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Today's Top Stories Archives for 2021-12

Options For Celebrating New Year's Eve In Pahrump

If you're celebrating New Year's Eve on the Las Vegas Strip, you won't be alone. Organizers say they expect more than 300,000 visitors to gather for this year's party and fireworks. But if you live in Pahrump, and want to stay closer to home, there are some options right here too.


Pahrump 2021: A Year In Review

As we welcome in 2022, we want to take a few minutes to look back at some notable stories in our area in 2021.



If You Have A Smartphone, Do You Even Need A Computer?

Today, our smartphones can do just about anything. But they're not always the best option. Josh Osborne, from Great Computer Deals in Pahrump, says there are still some things better done with a desktop or laptop computer with a full keyboard.



Health: How To Keep Your New Year's Resolution

The countdown to 2022 has begun, and many people are sure to have a new year's resolution in mind. But as we all know, they're not always easy to keep.



Sports with Doug Ferber

It's time for your Thursday sports report. Today, Doug Ferber puts the spotlight on Pahrump Valley High School wrestling and basketball.


Tips Lead To Capture Of Accused Auto Burglary, Theft Suspect

Tips from the public help Nye County Sheriff's Office detectives locate a man suspected of burglarizing several vehicles and stealing another earlier this month on Pahrump's southside. The woman seen with Burdett, and also a suspect in the burglaries, is Kelly Nicole Harwell. The sheriff's office is still looking for her.



Investigators Looking For Cause of Deadly Pahrump Fire

An investigator with the State Fire Marshal's Office is back in Pahrump, looking for the cause of another deadly fire. One person died when a travel trailer caught fire late Tuesday night on Ashley Avenue. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis says it appears the fire went undetected for a period of time before the calls to 911. In just the last six weeks, four people have died in four separate fires here in Pahrump.



Health: Importance Of Good Posture While Gaming

Now that Christmas is over, many kids are eagerly starting to play their new video games -- which can be a great way to stay entertained. But it's also important for parents to make sure they're taking regular breaks. Otherwise, it could lead to neck or back pain.



Save A Pet - Godiva

For today's Save A Pet, we're back inside the cat room at Desert Haven Animal Society, where we meet another cat ready for adoption. Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman has more.



Pahrump: Cell Phone Signals Help First Responders Locate Crash Victims

Signals from a cell phone helped guide first responders to the scene of an off-road vehicle crash south of Pahrump. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis says standing water in the normally dry lake bed made it difficult for firefighters to locate the victims. Chief Lewis tells News 25 the most serious injury appears to be a fracture. Three people were reported to be on the off-road vehicle when it overturned.



Cooperative Extension Offers Christmas Tree Recycling Program

If you bought a live, cut Christmas tree this year, you may be wondering what to do with it when the holidays are over. As Heather Freeman, from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension reminds us, recycling is always a good option. The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is located at the corner of Calvada Boulevard and Dandelion Street in Pahrump. You can drop off your live, cut Christmas tree anytime. If you have questions about the Christmas tree recycling program, you can call the Extension at 775-727-5532.



Health: Healthy Ways To Keep Kids Entertained During Winter Break

Many kids are now on winter break from school, and are sure to have moments of boredom. So what can parents do to help keep them entertained? We asked Doctor Gina Robinson, who's a pediatrician for Cleveland Clinic Children's.



Ask Angi: Renovating Your Garage

Many of us use our garages for parking our cars and storing bikes and tools. But one thing this last year taught us is how to better utilize the space we have. In today's Ask Angi segment, Bailey Carson discusses how to go about renovating your garage to give you more useful space that better fits your lifestyle.



Pahrump: Early-Morning Fire Destroys Travel Trailer, Cause Under Investigation

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue is investigating an overnight fire that destroyed a travel trailer on Dutch Ford Street in Pahrump. Chief Scott Lewis says since there was no power to the trailer, right now, they're unsure what sparked the blaze. Chief Lewis says Valley Electric Association crews were called out to check and repair nearby power lines that were damaged by the fire. No injuries are being reported.



