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.


Election Season Coming to an End

Written by: Makanalei Kaeo


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!


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.

The Golden Knights Return

Written By: Joseph Gallegos

Staff Reporter

A new NHL season is almost among us. With pre-season underway, it just means we are days away from the regular season. We are also just coming off one of the craziest NHL seasons ever, with the Vegas Golden Knights going all the way to the Stanley Cup as an expansion team.

However they fell short to the Washington Capitals.

It’s been a very eventful offseason in the NHL, especially for Vegas. Losing All-Star wing James Neal, and wing David Peron, they added two time all-star, Paul Stastny, and captain Max Pacioretty. They also re-signed William Karlsson and Marc Andre Fleury.

So, can Vegas go for the Stanley Cup back to back? Well the roster for sure has the talent. The coaching is there, and Vegas has one of the best front offices in the league.

What’s standing in the Golden Knights way? The San Jose sharks are what kill any hopes Vegas has. A couple weeks ago, nobody gave the Sharks a chance. The Sharks general manager, Doug Wilson, made the blockbuster deal of the summer. Trading away three players and draft picks for five time all-star, four time NHL first team member, and two time defensive player of the year, Erik Karlsson.

He will be paired up with already another top defensemen, Brent Burns, giving the Sharks hands down the best defensive line in the league.

Never forgot the famous saying: “Defense wins championships,” said by Paul “Bear” Bryant.

It’s not impossible to beat the sharks. Vegas had one of the best offenses in the NHL last year. Vegas goalie Marc Andre Fleury had an All-Star season last year which is one of the reasons Vegas made it so far last season.

If you thought last season was crazy, this season will be nothing short of spectacular.


3 day late policy

Written by: Christa Smith

Rookie Reporter  


This school year, students have taken notice of the “new” school policy: the ‘3 day policy.’ It’s a policy allowing students an opportunity to gather classwork that they have missed due to absences. These absences can be a result of illnesses, having other appointments to attend to, etc. Students are required to initiate contact with the teacher(s) to receive the missing work.

From there, students have 3 school days to turn that assigned work in. The time extension for turning things in is what intrigued many. However, according to the school’s Dean of Students, this isn’t exactly anything new.

“This is not a new change. This policy had been in effect for several years. At least for seven years, I believe,” Dean of Students, Kim Kamrowski said.

She finds it odd that people were taking notice of the policy only now, seven years later. Nevertheless, she still has a lot to say about what happened behind the scenes in the making of this policy.

“CCSD school board set in place regulation XXXX (containing this policy). And they had reviewed data and communicated with parents, students and administration. With their input in mind they formulated the policy,” said Kamrowski.

Putting the weird mix up on whether or not it is a new policy and its origin story aside, it is quite evident that this policy has been very beneficial to the school. It helps students become more aware of meeting deadlines and reaching their goals of graduation. It also provides students with an opportunity to advocate for themselves when inquiring about their education or missed classwork, all of which that goes into the foundation work of a student’s character.