Winter Edition

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Season's Greetings District G!

I hope you and your family are enjoying a happy and healthy holiday season. There are many activities in our area to enjoy over the holidays. One of my favorites is the Clark County Museum's Heritage Holidays celebration on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a free event and the only time of the year when the museum's unique collection of houses and buildings is open for night-time tours. You also can see the holiday decorations on Heritage Street through Jan. 4 during the museum's regular daytime hours.

I want to offer a special thank you to all those who participated in our fall cleanup in the Whitney neighborhood. The gathering was a great success with almost 150 volunteers turning out on a Saturday morning to pick up litter and paint over graffiti. 

I am always impressed by the generosity and kindness of so many of people I meet throughout Southern Nevada. If you have ever considered adopting or fostering a child, please see the article in this edition of our newsletter from Clark County's Department of Family Services. There is a significant need for both adoptive and foster parents in our community. Most children within the department's care are reunited with their parents or relatives, but sometimes this isn't possible. You may be able to make a profound difference in the life of a local child as either a foster parent or adoptive parent.  Contact information to learn more is included in the article. 

The Henderson Libraries and Workforce Connections have a wonderful partnership that recently celebrated the opening of a One-Stop Career Center inside the Green Valley Library at 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. This is the second One-Stop Career Center to open within a Henderson library location within a year as part of the Workforce Connections partnership. The centers provide education, training and employment opportunities to anyone seeking a new job or career change.

It is an honor to serve as your County Commissioner, and I look forward to continuing our work in 2019  to build and strengthen our community. Please email me or call my office at (702) 455-5561 if you have any questions or concerns.

Happy New Year,

Jim Gibson

In This Issue:

 

'Tis the Season for Bird-Watching in Clark County

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Sunset Park in District G hosted International Migratory Bird Day in November as an event to celebrate birds and educate the public about migration patterns and species variety.

'Tis the season for bird watching in Clark County parks and outdoor recreational areas in the Las Vegas Valley and outlying areas of our community. 

During the fall and winter, almost 340 species of birds migrate between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. 

Sunset Lake at Sunset Park is a popular stop for feathered friends, and easy place for the public to spot a variety of birds. Species regularly spotted this time of year include the Common Loon, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, American Wigeons, Canada Geese and Mallards. 

The public is reminded that it's important to keep wildlife wild and to not feed or disturb birds.

Feeding birds people food can cause them to contract illnesses and serious physical ailments, including a condition called "Angel wing" which prevents birds from flying. 

Clark County Wetlands Park also serves as an oasis for migrating birds this time of year because the Las Vegas Wash flows through it. Wetlands Park, located in the center of the Las Vegas Valley, is the county's most rustic park. It spans 2,900 acres and is home to 212 species of birds and 70 species of mammals. Warblers, turkey vultures, swallows, geese and hummingbirds are just a few examples of the many varieties of birds that birders can spot this time of year there.

Clark County Wetlands Park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. The telephone number is (702) 455-7522. Nature Center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Outdoor hours in the park are dawn to dusk.

Local Children in Foster Care in Need of Adoptive, Forever Homes


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More than 100 foster children in the care of Clark County's Department of Family Services are available for adoption. You may be able to make a significant difference in the life of one of these children through adoption. Read more about these children.

Clark County's Department of Family Services is home to more than 100 children and teenagers who are available for adoption. Our kids are seeking loving and nurturing families that can commit to providing them with a warm place to call their forever home.  Could you be the family our kids are looking for?

Locally, more than 3,500 children receive services under the supervision of the District Court Family Division. The majority of children and youth in foster care are reunified with their biological parents or relatives, but in some cases this isn't possible. When the goal for a child becomes adoption rather than reunification with parents or relatives, many foster parents currently caring for the children often decide to adopt them. If foster parents are unable to adopt a child in their care, our agency's seeks permanent adoptive homes for our kids.  Adoption provides the most stable relationship for children and their adoptive parents.    

