National Suit Drive: HELP of Southern Nevada is seeking donations of used professional attire at local Men’s Wearhouse locations through July 31. Those who donate will receive 50 percent off regular priced retail items during their next visit. Visit nationalsuitdrive.com.
Town Hall Meetings on Proposal to Reorganize Clark County School District: Residents are invited to the meetings to provide input into a proposed plan to reorganize CCSD. The meetings are hosted by Clark County commissioners and are required under Nevada Assembly Bill 394. Meetings are planned at 6 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for the Aug. 8 event) and include:
July 28, Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water St., hosted by County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow
Aug. 1, Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane, hosted by County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick
Aug. 2, Sierra Vista High School, 8100 W. Robindale Road, hosted by County Commissioner Steve Sisolak
Aug. 3, Northwest Career & Technical Academy, 8200 W. Tropical Parkway, hosted by County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick on behalf of County Commissioner Larry Brown
Aug. 4, Clark County Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building, 1301 Whipple Ave. in Logandale, hosted by County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick
Aug. 8, Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road, hosted by County Commissioner Susan Brager
Aug. 9, Clark County Government Center Commission Chambers, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, hosted by County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly (this event is to be televised live)
National Citizen Survey: The city of Henderson is inviting all city residents to participate in the National Citizen Survey, either through the mail or online. Surveys have been mailed to 3,000 randomly selected households. The results will be included in a final report that city officials will use to guide future strategic, financial planning and budgeting decisions. The city has previously conducted resident surveys in 2014 and 2012, which will allow for a comparison of resident perspectives and opinions over the years. In addition to the mailed survey, the city has established a web survey that all residents who did not receive a survey in the mail can complete. Through Aug. 3, the survey will be available online at cityofhenderson.com/survey.
Yes! back to school drive: Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing announced an employee-sponsored school supply donation drive to benefit USO Las Vegas. Through Aug. 10, Yes! will be collecting school supplies from the company’s employees to be delivered to the USO Las Vegas for its Back to School Bash event Aug. 20. Customers of the company are also invited to drop off school supply donations at 6275 S. Pioneer Way before Aug. 10. Visit TheYesManCan.com or call 702-545-6260.
Fill the Bus: Communities In Schools of Nevada is planning its annual event Aug. 12 at Sam’s Club, 7100 Arroyo Crossing Parkway, and Aug. 13 at Sams’ Club, 8080 W. Tropical Parkway. Addtionally, Nevada State Bank is collecting school supplies and donations for CIS through Aug. 11 at all bank branches. Needed school supplies include backpacks, notebooks, notebook paper, pocket folders, markers, crayons, colored pencils and more, as well as gift cards and uniformed clothing for boys and girls. Visit cisnevada.org or call 702-770-7611.
Back to School Wellness events: HealthCare Partners Back to School Wellness events offer sports physicals, immunizations and records for students. Upcoming events are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Durango Clinic, 5575 S. Durango Drive, Suite 103, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Galleria Clinic, 1397 Galleria Drive, Suite 100. Insurance co-ops and regular rates apply. Call 702-870-2099.
Back to School Supples Block Party: Pure Energy Production is planning the supply drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at 4629 Drake Circle. Needed donations include bookbags and other school items. Call Dwayne Dukes Sr. at 702-624-2850.
Hospice Back to School Supply Drive: Nathan Adelson Hospice is collecting items for its annual drive to help local students in the 2016-17 school year. Through Aug. 22, hospice locations will serve as drop-off points for school supplies for students at Robert L. Taylor and Sunrise Acres elementary schools. The supply drive will also help Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Families in Need Program, which assists families utilizing hospice care and also employees in need. Needed supplies include backpacks, paper, crayons, markers, scissors, erasers, glue sticks, tissue boxes, colored pencils, pocket folders, rulers, binders, paper towels and zip-closed bags. Visit nah.org.
Safekey Registration: Registration for Safekey for the 2016-17 school year begins Aug. 1. There is an annual $20 registration fee per child. Registration and enrollment forms can be completed at the Safekey Office, 416 N. Seventh St., the Safekey program at the school your child attends, or at city of Las Vegas back-to-school events. Call 702-229-3399 or visit lasvegasparksandrec.com.
