Spring Edition

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Greetings District G!

Welcome to spring in the valley. This is the time of year when we welcome outdoor festivals like the inaugural Tacos and Tamales Festival coming to Sunset Park and the return of the ever-popular Jazz in the Park concert series. Please mark your calendars for these two great events along with other fun events like the Henderson Heritage Parade and Movie Nights in the Park.

This issue is packed with great stories about the events I mentioned above and more. We are pleased to bring a job fair to Whitney Community Center, celebrate Law Day with special presentations and recognize the Clark County Museum which has stood strong in our community for 50 years. 

There are so many wonderful programs planned in the valley this season, please get out and enjoy some of these activities. As always, I hope you find the newsletter informative and interesting. Please don't hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or comments. We can be reached by email or phone at (702) 455-3500.

Have a wonderful spring,

Jim

In This Issue:

Whitney Neighborhood Cleanup Saturday, April 7????

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Parents, Teens Reminded of Crackdown on Crime at Clark County Wetlands, Surrounding Areas????

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With the arrival of spring break and warmer weather, Clark County, police and officials from other agencies are reminding students and their parents that a crackdown on crime continues at Clark County Wetlands Park and surrounding areas. 

Much progress has occurred in recent years since launching an inter-agency effort to crack down on vandalism, graffiti, under-age drinking and other illegal activity at Clark County Wetlands Park and surrounding desert areas. 

"Together we have had a lot of success in stopping the bad behavior that was occurring in and around Clark County Wetlands Park," said Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, who represents District G near Wetlands Park in the southeast valley. "We are grateful to Metro, our park police, school police and other agencies for their efforts and encourage the public to enjoy Clark County Wetlands Park for the unique ecological treasure that it is." 

Over the years, problem activity has tended to occur in Clark County Wetlands Park and nearby desert areas after dark and on weekend nights or on spring and summer nights when school is out and the area becomes a location for unauthorized parties, bonfires and other illegal activity.

Curfew for youth under age 18 is 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends and non-school days. A violation of curfew can result in a citation, arrest, and fines of up to $300 and detainment until a parent or guardian can be contacted. Clark County created a public service announcement called "The Party's Over" to help spread the word to teenagers on social media about the crackdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTGXxQzUmtc

At 2,900 acres, Clark County Wetlands Park is the valley's largest and most undeveloped park. The Las Vegas Wash flows through the area, creating a vast haven for wildlife and desert foliage and also posing a challenge for law enforcement. Sadly, in 2015 a 17-year-old boy was killed and 3 others injured in a shooting that happened in a desert area near the park following a party. That same year damage at the park cost Clark County taxpayers $180,000, including the destruction of the restroom at the Sunrise Trailhead. The restroom remains closed. Since launching the crackdown in spring 2016, less vandalism has occurred. Clark County's costs to clean up and repair graffiti and vandalism were $53,000 in 2016 and under $10,000 in 2017. 

Metro reports that the most common calls in the area are suspicious vehicles followed by reports of illegal shootings. The area has historically been used for target shooting, but those activities are dangerous and illegal given the valley's population of more than 2 million people. Metro encourages visitors and residents in the area to call 3-1-1 to report any suspicious activity, and 9-1-1 to report actual crimes in progress. 

"Thanks to support from the public and multiple agencies, we are making a lot of progress and we will continue to aggressively patrol desert areas inside and surrounding Wetlands Park," said Captain John Liberty of Metro's Southeast Area Command. "We continue to stress to parents the importance of knowing where your kids are and what they are doing. Check their cell phones and texts for postings about parties and other activities that can lead your kids into trouble."

Along with Metro, Clark County Park Police and Clark County School Police, partners in the safety effort include the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Henderson Police, Nevada Highway Patrol, the Clark County Water Reclamation District, Clark County's Department of Parks and Recreation, the Clark County Detention Center Graffiti Abatement Unit, and community groups such as Clark County Wetlands Park volunteers and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation. 

In addition, more than 880 volunteers participated in eight community cleanups and stewardship events in the park over the last year, resulting in an estimated 13,000 pounds of trash being picked up. The public also is invited to join in a spring cleanup on Saturday, April 149 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Duck Creek Trailhead.  To participate in the cleanup, volunteers are asked to sign up in advance by emailing Clark County Wetlands Park at wetlands@clarkcountynv.gov or calling (702) 455-7522. Duck Creek Trailhead is located on Broadbent between Russell and Tropicana. All supplies will be provided. Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes.

