Dual Credit

Written By: Jean Hernandez

Staff Reporter

Last year, Liberty added in new courses called dual credit which would allow the student to be able to take college course classes and receive college credits.

Liberty and other Clark County schools have all paired up with Nevada State College (NSC) to allow students to get their college credits earlier and make it easier to pay.

Dual credit kind of takes the place of AP classes by having you not take the AP exam but still letting you get the college credit as long as you pass the class with a C or higher. If you do this, you get the credit for each semester and which would count as two credits in total.

To take these classes, the student would have to talk to their counselor and choose the classes that they would want. Once you are accepted, you would have to pay a $30 fee for signing up to NSC and then pay an additional $75 for each class you have signed up for.

After the first semester, you would have to pay an other $75 for the second semester. This would be $150 for a whole school year, which is way cheaper than the average cost of a college class.

As you take these classes, you will get credits that are transferable throughout the state of Nevada and possibly other colleges outside of the state as well.

When you take the class, you do have to deal with higher expectations as you are seen as a college student in high school and it is expected of you to act the way that someone in college should.

The classes that are offered include Teaching and Training, Composition 101 and 102, U.S. History, and soon to be many others.

Talk with your counselor and strive to achieve the goal of going to college with credits that you would need. Also, this would make college cheaper for you and allow you to not have to stress about money in the future when you are given the chance.

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Government Shutdown

Written By: Makanalei Kaeo

Editor-In-Chief

If you aren’t caught up with the news in America, you may be unaware of the partial government shutdown that Trump ordered.

What is a government shutdown? It is the stopping of funds to lower federal workers and federal programs. Who does it affect? It affects the little guys, like the cleaners of National Parks, the janitors in the federal buildings, any worker paid by the federal government, including our troops.

In a government shutdown you aren’t necessarily fired; you work without knowing when your next paycheck is. So our troops continue to work even though they don’t know when the next time they get paid will be.

The shutdown happened because the Democrats and President Trump could not come to an agreement about the funds of border security.

Trump wants $6.5 Billion to build a wall but the Democrats, who run the house, refused to give in and stick to the original budget of $2 Billion. So in turn, Trump put the government in a partial shutdown unless the Democrats give him the whole $6.5 Billion.

“I did say I’m prepared for this shutdown to go on for years,” said President Donald Trump.

People speculate why he is being irrational is because if he doesn’t pull through with his promise of a wall then he won’t be re-elected if he chooses to run again.

As of now this shutdown is the longest shutdown in U.S. History and from what it looks like it will continue to go on till both parties come to an agreement.

If something isn’t done soon the impact will be detrimental for this country and it will affect more people than intended.

UPDATE: It is temporarily halted until they can reach a decision on funding.


Las Vegas Sphere

Written By: Jean Hernandez

Staff Reporter

In late 2018, ground broke on the new stadium coming to Las Vegas. Madison Square Garden (MSG) and The Venetian partnered up to bring us the Las Vegas Sphere.

The sphere is an 18,000 seat stadium for concerts and a rumoured professional basketball team despite the professionals would possibly still play at the T-Mobile Arena because of the great amount of seats and the already designed NBA locker rooms.

This stadium is one of the first of its kind. It’s supposed to have tech screens inside the stadium and having the outside covered in screens to project anything that is operated on it.

It’s also expected to have a state-of-the-art sound system that would provide the audience with a better concert experience. With the many speakers in the stadium, it is also projected that the front row and the audience in the back should have the exact same sound experience.

MSG and The Venetian are having this built just west of the Las Vegas Convention Center and announced that this should be built by 2021

Reptile Conventions comes to Vegas

Written By: Christa Smith

Staff Reporter

Reptile convention invites lovers of this specific subculture of animals to congregate. Presently, it comes around three times a year to many different locations.

Luckily, the first one of the year took place locally in Las Vegas on the 12th to 13th of January at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino.

They charged 12 dollars per head and you could pay with cash. But not to worry as there is an ATM really close by to the convention hall the event took place in.

The event had over a hundred  consignors setting up their own shop. Most shopkeepers were selling the common reptiles - snakes, lizards, etc. but some more eccentric pets were also on sale. Some to note were the axolotl (Mexican salamanders, amphibians) and hamsters.