NDOW Making Improvements At Comins Lake, Cave Lake

2021 has brought a number of improvements to Comins Lake, south of Ely. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is also preparing to make repairs and improvements at another nearby recreation area. Brad Francis has more.



Health: Teen Ballerina Dances In Nutcracker After Novel Scoliosis Surgery

If you're familiar with the Nutcracker ballet, you know how graceful and flexible the dancers must be. Now, imagine performing after having your spine surgically straightened. Meet a teen ballerina who's appearing in her first Nutcracker since undergoing a novel surgery to correct a severe scoliosis curve. Erica Foreman has more on the procedure that has her back 'en pointe.' Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine and affects about seven million people in the U.S. Doctor Goodwin says currently only a small subset of people with scoliosis are candidates for tethering, although it's a relatively new procedure and that may evolve. As for Aubrey, she's already a professional level ballerina and plans to pursue a career in the performing arts.



Pahrump Valley Firefighters, Emergency Management Deliver Christmas Meals To Seniors

As part of what's become a Christmas tradition, Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue helped make the holidays a little brighter for some local seniors. As Fire Chief Scott Lewis explains, firefighters, with help from the Department of Emergency Management, delivered more than one hundred meals, prepared by volunteers at the Pahrump Senior Center.



Save A Pet - Blackie

It's time once again to introduce you to a loving pet available from one of our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman is in the cat room at Desert Haven Animal Society, where she's hanging out with Blackie.



Great Computer Deals Has Suggestions For Safely Using Phone In A Vehicle

If you need to access the functionality of your smartphone on the road, there are ways to do so safely. Today, Josh Osborne, from Great Computer Deals in Pahrump, explains how you can link your smartphone with your vehicle to enjoy hands-free convenience.



Health: Unvaccinated Put 'Vaccinated Vulnerable' At Risk For COVID-19

Hospitals across the country are reporting overwhelming numbers of COVID-19 patients. Cleveland Clinic says the vast majority of COVID-19 patients in the hospital are unvaccinated -- but what about the rest? Doctor Amy Teleron treats people hospitalized for COVID-19 and says the rest are the 'vaccinated vulnerable.'



Sports with Doug Ferber

The Lady Trojan basketball team remains undefeated, and has moved to the top of the rankings. Doug Ferber has that and more in your Thursday sports report.



Murder Defendant Kevin Dent Recognized For Helping Fellow Inmate

An inmate at the Nye County Detention Center is being recognized for his part in helping to save the life of a fellow inmate. Captain David Boruchowitz released details in a video posted to the Nye County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Kevin Dent is accused of taking part in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Roy Jaggers, of Las Vegas, who's body was discovered at Cathedral Canyon back in August. Dent and co-defendants Heather Pate and Brad Mehn are all in jail, awaiting trial, which is scheduled for August 2022.



NCSO Invites Local Families to 'Shop With A Cop'

The Nye County Sheriff's Office is making the season brighter for some children in our community. Sheriff Sharon Wehrly and some officers hit the aisles of the Pahrump Walmart this past weekend, where they gave some local children and their parents an opportunity to Shop With A Cop.



Singers Hit Streets Of Pahrump Neighborhood To 'Carol For Cans'

You can hear the sounds of the season in Pahrump's Burson Ranch neighborhood, as a group of carolers take to the streets, spreading good cheer -- and collecting cans of food for the local VFW Post. Dorothy Van Zuilen organized the event, called Caroling For Cans.



Health: Dealing With Stress During The Holidays

When you think of the holiday season, festive decorations, family and presents probably come to mind. But it can also be a stressful time of year for many individuals. Doctor Dawn Potter, who's a psychologist for Cleveland Clinic, explains why.



Save A Pet - Harley

Thinking about a dog for Christmas? Well, we hope you'll visit one of our local shelters. There are dozens of loving, adorable pooches available. For today's Save A Pet, we're back at Desert Haven Animal Society, where Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman introduces us to a very energetic dog named Harley.



