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The newsletter for Commission District A looks a little different this month. You will notice that the commissioner's picture and name have been omitted, which is the County's practice for those who file to run for election to public office. But the District A office will continue to provide a monthly newsletter so that you have access to information about what is going on throughout Clark County and in your respective neighborhood.
Greetings District A:
Happy Fourth of July! I hope your summer is off to a great start and that you enjoy the holiday with family and friends.
If you plan to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July, please be careful to take the necessary precautions to be safe while having fun. One way to do this is to make sure the fireworks you purchase are Safe-n-Sane fireworks authorized by the Clark County Fire Department. You can learn more about fireworks safety in the newsletter.
This is an exciting month. In addition to celebrating the country's independence, Clark County recently celebrated the opening of a new terminal at McCarran Airport. In the future you will want to make sure you are heading to the correct terminal to catch your flight or to pick up passengers.
Last, there are a few surveys circulating. Please take a moment to give us your feedback. The information we collect helps the Board of County Commissioners improve the services we provide to County citizens.
If there is anything you need help with, and you feel the Commission District A office can help, please don't hesistate to contact the office by email or phone at (702) 455-3500.
In This Issue:
Clark County commissioners had a full agenda to deal with in June. In case you missed it, here's what made the news:
Item 1: Sometimes, arbitration benefits the county — this time by $30 million
Item 2: Easy money
Item 3: Commissioners rip into Health District boss, agree on funding figure
Item 4: Trash charges when he's away irk man
Item 5: Small-business owners complain they’re drowning under Water Authority’s new surcharge
Item 6: Election finance changes urged
Item 7: Could another fee be solution to water woes?
Item 8: Electric Daisy Carnival returning to Las Vegas, bigger than ever
Item 9: Two county commissioners entangled with bitter civil lawsuit
Item 10: Customers flood Water District meeting with complaints about new rates
Item 11: Tourist town seeks independence in Nevada
Item 12: County commissioners approve new travel documentation rules
Item 13: I-Team: The Agency That Will Not Die
Item 14: Transparency issue not coined by Republicans, county commissioner maintains
Item 15: Whether motivated by guilt or revenge, Sisolak's actions suspicious
Item 16: Longevity pay still on books for county commissioners
Item 17: Voters in Colorado River resort town of Laughlin go to polls on cityhood question
Terminal 3 Opens at McCarran Airport
Aerial view of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport.
Whether you are flying out for a summer getaway or simply picking up an arriving friend or family member, County residents will notice some big changes at McCarran International Airport.
On June 27, the Clark County Department of Aviation opened McCarran’s impressive Terminal 3 expansion. Spanning nearly 2 million square feet, “T3” will offer 14 new aircraft gates; a pair of security checkpoints with room for up to 31 screening lanes; 15 additional baggage claim carousels; a larger multi-airline lounge, new shops and restaurants; as well as state-of-the-art technology that will improve travelers’ experiences from ticketing all the way into their outbound aircraft.
The terminal’s debut also will change how locals use the airport. This summer, drivers will need to know which terminal houses their airline well before they approach McCarran to ensure they enter the correct roadway lanes leading to their desired location. Keep your eyes open for several new digital signs on streets leading to the airport that will help steer you to your flight’s proper location.
Terminal 3 will enable McCarran to handle more passengers, including international travelers who fly in directly from airports outside the United States. All international traffic will shift to T3 now that the facility is open. By the end of August, seven domestic carriers also will be based at Terminal 3: Alaska, Frontier, JetBlue, Virgin America, Sun Country, Hawaiian and United. All other domestic carriers will depart from Terminal 1.
The new facilities will ease congestion elsewhere at McCarran, which in recent years has welcomed more passengers than they were originally designed to accommodate. With the opening of T3, Terminal 2 on the north end of the airport will close, and eventually be demolished.
Construction on Terminal 3, the largest modern public works project in the state of Nevada, started in June 2007. The project employed 1,800 skilled workers at its peak. The facility features 245,904 cubic yards of concrete – nearly enough to pave a 4-foot-wide sidewalk from Las Vegas to Oklahoma City.
