Fall Edition

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Dear District G Residents,

With the approach of fall, I am happy to invite you to several upcoming events in our District, including our popular movie nights at Whitney Park on Sept. 28 and Oct. 19, and our Job Fair in Henderson on Oct. 9. We also have a neighborhood cleanup scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 3. If you're looking for a great volunteer event for you and your family, we'd appreciate your help.

The anniversary of the 1 October incident will mark an important milestone for our community that is certain to affect people in different ways. Clark County is hosting the "Las Vegas Portraits Project" from Sept. 17 through Oct. 19 in Government Center Rotunda to honor of those who lost their lives in the violence. The project features portraits of the 58 victims created by artists around the world as gifts to be given to family members. The crosses that were on display at the Welcome sign also will be on display during the exhibit. More activities are in the works as well. Anyone who was present at the Route 91 festival during the incident also is reminded to get an application on file with the Nevada Victims of Crime Program by Oct. 1. The application will help ensure that you are eligible for benefits through the program, such as reimbursement for counseling co-pays, if you need that assistance after the one-year anniversary. Please see the articles in our newsletter for more information.

As always, do not hesitate to email me or contact my office any time at (702) 455-5561 with any questions or concerns.  I welcome your ideas and input and am privileged to serve you and our community.

Sincerely,

Jim Gibson

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Community Celebrates Grand Opening of First 15 Miles of I-11 in Nevada

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Commissioner Jim Gibson and other officials join residents to celebrate the opening of the first 15 miles of the new highway that connects Nevada and Arizona. The event was held at the highway's Scenic Overlook at Lake Mead.

On Aug. 9, Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson joined local and state leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the first leg of Interstate 11 (I-11), a new interstate highway that will improve travel, safety and commerce between Nevada and Arizona. 

Las Vegas and Phoenix had been the only two cities in the nation with populations of more than 1 million residents not linked by an interstate. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) led the effort to complete I-11 from I-515 to US-93 near the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.

NDOT managed the construction of 2.5 miles of the project, which recently opened, and the RTC oversaw the 12.5 mile phase. The grand opening celebrated the opening of the entire 15-mile highway, which began construction in 2015. Eventually, I-11 will connect the western region of the United States with Mexico and Canada.

Participating officials included Clark County Commissioner and RTC Chairman Larry Brown, Federal Highway Administration Director of Field Services Peter Osborne, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, U.S. Senator Dean Heller, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Nevada State Senator Joe Hardy. Boulder City Mayor and RTC board member Rod Woodbury, and Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President Mary Beth Sewald.

The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning organization, regional traffic management agency and administrator of Southern Nevada Strong, the regional planning effort for the Las Vegas valley. For more information about the RTC and its major initiatives or to download its transit app rideRTC, visit rtcsnv.com.

Neighborhood Cleanup Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to Noon

Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, in partnership with METRO Police, Southeast Area Command, and the STOP Coalition will host a Cleanup in the Whitney area.  

Residents and all volunteers are asked to arrive at the Whitney Community Center, 5712 E. Missouri Ave., at 9 a.m., where refreshments will be provided. At 9:30 a.m., volunteers will be provided with cleaning supplies, including rakes, shovels, trash bags, gloves, and graffiti removal equipment, including paint brushes and paint. Participants will be sent to several areas throughout the neighborhood to clean and abate graffiti. 

Dumpsters will be placed at the Whitney Community Center so residents can throw away unwanted household items and debris. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Blanca Vazquez at (702) 455-8531.

Commissioner Gibson, Metro Southeast Area Command Deliver School Supplies to 10 Schools

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Commissioner Gibson joins Metro officers and community partners to deliver school supplies at Sister Robert Joseph Bailey Elementary School, one of ten area schools that received supplies. 

Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson teamed up with officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Southeast Area Command and community partners to deliver school supplies to 10 local schools. 

The Commissioner and community partners collected $5,000 in donations for the effort. The supplies were delivered to teachers and staff the week before school came back into session. All the schools were located in neighborhoods served by the Southeast Area Command. 

"We want to thank all our community partners for participating in this effort to help students and teachers get their school year off to a good start," said Commissioner Gibson, who along with Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani represents the area where the schools are located. "It's a pleasure to work with Metro on this good cause every year."