Save A Pet - Jody

If a dog is on your holiday wish list, you might want to stop by one of our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman is hanging out at Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Jody.



PDOP's Polar Express Night A Smashing Success

Calling Pahrump Disability Outreach Program's 'Polar Express Night' a huge success might be an understatement. Hundreds of people packed into the NyE Communities Coalition multipurpose building Friday evening to watch the movie, chat with Santa, and enjoy a magical journey to the North Pole. PDOP's David Boruchowitz says, given the success of this year's event, they're already thinking about ways to make it bigger and better next year.



Health: How To Find The Perfect Present For The Holidays

If you're struggling to find the prefect present for your loved one this holiday season, try not to worry. There are plenty of great ideas out there. And the best part -- many of them won't cost you a dime. Psychologist Doctor Susan Albers with Cleveland Clinic tells us what they are.



Family of Hit-And-Run Victim Asking For Help Locating Driver, Vehicle

36-year-old Edward Howerton was struck by at least one vehicle as he walked along State Route 373 last week in Amargosa Valley. He died at the scene, and the vehicle or vehicles that hit him did not stop. Now, Howerton's mom, aunt and sister say they're struggling to get answers from law enforcement. So, they're taking to social media, hoping someone out there can help. Brad Francis has more.



Elves Helping Santa Communicate With Visually Impaired Students

Santa's got some extra helpers this holiday season -- and these aren't just any elves. They're working at a school for the visually impaired, where they're helping make sure something special from Santa finds its way into their students' mailboxes.



Holiday Task Force Preparing For Pahrump Community Christmas Dinner

Pahrump Holiday Task Force is preparing to serve up hundreds of meals Friday afternoon. The Community Christmas Dinner is free to anyone in the community. Linda Wright says there will also be entertainment, and the kids can even give Santa their last-minute requests.



Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club Growing, Hiring

Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club continues to grow. That means they need more people. Spring Mountain held another job fair this week, attracting a lot of candidates. Human Resources Manager Tim Wigchers says they need help in nearly every area of operation. If you missed the job fair, you can still apply. To see the available positions and fill out an application, just stop by Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club. Job applications are not available online.



Lions Club Welcomes Community to Breakfast With Santa

Santa Claus must be working up quite an appetite. Sunday morning, he was the guest of honor at another breakfast. This one, organized by the Pahrump Valley Lions Club, and hosted by the Pahrump Elks Lodge. Brigitte Dubin helped bring Saint Nick to town.



Pahrump Firefighters Holding Toy Drive to Help Local Charity

Pahrump Valley Firefighters Local 4068 is pitching in to help a local non-profit organization collect toys for kids this Christmas. Erick Reveles is a firefighter in Pahrump. When he learned Nevada Outreach Training Organization was having a difficult time getting toy donations this year, he and his fellow firefighters wanted to help. Again, the firefighters toy drive is next Tuesday, December 21st, from nine to five, at the Pahrump Walmart. Just look for the big red firetruck.



Nathan Adelson Hospice's 'Festival Of Gratitude' Fundraiser Underway

Nathan Adelson Hospice is in the midst of an online auction to raise money for its Pahrump programs. The fundraiser is taking the place of Nathan Adelson's annual Festival Of Trees, which has been canceled for the second year in a row due to COVID concerns. Cheryl Johnston explains how you can bid on some great items.



Health: Woman Reflects On Battle With COVID-19, Encourages Others To Get Vaccinated

After battling COVID-19 for nearly two months, a woman is sharing her story of survival -- and also regret -- after choosing not to get vaccinated. As Brittany Harris reports, she is still dealing with health issues to this day. Sarah has since gone on to get vaccinated, and so has the rest of her family. They were motivated after seeing what she sent through.



Save A Pet - Honey

Thinking about a pet for Christmas? Well, there are lots of dogs and cats available for adoption from our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, we head over to Desert Haven Animal Society, where Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman introduces us to Honey.