More information about Terminal 3 is available on McCarran’s website at www.McCarran.com.
County Seeks Input from Businesses Via Online Survey
Clark County is seeking input from the business community on how to improve our services to help local businesses. Please take the time to fill out this survey so we can better assess how we do business.
Multi-jurisdictional Business License Now Available
The end of June marked a new way of doing business in Clark County. Now contractors no longer have to obtain multiple licenses to do business in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County.
The first phase of the multi-jurisdictional business license is now in effect, allowing contractors to obtain local licenses in one location – no traveling to each jurisdiction for separate business licenses. Applications and fees are now handled in one place and forwarded to the corresponding jurisdictions.
The multi-jurisdictional business license is a major effort among the government agencies that is more than a year in the making. The four jurisdictions worked closely with our state legislators to create Senate Bill 110. Passed during the 2011 Legislative Session, this bill required the entities to develop a multi-jurisdictional license for contractors by June 17, 2012. The new license had its soft launch on June 17 and has already seen several new contractors apply. So far, the process is running smoothly.
This massive undertaking required creating a central database that allows the jurisdictions to share business license data, and developing a process so that revenue can be transferred among the agencies. All 13,000 current contractor licenses across the four jurisdictions were also analyzed for this effort. It is estimated that at least 60 employees among the four jurisdictions worked on this effort at any given time.
The move simplifies business licensing for contractors, saving them time. Previously, a new contractor had to obtain business licenses from each jurisdiction he or she wanted to do business in. Separate renewals had to be paid each year to each entity the contractor carried a business license with, which were often due at different times. Now, existing contractors will only need one license and to mail their payment to one location when their licenses renew in November. The fees will be dispersed to the corresponding jurisdiction.
As the entities get through this initial phase, future phases may include consolidated business licenses for similar businesses that cross jurisdictional boundaries, such as landscapers, mobile car washes, and more.
County Achieves Superior Bond Ratings
Clark County continues to have one of the highest bond ratings in the state of Nevada.
High bond ratings issued by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service, the world’s preeminent bond ratings agencies, mean governments pay less to finance debt. S&P maintained the County’s “AA+” rating, which is comparable with or above every government agency in the state, while Moody’s affirmed its similarly positive “Aa1” rating.
“We’ve had to make some tough cuts over the last few years and these ratings reflect strong fiscal management, which benefits our taxpayers,” said County Manager Don Burnette.
In making its determination, S&P cited the County’s “maintenance of strong reserves, which have been prudently managed, despite significant assessed value and corresponding tax revenue declines” as well as “strong financial policies and practices that have remained in place through economic cycles” and “moderate overall debt with reduced capital pressure as new development in the county has slowed significantly.”
Meanwhile, Moody’s said its “rating primarily reflects the County's favorable long-term credit characteristics that include a still large tax base and a narrowed but still satisfactory financial position despite recent revenue pressures that have been offset in part by expenditure adjustments implemented by management. Additionally, the rating reflects the County's notable financial flexibility that is supported by significant though diminished reserves available to support operations as well as consistently conservative budget practices. Lastly, the County's net direct debt burden remains modest.”
Moody’s said the County’s rating outlook remains “stable” and “primarily reflects nascent improvement in the County's cyclical economy that remains dependent on tourism-related activity. The County's tax base remains large compared to similarly-rated peers, and the rate of decline for property values continue to moderate from prior levels. Additionally, Moody's expects that the County's financial position will remain consistent with peers and benefit from the County's practice of managing operations with conservative budgetary practices. Lastly, it is anticipated that the County's debt profile will remain manageable.”
Moody’s said some challenges remain, citing “protracted housing market pressuring property values, though the pace of declines has slowed;” “continued budgetary challenges stemming from softness in economically sensitive revenues and an anticipated slow economic recovery;” and “reduced property tax levy potential amid assessed valuation (AV) declines, and potential narrowing of levy rate margin available under statutory limits.”
The County Commission in May approved a general fund budget of $1.2 million for the fiscal year starting July 1. The County’s total budget is $6.2 billion.
RTC to Operate Sunday Schedule on July 4th Holiday
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will operate its transit system on a Sunday schedule this Independence Day holiday, Wednesday, July 4.