Elementary schools that received supplies included, Beckley, Hal Smith, J.M. Ullom, Harley Harmon, Doris French, Whitney, Robert Lake, Sister Robert Joseph Bailey, Cynthia Cunningham and George Harris.

Motorists, Pedestrians, Bicyclists Urged to Stay Safe This School Year; Crossing Guards Sought 

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Watch for children going to and from schools now that the school year is back in session.

With school back in session, Clark County is seeking crossing guards to help patrol intersections near schools, and is reminding motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to look out for each other and keep our local roadways safe.

Parents can visit our community's Safe Routes to School Program to use an online mapping tool to help plan safe walking or bicycling routes to and from school for their children. As a member of the program, Clark County's Department of Public Works maintains an inventory of school-related traffic control devices within the two-miles of elementary and middle schools. The information allows parents to plan routes that use sidewalks and cross as few streets as possible.

Additionally, anyone interested in working as a crossing guard can apply online. Our Public Works Department contracts with a company called All City Management Services to manage our Crossing Guard program. 

Drivers are urged to slow down and watch for children near schools, playgrounds and intersections. Parents are encouraged to teach their children to look both ways before crossing a street and to watch for vehicles making left and right turns. Pedestrians should take off head phones and not talk on cell phones when crossing streets. Additional safety tips include: 

Drivers:

  • Drive the posted speed limit and obey traffic signals and signs.
  • Watch for school frontage and school crossing zones.
  • Don't be distracted. Wait until your car is parked to talk, text or adjust the radio.
  • Don't drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Share the road with bicyclists. Give bicyclists 3 feet of distance and change lanes to the left when possible. Slow down at intersections.
  • Anywhere two streets intersect, a crossway exists. There does not have to be a marked crosswalk.
  • Always yield to pedestrians who are crossing streets.

Pedestrians:

  • Always walk on sidewalks or pathways and be attentive to motorists.
  • Cross where drivers expect to see you – anywhere two streets intersect or in marked mid-block crosswalks. This is where you have the right of way.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.
  • Keep looking as you cross the street, never think because one driver stopped for you any other driver will.
  • Never run out into a street for a ball, a pet or any other reason.
  • Never cross or enter the street from between two parked vehicles.
  • Put all your belongings in a backpack or bag so you are not tempted to "dart" out to grab something that has gotten away from you.
  • Wear bright or white clothing to help drivers see you, and if dressed in dark clothing, assume that drivers cannot see you. 

Bicyclists:

  • Wear helmets and reflective clothing.
  • Install reflectors on bicycles.
  • Obey the same rules of the road as motorists.
  • Ride in the same direction with traffic, not against traffic.
  • Do not ride bikes on sidewalks.
  • Always dismount and walk your bike across a crosswalk, marked or not.

Commissioner Host Fall Movie in the Park Nights Sept. 28 and Oct. 19

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Clark County Commission District G's popular "Movie in the Park" night for families will resume Friday, Sept. 28, at Whitney Park with a free 7 p.m. showing of Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time."  On Friday, Oct. 19, the movie will be "Nightmare Before Christmas" at 6:30 p.m.

The series is free and hosted by District G, Clark County Parks and Recreation, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Southeast Area Command's Safety through Outreach and Prevention (STOP) Program, Three Square, Walmart and Great Buns Bakery. Two bikes and bike helmets will also be raffled as part of the festivities. Tickets can be collected at the Whitney Community Center prior to the movie showing. Free popcorn and other refreshments will also be served as part of each movie night event.

Whitney Park is located at 5712 Missouri Ave., just west of Boulder Highway. All children must be accompanied by an adult to attend movie nights. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and pillows to watch the movies comfortably.

DFS Urges the Public to Become a Foster Parent

There are currently more than 3,000 kids in Clark County's foster care system. The Department of Family Services needs the help of the community to ensure every child has a supportive and loving home.

Becoming a foster parent is one way to do that! 

The first step is easy: attend an information session! This orientation will provide you with an overview of the foster care program and the next steps in becoming a foster parent. Information sessions occur multiple times a month and are conveniently located throughout the Vegas valley.

If you are not ready to be a foster parent just yet, do not worry. There are so many other ways you can provide help and support to our children and families. Here are just a few.

We are so grateful for whatever ways you are able to help our children during this difficult period in their lives. If you have any questions, please call us at (702) 455-0181.

