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I hope you are having a great summer.
With the Olympics underway, I want to wish our local Olympians the best in their quests for the gold. These great young talents will surely represent the USA and Clark County well on the international stage.
Back at home, the recent rains have certainly reinforced the importance of being aware of the potential for flash floods here. It is also important to remember pool and heat safety this time of year. Please make sure that children are never left alone in or near a pool, and remember to drink plenty of water during our long hot days.
As always, if there is anything you need help with, and you feel my office can help, please don't hesitate to contact us by email or phone at (702) 455-3500.
In This Issue:
Monthly News Roundup
Item 1: County sewer board flush, eyes rate rollback
Item 2: Clark County moves forward on creating veterans court
Item 3: Hotel owners feel heat over outdoor advertising
Item 4: Water board provides rate relief to some customers
Item 5: Chimps' escape raises questions on wild animal safety in county
Item 6: State Senator to Introduce Bill to Ban Keeping Wild Animals as Pets, July 16, 2012
Item 7: County, firefighters now working together
Item 8: County raises stakes in effort to push state to agree to return millions
Item 9: Library District's theater rental fees back in spotlight
Item 10: Proposed ordinance change brings contentious Dotty's issue back to fore
Item 11: Water Authority board votes to reduce controversial surcharge
Senior Energy Assistance Expo Set for Aug. 11
NV Energy is partnering with several local agencies to hold its Senior Energy Assistance Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Cashman Field, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd, Hall A.
The event assists qualifying seniors with paying past due bills, and provides attendees with energy conservation tips, weatherization options for their home, and rebate information. Additional information on social services such as food bank, housing, medical and rental assistance will be on hand.
Attendees must have the attached parking coupon with them to avoid paying for parking.
In addition, customers should review the attached flyer for more details and the required documents they need to bring to receive assistance with their energy bills.
Laughlin's Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails Project Opens
Laughlin's Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails project, named one of the nation's most promising projects designed to protect special places and reconnect Americans to the outdoors, is now open.
The project, also known as the North Reach, officially opened to visitors in late July. The Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trail project is an amazing amenity for the community of Laughlin. It will greatly enhance the area as a destination for eco-tourism and outdoor adventure, and it will help preserve unique vistas and landscape for future generations.
The project consists of 9 miles of trails in the Laughlin area for bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrian riders, and includes expansion of the Laughlin Riverwalk, fully developed restrooms and trailheads, picnic sites, shade shelters, fishing piers, and a highway pedestrian bridge overpass and underpass providing access to the Colorado River. Visitors of all abilities can enjoy the trails and accessible fishing areas.
County officials described the project as a wonderful new amenity for the community that will enhance the area as a destination for eco-tourism and outdoor adventure, and help preserve some unique vistas and historic sites related to the construction of Davis Dam.
The project was funded with $24 million from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, $2 million from Clark County and additional federal grants. Key development partners have included the Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and other public and private entities.
The Colorado River Heritage project is part of a larger regional trails system designed to link Laughlin and the surrounding community to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and parts of Arizona. A map and photos of the project are posted on the County website. Highlights include:
- Three trail loops extend south from Davis Dam for approximately 2 miles along the Colorado River and an additional 3-mile Desert Trail now connects the Laughlin community to the Greenway Heritage Park and Trails and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area under State Route 163.
- The Riverwalk Exploration Trail Loop is an extension of the Laughlin Riverwalk and runs 2 miles adjacent to the Colorado River from the hotel resorts up to the new Pyramid Canyon day-use area at the base of Davis Dam. In Pyramid Canyon, fishing platforms cantilever over the Colorado River with Davis Dam as their backdrop. Other amenities in Pyramid Canyon are a turf area, amphitheater type area, children's play equipment and spray pad, group and individual shade shelters and restrooms. Also within the day-use area is the ½ mile Pyramid Canyon Loop Trail.
- The Equestrian Trailhead offers access to two multi-use dirt trails, the 2.75-mile Horseshoe Trail Loop and the 3-mile Desert Trail. A portion of the Riverwalk Exploration Trail Loop adjoins a portion of the Horseshoe Trail Loop so all users can experience being close to the river. A Contractor's Camp telling the story of the construction of Davis Dam and an Overlook are also part of the development.
