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Citywide power outage planned for early Wednesday

A community-wide power outage is planned for 3-3:30 a.m. Wednesday as old equipment is repaired.

According to city officials, the outage will last approximately 30 minutes and will affect road lights and traffic signals.

“Critical communications facilities in Boulder City, including 911 service and police and fire radios, will not be affected,” according to a written statement released by the city.

They did warn, however, that telephones that require electricity to operate might not function properly doing the outage.

Additional information is available by calling the city’s electric utility administrator at 702-293-9266.

Booth selected for marine mammal internship

Christina Booth, a 2009 graduate of Boulder City High School, recently was selected for an internship with the animal care and training program at the U.S. Navy’s marine mammal facility in San Diego.

The 16-week program requires her to volunteer 40 hours a week. During her internship, she will work with dolphins and sea lions with tasks such as diet preparation, sanitation and equipment and facility maintenance.

The program also includes lectures and field trips to enhance the learning experience.

She said she hopes the internship provides her with the experience she needs to pursue a career in marine mammal training and education.

Booth said she became interested in animal care as a second-grader when a zookeeper spoke to her class. Since then, she has volunteered whenever possible with animal programs.

While working on her bachelor’s degree in humanities at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., Booth volunteered at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. She received her degree in May 2013.

She also attended a week-long career camp at Sea World in San Diego and spent a summer at Oceans of Fun at the Milwaukee County Zoo. She also spent three days shadowing the staff at the dolphin habitat at The Mirage.

To help offset her living expenses, which she estimates at $5,000, she has established an account at Boulder Dam Credit Union, 530 Avenue G, and created a Go Fund Me account, www.gofundme.com/h6kmo0.

Booth is the daughter of Deborah Booth of Boulder City.

New license plates support bicycle, pedestrian programs

A new specialty license plate supporting safe bicycle and pedestrian programs is now available for purchase through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. The plate displays a “Share the Road” message and bicycle and pedestrian images.

The plates will cost $61 initially and $30 for renewal.

Proceeds of $25 per plate will provide grant money for nonprofit and government organizations to plan and build bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as support bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and other programs. The grants will be awarded by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and administered through the Nevada Department of Transportation.

“Biking and walking are important means of transportation, but tragically, there have been 69 pedestrians and bicyclists killed on Nevada roads this year,” said Bill Story, NDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program manager. “This license plate will not only bring awareness of how important it is for us all to share the road, it will also help fund safe bicycle and walking programs and projects.”

The advisory board was created by the state Legislature to promote safe bicycling and pedestrian facilities.

The specialty plates are available for purchase at DMV offices. You must visit the DMV in person and pay specialty plate fees and a $5 plate transfer fee. No registration renewal or emissions inspection is required. Further pedestrian and bicycle safety information is available at www.bicyclenevada.com.

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