Pahrump: Bicyclist Struck, Killed By Vehicle

The Nye County Sheriff's Office is investigating what led to a deadly crash Wednesday evening in Pahrump. Pahrump Valley Fire Chief Scott Lewis says a bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle on North Leslie Street. Initial calls indicated there were two bicyclists because authorities found two bicycles at the scene. But the sheriff's office says the person who died was riding one bicycle, while holding onto the handlebar of the second bike as he rolled it alongside the bike he was pedaling.



Nye Commissioners Consider Moving District Courts

An item on today's agenda involved a discussion about whether to relocate the district courts. This item got extremely heated. Judge Kim Wanker believes this is retaliation for Commissioner Bruce Jabbour's denial to being allowed to bring a weapon into the building. Jabbour is also asking the courts to pay the county back for electricity they have use for the last ten years. Judge Wanker explained this afternoon how much money she herself spends inside the court and how drug court and grants pay for a much of the court costs. The issue of moving the courts into other facilities could cost up to 2 million dollars. Court staff, attorneys and the courts would have to find another way to operate. The DA asked if commissioners had received any legal advice over any of these items and they said they had not. In the end, commissioners decided against this item.



Health: Vaccines Protect Pregnant Moms During Flu Season

Pregnant women are at increased risk for severe illness from respiratory viruses like flu and COVID-19. Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN, Doctor Tosin Goje, says that's because a woman's immune system weakens during pregnancy, making vaccines especially important.



Terry Wayne Project Performs in Pahrump

The Terry Wayne Project is a Las Vegas-based band that plays a variety of music. They performed at Vince Neil's Tatuado Wild Side Tavern in Pahrump for the first time this past weekend, and News 25 had a chance to meet the band before the show.



Under Arrest: Erin Gaudin

A Pahrump woman is under arrest, after deputies say she fired a gun to scare off a man, following a physical altercation. Brad Francis has more.



PDOP Takes Toy Donations During Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Positive Pahrump, in partnership with Pahrump Disability Outreach Program and the Nye County Sheriff's Office, is helping to make the holidays brighter for local children. News 25 spoke with David Boruchowitz at the annual Holiday Toy Drive, held this past weekend outside the Pahrump Walmart.



Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly Receives Andre Butch Harper Act Of Kindness Award

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly is being recognized for her work in the community. She is one of the latest recipients of the Andre Butch Harper Act Of Kindness Award. Doctor Tom Waters, along with our own Deanna O'Donnell, made the presentation at last week's Board of County Commissioners meeting.



Health: Foods To Boost Your Mood This Winter

Feeling blue as the weather gets colder? A psychologist with Cleveland Clinic has some food ideas that can help boost your mood this winter.



Tribe Motorcycle Club, Oasis Outreach Give Santa A Helping Hand

A local motorcycle club is helping Santa Claus this year -- by gathering toys to be given out to local children. Tribe Motorcycle Club leader Ralph Pillman tells News 25 it's been a tough year. But they're still able to help dozens of families.



PDOP's Polar Express Night Rolls Into Pahrump This Weekend

The Polar Express is about to roll into Pahrump. The annual event, organized by Pahrump Disability Outreach Program, is coming to town this Friday, December 17th. PDOP's David Boruchowitz says the holiday event will be fun for the entire family.



Student News with Louis Sposato

There's a lot happening in the Nye County School District, as students and staff prepare for their holiday break. With this week's edition of Student News, here's Louis Sposato.



Health: Tips For Avoiding Holiday Toy Hazards

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, toy-related injuries sent nearly 200,000 kids to emergency departments last year. Many of the injuries and deaths were associated with choking on small toys or objects. Doctor Adam Keating, a pediatrician with Cleveland Clinic Children's, says it's critical to give age-appropriate gifts, especially when it comes to kids under three.



Sports with Doug Ferber

The Trojan girls basketball team remains undefeated. The boys team is gaining momentum. And it's crunch time for the Raiders if they want to make the playoffs. Here's Doug Ferber.



