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News Briefs, April 5

Power transformer expected to be put in place this morning

Boulder City’s power tap transformer, which will serve as a backup source in case of an outage, was expected to arrive by flatbed truck Wednesday afternoon, then be moved into place by crane Thursday morning.

Scott Hansen, public works director for the city, said officials don’t have an exact time the 217,000-pound transformer is expected, but was expected between .3 and 4 p.m. so that any disruptions to traffic will be minimal.

The proposed route to the substation near the landfill will take the truck from Veterans Memorial Drive to Adams Boulevard and then south on Utah Street.

Those wanting to go to the landfill or rifle/pistol club may be delayed 30-60 minutes, Hansen said.

“This new transformer provides a backup power supply for Boulder City in the event of a loss of the city’s normal transmission feed,” said Rory Dwyer, the city’s electric utility administrator. “The current BC Tap transformer is 54 years old and has a 44-megawatt capacity. Our town’s needs are 50-megawatt peak capacity. So, if we lose the feed on a hot summer day, BC Tap would not be able to supply the whole town.”

TravelNevada announces essay contest for eighth-graders

TravelNevada, the Nevada Division of Tourism, and the Nevada Department of Education are seeking entries from eighth-graders for its Discover Your Nevada essay contest.

Now in its second year, the contest offers a prize of a Nevada field trip.

Eighth-graders should write a full-page, single-typed essay reflecting on a memorable travel experience within the state or describing a desired trip in Nevada.

Essays can be emailed or sent through the mail and must be received no later than 5 p.m. April 20. Send essays to Nevada Department of Education, Attn: Kelly Nicholls, 700 E. Fifth St., Carson City, NV 89701 or to ndeinfo@doe.nv.gov.

Neighborhood watch meeting scheduled at Smith center

A Boulder City Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Elaine K. Smith Center, 700 Wyoming St.

Representatives from the Boulder City Police Department and its volunteer program will be on hand to answer questions and address residents’ concerns.

All are welcome to attend.

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.