Natural Gas Service to Mesquite

posted Jul 15, 2016, 9:03 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 4:46 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

During the 2015 Legislative Session, the Nevada State Legislature approved Senate Bill 151, which would allow for the expansion of natural gas service into areas not currently being served. Mesquite was one of the areas identified. 

Follow the link to learn more about potential natural gas service expansion into Mesquite and to take an online survey about it.


Almost 500 businesses and residents have responded to the survey. Are you one of them? If not, let your voice be heard.

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City of Mesquite to Open New I-15 Interchange

posted Jul 15, 2016, 9:00 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 4:47 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Thursday, July 21, the City of Mesquite will officially open Exit 118 for operation. To commemorate, that morning the City will hold a grand opening event at 9 a.m. at the new interchange. The event is free and open to the public and will include remarks from government officials and local businesses. In addition to the speakers, other local and regional elected officials, government agency representatives and community business leaders will attend the event.

This new interchange includes a four-lane bridge over I-15 (two lanes in each direction), as well as a new four-lane (two lanes in each direction) approach roadway north of the I-15 corridor between the new bridge and West Pioneer Boulevard. Overall, the project costs $20 million with actual construction costing $14.7 million from Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI).

The new interchange on I-15 created 190 jobs and supports improved connectivity to the 800-acre master-planned Mesquite Technology and Commerce Center (MTCC), the location of numerous technology, industrial, distribution and manufacturing businesses. The MTCC helps the Mesquite-area economy by creating new jobs, diversifying the local economy and keeping consumer dollars local. The new interchange will allow for a more direct and convenient route for trucks to access the MTCC, alleviating congestion and improving safety at the existing Exit 120 interchange in future years.

In a break with tradition, Meadow Valley Contractors used an archway design for the interchange, rather than a traditional bridge overpass. The archway design is the first of its kind to be used on Interstate 15.

In addition to the unique engineering design, the artwork and landscaping for the project should also catch drivers’ eyes. On one side of the archways is artwork depicting on the mesas that dot the horizon. On the other, the Virgin Mountains are portrayed. The Virgin River is also included in the artwork for the interchange. Metal flora and fauna are scattered throughout the project.

Those interested in attending the event can access the site off of West Pioneer Boulevard. Parking will be available on-site.

About FRI

This project is paid for, in part, by fuel revenue indexing. Fuel revenue is generated each time motorists fill their vehicles with gas. A portion of what they pay at the pump helps fund transportation projects throughout Clark County. The Clark County Commission approved fuel revenue to be tied to the rate of inflation from January 2014 to December 2016. This funding measure will help keep up with material and labor costs, raise $700 million, fund 223 projects and create 9,000 jobs. For motorists, this averages out to about a dime a day. For more information, visit www.rtcsnv.com/fri.

About Meadow Valley Contractors Inc.

Founded in 1980, Meadow Valley is a heavy-highway construction contractor specializing in the self-performance and construction of roads, highways, bridges, drainage channels, and the paving of highways, vehicle test tracks, and airfields. Meadow Valley is a full-service general contractor that also offers expertise in Alternative Project Delivery Methods (APDM). Customers include a variety of public governmental agencies as well as private customers.

Past Judges Remembered

posted Jun 20, 2016, 11:46 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Jun 23, 2016, 4:52 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

A new display recognizing the 16 judges that served the Mesquite community from 1903-2012 can now be viewed at the Mesquite Justice Facility lobby. The display is intended to honor and remember those that have served in our local courts.  

“Neither the state nor the county had a complete list of those who had served in our justice court over the past century”, observed current Mesquite Judge Ryan Toone. “This display was a team effort and reflects the assistance of local historians, the Virgin Valley Historical Society, and the family and friends of past judges.”

In addition to the historical display, brief biographical sketches of the judges are now available on the municipal (www.court.mesquitenv.gov) and justice court (www.clarkcountynv.gov/justicecourt/mesquite) websites. These short bios provide glimpses into the lives of those who served with an emphasis on their work in the court. Many of the biographical sketches contain excerpts from early court records or copies of news articles.

“Reading the early court records leaves you with the impression that these judges were dedicated to serving their community, they used common sense, and were committed to following the law”, Toone remarked. “I hope readers find the bios interesting and informative.”

