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Mesquite Days Annual BAKE - OFF

posted by Joy Eastwood   [ updated ]

Have you got the best cookies in town?  Then come enter them in The Virgin Valley Historical Society Mesquite Days Annual Bake-off!  There will be three divisions by age 7-13 year olds, 13-18 year olds and 18+. 

Applications for all divisions can be picked up at The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum and the local schools. Applications need to be returned to the Museum by Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. 

Then on May 2, 2014 6:00 P.M. at the West side of The Recreation Center bring your cookies to be judged. For more information about this event, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVMuseum or stop by the Museum at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd.  The Museum is open Tue - Sat 10 am to 4 pm. 

The committee chair for this program is Valarie Jensen, contact 702-346-5469

 For more additional 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: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road

Mesquite Recreation & Community Center Facility Holiday Hours – 2014

posted Apr 14, 2014, 11:30 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 1:11 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]


The City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services Department would like to inform the community of our holiday hours schedule for the upcoming holiday that will affect The Mesquite Recreation Center hours of operation.

 

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause; the hours of operation will go as followed:

 

*Mesquite Recreation Center Hours


         ·         Sunday, April 20, 2014. Hours of Operation: CLOSED   

                          §  EASTER HOLIDAY 

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: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road. 

Andy Barton, Mesquite City Manager, to hold community forum

posted Apr 10, 2014, 3:59 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 1:09 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]


Community members are invited to meet with Andy Barton, Mesquite City Manager, at noon, on Thursday, April 17. This open forum will be held in the classroom between the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery and the Museum. The Museum is located at 35 West Mesquite Blvd.  This is an opportunity to ask questions, share your concerns, or to just meet and visit with the City Manager.

Community/Senior Center Drug Take Back Box

posted Apr 10, 2014, 11:36 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 1:09 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]


In collaboration with the Mesquite Police Department, The Department of Athletics and Leisure Services has installed a new drug take back box with in the facility located at 102 West Old Mill Road. We would like to remind residents that there are other permanent Drug Take Back program drop boxes with in the City of Mesquite and they are located in the lobbies of the Mesquite Police Department Administrative Hall, 695 Mayan Circle, and at the Justice Center, 500 Hillside Drive.   The boxes are designed for safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter pill medications. 

Captain Shane Charles encourages residents to use the Drug Take Back Boxes as a means to reduce access to prescription drugs in the community, especially among teen population. More teens abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine combined.  Teens say prescription drugs are widely available from a variety of sources, including their home medicine cabinets, and those of friends and relatives. 

According to the National Association of Drug Diverters, “America’s 12 to 17 year olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is unwittingly coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends. More and more adults recognize the need to remove these substances from the home. Law enforcement is the only entity legally able to accept these medications and process them properly so that they do not fall into the wrong hands. 

Drop boxes significantly reduce the prescription drugs in American homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. These same drugs unfortunately have become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have access to the residence.”

“Residents can help in the effort to stop drug diversion by getting expired and unused prescription and over the counter medications out of medicine cabinets,” said Charles. 

Residents are reminded the drop boxes are for the pills only.  Bottles, liquids, inhalers, syringes and other medical devices are not accepted at drop box locations.  

“We are excited to team up with the Police Department and provide another accessible location for the community,” added Associate Director, Nicholas Montoya of the Leisure Services Department.

Despite previous recommendations issued by multiple government agencies flushing medication down the drain is no longer a preferred method for disposal of medication. Flushing of medication can contaminate water systems and lead to unhealthy drinking water. Drug Take Back Boxes in the City of Mesquite have been provided by The Clark County Water Reclamation District in order to promote clean water.  

The Reclamation District provides the following information on their website: “When you flush medication down your drain, it ends up at one of our treatment facilities. These ingredients can remain in the treated water when it is released into the water cycle.

When prescription or over-the-counter drugs are flushed down the sink or toilet, their chemical components may be added to the water supply. The presence of these substances in the environment is emerging as an important national and international issue. Although the concentration levels of these products in the environment are very low, research and monitoring are continuing worldwide. 

Putting medications down the drain is not just a local concern. Increasingly, prescription and non-prescription medications, many of which are not effectively destroyed by sewage treatment plants, are finding their way into streams and drinking water supplies. A study conducted by the United States Geological Survey found that 80 percent of the 139 streams sampled across 30 states detected very low concentrations of chemicals commonly found in prescription drugs. While the concentration levels of these products are very low, they may be enough to cause adverse effects in the environment and to human health.” 

Charles said the drop boxes are emptied on a regular basis and items disposed of properly by incineration. For more information contact the Mesquite Police Department at 702-346-5262. 

For more additional 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: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road. 

