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In honor of Earth Day, Keep Las Vegas Beautiful will host its fourth annual “Earth Day Everyday” Art Contest open to students in elementary, middle and high schools.
In partnership with the Clark County School District School-Community Partnership Program and Republic Services, Keep Las Vegas Beautiful created the “Earth Day Everyday” Art Contest to raise awareness among our youth of the environmental issues facing our planet, to encourage critical thought about the effects those issues have and may have on our current and futures lives, and to foster ideas about how the planet can be protected and preserved.
The top 10 contest finalists from each age group will receive a special invitation to the April 26 “sus·tain·a·ble” Earth Day event at Town Square. There, first, second and third place winners for each of the school categories will be chosen by a panel of representatives from the art and environmental communities followed by the presentation of grand prizes and certificates. Winning art will be selected based on creativity, content, color and relationship to the message, coupled with the name and explanation of the art. Each of the 30 finalists will receive a certificate from city of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. The artwork submitted by both winners and runners up will also be part of a Youth Earth Day art display at the Town Square event and later displayed at City Hall.
Depending on grade and award, students can win up to $250 and their teacher up to $100 from prize sponsor Republic Services. Contest submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. on April 11 and adhere to this criteria.
For more information, contact Lisa Campbell, Keep Las Vegas Beautiful program administrator, at (702) 229-5406 or e-mail email@example.com
Horses4Heroes, a Las Vegas-based national non-profit equestrian services organization, has officially brought horses back to the 680 acre oasis at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Now through March 30, free horseback riding for all ages and all riding levels will be available as part of Heroes4Horses Days at Tule Springs.
Ward 6 City Councilman Steven D. Ross was joined by officials from the Association of General Contractors (AGC) to officially open Horses4Heroes Days at the park and open the new facility with an area for farm animals, a riding arena, mare motel and fencing. Veterans, first-responders from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and active-member military and their families also gathered to celebrate.
Sydney Sullivan Knott, the President/Executive Director of Horses4Heroes, said today was “Extreme Makeover meets Floyd Lamb Park.” “A few weeks ago, this space was an empty parking lot. Look at it now! What a journey it has been to reintroduce horses to this beautiful park,” she said. Sidney founded Horses4Heroes to help give first-responders, veterans, active-service military members and their families a way to unwind in a stress-free and non-judgmental environment.
Councilman Ross is also proud to have part of Tule Springs’ unique history restored. “It is great to see everyone out here celebrating the return of horses to Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. I love this park. It really is a unique experience in the city of Las Vegas,” he said. “Since the city took control of the park from the state one of my goals has been to return horseback riding to this property. Thanks to Horses4Heroes, we are going to have families and children riding horses out here just like when I was young.”
For more information on times and events for Horses4Heroes Days at Tule Springs this month, visit http://www.theranchlasvegas.com/
Our Detention and Enforcement Officers helped celebrate the National Education Association’s sixteenth annual observance of Read Across America Day. Their reading party was at Walter V Long Elementary School where officers read to children in pre-k through first grade.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, NEA called America’s children, both young and old, to reward their learning by celebrating the joys of reading. Readers of all ages are encouraged to celebrate! Learn more at http://www.nea.org/
Wet weather is expected to roll into our area, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation tomorrow and a slight chance of precipitation continuing through Sunday. Precipitation could be heavy at times, leading to ponding on roadways and enhanced run-off around fire-scarred areas in the northwest.
If you are in the area affected by drainage from the Carpenter One burn area, you should stay tuned to the latest weather information through the weekend and remain alert for potential impacts. Follow our emergency management team on Twitter @lvalerts to stay updated. If you do see roads in need of attention from city crews, as always, please tweet those locations using #lvroads to our @cityoflasvegas Twitter account. We are listening!
If you believe you may need sandbags to protect your property, we offer free sandbags and sand. Our West Service Center has sandbags and the sand pile is located at the three-way stop at Romenus Drive and Sauer Drive, which is located behind the Rainbow Library on North Buffalo Drive and West Cheyenne Avenue. Sandbags also are available for free along with free sand outside of our East Service Center. The sand pile is located on the east side of North Mojave Road, across from the Animal Foundation at 655 N. Mojave Road.
We’ve also put together some general tips on staying safe during flash floods. Stay safe out there!
- Beware that water covering roadways may hide washed-out bridges or gouged-out roadbeds. If you attempt to drive across, you may not be driving on a road.
- If you are in a low-lying area when flooding is occurring, get to higher ground quickly. And be sure to avoid canyons and washes that can channel swift water.
