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News Briefs, Sept. 27

Bells to honor shooting victims at Monday prayer gathering

The church bells at St. Andrew Catholic Community will toll 58 times Monday, Oct. 1, evening, part of a nondenominational prayer gathering and remembrance on the anniversary of last year’s Oct. 1 mass shooting.

St. Andrew, 1399 San Felipe Drive, will host the 7 p.m. communitywide gathering that will include songs, prayers and reflections from those who were on hand at the Route 91 Harvest festival. Speakers include Brian Scroggins, who coordinated relief and counseling efforts in the aftermath of the shooting that left 58 dead and more than 500 wounded.

Boulder City United Methodist Church and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will share in the ecumenical program that is open to all, and Christ Lutheran Church members will provide refreshments in the fellowship hall after the service.

The bells, which normally sound the time of day, will ring once to remember each of the victims at the conclusion of the service.

“The tragedy of Oct. 1 touched everyone’s lives and we want to offer a safe place to remember those who were lost and all the lives that were changed as a result of this heinous crime,” said the Rev. Sandy Johnson of Boulder City United Methodist Church, who is coordinating the program.

Peace choir joins Oct. 1 shooting memorial event

The Interfaith Peace Choir of Southern Nevada will perform at the “Dear Love: A Ceremony of Help, Healing and Transformation” memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Guardian Angel Cathedral, 302 Cathedral Way, Las Vegas.

The choir, directed by Boulder City resident Francyl Gawryn, is composed of members who represent a variety of religious traditions and are committed to working together toward inter-religious harmony.

Suspect in Lake Mead stabbing in custody in Colorado

A suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing Sept. 7 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area is in custody, according to the National Park Service.

The man, who reportedly fled the scene on foot leaving behind a black backpack, was identified by investigators and taken into custody on unrelated charges in Colorado on Sept. 19. Federal charges are pending.

Two other people of interest are also in custody.

Officials at Lake Mead received a call at 5:46 a.m. Sept. 7 that a man had been stabbed near Stewarts Point and Blue Point Bay.

The victim, who was transported by Mercy Air with critical injuries, has been released from an unnamed hospital.

The incident remains under investigation. No further details are available.

Lower enrollment won’t affect positions, programs at BCHS

Despite having a lower enrollment than projected, Boulder City High School will be able to keep $118,000 in money carried over from 2017-2018 school year’s budget and not cut any programs or lay off any teachers, according to school administrators.

“The good news is we’re fine,” said Principal Amy Wagner.

Clark County School District projected BCHS to have 613 students on enrollment count day Sept. 7, but it had 607.

Wagner said the school also needed to purchase three teacher preparation periods, which it was able to do, allowing those designated times to be used for instruction.

Additionally, the district gave the school a special education teacher position, which Wagner said she expects to fill after the district surplus meeting, which allows teachers whose jobs were eliminated at one school to fill an open position at another.

Nationwide emergency alert test to be held Wednesday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the emergency alert system and wireless emergency alert Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The wireless portion of the test begins at 11:18 a.m. and the emergency alert system follows at 11:20 a.m.

The test is designed to ensure public safety officials have systems in place to deliver urgent alerts and warnings during emergencies or disasters. It will last about one minute.

This is the fourth nationwide test of the emergency alert system and first national wireless test, which will be sent to cellphones.

Both messages will note that they are tests and no action is needed.

The FEMA app, which can be downloaded on Android and Apple devices, is one way to ensure receiving preparedness tips and weather alerts. It can be downloaded at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app.

Former fire chief Gray discusses termination

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for the city, and specifically the fire department, as questions of whether or not Will Gray was still employed as that department’s chief spread through town.

Breeding proposal breeds opposition

Judging by the number of people speaking out against it during public comment at the last city council meeting and the tone of numerous social media posts, the proposal to allow for licensed pet breeders to operate in Boulder City is itself breeding a growing opposition. And the opposition appears to be spilling over into other pet-centric issues, including the fact that, unlike anywhere else in Clark County, Boulder City does not require dogs to be on a leash in public.

Wanted: A good home for theater seats

For those who have either grown up in Boulder City or are longtime residents, the Boulder City Theatre holds a special place in the hearts of many.

Hangars and OHVs and pool people, oh my

In a meeting with only two council members present in the room (and the other three on the phone) and in which the major attention was divided between a contentious possible law concerning pets and the fact that the city manager had announced he was leaving for a new job on the East Coast, the council did take a series of other notable actions.

Look, up in the sky…

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Council hears plan for golf course turf reduction

Reducing water usage in Southern Nevada has been a subject that has affected the look of clean, green Boulder City multiple times in the past year.

City confirms fire chief no longer employed

After more than two weeks of inquiries by the Boulder City Review, late Tuesday afternoon the city confirmed that Boulder City Fire Chief Will Gray is no longer employed.

Residents weigh in on 99 Cents Store’s shuttering

In what came as a surprise to many who are frequent shoppers, officials from 99 Cents Only Stores announced last week that all of their 371 locations will be closing over the next several weeks.

Four suspects arrested in graffiti case

On Jan. 22, many residents were shocked by a rash of graffiti throughout town, which included the historic Boulder City Theatre.