The public also is invited to enjoy upcoming activities during spring break week at Clark County Wetlands Park. 

International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 28, with a 7 a.m. early bird walk and activities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., including discovery stations, crafts, games and birding walks. To learn about more activities, visit the Clark County Wetlands Park pages of Clark County's website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.  The park is open from sunrise to sunset each day. The Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Clark County Museum Celebrates 50 Years!??

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In addition to the exhibit, Clark County will be celebrating the museum milestone through the end of April with events and activities. Learn more about events in April and historical highlights.??

On April 20, 1968, at 1 p.m. the very first public museum in the Vegas Valley opened in a condemned gymnasium in downtown Henderson. Fifty years later, the Clark County Museum has moved, changed names and become a pre-eminent location for learning the history of Southern Nevada.

To celebrate the anniversary, the museum will be presenting a new exhibit, "50 Years of Preserving History: Celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Clark County Museum," a look back at the history and growth of the oldest and largest museum in the Las Vegas Valley, whose collection numbers about 1 million artifacts.

The exhibit, open through August 26, presents the museum's history through a collection of photographs and objects. Artifacts from the very first item accessioned into the museum collection to examples from yesterday will show the breadth of the museum's collections.

"The Clark County Museum is a historical gem that is largely undiscovered in this valley, but it is one that people fall in love with once they visit, particularly Heritage Street," said Commissioner Jim Gibson, who grew up in Henderson. "I encourage the community to get out to the museum to learn about our area's past, particularly now during this anniversary. It's especially attractive given the low price of admission, which keeps it accessible. I think people are surprised when they learn that the museum has a collection of more than 1 million artifacts and that it's been around as long as it has. The museum and its collection are a wonderful reflection of who we are and helps tell our story as Southern Nevadans."

Today, the Clark County Museum has more than 1 million artifacts and occupies a 30-acre site, featuring a modern exhibit hall with a timeline exhibit about Southern Nevada from pre-historic to modern times and a collection of restored historic buildings on popular Heritage Street and the surrounding grounds, depicting daily life from different decades in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson and Goldfield.

The Clark County Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entry is just $2 per person, except seniors (55 and older) and children (younger than 18), who are $1 each. For more information, please visit ClarkCountyNV.gov/museum or call (702) 455-7955. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Inaugural Tacos and Tamales Festival at Sunset Park??

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Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the first Annual Tacos and Tamale Festival, taking place Saturday, March 31, from noon to 8 p.m. at Sunset Park, featuring a wide array of food offerings, micro beer and tequila tastings, live music, Lucha Libre wrestling exhibitions, carnival rides and kids' activities. Admission and parking are free.

The food festival will feature dozens of local restaurants and food trucks showcasing their taco and tamale creations, from the traditional, to multicultural-fusion, to totally insane! Also featured will be a Vegan Village, an exclusively-vegan and vegetarian area, featuring some of the valley's most popular plant-based vendors from Las Vegas and Southern California, offering up their vegan-spin on traditional Mexican cuisine. 

Tantalize your taste buds with our tequila tasting and beer garden, steps away from the food festival. The tasting experience will feature an array of brands sampling cocktails, shots, pairings, and more. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. The tequila tasting experience is produced by Live to Give and benefits local charity Create a Change Now, who strive to fight childhood obesity through gardening, chef demos, and in-class curriculum. Tickets start at just $25 per person. 

Live entertainment on the Findlay Chevrolet Stage will feature: La Banda Skalavera, The Tiki Bandits, Los Ataskados, Claudine Castro, Edgar Guerrero, and Gravidad. 

Lucha Libre Las Vegas will be showcasing the talents of some of their biggest and most exciting stars, such as Rey Horus, TJ Mariachi, Loco Bestia 666, Black Danger, and more! When you aren't cheering on your favorite luchadores ring-side, make your way over to the stage for live music. Featuring favorites such as La Banda Skalavera, Los Ataskados, Tiki Bandits, and more, you'll be sure to be dancing all day and night! 

Additional features available on site (*fees may apply): relaxation lounge, corn-hole and carnival games featuring a full merry-go-round carousel, the legendary Typhoon ride, bounce houses, and plenty of sweet-treat vendors. 

The festival is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st. Admission is free to the public for the food-festival portion as well as the wrestling, live entertainment, and carnival rides and games. Parking is available for free at Sunset Park. 