There is a significant need for adoptive and foster parents. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-0800, e-mail DFSAdoptions@ClarkCountyNV.gov or read our children's' profiles.

To learn more about foster care, call (702) 455-0181.

Henderson Libraries, Workforce Connections Celebrates Opening of New Career Center
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Commissioner Jim Gibson celebrates the partnership between Workforce Connections and Henderson Libraries at the recent opening of a One-Stop Career Center inside the Green Valley Library. The Gibson Library also offers a One-Stop Career Center at its location.

The Henderson Libraries and Workforce Connections recently celebrated the opening of a One-Stop Career Center inside the Green Valley Library at 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. 

This is the second One-Stop Career Center to open within a year at a Henderson library as part of a partnership with Workforce Connections. Workforce Connections also operates a One-Stop Career Center at the Gibson Library at 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway. 

Workforce Connections, Southern Nevada's Local Workforce Development Board, connects employers to a ready workforce through a network of One-Stop Career Centers that provide education, training and employment opportunities. Through federal funding, the Career Centers provide employment and training services to job seekers, and can offer resources needed by businesses looking to hire employees during a job search.  One-Stop Career Center career coaches work one-on-one with community members to help secure opportunities for no-cost training and education.  Vocational rehabilitation, adult literacy, and other programs are also available at the centers. 

"I'm excited for our libraries to be a part of the solution to workforce development—this is very much tied to Henderson's economic development as well as that of Southern Nevada in general," said Henderson Libraries Executive Director Marcie Smedley. "It's great that libraries can actively participate and play a role in strengthening the workforce to suit the needs of the employers in our community." 

This partnership is a natural alignment—as libraries evolve to meet the public's demand, the needs of the community have changed as well.  Libraries must serve as a partnership in local efforts to support job seekers and accelerate local economic recovery. 

More information about Henderson Libraries is available at www.hendersonlibraries.com.

Harbor Juvenile Assessment Center Now Has Two Locations

Families hoping to steer their kids back on the right track after getting in trouble for fighting, skipping school, or other worrisome behavior, can now reach out to the Harbor for help at one of two locations in the Las Vegas Valley. 

The Harbor's location at 861 N. Mojave Road off Washington Avenue operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The phone number is (702) 455-6912. 

The Harbor also has a new satellite location is at 6161 W. Charleston Blvd., Building 2, on the State of Nevada's Department of Health and Human Services campus off Jones Boulevard. The Charleston location operates seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The phone number is: (702) 486-5331. 

The Harbor is designed to prevent children and teens from entering the juvenile justice system by helping families cope with problem behavior such as truancy or delinquency before issues potentially escalate into more serious trouble. Since opening in October 2016, the Harbor has served nearly 5,000 local youth and families. To date, counseling, mentoring, tutoring and substance abuse treatment have been the top areas of service referrals. Only 5 percent of the clients served to date have escalated into the court and juvenile justice system.

Multiple community partners provide collaborative, one-stop services at the Harbor. The list includes Clark County's Department of Juvenile Justice Services and Department of Family Services, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Clark County Family Court, Clark County School District, Clark County District Attorney's Office, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, the local cities and several nonprofit organizations.

To date, about 25 percent of The Harbor's clients have been walk-ins from the community, brought to the center by parents or caregivers seeking guidance with their children. Other referrals come directly from police dropping kids off at The Harbor instead of the juvenile detention center or intake staff at the detention center diverting kids to The Harbor if they have been arrested for a first-time or low level offense.  Anyone in the community who believes a child or family could be served by the Harbor, including coaches, ministers, and relatives, is encouraged to call or visit the facility for help and referrals to local resources. 

Signs that youth may need help include depression, anxiety, drug use, isolation, bullying or changes in behavior. Officials say youth behavior may be rooted in unmet mental health or substance abuse issues. It also could be symptomatic of issues going on with the family that can be addressed through community service providers.  More information is available on the Harbor's website at www.theharborlv.com.

