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Many reasons for giving thanks

In just three weeks, millions of families will gather around the table to celebrate Thanksgiving, a time for reflection and for recognizing what is special to you and your family. The past year has been full of challenges and changes for me, and I am sure you have encountered the same. This year, I’ve been thinking about all of the reasons that I am thankful.

The top of my list is my amazing wife, Jill, our eight wonderful children and our 21 grandchildren. In January, Jill and I will celebrate our 52nd anniversary. I’ve been fortunate to have her love and support over the past five decades. She inspired me to be the best husband that I can, to be a good father and grandfather, and to do good things for other people. Her love and guidance keeps me motivated and driven.

I am thankful for a long life filled with serving Boulder City, our home for 42 years. I’m grateful for my time in the U.S. Air Force from 1979 through 1982. Serving Boulder City as a physician was rewarding but could also be difficult. From City Council member in 1999, to Nevada state assemblyman in 2002, to Nevada state senator from 2002-2022, I appreciate that people put their faith in me to do what was right for our community. One year ago this month, I took the oath of office as mayor of this wonderful city.

I am thankful for the Council with whom I work. Sherri Jorgensen, Matt Fox, Steve Walton and Cokie Booth truly work with the best interests of our residents at heart. Just like many co-workers, we don’t agree on everything. We each have our own areas of expertise, so we rely on those long discussions during council meetings to find middle ground. I appreciate what they bring to the table on every issue.

I am thankful for freedom, peace, safety and security in Boulder City again this year. and employees of the city of Boulder City continue to make me feel thankful. Our police and fire departments, the City Attorney’s Office and the Municipal Court work around the clock to keep us safe. The Utilities Department keeps our power and water going. The City Clerk’s Office is preparing for another election season.

Our Finance Department makes sure we can invest in the future. Public Works keeps the streets, sidewalks and city buildings and parks clean and safe.

Community Development handles the day-to-day general city planning and promotes economic development. And our Parks and Recreation Department offers something for everyone, to keep our bodies and minds active. All of these efforts are led by a great City Manager, Taylour Tedder. City staff does so much for our community and much of it goes unrecognized.

This year, city staff finished some great projects: working to create a Community Resource Liaison with Boulder City Hospital, opening a grassy dog park, Hemenway Park Expansion Project, providing a new home for Lend-a-Hand and much more. The employees continue to help our local organizations in their missions to help the less fortunate. I am thankful and proud of the staff that is so dedicated to making Boulder City a great place to live, work and play.

Boulder City has phenomenal regional partners, from the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its efforts to help us with a better, more sustainable solution for our wastewater, to the Health District and its continued efforts to keep our residents healthy.

In a few days, our region will see an influx of millions of dollars from Formula One Racing teams and their fans, and again in February from Super Bowl LVIII.

These funds will help keep our entire state healthy.

So I say Happy Thanksgiving to all. Eat to your healthy heart’s content, and take a few moments to reflect on why you love your family, your neighbors, this community and this state. I know I will.

Alumni events, marriage and a real Nazi

Ron’s column from a few weeks ago inspired me to tell a story about a weird event from my past. Mine is not as exciting as his in that there is no wrestler named Silo Sam. But there is at least one Nazi. And, no, not the current “I disagree with your politics so you are a Nazi” version. An actual card-carrying member of the party.

Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial to Boulder City?

Veterans’ memorials can be found all over the Silver State. They are well deserved. They honor individuals who served the nation, and also commemorate battles and events regarding the many military anniversaries in Nevada.

City manager bids fond farewell

I may be leaving Boulder City, but it was not an easy decision. From the first time I came in and met the staff and community leaders, I saw a city filled with people who truly care about where they live and work. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with some incredible people.

Is the grass always greener?

Many people in the past played a golf game to cement a business deal, didn’t they? They also played golf to socialize. Has Boulder City recognized lessening play on golf courses? Or, from another perspective, what happens when million-dollar homes are placed around our open space golf course with views of the McCullough Mountains? Do fewer people play golf on the Boulder Creek golf course?

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Shakespeare was the man when it came to comedy and tragedy. His ability to make people feel the intense emotions of the characters is still imitated today. The past few months have been filled with a bit of excited anticipation at City Hall as several longtime and high-level employees have found new roles in other acts. I’m here to borrow some Shakespearean lines, the first being from Ophelia, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (Hamlet)

Me, my brother and Silo Sam

Recently, I’ve been enjoying watching shows on A&E related to professional wrestling back in the earlier days, with profiles on wrestlers I grew up watching as well as classic rivalries.

Let’s talk about the ‘D Word’

OK, as a starting point, I must note that it’s weird to think that I might be writing something that would put me in agreement with the Language Police.

Make a new plan, Stan

A plan is a method for achieving a desirable objective. It’s a program of action, usually memorialized in writing. Plans start with goals and ideas. But ideas alone (even good ones) don’t constitute a plan.

Time to recognize unsung heroes

We have so many functions within the Boulder City Police Department, from school resource officers to road patrol to the detective bureau. The work that they do keeps Boulder City among the “Safest Cities in Nevada” (newhomesource.com, alarm.com) year after year. One unit is the backbone of our public safety response: Public Safety Dispatchers.