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Bob Sweetin Appointed City Attorney

posted Jan 27, 2015, 11:45 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated by Tyson Kennedy ]

During the January 13, 2015 Mesquite City Council meeting, the City Council appointed Deputy City Attorney Bob Sweetin to fill the vacancy in the city attorney’s office created by the retirement of former City Attorney Cheryl Hunt.

Mayor Allan Litman praised Sweetin when he said, “The City is very fortunate to have as talented an attorney as Bob on staff. He is brings a wide-array of experience to the position. I look forward to working with him on a day-to-day basis. I feel that his legal acumen is superb. He is just what the City needs right now.”

“I am humbled by the trust of the Mayor and Council have shown in me to serve as their legal counsel. I also want to personally thank Cheryl Hunt for her service to Mesquite.” In talking about the future, Sweetin indicated that he is consolidating the deputy city attorney and city attorney positions into one. “During these tough economic times, I want to do all that I can in helping save taxpayer funds by combining these two positions.”

A native Nevadan, Sweetin was born and raised in Las Vegas. He received an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a juris doctorate from McGeorge School of Law at the University of Pacific. Prior to serving as deputy city attorney, Sweetin was a law clerk for then U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and later for the Honorable Judge Gloria J. Sturman. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.

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City Council Forms Committee to Study Incentives

posted Jan 23, 2015, 3:11 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated by Tyson Kennedy ]

During January 13, 2015 City Council meeting, the Council formed an ad-hoc committee to study the City’s the role in economic development incentives. Citizens are invited to submit their application to be part of the committee.

Mayor Allan Litman pointed out that, “We are looking for people with real-world experience with financial incentives--both from the private and public sectors. We are confident that there are those in our community with experience with these concepts and who are willing to help us develop the best incentives possible.”

The timing of the creation of the committee is meant to coincide with the City Council’s strategic planning efforts. “We want to make sure that we are incentivizing things that the community wants,” noted City Manager Andy Barton. “The incentives discussion cannot happen independent of the financial realities of the City’s current budget. Consequently, the committee will wrap up its work prior to the City’s budget being adopted, so that any financial impacts can be accounted for in the budget.”

Interested parties should submit their applications to the Clerk’s office by Thursday, February 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. Applications are available at this link.  The committee meetings are open to the public and all are invited to come and provide comment.  

Image courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.


posted Jan 22, 2015, 8:18 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated by Tyson Kennedy ]

February is coming and its “Healthy Heart Month”! The City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services Department and Mesa View Regional Hospital invite you to join us for the 11th Annual Mesquite Heart Walk.


The 5K (3.2 miles) walk begins at the Mesquite Recreation Center at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 13th. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Mesquite Recreation Center East Gym. From 8:30 to a few minutes before the walk, we will have registration and a small warm up for the participants, sponsored by the Life Long Program in the gym.


The walk ends at the Mesa View Quick Care Facility, located to the left of the hospital where the hospital will provide a heart health snack, water, Heart Health information and a small prize.


Everyone is invited and there is no cost to participants.


Transportation back to the Mesquite Recreation Center will be provided by the Silver Rider Bus Company at no charge. Rides back will begin at 9:45am and will run until 11:30am.


For more information on the heart walk please call Nicholas Montoya of the City of Mesquite Leisure Services Department 346-8732 or Robert Fuller of Mesa View Regional Hospital 345-4363.


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: for more information and to stay connected via social media, our Facebook: or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road. 


posted Jan 22, 2015, 8:15 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated by Tyson Kennedy ]

American Red Cross with the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services will be hosting a blood drive on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 9:00AM - 1:00PM at The Mesquite Recreation Center located at 100 West Old Mill Rd.


To schedule your appointment or for more information log onto and enter the Sponsor Code: “City of Mesquite” or contact the Mesquite Recreation Center.


If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate Blood, please call 1-866-236-3276


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: for more information and to stay connected via social media, our Facebook: or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road.


ADOT Project Update: I-15 Virgin River Gorge

posted Jan 17, 2015, 2:22 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated by Tyson Kennedy ]

Rock fall work is underway: Motorists reminded to plan ahead for delays


Motorists traveling on Interstate 15 between Mesquite, Nevada, and St. George, Utah, along the Virgin River Gorge in the far northwest corner of Arizona, are reminded to plan ahead for construction delays up to 15 minutes, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.


In addition to the ongoing construction work on Virgin River Bridge No. 6, crews are currently removing rocks within the work zone through Friday, Jan. 23. This rockfall containment work requires rolling lane closures to allow for the safety of both the construction crews and the traveling public.


While one travel lane will remain open in each direction, motorists are reminded to slow down and drive carefully through work zones and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.


The $27 million rehabilitation of Virgin River Bridge No. 6 began in March 2014, and is anticipated to be completed in 2016. This significant project includes the replacement of the bridge’s superstructure (girders, deck and railings), as well as widening the roadway through the narrow passage of the gorge.  