Clark County Warns Residents of Deceptive Advertisement Using County Seal

Clark County is warning residents that it is not affiliated with this effort called the "Clark County Solar Initiative," despite the appearance of this deceptive notice circulating in Las Vegas Valley neighborhoods.

Clark County officials are warning residents about a deceptive notice circulating in neighborhoods promoting a solar energy effort called the "Clark County Solar Initiative" using a sticker with the County's official seal.

Clark County is not affiliated with any solar energy initiative, and does not endorse any solar energy provider. The notice is being posted with the sticker on garage and front doors, sometimes with the words "Public Notice" appearing in bold red print. The postcard-sized advertisement states that Nevada State Law A.B. 405 requires NV Energy to pay Southern Nevada residents to convert to renewable energy, which can be misleading. The law, which is posted on the state of Nevada Public Utilities Commission website establishes an Energy Bill of Rights for consumers and directs the Commission to assist electric customers in contacting the correct organization to resolve complaints concerning solar installation companies.

Consumers receiving notices promoting the "Clark County Solar Initiative" are encouraged to report the matter to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada's Consumer Complaint Resolution Division at (702) 486-7210.

Residents may also use the Secretary of State's online business entity search tool at www.nvsos.gov/sos to determine if a business has a State Business License and is organized pursuant to Nevada law. The agency's main telephone number is: (775) 684-5708. Businesses also are required to have a business license to operate within the local cities and unincorporated areas of Clark County. Businesses licensed in the County are listed in an online database maintained by the Clark County Department of Business License.

County Fire Stations Participate in Annual Holiday Toy Drive

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The Clark County Fire Department is teaming up with the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation to support the 17th annual "Fill the Fire Truck" holiday toy drive this year. 

Through Thursday, Dec. 20, residents can donate new, unwrapped toys or gift cards for disadvantaged children at any Clark County Fire Station in the urban area during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Toys also can be dropped off at rural volunteer fire stations in the County through Monday, Dec. 17. You can look up the fire station located closest to you on our Fire Department's website.

Toys and gift cards also will be collected at the Fire Department's open house on Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 38, 1755 Silver Hawk Ave., (Spencer and Pebble). Holiday safety will be the theme and there will be a visit from Santa. 

The final drop-off day for toys is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Burn Foundation's office located at 3111 S. Valley View Blvd., Suite B-111. 

The toys will be distributed to more than 40 local organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, and schools and churches. In 2017, more than 25,000 toys were collected for the effort. For more information about the toy drive or the Burn Foundation, contact the organization at (702) 485-6820 or www.theburnfoundation.org.  

Flu Shots Clinic Offered by Health District

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Flu season is under way but it's not too late to protect you and your family. 

The Southern Nevada Health District offering flu vaccinations at its clinics throughout Clark County. Flu shots are recommended for people who are at a higher risk of flu complications including pregnant women; people over the age of 65; or anyone with a chronic medical condition like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or respiratory conditions.

Because babies younger than 6 months old cannot receive a flu vaccine, people who care for them should also be vaccinated. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered by most insurance with no copay. For more information, visit the Immunization Program's Flu Vaccine Clinic page or call the Health District at (702) 759-0850.

The Health District is offering flu shots at its clinics. Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing:

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas: Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas: Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson: Monday — Thursday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m. — 2 p.m. By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0960.

County Offcials Recommend Cold Weather Safety Tips

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Freezing temperatures can take you by surprise this time of year. A temperature of 32 degrees or less in the desert can damage vegetation and freeze pipes causing them to burst. Cold temperatures also can result in frostbite and hypothermia.  Officials advise residents to monitor local weather forecasts for information about changing conditions. These tips also are recommended for dealing with winter weather in our region.


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Public Encouraged to Help Homeless by Directing Donations to Agencies Providing Long-Term Solutions

Commissioners and representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are asking residents to donate responsibly to help the homeless this holiday season, and use www.MeaningfulChangeLV.com to find information about donating to local organizations that help the needy.

