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Give Your Holiday Tree Another Round Through Recycling

Give Your Holiday Tree Another Round Through Recycling

 

You might only have put up your tree last weekend, but Henderson officials want you to know what you can do with it once the holidays are over.

The city of Henderson wants people to consider recycling trees through its free holiday tree recycling program.

Holiday trees can be dropped off during regular park hours Dec. 26, 2012, through Jan. 17, 2013, at seven locations:

  • Acacia Park, 50 Casa Del Fuego St.
  • Anthem Hills Park, 2256 N. Reunion Dr.
  • Arroyo Grande Sports Complex, 298 Arroyo Grande Blvd.
  • Mission Hills Park, 551 E. Mission Dr.
  • Morrell Park, 500 Harris St.
  • Pecos Legacy Park, 150 Pecos Rd.
  • Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Dr.

All non-organic material must first be removed from trees, including lights, ornaments, wires, tinsel, and nails. These items cannot be recycled and could damage chipping equipment. Note that flocked trees cannot be recycled.

First-Grader has Best Mojave Max Guess

First-Grader has Best Mojave Max Guess

A first-grader from Nate Mack Elementary School has earned a pizza party for his class and a laptop computer for himself.

Quinton Larry made the best guess of when desert tortoise Mojave Max would emerge from his burrow. The tortoise crawled out at 12:41 p.m. April 17. Quinton guessed he would come out at 12:30 p.m. April 17. That was the closest guess out of the 3,800 students who entered the 13th annual Mojave Max Emergence Contest. The young man found out about his winning guess Thursday.

Quinton and his entire class will get a field trip to the Mojave Max habitat, a pizza party, medals and T-shirts. Quinton will get an outdoor adventure backpack, a digital camera, a year-long pass to federally managed areas and a laptop computer. The winner’s teacher will also get a new laptop computer. They will receive their rewards May 10.

Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

One of the biggest names in candy unwrapped a new green way to power its factory.

Mars Chocolate North America showed off the new solar garden for the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson Thursday. The garden is acres of solar panels that generate enough energy to power the factory in peak hours. The solar garden features more than 2,000 ground-mounted solar panels on 4.4 acres of land behind the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. The change to green energy offsets 825 tons of greenhouse gas every year, which is like taking 113 cars off the road.

“Turning one of the desert’s greatest assets into energy is in complete alignment with Mars’ Principles in Action, our core business values,” said Mack Phillips, site director of the Henderson plant.  “Two years ago we unveiled a similar solar project at our North American headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ, and its impact on our operations has been substantial.”

Kiosk Offers Information about Cleanup Efforts

Kiosk Offers Information about Cleanup Efforts

The Nevada National Security Site is now offering information about efforts to clean up nuclear test locations.

The NNSS has installed an information kiosk at the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson. People can access information through a simple touch screen. The kiosk includes topics on cleanup efforts, groundwater characterization, and radioactive waste disposal.

The kiosk also includes information on national security and historic nuclear testing. The kiosk will remain at the Paseo Library for three months. It will then move to various locations around southern Nevada. 

Improvements Coming to Sunset Park

Improvements Coming to Sunset Park

The Clark County commission approved big changes to Sunset Park. 

Crews are set to start construction by mid-summer on 75 of the 375 acres of the park at Sunset Road and Eastern Avenue. The commission awarded the $11.7 million contract to Hardy Construction on Tuesday.

Improvements include a walking loop with exercise stations that will go around the entire lake. The lake will also get new lighting, a pedestrian plaza, a remodeled dock, a new playground and improved picnic areas.

“This is one of Las Vegas’ most popular and heavily used regional parks and this particular face lift is a long time in coming,” said Commission Vice Chair Steve Sisolak, who represents the area where the park is located. “I think our residents are going to be very pleased when the work is complete.”

Throw Away the Old at Henderson Shines

Throw Away the Old at Henderson Shines

Can’t figure out what to do with those old computers or other unusual trash? Henderson has a way for you to dispose of them the right way.

Henderson is dedicating a day to help residents clean up their garages, yards and neighborhoods. People will have the opportunity to safely dispose of trash, recyclables, hazardous materials and usable donations at Henderson Shines, an event to be held May 21 at Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway. The event runs from 10 a.m .to 2 p.m.

Henderson Shines is a community clean-up and education day where residents can dispose of unwanted items while learning about the importance of sustainability. The event includes activities for kids, food, music, and educational tables from a variety of community organizations and city departments.

First LEED Silver Home in Nevada Completed

First LEED Silver Home in Nevada Completed

Gramly Construction recently completed a 26-month remodel project of a Green Valley home that earned the first LEED Silver certification for a residential property in the state.

Working with a team that included Michael Del Gatto of Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects and Leslie Paraguirre of Colours, Inc., company president Mike Gramly facilitated the project that installed photovoltaic solar energy panels on the roof, as well as improved insulation, weatherization and ventilation. The home also now includes drought-efficient landscaping, sustainable and recycled materials, on-demand water heaters and energy-efficient thermostats.

A total of five custom homes in Nevada have achieved any level of LEED certification, and another 50 production homes are LEED-certified.