Area Briefing, Jan. 28-Feb. 3


A free shredding event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 in the south parking lot at Ansan Sister City Park, 7801 Ducharme Ave.

Document shredding is limited to five boxes per vehicle.

For more information, call 702-229-6405.


The Animal Foundation is celebrating National Spay & Neuter Month in February by offering discounts on spay/neuter surgeries for pit bulls, pit bull mixes and cats.

Surgeries cost $50 for pit bulls and pit bull mixes and $20 for cats during the Pitties & Kitties Spay & Neuter Promotion.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 702-384-3333, ext. 137.


Applications are due Feb. 18 for those wishing to become the Las Vegas Municipal Court’s administrator.

Candidates are asked to apply at Those who possess the most relevant qualifications will be invited to participate in subsequent steps in the selection process, including a comprehensive background check and an in-person interview.

The court administrator is responsible for planning and managing the Municipal Court’s operations, including the alternative sentencing and education, criminal and traffic divisions. The administrator must also coordinate assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies.

The position oversees a Municipal Court staff of 150 employees and manages a budget of more than $21 million.


The city of Las Vegas has immediate openings for certified lifeguards and water safety instructors.

Applicants must be at least 16 and possess current certifications in lifeguarding, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use. The hourly pay is between $9 and $11. Tryouts and interviews will take place each month until positions are filled, the city said.

Interested candidates should call the Las Vegas Municipal Pool at 702-229-6309 to schedule an interview or apply at

Those who are not certified but are interested in becoming seasonal or career lifeguards can take the city’s pre-lifeguarding skills and American Red Cross lifeguarding courses.

Each two-week pre-lifeguarding skills course is held at the Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road.

The 25.5-hour American Red Cross lifeguarding course is provided at three locations: the Municipal Pool, the Pavilion Center Pool and Baker Pool. Participants must be at least 15, pass prerequisite tests on the first day of class and attend each session to obtain certification.

Advance registration for all classes is required at or in person at any year-round city pool or recreational facility.

Details on course schedules, fees, prerequisites and learning materials can be obtained at or by calling the Municipal Pool at 702-229-6309.


The Rape Crisis Center last year educated more Clark County School District students on how to stay safe, counseled more individuals and families affected by sexual assault and experienced significantly greater visitation to its newly revamped website, according to executive director Daniele Dreitzer.

In 2012, about 1,200 individuals and families received counseling services. In 2013, that number grew to more than 2,000, a 66 percent increase. Staff members also provided one-on-one counseling services to 371 victims in 2012 and 455 in 2013, an increase of more than 22 percent. This was largely due to the expansion of the Signs of Hope Counseling Center, which is slated to expand again in 2014, including providing counseling in Spanish for victims and their families, Dreitzer said.

The number of victims seen in person at University Medical Center saw little change between 2012 and 2013, staying near 600. In 2013, more than 3,000 calls were received by a team of volunteers who man a 24-hour hotline year-round. That number is 1,000 fewer than in 2012, when more than 4,000 calls were made.

Dreitzer said the reduction in calls to the hotline may be a reflection of more services being accessed online.

For more information, visit or call 702-385-2153.


Henderson Police officers conducted alcohol compliance checks on Jan. 4 at stores to help ensure that minors were unable to buy alcoholic beverages.

Officers and underage volunteers checked 64 convenience stores, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout the city of Henderson.

Three businesses were accused of selling alcohol to the volunteer minors in violation of the Henderson municipal code: 7-Eleven, 1400 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway; Smith’s, 55 S. Valle Verde Drive; and Walgreens, 101 E. Lake Mead Parkway.

The clerks were subject to a citation for serving an underage person and face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, police said. The owners or managers of a business that fails a second or third time can also be issued a citation and could face the revocation of their business license. Businesses that fail an alcohol compliance check generally are rechecked in the future.


The Las Vegas Municipal Court’s Women in Need program celebrated its 20th graduation during a Jan. 9 ceremony presided over by Judge Cynthia Leung at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave.

The specialty court program is available to women who have at least three convictions for charges related to prostitution. Participants have 180 days of jail time suspended for 18 months, which is cleared upon successful completion of the program.

The women must comply with rigorous sentencing requirements throughout the program, requiring the them to complete drug treatment and counseling programs, pursue education/training, secure employment and earn a GED if needed.

The court celebrated its first graduate in August 2008.

For more information, visit


Free radon test kits are scheduled to be available through Feb. 28 at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner sites statewide.

Radon, a radioactive, colorless, odorless gas that comes from the ground, accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer.

The Cooperative Extension, 8050 Paradise Road, Suite 105, has been working to raise awareness of the dangers of radon in the home since 2007 and has distributed radon test kits since 2008. Since that time, more than 16,000 homes have been tested in Nevada, and results indicate that one in four found potentially hazardous radon levels.

For more information, visit the Nevada Radon Education Program website at, call the radon hotline at 888-723-6610 or contact Nevada Radon Education Program director Susan Howe at or 775-336-0248.


University Medical Center is set to offer an infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation class at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Family Resource Center, 1120 Shadow Lane.

The class requires a $10 deposit that is refunded during the session.

For more information or to register, call 702-383-2229.


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