Whether you are planning to donate money, food, clothes or other items, or looking to volunteer to help the homeless, make your donation lead to meaningful change in someone's life. Help our homeless get the most from your generous donation by donating directly to a cause or organization that works with the homeless to provide long-term solutions. The goal of the MeaningfulChange effort is to help change lives by encouraging people to donate responsibly to the local organizations that serve the needy each day. 

"When we give money or food to someone on the street, we are helping them remain on the streets and deterring them from seeking out the services and programs that could help them escape homelessness," Metro Police Deputy Chief Chris Jones said. "Also, too often the food, blankets and other items given directly to the homeless on the streets end up creating a significant amount of trash and other health and safety issues for the homeless. For example, we have seen people darting across busy streets and getting into fights over sandwiches someone is handing out." 

Information about donating to local organizations that work with the homeless is available at www.MeaningfulChangeLV.com. Some of the organizations provide meals, clothes and other items to the homeless, in addition to providing services such as case management, job training, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. The website also has information about volunteer opportunities with various organizations. To learn more, you can view this Public Service Announcement, also available on the County's YouTube channel.

Vegas Strong Resiliency Center Offers Coping Tips for the Holidays

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With the holidays approaching, the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center encourages anyone affected by the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on 1 October to reach out for emotional and mental health support.

"For those who lost family, friends, or colleagues from the shooting, facing the holidays, anniversaries and other special events without our loved one is very painful," said Terri Keener, a licensed clinical social worker and Behavioral Health Coordinator at the Resiliency Center.

"For those who survived the shooting with or without physical injury, the holidays also can present emotional challenges because you may not feel celebratory or you may feel stress or anxiety doing things that normally wouldn't bother you such as traveling or being out and about in crowds."

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center provides free resources and support to anyone affected by the 1 October shooting including survivors, family members of victims, responders and those who witnessed the incident or tried to assist victims. Since the center opened in Oct. 2017, it has served more than 8,000 people. Services include victim advocacy and support; legal consultations for civil legal matters such as debt collection, foreclosure, insurance claims, and family law issues; counseling and spiritual care referrals; and other assistance.

The Resiliency Center is located at 1524 Pinto Lane in Las Vegas. Hours are 10 a.m. Monday-Friday except holidays. Reach the center by phone at (702) 455-2433 (AIDE) or toll-free at (833) 299-2433 and by email at: vegasstrongresiliencycenter@clarkcountynv.gov. Its website address is www.VegasStrongRC.org. It also has a Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/VegasStrongResiliencyCenter. After hours on weekends or holidays, call the national Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-(800)-985-5990 to talk with a trained crisis counselor. Bridge Counseling also has local therapists available by phone 24/7. Its phone number is: (702) 474-6450. 

Mental health experts stress that people grieve and cope with trauma in different ways, and reminders of 1 October can cause retraumatization for survivors and family members of victims. Certain songs, loud noises like New Year's Eve fireworks or news stories about other shootings may trigger feelings of fear, anxiety, guilt, flashbacks, difficulty concentrating, and other symptoms of distress people may have felt immediately after the tragedy. 

Physical symptoms of retraumatization include trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, significant changes in appetite or weight, fatigue and lack of energy; and experiencing strong reactions to triggers such as sweating, fast breathing or rapid heartbeat. Other signs include social withdraw and isolation, increased intake of alcohol and other substances, avoidance of people, places and situations related to the traumatic event, and feeling unable to control your emotions or feel love. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers these suggestions for developing resilience when dealing with retraumatization:

  • Appreciate the impact of the original trauma. Do not underestimate what you have been through, but also recognize that you are strong and able to recover.
  • Connect with people who understand and help you through trigger events.
  • Ensure that you have a support system that is easily accessible and consists of people who know, accept and care for you.
  • Develop effective coping skills for stress management and self-care including peer support, regular exercise and setting aside quiet time for meditation or relaxation.

Other coping tips on the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center's website also may be helpful.

