LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is inviting the public to comment on planned transportation projects and improvements outlined in its Work Program, including Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) updates, through August 1.
The STIP is a fiscally constrained, four-year planning document containing federal and state-funded transportation projects, as well as regionally significant transportation improvements funded through local and/or state dollars in accordance with the Federal Aid Highway Act and the Federal Transit Act. These projects improve the capacity of Nevada’s transportation system, such as increasing the number of lanes, constructing new roads and intersection improvements along with certain road maintenance projects. It also includes transit, rail, pedestrian walkway and bicycle facility projects. NDOT works closely with metropolitan planning organizations, counties, cities, tribes and other local agencies to develop the comprehensive statewide planning document to provide a transportation system that keeps Nevada safe and connected.
The public can comment on the draft list of projects contained in the Work Program and STIP before it is finalized for review and potential acceptance and approval by the state transportation board and governing federal agencies. To view the list of proposed projects, visit estip.nevadadot.com/comment All public comment must be submitted before August 1 to the NDOT Program Development via email to email@example.com.
Press Release submitted by Tony Illia - Public Information Officer with Nevada Department of Transportations (NDOT)
CCSD Guide to Reopening Schools Proposal
The job of a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs anyone can take
on during the course of their life. The desire to keep your children safe, happy and
healthy moves into the core of your very existence the moment you hold that little one in
your arms for the first time. And, it changes your perspective on what it means to be a
protector of all children. A reality that truly hits home as I stand with the care of 320,000
children entrusted to me by thousands of parents and guardians in our Valley.
I want to thank our students, families, educators, Board of School Trustees, and
members of our community regarding our collective efforts to educate our students
during school closures as a result of COVID-19. As a community, we have faced
immense challenges and obstacles and have proven to be a stronger, united team by
defying these obstacles together.
For the past few months, this district, alongside the rest of the global community
affected by COVID-19, has faced one of the toughest ordeals ever. The sudden
shutdown of almost every facet of life - retail, banking, entertainment, some medical
facilities, and yes, school - all over the world, has shaken the foundation of our lives.
Getting back to a place of normalcy will not be an easy process, but it's one we have to
work towards with thoughtfulness and patience. My focus is getting our children back on
track with their educational goals and we need the help of the entire community to get
there. Goals that we cannot ignore even as we continue to try to understand what this
virus means for our lives well into the future. But the safety of our children and staff is of
the utmost importance.
The plan that our team will be sharing tonight is not optimal, but it is sound. In January,
an entire country was brought to a standstill due to a virus that wreaked havoc across
our world, so this unconventional plan isn’t an educational structure that is conducive to
long term positive outcomes, but it is a plan that will ensure our students have an
educational future. Now, let me be clear, urban public education was already in a crisis!
The world just ignored the harsh truth and this unfortunate pandemic pulled back the
veil on the bleak and dire issues our students face and the inequities that we faced in
our urban schools. Our plan was guided by educational experts and we used mandatory
guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and follows the guidelines and
restrictions of Nevada’s Phase 2 requirements. The reopening of schools plan takes all
learners into consideration, especially our students with special needs and ELL
students, and it takes into account the health and safety of our staff at school sites. I
value the input of the Board of Trustees and the input of the community. Therefore, I pushed the team to bring our recommendation forward as soon as possible to provide
everyone time to process and refine our thinking. Returning our students to schools is a
community challenge; it will take all of us to do what is best for our students.
None of us could have ever imagined that this is the world in which we would currently
live. As businesses are reopening and getting people back to work, we understand that
the approach that we’ve chosen will make it tough on parents who don’t have child care
options during the day. We live in a community that operates 24 hours and I understand
the challenges that we are facing. I want to assure our parents that we understand your
concerns and we are working with our partners to try to find solutions.
Time is of the essence! Our principals need information ASAP! As a matter of fact,
today is too late - but we have been waiting for decisions to be made that are out of our
control! Our school leaders are already under an intense amount of pressure with a
nearly impossible timeline to plan, prepare, and implement a plan for instruction to serve
our students. At this time, we still do not have any information from the State regarding
our budget; therefore, we are building plans of which we have definitive information
regarding our potential budget. We must lead with a sense of urgency. Our students are
depending on us.
