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Meeting Planned to Discuss Wash Issue

The City of Henderson is holding a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the controversial Pittman Wash plans.

The city wants to line the wash with concrete between Arroyo Grande Boulevard and Union Pacific Railroad trestle. Environmentalists and Henderson residents say that plan would hurt the ecosystem and wetlands in the area. Mayor Andy Hafen called the meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Pittman Wash Trail at the neighborhood access at 262 Helmsdale Drive. The main non-profit environmental group opposed to the project, Project GREEN, will give a presentation at the meeting.

The $4.5 million project would be funded by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

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.

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Hundreds of Local Students to Take Part in Arbor Day Event

Hundreds of Local Students to Take Part in Arbor Day Event

Hundreds of elementary school students will be joined by Councilwoman Gerri Schroder to plant a tree as part of the city’s annual Arbor Day Celebration.

The free event is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, April 29 at Morrell Park, 500 Harris St.

Schroder and more than 800 Henderson elementary school students will plant a ceremonial Arbor Day tree and read the annual Arbor Day proclamation.

Activities include a themed play performed by the Basic High School thespian group, tree climbing demonstration, recognition of this year’s Arbor Day poster contest winners, and educational booths hosted by the Nevada American Society of Landscape Architecture, Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Master Gardeners, and the City of Henderson’s Our Henderson sustainability program.

In conjunction with Arbor Day, the City of Henderson has been named a Tree City USA for the 20th time in recognition of its community forestry program.

Birding Celebration Upcoming at Local Preserve

Birding Celebration Upcoming at Local Preserve

Earth Day and International Migratory Bird Day will be lauded at the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s Birding Celebration. The free two-day event takes place from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 22 and 23 at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 350 E. Galleria Dr.

The event includes workshops on birding basics, migration, and attracting hummingbirds, as well as bird identification, educational displays, walks and Bird Mobile tours. The Bird Mobile seats six visitors and is an excellent way to tour the facility, particularly for those who find walking difficult. Children over the age of 6 may ride on the Bird Mobile, but each child must be accompanied by an adult.

The preserve is located on the eastern portion of the Pacific Migratory Flyway and serves as a welcome rest stop for many birds migrating through.

International Migratory Bird Day draws attention to the journey more than 350 species of birds take between their summer and winter homes.

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Unusual, desert adapted plants including a large selection of agaves and cacti will be among those offered for sale as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The sale will feature limited quantities of about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species, including seasonal perennials. Plants will be sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers’ questions about how to care for their new plants.

New at this year’s event will be a silent auction to bid for cactus and succulent container gardens, and “table top” garden displays also will be offered for sale.

Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7-8 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.