Fall Job Fair Set For Oct. 9 in Henderson

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Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, Henderson City Councilwoman Gerri Schroder, The One Stop Delivery System and Nevada JobConnect will host a job fair starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water Street, next to the City of Henderson Municipal offices.      

Employers and job seekers interested in attending the fair are encouraged to register.  Registration is not a requirement; however, job seekers can call (702) 822-4229 or email cpolke@snvwc.org for additional information. Job seekers are encouraged to dress for success and to bring at least 30 copies of their current resumes to give to employers participating in the fair. The fair will offer job seekers opportunities to interview with representatives from multiple companies.

The goal of The One Stop Delivery System is to connect employers with a ready workforce and to establish partnerships in the community that connect job seekers to education, training and employment opportunities. For more information visit the agency's website

McCarran Marketplace to Celebrate Grand Reopening This Fall

We are excited to announce the Grand Re-opening of McCarran Market Place Multi Purpose Fields located at 5800 Surrey Street along the south side of Russell Road at Surrey.

McCarran Market Place opened in 2005, and quickly became one of the most popular and coveted field spaces for soccer leagues across Clark County. After 10 years of tremendous use, the fields were closed for safety purposes, and programming was discontinued. After almost three years of being offline, the fields will reopen with new COOLPLAY INFILL, and lining for Soccer, Lacrosse, and Football games. For more information on how to reserve a field for your sports league, please call David Rodriguez at (702) 455-8241. 

1 October Survivors Reminded to Sign Up for Nevada Victims of Crime Program by Oct. 1

Officials are reminding those who were present at the 1 October incident, even if you live outside of Nevada, to sign up for the Nevada Victims of Crime Program by Oct. 1

Funds from the program may help reimburse people for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the crime such as medical bills or counseling co-pays not covered by insurance. Anyone who was at Route 91 the night of the incident or tried to assist victims may be eligible for assistance from the program, and has one year from the date of the incident to file an application. 

Even if you don't have any eligible expenses now, survivors are encouraged to apply for the program before the due date in case they incur future expenses that may be covered by the program. An application to apply for the Nevada Victims of Crime Program also is posted on the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center's website at www.VegasStrongRC.org. The center also can be reached by phone at (702) 455-2433 (AIDE) or toll-free at (833) 299-2433, and by email at: vegasstrongresiliencycenter@clarkcountynv.gov. The center also has a Facebook page. Its address is 1524 Pinto Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89106. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 

Mental health experts say it's not uncommon for survivors of mass violence and trauma to seek counseling months or years after an incident occurred. Submitting an application for the Nevada Victims of Crime Program by Oct. 1 of this year will help ensure your eligibility for the program after that date. Clark County Television produced a video posted on YouTube that walks viewers through the application process. 

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center offers free resources and referrals to anyone impacted by 1 October including survivors, family members of victims, responders and anyone dealing with effects from the attack including hotel workers, taxi cab drivers or bystanders. Services include legal assistance through the Legal Aide Center of Southern Nevada, victim advocacy and support, grief counseling and spiritual care referrals, and technical assistance accessing online resources including FBI Victim Assistance Services for claiming personal items left behind at the 1 October concert venue. The center also has a Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/VegasStrongResiliencyCenter.

County to Host 1 October 'Las Vegas Portraits Project' Exhibit Sept. 17-Oct. 19

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To learn more about the Las Vegas Portraits Project visit its @lasvegasmemorial Facebook page. You also may watch this KLAS TV story for more information about the project.

In conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the 1 October shooting, Clark County and the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center will host an exhibit called "The Las Vegas Portraits Project" from Sept. 17 through Oct. 19

The exhibit will feature portraits of the 58 victims who lost their lives in the Route 91 Festival attack. Artists from across the United States and around the world donated their time and talent for the project. The portraits will be given to family members after the exhibit is over. The portraits will be on display in the Rotunda Gallery on the first floor of the Clark County Government Center, 500 Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. Crosses that were put up at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign to memorialize those who died also will be displayed. A public reception is scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 for participating artists and family members. 

Artists and cousins Ellen Abramo of Pennsylvania and Kortney Struempf of Georgia organized the Las Vegas Portraits Project in the days after 1 October to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the shooting. As part of the effort they created a Facebook page seeking volunteer artists willing to illustrate a portrait of each person who died. Clark County, the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center and the County's Parks & Recreation Department Public Art Office partnered with project organizers to curate the exhibit.

