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A look at candidates for Boulder City Council: Denise Elizabeth Ashurst

Denise Elizabeth Ashurst, 68

Occupation: Retired USAF, Retired DOE

18 years in Boulder City

What single issue most influenced your decision to run for council or seek re-election?

Inflation. I live comfortably with two retirements under my belt, and I still struggle with high and increasing prices, for food, gas, and taxes. I’m also aware of my less-fortunate neighbors and their financial struggles. It is for this reason, controlled spending is paramount, and transparency in our local government must be a priority. Lawlessness abounds in so many areas—if spending is curbed, other issues will subside, such as petty crime, etc.

Why do you feel you are the best person for the position?

I don’t know that I’m the “best” person for the position, but I know I am more than qualified, having served in the United States military for twenty years, and government service for over 15 years. I also concur with the City Council’s mission and vision statements, preserving our conservative and traditional way of life.

What’s the biggest issue facing Boulder City today?

After talking to residents and taking a short survey, folks have expressed a need for a second grocery store, especially since the 99 Cents Only store is closing. And the increasing need to control homelessness.

At potentially $42 million, the proposed replacement for the pool comes out to about $2,800 per resident. Do you feel this is the best use of Capital Improvement funds?

Cons… From the same survey, I was surprised that there’s a good amount of residents who are opposed to a new pool, citing the cost and the lack of interest/numbers of current users.

Pros… If funding is not coming out of the pocketbooks of the residents and passes the ballot initiative this fall, then most are OK with it, but still asked, can those funds go to more pressing issues?

Many, especially in the business community, would like to see Boulder City become more than just a day trip, with visitors spending multiple days here. But some recent decisions, such as banning short-term rentals, would seem to discourage multi-day visits. How does the city balance the needs of its residents with that of encouraging tourism?

Per capita, Boulder City has more than enough hotel rooms to accommodate visitors who desire to stay for a few days. Current events/activities, continue to ensure that Boulder City has no shortage of visitors or “lack of lodging” complaints. Short-term rentals has been addressed to the community, and the majority of residents have voted to ban it. Unless it’s revisited, Boulder City residents have spoken.

It’s (un)official

“Every vote counts and every vote has not been counted.”

City council to mull recruitment firms

When departing and now former city manager Taylour Tedder was on his way out, he took some steps to try to smooth out the transition to a new city executive in the form of five recruitment firms vying for the call to be hired to conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

Brown proud to represent BC in Nationals

For those who are into the rodeo scene, you may want to remember the name Aiden Brown in years to come.

Church seeks senior housing

Leaders of the Boulder City United Methodist Church have a project in the works that they feel will benefit many in the community but understand those who may have concerns.

Fancier/foster permit back on city council agenda

If you call in to a city council meeting for public comment twice in one meeting, you officially qualify as a gadfly. (noun: 1) a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly. 2) an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.) Fred Voltz, already quoted in these pages for comments on other issues, also addressed the issue of pet breeding, likening the practice to prostitution or the dealing of narcotics.

Liquor Board approves BC Company Store request

In the 1930s, the original Boulder City Company Store included a “club room.” The city was officially dry until the late 1960s, so booze would not have been officially served. Except it was.

Dollar Tree takes over 99 Cents

Chances are that many will be giving their two-cents worth regarding the news that 99 Cent Only Stores, including the one in Boulder City, have been thrown a lifeline by a former competitor — Dollar Tree.

Master plan to accommodate energy storage

The moves to develop much of the Eldorado Valley for solar energy uses that has brought Boulder City millions of dollars in lease revenue — enough to make it feasible for a city of just 15,000 souls to consider spending upward of $40 million on a new municipal pool complex — took another step forward on May 28 as the city council voted unanimously to amend the master plan and zoning map that would allow for the creation of a battery-based energy storage facility.