MESQUITE, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will close the following onramps to Interstate 15 on June 5 in Mesquite:
Friday, June 5
The temporary closures are needed for a $9.1 million, 5.3-mile upgrade to Interstate 15 between West Mesquite Boulevard to the Arizona border that calls for milling and placing new asphalt roadway in both directions along Interstate 15 as well as repairing and resurfacing the freeway bridge decks at Exit 120 and Exit 122. Las Vegas Paving is the general contractor. The 6-month project, which began in early April, also calls for placing new signage, drainage and lighting, among other improvements. Work is occurring in up to 2-mile increments from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.
Motorists should use caution while travelling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate detour routes, if possible. NDOT works with Waze to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors. For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving.
NDOT and its contractors continue vital highway construction and maintenance activities upkeeping Nevada’s transportation system for essential travel and supply chain deliveries. The department actively practices COVID-19-related public health and safety protocols, including social distancing of six feet or more and restricting groups to 10 or less, thereby keeping our team, families and communities safe and connected.
SBA and Treasury Department Announce $10 Billion for CDFIs to Participate in the Paycheck Protection Program
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses. These dedicated funds will further ensure that the PPP reaches all communities in need of relief during the COVID-19 pandemic – a key priority for President Trump.
“The forgivable loan program, PPP, is dedicated to providing emergency capital to sustain our nation’s small businesses, the drivers of our economy, and retain their employees,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “CDFIs provide critically important capital and technical assistance to small businesses from rural, minority and other underserved communities, especially during this economically challenging time.”
“The PPP has helped over 50 million American workers stay connected to their jobs and over 4 million small businesses get much-needed relief,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “We have received bipartisan support for dedicating these funds for CDFIs to ensure that traditionally underserved communities have every opportunity to emerge from the pandemic stronger than before.”
As of May 23, 2020, CDFIs have approved more than $7 billion ($3.2 billion in Round 2) in PPP loans. The additional $6.8 billion will ensure that entrepreneurs and small business owners in all communities have easy access to the financial system, and that they receive much-needed capital to maintain their workforces.
The Paycheck Protection Program was created by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and provides forgivable loans to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their employees on the payroll. To date, more than 4.4 million loans have been approved for over $510 billion for small businesses across America.
The SBA and the Treasury Department remain committed to ensuring eligible small businesses have the resources they need to get through this time.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
Comprehensive health and safety plan will be in place to protect guests and employee-owners.
Mesquite, NV (May 27, 2020) – Eureka Casino Resort announced today an outline of the comprehensive measures the company is undertaking to safely reopen after temporarily being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The plan not only meets, but exceeds, the Southern Nevada Health Department and the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s health and safety standards. Significant time and investments have been made in specialized equipment to clean and sanitize the entirety of the Mesquite, NV property.
“We know how important it is for people to be able to confidently return to doing the things that they love,” said Andre Carrier, Chief Operating Officer of Eureka Casino Resort. “To that end, we have taken every step to implement a plan that protects our employee-owners and their families, our guests, and the communities in which we work and live. Let’s be clear: the objective is to make our property an inhospitable environment for the virus, while still leaving the Eureka very much the warm, friendly, and hospitality-centric environment guests have known and loved for years.”
While the Eureka may not look exactly like it used to, hospitality and guest service is still the hallmark of the Eureka Way: serving our guests, community, and one another with care, compassion, and dedication. The company’s core values recognize that service to community is a partnership; while employee-owners are working hard to create a safe and fun environment, it is their hope that guests will play a role in keeping the environment a sanctuary of safety and enjoyment as well.
The outline of the Eureka safety plan includes:
For a comprehensive list of procedures and protocols and for operating hours, please visit EurekaMesquite.com/covid.
“As part of our promise to guests and employee-owners, we will continue to work with health experts and government officials to act rapidly as guidance continues to evolve. In doing so, we’re joining a determined and hopeful global community that has responded with courage to this unique challenge, continued Carrier. “We look forward to welcoming guests back to the Eureka, we’re well prepared, and now, finally, we are ready to play.”
