Area Briefing, March 26-April 1, 2015

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS REDUCING WILDFIRE RISKS

The Nevada Division of Forestry is seeking applications for the state fire assistance grant program.

An estimated $500,000 is set to be available for projects aimed at mitigating the risk and damage that wildfires can cause in wildland-urban areas.

Residents, homeowners associations, local governments, state agencies and nonprofits are eligible to apply. Projects must be implemented on state and/or private land in Nevada, and projects on federal land are ineligible.

Applications can be obtained and submitted at tinyurl.com/nvwildfiregrant. Submissions must be received no later than 5 p.m. April 30

For more information, call Ryan S. Shane at 775-684-2511.

CLASS TO TEACH DOGS TO AVOID RATTLESNAKES

The company Get Rattled plans an Avoidance Training for Dogs class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 at Bass Pro Shops, 8200 Dean Martin Drive.

The event is set to include live rattlesnakes. The cost is $75 per dog or $50 for dogs previously trained by the company.

To register, visit basspro.com/lasvegas or call 702-730-5200. For more information on Get Rattled, visit getrattled.org, call 775-234-8844 or email getrattlednv@gmail.com.

GRANT TO HELP RAPE CRISIS CENTER CREATE NEW PROGRAMS

The Rape Crisis Center recently announced a $265,000, two-year grant from the Engelstad Family Foundation to fund initiatives focusing on the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.

The Rape Crisis Center plans to use the money to: develop an abuse prevention curriculum for preschool and early elementary-aged children; offer resources for concerned parents and children; and provide an advocate to work directly with victims who are students in the Clark County School District.

For more information, visit rcclv.org.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU PLANS FREE SHREDDING AND RECYCLING EVENT

A free shredding and recycling event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18 at the Better Business Bureau, 6040 S. Jones Blvd.

Materials to be accepted include cardboard, plastic, aluminum, wood and metal. Old cellphones also are slated to be accepted for recycling.

Participants can bring nonperishable food items or money to be donated to Three Square.

For more information, visit bbb.org/southern-nevada.

COLLABORATIVE CAMPAIGN TARGETS CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

The Rape Crisis Center recently announced the launch of the Enough Abuse Campaign, a grassroots movement aimed at providing residents with the knowledge and skills they need to combat child sexual abuse.

The campaign kicked off during a special meeting March 6 at the Metropolitan Police Department’s headquarters, 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., where Southern Nevada stakeholders discussed the effort.

Participants learned about tools, techniques and strategies to help prevent child sexual abuse; the campaign’s plans and goals; and how to become involved in changing the way Nevadans prevent and report child sexual abuse and provide treatment and services to children and parents affected by the issue.

The campaign is being conducted in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada and is being funded by a grant from the Engelstad Family Foundation.

For more information, visit enoughabuse.org.

FLAMINGO CORRIDOR PROJECT TO SPAN EAST TO WEST ACROSS VALLEY

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and local elected officials celebrated the launch of the Flamingo Corridor Improvements project March 10 at 325 E. Flamingo Road.

Flamingo Road is a east-to-west arterial that connects commercial and residential development to the heart of the resort corridor and UNLV. The project is slated to make improvements along the 14-mile corridor between Boulder Highway and Grand Canyon Drive. Work is set to include the addition of dedicated transit/bicycle lanes, the installation of more than 100 new bus shelters, upgrades to intersections and traffic signals and improved pedestrian crossings.

The project is made possible through fuel tax revenues and state and federal funding, including a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant.

For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.

SCAMS FOR SERVICES SET TO BE TOPIC AT APRIL 1 EVENT

Health care scams are set to be discussed at 11 a.m. April 1 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

Topics are set to include how perpetrators obtain personal information and what they do with it to charge people for services they never received; how to find out if you’ve been victimized; what legal recourse you can seek to resolve the situation; and what steps you can take to help prevent it from happening.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Better Business Bureau and is geared toward seniors.

For more information, call 702-507-3458.

FREE SHREDDING EVENTS PLANNED

A free Ward 4 Shredding Party is planned from 10 a.m. to noon March 28 at the Mountain Shadows Community Center, 9107 Del Webb Blvd. For more information, call 702-229-6405.

Residents can have their documents shredded free during a Ward 2 Shredding Party set from 10 a.m. to noon April 11 at Ansan Sister City Park, 7801 Ducharme Ave. For more information, call 702-229-1100.

The limit is five boxes of documents per person.

POLICE OFFICERS TO BE HONORED AT AWARDS EVENT

The Friends of the Metropolitan Police Department Foundation’s third annual Sheriff Salutes the Best of the Badge is scheduled July 10 at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

A cocktail hour and silent auction is set from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by an awards dinner from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The event allows Metro to honor officers for distinguished service.

For more information, visit lvmpdfoundation.org or call 702-539-5741.

INTERNATIONAL TOURISM SAFETY CONFERENCE PLANNED

The 22nd International Tourism Safety Conference is scheduled for April 26-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road.

The event is for safety and security officials in the travel and tourism industries and focuses on providing new information, trends, equipment, strategies and best practices for keeping visitors safe.

Guest speakers from Clark County and around the globe are set to offer presentations addressing the state of tourism security, global terrorism, human trafficking, workplace violence, pandemic health issues, nightclub security, community policing and more. A Tourism Oriented Policing and Protective Services certification course also is slated to be offered.

The conference’s hosts are the International Tourism Safety Association, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Metropolitan Police Department and the Las Vegas Security Chiefs Association.

For more information or to register for the event, visit touristsafety.org.

BOOTH TO OFFER INFORMATION ON DEALING WITH DISASTERS

The city of Henderson Office of Emergency Management plans to man an information booth dealing with disaster preparedness from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16 at the Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road.

The booth is set to include information on preparing an emergency supply kit, developing a disaster-response plan and staying informed.

For more details, visit tinyurl.com/hendersonemergency or call 702-267-2272.

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