The RTC transit system enacts Sunday schedules for holidays with the lowest ridership and Saturday schedules for holidays with slightly higher ridership. The Saturday and Sunday schedules for all RTC Transit routes are available at rtcsnv.com or in the RTC’s Transit Guide. Riders with questions can also call (702) 228-RIDE (7433).
For those who are traveling during the holiday, the RTC offers various transit routes to get to McCarran International Airport. Visit rtcsnv.com to access the RTC’s free transit trip planner powered by Google that can help travelers plan their route to and from McCarran International Airport.
Travelers located near Summerlin can park their cars for free at the Westcliff Transit Center Park & Ride, located at Durango Drive and Westcliff Drive, and take the Westcliff Airport Express directly to McCarran International Airport.
Residents can also park for free at the Centennial Hills Park & Ride and take the Centennial Express to the Bonneville Transit Center and then transfer to the Westcliff Airport Express or Route 108.
Additionally, travelers can park at South Strip Transfer Terminal (SSTT) located at Gilespie Street and Sunset Road. From the South Strip Transfer Terminal, it is only a short 10-minute ride on Route 109 to McCarran International Airport.
Parking accommodations at the RTC park and ride facilities are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and riders should be aware that the lots may be busier on peak holiday travel days. The South Strip Transfer Terminal Park & Ride will likely reach capacity the earliest. The Centennial Hills Transit Center is the largest facility, offering more than 900 spaces.
In addition, the RTC partnered with local businesses to offer additional park and ride lots where residents can park their vehicles and board express transit services:
- Eldorado Casino, 140 Water Street, Henderson, Nev., is serviced by the Henderson & Downtown Express.
- Eastside Cannery Casino, 5255 Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nev., is serviced by the Boulder Highway Express.
- College of Southern Nevada, Henderson Campus, 700 College Drive, Henderson, Nev., is serviced by the Henderson & Downtown Express.
- Suncoast Hotel and Casino, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, Nev., is serviced by the Westcliff Airport Express.
Free July 4th Fun in the Sun at County Pools
Residents can celebrate Independence Day with free admission on Wednesday, July 4, at all 12 Clark County outdoor pools and water parks, and the Hollywood Recreation Center's skate park.
Hollywood Skate Park near Sahara Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard will be open on July Fourth from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and requires parents or guardians to sign waivers for entry into the park. The County’s other 12 skate parks are free of charge and will be open. Helmets are available for rent at Hollywood Skate Park, and are encouraged for use at all skate parks.
Outdoor pools within unincorporated areas in the Las Vegas Valley will operate from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July Fourth. Hours at rural locations on Independence Day vary.
The County’s water parks include twisting slides, gushing fountains, play areas and shallow pools for young swimmers. Pool rules include: proper swim attire required; children age 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult; and no alcohol or glass containers allowed.
Safe-n-Sane Fireworks Promote Holiday Safety; Reduce Wildfires
With Fourth of July celebrations coming soon, the Clark County Fire Department is reminding residents that wildfire season is upon us, and fireworks labeled “Safe and Sane” are only legal for use from June 28 to July 4 when it’s legal for authorized dealers to sell them.
Wildfire danger is highest during the spring and summer months when vegetation is driest. Fire officials encourage residents to clean up dry debris and brush around their property to limit the availability of fire fuels.
In addition, any fireworks that shoot into the air are illegal for use in Clark County unless they are part of a permitted fireworks show. Otherwise, only “safe and sane” legal fireworks are permitted for sale and use in Clark County during the week prior to July 4. Legal fireworks include sparklers and fireworks that keep to a small, circular area on the ground and don’t explode in the air. Illegal fireworks include firecrackers, roman candles, sky rockets – any item made of highly combustible materials.
Any fireworks purchased from vendors located outside of Clark County jurisdictional boundaries (which include unincorporated Clark County, North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City) are illegal to possess and store.
View the Fire Departments web pages for fireworks safety tips. The following actions also are recommended to reduce the threat of brush and wildfires:
- Properly soak and dispose of cigarette butts, charcoal briquettes and any materials that can start fires.
