Area Briefing


The Clark County Water Reclamation District plans to conduct a sewer rehabilitation project through at least Thursday on Las Vegas Boulevard South at the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

The right-hand southbound lane on Las Vegas Boulevard is set to be closed between Flamingo Road and Harmon Avenue. Work is scheduled for 2-10 a.m.

Crews are slated to remove and rehabilitate sewer lines and manholes during the project, which began Sept. 30.

For more information, call the project hot line at 668-8668 or visit


Students ages 9 to 14 are invited to enter the 2013 Nevada Radon Poster Contest. Entries are due Monday and are limited to one per student.

Posters should explain: what is radon?; where does it come from?; how does it get into our homes?; radon can cause lung cancer; and test your home for radon.

Cash prizes of up to $80 will be awarded for first through fifth place. The top three Nevada posters will be entered into a national contest.

The valleywide contest is sponsored by the Nevada Radon Education Program, the Nevada State Health Division, Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, visit or call 888-723-6610.


The American Red Cross recently launched a free earthquake app for people who live in or visit earthquake-prone areas.

The app, available in English or Spanish, provides access to local and real-time information on what to do before, during and after earthquakes. Users can receive earthquake notifications and monitor activity where other family and friends reside.

Nevada is the fourth-most seismically active state in the U.S., according to the United States Geological Survey. Also, the National Earthquake Safety Council has reported that Nevada is ranked third behind Alaska and California for the likelihood of a large-magnitude seismic event. Eight fault lines run through the Las Vegas Valley, said Scott Emerson, CEO of the Southern Nevada American Red Cross chapter.

The earthquake app is the third in an American Red Cross series. First aid and hurricane apps also were created by the agency.

For more information, visit


SWAT team members from the Metropolitan Police Department recently won a regional competition against 30 other agencies.

The Best of the West competition was hosted Sept. 21-22 by the Santa Clara California Sheriff’s Office and required SWAT teams to negotiate seven different courses, testing physical fitness, tactics, weapons proficiency and teamwork.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s SWAT operations are staffed with two full-time tactical teams. The teams respond to about 60 hostage/barricade events annually and serve more than 400 search warrants each year. Other duties include dignitary protection and hosting/instructing the annual Intermediate SWAT School that welcomes students from around the world.


The Run Walk Roll is planned Oct. 21 at Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart Blvd., with proceeds scheduled to benefit the nonprofit Nevada PEP’s Bullying Prevention Program.  

The event is being put on in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month, observed in October.

Registration is set for 8 a.m., the 5K run at 9 a.m. and the 15-mile event at 9 a.m.

The early registration fee is a $25 donation for the 5K run. A $15 registration fee is required for the 1.5-mile Fun Walk. Children 6 or younger are free. Paid participants will receive a T-shirt.

For more information and early registration specials, visit or call 388-8899.


A variety of public and private anti-bullying shows are planned around the valley for students in pre-school through third grade.

The shows, to be performed by Michael Darby & Smile, are aimed at helping children feel empowered to make a positive difference in the world.

Public shows include:

n 2:45 p.m. Thursday at Steele Elementary School, 6995 W. Eldorado Lane.

n 1:40 p.m. Nov. 3 during the Vegas Valley Book Festival at a Las Vegas venue to be announced.

n 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson.

Private shows include:

n 8:30 a.m. March 7 at Alexander Dawson School, 10845 W. Desert Inn Road.

n 8:30 a.m. March 19 at Bonner Elementary School, 765 Crestdale Lane.

For more information, visit, email or call 271-9428.


The second and final phase of a public infrastructure improvement project on Shadow Lane between Alta Drive and Charleston Boulevard is planned through Oct. 31, the city of Las Vegas announced.

Construction is set for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will include half-street road closures, the city said. Motorists are advised to use Rancho or Tonopah drives as alternative routes.

Work involves the west half of the roadway and includes soil stabilization, asphalt paving utility adjustments and final roadway striping.

Completed work for this phase of the project includes sidewalk ramps, sewer main pipe and manhole replacement and paving of the east half of the street.

