Area Briefing, May 1-7


PARAGON POOLS PLANS 11TH ANNUAL FLOAT LIKE A DUCK EVENT

The 11th annual Float Like A Duck water safety event is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. May 24 at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA water sports park, 4141Meadows Lane.

Duckie, the official water safety mascot, is set to attend the free event, which will include exhibits, hands-on activities, learn-to-float classes and open swimming. A firetruck also is set to be on display.

Attendees younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

For more information, visit paragonpoolslv.com/floatlikeaduckwatersafety.htm.

CONTEST INVITES STUDENTS TO CREATE VIDEOS PROMOTING HELMET SAFETY

The Richard Harris Law Firm, 801 S. Fourth St., is challenging Southern Nevada teens to compete in its fifth annual video public service announcement contest.

This year’s contest focuses on helmet safety. Clark County high school students are encouraged to submit their 30-second video PSAs for consideration. Students should creatively express true stories and life experiences to illustrate helmet safety. The videos must contain no vulgar or inappropriate content and should include original images and background music.

Participants must upload their video to YouTube or Vimeo and fill out the registration form at studentswithacause.org. There is no charge for entry, and students may submit up to two video PSAs.

Entries must be received by May 4. They will be judged for creativity and ability to analyze the topic and produce a quality video. Winners are slated to be announced May 23.

The prizes are a $1,500 scholarship plus a $500 donation made to the student’s high school for first place and a $1,000 scholarship for second place.

For more information, visit studentswithacause.org.

TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS EXPECTED ON MAIN STREET FROM BONNEVILLE TO OGDEN AVENUES

NV Energy plans to relocate underground electrical conduits on Main Street from Bonneville to Ogden avenues in preparation for the city of Las Vegas Main Street Improvement Project.

The conduit relocation is scheduled to be completed in July and will start at Bonneville and progress north to Clark Avenue, city officials said. The project will then move to Bridger Avenue and progress north to Ogden.

The Main Street Improvement Project includes a new storm drain and sanitary sewer and streetscape improvements. It is expected to last from June 2014 to fall 2015.

The conduit relocation will include lowering existing conduit duct banks at Bonneville Avenue to facilitate the city’s storm drain and sanitary sewer installation. The work is expected to restrict traffic along Main and Bonneville. A single lane will be maintained both ways at all times, according to the city. Access to businesses will also be maintained.

NV Energy is funding the conduit relocation work, and Rice Construction is the contractor.

MICHAEL WAY TO REMAIN CLOSED AT VEGAS DRIVE DURING WATER MAIN RELOCATION

Michael Way is scheduled to be closed at the south side of the Vegas Drive intersection to allow for the relocation of a water main, according to the city of Las Vegas.

The closure was scheduled to be effective through May 9. The north side of the intersection will remain open, allowing traffic to proceed north on Michael Way. Traffic will be able to access all businesses and residences on Michael Way up to the south side of the Vegas Drive intersection, the city said. Jones Boulevard is a suggested alternate route during construction.

Closure of the south side of the intersection is required to relocate the water main in preparation for a new storm drain along Vegas Drive.

The city of Las Vegas began the $15 million Vegas Drive Improvement project in January 2013, and the project is scheduled to be completed in August.

The work consists of constructing an underground storm drainage system on Vegas Drive from Michael Way to Rancho Drive to alleviate the heavy flow of storm water that traditionally flows down Vegas Drive. The work also will include an upgrade to the sanitary sewer main line from Saylor Way to Valley Drive and along Shadow Mountain Place on the north side of Vegas Drive.

Contri Construction Co. is the contractor, and the city of Las Vegas is managing the project. The URS Corporation is the construction manager. Funding is provided by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, the city and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

SAFE SUMMER NIGHTS TO FEATURE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION

Residents are invited to enjoy free entertainment, refreshments, health services and a resource fair while getting to know each other during upcoming Safe Summer Nights events put on by the city of Las Vegas.

Music, children’s games and face painting are planned, and free hot dogs and water will be available while supplies last. Attendees also can learn about community resources, including summer activities for youths, health services, community safety, money management programs and adult education opportunities.