- Adhere to posted fire restrictions in National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management areas in Southern Nevada, including Red Rock, Mount Charleston and Lake Mead. No fireworks are allowed on public lands anytime during the year.
- Equip all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and similar vehicles with spark arrestors.
- If you are warned that a wildland fire is threatening your area, listen to your battery-operated radio for reports and evacuation information. Follow the instructions of local officials.
For more information about wildfire safety, visit Nevada’s multi-agency “Living With Fire” website at www.livingwithfire.info.
Safety Advice Offered for Pools, Summer Heat
Now that summer is here, the Clark County Commission District A office wants to remind residents of ways they can stay safe near swimming pools and in the desert heat.
Pool drownings are always a concern in our community, especially in the summer. Most drowning victims are 4 years old or younger. Pools, spas and hot tubs are required to be completely enclosed with access barriers of at least five feet. Gates in the fence must be self-closing and self-latching. Clark County’s Fire and Building departments are sponsors of the Health District’s annual ABC&D’s of Drowning Prevention campaign. Safety tips include:
- Always assign a designated child watcher when children are near any pool or body of water.
- Close and lock all doors, windows and gates leading to pools when not in use.
- Keep a phone near the pool to ensure children are not left unattended if the phone rings. Never swim when thunder or lightening are present.
- Never dive into unfamiliar or shallow bodies of water.
Heat can pose serious health risks to anyone in our region, especially children, the elderly and people with poor circulation and weight problems. Most heat disorders occur because victims have become dehydrated after spending too much time in the heat. To avoid heat-related health problems, drink more water than usual and seek shaded or cool areas during the hottest times of day.
Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. Temperatures in a car can rise to 120 degrees when outdoor temperatures are in the 90s. Pets also should have access to lots of shade and water when outdoors. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps and dizziness. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Listed below are important things to remember during the hottest months of the year:
- Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages, which contribute to dehydration.
- Always carry plenty of water with you and a mobile phone. You never know what might happen during the day that could keep you outdoors longer than anticipated.
- Dress for summer. Clothing that is loose, lightweight and light-colored reflects heat and sunlight.
- Use sunscreen with a high SPF to protect against sunburn and skin cancer.
- Look in on friends and family, especially the elderly who may need help adjusting to the heat.
- Limit errands and outdoor activities to before noon or in the evening to avoid being out during the hottest part of the day.
- Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine.
- Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas if you must work outdoors.
- Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Get plenty of rest to allow your natural "cooling system" to work.
- Eat small, well-balanced meals and eat more often. Protect windows. Hang shades or draperies on windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Outdoor awnings can reduce the heat entering the house by as much as 80 percent.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes. A cool shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can result in hypothermia, particularly for elderly and very young people.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
- Learn the symptoms of heat disorders and know how to give first aid.
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
Protect Your Family, Report Green Pools
Clark County Commissioners are asking for the public’s help in the fight against the health threat of green pools.
Commissioners Mary Beth Scow, Susan Brager and Larry Brown held a news conference in May to remind residents that green pools are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which carry potentially serious diseases like the West Nile virus. The return of summer temperatures means neglected pools are turning greener faster, and giving mosquitoes ideal breeding areas.
The commissioners want residents to help fight this backyard blight by reporting green pools to local code enforcement agencies. Residents of unincorporated Clark County should report green pools by calling (702) 455-4191 or filing a complaint through the County website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov – enter the keywords “green pool” in the search box.
“Mosquitoes are a nuisance and a serious health threat,” Commissioner Scow said. “Please help us protect our community by reporting green pools to your local government.”
Since 2010, Clark County has drained more than 350 green pools, including more than 30 this month. Mosquito larvae thrive in warmer water, making the summer months the busiest time of the year for dealing with the problem.
Mosquitoes can carry a number of diseases, although perhaps the most widely feared is the serious West Nile virus. There were 11 cases of the West Nile virus reported in Clark County last year after zero in 2010. Removing breeding areas for the mosquitoes is one of the best defenses against the spread of mosquito-borne disease to people.