PET FIRST AID (Cats & Dogs)

posted Apr 10, 2014, 11:24 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 1:12 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

This course is designed for the pet lover to provide the necessary information and skills to stabilize an injured or unwell animal until professional medical help is available. Participants will work on manikins to practice skills. Please leave pets at home.

Course Length 3 – 4 hours 

Topics covered:

 Prevention of illness and injury

Restraint and Transportation

Bleeding and Wounds

Shock

Fractures

Poisonings

Eye and ear injuries

Administering medications

Airway obstruction and choking

CPR and choking 

Make sure to bring water and wear comfortable clothing. There are fees included to participate in the class, please inquire on these with the Recreation Center, we ask that you preregister for the class. The class will be held (Monday) April 29, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 12:30PM at the Mesquite Community Senior Center. Classes are taught by Belinda Guglielmo a certified instructor. 

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: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road.

 

Mesquite Days Parade 2014

posted Mar 31, 2014, 4:49 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 11:05 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Gather the entire family and come join the fun and entertainment on May 3, 2014 and be a part of the excitement of the Annual Mesquite Days Parade. 

Saturday Morning at 10:00am get your spot early along the parade route as traffic will be diverted off of the boulevard from Woodbury to Sandhill at 9:45am. Bring your lawn chairs and some refreshments to stay hydrated and watch and enjoy the parade. The parade will head East on Mesquite Blvd on the south side lanes (City Hall side) of the street. Remember that the City has plenty for all to do. Attend the carnival and vendor booths will be opening and ready for business. Immediately after the parade the historical committee will be giving historical tours of the city, starting at the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum.  

Just a reminder, please stays off the medians. 


Mesquite Days Parade Route May 3, 2014 10:00A.M.

 

  • The parade staging area will be in the LDS Chapel Parking lot on 100 North Arrowhead Lane.
  • Parade will begin at 10:00am and leave the LDS parking lot turning (Left) South on North Arrowhead Lane. (Heading towards Mesquite Blvd).
  • Parade then will turn Left (East) onto Mesquite Blvd heading (normal direction of traffic).
  • Parade will be heading east for about 0.5 miles.
  • Parade then will turn Left (North) on North Willow, ending. Entries can head back to the staging area taking Old Mill Rd back to the LDS chapel on 100 North Arrowhead.
  • 9:45am Traffic will be diverted off of Mesquite Boulevard between Woodbury and Sandhill

 

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: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road. 

Mesquite Days Sock Hop 2014

posted Mar 31, 2014, 4:46 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 11:37 AM ]


Get out your poodle skirts, dusted off the old 45’s and cruise over to the Mesquite Recreation Center for a fun-filled Friday night Sock Hop May 2, 2014. 

The Department of Athletics and Leisure Services-Senior Division is hosting a community Sock Hop in celebration of the 30th Annual Mesquite Days. The Sock Hop will be held at the Mesquite Recreation Center gymnasium (100 W. Old Mill Road) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 This event will bring back fond memories for some and introduce a fantastic genre of fun and toe-tapping music for people of all ages. From classic rock to R&B and Doo- Wop, the Sock Hop will offer up a variety of music and entertainment guaranteed to please everyone. This event will prove to be a fun experience for singles, couples and families alike.  There will be a designated area where children will be able to play and have fun.  The Sock Hop is a free event that your whole family will enjoy! 

Hotdogs, cheeseburgers, root beer floats, french fries, banana splits, sodas and more will be available for purchase.  

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: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road. 

“Every 15 Minutes”

posted Mar 25, 2014, 4:48 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 11:37 AM ]

On March 26, 2014, Students at Virgin Valley High School will witness first-hand the dangers of drinking and driving. 

“Every 15 Minutes” is a two-day program involving high school students which encourage them to think about personal safety when alcohol is involved, making mature decisions and recognizing that their actions affect others. It is based on the 1980's statistics that every 15 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related incident. As part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program, a DUI crash reconstruction scene will be set up on Valley View Drive on Wednesday, March 20 at 8:30 a.m. 

Two mangled vehicles will be towed to the scene and four students will be positioned inside as part of the DUI scene reconstruction. Fire department, medical, and police personnel will help to “rescue” the participants. A Mercy Air helicopter will also land and transport one of the “victims” to the hospital. Students will witness the reconstruction from bleachers set near the crash scene. 

“Our hope is we can bring awareness to our teenagers. The goal is to demonstrate the possible consequences of drinking and driving and the many lives it affects”, says Mesquite Police Sergeant Mike Van Houten. “What they witness and learn here could possibly save their life and those of others.” 

The following day, March 27, an assembly will be held in the high school gym at 8:00 am to support the message to teenagers that drinking and driving costs lives. 