Fall residencies: Artists can apply for the artist in residency program at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 13. Selected artists will schedule residencies for two weeks in September, October or November. They will be required to create at least one piece of artwork inspired by Red Rock for an exhibition from December 2016 through January 2017. Artists will receive a $1,000 stipend from Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association for developing their work. The Red Rock Canyon Artist-in-Residence program is open to artists working in two-dimensional fields (including but not limited to painters, photographers, poets and print makers) who are 18 or older and United States residents who meet the application criteria. Application submissions should include a resume, proposal for community engagement project, samples of artwork, and a response to the application questionnaire. Selected applicants will be notified by Aug. 31. Visit redrockcanyonlv.org/programs/air or call 702-515-5376.
Mob Museum honored: The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has received the Preservation Education award for its Investigating History Educational Outreach Program from the Historic Preservation Commission of the city of Las Vegas. This award recognized the museum’s efforts in promoting and educating the public regarding aspects of the city of Las Vegas’ development history. Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Bob Stoldal presented Museum representatives with the award during the May 18 meeting of the Las Vegas City Council.
Neighborhood College: Clark County’s Neighborhood College is seeking residents interested in learning how county government works to better serve their community. The college is a free, 10-week program of interactive workshops and hands-on learning experiences conducted for Clark County residents by subject matter experts from various County departments and agencies. Session topics include but are not limited to: an overview of government, transportation, human services, public safety, public works, civic engagement and code enforcement. The class starts Sept. 12 and will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 12. To apply, get an application from the Organizational Development Center on the first floor of the Clark County Government Center, call 702-455-3179 or visit goo.gl/forms/qQRdgoNn4KoZJ5rM2. Fax the completed application to to 702-455-3211, email it to ClarkCountyNeighborhoodCollege@ClarkCountyNV.gov or mail it to Clark County Organizational Development Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89155.
Bottled water donations: HELP of Southern Nevada is partnering with Whole Foods Market to collect bottled water through Aug. 31 for its annual HELP2O campaign to aid homeless people during the summer. The public can donate bottled water at all Las Vegas- and Henderson-area Whole Foods Market locations. The water will be collected and distributed daily to area homeless by HELP of Southern Nevada. Those looking to make a monetary donation throughout the campaign will be able to do so by tossing their change into branded HELP of Southern Nevada change jars at all Las Vegas- and Henderson-area Whole Foods Market locations or by submitting a donation at helpsonv.org.
Election workers needed: The Clark County Election Department is looking for workers during Election Day, Nov. 8. The pay is $120 for the day. Applicants must be registered voters in Clark County, not a candidate or relative of a candidate, endure long hours or have flexibility for a variable schedule. Visit ClarkCountyNV.gov/vote or call 702-455-2815.
Volunteer coaches: The Elite Las Vegas Wildcats, comprising tackle football and cheerleading for youths 7 to 14, is a nonprofit within the National Youth Sports League, affiliated with USA Football, a partner of the NFL. The Wildcats are looking for volunteer coaches for over 135 student athletes. No experience is required. Coaching clinics and course opportunities will be provided. Each volunteer will be required to submit a background check (a $10 fee). Football coaches will be required to obtain USA Football Certification for coaching (a $25 fee for online membership). Email email@example.com or call Katie Grossardt at 702-426-9039.
Monorail for residents: Nevada residents with valid identification can purchase $1 fares for the Las Vegas Monorail every day. For a list of ticket offices, visit LVMonorail.com or call 866-466-6672.
