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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. 

Shredding Event Planned for Saturday

Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony is hosting a shredding day this weekend to help people get rid of unwanted documents.

The shredding event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Centennial Corporate Center, 5550 Painted Mirage Road. Documents will be shredded until about noon or until the truck is full.

The shredding will be provided by Opportunity Village, and volunteers will be there to unload materials. There is a limit of five boxes or bundles of unwanted documents from each vehicle.

Free refreshments will be offered while supplies last. Opportunity Village will also be accepting donations of household goods and clothing items, during the event.

Protection Proposed for Rare Mt. Charleston Butterfly

Protection Proposed for Rare Mt. Charleston Butterfly


A rare butterfly found only on Mt. Charleston might get protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to information released Wednesday by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protection today for the Mount Charleston blue butterfly. The decision was the result of a 2011 settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity requiring the Service to speed protection decisions. 

“Protection for the beautiful Mount Charleston blue butterfly comes in the nick of time,” said Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist at the Center. “With very few of the butterflies seen in recent years, their best shot at recovery is the Endangered Species Act, which has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the plants and animals under its protection.”

Popular Picnic Areas on Mt. Charleston set to Close

Popular Picnic Areas on Mt. Charleston set to Close

Construction is set to start on several popular recreation sites on Mt. Charleston.

First on the list is the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area. Construction will start July 23. When the renovations are finished, there will be 68 single-unit picnic spots, 20 double-unit spots and two group spots. There will also be gathering spaces, a new water system and new toilet facilities.

Crews will also be expanding the parking area at the trailhead for the Cathedral Rock trail system. The area will be away from the main highway, making for a safer place to park. The renovated area is set to reopen in 2014.

Kyle Canyon Campground will be closed for similar construction starting Saturday. Renovations at that site are expected to be finished in 2013.

The U.S. Forest Service recently finished the renovations at the parking areas for Mary Jane Falls and Trail Canyon Trailhead.

Play in the Snow While Helping Mt. Charleston

Play in the Snow While Helping Mt. Charleston

If you like playing in the snow, there might be a volunteer spot for you at Mt. Charleston.

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for Snow Play Host volunteers this winter at Mt. Charleston. Every winter weekend, thousands of people flock to the mountains to play in the snow.  Snow Play Hosts provide roadside information about snow play opportunities, and take part in the fun while engaging visitors at snow play sites. Snow Play Hosts will also help visitors have a fun snow play experience while reducing impacts to the forest.