Event sponsors include Clark County Parks and RecreationThe CWMy LV TVExa 94.5 Findlay Chevrolet, and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Those interested in Tacos and Tamales festival, may call (702) 455-8200 or visit the website or connect on Facebook. For more information on Clark County Parks and Recreation, please visit their website or Facebook.  

Jazz in the Park Concert Series Returns!??

Clark County Parks and Recreation kicks off summer sizzle with the annual Jazz in the Park Concert Series - now in its 29th year. This year, the free series will begin May 12 with Ghost-Note (featuring Nate and Sput from the multi Grammy Award Winning Band Snarky Puppy), Bill Frisell feat. Trio Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen on May 19, Diane Schuur on May 26, The Groove Project featuring Marcus Anderson, Oli Silk and JJ Sansaverino on June 2 and close out June 16 with Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers. Seating will begin at 5 p.m. with performances beginning as early as 6:30 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Picnic baskets, blankets and low-back lawn chairs welcome, however food and drinks will be available on site. Admission and parking are free.

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Job Fair Comes to Whitney Community Center??

Commissioner Jim Gibson has partnered with Workforce Connections and the STOP Coalition to hold a Pop-Up Job Fair beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Whitney Community Center, 5712 E. Missouri Ave.  

Workforce Connections is Southern Nevada's Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) responsible for the operation of the One-Stop Delivery System in the Southern Nevada Local Workforce Development Area. Their mission is "Connecting Employers to a Ready Workforce" by establishing dynamic partnerships with employers and the community to connect job seekers to education, job training and employment opportunities.

For more information regarding Workforce Connections, please visit their website.

Heritage Parade & Festival Saturday, April 24??

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The Henderson Heritage Parade and Festival takes place Saturday, April 24, at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. The day begins with an 8 a.m. Mayor and Council breakfast followed by the parade at 10 a.m. and festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The festival is an annual celebration of Henderson's incorporation. The day honor's the city's rich history, people and special places that make Henderson the unique city it is. A variety of family-friendly activities are planned. Admisison is free. 

Organizations, school groups, businesses and individuals are welcome to participate in the parade. This year's theme is "Henderson Rocks." Entrants are asked to reflect the theme in order to qualify to win prizes. To be featured in the parade, please complete this application by March 27.

Anyone wishing to be a vendor, should complete a Special Event Vendor form??.

Those attending or in the area should plan for street closures as follows:

  • Ocean Avenue (from Van Wagenen to Haynes)
    • April 20, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • April 21, 5 a.m. to noon (Complete street closure)
  • Water Street (from Major to Victory)
    • April 20, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • April 21, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Complete street closure)??

Law Library Celebrates Law Day With Free Presentations on the U.S. Constitution??

In celebration of Law Day, the Clark County Law Library is hosting two, free public presentations about the separation of constitutional powers on Tuesday, May 1, starting at 1 p.m. The public can also stop by the Law Library's Reference Desk on Law Day to receive a complimentary copy of the United States Constitution, while supplies last.

The 2018 theme of Law Day is "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom."  Featured speakers for the Law Library's event are:

  • 1 p.m. Professor Ruben Garcia, William S. Boyd School of Law
  • 2 p.m. Professor Sondra Cosgrove, College of Southern Nevada

The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches –
the Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others.

Learn about the separation of powers and celebrate Law Day at the Clark County Law Library on May 1st. Visit the library to attend a free presentation and stop by the Reference Desk to get your complimentary copy of the United States Constitution, while supplies last.

The Clark County Law Library is located at 309 S. Third St., Suite 400., in downtown Las Vegas. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff can be reached at (702) 455-4696 or by e-mail at AskInfo@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

RTC Leverages Technology & Partnerships to Keep Motorists Informed About Road Construction Impacts??

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Dominating headlines and conversations in Southern Nevada because of its wide-scale impact on the community is Project Neon, the Nevada Department of Transportation's (NDOT) $1 billion project to improve traffic flow and safety through the state's busiest intersection, the "Spaghetti Bowl." 