Air Quality's Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife Recruiting to Fill Vacancies
Applications are now being accepted for two voluntary Board positions for a three year term to serve on the Clark County Advisory Board To Manage Wildlife.
The Clark County Advisory Board to Management Wildlife solicits and evaluates local opinion and advises the Nevada Wildlife Commission on matters relating 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 please fill in, print and sign the application and return it by the August 3 deadline per the instructions on the form. The application form can be located via this link.
Building Department Offers 90-Day Amnesty for Residential Construction Work Done Without Permits
The Clark County Building Department is encouraging homeowners to participate in a 90-day amnesty program that waives penalties on self-disclosed residential construction work done without permits.
The self-disclosure period begins July 1 and extends through Sept. 30, 2012. During the amnesty period, homeowners in unincorporated Clark County will be subject to paying normal fees for permits, inspections and plan reviews, but not penalties. Fees for residential-related construction range from $150 to $400, depending on the project. The Building Department’s Permit Application Center is located at 4701 W. Russell Road.
“With this program, homeowners have an opportunity to come forward, without consequence of fees, to address and resolve any repair work in their home that requires permits and inspections,” said Commissioner Steve Sisolak. “This approach is a healthy way of doing business and provides homeowners the chance to be sure that any repair or remodeling work done at their residence is safe and built to code.”
Building officials say the most common residential projects built on residential property without the necessary permits include garage conversions, room additions, patio covers and water heater installations.
“Building permits and inspections help ensure the safety of your home and your family, as well as protect your investment,” said Ron Lynn, the County’s Building Official and Building Department director. “Faulty installations can cause fires, flood damage and other hazards. Work done without permits may not be covered by insurance. You also could face costly repairs if and when you try to sell your home.”
The County Commission voted unanimously in June to adopt a resolution authorizing the 2012 temporary amnesty program. A similar program was approved in 2009.
RTC Seeking Public Input On Transportation Projects
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is seeking public input through July 9 on the projects slated to receive Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom grant funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The projects proposed for JARC grants support the development and maintenance of transportation services that improve access to jobs and employment related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals. The grants also seek to support the transportation of residents in urbanized and non-urbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities. The New Freedom grants assist with the expansion of transportation mobility options available to people with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A public hearing on the JARC and New Freedom projects will also be held on Monday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Regional Transportation Commission Administration Building, Room 108, 600 S. Grand Central Pkwy.
Comments on these projects will be accepted via email to email@example.com, telephone at (702) 676-1820, fax at (702) 676-1518, and online at rtcsnv.com. Comments can also be submitted in person or via U.S. mail to RTC, 600 S. Grand Central Parkway, Suite 350, Las Vegas, Nev., 89106-4512, Attention: Transit Special Services/JARC., or to the Bonneville Transit Center, 101 E. Bonneville Ave., Las Vegas, Nev., 89106.
Additionally, the RTC will hold an open house on Thursday, July 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. for residents to get updates on various transportation projects in the region and provide public comments about the agency’s Public Participation Plan during the meeting. The meeting will be held in interior lobby of the Bonneville Transit Center, 101 E. Bonneville Ave. The RTC is accepting public comments on the Public Participation Plan until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 p.m. Comments will be accepted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone at (702) 676-1606, fax at (702) 676-1589, online at rtcsnv.com and in person or mail via USPS to RTC, 600 S. Grand Central Parkway, Suite 350, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106-4512, Attention: Public Participation Plan (MPO).
The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning agency and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada.
DMV Kiosks Allow Motorists to Beat Office Lines
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has released special printable maps that show locations of its popular self-service "DMV in a Box" kiosks at www.dmvnv.com/kiosk. Locations are also listed on the DMV’s iPhone application.
“Avoid the drive to a DMV and the lines inside by using a 'DMV in a Box' in your neighborhood,” said Director Bruce Breslow. “They’re fast, fun and, most importantly, convenient. There’s a kiosk near you.”
If you have lost your driver’s license or ID card, you can now order a duplicate at a kiosk and have it mailed to you. Kiosks can also renew your car registration and dispense the license plate decal on the spot. The other kiosk transactions are license and ID card renewals, driver history printouts and insurance suspension reinstatements.
