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Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk


The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies are hosting a wildfire awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center.

People are invited to learn about how to be wildfire prepared. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 on Mount Charleston on June 8.

Wildfire Awareness Week runs through May 11 this year in Nevada, but cleaning up dry debris and brush is encouraged throughout the warmest months to reduce fire-burning fuels.

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Burro Gather Slated for This Week

Burro Gather Slated for This Week


Burros said to be a “safety hazard” by Bureau of Land Management officials will be rounded up within the Blue Diamond community near Red Rock National Conservation Area beginning Monday.

BLM workers will gather about 30 nuisance burros from the baseball diamond within the community. The temporary bait trap will consist of a series of corral panels and hay, and will be removed every evening so the park can be used.

BLM officials said the “nuisance burros” are being gathered because they pose a safety hazard along State Route 159 and cause property damage in Blue Diamond. The gather is expected to last about five days.

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.”

Mountain Springs Cleanup Targets Wildfire Risk

Mountain Springs Cleanup Targets Wildfire Risk


A community cleanup aimed at limiting wildfire danger in the Mountain Springs area is planned for Saturday afternoon.

Clark County Commission Chair Susan Brager invites residents to participate in the annual  “Mountain Cleanup Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Mountain Springs Citizens Advisory Council and volunteer firefighters at Fire Station 79 at Mountain Springs are sponsoring the event. The cleanup is held every year in conjunction with wildfire awareness efforts during the spring and summer months to remind residents about the potential for wildfires when vegetation is the driest.

Mountain Springs is located in the Spring Mountains range at mile marker 19 along U.S. Highway 160, leading to Pahrump, Nev. Brager plans to attend the cleanup.

Open House Set for New Mountain's Edge Park


People living in the southwest part of the valley are invited to an open house to discuss plans for a regional park and trail project for Mountain’s Edge.

The first open house will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15. The meeting will be at Reedom Elementary School near Buffalo Drive and Mountain’s Edge Parkway.

A display of the plans for the park, which will be at 7929 Mountain’s Edge Parkway between Buffalo and Durango Drives, will be at the meeting. The first phase calls for 15 acres of playgrounds, parking, grassy play areas, benches and picnic facilities. There would also be 1.5 miles of paved walking trails with rest stops. The park and trail system would serve people living in Mountain’s Edge, Rhodes Ranch and Southern Highlands.

Waterpark Targeting Memorial Day Weekend Opening

Waterpark Targeting Memorial Day Weekend Opening

Developers of a new southern Nevada waterpark Monday announced the beginning of construction of a massive aquatic complex.

“Splash Canyon” officials will target Memorial Day weekend in 2012 for a grand opening. Expected eventually to cover a 40-acre area larger than that of Wet N Wild, Las Vegas’ original waterpark on the northern Strip, the operation could create hundreds of seasonal jobs. Job fairs are tentatively planned over the next few months to fill those positions.

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously to approve the project in June, and construction is under way on the site in preparation for the installation of millions of dollars in slides, wave pool and water play equipment currently in production. Splash Canyon Waterpark can be visited on the Web at www.splashlv.com.