In addition to learning about the history of the Mesquite courts, the community is invited to utilize the online services available on the municipal court and justice court websites. These websites provide answers to frequently asked questions about court matters, case information, online payment options, and forms.

Revised Mesquite Rec Center Hours

posted May 20, 2016, 10:32 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 5:15 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Starting Sunday, June 5, the Mesquite Recreation Center will be closed on Sundays.  

"Due to budgetary constraints, the City is faced with this indefinite cost-savings measure,” said City Manager Andy Barton. “Once the City has more resources, we will re-evaluate this decision.”

The revised hours of operation for the Mesquite Recreation Center are as follows: Monday through Thursday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the revised hours or for information about recreation programs in general, 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.

Tour Mesquite App

posted Jan 25, 2016, 4:41 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 4:40 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

The new Tour Mesquite app allows residents and visitors alike greater access to the most up-to-date information about Mesquite.  

With the Tour Mesquite Nevada App you can:  
  • Take a Historical Walking Tour - Take a walk down memory lane! Follow the markers on the map to learn about Mesquite’s history, get to know the people who settled this town, and experience the homes, businesses, churches, and schools that were the cornerstones of the community in years past
  • View Points of Interest in the Community - Map listing Hotels, Restaurants, Casinos, Golf Courses, Recreation, Public Facility, Schools and Churches
  • Quickly Check Weather Information - Get the latest on local weather conditions
  • Stay up to date with the latest events in Mesquite - Be the first to know important information with the alerts feature
  • Contact Us - Get contact information for local points of interest
The app is available for iOS or Android devices.  Download it today and discover more of Mesquite!


Presidents Cup 2016

posted Jan 11, 2016, 11:19 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 4:37 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Throughout January and February, Utah Youth Soccer will be hosting its 2016 Utah Presidents Cup soccer tournament.

This boys and girls tournament brings thousands of visitors to Mesquite.  For details check out the tournament website.

Welcome Utah Youth Soccer!

Mesquite Motor Mania

posted Jan 11, 2016, 11:14 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 4:36 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

This weekend is the Mesquite Motor Mania is a classic car show.  This event is held every year in Mesquite over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.  Come and see what makes this event so great every year.

Check out the event's official site for more detail: http://mesquitecarshows.com/

Photo Credit: Mesquite Gaming

Distinguished Citizen Nominations Open

posted Dec 31, 2015, 9:05 AM by Wayne Rasmussen   [ updated Jan 4, 2016, 5:05 PM by Aaron Baker ]

The City Clerk’s Office is accepting nominations for the Mesquite Distinguished Citizen Recognition Award. Distinguished Citizens are a special group of residents, business owners and community leaders, who have contributed significantly to making Mesquite a better place to live. These men and women of outstanding character can even be honored posthumously.

Nomination forms are now available in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall. The nomination form is also available for download below. Completed nominations are due to the City Clerk’s Office by noon on Friday, January 22, 2016.

A committee of local residents will select the honoree and the decision will be announced during a February 2015 City Council Meeting.

If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 702-346-5295 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Photograph is of Charles and Emma Hardy, two of the inaugural honorees. They are honored posthumously. Courtesy of The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum.

New Mesquite I-15 interchange breaks ground

posted Dec 1, 2015, 8:36 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 4:56 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Exit 118 will alleviate truck traffic for motorists, help city’s plan for growth  

Mesquite residents, along with the trucking and commerce industry, will benefit from a new Exit 118 / I-15 interchange construction project that city and business leaders  launched today. The new interchange, scheduled to be completed in summer of 2016, will divert heavy truck traffic from local roads and advance the city’s master transportation plan for growth and economic diversity. The $14.7 million project is funded through Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI), an initiative of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).

City of Mesquite Mayor and RTC Board Member Allan Litman, Do It Best Corporation General Manager Wendy Kinney, and Mesquite Regional Business President George Gault unveiled a rendering of the new interchange and 300-foot long, four-lane bridge over I-15. A 1,950-foot long, four-lane (two lanes in each direction) approach roadway will also be constructed north of the I-15 corridor between the new bridge and West Pioneer Boulevard. Two bicycle lanes and a sidewalk will connect to future trails in the area.