The first phase of work was completed this year and consisted of improvements to sidewalk areas to meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, the installation of an underground traffic signal conduit and construction of traffic signal poles and foundations to make a future traffic signal at the intersection of Pinto and Shadow lanes possible without disturbing the new roadway.

City of Las Vegas Department of Operations and Maintenance personnel are managing the project. Aggregate Industries Inc. is the contractor. Funding is provided by the city of Las Vegas and the Clark County Regional Transportation Commission. The estimated cost for this phase of the improvements is $1.2 million.


Seven weeks of construction began Sept. 24 on Decatur Boulevard as part of road improvements between Lake Mead Boulevard and Rancho Drive.

Most work is slated for 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, according to the city of Las Vegas. Due to noise concerns, some work also is planned during daytime hours, the city said.

A minimum of two lanes in each direction are scheduled to remain open during peak morning and afternoon hours. During nighttime work, traffic may be restricted to one lane in each direction.

Motorists are advised to use Jones Boulevard or Rancho Drive as alternate routes.

The project consists of the removal and reconstruction of deteriorated areas of pavement, median island modifications for improved traffic flow, pavement resurfacing and the installation of a new traffic delineation.

Preliminary work was completed this year and consisted of improvements to sidewalk areas to meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Las Vegas Paving Corporation is the contractor for the project, which is being managed by city of Las Vegas Department of Operations and Maintenance personnel. Funding is provided by the city of Las Vegas. The estimated cost for the project is $1.5 million.


The intersection of Lake Mead Boulevard and Pecos Road is scheduled to remain closed through October as the city of North Las Vegas upgrades the Las Vegas Valley Wash box culvert.

The project aims to improve flood control and enhance the wash’s capacity to withstand a 100-year storm event.

During construction, traffic will be detoured along Civic Center Drive on the west, Las Vegas Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue on the north, Lamb Boulevard on the east and Owens Avenue on the south. Alternative travel routes also will be permitted on Carey Avenue, Walnut Road and James and Palmer streets.

Crews are slated to work 16 to 24 hours a day and keep noise levels at a minimum during late-night and early-morning hours, city officials said.

This $24.2 million project is funded by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District and the Bureau of Land Management. Meadow Valley Contractors is performing the work.

The city and Meadow Valley Contractors have set up a project hot line that businesses and residents can call for information or to voice concerns at 880-8442.


The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire program was recently named an Exemplary Project by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities.

The Living With Fire initiative teaches Nevadans how to live more safely in high-fire hazard environments.

As part of the honor, the Living With Fire program earned a plaque and is set to be recognized during the Association of Public Land-grant Universities’ annual meeting, scheduled for November in Denver.

The Living With Fire program stresses that the key to reducing wildfire threats to homes and communities is implementing preventative measures such as replacing wood roofs, screening vents and managing vegetation.

The program, coordinated and implemented by the Cooperative Extension, is a partnership that includes local, state and federal firefighting and emergency organizations. Partners meet routinely to plan events and provide input for projects.

Launched in 1997, the program has helped thousands of homeowners and communities prepare for extreme wildfire dangers, Cooperative Extension dean and director Karen Hinton said. One of Nevada’s most pressing natural resource and safety issues is the threat of wildfire to human life and property, she said.

For more information on Living With Fire:


Eighteen recruits recently graduated from the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy, with the officers slated to join area law enforcement agencies.

The morning ceremony took place Sept. 20 at the Horn Theatre on the Cheyenne campus of the College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas.

The graduates are slated to join the Henderson Police Department, the city of Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement Department, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada gaming control and the Clark County Justice Court.

The recruit police officers taking part in the 21-week academy received more than 775 hours of academic and practical training on various topics, including police ethics, criminal law, defensive tactics, firearms, principles of investigation, community policing and emergency vehicle operations. The recruit corrections officers, meanwhile, received similar training in a 12-week academy.

The Southern Desert Regional Police Academy is a partnership between valley police agencies and the College of Southern Nevada.

For more information, visit

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