The portraits range in size from 8 by 10 inches to a maximum of 24 by 24. They will be hung on a wall maximizing the use of natural light from the Government Center's outdoor amphitheater. The County Museum crosses will be set up nearby on tiered pedestals.  

"The one-year anniversary of 1 October is a significant milestone for our community and for all those affected by the tragedy," said Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose district includes the festival site where the 1 October incident occurred. "This exhibit will serve as a tribute to the 58 beautiful lives lost in the incident, and hopefully also will inspire all of us to continue to love and support each other as we cope with the sadness and loss that was inflicted upon us in one despicable act of violence." 

Abramo and Struempf participated in a similar project organized to honor the 49 victims killed in the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in 2016.  Each artist selected for the Las Vegas project chose his or her portrait subject from images and biographical information that appeared in published news stories about the victims following the 1 October attack. Some of the participating artists live outside the United States in Canada and as far away as Greece and Peru. Many artists involved in the Las Vegas Portraits Project have made contact with family members of the victims during the process of creating the artwork. 

"Our goal with this project is to help build a bridge of hope and healing through art, and we appreciate Clark County's partnership in this effort," Struempf said. 

"When tragedy happens, I think it is important for people to know that there is still good in the world, that people do care," Abramo explained. "These portraits are meant to be gifts of healing for the families. Most people never receive a portrait of themselves from an artist. The artists who participated in this project donated their time and talents in an effort to give something back to the families of the victims." 

County Museum  to Host 1 October Exhibit Sept. 28 - Feb. 24

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The Clark County Museum will host the "How We Mourned, Selected Artifacts from October 1 Memorials" from Sept. 28, 2018 - Feb. 24, 2019. 

In addition to the "Las Vegas Portraits Project" exhibit that will be on display in September and October at the Clark County Government Center, the Clark County Museum will host an exhibit of items left at temporary roadside memorials after 1 October. 

The exhibit, called "How We Mourned, Selected Artifacts from October 1 Memorials," will be in the Heritage Gallery of the Clark County Museum at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson from Friday, Sept. 28 to Feb. 24, 2019. 

After the shooting, museum staff and volunteers collected and began cataloging thousands of objects left along Las Vegas Boulevard, at the Welcome Sign and at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno Street, near the Route 91 concert grounds. 

About 12,000 have been cataloged to date. A selection the items will make up the exhibit including flags, bears, small rosaries, artificial flowers, signs and letters, and a portion of a large Hawaiian lei that was left to promote world peace.

#VegasStronger Calendar Unveiled Listing 1 October Anniversary Events

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Local government agencies, churches, nonprofit organizations, and the resort industry unveiled an online #VegasStronger calendar of events and activities planned to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 1 October tragedy. The calendar is available on the LasVegasNewswire site at: www.lasvegasnewswire.com/events.

The calendar highlights events being held on Oct. 1 and in the days surrounding. It also offers a schedule of volunteer community service events called Becoming #VegasStronger organized by the resorts, faith-based and nonprofit groups in the Las Vegas Valley in honor of the victims of the tragedy and to support community resiliency.

Groups organizing memorial activities or volunteer events to honor all of those touched by 1 October are welcome to fill out an online form to have their event considered for posting on the calendar. The form is posted at https://www.lasvegasnewswire.com/submit-an-event. Additionally, the following are highlighted as key community events being held in recognition of 1 October to honor the victims of the attack, and encourage support of survivors, family members and all citizens affected by the tragedy.

County Law Library Announces Fall Class Schedule

The Clark County Law Library and Nevada Legal Services are offering a full schedule of free, legal education classes to the public from September through December 2018. Classes will be held at the Law Library, located in downtown Las Vegas at 309 S. Third St., Suite 400. Topics include: Criminal Records Sealing and Civil Rights Restoration; Basics of Lawsuits and Legal Research; Drafting a Civil Complaint in Clark County; Estate Planning; Eviction Notices; Habitability Disputes; Probate for Estates Under $100,000; Unemployment Law; and a Records Sealing Forms Clinic.  