The project has been nationally recognized as both an America's Great Outdoors Initiative Project and an America's Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative Project. The America's Great Outdoors Initiative highlights two projects in each of the 50 states that promote conservation and outdoor recreation and the America's Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative identifies 10 projects in the Pacific Northwest and Western States. The projects highlighted in the Department of the Interior's America's Great Outdoors Report, were identified based on their potential to conserve important lands and create recreational opportunities and economic growth for surrounding communities. The Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails project will be managed in partnership with the National Parks Service, Reclamation, and Clark County. More information about the American Great Outdoors Initiatives can be found at www.Americasgreatoutdoors.gov.
Cambridge Family Health Center Hosts Meet & Greet Aug. 7
The Cambridge Family Health Center is hosting a meet and greet on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. The facility is located at 3900 Cambridge St., Suite 102, behind the Cambridge Community Center.
Participants can meet the medical professionals who serve the center, tour the facility and enjoy snacks. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP at (702) 220-9918 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the attached flyer for more information.
Fire Station 18, Laughlin Station 76 Accepting Unused Fireworks
The Clark County Fire Department is asking the public to turn in any unused fireworks from the Fourth of July so they can be safely destroyed.
The public can drop off fireworks at Fire Station 18 at 575 E. Flamingo Road or Fire Station 76 in Laughlin at 50 E. Laughlin Circle Drive.
Only fireworks labeled "safe and sane" are legal for use in Clark County, and only from June 28 through July 4 when it's legal for authorized dealers to sell them. After July 4, it's no longer legal to possess any fireworks in Clark County.
This summer fireworks sparked two large fires over the Independence Day holiday. One, on July 3, caused $150,000 damage to a home and displaced a family of 5. Another, on July 5, destroyed two apartment buildings. This fire caused $1.5 million in damage, displaced 50 people, and sent four people to the hospital.
Commission Honors Local Olympians Participating in Summer Games
Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani joins other commissioners to honor three Olympic athletes. Pictured with proclamations from left to right are Amanda Bingson, Khadevis Robinson, and Michael Hunter.
The County Commission honored three local Olympic athletes who are competing in the summer Olympics in London.
Olympic athletes Amanda Bingson, Michael Hunter and Khadevis Robinson received proclamations in July from the Commission wishing them well at the games.
Bingson is a graduate of Silverado High School and a senior at UNLV, where she has been an NCAA All-American. Bingson will be competing in the hammer throw in London. This is her first Olympics.
Hunter, who is also appearing in his first Olympics, is a heavy weight boxer who has been a three-time national champion and Golden Gloves winner. Hunter is a graduate of Palo Verde High School.
Robinson is the head coach of the UNLV cross country team and an assistant UNLV track coach. He is competing in the 800 meter race in London. Robinson is an eight-time national champion, and he also competed in the 2004 Olympics.
Artist Sought to Design Nevada's 150th Birthday Logo
In honor of Nevada's 150th anniversary as a state next year, birthday planners are seeking the help of a volunteer artist to design a logo to be used to publicize the year-long, statewide celebration.
The state's Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, working with the Nevada Cultural Affairs Foundation, has issued a request for proposals for a design to reflect the 150th anniversary of Nevada statehood and theme "Battle Born. Nevada Proud."
Logo submissions are due at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
Celebrations for Nevada’s 150th birthday will begin on Nevada Day, Oct. 31, 2013 and last through Nevada Day, 2014.
Project applicants are required to submit 10 copies of the proposal that include color copies of the logo design and flash drives, CDs or DVDs with the logo design used in at least three applications. There is no budget to pay for the creation of a logo. However, the creator will receive public recognition for designing the state’s official 150th anniversary logo.
The committee expects to select a winner by Sept. 14, 2012.
Additional information is available on the planning committee’s Nevada 150 website.
The committee is working to develop statehood 150th anniversary events that celebrate Nevada’s history and culture, and connect all communities throughout the state.
Pawn Stars Day
County Museums Administrator Mark Hall-Patton and Pawn Stars star Richard "The Old Man" Harrison speak during a recent County Commission meeting.
The County Commissioners recently proclaimed July 17 "Pawn Stars/Gold & Silver Pawn Day" on the Las Vegas Strip and throughout Clark County.
Richard "The Old Man" Harrison, the patriarch of Gold & Silver Pawn and a star of the show, accepted the proclamation. He also presented the County with a $1,000 donation to the Clark County Museum, and loaned the museum a historic chair used by U.S. Sen. Patrick McCarran while serving in the United States Senate from 1933 through 1954. The museum, located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson, will have the chair on display through Dec. 20.