Conveniently, there were also many booths selling a variety of habitat and enclosure options for pets - from cages to terrariums.

Surprisingly there was a great number of booths selling miscellaneous items. This included toys, merchandise, paintings, and accessories. Usually they stick to the reptile theme but some strayed away - for example, one booth sold just homemade slime and squishies.

The event ran up to 6 pm and many left the event with new pets and happy hearts. One attendee had even said:

“It was a great time. They had a good selection beyond the typical snakes and lizards. And the merchandise promoting reptiles were also quite cute. However, I wish consigners were more open to letting prospect buyers handle the pets.”

The official date of the next convention in Las vegas has not been released as of writing this.

Toys for Tots

Written by: Zoe Gamboa

Rookie Reporter

Toys for Tots is a program ran by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Their mission is to put smiles on the faces of less fortunate children who deserve to feel the joy of receiving gifts during the holidays.

For over 70 years, the Marine Corps has been making a difference in the lives of American families. Well-known people like Barack and Michelle Obama, Ellen Degeneres, and Melania Trump even contributed into making children feel the delight of Christmas.

Generous sponsors like Hallmark, Hasbro, and The Walt Disney Company have contributed at least one million in cash, or two million in toys.

Overall, this organization is truly amazing, giving hope to children during the holidays. And this has made a major, positive impact on America.

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Election Season Coming to an End

Written by: Makanalei Kaeo

Editor-in-Chief

As many of you are aware, Election Day has just passed and we now have many new faces in office. As teens, a lot of you are pressured to start being politically aware of what’s happening.

The race for governor was between Steve Sisolak [Democrat] and Adam Laxalt [Republican]. Sisolak was a big proponent of strong education and funding public schools with the marijuana tax revenue Nevada takes in.

Laxalt on the other hand believed that everyone has a choice to go to either a private or public school, and he would ultimately fund private schools with the money Nevada gets from the marijuana tax.

Both have opposite views on healthcare and whether or not pre-existing conditions should get medicare. Sisolak was for giving healthcare to those with pre-existing conditions, unlike his republican opponent who supported cutting healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions. Ultimately, in the end, Steve Sisolak has become the new governor of Nevada.

Another critical race for Nevadans was the race for Senate. Jacky Rosen [D] and Dean Heller [R] were the candidates. Rosen supported Sisolak and healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions. Heller faltered with healthcare after his incident were he promised to not take away healthcare from Nevadans but ended up doing so anyways.

Rosen faces a lot of criticism for voting a lot like Nancy Pelosi, the California democratic representative. Nevadans are scared to end up like their neighbors, California. Both runners have their flaws but it seems like people trusted Jacky Rosen more than Dean Heller.

The Congressional Race in this district was closely watched. Danny Tarkanian [R] and Susie Lee [D] were the candidates.

Both faced harsh ads about them. Tarkanian called a con-man and Lee being named a rich, pretentious lady, who only has her interests in mind. Tarkanian shares similar views with President Trump. He believes in border reform, stopping illegal immigration, and bettering the economy. Lee is a strong advocate for gun safety and education. Susie Lee seemed to have had people believing in her more than her opponent.

These are the people who are now representing you. The next time mid-term elections come around, many of you will be able to vote. It is encouraged that you are aware and that you get out their and vote so you can have your voice heard!

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A New 51's Stadium

Every since 1983, the Las Vegas 51’s have called Cashman Field home. Winning two league titles , and 10 division titles at Cashman. But as the years went by, Cashman Field got older, and was becoming out of date.

Rumors of a new ballpark began in 2016. The 51’s had their eyes set on one location: Downtown Summerlin. This would make them neighbors with the Vegas Golden Knights and have their practice facility right next door.

The 51’s have since broke ground on the new Ballpark that is scheduled to open in 2019. The 51’s will be given a new name after being a new affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

Fright Dome

Written By: Christa Smith

Staff Reporter

Unfortunately, Fright Dome, a popular local halloween attraction that annually takes over Circus Circus Adventuredome, has been cancelled for 2018. This long time halloween tradition had been going on for more than a decade already (established in Oct. 2003).

