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End of the year helps us bring joy to others

Happy New Year, Boulder City and friends. Hope the past year has brought you some joy, love, experience and insight. I’d love to meet the person who says the entire year has been one of positivity. Truth be told, we really don’t learn much unless we have some fire to go along with the ice.

I can’t let the year end without saying how much all of us in public safety appreciate all the love and concern that members of this community have shown us. Moms, dads, kids and businesspeople alike have flooded our lobby with gifts and thanks for sacrifices given and yet to come.

I was in awe of the families that showed up on Christmas to take time from their own celebrations to bring us a treasure in appreciation for being away from our own.

I understand that there are less than desirable folks in any profession, but that doesn’t give us the right to take over an airplane because someone died in a crash; stop paying taxes because someone was overcharged; move into a vacant house because we lost our home, or burn someone’s business down because another person died in circumstances we are not totally privy to.

Come on, people. Time to grow up. Stop blaming others and keep our noses in our own backyard. Your kids may be sneaking out a window at night and breaking into cars (burglary); you find a few items in the bottom of your shopping cart that haven’t been paid for (shoplifting); and it’s not normal for every family trip to include a good dose of road-rage.

We all have our own list of things we can improve on in our lives — New Year’s commitments (resolutions are so last year!). Now, let’s get out there … .

Dec. 18. Suspicious: There was a report of items left on a porch and they aren’t theirs. The items were returned to the victims of vehicle thefts at 3:57 p.m. in the 600 block of Paloma Drive.

Welfare: There was a request to check on a person who has the blues and decided to email co-workers, boss and friends. The subject felt better after sharing at 5:22 p.m. in the 1400 block of Pueblo Drive.

Family Disturbance: There was a report of an “ex” in-law who decided to enter their home through the doggie door to collect her personal items.The “out-law” assisted in getting her things and vacating the area at 7:53 p.m. in the 600 block of Arroyo Way.

Theme for the day: If you are intoxicated and ride the bus from Las Vegas — we will provide you with a court date and free ride back to the other side of the mountain. Arrests 1; medical 4.

Dec. 19. Suspicious: An empty box was found on the sidewalk with indications it was stolen after delivery and emptied. A report was taken on stolen item at 7:48 a.m. in the area of Shirley and Georgia avenues.

Disabled vehicle: A vehicle was alongside the road and unoccupied with fictitious registration. The owner arrived and was cited at 8:46 a.m. near Railroad Pass.

Accident: There was a report of a moving vehicle versus a parked vehicle. The driver was arrested in the area of 1000 Fifth Street.

Theme for the day: If you drink or do drugs and try to make deliveries — two accidents in a row are going to gain you a little extra attention. Arrests 3; medical 2.

Dec. 20. DUI: There was a report of a possibly intoxicated driver. The driver was arrested at 1:53 a.m. in the 1000 block of Nevada Highway.

Battery: There was a report of a fight involving numerous individuals. There was a visit to the hospital for some, jail for others, warrants for the rest at 2:08 a.m. in the 1500 block of Foothill Drive.

Suspicious: There was a report of a sedan upside down on the dry lake bed. The vehicle was impounded at 8:41 a.m. near mile marker 49 on U.S. Highway 95.

Theme for the day: You might want to lock the doors on your disabled vehicle if it breaks down on the side of the road. This world is full of pranksters. Arrests 4; medical 11.

Dec. 21. Shots: There was a report of possible shots fired in the area. Citations were issued at 1:46 a.m. in the 2300 block of Buchanan Boulevard.

Petty larceny: A used pair of work boots had been taken from a subject’s patio. A report was taken at 8:16 p.m. in the 600 block of Del Prado Drive.

Suspicious: There was a report of a woman sleeping on a sofa in the backyard of the residence. There was no sleeping subject located at 9:28 p.m. in the 500 block of Date Street.

Theme for the day: There’s probably no story about “stolen medication” that we haven’t heard. If you abuse, you lose. Arrests 1; medical 3.

Dec. 22. Soliciting: There were droves of sales people going door-to-door trying to do “free” carpet cleaning. The individuals were sternly warned and sent away at 8:51 a.m..

Lost property: There was a report that a subject lost his wallet and backpack. A report was taken at 9:27 a.m. in the 1600 block of Nevada Highway.

Suspicious: There was a report of a subject staggering up and down the street appearing confused. The subject was waiting for a pizza delivery. He was not confused, just hungry at 5:26 p.m. in the 500 block of Fir Street.

Theme for the day: Reciprocity in our business extends between jurisdictions. A warrant with Las Vegas is as good as a warrant with us. If they want you, we will provide delivery. Arrests 0; medical 0.

Dec. 23. Suspicious: There was a report of a man wearing long underwear and a jacket. The underwear is not completely covering his lower half. He was escorted to his vehicle at 2:10 p.m. in the 700 block of Adams Boulevard.

Fraud: There was a report of a subject’s relative who may have stolen a blank check and used it for some shopping. The victim obtained copies of the check from the bank at 5:06 p.m. in the 1400 block of Medical Park Drive.

Family disturbance: A subject was intoxicated and in an altercation with a significant other. They were separated to calm down for the night at 11:05 p.m. in the 1300 block of Wyoming Avenue.

Theme for the day: It’s getting too cold out there to have anything uncovered. Arrests 1; medical 5.

Dec. 24. Destruction of property: There was a report that an unknown person has been chipping stucco and cracking cement when the caller is away. Now there is suspicious tape on the AC unit. Nothing suspicious noted at 4:56 a.m. in the 600 block of Northridge Drive.

Suspicious: A resident thinks there is someone in his home. No one is in his home at 5:44 a.m. in the 700 block of Capri Drive.

Animal: There was a report of sheep near the roadway. The sheep were herded to the park at 3:57 p.m. near Ville Drive and U.S. 93.

Call of the week: Subject dancing in the aisles and pulling his own hair. Male is just exceptionally happy that it’s the holidays! The call was on Dec. 26 at 4:26 p.m. in the 1000 block of Nevada Highway.

See you next week.

It’s official(ish)

It’s all over, at least until November.

Slice of Americana turns 76

Boulder City’s annual July 4 Damboree is almost like a Norman Rockwell painting that has jumped off the canvas and has come to life.

Capturing life through the lens of a camera

If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s safe to say that Bill Bruninga has enough to fill an entire set of encyclopedias.

Boulder City dodges insurance inflation

Insurance is one of those things that are super important but that most people are not going to discuss over a beer like it was a football game. Which is a nice way of saying that the subject can be a little… dry.

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.