There is no cost to attend, but seating space is limited. Please call the Law Library at (702) 455-4696 to register for classes. The Law Library is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached by email at: AskInfo@ClarkCountyNV.gov. The schedule of upcoming classes is as follows:

  • Criminal Record Sealing and Civil Rights Restoration – Fridays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Sept. 7 through Dec. 28.
  • Basics of Lawsuits and Legal Research – Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25, Oct. 23, and Nov. 27. 
  • Drafting a Civil Complaint in Clark County – Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 21.
  • Estate Planning – Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11.
  • Eviction Notices – Fridays, 3 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7.
  • Habitability Disputes – Fridays, 3 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 14.
  • Probate for Estates Under $100,000 – Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, and Dec. 18.
  • Record Sealing Forms Completion Clinic – Mondays, two sessions 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. from Sept. 10 through Dec. 17.
  • Unemployment Law – Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, and Dec. 13. 

September is Emergency Preparedness Month

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Visit the Clark County Office of Emergency Management's for information about emergency preparedness.

September is National Preparedness Month, and Clark County officials are reminding residents about resources available to help them prepare for emergencies of all types. 

The top hazards identified by emergency managers in Southern Nevada are communicable disease, wildfire, flooding, earthquake and extreme heat. Power outages also can happen sporadically. 

A general Clark County Office of Emergency Management TV PSA provides basic preparedness tips for people and their pets, and encourages the public to download the free Southern Nevada Community Preparedness App to receive emergency alerts and general preparedness information. The App can be downloaded for free from any smartphone using this link: www.equickseries.com/eoc32003/core/v1/getApp

The County also partnered with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to create a local PSA for television and radio to promote the "See Something, Say Something" campaign. This campaign, created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, encourages residents to report suspicious activity to their local police departments to prevent crime and acts of violence. Calls to the local "See Something, Say Something" hotline of (702) 828-8386 are answered at the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, or fusion center, which operates round the clock and includes representatives from multiple police and partnering agencies. 

The following three steps also are recommended for emergency preparedness:

  1. Get a disaster supply kit. The kit should contain items for you and your family's basic needs for three days to ten days, including food and water, and provisions for infants, medically fragile family members and pets. First build a "go bag" for your car, then work on putting together at least a three-day supply kit, followed by a larger kit. An emergency supply kit for pets should include a leash, carrier, medicines and copies of current vaccination records in case you have to check your pet into a local shelter.
  2. Create an emergency plan. Choose a primary and secondary meeting place in case an emergency affects your home or neighborhood, and designate an out-of-state contact for family members to call in case you are separated. Businesses and community organizations should design an emergency plan for employees and conduct safety training, including drills and exercises.
  3. Be informed. In an emergency, stay tuned to local TV or radio stations for alerts, instructions, and official notifications. Participate in citizen training opportunities. Volunteer with the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross and other organizations that perform community assistance during emergencies.

More information about emergency preparedness is available on the County's website on the Office of Emergency Management and the Fire Department web pages. Residents also may sign up with the Southern Nevada on the Alert System to receive emergency notices via phone, text and email. Emergency Management staff may be available to talk to community groups. For requests, contact the office at (702) 455-5710. Other resources include:

Fisher Space Pen Company Honored for 50 Years of Space Travel

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Commissioner Jim Gibson presents Matt Fisher, the grandson of Fisher Pen Company founder and inventor Paul Fisher, with a proclamation celebrating the company's 50 years of space travel.

At the July 7 County Commission meeting, Commissioner Jim Gibson presented a proclamation recognizing The Fisher Pen Company for 50 years of space travel with its renowned pens and for its part in upholding the tradition of creating quality, handcrafted made-in-America products.

Matt Fisher, the grandson of Fisher Pen Company founder and inventor Paul Fisher, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the company, which started in 1948. The company rose to prominence in 1968 when Fisher invented a retractable, pressurized pen called the Anti-Gravity 7 that worked in zero gravity aboard the first manned Apollo mission. Five decades later the company continues to thrive with pens still flown aboard every manned space flight.

All Fisher Space Pens are able to write underwater, over grease, at any angle, upside down, 3-times longer than the average pen, in extreme temperatures ranging from (-30°F to +250°F), and in zero gravity.

The company's iconic Bullet Pen, named for its sleek rounded ends, is featured in The Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection as a symbol of American industrial design.

All Fisher pens are manufactured and assembled in the company's 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Boulder City, Nevada. The company moved its headquarters from Southern California to Boulder City in 1976. The company has 65 employees and manufactures 30,000 pens a day. 

