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Luxury condo complex earns tax reward for going green

Luxury condo complex earns tax reward for going green

A luxury condominium complex in Summerlin is being rewarded for its efforts to go green.

One Queensridge Place was awarded the Governor's Office of Energy property tax incentive for introducing energy and water saving measures.

The complex received the incentive after meeting the gold level standard for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The condo analyzed its energy consumption in its towers, guest houses and parking garage and then found ways to conserve that energy, earning a 30 percent tax incentive for 10 years.

The condos were built in 2007. 

Red Rock Canyon Open House Planned for Thursday

Red Rock Canyon Open House Planned for Thursday

Officials at Red Rock Canyon want the public's input on plans to change and improve the conservation area.

The Bureau of Land Management will host an open house at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Red Rock Visitor Center classroom.

The BLM will be discussing proposed changes to the scenic drive and other areas of the area, including a new low-water crossing near Sandstone Quarry, new power connections to the Red Rock Fire Station and campground. There are also plans for a new water distribution system at the campground.

Those interested in attending the open house can get into the area for free by telling the attendant at the fee booth, along the scenic loop, they are going to the open house.

Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling Program Returns

Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling Program Returns

As most everyone gets ready to cook a big feast for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Clark County Water Reclamation District has announced the return of its holiday cooking oil recycling program.

The water district is partnering with the Springs Preserve to collect used oil and keep it out of the drain. The idea is to reduce the amount of sewer blockages caused by fat, oil, grease and grit dumped down the drain.

Once the oil is turned in, it is recycled  into biofuel for trucks, buses and vehicles.

The Springs Preserve will collect grease and oil from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 26 through Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

The collection site will be in the south ticketing parking lot. The cooking oil should be poured back into the original container and sealed before being brought to the Springs Preserve.

Desert Tortoise Faces Threat from Its Own Refuge

Desert Tortoise Faces Threat from Its Own Refuge

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence.

Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It's been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas.

But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it.

Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they've been caring for since the reptiles were added to the endangered species list in 1990.

Officials expect to put down more than half the 1,400 tortoises at the research and holding facility in the coming months in preparation for closure at the end of 2014.

 

Clean Out Closets with Sizzling for Green Event

Clean Out Closets with Sizzling for Green Event

It may not feel like spring, but the city of Las Vegas is offering an easy way for people to do some spring cleaning.

The county is hosting a Sizzling for Green event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27 at All-American Park, near West Oakey Boulevard and South Buffalo Drive.

Several organizations will be on hand to collect and recycle items, shred unwanted documents and accept outdate prescription drugs. Groups will also be taking old clothing and small household items.

“Residents should go through the medicine cabinet and box up all the outdated, leftover and unwanted prescriptions drugs,” Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian said. “Pack up the old cell phones, chargers and accessories you no longer use, and box up the gently used clothing and small household appliances you don’t want.”

There is a five-box limit per car for document shredding. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload items.

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

 

The summer season brings a change in fire restrictions on Nevada’s public lands, and this season’s rules go into effect Saturday.

On May 11, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are implementing fire restrictions in southern Nevada, including Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Agencies will offer several media availability opportunities to discuss these restrictions, last year’s fire statistics and predicted forecast for this year:

Fire restrictions prohibit:

Sure Sign of Spring: Mojave Max Emerges

Sure Sign of Spring: Mojave Max Emerges

Southern Nevada’s most famous desert tortoise has emerged from his burrow, marking the return of spring to the Las Vegas valley.

Mojave Max came out of his underground home at 1:45 p.m. Thursday. Max lives at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, as part of the desert tortoise habitat.

Every winter he enters his burrow to brumate, which is the reptilian form of hibernation. When the weather is warm enough and days are longer, Max makes his way out.

The day and time of Max’s re-entrance into the world is not just important to the biologists who study him. It will also mean prizes and a pizza party for the southern Nevada student who made the best guess.

For the past 14 years, Clark County and the Bureau of Land Management have held the Mojave Max Emergence Contest. Kids enter the day and time that they think Max will come out. The child with the guess nearest the actual time wins prizes and a party for his or her entire class.