BOARD OF REGENTS
Professors will practice at UNLV dental school
A plan to let UNLV dental school professors open a practice on campus passed the higher education system’s Board of Regents without opposition Thursday.
The plan, in the works since the school opened in 2002, would bring the school in line with most other dental schools. It would allow the professors to practice in the on-campus clinic one day a week each. Many professors practice dentistry at private clinics in town on a part-time basis. The on-campus clinic is expected to have eight to 10 participants to start with.
Startup costs of $200,000 will be paid by the higher education system, but UNLV officials said that is expected to be paid back. The clinic is eventually expected to be self-supporting.
Commissioners name justice of the peace
Clark County commissioners have picked a new justice of the peace for rural Searchlight.
A court official says Stanton “Stan” Colton is set to be sworn in Monday to succeed Wendell Turner, a three-term judge who died April 14 at age 72 after a stroke.
Colton is 70. He is a member of a pioneer Searchlight family that owns the general store in Searchlight, about 50 miles south of Las Vegas.
He also is chairman of the Searchlight Advisory Board, former Nevada state treasurer, former Clark County registrar of voters, and former contracts manager for Clark County.
The Searchlight justice of the peace is one of eight rural judges in Clark County.
Conference to focus on pet overpopulation
The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society will hold a conference Saturday to address pet overpopulation and what residents can do to control the problem.
Co-sponsors of the event include the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Foundation, the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society and Nevada Voters for Animals.
More than 30,000 cats and dogs are euthanized in the Las Vegas Valley each year, according to a news release from Nevada Voters for Animals.
The nonprofit organization’s conference will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Flamingo Library Theater at 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
It is free and open to the public.
BEST TENNIS TOWN
Las Vegas comes up short in contest
Las Vegas was one of the finalists in the United States Tennis Association’s Best Tennis Town contest, but did not finish in the top three.
“I wish that we had gotten first place,” Mayor Oscar Goodman on Thursday. “We deserved it.”
The winner was Midland, Mich.
First runner-up went to Ojai, Calif., and Independence, Kan., was second runner-up. The announcement was made earlier this month at the U.S. Open.
As one of seven honorable mentions, Las Vegas will receive $2,000 worth of tennis equipment.
The competition was organized to spotlight towns that demonstrated a commitment to promoting the sport.