Commissioners praised Harrison and his show for putting a spotlight on the museum and boosting attendance and revenues there.
Pawn Stars is the No. 1 show on cable television with almost 8 million viewers nightly. The show often features County Museum Administrator Mark Hall-Patton as an expert authenticator, and even films at the museum on occasion.
This year, attendance at the Clark County Museum (excluding school tours) is up 84 percent. When school tours are included, the overall number of visitors to the museum is up 73 percent – from 20,675 in Fiscal Year 2011 to 35,827 visitors in Fiscal Year 2012. Each fiscal year ends June 30.
Pawn Stars also has brought positive recognition to greater Clark County, Las Vegas and the pawn industry. The show airs on Monday at 10 p.m. on History channel 43. The stars of the show have become accidental ambassadors for our community in their national and international travels. Downtown Las Vegas has benefited from the show, too, which brings more than 4,000 tourists a day to the area. Pawn Stars and Gold & Silver Pawn have won awards in Clark County and across the United States for the positive effect on their industry and success in business operations.
Commissioners also praised Pawn Stars for regularly hosting Make A Wish fans and others who are facing challenges in their lives. Pawn Stars and Gold & Silver Pawn donate $1 from each T-shirt sold to charity, totaling more than $10,000 each month.
Applications Sought Through Aug. 3 For Wildlife Advisory Board
Clark County is accepting applications for two open positions on the Clark County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife.
The positions are voluntary and last three terms. The Wildlife Advisory Board solicits and evaluates local opinion and advises the Nevada Wildlife Commission on matters related to wildlife. Appointed members of this board are selected from the hunting, trapping, angling or farming and ranching community. This board receives its mandate from Nevada Revised Statute 501.260.
Interested parties must fill in, print and sign the application and return it by the deadline of Aug. 3 per instructions on the form.
Flash Flood Season is Here
Flash flood season is July through September, so it is important to be prepared and know what to do if you get caught in a flash flood. The National Weather Service will declare flood watches or warnings if necessary. A Flash Flood Watch means that a flood is possible in your area. A Flash Flood Warning means that a flood is already occurring or will occur very soon.
If you are caught in a sudden, major storm, which may cause flooding, it is usually safer for you to stay where you are and wait out the storm rather than trying to drive through it.
So if you are driving when a major storm hits, think about finding some ground higher than the street to pull onto until the storm passes.
Remember never drive through a flooded road or around barricades. It can be difficult to determine how deep floodwaters are and floodwaters can rise dramatically in minutes.
If you do get stuck in a stalled car, remember that it might be safer to stay with your vehicle. Fast moving water, even only a few inches deep can quickly sweep you off your feet.
Never let children or pets play in or near floodwaters, which are fast moving and can contain dangerous debris and chemicals.
For more information, please visit the Regional Flood Control District’s website.
Metro Helps Neighbors Take Back Their Block on National Night Out Aug. 7
Article courtesy of METRO.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department wants to empower neighbors to come together to prevent crime in their neighborhoods by participating in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
National Night Out is a community-based program that brings citizens and police officers together to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
- Generate support for local anti-crime programs
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit
- Strengthen police-citizen relations
- Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
This year, Metro Area Commands have helped coordinate dozens of neighborhood events. The following National Night Out events are open to the general public:
Desert Breeze Park
Where: 8425 W. Spring Mountain Road
When: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
What: LVMPD will host an event with 15 booths set up by community businesses providing safety and health information, 20-30 vendors giving away free food and drinks. SWAT will also be there.
Where: 10695 Dorrell Lane(located off of 215 and Hualapai)
When: 6 - 8 p.m.
What: There will be carnival-type games for all the kids with information provided about crime prevention.
Rex Bell Elementary School
Where: 2900 Wilmington Way
When: 6 p.m.
What: LVMPD will bring information to neighbors about National Night Out in conjunction with a Back to School Fair.
Where: 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South
When: 5 - 9 p.m.
What: LVMPD and the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) at Town Square will host an event that includes kids fingerprinting, a meeting with Smokey the Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog. Also, SWAT, the Clark County Fire Department fire house, the K-9 Unit, LVMPD Mounted Units will be there.
Walnut Recreation Center
Where: 3075 Walnut Road
When: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
What: Backpacks, dental immunizations, fingerprinting, school supplies and more. There will be more than 30 National Night Out events in Las Vegas this year. However, in keeping with the philosophy of National Night Out, many of these events are for neighborhood residents only. For neighbors-only National Night Out locations contact the Crime Prevention Specialist at your local area command.
