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Major Service Changes Planned for RTC Routes

Major Service Changes Planned for RTC Routes

If you regularly ride the bus in southern Nevada, pay attention because a new schedule goes into effect July 7.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) warns that customers may experience service delays.

The transit service changes include increased frequencies, later and/or earlier operating hours, schedule adjustments and modifications to the Boulder Highway Express (BHX), Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX), Route 212-Sunset Road and Route 402-Sunset/Boulder City. Boarding changes will take place on the Sahara Express (SX), BHX and HDX that will require passengers to board through the front door and pay or swipe their passes at the farebox.

The transit service changes that will be effective July 7, include:

Summerlin Gets Ready to Celebrate Fourth of July

Summerlin Gets Ready to Celebrate Fourth of July

Summerlin is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with two community traditions.

The day kicks off with the annual Firecracker 5K. The run starts at 6:30 a.m. at Trails Park. Top finishers in each age category will be honored in an awards ceremony.

The 5K entry fee is $25 per person, if registered on or before Wednesday, July 3. Registration on the day of the race is $30.

The Summerlin One-Mile Fun Run and Walk starts about 15 minutes after the Firecracker 5K. Families will be allowed to walk along the Patriotic Parade route. Entry fee is $20 if registered on or before Wednesday, July 3. The fee is $25 for day-of registration.

The Patriotic Parade starts at 9 a.m. Floats, marching bands, dance troops, balloons and more will travel along Hillpointe and Hills Center, ending at Trailwood Drive.

Parade watchers are encouraged to arrive early to get prime seating along the parade route.

 

Tivoli Village Expands Playground

Tivoli Village Expands Playground

The shopping area Tivoli Village is expanding its playground area.

The space will be larger, offering more area for kids to enjoy. It also has a large open area for special events and relaxation. The playground is fully enclosed and is open year-round.

The play area is on the north end of the shopping center near Kidville and the newly opened Pizza Lounge Restaurant. The restaurant’s patio overlooks the new playground.

The playground will open during a family-friendly celebration of the summer solstice Saturday.  

The shopping area will also be offering 50 parking spaces on the street level starting June 30, making it easier for customers to make quick-stop shopping trips. 

State of Summerlin Address Planned for Wednesday

State of Summerlin Address Planned for Wednesday

There are a lot of changes coming to the Summerlin area from a new water park to a proposed baseball stadium.

In an effort to cut through rumors and get to the facts, Tom Warden of the Howard Hughes Corporation is holding a State of Summerlin address.

From 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Las Ventanas, 10401 West Charleston Boulevard, Warden will explain the new projects and programs coming to the area. He will also outline the issues the new projects could bring up.

The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited, anyone interested should call (702) 789-7487 to RSVP.

Fireworks at Station Casinos for Independence Day

Fireworks at Station Casinos for Independence Day

Locals at opposite ends of the valley will be able to see fireworks away from the Strip on July 4.

Station Casinos will set off fireworks at both Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort sometime after 9 p.m. on Independence Day.

The “We Love Locals’ July 4th Fireworks Blast” will be a nine-minute fireworks show to honor the nation’s birthday.

The fireworks show will be produced by the Gruccis of New York.

Summer Food Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Kids

Summer Food Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Kids

Three Square Food Bank and its partners launched the Summer Food Service program Wednesday to ensure southern Nevada children do not go hungry this summer.

When school is out, kids who use the free and reduced lunch program often do not have access to nutritious meals. The summer food program works to fill that gap.

"It is scary when you think about families that can't put food on the table because they are making choices to pay rent, pay their utility bills, that are higher during the summer," president and CEO of Three Square Food Bank Brian Burton said. "These are very unacceptable choices. They shouldn't have to choose to go without food."

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, kids 18 years and younger can receive free lunches now through August 23.

One partner for the program is the YMCA. Lunches are available at all four YMCA's throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Locations include:

Metro Police to Reopen Police Academy

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets.

The police academy graduated its last class in Jan. 2012. The money for the additional officers comes from an .15 percent increase in the Clark County sales tax recently passed by the Legislature.

The new recruits would be patrolling the streets by next summer, but first they must undergo rigorous testing which includes physical, psychological and community-based evaluations. Department officials say they want recruits with good people skills.

"The biggest thing that we're emphasizing, from the minute they walk in the door to the minute they walk in the academy, is how do they interact with people? So they're going to be evaluated as to their communication skills, they're going to be evaluated as to how they act under pressure," deputy chief Gary Scholfield said.