Area Briefing, Jan. 8-14, 2015


Candidates are being considered for the 2015 Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy.

Applications are available at by clicking the link for the 2015 Citizens Fire Academy application package.

The nationally recognized academy consists of 10 three-hour classes and includes a number of speakers from the department and support agencies. Also included are tours of facilities, demonstrations, a ride-along with a fire crew and a hands-on participation day at the department’s training center, 4425 W. Tropicana Ave.

Classes are set to meet weekly from Feb. 26 to May 7. For more information, email or call 702-229-0146.


The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada recently recognized valley students who won the agency’s eighth annual Anti-Graffiti Art Contest.

The top two winners were Kylee Shay Mitchell of Martin Middle School, 200 N. 28th St., and Aleya Porter of Fertitta Middle School, 9905 W. Mesa Vista Ave. Their artwork is set to be displayed on the outside of an RTC transit vehicle for up to a year. Award ceremonies took place Dec. 17 at Kylee’s school and Dec. 18 at Aleya’s school.

The runners-up included Katheryn Macias-Padron, Isaac Carpenter, Hunter Mecham, Sara Barajas Villa and Luz Molina Garcia of Cashman Middle School, 4622 W. Desert Inn Road; Jesus Martinez-Cazares and Jade Alexe of Martin Middle School; and Britton Cheney of First Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 301 S. Maryland Parkway. The students were recognized with certificates of achievement. Artwork submitted by the runners-up is slated to be featured on transit shelters around the valley.

Valley elementary and middle school students were invited to submit artwork promoting the contest’s theme, Keep Southern Nevada Graffiti Free. More than 209 students from 14 schools participated.

The contest is conducted in partnership with the Clark County School District, the Metropolitan Police Department’s graffiti investigation section, Crime Stoppers of Nevada and the Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition.

For more information, visit


Thirteen Henderson Police Department recruits graduated Dec. 18 from the 22-week Southern Desert Regional Police Academy.

A total of 23 officers graduated from the academy at the ceremony and will continue their training with the Henderson police, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue arson bomb squad and the College of Southern Nevada and North Las Vegas police departments.

The recruit officers received more than 720 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 Henderson officers are set to attend a five-week advanced academy and then complete a 17-week field training program.

The Southern Desert Regional Police Academy is a consortium between the Henderson and North Las Vegas police departments, the Las Vegas Department of Detention and Enforcement and CSN.


Presentations are planned at five valley locations to teach residents about the risks of radon.

The events are being held in honor of National Radon Action Month in January. Presentations are planned at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.; 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd.; 1 p.m. Feb. 8 and 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road; and 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane.

Free test kits for homes are set to be available at the presentations and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 28 at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 8050 Paradise Road.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can accumulate in buildings and cause lung cancer. When a home is closed during colder months, radon concentrations typically increase, making winter an ideal time to test a home for radon, according to the Cooperative Extension

For more information, visit or call the radon hotline at 888-723-6610.


A new city of Las Vegas search engine was launched to allow online access to records dating to the municipality’s origins.

Election and building records and City Council meeting minutes dating to 1911 are scheduled to be available.

The Records and Information Search Engine can be accessed by visiting It can also be accessed by visiting the city’s homepage at and using the site’s navigation tools.

Other functions of the new search engine include a search tool for resolutions, ordinances, legal notices and proclamations and access to drainage studies and land use case files.

City records have been available online for years, but they dated only to 2003. Older records were obtained by request at the City Clerk’s Office.


The city of Las Vegas recently activated a new traffic signal at Ann Road and Torrey Pines Drive.

The signal is part of a project to enhance roadway safety. Other traffic lights included in the project are set to be installed at Alexander Road and Torrey Pines; Alexander and Cimarron Road; Bonanza Road and Page Street; Sky Pointe Drive and Cimarron; Ann and Cimarron; Washington Avenue and Sandhill Road; and Owens Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.

Other traffic safety improvements are included in the $2.6 million project, too, according to the city.

For more information, visit


An emergency preparedness presentation is planned at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.

City of Las Vegas emergency manager Carolyn Levering is scheduled to educate seniors on how to prepare for threats and hazards in the community.

Admission is free with a $2 annual membership to city senior programs.

Registration is required. For more information, call 702-229-1702.


Go Mt. Charleston is seeking volunteers to be snow hosts this winter in the Mount Charleston area of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.

Many of the hundreds of people who visit the mountains each weekend to play in the snow lack knowledge of the best and safest places to go, what activities are allowed, what the parking regulations are and how to play safely, according to state officials.

Snow hosts address these concerns and provide roadside information. They also take part in the fun while engaging visitors at snow play sites. In addition, they help visitors have a fun experience while reducing impacts to the forest environment.

Volunteers are needed through March and work on weekends and holidays. Average shifts range between three and six hours, and the minimum commitment is two shifts per month.

Experience in outdoor winter settings is a plus but not required, and volunteers should be at least age 18 and be able to work in the cold.

For more details on the position, visit To sign up as a volunteer, contact Cody Dix at or 702-515-5408.


Residents can recycle their holiday cooking oil by dropping it off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 15 in the south parking lot at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

Oil can be funnelled into its original container, sealed and placed in a collection receptacle at the site.

The holiday cooking oil recycling program is a component of the Clark County Water Reclamation District’s Pain in the Drain campaign, which aims to keep sewers free of blockages and overflows caused by oil, fat and grit.

For more information, visit

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