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Debunking the myths of pine needle mulch

Q: We have 14-year-old pine trees with large water berms under them for collecting water. The inside of these berms are full of pine needles that I hoped would help hold moisture but they do not deteriorate. Should they be left under the trees or be removed?

Female players could turn the tide for Sun City golf courses

Don’t believe any of that talk about golf losing its popularity. The truth is that golf is gaining in popularity — at least among women. It certainly is in Summerlin, and for sure it is at the three golf courses in Sun City Summerlin.

Young fashion fans will have fun with new book

There’s just enough information in “The Fashion Book” to get future clothing designers started on ideas, with bios on famous fashionistas and interviews with experts and students in various roles in the industry.

Desk cleaning leads to drive down memory lane

I was not looking forward to the task. Clearing out your desk is not a pleasant chore. It’s the fall version of spring cleaning.

Ash trees not good choice for Southern Nevada climate

Q: I am having trouble finding a tree to replace ash trees. I want something that doesn’t grow so tall and does well in our climate. We took out our ash trees because they were giant and the roots were all at the surface. I am now guessing we have a soil issue. True?

Astound reluctant readers with ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!’

Robert Ripley was one of those people with “true star quality.” Everybody, it seemed, knew who he was, and they all loved him — maybe because he had a “multitude of dazzling achievements” that he enjoyed sharing with the world. Readers can see some of the items he might have gathered in the book “Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!”

Ash trees do not fare well in desert Southwest

Q: I have two 20-year-old ash trees that appear to be dying. I have attached pictures. The smaller tree is a Modesto ash and it started losing limbs about a year ago. The bark is now separating and it looks like an old stump with a few sprouts. The other is a Rayburn ash. Its limbs started dying this summer, but the limb deaths are accelerating.

Rampart, Lake Mead road construction projects benefit from fuel tax

An increased fuel tax and fuel revenue indexing (FRI) are paying for $12 million in road construction on Rampart Boulevard. FRI ties the increased income to the rate of inflation from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2016, resulting in an estimated $700 million in bonding capacity to fund 199 needy transportation projects in Southern Nevada and create as many as 9,400 jobs.

‘To This Day’ is packed with a powerful message about enduring bullying

From its beginnings as a poem written from author Shane Koyczan’s experiences, to a song, then to a video created with the help of 86 animators, “To This Day” is filled with some of the most powerful words you may ever read.

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