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Pig Farm Asks for Old Jack O'Lanterns

Pig Farm Asks for Old Jack O'Lanterns

A local farm is asking people not to throw out their old jack o' lanterns but instead recycle them into pig feed.

R.C. Farms is taking in pumpkins to feed to its hogs and cattle. This is the 19th year the farm has taken in jack o’ lanterns. The pumpkins can be dropped at the farm at 555 E. El Campo Grande Avenue, near the corner of Ann Road and North 5th Street.

There will be other drop off points around the valley:

  • 1383 American Pacific Drive, Henderson
  • 0405 S. Eastern Avenue, Henderson
  • 9892 W. Flamingo Road
  • 7335 S. Rainbow Boulevard
  • 6400 SE Centennial Center Dr.

People should look for the large light blue containers with the R.C. Farms logo. Last year, the farm collected 15 tons of pumpkins. Pumpkins will be collected through November 5. 

Firewood Available by Lottery System

The Forest Service is offering permits to gather firewood in a lottery drawing set for Monday, August 29.

The wood is mahogany that was taken from the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area earlier this summer. It was removed because the trees were hazardous. People interested in applying for the 20 permits being offered must send their name, phone number and email address to Judy Suing, Public Affairs Specialist, at jsuing@fs.fed.us or at 702-839-5563 by August 29. The drawing is at 9 a.m. that day so applications must be in before. 

Studying Fire Danger at Mt. Charleston

Studying Fire Danger at Mt. Charleston

Photos from a visit to Mt. Charleston with a UNLV professor studying fire danger.

Solar Power to be Used at Community Center

Solar Power to be Used at Community Center

 

Solar energy is the focus of a construction project at Centennial Hills Community Center.

The city of Las Vegas is moving forward with a second phase to construct photovoltaic panels for placement on carports on the south parking lot at Centennial Hills Community Center, 6601 W. Buffalo Drive.

The solar panels are one of 15 projects that will be completed at community centers, parks and fire stations around the city this year. The city recently marked the completion of a $6.8 million project to install energy-efficient solar carports at seven city facilities.

Students Show Off Alternative Ways to Get Around

Seniors at the Northwest Career & Technical Academy will show off senior projects in the parking lot of the school on Monday.

The students have created human powered vehicles using bicycle parts. The vehicles had to follow specific design and safety requirements. On Monday, they'll race each other. The idea was to get the students to think alternative fuels and engineering.

The competition starts early at 7 a.m. 

Meritage Homes Introduces “Net-Zero” Homes

Meritage Homes Introduces “Net-Zero” Homes

 

Meritage Homes Corporation recently announced that its new “net-zero” homes, which can produce as much energy as they consume, are now available at all of its communities in Las Vegas.

Last month, Meritage Homes unveiled its “Extreme Green” homes in Las Vegas. These homes can save homeowners up to 50 percent on their utility bills when compared to a typical existing home. The builder’s new “net-zero” homes combine the energy-efficiency features that come standard in its “Extreme Green” homes with a revolutionary ECHO complete solar solution that provides renewable electricity, hot water, and solar air conditioning, resulting in “net-zero” homes that can produce as much renewable energy as they use.

Homebuyers who purchase a “net-zero” home not only can reduce their monthly electric bills, but also be eligible for a $9,000 federal tax credit, making the home even more affordable.

Fire Restrictions Start Saturday

Fire Restrictions Start Saturday

Fire restrictions around the state start on Saturday.

Last year firefighters responded to more than 100 fires around southern Nevada, in all those fires destroyed more than 700 acres. Most fires are started by lightning strikes, but careless people are also responsible for fires that can quickly burn out of control in our dry deserts and forest lands. Starting Saturday and through the summer season, on Mt. Charleston there will be no wood or charcoal fires unless in developed picnic areas.

The Bureau of Land Management, The National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working together to enforce fire restrictions in national parks and conservation areas in hopes of stopping fires before they start.