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Rotary club starts fundraiser to aid Texas hurricane victims

Members of the Rotary Club of Boulder City are partnering with the Rotary clubs of Friendswood and Humble, Texas, to raise funds to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Members will have a booth outside the Boulder Dam Credit Union, 530 Avenue G, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, starting this week, for the next several months to collect funds.

Because of the logistics of sending items, the nonprofit club’s efforts will be strictly for cash or checks.

Checks, payable to Rotary Club of Boulder City and designated for Hurricane Harvey Relief, also can be send to the Rotary Club of Boulder City, P.O. Box 60924, Boulder City, NV 89006-0924.

Funds will be forwarded to the Texas clubs after the first of the new year so they have enough time to review applications from individuals and organizations needing assistance, said Frank Carroll, a member of the local club who is helping spearhead the fundraising efforts.

“We understand from the outset that our local Rotary club will not be able to fund all of the needs but we wish to help in this effort in a club-to-club situation rather than a faceless fund where we are unable to identify the recipients. The receiving clubs will keep us advised of the prospective recipients of the funds, and what those funds will be used for.”

Additionally, the club will be accepting donations of nonperishable food items for Emergency Aid of Boulder City.

Veterans home receives award for quality care for fifth year in a row

For the fifth consecutive year, the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City has received an award for excellence in quality care from HealthInsight, a nonprofit, community-based collaborative working to improve health and health care for patients and providers.

In order to qualify for the Quality Award, nursing homes had to rank in the top 25 percent of performers in the nation, as well as have a three or above star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The veterans home has a five-star rating, the highest possible.

“This demonstrates the commitment of our entire team to serve Nevada’s heroes,” said Administrator Linda Gelinger. “Everyone, from our health care professionals, nonclinical personnel, to our volunteers, are all dedicated to providing the best quality care to our veterans. This type of recognition doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because everyone is passionate and cares very deeply about our veterans.”

The veterans home was one of five facilities in Nevada to be honored.

“All five of the nursing homes receiving the Quality Award show a passionate commitment to person-centered care and development of systematic performance improvement,” said aid Donna Thorson, HealthInsight Nevada senior project manager.

Lagan’s sights set on Paris

In less than three weeks, Lexi Lagan will be competing in her second Summer Olympic Games with a collective cheer of support from her hometown of Boulder City.

But is there really a shortage?

Getting Boulder City out of a more than decade-long stretch where no city manager has lasted as long as it takes a student to graduate from BCHS was the overriding theme of discussion at this week’s city council meeting.

Council debates hiring city manager recruiter

Following a lengthy discussion, Mayor Joe Hardy summed things up Tuesday by saying, “Our No. 1 priority is to get someone who will stay.”

Sex-trafficked victims to have new home, school

Ideally, a school is far more than just four walls, a ceiling and some windows. It’s a place of learning, a place to feel safe, and a place to meet and bond with others.

Learn more about BC’s unofficial mascot

The bighorn sheep at Hemenway Park, on the outskirts of Boulder City, have become a tourist attraction as carloads, and often tour vans full of visitors, can been seen at the park each day.

City’s new fire structure in place

The Boulder City Fire Department is in the final stages of adding a structure, which will not only prepare its firefighters to a greater extent, but at the same time save taxpayer dollars.

Report made on strategic plan

Strategic plans are not anything new for Boulder City. A document developed in conjunction with an outside consultant outlining goals for the next five years has been around for at least a decade.

City, court extend personnel agreement

One could be excused for assuming that an item on the city council’s agenda for the June 25 meeting was somehow related to the concept of free speech if one had only read the agenda and none of the attachments. It was, after all, referred to as First Amendment.

Honoring first responders

Recently, the Boulder City Police and Fire departments held their annual awards night. For the fire department, Acting Chief Greg Chesser presented his Fire Chief Award to firefighter Brian Shea. For the police department, it gave out letters of commendation to several of its officers who assisted last December following the shooting death of three professors at UNLV. Those officers included Lt. Thomas Healing, sergeants John Glenn, Tiffany Driscoll and Christ Slack, detectives Mark Dubois, Bret Hood and officer Guy Liedkie. Pictured with Chief Tim Shea are Sgt. Driscoll and Lt. Healing. Driscoll also earned a second letter of commendation for her part in helping save the life of a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer who suffered a seizure while the two were working an off-duty assignment at Allegiant Stadium.