Save A Pet - Hector

It's Monday. Time to meet another loving pet available for adoption from one of our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman introduces us to a cat named Hector.



Crews Making Adjustments To Traffic Signals In Pahrump

Road crews continue repairing damage caused by July's flooding rains in the Pahrump Valley. Work is also underway to fix some issues with traffic signals at the town's three main intersections along Highway 160.



Innovative School Focused On One-On-One Learning

An innovative school, with campuses across the country, is making all the difference for both advanced students and those struggling in traditional schools. It's all about one-on-one teaching -- using a personalized approach to make it work for each individual student. Kim Martinez reports. Fusion is considered a private school with tuition costs based upon each student’s course load. Some states offer scholarship accounts that are accepted at Fusion, and there is also a part-time option for students. To learn more, visit



Pahrump Church Opens Doors To All Seasons Market

A Pahrump church is giving small businesses and crafters a place to showcase and sell their products. Each month, the doors open for First Southern Baptist Church's All Seasons Market. News 25 spoke with Theresa Vail at the very first market this past weekend. First Southern Baptist Church is located on Highway 160, just north of Simkins Road. If you need more information, including how you can participate as a vendor, you can call Theresa directly. Her number is 360-990-6634. First Southern Baptist Church is also on Facebook. The market is open from 9 am to 4 pm



Save A Pet - Sheba

It's Friday. Time to meet another pet available from one of our local shelters. Today, we meet a sweet cat who's spent the last year-and-a-half at Desert Haven Animal Society. Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman has more.



NyE Communities Coalition Holds Care Seat Safety Event

NyE Communities Coalition set up shop last night outside Smith's in Pahrump, to help ensure children are safe in their car seats. Jess Rosner heads up the car seats program at NyE-C-C. He's a car seat instructor, and explains why it's important to properly use and care for the seats. If you missed last night's event -- or you just didn't want to go out in the rain and cold -- you can still get help with the installation, use or care of a car seat. And you may even qualify for a brand new seat. Just contact either the Pahrump or Tonopah NyE-C-C office to make an appointment.



Pahrump Valley Lions Club Announces Letters To Santa

The Pahrump Valley Lions Club is once again helping Santa and his elves deliver presents to children in our community, through its annual Letters To Santa campaign. Lions Club member Jenniffer Dubin explains how you can submit a letter -- or help Mr. Claus with a toy or monetary donation. Just a reminder that the last day to submit a Letter To Santa is next Friday, December 17th. Last year, the Pahrump Valley Lions Club helped deliver 600 gifts to children in Pahrump, Beatty and Amargosa Valley.



Ask Angi: Decluttering For The New Year

The end of the year is a great time to take stock of what’s important in our homes – and to get rid of what’s not. In today’s Ask Angi segment, Mallory Micetich offers tips on how to declutter for the new year.



What To Consider When Considering Voice Assistance

If you're thinking about using a digital voice assistant, you have a few choices. Today, Josh Osborne, from Great Computer Deals in Pahrump, has some advice for what you need to consider.



Health: Safely Visiting With Santa This Holiday Season

Santa Claus is back in town. But is it safe to visit the big guy this year with COVID circulating? We asked Doctor Gina Robinson -- a pediatrician with Cleveland Clinic Children's.



Sports with Doug Ferber

The Lady Trojan basketball team is on a roll. But coach Bob Hopkins says there's still room for improvement. Doug Ferber has that story and more in your Thursday sports report.



USDA Program Helping Rural Nevada Businesses

A federal program is helping two rural Nevada businesses invest in climate-smart infrastructure that will help the environment and save the businesses money. Brad Francis has more.



Mount Charleston Winter Alliance Has Winter Weather Safety Tips

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, in effect from 4:00 am until 6:00 pm Thursday. Snow is expected above 6000 feet in the Spring Mountains, Red Rock Canyon and Sheep Range. Total snow accumulations expected are 3 to 7 inches with winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Travel could be very difficult and patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Travel on Kyle and Lee Canyon Roads will become difficult and chain restrictions may be required. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 511 or go to Although snow showers are anticipated, there will not be enough snow to safely support winter activities like sledding, snowshoeing, or other typical snow play activities. Nonetheless, the Mount Charleston Winter Alliance says it's important to be prepared.