There are 45 statewide "DMV in a Box" kiosks locations in DMV offices, AAA offices, supermarkets, convenience stores and university campuses.
LVMPD Neighborhood Watch Goes Digital
Article courtesy of LVMPD
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has partnered with AlertID, an online free service that gives residents up-to-date information about registered sex offenders and crime in their neighborhoods.
The AlertID system continuously keeps residents plugged in to information put out by local, federal and state agencies. LVMPD is the first major metropolitan law enforcement agency to make this unique crime prevention tool available to its residents.
"This is one of the best uses of the Internet I can think of to help residents know more about what is going on around them," Sheriff Douglas Gillespie said. "The more we can keep residents informed, the more we can educate them about how to keep safe."
LVMPD pushes real-time crime and threat advisories, online community watch program, crime maps, sex offender maps and other features out to Las Vegas Valley residents who sign up. With this partnership, residents will have the opportunity to receive up-to-date information and online tools to help protect their families and community at no cost.
Residents can enroll and either get critical information online, texted or emailed to them. There are also Android and iPhone apps available for smartphone users to download. In the event of an emergency law enforcement officials and other emergency authorities also have the ability to broadcast urgent alerts to the public including Amber Alerts, evacuation notices and warnings.
For additional information or to sign up for a free account, go to www.alertid.com.
Know Your Neighborhood: Attend First Tuesday
Article and graphic courtesy of METRO.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department substations will open their doors on Tuesday, July 3, from 7 to 8 p.m., as part of the agency’s popular First Tuesday program.
Metro’s First Tuesday program is an excellent opportunity for citizens to get involved with their police department. Residents are invited to ask questions and get to know the police officers who patrol their neighborhoods.
Each month a different area of law enforcement work is highlighted so the community can get a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes throughout the different sections of the police department. The K-9 Unit will be the focus this month.
Please find a substation near you and join the conversation:
6975 W. Windmill Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 828-2843 and (702) 828-2844
Southeast Area Command
3675 E. Harmon Ave. (at Pearl and Harmon)
Las Vegas, NV 89121
South Central Area Command
4860 Las Vegas Blvd. South (at Las Vegas Boulevard South and Russell)
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Convention Center Area Command
750 Sierra Vista
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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|Springs Preserve Summer Lineup!
Envenomators: The Venomous Snakes of North America at the Springs Preserve
Now through September 16, 2012, 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.
Summer Adventure Camps at the Springs Preserve
Weekdays, now through August 24.
|Springs Preserve Summer Adventure Camps provide young campers with new activities weekly: nature, archaeology, animals, plants, history, drama, crafts, and even swimming at the neighboring YMCA. Camps are daily, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are led by education specialists and field experts to give campers a unique and educational experience. Summer camps are presented in partnership with Drama Kids International and the YMCA. Enrollment is $200 per week ($180 for Springs Preserve members). After-hours care is available from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. for an additional $25 weekly fee. For more information, call (702) 822-7700.
Bugs! at the Springs Preserve
Daily from July 16 to 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.
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.
Fun in the Sun
County Parks and Recreation offers an array of exciting activities and events for the entire family to enjoy. So, if you are looking for a great way to enjoy all that this great community has to offer, take a look at the County's Parks Department calendar, and let it help you get started.
Watch County Commission Meetings From Your Computer
Wonder what's going on in the Clark County Commission meeting? Get a live stream while you sit at your computer.
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 IVY. I am a female, black and white Domestic Shorthair. The shelter staff thinks I am about 2 months old. I have been at the shelter since June 26, 2012. My ID No. is A645073 in case you want to take me home.
||I am a female, white Mouse. My age is unknown. I have been at the shelter since June 9, 2012. My ID No. is A652756.
||My name is MURRAY. I am a neutered male, tan and white Beagle mix. The shelter staff thinks I am about 3 years old. I have been at the shelter since June 19, 2012. My ID No. is A347003.
||My name is Big Foot. I am a male, black and white Domestic Shorthair. The shelter staff think I am about 3 months old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 20, 2012. My ID No. is A655231.