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Couples flock to Las Vegas during pandemic wedding boom

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — While couples flocking to Las Vegas to get married is nothing new, there has been a COVID wedding boom going on, and Clark County, along with wedding venue companies, are noticing as elopements seem to be all the rage. 

"As more and more people get vaccinated and are encouraged to travel again, we have just been bombarded. We are up over 2019 numbers which was already a really good year for us," said Lynn Goya, Clark County Clerk. 

Owner of Cactus Collective Weddings, Mckenzi Taylor, says she has seen a rise in people contacting her company for their wedding plans.  

"I think what is happening this year is there is such a backlog of weddings because people had to postpone and or delay, but now people are thinking maybe I should just elope," Taylor shared.  "We are seeing an uptick in numbers for sure!"... Read More

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Man arrested in North Las Vegas for leaving 6-year-old child in hot car

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A North Las Vegas man was taken into custody Saturday after leaving a 6-year-old child in his car.

It happened in the 5100 block of North Lamb Boulevard, north of Lone Mountain Road. The call came out just before 4 p.m. Saturday.

Once on the scene, first responders checked and cleared the child. The 6-year-old was then taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Jesse J. Ramires

Jesse J. Ramires, 43, was arrested by police. He is facing the following charges:

  • Child Abuse or Neglect (F)
  • Leaving Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle (M)

The high temperature in North Las Vegas on Saturday was 101 degrees... Read More

COVID-19 breakthrough infections: Local physician explains rare cases, encourages vaccine for protection

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Though someone contracting COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated is rare, it can happen, so 8 News Now spoke with a local doctor about the role immunization plays in community defense. 

The message to 'get vaccinated' isn't new, but it's even more important as COVID-19 cases soar across Southern Nevada. 

Though thousands are already immunized, others are still on the fence. 

"I'm fully vaccinated," Tom Donahue told 8 News Now.

"I'm just a little skeptical right now," Tommy Conover conversely said of the vaccine. 

As of Friday, more than 46% of those eligible in Nevada were fully inoculated against COVID-19. Experts attribute this rate below 50% to a spike in deaths and hospitalizations. ... Read More

Golden Knights select forward Zach Dean with 1st round draft pick

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The newest Vegas Golden Knight has been selected by the team. With the 30th pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, Vegas selected forward Zach Dean.

Dean put up 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 23 games for Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. In 2019-20, he was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie team with 46 points in 57 games.

The Knights still have five picks remaining in the 2021 NHL Draft, which will continue Saturday... Read More

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PETS WEEK: Christian Cázares introduces us to his 'great and very spoiled' dogs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Our themed-week continues with Christian Cázares and his animal family. "Pets Week" is about all things pets, how they bring value to our lives and how we can do the same for them.

Matteo is his 2.5-year-old King Charles Spaniel, and Lucy is his golden doodle that is about to turn a year old. He says both are great dogs -- even though they are "very spoiled!"

"We travel with them, and they are the reason our lives are anything but dull," Christian says.

Christian shared that growing up, he always had pets around the house, so he loves the value they provide.

Both have their own Instagram accounts: ... Read More

Concourse E at McCarran International Airport to reopen after 480 days

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Sections of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport have stood silent and dark for well over a year, but now, they are gearing up to welcome passengers back Saturday.

Concourse E's first arrival in 480 days will arrive in just over 12 hours. Airport officials say travel is picking back up, and it's time to reopen the gates.

"It was really spooky to see this place empty with no one around," said Chris Jones, chief marketing officer for McCarran.

Due to less interest in travel during the early stages of the pandemic, the airport decided to shift travelers to Concourse D.

"For cost efficiency, for recourses, for people cleaning, for the airlines, it made sense to shrink a little bit," Jones told 8 News Now.

But now, as travel gains steam, airport officials say they are doing everything they can to make sure every aspect of the E concourse is good to go before you board. ... Read More

Breaking down the ins and outs of pet insurance

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- There's a lot of buzz surrounding pet insurance, how it works and what it covers. You may also be wondering about how to choose the right one for your pet.

Dog owner Mary Tully says her dogs are, "Everything. Everything. Without my dogs, I don't know what I would do."

8 News Now's Christian Cazares met Tully during her daily walk around Desert Breeze Park. Seven-year-old Zsa Zsa and 4-year-old Fifi were by her side -- both of whom have health insurance.

"Seems to be working out real well," Tully shared. "If they get sick or anything happens to them, even if they pass away, it's used."

Pet insurance has been around for more than 100 years, beginning with policies on livestock.

Did you know that in 1982, TV's most famous dog, Lassie, was the first in the U.S. to have a pet insurance policy? At the end of 2020, 3.1 million pets were insured. ... Read More