 12 million obese children. ElectedMore>>
Elected officials are trying to combat the obesity crisis in Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council passed a resolution that increases access to healthy food options in under served areas.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:52:04 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets. The police academy graduated its last class in Jan. 2012. The money for the additional officersMore>>
Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:43:29 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Old-fashioned police work, combined with cutting-edge scientific methods, is solving crimes every day across Las Vegas. After almost 36 years, the head of Metro's crime lab is retiring.More>>
Old-fashioned police work, combined with cutting-edge scientific methods, is solving crimes every day across Las Vegas.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:26 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:26:47 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The city of North Las Vegas is desperate to fix its vast foreclosure problems and is considering using its eminent domain powers. Eminent domain is usually meant to take over buildings inMore>>
The city of North Las Vegas is desperate to fix its vast foreclosure problems and is considering using its eminent domain powers.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:38:39 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a motorcyclist and a truck. Police say the motorcyclist slammed into the back of a truck on the Sahara westbound exit from I-15 south. TheMore>>
Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a motorcyclist and a truck.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:33:59 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Sue Lowden, a former state senator and the former chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party is considering a run for lieutenant governor in 2014. "I am seriously thinking about it. I willMore>>
Sue Lowden, a former state senator and the former chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party is considering a run for lieutenant governor in 2014.More>>
HENDERSON, Nev. - The holidays are here. For Ethel M Cactus Garden curator Steve Bowdoin and his landscaping team, ‘tis the season to get poked and pricked - stringing thousands of tiny colorful lights around thorny, uncooperative cactuses.
"You know that forever question of ‘How do you do it without getting stuck?' You don't," he said.
Rabbit Ears, Cow's Tongue, and Teddy Bear Cholla are a few of the delicate, native southwest desert cacti at the garden. The names sound tame, but many are mean ornery types that have to be gently wrangled.
"So you've got to be quite a contortionist to get around there without stabbing yourself and damaging the plant," Bowdoin said. "The Twisted Acacia has a thorn about every quarter inch. You have to wear full body armor when you're doing that one."
The challenge is worth it. Six weeks of painful pincushion work becomes a brilliant display of a half-million twinkling lights. Nearly half of those beam with LED energy efficiency to amp up the garden's greenness. LED's need less repair and replacement, so they're more cost-effective and colorful than old-fashioned incandescent lights.
"The color spectrum is limitless - the pinks, the blues, the purples, the oranges," Bowdoin said.
This year, the garden is providing 3-D glasses for an ultimate starry night experience. "Imagine if you're looking across the garden at 40,000 lights and you see nothing but snowflake effects or starry effects. It's really a cool effect to do," Bowdoin said.
After nearly 20 years, you may think you've seen all the garden has to offer, but Bowdoin says changing light technology and Mother Nature put on a new show each year.
"One, we planted it that way, but secondly, nature does that for us," he said. "They grow. They change. The plants change. They have to be pruned so the display is never the same."
Steve has one ultimate goal for the garden. "I would like someday to have a million lights in here," he said. "Once we get transformed into LED more, we'll get to put more lights in, because you can put more lights in, because you're using less power."
The Cactus Garden lights up Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory at 2 Cactus Garden Drive in Henderson. The event features chocolate samples, local choirs, an appearance by Santa Claus and holiday performance by Zowie Bowie and Michael Grimm. Comedian George Wallace is hosting the event.
The holiday garden will be open to the public nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 1st.