Commission Thanks Community Donors for Support of Summer Business Institute Program

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Summer Business Institute interns join commissioners at a recent County Commission meeting.

Interns employed through the Summer Business Institute program got a first-hand look at County government during a recent County Commission meeting.

Commissioner Jim Gibson welcomed and introduced Eden Tesfay, a senior at Southeast Career and Technical Academy, from the dais. Tesfay volunteers at the Salvation Army and Las Vegas Rescue Mission and hopes to become an attorney specializing in international law and human rights.

The interns also participated in a community recognition item to thank donors from various agencies and businesses for their support of the program. The Commission accepted donations totaling $42,250 from community partners in support of the 2018 Clark County Summer Business Institute Program. The donations help to pay for program related expenses including student scholarships, stipends and workshops. Donors include Bank of America, M.R. Whitsett, Carrolo Engineers, Wells Fargo, United Health Care Services and American Casino & Entertainment.

About 120 Clark County students are selected for the program, which runs from mid-June through mid-August. Participants are paid to work eight-hour days Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, interns attend seminars and workshops to receive training on topics such as life skills and personal finance and to participate in a civic engagement project. 

The program began in 1995. The application period for the program is in February when sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school can apply online through the County's Human Resources Department. Students requiring assistance completing the application online may contact their local high school counselor's office or Clark County Human Resources Department at (702) 455-4565. 

More information about the program is on the County's Human Resources Department website.

Trunk- or -Treat Oct. 25 at Whitney Park

Residents who live in the Whitney area are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Festival on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Whitney Community Center and Park, located at 5712 Missouri Ave.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Southeast Area Command's STOP Program and Commissioner Gibson are co-sponsoring the ghastly event, along with Clark County Parks and Recreation, Albertsons and Walmart. Kids and their families are invited to dress up in their most ghoulish costumes, and trick or treat in a safe and fun environment. There will be special appearances and a Dance-off by mascots from the Las Vegas Golden Nights, Las Vegas Lights, UNLV, Metro, Clark County, and various schools and other agencies. All visitors are invited to check out LVMPD and CCFD vehicles and other local classic cars on display. Activities will include live entertainment, face painting, and games and carnival rides. 

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County Encourages Trick- or -Treaters to be 'Inside by 9'

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The Clark County Commission is encouraging Halloween safety by asking children to be done trick or treating by 9 p.m. and for local households to turn off their porchlights by that time. 

Halloween may be one of the most fun nights of the year for local kids but it also can be one of the most dangerous for young pedestrians. Nationally, children are more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. 

Concerned about pedestrian safety on Halloween night, the Clark County Commission unveiled a campaign called "Inside by 9" that encourages trick or treating children to be home by 9 p.m. and for local participating household to voluntarily turn off their porch lights at that time. 

To the support the effort, Clark County's Public Communications Office created TV public service announcements in English and Spanish, the www.insideby9 website, and encourage the use of the "#Insideby9" social media hashtag for use on social media. The PSAs feature local actress and UNLV graduate Vanessa Lopez, playing a good and bad witch Wizard-of-Oz style entreating kids to remember that there's no place like home for trick or treaters and to be inside by 9. 

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness on the part of kids, their parents, motorists and participating households to ensure a safe Halloween. The UNLV College of Fine Arts Department of Theatre provided costumes for the visuals supporting the campaign. 

Children and families attending County Parks and Recreation Halloween events in October will be able to take photos of themselves next to large, poster cutouts of Lopez's image as the good witch and bad witch. Flyers with safety tips also will be handed out at County events and are posted on www.Insideby9.com to make them available to the community at large. 

The www.Insideby.com website features safety tips in English and Spanish for motorists as well as trick or treaters, along with links to the PSAs, and information about upcoming Parks and Recreation Department Halloween events.  Both PSAs can be viewed on Clark County's YouTube channel and social media sites. They are airing on Clark County Television (CCTV), and have been distributed to local news media and Cox Communications.  

Safety tips include:

Motorists

  • Drive slowly, especially in residential neighborhoods, and be prepared to stop when children are present; know that dark costumes may present a visual challenge for you as you drive.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and curbs, and around corners. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unexpected ways.
  • Avoid activities that distract your attention while driving such as talking on your cell phone or eating.
  • Be very cautious turning into driveways and backing out, especially where hedges and bushes may block your vision.
  • Watch for pets that may be running loose.