Project Neon is now entering its "Main Event" with various road and lane closures planned throughout 2018, including weekend and overnight closures of U.S. 95, a major east/west thoroughfare. Whether it's Project Neon, roadway improvements funded by Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI), or projects underway by private contractors, local jurisdictions and utility companies, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) continues to collaborate with its public works partners and use the latest technology to keep motorists informed and better prepared for their daily commutes. Here are some tips and resources from the RTC to help motorists more easily navigate through the valley's road construction zones: 

  • The RTC's Seeing Orange website is a one-stop source for information on roadway construction projects throughout the valley and their impacts on traffic. Motorists can submit inquiries about specific projects via the website and hotline – 702-928-CONE (2663). 
  • Download Waze, a free navigation smartphone app, to plan commutes and join other drivers in Southern Nevada who share real-time traffic and road information. Through its partnership with Waze, the RTC provides construction, crash and road closure data to Waze to return one of the most succinct, thorough overviews of current road conditions.
  • Sign up for regular email updates from the RTC as well as its "Fuel for Thought" newsletter that provides information about Fuel Revenue Indexing projects and their impacts.
  • Subscribe to the RTC's Freeway Traffic alerts that are up-to-the-minute updates on traffic incidents on Southern Nevada highways and major arterials via text and email to help commuters plan their trip and avoid traffic delays.
  • Follow the RTC on Facebook to receive major construction updates and on Twitter to receive up-to-the-minute traffic updates and incidents.??

"We partnered with the jurisdictions, contractors and utilities to centralize information via Seeing Orange because we are on the streets daily and experience their frustrations, too," said RTC General Manager Tina Quigley. "We continue to look for ways to improve communication with residents on these vitally needed improvements that provide thousands of jobs and make Southern Nevada the best possible place to live, work and play."

Vegas Strong Financial Advisory Help Available??

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Financial advisors from across the nation are offering a unique, free service called The Las Vegas Survivors Project to the approximate 532 claimants to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund (LVVF). 

LVVF recently announced that more than $31.4 million has been donated to help the families of the deceased and survivors of the 1 October tragedy.  Distributions of these funds began this month. Approximately 40 registered financial advisors from various states, including Nevada and California, have agreed to provide a minimum of four hours of free financial advice to any of the LVVF recipients as part of The Las Vegas Survivors Project.  The purpose of the Survivors Project, established in early February, is to offer sound guidance and financial expertise to those who receive a distribution. 

The Survivors Project is comprised of members of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard and three other fee-only groups that do not sell insurance or investment products. The effort was organized by Knut A. Rostad, President of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, and Benjamin Edwards, Associate Professor of Law at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. Las Vegas-based financial planner Greg Phelps offers a unique perspective as a 1 October survivor and volunteer in the project.

"I've seen people make a lot of financial mistakes upon receiving a one-time distribution of funds like this," said Phelps, who was in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest festival with family members when the mass shooting happened. "Depending on your financial goals and needs, proper planning can help you avoid mistakes from tax standpoint, college savings standpoint, and other areas of concern."

LVVF recipients can locate a pro bono financial advisor by going to the Project's website: www.LVSurvivors.org and searching under the list of financial advisors. Volunteer advisors are listed by state but it is not necessary to be in the same state as the advisor. For more information about the project, contact info@LVSurvivors.org.

The Las Vegas Strong Resiliency Center serves as a free, one-stop resource and referral hub for 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 who tried to help victims. An online intake from is posted on the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center's website at www.VegasStrongRC.org. Staff will follow up with you to assess needs, connect you with available resources you may be eligible for, and provide updates. The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is located at 1524 Pinto Lane and is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. It can be reached by phone at (702) 455-2433 (AIDE) or toll-free at (833) 299-2433 and by email. It also has a Facebook page??.

Free legal services are available at the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Attorney Tennille Pereira, Esq. is on-site each day to discuss any legal or financial issues affecting those who were impacted by the mass shooting. A specialist in consumer affairs matters, topics Pereira has assisted survivors with medical bills, insurance, housing issues, employment questions, family law, eviction, and more.  Her hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. She can be reached by phone or appointment through the resiliency center's main number, (702) 455-2433 (AIDE).

The Legal Aid Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing free civil legal services to those in need.  Please visit www.lacsn.org for more information. The Legal Aid Center also is working with the State Bar of Nevada to help connect victims and survivors located outside of the Las Vegas area with free legal resources in their home states. 

Other available services at the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center include victim advocacy and support, counseling and spiritual care referrals, and help applying for funding you may be available through the Nevada Victims of Crime Program. Anyone who was present during the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, has one year within the date of the incident, until Oct. 1, 2018, to apply with the program. Funds from the program may be available to help reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the crime such as medical bills or counseling co-pays not covered by insurance. Even if you don't have any eligible expenses now, survivors are encouraged to apply for the program before the deadline in case they incur future expenses that may be covered by the program.