Nye Commissioners Postpone Sale of Pahrump Medical Center

The sale of the Pahrump Medical Center, on Calvada Boulevard, is being postponed. An item on the Nye County Board of Commissioners agenda Tuesday called for the discussion and deliberation to accept or reject bids for the property. But after some discussion, including guidance from the District Attorney's Office, commissioners decided to table the sale -- for now. Commissioner Leo Blundo spoke with News 25 about that decision. Blundo says he doesn't know when the item will be back on the agenda.



Toys For Tots Bringing Joy To Children This Christmas

Toys For Tots is working hard in communities across the U.S. to help insure a Merry Christmas for children in need. Michael Elam volunteers with Toys For Tots in Pahrump, located next to China A Go Go, in Pahrump Valley Junction. He explains what they do -- and how you can help.



Health: Why You Should Get The Flu Vaccine This Year

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week -- a time set aside each year to raise awareness about the importance of the flu vaccine. But what if you haven't gotten it yet? Is it too late? We asked family medicine physician Doctor Neha Vyas from Cleveland Clinic.



Save A Pet - Trixie

For today's Save A Pet, we re-visit the cat room at Desert Haven Animal Society. That's where we find Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman, who introduces us to Trixie.



Pahrump's Never Forgotten Animal Society Holds Holiday Fundraiser

Never Forgotten Animal Society is celebrating the season with a fundraiser -- with all proceeds going to help the animals in their care. An auction was part of the big event, which took place this past weekend at the Pahrump Nugget. Never Forgotten Founder Pat Leming says they couldn't do what they do without the community's help. Never Forgotten Animal Society is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, you can give them a call, at 775-537-8674.



Student News with Alex Rieger

There's a lot happening in the Nye County School District, including some special holiday events. Alex Rieger is filling in for Louis Sposato, and joins us now with this week's Student News.



School Program Provides Students A 'Character Education'

A federal grant available to schools has made a new program called 'character education' possible at a school in Florida. Students are learning the skills it take to become a quality person now and as they head into adulthood. Kim Martinez reports.



Sports with Doug Ferber

High school basketball is underway at Pahrump Valley High School. And the PVHS wrestling team takes second place in a weekend tournament. Doug Ferber has the details.



Two Motorcyclists Killed in Weekend Crash

State troopers are investigating a weekend crash that killed two motorcycle riders on Highway 160, just outside the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Brad Francis reports.



Pahrump: Driver Under Arrest After Crash on Highway 372

A single-vehicle rollover crash early Sunday morning in Pahrump sends the driver to the hospital. He was then arrested on suspicion of DUI. Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Captain Steve Moody describes what they discovered at the scene.



Health: What We Know About The Omicron Variant

The first case of the Omicron variant was recently reported in the U.S. And now, other cases are starting to emerge. Researchers say there is still a lot to learn about this new variant. But here's what they know so far.



Ask Angi: Home Inspections 101

When was the last time you got a home inspection? If you just bought your home, it may have been a few months ago. But for most other homeowners, it's possible it's been years. In today's Ask Angi, Bailey Carson discusses the importance of a home inspection and what to expect throughout the process.



Save A Pet - Delilah

If you're looking to adopt a new canine companion, there are lots of loving pets in our local shelters. For today's Save A Pet, we find Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman hanging out in the yard at Desert Haven Animal Society, where she introduces us to Delilah.



Pahrump Burglary Call Leads to Arrest of Two People

Nye County Sheriff's Office deputies respond to a report of a burglary at a Pahrump business. Now, Christopher Storm and Leah Verzilli are under arrest and facing a list of charges. Brad Francis reports.



Nye District Attorney Won't Seek Death Penalty In Murder Of Roy Jaggers

The three people accused of murdering Roy Jaggers were in Judge Kim Wanker's courtroom today for a status check. At today's hearing, Nye County District Attorney Chris Arabia also announced his decision regarding whether to seek the death penalty in this case.