“As an RTC board member, I have seen firsthand the positive effects Fuel Revenue Indexing has had on Southern Nevada since it was implemented in 2014, and I am thrilled to be here today to celebrate a FRI project in Mesquite,” said Litman.

Gault, who leads the organization charged with attracting businesses to the area, emphasized the importance of factors that businesses consider when expanding or relocating.

“These factors include access to raw materials and a strong transportation infrastructure that offers easy accessibility – all directly linked to our economy,” he said. “Mobility and connectivity, which this project advances, save time, and we all know that time is money in our economy.”

Do It Best Corporation is a prime example of a beneficiary of the new interchange. The company serves 3,800 member-owned locations throughout the United States and 53 countries. It is the only U.S.-based full-line, full-service, member-owned distributor of lumber, hardware and building materials products in the home improvement industry.

“The interchange will not only help divert industrial and commercial traffic off our city roadways, but it will create direct access to businesses like mine,” said Kinney of Do It Best. “It also will provide a more direct and convenient route for trucks to access the 800-acre master planned Mesquite Technology and Commerce Center (MTCC).”

The MTCC is home to numerous technology, industrial, distribution and manufacturing businesses.

The project will generate 190 jobs. Meadow Valley is the general contractor.

About FRI
Revenue is generated every time a motorist fuels their vehicle, and a portion of what they pay at the pump helps create jobs by funding transportation and public safety projects across Clark County. Average motorists contribute about a dime a day over a three-year period (Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2016). Fuel Revenue Indexing funds help keep pace with material and labor costs, raising $700 million, funding 220 projects and creating 9,000 jobs.

About the RTC
The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning organization and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use a variety of transportation choices to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.

Area Fire Departments Announce Firefighter Recruitment Drive

posted Nov 2, 2015, 1:54 PM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 5:00 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

If you are interested in a career as a firefighter, the City of Mesquite and several Southern Nevada fire departments are launching a recruitment drive with a series of open houses from Nov. 16 to Dec. 5.

In addition to the Mesquite Fire and Rescue Department, other area fire departments participating in the Southern Nevada recruitment drive are Clark County, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mount Charleston and Pahrump. Applications will be accepted online only through the www.snvfirerecruitment.com website starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The number of applicants will be limited to the first 4,500 who apply online. The application period will close Tuesday, Dec. 22, or after the first 4,500 applications are received.

Clark County and the participating agencies are hosting seven outreach sessions to help interested applicants learn about the different fire departments and the testing, qualification and recruitment process. The first one will be held on Monday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo Road.

“We are happy to host this recruitment drive and encourage anyone interested in becoming a firefighter to attend one of the upcoming outreach sessions,” said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell. “It’s a very competitive process to become a firefighter. The open house sessions are designed to give you the information you need to become a successful candidate with our fire department or another in Southern Nevada.”

Clark County’s Human Resources Department is hosting the recruitment website and will forward applications to partnering agencies. The candidates who successfully complete the application and testing process will be forwarded to fire departments for consideration as openings occur within their departments starting next year. Minimum qualifications for each agency, testing dates and other pertinent information about the recruitment are posted on www.snvfirerecruitment.com . Submitting an application is the first step in the process. Applicants also will be required to take a written exam and pass a physical abilities test called the Candidate Physical Ability Test, or CPAT. The CPAT can be taken locally at the College of Southern Nevada. For more information, visit www.csn.edu/cpat.

The Nov. 18 outreach session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Clark County Commission Chambers can be viewed live as it occurs on the agenda page of Clark County’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. The session also will be taped for rebroadcast on Clark County Television and YouTube throughout the recruitment period. A link to the video will be posted on the fire recruitment website. The same information is generally offered at each outreach session. Candidates are encouraged to attend at least one session, or watch the recorded session to learn about the recruitment process. The full schedule of outreach sessions is as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV 89103.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Clark County Government Center - Commission Chambers, 500 South Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89106. * Can be viewed live on the agenda page of Clark County’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
  • Friday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV 89142.
  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane, North Las Vegas, NV 89032.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. , Mountain Crest Community Center, 4701 N. Durango, Las Vegas, NV 89129.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Henderson Fire Training Center, 401 Parkson Road, Henderson, NV 89011.
  • Saturday, Dec.  5, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Desert Breeze Recreation Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road., Las Vegas, NV 89117.

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