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center also is helping to connect survivors with counseling referrals locally and in other communities nationwide. Support groups facilitated by local therapists are meeting in the Las Vegas Valley. The Resiliency Center also is working to keep track of resources available in other states and communities, so it can refer survivors to support available closer to home.  A list of coping tips available on the Resiliency Center's website may be helpful to those who affected by 1 October. Suggestions include:

  • Reach out for help. Feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety and depression are common after a traumatic event. When you feel distressed, don't be alone. Talk to someone who is understanding and cares about you including a friend, family member, pastor or therapist.  After hours on weekends or holidays, call the national Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 to talk with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Seek Counseling. If you are struggling with memories, flashbacks or reminders of the violent event, counseling can offer some coping strategies. It's not uncommon for survivor of mass violence to seek out counseling months or even years after an event.
  • Stay in your normal routine as much as possible. Even if you don't feel like it, go back to work, to school and try to carry on with your usual chores. It will help to reduce stress if you continue doing the things you would normally do every day. Anniversaries and special events like holidays or birthdays may be particularly difficult, especially for those who lost a loved one. To cope, plan to be with people who care about you and plan an activity together.

Clark County Fire Department Releases Hazard Mitigation Plan??

Clark County, in cooperation with the cities of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Mesquite, the Las Vegas Band of Paiutes and the Moapa Band of Paiutes, the Clark County School District (CCSD) and the Clark County Water Reclamation District (CCWRD), has completed a countywide effort to re-assess risks posed by natural, technological and human-caused disasters and identify ways to mitigate those risks.

The planning process has resulted in an update of the Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The County developed its first HMP in 2007, updated the plan in 2012. An up-to-date plan is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 in order to be eligible to continue to receive certain forms of non-emergency disaster assistance.

The plan was adopted by resolution at the Feb. 20 County Commission meeting. The County's 2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan update can be found on the Fire Department's Office of Emergency Management website pages under Community Emergency Plans at: 2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

To learn more about the 2018 HMP update process or to provide comments, please contact the Office of Emergency Management via email at OEM@ClarkCountyNV.gov or phone at (702) 455-5710??.??

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Clark County commissioners sign a banner in support of those affected by the Parkland School shooting in Florida on Feb. 14. The banner filled with thoughtful messages was sent to Parkland in early March.

Spring Movie in the Park Dates Set for April 27 & May 25??

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Commissioner Gibson will host residents in District G for Movie Nights in the Park April 27 and May 25.

This season's selections are Disney's "Cars 3" and "Coco." Each movie will play at 8 p.m. at the Whitney Recreation Center and Park, 5712 Missouri Ave. All children must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Refreshments will be served while supplies last.

Commissioner Gibson is partnering with Metro Southeast Area Command's STOP (Safety Through Outreach and Prevention) to present Spring Movie Nights in the Park.

Spring-Summer Watering Schedules??

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Mandatory watering restrictions limit landscape irrigation during the spring to three assigned days per week from March 1 through April 30. Watering on Sundays is prohibited.

Watering restrictions for the summer, from May 1 through August 31, allow for watering Monday through Saturday. Watering is prohibited between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and no watering is permitted on Sundays.

Watering on days other than assigned watering days and watering during restricted hours are considered water waste and may result in a fee.

Spring drip irrigation

Drip irrigation is needed less frequently than sprinkler irrigation. During spring, we recommend that you run your drip irrigation system in a single cycle of 30 to 90 minutes, two days a week. The length of each watering should be determined by the emitter flow rate, soil type and weather conditions. See our drip watering tips for details.

If your plants appear stressed, check the soil moisture. If the soil is wet, your plants may be overwatered. Water less often or for less time.??

Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-12??

Don't forget Teacher's Appreciation Week, May 6-12. Teacher Appreciation Week is a celebration in recognition of teachers and the contributions they make to education and society. Recognizing teachers during this week provides an opportunity for students, their parents, and school principals to show their appreciation for the hard work teachers do every day. During the week, Commissioner Gibson will join METRO's Southeast Area Command and the STOP (Safety Through Outreach and Prevention) Coalition, to visit several schools within District G, to deliver breakfast to teachers before classes begin for the day. We encourage everyone in our community to recognize an educator in your life, even if it's simply by saying, "Thank you!"??

 

RTC Offers 'On-Demand' Paratransit Service??

