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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:

County Commissioners to Look at Trash, Recycling Changes

County Commissioners to Look at Trash, Recycling Changes

 

The Clark County Commission may finally make a decision on changing trash pickup and recycling.

The commission will look at changing the agreement with Republic Services to allow for pickup to one day a week and increase recycling pickup to one day a week.

The system has been in place in several neighborhoods for years as a pilot program to see which system increases recycling.

The plan also includes changing from recycling bins that require homeowners to sort their own trash to single-stream recycling, which is one bin where all recyclables are placed for pick up.

According to Republic Services, the once-weekly trash, and once-weekly recycling pilot program has boosted recycling. 

Southwest Ridge Plans Focus of Open House

Southwest Ridge Plans Focus of Open House

Clark County wants to hear what people living in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley have to say about plans to develop the Southwest Ridge Recreational Area.

County Commission Chair Susan Brager and the County Comprehensive Planning Department are hosting the second open house about the topic next week. Officials want to share information about plans for the area, which is 1,200 acres of land in the foothills west of southern Summerlin and Rhodes Ranch, between Tropicana Avenue and Blue Diamond Road.

The county would like to hear from the public about what types of recreational facilities and park amenities they would want.

“The Southwest Ridge is a beautiful area with a lot of room for parks and other recreational amenities,” Commission Chair Brager said. “This open house is a great opportunity for residents to help shape their community.”

Commissioners Plant Trees for Arbor Day

Commissioners Plant Trees for Arbor Day

 

Clark County got a little greener when county commissioners helped the public celebrate Arbor Day by planting some new trees.

The trees were planted Friday morning at the Helen Meyer Community Center near Rainbow Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. Children from the Early Childhood Enrichment Program helped plant the trees. County Commissioner Susan Brager encouraged parents to use the trees planted at the park as a teaching tool.

“They can come by the Helen Meyer Park and say that was planted one year ago, five years ago, and 10 years ago,” Commissioner Brager said.

County Seeks Opinions on Proposed Southwest Park

County Seeks Opinions on Proposed Southwest Park

Clark County wants to hear what people living in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley have to say about plans for parks and recreational areas in the Southwest Ridge area.

The county is holding an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. May 3 at Forbuss Elementary School, 8601 South Grand Canyon Drive, to talk about the plans. The county is looking at developing three areas with a combined 1,200 acres of the foothills near Summerlin South and Rhodes Ranch, between Tropicana Avenue and Blue Diamond Road.

“The Southwest Ridge is a beautiful area with sweeping views of the Las Vegas valley,” Commission Chair Susan Brager said. “I hope many area residents will take advantage of this opportunity to influence the design of the parks and the recreational amenities to be chosen by attending the open house and completing the online survey.”

GREENFest Brings Greener-Life Message to Town Square

GREENFest Brings Greener-Life Message to Town Square

 

Living a greener life will be the focus of a festival going on this weekend at Town Square.

The Nevada Conservation League will be celebrating Earth Day with the third annual GREENFest. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is free and open to the public. The event will include live music from Recycled Percussion, a recycled fashion show, an art contest, green vendors, a farmer’s market and interactive displays on energy and water conservation.

"There is so much amazing work happening to conserve and protect our environment in Southern Nevada and the Southwest," said Scot Rutledge, NCL executive director. "We're going to have some fun while celebrating our successes and learning from each other."

There will also be a collection point for all kinds of recyclable items, including old electronics, magazines, newspapers, steel cans and glass. There will also be onsite document shredding.

Soap Recycling Center Makes the World a Cleaner Place

Soap Recycling Center Makes the World a Cleaner Place

 

Most people take for granted the simple task of washing their hands with soap and water. For people who live without access to good hygiene, their lives are plagued by disease and even death.

Caesars Entertainment and the Caesars Foundation are working to change that. The hotels owned by Caesars are repurposing the barely used bars of soap left behind by guests. They are turning that soap into something that can stop the spread of disease in developing countries. 

“The housekeepers were so excited. Some were moved to tears when they first saw the video that this little bar of soap, that was already used, was having on a child's life," Director of Supplier Diversity at Caesars Entertainment Jessica Rosman said.