Clark County Museum's Heritage Street Decked Out for Holidays Through Jan. 4

The historic houses and buildings on Heritage Street at the Clark County Museum are decorated for the holidays through Jan. 4, and open for day-time tours. 

The Clark County Museum will celebrate the holiday season with its free annual Heritage Holidays event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at the museum, located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson.

Starting Friday, Nov. 30, through Jan. 4, the museum's collection of historic homes and buildings on Heritage Street also will be decorated for the holidays and open for self-guided tours during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. Daylight tours require daily museum admission, which is $2 for adults, $1 for children. The museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Now in its eighth year, the Heritage Holidays event is the only time when the public can visit Heritage Street at night to see the museum's unique collection of homes and buildings lit up for the holidays. The two-night festival includes holiday music and strolling carolers from Green Valley High School's acclaimed Madrigals choir, a craft tent where children can make their own holiday decorations, visit with Santa and his elves in the outdoor gazebo, and enjoy plenty of hot cocoa.

Heritage Street highlights include the old Boulder City train depot, the former Candlelight wedding chapel that existed on the grounds of the Algiers Motel across the street on the Strip from the Riviera Hotel, a root cellar once located on a ranch that is now part of Clark County Wetlands Park, and a turn-of-the century railroad cottage from Downtown Las Vegas. Those wanting more information about Heritage Holidays can call the Clark County Museum at (702) 455-7995 or visit the museum on Clark County's Parks and Recreation Department website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. Our Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/4dfw8ea.

Residents Reminded Not to Clog Drains With Cooking Oil This Holiday Season

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Don't be a pain in the drain this holiday season! The last thing anyone 

wants after a long day of cooking is the nightmare and expense of a clogged kitchen sink! 

The Clark County Water Reclamation District encourages everyone to put their holiday dinner drippings and leftovers into the trash, not the drain. 

The Water Reclamation District's  "Pain in the Drain" campaign is designed to decrease the amount of sewer blockages and overflows caused by fat, oil, grease and grit (FOGG) disposed of in drains by customers. 

Use your trash can instead of your sink to dispose of greasy left overs like gravy, cooking grease and turkey skin.  "Just Can It"! Smaller amounts of used cooking oil and grease should be put into a can and disposed of in the garbage. 

Christmas Tree Recycling Offered at Springs Preserve, Other County Locations

Instead of throwing away your Christmas tree after the holidays, you can turn make it a gift to the community.

The Christmas Tree Recycling Program operates from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15 with more than 30 drop-off sites throughout the community. To find the closest one to you, visit the Las Vegas Springs Preserve website page.
Locations include several parks and Lowe's stores and these County locations:

Clark County

  • Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset at Eastern
  • Desert Breeze Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Road at Durango (behind the community center)
  • Mountain Crest Park, 4701 N Durango Drive at Lone Mountain Road. 

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

  • 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

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Link/Christmas Tree Recyling Program 

The trees are recycled into mulch, and the mulch is put to good use in public parks and gardens to help conserve soil moisture and keep plants healthy. Recycling your tree is a gift that will keep on giving back to the community.

It's important to remove all non-organic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails from trees. Foreign objects contaminate the mulch and damage the chipper. Frocked trees, those covered with artificial snow, cannot be recycled.

Las Vegas Valley residents have recycled 196,085 trees since the program started in 2001, creating 1,705 tons of mulch. Republic Services estimates that the community recycles about 63 percent of trees from single-family residences.

For more information, find Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling on Facebook and Twitter, where you can follow the Christmas Tree Recycling conversation using @SNVTreeRecycle and/or #MulchMadness.

Whitney Area Cleanup Attracts Nearly 150 Volunteers

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Commissioner Gibson greets volunteers who participated in the recent Whitney neighborhood cleanup.

Many thanks to the almost 150 volunteers who turned out for the Whitney area neighborhood cleanup in October.

Clark County Commissioner host the cleanup on Nov. 3 in partnership with Get Outdoors Nevada and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Southeast Area Command.