Save A Pet - Max

For this Friday edition of Save A Pet, we're back in the yard at Desert Haven Animal Society. That's where we find Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman, who introduces us to a big, lovable boy named Max.




Times Square Unveils New Year's Eve Confetti Wishing Wall

New Year's Eve is just four weeks away, and revelers in New York now have a unique opportunity to help ring in the new year. Organizers of the world-famous Times Square New Year's Eve celebration have unveiled the New Year's Eve Confetti Wishing Wall. Times Square Alliance representative T.J. Witham explains.



Ask Angi: Brighten Your Home

As we settle into winter, it’s getting dark earlier and earlier each day. So, in today’s Ask Angi segment, Mallory Micetich offers tips on how to brighten up those rooms that need a little extra light this season.



Improperly Vented Pellet Stove Likely Cause of Pahrump Fire

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue says it appears an improperly vented pellet stove sparked an early-morning fire at a home on Gilmore Road in Pahrump. Fire Chief Scott Lewis says the initial call for help indicated there could be people inside the house.



Pahrump Organizations Preparing for 11th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Two Pahrump organizations are teaming up to help put gifts under the Christmas tree this year for dozens of kids in our community. Positive Pahrump, in partnership with Pahrump Disability Outreach Program, is gearing up for the 11th annual toy drive. PDOP's David Boruchowitz explains how you can help, through a donation -- or request help, if you're in need.



Mission 22 Pushup Challenge Brings Attention To Veteran Suicide

Mission 22 is a national non-profit organization focused on helping America's veterans, including treatment for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The name comes from a sobering statistic -- 22 veterans take their lives each day. Local musician, songwriter and worship leader David Cardarelli talks about his involvement in the Mission 22 Pushup Challenge -- an event that draws awareness to veteran suicide.



Health: Safety Tips For Hanging Up Christmas Lights

Now that Thanksgiving is over, many people are decorating for the holidays. That includes hanging up Christmas lights -- which can quickly lead to an accident if you're not careful.



Great Computer Deals: Tips For Protecting Your Computer

We all know how helpful computers can be. That's why it's so important to protect them. Today, our go-to tech guru, Josh Osborne, from Great Computer Deals in Pahrump, is here with some tips for protecting your computer from viruses and malware.



Sports Report with Doug Ferber

The high school basketball season is underway. Doug Ferber has a recap of last night's Lady Trojans game, plus more on UNLV, the Golden Knights and the Raiders.



Pahrump Girl Collecting, Delivering Bicycles to Local Children

A Pahrump girl is once again collecting bicycles for Christmas. Last year, Avery Sampson -- with help from her dad -- was able to help Santa by delivering 54 bikes to local kids. This year, she has even bigger plans.



2nd Amendment Guns & Range Now Open in Pahrump

A new gun shop and indoor shooting range is now open in Pahrump. 2nd Amendment Guns and Range has opened its doors at the site of the former DMV office on Basin Avenue. News 25 spoke with owner Kalif Gordon at the opening event last weekend.



J4NG Program Preparing Students For Life After High School

Jobs For Nevada's Graduates is a statewide program that helps prepare students for a career after high school. Robert Nielson heads up the local chapter, at Pahrump Valley High School. He says they often bring in guest speakers, including News 25's very own Deanna O'Donnell and Stacey Jensen.



Dozens Join Santa to Light Pahrump Community Christmas Tree

The Pahrump community Christmas tree is now aglow in the Pahrump Nugget parking lot. A large crowd was on hand this past weekend to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus, and flip the switch, lighting up the festive tree. Karen Jackson, of KNYE radio, helped bring the tree -- and the annual event -- to Pahrump.



Save A Pet - Millie

There are dozens of dogs and cats available for adoption from Desert Haven Animal Society. For today's Save A Pet, we find Darbie O'Donnell-Westerman hanging out in the yard with Millie.