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Veterans home stops volunteer visits through end of year

Visits by volunteers and other guests to the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City are not being permitted through the end of the year because of an increase in respiratory illness at the facility. Only direct family members and staff are allowed in the building.

Additionally, all scheduled resident activities and outings through Jan. 1 have been canceled.

According to Wendy Simons, deputy director of veterans wellness for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, the facility has seen an increase of respiratory illnesses common at this time of year, and two of the six patients sampled tested positive for influenza A.

She said there is nothing to be alarmed about, but because their residents are older, they wanted to limit their exposure.

In a letter to family members, visitors are asked to report to the nurse’s station before seeing their relatives, as well as using hand sanitizer before entering and after exiting each resident room and the facility itself.

“We are managing an increase of respiratory illnesses in our home and it is important for us to continue to be proactive and request your assistance,” the letter stated.

“Please help up to protect our residents by refraining from visiting if you are sick,” the letter adds.

Christmas tree recycling offered

Boulder City is once again offering area residents the opportunity to recycle their live Christmas trees after the holiday.

Starting Tuesday, undecorated Christmas trees can be dropped off 24 hours a day at the recycling container at Bravo Field near the corner of Eagle Drive and Sixth Street. Trees with artificial snow/flocking cannot be recycled.

Trees can be dropped off at the location through Jan. 16.

The recycled trees will be transformed into organic mulch, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Jan. 4 through Feb. 1 at Acacia Park, 50 Casa Del Fuego St., and Pecos Legacy Park, 150 N. Pecos Road, both in Henderson.

The program is being offered in conjunction with BC Waste Free and the city of Henderson.

The Eagle has landed

City crews help align the eagle at the new welcome sign Monday morning. The $75,000 sign, which is funded by the city, will not only welcome those coming to town but also honors the Boulder City High School Eagles.

Tract 350 sale approved

Whether it will be enough to fund the projected $40 million-plus pool complex the city would like to build is still — given the realities of the current inflationary economic environment — an open question.

City’s pet licensing proposal still in limbo

As the proposal to allow for a license for pet breeding, as well as the keeping of more animals than the three currently allowed by city code that came within inches of becoming law in March of this year, appears to be in some kind of limbo. After it was tabled, and has not yet been rescheduled to come back before the city council, a related case recently came before the municipal court.

Students learn the fine art of guitar making

Jimi Hendrix, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist ever, once said of his craft, “Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’ll be rewarded.”