Egan Productions, the team behind Fright Dome, has released a statement regarding the decision.

“While we regret the bad news, we are grateful to the people of Las Vegas for supporting Fright Dome over the past fifteen years. We look forward to many successful Halloween events in the future,” they said to 13 Action News.

No further details from the company has been released.

According to Vital Vegas, the Fright Dome cancellation has been a result of months of drama between the team, Egan Productions, and their hosts, Circus Circus (owned by MGM Resorts). The root of the drama being the production’s Saw’s Escape Room being a complete bust. This caused many investors to back out.

And as a result of the financial pressures from the Saw Escape Room, Jason Egan of the company, had requested a bigger cut of the profits that Circus Circus had been receiving from Fright Dome. Circus Circus had been open to negotiating the cut, but things never seemed to work out between the two companies.

And by July, Circus Circus started throwing out Fright dome equipment and sets. And in response to the situation, Circus Circus is considering opening up their own haunted house. But whether or not they will go through with this is unknown.


Costume Policy

Written By: Jean Hernandez

Staff Reporter

Halloween is a fun time to dress up and show off what you bought or created. If you are looking forward to coming to school in your costume here are the guidelines.

The school policy states, you must  obey the school dress code. This means you can’t wear slippers, have any gang affiliated colors, shirts must be at appropriate length, and no tank tops if the sleeves isn’t three inches wide. You can find the school dress code hanging up in your teacher’s classroom.

Your costume overall must be rated PG. No costumes that are offensive or graphic.

You also will be stopped if your costume covers your head. So no mask or clothing that hides your identity.

Last thing is that you are prohibited from carrying any type of weapons around. Even if they are fake, you are still going against the school policy and will face consequences.

Have a safe Halloween and follow these rules for a fun day at school.


Liberty Forfeit

Written By: Daniel Britt

Staff Reporter

Liberty’s Varsity football team has officially been forced to forfeit two games this season after a bench clearing fight against Desert Pines in the Adidas National game of the week last Friday (9-21-18).

The game was live all over Twitter and Twitch, and had over 7,000 viewers watching at one point. The game was huge for both teams and Liberty did end up winning with a final score of 33-6.

Sadly, though Liberty’s win against Desert Pines will be changed to a double forfeit because of the huge incident.

Slot receiver Dylan Brogan (12) is not too happy about the teams two forfeits.

“We blew two games to fight a team that we were blowing out,” said Brogan.

The fight started on a kickoff after a Liberty touchdown. A player from Desert Pines was trying to block Liberty’s #32 Caleb Pulu (11) a.k.a. Alaska. Pulu didn’t allow himself to be blocked and a Desert Pines player got mad. The altercation began.

Liberty’s kickoff team started to try and breakup the fight, then Desert Pines players came over and started pushing them and that’s when Desert Pines’ benched cleared. Liberty’s bench cleared after and punches were getting thrown and players were getting tossed. The referees and some police had to come break it up.

After the incident, both head coaches from both teams took their players to their sidelines and had talks with them. The refs let the game go on and Liberty just ran up the score.

Head coach Rich Muraco was interviewed after the game and was asked about the fight.

“Football is an emotional game and you want your kids to play on that edge between playing real nasty and playing real clean, and their high school kids and sometimes emotions get the best of them and that line gets a little blurred and kids cross the line. Then when you have to yell at the team telling them to calm down, it kinda takes the energy out of the spirit of the team,” said Muraco.

Liberty does have to forfeit their next game at home against Chaparral High school next friday night (10-5-18).

Liberty’s 1-4 record does not compare to any record they have had in the past 5 seasons. Last time Liberty started 1-4 was in 2007 and did not make the playoffs.

Hopefully our Patriots can come back from this strongly against their next opponent Green Valley for our Homecoming game on Friday night (10-12-18).

The Patriots need to find a way to win six straight games against our regional rivals. Team likes Green Valley, Coronado, and Foothill.

Six straight wins will give us a pretty good chance to get into the playoffs and get a good seed (ranking in the playoffs off your record). Liberty needs to find their spark and get back on track to have a chance of making the playoffs.