Drivers should allow for up to 15 minutes extra travel time during construction, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.Additional delay time may occur on weekends due to heavier traffic volume and special events.


The busiest travel times through the Gorge are Friday through Sundays. With limited alternate routes due to the remote location of the I-15 Virgin River Gorge corridor, ADOT urges drivers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.


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 or call 5-1-1; outside Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623).


For more information about this project, please visit If you have questions about the project you can email ADOT at or call the agency’s Project Hotline at 1-855-712-8530.


Lifelong Exercise Program 2015 WINTER/SPRING SCHEDULE

posted Jan 15, 2015, 3:12 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated by Tyson Kennedy ]

ADOT recommends drivers be prepared for winter driving conditions

posted Dec 30, 2014, 3:42 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Dec 31, 2014, 4:53 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Arizona Department of Transportation

A major winter storm is forecast to push through Arizona and the Arizona Department of Transportation wants drivers traveling in the high country to be prepared.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the mountains and high deserts throughout northern and eastern Arizona. Snow levels may be as low as 2,000 feet. Rain is expected in the lower elevations.

ADOT crews have been preparing for the storm and will be working 24/7 to keep roads clear. Maintenance crews are checking the snowplows and making sure they are stocked with de-icing products. Additional snowplow drivers have been sent to areas expecting significant snowfall, like Flagstaff and Williams.

Drivers should plan ahead and be very cautious if planning to travel to the high country when the storm arrives. ADOT recommends drivers wait until conditions improve before traveling.

More safety tips for drivers:

  • Slow down, be patient and drive safely. Plan for extra travel time. Use extra caution around snowplows.
  • Be alert: ice forms on bridges first and is hard to see.
  • When driving behind a snowplow, stay back at least four car lengths. If you think you’re traveling too close to a plow, you probably are. Be safe and stay back!
  • Never pass a snowplow that’s in the process of clearing snow and ice off the road.
  • Maintain at least a three-quarter-full tank of gas.
  • Notify someone of your travel route, destination and projected arrival time.
  • Carry an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes blankets, extra clothes, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a shovel, sand for traction, a fully charged cell phone, and hazard warning lights or reflectors.
  • Brake slowly to avoid any panic braking or jerking the steering wheel.
  • Increase the distance between you and the traffic ahead.
  • Carry plenty of food and water, and all necessary medications.
  • Carry tire chains and snow cables, or use snow tires.
  • Wear warm clothes to protect you during extended time periods in cold temperatures.


Additional information can be found on ADOT’s “Know Snow” website at



posted Dec 30, 2014, 11:53 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Dec 31, 2014, 4:52 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

The Basketball Fundamental and Training provides campers with age specific group and individual instruction that will aide in the improvement of fundamental of basketball. The program will include skill development sessions focused on making each child a well-rounded basketball player.  Our goal is to help each athlete on their journey, to being fit, stronger and to reaching their full potential on the court. 

The program will range from the ages of 7 – 14 years old; it will run from 6:00PM – 7:30PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program will begin January 6, 2015 and run on a month by month basis. Please wear comfortable clothes and non-marking soled shoes to the program; it will be run inside the gymnasium at the Mesquite Recreation Center. 

Basketball fundamental skills will be taught and practiced so that good habits are created. The program will also include scrimmages, competitions and challenges. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive instruction that is guaranteed to make you a better basketball player. There is a fee please inquire with the Recreation Center

 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: for more information and to stay connected via social media, our Facebook: or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road


posted Dec 30, 2014, 11:50 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Dec 31, 2014, 4:51 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Adult Basketball “drop in mornings & nights” for ages 16 and above, is scheduled to begin November 6, 2014. Those interested are invited to come participate in pickup games or just shoot around on your own. (This program is for the Basketball Gym Only.) 


The “Drop In” times and days will consist of the following: Monday mornings and evenings and Thursday mornings evenings from 5:00AM - 7:00AM (Mornings) and 7:00PM - 9:00PM (Evenings).

The gym will be set up for the ‘drop in basketball’ program and will run to the end of February 2015.

There is a fee for the drop in unless you have a membership with the Recreation Facility; please inquire at the Recreation Center for this.


Please be aware of Holiday Hours as this may effect these times and dates.


Wear comfortable clothing, NON MARKING SOLED SHOES ARE REQUIRED.

No food or sports drinks are allowed in the gym area.


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: Stay connected with us via social media. Find us on Facebook: or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road. 

Arrowhead Making at the Museum

posted Dec 22, 2014, 1:49 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 4:55 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On January 17 at 1 pm, The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum will hold another arrowhead making activity with instructor Kelly Beeson. Participants must be at least 12 years old. Class space is limited, so contact the museum right away to reserve your spot.  Supplies will be provided.

Kelly Beeson is a local artist and resident of Mesquite. She has years of experience with native american artwork. Her pieces are on display at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery and other local venues.  

The museum is truly grateful for Kelly’s time, effort and willingness to conducting these education classes on behalf of the museum.

For more information about this event and the museum, find us on Facebook or stop by the museum at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd.  The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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