Metro believes National Night Out is a great way to demonstrate the positive value of a strong community and partnership with the police. For more information visit www.nationalnightout.org.
Clark County Students Go Back to School Aug. 27
Watch for children going to and from schools once classes resume on Aug. 27.
The first day of school for Clark County students is Monday, August 27, and motorists are being reminded to watch for children near schools and surrounding neighborhoods.
The speed limit, as posted, along school frontage zones is 15 miles per hour, and within school crossings zones is 25 miles per hour while school-aged children are going to and from school. State law allows speed limits for school crossings zones and school frontage zones to be in place only during times when children are present. Therefore, posted school crossings and frontages located within unincorporated Clark County generally reflect these speed restrictions from the normal posted speed limit with signs reading "When children are present" or with a flashing beacon.
In addition, Clark County partners with the School District and other local jurisdictions on a community-wide suggested Safe Routes to School Program. The Department of Public Works conducts an annual inventory of school-related traffic control devices within the two-mile walking radius of elementary and middle schools located in the County. Parents and guardians can use the information to designate a route for their children to and from school. The information is available on maps which can be printed for each elementary and middle school from the link above.
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Springs Preserve Events
The following upcoming events will take place at the Springs Preserve in August. For more information about events at the Springs Preserve, please call (702) 822-7700.
A Night at the Museum: A Bug’s Life at the Springs Preserve
Saturday, August 11, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Local parents who want a few hours to themselves -- without getting "bugged" -- will have that chance when the Springs Preserve hosts its next kids-only "Night at the Museum." Parents can drop their kids off at the Springs Preserve for a safe night of entertainment including a screening of the G-rated animated film, "A Bug's Life." The evening will feature various kid-friendly group activities and tours, snacks and a pizza dinner. Admission is $25 per child, ages 5 to 12. Members receive a $5 discount. Reservations are required. Registration deadline is Aug. 8. Only 125 spots are available for this event. For more information, call (702) 822-7700.
Bugs! at the Springs Preserve
Now through August 31, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
They crawl. They sting. They hiss. And we run! Let's face it, desert tarantulas, bark scorpions and centipedes aren't exactly the most charming creatures. But our desert can't do without them. See them up close in this twice-daily live animal show (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Admission is free for members or included with general admission. For more information, call (702) 822-7700.
Envenomators: The Venomous Snakes of North America
Now through September 16, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
"Envenomators" tells the story of four venomous snakes indigenous to North America: Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Coral and Rattlesnake. Visitors to the exhibit will explore the surprising secret lives of these venomous beauties, while dispelling our misconceptions of these very beneficial animals whose reputations are unfortunately based more on fear than fact. Admission is free for members or included with general admission. For more information, call (702) 822-7700.
Bet on the Farm! Farmers Market at the Springs Preserve
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bet on the Farm! Farmers Market is a sustainable local farmers market created by B&B Hospitality Group partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. It features a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as nuts, dairy products, coffee, and more—all grown and produced locally or regionally. Admission to the Farmers Market is free. Vendors accept cash only. Regular admission prices apply for access to the Springs Preserve’s museums and galleries. For more information, call (702) 822-7700 or visit www.betonthefarm.com.
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The Animal Foundation receives more than 50,000 homeless, lost, neglected, unwanted and abused animals each year, and cares for 800 to 1000 daily. This feature, nicknamed Bandit's Buddies, sheds light on the growing number of adoptable pets in Clark County. If you are considering a pet, save a life and adopt one. You may call (702) 384-3333 ext. 131 to learn about any of the pets listed below.
||My name is Bandito. I am a male, black Dachshund mix. The shelter staff think I am about 1-year old. I have been at the shelter since July 12, 2012. My ID No. is A659348 in case you want to take me home.
||My name is Brady. I am a neutered male, tan and brown Shih Tzu mix. The shelter staff think I am about 4-years old. I have been at the shelter since July 14, 2012. My ID No. is A659617 in case you want to take me home.
||My name is Sylvia. I am a female, torbie and white domestic shorthair. The shelter staff think I am about 2-years old. I have been at the shelter since July 5, 2012. My ID No. is A657863 in case you want to take me home.
||Hi, I am a male, brown Cottontail. I have been at the shelter since July 7, 2012. My ID No. is A658261 in case you want to take me home.