About Eureka Casino Resort
Eureka Casino Resort was founded by the Lee family in Las Vegas, NV. It operates a wide-ranging number of businesses, including Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, NV. The Lee Family sold it to the employees in 2015 making it Nevada's first 100% employee owned casino. For multiple years, Eureka has been named one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Medium Workplaces and a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company. Eureka also operates The Rising Star Sports Ranch in Mesquite, NV, as well as Eureka Las Vegas and The Brook, a casino in Seabrook, NH. The dedication of employee-owners to hard work extends to each and every guest and the communities they serve.
[Mesquite, Nevada, March 12, 2020] The Mesquite NV Chamber of Commerce is launching a Mesquite COVID-19 Community Task Force. The task force will be made of Business Leaders and Health Professionals. Its mission is to provide current information and resources about Coronavirus to the business and residential community of Mesquite, Nevada.
“The Chamber is working to ensure our local business community is prepared for any scenario and wants to provide factual information to the Mesquite community,” said Carol Kolson, Mesquite Chamber President and CEO. “It is prudent for businesses and the community to take steps to be prepared even though Mesquite does not currently have any cases of Coronavirus.”
The Chamber will be facilitating a meeting with Business Leaders and Health Professionals at the Eureka Casino Resort on Tuesday, March 17th from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Businesses wanting to participate may rsvp for the meeting by calling 702-346-2902.
The purpose of the meeting is to quickly implement the Three P’s: Prevent, Plan, and Practice. Businesses of all sizes can be effective by simply posting and communicating vital information, updates, and reminders at work.
The Chamber website, www.mesquitenvchamber.com, now has a link to Coronavirus information on the homepage. This page will be continually updated. If you have any questions, please reach out to Carol Kolson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MESQUITE, NV (Leisure Services Dept.) -- Mesquite Community Education Foundation (MCEF) is teaming up with the City of Mesquite to host a “5K Run for Fund$” on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10 am - 2 pm. Dr. Theresa Ofori of Cosmopolitan Dental and Nick Montoya, Director of Athletics & Leisure Services for the City are putting together the event that is open to runners and walkers of all ages. The racecourse will be set up on the streets near the high school, with race warmup and awards at Virgin Valley High School.
Participants can sign up as individuals or teams up to four persons. There is an entry fee per person, which includes a T-shirt and entry to the pre-run warmup and post-run festivities and awards. Racers are asked to enlist sponsors who will pledge cash payment for the distance and time they complete. The runner and team that collect the most scholarship money will win prizes. All racer sponsor funding goes toward scholarships for 2020 graduating seniors at Virgin Valley High School.
MCEF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was formed only two years ago to raise money to help VVHS graduates pay costs of college and trade school. The organization sponsors fundraiser activities and solicits donations from individuals and businesses that want to help our young people afford the high cost of advanced education. In its first two years, MCEF raised $25,000 which was awarded in $1000 increments to twenty-five grads. This year MCEF aims to raise $30,000 to award to members of the Class of 2019.
Race application forms are available now at the Mesquite Recreation Center front desk and Virgin Valley High School, with race fee paid by check or cash at the time of registration. Early registration at the Mesquite Recreation Center is encouraged by March 15 to assure T-shirts availability, but registration up to the day of the race will be accepted.
To offer sponsorship for the 5K Run for Fund$ or to donate to the 2019 MCEF scholarship fund, email: email@example.com, or send a check to MCEF, PO Box 2784, Mesquite NV 89024. All donations are gratefully accepted and pooled with other fundraising proceeds to benefit graduating VVHS seniors.
For more information about this event and other programs please download the app, it’s available for iOS or Android devices at http://tour.mesquitenv.gov/. Download it today and discover more of Mesquite!
For more information on this and other programs please contact the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services at (702) 346-8732. Register for youth, adult and this program online at: www.mesquitenv.gov for more information and to stay connected via social media, our Facebook: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road.
The Mesquite Parade of Lights was created in 2015 to celebrate the Christmas holiday season twofold; to bring the community together to enjoy the lights and to give to those who are less fortunate. The event has grown to become Mesquite’s largest canned-food drive each year. Starting with just 1,000 pounds in 2015, the efforts of the community and businesses were able to increase that to 7,010 pounds of food in 2018 to split between the Virgin Valley Food Bank and the Salvation Army.
