weather icon Cloudy

Helicopter brings Santa to St. Jude’s celebration

Little faces were pressed against the windows overlooking the landing strip of the Boulder City Municipal Airport as Santa Claus stepped out of a helicopter and surprised the children of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children on Dec. 11.

Flying in on an EC-130 helicopter, Santa put smiles on faces and elicited even a few screams from toddlers who were afraid of the jolly, bearded fellow as they took turns sitting on his lap before receiving a stocking full of presents.

Papillon Airways, the company that runs Grand Canyon tours from Boulder City, donated all of the presents for the event. Brooke Edlund, marketing manager for Papillon Airways, said the company had been in talks with St. Jude’s Ranch since the spring as the two worked out an arrangement for a Christmas surprise.

Edlund said Papillon had done similar events in years past at the Grand Canyon, but this year they wanted to give back to Boulder City.

“We felt because we were a larger employer here in Boulder City, and we really believe in this community, that partnering with St. Jude’s Ranch was the right thing to do,” she said. “We wanted to provide these kids with a positive and warm memory of the holiday season.”

Myesha Wilson, executive director of St. Jude’s, said the kids had no idea they would be seeing Santa. It’s part of what made the event so special, she said.

“Our kids are abused and neglected, and they don’t always get great fabulous Christmases,” she said.

“It means coming together as a family, breaking that cycle of abuse and neglect and showing them a different way to celebrate.”

As the 30 children talked about their Santa experience, as well as the goodies they got in their stockings, they noshed on pizza, hot dogs and cookies.

Not a frown could be seen in the crowd.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at sslivka@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Hot cars and hotter ribs

Photos by Ron Eland and Linda Evans

BCHS: 2023 and beyond

Boulder City High School saw 125 students graduate Tuesday night at Bruce Eaton Field. Dozens of students have received college scholarships totaling just under $7.5 million. It was the school’s 82nd graduating class.

BCHS grad sees business grow during and following pandemic

During the pandemic, many had to find creative or alternative ways to put food on the table. For Sara Ramthun, she found not only a way to put food on her table but on the table of many others as well.

Outdoor shade can cool, bring energy efficiency to home

We all know cool shade is a hot commodity during summer months. The amount of shade around our home determines whether outdoor living spaces are something we can enjoy as days get longer and sun gets stronger. Besides making us feel more comfortable, shade can help keep the sun from fading or damaging our yard furniture, plants, equipment, etc. Shade abutting a home can reduce heat gain, making indoors cooler and more energy efficient.

Grad Walk: Emotional tradition marches on

Garrett Junior High Principal Melanie Teemant may have summed it up best when she asked, “Where else do you see this?”

BCHS Grad Night: A tradition for 33 years

It’s one of the most memorable nights in a young adult’s life. But it can also be one of the most tragic.