Weatherization program: HELP of Southern Nevada is accepting applications for its Weatherization program, which assists low-income households occupied by seniors, those who are physically challenged and homes with children, to prepare for extreme summer and winter weather. This year, Southwest Gas is teaming up with the nonprofit through its Energy Share program, a bill assistance program to help those facing economic hardships. Through the program, customers can seek support on past-due natural gas energy bills. Qualified individuals may also receive assistance in replacing a natural gas appliance. Once an application is accepted, trained weatherization staff members will visit and examine homes and perform an energy audit. Repairs may include weather stripping, blowing insulation, broken windows, testing gas appliances, heating and air conditioning evaluations, refrigerator efficiency checks and installation of solar screens and other energy-saving devices. Visit helpsonv.org, call 702-795-0575 or visit the nonprofit at 1640 E. Flamingo Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Sunset Stewards volunteers: Volunteers are sought for Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Sunset Stewards program, which involves patrolling Sunset Park for at least four hours each month. Stewards report problems and interact with park patrons in a positive way in order to educate them about what behavior is appropriate at the Sunset lake and elsewhere on the grounds of the 323-acre regional facility. Volunteers are to be trained about how to interact with park patrons in a nonconfrontational manner. Volunteers are required to undergo a police background check and asked to have a cellphone with camera capabilities in order to document graffiti, vandalism or other concerns they may encounter on their rounds. They will be provided a volunteer vest and have the option of being provided a trash grabber to pick up small pieces of garbage. Call 702-455-8200 or email sunsetstewards@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Elks membership: The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, founded 150 years ago, is an organization of adults seeking to engage in charitable work at the local and national levels. Membership is open to men and women. Examples of efforts include providing scholarships to high school graduates in an amount (annually second only to the federal government), providing school supplies to at-risk schools in the local community, food baskets to families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, participating in drug awareness programs in local schools and being active in veterans and veteran organizations. Call the Henderson/Green Valley Lodge 2802, 631 E. Lake Mead Parkway, at 702-565-9959 or visit tinyurl.com/elksgv.
Business license kiosks: City of Las Vegas Business Licensing has deployed two kiosks providing English- and Spanish-speaking customers with alternate methods of conducting business with the city of Las Vegas. The first is in the first-floor lobby at the Development Services Center, 333 N. Rancho Drive. The second is at the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, 575 Symphony Park Ave., Suite 100. Some of the tasks that can be completed on the new kiosks include: apply for a business license; manage business license; pay business license renewals; visit required state websites; print forms; take customer surveys; and report problems. Call the Business Licensing department at 702-229-6281.
Nominate veterans for veteran of the month: Nevada’s Veteran of the Month award recognizes veterans statewide who contribute their time and energy in support of veterans and the military, and/or who take pride in caring and nurturing their local communities. The program is managed by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, which continuously seeks potential honorees. Anyone can nominate potential candidates. Submissions must be on an official form and will be reviewed by members of the Veterans Service Commission at its quarterly meetings. The members then make final decisions on who is chosen. Submissions are accepted throughout the year, and nomination deadlines are three weeks prior to each VSC quarterly meeting. To nominate:
— Read the attached VOM guidelines at veterans.nv.gov.
— Download and complete VOM nomination packet under “Services.” Nomination packets must include a copy of the nominee’s DD-214 Form and a photo of the nominee. For assistance in obtaining a copy of a DD-214 form, call the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, VAST Section, at 775-321-4880.
— Nomination packets can be filled out online, saved, printed, signed and mailed to: Nevada Department of Veterans Services, Attn: Pamela Roberts, 6880 S. McCarran Blvd., Bldg. A, Suite 2, Reno, NV 89509.
— Completed packets can also be scanned and emailed to Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 775-688-1656.
Degrees, internships, scholarships, enrollments and contests:
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree: WGU Nevada is now accepting applications for its newest online master’s degree program, Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. The new program offers coursework that aligns with the latest standards from national security organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency. The program is designed for experienced information systems professionals or individuals with real-world IT experience who are seeking a master’s degree and planning to become certified in ethical hacking or computer forensic investigation. WGU Nevada’s terms are six months long, and students may enroll on the first of any month, completing as many courses as they are able for a flat-rate tuition of about $3,000 per term. Visit nevada.wgu.edu/cybersecurity.
Leadership Academy enrollment: Leadership Academy of Nevada is enrolling students for the 2016-17 school year. LANV focuses on developing leaders through delivery of a liberal-arts education via cutting-edge technology in grades six through 12 throughout Nevada. Regularly scheduled Enrollment Information Meetings are held online and in Las Vegas so that parents and students can learn more. A list of Enrollment Information Meeting dates, times, and places can be found at lanv.org.