This year, the goal is to exceed 10,000 pounds of food. In addition to collecting food along the parade route, donation boxes will be set up at Mesquite Fire Station 3 located at 3 John Deere Drive, the Mesquite Recreation Center at 100 W. Old Mill Rd, Mesquite Senior Center at 102 W. Old Mill Rd, Sun City Mesquite Recreation Center at 1300 Flat Top Mesa, Mesquite Police Department at 695 Mayan Circle, and Mesquite City Hall at 10 E. Mesquite Blvd. during normal business hours beginning November 1.
Local groups, schools, organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate in this event and may submit an application by November 27 to the City of Mesquite Clerk’s office, 10 E. Mesquite Boulevard, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entry fee is 15 pounds of food, due at the time of application submission or at the mandatory participant meeting on December 2.
Many changes have been made for this year’s theme, Parade of Music. In addition to competing for Best Theme, Best Lights and Most Participants, there will also be an award for Mayor’s Choice as well as People’s Choice award via the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mesquiteparadeoflights. For more information, contact the Clerk’s office at 702-346-5295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MESQUITE, NV (Leisure Services Dept.) – The canine population of Mesquite is growing right along with the overall population boom here. Not only do people need a safe place to exercise and socialize, so do dogs!
To meet public interest and need, the City of Mesquite has proposed the creation of a new dog park at another location. The proposed dog park is a joint project of the Animal Control Division and Athletics & Leisure Services Department of the City of Mesquite.
To help raise funds to build the dog park, the Mesquite Animal Shelter is participating in this year’s National Strut Your Mutt, a fundraiser sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society. The shelter’s goal is to raise $25,000 during the event and is asking for the community to contribute to the dog park project.
“If everyone in Mesquite were to contribute the equivalent of $2 per person, we’d easily reach our goal,” said Joe Macias, Animal Control Manager.
The park would be available to Mesquite dog owners to provide exercise and socialization for their pets as well as to help save lives at the shelter by providing a place for shelter dogs learn positive interactions with people and other pets that will help them be ready for adoption.
Having recreational opportunities to share with a pet dog has been shown to increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by providing companionship, and studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners.
“The new park will be a welcome addition to our wonderful recreational opportunities and amenities here in Mesquite,” said Nicholas Montoya, Director of Athletics and Leisure Services.
Public dog parks allow dogs to get ample off-leash exercise and social activity with other dogs. When dogs get the physical and mental exercise they need, humans are able to notice a decrease in the level of troublesome behavior from their dogs which will benefit society as well, according to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).
The City of Mesquite officially designated the Animal Shelter as a “No Kill” facility last September. The shelter is a member of the Best Friends Network which is comprised of hundreds of public and private shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations and other animal welfare groups in all 50 states that are committed to saving the lives of homeless pets through effective adoption, spay/neuter and intake prevention programs.
“We are proud to be working with Best Friends toward the goal of taking this nation no-kill by 2025,” Macias added. “Working together along with the Athletics & Leisure Services Department as well we can accomplish great things for our local community and especially our dogs and cats.”
This huge fundraising effort started in June and will wrap up on October 16 with an open house at the shelter during which the public will be invited to learn more about the lifesaving work there as well as the wide variety of animal services available in the community.
Business sponsors of the fundraising effort are the Eureka Casino…
How You Can Help
An online donation platform is available. To donate:
To donate by check:
Checks can be made out to “Mesquite Animal Shelter” with “Strut Your Mutt” in the memo line and can be dropped off at the shelter at 795 Hardy Way or sent via U.S. Mail to Mesquite Animal Shelter, 695 Mayan Circle, Mesquite, NV 89027.
Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
For more information about this event and other programs please down load the app, it’s available for iOS or Android devices at http://tour.mesquitenv.gov/. Download it today and discover more of Mesquite!
For more information on this and other programs please contact the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services at (702) 346-8732. Register for youth and adult programs online at: www.mesquitenv.gov. For more information and to stay connected via social media, our Facebook Page is: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road.