- Do not attempt to cross flooded roads or streams on foot. It can take little as six inches of water to knock an adult off his or her feet. Furthermore, water may be flowing more rapidly than it appears.
- Never allow children to play near ditches or storm drains.
- During stormy weather, do not camp or park vehicles along streams or washes.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
Members of the Las Vegas City Council and community members met yesterday for a day-long retreat at the Sahara West Library to begin thinking about the vision for the future. The group heard from some industry leaders such as Bruce Katz with the Brookings Institution, Nevada Resort Association, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and more.
Some of the highlights that came out of the breakout sessions included:
- The importance of having a thriving medical district
- Grow better jobs
- The need for more collaboration and revitalization
- Valuing education from “cradle to career”
- Developing a regional model for transportation
- Rethinking our approach to healthcare
- Focus on education, economy, sustainability
- Making Las Vegas a community of the future
While the goal of the retreat was to brainstorm what we aspire to be as a community, another retreat scheduled for March 17 at the Downtown Grand will focus on how to get there, by setting priorities for the future.
Black History month wraps up this week, but there is still time to participate in one of the city’s events to commemorate this important month! Some of the community’s brightest local artists will be taking part in the “Step Up” spoken word event Friday, Feb. 28, from 8 to 10 p.m. at The 25 Club, located at 4531 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Everyone is invited to attend and hear spoken word performances by talented artists including Adrian Parker, Audeo Piauz, Jess Flo, Godz Poet, LaBlaque and Keith Brantley, with a musical intermission by Dion Binion. Local noted poet Tara Bliss Manor will host this event, which is cosponsored by the city of Las Vegas and Kerwynn William. Admission is $7. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Call (702) 229-6125 for more information.
Some of our employees had a great time participating in the Color Run this past weekend in downtown Las Vegas.
Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow helped showcase some of the city’s new bike lanes while taking a spin on his new Trikke at Stewart and Third Street today in front of Mob Bar at Downtown Grand. A Trikke is a new three-wheeled personal vehicle that provides a sustainable means of transportation, and an alternative to making short car trips. They can be powered by a rechargeable battery, go from 12-17 miles per hour and can be ridden in bike .
Through a cooperative effort, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and the city of Las Vegas are constructing Complete Street improvements in the downtown Las Vegas area to provide safer and more convenient access for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists. As a result of these efforts, the city now has 66 downtown blocks that have bike lanes and another 41 blocks where bike lanes are under design or soon to start construction. In addition, dozens of new bike racks have been installed. These efforts have helped make biking a safer and more convenient alternative mode of transportation in the downtown area.
We’re making it easier for you choose sustainable modes of transportation when visiting downtown Las Vegas. Along with your bike, the Trikke (shown in the above photos) folds down easily to allow you to easily commute on a RTCSNV bus and beat the traffic.
Did you know that February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month? Spaying/neutering your pet is part of being a responsible pet owner but it has also been an official law in in the city of Las Vegas since November 2009. And it has made a big difference already. From 2007-2009, before the official city ordinance, only 28 percent of animals that were impounded by our Animal Control were spayed or neutered. Since 2009, that rate has increased to more than 45 percent, thanks to this ordinance.
Why do we see the need to make it mandatory for you to spay and neuter your pets? Here are a few reasons!
- We spend unnecessary tax dollars every year to provide care for unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals
- It helps reduce pet overpopulation
- It leads to less unwanted animals being euthanized
- Less stray animals get into garbage cans, cause car accidents and damage property
- Pet overpopulation contributes to an increased amount of dog attacks and bites
The Animal Foundation offers a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Learn more about it here: http://www.animalfoundation.com/services/spay-neuter/
Getting ready for the largest international youth soccer tournament in the country is no easy task, but city employees get a jump on it weeks in advance by fertilizing, mowing and watering. It takes three full days of intense preparation the week of the event to get the fields in perfect order. After preparing the ground for the thousands of soccer players about to kick off throughout the valley, the field lines are drawn as the final step and it’s ready to go.
The Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase brings more than 8,000 soccer players, ages 14 to 19, from 13 foreign countries and 29 U.S. states to soccer fields all around Las Vegas Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 15-17. The economic impact to Las Vegas, including hotel rooms, vehicle rentals, dining out, and other tourist expenditures, is expected to bring more than $18 million into the local economy, according to Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club President Roger Tabor.
Matches will begin at 8:40 a.m. on artificial turf and 10 a.m. on grass fields on both Saturday and Sunday a total of 52 fields will be used. Play will continue until 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. For more details visit www.LVMayorsCup.com