Trick or Treaters & Neighborhood Safety

  • Never trick or treat alone. Young children should always go trick or treating with an adult.
  • All children should walk, not run, from house to house, and use sidewalks, not roads. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • It's best to trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
  • Wear costumes that allow you to be seen by drivers. Choose bright or light-colored clothing; decorate bags and costumes with reflective tape or stickers.
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes. Costumes should be made of fire-resistant materials; avoid costumes with long, trailing fabric.
  • Carry a cell phone with you and light your way with a flashlight.
  • Cross the street safely at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look both ways before you cross, and keep looking as you walk.
  • Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up; don't dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
  • Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Accept your treats only at the door, and never go into a stranger's house.
  • Beware of jack-o-lanterns lit with candles, which are a fire hazard. It's safer for households to use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Have grownups inspect your candy before eating. Don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

County to Host Last Government Auction of 2018 Saturday, Nov. 17

Clark County will host the last and largest government surplus auction of 2018 at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4320 Stephanie St., off Flamingo Road near Dog Fancier's Park. 

The three-day, preview and pre-registration period will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 169 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone planning to participate in the live auction to bid on vehicles or miscellaneous items must register as a bidder on site at the TNT Auction trailer set up on the auction grounds. The popular auctions feature vehicles, office equipment, lost and found electronics, and other items used or acquired by government agencies, including McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the area cities and state of Nevada.

"The November auction always has the most inventory and biggest crowds," said David Johnson, manager of Clark County's Automotive Division, which oversees the auctions. "We encourage participants to visit the auction yard during the preview period so you can preregister as a bidder and check out many of the  items that will be sold."

Clark County contracts with TNT Auction to manage the auctions. Catalogs listing vehicles and miscellaneous items being sold are posted on TNT's website at www.tntauction.com. The catalogs get updated regularly as the date of the sale approaches. Anyone planning to participate in the live, on-site auction to bid on vehicles or miscellaneous items must register in person at the TNT Auction trailer set up on the auction grounds.  

To become a registered bidder, participants need to present a valid ID. There is no cost to register. Upon winning a bid on auction day, payment is due in the form of cash, cashier's checks, credit cards, debit cards, traveler's checks or money orders. YouTube videos in English and Spanish are posted on the County's website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov  to walk interested participants through the process.

An exception for on-site registration is if you plan to participate in the online portion of the vehicle auction, which is conducted at the same time as the on-site vehicle auction. Miscellaneous items are sold on site only during a live, separate auction that is conducted at the same time as the vehicle auction. Anyone who plans to bid for vehicles online must register in advance of the sale online through TNT's website. If you register online for the vehicle auction, you must bid online. In 2017 the auctions raised $6.7 million for participating governmental entities, including $2.6 million for Clark County agencies. Auctions are held three times a year, with each drawing an average of 1,848 bidders.

Springs Preserve Hosts 'Walk With a Doc' Second Sunday of Each Month

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The Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics hosts a monthly "Walk With a Doc: Kids Time" program every other Sunday. The walks return to the Springs Preserve starting Sept. 9.

The Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics hosts walks the second Sunday of each month at the Springs Preserve to help make fitness a family affair. 

Local pediatricians and other health care professionals host the 45-minute walks each month for children, adolescents, and their families as part of the Walk With a Doc: Kids Time program. The monthly sessions are free, and no registration is required. Participants meet at 8:30 a.m. at the front entrance of Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Each walk begins with a brief kick-off discussion about a health related topic. 

Upcoming dates are Sept. 9Oct. 14Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. Participants are encouraged to bring water and sun protection. 

Walk With a Doc (WWAD) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Las Vegas is part of a growing list of communities nationwide that have created local WWAD programs. 

What's Happening in Henderson

Commissioner_Gibson_Newsletter_Fall_2018_mod.jpgThe City of Henderson offers hundreds of life-enriching classes, workshops and events. These programs are hosted at 64 neighborhood and community parks, 11 aquatic facilities, and eight recreation centers (including two centers for adults 50+). To find out more about parks and recreation opportunities in your neighborhood, browse through the Henderson Happenings available at any recreation center or online. Here are a few highlights to get you started: 

Veterans Day Ceremony, Saturday, Nov. 3 | 10 a.m.
Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St.