The events are set for:

— 4-6 p.m. May 9 at Hewetson Elementary School, 701 N. 20th St.

— 5-7 p.m. May 23 at McWilliams Elementary School, 1315 Hiawatha Road.

— 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 30 at Booker Elementary School, 2277 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.

— 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 25 at the Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave.

— 6-8 p.m. July 18 at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

For more information, contact Lisa Campbell at 702-229-5406 or lcampbell@lasvegasnevada.gov.

BICYCLING AND PEDESTRIAN LEADERS AWARDED

Bicycling and pedestrian advocates from the Las Vegas Valley were recognized March 11 during the Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board’s annual awards program.

The awards, presented during the 12th annual Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit in Reno, honored individuals, agencies and groups for improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safety and advocacy.

Honorees included Erin Breen, director of the Safe Community Partnership program at UNLV; the city of Henderson; and Ron Floth, outreach coordinator at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Bicyclists and pedestrians make up to 12 percent of all trips in the U.S., according to Nevada officials. Bicycling and pedestrian planning across Nevada have shown a surge in public interest in bicycling and walking, with more than half of vehicle users surveyed saying they would drive less if other forms of commuting were available, state officials said.

The Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the Nevada Legislature to advise state agencies on policies, programs and facilities and to promote programs and facilities for the safe use of bicycles and pedestrians.

For more information, visit bicyclenevada.com.

COURSE TO PROVIDE CERTIFICATION FOR ASPIRING HOPE FOR PRISONERS MENTORS

Hope for Prisoners plans a 14-hour certification course for residents who are interested in becoming a certified reentry mentor for the nonprofit.

The training is planned for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 17, 6-8 p.m. May 20 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24 at the nonprofit’s offices, 3430 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 350.

Hope for Prisoners aims to help adults and young adults exiting the judicial system to reenter and effectively function in mainstream society.

To complete an application for training, visit hopeforprisoners.org and click Become a Mentor.

SHREDDING EVENT PLANNED MAY 3 AT ALL AMERICAN PARK

Residents can get rid of unwanted documents during a shredding event planned for 10 a.m. to noon May 3 at All American Park, 1551 S. Buffalo Drive.

The limit for documents is five boxes per customer.

For more information, call 702-229-6405.

GROUP GRADUATES FROM HOPE COURT PROGRAM

Seven people recently graduated from Las Vegas Municipal Court’s Habitual Offender Prevention and Education Court program during a ceremony at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave.

Graduates were Karl Roddy, who entered the program Nov. 7 after his 52nd arrest; Kirsten Pritchard, who entered the program March 5, 2013, after her 36th charge; A.Y. Rojas, who was remanded Jan. 9, 2013, after failing to follow court-imposed orders; Dustin McMenemy, who was referred to the program Aug. 1 on what was his 24th charge; Nicholas Buono, who entered the program after being referred by Las Vegas deputy city marshals; Pablo Thompson, who was identified as a candidate during an in-custody appearance; and Tyrone McDougald, who entered the program Dec. 10, 2012, after his 15th arrest.

HOPE Court is an alternative sentencing program designed to give a second chance to habitual offenders with issues related to homelessness, misdemeanor activity and substance abuse.

The program finds housing for participants and requires them to complete drug treatment, counseling, job readiness and life-skills courses. Defendants must stay out of trouble and abstain from drugs and alcohol during the program.

For more information, visit lasvegasnevada.gov/government/municipalcourt.htm.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR CLASSES AVAILABLE AT UMC

University Medical Center plans an infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation class at 2 p.m. May 15, 9 a.m. June 7 and 2 p.m. July 8 at the Family Resource Center, 1120 Shadow Lane.

The class requires a refundable $10 deposit.

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

CONTRACTORS BOARD PLANS HEARING ON PROPOSED REGULATION CHANGES

The Nevada State Contractors Board plans a public hearing at 9 a.m. May 15 at 2310 Corporate Circle, Suite 200, Henderson, regarding proposed board regulation changes.

For more information, visit nvcontractorsboard.com or read the workshop and hearing notice of intent via PDF at tinyurl.com/nscbregulations.

 

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