We gladly welcome media personnel to the staging area on Valley View Drive, as well as the assembly. PIO Sergeant MaQuade Chesley will be there to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

Relay for Life

posted Mar 20, 2014, 12:44 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 2:21 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]


The City of Mesquite is proud to be a Co-Sponsors with the American Cancer Society and to be help them with their annual event the Relay For Life here in Mesquite, Nevada. In coordination to the City of Mesquites Annual Mesquite day’s activities we are happy to promote and help the American Cancer society with their Event.


 2014 Relay For Life 


                    May 2 – 3, 2014                     

                                                        Virgin Valley High School Track

 

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's "Signature" event; heightening public awareness to cancer and funding area programs and services.  All cancer control programs and services sponsored by the American Cancer Society are provided at no cost to the public.  Funds raised from Relay For Life events help fund local breast cancer programs, area Cancer Resource Centers, compressive school health/preventative programs, cancer patient support, patient lodging, transportation, financial assistance, as well as community grants and research.

 If you are interested in participating or volunteering for the  Relay For Life or if you are unable to participate in Relay For Life, but would like to contribute to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, contact the Southern Utah Office at:  (435) 674-9707 or E-mail Mr. David Moore davidmoore@cancer.org

 The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminish suffering from cancer, through research, education advocacy, and service. 

 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: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road.

 

Major reconstruction of Virgin River Bridge No. 6 to begin on Interstate 15

posted Mar 20, 2014, 12:35 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 11:09 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

web1_virgin_river_gorge_map.jpgThe largest project in more than 40 years on Arizona’s portion of Interstate 15 will begin next week when the Arizona Department of Transportation starts on the reconstruction of Virgin River Bridge No. 6 in the far northwest corner of the state.  

This extensive rehabilitation project will include the replacement of the bridge’s superstructure (girders, deck and railings), as well as widening the roadway through the narrow passage of the scenic Virgin River Gorge, which was the most expensive segment of rural highway ever built in the United States, per mile, when it was completed in 1973 after a decade of construction. 

The $27 million project at milepost 16, located approximately 20 miles south of St. George, Utah, is expected to take up to two years to complete. ADOT will begin setting up traffic control on Tuesday, March 25. 

With limited alternate routes due to the remote location of the I-15 Virgin River Gorge corridor and a separate bridge deck surface project already underway on bridges No. 2, 3 and 7, ADOT urges drivers traveling between Mesquite, Nev., and St. George to plan ahead, allow extra travel time, slow down and drive carefully through the work zone.

 During construction, ADOT is committed to keeping at least one lane in each direction open during all phases of construction. I-15 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction at each of the bridge projects and delays are expected.

 Despite being cut off from the rest of the state due to the Grand Canyon, Arizona’s 29-mile-long segment of I-15 is one of the most heavily traveled commercial and economic corridors linking southern California with the Rocky Mountain region. Ultimately, ADOT will need to rehabilitate all eight (in seven locations) of the I-15 Virgin River bridges.

 While the bridges are still considered safe for travel, they require extensive refurbishment to continue serving the substantial volume of traffic along the I-15 corridor. More than 1.4 million commercial trucks travel annually on Arizona’s portion of the interstate.

 Funding all the I-15 Virgin River bridge rehabilitation projects remains a challenge. Current cost estimates for all the necessary improvements in the gorge are as much as $250 million, which is why Arizona initiated discussions in 2011 with the Federal Highway Administration, Nevada and Utah to raise awareness of the situation on I-15 and explore opportunities to identify funding solutions.

 In 2012, ADOT received a $21.6 million federal grant for the upcoming Virgin River Bridge No. 6 project in the fourth round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER IV) grant program after the states of Nevada and Utah lent their support. 

ADOT remains committed to the Interstate 15 corridor, which passes through the environmentally sensitive area of the Virgin River Gorge (mileposts 13-22) and is widely considered one of the engineering marvels of the federal interstate highway system.

 In 2012, ADOT completed an $11.6 million pavement improvement project from the Virgin River to the Utah state line (mileposts 13-29) and has budgeted nearly $15 million to complete the repaving of the entire Arizona segment of the highway by paving a 13-mile portion that extends to the Nevada state line (mileposts 1-13) in 2015.

 This spring, ADOT will also be submitting a federal grant application for a 2014 TIGER grant for the proposed I-15 Virgin River Bridge No. 1 project, which is currently listed in the agencies’ Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program for fiscal year 2019.

 ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions. Unscheduled restrictions or closures may occur. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center ataz511.gov or call 5-1-1; outside Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623).

 

For more information about these projects, please visit azdot.gov/I15virginriver.

 

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