Volunteers cleaned up trash and paint over graffiti. Residents who have large items to dispose of can put them in dumpsters that will be located at the Whitney Community Center parking lot.

Clark County regularly teams up with community partners to host neighborhood cleanups. Visit the Get Outdoors Nevada's website for a schedule of events and to sign up to pitch in.

Our Keep Clark County Clean website also offers a resource guide to tell residents how and where to dispose of everything from motor oil to old computers.

Health District Encourages Public to Report Illegal Dumping

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You can report illegal dumping to the Southern Nevada Health District. Required reporting information includes the incident date, the incident location, and a description of the material.

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting that illegal dumping complaints increased by 28 percent in Clark County from 2016 to 2017.

As the Solid Waste Management Authority for Clark County, the Health District is the agency with the authority for investigating complaints of the improper or unauthorized disposal of solid waste. The types of items that may be in question include garbage, furniture, yard waste or landscape debris, tires and batteries, construction and demolition waste, and any raw sewage that overflows into areas outside of a building.

Complaints made by the public provide the Health District with vital information needed to investigate illegal dumping in our community. However, there is key information the Health District needs to be able to follow up on a complaint. Following are resources to help the public report and the steps that must be taken to report improper or illegal activity:

  • Report illegal dumping by calling (702) 759-0600 or access the online complaint form at www.snhd.info/complaint
  • Required reporting information includes the incident date, the incident location within Clark County, and a description of the material that has been dumped.
  • Per Nevada Revised Statute 444, witnesses may be entitled to a $100 reward if the information provided leads to the assessment of an administrative penalty to the offender. This reward is paid when the penalty is received in full by the Health District.
  • Witnesses wishing to be eligible to collect the reward must be willing to sign a voluntary statement and provide testimony at a Solid Waste Management Authority hearing or in court if needed.

Complaints of material that have been illegally disposed of include trash, sewage, and hazardous material waste. In 2016, the Health District received 1,223 illegal dumping complaints, in 2017 the number of complaints increased to 1,575, and in 2018 the number of calls, emails, and information received through the Health District's website has continued to increase.

More information about illegal dumping and the Solid Waste Management and Compliance Program is available on the Health District's website and the County's website.

Mojave Max Contest Open to Area Students

minny mojavemaxcartoon.gifThe 2019 Mojave Max Emergence Contest is officially open.

Mojave Max is a real live tortoise that lives at Springs Preserve.  Every fall when the hot Las Vegas weather cools off, Max goes into his burrow to begin brumation (this is how Max hibernates). In the spring, when the weather begins to warm up, Max emerges. The student who guesses as closely as possible to the correct day, hour and minute when Mojave Max will emerge from his burrow wins!

Students from Clark County, Nevada, in grades K-5 who are enrolled in public, private, and registered home schools of the Clark County School District are eligible to win. The grand prize winner and his or her entire class will win Mojave Max t-shirts, Mojave Max Olympic-style medals, a pizza party and a field trip to Springs Preserve to see the live Mojave Max!  The winner also receives a laptop computer, a Springs Preserve year-long family membership, an "America the Beautiful" year-long pass to National Parks and Federal Recreational areas and a backpack filled with outdoor goodies!  The winner's teacher receives a laptop computer and the winning school receives a large trophy identifying them as the winner!

To enter the contest, visit www.mojavemax.com and click on the "Emergence Contest" button.  A Link to the site also is on Clark County's website.

The Mojave Max Education Program is provided by a partnership among Clark County, the Springs Preserve, Get Outdoors Nevada and the Clark County School District.

Spring Preserve Hosts 'Walk With a Doc' Second Sunday of Each Month This Winter

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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. Each walk begins with a doctor or health-care provider offering a brief talk about a health-related topic.

The Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics hosts walks the second Sunday of each month at the Las Vegas 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 Boulevard in Las Vegas. A doctor or health-care provider kicks off each walk with a brief discussion about a health related topic. 

Upcoming dates are Dec. 9Jan. 13Feb.10 and March 10. 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.