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County Planning Two Meetings on Sloan Channel Pipeline

County Planning Two Meetings on Sloan Channel Pipeline

Clark County is outlining to the public its plan to hopefully eliminate an insect and smell problem created by wastewater in the Sloan Channel.

The problems began in 2011 when the City of North Las Vegas opened its water reclamation plant and started releasing the treated wastewater into the Sloan Channel. However, the county said the city did not get permission from county officials to start the dumping.

That started a legal fight between the city and the county, which ended with an agreement to build a pipeline to carry the water to the Las Vegas Wash.

County Commissioner Tom Collins will host a public meeting about the pipeline from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Cora Coleman Senior Center, 2100 Bonnie Lane.

County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani will host a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 14 at the Hollywood Community Center, 1650 South Hollywood Boulevard.

A presentation about the project will start at 4:30 p.m. at both meetings.

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

 

Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

New Solar Facility to Generate Major Power for City

New Solar Facility to Generate Major Power for City

As much as 20 percent of a local pollution control facility’s power needs will be met by a new solar power project.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, City Manager Betsy Fretwell and others will flip a switch to signify that the 15,000 ground-mounted solar panels on Vegas Valley Drive in the east valley are now generating power from the sun.

The panels are expected to generate approximately 6 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which will power up to 20 percent of the electrical needs of the nearby Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). This is equal to the amount of energy needed to power 300 homes annually.

Officials said energy savings at the WPCF, the city’s primary location to treat approximately 45 million gallons of wastewater per day, are important because it accounts for about a third of the city’s total power bill. The rest is divided between streetlights/signals and city buildings.

City Approves More Community Gardens

 

The Las Vegas City Council approved a new ordinance that allows people to set up more community gardens.

Community gardens will now be allowed in certain residential, commercial and industrial zoning districts. The bill was sponsored by Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Barlow. The idea was sparked by the successful Vegas Roots Community Garden, formerly known as the Tonopah Community Garden.

The ordinance hopes to promote healthy food in neighborhoods that are often called “food deserts” because of the lack of grocery stores and nutritious food options.  The bill also allows weekly sales of goods from the gardens.

“Community gardens are becoming more prominent in Las Vegas due to the trend of leading a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Residents want to grow fresh fruits and vegetables near their home, and this bill will allow for that use to be expanded,” Councilman Barlow said.

Students Tour Recycling Center

Students Tour Recycling Center

NV Energy and JACO Refrigerator Recycle Center teamed up to teach a group of students the importance of recycling fridges.

Third and fourth-graders from Myrtle Tate Elementary School received a tour of the center Tuesday. The plant can recycle 95 percent of an old refrigerator.

“We are trying to teach them that recycling is good for the environment, and it can also save a lot of energy if you do it. And we're showing them that all of the pieces that come out of these refrigerators can be made into other products, like cell phones, laptops, things of that sort,” said Michael Dunham, Director of Energy and Environmental Programs.

NV Energy offers free pick up and a $50 rebate to customers who want to recycle their old refrigerator. For more information about the program, go to nvenergy.com/refrigerator.

New Metal Recycling Center Opens

New Metal Recycling Center Opens

SA Recycling, parent company of 1-800-GOT-SCRAP, recently announced the debut of a new metal recycling center at 2780 N. Nellis Boulevard.

A new service makes cash out of old appliances, steel drums, BBQ sets, dilapidated cars and other metal items. Those bringing in any old metal objects will receive cash right on the spot.

The company says the process is simple.  Gather all of the items you wish to discard and take them to the center where SA Recycling personnel will unload the items, weigh them and, for most items, pay cash on the spot. 

“You might have an old brass lamp, a refrigerator on the blink or malfunctioning tools laying around the garage just taking up space,” said Cristi Rossi, executive vice president of operations for SA Recycling. “Those items may be worthless to you, but not for us.”

City Opens New Park

City Opens New Park

The City of Las Vegas celebrated the opening of the new Doug Selby Park and Trailhead near Washington Avenue and Sandhill Road Monday.

The park and trailhead are near the Las Vegas Wash just north of Washington Avenue. The park is on the north side of the wash while the trailhead is on the south. They are connected by a pedestrian bridge over the wash. The park includes a soccer field, basketball court, two dog runs, shade areas and restrooms. The trailhead includes a children's play area, a splashpad, an information kiosk and a shaded area for people planning to hike the Las Vegas Wash Trail.

The trail will eventually connect to a network of hiking trails that will stretch 20 miles through the Las Vegas Valley starting at Floyd Lamb State Park in the northwest and ending in the Las Vegas Wash and Wetlands in the southeast.