Teaching scholarships: WGU Nevada is partnering with the Nevada Department of Education to offer up to 20 full-ride scholarships to residents who wish to pursue a career in teaching. In 2015, the Nevada Department of Education provided $240,000 to WGU Nevada as part of the Nevada Legislature’s Teach Nevada Scholarship Initiative. Individuals interested in applying are required to complete WGU Nevada’s Alternate Route to Licensure program for elementary and secondary teaching. The ARL program is an accelerated pathway for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree but do not have a teaching license. After successful completion of the accelerated program, students will have completed a series of rigorous courses, in-person observations and clinical experiences in a public school classroom that prepares them to be effective teachers. Winning scholarship recipients will be awarded $3,000 per term, not to exceed a total of $12,000 per student. Scholarships are available to new students who possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a non-education related field from an accredited university. To learn more about the scholarship, email email@example.com. Visit nevada.wgu.edu.
Latin Chamber scholarship: In collaboration with the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, WGU Nevada is encouraging professionals to embark on continuing education by offering more than $30,000 in scholarships to members of the chamber through its Las Vegas Otto Merida Scholarship program. The scholarships, valued at up to $3,200 per student, will be applied at the rate of $800 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Scholarships are available to new students looking to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any of WGU Nevada’s more than 50 degree programs in information technology, business, teacher education, or health care. Potential awardees must be a member of the chamber, or belong to a member company, which comprises more than 800 members. The WGU Nevada Otto Merida Scholarship was created in honor of the founder and chief executive officer of the Latin Chamber of Commerce. Visit nevada.wgu.edu/LVLCC.
Host families sought for exchange students: International Experience USA, a nonprofit high school student exchange organization approved by the U.S. Department of State, is seeking host families in the Las Vegas Valley to provide room and board, help with transportation and provide emotional support to exchange students. The students provide their own insurance and personal spending money. Visit ie-usa.org or contact Carol Myint at 507-301-3615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health trials and other volunteer-oriented information:
Shingles clinical trial: The FV-100 shingles clinical trial has several sites in Las Vegas and is currently enrolling to test a potential treatment for shingles. This could prevent long-lasting post-herpetic neuralgia pain for patients who are able to recognize the early signs of the disease and receive treatment within 72 hours of the first signs/symptoms of shingles. Patients must meet the following criteria to prequalify for the study: be 50 or older; able to receive the first dose of study medication within 72 hours of a possible shingles rash appearing; have not received the shingles vaccine; have a history of no more than two episodes of shingles; and the onset of shingles must not be on face, eyes, or mouth. Visit GotShingles.com. The website allows for a ZIP code search to find participating physicians in your area.
Patient and Family Advisory Council: HealthInsight Nevada is creating a Patient and Family Advisory Council to help better understand the health care system from the patient’s viewpoint. Patients, families and caregivers participating in the council will share their personal stories and health care experiences. HealthInsight Nevada is recruiting members from many different backgrounds from all regions of Nevada. Contact Gina Pirozzi at email@example.com or 702-933-7326.
Alzheimer’s study: The Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are recruiting participants for their new, multicenter Alzheimer’s disease treatment trial EMERGE. The main purpose of the study is to determine if the experimental drug B11B037 can slow the progression of symptoms in early AD. Men and women 50 to 85 diagnosed with AD and experiencing mild cognitive impairment with common symptoms, such as memory loss, are needed to complete the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Additional study requirements include having a Clinical Dementia Rating-Global score of 0.5, a positive amyloid Position Emission Tomography scan and a reliable caregiver. Study participants will visit their respective trial sites to receive monthly injections during the course of the 78-week trial. The severity of dementia and changes in functional and cognitive impairment in participants will be measured and compared to evaluate the drug’s ability in slowing the progression of AD. Tests and assessments to monitor participants’ health include the completion of several interviews and questionnaires to measure how they are thinking, feeling and performing in everyday activities; physical examinations; Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans; PET (positron emission tomography); and measurements of vital signs. Call 216-445-9009. To enroll at Lou Ruvo, call 702-483-6000 or call Monica Guerra at 702-701-7893. For more information about ongoing trials, visit ClevelandClinic.org/clinicaltrials.
Ongoing health events and blood drives:
Yoga For Seniors: Atria Seville, 2000 N. Rampart Blvd., plans to offer a chair yoga and meditation class for seniors from 2 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The class is led by master Mitch Menik and is open to the public. Sign in at the front desk. Visit atriaseville.com or call 702-804-6800.
