weather icon Clear

Hansen falls victim to virus

Longtime resident and community supporter Bert Hansen died Friday, April 10, after fighting COVID-19 since the end of March.

Mike Penuelas, Hansen’s friend and employee, said he died around 4:30 a.m.

“He had stayed stable,” Penuelas said. “There were little signs of hope.”

He said Hansen’s breathing had improved but his organs had started to shut down.

Hansen was one of the founding members of the Boulder City Sunrise Rotary Club and operator of the gift shop at Hoover Dam. He was also involved with the Breaking the Cycle Rehabilitation Program in Boulder City Municipal Court.

Penuelas said he doesn’t know when a local memorial service will take place because of the current restrictions for COVID-19. He said Hansen will eventually be buried at his family’s burial plot in Albaton, Iowa.

“When that’s happening, I don’t know,” he added.

Penuelas has known Hansen since 1985 and said he will miss his generosity the most.

“I’ve never seen anyone so generous in my life,” he said. “This guy was phenomenal. That’s something I hope I can aspire to.”

Hansen was also involved with the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce and had served as its president.

Penuelas said Hansen, who was 80 years old and had diabetes, started feeling ill and having some health issues and went to Boulder City Hospital on March 26. He said he was diagnosed with double pneumonia, tested for COVID-19 and transferred to Henderson Hospital where he remained until his death.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Capturing a moment in time

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, it’s safe to say that Pamela Leon has millions of words to her credit.

Plans for substation on hold

Inflation, it appears, continues to bedevil plans for large public projects in Boulder City.

Wurst Festival brings out the best

Just around the time each year that Mother Nature cooperates with lower temperatures, comes one of the more popular events in town filled with food, family, friends and fun.

National Night Out brings together first responders, community

During its humble beginnings, National Night Out started as a way for neighbors to meet and sit on their porches to help deter criminal activity in their neighborhoods.

Reaching for the stars

This school year Martha P. King Elementary School was named a 4-Star School by the state of Nevada.

BC’s unofficial mascots now on camera

For several years now, Hemenway Park has been a popular stop for residents and visitors with the hopes of seeing Boulder City’s unofficial mascot – bighorn sheep.

What you need to know to avoid becoming scam victim

Call it an unfortunate side effect of the world’s increasingly online modern existence or maybe just the last examples of a phenomenon as old as civilization but reports of scams are on the upswing.

City joins opioid settlement

No municipality in the country has been able to totally avoid the negative effects of the opioid epidemic, Not even Clean, Green Boulder City.

Gun club elections set for Wednesday

Last month, the nearly 3,000 members of the Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club were caught off guard as four of the existing board members all resigned, effective immediately.