Join Mayor Debra March and the Henderson City Council, veterans and their families at the City of Henderson's annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The event pays tribute to our patriots and military heroes with a presentation of names and the memorial wreath at the Veterans Memorial Wall, presentation of colors, and recognition of veterans' organizations. The event also includes a musical tribute to the armed services by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra.

The Henderson Memorial Wall was dedicated in November 1994, and local veterans are honored annually at Henderson's Veterans Day Ceremony. Constructed as a tribute to local war veterans, names will be added to the panel of the wall honoring several hundred Vietnam veterans, both living and deceased, as well as the panel reserved for all deceased war veterans who resided in Henderson prior to 1980. In 2006 a section of the wall was added to recognize Henderson residents who were "Killed in Action" or died from enemy action including terrorism and received a Purple Heart. 

Henderson Stroll 'n Roll, Saturday, Nov. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Along Paseo Verde Parkway

It's our spin on the Ciclovia phenomenon that's sweeping the globe where roads are closed to motorized traffic, allowing the community to take to the streets on bicycles, skates, scooters or on foot. Enjoy live performances, activities for all ages, interactive demonstrations, and health, fitness and bicycle vendors along the route. Henderson Stroll 'n Roll is a car-free way to bike, walk, skate and play! 

MARCH ON: Education Tuesday, Sept. 25 | 5 -6:30 p.m.
Paseo Verde Library, 2801 S. Green Valley Pkwy.

Meet and speak with City of Henderson Mayor Debra March on the topic of education including continuing city support through partnerships and funding. 

MARCH ON: Walk in the Park, Thursday, Oct. 18 | 10 -11:30 a.m. 
Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Pkwy.

Meet and speak with City of Henderson Mayor Debra March along with representatives from the Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department. 

Boulder City Art in Park Festival Set for Oct. 6-7

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The annual Art in the Park Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, in Boulder City. The festival is one of several family-fun events planned in historic Boulder City.

Art in the Park is one of the biggest outdoor art festivals in the Southwest, attracting more than 100,000 visitors a year.

It features 300 artists, food and beverage vendors, and live music and raffles. Admission is free. 

The event takes place near the Historic District of Boulder city in Bicentennial Park near Colorado and Arizona streets. The Boulder City Hospital Foundation has hosted the event for more than 50 years.

Opportunities to Volunteer in Boulder City

City leaders are looking for residents who are interested in serving the community through appointment to various committees. Any Boulder City resident may apply by completing an application form found at www.bcnv.org/volunteer. Boards and committees include: 

  • Airport Advisory Committee - The Airport Advisory Committee advises City Council and the City Manager on matters concerning the Master Plan.
  • Allotment  Committee -  The  Allotment  Committee  was  created  by  the Growth Control Ordinance. 
  • Charter Commission - Advises City Council on all matters affecting the Charter of Boulder City, Nevada, including amendments. Charter Commission members serve three year terms. 
  • Civil Service Commission-  The Civil Service Commission prepares and adopts rules and regulations to govern the selection and appointment of all employees. 
  • Combined Board of Appeals - Members of the Combined Board of Appeals serve four year terms. 
  • Golf Course Green Committee - The Golf Course Green Committee advises on matters concerning the Boulder City Golf Course. 
  • Historic Preservation Committee - The Historic Preservation Committee advises the Planning Commission and City Council to aid property owners in maintaining and enhancing the worthwhile historical resources of Boulder City. 
  • Parks & Recreation Commission - The Parks and Recreation Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council, Planning Commission, City Manager and Parks and Recreation Director. Members meet every other month. 
  • Planning Commission - This committee conducts public hearings and makes determinations on matters pertaining to the Zoning Ordinance. 

"Volunteers are the eyes, ears, and heart of our community.  Without their active engagement, our City couldn't function properly. Those who serve on the City's advisory committees help to keep our Council well-informed and in touch with the pulse of our citizens," said Boulder City Mayor Rod Woodbury. "We rely on them to help us make important policy decision. I express my deep appreciation to each and every volunteer who serves in these and other capacities throughout our community."

In addition to these roles, the City Clerk's office is looking for a volunteer willing to take on a complex data entry project. For more information, call (702) 293-9208.