Yoga with Christian: The sessions are slated from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. The cost is $5 per class. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.
Southern Nevada Health District app: The Walk Around Nevada app is a free, online program that helps participants increase physical activity by virtually logging 1,442 miles as they walk around the state. It can be downloaded through the Apple store for iOS devices or from Google Play for Android. Visit gethealthyclarkcounty.org or SNHD.info/apps.
Free blood pressure screenings: The screenings are scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.
MS Stretch & Flex: The events are planned for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. This class is free for people with multiple sclerosis and current members of H2U. There is a $5 fee for others. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.
Bladder Cancer Support Group: The group is set to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Cervical Cancer Support Group: The group is set to meet at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, and is facilitated by Branda Kent, Nevada Chapter leader for the Cervical Cancer Coalition. For upcoming meeting information, call Ginger Fidel, Summerlin Hospital Oncology Program coordinator, at 702-233-7751.
Walk with a UMC Doc: Free Walk with a UMC Doc events are planned at 9:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Visit umcsn.com.
STD Testing: Free weekly STD screenings are available at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada and the Richard Steele Boxing Facility. Visit snhd.info/sexual-health-clinic. Free testing is also available from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Aid for AIDS of Nevada offices, 1120 Almond Tree Lane. No appointments are necessary, and anyone 13 or older will be tested. Visit afanlv.org.
Better Breathers Club plans meetings: The American Lung Association in Nevada invites those with lung health disease, their loved ones and caregivers to a Better Breathers Club meetings planned at the following locations and times each month:
Second Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. in the conference room at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive; RSVP by calling 702-835-9898.
Last Fridays, 3 to 4 p.m. at Prestige Care at Mira Loma, 2520 Wigwam Parkway; 702-431-6348.
First Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Rose Women’s Care and Outreach Center, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway; 702-616-4910.
First Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., United in Hope: Lung Cancer Survivors Support Group, at Kindred Hospital Las Vegas, 2250 E. Flamingo Road; at 702-353-2039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fibromyalgia group meetings: The Fibromyalgia Friends Support Group of Southern Nevada is scheduled to meet during lunch and evening sessions the second and third Thursday of the month. Lunch meetings are set from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fiesta Henderson buffet, 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Evening meetings are planned from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care Center, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway, Suite 180. Visit fmfriends.org.
Breast cancer empowerment group: A free Breast Cancer Empowerment/Support Group is set to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. Topics vary and include guest speakers, resources and open discussion with the goal of helping to empower and support women. RSVP by calling 702-233-7155.
Stroke support group: The Stroke Support Group is set to meet at various times monthly:
From 3 to 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, 702-233-7061.
From 3 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive, 702-629-1309.
From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at the South Magna Conference Center, south of the Desert Springs Hospital main entrance, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, 702-369-7560. Recommended parking is off Bruce Street. Lunch is provided.
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor of Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619. Light refreshments will be served.
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor in the acute rehabilitation unit in the dining room at Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619. Light refreshments will be served.
Cardiac support group meetings:
At 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month in the cafeteria at Desert Springs Hospital, 2075 E. Flamingo Road. Call 702-369-7560.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month in Conference Room B at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd. RSVP by calling 702-388-4888. This support group provides peer-to-peer patient support and education including meeting others living with heart disease, learning how to live with heart disease and having your questions answered by knowledgeable staff members.
At 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month in Classroom 1A at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. RSVP by calling 702-233-7470. Topics vary and include guest speakers, resources and open discussion by helping those with cardiac issues continue their recovery, provide education and encourage ongoing exercise.
Bloodmobile drives planned across valley: UBS Bloodmobile drives are planned at multiple times and locations around the valley. Call 702-233-9620 or visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter the code, if available.
American Red Cross blood drives scheduled around the valley: The American Red Cross encourages residents to donate. Blood drives are planned continually across the valley. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, on a regular basis. To schedule a donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. Recently, Red Cross announced a new RapidPass program, which allows donors to complete predonation reading and health history questions online on the day of their donation using a computer at home or work, reducing the time spent at blood drives by approximately 15 minutes.