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Welcome 2020; let it roar

It’s hard to believe that at this time next week it will already be the second day of a new year. Where did the past 365 days go?

Not only are we starting a new year, we are beginning a new decade as we enter the ’20s. I hope that most of our ’20s are like those from the 1900s.

The Roaring Twenties were fabulously fun, noted for their jazzy dance and music, economic prosperity and dedication to cultural arts. The golden age of Hollywood began and a sense of freedom grew, perhaps fed by Americans’ ability to travel more as the automobile became prominent.

Though that came to an abrupt halt in 1929 on Black Friday when the stock market crashed and sent the country into a tailspin that created the Great Depression, the majority of the decade saw good times.

Our most recent decade saw its share of good times, too.

It began in 2010 when a second engineering marvel across Black Canyon was completed. The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge opened Oct. 16. At 886 feet above the Colorado River, it is the second highest bridge in the nation and is the world’s highest concrete arch bridge.

The following year the city saw a boom in its energy zone in the Eldorado Valley as more solar-power generating companies expressed interest in leasing land to build solar plants and helping boost the city’s budget.

In 2011, the city also saw a project to widen U.S. Highway 93 for better traffic flow and entice more people to visit.

The same pattern followed in 2012 as the revitalization and beautification of Nevada Way began and an investment was made to secure the future of the Boulder Dam Hotel and its Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum, both of which are big tourist destinations.

And our solar fields continued to attract attention — this time from President Barack Obama, who stopped by in March to visit and see them in action.

Like bookends, the last few years of the decade brought events that put Boulder City in a positive light.

In April 2017, the city saw its first major land deal in 20 years with the sale of nearly 31 acres at the southeast corner of Bristlecone Drive and Adams Boulevard. StoryBook Homes is purchasing the property (in three parts — two of which have already been completed) for a 127-home subdivision. The sale added $9.1 million to the city’s coffers.

Another road project — the opening of the first stretch of Interstate 11 — highlighted 2018. Though some questioned the wisdom of bypassing the city, the majority of what has transpired since that fateful August day has been positive. More locals are venturing out to support businesses on the western edge of town, new and old businesses alike are investing in the community and tourism continues to flourish.

This year’s turnaround in leadership on the City Council was the result of more people caring about what happens to the town they love so much and taking an active role to make things better.

Though there were some rough times in between, including the 2013 “discovery” of naturally occurring asbestos in and around the community, the 2014 death of the last known Hoover Dam worker, the demolition of the old Boulder City Hospital in 2015, and scandal at the animal shelter in 2016 that resulted in guilty pleas by the former supervisor for animal cruelty and by the former police chief for failing to do his duty, the past decade had some very memorable and very good moments.

A new decade is dawning and it remains to be seen if it will mirror the good times when the nation last experienced the ’20s. But we can hope — and dance, play music, go to the movies and enjoy the freedom to explore our surroundings.

May 2020 bring you good health, happiness and prosperity.

Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at hsaylor@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.

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.

Honoring National Public Health Week

In my eight decades of this amazing life, I have worn a great many hats: son, brother, father, major (USAF), grandfather, council member, state representative, state senator.