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Innovative, out-of-the-box thinking is the reality for public transportation today. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and ride-hailing partner Lyft are at the forefront and have teamed up on a six-month pilot – currently under way now – to provide on-demand transportation for a small, select group of paratransit clients. If successful, the RTC will evaluate expanding the service to more paratransit customers.

The pilot program provides the traditional paratransit customer with a cost-efficient, flexible transportation option. Customers can book same-day, on-demand and/or advanced scheduled rides with the Lyft app. Pilot participants without access to a smartphone or who require a wheelchair-accessible vehicle can call RTC Customer Care seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to request a ride via the program.

Lyft has educated its drivers on how to assist passengers with collapsible wheelchairs and those with a visual or hearing impairment to ensure the highest quality of service. 

The pilot program provides increased flexibility for customers but does not increase passenger costs. Customers continue to pay $3 one way. The RTC subsidizes the ride up to $15 each way, and if the ride costs more than $18 total, the client has the option to pay the remaining balance or cancel the ride and use their existing service. In setting the subsidy cost, the RTC determined the average paratransit ride is 10 miles one-way. 

A pilot program customer, Raquel O'Neill, has been a paratransit client since 2000 when she was a freshman in college. Now the mother of a five-year-old son, she uses the service frequently and says it is amazing because "it gives me freedom. I get to go where I need to go when I'm ready. I get to take my time with my son in the mornings because they are less hurried." 

O'Neill says that with a paratransit bus transporting several passengers, she would have to schedule a pick-up up to 1.5 hours before the time she needed to get to work. "Now it only takes me 15 minutes, and all of my Lyft rides have arrived in five minutes or less when I've hailed them. The Lyft app is simple to use, and the process is seamless. I feel completely independent and free."??

Friends of Nevada Wilderness Hiring for Summer??

If nature is your calling, then working with the Friends of Nevada Wilderness?? may be the career path for you. The organization is currently hiring for more than 15 positions, including a Reno opportunity that is fulltime. Placement would be to fill positions for the 2018 summer field season.
 
The full-time position in Reno is as a Northern Nevada Stewardship Coordinator. This person recruits and manages volunteers on the ground, handles logistics for weekend volunteer events, coordinates with land management agencies on work specifics, tracks deliverables, writes reports, and ensures projects are completed safely and within budget. The Steward Project Coordinator may assist in supervising one or more AmeriCorps volunteers or seasonal employees. Learn more and apply.
 
Some positions involve travel while others offer housing and food. Positions may require camping and working in remote locations. Seasonal positions that are available are listed below with links for more information and instructions for applying:
 
??Thinking of applying, learn a little more about living with wildlife.??

Next Government Surplus Auction May 19??

Mark your calendars for May 19, the date for the next Clark County Government Surplus Auction.The auctions will start at 8 a.m. at 4320 Stephanie St., off Flamingo Road near Dog Fancier's Park. 

The popular auctions feature items used or acquired by area police and government agencies including cars, trucks, computers, office equipment, electronics and other lost and found items from McCarran International Airport. 

The County contracts with TNT Auction to manage the sales. 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 each sale approaches.  YouTube videos in English and Spanish are posted on the County's website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov  to show interested participants how the registration, bidding and payment process works. 

A preview and pre-registration period opens up three days in advance of each auction. The public is welcome to visit the auction lot, view many of the items that will be sold, and register as bidders. Interested buyers can sit in vehicles and ask auction personnel to start them up during the preview period. (Sorry, no test drives allowed.) 

Anyone interested in bidding during the action must register on site to obtain a bid card. There is no cost to register. On auction day, two sales occur on site at the same time – one to sell vehicles and the other for miscellaneous items. 

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. 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. The miscellaneous property auction is only conducted on-site and starts with the sale of unclaimed lost and found items from McCarran.??

Law Library Continues Free Class Schedule Through April??

The County Law Library is offering free classes. Seating is limited and a reservation is recomended. See the full class schedule below. You may click on the flyer to print a copy.

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What's Happening at Whitney Community Center??

Clark County's Whitney Senior and Recreation Center is located at 5712 E. Missouri Ave. near Boulder Highway and Missouri, south of Tropicana Avenue. Call (702) 455-7576 or visit the center's website?? for information about programs, activities and special events for youth, teens, adults and seniors. Rooms of different sizes and with or without kitchen privileges are available for special events.

The County's Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of facilities and programs for the entire family. Visit the department's website pages for more information.